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Tuesday, 19 June

03:19

Heinous Lie: US Official Denies Existence of Family Separation Policy The Anti-Media

Kirstjen Nielsen(CD)  In a heinous lie aimed at distorting the historical record and avoiding responsibility for the mass cruelty perpetuated on her watch, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen falsely claimed in a series of tweets late Sunday that the Trump administration does not have a policy of separating families at the border. This misreporting by members []

03:13

Its Time To Start Getting Enraged At What Western Imperialists Have Done To Syria The Last American Vagabond

Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a fair []

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03:07

Stealing Children Is Who We Are Freethought Blogs

I dont know Laura Parrott Perry, but Im loving Perry already.

 

Not sure a country that has a history of selling babies away from their parents in slavery, sending native children to "boarding schools," & separating families in Japanese internment camps gets to clutch its pearls and cry, "this is not who we are." It's who we've always been.

 

True fax.

03:00

3 Lessons in People-Centered Transportation from the First U.S. City to Completely Eliminate Parking Minimums Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Hartford is a modest city in central Connecticut that made history last year when it removed parking minimum laws citywide. This shift means that unlike most American towns which require homes and businesses to provide a certain amount of parking spaces based on their square footage or number of units Hartford no longer mandates any parking, leaving that decision in the hands of a developer, homeowner or business owner. The decision to eliminate parking minimums passed Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission by a unanimous vote.

We wish this was the standard everywhere, but its not, so Hartfords is a radical act. What created the circumstances that allowed this change to be implemented? What softened the ground for change that, in so many municipalities, seems a long ways away?

Three key factors made this change possible:

1. The city is already easily accessible without a car.

 A typical narrow, people-centered residential street in Hartford, CT 

A typical narrow, people-centered residential street in Hartford, CT 

Instead, as one of the oldest cities in America, Hartford was constructed long before the automobile in a compact manner with small commercial corridors in each neighborhood that residents can easily walk to. This means that many of residents daily needs can be met without a car already.

Sara Bronin, Chair of the City of Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission, explains, Hartford is a very low income city and about 25% of our residents lack access to cars. Indeed, the median household income in Hartford is about $21,000. So Hartford is already home to many people who dont drive on a regular basis. This means that, in essence, parking minimums in the city were disproportionately benefitting higher income r...

02:58

Amphetamine Bonfire: Syrians Seize and Destroy $1.4 Million Worth of Drugs The Anti-Media

Amphetamine Syrian(MEE)  Rebels in southern Syria seized then destroyed $1.4m worth of drugs while conducting an operation against the Islamic State (IS) group, the US-led coalition backing them said on Monday. According to the coalition, the narcotics were captured on 31 May by Maghawir al-Thawra, a rebel group trained by the United States and Jordan, []

02:46

WATCH: Cop Threatens to Kill an Innocent Man, Murder his Mom TooNot Fired The Free Thought Project

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A cop was caught on video threatening to kill an innocent man and his mother and he was not chargednor was he even fired.

The post WATCH: Cop Threatens to Kill an Innocent Man, Murder his Mom TooNot Fired appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:43

U.S. Military Involvement In Ukraine: NATO Expansion Through Proxy War The Last American Vagabond

The goal of making the Ukrainian Armed Forces a de-facto NATO inter-operable fighting component have been underway for three years now at an ever accelerating pace. Although the U.S. State Departments direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the []

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02:41

Americans love Canada, not Kim OpEdNews

For the first time in American history we are led by a president who treats our friends as enemies, treats our enemies as friends and acts to destroy the alliances between our country and our democratic friends around the world.

02:32

EU Backs Effort to Prosecute Israeli Military Officials for Human Rights Violations The Anti-Media

Israeli Students(MEMO)  The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation. The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF. Following the []

02:29

North Korea Can Never Trust the U.S.A. OpEdNews

North Korea is still on the list of countries that the US wants to "take-out". No matter what promises the US makes to Kim Jong-un, the US can never be trusted to keep its word. The US has a trail of broken promises and war crimes that stretches around the world.

02:18

The Siege of Hodeidah, Washingtons War Crime in Yemen The Last American Vagabond

The siege of Yemens Red Sea port of Hodeidah launched by Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led forces at dawn on Wednesday could cost the lives of some quarter of a million people in the crowded city itself, according to a UN estimate, while threatening to kill millions more across the country through hunger and disease. []

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02:12

Beef Farmer Saves 63 Cows From Slaughter By Sending Them To An Animal Sanctuary TruthTheory

By Luke Miller Truth Theory

The farmer could no longer deal with the guilt and decided to set the animals free.

59 year old farmer Jay Wilde sent his heard of 63 cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, in the UK. Wilde who is a vegetarian of 25 years said he could no longer deal with the pain of sending his animals to slaughter.

In a BBC interview Wilde, recalled his memories of herding Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. Ive even seen them cry,

He continued, It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.

The animal sanctuary that took them in confirmed that 30 of the herd are pregnant and the animals will now live out their lives essentially as pets.

Hillside Animal Sanctuary Founder, Wendy Valentine, said that Wilde is not the first farmer to donate his animals.

She spoke of a couple who could not bear to continue dairy farming and kept their cows as pets with the help of the sanctuary.

After the death of Wildes father in 2...

02:09

Stone admits he met with a Russian national at a posh Miami restaurant in 2016 Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Longtime Trump operative and outspoken political pundit Roger Stone recently admitted to members of the special counsel that he now vaguely recalls meeting with a man by the name of Henry Greenberg back in May of 2016, who Stone says wanted $2 million in exchange for heavy dirt on Hillary Clinton during the run-up to the presidential election.

However, as it turns out, Greenburg has previously operated as an FBI informant who was let into the country by rogue factions embedded within the deep state branch of the U.S. federal government in exchange for his reported 17 years of service which at times put his life in jeopardy but the story doesnt end there.

More importantly, Greenberg appears to be a Russian national and may possibly be a Clinton Campaign cut-out who was operating in conjunction with or on the same assignment as the recently doxxed FBI operative Stefan A. Halper was caught spying on both the Trump Campaign and the Jimmy Carter administration.

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According to reports Roger Stone was introduced to the Russian FBI informant by Michael Caputo who arranged the May 2016 meeting between Stone and Greenberg which took place at a posh Miami restaurant.

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Stones recent recollection also caused Caputo to admit to special counsel that he did, in fact, facilitate the meeting in which Stone claims Greenb...

02:07

US-Led Coalition Denies Bombing Syrian Military Site Near Iraqi Border The Last American Vagabond

A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border. Details on the strike were still scant, but US officials say no airstrikes took place by any coalition members in the area. Syrian state media had reported that drones, presumably American, attacked the site []

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02:05

Its getting easier to retaliate against the Peterasts Freethought Blogs

I have just been lectured in a YouTube comment about how I, and all of us leftist college professors, are examples of Professor Petersons warnings about the misuse of American tax dollars in support of the Cultural Marxist tactic of critical theory, by which they intend to destroy Western Civilization in order to make all of us live like they do in Venezuela and North Korea. Therefore I must post this video.

Im a product of Western Civilization, I live within it and benefit from it, and think the economic chaos in Venezuela is tragic and destructive, and no sane person would want to live under North Koreas totalitarianism. Jordan Peterson is utterly bonkers, and his fans are all infected with a serious case of the stupids.

P.S. Did you know Karl Marx is also a product of Western Civilization, and that he was not a post-modernist?

01:59

Mattis Slams Putin for Trying to Undermine Americas Moral Authority The Anti-Media

Mattis Putin(CJ Opinion)  At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine Americas moral authority, and that his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut []

01:52

AMA says take your MEDS while doctors take your GUNS Intellihub

For some reason, the American Medical Association  which was founded to promote the American medical community wants to wade into one of the premier political battles of our day: Gun control.

The AMA has shifted at least some of its attention recently away from pushing Big Pharma meds that kill more than 100,000 Americans a year to jumping on the gun confiscation bandwagon pushed by the Marxist Left.

As reported by TownHall, the organization last week approved a wide-ranging list of common sense gun control demands that include banning the sale of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines, and armor piercing bullets.

The list was okayed by the AMAs House of Delegates, a pretend legislative body that meets a couple times a year at overpriced venues to drink overpriced liquor and vote on medical and political recommendations.

As TownHall noted further:

The lengthy list of gun policy changes also includes bans on the sale of firearms and ammunition to those under 21 years of age, prohibitions on the ownership and unsupervised use of firearms by those under 21, and the establishment of a national gun registry for all firearms and a gun licensing system for gun owners.

Also, the organizations gun control proposals include a number of provisions ostensibly aimed at curbing domestic violence and abuse, including one recommendation for a new legal tool by which family members, intimate partners, household members and law enforcement personnel can go to court in order to have a persons guns confiscated when there is a high or imminent risk for violence. 

No risk of having that authority abused, right?

According to a blog post introducing the common sense proposals, the AMA appears to ignore a well-established constitutional requirement due process which must be engaged before a persons property or belongings can be confiscated by authorities. 

Were this proposal to be implemented, it would mean the accused would not have an opportunity to defend himself or herself in court. Also, the proposals contain nothing in terms of how risk for violence would actually be defined, which means that even people without criminal records or any previous history of violence or abuse could feasibly have their firearms taken from them.

Who gets to decide?

The lack of defining parameters also extends to the AMAs call for confiscating high-capacity...

01:51

Ditch the statins and EAT your way back to good heart health, experts controversially claim THE INTERNET POST

Millions of Britons should ditch their medication and instead eat their way back to good heart health, experts have controversially claimed. Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Professor Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, are behind the move. They demanded scores of GPs should be confronted about their willingness to dish out []

01:50

WATCH LIVE: Bitcoin and Freedom News! Plus Dan Johnson Discussing Voluntary Solutions to Govt Activist Post

By Vin Armani Watch Live at 1pm EST (10am PST). In the first hour Vin discusses key stories and insights related to freedom and cryptocurrency....

01:39

Mark Charles: Separating families of color is a long tradition in America Indianz.Com News

Throughout our history, the United States has used the separation of families as a means of controlling people of color.

01:36

The Coming Deep State Massacre (Part One) Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

There is a plot that is so intricate, so detailed, so complex and so very brilliant, it is very difficult to explain to others who already dont know some, or most of the story. The revelation of this plot may cause me, in the near future, to reverse my position on Jeff Sessions and my expressed to desire to have him removed as Attorney General.

Unlike when I stood alone for months on reports of the near coup against the Obama administration over Benghazi, what I am about to reveal is known by others, either in part or in whole. My preference would have been to have waited and several journalists report what is known at the same time. However, I just conducted a telephonic interview with Paul Preston. In addition, one of my best sources, after months of telling me big things are going to become public with regard to Deep State minions, I have concluded that I am a bit ahead of the knowledge curve and it would not be wise for me to hang onto what I have learned.

In a nutshell, this paper will reveal that high profile figures have been involved in treasonous activity against the United States, coupled with illicit criminal behavior at the same time. I have learned that some of these figures are on the verge of being arrested and indicted y the Trump administration. Unlike my Benghazi revelations, I do not stand alone in my discoveries. Without the information I have recently learned, I could have made a strong circumstantial case supporting what is going to be revealed here today. Subsequently, from a credibility standpoint, this is very low risk. However, from a personal safety perspective, it would not be wise to reveal my discoveries and recent conclusions.

Part one of this series consists of contextual background which will provide the factual justification to make the allegations against key Deep State operatives in Part two. 

Relevant Contextual Background

The brief summary of what I have already reported in the past is highly relevant to what is coming.

The following events have already been documented and reported on The Common Sense Show will be revea...

01:36

Syrian War Report June 18, 2018: Tiger Forces Deploy In Daraa Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On June 17, Syrian government forces have cleared Kabt Mount, Shadid Hill and the areas of Abar Warak and Bir Atshan, near the T2 pumping station, from ISIS cells. According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 18 ISIS members and 8 government fighters were killed in the clashes. Pro-government sources added []

01:31

Would God Really Snatch a Suckling Baby From Its Mother's Breast? OpEdNews

This is evil -- a just-following-orders, look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth. The hypocrisy of it reeks to, well...high heaven.

01:19

Even the gods were frightened by the Flood, and retreated, ascending to the heaven of Anu. Freethought Blogs

The past is prologue. Our understanding of how CO2 levels relate to global temperature came out of 19th-century scientists studying the newly discovered Ice Age. In the generations since, our studies of how the last Ice Age ended showed us monstrous flooding as vast bodies of meltwater were released by crumbling walls of ice to rush across the planet carving out huge rivers, and global sea levels rose hundreds of feet in a matter of a couple centuries.

The past is prologue, and the ice is melting. The flood is coming, and we are not prepared.

Antarcticas ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If the acceleration continues, some of scientists worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped.

Unfortunately, the Washington post is still clinging to the idea thatnations have a short window perhaps no more than a decade to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change. The one decade to act talking point was a good try in a world committed to ignoring the problem, but it hasnt been an accurate description for a long time. 10 years left came and went 10-20 years ago. Studies like this no longer warn us about what could happen, they are telling us what will happen.

The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall.

Itar shrieked like a woman in childbirth,
the sweet-voiced Mistress of the Gods wailed:
The olden days have alas turned to clay,
because I said evil things in the Assembly of the Gods!
How could I say evil things in the Assembly of the Gods,
ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people?
No sooner have I given birth to my dear people
than they fill the sea like so many fish!

The gods -those of the Anunnaki- were weeping with her,
the gods humbly sat weeping, sobbing with grief,
their lips burning, parched with thirst.
Six days and seven nights
came the wind and flood,
the storm flattening the land.

When the seventh day arrived,
the storm was pounding.
She who had been struggling with itself like a woman writhing in labor,
the sea, calmed; the whirlwind fell still; the...

01:07

As scaremongering begins, this is your fight too!: Some Straight Talk for Younger People on Social Security (and Medica OpEdNews

We won Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965. Now both programs are under attack by a right-wing Congress. Retirees are fighting back, but it's the young --those 18-50-- who need to take a stand that will save these critical programs, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

01:00

Estonia To Create Largest 24/7 Free Public Transit Zone in the World TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Should public transportation be free? Officials in the country of Estonia believe yes, which is why they are creating the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world. As CityLab reports, the area encompassing free transportation will stretch across the entire country. If people desire, they will be able to travel by bus from one end of the Baltic nation to the other for free.

Estonia is home to approximately 1.3 million people. It is also a world leader in free public transit. In 2013, authorities made all public transit in the nations capital, Tallinn, free to local residents (but not tourists or other visitors). Now, all state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free.

As HuffPost points out, there will be some limitations. Free journeys will be available for all Estonians using country buses, but not for trains. Furthermore, in Estonian cities outside of the capital, all passengers will have to pay to use all modes of public transit. Despite these limitations, Estonias transit system will still be the largest national free public transportation scheme in the world. 

R...

00:59

The Stanford prison experiment is not what it seemed Freethought Blogs

Many of you will have heard of the famous Stanford prison experiment in 1971 when Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor at Stanford University, randomly assigned one group of students to be inmates and the other group to be guards who had total power over the prisoners for two weeks. The setting was a mock prison (actually the basement of a university building). But after six days the experiment had to be called off because, as claimed by Zimbardo, the guards used such sadistic methods against the inmates that the latter were on the verge of breakdowns. The experiment has been cited numerous times to warn of the dangers of giving people unchecked power over others and the need for prison reform.

Now this article by Ben Blum says that things were not that bad and that the supposedly traumatized victims were just acting that way. It is a long, fascinating, but also disturbing article about how the legend of the experiment grew out of all proportion to the reality, aided by exaggerated and misleading statements by Zimbardo. In the process, it might have harmed actual efforts at meaningful prison reform.

It is more accurate to say that, for all its reformist ideals, the Stanford prison experiment contributed to the polarizing intellectual currents of its time. According to a 2017 survey conducted by Cullen and his colleagues Teresa Kulig and Travis Pratt, 95% of the many criminology papers that have cited the Stanford prison experiment over the years have accepted its basic message that prisons are inherently inhumane.

What struck me later in life was how all of us lost our scientific skepticism, Cullen says. We became as ideological, in our way, as the climate change deniers. Zimbardos and Martinsons studies made so much intuitive sense that no one took a step back and said, Well, this could be wrong.

Most criminologists today agree that prisons are not, in fact, as hopeless as Zimbardo and Martinson made them out to be. Some prison programs do reliably help inmates better their lives. Though international comparisons are difficult to make, Norways maximum-security Halden prison, where convicted murderers wear casual clothing, receive extensive job-skill training, share meals with unarmed guards, and wander at will during daylight hours through a scenic landscape of pine trees and blueberry bushes, offers a hopeful sign. Norwegians prisoners seldom get in fights and reoffend at lower rates than anywhere else in the world. To begin to ameliorate the evils of mass incarceration, Cullen argues, will require researching what makes some forms of prison management better than others, rather than, as the Stanford prison experiment did, dismissing them all as inherently abusive.

Apparently the truth about the flaws of the experime...

00:53

Graham Lee Brewer: Indian Country needs a voice in the Trump administration Indianz.Com News

Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.

00:46

Defence-Spending or worthy life for the Baltics OpEdNews

NATO allies have stopped cuts in defence and began to increase the burden-sharing, something U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for. Defence spending among NATO members is to rise by 3.8 percent in 2018.

00:45

The North Korean Summit: Who is the "dotard?" OpEdNews

Watching the media trash Trump for getting conned by a "talented" 26-year old dictator whose talent is the ability to kill his relatives and countrymen with poison, chemical weapons, and flamethrowers, you have to wonder if Trump is really a mentally deranged "dotard."

00:44

The Children's Hour -- A Showdown with Trump OpEdNews

How a nation, both its government and citizenry treat its most vulnerable is the measure of its character, sense of history and morality.

00:44

Animals are Becoming Nocturnal to Avoid Contact with Humans, Says Study TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

By refusing to live and act in a sustainable way, humans have devastated planet Earth. Animals are not ignorant of this fact, which is why they are becoming increasingly nocturnal, according to a new study published in Science.

The research was led by Kaitlyn Gaynor, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with colleagues, she concluded that ordinary activities, such as hiking and camping, can scare animals as well as drive them to become more active during the evening.

Said Gaynor: It suggests that animals might be playing it safe around people. We may think that we leave no trace when were just hiking in the woods, but our mere presence can have lasting consequences.

For the study, Gaynor and associates analyzed 76 studies involving 62 species who inhabit six continents. Otters in Brazil, lions in Tanzania, coyotes in California, and tigers in Nepal were all included in the study. Phys reports:

Researchers compared how much time those creatures spent active at night under different types of human disturbance such as hunting, hiking and farming. On average, the team found that human presence triggered an increase of about 20 percent in nighttime activity, even in animal...

00:44

Israel is grateful to Mike Pompeo for Supporting Jordan OpEdNews

Israel officially expressed its gratitude to U.S. for convincing Saudi Arabi, UAE, and Kuwait to pledge aid package to Jordan.

00:40

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson My Latest for Splice Today Freethought Blogs

There would be no LGBTQ movement without Marsha P. Johnson. Together with Sylvia Rivera, she fought against the cops during the Stonewall riot, founded the Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to keep trans people off the streets, and was a prominent AIDS activist. The NYPD ruled her 1992 death as a suicide, but everyone who knew her suspected she was murdered. Her case was never solved, but fellow trans activist Victoria Cruz investigated it herself in the 2017 Netflix documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Directed by David France, the film opens with archival footage of the memorial walk for Johnson down Christopher St. in New York City shortly after her body was found in the Hudson River, and then switches to the present day where Cruz and several other activists with the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) discuss the death of 21-year-old Brooklyn trans woman Islan Nettles. Cruz is about to retire after working with the AVP since 1997, but not until she finds out what happened to Johnson first. The film follows Cruz as she talks to Johnsons siblings, her former roommate Randy Wicker, several other LGBTQ activists who knew Johnson, and retired detectives gathering whatever information she can get ahold of that would provide some closure.

Read the rest here.

00:22

How you can undermine the evil cabal Intellihub

Over the years, the description of the tyrants and psychopaths that so often occupy positions of power in our world has evolved, and today it is fashionable to refer to this nebulous group by using the term Evil Cabal.

Language is perhaps the most important device we have for creating reality, and just as George Orwell knew, the more linguistically vague, simplistic, ambiguous and nondescript the language, the more room there is to shape perception. This is called Newspeak, and in the case of the Evil Cabal, the term fails to fully describe our complex world, but succeeds tremendously in maintaining the prison of fear that actually inhibits freedom.

In a catch-all phrase like Evil Cabal, there really is little substance in the language to inspire meaningful action or reaction. In fact, the opposite is true. By generalizing the widespread depravity in the world with such a vague yet loaded term, the result can only be fear and inaction.

But, just for rhetorical purposes, lets suppose for a moment that the worlds troubles can indeed be wholly attributed to a singular, top-down, all-knowing, all-controlling evil cabal that has its wicked tentacles inserted into every facet of our lives. Lets imagine that every bit of the injustice and calamity we see is intentionally orchestrated and narrated by an untouchable group of all-mighty criminals.

If this is in fact the case, one very serious question emerges: What exactly are YOU going to do about it? 

My thoughts on this are expressed below, and are derived from two decades of peering deeply into the abyss of conspiracy fact and alternative history. Ive learned in time that such intense and singular focus on conspiracy and international wickedness is corrosive to the soul, inviting acrimony and triggering impotency into what should be the blessed, joyful gift of a life well lived.

How YOU Can Undermine the Evil Cabal

Firstly, understand that systems of political and economic control are actually more heavily dependent on the acquiescence, cooperation, and participation of many millions of people. They are much less dependent on brute force, even though the perception is that brute force controls everything. This notion is accurately presented by Larken Rose in his short animated presentation, The Tiny DotThe acquiescent masses vastly outnumber any e...

00:20

'But Trump won': Children's biography about the president draws controversy Indianz.Com News

Parents and teachers arent angry over what the a new children's book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.

00:08

Supporters Prepare To Speak Out On Sixth Anniversary Of Assanges Entrance Into Embassy PopularResistance.Org

On June 19th, Julian Assange will mark the sixth year since he entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, seeking refuge from the efforts of the US and UK governments to persecute him in retaliation for his journalistic work as Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks. Julian Assanges voice has proven so effective that the most powerful forces on earth have coalesced to silence him: on June 19th, the public must respond by becoming Julian Assanges voice, by raising that unified voice to resonate until the glass halls of power are shattered by its force. That the Ecuadorian government has silenced Assange for over 70 days makes the sixth anniversary of his asylum more significant than ever. Assange entered the embassy as a sanctuary, not a site of imprisonment. In order to realize the significance of all this, the public must understand the real circumstances that undergird Assanges need for asylum from the ire of Western governments...

00:04

American Medical Association Calls for Nationwide Ban of All Assault Rifles and High Capacity Guns The Free Thought Project

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While lawmakers push for the ATF to go after gun dealers, the American Medical Association is now proposing the nations most restrictive ban on guns.

The post American Medical Association Calls for Nationwide Ban of All Assault Rifles and High Capacity Guns appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:02

Consolation Monday Video Freethought Blogs

Beauty and Grace

 

Baahahaha

Yes Im aware that Im a terrible person. But still, I LOLed.

00:02

Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father's Day in jail OpEdNews

Initial demonstrations across the country are a positive sign that millions are horrified by the American immigration Gestapo. But opposition to the attack on immigrants must be based on opposition to both the Democratic and Republican factions of the ruling class and the capitalist system as a whole.

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23:56

Paris Is Building The Eco-Community Of The Future Right Now. Heres How. PopularResistance.Org

May 23, 2018  Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives us a glimpse of the low-carbon future so many climate plans envision. With the development of Clichy-Batignolles, the city of Paris has created a groundbreaking eco-village filled with such buildings. Begun in 2002, the massive redevelopment project is about 30 percent complete and is slated to be finished in 2020. In 2007, Paris became one of the first municipalities in the world to adopt a climate action plan, setting goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions above and beyond those outlined by the European Union. Employing virtually all the tools in the green builders toolkit, Clichy-Batignolles aims to be tangible evidence of the citys commitment to reducing its carbon footprint as well as an experimental laboratory for testing whats possible in climate-sensitive redevelopment.

23:55

The Migrant Crisis Is About More Than Just Kids The Federalist

Yesterday on Face the Nation, I responded to questions about the migrant separations from their children under the Trump Administrations policy announced last month by trying to shift the focus to what drives these migrations in the first place something that cant be addressed by a simple band-aid piece of legislation paving the way for more lax border requirements.

Heres the video, and the transcript.

I certainly agree with Jeff [Goldberg] when it comes to the ability of the administration to change this. But the focus on these kids, while I certainly understand it from a media perspective, is ignoring what is really driving these factors.

Why do we have a 200 percent year over year increase in the number of people coming across? Why do we have the biggest month to month increase between February and March that weve seen since 2011?

And the answer to that is the activity of the Mexican cartels, who use these migrants as essentially a distraction to clog systems so they are able to funnel drugs across the border.

In the last week, we saw two more political candidates in Mexico murdered in broad daylight. One a mayor running for Congress right across the Rio Grande. Another mayor who, you know, has been a reformer, fighting against the cartels. That brings the total to 113 political candidates in Mexico who have been murdered by the cartels in less than a year.

Mexicos political, violent situation is something that is not going to be solved when it comes to driving these types of migrations. And thats going to require things that Im not sure the Congress is really willing to grasp the kind of support and diplomacy and activity to prevent our southern neighbor from becoming a failed state.

At the break, several people expressed surprise at these numbers but they are true. Here are just some of the stories. A candidate for town councilor, Liliana Garca, was killed and found dead in a creek bed. A candidate for municipal council in Juchitn, Pamela Tern, was killed, along with her father and photographer. A leader for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Guerrero State, Paula Gutirrez Morales, was shot on a bus in front of passengers. A candidate for local congress in Piedras Negras, Fernando Purn, was shot and killed while taking a selfie. A mayoral candidate, Alejandro Chavez Zavala, was shot and killed last week.

That brings us to a total of 113 Mexican candidates for office dead since Sep...

23:54

UNs Guterres finally denounces Zionist crimes on Gaza Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

I know many will say this will not change anything, but I remind everyone that some resistance is less hopeless than no resistance.

23:53

Rosalyn LaPier: Supreme Court case reminds us about tribal connections to food Indianz.Com News

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.

23:50

US Attack Syrian Army Position, Death Toll Rises to 40 21st Century Wire

Once again, the US appears to be baiting the Syrian Army and Russia into a shooting war, and it wouldnt be the first time. 

Back on September 17 2016, the US-led Coalition led airstrikes near the Deir ez-Zor Airport in eastern Syria lasting one hour and killing between 90 and 106 Syrian Army soldiers and wounded 110 more. The US claimed they were aiming at an ISIS target, but in reality that US strike allowed ISIS to move in from the surrounding hills and retake a key position which they held for another year.

In total there have been at least 12 such attacks by the US against Syria, and if confirmed, this latest incident will no doubt escalate tensions between the two countries, and is sure to raise further concerns from Syrias strategic partners about the continued illegal US occupation in Syria.

Al-Masdar News reports.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) A Syrian military source in Damascus informed Al-Masdar News this afternoon that the death toll from the alleged U.S. attack on the armys positions in Albukamals countryside has risen significantly.

According to the source, at least 40 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi paramilitary forces were killed as a result of these airstrikes.

The source said the majority of the dead were Syrian Arab Army soldiers that were deployed to the Al-Harri front to protect against any potential Islamic State (ISIS) assault.

Furthermore, the source said the Syrian military believes the attack was carried out by the U.S. Coalition due to the location from where the aircraft came from in eastern Syria.

In response to these allegations, the Pentagon has denied carrying out this deadly attack in eastern Syria.

This is the second time in three weeks that the Syrian Army has...

23:50

Honeybees Can Understand A Complex Mathematical Concept, Study Proves TruthTheory

By Markab Algedi via The Mind Unleashed

A couple days ago, a quite interesting study was published that claims to identify the fact that bees are capable of understanding the mathematical concept of zero.

The study reportedly confirms that the honeybee is fully capable of understanding the quantitative value of nothing. Not only that, but they are gifted with the ability to correctly place zero at the beginning of a line of sequential numbers: they can understand zero, one, two, ect.

Of all insects out there, this is supposed to be the first concrete evidence to prove that the brain of an insect has the capability of understanding the concept of zero. This discovery has implications for the understanding of insect brains, but it also has implications about the evolution of complex number processing in living beings, according to articles reporting on the study.

Scientists say there are four distinct stages of understanding the concept of zero in both animal learning, and human culture, psychology, and history.

Stage one is a being understanding that zero means the absence of something, such as zero food, or zero air. A simple amount of visual processing ability can probably ensure a...

23:45

Protesters March On Texas Tent City To Oppose Family Separations PopularResistance.Org

A Texas tent city constructed last week to shelter migrant children became a protest site Sunday as crowds marched to oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border. More than 200 children are being housed in the makeshift tent structure built in Tornillo, Tex., according to Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Tex.), who organized Sundays protest. Protesters braved the Texas heat, carrying signs featuring slogans like, Dont use children to get your wall, Fight ignorance, not immigrants, and This is how the Holocaust started, the El Paso Times reported. Were wanting to make sure that everyone in this country knows what is happening here, in their name, in Tornillo, where kids have traveled 2,000 miles, some alone, some with their parents, are being held in detention camps, tent cities that have just been constructed over the course of this last week, ORourke said.

23:34

Colombian Far-Right Candidate Duque Wins Presidential Elections PopularResistance.Org

The turn out rate was about 53 percent, with a total of 19.411.268 Colombians going to the polling stations this Sunday out of the 32 million eligible voters. Petro acknowledged the defeat on Twitter responding to Caracol Radio, after the daily paper reported that he had recognized the results. "Which defeat. Eight million Colombian men and women standing freely. No defeat here. We will not be part of the government for now." He added in a press conference: "We are not defeated. How many governors, mayors, and mayors will come in the future? We have to work on that task. We will return to the Senate of the Republic, not to do what was done in the past; but to go from there to the country, to go through the streets and the squares of Colombia."

23:25

Canadas A-Bomb? WhoWhatWhy

The Military Industrial Drain (Jimmy)

Robert Reich writes: As Trump stokes tensions around the world, hes adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. Its a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people.

Congress May Declare the Forever War (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Incredibly, the most widely supported effort to improve on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a resolution that has been stretched past the breaking point by successive presidents, would actually legalize war in all of the places it is presently being waged and radically increase the presidents ability to legally expand the Forever War.

Sens. Lee, Sanders Call on Sec. Mattis to Disclose Full US Involvement in Yemen (Jimmy)

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) have written a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details of the USs involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We remind you that three years into the conflict, active US participation in Saudi-led hostilities against Yemens Houthis has never been authorized by Congress, in violation of the Constitution.

Cambridge Analytica Heads to Trump 2020 Campaign (Reader Steve)

Cambridge Analyticas former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, has been quietly working on President Trumps 2020 campaign. While no details have emerged on how Oczkowski and his new company Data Propria will operate during the 2020 campaign, there may be hints in the 2018 midterm elections.

Israeli Legislators Approve Bill Banning Filming of IDF Soldiers (Reader Luke)

The author ...

23:22

Tim Giago: Not all Lakota people are happy with the 'memorial' to Crazy Horse Indianz.Com News

The people behind the Crazy Horse Memorial continue to make mistakes because they do not have a traditional Lakota elder on hand as an advisor.

23:21

Israel Targets Rights Groups With Bill To Outlaw Filming Of Soldiers PopularResistance.Org

Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the organisations say is necessary to expose abuse by the military. A video filmed by Israeli rights group BTselem in 2016 showing an Israeli soldier shoot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant drew international condemnation and led to the soldiers conviction for manslaughter in a highly divisive trial. The proposed law, formulated by the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, would make filming or publishing footage with intent to harm the morale of Israels soldiers or its inhabitants punishable by up to five years in prison. The term would be raised to 10 years if the intention was to damage national security. A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted to approve the bill on Sunday.

23:15

Oh, great. Now Im going to be thinking about this all day. Freethought Blogs

Especially since it has such nice illustrations of the possibilities.

I also have to point out that cephalopods dont have these awkwardnesses. Tentacles solve a lot of mechanical difficulties.

23:12

Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit PopularResistance.Org

BELLINGHAM, WA  While Donald Trumps stepped-up repression of unauthorized migrants has been touted as a get tough policy meant to stem a flood of animals affiliated with transnational criminal groups, his draconian policies remain unlikely to deter desperate asylum-seekers from seeking entry to the United States. Instead, family separations and arbitrary prosecution and incarcerations are upping the scale of trauma suffered by refugees while asylum claims and border-crossings continue to increase. Trumps Make America Great policies may have resulted in misery for thousands of poor migrants, yet the rise in human suffering has resulted in jackpot prizes for some players at the New York Stock Exchange.

23:07

New Copyright Law Could Make Current and Future Internet Memes Illegal to Share The Free Thought Project

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A new "copyright directive" could change the internet forever by making it illegal to share memes online.

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23:06

Sicko Cop Arrested for Repeatedly Raping 4yo Girl, Threatening Mom with Deportation if She Told The Free Thought Project

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A predator cop has been arrested and charged after he was caught repeatedly raping a 4-year-old girl and using the mother's immigration status to keep it secret.

The post Sicko Cop Arrested for Repeatedly Raping 4yo Girl, Threatening Mom with Deportation if She Told appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

23:02

Conservatives always disappoint, but always in new, surprisingly repellent ways Freethought Blogs

You know, I really think we ought to burn the Republican party right down to the ground, salt the earth it stands on, and stand by with flamethrowers in case anything should sprout from it ever again. I was surprised, though, to see that Ann Coulter and Jason Chaffetz might be slowly creeping towards the same conclusion at least, the title of the article says that We need to disband the entire Republican Party: Ann Coulter flattens her own party, which sort of implies that were converging on an agreement here (also, please, Raw Story, stop with they hyperbole in your headlines no, she hasnt flattened anything).

But then I read why they are unhappy with the GOP.

You see that with the left and the elite conservatives in the Republican Party that dont want an honest dialogue about the successes of this president, said Chaffetz. Instead of joining together and moving forward with specific goals to restore getting wins in the midterms, they are being disruptive in a haphazard way.

Holy fuck. Theyre unhappy with Republicans because they are insufficiently fawning and sycophantic to Trump.

They are a prime example of how the problem isnt just Trump, but the whole damn Republican party and the fools who vote for them.

23:00

The Administration Of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters PopularResistance.Org

Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trumps inauguration last year, city police were watching. Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. Then, throughout that day Jan. 20, 2017 police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records Ive acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act.

22:52

Does The Burns/Novick Vietnam Documentary Deserve An Emmy? PopularResistance.Org

By the time I reached Episode Four in this ten-episode film, I concluded it should not be touted as an Emmy Award-winning documentary. In my eyes, documentation is rooted in facts and, if at all possible, immutable truths. ...We are watching instead a series of anecdotes, each one imbued with the earnestness of the teller. Episode Four, Resolve, is the story of 1966, a year that the producers of this film have designated as the time when doubt began to worm its way into American troops. This doubt sows the breeding ground for what we now call moral injury. The American soldier in Vietnam begins to realize that his job of killing others, or supporting those who are carrying out the killing, is not divinely ordained. He is not in a just war. In fact, he is being used by others who have much more pedestrian motivesrank, saving face, gaining political favor, selling weapons.

22:48

Lessons from Mordor Freethought Blogs

I get the impression that our Republican overlords read Lord of the Rings from a slightly skewed perspective they seem to think that Mordor was the ideal fantasy state. I would just like to offer a few correctives.

  • You are entirely correct that you will deter immigration by earning a reputation as a domain of unparalleled evil. It is an effective strategy for warding off elves and dwarves who might want to settle on your plains. But whats wrong with elves and dwarves?

  • Turning your plains into a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume will also dissuade immigration, so I can sort of see the logic of Scott Pruitt. I think, though, that youve forgotten the health and happiness of your residents.

  • Putting up walls is rather redundant. Youve got your natural barriers, your Mountains of Shadow, whats the point of building a Morannon or Cirith Ungol? No one wants to get in, anyway, and they just turn into convenient nesting grounds for unspeakable horrors.

  • You want orcs? Because this is how you get orcs.

  • Its not even going to stop immigration. Youll still get sneaky hobbitses coming in, only it wont be to till a nice farm or build a homey little inn for weary travelers theyll be coming in with the intent of toppling your citadel of evil.

  • This part should chill you the most: when they succeed, the world wont look on them as terrorists, but as brave heroes who saved the world. Theyll write books about them and make movies and cosplayers will dress up as them, and Mordor will be reviled as the cruel, foul land that was righteously overthrown. And they wont be wrong.

Pointing out these comparisons wont change anything. Unfortunately, Stephen Miller is quite enjoying being the Mouth of Sauron, and theyve got a line of sadists eager to be transformed into Ringwraiths. Besides, theyre really into pissing off those smug, snooty elves.

22:44

The Day The US Became An Empire PopularResistance.Org

For half a century, the United Kingdom celebrated May 24, the birthday of the late Queen Victoria, as Empire Day.  The US ought to have its own Empire Day and it should be on June 15.  It was on June 15, 1898 that the US became an empire.  On that day, the US House of Representatives voted 209 to 91 to annex Hawaii.  (The US Senate followed on July 6, voting 42 to 21 in favor of annexation.) One could argue that the US has always been an empire.  Thomas Jefferson called the US an empire, but an empire of liberty dedicated to spreading freedom around the globe.  Tell that to the Native Americans killed and dispossessed by White Settlers.  Tell that to the Mexicans.  The US seized a third of their country through war. Still, it wasnt until 1898 that the US acquired its first overseas colony. Hawaii had been an independent nation.  In 1887, American planters in the islands had forced a change to the Hawaiian constitution which largely disenfranchised ethnic Hawaiians to the benefit of wealthy Whites.

22:39

5 dead after SUV being chased by Border Patrol crashes Intellihub

BIG WELLS, Texas (KABB/WOAI) Authorities said five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. Boyd said agents were chasing the SUV when it lost control and overturned. The vehicle was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed.

Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger. Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. A fifth person later died at the hospital. A total of 9 people were transported to the hospital, including five who went to San Antonio Military Medical Center and the rest going to local hospitals. The driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen, was among those transported.

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22:23

Cops: Woman shoots husband in testicles after he tries to take her air conditioner Intellihub

A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.

In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.

A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.

In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.

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21:44

The occult archetype called vaccination Jon Rappoport's Blog

The occult archetype called vaccination

By Jon Rappoport

In many past articles, Ive taken apart the so-called science of vaccines and shown how deceptive it is. Here I take another approach: examining the archetypes and symbols that surround vaccination and give it occult power.

Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. Its a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).

The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.

Mothers, the keepers of the children, are given a way to celebrate their esteemed, symbolic, animal role as lionesses: confer the seal on their offspring through vaccination. Protect the future of the tribe. Speak out and defame and curse the mothers who dont vaccinate their children. Excommunicate them from the tribe.

The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. He/she is now more than the offspring of the parents. The child is in the village. The child is property of the village (the State). As the years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.

Some ancient rituals presented dangers. The child, on his way to becoming a man, would be sent out to live alone in the forest for a brief period and survive. Vaccination symbolizes this in a passive way: the injection of disease-viruses which might be harmful are transmuted into protective spirits in the body. The injection of toxic chemicals is a passageway into immunity. If a child is damaged in the process, the parents and the tribe consider it a tragic but acceptable risk, because on the whole the tribe and the village are protected against the evil spirits (viruses).

The psychological and occult and archetypal impact of vaccination is key: modern parents are given the opportunity to feel, on a subconscious level, a return to older times, when life was more bracing and immediate and vital. That is the mythology. Modern life, for basic consumers, has fewer dimensionsbut vaccination awakens sleeping memories of an age when ritual and ceremony were essential to the future of the group. No one would defect from these moments. Refusal was unthinkable. Survival was All. The mandate was powerful. On a deep level, parents today can experience that power. It is satisfying.

The doctor giving the injections is, of course, the priest of the tribe, the medicine man, the holder of secr...

21:41

The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate PopularResistance.Org

By Jamelle Bouie for Slate. Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State where the residents were in rebellion against the United States. In practice, it applied only to those slaves who lived near Union lines, where they could make an easy escape or take advantage of the Northern advance. News of emancipation would move slowly, which would be compounded by the mass migration of slave owners, who fled their holdings in Louisiana and Mississippislaves in towfollowing the Union victories at New Orleans in 1862 and Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. Tens of thousands of slaves arrived in Texas, joining the hundreds of thousands in the interior of the state, where they were isolated from most fighting and any news of the war.

21:16

Ideological Purity Runs Rampant At The Texas GOP Convention The Federalist

SAN ANTONIO God doesnt change, hes the same yesterday today, and forever, said a young man in a white cowboy hat and a long-sleeve Texas state flag shirt. His voice rose as he spoke. If you look up at the sky and see that God has moved, he hasnt movedyou have. God doesnt move or change, and we shouldnt either!

The man was not a preacher and this was not a church service. He was a delegate and this was a meeting of the Permanent Platform Committee at the Texas Republican Partys convention, which concluded its biannual meeting this weekend in San Antonioa gathering of nearly 10,000 delegates, lawmakers, party activists, and merchants hawking MAGA hats and Trump T-shirts.

The young man ended his biblically inspired testimony by saying, I strongly urge this committee to retain the current language in the plank about homosexuality.

He was referring to the 2016 party platform, which included a plank condemning homosexuality as a chosen behavior that is contrary to fundamental unchanging truths. But at this years convention, the language was softened. Instead of passing judgement on homosexuality as such, the plank calls on the State Legislature to pass religious liberty protections for those who disagree with gay marriage.

The idea was to send the message that the Texas GOP is a big tent and that protecting religious liberty is more important to Republicans than excluding gay Texans from the party. The debate over the planks language was nevertheless protracted and at times fierce. Gay marriage, like abortion and the Second Amendment, are no-compromise issues for many Texas Republicans, especially the hard-core grassroots activists who attend the state convention, like the young man in the white cowboy hat.

What Does Conservatism Mean to Its Activists?

But when activist conservatism gets distilled down to the level of the state GOP convention in the reddest state in America, it can sometimes be hard to tell which competing faction is more conservative. But it isnt hard to tell that tribalism and a growing insistence on ideological purity have begun to afflict Texas Republicans in unsettling ways.

The booths lining the exhibition hall at the convention were object lessons in that tribalism. A booth for Texas Against Legalizing Marijuana was right next to the Texas Hemp Industries Association. Nearby were booths for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition and Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. There was a booth for the Texas Nationalist Movement, the John Birch Society, Open Carry for Texas, a group adv...

21:16

Left In Denial Blames Evergreens Bat-Wielding Student Mobs On Professor Who Opposed Racism The Federalist

Noah Berlatsky is a herpes lesion on the lip of cultural criticism. This is someone who thinks Janis Joplins music is racist. He thinks the show Altered Carbon is racist. He can probably find racism in cloud formations and wood grain.

After several years of politicizing culture to within an inch of its life, he turned to politics. There, his attitudethat the world is divided into white supremacists, and people who agree with himhas guaranteed him an audience as a progressive journalist.

Berlatskys mendacity and sloppiness are known to a wide political swath. Jonah Mix, writing for Feminist Current, called him the Platonic Ideal of cartoonishly worthless liberalism. Jesse Singals 2017 article for New York Magazine, There Have Been So Many Bad Lefty Free-Speech Takes Lately, featured an excerpt from a Berlatsky essay, about which he said, The level of wrongness contained in these two paragraphs is astounding.

Berlatsky, then, is the man for the difficult job of carrying water for George Bridges, the disgraced (but for some reason, not yet fired) president of The Evergreen State College who stood by impotently while former professor Bret Weinstein was threatened with bodily harm for daring to contradict a social justice mob. Were talking students carrying bats, searching cars, shutting down school, and holding university administrators prisoner after Weinstein merely expressed in a private email that he objected to a Day of Absence to exile white students from campus based solely on their race.

A ludicrous Evergreen analysis pinned blame for their campus mobs on Weinstein. In that analysis he is unnamed but easily recognizable as the faculty member [who] took advantage of this situation to make a national news story out of it through high-profile interviews with national media, including the FOX News Network, that were used to make a political point, magnify the events significance, and ended up drawing to campus radical groups from the left and right, intent on causing further disruption and attracting more media attention to the Evergreen events.

The Independent External Review Panel that authored the report consisted entirely of Bridges nominees.

If Weinstein Got Beat...

21:16

6 Revelations From The Swamp Documentary That Show Just How Dirty DC Is The Federalist

Every grassroots political activist knows something is deeply wrong in Washington, D.C. No matter how hard we work to send good people to Congress, the majority of them go native upon arrival, forgetting their campaign rhetoric and falling in line with the political establishment. The few who retain their principles often seem sidelined and ineffective. Meanwhile, the legislative process is an unfunny joke: the Republican Congress cant manage to keep its promises and repeal Obamacare, but it can pass a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill without reading it.

Whats less clear is why the system is so broken, and what happens to turn our hometown congressmen into swamp critters. What is going on in those smoke-filled rooms? When brand-new representatives and senators arrive in D.C., what do they find?

A new documentary series, The Swamp, seeks to answer those questions, pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of Capitol Hill. Created by 28-year-old filmmaker Matt Whitworth, The Swamp has been releasing episodes to Facebook since April 4, with three 10-minute episodes released to date.

For a documentary featuring members of Congress, The Swamp is striking in how unfiltered it feels. Whitworth was granted unprecedented access to film and interview several House members as they work, meet with staff, and visit with constituents back home. Shockingly, the congressmen signed a film participation release relinquishing all editorial and creative control of the project.

People in the House Freedom Caucus told these guys they were crazy to do this, Whitworth told me in an interview. I let them know up front: this isnt going to be partisan. Its not going to be either a hit piece or a puff piece. Its not going to be a platform for your campaign message. We really want to show people what happens behind the scenes in Congress.

To date, the few brave souls willing to accept these terms have been Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett of Virginia, Ken Buck of Colorado, Rod Blum of Iowa, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Ted Yoho of Florida all Republicans, and all me...

21:14

After Its Agencies Fail To Prevent Child Abuse, Connecticut Scapegoats Homeschoolers The Federalist

Following Connecticut officials failure to follow through in the case of an abusive and negligent mother whose autistic son starved to death, the office of the Connecticut Child Advocate has decided to target homeschooling families and use the case to build support for state regulation of parents who wish to educate their children at home.

The case of the Tirado family is yet another House of Horrors situation, not unlike the recent case of the Turpin family of California, who shackled their children to their beds and starved them in a so-called private school.

Katiria Tirado, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Matthew, her 17-year-old autistic son. When Matthew died in February 2017, he was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighed only 84 pounds, with cuts and bruises over his body. His death was ruled a homicide and the medical examiner said he died of fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition.

Katiria had been reported repeatedly to Connecticuts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for suspected abuse and neglect. Although Matthew was enrolled in his Hartford district school, his mother failed to send him to school, causing him to be truant. At one point, a school psychologist reported Matthew had not attended school for an entire year.

Matthews sister reported that her mother hit her and her brother. Nevertheless, DCF workers and even Matthews own court-appointed attorney failed to see Matthew for months. On five separate occasions, Tirado didnt show up for court hearings. Finally, DCF asked the court to close the Tirado case because they were unable to get Tirado to come to court.

Government Failed Big Time. So Lets Blame Parents

Despite the many horrific government failures of the Tirado case, Sarah Eagan, who heads the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), is making the rounds on local talk shows to garner support for her claim that Matthews death is evidence of why homeschooling must be regulated in the state.

In a memo released in April just as a hearing was scheduled on the homeschooling issue, Eagan noted that, despite all the reports to DCF over the years, Tirado successfully filed a notice of intent in November 2017 to withdraw Matthews sister from school in order to homeschool her. Eagans memo detailed what appears to be a total lack of competency with...

21:14

While Republicans Disavow Corey Stewart, Democrats Amass Behind Leslie Cockburn The Federalist

Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart will be a problem for all Republicans in 2018. But the fact that Leslie Cockburn isnt a burden to Democrats shows media bias is alive and well in Virginia.

Most of the commentary about recent state primary races affecting the midterm elections in November has been largely a matter of partisan spin. Both Republicans and Democrats have sought to interpret the results in far-flung races from California to South Carolina as signs that their candidates are performing better than expected or producing matchups that will be problematic for their opponents.

But theres no denying that the results of the Virginia Senate primary were very bad news for the GOP. Stewarts victory gave him the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine, who will head toward the fall as a prohibitive favorite for re-election. Its likely Kaine would have had a huge edge over Stewarts main primary opponent, Nick Freitas, a little-known state legislator, in a state that is trending blue in statewide and national elections. But Stewart, the chair of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, is a particular problem for Republicans.

Stewart Has Been Linked With Unsavories

Long known as a virulent opponent of illegal immigration, Stewart was accused by his primary opponent of ties to far-right extremists. Last year while making an unsuccessful run for governor of Virginia, Stewart met with, praised, and gave financial support to Paul Nehlen, a Wisconsin congressional candidate who later showed himself to be an outspoken anti-Semite. He also met with and was endorsed by Jason Kessler, who was later the organizer of the Charlottesville rally made infamous by a neo-Nazi torchlight march followed by the death of a counter-demonstrator.

Stewart has since distanced himself from both men yet is closely associated with the cause of preserving Confederate monuments, the issue that led to the Charlottesville march. Stewarts comments about the rally also echo President Trumps notorious attempt to depict the left-wing counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville as morally equivalent to the neo-Nazis and Klan members on the other side.

The candidate is a product of a Virginia party, like the rest of the GOP nationally, where loyalty to President Trump is the most important quality. But in a state that has transitioned from reliably red to blue in the last decade as a result of the growth of the Washington and Richmond suburbs, having Stewart at the top of the ticket will likely be a liability in swing districts. With Democrats and their media cheering sections harping on his extremist connections, Republicans fear that Stewart will not merely flop in the general election but also take down vulnerable Virginia House Republicans like Barbara Comstock.

Stewart Could Be 2018s Todd Akin

Their worries should extend beyond Virginia. Stewart shows every...

21:14

Cuomos Idea To Let Teachers Decide When To Yank Guns From Peoples Homes Is Dumb The Federalist

In 1974 a teen walked into a New York public school with a smoke bomb, gas mask, and a rifle loaded with hollow-points. He killed three and wounded eleven. How do we address these kinds of crimes? Shall we turn to philosophers who say Liberty cannot be established without morality, or to our founders, who tell us Liberty, once lost, is lost forever?

When representatives make laws, the rational among us hope those laws do not erode fundamental rights and actually benefit the people. Often the only hammer our political representatives have is legislation. See a nail, swing the hammer. See a shooting, pass a law.

Passing a law seems to be New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos current attempt to ameliorate the pain of his people and create safety in the classroom. The Republican side of the political aisle has suggested arming teachers. Cuomo thinks arming teachers is a dumb idea.

He believes he has a sensible, positive, helpful alternative to arming teachers in the Empire State. Its tough to disagree with things that are sensible, positive, and helpful. But his proposed legislation is certainly not sensible. The New York Daily News reported that Cuomo said: [t]he President has said the answer is to give teachers guns. To me, that is a bizarre concept. Okay, but why?

Do we think teachers would be irresponsible while carrying guns? Would teachers shoot kids who are not threats? Would bad kids tackle and kill their teachers? Cuomo has not raised substantive arguments like these against the policy he opposes. Supporting Cuomos position, American Federation of Teachers union President Randi Weingarten stated [a]nyone who understands schools understands the insanity of arming teachers.

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New Mister Rogers Documentary Is Full Of Surprises About An American Icon The Federalist

When renowned TV personality Fred Rogers came to western New York in 1986 to talk about family and relationships, a thousand people showed up to hear his wisdom. But all he cared about was connecting with the one.

Following brief remarks, Rogers opened the floor for questions. A woman in the fifteenth row stood up and haltingly spoke into a microphone handed to her. Mister Rogers, our daughter is now a young adult, she said. She always watched your program, as did I. She now the woman broke down, sobbing.

The audience remained silent, unsure how to respond. Shes going through a very painful divorce and I Emotions again overwhelmed her. Rogers knew what she needed, recalls his friend George Wirth who watched the scene unfold.

He climbs down from the stage, goes to the row shes sitting in, inches all the way across and looks at her face-to-face, recounts Wirth. Then he puts his arms around her and hugs her. It wasnt for the audience; he was doing that for her. Ive never seen anyone do anything like that.

String together 94 minutes of compelling human moments like this and it gives you Wont You Be My Neighbor, the rare documentary that Focus Features is rolling out to wide national release this summer. With a trailer that hit over 20 million views online in just two months unheard of for a doc many predict it will hit big.

Reviews could not be more positive. Moving and illuminating, extols The New York Times. Radically subversive, opines Vox. Then theres one blurb Rogers, an ordained minister, would surely find puzzling: Watching this movie is like freebasing sincerity a scarce resource in our current entertainment hellscape, writes Village Voice. Itll give you warm fuzzies for days.

In our polarized era, such mainstream praise is often reserved for flicks calling for resistance rather than one centered on a childrens educator identified in the film as a lifelong registered Republican. Yet Fred Rogers was always a countercultural figure who defied political labels.

Of Puppets And Plain-Spoken Principles

Several generations of Americans (including this one) grew up on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, a half-hour childrens educational show known for its simple sets, expressive puppets and welcoming slow pace. Some will, no doubt, chalk up the documentarys appeal solely to nostalgia.

As the first project since Rogers 2003 death to feature his widow Joanne Rogers and their sons, the film offers much more than a...

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The Federalist

This review of Hereditary contains spoilers.

There is an old South Park episode entitled Child Abduction Is Not Funny. In their typically bizarre and occasionally brilliant satirical style, the creators take the town of South Park in a horrific downward spiral towards insanity. It starts with the parents becoming horrified about all the risks to their childrens lives that the news media was blowing out of proportion in 2002, such as domestic terror attacks.

The satire essentially creates ever-shrinking spheres of paranoia. The townsfolk build a wall to keep others out, then Mongolians magically appear to attack it. That doesnt make them feel better, of course, so they separate from society until the news tells them the statistically most likely source of harm to children comes from their own parents. Strictly speaking, this is not true, because its rare for parents to purposefully harm their own children. But what is true is that children are even less at risk from strangers. Abusers tend to be people the children know.

So what is played for laughs in South Park can easily be turned towards horror. The best horror actually gets the audience into the emotional shoes of the protagonist. One of the most effective ways to do this is by tweaking the world in some wayby taking something familiar and making it severe. When the family can be tweaked in this way, it really frightens us.

Thats why the South Park episode is so funny. What reason would 99 percent of parents have to harm their children? Yet the South Park parents start suspecting their own spouses of scheming against their families. Its extremely absurd. Thats where horror lives: the absurd made to seem possible.

This is why the recent horror film Hereditary works so well. It takes a family line and turns that into a villain. This is more common in the real world than most of us realize, which makes the threshold for suspending disbelief lower than normal. Family can be a great source of pain and suffering. This is typically not so in a gross way like child abduction or sexual abuse, but our families of origin are often the sources of our deepest emotional struggles.

This admission is difficult for many Americans on the Right to make. As society deteriorates, conservatives have felt forced to double down on the goodness of family. Thats partially because theres a near-universal consensus that coming from a stable two-parent family is one of the best indicators of future success and happiness in life.

The American Left has extended their Marxist critique of society to the family for a long time now. In many ways, Marxism boils down to equality of outcome that ensures everyone is equally miserable because its impossible to make everyone equally happy and successful. Therefore the family must be undermined as well, simply because a few children have worse families than most kids do.

But two things can be tru...

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Are The Heritage Foundations Politics Betraying Its Health Care Policy? The Federalist

When Ronald Reagan used the axiom Trust but verify, he meant conservatives should closely monitor organizations and individuals to ensure that their deeds comport with their words. This axiom should apply to a health-care plan that a group the Heritage Foundation leads will unveil this week. While the groups website claims its plan would restore a properly functioning market in the health care sector to lower costs, Heritages own policy analysis suggests otherwise.

Specifically, the Heritage plan would in no way alter what Heritage research describes as the biggest drivers of Obamacares seismic effects on insurance markets. Nor does the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the legislative basis for the new effort. In fact, a recent version of the bill further undermines the purported flexibility that Graham-Cassidy promises to states, making it even less consistent with the federal principles Heritage invokes in lauding the measure.

Pre-Existing Condition Rules Drive Premium Increases

In March, Heritage released an analysis of a series of actuarial studies assessing the factors that led individual market health insurance premiums to more than double from 2013 to 2017. In assessing the laws seismic effects, the Heritage paper continually returns to one series of changes as the prime driver:

The largest effect on premiums consists of a cluster of [Obamacare] insurance access requirementsspecifically the guaranteed issue requirement and the prohibitions on medical underwriting and applying coverage exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions under any circumstances. This cluster of regulations collectively accounts for the largest share of premium increases.

The paper discusses at length how these provisions appear to have had the greatest effect on premiums, raising rates for the young and healthy to subsidize the sick. While Obamacare supporters hoped the individual mandate would compel enough healthy individuals to offset those costs, high numbers of people chose to pay the mandate tax or received exemptions from the tax.

The net result was a constellation of rules that repelled relatively healthy people and attracted those who could reasonably expect their medical bills to exceed their premiumswhich Obamacares individual mandate simply failed to counteract, Heritage...

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Since Its Debut 20 Years Ago, Sex And The Citys Profoundly Unrealistic View Of The World Has Hurt Women The Federalist

Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.

The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, thats just fabulous.

Carrie Bradshaw

This month marks the twenty-year anniversary of the iconic television series Sex and the City. With smart writing and fantasy fashion, its easy to see why the show was beloved. It featured an irresistible ensemble of women strutting down the street, heads thrown back in laughter, looking forward and looking fabulous, unmoored, but somehow seemingly on course. Carrie Bradshaw was winsome, witty, and chic imperfect, yet perfectly enviable. In watching her, fans had a sneaking feeling that they might be living the wrong life, and that somewhere bright city days filled with brunches and purses, brownstones and love affairs awaited them.

In the same way that the show had an outsized influence on womens fashion, so too did it influence their behavior. Inevitably, there was a vast gulf between how Carries life seemed and how it translated into reality for her fans. Casual hook-ups after a night of drinking Cosmos is decidedly less glamorous in real life. The material aspiration encouraged by the show is imprudent for all but an elite few. Even fewer can sustain the licentious sexuality without lasting physical and emotional wounds. The societal physics of a growing hookup culture result in an increasing number of men who are coarse and entitled and women who feel used and discarded.

Sophisticated moderns think of Leave it to Beaver as a contrived reflection of a societally imposed, but ultimately unfulfilling domesticity. We should now see Sex and the City as the Leave it to Beaver of the sexual revolution: a glossy representation at odds with the sad reality on the ground. Our new conception of the good life for women as highly ambitious sexual libertines has created a generation of Stepford single girls pantomiming a life of glamor that can feel as hollow as it does harmful.

The shows stepchild, Girls, was in many ways a response to this inauthenticity. While reflecting the real sadness and complexity that stems from a hook-up culture, it reassured women that this is just the cost of their empowerment. But reflecting reality turns into validating it, which quickly becomes normalizing it. What we do not get from either of these shows is a way out of that reality.

If theres a way out its in questioning our presuppositions about sex. What have women gained from this experimental reorientation of our understanding of how men and women ought to live and love? Thats the discussion we need.

The traditional understanding of sex is based on the nature o...

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4 Ways Law Schools Zero-Sum Mentality Creates Unethical Lawyers The Federalist

Many law students graduate thinking they are neutral entities ready to enter the legal world with an idealistic optimism about being ethical lawyers. In reality, many are already primed for unethical behavior.

Of course, some truly do emerge as honest attorneys, but almost all have taken a turn with some form of questionable behavior. Law school is a training ground for unethical behavior, because it functions like a game.

Most board games have four characteristics that separate them from reality. There is a small and clear set of rules. They are zero-sum. Outcomes are exclusive and there can only be one winner. Finally, board games have low stakes.

Law school is much closer to a board game than many realize, and this leads to very similar behavior. Studies have suggested what experience confirms, that in games like Monopoly, players grow increasingly cynical, selfish, and uncooperative as they advance. Interpersonal relations between players become strained, and small disparities are ripe for exploitation. These may sound like the predatory practices of well-established greasy lawyers, but the seed is planted as early as the first year of law school. Here are four ways that happens.

1. Clear Rules

Every board game comes with a rule sheet. In most cases, the rules are simple enough to understand and limited in scope. Law school has a similar set of rules, either in the form of a handbook, orientation ethics pledge, or the syllabi. Whereas the real world has a complex web of millions of social, legal, and professional rules and procedures, board games and law school operate within more limited frameworks.

In board games, any action not barred by the rules is acceptable. Players have an incentive to push the boundaries and maximize their turn. If one can get away with something, it is strategically optimal to do it.

This small and clear set of rules encourages loopholing, fanciful interpretation, and arguing. If this sounds like law school, it should. Clear rules prohibiting one action but not another will lead to students skirting the boundary and engaging in the non-prohibited activity, even if it is implied by the rule. A student who does not run all the way to the boundary of the rule is disadvantaging himself.

2. Zero Sum

If Player A claims a space in a game, it means Player B cannot have it. Games have limited resources, and if one player hoards them, it necessarily reduces what others can have. In law school, grades are determined on a fixed bell curve. There are a limited number of As, and when they are claimed, no one else in the class can get them. Real estate on the curve isnt just a benefit to one student, it is a detriment to others.

Whereas in the real world a rich man having money does not preclude a poor man from building wealth, in a game, for one player to be rich, another must be poor. Law school curves operate under th...

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Exit From The Matrix: the Harmony deception Jon Rappoport's Blog

Exit From The Matrix: the Harmony deception

By Jon Rappoport

These are notes I made while assembling my mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix. Keep in mind that this collection contains many imagination exercises, whose purpose is liberating the wide-ranging creative power of the individual.

Every generation perceives it is in an Hour of Need. Why? Because elite forces are attempting to organize a stranglehold on life itself. Soif well-intentioned groups come together to stop this operation, what is the ultimate purpose of these good people? Think it through. The ultimate purpose comes back to The Individual. His freedom, his potential, his power. However, if the individual forgets what he can do, what he can accomplish, what he truly wants, then what difference does it all make? The individual needs to remember what he is, how impactful his potential power is.

The challenge to the individual is: outward projection of a new reality that matches and embodies his profound desires. He projects this reality psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, energetically, physically, through work, in every way possiblein order to create it in the world.

When a new idea comes along, it fractures closely held beloved old ideas.

HARMONY is a concept used cynically by elite controllers to box the mind into repetitive patterns of thought-slavery.

Harmonize with this, harmonize with that, harmonize with oppressive limitations, were all in this together, we can attain peace through sacrificing individuality on the altar of greatest good for the greatest number. All tripe, all propaganda, all pernicious operant conditioning. This is Globalist psychological warfare, dressed up to look like a utopia just over the next hill.

On the other hand, a launch of imagination, of creative action, of power, of achievement, of fulfillment of desire, of manifestation of desireall this occurs with DISHARMONY.

That statement may bring puzzlement to some mindsbecause the propaganda in favor of harmony is so widespread.

Every status quo is a condition of manufactured artificial harmony.

Hence the word BREAKTHROUGH. A breakthrough signals a fracture in the status quo.

For example, what was known or assumed about the ability of humans to fly from one location to another was, at one time, an accepted and harmonious status quountil it wasnt. Until engineers conceived and built planes.

ORDER was: humans cant fly. CHAOS was: yes, they can. Eventually, plane flight was folded into a new status quo.

When painters like Van Eyck and Raphael and Piero della Francesca rendered perspective and the human figure in believable terms, that was a breakthrough. Eventually, it became status quo.

Harmony, balance, equilibriumthese concepts belong to status quo. (They can assist in rest, sleep, and cellular renewal, but t...

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"They're Different from Us": The Profiteers of Prejudice OpEdNews

Today's greed-driven plutocrats know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That's why they highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share.

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Ensuring Poll Access for Disabled Voters Still a Big Problem WhoWhatWhy

When Monica Bartley goes to the polls, she depends on her status as a longtime voter whom poll workers recognize. She maneuvers her wheelchair up a temporary ramp. The poll workers have already prepared the ballot-marking device she uses to complete her ballot. They no longer need to hover over her shoulder as she casts her vote, or insist on taking the ballot from her and inserting it into an optical scanner.

Thanks to several years of explanations from Bartley, they understand that her disabilities do not interfere with her ability to vote privately and independently, as is her constitutional right. But such accommodation is hardly the norm at polling sites across the United States. And Bartley takes a special interest in all this: She works for the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY), where she leads a regular survey of polling sites across New York City. The surveys show that little has changed in the past 15 years.

Indeed, from doorways too narrow for a wheelchair to pass through to a lack of accessible voting technology, voters with disabilities face significant barriers on Election Day and turnout suffers. Estimates suggest that if people with disabilities voted at the same rates as able-bodied citizens, 3 million more ballots would be cast, or about two and a half percent of the voting population.

Barriers

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What seems like a minor inconvenience to an able-bodied voter can be a make-or-break factor for a disabled voter.

Lack of wheelchair accessibility, inadequate signage, and underprepared poll workers all common challenges persist as significant logistical barriers to voting.

CIDNYs most recent survey, conducted during the November 2016 general elections, found that 78 percent of polling sites in New York failed to meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) despite current and comprehensive materials outlining federal st...

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Running government like a business Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

I often ask audiences at my lectures whether they think city governments should make a profit. I do this because of the reaction, which is immediate and visceral: NO! The overwhelming reaction I get is that city government provides services, and profit should not be a consideration. Many people are appalled by the suggestion.

And, in a way, I understand. We dont often think of profit as something worthy of a collective pursuit. In many ways, we have more altruistic notions of what our local governments should be, even if that notion is simply to maintain my own road at a price  in dollars and transaction costs  less than what I would be willing to pay to do it myself.

Yet, what is a profit? In accounting terminology, profit is a condition where revenues exceed expenses. Thats it. If you have more money coming in than you have going out, you are making a profit.

Running Government with Business principles

As part of my lecture, I explain how Walmart must make a profit  they must have more revenue than expenses  if they want to stay in business. (I specifically choose Walmart and not a company like Amazon or Tesla where the capital markets dont seemingly care about profits, which says more about the capital markets than those companys prospects).

The requirement of making a profit is true of Walmart, but its also true of an orphanage. While the goal of an orphanage isnt to maximize profit, no matter how much social good an orphanage does, and regardless of how desperately it is needed, if it doesnt run a profit, if it's revenues don't exceed expenses, it will also go out of business.

Once you accept this hard, cold reality about an orphanage  which is, literally, a place for helping desperate children  then its not much of a leap to grasp the fact that cities, too, must run a profit. Your local government must have more revenue than expenses, year after year, or bad things happen.

When people suggest that we should, run government like a business, I agree with them in the sense that we should apply business principles to the running of local government. That big-hearted council member who loves parks and wants affordable housing for everyone is a menace to society if they cant also understand a balance sheet. That no-nonsense council member who just wants to keep city government focused on building roads and providing parking is a disaster if they dont grasp a P&L statement.

And, worst of all, when that professional staff member recommends the city take on debt, assume some long-term obligation or undertake some massive project despite not having a basic understanding of the financial implications of their advice, they should be run out of town.

This is why it often provides me a great deal of relief when private-sector business people wind up working in government. One of...

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Mayor Claars android double malfunctions at Village Board meeting (Fiction) Freethought Blogs

Anonymous employees at the Village of Bolingbrooks IT department confirm that Mayor Roger Claars android double malfunctioned during the 6/12/18 board meeting. 

It almost shifted into combat mode during the Trustee Comments portion of the agenda, said Blake, who asked that we not use his real name.  That would have been embarrassing since now were broadcasting each meeting on Facebook, and people were actually watching the stream that night.

According to the employees, the android detected two former members of the opposition group Citizens for a Better Bolingbrook in the audience Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea, and Robert Bowen as well as Will County Board member Jackie Traynere.

Alice, another employee who asked that we not use her real name, explained:  I didnt realize it at the time,  but Roger 2.0 cant distinguish between someone attacking a viewpoint and a physical attack.  Someone, I wont name him, forgot to add that small but important piece of code to his programming.  So anyway, when 2.0 saw those people in the audience, it assumed that it was about to be physically attacked.  Thats why it was about to go into combat mode before I hit the manual override button.  This same someone thought it was more important to create a cool android rather than a safe android.  I could say something about programmers watching too much anime, but I wont.

She went on to explain that in override mode, the android couldnt talk.  So, she called Claar and told him that he would have to control the android from his study at home.

Roger wasnt happy, said Alice.  He said he was about to post an epic rant on Facebook, and I was ruining his concentration.  I told him that if he didnt take over, the android would be mute for the rest of the meeting.  Since people were actually watching this meeting on Facebook, it would be in his best interest to take over  Unless he wanted residents wondering why he was speechless after (Trustee Robert Jaskiewiczs) comments.  Roger said some words to me that you cant publish, then took over.

Blake said he was glad no one was killed but was disappointed in how the meeting ended:  Roger 2.0 was going to give a speech about the ...

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Why We Should Stand in Solidarity with Syria and Venezuela 21st Century Wire


Aleppo December 2016. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

Andre Vltchek
New Eastern Outlook

Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicols Maduro has won a second six-year term.

Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people.

True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.

During the Spanish Civil War, Czech anti-fascist fighters, volunteers in the International Brigades, used to say: In Madrid we are fighting for Prague. Madrid fell to Francos fascists in October 1939. Prague had been occupied by German troops several months earlier, in March 1939. It was the blindness and cowardice of the European leaders, as well as the support which the murderous fascist hordes received from populations of all corners of the continent, which led to one of the greatest tragedies in modern history a tragedy which only ended on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Prague, defeating Nazi Germany and de facto saving the world.

More than 70 years later, the world is facing another calamity. The West, mentally unfit to peacefully end its several centuries long murderous reign over the planet a reign that has already taken several hundreds of millions of human lives is flexing its muscle and madly snapping in all directions, provoking, antagonizing and even directly attacking countries as far apart as North Korea (DPRK), China, Iran, Russia, Syria and Venezuela.

What is happening now is not called fascism or Nazism, but it clearly is precisely that, as the barbaric rule is based on a profound spite for non-Western human lives, on fanatical right-wing dogmas which are stinking of exceptionalism, and on the unbridled desire to control the world.

Many countries that refused to yield to brutal Western force were recently literally leveled with the ground, including Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. In...

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Israel Advances Bill Criminalizing Filming Atrocities Against Palestinians Sheep Media

The file photo shows an Israeli soldier detaining a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank. Image: Press TV

Israels cabinet ministers have authorized a bill that would criminalize filming of the Israeli soldiers atrocities against the Palestinians while on duty.

A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted in favor of the controversial bill on Sunday.

The bill, sponsored by the Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, would subject anyone caught filming or publishing footage with intent to harm the morale of Israels soldiers or its inhabitants to up to five years in prison.

It would give 10 years in jail to those intending to damage Israels national security.

The parliament will probably vote the bill this week. If passed, it will be scrutinized and amended before three more parliamentary votes needed for it to pass into law.

In recent months, Israeli troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking condemnations of the regimes military.

A video circulated online in April showed the moment an Israeli sniper shoots an unarmed Palestinian protester near the border fence in the besieged enclave. The sniper and the other soldiers are heard rejoicing following the successful shooting.

An Israeli human rights organization also in August 2017 captured a video showing Israeli settlers verbally abusing Palestinians and swearing at the holy religion of Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the presence of regime forces.

The BTselem video shows the Israelis from the settlement of Kiryat Arba using obscene language through a loudspeaker against a Palestinian woman, who is a local volunteer for the group, and is filming the incident from her window.

In March 2016, Israeli Sergeant Elor...

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Climbing the Rigging like Daddy Used to Do Virtual Mirage

Searching for the Muse

I'm still working on a pirate book that I started (working title: Quidley's Secret) and while it's somewhere shy of half way to completion, work has kept me sufficiently distracted so I'm not pounding away on it. The Research provided some vexing situations since I sincerely try to do a first rate job of portraying people and situations with a high degree of accuracy. 

Even though Charles Barry's ship, Dolphin, is not one of King James II's own, I am relying on the table of British Navy Food Rations (see right) as a guide to what men at sea would eat in the late 1600's. The fare was generally standardized as the century prepared to turn for vessels undertaking long voyages, if for no other reason than the health of the crew (and the likelihood that the voyage would be successful and profitable). A sick or lackluster crew could spell disaster at sea where there was no possibility of help if problems arose.

There is also the issue of ships convoying to the New World (from England to Jamaica). Dolphin, a fast schooner rig when schooners were relatively new, was chosen to get critical cargo to market quickly and those who commissioned the commercial venture wouldn't want it slowed down by other vessels. That was the reason that they chose Dolphin. So they are alone at sea, canvas stretched, trusting to the weather gods that they will be delivered safely to the dangerous and complex Spanish Main.

The line between a merchant ship, a privateer (with a letter of marque) and a royal ship blurred significantly in this time period.

Naval Tradition

There is a...

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Why Are Millions Paying Online Tax Preparation Fees When They Dont Need To? Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

As internet use took off at the turn of the millennium, the Office of Management and Budget asked the Internal Revenue Service to create no-cost electronic tax-filing options for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The tech-challenged agency turned to the online tax-preparation industry for help and soon struck a deal with companies such as Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) and H&R Block, which had organized as a 12-member consortium called the Free File Alliance.

The Free File Alliance agreed to offer tax-prep service to millions of Americans at no charge. In exchange, the IRS pledged to not compete with the Consortium in providing free, online tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers.

The arrangement went into effect in 2003 and the IRS and the alliance have kept the framework in place ever since. Today the Free File system appears on track to become permanent. In April, the House voted unanimously to enshrine the provision in law, and the Senate is now considering whether to follow suit.

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Its hard to argue with the goal of the program. Free File theoretically allows 70 percent of American taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes at no cost. More than 50 million no-cost returns have been filed using the program over the past 16 years, according to the IRS, saving users about $1.5 billion in fees. Intuit lauds the program as an example of a public/private partnership that works. And Tim Hugo, executive direc...

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About Sectoral Balances, MMT, and Regulating for full employment and no hyperinflation OpEdNews

This article discusses the Sectoral Balances identity derived in a previous article and elsewhere in the YouTubes and articles found on the web. The focus is a particular graph that is published in a Wikipedia article and appears in some YouTubes. It illustrates the importance of distinguishing between the rentier economy and the real economy.

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Lets Talk About Ableism and Intelligence Part 2 Freethought Blogs

Content Note: This series discusses ableist slurs. Many of them will be used in full. You are also allowed to use them in the comments only if its for the purposes of illustration and discussion. That is, you may use the words to talk about them. You may not use them as slurs in the comments. This note will be repeated on every post in this series.

So, the last post in this series was basically about the history of intelligence and the IQ test, and began the argument for why stupid is, indeed, an ableist slur. I want to continue that argument here. There is a very strong (in my opinion, anyways) case to be made for dropping stupid entirely from our vocabularies.

But before I do that, I want to say this:

I cannot tell you what to do. I cant police your language and I have no interest in doing so. I am simply putting forth an argument for why I have dropped words like stupid, dumb, deaf, blind, crazy, idiot, moron, etc from my vocabulary as slurs against people. I will even put forth an argument for why using stupid as a slur against actions or ideas is well iffy at best. Its up to you to decide whether Ive put forth a good argument, or at least my sources put forth good arguments.

What Im not doing, here, is demanding changes to laws that would violate anyones free speech. Im not saying that these words should be illegal. Im asking that you really think about what I have to say. I do strongly believe that these words are ableist, and as such I strongly believe its a good idea to try not to use them. But I can only speak for myself.

And so

I want to give Jenny Crofton at The Body is Not an Apology the floor for a moment to talk a little bit more about the word stupid

Conflating harmful actions with lack of intelligence does everyone a disservice.  To suggest that stupidity that is what makes people act badly undermines any real accountability.  The causes of problematic behavior rarely have anything to do with mental acuity, and we cant properly address harmful behavior while being so reductive about its causes.  Carelessness, bias, hatred, greed, closed-mindedness, indifference these are the traits that lead to oppression.  Our intelligence is not the issue so much as our sense of compassion and justice.

A person can be unintelligent and still know right from wrong. There are people with cognitive disabilities who I respect a thousand times more than those who are supposedly more abled. They have stronger prin...

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C60: Currently the Best Known Life Extender on the Planet The Freedom Articles

C60 fullerene buckyball 2

C60 fullerene buckyball 2

C60 has sprung to prominence as a sensational longevity molecule which fights oxidative stress and aging in the body. It is currently the best known life extender on the planet. Find out what it is & how it works.

C60 (Carbon 60) is the newest health sensation

in the natural health and longevity worlds. So what is C60? It is simply a special geometrical arrangement of 60 carbon atoms into a single molecule that looks like a soccer ball, made up of inter-locking pentagonal and hexagonal structures. C60 molecules are also called fullerenes or buckyballs after Buckminster Fuller, the man who discovered them. By the way, Fuller was the very same guy who said that the best way to overcome a (failing, tyrannical or destructive) system is to create a new one that makes the old one obsolete. Understanding this is the key to defeating the New World Order (NWO) worldwide conspiracy.

A Special Form of Carbon Charcoal

Carbon is a very versatile element, which can manifest itself in many allotropes such as graphite (for pencils), coal and diamond, just to name a few. We humans are carbon-based creatures. C60 is a naturally occurring form of carbon derived from charcoal. If you think its strange or unhealthy to ingest charcoal, con...

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China blindsides US with new energy tariffs threat Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

This will be a memorable "Year of the Tariffs Wars", where everybody could lose if it slows growth worldwide.

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American Medical Association sliding toward support of physician-assisted suicide here come the death panels Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Will the American Medical Association soon be in favor of physician-assisted suicide? In early June, the AMA decided not to reaffirm its position against assisted suicide  a decision which has shocked many. But indeed, the AMA has gone against its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which recommended the AMA maintain its opposition of euthanasia for humans.

Advocates for assisted suicide have been very successful at opening doors for euthanasia in medicine. In some states, affiliate groups have already taken a more neutral stance on this issue, paving the way for legislators to approve the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. While proponents of euthanasia say that their cause gives patients the right to a dignified death, the issue isnt really that cut and dry. There are substantial concerns about the potential for abuse and coercion. Inevitably, this could give rise to an untold number of citizens quietly being put to death against their will  while no one will be the wiser.

Experts warn against assisted suicide

Matt Vallire, the Executive Director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told Life News that he, and other advocates for patients rights, are very concerned about the AMAs sudden change of heart.

The American Medical Associations decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs recommendation namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes and even abuse. Although the AMAs opposition position still stands for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical care, Val...

13:41

US-Led Coalition Denies Bombing Syrian Military Site Near Iraqi Border The Anti-Media

Syrian Military Site(ANTIWAR.COM)  A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border. Details on the strike were still scant, but US officials say no airstrikes took place by any coalition members in the area. Syrian state media had reported that drones, presumably American, attacked the site []

13:20

Rep. Beto O'Rourke: Taking Action on Detaining Children Taken Away from Their Parents OpEdNews

"Today we were able to bear witness, to ensure that this is on us, on our conscience. And that we bear that burden now because we know it will be unbearable for long -- that it will force us to act, to push, to pressure, to ensure that our laws reflect our kids, those kids, and that idea and ideal of America that we still hold true." NPR, UK, CBS coverage, plus Washington Post Editorial excerpts, making Ted Cruz look inhumane

13:11

Are Right-Wing Ukrainians Losing Fight Against Queer Liberation? Freethought Blogs

For several years now, I think 4, Kiev has been having significant queer pride marches, and for just as many years extreme right wingers have been attempting to violently stop the marches. Consider this BBC story from 2015, for instance. Just how extreme have they been? Well, in 2015 they injured several cops, at least one seriously, in their efforts to disrupt the event. There was another outburst of violence by Ukrainian wing nuts today, but it was followed by large numbers of arrests of these protesters, with no arrests of Pride marchers that I can find. Its very, very possible that this is a sign that things are getting better.

By law, Ukraine protects a certain amount of political freedom from interference on the basis of sexual orientation, but this is only recently true. I dont know anything about the Ukraine, but I suspect that any significant protection in fact has only existed since the 2014 ouster of Yanukovych following the famous Maidan Nezalezhnosti protests*1. To make the connection for US readers who might feel distant from the action, Yanukovych is the dictator who is wanted for looting the Ukrainian treasury and killing journalists and protestors who was so frustrated by his inability to stop US and western European media from criticizing him that he hired Paul Manafort yes, that Paul Manafort to go on a PR blitz legitimizing his dictatorial powers and whimsical murders.*2 The Yanukovych regime was virulently hostile to queer folks.

Still, there have been public pride events since 2014 now, and every single time the right wing a wing dominated by Russia loyalists, hypocritical supporters of Orthodox Christianity, and racist nationalists has committed violence to try and stop it. in 2014, 2016 & 2017 the violence was much smaller and more isolated, but every year since at least 2015 the police have arrested at least one of these Ukrainian wingnuts.

But is the consistent violence of the right wing winning them any victories? Earlier this year, Aksana Filipishyna, the anti-discrimination Ombudsperson of Ukraine, took nearly-unprecedented action in defense of queer rights by protesting the inclusion of an anti-queer petition on the website of center-right President Petro Poroshenko. Just today, the arrests of wingnut anti-Pride protesters seems to have resulted in more right-wing arrests than any previous anti-pride protests. And with the tribalism of police as firmly established as any form of tribalism on the planet, its hard...

13:08

Murder Incorporated OpEdNews

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet.

12:44

Hero To Some, Killer To Others. Man Dies To Save Kids But Had Killed 4-Year-Old Years Before True Activist

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Its difficult to use the words hero and killer to describe the same person in the same sentence. But for the story of Douglas Parkhurst, both words ring true. The Vietnam War veteran had taken over 40 years to confess to a hit and run of an innocent 4year-old girl who had died, but he had also saved a bunch of lives of a team of Little Leaguers.

See why his story has finally come full circle, and while his family mourns, another one can now live in peace.

A Friendly Afternoon Baseball Game

Source: https://www.newsmax.com/

On June 1, 2018, a bunch of kids were gathered on a baseball field in Sanford, Maine for a little league game. Parents, siblings and friends, which made up around 200 people, were all gathered in the stands watching the kids as they indulged in a friendly game of ball.

12:41

Mr. Dipstick Says We Will Bury You Freethought Blogs

Another day, another racist jerkface proudly claiming ownership of, well, everything.

A man was arrested after screaming racist commentary at passersby in Seattle this weekend.

According to MyNorthwest.com, University of Washington photographer and advisor Keoke Silvano was headed home when he exited the Beacon Hill station and heard the white man yelling at an African-American man.

My people are going to bury you, the racist man said. We built these streets! White men built these streets! He also frequently shouted the N-word.

Of course, this reminds me of Stings take on Kruschevs statement,  !

MIster Krushchev said, We will bury you.
I dont subscribe to this point of view.
Itd be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too.

It simply stuns me that the racists panting for the start of RAHOWA think that it would be anything other than catastrophic for their own children, were it ever to occur. Thats completely aside from the fact that Black slaves built the White House, Chinese immigrants built the railroads, and women built the b-52 bombers but white guys set up residence in the White House, got all the engineer jobs on the railroads, and flew the planes.

Racism is ever so tainted by virulent, arrogant ignorance. Fixing the ignorance might fix the arrogance, but you have to fix the arrogance first if theyre going to start fixing their ignorance. Oy.

 

 

12:31

Et Tu, Bernie? OpEdNews

The Democratic Party elites have been refining the mechanisms and exclusionary rules since the presidential election, along with purging the party of progressives, to ensure that an insurgent candidate like Sanders will never get close to the nomination. Sanders, no doubt, thinks he can overcome these obstacles by being obedient to the party hierarchy. This is a terrible miscalculation.

10:37

The Psychology of Splitting and Traumatizing Families OpEdNews

Mental health professionals are gravely concerned about the known effects of the cruel and inhumane policy of tearing children away from their parents who have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect them. We are horrified as we helplessly witness our government inflicting psychological damage upon vulnerable people. Forced separations are a form of child abuse, psychological torture, reckless endangerment...

10:17

How I spent this Father's Day Weekend as Pilgrim at MSD High in Parkland, FL OpEdNews

This father took time to go on Father's Day morning to visit Parkland High School, where students have been leading a national movement to end needless mass-shootings in America. As both a teacher and a father, the author sees this as a pilgrimage to end the horrible status quo of the past 2 decades.

09:16

Kayhan interview: Shia arc or Zionist arc? OpEdNews

Iran threatens no country nor does it try to direct political activity of others. The same specious claims were used against the earlier bete-noire of imperialism, the Soviet Union, which, in contrast to the US, did not engage in coups and election interference in dozens of countries since the end of WWII. Such claims are a mere distraction from the aggressive agenda of imperialism to control the world.

09:04

Michigan Bans Material Support or Resources for Warrantless Federal Surveillance Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey A new law banning material support or resources for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step...

08:48

They pass this years test Freethought Blogs

All 3 of my kids have checked in with fathers day reassurances, so I guess everything is OK.

I havent called my father because Ive outlived him, but heres a photo of the old man and my motherand me, at age 9 months.

At least I can say I havent forgotten him.

08:38

Creatures of Brain Sorbet & More Admin Crap. Freethought Blogs

Creatures of Brain Sorbet, C. Ford, all rights reserved.

Creatures of Brain Sorbet, C. Ford, all rights reserved.

A little while ago, I decided I needed a break from Thorns, a sort of sorbet for the brain. As it turns out, a good decision I need something to focus on without investment because I have been a wretched heap of misery since Thursday morning. Upon waking Thursday, I discovered I couldnt walk. My left leg went out from under me, accompanied by a scream. Trying again, I could sort of lurch if I took teensy tiny partial steps. The primary pain was to the side and down from my kneecap (outside of leg), a site well known to me, as its long been a sensitive one. Thats where the sciatic nerve splits off into the tibial and peroneal nerves. Standing, with no weight on the leg at all, the pain radiated down to my ankle, which was slightly swollen along with my foot, and radiated up the back of my thigh to my arse. Oh good, my sciatic nerve is on a fucking rampage. (Yes, I still went out that night to get shots of the storm, lurching and limping and dragging myself, with the aid of morphine.) Anyone who has ever dealt with sciatic pain, you know what Im talking about, painwise. People infected with the photography bug know you have to be at least 15/16ths dead before you miss a possible once in a lifetime shot.

The last time I had sciatica, it lasted most of a year. I am just so fucked. The pain has been very near to insanity levels. There has been much yelling, a fair amount of screaming, and a lot of collapsing into a pile of sobs. Thanks to chemo brain, it wasnt until Friday night that I did  what I should have done immediately on Thursday morning take aspirin. The aspirin helped much more than the morphine, helping to deal with the inflammation. Its not helping as much now, but hey, at this point, Ill take what I can get. I did have to fucking crawl into the lav on Thursday morning though, so I was bit preoccupied. Of course, another storm hit, and the circuit breaker which controls my studio lights keeps flipping off every hour or so. That meansstairs. Interesting to navigate when you cant bend one knee without screaming. The breaker just went again. Fuck it, Ill get it in the morning. Apparently, the pain and humiliation of the last four days wasnt quite enough, as I have been called back into Cancerland early.  My oncologist (first one) insisted I meet  again with Cole (radiation doc) tomorrow (Monday the 18th). Just what I need, a n...

08:11

An Ode to My Father, Samuel Hubert Cox OpEdNews

A poem written in honor of all fathers in the lineages of two revolutionary war patriots, as a message to all of the cousins of the author who share Solomon and Samuel Cox as grand fathers.

07:56

Damage Control Dance, After Japan Suspends GMO Canadian Wheat Import Modified to Resist Bayer/Monsanto's Roundup OpEdNews

What will this mean to other nations? Is this a market ploy to get better prices or to divert inferior wheat to Bangladesh and India? Will anyone wake up to the medical horrors of spraying Roundup/Glyphosate? Be prepared for far worse emerging horror stories about agricultural poisons, GMOs, and sanctioned genocidal regulatory failures resulting from international governments giving carte blanche to the Monsanto/Bayer merger!

07:52

The Death of Indian Democracy? OpEdNews

Following up on the murder of prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari, this article discusses the pervasive influence of extreme right-wing organizations promoting a religious cultural hegemony.

07:22

As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel Sheep Media

While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted.

As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within the next 16 years, American taxpayers are giving around $10.5 million to a close ally that is routinely accused of human rights violations.

The latest report from the Social Security Administration revealed that Social Security funds will be depleted by 2034, and Medicare funds will be depleted by 2026three years earlier than what was last reported. Last year, Social Security and Medicare funds accounted for 42 percent of federal program expenditures, and as the report noted:

Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing. Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs. The Trustees recommend that lawmakers take action sooner rather than later to address these shortfalls so that a broader range of solutions can be considered and more time will be available to phase in changes while giving the public adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits.

While the increased reduction in Social Security and Medicare funds can be blamed on the federal government, it is not the only area where government spending should warrant serious concern. In December 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal debt held by the public was more than $9 trillion or 62 percent of GDP.

The federal debt held by the public is now $16 trillion or 78 percent of GDP, and the latest projections from the CBO show that it is estimated to increase to $29 trillion or 96 percent of GDP by 2028, which would mark the largest since 194...

07:17

Ontario Wildflowers Freethought Blogs

A few photos of the stuff that grows wild around here. Theres lots, so I put most of them below the fold.

Queen Anns Lace and a hint of Dames Rocket marking the trail

Purple Dames Rocket

White Dames Rocket

Queen Annes Lace

Mystery plant, maybe bedstraw

Beautiful buttercups and a few forget-me-nots

buttercup

...

07:09

Corporations Selling Stocks And Central Banks Buying Gold: Verge Of Major Turning Point Political Vel Craft

The global system is weakening and its not all Italys fault. Heres what is causing the slowdown and what to do about it As a Wall Street Unicorn its current market cap is $58.2 billion, even though there are losses as far as the eye can see. On June 12th the stock price surged 3.19%Continue reading "Corporations Selling Stocks And Central Banks Buying Gold: Verge Of Major Turning Point"

06:59

Israeli Missiles In Alaska, US/UK Oppose Yemen Ceasefire & Congress Finally Acts But To Maintain War The Last American Vagabond

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/16/18). I want to begin today by addressing a concern many have expressed from my last show, and which was partly due to an odd glitch in my []

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06:58

As Social Security And Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million A Day To Israel The Last American Vagabond

While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted. (TFTP) As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within the next 16 years, American taxpayers are giving around $10.5 []

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06:50

Bringing Julian Assange home OpEdNews

Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.

06:39

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To Undermine Americas Moral Authority The Last American Vagabond

At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine Americas moral authority, and that his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and []

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06:21

Bringing The ZAD Back Home: Episode Four It's Going Down

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The Cinema Committee returns with another video update on the ZAD.

In the time since our last episode was released, the free-territory known as the ZAD has undergone a few drastic changes and suffered more than one tragedy. On the morning of May 17, 2018, the forces of order invaded the ZAD and demolished all of the structures that hadnt filled out the proper form. The majority of the demolished dwellings werent built in an orthodox manner and utilized a wide variety of building materials, just as many of them stood in the middle of the forest. While the squatted stone buildings were simply bricked up to prevent re-entry, the authorities leveled every other irregular site that hadnt entered into negotiations. Among these demolished structures was La Chateigne, the historic heart of the ZAD since its victory over Operation Caesar in 2012.

The police returned on May 18 to clear the last six of the illegal structures and then resumed their military function of keeping the farm-roads open to traffic. Battles continued for days against this armed occupation, the bricked-up buildings were re-opened, and a young man named Maxime lost his hand to a police grenade. On May 22, one of the gendarmes hundreds of TNT-based grenades finally went off too close to a person and 21 year-old Maxime will never have a hand again. After this widely publicized tragedy inflicted by the state, a series of demonstrations and actions for Maxime took place across France, including in Paris where the emblematic monument of the Place de Republique was tagged with the phrase: the republic also cuts off hands.

Place de Republique

The police claimed they would not longer use these powerful grenades (of which theyd already thrown thousands) and temporarily backed off from assaulting the ZAD. Their armed presence never wavered, however, and they soon returned to evict the stone buildings that had been re-occupied and sweep any structures that had been thrown up in the interim. Daily battles took place to maintain barricades on the roads but on June 14 the police were ultimately successful in opening the...

06:08

The Republican Party Falls Apart, The Democrats Get Stuck OpEdNews

There is a subset of every population that is susceptible to this sort of shabby salesmanship, particularly when coming from someone who is a bit charismatic. Combine this susceptibility with the sense that the U.S. political system has become generally unresponsive to its citizens, and what you get is a Trump presidency and radicals like Corey Stewart moving, carpetbagger style, into the Republican Party ranks.

06:00

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Its a hot day here so Jack and I went for a slow walk around the shaded pond at the park. We havent been here for a while because Ive been avoiding the swans. They were incubating 3 eggs on the ponds little island, but the last few times I was here both adults were off the nest and swimming together with no babies in sight. I was feeling sad that none of the babies made it, but I was wrong! There is one cygnet and I found him today with his proud and protective mama.

Proud mama and her cygnet

Feeding together

We also checked on the goslings who are now big, goofy teenagers. The area where they nest also has some younger babies, including one who looked freshly hatched.

Babies of all ages, even a newborn (bottom right)

The goslings are teenagers

Teenagers getting ready to shed their fluff
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04:54

"That's my Betsy." OpEdNews

Especially this Father's Day, I'm thinking about all the fathers (and mothers) who are separated from their children at the border because of Trump's cruel and inhumane immigration policies. I'm incredibly proud of this team for stepping up and raising over $100,000 so far for groups working to protect families separated by ICE.

04:40

There's a Good Reason the GOP is Silent on Steve King's Racism OpEdNews

Iowa GOP congressman Steve King has made a political career out of saying the most outrageous, inflammatory racist quips and digs a sitting congressperson could think of.

04:08

Trump Will Soon Purge Stephen Miller From His Administration OpEdNews

It has become clear that Stephen Miller is behind the despicable, immoral practice of taking children from their parents and putting them in concentration camps. It will cost him his job at the White House.

03:38

Saudi Aggressive Attacks against Hodeida Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

"The Hodeida assault is an American-British operation," said Abdul-Salam, Houthi spokesperson.

03:23

Family Virtual Mirage

It's Father's Day and I have four girls, who have given me (and are still giving me) wonderful grandchildren. Eight grandkids on the runway and one in the hangar. Will they manage an even 10? It remains to be seen.




03:01

Lake Tschida, Part 2. Freethought Blogs

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02:48

A Mile in Their Shoes OpEdNews

The U.S. continues to seek security through dominance and military might. It's a futile effort. The Helmand to Kabul peace walkers display a better means of securing peace: the path of fellowship with our neighbors on this planet, of living simply so that others might simply live, and of willingness to share, even partially, in the human hardship and precarity others face.

02:24

Dance Of Death: Usurer and Merchant. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Text translation in comments. Oooh, Death makes a dashing devil!

02:24

How Much Americas Biggest Corporations Have Stolen From Their Own Workers PopularResistance.Org

How do the biggest corporations earn such massive profits? Theyd like you to think its the result of delivering a superior product or service. But one part of that story is years of wage theft from their employees. Good Jobs First, a policy resource center focused on government and corporate accountability, recently carried out a year-long investigation into wage theft by large employers, compiling information from collective action lawsuits brought by groups of ripped-off workers, as well as actions brought by the department of labor and state-specific regulatory agencies. The results, brought together in a report released this week titled Grand Theft Paycheck: the Large Corporations Shortchanging their Workers Wages, are eye-opening: 4,220 cases since the turn of the millennium with penalties totaling $9.2 billion.

02:17

From G7 To Shanghai Summit, U.S. Swagger Falls Flat PopularResistance.Org

The response to President Donald Trumps arrogant withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and wild threats of tariffs on U.S. allies has exposed declining U.S. influence on a global scale. This became all too obvious at the gathering in Quebec, Canada, of the G7 summit of the seven major imperialist powers United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. With the exception of Japan, the other six countries are also leading members of the U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance. Washington is increasingly unable to control the global agenda. U.S. corporate power finds it can no longer order the nations of the world to isolate the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea or Iran. The U.S. has less to offer except threats of military destruction, unpayable debt and broken agreements.

02:15

As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within...

02:14

Will We Ever Start Using The Precautionary Principle With WiFi Technology Even With Our Kids? Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Ian Phillips was a business executive whose job required he spend many hours on a mobile phone.  After learning he had a...

02:13

No Bones About It. Cell Phones in Pockets Kill Sperm and More. Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Boys and men of all ages may not feel any heat or sensation from a carrying a cell phone in their pants...

02:11

American Wars And Self-Decline PopularResistance.Org

The U.S. has, of course, embarked on a trillion-dollar-plus upgrade of its already massive nuclear arsenal (and thats before the cost overruns even begin). Its Congress and president have for years proven eager to sink at least a trillion dollars annually into the budget of the national security state (a figure thats still rising and outpaces by far that of any other power on the planet), while its own infrastructure sags and crumbles. And yet it finds the impoverished North Koreans puzzling when they, too, follow such an extreme path. Clueless is not a word Americans ordinarily apply to themselves as a country, a people, or a government. Yet how applicable it is.

02:04

The Left in Syria: From Democratic National Change to Devastation PopularResistance.Org

In the beginning of 2017, after 6 years of devastation and bloodshed, many of this trends proponents released a document entitled A Call to Our Syrian People: For Freedom, Dignity, Citizenship, and Democracy, A Critical Viewpoint to Reposition the Course of the Syrian Revolution. Here they confessed to immense mistakes and delusions, including their wagers that There would be some sort of international intervention and a reliance on the foreigners and dependence on their agendas; The delusion of counting on Al-Nusra Front and its likes; the delusion of liberated areas; and the delusion of betting on ideological and sectarian discourses and entities. These, in addition to other miscalculations, were proven to be the creation of wishful and fatalist mentalities that had nothing to do with politics and balance of powers and showed no sensitivity towards peoples sufferings and sacrifices or to the costs our people dearly paid.

02:04

The Retroscope At Play Freethought Blogs

By now, the establishment ought to be painfully aware that the FBI/NSA retro-scope is aimed at them, as well. Sometime in the next couple of years I expect a legislative backlash, especially if it keeps being used to take down friends of the high and mighty.

Whats interesting is that the FBI has stopped playing coy about how they are accessing the material, and what sort of material they are accessing:

In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps long-time personal attorney, the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for reviewincluding a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. The messages and call logs together constitute 731 pages of potential evidence. The FBI also recovered 16 pages of documents that had been shredded, but it has not yet been able to complete the extraction of data from the second phone. [ars]

I did a google image search for retroscope and look at this beauty!

Remember, youre supposed to believe that WhatsApp and Signal are secure and that the FBI has trouble accessing data off of them. For that matter, youre supposed to believe that Blackberries are secure too. Im sure thats why Michael Cohen used one certainly nobody would use a Blackberry because its a good phone. Blackberries were designed to implement a variation of the New York Reach-Around [stderr] since their server communications were up to Canada, it was international and therefore NSA was spared the trouble of having to pretend FISA courts mattered. Blackberrys whole security game fell apart when other countries most notably India and Saudi Arabia realized what was happening and started asking Blackberry to give them the keys to the crypto, too. [guard]

[Heres a simple test for how you can decide if an app has encryption that doesnt have backdoors for the local cops: if its allowed, it does. [phys] And you s...

01:59

Juneteenth Call to Action Against Prison Slavery Amidst Reports of Lockdowns, Strikes, Walkouts PopularResistance.Org

The Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have joined the call, initiated by prisoners in Florida and Texas, for actions demanding an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery around Juneteenth 2018, Tuesday, June 19. Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day when, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of freedom reached slaves in Texas. Prisoners in Texas and Florida, many of whom have been at the forefront of the massive, prisoner-led movement to bring about desperately needed changes in the U.S. prison system are calling on allied groups fighting for prison reform on the outside to organize community events and direct actions in solidarity.

01:55

Corruption Is Bad, But Sabotage Is Worse OpEdNews

Who gets ousted when they're heading the Environmental Protection Agency but fail to protect the environment? Or they head the Department of Education but let down the nation's schools? The huge amounts these corrupt men spent on their own offices and flights is outrageous. But it's their willingness to sabotage the departments they're in charge of that's truly hurting the American people.

01:54

Research Confirms That A Mostly Plant-Based Diet Could Save Your Life PopularResistance.Org

Five new studies show that eating healthy, primarily vegetarian foods is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, weight gain and death. What science has to say about nutrition is notoriously fickle, but advice about the benefits of eating more plants and less meat has been pretty consistent in the modern era. Not only is a vegetarian diet great for the planet, but it's great for our personal health as well. Now adding to the consensus are five new studies presented at Nutrition 2018, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. Each of the studies examine the health impacts of a plant-based diet and importantly, a plant-based diet comprised of healthy plant-based foods.

01:49

Trump Feeding Tear Away Immigrant Kids to Americas Elite Pedophiles Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

There are two primary ratlines for stolen kids, one in Europe, one in America. Here it runs from New York, to Washington, to Florida.

01:47

US Provides Military Assistance To 73 Percent of Worlds Dictatorships PopularResistance.Org

As of the fiscal year 2015, the last year for which we have publicly available data, the federal government of the United States had been providing military assistance to 36 of 49 dictatorships, courtesy of your tax dollars. The United States currently supports over 73 percent of the worlds dictatorships! Most politically aware people know of some of the more highly publicized instances of this, such as the tens of billions of dollars worth of US military assistance provided to the beheading capital of the world, the misogynistic monarchy of Saudi Arabia, and the repressive military dictatorship now in power in Egypt. But apologists for our nations imperialistic foreign policy may try to rationalize such support, arguing that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are exceptions to the rule.

01:45

End of life for pets Freethought Blogs

Anyone who has loved a pet dreads the time when the pet seems to be suffering so much that you feel that the humane thing to do is euthanasia. But that decision is never obvious nor easy because there will be very bad days when you think that the time has come that are followed by better days and you are grateful you did not go through with the decision. This up-and-down can go through many cycles and you never get over the guilt of finally making the fateful and irreversible decision.

In this article Bernard Rollin, who is a professor of philosophy, animal sciences and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, begins with some information that will shock and disgust anyone who has a pet.

In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized and buy a new one upon returning than pay a kennel fee.

But he says that in general peoples attitude towards pets has vastly improved.

Two decades later, I was working at Colorado States veterinary hospital when a group of distraught bikers on Harley-Davidsons pulled up carrying a sick chihuahua. The dog was intractably ill, and required euthanasia to prevent further suffering. Afterwards, the hospitals counselors felt compelled to find the bikers a motel room: their level of grief was so profound that the staff didnt think it was safe for them to be riding their motorcycles.

He says that this dilemma about when to put down a pet not only has deep emotional effects on the pets caregivers, it also affects the veterinarians who have to do the euthanizing.

In a paper that I published entitled Euthanasia and Moral Stress, I described the significant stress experienced by veterinarians, veterinary technicians and humane society workers. Many chose their profession out of a desire to improve the lot of animals; instead, they invariably ended up euthanizing large numbers of them, often for unethical reasons.

These ranged from I got the dog to jog with me, and now its too old to run, to If I die, I want you to euthanize the animal because I know it cant bear to live without me.

In other cases, the animal is experiencing considerable suffering, but the owner is unwilling to let the animal go. With owners increasingly viewing pets as family members, this has become increasingly common, and many owners fear the guilt associated with killing an animal too soon.

Ironically this, too, can cause veterinarians undue trauma: they know the animal is suffering, but theres nothing they can do about it unless the owner gives them permission.

He suggests ways to for pet caregivers to recognize when...

01:42

A Good Father Is An Endangered Species Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Mothers and Fathers are the building blocks of the family. The family is the foundation of society. However, there are those that wuold tear down the family, and as such, place good mothers and fathers on the endangered species listbecause the upside-down radical left hates the family in the orm of which it was intended.

 Fathers Day

Did you know that Fathers Day is over 100 years old? According to some accounts, the first Fathers Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mothers Day sermon at her church in 1909.

In 2014, when UK Facebook users were registering, they were able choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the features successful integration in the US.

Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female choices by selecting custom in the gender tab of their profiles.

In addition, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun theyd like to be referred to publicly.

Has anyone reached for their barf bag yet? Surely, this was merely a passing fancy, corre...

01:40

Are You Brainwashed? PopularResistance.Org

Does it take a dictatorial regimeNazi or Communistto turn the media into a brainwashing machine? Common sense says that this is impossible in a democracy. Common sense is wrong. How is this done? Its quite simple, really: one has to suppress all other voices. One has to make sure that the citizen hears only one voice. One that repeats a few messages over and over, endlessly. This way the lie becomes truth. In such a situation, the ordinary citizen becomes convinced that the official line is really their own personal opinion. This is an unconscious process. When one tells a citizen that they are brainwashed, they are deeply insulted.

01:38

Guns Have Nothing To Do With Art-All-Night Shootings Freethought Blogs

Another week, another mass shooting, this time in New Jersey at a festival called Art All Night.

I can already here the mating calls of the 2nd Amendment Republicans:

Too many doors!

Why do they let people were baggy clothes on a summer night?

This is what happens when liberals get together at festivals that value lefty things, like art!

Well propose a ban on doors, baggy clothes, and art to save the people just as soon as we find a way to stop all this criticism that keeps happening to us despite the fact were only exercising our 1st Amendment rights!

Call your representatives and senators and insist that they vote for the ban on doors, baggy clothes & art! Dont let them take away your guns! Freedom first!

Fuck.

Would you believe that the CNN story on this this morning included the line:

Authorities have heard that as many as 1,000 people were in the area at the time of the shooting, Onofri said. The festival entrances had no metal detectors, he said.

Yes. Yes of course you would.

As for the people, theres still one victim in extremely critical condition probably still in surgery. Twenty people were injured. It appears that one killed is in reference to a suspect that was killed, probably by police. Unusually for situations like this, there was actually another suspect as well, that one taken into custody alive.

I hope the final death toll doesnt get any higher.

01:35

Poverty American Style PopularResistance.Org

The US by saying that in practice, the United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation. . . at the end of the day, particularly in a rich country like the USA, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated.

01:32

The Healing Arts: He saw an Apothecary on a white horse Freethought Blogs

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He saw an Apothecary on a white horse... Thomas Landseer, Etching, 1831. Subject: Obstetrics,Pharmacist, Devil, Snuff, The Lancet.

He saw an Apothecary on a white horse Thomas Landseer, Etching, 1831. Subject: Obstetrics,Pharmacist, Devil, Snuff, The Lancet.

He saw an Apothecary, on a white horse,
Ride by on his avocations;
And the Devil was tickled for it put him in mind
Of Death in the Revelations.

01:32

THE BIRD FLU EXPERIMENT HAS GONE CHINA SYNDROME Sheep Media

If you control the food supply, you control the people Henry Kissinger

The Telegraph is reporting that the deadly Chinese poultry flu could be disease X and it could spark a worldwide pandemic.

Scientists across the world are on high alert for what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed disease X a newly emerging pathogen that could prove as destructive as the 1918 Spanish flu which killed between 50 and 100m people

But heres the truth behind all of this.

Epidemiological studies indicated that reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) infection and vertical transmission is common in chickens in some areas of southern China. These are immunosuppressive viral infections.

REVs originated as mammalian retroviruses that were accidentally introduced into avian hosts in the late 1930s, during experimental studies of P. lophurae, and subsequently integrated into the fowlpox virus (FWPV) and gallid herpesvirus type 2 (GHV-2) genomes, generating recombinant DNA viruses that now circulate in wild birds and poultry.

The immunocompromised millions of birds are now ideal hosts for the designer zoonotic man made avian flu strains such as H5N1 and H7N9 and others that will follow.

The end result will be an attack on our food supply, forced vaccinations and forced aerial spraying of chemicals.

Viruses dont jump species unless they instructed to by their designers.

It is imperative that we not allow f...

01:27

Lock Me Up? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The once boisterous and bellowing leader, Manafort, of the "lock her up" chants on Trump's campaign trail has found himself in quite the predicament...

00:35

Bout the Whole Sharp, Pointy, Stabby Things Issue and Guns Freethought Blogs

I am not feeling particularly well these last few days. In addition to the usual depression that is  just an everlasting companion these last years, and the hay fever due to my neighbour not having harvested the hay yet, several joints have decided to act up so I cannot work properly. And I do not feel like discussing partisan politics this week except to say fuck all politicians and political ideologies across the spectrum left right and center sideways.

However this is my hundredth post on Affinity and despite the number being completely arbitrary, I thought it should be about something more substantial than about strawberries misbehaving.

The whole issue of sharp and pointy objects has got me thinking more than one time throughout my life. When I was a kid I was being told that I will be allowed to handle sharp things from the age of ten years. I looked forward to it. For my tenth birthday I got a small pocket knife and my father has taught me how to sharpen it and how to properly care for it. In our household a sharp knife is really sharp and a blunted knife is what usually gets called sharp by many people I know. I had a knife somewhere around my person ever since.

I really like knives, daggers, machetes, axes and swords. I also like bows and crossbows. I am not collecting either, but I would like to make some of each and when I do make them, I will take care to make them not only functional, but beautiful too.

However there is no denying that all these objects are potential murder weapons. Some of them are indeed optimised for being a weapon, whilst others can have as a primary function being a tool.

I would like to know where this fascination with dangerous things comes from. My take on the issue is that it si far more common than people might realize at first thought. For example many of the most aesthetically appreciated animals are very finely tuned killing machines. Many people like cats and a person who does not appreciate the beauty of a tiger or a leopard would be a rare specimen indeed. Dragons and dinosaurs are very popular among kids and they are not known for being fluffy and cuddly.

This has brought me in a roundabout way to thinking how is liking knives different from liking guns and how is that in turn different from liking squids? And my take on the thing is, that not too much, if at all.

The important thing is not what one does like, but what one does about it. A gun collector or skeet shooter is just as normal as a sword collector or a fencer, and they all are just as normal as a stamp collector. The difference is in how people are conditioned by culture about dealing with the specific issue both from the point of the enthusiast, and from the point of of the general populace. Some hobbies are frowned on, some are viewed as harmless oddities, some are reviled, some admired. And accordingly some people are reclusive about their hobbies, whilst others engage...

00:28

Whats Driving The Peace Process In Korea? PopularResistance.Org

One very important aspect is the stance of the South Korean (ROK) government. President Moon Jae-in came to power last year on the basis of a campaign promising, among other things, a serious bid to improve relations with the DPRK. Moon, a former student activist and human rights lawyer, represents the most progressive wing of mainstream South Korean politics (admittedly this is not saying much) and was mentored by Kim Dae-jung, author of the 'Sunshine Policy,' which aimed to build understanding and de-escalate tensions with the DPRK. While essentially pro-United States, Moon is on record as saying that "South Korea should adopt diplomacy in which it can discuss a U.S. request and say no to the Americans."

00:24

Trumps Zio-Ambassador Reportedly Told State Dept to Ease Scrutiny of Israel Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman insisted that the US State Department shouldnt second-guess the actions of the Israeli military.

00:21

WATCH: Tough-On-Crime State Rep. Who Pushed Laws to Benefit Cops, Gets DWIDespite Begging The Free Thought Project

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A politician who has a record for being "tough on crime" was caught begging police to give her special treatment at a DWI checkpoint.

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00:11

EXCLUSIVE: Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter The Free Thought Project

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An activist and dog rescuer has received multiple visits from federal agents over comments made online in defense of animals.

The post EXCLUSIVE: Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:10

Old Farm, Old Wood. Freethought Blogs

From Lofty: Some pictures from the old farm I stayed at a few weeks ago. This log seems have been parked a hundred years ago and never molested by vagrant children. Click for full size!

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00:09

As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel The Free Thought Project

While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted.

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23:55

Homeless Man Becomes Millionaire by Building Beaches in Peoples Backyards TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.

When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.

Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months,...

23:50

Why Do Soldiers Still Keep Dying At India Pakistan Border? OpEdNews

When the two Koreas can end their enmity after almost as long a period as India-Pakistan animosity has existed, why can the two South Asian neighbours not achieve the same feat?

23:42

UFC Fighter Overcomes Depression by Liberating Pygmy Slaves in the Congo TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

There is no denying that hardship, which is an inevitability of life, propels change. Oftentimes, that change is necessary. Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one, a sudden career change, or a chronic sickness. While it may, at first, perceived to be bad, the development can also be a blessing. This was the case for UFC fighter Justin Wren, who overcame depression to change the lives of hundreds of pygmy people in the Congo.

Wren began his career as an all-American champion in wrestling. Later, he started entering local fights to stay in shape while taking college courses. Eventually, this led to a successful MMA career. At one point, his professional record was 10-1 and he was picked to be on The Ultimate Fighter. It seemed as if he was on top of the world. But, the truth of it was he was battling depression and was addicted to painkillers.

I was a drug addictI was diagnosed with clinical depression and my life just sucked for a long time even though on the outside things were going great. In that time, I had become a national champion in wrestling a couple times and started fighting professionally, and the drug addiction and depression just got worse every time after I would fight, Wren told InnoTechToday.

Wren continued to fight but his personal life began to fall apart. When he wasnt battling thoughts of suicide, he was numbing himself in drug dens. Fortunately, his low point led him to religion. Finding purpose helped him get sober, and thats when the fight of his life really began. And so my life really changed I could skate over it, but, God help me, I started wanting to do something bigger with my life, said Wren.

The 63 fighter turned his life around. Hoping to discern his p...

23:40

Child Abductions: A Conversation It's Hard to Believe We're Even Having OpEdNews

I'm just completely floored by the idea that, in this day and age, Americans need the Archbishop of New York to remind us of something as obvious as the fact that it's wrong to abduct children.

23:36

Gazprom says ready to start major gas projects in Iran Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

We are seeing a model develop here where US sanctions combined with Western countries compromised by the threat of loss of their US business could end up leaving a lot of future development business in the hands of the New Silk Road block.

23:26

Flora & Fauna, Part 4. Freethought Blogs

From Giliell, click for full size!

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23:16

A New Bipolar World Order? SCO Confronts G-7 Newsbud

In the eighty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vedomosti, Kommersant, and Parlamentskaya Gazeta. He discusses the main issues that the Russian president Vladimir Putin raised during his annual question and answer call-in show. Professor Kovacevic also examines the increasing economic cooperation []

23:11

How To Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Experiences TruthTheory

By Mateo Sol via Loner Wolf

Almost all of us have experienced some kind of traumatic or shocking event.

When I speak of trauma, I dont always mean extreme situations such as natural disasters, instances of abuse, rape, murder, and accidents. While traumatic experiences often are severe and horrific, they can also be seemingly mundane experiences such as losing a job, daily stress, divorcing, and moving somewhere foreign. Trauma also can, and often does, come as a result of the spiritual awakening process in which our entire self-concept begins to crumble and were thrown into the abyss of an existential crisis.

Trauma is unique for each person. While we might find changing jobs just another daily task, another person may find the switch highly distressing. We should be very careful about judging other people when it comes to trauma. Every person is different and possesses different levels of sensitivity.

How to Know Whether Youre Going Through a Traumatic Experience

A traumatic experience is anything that severely threatens your emotional, psychological or physical well-being. Essentially, trauma is anything that causes us to feel like were losing or have lost control. Feeling traumatized is often accompanied by the experiences of feeling:

  • Numb or disconnected from the world
  • Sad and hopeless
  • Anxious and fearful
  • Hypervigilance (constantly looking out for danger)
  • Confused and...

23:09

The Daily Bird #739. Freethought Blogs

From Giliell, click for full size!

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23:07

Mainstream Media Confirms Conspiracy Theory That Walmart Stores Are Being Turned into Prison Camps Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream media...

22:12

How to respond to a creation museum Freethought Blogs

There are creationist museums all over the place Ive been to ones in Kentucky, Washington state, and Missouri, and maybe a few others, but theyre all rather forgettable. I havent been to the the Big Valley Creation Science Museum in Alberta (how could I, what with the Royal Tyrrell right nearby?), but someone visited it and posted a summary. Harry Nibourg, the guy who runs it all, sounds like an enthusiastic glad-hander who is happy to give anyone a tour of his personal garbage heap. But I think these tourists summed it up well.

While I was there, a retired English couple had been making their way around the exhibits. As they reached the end, Harry asked them what their professions were. Turns out theyre retired biology teachers.

Harry asked, Did you understand what you were looking at, and did it change your minds?

In the polite manner that only the English can achieve, the husband replied, Well, you see, I think your museum is a crock of shit.

Harry offered that they should agree to disagree.

That last lineis there any other phrase that is a better example of passive-aggressive truculence and an admission of a failure to defend ones ideas than agree to disagree? Hate it.

22:01

SUNDAY SCREENING: Crimea For Dummies (2014) 21st Century Wire

Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

Did Russia really invade and annex The Crimea? According to the West, the answer is yes and they have since built their whole anti-Russian policy and punitive sanctions on top of this popular narrative. Back in 2014, a Los Angeles film school graduate named Miguel Francis Santiago traveled to Crimea to see if the peninsula was really under Russian military occupation and if life there has changed radically since it was reunited with Russia. Follow Francis as be explores Crimeas beautiful coast, its history and culture, all the while probing its inhabitants about their attitudes regarding their newfound Russian citizenship. What he discovers completely dismantles the US and UK mainstream narratives on this highly controversial topic. Watch:

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Written & Directed by: Miguel Francis Santiago
Run time: 26 min
Produced by: Novosti TV (2015)

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22:00

BLM Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area The Free Thought Project

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A couple is claiming that they were almost killed when federal agents from the BLM opened fire on them with no warning after their ATV broke down.

The post BLM Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:00

Exit From The Matrix: The greatest day of your life Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

June 17, 2018

Oh yes, there was such a day.

Maybe you were 10 years old, and it was summer, and you were running across a field and the sky suddenly opened up and you saw a huge future, as yet undefined. But it was there, and it was yours.

Unlimited possibility. Unlimited energy.

No one had yet told you imagination was just a toy. No one had said it was all fantasy and you should throw it away.

You were unbounded.

You were in the center of your own power, the only power that matters: your endless capacity to create and invent.

This is what I had in mind when I assembled my collection, Exit From The Matrix. This is exactly what I had in mind when I included an extensive set of imagination exercises a person can practice daily

Because the expansion of imagination is the fountainhead from which New Life is launched.

It can happen at any time.

At any moment.

Problems and past history begin to dissolve in the light of what you can invent, in accordance with your deepest desires.

This is what freedom is for.

But you can make the shift. You can take your creative power into your own hands and invent the reality you desire, and you can make it into fact in the world.


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21:58

Episode #237 False Flag Follies with guests Vanessa Beeley and Mike Robinson 21st Century Wire


Episode #237 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on June 17th 2018 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories worldwide

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This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined in-studio by Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column with all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the blow-back from Trump and Kim, and the Mueller meltdown in the wake of this weeks Inspector Generals report into FBIs Russiagate folly. Later in to first hour well connect with special guest, 21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley, for an in-depth expos into the Wests varied and wild claims of Assads chemical weapons attacks in Syria and how the White Helmets have come to shape the entire basis for US-EU policy towards Syria. In the final hour well connect with the SUNDAY WIRE roving correspondent for Culture & Sport, Basil Valentine, for an update on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as the western media try their level best to demonize Russia to somehow spoil the event, as well as Basils odds-on pick to win this years tournament. And this and more. Enjoy the show

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21:40

CYBERPOL Memorandum of Cooperation signed with Vasil Levski Bulgarian Military Association Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

President of CYBERPOL Ricardo Baretzky warned those who are corrupt and said CYBERPOL remains autonomous and cannot be influenced by any state actors.

21:28

Fathers Day hangout Freethought Blogs

I changed my plans about what to talk about, and was uncertain about what to do, and then I realized, Its freakin Fathers Day, duh! So go ahead, bring your tales of great dads and bad dads to the discussion today at noon central time.

Thats the conversation starter, anyway. I imagine well degenerate into random topics before the end of the hour, and thats OK.

Its also OK if you skip it altogether because youve just been reminded to call your dad or be a dad.

21:01

The CSS-We Are the Last Generation of Humans- Pat Wood and Dave Hodges Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

According the Pat Wood, we could be the last generation of humans if the global elite get their way. Here is the story

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20:56

The CSS- Corruption and Game Rigging Behind Professional Sports- Dave Hodges and Brian Tuohy Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

From the manipulated draft lottery to the selected few corrupt offiicals that manipulate the games to in crease the revenue share of the league, the NBA is corrupt beyond belief. This interview provides some of the details related to this disturbing discovery. And if you think it is just the NBA, think again, there is no profesional sport that is immune from being compromised. 

 

 

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20:56

Privileged Explained: Im Tiny Because Youre White Freethought Blogs

So, I recently was introduced to Reductress, a really good (though not quite great) website that reads a lot like what youd get if Bitch & BUST formed a joint venture to take over The Onion. Like Bitch and BUST, its often focussed a bit too much on popular culture than Id prefer, but its satires of Cosmo-style sex tips are completely brilliant. When it steps away from those, it has more potential to embed meaningful, educational commentary in its satire, but it also falls down a bit more often.

One piece that didnt fall down, was this one about class privilege. But that assumes you know what privilege is. Its another piece that really nails a basic explanation of the concept of privilege in the midst of a beautiful bit of satire-as-education. That piece is titled Im Not Tiny Because Im Asian, Im Tiny Because Youre White.

You see, with 4.3 billion Asians accounting for 60% of the worlds population, our median size is the norm and youre all deviating from it. Americans choose to see us foreigners as small instead of stereotyping themselves as huge.

Seriously, the scientific reason Im tiny has nothing to do with my race. You see me as so tiny! in comparison to you, but youre actually the one whos gigantic compared to me. Whoa! Mind-blowing stuff, huh?

Its not as funny as some other articles, at least to me, but part of that might be that privilege is an old concept to me. In any case, its a great piece of fundamental education and serves as a great excuse to make your way over to Reductress for such classics as New Positions To Not Orgasm In:

Tax Season

Role-playing is a great way to add intrigue to any committed relationship. This particular setup has your man playing the clueless client to your stern, knowledgeable accountant. Have him lie helplessly on a table as you crawl on top of him with your laptop open to TurboTax. Rock back and forth until he comes and you finally figure out how to claim a dependent without having to build a whole new profile. Hawt!

Wait til you read The Cow.

20:47

The CSS-Daisy Luther-The Agenda 21 Takeover Is Nearly Complete Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

I recently interviewed Daisy Luther about the UNs Agenda 21. The penetration all the way down to the local level is nearly complete. Can it be stopped? How will our lives change. This is a dramatic interview that reveals how close we are to actually losing all freedom of choice when it comes to energy usage and a variety of civil liberties.  

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20:36

Ohio Voter Purge a Solution in Search of a Problem WhoWhatWhy

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case More Voter Suppression v. Fair Democracy. OK, we made up the name. Actually, the case was called Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, but the underlying issue was whether anti-democracy forces in the US would be handed yet another tool to suppress votes. Want to guess who won?

Yup, to nobodys surprise, the Supreme Courts conservative justices ruled in favor of more voter disenfranchisement. In this case, its a scheme cooked up by Ohios Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted that makes it easier for his state to purge voters from its rolls. So here is another question: What groups do you think this will affect disproportionately?

You guessed it: Low-income Americans, minorities, and young people, aka groups that vote for Democrats, aka people Republicans dont want to see casting votes.

Heres how it works: If a registered voter in Ohio does not vote in a two-year period, the Secretary of States office sends him or her a postcard. If the voter does not respond within 30 days, his or her voter status is changed to inactive. If the voter then fails to vote in the next two federal elections, he or she will be removed from the rolls.

This so-called supplemental process might sound reasonable to some people. After all, voters only have to show up once every six years to remain active. Or, as Husted puts it: If this is a really important thing to you in your life, voting, you probably would have done so within a six-year period.

Lets set aside for a moment that there are many reasons why people may not vote for a couple of cycles and focus on the most important question: Why does this need to be done?

Husted and other vote suppressors are always quick to point to voter fraud as a justification for their nefarious acts. But we know that voter fraud isnt really a problem.

Among Ohios nearly 8 million voters, were talking about a few dozen votes that have been flagged as potentially fraudulent and in most cases it turns out they were cast by people with no malicious intent who were simply confused. The resu...

20:34

On The CSS-June 17, 2018- Crokin, Haven, Griswold Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

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Tonight on The Common Sense Show we have 3 outstanding guests:

Hour 1-Bob Griswold-Survivalist expert tells how to survive anything from an EMP to planned food shortages. 

Hour 2- Liz Crokin, former White House press corps reporter reveals how child sex trafficking is at the heart of most political corruption and drives much of international organized crime. 

Hour 3- Lisa Haven- The United Nations threat and the latest political moves by the Deep State.  

 

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20:25

Chemtrails: Rain Water Analysis Reveals Six New Metallic Elements Impacting Our Health Sheep Media

Is It Fickle Mother Nature Or Determined Weather Geoengineering: Noreaster No. 4 And Rainwater Analysis

By Catherine J. Frompovich

All these weather events began during Christmas week 2017 when we had a snowstorm blow through that probably had some interesting ingredients and the proof of what I say is the fact the most beautiful green Boxwood shrub, which has lived for many years in a large garden pot at the back wall of my patio under a very wide overhang from above [my bedroom] protecting it from all weather, was devastated when snow had blown onto it, covering it completely.

When the snow melted, there was white stuff over every leaf, like someone had dusted the leaves with confectioners sugar!  Guess what happened then?  All the leaves died; they turned brown and dried up!

That Boxwood had been living in the same place year after year, but snow never fell upon it.  What was in the snow that drenched and killed that Boxwood during Christmas week 2017?

I saved some leaves if any scientist would like to assay them; just let me know.

Before the fourth event

A most interesting aspect of the Noreasters approach occurred the day before and during a short snowfall.  First, there were small snow pellets, which reminded one of round, white candies on top of chocolates.  Then there were flakes that sort of resembled snow, but what followed was totally unbelievable.

I could not believe what I was seeing, but the same weather was confirmed by the person on the other end of my telephone conversation about five miles away.  We both were amazed to see the size and configuration of the snowflakes, which looked like someone had torn pieces of white Kleenex and dropped them from the sky.  The snowflake forms were jaggedlike torn, large, extremely white pieces of Kleenex and wafted down almost like a piece of paper would.  Then the snow stopped until it began falling during the night.

An experiment in snowfl...

16:45

Lets Talk About Ableism and Intelligence Part 1 Freethought Blogs

Content Note: This series discusses ableist slurs. Many of them will be used in full. You are also allowed to use them in the comments only if its for the purposes of illustration and discussion. That is, you may use the words to talk about them. You may not use them as slurs in the comments. This note will be repeated on every post in this series.

Theres a few slurs most people agree shouldnt be said. For example its largely agreed that white people dont use the n-word, just as its largely agreed that straight people dont use the f-word (not fuck). And the r-word is largely considered inappropriate for polite company as well, now, although its use is still ubiquitous in some places (like YouTube comments, for example). Some slurs are a bit more controversial, such as gendered slurs, although Ive no doubt my readers will largely agree that female-gendered slurs are bad, at least when used by dudes. But there are certain slurs that are so ubiquitous, even the most social-justice-minded of us will defend their use, insisting that they arent slurs at all.

I was like this, as well, for the longest time. The slurs in question were slurs that I used all the time. It took me a long time to consider how the entire idea of intelligence, and associated slurs like stupid, idiot, moron, dumb, dumbass, etc were extremely ableist. In fact, when I first set up my blog at its old home, one of my statements was I love making fun of stupid people. This got a response in a comment on a post I put up called An Open Letter to the Secular Community and its Leaders

Honestly, this has me a bit worried about your sincerity regarding ethical treatment of others. You come off like a smug hypocrite.

I love making fun of stupid people.

According to Wikipedia, stupid is a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful or accidental, due to absence of mental capacity.

You use the phrase many times in this post and in your bio. Frankly, its way beyond the realm of a gaffe, humor, hyperbole, or ironic usage. You actually claim to *enjoy* making fun of stupid people. Did you also enjoy picking on idiots, dumb people, mentally disabled people when you were in school?

You are not referring to regrettable actions (e.g.: deleting that file was stupid.)

You are not expressing frustration with an object (e.g.: stupid frickin door wont open!)

You are not referring to a less tangible concept, (e.g.: there are no stupid questions.)

You are clearly talking about *people* who have reduced mental capacity (e.g. I love making fun of stupid people.)...

15:37

Cryptocurrency Millionaire Kidnapped by Biker Gang, Robbed at Gunpoint for $1.8M The Anti-Media

Cryptocurrency Millionaire(ZHE)  Three members of a Bronx biker gang were arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, charged with kidnapping and robbing a cryptocurrency multi-millionaire at gunpoint, authorities said. Ringleader Cesar (Fuego) Guzman, 38, Allan (Joker) Nunez, 36, and Darrell (Bishop) Colon, 37, joined their accomplice Louis Meza, 35, in luring their victim into a fake Uber ride []

15:10

French Special Forces on the Ground in Yemen The Anti-Media

French Special Forces Yemen(ANTIWAR.COM)  French newspaper Le Figaro is quoting unnamed French military sources as saying that French special forces have been deployed to Yemen. The troops are said to be present with Emirati troops on the ground. They did not specify where in Yemen. Frances Defense Ministry is not commenting specifically on the special forces report, but did deny []

14:44

FTA part 4: Anthropic reasoning Freethought Blogs

This is the fourth and final part of a series discussing the Fine Tuning argument (FTA). The outline is here.

Mundane multiverses

A multiverse is a set of multiple sub-universes, which together comprise a single super-universe. The idea is that the universe that we know is a single sub-universe, and there are multiple other universes like ours. So we can imagine another sub-universe where everything is the same, except that ever coin flip comes up on the opposite side.  Or a sub-universe where everything is the same, but were all evil and have goatees. Or another sub-universe where

To travel to a parallel universe, just hop in a space ship, and travel 4 lightyears over to Proxima Centauri. You will find a universe exactly like ours, except that the sun is different, and the planets are different, and the constellations are different.

When people talk about multiverses, they often think of the feverish dreams of theoretical physicists. Well, sure, there are all sorts of multiverse theories. But Im here to tell you that the basic idea of a multiverse is just mundane.  Its so mundane that you didnt realize that you already believe in it. If you travel to another star, thats practically a parallel universe. If you insist that parallel universes need to be non-interacting, then lets just consider a star thats even further away. Consider a star thats so far away that there isnt enough time in the universe for light to travel between us.  And now consider a star thats twice as far. Three times as far. And so on. There are infinite parallel universes.1

This is what Max Tegmark calls the Level 1 multiverse. Youre welcome to read that article, and decide that the other kinds of multiverses at Levels 2, 3, and 4 are too wacky for you.  But it doesnt matter. For purposes of discussing the FTA, Level 1 is plenty sufficient.

Mundane anthropic reasoning

The FTA refers to several parameters of the universe, usually the fine structure constant, the cosmological constant, the energy density of the universe, or the energy released by hydrogen fusion. One parameter that people do not talk about, is the di...

14:35

Australia to Netanyahu: We Aint Moving, Mate Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Australia has given Benjamin Netanyahu the finger by explicitly declaring that they are not moving their embassy to Jerusalem. Period. End of discussion.

13:28

WHY Is This Printed On Our Money??? Sheep Media

Why Is This Printed on Our Money?

Hypothesis: There are Major Bombings in the United States that have been printed on U.S. Currency several years before the events actually happened.

ALL OF THE BILLS ARE FOLDED THE EXACT SAME WAY:

This IDENTICAL folding method eliminates the situation of: folding it any way you want to & seeing whatever you want to see. This is now a matter of statistical impossibility, not chance or coincidence. 

FEATURED VIDEO: Put This To The Test

*ATTENTION* All News Sources: Here is an in-depth analysis of all the U.S. Currency that contain hidden images of past false-flag terror events, and future ones as well

The new $100 bill+ $10 bill = NYC Nuke. When the new $100 Bill was finally released to the public, it finished the story from the $10 Bill that started with the missile launch and tidal wave. The two bills together tell the story of a nuclear event taking place on the East Coast promulgated by the U.S. Government which is spiritually inspired by Satan and his fallen angels.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. EPHESIANS 6:12

FEATURED VIDEO: New 100 Dollar Bill Decrypted Nuclear Devastation

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13:20

TRUTH JIHAD: Brian Ruhe interviews Kevin Barrett on The Jewish Question Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

In 2015 Brian Ruhe was witch-hunted by Bnai Brith and fired from his job teaching Buddhist Studies at Capilano University for speaking out about Jewish power and questioning the victors sacred narrative of World War II.

12:58

Big Oil CEOs needed a climate change reality check. The pope delivered OpEdNews

It's odd to have the pope schooling energy executives on the math of carbon. But actually, no odder than NFL quarterbacks schooling politicians on racial injustice, or high school kids schooling a nation on the danger of guns. Good common sense speaks even more loudly when it comes from unexpected corners.

12:40

White House Defends Ripping Children From Parents as Very Biblical to Enforce the Law Sheep Media

Asked to comment on remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day about how the Trump administrations policy of ripping children out of the arms of their immigrant parents is somehow justified by the Christian Bible, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday afternoon said she could not respond specifically to the AGs claims but said it is very biblical to enforce the law.

That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible, Huckabee Sanders said in response to the question by CNNs Jim Acosta as she appeared to glance at notes on her podium.

Watch the exchange:

Where does it say in the Bible that its moral to take children away from their mothers? asked Acosta.

But Huckabee wasnt interested in answering that question, however, and accused Acosta of trying to put words into her mouth and talking over her. I know its hard for you to understand, she said to the reporter, even short sentences, I guess.

Citing increasingly horrific stories of the children of immigrant and asylum-seeking parents being separated at the border, Acosta said can you imagine the horror these children must be going through and asked, Why is the government doing this?

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11:13

A Paleontologist Gets Off The Hook Excited Freethought Blogs

Paul Selden, a paleontologist with enthusiasm for ancient arthropods, went crazy discussing spider/acarine interactions that helped him interpret a new find in which a spider-silk wrapped tick was found in Burmese amber:

Just last year, I was on a field trip in Estonia and took a photo of a Steatoda spider wrapping up a red spider mite, said Selden. That was serendipitous.

Ooh, baby: talk academic to me.

 

10:02

This Abandoned Macys Is Now A Homeless Shelter Housing Its Former Employees Sheep Media

The Landmark Mall in Alexandria, VA, used to be the talk of the town in the 1960s. Times have changed; Photo sources: NY Times

ZeroHedge| The Macys at the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia used to be an iconic and historic building. In what is now undoubtedly a sign of the times, it has been converted into a homeless shelter until the property can be razed and its owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation, can repurpose the property and build something new at its location.

Even more telling, this homeless shelter houses many of those who used to work at the very same Macys.

In the realm of brick-and-mortar retail, the times are definitely a changin. We have often, on this site, detailed not only the slow and painful death of brick-and-mortar retail as it has been occurring, but also how the value of once coveted mall property has disintegrated and similarly, how landlords of these properties now find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place tenants are dropping like flies, sales numbers used to help calculate rent are on the decline and property appraisals have been underwhelming. This has led to a influx of abandoned property, not unlike the Macys in Alexandria, just sitting and waiting to be repurposed

(Photo sources: NY Times)

The Macys in the Landmark Mall was the topic of a recent New York Times article, detailing how a once historic landmark that it is now abandoned and has become a homeless shelter, 15 months after it had its last customers. The Macys &#822...

10:00

Government Politicians Say They Live In Fear As Threats Against Deep State Congress Increase Political Vel Craft

the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security Threats against politicians have been skyrocketing lately. Many in Congress are now living in fear, purchasing body armor and hiring armed guards to protect themselves against the people they should be serving rather thanContinue reading "Government Politicians Say They Live In Fear As Threats Against Deep State Congress Increase"

09:54

The Siamese Twins OpEdNews

I met Rabin for the first time at the swimming pool. I was chatting with Ezer Weizmann, the commander of the Air Force, who had angered Ben-Gurion with his highly offensive jokes. Rabin appeared, clad like us in a bathing suit. He ignored me and turned straight to Ezer: "Don't you have enough troubles already without speaking in public with Uri Avnery?"

09:16

Border Angels Fight Trump's Borderland Brutality OpEdNews

As Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policy intensifies, an organization founded in 1986 has stepped up its efforts to help families under attack, as Dennis J. Bernstein explains.

08:48

Trump Effect: New Kingwood, TX business model: Lawn Care by 'White People' U.S. Citizens (VIDEO) OpEdNews

The advertising on this lawn care business truck would likely be more shocking if we were not living in this new political landscape. Unfortunately, we are living through the Trump Effect in all corners of this country as what would generally be considered unacceptable becomes the norm.

08:10

Lake Tschida, Part 1. Freethought Blogs

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08:02

Are Americans Losing Interest in Global Warming? Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

There are many stories about global warming in the media, and some politicians are talking about the issue in increasingly strident tones. 

But what do the American people really think about the subject?  Are they increasingly worried about the threat of global warming?   Have the apocalyptic warnings encouraged folks to take global warming seriously, or do folks tune out the scary headlines as noise?  What is  the most effective communication strategy to promote society's attention to both mitigation (reducing CO2 emissions) and adaptation (preparing our civilization for the changes producing by  a warming planet)?

This blog will take a look at those questions.



Let's start by using the highly useful googletrends tool, which allows one to view the frequency with which folks have searched on any phrase or word from 2004 to today.   Below I will show some results for U.S. google inquiries.

A plot of the frequency of folks searching for the phrase "global warming" is shown below by the blue line  (100 represents the maximum frequency over the period).  There was increasing interest in the term early in the period, with a peak in 2007.  But interest greatly declined after the 2008 election of President Obama and remained at a steady, but low-level, since approximately 2011.

Frequency of search for "global warming"--blue line-- and "climate change"--red line

The term "climate change" has become more heavily applied in recent years, and often is used as a replacement for "global warming."  &nb...

08:00

China plans historic mission to the moons dark side Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

By directly examining the geology of its landing area, Chang'e-4 could solve longstanding mysteries about the moon.

07:55

Another professor behaving badly Freethought Blogs

At least Clyde Magarelli isnt molesting students, I dont think, but William Paterson University in New Jersey has a real clunker in their sociology department. Hes teaching conspiracy theory nonsense instead of sociology. Its the usual stuff: the Holocaust was exaggerated, the moon landings were faked, etc.

We cant land on it [the moon] and get back. Weve never landed on it, you didnt know that? he says in one clip.

Magarelli also claims that the Gestapo, the secret police of Nazi Germany, only engaged in torture during the last part of the war.

In another video, he tells his students that Native Americans are not indigenous people.

We call them Native Americans but those that have their own government outside they were never considered part of the system, he mumbles. They had their own tribal system.

Magarelli also believes that the Irish were the first slaves in America a theory debunked by Irish experts who said their indentured servitude was in a completely different category from slavery, according to the New York Times.

Video clips of the guy saying stupid stuff can be found on this Twitter thread.

He is a full time, tenured associate professor at the university, and has been teaching there since 1967 (!!!).

Now this is a case, though, where academic freedom does come into play. Hes saying stupid, wrong, ignorant things, but the whole point of tenure is youre protected you can defy the orthodoxy in all sorts of ways. Hes doing it. You cant fire him for that.

But the flip side is that he has a job hes supposed to be teaching young people sociology, and hes failing to do that. Academic departments have ways to deal, though: from the clips, it seems hes teaching a first year course called Social Problems, which is almost certainly not part of the core curriculum. Im going to guess that what the functional part of the department has done is shunted him off into non-critical electives, because you certainly cant expect him to prepare students for other courses in sociology, and are limiting the harm he can do as much as possible. The curriculum can be thought of as a network that routes around damage, and deadwood faculty he looks like the very definition of the term are interpreted as damage and shuffled off to the side until they get around to retiring, or die.

The students should view him as a practical exercise in dealing with bad ideas.

The greatest harm he is doing, though, is that hes taking up space that could be used more productively and creatively with a new faculty member and hes probably getting paid more than hes worth. But thats one of the...

07:47

Protect Immigrants Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration PopularResistance.Org

The ugliness of US immigration policy is once again evident. There is national outrage that separating children, often infants, from their parents is wrong. There is also national consensus (nine out of ten people in the US) that people brought here by their parents, the Dreamers, should not be forced out of the country as adults. The highly restrictive, dysfunctional immigration system in the United States serves the interests of  big business and US Empire. Investors can cross borders to find workers who will accept slave-labor wages and dangerous environments, but workers cannot cross borders to find better wages and safety.

07:02

Americans won't "Sit Up" for Great Leader Trump, because They Don't Approve of Him OpEdNews

Trump is a walking Titanic, and the only thing Americans will sit up for in his regard is the day he is handcuffed and frog-marched out of the White House to share a jail cell with his good buddy and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

06:12

Democratic Senator Schumer Is a Dishonest Putz on Korea, Peace OpEdNews

Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world think it's somehow better to rag on Trump for an uncertain peace process rather than confront him on the deliberate, continuous flouting of international and domestic law? Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world tolerate the cruelty and violence inflicted on poor people fleeing from violence and hopelessness?

05:49

FBI reassembled 16 shredded documents, recovered 731 encrypted messages, from Trumps lawyer Cohen Intellihub

MANHATTAN (INTELLIHUB) The FBI has cracked and recovered the contents of 731 encrypted text messages and has forensically reassembled 16 shredded documents which authorities recovered from Donald Trumps personal residences and law offices during a 9 April raid.

At this time, neither the authorities or members of the media have released any information in regards to the contents of the documents or the cracked Signal and WhatsApp text messages.

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The NY Daily News reports:

A retired judge, Barbara Jones, is overseeing a review of the material to determine which parts are covered by attorney-client privilege. In a new update on her review, Jones found that only a tiny fraction of Cohens material was privileged.

She wrote that out of 639 items consisting of 12,543 hard copy pages, only 13 items were privileged. One item was still under consideration.

Out of 291,770 items on two phones and an iPad seized from Cohen, only 148 items were privileged, she wrote. Jones deemed seven items highly personal.

Everything not designated privileged or personal is now in the hands of prosecutors.

Similar to what is currently happening to Roger Stone, it appears deeply embedded state forces are hard at work and are operating within the mechanisms of government in an attempt to make Michael Cohen squeal like a pig. The question is: What does Cohen know and will he flip?

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05:33

Wage Theft: To Fight the Crime, Address the Motive OpEdNews

Those who run our corporations aren't going to abandon their thieving ways so long as that thievery can pay so well for them personally. Wage theft didn't start soaring in the United States until the late 1970s, the same years that eye-popping CEO pay packages became a standard fixture on the corporate scene.

05:33

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

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I wish I could read insect hieroglyphics. Maybe this message says beware of falling trees.

 

04:58

The Military Contractor Making Millions Helping Trump Tear Families Apart The Anti-Media

ICE-Immigration-Raids-immigrants familiesIm guessing that in MVMs mission statement, one of the central components isnt the care of refugee children. (CD) While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administrations forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks []

04:56

An Empire of Exploitation, a World of Misery, and the Revolution Humanity Cries Out For OpEdNews

The rulers of the American empire have slaughtered and plundered their way to the top position within the worldwide system of capitalism-imperialism. This is a system of global exploitation driven by the competitive pursuit of profit and more profit and its law of survival: expand or die. It is a system of political and military domination, and of murderous rivalry among the imperialist powers themselves.

04:53

Film review: The Death of Stalin (2017) Freethought Blogs

I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this film ever since I heard about its debut in England lost November. This is because it is the creation of Armando Iannucci, who has a string of successful political satires such as the British TV series The Thick of It, the American TV series Veep, and the transatlantic comedy film In The Loop (2009) that dealt with how the American and British governments colluded to sell the phony case for the invasion of Iraq. Iannucci is a writer of sharp insight and dialogue and the topic of this film, dealing with all the political infighting for power immediately following the death of Stalin, got rave reviews on its release.

Sadly, I was disappointed. The film had its moments but was not as funny as I had expected it to be. I think I know why. The ruthlessness of Stalin and his purges of enemies are well known and in this film they are taken as a given. Stalin dies early in the film and the person who is the real villain is Lavrenty Beria, the head of the secret police and the person who carried out Stalins wishes and ordered the torture, murder, and internal exiles of perceived enemies, going well beyond what was required of him, including rapes of women. He was notorious for his cruelty. But he is not that well known to the general public and the filmmakers spent some time at the beginning establishing his evil character by showing his actions. But that grim beginning made it difficult for me to laugh at the later humor.

This has always been a problem for me with comedies that have violence. If violence is necessary for the story to make sense, I prefer if it is just referred to and left off-screen. It is quite possible to show that a character is evil without making it manifest. In my mind, a film can be violent or it can be funny. It cannot be both.

An interesting aspect of this film is the accents. There is always a problem when a film is set in a country where the language spoken is not English but the film features an English-speaking cast, like this one. A device that is often employed is to have the speakers talk in English but with the kind of accent that speakers of that country would have if they spoke English, the idea being to make the viewer think that the speaker was speaking in that other language but that we can somehow understand it. It never works for me.

In this film, they decided to let all the actors speak with their own accent. So Stalin had a British working class (Cockney?) accent while Nikita Khrushchev (played by the always excellent Steve Buscemi) had an American accent, and so on. After the initial surprise, the mix of accents did not, for me at least, distract from the film and was less grating than listening to them speak English with faux-Russian accents.

Heres the trailer.

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04:52

Study: Fasting for Three Days can Regenerate the Entire Immune System of Humans Sheep Media

Researchers at the University of Southern California have announced that fasting for as little as three days, can regenerate the entire human immune system for a very healthy living.

The researchers described their study as remarkable and a major breakthrough in finding natural methods to boost the immune system.

In the past, fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy. However, this new study by the Americans suggests that starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

The researchers said their discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. Elderly people, too, are said to benefit greatly from the study.

As people grow, their immune system becomes weak, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases. As per this study, fasting could help them get their immune system back on track.

Fasting for 72 hours also protects cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy.

Detailing the study, the researchers said fasting flips a regenerative switch that prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

Lead researcher of the study Professor Valter Longo, who serves as professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California, said the study proved that fasting could indeed help the human body to produce a new immune system.

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04:49

Why the West Should Recognize Syrias Many Private Ryan Heroes 21st Century Wire

By Vanessa Beeley 

Stories of wartime heroism abound in Hollywood movie history, the gung-ho, swashbuckling images that saturate our cinema screens promote US military personnel to cult figures, saving the world.

It is the victory of fantasy over realism that distances the American public from the horrors of war.

Wars that are never on US soil but waged in distant lands, but always in the interests of national security. Consent is manufactured for these wars by fabricating fear and insecurity, the amplification of terrorism threats as the ever-present danger menacing the American people, held at bay by military intervention at an imagined source.

US airstrikes on Syria were in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States President Trump told Congress, after the tripartite alliance of US, France and UK had unlawfully attacked Syria. An attack carried out under the pretext of a trumped-up charge of chemical attacks by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the last moments of Doumas liberation from Saudi-financed and UK-promoted extremists, Jaysh al-Islam.

Cinema is escapism and Hollywood excels in distracting a public already bamboozled by a corporate medias expert distortion of fact to generate the narratives that instil fear and dehumanize the latest foe in the foreign policy crosshairs.

In Saving Private Ryan, the horror of battle is surround-sound deafeningly conveyed. Unremitting reality confronts our sensibility, the scream of bullets tearing into flesh, the clamour of the dying; nothing is left to the imagination. It is full frontal war.

In the movie, a detail of American soldiers is dispatched to France to bring Private Ryan home to his mother after General Marshall learns that his three brothers were killed in action. We are led to believe that the assuaging of Mama Ryans grief is of paramount national importance. It is an all-American feel-good-factor movie with the familiar true grit, the hard-bitten courage of ...

04:45

Summer Special Time to Turn Off Your TV! Newsbud

For a limited time Newsbud is offering a special discount on our annual membership, plus when you sign up today you will receive a free Newsbud Hat and Bumper Sticker. Do not miss this opportunity to gain access to 100s of exclusive videos, articles and much more from the Newsbud team. Newsbud is 100% people funded and []

04:41

The Gates of Hell are Closing Behind us: US-Saudi Horror Show Heats up in Yemen OpEdNews

The worst humanitarian crisis in the world is about to descend into an ever deeper level of hell, with the indispensable support of the United States; and the political opposition is spending their time trying to give even more political power to the Pentagon.

04:38

UN Rejects Plan For Immediate Ceasefire In Yemen Port The Last American Vagabond

A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific []

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04:29

Syria Sends More Troops To South Despite New US Warnings The Last American Vagabond

The United States once again warned this week it would take firm and appropriate measures against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of their own country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government.  The state department issued a statement Thursday saying that any Syrian government action risks []

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04:25

India And China Announce The Oil Buyers Club The Last American Vagabond

Ive been looking at some of the globalist summits around the world lately but heres one that slipped under the radar: the International Energy Forum. The IEFs 16th bienniel energy ministers meeting took place in New Delhi this past April and brought together 5o of the worlds energy ministers, 30 energy company CEOs and 12 heads of international organizations. []

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03:51

Roger and Julian Lin are at center of Taiwan Civil Government fraud allegations OpEdNews

The news whiteout on Taiwan Civil Government fraud arrests continues despite heavy spending by the group in Washington.

03:28

Busted: UK Terror Fakery (video with introduction) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

This is the first real crack in the official story, and the commentary I wrote on this when it was produced was rated as top news story of the year by Google.

03:19

Why There Wont Be A Yemeni Version Of The White Helmets The Last American Vagabond

Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. People []

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03:12

To the Press, after 18 Months of Trump OpEdNews

Keep track of what his Cabinet is doing -- Sessions's attacks on civil rights, civil liberties, voting rights, and immigrants; DeVos's efforts to undermine public education, Pruitt's and Zinke's efforts to gut the environment; all their conflicts of interest, and the industry lobbyists they've put in high positions.

02:57

Police and Pride Parades Freethought Blogs

Deja vu: the Edmonton Pride parade halted in the face of a brief protest, and after considering the protesters demands the organisers decided to ban police and RCMP from marching with them. Something similar happened in Calgary last year, when protesters convinced Pride organisers to block police/RCMP from walking with Pride while in uniform (inadvertently causing our local CFI affiliate to implode and rebrand, which was for the best).

Im not a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but I can understand the sentiment.

Not wanting to lose the momentum gained from Stonewall, the newly empowered LGBT rights leaders in several different cities began mobilizing, trying to answer the question Now what?

On November 2, 1969, at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in Philadelphia, the first pride march was proposed by way of a resolution. The Christopher Street Liberation Day march was then held in New York City on June 28, 1970, marking the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street and a march covering the 51 blocks to Central Park. []

In 1970, walking in broad daylight with a sign saying you were a homosexual was not only terrifying but could prove deadly. Many of the marchers in those first Pride events were genuinely scared they might not make it to the end of the route. They had no idea where they were going to finish or if anyone would show up to march with them or if they would even make it halfway down the street without being mobbed by an angry, violent crowd.

Pride parades began as a protest against police violence, as well as a defiant show of existence. The pageantry that arrived in later years was a natural consequence.

The oft-echoed reason for the necessity of a parade is that there is still work to be done. There is still a lack of equality and there are still people who are afraid of coming out. The jovial and unrepressed nature of a parade can be inspiring.

Another reason? Its just fun,...

02:55

Israeli Army Wants To Shoot People In Gaza Preparing To Fly Kites And Balloons The Last American Vagabond

The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza []

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02:46

Optimism The Last American Vagabond

Off the top of my head I have a hard time thinking of anything sleazier than smearing peace talks in order to gain partisan political points, but that has indeed been the theme of the last few days when it comes to the Singapore summit. Liberal pundits everywhere have been busily circulating the narrative that []

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02:42

Dr Shaaban: Time for Arabs to Take Back the Narrative, Write Their Own History 21st Century Wire

By Dr Bouthaina Shaaban

With the changes and transformations that swept through our Arab region after the events of the so-called Arab Spring (that turned out to be an Arab Hell), which resulted in the beginning of the first stage of open public normalisation between the rulers of Saudi Arabia (and the Gulf countries) and the Zionist entity, and the cooperation and coordination between them against the Arab rights and interests. This serious event deserves careful examination, and we need to stop and reflect on the steps that must be taken so that we dont discover, half a century from now, that we did not make the right decision and have not even taken one step on the path that might lead us to the desired goal.

Anyone who understands our ancient and contemporary history recognises that as Arabs we have not managed even one meaningful reassessment of what has happened to us over the years, and we have not recognised the real causes of the crises, setbacks and calamities that we have witnessed. Many of those involved in these events refused to put down in writing their observations, because their testimony might prove that everything the previous generations had learned in official history books was actually false. But today we have reached a stage where we can no longer continue this approach, because todays battle is indeed a battle for existence, not only for the Palestinians, but for the people of the Arab Nation from the Ocean to the Gulf.

The fact that the acceleration of Gulf normalisation with the Zionist enemy is a remarkable and serious fact, and its repercussions on the Arab-Israeli conflict should not be underestimated; on the contrary, we must prepare to face such ramifications. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf today own more than 80% of the Arab media, and their rulers, with their vast oil riches, are willing to spend generously to destroy the Arab confrontation countries, using terrorism to do so. Therefore, today the nation is facing a serious cha...

02:26

Dance Of Death: Nobleman and Noblewoman. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Look at Deaths grand mustache! And flaunting that nekkid arse, too. And what is with those astonishing sleeves on the Nobleman? Looks like oak leaves.  Text translation in comments.

02:24

Defense Stocks Fall After Trump-Kim North Korea Summit 21st Century Wire

The pattern is now unmistakable: the blue chip defense market hates peace, loves war and hostilities

Gillian Rich
Investors Business Daily

Defense stocks fell Tuesday after President Donald Trump announced at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore that he would end military drills with South Korea and eventually would like to withdraw U.S. troops from the South.

North Korea historically has objected to the drills as an act of aggression. But leading up to the Trump-Kim summit, Pygonyang signaled it wouldnt make the drills a sticking point.

South Korea was reportedly surprised by the concession and said it needed to find out the precise meaning or intentions of Trumps announcement. Seoul and the U.S. had scheduled their drills to start in August.

Kim pledged to denuclearize North Korea, but the agreement signed in Singapore lacked key details likes timelines and a verification process.

Trump said halting the joint military exercises would save money. He previously has complained about the amount of money the U.S. spends stationing troops in South Korea and Japan.

Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan have deployed missile defense systems from defense stocks Raytheon (RTN) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) to counter the North Korean threat.

After reporting Q1 earnings in April, Raytheon said it expects missile defense demand to remain strong, in the Asia region specifically, regardless of what happens in expected U.S.-North Korea talks.

Still, Raytheon led defense stocks lower, tumbling 2.8% to 206.64 on the stock market today. Lockheed shares fell 1.3% to 315.13. Northrop Grumman (NOC) was down 1.5% to 339.36. Boeing (...

02:05

INTEL DROP: Black Cube Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

"Weinstein used ex-Mossad to locate journalists and actresses who tried to make public the harassment and attacks" that Weinstein was accused of. According to the Observer, Trump aides also contacted Black Cube in May 2017, asking them to look into Obama officials.

02:02

Manafort associate Roger Stone says special counsel seeks to destroy him, force him to testify Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Paul Manafort and Donald Trump associate Roger Stone appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on Friday where he said as many as 12 of his associates have been both subpoenaed and questioned by the FBI which is currently seeking to obtain evidence of foreign espionage over what the political operative says is a scandal that makes Watergate look like a second-rate burglary.

Stone maintains the scandal is merely a witch hunt aimed at draining him financially in an effort to eventually force him to testify against President Donald Trump.

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The highly astute political strategist told Tucker that the whole fiasco has already cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars and even threatens to bankrupt him which Stone says is exactly the point.

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The seek to drag your name through the mud and to ruin you financially, he explained.

For the record, Stone told Fox News that he has absolutely positively never worked with a foreign government which he has already reported ad nauseam.

...

01:57

WATCH: Border Patrol SUV Runs Over Innocent Native American and Drives Off The Free Thought Project

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Shocking video shows a US Border Patrol agent commit a hit and run, mowing down a Native American man and then speeding off.

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01:54

The Healing Arts: A Study of Proportions. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Theres a notation on the bottom, about this being copied from Durer, cf something something 1525. Its difficult to make out.

A Study Of Proportions. Anonymous, Pen, Black Ink, and Pencil. Subject: Anatomy, Proportion, Anatomy In Art, Albrecht Durer.

A Study Of Proportions. Anonymous, Pen, Black Ink, and Pencil. Subject: Anatomy, Proportion, Anatomy In Art, Albrecht Durer.

01:40

Not Kilauea but Yellowstone Could End All Life On the Planet Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The danger from Kilauea is significant and potentially imminent. However, the threat from Kilauea pales in comparison to Yellowstone, the worlds largest super volcano. Yellowstone has the potential to end all life on the planet, except for those fortunate enough to find sanctuary underground.

As scientists continue to tell the public not to worry, the largest geyser in Yellowstone has just gone off for the ninth time. The geyser is quiet for years at a time, but scientists are now saying a change is in place.

Perhaps, William Engdahl was on to something when he previously published the fact that the elite had buried a seed vault in the Arctic and that the elite are planning for some unspecified disaster. An underground seed vault is exactly what humans would need to survive the resulting nuclear winter arising from any potential Yellowstone massive explosion. Yet, the existence of a seed vault does not necessarily have any relationship to a super volcanic explosion, or does it? In order to properly address that specific concern, scientists would need to look at the data with regard to seismic, volcanic activity at Yellowstone.

Can Yellowstone Activity Be Considered In Isolation?

One of the principles that I learned in my geology class as an undergrad, is that it is a mistake to consider a geological events in isolation. For example, a large earthquake could trigger a devastating tsunami and we saw evidence of that exact event on many occasions, but most prominently, in Malaysia in 2004 where hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives under these exact conditions.

Are the volcanos of the world waking up? It would appear that this is an accurate description. The traditional Ring of Fire emanating from 19.5 latitutde (click here to understand the significance of this latitutde to both seismic and volcanic activity).

Are these earthquakes thr...

01:27

The little-known story of the San Antonio Four Freethought Blogs

I have written before about cases of people who were incarcerated for long periods of time even though they were innocent of the crime. On a broadcast of the radio program Latino USA I recently learned of the case of four women who were convicted of Satanic sexual abuse and rape of two young nieces of one of the women. This was at the height of the hysteria over Satanic acts perpetrated on children in day care centers and the like.

In the case of these four women who were friends, the fact that they were lesbians was used by prosecutors as a motive for their actions to persuade the jury of their guilt, exploiting the prejudice that gays and lesbians are more likely to be sexual predators. The testimony of the two girls describing the abuse was pivotal.

The allegations in 1994 rocked San Antonio and made national headlines, becoming the subject of the documentary Southwest of Salem. In an era when more gays and lesbians were coming out and mainstreaming, many saw the allegations as an indictment of the womens sexuality, especially as the case against them began to unravel.

I think the only reason that the investigation was seriously pursued, why there wasnt more skepticism about the preposterous allegations in the first place, was because these four women had recently come out as gay, that they were openly gay, attorney Mike Ware told CNNs Jean Casarez in April..

The four refused plea deals but were found guilty. The aunt of the girls Elizabeth Ramirez was sentenced to 37.5 years and the other three to 25 years. They were finally exonerated in 2016 after spending nearly 15 years in prison.

The convictions began to unravel several years ago when one of Ramirezs two nieces, now in her twenties, stepped forward to say she had lied.

Members of her family coached her, she told authorities, to make up a story because of their anger toward Ramirezs sexuality. Her father in particular coerced them so he could gain leverage in a custody battle, she said.

Soon after, Kellogg recanted her testimony based on new science that showed her findings regarding the girls injuries were medically inaccurate.

Peg Aloi writes about the Satanic hysteria that existed at that time, fueled by the hit film Rosemarys Baby, encouraging people to indulge in the worst kind of conspiracy-mongering.

Arguably the first mainstream American film to portray contemporary occultism in depth, Roman Polanskis Rosemarys Baby released 50 years ago this month premiered as a palpable f...

01:25

Raturday. Freethought Blogs

Basil has a nap on one of my easels. Click for full size.

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01:19

The Biskeptical Podcast #50: More Like Disasterpiece Cakeshop Freethought Blogs

Today on the show, we talk about last weeks SCOTUS ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, find out what exactly happened, and what it might mean for future civil rights cases. We also talk about the North Korea summit, all the wackiness that went down, and whether or not any progress will be made.

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00:54

Kronos Day Mood: Powerless. Freethought Blogs

Classified Powerless. Lyrics at the link. Vincent Schilling has an article about this video and #MMIW at Indian Country Today.

00:50

Chaos In The Imperial Big House PopularResistance.Org

Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse and ignorance than any conceivable progressive elected U.S. president could achieve on purpose. In the space of a few weeks, Trump has 1) threatened to disrupt corporate global supply chains through his in-out stance  on NAFTA; 2) forced Washingtons European junior imperial partners to reconsider their subservience to U.S. foreign policy and their vulnerability to U.S.-controlled financial institutions in the wake of Trumps rejection of the Iran deal and his tirades at the G7 summit in Canada; and 3) discarded 70 years of Uncle Sams Comply or Die dictum towards North Korea, thus consigning the whole axis of evil designation to the dustbin.

00:47

Donald Trump, King Lizard The Straight Goods


Originally posted on November 8th/2016(election night).....nailed it..."Donald Trump the failure"


Written by Grant G




Donald Trump didn't win the election....Hillary Clinton lost...

Almost every newspaper endorsed Clinton....most mainstream media outlets(outside of Fox News) pimped hard for Hillary Clinton...

An orange pylon could have beaten Donald Trump...A racist, bigot, a rude loud-mouthed blowhard...a man who treats females like carpets to wipe his feet on...a man who admitted to using his fame and power to physically assault woman...a man who pays no tax, a man who robbed workers, a man with an ego so bloated......a human disgrace...

And despite all of Donald Trump's flaws.....Hillary Clinton lost...

I blame the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself.....

I sat with my political junkie Mom watching the poll results come in,  and I told mom..."it feels like BC's 2013 election all over again"...

So much for the pollsters....Adrian Dix, according to pollsters had an insurmountable lead...We were told Hillary had it the bag....

In 2013, when the results rolled in it was apparent early on that Adrian Dix was toast...same thing last night..

I wrote an article after Adrian Dix won the BC NDP leadership(did he win legitimately?)..I wrote how the NDP were destined to lose because Adrian Dix had character flaws, his "memo-gate scandal"....It set the stage for attack ads which the BC Liberals jumped, add in Dix not paying for skytrain and it was game over, not to mention the pathetic nicey nicey campaign he ran....Attack ads do work..

The Big Machine, the Democratic Party, The Clinton Political Machine....

I put all the blame for Donald Trump's shocking win directly on Hillary and the Democratic party...

It wasn't just the Benghazi aff...

00:46

Single-Payer Or Bust PopularResistance.Org

In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas. Medicare was modeled on a program passed in the province of Saskatchewan in 1961 under Douglass leadership, which provided universal coverage of physicians services (the provinces 1947 plan for universal hospital coverage had already been federalized in the late 1950s). And on the other side there were those who advocated a more gradual approach, such as Ernest Manning, the premier of Alberta, who went on television in 1965 to ask the nation to look before we leap.

00:46

Democrats and leftists complain about their own policy and refuse to fix it Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) For months now, Democrats and media leftists have complained about how cruel and barbaric forced family breakups at the border are and have relentlessly hammered the Trump administration over the issue.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out in a press conference on Thursday, in which she called the policy barbaric and made clear that it was the current policy of the Trump administration when in actuality the policy it that of the Dems.

As a mother of five children and a grandmother of nine im sure any parent here, mother or father, knows that this is barbaric, Pelosi said. This is not what America is but this is the policy of the Trump administration.

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In her presentation to the press, the rather aged-looking House Minority Leader made it sound as if the policy was a scheme cooked up by the Trump administration which Pelosi maintains doesnt have any idea of the impact on families and children.

Pelosis crackbrained comments forced President Trump to fire out several tweets in which he points out how the policy in question is that of the Democrats and not that of the Trump administration itself.

The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!, the President tweeted on Friday.

00:43

The US & Nicaragua: A Case Study In Historical Amnesia & Blindness PopularResistance.Org

I was stunned the other day to see an opinion piece by Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe in which he was portraying the violent anti-government protests in Nicaragua as some kind of revolutionary insurrection.  What is surprising about Kinzers position is that he is the individual who wrote the wonderful book, All The Shahs Men one of the essential readings about the CIA-backed coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953. What is happening in Nicaragua right now looks a lot like what happened in Iran during this coup, and yet, Kinzer somehow does not see this.  In this way, Kinzer typifies the utter confusion of so many in this country including those who should know better, such as many self-described leftists about what is happening in Nicaragua and in Latin America generally.

00:37

Antarctica Ice Loss Tripled in 5 Years, And Thats Raising Sea Level Risks PopularResistance.Org

The most complete assessment to date of Antarctica's ice sheets confirms that the meltdown accelerated sharply in the past five years, and there is no sign of a slowdown. That means sea level is expected to rise at a rate that will catch some coastal communities unprepared despite persistent warnings, according to the international team of scientists publishing a series of related studies this week in the journal Nature. The scientists found that the rate of ice loss over the past five years had tripled compared to the previous two decades, suggesting an additional 6 inches of sea level rise from Antarctica alone by 2100, on top of the 2 feet already projected from all sources, including Greenland. "That may not sound like a lot, but it's a big deal for people living along coasts," said University of Leeds climate researcher Andrew Shepherd, who led the assessment, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency.

00:34

Guard Who Ignored Parkland Shooter Was Caught Sexually Harassing Victim Year BeforeNever Fired The Free Thought Project

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A guard who chose to save himself during the Parkland shooting had been caught harassing female students, and never should have been allowed at the school.

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00:33

Flora & Fauna, Part 3. Freethought Blogs

From Giliell, click for full size!  Love that last photo!

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00:32

How The Corporate Media Enslave Us To A World Of Illusions PopularResistance.Org

For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive. It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance an earlier one to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.

00:32

Nobody plays the hate game like Jewish Supremacists Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The Board of Deputies for British Jews has shown little concern over the Likud Party broad brush of tagging everyone in Gaza as a Hamas terrorists, and hence it is legal to kill anyone there.

00:28

June 26: The Internet Goes To Washington PopularResistance.Org

On June 26th, small business owners and Internet users from across the country will meet directly with their House members in DC. Face-to-face meetings in the Capitol are one of the most effective ways to influence lawmakers' positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists. Before the event, you'll receive an info packet with everything you need to know. Then, on the morning of your meetings, our friends at Public Knowledge will host an orientation and share insight on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to meet key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.

00:23

Campaign For Net Neutrality Continues PopularResistance.Org

Outside of Washington, DC, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, oppose the FCCs repeal of open Internet protections and want Congress to overturn it. No one wants their cable company to control what they can see and do online. But telecom mega-corporations like Comcast and AT&T have poured nearly $200 million into lobbying to kill net neutrality. And since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a GOP nominee, the issue has become increasingly partisan in DC, with most Democrats lining up in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, and so far most Republican lawmakers against, despite the wishes of the majority of GOP voters.

00:19

Nicaragua : Defeating The Soft Coup PopularResistance.Org

The government strategy has been to accept extraordinary levels of opposition violence and intimidation so as to allow the opposition to discredit themselves with public opinion. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries elites. The current media onslaught against Nicaragua uses the whole toolbox of propaganda tricks portraying aggressors as victims, reporting non-existent massacres of peacefully protesting students, denying systematic destruction by opposition paramilitaries of public property and private businesses, even omitting attacks on hospitals and ambulances. The big fundamental fiction has been that a majority of people in Nicaragua reject the Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega.

00:15

Liberal Philanthropy Is Dooming The Planet To Climate Disaster, Documents Reveal PopularResistance.Org

One of the worlds biggest philanthropic initiatives to address climate change is set-up to fail catastrophically, according to a strategy document setting out the initiatives five-year plan. The strategy document, published by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in January, represents the third renewal of the Climate Works initiative originally founded in 2008. The initiative was executed through the Climate Works Foundation in coordination with other big philanthropic foundations, the Packard and McKnight Foundations. The Hewlett Foundation strategy document, titled Climate Initiative Strategy 20182023, reflects on the strategic thinking behind the process that led to the announcement last December that the foundation would commit $600 million to address climate change over the next five years a 20 percent increase from previous funding.

00:09

The Daily Bird #738. Freethought Blogs

Eurasian Jay from Giliell, click for full size!

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Saturday, 16 June

23:59

MILLION A WEEK CLUB YRTW 22 PLUS MORE CITIES Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Hint: The Rad rides the Wind.
Are you in a city that gets a Million Counts of Radiation a Week?

23:57

Redemption of the Bully OpEdNews

What to do with President Trump? Impeachment, if feasible at alll, will take a long time -- and it will split the country asunder. Would a call for The Redemption of the Bully unify the country? The Greeks used ostracism to deal with obnoxious politicians; can we invent a Program of Redemption?

14:53

WikiWars Part Deux Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Its high time that I dismantled Wikipedias outrageous attack piece on me. A tissue of lies and distortion, it is mostly drafted by a probable operative hiding behind the pseudonym Psychonaut. Wikipedias claim to be dedicated to the truth is a lie. All attempts to correct the entry about me have failed. Wikipedia need a []

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