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Saturday, 23 September

02:52

Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care Indianz.Com News

Wouldnt it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?

02:24

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders focus on marijuana industry at conference in Arizona Indianz.Com News

Tribal leaders discussed the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands at the National Indian Gaming Association conference.

01:35

Syrian War Report September 22, 2017: US-backed Forces Push For Syrian Oil Veterans Today

from SouthFront Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media. There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air Force targeted a part of the airport used for providing supplies to Hezbollah. []

01:35

Research: Todays American Teens Delay Reponsibility Longer Than Ever The Federalist

18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds used to, Jean Twenge says. Members of Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, are less likely to drink alcohol or have sex in high school. But they are also less likely to pursue independent acts of responsibility, like getting a drivers license or procuring a job while in high school.

Many people in Gen Xand even some among the millennial generationare rather dumbfounded by these trends. In my home state of Idaho, teens my age could procure a drivers license at 14, due to the states rural, farming nature. There wasnt a single kid who didnt look forward to his 14th birthday: it carried with it the prospect of independence, and eventually car ownership.

But the problems and dilemmas my generation facedsurrounding sex and alcohol, driving and recklessnessare not necessarily mirrored in younger generations, if Twenge is to be believed. The new book iGen: Why Todays Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood has a lot of people talking, with good reason. It tries to address both the boons and perils of the smartphone era, considering both the strengths and weaknesses of the young people its helped shape.

iGen Has Grown Up In A Different World

Twenge is careful not to make digital media the sole scapegoat for iGens growing-up problems. When it comes to larger trends toward safety and abstaining from adult experiences (like car ownership and sex), Twenge suggests that other generational shifts could also be playing a part: todays teens are growing up in smaller families, she notes, with parents who nurture them more carefully and expect them to go to college. Kids often spend their summers focusing on extra-curriculars or internshipsnot blue-collar or service jobs.

When you add smartphones on top of these larger familial and educational trends, it makes sense that teens are increasingly staying in rather than venturing out into the wider world. Social media encourages teens to inhabit a virtual and curated reality, one that neednt carry them outside their bedrooms. As Twenge puts it, When the partys on Snapchat, you dont have to go out as much.

Physical Versus Mental Health

That...

01:29

Trees Walking. Freethought Blogs

Trees Walking, William T. Horton, A Book of Images. (My favourite!)

01:26

[WATCH] Alabama Police Officer Shoots Driver Holding Wallet Filming Cops

LEE COUNTY, Ala. A little more than three years to the date, the dashcam video of Airman Michael Edwards being shot by Opelika police officer Phillip Hancock on Interstate

The post [WATCH] Alabama Police Officer Shoots Driver Holding Wallet appeared first on Filming Cops.

01:25

Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession? The Federalist

The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.

On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.

Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.

That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.

According to the Catalan National Assembly, the Spanish government made a big mistake; w...

01:24

Daily Inspiration OpEdNews

Fall Song, by Mary Oliver Everything lives, shifting from one bright vision to another, forever in these momentary pastures.

01:21

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens THE INTERNET POST

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to []

01:20

Well celebrate fall of Daesh in 2 months: General Soleimani Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Standard current US geopolitical propaganda psyops focuses on framing anyone being able to defend themselves from American domination and aggression as a threat so they can be subjected to financial sanctions and military action.

01:20

The Neocon War Machine Seduces Morgan Freeman to Attack Russia Veterans Today

The Driving Miss Daisy actor has been coopted lately by the Powers That Be to attack Russia

01:18

The Data Demontrates That America Should Build the Wall and Initiate Merit Based Immigration Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls.  Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.

Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:

1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?

2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?

3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.

4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.

Answers:

1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...

01:15

Viewers Freak Out After Cable Provider Accidentally Airs Emergency Warning About The Apocalypse Counter Current News

A Christian numerologist recently declared the Rapture will begin Saturday, September 23. Now, some residents of Orange County, California are freaking out because a local cable company accidentally broadcast a warning about the end of the world.

Some Cox cable subscribers in Orange County saw an Emergency Alert test that had audio of a preacher who was prophesying the apocalypse, reported CBS Los Angeles.

Realize this, in the last days, extremely violent times will come, boomed a voice while the screen simply showed an  Emergency Alert.

Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest was alarmed wen the strange voice came on the TV, which made her think of Hitler.

It almost sounded like Hitler talking, she said. It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.

People took to social media to discuss what had happened, some believing the message was about the actual return of Jesus.

According to Cox Communications, the alert was supposed to be a routine test of the Emergency Broadcast System, but the original audio for the test seems to have been replaced by an End Times preachers speech.

Cox said that it didnt know exactly how the apocalyptic message got aired, but speculated it might have been a hacker, or simply interference that occurred when more than one local radio station was broadcasting an emergency alert at the same time.

The radio station that sent the alert didnt turn off their programming when the alert ended, Cox said...

01:07

[WATCH] Iowa Cop Leaves Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop Filming Cops

After being shot three times by an Iowa cop during a traffic stop on November 1, Jerime Mitchell is now paralyzed from the neck down. Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander

The post [WATCH] Iowa Cop Leaves Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:56

Baltimore Gun Task Force Officers Kidnapped Couple and Stole $20,000 From Their Home Filming Cops

Carroll County woman is suing members of a rogue Baltimore Police Department unit, the first civil claim since the officers were indicted over a series of robberies and extortions. The

The post Baltimore Gun Task Force Officers Kidnapped Couple and Stole $20,000 From Their Home appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:51

Trump to Scrap Drone Restrictions The Anti-Media

Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump.

(COMMONDREAMS)  President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualtiesalready at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes fell far short on human rights protections, any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a grave mistake.

The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trumps expected signature.

The Times notes that at least two rules are on the chopping block:

  • First, the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a continuing and imminent threat to Americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadists with no special skills or leadership roles.
  • And second, proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The plan, in effect, would deepen American military involvement in nations considered to be beyond combat zones and allow the U.S. militaryand the CIA, which has for months lobbied for more drone authorityto target individuals that are not even deemed national security threats by the U.S. government.

[D]rone operators and commanders would face fewer internal hurdles to launching specific strikes or raids, the Times concluded.

As Common Dreams...

00:50

Naval Hospital Employees Fired After Mishandling Newborns, Calling Them Mini Satans Counter Current News

Two employees at the Naval Hospital of Jacksonville have been removed from patient care after posting disturbing pictures giving the finger to newborn babies, referred to as mini Satans, as well as videos using them as puppets to dance to music.

The woman taking pictures and videos is identified on social media as Allyson Thompson, and the one in the pictures is identified as Joanie Barrett, reported News 4 Jax.

Thompson posted various pictures of newborn babies and making videos while holding the babies and treating them like puppets dancing to music.

She also posted a picture of her giving a baby the finger with the caption, How I currently feel about these mini Satans.

A military spouse shared the photos, which have gone viral, You can see the post here.

The Naval Hospital has responded on Facebook with their disapproval.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

00:41

The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon Global Research

In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief

00:40

Jimmy Kimmel Has No Clue What Hes Talking About The Federalist

In 1850, Frederic Bastiat wrote in The Law that Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

This is the classic mistake ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, an example of an average human white male comedian who did his best work over a decade ago on The Man Show and who has consistently failed upward, is making in his analysis of the Republican effort to shift Obamacare funding back to the states via Graham-Cassidy. It reveals the inability to have any kind of debate across partisan lines regarding health care spending at the federal level: Kimmel is so convinced of the rightness of his cause and the truth of his baseless and incorrect analysis of a piece of legislation that he will continue on this jaunt without any amount of self-reflection or consideration that maybe, just maybe, he might be wrong.

Perhaps the best part of Kimmels rant is where he says Graham-Cassidy is a gift to the insurance lobby, operating from a typically leftist frame which assumes every Republican step is a gift to industry and every Democratic step is looking out for the little guy. Guess what: the health-insurance lobby opposes Graham-Cassidy, as they have opposed every single repeal plan of any kind (the only plans they have supported are those which, lo and behold, bail out their industry with other peoples money).

Phillip Wegmann writes: Jimmy Kimmel has recreated himself. Where the late night comic once stood, an inflatable...

00:32

[WATCH] County Jail Supervisor Uses Excessive Force on a Female Inmate Filming Cops

Cleveland.com fought for and secured the release of body cam video showing county jail supervisor Brendan Johnson pepper spraying a female inmate in an incident of use of excessive force.

The post [WATCH] County Jail Supervisor Uses Excessive Force on a Female Inmate appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:19

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being OpEdNews

"The First White President," an Atlantic essay by Ta-Nehishi Coats, is a must read for progressives. Coats argues that Donald Trump was elected for one reason: his unapologetic whiteness. "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true--his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power."

00:08

Texas School Lies to Students- Tells Them That Standing for the Pledge Is the Law Counter Current News

The topic of kneeling for the National Anthem has brought fierce debate from both sides of the table. Many see exempting oneself from standing for the anthem as disrespectful to those who have fought or died for the countrys freedom, while others view it as a political l protest- highlighting that the nation does not live up to tunes ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

Recently, however, it was not the National Anthem that made the headlines, it was the pledge of allegiance, and the debate is on questioning whether standing for the pledge is mandatory.

During a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance at Midland High School in Texas, students were shown a slide telling the students its the law to stand during the pledge and stay silent during the moment of silence, which is an outright lie.

As Patheos reports:

So what the hell were they thinking?

Whats unclear from the news stories about this incident is what the assembly was about, how school officials responded to the situation, and whether they made clear to students that standing during the Pledge is optional.

A local CBS affiliated quoted one person (without a title, though she apparently works in the HR department) saying that, if students wish not to participate, their parents can fill out a form to remove them during the pledge. But thats wrong, too. You dont need your parents permission to remain seated.

The same article quotes district offic...

00:07

Cops Union Urges Harassment Of Pizza Shop After Owner Criticizes Police Tactics Filming Cops

ST. LOUIS Chris Sommers was pissed. The owner of Pi Pizzeria had been handing out cups of water at one of his restaurants in the citys Central West End

The post Cops Union Urges Harassment Of Pizza Shop After Owner Criticizes Police Tactics appeared first on Filming Cops.

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Friday, 22 September

23:48

How to Disappear an Activist (Or, Where IS Andy Ostrowski?) Activist Post

By Janet Phelan As reported here, activist attorney Andy Ostrowski was taken into custody by the Wilkes-Barre, PA police department on September 19, for a...

23:48

Fall Brings the Onset of SAD Guardian Liberty Voice

When fall begins, it brings with it cooler days, grey skies, and the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The people who are afflicted by this unique depression experience increased symptoms throughout the winter and early spring. The disorder typically affects those living in the northern regions of the globe. While SAD is different than []

The post Fall Brings the Onset of SAD appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

23:47

Hundreds of homeless people vanish in Salt Lake City after police operation Intellihub

Police say that the whereabouts of several hundred homeless people are unknown and residents of the city are concerned

SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.

All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.

Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.

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23:47

US Troops Had No Idea How to Train Afghan Police, so They Used TV Show Cops The Anti-Media

US troops actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to figure out what they should teach Afghan police.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  In the course of the 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon set itself out to take up a huge string of tasks. Among these were training up a whole new Afghan military, and the other was a whole new national police force.

The military was comparatively easy to understand for the Pentagon. They are a military, after all, and had at least some idea how to train Afghans to serve as a military of their own. Police were another matter, as Special Inspector John Sopko noted that US trainers had little idea how to even start training up a police force.

In fact, curriculum was so non-existent for US trainers that they actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to try to figure out the sort of things they should teach the police. Between that, and all the trainers being military personnel has left the Afghan National Police with an identity crisis, unclear if theyre a military force, or simply a police force trained by network television.

Sopko described the progress in the $70 million US training mission as poor, but expressed hope at least a somewhat better future, with signs of improving from what was a dismal decade and a half start.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

23:45

Nixon, Reagan, Trump and DACA independentarkansas.com

TrumpBy Steve Brawner

Ironically, American presidents sometimes have extra freedom to do the opposite of what they made their name talking about. For that reason, President Trump might emphasize might be the best thing that could have happened for those DACA kids to gain legal status or even citizenship. Read the rest

The post Nixon, Reagan, Trump and DACA appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

23:29

International Systems of States and Global Security Models Global Research

Introduction

The fundamental aim of the text below is to deal with the concept and models of global security as one of the crucial topics of global politics studies. We have to keep in mind that a term and notion

23:27

Brexit and the Status Quo Ex-Ante Global Research

Where we are

At the end of August Britains Labour Party formally announced its policy towards future relations with the European Union. The policy document explicitly accepts the referendum result and will build a close new relationship with the EU.

23:26

Afghanistans Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers Global Research

Featured image: A man in an opium-yielding poppy field, Dara-i Mazor, Nurgal district, Kunar province, Afghanistan (May 2017) (Source: Franz J. Marty)

DARA-I MAZOR, NURGAL, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN  It is only a short drive into a side valley just off

23:23

Happy Birthday CIA: Seven Truly Terrible Things the Agency Has Done in 70 Years Global Research

On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.

After spending years as a

23:19

Petrodollar System Under Attack Global Research

Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an

23:16

President Trumps Bluster at the United Nations Global Research

Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency. If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales of

23:15

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report Global Research

As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former

23:14

Trump: Kim Jong-un will be tested like never before Intellihub

Following Kim Jong-Uns televised response to Trumps UN speech, in which he called the US president a mentally deranged dotard and vowed to tame the U. S. dotard with fire, Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning, responding in kind that Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!

As a reminder, Kims last jawboning effort deserved a solid A+ for vivid tragicomic imagery and hollow threats:

[Trumps] remarks remind me of such words as political layman and political heretic which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.

 The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to totally destroy a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.

 I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire.

The latest war of words, which also prompted North Korea to threaten another hydrogen bomb test overnight, erupted after Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that would slap sanctions on individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea, or as Trump called the nation  this criminal rogue regime. He said his mission was North Koreas complete denuclearization. Also earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council passe...

23:14

Trump at the United Nations: Full Transcript Global Research

Highlights

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Trump told the meeting. Rocket Man is on a

23:11

The United States Tried To Detonate A Nuclear Weapon On The Moon & Somebody Responded Sheep Media

In the 1950s, Colonel Ross Dedrickson was responsible for maintaining the inventory of the nuclear weapon stockpile for the AEC, and for accompanying security teams checking out the security of the weapons, among many other duties.

As his obituary states:

He was assigned to the US Atomic Energy Commission. A long service with the Energy Commission between 1950-1958 included, contract administration duties at Nevada test sites, Pacific Nuclear Test Area west of Hawaii, nuclear weapon manufacturing and quality assurance in Albuquerque, and inspection of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities throughout the country. He served with the 5th Air Force in Japan and later as a ranking Colonel, Officer in Charge of the Pacific Unified Command (TM)s alternate command and control center in Hawaii. In 1962, he was transferred and served as Deputy for Material for the 832 Air Division at Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico. He retired from the USAF in 1964.

He is one of hundreds of military whistleblowers with verified backgrounds to have been brought forth by Dr. Steven Greers Disclosure Project. His testimony about UFOs specifically about UFOs and nuclear weapons can be corroborated by a wealth of information and evidence thats now available within the public domain. (To read more about a few of these encounters, click here.)

Many of these whistleblowers have made multiple appearances at the National Press Club in an effort to get this information out to the world, with the most recent example being the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, which took place a few years ago.

With such a professional background, working in the places he has worked, its safe to infer he was privy to sensitive information on a number of subjects.

This isnt just a random high-ranking military whistleblower talking about a random issue. There are many whistleblowers and documents clearly outlining a decades-long relationship between UFOs and nuclear storage facilities and test sites.

A number of these incidents have visual confirmation, along with air and ground radar confirmation as well.

In the interview below, Dedrickson explains how the American go...

23:10

China Comes Out in Strong Show of Support for Venezuela Global Research

China is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on the 21st of September, the same day as Russia, but prior to the speech, it already became clear that China was not about to take heed of Donald Trumps

23:05

Trump Makes Up an African Nation During Lunch with African Leaders Global Research

President Trump announced that the nonexistent country of Nambia has an increasingly self-sufficient health-care system during a United Nations lunch with African leaders on Wednesday:

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23:00

Deep State Admits Theyve Finally Gotten a Grip on Trump Liken Him to George W. Bush The Free Thought Project

deep stateThe neocon of neocons went on MSNBC this week to announce that the deep state has a "grip on Trump" and he now looks like George W. Bush.

22:58

Released Emails Reveal Hillary Invited Putin to Pay for Play Event Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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She already sold him 20% of the nations uranium supply. What made Hillary think that Putin would need to attend her pay for play event? Yet, according to newly released emails, that is exactly what Hillary invited Putin to attend.

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22:55

Will Opioid Lawsuits By County Officials Against Big Pharma Set Legal Precedent To Sue Vaccine Makers? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich They know what theyve been doing. Theyve been misrepresenting the dangers of these dangerous addictive drugs for years. State Rep....

22:55

Syria's defeat of US backed terrorists will be a victory for people of the West OpEdNews

The Kurds, ISIS, and the Coalition are all committing war crimes in their failing efforts to destroy and plunder Syria.

22:51

Video: Al-Qaeda Failure in Northern Hama Global Research

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies recaptured all positions, including Tulaysiyah, al-Shathah and al-Qahira, which they had lost as a result of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attack in northern Hama.

HTS lost its two T-90 main battle

22:51

Youre telling me dinosaur reconstructions contain assumptions? Freethought Blogs

They do, and they always have. Heres an interesting way to illustrate that: make reconstructions of modern animals as if we had no idea about the expected distribution of fat and other soft tissues. Heres a baboon drawn from its bones while pretending ignorance of hair and lips and such unfossilized stuff:

This is from a book by John Conway, CM Kosemen, and Darren Naish, called All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals. Im going to have to add it to my list.

22:30

The Breakthrough: A Reporter Finds a Man Proven Innocent, But Still Guilty in Eyes of the Law Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

For five days, ProPublica reporter Megan Rose hunkered down in a very small, very hot conference room in Las Vegas, surrounded by boxes brimming with legal records. She took notes and scanned documents one page at a time. The grind of investigative reporting, personified.

But in those pages lay a big payoff: a story of murder, misadventure and injustice.

Listen to the Podcast

Rose had come searching for details about the remarkable case of Fred Steese, a drifter wrongfully convicted of killing a circus performer in 1992. It took nearly 20 years for Steese to get out of prison, even though prosecutors had evidence showing he wasnt guilty, and that he was likely in another state when the murder happened.

In October 2012, a judge declared Steese innocent. But Steese wound up pleading guilty nonetheless through something called the Alford plea, an increasingly common, perplexing arrangement where a defendant maintains his innocence, but accepts the status of a convicted felon, and forfeits the right to sue.

Rose put it all together in Kafka in Vegas, which ran in the May 2017 issue of Vanity Fair.

If you had been a TV writer, somebody your producer, director would be like, This is too outlandish. You have to tone it down, Rose said, recalling the records from Steeses original trial.

On todays episode of The Breakthrough, she tells us all about it: how she first met Steese in the parking lot of a rundown Vegas apartment complex, how she persuaded veteran prosecutors to talk to her about a high-profile, highly sensitive case, and, of course, what it was like to be in that conference room.

God, there was just so much, Rose said. Its hard to express just how many pieces of paper that I was going through.

Tune into The Breakthrough, the podcast from ProPublica where investigative reporters reveal how they nailed their biggest stories.

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Over 31,000 scientists say global warming is a total hoax; now theyre speaking out against junk science Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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(Natural News) Over 31,000 scientists have united against the political agenda of global warming. The scientific consensus, which includes over 9,000 scientists with Ph.D.s, supports the necessity of carbon dioxide and sheds light on the agenda of global warming, which includes industrial energy rationing, central economic planning, and global taxation schemes. These scientists are now speaking out against the hoax of global warming and how global agreements to limit greenhouse gases are actually destructive to all plant and animal life on the planet.

The petition, which includes important peer-reviewed research, is backed by various scientists with a wide spectrum of expertise. The petition warns the United States about signing international treaties that only put a financial burden on the citizens of the country, steal national sovereignty, and restrict its energy production. The global warming alarmism, in other words, is pseudo-warfare designed to take down a country.

A letter from Frederick Seitz, President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, is also being circulated with the petition. The letter warns about the flawed science against carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is essentially a miracle molecule of life, not a dangerous pollutant that needs to be eradicated from the atmosphere. His letter also shines a light on the dangers of the U.S. entering global treaties which will ration energy and confiscate the Nations wealth.

Just because clim...

22:09

Reminder: murder at the FDA Jon Rappoport's Blog

Reminder: Murder at the FDA

by Jon Rappoport

September 22, 2017

File this one under: studiously ignored by major media.

I first posted this story in August of 2012. It was based on a Truthout interview of a man who did drug reviews for the FDA. He examined applications to approve new medical drugs.

Pharmaceutical companies must have their new drugs certified as safe and effective before they can enter the market, before doctors can prescribe them. The FDA does this certification. Thumbs up or thumbs down.

Heres the story:

In a stunning interview with Truthouts Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposes the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies.

Kavanagh: widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.

I was threatened with prison.

One [FDA] manager threatened my childrenI was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.

Kavanagh reviewed new drug applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs had to be safe and effective before being released to the public.

But honest appraisal wasnt part of the FDA culture, and Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and the life of his children was on the line.

What was his secret task at the FDA? Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs. In other words, rubber stamp them. Say the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.

Kavanaghs revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.

He remarks that the drug pyridostigmine, given to US troops to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, actually increased the lethality of certain nerve agents.

Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drugand then his bosses told him which sections not to read. Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.

The situation at the FDA isnt correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal enterprise, and any government official, serving in any capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an...

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Trump Delivers UN Speech for the Ages-Why Are people Shocked? This is why He Got Elected! Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Trump delivers a speech for the ages and many in America act like they cannot believe he said what he said. Why should they be shocked? This is why America elected Donald Trump! His performance was refreshing!!!

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21:44

The Confederate Statue Controversy Isnt About Slavery, Its About Ending America The Federalist

Whether the rest of the country likes it or not, what happens in Texas matters a lot, not just because its the second most populous state but also because it serves as a kind of bellwether for whats going on in those parts of America that coastal elites would prefer to ignore.

Thats especially true of the controversy over Confederate statues and symbols and names, of which there are many in Texas, along with people in power who feel obliged to get rid of them. But if you think the iconoclastic impulse to purge public memory of the Confederacy has anything to do with the Civil War or a deeper understanding of American history, you havent been paying attention. The campaign against Confederate heritage is really a campaign against American heritage. The goal is to divide the country into irreconcilable camps for the purpose of waging political warfare. In the end, its really about giving up on the idea of America as a place where, despite our many differences, we can be a united and prosperous people.

Here again Texas is a bellwether. This week, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus requested that an old plaque about the Confederacy be removed from the Capitol in Austin. The plaque itself is a piece of mid-twentieth-century Confederate Lost Cause paraphernalia that was erected in 1959, likely in protest of the Civil Rights movement. It claims the Civil War wasnt really about slavery and the Confederacy wasnt really a rebellion. Straus, a Republican, wants the thing to come down because it isnt accurate. And hes right: the Confederacy was indeed a rebellion, specifically over the issue of slavery. It should probably come down, in part because it probably shouldnt have been put up in the first place.

But in issuing his request, Straus has become the latest well-meaning public figure to blunder into the Confederate monument mle under the misperception that its all about accurately portraying history. If it were, those calling for the removal of statues and the renaming of schools would have articulated some limiting principle to prevent the defunding of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, or the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in New York City, or the dynamiting of Mount Rushmore.

Theres No Limiting Principle To Confederate Iconoclasm

But there is no such limiting principle, which is why the Dallas Independe...

21:43

Poll: High Rates Of U.S. College Students Support Violence, Shouting To Stop Free Speech The Federalist

Its not just crazy places like the University of California at Berkeley where surprisingly large numbers of U.S. college students believe that violence and shouting are acceptable methods to prevent people from saying things. Fifty-one percent of all U.S. college students believe shouting is an acceptable response to free speech, and one in five (19 percent) believe violence is an acceptable response, according to results from a national survey of 1,500 students in 49 states and DC.

Fifty-three percent of survey respondents said colleges should create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased against certain groups of people rather than create an open learning environment where students are exposed to all types of speech and viewpoints, even if it means allowing speech that is offensive or biased against certain groups of people.

The polls preliminary results were published by the left-leaning Brookings Institution this week while the full results undergo peer review for publishing in an academic journal. The polling took place in August 2017.

Todays college students are tomorrows attorneys, teachers, professors, policymakers, legislators, and judges, writes study author John Villasenor, a professor of law, politics, and technology at the University of California at Los Angeles. If, for example, a large fraction of college students believe, however incorrectly, that offensive speech is unprotected by the First Amendment, that view will inform the decisions they make as they move into positions of increasing authority later in their careers.

Breaking Down the Poll Results

Men were far more likely than women to know basics about the First Amendment, the portion of the U.S. Constitution that explicitly protects free speech, but also far more likely to condone aggression in response to hearing things they dont like. While Republican-identified students were generally more supportive of free speech than Democrat-identified students, they were still remarkably likely to support restrictions on free speech and violent responses to it.

See some of the breakdowns from the poll results below.

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21:43

I Was On Medicaid For Years. Its Horrible And Should Be Cut, Not Expanded The Federalist

Progressives have never met an entitlement program they didnt like. Americans love affair with free things, even when they cost us dearly in increased taxes, regulatory costs, limitations on choice, and more, ensures that once an entitlement program is passed, the only change we will see to it is expansion. That is ultimately why Obamacare will never be repealed and why the only change that has happened in the 52 years since Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law is the growth of the entitlement programs.

On its face, Medicaid sounds like a worthy and worthwhile use of American taxpayer resources. If a family cannot afford medical care, society has a moral obligation to ensure they receive it. Conservatives argue that the obligation may not belong to the state, but that the poor, disabled, orphaned, and widowed among us still need medical care provided by society as a whole. In the many iterations of Obamacare reform, one of the proposals put on the table was a limit to expanding Medicaid rolls in future years. That attempt alone met shrill cries of But what about the children? from the Left. To progressives, wanting to limit the expansion of health welfare is akin to killing poor American children.

Since most in the media and on Capitol Hill come from upper-middle-class households, few seem to spend time talking to those Americans on Medicaid rolls. Media and politics are two industries where most need to spend some time as an unpaid intern to work their way up the low-paid ranks, a luxury most families who might be on Medicaid cannot afford. So what is it like growing up on Medicaid? Let me tell you, because its unpleasant.

The Poor Get the Scraps

My mother, a single mother and social worker, became disabled when I was ten years old and soon began receiving Social Security disability benefits, among other government programs. With both parents deceased now, my memory is a bit hazy on timing, but at some point around this age I was enrolled in New York states program Child Health Plus, a plan just a step above Medicaid for families on the bottom tier of earnings in the state. Living in a trailer park with a disabled mother and an absent father, I certainly qualified.

We soon discovered, however, that the doctors and dentists who accepted my insurance plan werent exactly of the highest quality. Considering the low payouts and the amount of legwork necessary to obtain them, doctors with enough of a reputation or experience never had to accept Medicaid. They were making enough accepting private insurance plans. Out of a sense of moral obligation, a few local doctors accepted a handful of Medicaid patients as a courtesy, but wait lists were long to get into a decent doctors office while on Medicaid.

My mother had a private insurance plan, which she paid for out of pocket. Thats something we could never afford today, now that Obamacare has obliterated low-cost plans. So she was allowed to be...

21:43

Former Disney Exec: Hollywood Is Hurting Because It Makes Movies For Lowest Common Denominator The Federalist

This past summer, Hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. More than a dozen films from every major movie studio bombed hard, to quote film financial analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co.

I wouldnt want to be a movie theater owner right now, he said. The losses were nothing short of historic.

Many turn to the rise of Netflix, the role of Rotten Tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. But two veteran Hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind Hollywoods slump.

Families are way underserved today, says writer Brian Bird. Now Bird and former Disney executive Mitch Davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and TV shows that run counter to mainstream trends.

Audiences Are Starved For Family Programming

Movie producer Mitch Davis got his start at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on Newsies, Dead Poets Society and other releases now considered iconic.

He wrote and directed The Other Side of Heaven for Disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress Anne Hathaway. She went on to star in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. (Worth noting: Nolans World War II drama Dunkirk was this past summers only original, non-franchise hit.)

The movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet, Davis said in an interview to support The Stray, his independent family film opening in theaters October 6. To make a world-class movie, it costs upwards of 50 to 200 million dollars. What do those economic forces mean? If youre spending that kind of money, you have to know you have a legitimate path to recouping it. The answer to that question becomes the lowest common denominator: sex and violence.

Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel, echoed Daviss analysis. Its a race to the bottom everywhere in the media conversation, except for a few small networks who are trying desperately to program for a family audience.

Writer of successful biopics The Case for Christ and Captive for Paramount Pictures, Bird recently co-founded Believe Pictures with Michael Landon, Jr., son of the famed Little House on the Prairie actor and producer.

Co-produced by Believe, When Calls the Heart has driven...

21:42

These Pro-Lifers Enter Abortion Centers To Talk With Mothers Scheduled For An Abortion The Federalist

Last Friday ten pro-life activists were arrested inside abortion centers in Michigan and Virginia where they had entered, peaceably, to speak with the mothers and fathers in the waiting room. The ten were a subset of a larger coordinated grouparound 30 or 40 in allincluding two women in New Mexico who also entered a clinic, but were not arrested.

The incidents, dubbed a Red Rose Rescue, was inspired by the work of Mary Wagner, a Canadian pro-life activist. Two decades ago, 24-year-old Mary Wagner met a pregnant teenage friend outside of an abortion center and began pleading with her not to go in. Her friend refused to listen, but allowed Mary to accompany her into the waiting room. When a clinic worker inside called the name of another pregnant woman, Mary looked up and repeated it. The woman glanced at her, and in that split second Wagner said simply: You dont have to do this.

It was an instinctive act, no doubt, springing from a sudden emotional recognition of what was about to happen to the child in that womans womb and to each of the children waiting so innocently to be dismembered so painfully in the back rooms. Suddenly, Wagner felt she could not morally justify leaving that clinic while it was in her power to stay.

The Canadian police did not agree. They arrested Wagner and clapped her in jail. But in an odd sort of way, a movement was born. It was an obscure one-woman movement for a decade and a halfWagner spent about a quarter of her time in jailbut gradually she began to gain notoriety. Her trials became small spectacles, with abortionists scolding her for surreptitiously entering clinics armed with red roses and business cards while mothers wrote in letters to say that Wagners illegal action had encouraged them and given them hope, saving them from killing their innocent unborn child.

Inspiring Other Acts of Courage

Joan Andrews Bell, an elderly pro-life veteran and mother...

21:42

The Most Millennial Startup Ever Will Front Your Down Payment In Exchange For Airbnb Hosting The Federalist

If the media is to be believed, millennials are excellent at only one thing, and thats killing off other things. While were allegedly responsible for the demise of absolutely everythingfrom Applebees to bar soapone of our most commonly cited assassination attempts is home ownership.

But in true millennial fashion, millennial entrepreneurs are finding solutions to millennial problems. Cant afford a down payment? It turns out theres an app for that.

Twenty-nine-year-old millennial Yifan Zhang is the co-founder of Loftium, a new startup that offers its customers a revolutionary method of financing the down payment on a home. Loftium will front your down payment in exchange for two-thirds of the money you make from renting out a room in your new house on Airbnb for a period of one to three years. Instead of a typical loan, the company signs a revenue-sharing agreement with its clients.

New Solutions Define Personal Responsibility

For millennials with large student loan payments, or for those living in expensive urban centers, making a traditional down payment is increasingly hard. Boomers can scold millennials about avocado toast all they like, but brunch is far from the most significant obstacle to home ownership for the young. Down payments have become a large barrier to home ownership, which explains low millennial ownership rates even in flipped cities, where young professionals can potentially save on monthly expenses by purchasing a comparable apartment to their current rental.

Theres a reason the Old Economy Steve meme has resonated across the plains of the meme-scape. Millennials have been dealt a bad economic hand, and while some have indeed gone on to play a bad hand badly, even fiscally-responsible millennials have had to grapple with graduating into one of the worst economic climates in decades, high student loan payments, and a job market that requires mobility.

That doesnt mean millennials should whine about their lot in life, which has in...

21:42

Critics Entirely Miss The Core Illumination Of Song To Song The Federalist

Art has been, is, and will always be political. We are often under a misconception that artists are rebels with the courage to challenge accepted truths. While there are artists like this, probably many, these are not the artists we are usually acquainted with.

The rebel artists we citesuch as Lin-Manuel Mirandaare not struggling with popularity. They are famous not because they have challenged the world with new ideas but because they are a voice through which a generation speaks, or, since a generation is never a monolith, a significant portion of a generation. Perhaps it is a new and rising voice, but the popularity of the artist is a sign that the scale is tipping or has already tipped.

The illusion that Miranda, Kanye West, or Iggy Pop are rebels seems to ignore the fact that they have millions of fans and millions and millions of dollars. Rebel artists who challenged the modern notions, givens, and morality would come across to us not like a celebrity but an Old Testament prophet. The message would seem jumbled, the conclusions strained, and we would send them on their way. Theyd appear to us as lunatics rather than geniuses.

Perhaps that is why the great film artist (auteur) of our time has declined in popularity over the last ten years. His work is more like one of these prophets who stand against the modern notions and point out where we are wrong. This year Terrence Mallicks Song to Song came out and has poor reviews on both IMDb (5.9) and Rotten Tomatoes (43 percent). The general critique is that the dots never came together to form a legible image. The story seems jumbled, and the motifs and message seems to fall flat. This is the response youd expect from an age so at odds with Mallicks artwork.

A Search for Freedom Inside Transgression

While the modern moment seems to define itself as an exodus from religion or at least towards a new reformation, Mallicks work is supported by the pillars of an old and soon to be forgotten paradigm. From nearly the opening scene, Rooney Mara begins Fausts quest. She expresses her desire to be free and try everything.

Her request is granted by Mephistopheles, played by Michael Fassbender. Of course hes not referred to as Mephistopheles, a character does call him the devil and his charismatic attitude, power to provide and protect, and attempts to bring his associates deeper are all reminiscent of Christopher Marlowe, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Only this time the devil is a little less self-aware. He is a devil deceived by another devil, an instance of the blind leading the blind.

As in the oldest of biblical traditions, the central discussion of the film, the fall itself, is sexual. The film begins almost immediately with the F-word while men and women dance violently in a mosh pit at a concert. In homes, images of hedonism hang on the walls...

21:41

Bernie Sanders In 1987: Single-Payer Would Bankrupt The Nation The Federalist

Single-payer health care is the newest buzzword for progressive democrats looking to appeal to their bases. A topic too scandalous to even be addressed prior to this peculiar time, it is now something many members of Congress have stepped forward to support.

On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders released his latest concoction of a bill, given the name Medicare for All, which demands an immense government expansion to cover healthcare for the entire U.S. population. Not only does Sanders bill demand an increase in the federal government, it also requires an exponential tax increase, as taxpayers will have to pay for the new Medicare system.

Our national debt is at an unsanctionable high, and fiscally responsible decisions are needed to halt any further increases to the debt crisis. Yet last week, President Trump struck a tax deal with the Democratic caucus, agreeing with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on a debt ceiling increase. In so doing, the president bypassed his leadership, failed to acknowledge Speaker Ryans critique of the proposal, and agreed to a proposal that will continue to increase the nations debt.

Single-Payer Health Care Has Gone Mainstream

While President Trump was working on that debt ceiling increase, Sanders was proposing his bill, which would be another huge fiscally irresponsible decision, while surrounded by fellow Democratic congressmen.

Instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars trying to administer an enormously complicated system of hundreds of separate insurance plans, there would be one insurance plan for the American people with one single payer, Sanders argued.

Sixteen Democratic senators have supported Sanders bill, along with prominent members Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York, and Kamala Harris of California.

Although these Democrats are eager to sign on to Medicare For All, there are still many within Congress who are hesitant.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland stated that Theres the political issue, but theres also the issue about how you make sure there will be adequate resources put into health care.

In a statement Tuesday, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said, I am skeptical that single-payer is the right solution, but I believe that the Senate should carefully consider all of the options through regular order so that we can fully understand the impacts of these ideas on both our people and our economy.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein added, My understanding is, the cost of single-payer is enormous,&#8221...

21:39

Why Melania Trump Should Visit Earthquake Victims In Mexico City The Federalist

Mexico City was ravaged by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake earlier this week, killing at least 274 people and reducing many of its buildings to rubble. The deadly tremors follow just a week after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck in southern Mexico, killing at least 60. Melania Trump should visit Mexico and lend support to the victims and rescue workers who are working around the clock to pull survivors from the ruins. Her presence would take a step towards mending relations between Mexico and the United States while giving the first lady a chance to assert herself as her own woman.

Tensions between the United States and Mexico have been escalating over the past two years as Donald Trump campaigned (and won) on a promise to make Mexico pay for a wall along the border between the two countries, a promise that has made relations rocky.Tougher immigration policies under the current administration have also upset the Mexican government.

On Tuesday, President Trump addressed the people of Mexico by tweeting: We are with you and will be there for you.

Many criticized President Trump for responding quickly to the disaster in Mexico City after it took him several days to reach out to Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto after the more powerful earthquake shook the country earlier this month. President Trump explained the delay was due to Neitos spotty cell service in the mountains surrounding the region affected by the first, and larger earthquake.

A visit from the First Lady could do a lot to patch things up between the two countries, as Melania is not as polarizing a figure as her husband. She doesnt dictate foreign policy, but she can be a powerful force to aid those in need. Her presence would draw much attention to the plight of the Mexican people, who require financial support and foreign aid to rebuild their lives.

In the United States, the first ladys favorability has been surging the past couple of months. A new CNN poll found that Melania is the...

21:39

Get Out Of Your House To Enjoy Some Crazy Fair Food The Federalist

Fall is here, on the calendar if not outside, which means its time for state fairs and their crazy foods. Alongside the typical corn dog, turkey leg, pretzels, and beer, you can also find crazy fried contraptions and unique drinks to match. They say everythings bigger in Texas. That also applies to the fantastic fair food.

The Texas State Fair runs in Dallas every fall beginning at the end of September. Within the fairgrounds lies The Cotton Bowl, one of college footballs most historic stadiums, and the site of the annual Texas versus Oklahoma football game. Dallas, nearly equidistant between the schools campuses in Austin and Norman, has hosted the Red River Showdown for more than a century.

As a college student in the late 90s I would go each October up to the game, which takes place sandwiched between concerts, exhibitions, amusement park rides, and food stalls at the fair. Before the game we would go to the fair, drink some beer, enjoy a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, and chow down on some seriously unhealthy food, because what better way to prepare for a big game then by binging on bad food and beer!

My favorite has always been deep-fried Oreos, but a couple of this years offerings could be even better. Here are highlights from the list of crazy foods available at the Texas State Fair this year.

Deep-Fried Froot Loops

Yes, thats right, Breakfast of Champions has a new definition. Your favorite childhood cereal is folded into whipped marshmallow, dipped in a creamy batter, fried to a golden brown, and then topped with a drizzle of glaze and powdered sugar. Oh yeah!

The Tamale Donut

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21:37

Man Gets Death Threats for Criticizing Police After Cops Encouraged People to Harass Him The Free Thought Project

restaurantA restaurant owner who called out St. Louis police for tear-gassing his customers is now receiving death threats from "Blue Lives Matter" supporters.

21:27

Playing With Triggers Freethought Blogs

Whenever we read an account of the beginning of WWI its necessary for the historian to first lay out the landscape of interlocking defense treaties that turned Europe into a sort of Venn diagram of fantasy militarism. To me, its a reminder of the great Avalon Hill game Diplomacy which we played in my high school Military History Club (AKA: D&D club) everyone secretly negotiating with everyone else against everyone else. For Europe, the results were grim, and I neednt go into them.

Theres a quip that I believe is attributed to Voltaire, which goes something like: once the leaders begin secret diplomacy, it always ends in tyranny. Its not a hard and fast rule but there are several reasons that make it a good observation; first: when leaders negotiate behind each others backs it becomes much easier for them to make the same promise to competing interests and, second: when leaders can work in secret, the will of the people is irrelevant and its the first step toward autocracy. Voltaire, having dealt with French kings, knew a thing or two about autocracy and would not have been in the least bit surprised by the folly of WWI. Of Louis XIVs invasion of the Palatinate in 1689, Voltaire wrote:

If the king had witnessed this spectacle, he would have put out the flames himself. He signed the destruction of an entire country in his palace at Versailles, in the midst of pleasures, because he saw in that order nothing but his power and the unfortunate law of war; but had he been there, he would have seen nothing but its horror. [gay, 113]

The rulers of Europe had to make agonizing (and secret) decisions which treaties they were going to uphold, and which they were going to break decisions that cost millions of lives. Then, once they had sorted that all out, they went and did the same thing again 30 years later; leaders are surprisingly slow learners. Its especially bad when the diplomacy, as all diplomacy ultimately seems to be, involves wars. When Germany invaded Belgium in WWI, Britain had to declare war against them based on a treaty signed in 1839; treaties like that are established as hedges against aggression thats their entire value: in 1914 the Germans assumed Britain would renege on its obligations and let them traverse through and attack France unimpeded. I see these treaties as odd especially if kept secret because the only rational reason to make them is for their deterrent value, and a secret deterrent isnt much of a deterrent. As Doctor Strangelove says:

Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy The ...

21:26

China Is Preparing to Attack Its Asian Neighbors in Order to Save Its Collapsing Currency Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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With this stunning new development, China is obviously preparing to invade its Asian neighbors for their resources to fuel their industrical explansion in order to stave off the collapse of their paper currency.

With this stunning new development, China is obviously preparing to invade its Asian neighbors for their resources to fuel their industrical explansion in order to stave off the collapse of their paper currency.

 

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Samantha Power and Susan Rice Are a Deep State Distraction Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Samantha Power and Susan Rice are singing a duet, the duet of Deep State distraction. We have heard this same song for 20 year. It is nothing new, except now, it is a Deep State distraction as to to how far the Police State Surveillance Grid has advanced.

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21:10

What Can America Learn from the Vietnam War? WhoWhatWhy

Ten years ago, when Ken Burns and Lynn Novick started working on their epic documentary about Americas war in Vietnam, that conflict could still rouse bitter passions as evidenced by the swift boating of Vietnam vet John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

Now, in 2017, as viewers turn from Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow to the shared experience of this ten-part film series, can an unsparing look at a historical tragedy have the unifying power that Burns originally thought it might?

The Vietnam War, not unlike Burns and Novicks Civil War documentary, which was watched by over 40 million Americans, is an event that transcends its time.

In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks to Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg, who covered Burns and Novick and The Vietnam War project for over five years. She had broad access during the making of the documentary and has written extensively about it.

Schechtman and Rosenberg talk about whether the lessons of history have value in a time of alternative facts. Can the convergence of movie and moment help America survive its current divisions, as the series shows we survived another time of deep discord? And will it help young Americans, who know little if anything about the Vietnam war, to better understand their country?

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The Truman Papers: The Truth About Korea Veterans Today

[Editors note: A few months ago I published an article that exposed the horriffic and largely unknown truth about how and why the war in Korea came about: The Unknown Truth About Korea As a follow-up to that article and to continue to explain the background to the current Korean crisis, I am publishing this []

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U.S. Outraged at RT for Daring to Question More 21st Century Wire

US mainstream media and extremist Neoconservative fundamentalists in Washington are now stepping-up their attacks on RT, claiming that the Russian English language international broadcaster is spreading dangerous ideas. The American establishment are now desperate as ever to shoot down the popular foreign media outlet under the pretext that Russia is a threat to the western civilization. 

Also covered: the Syrian government pushes to finally end the war, Washington again calls for regime change. Also the media war regarding North Korea.

CrossTalking with host Peter Lavelle are guests Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Xavier More. Watch this great discussion:

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20:31

Strong Towns Member Speaks out for Safe Streets Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

A 61-year-old woman was recently killed in Montreal when a school bus driver hit her while she was biking. The crash has prompted a heated conversation about bike safety in this city with one local leader accusing another of failing to install bike lanes in this neighborhood, which could have prevented this woman's death. Predictably, the accused leader then responded by saying the other was "politicizing" a tragedy.

The intersection where a woman was recently killed while biking in Montreal. Zvi Leve comments, "Given that a heavily travelled bike path is just the other side of the intersection we need to find a way to let cyclists get to it safely. Along that corridor, we continue to protect on street parking instead of people's lives!" (Photo source: Zvi Leve)

The intersection where a woman was recently killed while biking in Montreal. Zvi Leve comments, "Given that a heavily travelled bike path is just the other side of the intersection we need to find a way to let cyclists get to it safely. Along that corridor, we continue to protect on street parking instead of people's lives!" (Photo source: Zvi Leve)

CTV News Montreal reported on the story:

On Friday, the city announced a $150-million plan over five years to encourage cycling in the city and to make Montreal a leader for cycling in North America.

Ferrandez, however, is seething, saying Denis Coderre voted against several bike path projects, including one at Parc and Pine.

He refused. He personally refused. He took out and cancelled the plan for a bike path where there was an accident yesterday, he said.

Strong Towns member Zvi Leve, a Montreal resident and bike activist, was interviewed by CTV News Montreal. He responded to the crash: I wouldn't call it an accident. It's a tragedy that was needless and due to poor design unfortunately."

Zvi's pointed comment speaks volumes. As we've stated over and...

20:30

TERFs arent above the Nazi playbook either Freethought Blogs

The thing about TERFs is that, as a trans woman, I cannot play optics with them. Many TERF theories craft elaborate narratives that paint my mere existence as a threatthere is literally nothing I can do that wont be perceived as violent for someone steeped in these narratives. So I am not even slightly surprised when we can be assaulted at a rally and the footage of a 60 year-old TERF dragging a wisp of a teenager across concrete is held up as evidence of trans violence. (Apparently its impolite to not pass-out when one is being choked).

Stavvers noticed the meta-strategy here: Its a page from modern Nazis.

What I want to point out is the similarity in tactics between the transmisogynists narrative, and tactics deployed successfully by Nazis. Our current face of Nazismthe alt right, neo-Nazis, the far right, whatever your style guide demands you call themrather like to play the victim. When Richard Spencer got punched (lol) the Nazis were very keen to whine about it. When anti-fascist protesters come out to defend their communities, the Nazis, and their chum Donald Trump, are falling over themselves to denounce violence on both sides. Centrists are always eager to back up these narratives, because they love a good middle ground almost as much as they love pretending theyre not enablers of fascism.

This, of course, serves a purpose. It drags discussion away from Nazis are bad, how can we stop them? to punching is bad. It has been a Nazi tactic since Nazis were invented; Hitler rather liked to claim that he and his were victims of unprovoked violence from the people they wanted wiped out.

Now, transmisogynistic bigots have rather a lot in common with Nazis already. They both share an unhealthy fascination with trans peoples genitalia, where trans people pee, concern trolling about safety, and a general desire to see trans people eliminated entirely. They have been known to work together on certain projects, in particular surrounding bathroom bills. It seems, in their cosy discussion groups about how to ban trans people from public life, the transmisogynistic bigots and the Nazis have also been exchanging tactics.

Read more here.

-Shiv

20:14

Driving Ms. Deep State: Morgan Freeman Psy-Op Shows Desperation of US Establishment 21st Century Wire

By Andrew Korybko

Morgan Freemans latest publicly stunt permanently stained his legacy after the famous actor decided to join the fake news industry by passing off a blockbuster script as a true story.

Morgan Freeman declared in his latest two-minute video that We have been attacked. We are at war, but hes wrong in saying that Americans have been victimized by Russia, but should have rather told the truth that theyre under attack by their own government. To channel Freeman, Imagine this movie script, albeit modified to reflect real-life events instead of conspiratorial ones:

[Imagine] A globalist power cabal made up of the permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (the deep state), in conjunction with the Democratic Party, Cultural Marxist professors, the Mainstream Media, and Hollywood have attacked American democracy using non-stop infowar operations against their own fellow citizens to spread propaganda and false information aimed at convincing people that the Republican candidate and future President of the United States is really a Russian puppet

A few years ago this might have sounded just as ridiculous as the narrative that Freeman read off in front of the cameras, but the difference is that this actually happened whereas his story still remains the realm of fiction. The conspiracy theory that Russia somehow swayed the 2016 election has no basis in reality, and its very condescending to the millions of average Americans in the Midwest who swayed the election for Trump to even infer that these patriotic citizens were under the influence of a foreign intelligence operation at the time.

Midwesterners didnt tip the election for Trump because Pres...

19:30

Friday Follies and CALEXIT Virtual Mirage

I'm hanging out in Arizona today, meeting with the kitchen consultant in the Valley, eating a steak for lunch and then getting on the road up to the White Wolf Mine for the rest of the weekend. So it's shallow posting. 

I did hear this from another Zonie (Arizona person):

Itsa Yoke, Gringo

Yes, it's worthy of Fredd, who will be moving to his estate in Texas by and by. 

Will Brig move to Texas? I can't hazard a guess, but there are a lot of cows and horses in Texas. There's also a lot of empty land between Amarillo and everywhere else in Texas (Old NFO). 

I don't know if the floods will divert the CALEXIT to Arizona or not. The California exiles are stacking up at the borders of AZ and they're being encouraged by the locals to continue on to Texas.

16:41

Incident at Yankee Stadium Causes MLB Teams to React Guardian Liberty Voice

A young girl was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium during a game on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, causing MLB teams to announce plans about increase netting at their stadiums. On Sept. 21, Cincinnati Reds became the first team to make a public statement on the netting issue: The Reds ongoing commitment to []

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16:32

TOXIC FIBERS we are ALL BREATHING every day! Photographs taken by me of weird harmful fibers found inside my own house. Sheep Media

Metaphysical Musing by Susan Ferguson

VSF: The above photo was taken by me a few months ago. Please note the patterns that look like spikes or limbs off a stem.  These remind me very much of the kind of cloud formations I often find on NASA Worldview now. This photo is enlarged and contrast enhanced to show the structural details.

East of AFRICA / Sept.6, 2017                   https://go.nasa.gov/2f673FG

The Sea of Japan / Sept.5, 2017                           https://go.nasa.gov/2f1V24n

VSF: This post is a collection of photographs I have personally taken over the last two ye...

16:01

Puerto Rico Faces Devastation Caused by Hurricane [Video] Guardian Liberty Voice

The Caribbean Island, Puerto Rico, struggled against the Hurricane Maria which shut down the lights over the country and left behind devastation and fatalities. Although the hurricane hit the island country yesterday, reports indicate there are still zones under possible flood warnings on Sept. 21, 2017. This hurricane is the strongest to hit Puerto Rico in more []

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15:42

The Killing Fields of Hurricane Harvey! Sheep Media

Editors Note: I am posting this video, but I cannot verify whether or not what this man is saying it true or not true. So I am leaving that up to you to come to your conclusion. I do not have the resources at this time to go there myself and actually see what is taking place. Use your discernment and please comment is you have FIRST-HAND information. Thank you.

Via aplanetruth.info:

13:33

Pope Francis: The Mafia, It lives off corrupt politics. Protect the witnesses of justice Political Vel Craft

Pope Francis met with the Italian Antimafia Parliamentary Commission The fight against mafias is a priority, but even more so is the fight against corruption which, with disdain for the general interest, represents a fertile group in which the mafias engage and develop. Pope Francis aims at the heart of one of the greatest evils []

13:11

Leo DiCaprio Foundation Is Giving Away $20 Million In Grants To Save The Planet True Activist

Credit: United Nations

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced that it is awarding $20 million in grants to a wide variety of projects around the world that will help save the environment, its people, and encourage sustainability. The large sum will be spread across 100 organizations, whose goals range from restoring mangroves in Mexico to establishing reserves in all five oceans.

The foundation was established in 1998 and this sum will raise the organizations impact to $80 million since it first began. DiCaprio has been significantly enhancing his efforts to help the environment in the last few years and he points to his role in Revenant, which had environmentalist undertones, as a major motivator to increase his role in combating climate change.

We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad. These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change, Leo said in a speech delivered to a climate change conference at Yale University this past Tuesday.

DiCaprio has become increasingly involved in not only environmental projects, such as on-the-ground work in rainforests being slashed for palm oil, but also diplomatic actions. This includes meeting with former president Barack Obama and President Donald Trump to discuss climate change, becoming a Messenger of Peace for the UN, and producing a documentary on climate change.

...

13:10

The Mysterious Big Bang Theory Veterans Today

by Asif Haroon Raja The universe is 13 billion and 18 crore years old. The universe came into existence as a result of a Big Bang, which gave birth to 350 big and 720 billion small galaxies. In every galaxy, there are billions of satellites and trillions of stars much bigger than the earth. The []

12:58

350 Miles Against State Repression It's Going Down

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On September 27, a collective of DC-based riders will kick off a 350-mile bike ride as a fundraiser for groups on the front line of state repression. Will you give them a good send off by donating?

The bike ride will begin at 12th and L Streets NW in Washington, DC, the site of the illegal kettle on January 20, 2016. From there, they will ride for five days350 milesto Pittsburgh, PA, a longtime hub of radical organizing. In this time of increased state repression, our comradesbe they J20 defendants, anti-fascist organizers, or BLM activistsneed support now more than ever. This may sound like a lofty goal physicallybut we think the goal of raising $10,000 shouldnt be!

Can you donate $20, $50, or $100 to fight state repression? Every dollar you donate will go directly to organizations on the front lines, and it will also lift the spirits of our pedaling pals! Donate today.

100% of the money raised as part of this ride will go to organizations working to fight immediate threats to our freedom. Riders are subsidizing all of the overhead cost to show solidarity and ensure the most resources go directly to those that need them. For more information, visit their website.

...

12:30

Making Sense of Senseless Violence The Marshall Project

A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.

12:17

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Stop the End Game Veterans Today

  By Carol Duff, MSN, BA, RN  Today AMD is considered to be incurable as its disease process causes a destruction of the central portion of the retina, which lines the back, inside portion of the eye.   The retina is the inner layer of the eye and is sensitive to light.  When light, which []

11:47

Only a conservative twit would believe hes entitled to a speakers slot at a con Freethought Blogs

Pity poor Jon Del Arroz! The sad far-right science fiction author first came to my attention a short while ago when he was complaining bitterly that the SJWs had taken over science fiction, using cherry-picked and misleading statistics. Hes got a persecution complex big enough to fill the San Francisco bay, where he lives.

Now hes getting picked on again! He claims to have been blackballed from a local convention hes spoken there before, but he was not invited this year. After going on and on about reviews for a recent book, and praising himself mightily, he cuts to the chase.

The reason I was disinvited was because it is well known that I support the President of the United States, duly elected and all, and that Im happy about the way the country is being run. You know, like most normal people are. Thats the only thing thats changed between then and now. Its the same dangerous rhetoric out there that many of these folk who run the convention post on such a consistent basis that has turned Facebook from a fun catching up with friends website to a hellhole of fear, anger and hate (which as Master Yoda taught us, leads to suffering!). Its impossible to communicate anymore, and as such, there is a small but vocal power structure of people in the convention scene and publishing that cant tolerate the concept of seeing my pretty face. I am a minority thats been discriminated against, not because of my race, but because of my ideas. In Science Fiction, ideas are everything, and its frightening to think about those being shut down as a consequence. These people want my career to fail, and they believe they can accomplish that by silencing me and giving me the cold shoulder.

Theres one little problem with this woeful narrative. We have the letter the conference organizers personally wrote to him after he complained.

Dear Jon,

Thank you for your interest in BayCon 2017. We have made some changes to the programming which are discussed in detail here: http://baycon.org/bcwp/programming-2/

At this time we are not issuing you an invitation for this years convention. You are definitely on our guest list for 2018 and we hope very much to see you there.

Sincerely,

BayCon Programming

He wasnt blackballed. Hes even on their list for next year. They just like to rotate their speakers a bit, and not bring in the very same people every year which is a good policy. I like hearing from new people.

Jon Del Arroz thinks getting one invitation to speak means he is now invited to speak at every...

11:45

#NoCopAcademy Campaign Opposes $95 Million for New Police Grounds It's Going Down

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Rahm thinks he can get away with this. Hes attempted to move each phase of this under the publics radar, and pass it discreetly through the 2018 City budget while no one is watching. We plan to fight back together to stop this compound. We demand schools for kids, not cops.

Chicago already spends $1.5 billion on police every yearthats $4 million every single day. We spend 300% on the CPD as a city more than we do on the Departments of Public Health, family and support services, transportation, and planning and development (which handles affordable housing). This plan is being praised as a development opportunity to help local residents around the proposed site, but when Rahm closed 50 schools in 2013, six were in this neighborhood. The message is clear: Rahm supports schools and resources for cops, not for Black and Brown kids.

We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicagos most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.

Rahm has sought to portray himself as the resistance to Trump, but is pursuing policies that will compound the presidents multi-pronged attack on our communities. And while the City wants to push the idea of joint training for police and fire, we know that more collaboration at the level of training will lead to increased militarization of emergency response across the board.

The problem of police violence in Chicago has been documented for years by Black organizers and exposed by the scathing 2016 Department of Justice report.  This training center would escalate the practices and policies that cause Black and Brown communities to be targeted, harassed, criminalized, tazed, stopped, frisked, and incarcerated. Rather than committing to meaningful community control of the police, this attempted facelift aims to quell dissent and will only expand CPDs capacity for violence.

We refuse any expansion of policing in Chicago, and demand accountability for decades of violence. We will fight for funding for our communities, and support each other in building genuine community safety in the...

11:33

Donald Trump's Addiction to Violence OpEdNews

The president has normalized violence by emboldening the idea that it is the only viable political response to social problems.

11:06

Why Wicked Is A Sneaky Story That Celebrates A Free Society The Federalist

Spoiler alert: discusses plot points from a 14-year-old musical.

It can be challenging being a conservative fan of Broadway musicals. When I was growing up on Long Island in the 80s and 90s, I would regularly go to see Broadway shows with my family or on school trips. Perhaps it was just my perception, but it seemed to me that the vast majority of shows had broad appeal, despite the proposition of heading in to the gritty cityTimes Square hadnt been cleaned up yet.

Despite the seedy surroundings of Midtown Manhattan, you could take the family to most of the shows. Back then, we would snicker at well-placed expletives in shows like Les Miserables. Today, Times Square is safer than ever (barring the occasional aggressive Elmo), but you really have to do your homework to know which shows you can take your kids to. Generally speaking, unless the show is a classic revival (like Fiddler on the Roof or West Side Story); has been adapted by Disney (Lion King, Aladdin, etc.); or its explicitly marketed to kids (like Matilda), youre probably better off staying home.

Broadway shows these days seem to revel in saturating in swearwords or rubbing the audiences faces in the latest feminist or LGBT agenda item. (And yes, I realize that people like Bob Fosse were pushing the envelope in the 70s, and shows like Oh Calcutta existed in the 80s.) Its enough to make you give up on professional live theater.

That brings me to Wicked. Here is your show of shows. Its a blockbuster that has been continually running on Broadway since it opened 14 years ago. Its smashed box office records many times over at its home at the Gershwin Theater. Its broken box office records with its touring productions. It confirmed Broadway superstar status for its stars, Kristin Chenowith and Idina Menzel. Somehow I missed it. I think I just wasnt convinced by the hype, and I had heard it got political, so I had stayed away.

A Reimagining of The Wizard of Oz

In Philadelphia, where I now live, touring productions of Wicked have visited five times over the years, and they have generally stayed for week-long runs. I always had something better to do. The most recent touring production took up a residence during the entire month of August at the Academy of Music, and I figured this was finally the time to see it. And I loved it!

In case youre still with me, and you dont know what Wicked is all about, its a musical based on the novel of the same name. It reimagines the novel and movie The Wizard of Oz. Wicked takes place before, during, and after the events of Wizard. In this reimagining, Glinda and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, are friends who met as roommates in college in Oz. Wicked purports to give us the back story behind the flying monkeys, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. It turns out that Elphaba didnt really melt after Dorothy threw that bucket of wate...

11:04

Sanders Foreign Policy Speech at Westminster College OpEdNews

One of the reasons I accepted the invitation to speak here is that I strongly believe that not only do we need to begin a more vigorous debate about foreign policy, we also need to broaden our understanding of what foreign policy is.

10:55

Scope Of Anthony Weiners Pedophilia Unveiled By Prosecutors, Laid Out In Gruesome Detail The Last American Vagabond

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To make sure that Weiner ends up in jail, the US Attorney for the district of New York has laid outin gruesome detailthe specifics of his pedophilia. (TFTP) This week, the prosecution documents were filed and released on the disgraced former Congressman, who was charged with obscene crimes against a minor in a pedophilia scandal that Hillary []

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10:38

Boiler Room EP #127 The Oppression Commiseration (And Similar Topics) 21st Century Wire

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

Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along side Andy Nowicki the Nameless One & Randy J for the hundred and twenty seventh episode of BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs and analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social reject club.

This week on the show the ACR Brain-Trust is back with another meeting of the Social Reject Club in the No Friends Left Zone and the gang is discussing Morgan Freeman promoting the #TrumpRussia psyop, the most expensive cities in the US, Jim Carreys odd behavior captured recently on camera, the general degeneracy of Hollywood, Evergreen State College settling $500,000 claim by professors who were told to leave campus for being white, the upcoming Free Speech Week at Berkeley and much more.

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10:28

Controversial Heidi Harris Show Taken Off Air Guardian Liberty Voice

The Heidi Harris Show has been called the best locally produced radio show by Electronic Media Awards and Harris, one of Americas 100 most important radio hosts by Talkers Magazine. Despite these claims, KXNT 840 AM, CBS Radio Las Vegas abruptly dropped the controversial radio show on Sept. 19, 2017. Recently, Harris posted a comment []

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10:07

Nuclear Plants Plus Hurricanes: Disasters Waiting to Happen OpEdNews

Harvey and Irma threatened six reactors with catastrophic failure, and all of us with apocalyptic disaster.

10:04

The Gateway Drug Is Alcohol, Not Marijuana TIP

[AN] Researchers at the University of Florida have found that the theory of a gateway drug is not associated with marijuana results from the Guttman scale indicated that alcohol represented the gateway drug, leading to the use of tobacco, marijuana, and other illicit substances.

Furthermore, students who used alcohol exhibited a significantly greater likelihood of using both licit and illicit drugs.

In an interview with Raw Story, co-author Adam E. Barry said that his studies were intended to correct some of the propaganda that has infected American culture since the Reefer Madness era.

Some of these earlier iterations needed to be fleshed out, thats why we wanted to study this. The latest form of the gateway theory is that it begins with [cannabis] and moves on finally to what laypeople often call harder drugs. As you can see from the findings of our study, it confirmed this gateway hypothesis, but it follows progression from licit substances, specifically alcohol, and moves on to illicit substances, Barry said. These findings walk hand-in-hand with a 2012 study from Yale that found that alcohol and cigarettes were much more likely than marijuana to precede opiate abuse.

Researchers used a nationally representative sample of high school seniors, evaluating data collected through the University of Michigans Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks drug use trends among youth in the US. Barrys study focused on data collected from 14,577 high school seniors from 120 public and private schools in the United States.

By comparing substance abuse rates between drinkers and non-drinkers, the researchers found that seniors in high school who had consumed alcohol at least once in their lives were 13 times more likely to use cigarettes, 16 times more likely to use marijuana and other narcotics, and 13 times more likely to use cocaine.

In the sample of students, alcohol also represented the most commonly used substance, with 72.2 percent of students reporting alcohol consumption at some point in their lifetime. Comparatively, 45 percent of students reported using tobacco, and 43.3 percent cited marijuana use.

The findings from this investigation support that alcohol should receive primary attention in school-based substance abuse prevention programming, as the use of other substances could be impacted by delaying or preventing alcohol use. Therefore, it seems prudent for school and public health officials to focus prevention efforts, policies, and monies, on addressing adolescent alcohol use, the study concluded.

Scientists had earlier discovered that cannabis, a therapeutic healing herb, may act...

09:47

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is Not an Ally and the US Should Rethink Its Approach to Iran The Anti-Media

According to Bernie Sanders, Saudi Arabia has funded terrorism around the world and is not an ally of the United States.

(INTERCEPT) Bernie Sanders broke with the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill in an exclusive interview with The Intercept. The United States has long considered Saudi Arabia to be a loyal friend, supporter, and partner in the so-called war on terror. Sanders issued a scathing denunciation of the Gulf kingdom, which has recently embarked on a new round of domestic repression.

I consider [Saudi Arabia] to be an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism. They are not an ally of the United States.

The Vermont senator accused the incredibly anti-democratic Saudis of continuing to fund madrasas and spreading an extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine in many countries around the world.

They are fomenting a lot of hatred, he added.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

By  / Republished with permission / The Intercept

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

 

09:35

Where in the world is Nambia? Freethought Blogs

Donald Trump seems to think that there is such a country.

08:57

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Wear Blindfolds At Airport To Avoid Seeing Immodest Women Counter Current News

Source: ATI

Its just the latest example of religiously-motivated unusual behavior involving airports and planes.

Left: Hasidic travelers wear blindfolds at an airport
Right: A Kohein man covers himself in plastic on a flight

A group of young Hasidic Jewish men was seen traveling through an airport blindfolded, apparently so they would not be exposed to the potential sight of immodestly dressed women.

Reddit user thenewyorkgod posted the image Monday morning, which has since amassed over 5000 comments. Most of the commenters expressed shock over such conduct, but some of the users have been posting their own similar experiences or pointing out how common these occurrences are.

In 2013, an Orthodox Jewish man completely covered himself in plastic sheeting during a flight to avoid being exposed to the dead should the plane fly over a cemetery.

This man was believed to be a Kohein, who are religious descendants of the priests of ancient Israel. Kohanim are banned from having any sort of contact with the dead in order to remain pure. This includes visiting cemeteries or even flying over them.

To try to save themselves, Kohanim employ a controversial solution that is not entirely allowed in the church wrapping themselves in plastic bags. The bag is said to create a sort of barrier between the individual and the tumah, or surrounding impurities.

The controversy exists mostly due to safety concerns. Even if they can be seatbelted in, the passenger wouldnt be able to reach an oxygen mask or escape from the plane quickly if an emergency situation were to occur.

In addition, the question remains as to how they...

08:54

The killing of history OpEdNews

The cynical fabrication of "false flags" that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record -- the Gulf of Tonkin "incident" in 1964, which The Vietnam War director Ken Burns promotes as true, was just one. The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971.

08:49

I Have Seen The Moon / Helen and the Moon. Freethought Blogs

My friend gave me permission to share the inspiration for I Have Seen The Moon, which upon reading evoked wonders, prehistory, gods of old, mysteries, all the beings who have been, and all those to be. Reading is below the fold, click the image for full size.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.

Helen and the moon

the moon is the moon, she says
anywhere you go.
from a balcony in Troy
or above a gaping maw,
the moon is the moon.

I saw the moon from a ship crossing the Aegean, she says
and again from the single window of my tower
where it shone like a great pearly eye
blind and gleaming
teasing moths and the mist into something ethereal
so yes, Ive seen the moon.

Ive seen the moon through a dusty sky, she says
shining deep red and russet
stained with the blood of my victims
as I lay back and spewed my venom back into the atmosphere
shading the world
painting with fire
so yes, Ive seen the moon.

I have also seen the moon in foreign lands, she says
not quite the cross that I once brought
from across the Egyptian desert
along with all the cats
but a beacon from the heavens
nonetheless
so yes, I have seen that moon, too.

I have seen the moon, she says
it glimmered across my carapace
dark and iridescent
and caressed the membrane of my feather-scaled wings
whose eyes
stared back
and saw infinity
so yes, I have seen the moon.

I can still feel the moon, she says
from beneath the stones of the pyramid
lying under this weight
my purity questioned and questioned and finally granted
while the moon
keeps the secrets
birthed in the night
so yes, I still feel the moon.

I speak to the moon, she says
my ocean like a universe
making islands of us all
a speck of dust and light
giving direction and bearing
to those lost at sea
and the moon sings back to me
with the gentleness of inevitable tides
so yes, I can speak to the moon.

its the only moon we have, she says
though Primus never understood in the end
and our new beginning
was just another ending
and you know
love alone is never enough to make it work
not even the moon.

its always been the same moon, she says
through the silences
and darkness
and storms
and the twisted endings far from my siblings
through...

08:38

Chicago Police Officer Ordered to Pay $500,000 Out Of His Own Pocket After Shooting Family on New Years Eve Counter Current News

Source: Filming Cops

A  woman and her two brothers were shot by a Chicago police officer.

Now, a jury says the cop went too far and theyre owed almost five million dollars by the city, including half a million from the police officer.

The three victims hope the jurys verdict sends a message, but it still hasnt made them whole.

Three years ago, Michael Williamson was home on leave from the Navy, celebrating New Years Eve with family and friends at a home in the Roseland neighborhood. Before the night was done, Michael and two of his siblings had been shot and wounded by Chicago Police Officer Wilfredo Ortiz.

I had a wound to my shoulder, my stomach, I was on the colostomy bag for a year, I got hit twice in my back, and once in my right hip, Michael said.

His younger sister was shot in the stomach.

I thought I was going to die. I didnt know what was going on. Id never been shot before, Kierra said.

Now, Michael and Kierra, and their brother Princeton, have won a jury verdict of $4.7 million because of that shooting. A federal jury found that Officer Ortiz used excessive force when he fired eleven times onto the porch and into the home.

Officer Ortiz was responding to gunfire at the home, the shots apparently in celebration of the New Year. Officer Ortiz claimed Michael had taken a military-style tactical stance and threatened him with a weapon, but the officers story did not stand up in court.

Its just funny how they tried to use my military experience against me, Michael said.

Princeton Williamson says the verdict sends a message that officers need to think before they react.

Officer Ortiz is still on the force, because IPRA cleared him in the shooting. The city says in response to the verdict that its considering its options.

Source:...

08:33

Trump Slams US And Saudi Foreign Policy In Fiery UN Speech The Last American Vagabond

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In a bold move, President Trump condemned the violent, oppressive behavior and policies of the U.S. and its allies while speaking at the U.N. this week. He described the decline of a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. His description accurately []

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08:17

FL Residents Warned Theyll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes Counter Current News

(ANTIMEDIA) Miami-Dade County, FL  At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.

Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.

And we thought he was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something, Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perezs fence still standing.

I laughed, he said. I thought he was kidding. You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago. No, Im not kidding. I have to cite you for this. I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!

But Perez stopped laughing when the official told him he would be writing up a report and would be back to check on the property. Perez told WSVN that the man said hed have to write me a fine if the fence wasnt up to code by then.

At the time this officer was out here, we didnt have power, we didnt have food, we didnt have ice. He is crazy, ridiculous, Perez said, adding that its not like I can go to Home Depot because all the stores were closed.

The South Floridian says he understands that there is a lot of work that needs to be done but that the countys rush to issue warnings was inappropriate:

Give us a minute to breathe. Let us get our power back on. And I wouldnt mind if they told me that a few days down the line or due time but it bothers me that they came out here just a few hours after the storm had passed.

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08:16

Hey, look! Its a tenure-track biology job! Freethought Blogs

The University of Minnesota, Morris biology discipline has been approved to fill a tenure track line in biology. Heres the description:

The University of Minnesota, Morris Division of Science and Mathematics seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education, to fill a tenure-track position in biology beginning August 20, 2018.

Required/Preferred Qualifications:

Required: Applicants must hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in molecular biology or related field by August 20, 2018. Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate biology students is required (graduate TA experience is acceptable.)

Preferred: Preference will be given to applicants who are able to develop and teach upper-level elective courses in their area of expertise and which complement those offered by the current biology faculty. Applicants with expertise in quantitative approaches to molecular-scale data are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Job

Duties/Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate biology courses including introductory biology, molecular biology with lab, electives in the applicants areas of expertise, and other courses that support the biology program; advising undergraduates; conducting research that could involve undergraduates and potentially in collaboration with our data sciences faculty; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the biology program, the division, and the campus.

This tenure-track position carries all of the privileges and responsibilities of University of Minnesota faculty appointments. A sound retirement plan, excellent fringe benefits and a collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the position. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. in hand and at the Instructor level for those whose Ph.D. is pending. The standard teaching load is twenty credit hours per year.

As a small university, note the teaching requirements: we need someone to help teach molecular biology, so wet lab experience is important. Molecular biology is an awfully broad category, though, so also note the buried detail: Applicants with expertise in quantitative approaches to molecular-scale data are strongly encouraged to apply. The magic word there is quantitative. Were looking for someone who applies quantitative analysis to their work. Were wide open to a lot of different approaches. Are you a bioinformatics person who is analyzing the evolution of specific genes? Lovely. Are you a systematist studying plant taxa with quantitative techniques? Go for it. Looking at biomechanics? We dont do that here, but it wo...

08:09

Capitalism: The Nightmare OpEdNews

As Bernie Sanders said repeatedly on the campaign trail in 2016, the top 10th of the upper 1 percent in the U.S. has nearly as much wealth as the nation's bottom 90 percent. Seven heirs of the Walton family's Walmart fortune have among them a net worth equal to that of the nation's poorest 40 percent. Half the U.S. population is poor or near-poor, and half lacks any savings.

08:01

Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones The Marshall Project

After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news.

07:52

City of Chicago to Build Massive $95 Million State-of-the-Art Police Compound by 2020 The Anti-Media

A coalition of local community organizations are worried that the massive training center will expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

(SP)  The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a coalition of community organizations contend the center will compound President Donald Trumps multi-pronged attack on communities of color and expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

Last week, the citys Community Development Commission approved a 30.4-acre land acquisition in a northwest industrial corridor tax-increment-financing (TIF) district in Chicago. A $95 million state-of-the-art compound will be built by 2020 for police, firefighters, and emergency medical services teams to train together.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the facility as a destination, where out-of-state police agencies can send officers for training. It will spur real economic development with people from the suburbs and down state traveling to the center.

Similarly, Alderman Emma Mitts, whose ward includes West Garfield Park, asserted the community is excited about having a lot more police in the area. She also claimed there will be new economic opportunities.

Ive lived there over 35 years, and its been vacant since Ive been there, Mitts said. The community has been complaining about no retail there. So, I changed the zoning not knowing they were going to put the police and fire academy across the street. Hopefully, we can attract the retail they were talking about like grocery stores. They have to go outside of the neighborhood; nothing in walking distance, where you can get good produce.

However, Page May of Assatas Daughters, who is part of the coalition, contended the compound is an investment in policing. It is an investment in the Chicago Police Department. This is not an investment in the west side of Chicago.

Debbie Southorn, a part of the Peoples Response Team, which is also a part of the coalition against the compound, said it is a little bizarre to believe a police presence will make the area suddenly appealing to retail.

If you actually look at where theyre talking about building this, its in a industrial corridor. Its actually part of a TIF district. Its the northwest industrial corridor so its flanked by a super busy intersection and then a factory a...

07:36

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning OpEdNews

I hope that eventually the Americans will do what they did in al-Taif and simply pack, declare victory and leave. That would be the only rational thing to do. But after listening to Trump at the UN I don't get the feeling that being rational is at the top of the US priority list. That's all rather frightening.

07:30

Bernie Sanders lets loose Freethought Blogs

In an interview with The Intercept, Bernie Sanders delivers some much needed perspective into the US foreign policy debates.

I consider [Saudi Arabia] to be an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism. They are not an ally of the United States.

The Vermont senator accused the incredibly anti-democratic Saudis of continuing to fund madrasas and spreading an extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine in many countries around the world.


Speaking to The Intercept, Sanders called for a rethink, in terms of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Iran and Saudi Arabia. The senator suggested the United States should consider a pivot toward long-standing adversary Iran and away from traditional ally Saudi Arabia. The latter, he claimed, has played a very bad role internationally, but we have sided with them time and time and time again, and yet Iran, which just held elections, Iran, whose young people really want to reach out to the West, we are continuing to put them down.

In a wide-ranging interview ahead of his set-piece speech on foreign policy in Fulton, Missouri, on Thursday morning, the independent senator said the United States is complicit in Israels occupation of the Palestinian territories and said he would be willing to consider voting to cut U.S. aid to the Jewish state. He also offered tentative support for a face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and North Koreas Kim Jong-un; described U.S. drone strikes against innocent civilians as one of the root causes of terrorism; and called for a re-examination of U.S. foreign policy unilateralism.

Asked if he agreed with ESPNs Jemele Hill and The Atlantics Ta-Nehisi Coates, who have both called Trump a white supremacist, Sanders said he preferred to use the word racist to describe the president.

07:19

Podcast: Debating Health Care, Tax Reform, UBI, And Other Economic Issues The Federalist

Annie Lowrey is a staff writer and contributing editor at the Atlantic who covers economic policy. Lowrey and Domenech debate and discuss a host of economic ideas including universal basic income, work programs, tax increases, and health care.

I feel like the UBI conversation suffers from too much specificity and too little specificity, Lowrey said. When you poll people about UBI usually theyre in support of having a floor under which nobody can fall, but then when you ask about raising tax revenueit becomes less popular.

Conservative proposals for tax reform and health care policy are similar in that they push the issues back to the states to make the hard decisions.

Theyre basically saying were going to have huge cuts, trillions of dollars of cuts, and were going to wave a magic wand and the states are going to be more efficient, and theyre going to be able to figure out how to do it without rationing care, Lowrey argued.

Listen to the whole conversation here:

07:17

Moricetown band set to change name Warrior Publications

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Part of a mural in the Moricetown community hall.

Posted by Jacob LeBlanc, CFNR Radio,  September 21, 2017

Moricetown band members will now get to say a familiar name as the village is changing their name.

Victor Jim is the newly elected chief and as one of his first acts in office was to return the name of their village to its original name, Witset.

This was suggested almost 4 years ago in a Council meeting and has been a popular notion since then.

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07:16

Oil, Gas, Geopolitics Guide US Hand In Playing The Rohingya Crisis The Last American Vagabond

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Internal conflict, appropriately located, spells geopolitical opportunity. With U.S. ally Saudi Arabia funding and stoking Rohingya insurgencies, the U.S. creates a chance to blockade Chinas oil supply and provide Aung San Suu Kyi the military cooperation needed to wrest Myanmar back from Chinese influence. YANGON, MYANMAR  (Analysis) In recent years, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has only []

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06:53

If You Don't Have Good Health Care, Neither Should Your Rep OpEdNews

Every year that the U.S. Congress fails to provide health coverage for every American family, the members should get their pay docked by a third. Pay them only when they deliver for the people. When Congress finally assures good health care for all of us, then its members would get the same coverage. But until they deliver for the whole public, the public owes them nothing.

06:51

Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives Counter Current News

Source: The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

In a police state, innocent 8-year-old boys with severe learning disabilities and diagnosed behavioral issues are not safe from the violent hand of the states enforcers. A mother has learned the hard way just how unsafe a child can be when the state gets involved after her 8-year-old son was kidnapped by police, put in restraints, and forcefully injected with a sedative after acting out on his first day of school.

Debbie Kiroff is now looking for answers after her son endured horrific abuse at the hands of those who claim to protect.

They know hes a runner, she told CBC Toronto. When I first brought him to the school, I said to them, He likes to run. Thats his release.

Earlier this month, the principal at Holland Landing Public School called her to let her know her sons behavior was escalating. However, she never expected what came next.

He usually runs to the same spot near the little forest that they go to for day trips, Kiroff said of the place her son runs to find his peace. This time, however, after he ran off, the police were called in.

According to Kiroff, she says it all began over an argument with another boy about who should be able to use a computer.

Hes running around right now, hes got a ruler, hes climbing this, climbing that, Kiroff says the principal told her, asking her to come pick her son up.

Kiroff, who works for the Canada Post, couldnt leave work, so she sent her daughter to pick him up.

By the time she got to the school, however, it was too late. Cops had snatched him up after he allegedly tried to run off school property.

Mom, theyve already got him in the police car. Theyre taking him to the hospital because hes too angry, she says her daughter told her on the phone.

When they got to the hospital...

06:47

F*ck You And The Horse You Rode In On Sheriff Clarke Explodes After Reporter Asks About His Security Detail Filming Cops

Sheriff Daivd Clarke exploded on a reporter who asked him questions about his security detail last week. Daniel Bice, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, sent Clarke an email asking

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06:44

Miss. Elementary School Teacher Fired Over Facebook Post Telling African Americans to Move Back to Africa Counter Current News

Source : The Root

Updated Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 12:15 p.m. EDT: Looks like the South Panola School District in Mississippi isnt buying the ol Oh my goodness, Ive been hacked! excuse after an elementary school teacher was caught making racist comments on Facebook.

Cammie Rone, who taught at Batesville Intermediate School, has been officially fired after commenting that African Americans should move back to Africa if they dont like the way things are in the United States.

Rone tried to claim that she was hacked but officials werent about that life and gave her the boot.

Bye-bye, Cammie! Dont let the door hit you on the way out.

Earlier:

A Mississippi elementary school teacher is catching the heat after a racist post appeared on her Facebook page saying that black people can move back to Africa if they dont like the way the country is going.

You know. The usual thing.

If blacks in this country are so offended no one is forcing them to stay here. Why dont they pack up and move back to Africa where they will have to work for a living, the commentary posted on Cammie Rones page read, according to the Associated Press. I am sure our government will will pay for it! We pay for everything else.

Of course, Rone is claiming, Not me!, insisting that her page was hacked and that this kind of stuff is not her usual posting M.O.

If anyone knows me I post about cows, recipes, and home improvements. Not racism, she wrote in a follow-up post.

Rone, who teaches at Batesville Intermediate School, is currently on leave while the district investigates the incident.

06:40

Bi Any Means Podcast #116: When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer with Anthony Pinn Freethought Blogs

My guest for today is Dr. Anthony Pinn. He is a professor, author, and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn is also the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He has a new book called, When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race. Today were going to talk about the book and how humanists can be better advocates for racial justice.

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06:37

Cops Delete FB Post of Massive Weed Bust After the Internet Corrects Them The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Last week, officers from Missouris Jasper Police Department celebrated a marijuana bust they deemed worth roughly $100,000. In a now-deleted Facebook post, they disclosed their satisfaction with their operation, which took ten cops and sheriffs deputies and a National Guard helicopter to conduct.

As the Riverfront Times noted (grabbing screenshots before the post was taken down):

What a great team effort today, the Jasper departments now-deleted post read. It was hot and humid and not easy getting these plants. We ALL got in the thick of things and got it done.

The Times summarized the posts sentiment:

In a curious bit of show-your-work math, the department calculated the nearly 290 plants seized would have produced on the low side 63 pounds of marijuana with a street value of roughly $100,000.

But commenters were quick to point out an apparent flaw in the officers bust: it wasnt cannabis they had seized, but hemp, they said. You cant get high from smoking hemp, and the material can be used to create anything from clothing, soap, paper to sails, rope, fuel, and concrete, called hempcrete. It is both durable and sustainable.

Thats hemp, one comment bluntly said, according to the Times, though the rest of the comments are not available to view because the original post has been removed. One of Missouris two entities allowed to grow hemp for certain medicinal purposes, Mitch Meyers of BeLeaf, said, Sure looks like hemp to me.

These look to me like wild hemp plants, because they are tall and without buds, Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne told the Times, which sent images of the confiscated plants to several experts. That probably means that no one was actively cultivating them. If thats the case, the street value of those plants is next to nothing.

Many comments echoed similar sentiments, as the post racked up hundreds of comments, among them mocking congratulations to cops for confiscating the raw material of natural fiber rope, the Times reported.Jasper Police, who cover an area about twenty miles northeast of Joplin, pulled the post on Wednesday morning.

However, there is still some doubt as to whether the plants were hemp or cannab...

06:31

Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends Warrior Publications

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Bernard Andreason, then and now. Andreason, left, at 11 years old, when he attended Stringer Hall in Inuvik. Hes now 56, and lives in Vancouver (right). (CBC)

At the time, as young kids, it sounded good like we were going to make it in a day or 2

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 21, 2017

When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there.

But it will be a celebration tinged with loss and regret.

The 56-year-old lives in Vancouver now, but 45 years ago, when he was a boy at residential school in Inuvik, he walked for more than two weeks to get home to Tuktoyaktuk.

It was a journey that claimed the lives of his two closest friends, and almost killed him.

Stolen cigarettes

Andreason remembers the thrill and the excitement of taking off with Dennis Dick, 13, and Lawrence Jack Elanik, 11, in the middle...

06:21

Socialism is a Bad Idea Virtual Mirage

Single Payer Healthcare

Four Questions:

(1) This is being proposed by the same idiots who couldn't create a website to sell health insurance, given two years and an unlimited budget. Are they the ones who should control your healthcare?

(2) California is in debt to the tune of $1.3 trillion dollars, not including all unfunded pension liabilities, etc. Much of it is due to MediCal. How does the federal government plan to pay for single payer healthcare? We know that ObamaCare went bankrupt.
We all know that they'll promise big and deliver small. It's what they do. Maybe if we had a sustained balanced budget for ten years, they'd have a point. But we can't manage to do that.
(3) Will single-payer prioritize care the way that it's managed at the VA - or in the British National Healthcare System? If you need an expensive operation or you'll die in three months, do they put the operation off six months to solve the money issue? We know that's how the US Veteran's Administration rolls. 

(4) When did healthcare become a right?
Note: I pay for my own healthcare out-of-pocket as a small business owner. I'm not subsidized by USGOV.
Californication


California is hard to kill. The economy has been strong for a long time, but as usual, tax and spend liberalism combined with a sincere effort to impose a form of socialism is trashing it.

My electric bill for last month for my rental home (smaller than my last place and no pool, which uses elect...

06:17

NIH Supported Journal Publishes Landmark Study Linking Fluoride to Low IQ The Free Thought Project

fluorideA landmark new study published in a prestigious government-supported journal has found a significant link between fluoride and lower IQ in children.

06:12

[WATCH] Oklahoma Cop Says, We Can Spin It, After They Pepper Spray 84-year-old Woman Filming Cops

In the ensuing moments after Oklahoma police pepper sprayed an 84-year-old woman after kicking her door down without a warrant to arrest her son for running a stop sign, one

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06:08

Is A George W. Trump Foreign Policy Sustainable? The Federalist

Donald Trumps speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannons nationalism and George W. Bushs foreign policy, but its not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots.

It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trumps speech, but its easy to understand why. Trump trashed the Iran deal and threw down some deadly threats against North Korea, a relief after years of the Obama administrations passivity. (President Obama loved what I call off-ramp diplomacyalways seeking the off-ramp that would not actually resolve a crisis but temporarily remove it from the presidents plate.) More deeply, though, Trumps speech actually incorporates recognizable elements from Bush-era foreign policy, particularly on the subject of terrorism. Like this:

We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nations. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people. The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.

With the exception of one distinctively Trumpian turn of phrase (calling terrorists losers, which I cant really complain about), this is a hauntingly familiar recitation of the core of the Bush Doctrine.

Thats no surprise when you look at who is left in President Trumps cabinet. He came into office surrounded by a coterie of quasi-isolationist nationalists in the mold of Bannon, but one by one they have been purged from the administration, including Bannon himself. Between Trumps new chief of staff, John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, national security policy in the Trump White House is now largely being shaped by men who rose during the Bush years and are sympathetic to its overall foreign policy goals.

05:55

Ripping on the History Channel is always fun Freethought Blogs

As a measure of the degeneration of our public discourse, all you have to do is turn on your TV, and youll find a whole sequence of corrupted discussion. Its not just Fox News; the people who credulously watch Fox may also find themselves primed by the so-called educational stations, the ones people watch because theyre supposed to make learning interesting by explaining stuff that people are already curious about. Somewhere along the line, though, the television programmers realized that you can just drop the difficult education part and skip right from curiosity to spectacularly batshit looney-tunes stories from grossly unqualified (that is, cheap) sources. Take The History Channel, please.

I dont know if you knew, but the Hebrews didnt spend forty years in the Sinai after the Exodus because theyd incurred the wrath of God. And they didnt leave that desert because the offending generation had died off. The chosen people were forced into the Promised Land because the algae-based-protein-bar machine that dispensed the manna from heaven theyd been eating finally broke down.

Of course, [the machine] needed energy, for cultivating the algae, and this was produced, we postulate, by a small nuclear reactor, says Rodney Dale, a wild-eyed madman.

This is the History Channel, circa 2009. But, asks the narrator, If the Israelites survival depended upon the manna machine, where did they get it? Some believe they had stolen it from the Egyptians prior to their exodus. Other suspect extraterrestrials gave it to them as a humanitarian gesture to prevent their starvation in the desert. The show is Ancient Aliens, and its everything thats wrong in America.

I havent watched it in years, since it gave up on History and decided that people driving trucks or others buying crap at auctions was more interesting, i.e. profitable. It seems to be oscillating between the mundane, like pawn shops, and absurd bullshit, like aliens building portals in the Southwest desert. The only thing worse than an occasional television show with unbelievable claims is to actually attend a conference by these true believers Ive gone to the Paradigm Symposium twice now (and never again), and you discover very quickly that sensational, exaggerated claims without plausible evidence are deeply boring. Thats happened to the History Channel, too its boring, and they try to rei...

05:47

The Petrodollar Is Under Attack: Heres What You Need To Know The Last American Vagabond

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Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an ounce, though the dollar could earn interest, marking one notable difference from gold. The system ended up []

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05:46

Trump at the UN: Nuremberg Redux OpEdNews

The time for equivocation and satire where Donald Trump is concerned has passed. If the current US President's address to the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York confirms anything, it is that satire must now give way to a sober and serious appreciation of the clear and present danger his administration poses to the world.

05:39

[WATCH] Texas Assistant Police Chief Clocked at 92 MPH Gets Warning, Receives Ticket After Local Newspaper Obtains Dash Cam Footage Filming Cops

A Texas assistant police chief received a warning and a chuckle after he was stopped by a fellow officer speeding at 92 mph in a 65-mph-speed zone last month. Now,

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05:32

Not even the health industry likes the Graham-Cassidy bill Freethought Blogs

It turns out that even the major players in the health industry dont like the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Backers of the GOP Graham-Cassidy health-care bill Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., plus President Trump via Twitter maintain it doesnt touch protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And Cassidy also says the legislation will cover MORE people than current law does.

They all have one problem: No one from the health industry is backing them up. The health insurers are against Graham-Cassidy, with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association saying that the legislation contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical condition. The American Medical Association is also against the bill. Ditto the American Hospital Association.

So if Graham/Cassidy/Trump claim that the legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions and expands coverage, the question follows: Which study or industry expert backs that up?

After Jimmy Kimmel excoriated senator Bill Cassidy for lying about what kind of health care bill he would sponsor, Cassidy went on TV to defend himself and said that Kimmel did not understand the bill. This of course, enabled Kimmel to revisit the topic and lay into him again and, in the process Kimmel also called Fox Newss brown haired guy who is not Steve Doocy a phony little creep.

05:31

Mexico: Solidarity and Self-Organization in Earthquake Aftermath It's Going Down

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On Tuesday, September 19, a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico. With a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicenter just south of the city of Puebla, it has caused numerous deaths and widespread damage in Mexico City and the neighboring states of Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico, along with reports of loss of life and structural damage as far south and west as the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

Dozens of buildings collapsed in Mexico City alone and at the time of this writing at least 230 people have been reported as killed. The earthquake occurred just hours after a national earthquake drill and commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake in which more than 10,000 people were killed. The 1985 tragedy is a seminal moment in modern Mexican history not only for the massive devastation caused but also due to the negligence, corruption and opportunism which marked the governments response, especially when contrasted with the tremendous mobilization and solidarity of civil society in successfully self-organizing rescue efforts in the face of the states abdication of responsibility.

Tuesdays earthquake also occurred just days after a larger, 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chiapas on September 7, which led to 98 deaths and damage to tens of thousands of buildings throughout the coastal region of Chiapas and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. Days later, the area remains in crisis and all the more vulnerable as attention shifts to central Mexico.

As if that were not enough, Hurricanes Katia and Max made landfall (in Veracruz and Guerrero, respectively) in the days between the two earthquakes, c...

05:30

Podcast: Local Government Encourages Residents to do Tactical Urbanism Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Tactical urbanism is kind of a way to say, Oh, you want something done? Well, heres a chance for you to do something.
Chris Brown

Chris Brown is the city engineer for Fayetteville, AR and has been involved in spearheading a tactical urbanism program for the city. In this podcast interview, he talks about the life of a city engineer, his community's desire for safer streets, and how that led the city to start this new program. He also talks about the challenges of such an initiative and how to overcome them.

Read more about tactical urbanism in Fayetteville and download a free guide to implementing a tactical urbanism project here.

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Leftist Darling Valerie Plame Wilson Is A Bit Of An Anti-Semite The Federalist

On the first day of the Jewish new year, Valerie Plame Wilson tweeted: Americas Jews Are Driving Americas Wars. The tweet contained a link to an article from The Unz Review by Philip Giraldi with a headline with the same wording.

The article suggested that American Jews should be singled out and labeled as such whenever they wish to voice an opinion or appear on TV.

Giraldi wrote:

For those American Jews who lack any shred of integrity, the media should be required to label them at the bottom of the television screen whenever they pop up, e.g. Bill Kristol is Jewish and an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel. That would be kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison translating roughly as ingest even the tiniest little dosage of the nonsense spewed by Bill Kristol at your own peril.

Plame Wilson rose to fame in 2003 when she was purportedly outed as a CIA operative in a column by Robert Novak. She has since tried to back-pedal her comments, explaining that she tweeted out the piece after she zeroed in on the neocon criticism and missed gross undercurrents to this article. Maybe next time she should actually read the headline before tweeting the article out, as the headline plainly spells out the direction the rest of the article was headed. In fact, before backtracking Plame Wilson doubled down on Twitter, ur...

05:18

Evidence Seized in Meth Lab Raid Thrown Out Due to Police Misconduct Filming Cops

A judge has thrown out evidence, including a loaded firearm, that was seized during a raid on a meth lab at a Vancouver home after finding police had violated the

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05:15

FL Residents Warned Theyll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) Miami-Dade County, FL  At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.

Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.

And we thought he was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something, Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perezs fence still standing.

I laughed, he said. I thought he was kidding. You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago. No, Im not kidding. I have to cite you for this. I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!

But Perez stopped laughing when the official told him he would be writing up a report and would be back to check on the property. Perez told WSVN that the man said hed have to write me a fine if the fence wasnt up to code by then.

At the time this officer was out here, we didnt have power, we didnt have food, we didnt have ice. He is crazy, ridiculous, Perez said, adding that its not like I can go to Home Depot because all the stores were closed.

The South Floridian says he understands that there is a lot of work that needs to be done but that the countys rush to issue warnings was inappropriate:

Give us a minute to breathe. Let us get our power back on. And I wouldnt mind if they told me that a few days down the line or due time but it bothers me that they came out here just a few hours after the storm had passed.

On the issue of restoring power, Reason noted that at the time Miami-Dade was handing out citations the WSVN investigation found Perez was far from alone; the county handed out 680 pool barrier and 177 electrical hazard notices in the hours after Irma 16,510 homes and businesses were still without power.

When Reason tried to confirm with Miami-Dade if moneta...

05:13

First Draft. Freethought Blogs

Still not done, but as I was set up, got outdoor photos. Click for full size.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.

05:02

Court Rejects Seattle Police Claims That De-escalation Policy Violates Their Rights The Last American Vagabond

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What this lawsuit really amounts to is resistance by a sub-section of Seattle police, who refuse to be more careful about how they use their weapons so they do not kill citizens. A federal appeals court rejected claims from about 125 Seattle police officers that a consent decree or use of force policy violates their Second []

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05:01

Russians will suppress all Kurdish firing points shooting at Syrian-Russian forces Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - It is "game on" time now. The Russian command has just termed the SDF in Deir Ezzor as "militants" who will have all their firing positions suppressed, that are caught firing on Syrian coalition forces.

04:43

12 Brands of Bottled Water That Are Full of TOXIC Fluoride! Sheep Media

There has been much speculation recently around fluoride and the possible negative side effects to your health. Too much fluoride has been said to be bad for you and as much of the water that we drink often contains quite a lot it, how badly is it affecting us?

There has been arguments for years surrounding whether or not fluoride is bad for us, but recent studies shown that it is damaging to health. Very high levels of fluoride has shown to cause neurotoxicity in adults causing negative impacts of the brain, learning and memory. 

Harvard School of Public Health and China Medical University in Shenyang combined 27 studies, and found strong evidence that fluoride negatively affects cognitive development in children.
A similar study published in the Journal of Epidemiological & Community Health found a connection with fluoride and thyroid problems. Thyroid problems are closely related to depression and obesity. The study stated,
In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors such as iodine deficiencyfluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure.

70% of United States water supplies are fluoridated, meaning the repercussions could be incredibly widespread. For years fluoride was touted as a tooth decay preventor, but there is no significant link that has been found through research.

Fluoride can also be detrimental to oral health, interfere with brain functions, cause damage to the pineal gland, affect thyroid function, damage bone and decrease overall health.

MORE HERE: CNN Finally Admits Fluoride In The Water Causes Brain Damage In Babies 

If you want to avoid bottled water products that are laced with fluoride, then boycott the following brands. 

For the full list click here

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04:31

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? OpEdNews

Israel's strategy of elevating its status at the UN can be seen as an admission of failure of Tel Aviv's antagonistic behavior. However, if Israel wins that seat, it is likely to use the new position to strengthen its occupation of Palestine, as opposed to adhering to international law.

04:18

Off-Duty NYPD Sergeant Arrested After Pulling Gun On Cyclist Filming Cops

An off-duty NYPD sergeant was arrested early Thursday morning in southwest Queens after threatening a cyclist with his service weapon and pushing the 34-year-old man off of his bike, according

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04:16

Fractal Kings OpEdNews

The royalty system is fading, bit it's influence is very much alive, active and a cancer on humanity. And it is fractal. It repeats at lower, smaller levels and higher levels of magnification, and it has replicated--to the tune of billions of people. At the level of community, organization, company and family, the same kind of grabbing of power is exercised.

04:11

FREE SPEECH WORSE THAN UNJUST WAR? TOM WOODS VERSUS WAR PARTY: LewRockwell.com LA ROSA

The CIAs House Organ Is Cranking Up the Smear Machine

 

Writes Tom Woods:

The Washington Post just came out with another libertarians are extremists, and a pipeline to the alt Right article.

Its the usual b.s., with the usual summarizing of peoples 40-year careers in three quotations.

At one point, all the reporter has to do is summarize a Rothbard article. Heres how well he does:

Also in [Rothbards] program was a call for economic nationalism, under the ominous heading America First.

Without even looking at the offending article, I knew right away this was a lie. Rothbard never advocated anything like economic nationalism.

Of course I was right. What Rothbard said was:

The American economy is not only in recession; it is stagnating. The average family is worse off now than it was two decades ago. Come home America. Stop supporting bums abroad. Stop all foreign aid, which is aid to banksters and their bonds and their export industries. Stop gloabaloney, and lets solve our problems at home.

Thats economic nationalism? Calling for an end to foreign aid?

No, thats libertarianism.

Incidentally, whats so ominous about America First? Would America Twelfth have been less triggering? Or America Thirty-Eighth?

The article proceeds from the standard media/politics/establishment starting point: saying insensitive things is worse than waging an unjust war.


04:03

Cop Who Threw Handcuffed Man Into Lake and Watched Him Drown, Gets Only 10 Days in Jail The Free Thought Project

ellingsonA family is outraged after the cop responsible for the drowning death of their son was given a measly 10 days sentence.

03:50

Yankton Sioux Tribe Elder Tased And Assaulted By Police Counter Current News

A Yankton Sioux Tribal elder was hospitalized after being tased and beaten by police outside a Wagner nursing home.

Ray Cournoyer Sr., 64, was followed by the officers early Sunday morning as he rushed to the nursing home to say goodbye to his dying mother.

The tribes statement says Eli Kuhlman, a recently hired and uncertified officer with the Wagner Police Department, forced the U.S. Army veteran to the ground after he had told them he needed to see his mother, who died that morning, reported Argus Leader.

The photos from his daughters Facebook post show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

While there are still many unknowns, the pictures speak for themselves. It is unacceptable for anyone, much less an elder, to be deprived of their rights at the hand of law enforcement, and be treated with such force that they are bloodied, bruised and injured, said Yankton Sioux Tribal Chairman Robert Flying Hawk.

The highway patrol released the following statement:

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has reviewed the actions of our trooper during this incident and the troopers actions were professional and within SDHP policy. The SDHP did not request the DCI investigation, but we have and wil...

03:44

Fugitive Former Chicago Police Sergeant Apprehended After 15 Year Manhunt Filming Cops

A former narcotics officer and Chicago police sergeant was apprehended on Tuesday (September 19), following 15 years of life on the run from charges related to a 2001 sting that

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03:31

Where is John Horgan?...Affordability in Canada, Seniors Living in Poverty, Provincial Clawbacks and Medical Necessities The Straight Goods




Written by Grant G

I received an email from a regular reader of The Straight Goods....

The man, a senior in a residential government run carehome emailed me...asking me to talk to John Horgan about an issue that affects many low income seniors....The man's frustration was on two fronts...the first being, clawbacks....there are many seniors in British Columbia who are on, classified as disabled,.....those on disability receive about $1100 provincial dollars per month...

These disabled seniors, many if not most also receive old age Canada pension, OAS pension pays approximately $1600 per month.....the problem is...every single dollar of OAS money is clawed back by the province...

Leaving these seniors, without one extra dollar...

Also troubling Mr. Hearn.....

He attempted to contact many in the new John Horgan NDP government...only to receive automated responses, multiple attempts over months and all he received back was a cold automated response...

That's why Mr. Hearn asked for my help...wanting me to talk to Premier Horgan..

Affordability in B.C......$1600 dollar monthly income in British Columbia is well under the poverty level...

Mr. Hearn is wondering why 100% of his OAS is clawed back....why can't a single dime of extra money go to these poor seniors....Mr Hearn does not care if there's a means test...meaning, if some seniors have other incomes, or a large financial portfolio or cash coming in from business, investments or other sources of income....they don't need the extra income...

But as Mr. Hearn explained to me....where he's at...besides being a month to month pauper, living on the margins, he's not alone..

Mr. Hearn is wondering why John Horgan, who campaigned on making life more affordable for struggling BCers....is not only silent on this issue, but even refuses to engage one on one...

I have to agree with Mr. Hearn, on both counts and more....

Mr. Horgan.....Why can't seniors of little means keep some of the disability money...$100 per month...$200..$300 per month...something....

There's another issue involving seniors......those seniors that have no income except OAS...no taxable income..

My mom(who has no taxable income)...for my mom to stay in her home, ...a stairlift was required...a adjust...

03:27

On the social construction of electrons Freethought Blogs

One interesting fact about electrons is that they are all literally identical. And I really do mean completely and literally identical, in the sense of sharing all properties. Yes, even the spatial distribution of their wavefunctions.

To illustrate how this is possible, consider a simple scenario, where we have two electrons, one at point A, and the other at point B. At first it would seem that electron 1 has a different location from electron 2. But in fact, the universe is in a quantum superposition of two statesthe first state has electron 1 at A and electron 2 at B, while the second state has electron 2 at A and electron 1 at B. So even though we observe electrons at two distinct locations, the two electrons involved are actually identical.

The fact that electrons are identical has really important consequences.  One consequence is the Pauli Exclusion Principle, which states that no single state can be occupied by two electrons simultaneously. So when we have a large atom, electrons will occupy many different orbitals of the atom, instead of having all electrons occupy the one orbital with lowest energy.

Of course, its not really practical to think of it this way all the time. Generally we prefer to think of each electron as being at a distinct location, and then we tack on additional rules like the Pauli Exclusion Principle.

The point is that the individuality of electrons is an idea that arises from practical necessity, and not from the fundamental physics. Practical necessities arise from social context. And in principle, a different social context could have different needs that are better fulfilled by some other way of thinking about it. Therefore, the concept of individual electrons is a social construct.


(The above argument is slightly naive. I am led to believe, by the length of this Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article, that there might be a few caveats and complications. But Im going to take the naive view and maybe Ill read the article later.)

I take a somewhat extreme view of social constructionismI believe that nearly everything is socially constructed. Or maybe it would be better to just say everything is socially constructed, without exception.

Generally, when people try to think of exceptions, they name something that they think exists out there in reality, independent of any human contact. Like that rock over there, that shits pretty real. My problem with this is, I dont know what real means. If real applies to some arbitrary collection of individual particles that were calling a rock, then why cant it also apply to other things? Are statistical properties like temperature also real? What about the International Monetary Fund? And gender?

Real...

03:18

Parents Demand Justice After Unarmed Son Was Fatally Shot, Run Over by LAPD Counter Current News

The parents of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by officers before being hit by a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car have demanded the officers involved be prosecuted for their crimes, according to the familys attorneys.

Im never going to be able to hug my son again. Were never going to be able to spend holidays with him again. Hes not here with us, said Valerie Rivera, the victims mother.

What they did was very wrong and they need to prosecuted. Something needs to be done, said Philip Malik, Eric Riveras father.

Eric Rivera was fatally shot on June 7 after Officers Arturo Urrutia and Daniel Ramirez were called to the 1100 block of North Wilmington Boulevard in Wilmington regarding a man with a gun, reported KTLA.

The problem with that, of course, is that the victim was not actually armed.

When police arrived, they shot 20-year-old Eric Rivera dead, and did not provide details of the killing.

Believing this may be the suspect from the radio call, they directed their attention toward him; at that time there was an officer-involved shooting, the department states in the press release.

After Rivera was shot 7 times by police, the officers car moved forward, hitting him and pinning him against a nearby building, underneath the car.

The familys attorney told KTLA that both officers jumped out of their patrol car without putting the vehicle in park when they encountered Eric Rivera. He tried to jump out of the way of the moving car when he was shot seven times, the family said.

 

His body was described as literally mangled and a crane was needed to remove the car off of Eric Riveras body, the attorney said.

LAPD reportedly recovered a squirt water gun at the scene.

Riveras parents are willing to drop their federal civil rights lawsuit if Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey agrees to prosecute the officers involved, according to Casi...

03:16

Do You Remember This Pharma Hoax Against Women? It Is Coming Back (Part One) OpEdNews

How did menopause become a "disease" and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) the "cure"? It began with a bestselling book in 1966 called Feminine Forever by Robert A. Wilson, a Wyeth-funded gynecologist (Wyeth was bought by Pfizer.) The book referred to postmenopausal women as "flabby," "shrunken," "dull- minded," and "desexed," and warned that "no woman can be sure of escaping the horror of this living decay."

03:16

Death Squads For The People Who Ruined America! Freethought Blogs

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Ann Coulter is at it again, this time opining about the Tiny Tyrants apparent waffling on Dreamers. Ms. Coulter has solutions to the incredibly evil problem of treating other people with care, dignity, and respect.

Last week, Coulter appeared on the Todd Starnes Show to discuss Trumps apparent willingness to betray his campaign promise to oppose programs like DACA, which is designed to protect people who immigrated illegally to the United States as children.

We have made as clear as you can possibly make it, we want less immigration, Coulter said. Stop dumping the third-world on the country.

Yknow, Ms. Coulter, the original inhabitants of this country werent too thrilled with your ancestors deciding to park their arses here. You could do the nice thing and leave.

She then claimed that Trump was elected into the White House because of his stance on immigration and bemoaned Trumps recent mixed signals on the DACA program.

If he continues down this path, well I guess there are three options. Theres the organizing the death squads for the people who ruined America, because there will be no more hope, Coulter said.

Well, your ancestors ruined Turtle Island, so I dont think you get to whine about your amerika getting ruined. So, your solution is to what? Get a committee of milk white people who have passed a genetic purity test to decide which degree of white is acceptable, and which degrees deserve death? I dont think theres enough shut the fuck up in the universe for you, Ms. Coulter. You mouth this shit without a second thought, in the middle of a struggle against fascism, without any thought of all the shite supremacists out there who might think thats a mighty fine idea. Or perhaps youre counting on that.

After some hesitation Coulter continued, I guess the other possibility is to well I dont think anyone would mind him being impeached. Whats the faction opposing that? And then at least well get Mike Pence. But in terms of saving America, maybe a third party.

The Religious Reich would oppose impeachment, and they have more power than you do, Ms. Coulter. Oh, a third party! Who might that be, Paul Ryan? Zombie Hitler? Im sure were all in suspense here.

Via...

03:13

Seven Good Reasons Why Climate Change Is No Hoax, Mr. Trump OpEdNews

Looks at hurricane intensity, data from across the globe and new research to show climate change can not be a hoax.

03:10

Trump's United Nations Speech: Abridged Edition OpEdNews

Trump's speech before the UN displayed his usual bellicosity, counterproductive threats, and ultranationalism. His threat to annihilate another nation, from this podium, was unprecedented for a US president. His reiterated claim of US respect for other nations' sovereignty--a green light for dictatorships--represents a sharp departure from the democratic principles that previous US leaders have at least paid lip service to.

03:09

Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy Activist Post

By Charles Hugh Smith Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward...

03:08

After Cops Stole His Cash For Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $70,000 TruthTheory

The internet has spoken in the case of the viral video of police robbing a man for selling unlicensed hot dogs and theyve raised over $70,000!

Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justifi...

03:07

[WATCH] Parents Call for Prosecution of Officers After Unarmed Son Fatally Shot, Run Over by LAPD in Wilmington Filming Cops

The parents of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by officers before being hit by a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car are demanding prosecution, according to the familys

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03:04

Mary Annette Pember: Native advocate can't trust Trump team due to instability Indianz.Com News

What is the Trump team doing about the Indian Health Service, which has suffered from chronic mismanagement and underfunding?

03:04

Donald Trump: International Terrorist, Lunatic & Hypocrite OpEdNews

The president's words were clearly aimed at intimidating not only the leadership of North Korea, but its impoverished population as well. Besides blatant terrorism, there are two words for such intimidation. One of them is absolute lunacy. The other is shameless hypocrisy.

03:00

Every 8 Years Venus Creates This Unbelievable Sacred Geometric Shape In The Sky TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Venus was known by the Romans as the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility and was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. The planet Venus holds the same character traits as the Goddess and uses the same symbol as we use to represent the feminine and copper.

This symbol could be interpreted as the birthing of man, as the circle is a feminine shape, while the cross is masculine. This could be metaphor for the planet and its inhabitants. Also when you merge the shapes it creates a circle divided into 4 (the earth symbol)- this could symbolise the 4 elements (earth, fire, air and water), the relationship with the feminine to the birthing process of the elements and Venus as the mother of earth. The sentence as above, so below from the Emerald Tablet Of Hermes could also be applied to this shape- as while the circle and cross are different, they merge as one.

It is interesting in occult, religious and most ancient scripture that we refer to humanity as man or mankind but without the birth, there would be no man. I think Venus is here to remind us of that.

It gets really interesting when you look at an astrological unfolding that happens every 8 years- Venus creates the Pentagram and this shape is related to what one might call Christ Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness or simply the awakening of ones full potential. Again 5 is representative of the masculine and feminine as it has straight lines and curves.

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02:47

Scope of Anthony Weiners Pedophilia Unveiled by Prosecutors, Laid Out in Gruesome Detail The Free Thought Project

weinerTo make sure that Weiner ends up in jail, the US Attorney for the district of New York has laid outin gruesome detailthe specifics of his pedophilia.

02:32

Giving Military Equipment to Police Will Not Lead to Safer Streets Filming Cops

It was the spring of 1992, and Rodney Kings LAPD assailants had just been acquitted. The beating wasnt an isolated incident. It was the culmination of a massive show of

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02:30

A Proper Lament for Fading Mid-Century Suburbia Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Addison Del Mastro is Assistant Editor for The American Conservative and today he shares a guest article reflecting on the complex nature of memory, culture and historic preservationThis article is republished from The American Conservative with permission.


Sunset Motel, Branchburg, NJ. (Source: Addison Del Mastro)

Sunset Motel, Branchburg, NJ. (Source: Addison Del Mastro)

When I visit my old home in New Jersey, I usually drive down a semi-rural stretch of U.S. Route 202. It used to be totally rural. I pass the Sunset Pancake House, boarded up for as long as I can remember, and the living anachronism next door, the Sunset Motel, its antique neon sign still lit and a station wagon or two parked out front.

There used to be two other motels along the same route: one was replaced by a shiny Holiday Inn Express; the other was torn down but never replaced, and only the signpost remains.

Along U.S. Route 22, closer in to New York City, theres a mediocre hibachi joint that replaced the somewhat famous Leaning Tower of Pizza restaurant. And my favorite theme park as a child, Bowcraft Playland of Scotch Plains, is slated to be razed and turned into another hulking apartment block with a pastel facade and fake balcony railings.

Mid-century buildings, and their futures, inspire a variety of opinions, to say the least. The historic preservation scholar Howard Mansfield wrote, in his book The Bones of the Earth, of the Americana that still lines Route 22: On days when you thought the Republic was rotted to its sills, these buildings stepped forward as exhibits.They were ugly; they were a dead end.

Others are more sanguine about the future of aging American sprawl. In a fascinating masters thesis titled The Death and Life of Great American Strip Malls, architecture student Matthew Manning suggests that strip malls and other popular roadside architecture ar...

02:28

Oklahoma City Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man As Witnesses Yell He Cant Hear You! Counter Current News

Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed a deaf man in front of his home even though witnesses were yelling to the cops that the man was deaf.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was tased and shot to death on Tuesday night, police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a news conference. He admitted witnesses were yelling he cant hear you before the officers fired, but the officers reportedly didnt hear the yells, according to ABC News. The officers reported that Sanchez had a stick in his hand, but Mathews described it as a metal pipe.

The officers were so overcome with fear, that they got locked in their tunnel vision. Mathews explains why he believes they were unable to hear:

In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can really lock in to just the person that has the weapon thatd be the threat against you, Mathews said. I dont know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point.

Sanchez, who had no criminal history, died at the scene. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

ABC reported on the details of the crime:

Mathews said the officers were investigating a reported hit-and-run at around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. He said a witness told Lt. Matthew Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone, and that Sanchez was on the porch when Lindsey arrived.

Mathews fails to mention that Sanchez reportedly always carried his pipe because of all numerous stray dogs in the area.

He said Sanchez was holding a metal pipe that was approximately two feet (0.6 meters) long and that had a leather loop on one end for wrapping ar...

02:21

Trumps speech to the UN was a perfect example of projection Freethought Blogs

When US presidents get on their high horse at places like the United Nations and start moralizing and criticizing whichever nation happens to be the current enemy, it provides perfect examples of psychological projection, the practice where people defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

Here is Trump yesterday in his speech to the UN. He is lecturing Iran but I have changed the references to Iran to America.

The American government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Americas leaders are, in fact, its own people.

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Americas government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Americas government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the American people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the American people return to the nations proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

The American regimes support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

And here is Trump on North Korea, where I have again changed the countrys name to the US

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in America.

If this is not twisted enough, now Americas reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

Yep, thats projection alright.

Irans leader Hassan Rouhani as well as the other five natio...

02:20

Pacific Northwest Resident Documents Metallic Fibers Falling From Sky Sheep Media

As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.

For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and electromagnetic warfare testing by the Navy. In addition to the obvious manipulations of the sky at large, she has documented an abundance of mysterious white fibrous materials falling from the sky.

In a post on September 6th, 2017, V. Susan Ferguson shares the following images along with an explanation of where her research in this matter has led to.

Regarding the above photo, she notes:

The above photo was taken by me a few months ago. Please note the patterns that look like spikes or limbs off a stem.  These remind me very much of the kind of cloud formations I often find on NASA Worldview now. This photo is enlarged and contrast enhanced to show the structural details. [S...

02:20

Syrian War Report September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama Veterans Today

from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants []

02:08

[WATCH] Man Sues Former Chattanooga Police Officer and City After Outrageous Arrest Filming Cops

Walking while black defendant Hanson Melvin has sued former city police officer David Campbell and city government over his arrest and jailing in a case that suggests a lax police

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02:02

California Tribal College names Blackfeet Nation citizen Billie Jo Kipp as president Indianz.Com News

Billie Jo Kipp, the newly named president of the California Tribal College, has a lot on her plate as the institution builds a bigger future.

01:57

I Have Seen The Moon [Draft 2]. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Watercolour, acrylic, and marker on Arches. Now, back to Draft 1.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.

01:55

Vanessa Beeley on Yemen: Saudi, US are Now Guilty of War Crimes 21st Century Wire

Yemen is by far the most intentionally down-played and grossly under-reported conflict in the world. The result of the western mainstream medias outright refusal to report this war properly has been tens of thousands dead from Saudi-led violence, leaving hundreds of thousands at risk, and with millions displaced.

21WIRE Associate Editor Vanessa Beeley speaks to host Patrick Henningsen about the current deteriorating situation in Yemen. Beeley gives a comprehensive breakdown and heart-felt analysis of the conflict during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. Whats become clear now after 2 and half years of an undeclared war of aggression on neighbouring Yemen, is that Saudi Arabia and its allies particularly the US and UK are now guilty of international war crimes for their illegal and sordid roles in targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and generating mass suffering and death in the country.

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01:49

How the United Nations Supports the American Empire The Anti-Media

For decades the American Right has decried the U.N. for encroaching on American sovereignty, but the truth is that the U.N. is a chief U.S. accomplice in violating the sovereignty of other nations, notes J.P. Sottile.

(CN President Trump opened his big United Nations week and his famous mouth with a predictable plug for one of his properties and some playful glad-handing with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also scolded the U.N.s unwieldy scrum for not living up to its potential. He made a passing reference to the U.N.s wasteful use of American money. And he called for reform of the much-maligned international forum.

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we call Uncle Sam.

He is likely to use his speech to throw a little bit of that same red meat to his base, but his call for reform falls well short of what his supporters want  which is an abrupt end of U.S. involvement in the international body. They are motivated by a grab-bag of reasons that point to the U.N. being a threat to their guns, their bank accounts and their God-given freedom.

Oddly enough, these conspiratorial narratives have been around for decades and they mostly center on a grand plan by U.N. elites to abscond American sovereignty and dissolve the U.S. into a U.N.-led world government. And the evidence of this is the way the U.N. harasses and restricts Uncle Sam while siphoning-off Americas wealth. At least, thats what some think.

Most ominously, many object to the way U.N. funds are being used to quietly deploy gun-grabb...

01:49

Cops are Breaking Into Cars & Trashing ThemTo Stop People from Breaking into Cars The Free Thought Project

breakingWhen a woman in Texas found that someone had broken into her car, she was shocked to learn it was the local police.

01:47

N**gers Live Here: Westfield State University Investigating Racist Message Written on Students Door Counter Current News

Westfield State University in Massachusetts has started an investigation into discriminatory and highly offensive language after someone wrote a racist slur on a black students dorm door.

 


The student, a senior at Westfield State, shared a photo on social media, saying someone wrote n**gers live here on a name tag on her door in New Hall, a housing complex on campus, reported The Root.

The student, who tagged Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha and the college itself in the post, quickly received a response and support from the university community.

Torrecilha immediately sent out a message to the campus community, blatantly stating, This is unacceptable & will not be tolerated. Those responsible will be held accountable. This is not the Westfield I know.

As we conduct a thorough investigation of this hateful activity, please know that we have increased our security and have put our residence hall staff on alert to be vigilant, Torrecilha added in another statement.

People also started rallying on social media under the hashtag #OwlsFightBack.

 

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01:46

Just Do It for Writersby Carolyne Van Der Meer QWF Writes

The thing about writing fiction is you need to know what kind of writer you are. The kind who needs

01:36

What Puerto Rico Teaches Us About Being Prepared Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of Readymaderesources.com. about surviving whaat is coming. This is a riveting interview that the readers should help go viral.

They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming.

Please read this carefully: One hundred percent of the power is offline in Puerto Rico. If we want to know what the effects of an EMP would be, Puerto Rico is an excellent laboratory. At least in Puerto Rico there is the hope that power will be quickly restored to critical services (eg hospitals, etc.). The only reason that the people of Puerto Rico can expect to  have power restored is because they are being served by Americans who already have power. However, if an EMP attack were to take out the national grid, there would be no rescue and the effects could last as long as a generation or longer.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin has information, from a high-level, deep-cover source that private government contractors are feversihly preparing for an EMP attack, presumably from North Korea. The crews are reportedly working 14 hour days an are not even making a significant dent. Their primary mission is to harden military assets. The expectation is that if the US was struck by an EMP, an invasion, presumably from China or China/Russia would follow. As an aside, if America wants to know what it is like to be attacked and occupied, I suggest watching Amazon Primes, The Man in the High Castle.

I am processing the Martin interview at the end of this week and this interview will be published on both the Youtube and the website of The Common Sense Show.

Since you are not considered to be necessary to national security, your life and your resources will not be shielded from the effects of an EMP. Therefore, what can you expect happen in the event of an EMP attack? More importantly, is there anything that...

01:36

The Pentagon Is Actively Poisoning Americans Across The US & Its 100% Legal Sheep Media

This article by Rachel Blevins was originally published at The Free Thought Project

There are 61 active military sites in the US that are used to burn hazardous explosives, making the Pentagon the largest source of pollution in the country.

The idea that a government is actively poisoning its citizens may sound like the perfect propaganda plot to send the mainstream media into a feeding frenzy, and to make American neoconservatives beg for the invasion of a sovereign nationunless it is happening in the United States.

The Department of Defense and its contractors are currently using at least 61 active military sites across the country to burn and detonate unused munitions and raw explosives in the open air with no environmental emissions controls, according to a series of bombshell reports from ProPublica that give insight into the largest source of pollution in the country: The Pentagon.

One of those sites is located at an army ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia. The town consists of around 17,000 people, and it is home to an elementary school that has been ranked by researchers as facing some of the most dangerous air-quality hazards in the country.

The rate of thyroid diseases in three of the surrounding counties is among the highest in the state, provoking town residents to worry that emissions from the Radford plant could be to blame. Government authorities have never studied whether Radfords air pollution could be making people sick, but some of their hypothetical models estimate that the local population faces health risks exponentially greater than people in the rest of the region. 

Congress banned American industries from using open burns to dispose of hazardous waste in 1984, with the land disposal restrictions program for the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency was instructed to specify either concentration levels or methods of trea...

01:33

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need OpEdNews

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

01:30

Will the Mythinformation Conference Destroy the Atheist Community? Latest Splice Today Article Freethought Blogs

Im relatively new to atheist/secular conferences, but the ones Ive attended have been great. Last years Women in Secularism conference was a blast; I found family at this past Aprils ReasonCon3, and made my conference speaking debut at this past Junes American Humanist Association conference. I love connecting with fellow humanist activists, making new friends, and meeting online friends for the first time at these conferences, and hope to do the same at next months PASTAHcon. However, theres one I wont attend, next weeks Mythinformation conference.

The annual Mythinformation event is hosted by Mythicist Milwaukee. Some of their past guest speakers include Dan Barker from the Freedom of Religion Foundation, Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist blog, Mandisa Thomas from Black Nonbelievers, and scholar Richard Carrier. This years conference, however, includes three infamous YouTube personalities: Armoured Skeptic, Shoe0nHead, and Sargon of Akkad.

Armoured Skeptic, aka Gregory Fluhrer, began his career debunking creationism and pseudoscience, but has since turned his attention to anti-feminism. Fluhrer makes a living stirring YouTube drama. His girlfriend Shoe0nHead, aka June Lapine, was always a YouTube nuisance who makes fun of everyone she doesnt like, including non-binary trans people. Neither so-called skeptic cites sources for their claims and their rhetoric boils down to No, youre an idiot. And then theres Sargon of Akkad, aka Carl Benjamin, whos anti-feminist, a 9/11 truther, a Brexit supporter, and a professional asshole. Hes also a hypocrite; he loves to critique safe spaces on campus, yet once started a Change.org petition to ban social justice college courses. Not exactly in the Christopher Hitchens range of intellectualism.

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01:20

Notre Dame De Paris. Freethought Blogs

Notre Dame De Paris. William T. Horton, A Book of Images.

01:19

Trump Makes Up African Country And Tells African Leaders His Friends Are going to your countries trying to get rich Counter Current News

During a feast at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Trump told African leaders, Africa has tremendous business potential, and he has so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich.

Given the long history of rich Europeans and Americans exploiting African countries by stealing their resources and enslaving and slaughtering their people, Trump chooses not to give details on how hie friends are getting rich or how they have used these countries to get rich in the past.


He also referenced the health system of the non-existent country of Nambia. He may have been referring to Zambia or Namibia, but there is no Nambia.

 


(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

01:12

This is What the Establishment Fears: Watch Black Lives Matter & Trump Supporters Come Together The Free Thought Project

black lives matterPeople are resisting the divide and conquer propaganda and this video of Black Lives Matter and Trump supporters coming together shows how to do it.

01:01

Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School Filming Cops

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected

The post Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School appeared first on Filming Cops.

01:00

Counter Current News

Trumps Federal judicial nominee is a religious extremist that claims gay marriage leads to polygamy and bestiality, and that transgender children are evidence of Satans plan.

Jeff Mateer, Trumps nominee to be a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman division, rejects the separation of church and state according to Michael Stone of Patheos.

During his campaign, Trump claimed he supported gay and transgender rights. Unfortunately, since his election, he has shown his true colors as a liar. He now does not support their restroom rights and has banned transgender people from military. He also has nominated this notoriously anti-gay and anti-transgender potential district judge.

In a May 2015 speech, titled The Church and Homosexuality, Trumps judicial nominee says that transgender children are proof that Satans plan is working.

In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, shes a girl who thinks shes a boy or a boy who thinks shes a girl, its probably that, a boy who thinks shes a girl. And the school said, Well, shes not using the girls restroom. And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satans plan is working and the destruction thats going on.

In the same speech, Mateer opposed equal marriage...

00:57

Nursing Home Where 9 Died In Scorching Heat Was Just Shut Down By The State TIP

[MH] The Hollywood Hills nursing home that became a sweltering deathtrap for nine seniors after Hurricane Irma was shut down Wednesday.

A statement released by the Agency for Health Care Administration said the centers license was suspended, and unveiled new details about the nursing home, which has a history of poor inspections by state regulators.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facilitys central air-conditioning on Sept 10. Three days later, police and fire rescue evacuated the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located next door to Memorial Regional Hospital, after they got received several distress calls about the patients. All told, nine people from the nursing home died.

AHCA outlined how tthe nursing home administrators added several late entries to patients medical records.

This includes a facility nurse recording a patients temperature at 101.6 degrees, but the patient was actually no longer at the facility, and had a recorded temperature 108.3 by the hospital. In a second, and very egregious case, a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made, said AHCA in a statement.

The agency said that several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress, and at least eight of those patients ultimately died as a result of not receiving the proper medical attention, the agency noted.

Prior to Wednesdays move, AHCA had already ordered a moratorium on new patients and suspended its participation in Medicaid and Medicare, the financial lifeblood of most long-term care facilities.

The more we learn about this facilitys reckless behavior, the more concerning it becomes that the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center made the decision not to immediately call 911 or evacuate to one of the states largest hospitals located across the street which never lost power, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Wednesday. We will not stop demanding answers to these questions on behalf of every family who lost a loved one.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state, appealing its suspension from Medicaid and requesting an injunction.

Calling the home devastated by the lives lost, the Rehabilitation Center asked a judge in Tallahassee to prevent health regulators from halting new admissions, and a suspension of the rehab centers reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs for elderly and poor people.

Dawn Schonwetter stops to look at a memorial of flowers and messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill...

00:34

[WATCH] Yankton Sioux Tribe Decries Excessive Force Against Elder by Wagner Police Department Filming Cops

The Attorney Generals Office is investigating an incident outside a Wagner nursing home after an excessive force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux Tribal member who had rushed

The post [WATCH] Yankton Sioux Tribe Decries Excessive Force Against Elder by Wagner Police Department appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:34

Missing JFK Files WhoWhatWhy

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Batch of Oswald CIA Records Missing from New JFK Files (Trevin)

By law, all seven volumes of the agencys Office of Security files on Lee Harvey Oswald must be released by October 26. But Volume 5 has been missing since 1997.

Military Spending Bill Gives Unprecedented Sums to Israel and Ukraine (Jimmy)

The author writes, Buried deep in the text of the mammoth National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a gargantuan money dump into the Israeli defense industry, with $705 million specifically earmarked for US-Israel missile defense cooperation. the NDAA budgeted unprecedented funding for supposedly defensive weapons for the Ukrainian military, which has been locked in a destabilizing conflict with Russian-backed separatists since a U.S.-backed coup toppled its democratically elected government in

2014.

Paul Manaforts New Job (Dan)

The infamous Paul Manafort is again in a position of power. This time, its advising the Iraqi Kurdish leader in a push for Kurdish independence. Unsurprisingly, Manaforts goal is at odds with US policy.

Trumps Quiet Civil Rights Pick (Reader Steve)

During the hoopla over Charlottesville, Trump picked Cameron Quinn to oversee relations with minority communities for the Department of Homeland Security. Reading about Quinn exposes just why the pick was made with little publicity.

 Koch Network Piggy Banks Closed Until Republicans Pass Health and Tax Reform (Jimmy)

The Guardian writes, Koch officials said that the networks midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m, but donors are demanding legislative progress.

The post...

00:29

Who Rules America? THE INTERNET POST

In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups have clearly emerged at the centers of power. We can identify some of the key competing and interlocking directorates of the power elite: 1. Free marketers, with the ubiquitous presence of the Israel First crowd. 2. []

00:24

Admin Note. Freethought Blogs

A recent fix resulted in a glitch comments in open threads are no longer showing in the recent comments on sidebars. So, while it may appear that TNET is dead, its alive and well, along with other open threads on FTB. Right now, no idea if this is fixable, I guess we shall all see.

00:06

Witnesses Yell He Cant Hear You as Oklahoma City Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Filming Cops

Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didnt hear witnesses yelling that he was

The post Witnesses Yell He Cant Hear You as Oklahoma City Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:05

Report: US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August The Anti-Media

Airwars: US coalition airstrikes even heavier than in Mosul.

(ANTIWAR.COM A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in that period.

Airwars said that the level of US-led coalition airstrikes against Raqqa is even higher than in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US airstrikes killed massive numbers of civilians. They added that the effects on Raqqas trapped civilians have been equally devastating.

While the Pentagon announced that more strikes were dropped on Raqqa in August than any other time in the war, they have yet to offer a figure on civilians killed in August. They instead offered a generic statement on how tey are conducting the most accurate campaign ever.

An estimated 20,000 civilians are believed to still be trapped in Raqqa, which is being invaded by US-backed Kurdish forces. Though US officials have claimed at times the Kurds have gained major territory in the fight, there is still no estimate of how much longer it will last, and US airstrikes are going to continue to be a deadly reality for Raqqa for the foreseeable future.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

00:01

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians choose Leonard Forsman as new president Indianz.Com News

Leonard Forsman, the chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, is the new president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

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23:59

Foals. Freethought Blogs

New life all over! Foals, from David.

David, all rights reserved.

23:50

There must be a word for making a fool of yourself to get attention Freethought Blogs

It should also start with a K. You may have heard that James Damore is continuing to discredit himself further with some weird musings on Twitter.

Here are some internal title names for the Klan. Still cool?

Klabee
Kladd
Klaliff
Klarogo
Klazik
Kleagle
Klexter
Kligrapp
Klokan
Klokard
Klonsul
Kludd

You can call yourself whatever you want. But lets not forget that the KKK is all about terror, bigotry, and murder, and all the cool names in the world wont change that.

Damore also has an explanation for why people join the KKK. Its not racism. Its not even economic insecurity. Its because they want to be called a Klokard.

Jebus. The question is no longer about why Damore was fired from Google, its how did he get the job there in the first place?

Also, is he aware that there are pages and pages and pages on the web that are all about how stupid some of the names and creatures in D&D are?

I still dont have a good word for Damore, so Im going to have to invent one. Klaggart. Or maybe Klook.

23:46

A UN Force for Ukraine: Beware the Trojan Horse Global Research

Russia has proposed that a UN peacekeeping force be placed in Ukraine to protect Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives, who are supposed to be monitoring adherence to the Minsk agreements. But already the problems with the

23:43

I Think There Will Be War: Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum The Anti-Media

Official fears violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders.

(MEE)  Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions and reports of Shia forces pushing Kurd officials from a town to prevent voting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, has refused repeated requests from Baghdad, the US and regional powers to postpone its 25 September referendum, saying it would only do so if an alternative was presented by Iraqs central government.

Tensions have risen in areas liberated by KRG forces outside the regions original 2003 borders, including the city of Kirkuk. On Monday the KRGs president, Massoud Barzani, said any attempt to change the reality using force in Kirkuk should expect that every single Kurd will be ready to fight.

Dr Jutyar Mahmoud, a member of the regions independence referendum commission, told Middle East Eye that disputed territories such as Kirkuk were the focus of fears of a new conflagration after the referendum.

We will face border problems in the near future and I definitely think there will be another war, and soon, he said.

He described Iraq as militarily weak, after three years of battling the Islamic State (IS), during which time forces have suffered extensive losses, particularly in the recent nine-month fight to liberate Mosul.

A greater threat, he said, was posed by Iraqs other army the Iranian-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation force.

The Hashd are another threat and maybe Iran will push them to fight us, Mahmoud said, adding that Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, doesnt control the Hashd, but Iran can.

Jutyar Mahmoud considered the Hashd a greater threat than Iraqs regular army (AFP)
Hostile acts

His comments preceded bouts of recent unrest in some of the contested border regions. O...

23:42

Democracy Now: Judges try to end legal defense program for #NoDAPL resisters Indianz.Com News

Judges in North Dakota are seeking to end a program that allows out-of-state lawyers to represent the hundreds of people who were arrested for resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

23:37

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Weighs Using Kinetic Weapon On North Korea Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made...

23:26

Suquamish Tribe looks to address homelessness on reservation with tiny houses Indianz.Com News

The Suquamish Tribe is taking a unique approach to homelessness on its reservation in Washington.

23:25

The Daily Bird #479. Freethought Blogs

Mother and babies, Purple Swamphens, from David. So cute!

David, all rights reserved.

23:15

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Is Open for Signatures Global Research

What a day! 

At 08:00 EST this morning, we surpassed our donation campaign goal and reached a total of $18,410 for our work to get states to sign and ratify the treaty. Wow!! 

A few moments later, Antonio Guterres,

23:10

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed Jon Rappoport's Blog

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed

by Jon Rappoport

September 21, 2017

My mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, contains interviews with two men who go farther in explaining how Matrix Reality is built, brick by brick, than anything Ive ever encountered.

The first man is Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), a retired propaganda master who, for many years, served the Deep State/ shadow government. Over a series of interviews (28 interviews, 290 pages), Ellis reveals how the space, time, and rhythm of the mind is shaped by operators who know more about REAL psychology than all the academics at all the colleges in the world.

The second man is brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. Jack and I researched together for several years. In 43 interviews (320 pages), Jack lays bare his experiences with patients, and how he discovered mechanisms of the mind that could be manipulatedor used to liberate the mind from its own traps and diversions and deeply ingrained habits.

Together, these two men showed me more about the Matrix than I had found in decades of investigation. Their insights are as much about liberation as they are about mind control.

The Matrix Revealed also contains my logic course, designed to immerse people with a high-school reading level in the first waves of rational thinking and analysis.

You can watch me briefly discuss The Matrix Revealed here:


And here are the full contents of my mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed:

* 250 megabytes of information.

* Over 1100 pages of text.

* Ten and a half hours of audio.

The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:

* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teachers manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.

* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the...

23:06

Let There Be Ignorance! Freethought Blogs

After playing an unbelievably bad atheist philosophy professor in Gods Not Dead, Kevin Sorbo is going to stretch his range by playing an unbelievably bad atheist doctor of medicine in Let There Be Light. Watch the trailer and be in awe of Jerkules acting chops!

Can you spot the Christian tropes in the plot summary?

After suffering the traumatic loss of his youngest son to cancer, Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) loses faith and heads down a path of darkness. Distancing himself from his ex-wife Katy (Sam Sorbo) and their two remaining sons, Sol turns to alcohol to numb his pain. Soon his bad habits catch up to him, and Sol is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him dead for four minutes before he is resuscitated. What Sol experiences during this time changes his outlook on life and brings him closer to his family and faith.

I see

  • Atheists are angry at the gods because of some trauma.

  • Leaving the gods sends you down a path of darkness.

  • Youll lose all your friends and family if you dont follow the gods.

  • When youre near death, boy will you regret not believing in the gods.

  • Dreams and the confabulations of the unconscious mind are objective evidence of the existence of the gods.

Poor Kevin seems to be making a career of playing a caricature of an atheist, poorly, who then undergoes a miraculous conversion, unconvincingly. The most persuasive part of the trailer for me is when Sorbo accepts Christ into his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury, and as a reward, Satan (played by Sean Hannity) shows up to offer him a chance to appear on Fox News. Nope, Im convinced. No way will I ever drink the Christian Kool-Aid.

23:00

Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 144-acre island at Lake Superior Indianz.Com News

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.

22:47

Benjamin Netanyahu: Donald Trump is Israels best puppet thus far Veterans Today

We can say with certainty that Benjamin Netanyahu was lying when he said that Iran was spreading its tyrannical and terrorist wings over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. And this is not the first that he has lied.

22:32

Trumps Mein Kampf Tirade at the United Nations Global Research

The speech delivered Tuesday by Donald Trump to the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was without precedent either for the UN or the American presidency.

Speaking before a world body ostensibly created to

22:30

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling? Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In July, a sweltering tractor trailer ride in Texas became the latest harrowing example of the perils of crossing the U.S. border illegally. From the hospital, one survivor told authorities that he had paid smugglers to get him across the Rio Grande and then cram him on a northbound truck with what he guessed were nearly 100 people. The survivor managed to keep breathing in the pitch black trailer without food or water. But when the doors were opened in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot, eight migrants were dead, their bodies lying on the floor like meat, the trucks driver subsequently said. Another two expired later.

Those 10 deaths are among the 255 known migrant fatalities recorded by the International Organization for Migration in the first eight months of 2017. Thats up from 240 in the same period last year. Experts arent certain whats causing the recent increase; verifying numbers is inherently difficult when it comes to an endeavor whose very mission is to avoid detection by the authorities.

However, academics and the U.S. Border Patrol largely agree on the long-term trends, which reveal a clear pattern. Between 1998 and 2016, the number of unauthorized border-crossers who were captured which is viewed as the best proxy for the rate of illegal crossings has plunged 70 percent in the southwest U.S. border region, according to data from the Border Patrol. During that same period, yearly immigrant deaths have risen some 20 percent. (The increase in death rate, which was steady for many years, was interrupted for several years by a temporary surge in migrants from Central America, which well explain, only to resume its upward march.)

The result is a significant increase in the chances of dying in an illegal border crossing over the past two decades. A key cause: efforts by the Border Patrol to push migrants away from easy-to-cross, hard-to-police urban corridors and into barren, isolated terrain. Thats the conclusion of Why Border Enforcement Backfired, a 2016 paper whose lead author, Douglas Massey, is a professor at Princetons Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the cofounder of the Mexican Migration Project. A sp...

22:18

Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah Indianz.Com News

The Navajo Nation plans to file a lawsuit to protect the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah

22:00

Trumps Straight Talk At The United Nations Disturbs Global Elite The Federalist

President Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Tuesday, addressing the U.N. General Assembly at its annual opening. Afterward, media headlines and news coverage of the speech focused on Trumps absurd (but admittedly amusing) new nickname for Kim Jong Un, Rocket Man, and his threat that the United States is willing to totally destroy North Korea to protect itself and its allies.

The mainstream media, liberal elites, and the international community have been doing a lot of handwringing about Trumps rhetoric and his talk of going it alone. They also had a lot to say about his comments concerning the Iran nuclear deal, whose dissolution the president has long desired.

Although the focus was on Trumps supposedly dangerous isolationism and nationalism, whats really upsetting them is that he dared to say what no one is supposed to say: that the U.N. is broken and that it is unrealistic and dangerous to have a world without borders and without national sovereignty. In other words, Trump violated the Emperor Has No Clothes rule.

The Importance of Governments Serving Their People

One of the major themes of Trumps U.N. speech was national sovereignty, both of the United States and of foreign countries: Our governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

Although the international community gives lip service to the idea of national sovereignty and the U.N.s role in defending it, this concept fundamentally conflicts with the liberal belief that the world should be progressing toward a kind of borderless global nationalism, in which no one country can claim superiority over another. Thats the real reason Trump was so roundly criticized for saying that hes willing to go it alone on North Korea.

Trump also dared to praise America for its enduring legacy as a free democracy. His speech was devoid of the kind of America-bashing that President Obama was fond of, especially in front of international audiences. Instead, Trump asserted that the United States should shine as an example for everyone to watch, which indeed it should. He also praised the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for Americans and millions around the world who have embraced it as a model of good government.

No doubt, this kind of talk disturbs the American Left and international bureaucracies, both of which have grown comfortable with the idea that American exceptionalism is a myth based on an ugly and misguided sense of supremacy and pseudo-colonialism. This goes hand-in-hand with nationalism becoming a dirty word that can only be interpreted as a form of fascism. Thus i...

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If You Want Medicare For All, Get Used To Eating Rabbit Now The Federalist

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently rolled out his Obamacare fixer-upper plan, called Medicare for all. He wants to extend Medicarecurrently a federal government-run health insurance for seniors and the disabledto all Americans.

But the socialist from Vermont doesnt just want to increase the number enrolled in Medicare. He wants more. Under his plan, in additional to medical care, all Americans would receive extended coverage such as dental and vision, with no more co-pays, no more deductibles and no more fighting with insurance companies when they fail to pay for charges.

Such a push for socialized medicine used to be considered too wacky an idea to warrant any serious discussion. Yet 16 Democratic Senatorssome of whom harbor potential presidential ambitions, such as Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warreneagerly lent Bernie their support.

Its time for a reality check for Bernie and his supporters. All we need to do is look to Venezuela, the socialist country that once received high praise from Senator Sanders because it implemented things the American left is craving, such as free healthcare.

Venezuela Once Offered A Lot Of Free Stuff

Once upon a time, Venezuela was the richest country in Latin America. Its wealth wasnt simply the result of an abundant supply of natural resources such as oil; Venezuelans in 1950s enjoyed a great deal of economic and political freedom. There was universal suffrage, protection of private property rights, and freedom of the press. As a matter of fact, The Index of Economic Freedom for Venezuelaon a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is the freestwas 1.5 in 1950 and 1.6 in 1955. In this environment, Venezuelas private sectors flourished.

Unfortunately, Venezuela had the bad luck of electing a string of terrible and corrupt leaders who were determined to take the country down the road to socialism. First, there was Romulo Betancourt, who was elected president in 1959. Romulo was a onetime communist who later posed as a social democrat. Some of his signature socialist policies included using land reform to strip away landowners property rights, creating a national oil company, tripling the income tax rate, and introducing price control measures such as rent control. The countrys pivot to socialism was continued by Betancourts successors.

In 1999, Hugo Chavez rode the public outrage against the establishment to power. Although he campaigned against corrupted policies in the last 40 years, Chavez not only continued the same disastrous policies, he went further under a movement called Chavismo.

Hugo Chavezs Free Education And Free Health Care

Chavez firmly believed that government must manage the economy through central planning. So he drastically increased state c...

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Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father The Federalist

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too close to him, trying to quietly speak his name, hed violently grab my arm, his eyes portraying some mad, primal readiness to kill.

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Im A Conservative Harvard Student, And Rescinding Mannings Invite Worries Me The Federalist

Last Wednesday, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where I am currently a student, selected Chelsea Manning as a 2017-2018 visiting fellow for its Institute of Politics. On Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a scheduled speech to be delivered at the Schools John F. Kennedy Forum to protest Mannings fellowship. At 12:32 a.m. on Friday, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf sent an email to students indicating that Harvard would withdraw Mannings fellowship.

The decision to grant Manning a fellowship was a major mistake and has damaged the Kennedy Schools brand. Mannings reckless leaking of military classified documents put the lives of both American soldiers and foreign allies in danger. President Obamas decision to commute Mannings sentence sent a dangerous message to leakers and will go down as one of his administrations greatest moral failings. Elmendorfs decision to extend an invitation to Manning was thus an affront to the spirit of public service that the Kennedy School claims to promote.

Moreover, Elmendorfs explanation of the reversal was weak. Elmendorf commented that he was unaware that many people viewed the title of visiting fellow as honorific. Anyone with half a brain can discern the statement to be nonsense. Harvards ability to attract such important fellows is mainly due to the prestige associated with the Crimson brand. Why else would Elmendorf expect Manning to come to Harvard? The weather?

With all that being said, I remain nervous about the decision to rescind Mannings fellowship because it will set a dangerous precedent that could impair Republican presence on the campus in the future. Based on conversations with my more liberal classmates, which tends to be everyone, they are already greatly frustrated that Republican figures, such as Corey Lewandowski and Sean Spicer, were provided fellowships given their work for Donald Trump. I have heard on several occasions over the past week that Harvard should not be providing a platform to Trumps enablers.

Students Need to Hear a Wide Range of Ideas

Not addressing this hyperbole, I have defended these invitations on the grounds that these fellows would represent perspectives generally not found at the Kennedy School and could provide unique insights into the American political landscape. As someone who opposed Trumps candidacy in 2016, I think students of public policy must better understand what caused Trumps political ascendency and how it impacts the current American political landscape.

I have also contended that the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forums requirement that speakers must take questions was an appropriate measure that enforced some degree of intellectual standards on the fellows, as they would be required to publicly explain and defend their positions.

I fear setting a precedent of removing a visiting fellow due to political pressure will cause liberal and progressive groups t...

21:59

What Happened Is The Love Song Of Hillary Rodham Clinton The Federalist

It was common last year to say that the 2016 presidential campaign was awful. That it was the worst in living memory, that it was an endless, unceasing march into the worst scenario that American politics had to offer. Voters turned away in disgust. Journalists and pundits, forced to stare into the soul-destroying void, longed for release. Even the politicians themselves seemed sickened by the poison to which they had once been immune.

If you miss this experience and want more than anything to relive it, then walkno, runto your nearest bookstore and get a copy of Hillary Clintons What Happened. As for the rest of us, for whom 2016 was a nightmare from which we have, at last, awoken, nearly anything is preferable to going back into that awful reverie.

It is understandable that Hillary Clinton is unable to shake the nightmare. Her life is built around preparation and hard work, studying and following rules, practicing until you get it right. For her to live through a campaign in which she checked all the right boxes according to all the right people but saw it all inexplicably slip away must seem like an anxiety dream come to life.

She ran the campaign she wanted against the opponent everyone said could never win. She had all the proper endorsements and all the advantages. But Trump happens. Even for those who will never agree with Clintons politics, it is possible to sympathize with the human element of the story. This book appears designed in part to elicit and enhance that sympathy. Instead, it reminds the reader why she lost in the first place.

Reliving History

The ten months since the 2016 election feels, in some ways, like ten years. The Democratic Party has a lot of that time screaming about Trumps unacceptability and awfulness. They have spent a little of it, more recently, exploring compromises and making deals with him. But all the while they have searched, as all defeated parties do, for a new direction. Even Clinton acknowledges this. In explaining why she skipped the massive protest march that followed Trumps inauguration, she explained I believed it was important for new voices to take the stage, especially on this day.

And yet, this book. Clinton can understand the need to move on, but cannot bring herself to cede her place in the partys firmament. One reason: Shes got a lot of axes to grind. No one expects this book to have the cool remove of history, and it is not intended as a historical work, nor even as an impartial one. Still, it is surprising how much of the work is spent in the airing of grievances.

It is, at times, surprisingly petty. On viewing the Womens March, Clinton calls it awe-inspiring, but says Yet I couldnt...

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5 Factors That Could Interfere With Graham-Cassidys State Health Care Waivers The Federalist

Some conservative writersincluding others who write for this publicationhave opined that the legislation written by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) offers states the ability to innovate and reform their health care systems. Most conservatives, including this one, consider state flexibility an admirable goal.

Certainly reforming Medicaidthrough a block grant or per capita cap, coupled with additional flexibility to allow states to manage their programs more freelywould go a long way towards improving care, and reducing health care costs.

But does Graham-Cassidy as written deliver on its promise regarding Obamacare insurance regulations? On the two critical questions surrounding the legislationwill it lower insurance premiums, and will it generate a system that works for states?a textual analysis of the bill yields significant doubts. At least five issues could hinder the results its sponsors have promised, and which all conservatives hope for.

1. Subsidizing Moral Hazard

The language on the top of page 15 explicitly links waivers to funding from the new system of block grants the bill creates. Any waiver will only apply to 1) coverage provided by an insurer receiving block grant funding and 2) coverage provided to an individual who is receiving a direct benefit (including reduced premium costs or reduced out-of-pocket costs) under the block grant.

This requirement that each and every person subjected to a non-Obamacare-compliant plan must receive a direct benefit subsidized by federal taxpayers has several potential perverse consequences. By definition, it encourages moral hazard. Because individuals will know that if they are subjected to health underwriting, or an otherwise noncompliant plan, they must receive federal subsidies, it will encourage them not to buy health insurance until they need it.

It means that either states will have to extend taxpayer-subsidized benefits to highly affluent individuals (allowing them to buy noncompliant plans), or have to permit only low- and middle-income families to buy noncompliant plans (to restrict the subsidies to low-income families). Both scenarios seem politically problematic to the point of being untenable.

If states try to provide a de minimis direct benefitsay, a $1 monthly premium subsidyto some enrollees to minimize the two problems described above, they would face high overhead costs, and a complex system to administer.

When considering the two cons...

21:59

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity The Federalist

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All different occupations are represented, and each is treated with a level of respect. Its assumed that every line of work is interesting in i...

21:59

UK Unions Call for Energy to be Returned to Public Ownership Global Research

The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control.

The resolution carried unanimously calls upon

21:58

Why Handmade Western Boots Will Never Go Out Of Style The Federalist

The first time I walked into my brothers custom boot shop, I noticed the row of leather hanging near the wall. Different animals, different colorsI was mesmerized by the possibilities they presented.

Many love the smell of leather, but I never cared for it until I was in a room full of earthly hide. For the first time since my brother opened his business, I was genuinely curious as to how he could take one of those pieces of leather and create a pair of western boots by hand. What I learned was more than how he does it, but why, and that turned out to be the most important part.

Years after my brother, Zephan Parker, apprenticed under some of the most well-known boot makers in Texas, he opened Parker Custom Boots. It was an American dream he never thought was his, but through the process showed me an American past that I was forgetting. I realized it wasnt a good thing to forget how things used to be doneand how things should still be.

Machines Cant Beat Trained Hands

Leatherwork is a craft that takes time and patience to learn, as well as the willingness to use your hands constantly. Unlike many business ventures that tend to be a survival of the fittest, the craftsman masters of the western world willingly take in newcomers to the craft. They show them different techniques to stitching the panels, how each curve of the stitch must be perfectin the kind of way thats completely imperfect, but because of how a hand guides the leather through the sewing machine, it becomes humanly perfect. Newer craftsmen are taught to create their own patterns, a kind of signature that can be recognized years down the road by other craftsmen. Theyre keeping a tradition alive through hard work rather than replacing it with cheaper means.

I saw more than rows of leather when I walked into his shop. I heard a sound that echoed from the past. Vintage machines lined the walls, ticking and rumbling the same way they did decades ago in some other boot makers shop in some other part of America. Boot making is an American tradition that requires the hard-working hands of a craftsman, but hands also keep integrity in the process of creating a product.

We live in a world where efficiency comes before quality, and consumerism before value. I dont believe this is inherently bad, but through the process of understanding the custom boot world, Ive seen that the less we use our hands to create the more we lose well-made things and the less we are able to give to the future in antiques and heirlooms.

A human hand touches every single part of the custom boot. Taking a customers measurements, building the last, designing and stitching the side panels, creating the toe box so the toe doesnt cave in, sewing on the welt, and many other things are required to create this wearable art.

Whats More American than Work Ethic?

More importantly, these human hands shake the customers as he or she walks into the...

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Westerners Who Hate On Christianity Have No Idea How It Shapes Their Thoughts The Federalist

It has been almost 70 years since Hank Williams recorded one of his most well-known songs, Lost Highway. Thus it has been nearly 70 years since the term rolling stone has infiltrated the American vernacular. This expression has been used by musicians including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones (naturally), Emmy Lou Harris, and even Green Day.

Although the expressions genesis goes much further back than Williams song, the meaning it has come to represent can be found in the lyrics. Im a rollin stone all alone and lost. For a life of sin I have paid the cost. In other words, a rolling stone is a lonesome traveler not anchored to any one place.

So when we hear Dylan ask, How does it feel to be a rolling stone? We already know what this means, even if we have never heard Williams sing his ever so dark lullaby. The phrase has taken hold in this culture and now carries its own weight in our lexicon.

This is how language evolves. A word or phrase comes to represent a series of ideas, then those ideas are given life with as little effort as saying a few words. If an American traveled to the Middle East and told the locals he was a rolling stone, the response might be confusion. The same thing can be said for a phrase like love is love. When an acquaintance uses this to end a discussion, we know what he or she means. We also know the phrase is not being used to its extreme conclusions. But if it was said in a Greek townwhere they have six different words for lovethe people in that community may wonder how much lead Americans drink.

Christianity in America has had a similar effect in underpinning our public life. This seems to go without saying, but examples abound of people from every social class who seem to not have a clue. Even if a person does sincerely believe the role of religion in our lives is anachronistic, he still draws deeply from Judeo-Christian beliefs to make value judgments.

The Residue Is Still Here

We are long past the days where citizens would spend an afternoon at the Circus Maximus to watch gladiators fight to the death, in no small part through Christian ethics. The Bill of Rights were written by proponents of natural law, a system conceived by the Greeks but developed by Christian thinkers, who believed a well-functioning government does not grant human rightsGod does thatrather, it ensures them. The effect of Christian thought in our lives is so ubiquitous that, even as controversial as they are in our public discourse, the injunctions of the Ten Commandments appear obvious. This includes the ever-controversial first and second commandments. T...

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A Health Care Solution So Simple, Even Congress Could Pass It The Federalist

After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans have yet to settle on legislation that would appease both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. With every attempt by the Senate leadership to satisfy the demands of one faction, it has simultaneously pushed the other further away.

Meanwhile, the embattled President Donald Trump, who is eager to move on from health care and in need of a major legislative victory, has grown frustrated with Congress, routinely chastising their failures via social media and even demanding the Senate change its rules so it can pass comprehensive reform without approval from Democrats.

Lost in the political drama is why health-care reform legislation is so difficult to pass in the first place and why the solution to the problem, which is exceedingly simple, is being ignored.

America Wasnt Designed for National Consensus

On the first point, its worth remembering what Congress is: a representative legislative body meant to bring together the widely diverse voices of a vast nation to solve important national problems and concerns, which are clearly enumerated in the Constitution. When the American people generally agree on an issue, such as whether human trafficking should be tolerated, its easy for Congress to pass legislation. But the more diversity within an issue, the more difficult the task becomes.

This is, of course, by design. The framers of the Constitution never desired a system in which complex problems that manifest themselves in a variety of ways would be tackled by a national legislature, with the only exceptions being issues that must by their nature be addressed in this way, such as tariffs and immigration. The reason the Senate has failed to reach an agreement is because the American people have passionate and unique perspectives on health care, and they often differ substantially by region and are driven by local customs and concerns.

The only way legislation in the Senate will ever be passed under the current philosophy is if people everywhere are willing to live under a system they consider to be less than ideal. When it comes to taxes, regulations, and other problems, thats an easier sell. On health care, which quite literally deals with life and death issues, its far more difficult to find common ground. This problem is exacerbated because it is Republicans in control, and many in the party refuse to accept that the federal government should have a role in health care at all.

Interestingly, the more difficult it has become for Republicans in the Senate to resolve their differences, the more apparent the solution has become: Dont resolve the differences. Rather than try to get virtually all the Republican senators to agree to something they mostly dislike, it would be far simpler to take the pressure off Congress entirely, by giving as much health-care funding as possibleincluding cash for Medicai...

21:58

Why Women Will Feel More Fulfilled If They Ditch Womens Magazines The Federalist

Today if a woman wants to read a magazine that celebrates femininity, her best bet is Maxim. There she can find praise for mothers who prioritize wellness, female entrepreneurship, and ladies in the arts.

Granted, this praise usually includes a fleshy photo-op, but it still beats Cosmopolitans lecture about gendered baby showers. And Marie Claires disdain for men who serve in the military. And Elles diagnosis that independent-thinking women are a problem.

Although once an effective tool to foster sorority, womens magazines are slowly dismantling womanhood, one feminist idea at a time. These publications have yanked distinct femininity from womens loving arms, creating a painful loneliness in American female culture.

The Struggle Is Real, But No Help for You

To start with, womens magazines have a lot of demands about motherhood. Cosmo made a list of 10 Things You Should Never Say to New Moms. This piece so generously insists that visitors should never burden mothers with more than one hour of company. New mothers should also expect any visitor to bring some baked goods and make it snappy.

In addition, any friend who utters the word part-time to a pregnant woman is not a friend at all. To imply that new-mom responsibilities might be more easily balanced with fewer work hours is gross. These tips are, of course, only for fellow women.

An expecting mother should require anyone with XY chromosomes to abstain from all joking commentary on her changing physicality, even if he means to comfort or celebrate her. As one Cosmo writer says of her own husband, He cant and will never understand what it feels like to have someone pass judgment, with good humor or not, on his body. Its not something that happens to men.

This Cosmo-girl persona doesnt value fellowship, advice, or her husbands opinion. She is not a true feminist. Shes an isolationist in matters of t...

21:26

No Drama Merkel: Leader of Free World Cruises to Reelection WhoWhatWhy

Chancellor Angela Merkel now looks unstoppable in Germanys national election as she seeks to add another term to her 12 years in power.

The United States has much at stake in the electoral fate of the longest serving and most experienced head of state in the Western world. Polls reveal more Americans have confidence in Merkel than in their own president (56% to 46%); a survey of 37 nations shows people see her, rather than Trump, as the leader of the free world.

Merkel is running a huge lead over her Social Democratic (SPD) rival Martin Schulz ahead of the Sept. 24 ballot. Many political observers, claiming the race for first place is already over, are focused on Merkels next coalition government. Will her Conservative Democratic Union (CDU) party join forces with the Social Democrats, pro-business Free Democratic Party, or Greens?

Like Americans in 2016, German voters are confronted with questions about immigration, the challenge of fake news, the threat of hacking attacks and leaks, and the rise of white nationalism. But with one of the strongest economies in the world, driven largely by exports, Germans do not see globalization as a threat. Political parties representing most of the electorate largely agree on fundamentals like a formidable social safety net.

The political abyss that Merkel nearly fell into after she gambled vast political capital on a decision to open the German border in 2015-16 to a million refugees has been camouflaged by a campaign full of sunshine and devoid of substance.

The US media has shown limited interest in the uneventful reelection campaign of the worlds most powerful woman, which Germans themselves call boring.

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
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Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism Global Research

Featured image: President Trump speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017. (Screenshot from Whitehouse.gov)

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a

21:15

Georgia Tech President responds to protests Freethought Blogs

Georgia Tech President G.P. Bud Peterson sent a message to the main GT listserv Tuesday. Im not sure I buy the bit about outside agitatorsone of the three people arrested was a Georgia Tech studentbut all in all I think its a pretty evenhanded response. Heres the whole message:

The events of the past few days have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Georgia Tech community. Consistent with our traditions and values, it is especially important that during times like these we come together and support one another.

One of our student leaders, Scout Schultz, has died and we all bear the tremendous weight of that loss. I met Scout last year at the Lavender Graduation ceremony, and our entire Georgia Tech community is mourning the tragic loss of this smart and passionate young person. Losing a student, friend, colleague, and campus leader is one of the most difficult experiences that any of us will have to face.

Georgia Tech has gained national attention as a result of this incident, and while todays communications technologies provide us with almost instantaneous coverage, we must rely on professional investigation and evaluation, and not draw conclusions too quickly. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently investigating the incident and reviewing all of the circumstances surrounding Scouts death. Details will be revealed by the GBI as they become available.

For now, we are focusing on mourning the loss and remembering Scouts many contributions to the Georgia Tech community over the past four years. Last nights vigil at the Campanile that was coordinated by the Pride Alliance and the Progressive Student Alliance was attended by almost 500 community members including Scouts family. Unfortunately, they were also joined by several dozen others intent on creating a disturbance and inciting violence. We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event. They certainly did not honor Scouts memory nor represent our values by doing so.

Rest assured that our campus community is responding to these recent events in a positive and constructive manner, in spite of the many challenges they represent. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, campus leaders, and for our campus police. The response by our students to last nights events is particularly heartwarming they were on Facebook and Twitter through the night trying to find ways to show support and to say this is not who we are.

In closing, I want to convey to you how proud I am of the Georgia Tech community. I know the true character of our community and am confident that we can wo...

21:09

The Illegal Occupation of Palestine: UN Must Take a Leaf From the Global Grassroots BDS Movement Global Research

Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israels HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without

21:09

Cops Kill Deaf Man Holding a Stick, Despite Neighbors Telling Them He was Deaf The Free Thought Project

Police ignored the warnings from neighbors that he couldn't hear them, and killed a deaf man for holding a stick that he always carries to fend off dogs.

20:34

E.U. to Trump: Were Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal Israel Not Happy 21st Century Wire

BFFs: Netanyahu instructing the US President on what to do, what to say.

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

After this weeks UN General Assembly, its pretty clear that the Iran nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. Not from a European perspective, but from Washingtons end of things.

As I pointed out at the time, from the beginning of the agreement in 2015, the main resistance in Washington was coming from only two places the Republican Congress and Senate and the Israeli Lobby. In the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, No deal is better than a bad deal. In reality, any deal was a bad deal for Israel, and whats bad for Israel is meant to be bad for the United States of America, or so were told constantly by FOX News.

Despite Israels vehement opposition and Bibis grandstanding in front of the US Congress, the P5+1 nations successfully ratified a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Irans nuclear program that summer. In US terms, this was generally hailed as a success at the time and a major foreign policy success benchmark for the Obama Administration.

IMAGE: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, together with John Kerry, Federica Mogherini, Phillip Hammond in Lausanne, Switzerla...

20:30

Silver-lining-in-genocide Senator wants to assimilate you Freethought Blogs

If there was ever an argument for abolishing Canadas appointed Senate, Lynn Beyak is it. After defending the first genocide of the continents first nations by European colonials, then the second genocide through the residential school program by bonafide Canadians, Beyak spent her summer months supposedly meeting with Indigenous communities. Her takeaway? Give up your culture and assimilatealso, apply for citizenship that you already have.

Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa, she said in an open letter published Sept. 1 on her Senate website.

(Indigenous people born in this country are Canadian citizens, and were given full voting rights in 1960.)

Like the leaders already do in Ottawa is an interesting euphemism, considering the outstanding criticism is that we flout our treaties. Perhaps Beyak is unaware, but a federal government dishonouring its agreements is generally perceived as a high-risk partner in diplomacy, and it severely damages your governments ability to bargain. Theres a reason North Korea has exactly zero friends, with their supposed ally mostly using NK as a proxy to undermine the United States. The fact that Trudeau is undermining fewer of these treaties isnt exactly progress.

Also, shes apparently unaware that status first nations are still citizens? Why is this twit being paid with my tax money?

None of us are leaving, so lets stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together and share, she wrote. All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.

Great! So were de-funding the Catholic systems then! (Somehow I doubt thats what she actually means)

How about, instead of paying this leaking ass-pimple her salary, we use the money to fire her into the fucking sun.

-Shiv

 

20:30

Deface Columbus Day: A Call to Action It's Going Down

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The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice. White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing. As the monuments of white supremacist society fall we must continue to make it clear that their reign of terror is coming to an end.

For the occasion of Columbus Day, October 9th, one of the most vile holidays of the year, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.

We are calling for groups to decorate their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!

Revolutionary greetings to the insurgent Zapatista communities, the Lakota warriors, the Mapuche fighters, and all of our indigenous comrades in the struggle. With these actions, we renew our commitment to building a revolutionary movement strong enough to turn the tide permanently.

Resistance is life!

#FuckColumbusDay
#DestroyColonialism

20:30

False Choices in American Transportation Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

In my last article, I talked about my home state of Missouri, a state whose road budget relies on a super-low gas-tax, and our Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) counter-intuitive proposal to patch a budget shortfall by charging higher registration fees on fuel-efficient vehicles who fail to pay their fair share.

For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

I was a little tough on MoDOT in that piece, and I want to be clear about something: I dont think that every last state transportation department employee is a supervillain who wants nothing more than to destroy our towns through senseless, expensive, quality-of-life destroying suburban-style development. Supervillains like that do existdont get me wrongbut the reason our current transportation system has become so convoluted isnt all about evil, or even about greed. For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

And that failure of imagination is something we can change.

MoDOT recently released a survey to get the publics take on our states long range transportation priorities. Im going to go ahead and be blunt: from a Strong Towns perspective, its a bit of a mess. And its important to note that its likely not a deliberate mess, as much as its a result of a culture of transportation that is convoluted, painfully unimaginative, and deeply entrenched. MoDOT notes that this survey was the result of an extensive outreach process that put them in conversation with thousands of Missourians, who ostensibly have never known (and may not even have the tools to consider) another way of building. Not surprisingly, this approach generated a survey that asks residents to cast their vote for exactly the kinds of "changes" we're all used toadd more lanes, raise more highway bridges, speed up those roads, spend, spend, spend. And there's no mention of the fact that these approaches just don't work. 

But the thing is: we can change the world we live in so much more than this. And we will, incrementally, through small actions that slowly break the dominant approach. I want to give you the tools, if youre a Missourian, to take this survey righ...

19:57

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers Indianz.Com News

A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

19:50

Young mens minds: Looking beyond mood and feelings Freethought Blogs

Last week the latest UK suicide statistics reminded us of the grim reality of the depths of teenage despair. Out of every 100,000 boys aged 15 to 19, more than seven took their own lives last year. The equivalent figure for girls was less than half that, at 2.9.

With that in mind, perhaps there should be no surprise that a government-funded study into mental health in teenagers has concluded that

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages.

And so say all of us. The only issue is that the very same recommendation continues like this:

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages. The report shows that between the ages of 11 and 14 girls are significantly more likely than boys to experience poor mental health.   

The study, from UCL and University of Liverpool and apparently co-sponsored by a charity called the National Childrens Bureau is entitled Mental ill-health among children of the new century.  Here is how it reported in the Guardian today:

One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals.

Before we go any further let me spell out my premise here, indeed, pretty much my entire point:

IT IS NOT A COMPETITION.

I am not for a moment denying or disputing that somewhere up to a quarter of 14-year-old girls have severe depressive symptoms and I am not for a moment minimising the seriousness of that or the necessity for our society to take note of it and hopefully do something about it. I actively applaud all efforts to address these issues and alleviate the suffering it causes.

On the other hand I do have a bloody huge issue with government-funded research which goes out of its way to mimimise and misrepresent the evidence of mental ill-health among boys and which produces policy recommendations which more or less explicitly demand that fewer resources be devoted to boys in need than to girls.

The study concerned uses data from the longitudinal Millenium Cohort study and used something called the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire. This tool asks subjects to self-report whether they have felt each of 13 symptoms of depression. From this, the study established that girls (at age 14) are much more likely to be depressed than boys. Alongside the childrens self-report symptom inventory, t...

17:45

Jims Final Interview Jim Marrs The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked The World Sheep Media

One the most famous JFK investigators, author and researcher Jim Marrs died suddenly on August 2nd 2017 at the age of 74.

This was his last interview before his death.

Via Veritas Radio:

17:37

Russian Warplanes Kill 850 U.S. Israeli ISIS Terrorists In Idlib Governorate In Syria Political Vel Craft

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists [ISIS] in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants [terrorists] and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russias General Staff reported. The offensive was launched by the militant group formerly called Al-Nusra Front and its allies on []

17:15

Trump at the United Nations. Global Research

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. US president Donald Trumps speech to the United

17:05

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares more than $444K with public schools Indianz.Com News

The Cherokee Nation is proud to provide additional financial assistance to public schools in northeast Oklahoma, especially during this era of declining budgets across the state.

17:05

A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the Worlds Most Intractable Conflict Global Research

It is with trepidation that I read books published under the rubric of the social sciences or humanities finding most of them poorly written, often self-serving, and filled with the jargon of the associated field of study (i.e. political science,

17:02

Senate Approves Massive Funding for Endless US Wars of Aggression Global Research

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stephenlendman.org 

(Home Stephen Lendman). 

Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Only four undemocratic Dems and four Republicans

17:00

In Honor of Scout: Support Rebellion at Georgia Tech It's Going Down

The post In Honor of Scout: Support Rebellion at Georgia Tech appeared first on It's Going Down.

On the night of September 16th, Scout Schultz, a 21 year old queer activist and anti-fascist, was murdered by police on Georgia Tech campus. In their honor, hundreds gathered for a vigil at Georgia Tech before marching to the police headquarters on campus. There, clashes between attendees and campus police broke out. In the midst of these clashes, a police SUV was torched, multiple police officers were injured, and three arrests were made.

The arrestees are now facing trumped up felony charges, some of which carry a minimum of multiple years in prison. This atrocious act by the police and administration is an obvious attack on the self-organization of students and queer partisans in the city: the arrests and charges function as a tool to divide students by spreading fear as well as to purge the outside agitators, i.e. Scouts friends and loved ones, from the movement.

If you want to get involved, heres how:

  • If youre not able to make it to Atlanta, organize in solidarity on your local university campus, a park downtown, or in the privacy of your neighborhood punk house.

The United States is fraying at the seams. Though even as we witness the death of people we care about, between the anti-police struggles of Black Lives Matter, the undocumented struggles against ICE terror, various pipeline struggles all over the country, anti-fascist resistance, and so many other movements, a different conception of life is growing.

16:58

Video: US-led Coalition Seeks to Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor Global Research

On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported

16:53

All The News You Didnt Even Know Was Going Down It's Going Down

The post All The News You Didnt Even Know Was Going Down appeared first on It's Going Down.

It hasnt even been a week but already it feels like there needs to be a roundup and collection of news before it slips through our fingers. In the last several days, riots and clashes with the police have kicked off in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech University in the wake of the police killing of student organizer, anarchist, and antifascist Scout Schultz as well as in St. Louis against the police acquittal of Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Meanwhile, more storms are headed directly towards both the Caribbean, Puerto Rico will be without power for months, and in the United States Republicans are pushing for health care reform yet again as Trumps base cracks apart.

As we go forward, both the media and the State are going to ramp up calls for a crack down on left-wing violence, against anarchists, antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the black bloc, and anything else that is autonomous and combative that they can demonize. As with youth and people of color in general or recently with Juggalos, the point will not be to criminalize just one set group, but instead entire broad populations. For the State, the drive is to attack the relationships that people have outside of the framework of power and cripple them through making them illegal. This demonization will not be logical; unless you believe that the State holds the only legitimacy to violence in our society.

We need to use this moment to articulate clearly to as many people who will listen exactly what we are about, what we want, and the kinds of strategies we see at our disposal to get there. As always, IGD remains a resource in that struggle, but we also encourage people to grow and develop their own counter-information and grassroots media infrastructure and platforms. There more of it we have, the better off we will be.

It is also time to articulate that beyond Trump, this entire system is illegitimate, it isnt helping us, and it serves its own interests and those of a set elite class. We can see this in the mass anger directed at the police, who only serve and protect private property and the interests of those in power. We can see this in the governments response to hurricane victims, telling them they are on their own, as they come back to homes that are destroyed with little hope of reb...

16:42

Dakota Access enters settlement for 'unanticipated discovery' of tribal artifacts Indianz.Com News

The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline won't have to pay a fine in connection with the 'unanticipated discovery' of tribal artifacts in North Dakota.

16:00

Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement Indianz.Com News

Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.

15:57

BRICS Potential and Future in an Emerging New World Economy Global Research

1. Global Economy and BRICS

Peter Koenig: Lets put the BRICS in perspective: The BRICS are of course Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Together they make up for almost 50% of the world population and close to one

15:43

Mark Trahant: Indigenous community in Dominica takes major hit from hurricane Indianz.Com News

The Kalinago Territory in Dominica took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, with all communications wiped out during the storm.

15:39

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine Vows Carnage for New Axis of Evil Global Research

Featured image: Paul Delaroche, Napolon Fontainebleau, 1840. With other global powers increasingly at odds with US foreign policy under Donald Trump, the nations hegemony on the world stage may soon face its own crisis point. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This

15:30

Archaeologists Discover Something Truly Bizarre in an Isolated Medieval Graveyard TIP

[SA] A three-week archaeological dig in the English Channel took a bizarre, inexplicable turn, after researchers chanced upon a carefully cut grave hidden in the soil the contents of which were definitely not human.

The discovery, made on the small island of Chapelle Dom Hue off the coast of Guernsey, revealed the ancient remains of a medieval porpoise buried in the earth, and scientists are at a loss to explain the story behind this mysterious animal tomb.

Its very peculiar, I dont know what to make of it, archaeologist Philip de Jersey from Oxford University in the UK told The Guardian.

Why go to the trouble of burying a porpoise in what looks like a grave?

The mystery is all the greater due to the way the animal was buried, which doesnt suggest the dead porpoise was simply disposed of underground.

Instead, it looks like its been laid to rest, with the body aligned east to west per Christian tradition, and the careful digging of the grave itself suggests it was intended as a solemn resting place.

For that reason, de Jersey expected to find the remains of a medieval monk in the tomb, as the island is thought to have been a religious retreat for monks seeking refuge.

But after noticing changes in the soil, which indicated the likely existence of a grave underneath, the researchers uncovered the skull of a juvenile porpoise, which they think has been entombed alongside the graves of other monks since some time in the 14th century.

Its possible that the porpoise was killed for food, since these mammals were eaten in medieval times.

But if thats the case, the researchers say it would have made a lot more sense for people to have disposed of the remains in the sea located just 10 metres from the site, and the small island is surrounded by water on all sides.

If we were in a church and we found something like this, based on the shape, we would think it was a grave cut, de Jersey told the Guernsey Press.

That is what puzzles me. If they had eaten it or killed it for the blubber, why take the trouble to bury it?

One possibility is that the animal may have been killed for food and carefully stored until it was needed,...

15:24

Where No Flatworm Has Gone Before: Doctors Find Wriggling Parasite in Teens Eyeball TIP

[SA] When a 17-year-old guy in Mexico presented at the hospital with complaints about serious eye pain, the doctors were in for a squirmy surprise when they examined him.

Shining a light into the eyeball, they saw inflammation, blood, and several holes in the iris. And a worm darting in and out of those holes, travelling around the front of the eyeball at its leisure.

The teenager, who lived in a rural town, had been suffering from decreased vision in his right eye for about three weeks. By the time he got to the doctors, he could barely see through that eye, only able to detect movement when someone waved a hand in front of him.

Doctors identified the eye invader as a type of trematode a class of parasitic flatworms commonly referred to as flukes and easily identified by the suckers they use to burrow holes in the hosts body.

Flukes are a ubiquitous parasite in vertebrates, and theres even one type that specialises in attacking fish eyeballs.

In humans though, flatworm infections are typically internal, with the worms setting up shop in places like liver, lungs, the intestines or perhaps blood. So, not in the eyes. Definitely not in the eyes.

It is not common for trematodes to infect eyes; it is not common for any kind of worm to infect eyes, ophthalmologist Pablo Guzman-Salas, who treated the patient at the Institute of Ophthalmology in Mexico City, told LiveScience.

People can get a parasitic fluke infection in various ways, depending on the life cycle of the particular flatworm. Swimming in worm-egg tainted waters or ingesting the parasite through food will usually do the trick.

But its a mystery as to how this particular teen got his extremely rare infection, because neither blood tests nor stool samples revealed any signs of a flatworm infestation.

The patient reported no relevant food exposures, history of swimming in lakes, or other water exposure, the team writes in the case report.

They still gave the patient praziquantel tablets first-line treatment for trematode infections and then set about surgically removing the worm from the damaged eye.

To tackle the squirming menace, doctors cut open and lifted away the lens, and then removed the vitreous the gel-like substance that fills our eyeballs, giving them shape.

The worm, which was only about 3 millimetres (0.12 inches) long, had to be chopped into smaller pieces to be removed, so the team didnt manage to identify the species.

Unfortunately, the surgery also revealed the parasite had man...

15:04

! Freethought Blogs

Oh *ehem* my apologies

So its Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish new year. The year is 5778. For two days, we celebrate and eat far too much delicious food, so that the week after, on Yom Kippur, we can fast for around 24 hours or so to atone for our sins (because unlike Catholics, we only have to feel guilty once a year, instead of year round we spend the rest of the year making everybody else feel guilty. BOOM! [I can make that joke because Im Jewish you cant unless youre Jewish]).

Of course, as an atheist and part-time anti-theist, I really only participate because I live with my parents and, as Ive said many times in the past already, Dad is a Hazzan. Plus, I do still identify culturally as a Jew (Im what Israelis call a Secular Jew), although I admittedly dont keep kosher or even keep the Sabbath and I probably wont be fasting on Yom Kippur this coming weekend or maybe I will if Im too tired to do anything other than sleep. Well see

Oh and yes according to Jewish tradition, this means all of existence is only 5,778 years old. Luckily, the overwhelmingly vast majority of Jews dont actually believe that, because we really dont have any problem with science, and many even attempt to shoehorn the text of Genesis into the scientific understanding of the age of the Earth and the universe. Sure, there are actually Jewish YECs, who, yes, think existence is even younger than most Christian YECs do, but they arent as common or as prevalent as in other religions I could name (*cough*Christianity*cough* excuse me got something in my throat).

But anyways

Animated gif of exploding fireworks over a city at night with the text HAPPY NEW YEAR written in all caps across the center.

Animated gif of exploding fireworks over a city at night with the text HAPPY NEW YEAR written in all caps across the center.

Its 5778!

Ill see you all on Yom Kippur.

So read it, okay? Please? I mean Im sure you have other stuff to do and all, but come on, my blog is good, right? And besides what does it cost you? It costs me, you know. I get paid on these clicks! Do you wanna deprive of...

14:16

CNN Finally Admits Fluoride In The Water Causes Brain Damage In Babies Sheep Media

About 75% of Americans are exposed to fluoride through public water, but Mexico does not have a fluoridation program.

(CNN)  Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers and children in Mexico and tested the children twice for cognitive development over the course of 12 years. Fluoride is not added to public water supplies in Mexico, but people are exposed through naturally occurring fluoride in water and fluoridated salt and supplements.
The study found a drop in scores on intelligence tests for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine. However, although the researchers found a potential connection to a childs exposure to fluoride in utero, they found no significant influence from fluoride exposure on brain development once a child was born.
Childhood exposure to fluoride is safer than prenatal. There is pretty good science now to support the fact that the fetal system tends to be more sensitive to environmental toxicants than once the child is born, said the studys lead author, Howard Hu, founding dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
The authors measured fluoride exposure for the Mexican mothers and their children by looking...

13:18

Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida It's Going Down

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Recently we spoke with Dezeray about her organizing with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) in the weeks since Hurricane Irma and how spaces such as the hub in Tampa are crucial sites for building solidarity and stability during times of crisis. Theyve had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community, especially those who have realized the practice of mutual aid is a part of the work of anarchist, anti-fascist, and anti-racist struggles. The Reverend Dr. Russell Meyer from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tampathe church that has provided the building now known as the hub,noted during a sermon following Hurricane Irma, a week ago these people were known as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Terrorists. Have you ever seen a terrorist show up to a child with Pedialyte in their hand?

Although this has not deterred the actions of neo-Confederate groups such as Save Southern Heritage from standing outside across the street taking pictures, filming, and documenting those who enter the space. In the days following Hurricane Irma Alt-Right 4chan users trolled the MADR hotline by making false rescue reports to take away time and resources from those actually in need. 3% Percenters have tried numerous times to call or show up in the space and say there was an emergency, state multiple people were coming to collect all of the supplies, along with a number of other faulty narratives all trying to disrupt their work because of the power that it holds.

With a visit by Richard Spencer in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida set for October 19th, a number of Alt-Right white supremacists have already been discussing on 4chan how they are going to use Stand Your Ground laws as an excuse to slaughter anti-fascists and...

12:42

Can someone explain this to me? Freethought Blogs

Peter Boghossian blurted this out tonight.


There are no right angles in nature, yet no one says right angles are *social* constructs because theyre not morally motivated to do so.

There are right angles in nature. We also have social constructs built around ideas about right angles look, Boghossian just made one, stating an idea about right angles and the nature of our interactions with them. I am baffled and have many questions.

  • Is he drunk-tweeting?

  • Does he have some point that he is trying to make, poorly and insipidly?

  • Is he so annoyed that humans are social animals who build mental models of how the world works,
    and that the map is not the terrain, that he is lashing out in defense of some kind of Platonic absolute?

  • Is he a very bad philosopher?

  • Is he not very bright?

A lot of the people I follow are currently rather flabbergasted at this flaming nonsense.

12:39

New 8,400 Mile Train Route Set To Connect London To Tokyo True Activist

Credit: Russian Railways/The Siberian Times

A new proposal has been set forth to connect passengers from London to Tokyo in an 8,400 mile train, and those who proposed the plan are not whom you would expect: Russia. The Russian government intends for this train to become a part of its network of Trans-Siberian railways, which currently connects Moscow with the Russian Far East and is the longest railway line in the world at 5,772. That length would pale in comparison to this new railway.

The train would begin in London, move through the heart of Russia, cross a proposed 28-mile bridge over the East Sea, and end in Wakkanai, Japan. The bridge is optimistically being called a bridge across history, as Russia and Japan remain in an uncomfortable position after never coming to a peace agreement following the Second World War. Their struggle for the Kuril Islands continues.

We are seriously offering Japanese partners to consider the construction of a mixed road and railway passage from Hokkaido to southern part of Sakhalin, said Russias first vice-premier Igor Shuvalov.

Credit: Russian Railways/The Siberian Times

The bridge that would link Sakhalin and Japan has reportedly been a long-held dream and would boost oil and gas production in the country. This is a major motive for Russia, as well as the enhancement in visitation in more obscure parts of the large nation. The train will likely attract major travelers, like backpackers a...

12:38

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck Japan 175 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant Sheep Media

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck japan 175 miles from the fukushima nuclear plant USGS Less than 24 hours after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake pummeled Mexico City, another tremor has occurred off the east coast of Japan.

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck roughly 175 miles east of the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant at roughly 2:30 a.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. Its hypocenter the underwater locus of the quake happened at a depth of about 6 miles.

  

12:35

Pentatonic Just Launched Modern Furniture Made Exclusively From Trash True Activist

Credit: Pentatonic

Plastic pollution is worsening by the year, with estimates from 2016 stating that humans bought nearly 500 billion single-use plastic bottles last year, about 1.2 million every minute. So many items are made out of plastic these days that its easy to forget how much we consume and throw away, but one company that hasnt forgotten is Pentatonic. The new furniture company is not only conscious of the trash that humans produce, but uses the recyclable remnants to build their products.

Were turning problems into opportunities; landfill into lifestyle; trash into treasure, it says on their website. Despite all efforts to date, the majority of [plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles] end up outside the recycling system, in the ground, in our oceans, washed up on distant island beaches, forming waterborne masses so vast that they almost constitute islands in themselves. This casual, excessive consumption has the potential to destroy us, but there is a better way forward. We have the means of saving the planet while not just preserving, but improving the quality of our lives.

Credit: Pentatonic

Based on this mission statement, Pentatonic has created amazing modern pieces of furniture that are constructed exclusively with human trash. They launched their brand with four products: the AirTool Chair, AirTool Foil Table, and a glass bowl and a pack of glass cups. The...

12:31

Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust? OpEdNews

Identity Politics trumps truth, a point that cannot be emphasized too much. We see it everywhere, from statue removal to the Democratic Party turning on the working class, now defined by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee as racist, sexist, homophobic, white male gun nuts.

12:30

When Backing the Blue Backfires The Marshall Project

The DOJs most recent attempt to appear pro-cop actually hurts law enforcement.

When a Mental Health Emergency Lands You in Jail The Marshall Project

Colorado just outlawed jail for people in a psychiatric crisis, but plenty of states still do it.

12:28

850 Jihadists Killed as Russian Warplanes Help Syrian Army Repel Idlib Offensive Moscow Global Research

Featured image: ussian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria (Source:Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik)

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces

12:20

#BringBackStim: Support SubMedia and Help Create Weekly Show It's Going Down

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We are at a critical moment in human history. Our world continues to be wracked by catastrophic climate change, devastating wars, surging inequality, and historically unprecedented levels of human migration. The far-right has seized on this atmosphere of generalized crisis in order to scapegoat refugees and movements fighting for social and economic justice. Their calls for entrenched hierarchies and a return to even more authoritarian forms of nationalism are broadcast 24/7 through an dizzying array of prominent alt-right youtube pundits and well-funded right-wing propaganda outfits like Infowars and Breitbart News. When it comes to the battle of ideas its safe to say that the right are kicking our ass.

We at sub.Media believe that anarchists and anti-authoritarians must build and support our own media infrastructure, in order to give our movements a fighting chance in the battle for ideas. To this end, for over a decade we have produced hundreds of videos aimed at highlighting anti-capitalist and anti-colonial resistance, providing an anarchist analysis of current events, and seeking to introduce new generations to radical concepts and movement histories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. Our films have reached hundreds of thousands of viewers in dozens of countries around the world.

sub.Media is a small, independent media collective that depends entirely on viewer donations in order to fund our operations. Last month, we were targeted by a coordinated alt-right cyber attack, which was successful in shutting down our Paypal account and wiping out our entire monthly sustainer base. While we were anticipating this attack, and managed to put aside enough money to fund our operations for the next couple of months the fact is that if were going to continue producing videos beyond that, we need your support.


We are hoping to use this opportunity to grow our collective, by bringing on one or more video editors and a dedicated social media administrator, in order to increase our output and our online audience. Once we reach our monthly sustainer goal of $5000, we plan on bringing the Stimulator, the foul-mouthed former host of Its the End of the World As We Know It And I Feel Fine  back out of retirement. We have plans to give him a new weekly show covering world events with a specific focus on profiling and combatting alt-right and other fascist and right-wing populist movements. We also want to return to producing more episodes of our ...

12:07

FEMA conducting mandatory nationwide test on Sept. 27 Intellihub

FEMA says that there is nothing to worry about this is only a test

WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be taking over the radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems for one minute on Sept. 27 as part of a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

The test will take place on Wednesday at 2:20 pm EDT, according to FEMAs official website.

The agency put out a bulletin Tuesday which instructs the general public not to worry this is only a test.

FEMA maintains that the system offers a prompt way to notify the people of an impending disaster such as an asteroid strike, global thermonuclear war, a terror attack, hurricane, earthquake or another major disaster.

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11:43

Exclusive: From Russia With Fuel North Korea Ships May Be Undermining Sanctions TIP

[Reuters] At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking data. Changing a ships destination once underway is not forbidden and it is unclear whether any of the ships unloaded fuel in North Korea.

But U.S. officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyangs nuclear weapons program.

Changing course and the complex chain of different firms many offshore involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under U.N. sanctions.

As part of North Koreas efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Marshall S. Billingslea told the congressional Foreign Affairs Committee this month.

North Korea employs deceptive practices to conceal the true origins of these goods. Pyongyang has been found to routinely falsify a vessels identity and documentation.

A general view shows a commercial port in Vladivostok, Russia, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

VOYAGE OF THE MA DU SAN

The eight vessels identified in the tracking data set sail from the Far Eastern Russian port of Vladivostok or nearby Nakhodka and registered China or South Korea as their destination with the Information System for State Port Control.

After leaving Russia, they were next recorded off the North Korean ports of Kimchaek, Chongjin, Hungnam or Najin. None went on to China and most went back to Russia.

All had a cargo of diesel, a source at the company that services vessels in Vladivostok said. Their cargo capacit...

11:25

Trump NOT Iran Deal is the embarrassment Veterans Today

Donald "We Will Totally Destroy You" Trump just bombed even bigger-time than Bibi.

10:55

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers The Last Great Stand

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

10:53

Experts in Shock as Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico Without Power The Anti-Media

Size and strength of Hurricane Maria is being called horrifying as relentless and unprecedented hurricane season continues.

(COMMONDREAMS) The Caribbean is so far seeing no relief from this years historically turbulent and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, as Puerto Rico was being battered by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday its second major storm in two weeks. The hurricane made landfall with heavy rain and 155 mile-per-hour winds early in the morning, following the $1 billion of damage left by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

Meteorologists and weather experts expressed grave concerns about the size and strength of the hurricane as it approached Puerto Rico, after causing mind-boggling damage in Dominica.

[UPDATE: The BBC is now reporting that the entire country of Puerto Rico has lost power due to Hurricane Maria.]

Footage showed strong wind gusts whipping through the streets of San Juan on Wednesday morning.

10:53

Ohio Food Stamp Millionaire Found Guilty of Welfare Fraud Counter Current News

Source: The Root

A white and wealthy Ohio man was found guilty of accepting more than $8,300 in food stamps and other welfare benefits, including Medicaid, over a two-year period for his suburban family.

The question now is, will he actually spend time in jail, or will being rich and white win out yet again?

According to WKYC, Pascal Mahvi, who has been dubbed the Food Stamp Millionaire, was convicted Friday of two fraud-related charges stemming from his acceptance and use of all the welfare benefits that are usually meant to be provided to those in need.

His sentencing is expected to come within the next four to six weeks, and prosecutors are supposedly seeking jail time for the wealthy Geauga County man.

Were absolutely going to recommend time behind bars, Prosecutor James Flaiz said. I think people have to understand, if you abuse the system that taxpayers have set up to help the poor and you defraud that system, there needs to be consequences.

Mahvi could face up to 18 months in prison, prosecutors say, and could also be made to make restitution for the benefits that he did receive.

However, as WKYC notes, Ohio law does suggest probation for low-level, first-time offenders, and Mahvi was convicted on a fifth-degree felony charge for food stamp fraud and a misdemeanor for making false or misleading statements in his Medicaid application, so whether or not he will receive adequate sentencing is yet to be seen.

Last year, Mahvis little scheme blew wide open after investigators revealed that he failed to disclose the entirety of his wealth, including his $800,000 Russell Township home, an in-ground swimming pool, multiple cars, stabled horses and undeveloped property that is tagged at being worth tens of millions of dollars in the beautiful Caribbean island...

10:14

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative OpEdNews

New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia "hacked" the DNC's computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider, write ex-NSA official William Binney and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

09:57

Empowering women necessary tool for global peace Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - We were happy to see Dr. Salami take a key role in supporting the UN's effort to recognize the special needs of the female victims through these annual conferences. Gordon and I were happy to be video panelists for last year's session.

09:47

Five Christian College Football Players Face Felony Charges After Brutal Hazing of Fellow Student Counter Current News

At conservative Christian school Wheaton College, college football takes precedence over morality.

At a school that promotes Christian morals, officials have literally turned the other cheek and excused five of its football players who are facing felony charges in the kidnapping and attempted rape of a fellow student they are passing off as innocent hazing.

As reported by Patheos:

According to multiple reports five members of the varsity football team for the conservative Christian school Wheaton College have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint after terrorizing a freshman football player last year in a deplorable hazing incident.

The DuPage County States Attorneys Office reports James Cooksey; Kyler Kregel; Benjamin Pettway; Noah Spielman and Samuel TeBos have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

The Chicago Tribune reports details of the assault:

The student told investigators that he was watching the NCAA basketball tournament in a dorm room on March 19, 2016, when several teammates entered the room and tackled him The freshman kicked his legs and yelled at them to stop, only to be punched and have his bare legs and wrists wrapped in duct tape

The freshman told investigators that he was placed in the backseat of a teammates vehicle and held down by at least two players while others piled into the vehicle

What happened next is nothing short of sexual assault.

The freshman told investigators that h...

09:46

Border Agents Seized American Citizens Truck, Never Charged Him With A Crime Counter Current News

Source: Filming Cops

When Gerardo Serrano took photos of a border crossing on September 21, 2015, he had no idea he would soon be handcuffed, thrown into a detention cell and see his truck seized by government agents that very same day. During his ordeal, when Gerardo protested how his rights were being violated, one agent bluntly responded that he was sick of hearing about your rightsyou have no rights here.

Two years later, Gerardo still has not recovered his truck or even had his day in court to challenge the seizure. Nor has he been charged with any crime.

But this scene, straight from an authoritarian nightmare, didnt play out in Syria or Venezuela. Gerardos Ford F-250 was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Eagle Pass, Texas.

When the agents told me they were seizing my truck, I said No, youre not seizing my truck, youre stealing my truck! Gerardo recalled. I didnt think that this could happen in America. It felt like they were thugs with badges.

Thanks to the nations civil forfeiture laws, law enforcement agencies can seizeand keepproperty, even if the owner is never convicted or indicted. Determined to vindicate his rights, Gerardo joined with the Institute for Justice and filed a class-action lawsuit against the CBP on behalf of other car owners.

What happened to Gerardo is not an isolated incident. At just four border crossings in Texas, CBP agents seized 525 vehicles from American citizens and lawful residents in 2015. A victory in Gerardos case would mean restoring due-process rights for hundreds, if not thousands, of other car owners nationwide.

Of course I want my truck back, but thats not why Im filing this lawsuit, Gerardo said. Im doing this for my children and the thousands of other Americans who should never have to go through what Ive gone through.

Almost two years ago, Gerardo was driving down to meet his cousin, who lives right across the border in Piedra Nagras, Mexico. Although members of his family are Mexican, Gerardo is an American citizen, who now owns a farm in the Kentucky countryside. Ever the consummate entrepreneur, Gerardo also wanted to discuss plans to bring his cousins solar panel business stateside.

When he reached the border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, Gerardo decided to snap some pictures with his iPhone to post on Facebook. Two CBP agents quickly stopped hi...

09:42

Shock Survey: Less Than 1 Out Of Every 4 Republicans In Congress Support A Border Wall The Truth

It is time to flush the toilet in Washington D.C., because the professional politicians that we have been sending there just keep betraying us over and over again. On Wednesday, I was absolutely stunned when I came across a brand new survey that was conducted by USA Today. They asked all of the members of Congress whether they support a border wall or not, and less than one out of every 4 Republicans said that they did. This is just another example of why the American people are so deeply frustrated with the Republican Party these days. Most Republicans are spineless jellyfish that have been compromising for so long that they dont really stand for anything anymore.

If President Trump had not promised to build a wall, he never would have won the Republican nomination in 2016, and he sure wouldnt be the president of the United States today. This is a point that Ann Coulter had made over and over again, and the fact that I strongly support building a wall is a big reason why she is supporting my campaign for Congress. Conservatives all over the country want a wall, and that is why it is so disturbing to hear that most Republicans in Congress do not support building one

President Trump has been adamant that he needs Congress to approve funding to start building his border wall, but Republicans on Capitol Hill are far less adamant about supporting it. When asked by the USA TODAY Network whether they support the presidents initial $1.6 billion budget request to begin construction, only 69 of the 292 Republicans on Capitol...

09:42

Trump UN speech drooling with Deep State propaganda Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - While it is always a good break to catch getting historic shows like a state of the union address, or a UN one in this case, it was sheer torture having to listen to Trump's entire diatribe.

09:34

Astronomy Picture of the Week Cassinis Impact Site on Saturn Freethought Blogs

I know Im late. I got about 30 minutes of sleep last night and I had work at 12pm, so sorry. But at least I got it in on Wednesday this time! :P

Anyways heres a montage image of where Cassini crashed into Saturn. Im putting it below the fold, as its an animated gif showing the exact spot

Animated gif show the exact spot Cassini crashed into Saturn

Animated gif show the exact spot Cassini crashed into Saturn

You can always click on the image for the .tif download.

But thats it the site of Cassinis grave.

For some sad humor, heres a short article from the Onion. Cassini returns to NASA, exclaiming you thought you could get rid of me?.

09:31

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy: Stephen Lendman Global Research

Ill never live to see 9/11 justice, says Stephen Lendman. The 9/11 attacks have changed the course of humanity, even so for sixteen years have not been minimally clarified but turned the world in a place full of fear

09:28

Covert Rivalry Between Damascus and Washington-led SDF Global Research

Recently, the Syrian Arab Army has achieved quite a lot in fighting against ISIS in Deir Ezzor vast territories near the city are liberated, the Euphrates crossed, a lot of terrorists and vehicles eliminated and destroyed.

Meanwhile, an offensive

09:28

Medicare-For-All: Open Rebellion, Paid Politicians & Net Family Savings OpEdNews

Opposition by Democratic office holders to Medicare-for-All can be predicted by financial support taken from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Some of this support works like a bribe, and some works like Thank You money. Either way, there's a real financial benefit to opponents.

09:27

Trump Slams US and Saudi Foreign Policy in Fiery UN Speech The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) In a bold move, President Trump condemned the violent, oppressive behavior and policies of the U.S. and its allies while speaking at the U.N. this week.

He described the decline of a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.

His description accurately fits the United States, which has devolved from a country with high-minded (if not fully realized) ideals, courageous struggles for human and civil rights, and a strong sense of independence into a nationalistic, militant nation with a fledgling economy and an increasingly impoverished population whose government has spent its wealth arming radical extremists and waging endless war. The U.S. government has sowed chaos around the world over the years, from Iran to Iraq to Libya to Chile and Guatemala, spilling the blood of countless innocents as it plays geopolitical chess to favor its own hegemonic interests.

Sad!

Trump also called out the despicable behavior of U.S. allies, blasting entities that use their oil profits to support terrorists that kill innocent Muslims. He asserted that such wealth is used to fuel Yemens civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East, an apt description of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities, he bravely said.

Further, apparently condemning the behavior of both the U.S. and its...

09:26

Chicagos Green Zone: Community Coalition Opposes City Plans For Massive Police Training Compound Shadowproof

The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a coalition of community organizations contend the center will compound President Donald Trumps multi-pronged attack on communities of color and expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

Last week, the citys Community Development Commission approved a 30.4-acre land acquisition in a northwest industrial corridor tax-increment-financing (TIF) district in Chicago. A $95 million state-of-the-art compound will be built by 2020 for police, firefighters, and emergency medical services teams to train together.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the facility as a destination, where out-of-state police agencies can send officers for training. It will spur real economic development with people from the suburbs and down state traveling to the center.

Similarly, Alderman Emma Mitts, whose ward includes West Garfield Park, asserted the community is excited about having a lot more police in the area. She also claimed there will be new economic opportunities.

Ive lived there over 35 years, and its been vacant since Ive been there, Mitts said. The community has been complaining about no retail there. So, I changed the zoning not knowing they were going to put the police and fire academy across the street. Hopefully, we can attract the retail they were talking about like grocery stores. They have to go outside of the neighborhood; nothing in walking distance, where you can get good produce.

However, Page May of Assatas Daughters, who is part of the coalition, contended the compound is an investment in policing. It is an investment in the Chicago Police Department. This is not an investment in the west side of Chicago.

Debbie Southorn, a part of the Peoples Response Team, which is also a part of the coalition against the compound, said it is a little bizarre to believe a police presence will make the area suddenly appealing to retail.

If you actually look at where theyre talking about building this, its in a industrial corridor. Its actually part of a TIF district. Its the northwest industrial corridor so its flanked by a super busy intersection and then a factory and a [Chicago Transit Authority] fleet area, Southorn added. The idea that there is going to be cops walking around crossing north of Chicago into the neighborhood to go shopping is pretty bizarre and doesnt accurately reflect t...

09:26

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea Global Research

Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA

09:25

The Empires Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesnt Include Anti-War Global Research

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional warWhat we have today

09:24

Mayors From Terrorist State Of Israel Encourage Deep State U.S. To Stop Funding Terrorism Political Vel Craft

WASHINGTON, D.C. Christian Zionism Is A Monumental Lie And Illegal Racket Rothschild Zionism Is Not Abrahamic Judaism: British Landmark Case Rothschild Zionists Are A Fifth Column Within The United States Of America A letter on behalf of 24 Israeli mayors representing 450,000 residents of Judea and Samaria was sent to U.S. [zionist] Senator Tom Cotton to encourage []

09:23

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule Global Research

In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters:

U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to

09:17

Hitting Back At Jerry Veterans Today

Michael Shrimpton - Attention is now turning in the Intelligence Community (INTELCOM) to ways in which to hit back at our community partner Jerry, aka ze Germans

09:13

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With Global Research

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and

09:11

How the US Military Defeated Trumps Insurgency Global Research

Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a less interventionist foreign policy. That hope is gone. The insurgency that brought Trump to the top was defeated by a counter-insurgency campaign waged by the U.S. military.

09:09

Selected Articles: Trump and Netanyahu Are on the Loose Global Research

Global Research strives for peace, and we have but one mandate: to share timely, independent and vital information to readers across the globe. We act as a global platform to let the voices of dissent, protest, and expert witnesses and

09:08

NEO Kurdistan and the Veil of Lies Veterans Today

Gordon Duff - The Kurdish referendum is, perhaps, the single most misreported and misrepresented event in recent times. To the fake news consumer, the Kurdish people are looking for a government of their own.

08:55

Indonesian Woman Lashed 100 Times for Being in Presence of Man She Was Not Married To Counter Current News

Source: Truth Theory By: Amanda Froelich

A 30-year-old Indonesian woman had to be hospitalized after she was lashed 100 times in public. Her crime? Being found in a private place with a man she was not married to.

The woman, whose name is Mazidah, was watched by thousands of people in Lhokseumawe a city in the province of Aceh as she was beaten. The Independent reports that the lashing took place after evening prayers last Friday. Because Mazidah was in such agony, the lashing had to be occasionally paused.

The man Mazidah was found with also received lashings, reports ABC News. However, he did not require hospital treatment. A third man was also found guilty and was reportedly flogged.

The province of Aceh is known to be extremely conservative. Public canings are common there, as they are a punishment for the violation of Islamic law. Last...

08:31

Warning: Federal Court Rules that 2nd Amendment Right is Now a Reason for Cops to Detain You Counter Current News

From: The Free Thought Project  By: Jay Syrmopoulos

Grand Rapids, Mich. In a stunning violation of 2nd Amendment rights, the U.S. District Court of Western Michigan ruled police have the legal authority to detain individuals that choose to exercise their constitutional right to open carry a firearm. Open Carry is also specifically allowed under Michigan law.

The ruling means that people in Michigan who choose to exercise this constitutional right are now subject to being stopped by law enforcement for engaging in a completely lawful activity.

Officers detained Johann Deffert in early 2013. He was walking down the sidewalk with a holstered FNP-45 pistol, after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a woman who spotted Deffert with the open carried, but holstered, handgun on his person.

The dispatcher initially informed the caller that Michigan is an open carry state. However, the woman subsequently explained that she found Defferts presence alarming, due in part to his wearing of camouflage, although she admitted that he wasnt threatening anyone. Somehow the dispatcher made the decision that someone engaging in a completely legal activity, as earlier in the call noted by the dispatcher, should now be inspected by police, due to caller saying they found wearing camo disturbing.

The absurdity in logic; that someone wearing camo takes the situation from being a completely legal situation not to be interfered with, and raises it to a level of needing police assistance, shows the extreme arbitrary nature of the entire situation.

The incident was captured on responding officer Moe Williams dash cam, and lasted 14 minutes. Williams had indicated he believed that perhaps Deffert was suffering from some type of mental illness, as he seemed to be talking to nobody when the officer arrived on scene. Upon further investigation, Deffert was revealed to have been happily singing the song Hakuna Matata from the Disney movie The Lion King while strolling down the sidewalk.

The video shows the officer command Deffert to lay face down on the ground upon arrival on the scene. Deffert was treated as if he were a criminal that needed to prove he was not doing anything wron...

08:12

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil OpEdNews

This script runs as follows: Iran must be isolated (by the West, only now that won't fly with the Europeans); Iran is "destabilizing" the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, the ideological foundry of all strands of Salafi-jihadism, gets a free pass); and Iran, because it's developing ballistic that could -- allegedly -- carry nuclear warheads, is the new North Korea.

08:07

Letter from #J20 Anarchist Prisoner Dane Powell It's Going Down

The post Letter from #J20 Anarchist Prisoner Dane Powell appeared first on It's Going Down.

I was soon approached by the prisons gang task force and threatened over organizing in their prison. They said that if there was a strike they were coming for me and my time would be extended. The state knows our capacities and theyre threatened by it.

Throughout my whole life, Ive had a running list of worst fears that changed over the years, as many times as I have. My latest, having been the most likely to occur were fears of houseless-ness and prison. I used to have nightmares of the two where I would wake up in sweats. Ive since been cured of them both but only by living through each.

With work inside our local communities, most, if not all, activists see people when they need solidarity the most. The houseless, the jobless, the drug addicts, the ones that have been tossed out, abused, and left for dead by our capitalistic system are the ones who we eat dinner with, laugh with, seek treatment with or aid mutually more than most others. A lot of these people have hit the preverbal bottom with unwavering abandonment from the state. The presence of these fears was only the state legitimizing itself in my subconscious mind. Facing my fear of houseless-ness was voluntary and a choice I made before leaving for Standing Rock last year. My arrest on Jan 21st was not voluntary what so ever and I would soon learn how to de-legitimize the state through control of ones own fears.

After the courts released me on January 26th, my fears were put into overdrive after five days in DC jails intake wing. Our culture is centered around punishment. Our TVs highlight it, our movies romanticize it, our politicians run on its platform, and our judges make a mockery of it by sending youth to Scared Straight programs. The latter of these I had the honor of attending at the youthful age of 14. Having grown adults insinuate that they would kill you if given the chance at such a young age is a shining example of just how loving our justice system is. Occupied Turtle Islands obsession with punishment is unavoidable and a symptom of societys sickness in the same way that cops are glorified and reality TV stars become president.

This fear was so crippling that it started to consume my personal life. I allowed it to consume me so much that the state had already won. I lost my closest comrade and became closed off to others. The only way I was able to de-legitimize the fear was by living through it. I hope these words find the eyes of my J...

07:59

HTTPS everywhere sucks! Dvorak News Blog

15 years ago I used to work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Im still a fan and supporter, but sometimes they take really weird positions that is more like a politically correct weird religion cult and HTTPS Everywhere is an example of that. And they are influencing the web to go along and discriminate against unencrypted web sites, like this one. Google sent me this notification.

Chrome will show security warnings on http://www.dvorak.org

To owner of http://www.dvorak.org,

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type=text > or < input type=email >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users data.

I have about 50+ web sites to deal with and Im just not going to do it. This is a really bad idea and I wouldnt have a problem with it if it werent a tremendous hassle and totally useless.

 

07:54

Senator Bill Cassidy just another bald-faced liar Freethought Blogs

Jimmy Kimmel excoriates the senator from Louisiana who is the co-author of the so-called Graham-Cassidy health care bill that the Republicans are trying to jam through Congress with minimal debate before the September 30the deadline. Cassidy had earlier promised Kimmel and millions of others that any bill that he proposed would provide a list of protections for people but what he is actually proposing has none of them. Kimmel delivers a righteous rant on the topic, explaining clearly why this bill is so bad and why it must be defeated.

The problem is that hardly anyone among the Republican senators really gives a damn about what the bill contains. As one GOP lobbyists said, I am just in shock how no one actually cares about the policy any more, One GOP aide added, You could do a post office renaming and call it repeal-replace and 48 Republican senators would vote for it sight unseen. The bill could call for the forced euthanasia of all sick people and they would shrug it off as long as they can boast that they have repealed and replaced Obamacare.

Oddly enough, Jewish religious holidays are complicating the repeal process by restricting the time available to conduct business. The senate recessed yesterday for Rosh Hashanah and will not return until Monday the 25th. Then Yom Kippur begins sundown on Friday the 29th. The senate parliamentarian also has to certify that the bill meets the requirements for reconciliation and thus needs only 50 votes, and the Congressional Budget Office also has to score the bill, all within the coming week.

But I am gloomy about the issue and that the Graham-Cassidy disaster may well pass. Lindsey Graham says that there is still time to push the bill through because there is nothing more important than denying health care to people.

Former Majority Leader Harry Reid had a vote on [Obamacare on] Christmas Eve were talking about religious holidays, Graham said. I want to honor every religions holiday so if we have to break for the Jewish holiday, we have to break for the Jewish holiday. I dont want to get on the wrong side of God, but I am determined to do all I can as long as I can to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Graham doesnt want to get on the wrong side of his god but doesnt care about being on the wrong side of history.

07:32

Retail Apocalypse Causing More Than 3,500 Stores to Close: What Youre Not Being Told The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) In the latest blow to traditional retail sales, this week Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of an increasing number of other brick-and-mortar chains. But the giant toy outfitter is not the only company suffering losses, as a recent report from Clark.com, a consumer analysis site details.

Though separate statistics show that more stores will open in 2017 than will close, the type of stores making gains suggests frugality is the norm U.S. consumers amid a continuously harsh economy.

Clark.com compiled a list of retail stores that announced closures of physical shops this summer. Sears said at the end of August that in fiscal year 2017, [they] have closed approximately 180 stores previously announced for closure, and an additional 150 stores previously announced for closure are expected to be closed by the end of the third quarter of 2017. They will also be closing 28 K-Mart locations, citing a desire to change their business model so the physical store footprint and [their] digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.

Vitamin World filed for bankruptcy last week and plans to close 51 of 334 stores, which are located mostly in malls; Gap said in a press release earlier this month it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores (and open 270 Old Navy shops); Perfumania filed for bankruptcy in August, moving to close 64 of 226 stores; Starbucks announced at the end of July it will close all of its 379 Teavana shops by next year; Gymboree plans to close roughly 350 stores following its...

07:31

Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women Warrior Publications

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Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again....

07:30

Retail Apocalypse Veterans Today

The first phase of the American Debt-Bomb has now detonated

07:29

Floyd Mayweather defends Trump: No one was calling him racist before he became President Intellihub

Within this world racism still exists

(INTELLIHUB) Arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather, appeared on a broadcast recently where he talked about how people shy away from the fact that no one was calling Donald Trump a racist before he became the President.

If yall didnt want the man in the White House then Yall should have voted the other way, Mayweather said. He done his homework, he done what he had to do and he got there.

The talented boxer with a net worth of over $400 million said that people need to focus more on what they themselves are doing rather than what the President and his people are doing. The champ also mentioned that President Trumps locker room banter doesnt bother him.

Too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, he said. You need to be worried about what youre trying to do and what level you are trying to get to.

The wound-up champ pointed out on the broadcast that he doesnt need to worry about what anybody else is doing and said that his business is his 24/7/365 focus.

It is what it is. [] I worked my way from the bottom to the top. Nobody gave me shit.

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07:24

Podcast: Campus Speech, Hollywoods Politicization, And Jimmy Kimmel On Health Care The Federalist

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. She joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the new, frightening polling on students and free speech, and the extreme politicalization of the entertainment industry.

I would hope that people dont really care enough about celebrities to be outraged by their silly opinions, but at the same time what grates on conservatives and what grates on average Americans is how [celebrities] get a free pass for saying anything, while anyone one the other side just gets excoriated, Jashinsky said.

The conversation on health care in Washington is between a handful of conservatives and moderates about reforming parts of Obamacare.

There seems to be a very slim margin in which you could actually move anything on this bill. Domenech said. The most vociferous opponent has probably been Rand Paul who maintains they should not vote on anything other than a full repeal.

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07:22

SYRIA: Game Over for Macron after Shameful UNGA Performance 21st Century Wire

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Before the UN General Assembly, you treated President Bashar al Assad as a criminal and declared that he should be held accountable to international justice. You have betrayed those who believed in a turn-around in your politics and you have brought this serious accusation against the legitimate leader of a UN member state.

Exactly what jurisdiction has empowered you, Mr Macron, to issue arrest warrants for foreign heads of state, who, by the way, could teach you a thing or two?

Who gives you the right, as a European head of state, representing the former colonial power in Syria (1920 1946), to hand out certificates for good or bad behaviour to your Middle Eastern counterparts?

This intervention is made all the more disturbing by the fact that you, like your predecessors, persevere with your complacency towards the petro-monarchies, to whom you sell arms that are used to massacre the courageous people of Yemen. You denounce the crimes you have attributed to the Syrian president, but you turn a blind eye to the head-choppers, the Wests beloved mercenaries. The 10,000 deaths in Yemen, the 500,000 children suffering from malnutrition, the terrifying cholera epidemic brought on by the Saudi bombardment, dont trouble you, trigger no remorse and yet, you seriously want us to take notice of your indignation over Syria?

Everybody is aware that the Syrian conflict has caused tens of thousands of deaths, that the bloodbath gone on too long and that a political solution must be found, once the terrorist hordes are eliminated. As you speak, the Russians, Iranians and Turks are gathered in Astana to work towards this end. When you fling such accusations at Pres. Assad, what are you really talking about? From the very beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011, the anti-government protests were polluted by armed insurgents who opened fire on the security forces. The Arab Observer Mission was present from 24th December 2011 to 18th January 2012, at the behest of the Arab League. Despite Saudi pressure, their report denounces violence carried out by both sides. The myth of the peaceful uprising has long since evaporated Mr Macron, its time to bid farewell to this romantic fairytale.

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07:18

Activists Are Documenting The Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar But FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Last American Vagabond

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Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down. The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic []

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07:17

Hotwire #5: Resistance Explodes in St. Louis and Atlanta It's Going Down

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This week we speak with two folks whove been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police.

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Theres lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden.

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The Houston Anarchist Book Fair on September 24 located at MECA, 1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas.

The fourth annual Radical Book Fair in Gothenburg, Sweden from September 28 to October 1. That same weekend, the neo-nazi Nordic Resistance Movement will try to march through Gothenburg. Read the anti-fascist call to action here.

  • The alt-rights so-called free speech week begins Monday at UC Berkeley. In response, there are actions planned against white supremacy and nationalism.

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07:11

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Bath House. Freethought Blogs

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06:30

[WATCH] Chicago Police Officer Ordered to Pay $500,000 Out Of His Own Pocket After Shooting Family on New Years Eve Filming Cops

A woman and her two brothers were shot by a Chicago police officer. Now, a jury says the cop went too far and theyre owed almost five million dollars by

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06:26

California Regulators Require Auto Insurers to Adjust Rates Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report by ProPublica and Consumer Reports that many minority neighborhoods were paying more than white areas with the same risk.

The regulators said their review confirmed our finding that linked the pricing disparities to incorrect applications of a provision in California law. The statute allows insurers to cluster neighboring zip codes together into a single rating territory.

The companies were making some subjective determinations, as a basis for calculating rates in some zip codes, said Ken Allen, deputy commissioner of the rate regulation branch of the California Department of Insurance. Nationwide and USAA are two of the 10 largest auto insurance providers in the country by market share.

The department said that the adjustments would largely erase the racial disparities we found in the two companies pricing. According to our analysis, USAA charged 18 percent more on average, and Nationwide 14 percent more, in poor, minority neighborhoods than in whiter neighborhoods with similarly high accident costs. Allen said its not possible to quantify how these adjustments would affect customers premiums because the revisions are too complex. In addition, theyre taking effect at the same time as an overall rate increase.

Allen said the department is now requiring more justification from insurers for their measurements of risk in the poor, minority neighborhoods that California designates as underserved for auto coverage.

Californias action marks a rare regulatory rebuke of the insurance industry for its longtime practice of charging higher premiums to drivers living in predominantly minority-urban neighborhoods than to drivers with similar safety records living in majority-white neighborhoods. Insurers have traditionally defended their pricing by saying that the risk is greater in those neighborhoods, even for motorists who have never had an accident. 

The departments investigation was prompted by a ProPublica and Consumer Reports analysis published in April of car insurance premiums in California, Texas, Missouri and Illinois. ProPublica found that some major insurers were charging minority neighborhoods rates as much as 30 percent more than in other areas with similar accident costs.

The disparities were not as widespread in California, which is a highly regulated insu...

06:22

Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives The Free Thought Project

schoolFor acting out at school, an 8-year-old was kidnapped by cops, strapped to a bed and forcefully injected with mind-altering drugs.

06:19

The Driest Summer in Seattle's History Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

I am now entirely confident in this. We are going to break a major record in two days:

The driest summer in the history of observations at Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

And we are not simply going to beat the record, we are going to smash it.


Let me give you the numbers.   Logan Johnson, head of the NWS forecast office in Seattle, provided these number for the driest calendar summers (roughly June 21st-Sept 21st) at Seattle-Tacoma Airport:

1988 1.28"
1987 1.33"
2000 1.36"
1990 1.39"

Seattle-Tacoma Airport records go back to 1945-- so over 70 years!

As of noon today (Wednesday June 20th), Seattle-Tacoma Airport has received only .50 inches of rain. LESS THAN HALF of the previous summer record.  And most of the rain is over for a while.

According to the latest forecast model runs, it is possible that we could get a few sprinkles today, but nothing of any significance.   Here is the latest NWS SREF (short-range ensemble forecast) that show the cumulative precipitation prediction at Sea-Tac for a number of model runs starting 5 AM this morning.  No model run provides enough to threaten our record (most produce a few hundredths of an inch).


Folks--we have this in the bag....the driest calendar summer in Sea-Tac Airport history.  

Here is a plot of the observed (purple) and normal (blue line) precipitation at Sea-Tac.  We are about 3 inches behind for the summer!

06:05

The U.S. Government Is Suing People For Requesting Public Records The Last American Vagabond

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The U.S. government is suing citizens requesting public records all over the country, violating the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). The government is stating that it is in good faith to take away more of our rights, intimidate us and delay FOIA requests, thus challenging the notion of transparency and, in turn, the Open Government Initiative. []

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06:04

The Retail Apocolypse Is Here-Toys R Us Filed for Bankruptcy Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Americas Retail Is Crumbling: Toys R US Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Toys R Us have over 60,000 employees. They occupy the anchor position in many of the malls. The loss of Toys R Us will lead to decreased foot traffic to other nearby stores.  This is the beginning of the collapse of Retail in America. Here is the complete story.

 

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06:01

Cops Caught On Video in Donut Shop Joking about Killing People and Turning Off Body Cameras Counter Current News

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San Francisco, CA Two police officers were recently recorded in a Happy Donuts location, joking and laughing about shooting and killing civilians. One of the officers was telling the other about how they can kill suspects while the body camera is rolling, as long as the situation would look justifiable in the video. It seems that the officers were debating which type of evidence they wouldnt mind appearing on body camera footage, and what type of evidence they would like to cover up.

The officer seen in the video can be heard joking about how killing a suspect who has their hands up would be something that they dont want to show up on camera. The officers then made sounds and gestures of what it would sound like for a person to get shot, and continued to laugh in hysteria.

The video was captured by a nearby person who held the camera up just over their shoulder to record the exchange. It is actually surprising that the officer did not realize that he was being filmed because the footage was recorded just feet away from him.

The video was later posted to Instagram with the following message:

This was filmed at Happy Donuts on the corner of 24th St. & Church St., San Francisco. The cop is explaining to his partner what footage he does & doesnt want caught on their new body cameras. In this 1st video, the cop explains to his partner how what he DOES want caught on camera is a civilian pointing a gun at him & him murdering said civilian in self-defense. Notice how he laughs & treats the subject of murdering someone as a joke. In the 2nd video, hell explain that what his partner DOESNT want caught on...

05:50

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico Without Power. TIP

[BBC] Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said.

Abner Gmez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged everything in its path.

None of the customers of Puerto Ricos Electric Power Authority had any electricity, he said.
Maria weakened to a category three storm with winds of 115 mph (185km/h) as it moved across the island.

The information we received is not encouraging, Mr Gmez told a briefing, urging people to stay in their homes.

Earlier, Puerto Ricos governor asked President Donald Trump to declare the island a disaster area after the storm unleashed heavy flooding and life-threatening winds.


Governor Ricardo Rossello said major damage was inevitable, although 500 shelters had been established to protect people.

The devastating storm has already left seven people dead on the island of Dominica, which was badly affected on Monday.

Aerial footage shows flattened houses and the death toll on Dominica is likely to rise, with details remaining scant as communication links are down.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 mph (225 km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Ricos capital city, San Juan.

Maria made landfall in Yabucoa in the east of Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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05:47

Man Died In Custody After Fight With Cleburne County Sheriff Deputies Filming Cops

CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ark. Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a man in the custody of Cleburne County Sheriff deputies Saturday. The Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown said

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05:41

The Secret Society That Ruined the World: Rhodes, Rothschild, Milner 21st Century Wire

IMAGE: Globalist scribe for the American branch of international order, Carol Quigley.

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In this partial video, I continue my analysis of Quigleys later work, The Anglo American Establishment, following upon my lectures last year on the total 1300 pages of Tragedy and Hope. Here, we look deeper into the key players who make up the real Illuminati that successfully engineered the faux democracy of the modern world, run by a shadow banking-corporate empire.

This is an addendum to the 8 lectures last year on the monumental Atlanticist apologetic Tragedy and Hope based on Quigleys other telling book, The Anglo-American Establishment. The first section is free, while subscribers gain access to full talks and lectures.

The goals which Rhodes and Milner sought and the methods by which they hoped to achieve them were so similar by 1902 that the two are almost indistinguishable Both sought to unite the world, and above all the English-speaking world in a federal structure around Britain. Both felt that this goal could best be achieved by a secret band of men united to one another by devotion to the common cause and by personal loyalty to one another. Both felt that this band should pursue its goal by secret political and economic influence behind the scenes and by the control of journalistic, educational, and propaganda agencies. Quigley (Namely, the Liberal Imperium.)

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05:39

Former Sauk Prairie Police Officer Sentenced in Drug Theft Case Filming Cops

SAUK COUNTY A former Sauk Prairie police officer has been sentenced for stealing drugs from the police department in 2015. 40-year-old Matthew Alt was charged with five felonies and

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05:34

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Irans forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim Mad Dog Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

I would call it a broad strategy for the range of Iranian malign activities: financial materials, support for terror, destabilization in the region, especially Syria and Iraq and Yemen, said a senior administration official, as quoted by Reuters.

Without giving specific details, sources said the current draft proposal seeks to do the following: (1) target cyber espionage and nuclear proliferation; (2) provide for more aggressive U.S. interceptions of Iranian arms shipments heading to places such as Yemen and Gaza (even though U.N. experts confirmed earlier this year that they could find no evidence of a large-scale Iranian weapons supply line to Yemen); (3) react more aggressively in Bahrain (presumably, to prop up the government in the face of Shia-led unrest) as the countrys Sunni Muslim monarchy has been suppressing its majority Shia population, a move that continues to anger Iran; and most importantly (4) allow U.S. naval forces to react more forcefully when harassed by armed speedboats operated by Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Funnily enough, many of the encounters taking place between U.S. ships and Iranian ships are...

05:30

Portland Group Advocates Against Freeway Expansion Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

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A new group has formed in Portland to oppose freeway expansion, and specifically to fight against a $450 million expansion of the Rose Quarter Freeway in the heart of the city. No More Freeways PDX is led by a committed trio of political activists and economists which includes Joe Cortright (writer at City Observatory), Aaron Brown and Chris Smith. 

"The Oregon DOT has been beating the drums about freeway expansion like every other state DOT for forever," says Brown, but this particular project lay dormant for several years due to a lack of funding. Now the state's most recent transportation bill, passed in June, has allocated the money to make it happen.

Brown, his colleagues and fellow activists around the city know that urban freeway expansion is expensive, damaging to local businesses, harmful to the health of nearby, often-low income residents, bad for the environment, and, moreover, doesn't even solve the problem it claims to address: congestion.

"We're trying to raise awareness that there are a lot of infrastructure needs in Portland, and this project doesnt solve any of them," says Brown. "It is extra space on the freeway for cars to be stuck in traffic."

Cortright is also eloquently quoted in an article on OregonLive explaining, "It's [$450] million that you might as well put in a pile and burn it, because it's not going to have any effect on recurring congestion." He and other Strong Towns members have written extensively on the subject of "induced demand" the fact that data from across the nation shows that adding lanes to highways only brings more cars onto those roads and does nothing to decrease traffic. Cortright has also chronicled the mistaken data analysis that has led the Oregon DOT to claim that a wider highway will be a safer highway.

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05:29

BREAKING NEWS: Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan near Fukushima THE INTERNET POST

A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima. Details of the extent of the damage have not yet emerged regarding the quake which hit 281km South East of Kamaishi. The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km. A similar earthquake back in []

05:29

PHOTOS: This Is The Luxury Resort Sen. Menendez Stayed In Thanks To Wealthy Donor The Federalist

According to prosecutors, when Sen. Bob Mendendez wasnt intervening in multi-million-dollar billing disputes with the government on behalf of his wealthy friend and benefactor Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year, the Democrat was flying on the wealthy eye doctors private plane or staying at his exclusive villa on a private beach in the Caribbean.

The private villa, at the exclusive Casa del Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, is equipped with a golf course that runs along the ocean, polo fields, a private marina, luxurious spa amenities, and hunting grounds where groundskeepers bred pheasants for guests to shoot, according to its website and testimony from the resorts president, Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, on Monday.

Here are some more photos of the Casa del Campo, via its website and screen grabs of promotional videos.

Heres a promotional video showcasing the resorts amenities, which include 1,850 private homes, some of which are worth more than $10 million. Rosenburg estimated homes in Melgens neighborhood, where Menendez stayed, are worth up to $2.5 million, according to the New York Post

CNN obtained photos of the villa and private plane Melgen owned, which the defense showed the jury during opening statements at the start of the trial earlier this month. The defense is portraying the vacation spot as a humble abode, not a multi-million-dollar luxury getaway.

05:26

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And Its Ridiculous The Last American Vagabond

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In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done []

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05:23

Trump's First Speech Before the UN Was an Absurd, Bombastic Disaster OpEdNews

After Trump's recent Twitter storms and his stormy speech to the United Nations, the need for Congress to intervene grows more urgent. The Constitution rests the power to declare war with Congress. Congress must make it clear to the president that he cannot act alone, based on his whims, furies, and fantasies. This should not be a partisan issue. There should be no ideological divide on this one.

05:21

Are atheists over-compensating for being thought immoral? Freethought Blogs

A new study finds that atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists. While this may be welcomed by atheists as signifying that they are less troubled by meaningless divisions, the study authors suggest that this may be due to atheists trying to overcome public perceptions that they have inferior moral qualities.

A pilot study with 205 participants revealed that people believed atheists would treat Christians unfairly. But three experiments, which included nearly 1,200 U.S. residents, found almost the opposite was true.


When everyones religious affiliation was disclosed, Christian participants offered more money to fellow Christians than to atheists. However, this ingroup bias was not observed among atheist participants, who gave equally to atheists and Christians.

When their own religious identity was concealed from the other participants, however, atheists gave more money to their fellow atheists than to Christians. Presumably, they were less motivated to counter the stereotype that they were immoral. The behavior of Christians was unchanged.

The authors suggest that because atheists are aware that they are viewed negatively by others in society, they may be actively seeking to overcome that stereotype, and that this may extend to other groups that are perceived negatively. As one of the authors of the study says, It seems likely that these findings would extend to other groups stereotyped as untrustworthy such that those groups would be motivated to advertise their altruism, fairness, compassion, or overall level of morality.

The paper abstract can be accessed here.

05:20

Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian OpEdNews

Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian, over the top and upside down. The topper or nadir was Trump's "our respect for sovereignty" of other nations. The US doesn't respect the sovereignty of other nations. It is the grand master for undermining any regime that refuses to submit to US hegemony.

05:18

All Teachers Could Be Replaced by AI in Less Than a Decade Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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I have been saying it for years, teachers will soon be obsolete. The advantages for the Deep State are many and they are covered in the following video.

 

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05:13

Puerto Rico DIRECT HIT by Hurricane Maria interview with Dane Wigington reveals weather weaponization may be the culprit Intellihub

Puerto Rico has just received a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, a category-4 storm with 155 mph winds at its core. The weather bombing of the bankrupt U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is no random event, according to Geoengineering Watch analyst Dane Wigington. In an interview conducted yesterday to be posted on Natural News in just a few days Wigington detailed the evidence for weather weaponization technology that allows powerful nations to literally steer superstorms into their intended targets.

Local media is reporting that the Fajardo, Espritu Santo and Rio Grande de Loiza rivers have all broken their bank, reports the UK Express. Terrified residents took to Twitter to reveal their accounts of eerie tsunami sirens blaring through the storm, signaling a possibly deadly storm surge of up to nine feet.

Millions of Puerto Ricans have lost power. Hurricane Marias ferocious winds continued strafing Puerto Rico late Wednesday morning, shearing off roofs, cutting power to nearly the entire island and pushing rivers over their banks, reports the Miami Herald. Rosita Galguerra is also quoted by the paper, saying, The house is trembling and my house is made of concrete with a concrete roof. The winds are like out of a horror movie and its gusts, gusts, gusts. The island is going to be completely destroyed.

Wigington says the string of powerful hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria specifically targeting the highest density population areas of multiple states is no coincidence and not based on random chance.

Weather control technology is an irrefutable reality

Dane Wigingtons website, Geoengineering Watch, has posted a list of 175 U.S. government-approved patents that prove weather control technology exists. (Original list from ClimateViewer.com.) The existence of weather control technology is irrefutable.

In the interview, Wigington told me that he believes various camps of nations and globalists have obtained weather weaponization technology over the years, via weather weapons proliferation thats similar to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Several different global groups now possess the ability to steer weather systems directly into intended targets, says Wigington.

These guided hurricanes are weapons of mass destruction, he says because they kill indiscriminately and destroy civilian infrastructure. Look at the precise population density landfall location of Mar...

05:08

[WATCH] California Cops Savagely Beat Teen For Recording Police, Caught in Massive Cover Up Filming Cops

Three California cops were caught on camera in a one-minute video (seen below) giving a 16-year old a devastating beating, cracking his legs with a baton and threatening the young

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05:07

5 Stories Youre Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause A Media Frenzy The Last American Vagabond

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Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake. Unsurprisingly, the medias obsessive []

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05:06

How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power The Federalist

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

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To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure that states with sicker-than-average individuals get more funding, and that states that choose to offer richer-than-averag...

05:04

UK Supermarket Becomes Worlds First to Offer Cashless Checkout with Finger Vein Scan Activist Post

By Nicholas West The march toward a cashless society has now moved from the theoretical to the phase of widespread adoption. This is primarily due...

04:58

Researchers Have Linked A Human Brain To The Internet For The First Time Ever TruthTheory

By Patrick Caughill via Futurism

Researchers from Wits University have linked a brain directly to the internet. Data gathered from this project could help fuel the next steps in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces.

Brain Meets IoT

A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. Its been dubbed the Brainternet project, and it essentially turns the brain into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web.

The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the users head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live strea...

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Former Navy SEAL Shares Brilliant Plan to Stop North Korea, No Bombs Necessary TIP

[BannedInfo] Things still arent looking too good in the North Korean peninsula. Now, the United Nations has just approved even more economic sanctions on the corrupt community regime of North Korea. The rest of the world has been searching for some kind of alternate plan to a nuclear war with the country.

Its obvious that in any kind of direct military battle, the North Koreans would be demolished. That doesnt mean that it wouldnt come at a cost, however. The biggest issue is the possibility of millions of innocent lives being lost in the process. If the war went nuclear, theres no telling what could happen.

The Tribunist explained that a former Navy SEAL, who is now an author and commentator, Jocko Willink, has come up with an interesting idea as to how we could maybe bring the regime of Kim Jong Un to a final end. And with his plan, we wouldnt have to fire a shot or launch a missile at all.

When Willink was asked about his own thoughts on what would be the best way to approach the North Korea situation, he tweeted drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free Wifi.

 

Some people are simply laughing at his tweet like a joke, and even though the solution isnt very conventional and is very different from other ideas, it may not be as crazy as it sounds right off the bat.

A source at Business Insider conducted an interview with Yun Sun, a North Korea expert at the Sinton Center. Yun Sun stated during the interview, Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what theyre missing, Kims regime is unsustainable, and its going to be overthrown.

We all know that the Kim regime has been infamous for secluding the North Korean society from the rest of the world. They have been closed off and policed carefully. The reasoning behind this kind of society is so that no one will be provided with unauthorized access to uncensored information. What kind of life is that?

Sun actually noted that South Korea has tried similar tactics in the past. They even used balloons to drop DVDs and informational pamphlets to North Koreans. The effort pulled a military response from the Kim regime who wasnt happy about their actions.

Sun went on to warn that dropping all of these iPhones and allowing the people of North Korea free Wifi might actually be a direct violation of the United Nations economic sanctions. It may also be seen by some as rewarding a illegitimately nuclear dictatorship, a dictatorship that we know has committed massive human rights against its people.

Sun further...

04:47

Theres A $100 Million Plan To Make A Synthetic Spinal Cord To End Paralysis TruthTheory

By Dom Galeon via Futurism

Hugh Herr and his colleagues at MITs Center for Extreme Bionics want to change what it means to be disabled. As part of a $100 million, five-year project, the researchers are working on advanced prosthetics that work like real limbs, a synthetic nervous system, and more.

A Bold Mission

Some say experience is the best teacher, and for Hugh Herr, that has definitely been the case. His experience with disability and subsequent need for prosthetics compelled him to develop what could be the worlds most advanced type of bionics.

Now, the researcher and bionics expert is the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a unique research lab that began with the idea of taking prosthetics to the next level.

Since its creation in 2014, the centers goal has been to treat a wide spectrum of disabilities through the development of advanced bionics. Now, the center is working on a $100 million, five-year project that focuses on treating paralysis, depression, amputation, epilepsy, and Parkinsons disease through the development of bionic technologies.

Disability-Free World

The projects the researchers are pursuing are nothing short of cutting-edge.

While todays prosthetics are use...

04:46

[WATCH] Teenager Brutalized by Grand Rapids Police Will Receive a $95,000 Payout Filming Cops

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. After more than three years of wrangling in federal court, a teen who says he was brutalized by Grand Rapids police will receive a $95,000 payout.

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Webinar: Increasing open datas social impact with tactical data engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

On September 19, we released the official first edition of A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement (TDE), our new resource designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on increasing the social impact of open government data. As part of our launch, we hosted an online conversation about the new guide and the ideas behind tactical data engagement itself. A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube and embedded below. You can also download a copy of the slide presentation.

What did we talk about? Following is a quick summary.

What is TDE?

Stephen Larrick, Open Cities Director at the Sunlight Foundation kicked off our conversation with an overview of what tactical data engagement is and why cities need to apply it. Cities are making tremendous progress in providing access to government information online, Larrick explained. City halls want to open data to be used, but it often isnt. And on the flip side, community members want information to be use-able, but it often isnt. Our new guide is meant to help bridge that gap, and Larrick provided an overview of this four-step approach: Find a focus area by observing the community; Refine use cases by interviewing stakeholders; Design a plan by coordinating with target users; and Implement an intervention by collaborating with actual users.

Who is using TDE?

The City of Madison, Wisconsin is one of the very first cities to use TDE. Sunlight and our partners at Reboot will be working with Madison on a pilot project over the next several months. The city is currently at the first step of the TDE process. We were honored to have Kara Kratowicz, data projects coordinator at the City of Madison, join the webinar to discuss what that means.

We began the Finding phase by observing popular meetings and existing public channels, Kratowicz explained. The result was to align tactical data engagement with the citys rewrite of our comprehensive plan. Out of this process, the four preliminary focus areas that weve identified are the creation of complete neighborhoods, economic supports, green infrastructure, and public safety. To further hone their focus area, Madison is planning to poll residents for their feedback about what to prioritize.

How do u...

04:33

Leading Educationalist Predicts That Robots Will Replace Teachers In The Classroom Within A Decade TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finding its way into every industry including education. We will start to see the rise of intelligent and adaptable AI learning systems in the classroom and this could render traditional academic teaching redundant.

Sir Anthony Seldon is a leading educationalist and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. Within the next years, he believes that intelligent machines will be prominent in one-to-one learning. Automated teaching could see an end to year groups. Pupils learn in different ways. The robots will be able to help students learn at their own pace using adaptive learning systems. This is believed to be more effective than the current approach in which pupils are taught as part of a class.

It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington-style education for all, Sir Anthony said. Everyone can have the very best teacher and its completely personalised; the software youre working with will be with you throughout your education journey. He added that as part of robot-led learning, teachers would adopt the role of overseers, monitoring the progress of individual pupils, leading non-academic activities and providing pastoral support.

This new approach to teaching will undoubtedly have a massive impact on both the role that teachers play in the classroom and how pupils learn. Sheldon has emphasised that this is beyond anything that weve seen in the industrial revolution or since with any other new technology. Experts are predicting that English, Maths and Science will be at the forefront of machine led-learning. In time, the sophisticated algorithms...

04:27

Rolling Blunts With Rose Petals Is The Latest And Coolest Cannabis Trend TruthTheory

This is about as organic as it gets!

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

As the populace becomes more educated on the benefits of using cannabis as a medicine and recreational drug (over other stimulants and depressants), the stigma surrounding its use is lessening. As a result, cannabis enthusiasts are becoming more creative and inventing new ways to smoke the herb.

One of the coolest and greenest methods weve come across entails using rose petals. Yes, we said rose petals. The unique method was recently posted by @simple_sasha, and to say it has gone viral is an understatement.

As soon as the initial excitement calmed down, Sasha explained that organic rose petals are preferred as conventional varieties are sprayed with pesticides. And while inhaling any smoke isnt the healthiest, the organic rose petals are better than processed tobacco leaves which are full of chemical additives. Most blunts on the market are rolled in this fashion.

In the following Twitter tutorial, Sasha shows how you can use an oven and three organic rose petals to create an impromptu wrap for a blunt. The invention is functional and floral, and people cant get enough of it.

After constructing the two-minute crea...

04:26

Voices from Syria: Syrias War for Humanity Global Research

Global Research Publishers brings you Voices from Syria, an important new book by Mark Taliano. The book is available for order on our online store.

Click HERE to order.

Mark Taliano is an author and independent investigative reporter

04:26

Iran President Rouhanis Clear and Calm Rebuttal to Trumps UN Neocon Rant 21st Century Wire

21st Century Wire says

This week, US President Donald Trump did what every US President before has done he read from his teleprompter script provided to him by his handlers.

As far as this years United Nations General Assembly was concerned, Trumps address is now widely recognized as perhaps the worst such address made by a US leader to a world body. If one breath, he all but declared war on at least four countries; Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Syria.

While Trump vowed to totally destroy North Korea, he branded Iran as a rogue nation, while threatening Venezuela saying that the United States was prepared to take further action against the embattled South American nation.

When Irans President Hassan Rouhani took the podium at the UN headquarters in New York City, his delivery was measured and sober a stark difference to the reckless US leaders suicidal neoconservative rant on Tuesday

Adam Garrie
The Duran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Irans foreign policy outlook, its specifically goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal).

President Rouhani used the word moderation throughout the speech. He characterised Irans history, contemporary outlook and policy positions as quintessentially moderate.

After paying tribute to Iranian voters who recently re-elected him as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he then set out to define Irans definition of moderation in the following way.

Moderation is the in...

04:16

Protests Erupt In St Louis As Police Officer Is Cleared Of Fatal Shooting TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Former St Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, was recently found not guilty of murder. Stockley was on trial for fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 and had his name cleared last Friday.

Stockley shot Smith, a drug dealer suspect, after he allegedly fled from the officers who were trying to arrest him. Stockley stated that he was acting in self defense, as Smith had a gun. Stockleys DNA was found on the gun, however, Smiths was not. As a result, prosecutors said that Stockley planted a gun in Smiths car. There is also dashcam footage in which prosecutors say that Stockley told his colleague Im going to kill this motherfucker. A few minutes later, Smith was shot five times. During the verdict, Judge Timothy Wilson said Its important to look at the video, but thats not all of the evidence and that the comment lacked context.

In response to the verdict, many people took to the streets, with several hundred protesters marching downtown near the police headquarters. For the most part, the protests were peaceful. In the early hours of saturday morning, Chief Lawrence OToole posted a tweet which said many of the demonstrators were peaceful, however after dark many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers. He went on to say that orders to disperse were given numerous times, and that tear gas was deployed after officers were assaulted with bricks and bottles.

In a Facebook post early on Sunday, Missouri...

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Syrian War Report September 20, 2017: US-led Coalition Seeks Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor Veterans Today

from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants []

04:05

Stunning Map Shows Every River Basin In The United States TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Theres a lot more beneath our feet than most of us realize. A stunning, new map created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej reveals this and more.

The Geographer and GIS analyst has a lifelong passion for beautiful maps. It is for this reason he created the artistic map which highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the United States. According to the creator, the map visualizes the Strahler Stream Order Classification. Reportedly, the higher stream orders are indicated as thicker lines.

The map was made using the open-source QGIS software. In total, there are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the US. The 18 major river basins follow:

1.) Pacific Northwest Basin

2.) California River Basin

3.) Great Basin

4.) Lower Colorado River Basin

5.) Upper Colorado River Basin

6.) Rio Grande River Basin

7.) Texas Gulf Coast Basin

8.) Arkansas-White-Red Basin

9.) Lower Mississippi River Basin

10.) Missouri River Basin

11.) Souris-Red-Rainy Basin

12.) Upper Mississippi Basin

13.) Great Lakes Basin

14.) Tennessee River Basin

15.) Ohio River Basin

16.) South Atlantic-Gulf Basin

17.) Mid-Atlantic Basin

18.) New England Basin

Much of the map is dominated by the massive catchment area for the Mississippi river.The Arkansas-White-Red Basin is also clearly seen and is highlighted in pink. As the Daily Mail reports, a large portion of the map shows the Pacific Northwest basin. Those feed-ins are illustrated in a brown-orange color. The Upper...

04:02

Why Does Jimmy Kimmel Want Americans To Suffer? The Federalist

In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health-care insurance policy. Between yuks, Kimmel will occasionally accuse Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.

Last night, the comedian was back to explain to his audience why the new Graham-Cassidy repeal bill was bad news. There were only two things wrong with his monologue: The first was that almost everything he said was either completely untrue or highly misleading. The second was that his simplistic emotional appeal is completely disconnected from the real world.

The comedians interest in policy was sparked by the harrowing experience of having a newborn son who suffered from a rare health condition. Thankfully, his boy is okay. If your baby is going to die and it doesnt have to, it shouldnt matter how much money you make, said an emotional Kimmel in May. I think thats something that, whether youre a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?

Yes, everyone agrees. As far as I know, there isnt a single politician in America who has ever supported allowing babies to die because they are born with birth defects, even if the parents cant pay. There never has been. After Kimmels May rant, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy showed up on his show to explain his position.

These types of culture encounters shouldnt be dismissed, because the fact is that most viewers are unaware of specific policies and have a notional understanding prejudiced by the establishment medias coverage. In any event, Cassidy came up with something he called The Jimmy Kimmel Test, which is that no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they cant afford it.

Kimmel claims that the new bill doesnt meet this threshold. This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face, Kimmel said, before going on an extended political rant on Tuesday night. By the way, before you post a nasty Facebook message saying Im politicizing my sons health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my sons health problems, he went on. Okay.

Coverage for all? No, explained Kimmel, In fact, it will kick about 30 million Americans off insurance.

Not a single person would be kicked off his or her insurance. The last time we went through this, the Congressional Budget Office found that 14 million of the 24 million Americans off hea...

04:00

Touching Photo Of A Mother And Her Nurse Has Inspired Other Moms To Share Their Stories TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Childbirth, in all its raw emotion and beauty, would be close to impossible without a dedicated team of knowledgeable helpers. One mother who knows this to be true is Jill Krause.

The writer recently gave birth to her fourth child and thanks to Katie Lacer, has some beautiful images from the experience to recollect on. One of the images Krause is particularly fond of shows a postpartum nurse guiding her through some incredibly vulnerable moments.

Krause decided to post the image to Facebook, along with an eloquently-worded explanation which has resonated with thousands of mothers.

Krause wrote, Ill never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Lets hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!) <3

Within 24 hours, th...

03:58

Equifax Breach Reveals Terrible Truth of the American Experiment OpEdNews

If you didn't pay attention to the Equifax data breach, you should. It highlights the danger inherent in a system that places the dollar sign at the top of a totem pole. Trump is the embodiment of the theft, the con--a man who stole the presidency. But you already know that. Did you know your very identity is at risk?

03:54

We need to improve the quality of modern language texts Freethought Blogs

At least, thats the lesson I take away from this.

03:52

Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State's Panopticon Village OpEdNews

The Prisoner's Village is an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable. The American Police State, much like The Prisoner's Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower.

03:48

Meet Dulce Garcia: DREAMer & Immigration Lawyer Who Is Suing Trump for Ending DACA OpEdNews

Six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program sued the Trump administration in a San Francisco federal court over its plans to rescind the program. The lawsuit argues the Trump administration failed to follow proper administrative procedures in rescinding DACA and that revoking the program violates due process laws.

03:48

Family Of 15 Year-Old Virginia Boy Fatally Shot By Police Says His Killing Was Unjustified Counter Current News

A Virginia family is speaking out about the killing of their 15-year old son after Prince William County police shot and killed him at the familys home on 9/15.

An officer fired several shots at the boy, who was allegedly armed with a crowbar. Apparently police feared for their lives from a skinny 15 year old with a crowbar, so they jumped right past non lethal ways to de-escalate the situation and jumped straight to killing.

The boys 18-year-old brother, who witnessed the shooting, still hasnt come home because he is too traumatized from the incident, reported Fox 5.

The family did not want to release the minors name, but they told FOX 5 he is an honor roll student at PACE West in Gainesville who loved skateboarding and Taekwondo.

Fox 5 reported on the alleged details of the incident:

The teenager was fatally shot by a police officer who responded to his home on Hartzell Hill Lane Friday morning. Police said they received a 911 call from inside the home that someone had a bomb strapped to their chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they saw the 15-year-old boy in front of the home.

Police said at some point, he started coming towards officers with a crowbar in a threatening manner and ignored their commands to put it down. One officer fired and shot the teenager in the upper body and he died in front of his home.

The boys family declined to talk about what led up to the shooting, but they said he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also declined to talk about any possible mental issues.

They believe his death was unnecessary and say this is a tragic case of police brutality.

Our little kid, only 5 foot, so skinny, said Oscar Urbina, the 15-year-olds father. Big policeman come on. You have a Taser. Then perhaps take him to a hospital to evaluate. That is what should have happened Its horrible. We are still grieving him and we just came from cremation just a few minutes ago and for just someone to come out and say, Oh, its justified. Okay, goodbye. No, no, you cant say goodbye...

03:47

WATCH: Morgan Freeman Just Endorsed Neocon Plan for WW3, and the Left is Loving It The Free Thought Project

freemanMorgan Freeman just made a propaganda video for a warmongering neocon group, with board members like Dick Cheney, and the Left is loving it.

03:23

Use Your F**king Taser Bobby! Cops Snap, Smash Mans Head Into Concrete Over and Over The Free Thought Project

pittsburghIn one of the worst cases of police brutality to be captured on video in a long time, Pittsburgh police were seen engaged in a horrifying arrest.

03:17

Watch: Pittsburgh Police Violently Assault Man, Repeatedly Pound His Head Into Concrete Counter Current News

In a disturbing video from PPG Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday night, police can be seen brutally assaulting a man while holding down another man.

Video captured at the scene shows an officer repeatedly striking Daniel T. Adelman of Ravenna, Ohio, who also appears to be subdued on the ground with a Taser, reported The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The video starts with an officer repeatedly punching the man in the face.  He then yells, Shut up mother f**ker! as he grabs his head and bashes it into the concrete several times.

Police continue to beat the man while telling him to stop resisting while another officer yells, Use your f**king taser Bobby! Goddamn! Shortly after, a taser can be heard, presumably shocking the man.

The police then tell the limp, beaten man to put his hands behind his back, and he says he understands.

City public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the city police bureau began an internal review Wednesday of the use of force, but none of the officers involved have been placed on leave.

The citys Office of Municipal Investigations and Office of Professional Services are reviewing the incident as well, she said.

Watch the brutal video, shared to Facebook by Joce Smith, below:

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

03:11

The Christian Extremists Behind Roy Moore. Freethought Blogs

Right Wing Watch has a comprehensive rundown of all those backing Roy Moore. In case you dont remember Moore, here are two posts from last year, when Moore made a mess of his career at the time: one, two. Now that Moore is running for a senate seat, the religious reich is fervently backing him.

Some better-known Religious Right groups, including the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, have recently gone all-in for Moore. He has also been getting serious financial support in the form of outside spending from groups like Ken Cuccinellis Senate Conservatives Fund and from Alabama activist Stan Pate, who has been funding ads attacking Strange.

And Moore has also quietly been getting support from some of his most extreme allies, who see him as a chance to give their Christian nationalists views the biggest megaphone yet:

Michael Peroutka is a local Republican politician in Maryland who has used wealth from a set of debt-collection businesses to bankroll Christian nationalist causes across the country, most notably by funding the career of Moore. Peroutka has funded Moores Christian nationalist ventures and political campaigns for decades; he gave Moores Senate campaign $2,500 in June and his wife Natalie gave the same amount in early August, each nearly maxing out on their individual contribution limit for the initial Republican primary.

Peroutka is a former member of the neo-Confederate League of the Southhe quit when the association started to cause him trouble in his campaign for office. As recently as 2012, he was on video leading a League of the South gathering in a round of Dixie, which he calls the national anthem; in a 2004 speech to the group, he said he was still angry that Maryland didnt join the Confederacy and said that his daughter had the nickname Beth Booth, as in John Wilkes Booth.

Peroutka, who runs a group called the Institute on the Constitution, advocates an extreme form of Christian nationalism, saying for instance that the Maryland legislature had ceased to be a legitimate governing body when it violated Gods law by passing a marriage equality bill. Last year, he presented on his theocratic view of the law to Operation Save America...

03:11

Researchers Connect a Human Mind to the Internet for the First Time Ever Activist Post

By Jake Anderson Have you ever thought about whether future humans will live out aspects of their lives online in simulated environments, or even extend...

03:01

[WATCH] Pittsburgh Police Reviewing Forcible Arrest Near PPG Paints Arena Filming Cops

The Pittsburgh police bureau is reviewing several officers forcible restraint of a 47-year-old man late Tuesday near PPG Paints Arena, city public safety spokewoman Sonya Toler said. Video captured at

The post [WATCH] Pittsburgh Police Reviewing Forcible Arrest Near PPG Paints Arena appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:00

Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support Activist Post

By Brandon Smith I remember back in mid-2013 when the Federal Reserve fielded the notion of a taper of quantitative easing measures. More specifically, I...

02:51

Genocidal Trump Blasted for Threatening to Kill 25 Million North Koreans The Anti-Media

Reminder, says one critic of presidents speech to UN General Assembly: threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you dont like their leader is threatening to commit genocide.

(COMMONDREAMS For what he said and also for what he refused to mention President Donald Trump was lampooned by progressive critics as he delivered his first ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday morning.

While castigating Iran and Venezuela as failed and destabilizing regimes and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if he thinks necessary, Trump acknowledged nothing about the misery sowed by U.S. foreign policy around the world.

For many critics, Trumps war-mongering and bellicositythough a bone to his domestic right-wing baseare enormously counter-productive in terms of reducing global threats and geopolitical tensions.  As Vox reporter Matt Yglesias put it, If you want to know why [North Korea] wants a nuclear deterrent, just read Trumps speech.

In a joint statement following Trumps speech, MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Win Without War blasted the remarks:

Donald Trumps first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today and in particular, his remarks about North Korea was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership. Instead of focusing on efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis surrounding its nuclear program, Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea.

Its time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trumps U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.

The choice is clear, the groups concluded, either we let Trumps incompetence and bellicosity drive us into a destructive conflict potentially more devastating than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, or we can focus our efforts on negotiation. The United States and its allies and partners must immediately move toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula diplomatically, and work toward ending this conflict peacefully. The fate of the region and the world depend on it.

On social media, the presidents critics were swift with their appraisals and condemnation:

02:45

Judicial Reform Activist and Attorney Abducted by Police While Broadcasting Activist Post

By Janet Phelan Judicial reform activist and radio personality Andy Ostrowski has been taken into custody against his will and forced into a psychiatric evaluation....

02:39

Grand Jury Indicts Mystikal For Rape and Kidnapping Counter Current News

New Orleans rapper Michael Mystikal Tyler has been indicted on charges of rape and kidnapping stemming from a 2016 incident.

The rapper has been charged with first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping, with a bond set at $3 million, reported KSLA.

The alleged assault took place Oct. 22 at a Shreveport, Louisiana casino.

Two others are also being held in relation to the crime:

Averweone Darnell Holman, 26, of Shreveport, is also being held on $3 million bond on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. Tenichia Monieck Wafford, who allegedly threatened the victim into not talking, is being held on a $500,000 bond, and has been charged with obstruction of justice.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion charges. He was released in January 2010, with 5 years on probation and he had to register as a sex offender in Louisiana.

Watch the KSLA report below:
KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

02:30

Oklahoma Couple Pleads Guilty To Starving And Torturing 5 Year Old Boy Counter Current News

Two Oklahoma women plead guilty and were sentenced for the horrific, continuous abuse of a 5-year-old boy.

Rachel Jean Stevens, 29, and Kayla Ann Jones, 26, were each sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for felony child abuse by injury and child neglect, reported Raw Story.

The boy had to be airlifted in December 2015 to an Oklahoma City hospital, where doctors found a malnourished boy with lesions on his face and multiple broken bones at different stages of healing.

Th boy also suffered from seizures caused by the abuse, investigators said. He also suffered 2 strokes at the hospital related to the trauma.

The boy had been locked in a room and bound with duct tape over his eyes, and he told police that Stevens, his mother, and her girlfriend, Jones, had beaten him with a belt.

Stevens hit her sons hand with a hammer and that Jones kicked him in the genitals until he bled, according to police.

Another 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl also lived in the home, but investigators said they did not appear to be abused.

The abused boy underwent extensive medical treatment after he was removed from the home, and the children were taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.

Jones and Stevens both pleaded no contest to child abuse and child neglect.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

02:30

Why did the senior cross the road? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Source: Moktamo

Source: Moktamo

The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on a protest undertaken by area seniors who are advocating for longer crossing times at a dangerous intersection. All they had to do to make their point was gather in a group and cross the street. Around 50 people showed up to participate.

As the Examiner explains, Jeanne Lynch, age 88, was one of the participants who is troubled and impacted by this short crossing:

The light across Masonic Avenue, in front of the City Target (formerly Mervyns), turned red when she and others were only halfway across.

Cars started to rev their engines and SUVs inched forward, impatiently edging toward the seniors as they finished crossing through a red light.

Look at the size of this crosswalk, she said in disbelief, pointing to its length. She added that due to the limitations she has walking, combined with short crossing times, Ive had to change my lifestyle and has stopped coming to that intersection all together.

This story illustrates how powerful a simple demonstration can be. One look at any one of these seniors crossing and even a five-year-old could tell you the light was changing too quickly (and incidentally, the five-year-old would probably also have trouble getting across the street in this amount of time).

The solution to this problem is equally simple: Increase the crossing time at the light. I'm no traffic engineer but I'm guessing that a quick reprogramming of the light mechanism should do the trick.

Rather than doing this though, the response from the traffic engineer, as reported by the Examiner, was:

We are in the process of upgrading the transit priority and pedestrian signal timing programming to meet the newer 3.5 feet per second guidance.

This process could take months, endangering seniors and limiting their ability to shop, get to appointments, visit friends, exercise, and moreevery day. We've written before about the isolation that our auto-oriented...

02:20

Job Opportunity Virtual Mirage


I had not heard the term, "magical life coach" until just the other day, but apparently it's an occupation. I'm nearly certain that there is a major course of study available at Cal Berkeley, preparing students for this by giving them the skill sets necessary.

You don't need a PhD in magical life coach studies to hang your shingle, though the degree that your parents shelled out $100K for must be some help. 

I don't think that the occupation would get many takers in areas where people actually work for a living, but it's a thriving business in Hollywood where almost everyone is living on their trust fund, waiting for their big break in films.

Usually magical life coaches are also witches and if you cast about, you'll find that they are all big supporters of, and contributors to Hillary Clinton, who is relying on her magical life coach to help her stay on the path to the presidency in 2020.

Freud
The really big life coaches in Hollywood charge upwards of $500/hr, which is about what the in-demand therapists charge. Keeping all that in mind, you can send me a retainer on PayPal and then you can call me and tell me all your woes on the phone. It will be on mute on my end so don't be dismayed if I don't respond with affirming grunts or hums while you pour your heart out. Besides, I probably have somebody else on the other line(s).

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02:16

Let Jeffrey Sterling Go OpEdNews

Sterling will be sent to a halfway house 45 miles from his home, and BOP regulations forbid him from driving. Furthermore, the halfway house is in the center of the neighborhood that is the scene of St. Louis's current riots. It's not the best place to be an unemployed African-American man on federal probation right now.

02:13

UK COLUMN: Gearoid Colmain discusses the Crisis in Myanmar and the Rohingya 21st Century Wire

International media coverage of Myanmar-Burma is steering world public opinion into a familiar cul-de-sac. This and more

UK Column News co-hosts Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson are joined by special guest Gearoid Colmain for a brilliant discussion regarding mainstream medias misreporting of the current Rohingya crisis in Myanmars northern Rakine State, and later with 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen to talk about last weeks Pussy Riot book launch debacle in London, and the US announcement of a new military base in Israel. Watch:

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02:13

NYC Butcher Pleads Guilty To Giving Black Deliveryman a Noose and Offering To Hang Him Counter Current News

A New York City butcher who handed a black deliveryman a present, which was a noose, and offered to help the man hang himself has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for his actions.

Joe Ottomanelli, owner of Ottomanelli & Sons, got off easy and will only have to serve 3 days of community service, reported The Root.

The incident between Ottomanelli and 36-year-old Victor Sheppard, the delivery driver, was initially investigated as a hate crime.

In April, Ottomanelli, 60, gave Sheppard the makeshift noose fashioned out of yellow rope, and told him, If you ever have any stress, just put it around your neck and pull it. I could even help you with it.

Sheppard was stunned by the openly racist threat, saying later that he could not return to his job with meat distributor Mosner Family Brands because it chose to serve Ottomanellis business rather than the safety of its employees.

I could have lost my life or been badly injured or in jail, and it didnt mean anything to them, Sheppard said. Its not easy returning to an environment where you mean nothing.

Ottomanelli got a plea deal on aggravated harassment charges because his lack of criminal record.

When Ottomanelli completes his sentence at a soup kitchen or food pantry and undergoes a restorative-justice program, he also has a chance to get his record wiped clean. Which will allow him to do it again with little to no consequences.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

02:09

So, youve heard that the world is supposed to end on 23 September Freethought Blogs

It isnt, of course, but if youre curious about how someone could come to such a bizarre conclusion, let me lead you through it.

It starts with a Bible verse, Revelation 12.

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled downthat ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

See? War in heaven, Satan cast down to earth. But why 23 September 2017? The Bible doesnt say that! We have to go to another source: astrology.

The Bible has a few things to say about astrology, but dont let that interfere with your bibliolatry!

All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.

But you need astrology to explain all those strange references to a pregnant woman with stars on her head, a dragon, and signs in heaven. According to some, these are references to constellations (ware that link its a manic YouTube video by a loon babbling a mile a minute). The woman is Virgo; the moon is at her feet on that date; the constellati...

02:00

Word Wednesday. Freethought Blogs

Batrachian

Noun.

Amphibian; especially: Frog, Toad.

batrachian adjective.

[Origin: ultimately from Greek batrachos frog.]

(Circa 1828.)

When the migraine began to fade a little, Marc looked at Merlin, now pinioned by two policemen and moving his batrachian lips in an incoherent automatic way. The Accordionist, Fred Vargas.

02:00

Petrodollar Under Attack The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an ounce, though the dollar could earn interest, marking one notable difference from gold.

The system ended up being short-lived, as President Richard Nixon announced that the U.S. would be abandoning the gold standard in 1971. Instead, the U.S. had other plans for the future of global markets.

As the Huffington Post has explained, the Nixon Administration reached a deal with Saudi Arabia:

The essence of the deal was that the U.S. would agree to military sales and defense of Saudi Arabia in return for all oil trade being denominated in U.S. dollars.

This system became known as the Petrodollar Recycling system because countries like Saudi Arabia would have to invest excess profits back into the U.S. It didnt take long for every single member of OPEC to start trading oil in U.S. dollars.

A little-known economic theory, rejected by the mainstream, stipulates that Washingtons stranglehold over financial markets can be at least partially explained by the fact that all oil exports are conducted in transactions involving the U.S. dollar. This relationship between oil and currency arguably gives the dollar its value, as this paradigm requires all exporting and importing countries to maintain a certain stock of U.S. dollars, adding to the dollars value. As Foreign Policy  a magazine that rejects the theory  explains:

It does matter slightly that the trade typically takes place in dollars. This means that those wishing to buy oil must acquire dollars to buy the oil, which increases the demand for dollars in world financial markets.

The term those wishing to buy oil encompasses almost every single country that does not have an oil supply of its own hardly a trivial number. An endless demand for dollars means an endless supply, and the United States can print as much paper as it...

01:45

Innocent Man Set Up by Police, Forced To Stay In PrisonDespite Having Charges DROPPED The Free Thought Project

chargesAll of the charges were dropped against a man who was arrested after an encounter with undercover police but he could still spend another decade in prison.

01:40

More Thoughts on Trump's UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea OpEdNews

It is only the US government, which is not a government of the people, that has ever threatened another country with total destruction as Trump did to North Korea in the CIA's UN speech. This is a first. It trumps Adolf Hitler. The US has become the 4th Reich. It is doubtful that the world will survive the foreign policy of the United States of America.

01:39

Former Chicago Corrupt Cop Arrested After 15 Years On The Run Counter Current News

After 15 years on the lam, former Chicago Police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was finally arrested in Detroit early Tuesday morning.

Hicks, now 68, has been the center of an international manhunt since 2003, according to the FBI. He was ordered to be held in Detroit until he could be brought back to Chicago to stand trial for his  federal drug-conspiracy charges, reported Chicago Tribune.

In 2001, Hicks was accused of leading a group of crooked cops who robbed drug dealers, stole their money and then sold the stolen drugs to other dealers. After Hicks disappeared the day before his trial in 2003, he was presumed to have traveled to Brazil, the Tribune reports.

The Tribune reported on some of his other interesting behavior:

While he was on the lam, Hicks repeatedly conducted financial transactions in Chicago to enrich himself and the people closest to him. Two years after Hicks vanished, his signature appeared on land records giving his sonalso a Chicago police officerthe South Side property Hicks had used to secure his $150,000 bond. In addition, by the time of the Tribune investigation in 2011, monthly police pension checks totaling more than $300,000 had been paid to Hicks bank account or cashed by his wife.

Hicks, a veteran narcotics officer with the Chicago Police Department, retired while under federal investigation in March 2000. Federal authorities accuse Hicks of leading a merry band of rogue cops for almost a decade, executing fake search warrants to feed off drug stash houses and also stealing drugs and money from dealers during illegal traffic stops.

Hicks contact, according to the Tribune, was Arthur Veal, a major cocaine dealer who had been feeding Hicks and his crew, which included another sergeant and two former police civilian employees, information about possible targets for them to rob. However, in 2000, Veal himself was caught be non corrupt officers and told the story of his relationship with the officers.

In the end, three of Hicks four co-defendants ended up pleading guilty by the time Hicks trial was scheduled to start in June 2003. Of...

01:36

The Forgotten History of the White Slaves of Barbary TIP

[BannedInfo] In todays day and age when most people think of slavery they think of whites owning blacks and severely abusing them.

Our culture has taught us that this is simply the way it was. While it is true that slavery did exist in America, our country isnt the only place that slavery was practiced. In fact, it was not invented by American colonists or European explorers.

The origin of slavery was actually in Biblical times. Slavery still continues to this day in many parts of the world, including the Islamic world. In modern times people often forget the little fact that blacks werent the only ones subject to becoming slaves. The Barbary slave trade is seldom mentioned in todays society, most likely because not many are aware of it. During the Barbary slave trade around 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by Barbary pirates in North Africa.

During the 17th Century, Barbary pirates invaded cities in the coastal areas of Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. They even invaded areas in England and Ireland. They invaded an Irish town named Baltimore, and almost everyone who resided there was captured and forced into slavery. They took the inhabitants back to Africa on ships, and they never saw Ireland again.

The Barbary Coast is a European term originally used for the North African areas that are now Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria. The attacks on the villages were so horrific that a number of coastal towns around the Mediterranean were left completely abandoned until much later in the 19th century. Everyone was so fearful of another raid or being captured.

Although it may see like this was all race-based slavery, that all. Ancient-origins.net explains:

In reality, the corsairs were not concerned with the race or religious orientation of those they captured. Slaves in Barbary could be black, brown or white, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish or Muslim. And the corsairs were not only Muslim; English privateers and Dutch captains also exploited the changing loyalties of an era in which friends could become enemies and enemies friends with the stroke of a pen.

One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature, said historian Robert Davis, author of Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy. But that is not true, he added.

Countless numbers of slaves that...

01:36

The madness of King Donald Freethought Blogs

Matt Taibbi attended Donald Trumps rally last month in Phoenix and said the occasion was one in which Trumps descent into what looks like madness became quite marked. He noticed that unlike before, Trump seemed to struggle to hold on to the audiences attention, unlike the way he had been able to do before during the campaign, largely because he seemed to be unable to read the crowd and respond accordingly.

Candidate Trump may have been crazy, but it was craziness that on some level was working.

Now, its different. Now, he just seems crazy. And its his own administration that is crumbling, not any system.

At one point, Trump ends up standing with a piece of paper in hand, haranguing all with transcripts of his own remarks on Charlottesville. To prove that hes been misquoted or misunderstood, he goes through the whole story, from the beginning. It gets quiet in the hall.

Its an agonizing parody of late-stage Lenny Bruce. The great Sixties comedians act degenerated into tendentious soliloquies about his legal situation (he had been charged with obscenity). Bruce too stood onstage in his last years for interminable periods, court papers in hand, quoting himself to audiences bored to insanity by the spectacle.

This is exactly Trump. Even his followers are starting to look sideways at one another. In a sight rarely seen last year, a trickle of supporters heads for the exits.

Most of Taibbis article is spent exploring Trumps increasingly bizarre behavior and speculating on whether it is sufficient to warrant his removal from office and if so, how that might happen. But in the middle he points out that Trump, for all his weirdness, is not a total outlier but is a reflection of America itself. I am going to quote from those passages at length because such a brutal self-examination of America is not something one sees very often.

We deserve Trump, though. God, do we deserve him. We Americans have some good qualities, too, dont get me wrong. But were also a bloodthirsty Mr. Hyde nation that subsists on massacres and slave labor and leaves victims half-alive and crawling over deserts and jungles, while we sit stuffing ourselves on couches and blathering about our American exceptionalism. We dumped 20 million gallons of toxic herbicide on Vietnam from the air, just to make the shooting easier without all those trees, an insane plan to win hearts and minds that has left about a million still disabled from defects and disease including about 100,000 children, even decades later, little kids with misshapen heads, webbed hands and fused eyelids writhing on cots, our real American l...

01:32

[WATCH] Trooper Gets 10 days Shock Time in Brandon Ellingson Drowning at Lake of the Ozarks Filming Cops

VERSAILLES, MO. A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper will spend 10 days in jail for his role in the drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man. In addition to the

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01:30

The Old Pier. Freethought Blogs

The Old Pier, William T. Horton, A Book of Images.

01:30

This Is What Happens To The Human Body Without Sex TIP

[mindunleashed] This activity is potentially the most vital part of life. There are some who embrace it fully, letting go of inhibitions and enjoying every passionate moment they can find.

Others fear it, feeling awkward and self conscious making their experiences less pleasurable. There are even some religions that require their followers to take a vow of celibacy. Supposedly giving up the need for sexual activity. Yet, has anyone ever stopped to wonder if our body actually does need sex? What goes on inside of us without this natural primal act? Though you may not be aware of it, these are some things that happen to you when you stop having sexual activity:

1. YOUR DREAMS ARE AFFECTED

Dreams are a function of the brain, as is pleasure or pain. Our brains consist of an interesting web of chemicals, simultaneously working to ensure our health and happiness. In this article from World of Chemicals they explain the precise chemistry of our dreams. Some dream analysts report that people who are experiencing a lag in their sex life will have vivid sexual dreams.

2) YOU ARE MORE SELF CONSCIOUS

Feelings of happiness, or acceptance also come from chemical reactions in the brain. When you experience sexual activity you release chemicals that make you feel amazing. By not allowing your body to receive this natural release you become chemically imbalanced. Leaving you feeling depressed and less confident than you normally would. This isnt the case for everyone but for people who have experienced the contrast, it might ring true.

3) YOUR STRESS INTENSIFIES

Sexual release is one of natures natural stress relievers. Its a primal feature. Without this necessary release, your negative feelings may fester and cause stress to manifest. Whether you experience headaches, lack of sleep, difficulty eating or the vivid dreaming, these are all stress signals our bodies use to alert us to a need for change. Listening to your body is the key to living a long happy life.

4) YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WEAKENS

Your immune system is built to fight off germs. Having a weak immune system can lead to all sorts of health problems. The most common being the common cold and flu viruses, and sex actually strengthens our immune systems by boosting the Immunoglobulin chemical, increasing your ability to fight off and avoid sickness altogether! This study shows how the immune system reacts to sexual activit...

01:24

Im not a conspiracy theorist, butthis is a conspiracy Freethought Blogs

Patrik Hermannson is a young Swedish man who went undercover to explore the American alt-right movement. He works with a group called Hope Not Hate, and theyre working on a movie, My Year in Kekistan.

It doesnt sound like he had a good time. I also hope hes now taking precautions he was dealing with dangerous, horrible people, and theyre not going to be happy about being exposed. Hes got video of these people saying vile things and revealing their true plans. And now theyre getting written up in the New York Times.

Mr. Hermansson and Mr. Jorjani met at an Irish pub near the Empire State Building, where the baby-faced Mr. Jorjani imagined a near future in which, thanks to liberal complacency over the migration crisis, Europe re-embraces fascism: We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.

More shockingly, Mr. Jorjani bragged about his contacts in the American government. We had connections in the Trump administration we were going to do things! he said at one point. I had contacts with the Trump administration, he said at another.

His connections, fortunately, seem to have been indirect and tangential, but it does reveal the grandiose delusions of importance these people have. Another guy he met with was always wearing a Hitler Youth-style outfit. They are backwards-looking dipshits, but dont underestimate them.

This Jorjani fellow, thoughId recently run across that name in the Chronicle of Higher Ed as the subject of criticism.

We especially write in response to news reports that have identified Iranian-American Jason Reza Jorjani, who received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Stony Brook University, as one of the co-founders of the white nationalist website altright.com and a member of its board of directors. It is clear to us that Jorjani uses his training in higher education to promote a controversial cultural and historical platform that connects Iranianness with Aryanness. Unfortunately, Jorjanis position has a long-standi...

01:24

Wow!: Dr. Oz Makes FOX News Anchors Heads Explode as He Drops Cannabis Truth on LIVE TV The Free Thought Project

Fox News' Fox and Friends had to cut to commericial after Dr. Oz injected the truth about cannabis in the middle of the show.

01:20

The US Is Now Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace The Anti-Media

Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military commanders.

Unsurprisingly, this has had a broad impact on the way those wars have been fought, and at this point US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs, with the former two seeing their highest level of strikes in the ISIS war, and Afghanistan at its highest since 2012.

Increased autonomy means less and less obstacles to attacks, and hence more and more attacks. The US seems to believe that more attacks would necessarily improved the wars, though in Afghanistan the situation has continued to worsen throughout this latest escalation.

Officials are claiming this has yielded progress in Iraq, though that appears to simply be a conclusion drawn because the US has progressive increased its airstrikes throughout a period in which Iraqi forces were already retaking territory.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

01:11

Alt-right Executive Wants a World Where Hitler Is on Currency and Concentration Camps Make A Comeback Counter Current News

An infiltrator amongst the ranks of the alt-right elite has uncovered the truth behind the white-supremacist agenda, and it is nothing short of shocking. While white supremacists may purport themselves to simply want to preserve their culture and identity, the truth is that their main goal is for nothing less than the total annihilation of all minorites Hitler Style complete with concentration camps, and expulsions, and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.

As reported by Raw Story:

Though many members of the alt-right claim to not be racists or white supremacists, videos recorded by an infiltrator among their ranks proves otherwise.

Patrik Hermansson, a 25-year-old Swede, went undercover to infiltrate the alt-right, creating a fake identity that led him to meetings with some of the groups leaders.

As video Hermansson provided to the New York Times shows, he got one of the groups highest-ranking members Alt-Right Corporation board member Jason Reza Jorjani to admit his final solution for minorities.

Its gonna end with the expulsion of the majority of the migrants, including [Muslim] citizens, Jorjani told an undercover Hermansson at a pub near the Empire State Building in New York City. Its gonna end with concentration camps and expulsions and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.

If up to these white supremacists, the likes of Adolf Hitler and Napoleon would grace their currency.

We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, he continued. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.

Jorjani also claimed to have connection...

01:08

Fact Checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly Speech Global Research

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trumps controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both

01:05

Actor Morgan Freeman is the face of the new committee to investigate Russia Intellihub

We are at war

Imagine this movie-script: a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge narrates the ominous sounding voice of Morgan Freeman.

The hysteria continues, and this time Hollywood has been enlisted. No this is not The Onion, but yet another serious committee for serious people. Meet the Committee to Investigate Russia which launched on Tuesday and immediately garnered broad coverage in pop-culture and entertainment news sites for its release of a short Morgan Freeman narrated video which aims to tell us the truth about Russian meddling in the US election. We have been attacked, Freeman says in his familiarly reassuring voice while gazing into the camera. We are at war.

Not only did the video burn up social media on Tuesday, but the founders of the lobbying group behind the production, barely one day old, were given substantial air time on cable news from CNN to MSNBC. Of course, it helps that actor, director, and lifelong Democrat Rob Reiner is behind it hes teamed up with neocons David Frum, Max Boot, and national security insiders like James Clapper.

Similar to other recently launched Russiagate campaigns and organizations weve profiledthe initiative is enjoying fawning mainstream media coverage from the very start. And apparently, the historical irony is completely lost on Hollywood, a town which itself fell victim to the original McCarthyite witch hunt and its celebrity blacklist.

Meanwhile, it appears the Committee to Investigate Russia is designed to appeal especially to the popular masses and consumers of pop media and celebrity culture magazines. For example, the following gushing roll out coverage from entertainment news site PopSugar reads like the famed Max Boot himself is on a hollywoodesque mission to save the world from an EVIL cabal bent on total world domination:

The groups advisory board is a whos who of the most outspoken individuals in America today: former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, award-winning...

01:05

Alternative Social Network Gab Faces Domain Seizure For Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Alternative media social network Gab.ai, whose logo is a frog often used by the alt right, faces domain seizure for failing to...

01:04

Amidst Universal Opposition to KRG Referendum, Israel Stands by Kurds Global Research

With the September 25th scheduled Kurdish Referendum in Iraq less than a week away, nations worldwide including; the US, UK, France, UN, Iran, and Iraq have expressed their objection and dissent and are calling for its suspension.

All except for

01:03

The UN, Trump and Netanyahu: When Did Democracy, Justice and Equality Just Disappear? Global Research

The United States of America is the worlds greatest super-state with the largest economy and global GDP. It possesses the most powerful military machine in history backed by the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in existence.

Its sidekick in the

01:02

Trumps UN Speech. War for Countries that do not Accept Washingtons Hegemony Global Research

I listened to part of Trumps UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off.  

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and

01:00

In Memory of Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh OpEdNews

Libtards-Left-Sikulars cry hoarse of how they are being pinned to the wall on the matter of nationalism and patriotism by the dirty Hindutava forces. But then how did they respond to one of India's greatest military hero, Marshal Arjan Singh's death?

00:54

Israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again Veterans Today

Thus spake Theresa May the other day as she welcomed members of the Jewish community to 10 Downing Street. But by focusing on creating a homeland for the Jewish people shes also celebrating the hell that Balfours Declaration created for the gentle Palestinians and for the rest of the region. Born of that letter, the []

00:53

Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes Global Research

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stephenlendman.org (Home Stephen Lendman). 

Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

The late comedian Jerry Lewis once said old people are discarded like yesterdays garbage.

In congressional testimony at age 92, actor Mickey Rooney explained

00:51

A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel Global Research

In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldnt know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagons imperial portfolio of over 800

00:51

Trumps War on the North Korean People Global Research

Amid renewed talk by the Trump administration of a military option against North Korea, one salient fact goes unnoticed. The United States is already at war with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK the formal name for North

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor 21st Century Wire

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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00:47

Rules? Where we're going we don't need"rules. OpEdNews

The President of the largest publicly elected School Board in the country is hauled into court and his excuses should sound very familiar to those following charter schools.

00:47

Graphic Video Shows Cops Beat Woman Like a Rag Doll Over Failure to Use Turn Signal The Free Thought Project

turn signalA woman has filed a federal lawsuit after she was attacked by multiple officers and beaten to a bloody pulp over a traffic stop for a turn signal.

00:46

Single Payer Support Makes a Bipartisan Health Care Deal Impossible The Federalist

The Senate is leaving town at the moment with no vote set on the proposed Obamacare overhaul, but the possibility that they could be voting within the next ten days is real. The number one thing opponents of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal need to understand is the impossibility at this juncture of true repeal on the one hand or a bipartisan solution on the other. True repeal, while promised by Republicans repeatedly, was a lie that they were never going to deliver on. So we must deal in the real world, and not the imaginary one where principles matter.

The real world also tells us that a so-called bipartisan fix called for this week by Governors John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, is utter fantasy. Paul Ryan and the White House have already rejected the Senates supposed Alexander-Murray bipartisan health fix what really amounts to a bailout of insurers in favor of more catastrophic plan allowances.    Late on Tuesday, Alexander officially waved the white flag, for now at least. He said that two could not find the necessary consensus to move forward; Murray said she was committed to moving forward eventually and blamed Republican leaders.

This was completely predictable, of course. The fact is that Republicans have been granted a lot more flexibility on Obamacare repeal by their supposedly stringent voters than Democrats, who cannot budge on this to the point of offering a true compromise. They are stuck in a position where Obamacare must be defended at all costs, including opposition to anything that is seen as changing or altering it, even in a prudential policy manner. Why? Because Murray, Chuck Schumer, and the rest of Democratic leadership are now leading a party that has moved on from Obamacare to overwhelmingly support single payer. Not even one out of five Democrats opposes single payer now, which remains anathema to Republicans.

Dont believe me? Todays Morning Consult poll: 67% of Democratic voters support single-payer, and just 18% dont. In April, 54% of Democrats said they supported single-payer, while 30% didnt. Among all voters, a plurality (49%) of Americans support single payer, while 35% oppose.

This is what the experience under Obamacare has wrought: a willingness for half the country to embrace a proposal that was once reserved to the likes of Bernie Sanders. No deal can happen at a federal level when the two sides are so opposed, and where Republicans know that is where we are headed next. There is no bargain to make.

The best argument against GCHJ is Rand Pauls critique that this is by no means a full repeal of Obamaca...

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Wrongly Convicted Teen Sues Detroit After Spending 9 Years in Prison For 4 Murder Convictions Filming Cops

DETROIT Davontae Sanford spent nine years in prison for four murder convictions that were later dismissed. Now, hes filed a lawsuit against the city of Detroit, as well as

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Popular Fox News anchor denounces 9/11 truthers and Alex Jones: Caught on tape Intellihub

Carlson says that 9/11 being an inside job is just a crackpot theory that is backed with no evidence

(INTELLIHUB) Seemingly right-leaning Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson previously revealed on camera how he thinks that 9/11 was not an inside job and said that such a theory is just too much even for him to believe.

The flamboyant anchor was recently confronted for an off-air interview where he told The Liberty Hound that he believes the official story.

When asked for his take on the collapse of the 47 story tall World Trade Center 7, Tucker responded: Come on. [] My macro view is that the buildings came down because a bunch of nutcases flew a plane into them.

I hate that 9/11 crap, he said. I think that people, before saying something that heavy, ought to present real evidence [].

The famed Fox News anchor went on to acknowledge that burning jet fuel brought down the towers.

It has been looked into, he said, before calling The Liberty Hound a parasite.

Additionally, Tucker said that radio talk show host Alex Jones freaks him out.

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Sinclair Media Takeover WhoWhatWhy

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Were Building Roads to Withstand Last Centurys Climate (Jimmy)

Ars Technica writes, Asphalt in use tolerates the temperature extremes of a period that ended in 1995.

The Sinclair Takeover Begins (Reader Steve)

The Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is rapidly acquiring local media across the US, is mandating pro-Trump programs play across their local broadcasts. As Washington Posts Margaret Sullivan writes, What Fox News is for cable, Sinclair could become for broadcast: programming with a soupon or more of conservative spin.

Senates Military Spending Increase Alone is Enough to Make Public College Free (Jimmy)

The author writes, with $80 billion a year, you could make public colleges and universities in the U.S. tuition-free If the additional military spending over the next 10 years instead went to pay off student debt, it could come close to wiping it out entirely.

Exporting Foxconn (Dan)

Foxconn, known as the Taiwanese company that builds iPhones, recently touted a $10 billion dollar investment in Wisconsin that would create 13,000 jobs. This aligns with President Trumps campaign pledge to have Apple make their products in the US. Yet labor troubles, changing power, and a host of other troubles have prevented Foxconn from achieving investments before. Will Wisconsin face the same fate?

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The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal Global Research

Featured image: Senator Nick Xenophon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with

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Petition to St. Louis Mayor: Protect protesters, investigate cops. Freethought Blogs

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Police are out of control in St. Louis, and the Mayor has done nothing to stop them. Over the weekend of protests following the not-guilty verdict absolving Jason Stockley of accountability in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, police have taunted protesters saying Ferguson-era chants like Whose streets? Our streets?1in the same manner of neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville2and police even trampled over an older woman and pepper-sprayed the people who tried to help her.3

Mayor Lyda Krewson still has not condemned the rampant excessive force police are using to suppress the peaceful protesters she claims to support. After the verdict came down, Krewson was quick to express her disappointment and also made a statement in support of the peaceful protest.4 And today she said internal affairs division of the St. Louis police would investigate misconduct. But we know we cant rely on the police to investigate themselves. We need Krewson to take REAL action to protect protesters. Thats why were calling on her to widely condemn any use of excessive force against protesters and call an independent commission to investigate the actions of police during this time. She wont have a choice if enough of us join together in making the demand. Will you sign the petition?

Tell the St. Louis Mayor: Take a stand against police violence. Protect the right to protest in your city.

This weekends events are history repeating itself again and again since the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. When Black people gather to demand an end to state violence, the state doubles down on the violence people were there to protest in the first place. We saw the St. Louis Police Departments militarized response to protest in Ferguson in 2014, and were seeing it again today. St. Louis police department has one of the highest rates of police-involved killings....

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To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens Jon Rappoport's Blog

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must protect the children. Public safety overrides parents raising their own children and making the important decisions.

Get it? See the picture? The State is ripping away the natural right of parents to raise their own children.

Its called a Medical Police State.

If you, as a parent, h...

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Last Off Ramp for Korean Peace Ahead! Will the Deep State Let Trump Take It? Newsbud

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Transcript: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Face the Nation, Sept.17, 2017

Why is Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi? Congress asks

Narendra Modi accompanying Shinzo Abe to Sidi Sayyed mosque is an exercise in image makeover for PM

Is Narendra Modi the leader of the worlds largest democracy or the worlds most successful fascist?  Or Both!

Political documentary Major-Country Diplomacy well received in China, abroad

23:56

Gallup: 71% of Americans Are Dissatisfied with the Way the Nation Is Being Governed Global Research

A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed, and reported that 71% said they were Dissatisfied and that 28% said they were Satisfied, with the U.S. Government. The question, as

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Lies, Historical Amnesia, Bombast and Double Standards Trump Speaks at the UN Global Research

Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers. Staying on script from the

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The Dangerous Noose: Trump, Rogue Regimes and Annihilation Global Research

We must not sleepwalk our way into nuclear war. UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres, Sep 19, 2017

Having gone soft on the United Nations in his initial remarks, US President Donald Trump returned to stupendous form with the

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Envisioning the Divine: Mexican Artist Villalpando at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Global Research

This month, the Robert Lehman Wing of New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the work of Mexican baroque artist, Cristbal Villalpando (1649 1714). The highlight of the show is Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of

23:41

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity THE INTERNET POST

Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings following Mexicos deadliest earthquake in more than 30 years. The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude quake which bizarrely occurred on the anniversary of a []

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Weve Never Seen Anything Like This Maria Slams Puerto Rico With 9-Foot Storm Surge, 155Mph Winds THE INTERNET POST

Hurricane Maria made landfall near the city of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, at around 6:15 am Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, battering the densely populated eastern side of the island with torrential rains and 155 mph gusts as hundreds of thousands of people hunkered down in one of the islands 500 storm shelters in []

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Activists Are Documenting the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar but FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma who have faced extraordinary persecution from the Buddhist majority. The Rohingya, among others, are not even allowed to vote in Burmese elections, though E.U. observers still praise the transparency and the credibility of the countrys elections to date.

The violence has been intensifying in recent weeks. A top U.N. official described a renewed offensive by the Burmese military as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Residents attempting to flee the violence have allegedly been encircled and told by local Buddhists to leave or we will kill you all.

Why Facebook would feel the need to censor this behavior is unclear considering many world leaders with notorious human rights abusing relationships, such as the U.K.s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have publicly spoken out against the violence currently taking place. Boris Johnson is the same man who said that if the U.K. didnt sell arms to Saudi Arabia currently waging a war of aggression in Yemen rife with banned munitions and criminal acts someone else would.

Despite this open condemnation of what is taking place in Burma right now, Facebook has decided to censor individual users who attempt to bring to light the true horror of whats happening on the ground.

Users shared with the Daily Beast screenshots of posts...

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Resurrect Your Cell Phone Battery OpEdNews

How to revive a failing cell-phone lithium battery to obviate having to buy a new one.

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In Aftermath: Revelation or Denial OpEdNews

Abrupt Climate Changes is upon us with this question: What shall we do and be -- revelation or denial?

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Google Is Actively Aiding and Abetting Child Trafficking Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Google's banner phrase ""Don't be evil" no longer applies. Google is the personfication of evil.

Googles banner phrase Dont be evil no longer applies. Google is the personfication of evil.

There can now be no question that Google is the most evil monolithic corporation on the face of the earth. Even though slavery was outlawed over 150 years ago, Google is participating in the creation of a business environment which facilitates more slavery in America today than the country had at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Googles Criminal Hypocrisy Knows No Limits

On one hand, Google is preventing the conservative side of the media from telling their story with extreme censorship in the 80% of the Internet that Google now controls. Further, Google is censoring conservative content on Youtube. Obviously, Google does not recognize the First Amendment as this unregulated monopoly is engaging in illegal anti-trust activity activities in a nation where the rule of law no longer applies. In googles world, they satanic corporate giant can keep you from publishing on the Internet, or on Youtube, that the Clinton Foundation actively engages in child-sex-trafficking. However, this same Google will defend Backpages right to sell children for sex on the Internet. Isnt it comforting to know that this is the world that we are giving our children?

There is a new development in the fight against child-sex-trafficking and Google is opposing the reform effort which has the two following goals:

1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 
2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.

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22:50

The Free Individual is greater than the State Jon Rappoport's Blog

The Free Individual is greater than the State

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

In a sane society, the Bill of Rights would be studied in great detail, in every school and college.

The historical incursions on, and the crimes against, the Bill of Rights would be laid bare and excoriated.

Grand juries of students would be formed to investigate, in detail, these incursions and crimes, and wherever possible track them to their sources.

Reading the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, it is plain that the natural rights of the individual are confirmedand also, the attempt to exercise any sort of excessive power over the individual is shackled.

Why?

Because the Founders saw the handwriting on the wall, engraved for centuries in totalitarian regimes and theocracies.

Here are the basics of the Bill of Rights:

Freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

The right to bear arms.

Housing of soldiers: No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

Protection of rights to life, liberty, and property.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bails, fines, and punishments are forbidden.

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

What do these 10 Amendments say about the individual? They say he is of greater importance than the State.

They say the purpose of basic law is protection of the freedom of the individual.

They say that, no matter how many scurrilous critics and logic-choppers may come along and parse the Bill of Rights to their advantage and against the individual, these critics should be cast aside, at the very least.

They say...

22:33

Today in OpenGov: Bills, bills, bills Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's roundup of open government news, we celebrate the official launch of our Guide to Tactical Data Engagement, President Trump gets some help with his legal bills, the HHS Secretary enjoys pricey flights, and much more. 

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So your city is working to make data open. Now, how can city leaders and residents work together to put that data into use? 

Our brand new guide, released yesterday, is designed to help cities collaborate on impactful use of open government data. It challenges city halls to make open data programs more transparent, accountable, and participatory, and empowers residents to make the most of open data resources. 

Check out the guide and start in on a project, product, or tool that addresses a specific need in your community.

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Blackfeet Nation reaches deal to acquire assets of troubled town on reservation Indianz.Com News

The Blackfeet Nation has settled a long-running dispute with a troubled community on the reservation in Montana.

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Yankton Sioux Tribe blasts police officers for use of force against elderly citizen Indianz.Com News

An elderly citizen of the Yankton Sioux Tribe was hospitalized after being roughed up by police officers in Wagner, South Dakota.

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YES! Magazine: Program aims to bring Native perspective into the classrooms Indianz.Com News

Native students have the highest dropout rates in Washington, but a college program for educators aims to change that.

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Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking Indianz.Com News

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act has bipartisan support but is facing opposition from free speech advocates and the tech industry.

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OPEN Government Data Act poised to pass Congress as part of NDAA Blog Sunlight Foundation

On Monday, the United States Senate quietly passed the OPEN Government Data Act as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. As the Data Coalition highlighted, the text of  S.760, the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, was one of several amendments to the NDAA that moved. The public can view the final bill text on page 1013 of the Congressional Record online.

Unless something unusual happens, we expect the bill to survive conference committee with the House and go on to the pen of the president. Should that happen, passage of open government data as the default public information disclosure of the United States of America will be the culmination of many years of work by Sunlight and our allies.

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Today in OpenGov: A chilling trend for state and local FOI laws Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's look at open government news, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn continue to struggle amid scrutiny over their Russian ties, we look at the good that can be created with neighborhood level data, the drum continues to beat for improved disclosure of online political ads, and much more. 

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Former advisors to President Trump Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. Image via Vox.com
  • The U.S. government had an on-and-off wiretap on Paul Manafort for years. "US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe." Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown report that "a secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014." (CNN)
  • Michael Flynn's family launches legal defense fund. "The family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund for him, soliciting donations to ease the 'tremendous financial burden' from the ongoing investigations into his actions and the 2016 presidential campaign." (POLITICO)
  • Government charges at Trump properties raise new emoluments questions. "The White Houses National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according todocuments obtained through a public records request by [the watchdog group] Property of the People. Also in March, the Sta...

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The evolution of our approach to Tactical Data Engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

Sunlight officially released A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement today, our new resource designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on improving the social impact of open government data. The guide builds on a strong foundation of ideas as well as feedback from city staff and community partners across the country. That community and their feedback helped shape this new edition of the guide.

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Introducing A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

Your city is already working to make public data available online. Now, how can city leaders and residents work together to put that data into use?

A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement is a brand new resource released today designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on increasing the social impact of open government data. Based on the core concepts of human-centered design and tactical urbanism, this approach challenges city halls to make open data programs more transparent, accountable, and participatory by actively helping residents use open government data to improve their communities.

The new guide outlines a four-step process to help readers complete a resident-informed project, product, or tool that addresses a specific community need:

  • Find a focus area by observing the community
  • Refine use cases by interviewing stakeholders
  • Design a plan by coordin...

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Today in OpenGov: Sunshine laws under pressure in state legislatures Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, we wrap up a busy weekend in the open government world with the latest intersections between President Trump's businesses and his official duties, another attempt by Congress to block public knowledge into its correspondence with federal agencies, lessons in tactical urbanism on PARK(ing) Day, and much more. 

Before you jump in, don't forget that tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST we'll be hosting a kickoff discussion for  the Tactical Data Engagement guide. The discussion will feature speakers from Sunlight, Reboot, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, and more. Register for the webinar here
 

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PARK(ing) Day 2013. Image Credit: Aimee Custis
  • FOI laws are under pressure in state houses across the United States. "Lawmakers across the country introduced and debated dozens of bills during this years legislative sessions that would close or limit public access to a wide range of government records and meetings, according to a review by The Associated Press and numerous state press associations. Most of those proposals did not become law, but freedom-of-information advocates in some states said they were struck by the number of bills they believed would harm the public interest, and they are bracing for more fights next year." (Associated Press)
  • Seattle, Washington looks to tech to help its aging population. "The city will host a hackathon dubbed A City for All, which begins Sept. 22 and spans three days. The event will include technologists, of course, as well as input from national accessibility experts and the release of new data sets that provide insights into how Seattle supports residents as they age." (...

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On PARK(ing) Day, five things open data advocates can learn from tactical urbanism Blog Sunlight Foundation

A family plays Connect Four at Convert Capitol Avenue Week in downtown Lansing, MI. Photo by Michigan Municipal League via Flickr.

Today is PARK(ing) Day, the annual, global event where artists, designers, and residents transform parking spots into temporary public parks. The first PARK(ing) Day was in San Francisco in 2005, when Rebar came up with the idea. In the decade since, nearly 1,000 parklets have been created in 162 cities in 25 different countries.

PARK(ing) Day and parklets are some of the original examples of what planners and neighborhood advocates call tactical urbanism, which applies flexible, short-term projects to advance long-term civic goals like street safety, public health, and economic activity. Tactical urbanisms emphasis on low-cost projects that can be easily changed ba...

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Today in OpenGov: FEC to re-open public comment on online ads Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's look at open government news, we're looking for information on how cities use federal data, California pushes for presidential tax transparency, an important piece of open data legislation moves closer to becoming law, and much more. 

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  • California legislature approves presidential tax transparency bill. "The California State Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on the states ballot. The bill, called the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, passed the state assembly on a 42-18 vote and will now head to the state Senate for a concurrence vote before being sent to the Governor for his signature." (The Hill)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement limits information about major program under Trump administration. ICE commonly asks local police to hold undocumented immigrants "after their sentences end so its agents can pick them up and deport them," reports Ana Campoy. According to "The Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which gathers such information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requestsuntil January ICE was giving it details about these people, including their criminal history and whether they were ultimately arrested or deported. All TRAC is getting now is the number of detainers requested." (Government Executive...

Thursday, 14 September

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Today in OpenGov: Is the best offense a good legal defense fund? Blog Sunlight Foundation

The city of Arlington, Texas is currently accepting comments on their draft open data policy. We encourage you to head over to their page on Madison, read the policy, and consider weighing in with your feedback. 

Once that's done, read on for all the day's open government news, including a highly questionable decision by the Office of Government Ethics, a nominee for the FEC, social media censorship in India, and much more.

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  • Office of Government Ethics will allow lobbyists to anonymously contribute to legal defense funds. "The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trumps aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of interest or other ethics trouble." (POLITICO) Our take? This is a dangerous decision that begs the question, when will Congress step up and exercise proper oversight of shady executive branch ethical actions?
  • In other OGE news, the office published results from its Trump Administration data call. You can read the full report here. Our biggest takeaway? There is no such thing as a...

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Does your city rely on federal data? We want to know about it. Blog Sunlight Foundation

Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, at the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory. Photo by Daniel X. ONeil via Flickr.

Cities increasingly rely on data to make public policy decisions based on empirical evidence, and thats a good thing. Its not just city-level data that they use, however. Many cities rely on data from the federal government to gain a more comprehensive understanding their residents needs.

Despite these benefits, the federal governments commitment to open government data is uncertain under the Trump administration. That means there is a critical and timely need to document just how important federal government data is to city halls across the country.

If you work in a city hall and use federal datasets, we want to hear from you. We are conducting...

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