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A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono Oodham Nation.
Im going to make this short, because its Breitbart, theres hardly any point. Im only talking about it because a friend was quoted in it.
Recently, Breitbart posted an article titled Asexual is a Hot New Sexual Identity In the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than doing their own journalism, they basically copy content from Mercury News, and add insinuations that asexuality is a ridiculous trend that is confined only to recent times, and to the San Francisco Bay Area.
They also spoke to an expert from Israel, the author of The Truth: A Pathway to the Subconscious. He says:
My research shows that every person is divided into five different levels of being; the mental body, the feelings body, the emotional body, the spiritual body, and the sexual body.  The people who define themselves as asexual, most of them are activated from a conditioning that says sexuality equals delete.
At first it looked like Breitbart quoted an expert to invalidate asexuality, but on second glance I believe they were trying to find someone ridiculous to support asexuality, in order to make asexuality look ridiculous. But nobody in the ace community would take this guy seriously, and we can all see that it was Breitbart who thought he was worth talking to.
Breitbart also wrote about asexuality last year. What? I dont follow Breitbart, I get Google alerts, okay?
The author writes, As climate change-fueled wildfires ravage the West Coast, the Democratic National Committee voted 30-2 on Friday night in support of a proposal to welcome the longstanding and generous contributions of workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions or employers political action committees. The move seemingly reversed a ban passed in June pledging that the body would stop taking contributions from corporate PACs connected to the fossil fuel industry.
The author writes, Avoid scandal. Use euphemisms. Ask inadequate questions. Lock complaints away in a secret archive. Above all, dont tell the police. Those are some of the tactics that leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania used to conceal child sexual abuse by priests over a period of 70 years, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.
From the Real News Network: Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus. Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis told said that the US is not engaged in the civil war.
The author writes, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and...
Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist has made history by becoming the first transgender to win Vermont primary.
The former utility executive will go toe-to-toe against Governor Phil Scot (R-VT) in an all-out battle to take office.
Im going to tell you why were going to win in November, Hallquist told a crowd of blue wave supporters at a rally on Tuesday.
The Burlington Free Press reports:
Hallquists campaign platform is built on her 13 years as the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, where she says she proved its possible to address climate change without raising costs. She has pitched a plan to connect every Vermont home and business with high-speed internet access by relying on electric utilities to string fiber optic cable.
Its going to take a lot of work to get to every town in Vermont, Hallquist said Tuesday of her upcoming campaign, and its going to take twice the amount of work to knock on every door in Vermont, because theres a lot of areas of Vermont that we dont have internet to.
Its not known how the transgender will do now that she (he) is pitted against Scott.
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This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Partys Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the Peoples Republic of Chinas campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge 
It was just announced that over 300 Catholic priests have been accused of pedophilia with Catholic children. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and it is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Globalist insider, Queen Beatrix, according to four eyewitnesses who have consistently stated that when they were children they were forced to attend human child sex and subsequent hunting parties. At these events, children were raped, with several being murdered as well as the sexual body parts dismemberment.
The severed boys penises were displayed as trophies on a wall. Some hunting parties were hosted on the grounds of Belgium Queen Beatrixs Palace.
The following video, in which survivors of this horrific set of events, were interviewed, is very difficult to watch. However, it is a video that must be viewed as we must continue to raise awareness of the vile, satanic nature of the globalists.
Dutch therapist Toos Nijenhuis claimed that as a four year-old she was forced to witness murders of children that involved former Pope Ratzinger, a Dutch Catholic Cardinal, plus the father of Netherlands Belgium Queen Beatrix and Bilderberger Founder, Dutch Crown Prince Alfrink Bernhard. I saw the former Pope Joseph Ratzinger murder a little girl another witness confirmed. It was at a French chateau in the fall of 1987. It was ugly, horrible and didnt happen just once. Ratzinger and Bernhard were some of the more prominent men who took part.
There have been 34 mass grave sites found in Ireland, Spain and Canada and they have been linked to Ninth Circle activities. The Ninth Circle Satanic Cult, is a well-known a child sacrifice group composed of global elites that routinely engages in the horrific behaviors described in the video.
Many will say that this is just conspiracy nonsense. However, there is official r...
Omarosa Manigault Newsman Told MSNBC that Donald Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks would publish Hillary Clintons emails and that she is willing to participate if Special Counsel Robert Mueller needs her.
The reality TV star and former White House staffer said: There is a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House and Im going to blow the whistle on all of it.
When asked if Trump had any advance knowledge of the issue Omarosa replied: Absolutely. Yes. Yes.
Did former White House official Omarosa really have knowledge that Trump knew about the Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton's emails in advance or is she just a dirty "dog" like Trump claims?
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How about a feminist woman? They certainly can. All it seems to take is a power differential and sexual desire, and in the absence of restraint, along comes another case of sexual harassment. Read about the case of Avital Ronell, a famous feminist scholar, who took advantage of her position to be rather, umm, forward with her student, Nimrod Reitman. Its all documented in embarrassing emails.
Its all about hierarchies and power, so of course a woman can be guilty of harassment.
Reitman says he put up with this behavior because Ronell had power over him as his adviser, Greenberg reports. He also says that when he did complain to Ronell about her harassment, she retaliated by sabotaging his job prospects. Graduate students can be especially vulnerable to harassment by their advisers, who often wield enormous control over the direction of their careers.
Whats also shocking is how many other well-known feminists leapt to Ronells defense. Its a serious problem when justice is strongly skewed by differences in power.
We clearly need to foster more irreverence in our culture.
Investigative reporter John Solomon broke news last week of texts and emails between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele regarding the Russia investigation, and revealed the content of notes Ohr took during a December meeting with Steeles boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.
Solomons reporting confirmed the FBI used Ohr to continue gathering information from Steele, even after the former British spy was terminated as a source by the bureau because he leaked word of the investigation to the press. Ohrs role as a conduit allowed the FBI to continue to use Steele as an indirect source, even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.
Ohr lost his high-ranking slot at the Department of Justice in December 2017, when the Trump administration learned of his connection to Steele, and with it his office just doors away from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He briefly retained a high-ranking position as the director of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, but was demoted a second time in January 2018. He still works for the DOJ, but no longer holds a top leadership position.
Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), said last week Ohr is going to become more and more important to the investigation into the DOJs use of Steeles dossier on Trump to obtain permission to spy on his former campaign advisor, Carter Page. Thats the understatement of the year.
The details revealed in the emails and texts, in conjunction with previously released information, suggest DOJ and FBI employees operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court), and concealed evidence from congressional oversight committees. Lets review two key questions the revelations raise.
Rosenstein was Ohrs boss prior to his demotion, yet Rosenstein claims he knew nothing of Ohrs involvement in the Russia investigation. Rosenstein declared to Congress in a letter reviewed by Solomon that he was unaware of Ohrs activities with Steele, that Ohr was not assigned to the Russia investigation, and that Ohr was not in the chain of command. Rosenstein added, ...
Already missing from the news cycle is the story of Muslim leader Siraj Wahhaj, who alerted authorities to the squalid conditions in New Mexico in which his son, two daughters, another man and woman, and 11 children were living.
Authorities arrived at the compound to some of the most horrifying conditions they had ever seen, and prosecutors identified the makeshift home as a training ground for militant children, including in carrying out school shootings. The imams son had been wanted for kidnapping his own four-year-old child, who had severe disabilities. The body of a young child was recovered from the site, but authorities have yet to verify its identity.
Siraj claims his son and daughters had strayed from his teachings of Islam, had somehow become radicalized, and were possibly dealing with mental illness. He presented himself as a peaceful and well-respected imam, careful to distance himself from the terrorist conditions in which his family was found. But the facts on that count are doubtful.
Born Jeffrey Kearse in Brooklyn, Wahhaj converted to the Nation of Islam in 1969, and changed his name to Jeffrey X12. He became a leader in the community and regularly taught that white people are devils. By 1975, he reigned in his outspoken racism toward white people and converted to a more orthodox Sunni Muslim, changing his name to the Arabic Siraj Wahhaj.
He is the founder of and an imam at Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, and is well known and respected, attracting Muslims from all over the world to hear him speak. In 1991, Wahhaj became the first Muslim to lead a prayer at the start of a session of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In that same year, he said, As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You dont get involved in politics because its the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.
He appeared on a prosecutors list of possible co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, and was an unwavering defender of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who had been a worshipper at Wahhajs mosque. He is on record as referring to America as the Most wicked government on the face of planet Earth.
He has also stated, If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, wed elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if e...
Commentators keep on pointing out examples of the Lefts antagonism toward free speech as if this were inconsistent with its first principles. Its not. Leftism cannot be for free speech. Why? Because of what political philosopher Eric Voegelin recognized as the Gnostic character of its first principles.
Speech depends on the one-to-one correspondence between external realities and communicable concepts. Speech is realitys witness and herald. What happens when you deny the fabric of external reality, as Gnosticism does? Or when, as leftism believes, objective reality is the projection of psychic and systemic forces by retrograde powers?
What happens is speech becomes an instrument of perversity, oppression, or illusion, and the only proper way to engage it is to reject it violently and put something else in its place.
We could grab one of a thousand threads in the fabric of contemporary culture to unravel the underlying Gnosticism behind it. For a fuller treatment, go here.
Gnosticism is secular theology, a way to do religion after Gods death in lieu of Darwinism. Gods departure leaves an abyss whose nihilistic implications the human soul cant bear. Whether secularists like it or not, Darwinism has no preventatives for, and in fact offers an explanation for, racism, rape, and oppression. Gnosticism allows meaning and morality to sneak in through the back door.
Gnosticism grants meaning and morality within the self after Darwinism rendered the outside material world nothing more than a product of random chance, useless as a foundation for transcendent knowing. To avoid solipsism, Gnosticism projects the myth of a universal, collective truth outside the material cosmic order available to select awakened gnostic seekers.
This is the Gnostic Pleroma. Once woke to the oppression that is the default setting of the material cosmic realm, you tap into the Pleroma. The woke share this collective; the unwoke are stooges of this worlds gods, the evil demiurge and its archons.
For example, random evolutionary forces yield the male/female binary, which is manifestly only about reproduction. Tradition codifies this reality in religious dogmas and cultural mores. Gnosticism posits a higher reality, with a purposeful lack of any grounding in any material reality, that gender and sexuality have nothing to do with reproduction.
For the woke, reproduction is a tyranny over what gender and sexuality are really about, so much so that its evolution-prescribed resultspregnancyshould be violently overthrown. Pregnancy as tyranny is a staple of feminism, and its no coincidence Gnosticisms creation myth starts with Sophias auto-eroticism follow...
British Conservative Member of Parliament Boris Johnson was criticized for a joke about burkas he made last week in a column on recent enforcement of Denmarks Burka Ban.
The law effectively bans women from wearing traditional Muslim head coverings in public, such as a burqa or niqab, by making it illegal to obscure ones face with a garment or accessory in public. Similar bans are already in place in other European countries, and Denmark passed this one in May, but enforced it for the first time last week, prompting Johnsons column in The Telegraph.
He spoke out strongly against the ban, but compared women in Muslim garb to bank robbers and letterboxes, and said its perfectly reasonable to expect them to remove the coverings in certain contexts.
What has happened, you may ask, to the Danish spirit of live and let live? he wrote, noting that it should be the right of a university lecturer, politician, or person of authority to ask a person to uncover their face so they could converse properly, and that business owners and private citizens should certainly have the right to refuse service or entry to a covered person. Johnson dismissed the idea of banning a Free-born adult woman from wearing a covering when simply minding her own business in public, but also joked they might be mistaken for bank robbers and letterboxes.
His joke about their clothing didnt land, although he was defending their right to wear the garb, and his comments were quickly condemned by many as racist, thoughtless, and harmful. One fan, however, immediately came to his defense.
Rowan Atkinson, an English comedian and actor best known for his roles in Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and Johnny English, defended Johnsons joke as quite good in a letter to The Times:
Sir, As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnsons joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one. An almost perfect visual simile and a joke that, whether Mr Johnson apologises for it or not, will stay in the public consciousness for some time to come. All jokes about religion cause offence, so its pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.
Atkinson has previously defended free expression in England. In 2012 he spoke on behalf of a campaign calling for reform of a law that gave police the power to arrest someone who may be insulting another person.
Arrests in the UK on the basis of insults were becoming more...
News broke on Monday that the first openly gay character in a Disney film would be played by the very-not-gay actor Jack Whitehall. The online outrage mob quickly gathered online to voice their displeasure:
If youre one of the people who doesnt see the big deal RE Jack Whitehall, a straight white male cast as the first openly gay Disney character then youre part of the problem
B!tH (@ClionaLou) August 13, 2018
Chris Salvatore (@CSalvatore) August 12, 2018
Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) August 13, 2018
Super excited about this huge moment for the LGBTQ+ family, and @jackwhitehall is amazing https://t.co/FwH4d7BZqZ BUT when so many gay actor friends of mine are turned down for straight roles because theres a whiff of gay, its frustrating to cast NonGay people in gay roles
Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet theres likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.
The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed.
The Hills John Solomon reported Ohrs notes indicate FBI officials told him in the meeting they may go back to Chris, apparently in reference to Steele, whom they had terminated as a source 20 days prior for leaking word of the investigation to the press. The day after this meeting, the FBI officially interviewed Ohr for the first of a dozen times, and Ohr relayed to the FBI the allegations of dirt Steele had compiled on the Trump campaign.
Ohrs notes from his meeting suggest the FBI was using Ohr as a conduit to work around Steeles termination as a source. This timing and number of interviews suggest the third unnamed agent had worked with Strzok and Page to devise a way to obtain intel from Steele, despite the fact the FBI had just ordered him not to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.
A second exchange highlighted in Solomons reporting likewise indicates that the FBI employed additional agents who were malleable to working behind the scenes with Steele after he was terminated as a source. Steele texted Ohr to see if he was OK after Trump fired Yates. If you end up out I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed, Steele stressed in the texts. Who were these other bureau people briefed on the situation whom Steele could trust if Ohr became a persona non grata?
In yet another exchange, on Aug. 8, 2017, Steele reached out to Ohr, asking for his help in accelerating his reengagement with the Bureau and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller. From Steeles frustration over the delay, it appears his efforts to return as a source for the FBI had been ongoing for some time. Ohr agreed to reach out to his contacts on Steeles behalf, and Steele noted he was doing so as well.
Who were these contacts? Were they working with Mueller, as Strzok and Page had be...
My scores are in! I exclaimed to my dad, The scores that will decide if Im a good teacher!
When did you take the test? he asked. I explained that I did not take the testmy students did. Each spring, New Mexico students in grades 3-11 take an assessment produced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), a federally funded Common Core testing organization. Over two weeks, they are tested in math and language arts.
As fifth graders, my students had three sessions of math and three of language arts, all taken on a computer. Multiple choice answers were scored automatically, but the many written portions had to be evaluated by human graders before preliminary scores became available to teachers and administrators in late June. After being finalized, students results will be available for families to view, and factored into their teachers state evaluations, by about September. This is all the way, then, after the students have moved on to the next grade, even though PARCC was supposed to end that typical delay.
Some teachers argue that using student test scores as a measure of teacher effectiveness is unfair because it does not consider many of the numerous factors that affect academic progress. At my school and many with similar demographics, most students live in poverty. When families are dealing with domestic abuse, foster care, immigration issues, and housing, education tends to take a lower priority. Students may miss school nearly once a week, amounting to numerous absences over the course of the school year. Some complete no homework all year.
Most of our students do not have parents who have been reading to them daily since they were born, nor school supplies and a quiet, safe study area at home and other seemingly basic advantages from which other children benefit. Despite all of this chaos, our state evaluations are based on the expectation that our students will make the same academic growth from year to year as students from privileged backgrounds usually do.
People dispute the validity of the test, suggesting that it is not an accurate representation of student knowledge and ability. A computer-based test cannot measure every component of a childs education, and results rely heavily on the assumption that the student was rested and healthy that day and tried his or her hardest.
Additionally, the test has many portions that require the student to input a written response. My students received instruction from our technology teacher in the computer lab for 45 minutes each week and used laptops and iPads frequently in the classroom, but still, the majority of their written work was handwritten in a notebook. The ability to type fluidly, remembering how to capitalize letters and where the punctuation keys are located, is no small task for students as young as third grade.
Both are valid complaints, but neither addresses the biggest issue with t...
I dont like whining. Im not one to complain to a referee or umpire if Im losing a game, and I cant stand complaining without also trying to find a solution to a problem.
So anytime somebody jumps up to complain about shadow banning or some social media giant throttling their traffic because the Man just cant handle the truth, Im usually rolling my eyes. Get good, stop posting boring content, and youll do better on social media.
However, after the Facebook trending topics revelations and others, Ive become more open to considering these complaints. In July, Twitter responded to allegations the company was shadow banning conservative accounts by making their Twitter handles less discoverable when searched. Their blog post on the subject bluntly denied that Twitter engages in any banning based on ideological perspective.
However, they did clarify that Twitter ranks tweets lower from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation. How do they decide whos a bad-faith actor? They follow these three indicators:
Note my highlight. Number 1 and 2 make sense. Authentic tweets from real people who dont hide behind anonymity should be promoted, as should your activity on Twitter. However, Twitters third standard could be artificially docking conservatives because of many liberals actions on Twitter.
In 2014 a study from the Pew Research Journalism Project...
A young, female 20-something is looking to upset how things are done in Washington DC by defeating a long-entrenched incumbent. Shes the youngest person running for Congress in 2018. Shes not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Shes not even a Democrat.
Morgan Murtaugh is running as a Republican for Democrat Rep. Susan Daviss seat in Californias 35th District. Davis has held the seat for 15 years. The Federalist talked with Murtaugh about her platform and why she thinks she can turn this blue district red.
CA-53 has been blue ever since its creation in 2003. California has consistently voted for Democrats. What made you think that the district might want to shift red?
This district has been blue since its creation, yes, but thats because the same person has held the seat since its creation. What people dont realize is that San Diego County has consistently been a red county until only recently [when it] has begun to shift to purple. As someone who has been born and raised in this district, with family and friends on all ends of this district, who went to school, played sports, got baptized, and even had my first kiss in this district, I know it like the back of my hand.
I know the people here and I know that what we need is someone who is ready to take into consideration the wants and needs of the district over the wants and needs of special-interest groups. The truth is, in order to shift the blue tide in California we need to have the conversations everyone, especially our current leadership, avoids having. Thats what Im doing and thats why I think we have a good shot at winning this.
Youre a young, Latina woman running for Congress against a powerful incumbent. Your description is similar to the Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but only one of you is on Trevor Noahs show. Why do you think that is?
I had an interview with Marie Claire earlier and they made it clear to me that the reason AOC has been getting the attention versus me is because she already beat the incumbent, and because according to them, shes a shoe-in.
The sad part is, we got about the same amount of votes primary night. We turned out about the same amount of people. Im the youngest candidate in the nation running for Congress; however, Im on the Republican ticket, and I dont fit the narrative. I like being the underdog, though. I have a lot to gain and nothing to lose.
A Gallup poll just said that more Democrats identify with socialism than with capitalism. Many young people are spearheading this change. How do you feel about millennials embrace of socialism?
This to me is so terrifying that its in my stump speech. I truly believe that young people who identify with socialism, a lot of them, dont know...
The professor, politico, and impresario Jordan Peterson is known for opposing transgender pronouns as compelled speech. From gotcha TV clips and animated YouTube videos compiling his messages, Peterson seems to be omnipresent.
But he didnt just appear out of thin air. Hes been talking about psychology online for decades. In fact, when I first stumbled upon Petersons YouTube page about two and a half years ago, I didnt know anything about his political views because he rarely discussed them.
The Atlantics Caitlin Flanagan begins her recent article on Peterson, Why the Left is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson with an anecdote I share. Like her son, I too discovered Petersons class lectures on YouTube, before his channel boasted more than 1 million followers, and found his views about psychology, biblical interpretation, and psychotherapy plain fascinating.
While his political views burst onto the global scene due in part to him challenging transgender issues, social justice warriors, and other harmful aspects of liberal propaganda, his views as a psychology professor are as profound, if not more so. While this is by no means a comprehensive view of his lengthy career as a professor and clinician, here are a few YouTube clips worth watching to discover that, as one commenter quipped, Back then Jordan Peterson was a refreshing beer, now hes a fine wine.
Peterson is a father of two and because he has such insight into the human mind due to his academic training, he often weaves observations of parenting and psychology into a brilliant blend of how-does-it-work and how-to. Of course, one of his 12 points from his bestselling 12 Rules for Life is Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
To that end, there are several fantastic clips on how to discipline the strong-willed child, since, he says, his son was a tough little rat. He explains how to know what kids are thinking, and how to teach your child what no means.
For many exasperated parents of toddlers, even his advice on how to simply refuse to put up with and ignore a toddlers temper tantrums until the child can be pleasant is welcome.
Its that time of year: teachers are prepping their classrooms, writing preliminary lesson plans, and attending mandatory in-service training. More than three million Americans have chosen to return to the classroom and resume the noble profession of education. At the same time, according to the Learning Policy Institute, each year more than 200,000 teachers leave the profession, with nearly two out of three leaving for reasons other than retirement.
In both the United States and the United Kingdom, veteran teachers are considering leaving the classroom due to burnout, lack of job satisfaction, and concerns about ineffective administration. In the face of such concerns, why would one become a teacher?
The hours are never-ending. A 40-hour week is a pipe dream, replaced instead by 55 hours as the norm, with occasional weekend events. The seriousness of the task is paralleled by those great satire websites like Bored Teachers, which put forth a plentiful stream of content that accurately satirizes the life of a teacher.
The pay is steady, but never as high as teachers would like, and those who love teaching are often torn between following their vocation and making ends meet as families grow. Parent emails, difficult administration, limited pay raise potential, the looming threat of strikeswhy would one choose to enter such a field?
Clearly no one plays this game for the money. Instead, teaching is a labor of love which, when done well, receives compensation in a variety of forms (that hopefully includes enough dollars to make ends meet). Veteran teachers of 20 or 30 years have a wealth of relationships and changed lives that return intangible yet priceless rewards over a lifetime. Teaching is ultimately about the people and, done right, a teacher does all of his work out of love for the students.
Paralleling the love for students is a love of learning. Spending time in worthwhile subjects nourishes the soul, and teachers begin with a certain content area, and spend years marinating in it. They absorb vast amounts of reading, ideas, and activities related to a s...
This is the 23rd in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: A Measure Of Salvation And Hero here.
Battlestar Galactica is so filled with flashbacks that they occasionally seem like a writing crutch. Unfinished Business, however, requires them to move forward from the New Caprica storyline. As noted in prior recaps, Galacticas strength is its reliance on character. Unfinished Business has enough character to seem soapy, were it not for the subtlety of the performances.
The Passage is the story of Kats death. It is a tribute to the series that even tertiary characters are sufficiently explored to make this a story worth telling. The Passage is a star exit for Luciana Carro, though presumably an actress with a recurring series role might prefer to remain.
Boxing matches are the focus of the dance, during which Galacticas crew fights without issues of rank. Adm. Adama explains to Pres. Roslin the tradition lessens grudges.
At the outset, Apollo boxes with Helo, which seems motivated by Apollos continuing efforts to get back into shape. The event begins fulfilling its purpose when Adama sees Tyrol allowing a crewman to watch the fights before finishing his duties. Adama climbs into the ring, removes his tunic and challenges Tyrol to join him.
Adama unexpectedly scores a quick knockdown. Tyrol rises and eventually puts Adama on the ropes as the round ends. In his corner, a bloodied Adama tells Roslin and Dr. Cottle he intends to continue, but not win. During this match, Adama recalls he initially refused Tyrols request that he and Cally be allowed to settle on New Caprica in part because of Callys pregnancy, but mostly for military preparedness.
Adamas attitude softened while attending the New Caprica settlements groundbreaking ceremony. Adama spent the evening with Roslin, drinking, smoking and discussing her plan to build a cabin; the romantic tension was palpable. Afterward, Adama granted Tyrol and Cally permission to settle and build a new life.
In the ring, Tyrol puts Adama down for the count. When Tyrol and Tigh (as referee) help Adama to his feet, he tells the crowd he let his guard down and let the crew become too close to him; he will not permit laxity in the future. Adamas speech throws cold water on the spectators. Tigh announces the end of the dance, but there is an unanticipated main event.
Starbuck, after rebuffing another attempted reconciliation by Anders, arrives at the end of Apollos match with Helo...
A Seattle cop has finally been held accountable after brutally raping and torturing his own daughters for years.
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by Jon Rappoport
August 15, 2018
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CNBC: Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a new Gallup poll
To give you an idea of the deception inherent in socialism, here is a quote from none other than Andrew Carnegie, once one of the richest men in America:
I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the MillenniumThen men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors. (The New York Times, 1 January 1885, A Millionaire Socialist)
Carnegie, of course, like several of his ultra-rich compatriots, devised a method to give away his riches while keeping them: the non-profit foundation.
The last thing on Carnegies bloated mind was becoming equal with the great unwashed.
He was a liar of the first order. He recognized that, when you win the game of free enterprise, your most corrupt bet is to turn around and find every possible way to block others from winning. Then, you stand at the top of the heap, unchallenged.
That is exactly what he had in mind. Thats what socialism actually meant to him.
Lets see socialism for what it is. Not in the abstract, but in reality.
The taking of money (taxes) from some people who work for it and giving it to others who dont work for it. On a grand scale.
The vast expansion of freebies doled out by central government. In order to create and sustain dependence.
The government protection of favored persons and corporations, permitting them and aiding them to expand their fortunes without limit, regardless of what crimes they commit in the process. (Monsanto would be a fine example.)
The squeezing out of those who would compete with the favored persons and corporations.
The dictatorship by and for the very wealthy, pretending to be the servant of the masses.
The lie that the dictatorship is being run by the masses.
The gradual lowering of the standard of living for the overwhelming number of people.
The propaganda claiming socialism is the path to a better world for all.
In other words, socialism is a protection racket and a long con and a heartless system of elite control, posing as the greatest good.
It is just another form of top-down tyrannyas old as the hills.
A year or two ago, a person living in Europe told me that the European Union was not a problem, because it was just another layer of socialism placed over the existing socialist governments of European nations, and no one really noticed the...
A politician who called for stricter gun control laws has now been charged with murder and accused of shooting and killing her former campaign manager.
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It is believed the 29-year-old is a British citizen of Sudanese origin.
Five years ago, the Supreme Court handed states with a history of discrimination a blank check to make it more difficult for certain demographics to vote. Within 24 hours, they started to cash in. Polling locations closed and early voting windows shortened. No longer subject to federal oversight, state legislators implemented voter identification laws.
The courts landmark decision in Shelby County v. Eric Holder triggered a fundamental shift in managing discrimination at the ballot box. No longer a matter of federal authority, the responsibility to protect voters has shifted from institutions to individuals, who bear the expense and burden of proving that laws have discriminatory intent. As a result, casting a ballot has only grown more difficult.
When you take the pressure off the wound too soon, which is what the Supreme Court did in Shelby County, you start bleeding again.
It now takes lengthy court battles to reverse discriminatory election laws. Meanwhile, the laws remain in effect.
Essentially the [Shelby] decision was to say that we dont need extra safeguards, said Kareem Crayton, interim director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. What weve seen is the exact opposite of that.
Central to the debate in the Shelby decision was Congresss role in enforcing the 15th Amendment, which prohibits denying any citizens right to vote. Passed just after the Civil War, the law established federal oversight much to the dismay of many formerly Confederate states in the south. In response, these states enacted a number of laws designed to keep black people from voting. Among them, legislation authorizing poll taxes and literacy tests.
Shes out of credibility.
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Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces 305 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts.
Manafort would not be facing 305 years in prison if not for his association with Donald Trump.
The corrupt Obama-appointed judge Amy Berman Jackson threw Manafort into solitary confinement while he awaited his trial even though he posted an $11.65 million bail packagethats right, a non-violent 69-year-old man was thrown into prison before his trial.
This is happening in the United States while Americans watch in horror.
Muslim Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested
earlier this month at a terrorist compound in New
Wahhaj was training children to commit mass shootings at US schools.
Siraj ibn Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
New Mexico police entered a dangerous Islamist terrorist camp in New Mexico this month...
By Dale Onofrey
Hello. If you have been a long time reader of the Babbler, then youll remember that I used to write the Skeptical of Skeptics column. Today, were part of the Freethought Blogs network, and the skeptical movement is just a fraction of the threat it used to be to open-mindedness. So I dont need to write that column anymore. Instead, the editor was kind enough to let me stay on as a political pundit. Thanks, Sara Langston.
For my first political column, I decided to see where Bolingbrooks residents stand on the upcoming 2019 Board election. Yes, were still dealing with the 2018 election, but who says we cant look ahead to next year? So heres the result of our first Babbler poll in nearly 20 years:
Which political party do you want to win the 2019 Bolingbrook Trustee Election?
Bolingbrook United: 40%
The Roger Claar Party: 20%
The Art Bell Party: 20%
Bolingbrook Pride Reborn: 20%
Bolingbrook First: 0%
The Zero Tax Party: 0%
The Skepchick Party: 0%
Based on this poll, it looks like Bolingbrook United is in a strong position heading into the election. Bolingbrook Pride Reborn is going strong considering they havent run a candidate since the 1980s. If they can get on the ballot, its possible they could form an alliance with Bolingbrook United and take over the village board.
Despite the name, The Roger Claar party isnt affiliated with Mayor Roger Claar. Usually, Claar kicks them off the ballot, and the courts affirm his decision. If they get on the ballot for 2019, then they could take at least one seat from Bolingbrook First. We could end up with a Board meeting where these two parties debate which is the most supportive of Claar. Thats probably why Claar has raised over $300,000 for his campaign fund He knows he will need that much to support the Bolingbrook First party and to maintain his lifestyle.
Of course, things could change when the candidates are announced s...
Im pedaling along the street near my house, headed to a friends apartment for dinner on a relaxing Friday evening. A couple blocks into my ride, though, I hit a busy area and immediately feel cars on my tail, revving their engines, drivers no doubt angrily fuming behind the wheel and wondering why theyre stuck behind this silly cyclist.
If youve ever ridden a bike in the street, I bet youve had this experience. When bike riders end up in car traffic, the vehicles behind them inevitably have to slow down because of the basic fact that bikes are slower than cars. Drivers become frustrated with the delay and bike riders feel threatened by the close proximity of fast-moving cars. Its a bad situation for everyone.
In the last month, two people close to me have been hit by drivers while biking. These instances both happened in broad daylight, to experienced riders who were traveling within the flow of car traffic. Also in the last month, Ive gotten back on my bike after several months of infrequent riding. Every trip reminds me how perilous this mode of transportation is when coupled with fast-moving vehicle traffic.
The addition of a bike lane shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of drivers. Quite the opposite. (Source: PeopleforBikes)
But every trip also reminds me how practical and affordable bike riding is. Each minute on my bike is a minute Im not using up gas and incurring wear-and-tear on our familys car. Each time I lock my bike at a new destination, Ive saved myself $1.75 in bus fare. Each pump of the pedal is time spent in practical exercise, not at a gym that costs me $40 a month to utilize.
More significantly, every time I ride my bike, Im saving my city money by riding a lightweight vehicle that doesnt damage the road and rack up maintenance costs for which my local government has likely not budgeted.
What Ive realized, as someone who both bikes and drives, is that drivers benefit a ton from bike lanes; they just might not realize it. The average drivers reaction to a bike lane being installed in their neighborhood or along their commuting route is anger that precious road space has been taken away from cars and given over to bikes.
Here are thr...
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On the 25th July 2018 over 140 civilians were massacred by ISIS suicide bomb attacks in Sweida in southern Syria. Over 170 were injured and dozens of women and children were kidnapped and are currently being held for ransom. The following description of events is taken from the Facebook Page of Ibrahim Muhammad:
In this bloody day we had to suffer the lost of 240 martyrs with over 170 wounded .. moons have ascended from the land of Sweida to the sky, another pure souls from our beautiful country, another innocent lives were taken brutally on the hands of the most odious monsters in the world. ISIS terrorists were hidden in the western desert of the Al Tanf area (under the noses of the U.S military base), have launched a massive attack with more than 600 terrorists at 3:50 am.
The attack was carried out on several villages in the eastern countryside of Sweida province in conjunction with four suicide bombers who exploded themselves in a building under construction, a vegetable market and two public squares. The Popular Armed Committees manged to stop the 5th bomber and capture him to be hanged later that afternoon in front of the National Hospital (...
We know that the rules protecting people with disabilities are facing government scrutiny. Late last year, for example, the Justice Department scrapped guidelines that help builders, architects and business owners keep compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What we dont know is what thats meant for people. What has it meant for people with disabilities whose rights the ADA guarantees? What has it meant for the small business owners who risk costly lawsuits and Justice Department scrutiny if their establishments arent accessible to people with disabilities? What has it meant for commercial architects and construction contractors? What has it meant for caregivers?
Were asking for your help to understand that part of the story.
Its a story thats gone under-examined, we think, in part because it doesnt fit the simple, predictable narrativeRepublicans rolling back laws to benefit business interests. House Democrats co-sponsored legislation earlier this year meant to curb ADA lawsuits, and several of the guidelines scuttled by the Justice Department benefited business owners as much as they did people with disabilities.
Were also interested in hearing from folks who have seen firsthand how disability rights issues are being handled on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Justice Department.
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Perhaps nobody has doggedly defended the moderate rebel narrative with greater dedication than Atlantic Council/Brookings Institute protegee, Charles Lister. This brilliant video report by Syrian analyst and journalist, Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis, exposes Lister for the NATO stooge he really is using his range of platforms to foment consent for the regime change war in Syria with deadly consequences for the Syrian people.
The self-proclaimed expert on Syria, Charles Lister played an instrumental role in whitewashing Islamist terror groups and prolonging the war in Syria. This video exposes Lister in an attempt to stop the nonsense that he publishes, which is creating more bloodshed in Syria. ~ Syriana Analysis
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Across the country, the recent fascist and far-Right rallies have been overwhelmingly out-numbered by anti-fascists in the community who refuse to allow space for white supremacist organizing. The only thing that has stopped the fascists from being swept completely off the streets is large and often violent police protection.
In Austin, the community is gearing up to continue this trend on August 18 and shut down the far-Right March Against Far-Left Violencea thinly veiled celebration of their own racist violence that has attracted attention and support the most violent sections of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, the Patriot/militia movement, and the Alt-Lite, including groups like Patriot Front and the Proud Boys.
Heres what you need to know:
What should I bring?
Water. Lots of it. Its going to be 98 degrees! Bring extra to share if you can.
Hat with a brim or even an umbrella. Keep that burning sun off your beautiful face!
(CD) In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether 
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Welcome, to This Is America, August 14th, 2018.
In todays episode, were going to tackle the headlines, look at struggles popping off across North America, and were also going to speak to someone that was on the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday. This will prove to be an important interview, as since the massive turnout against Unite the Right on Sunday, the Centrist press has been in an uproar predictably against antifascists, claiming that they mindlessly attacked journalists and the police.
But first, lets get to the news.
Ex-aide to the President who was in charge of outreach to the African-American community Omarosa, has released a new tell all book in which she claims that there is a tape recording of Trump saying the n-word, and produced a different tape in which various campaign officials in 2016 discuss how to spin the tape if it eventually comes to light.
The Turkish economy has fallen by another 10 percent, as other markets in Europe, Asia, and the US dipped for fear of being contaminated by Turkey. As one report wrote, the lira currency:
has lost 45 percent of its value over the course of this year, driving up the cost of imports and feeding an inflation rate that has topped 15 percent, steadily eroding the living standards of the Turkish working class.
According to Think Progress, ICE agents have begun setting up fake meetings with migrants in order to entrap them. Meanwhile, top aide Stephen Miller, who attended university alongside Richard Spencer where the two organized events for a variety of far-Right figures on campus, is currently pushing even more immigration reforms. A long with two Senators, Miller is attempt to slash the number of immigrants allowed into the country from 1,00,000 to 500,000 in the next ten years.
(TT) Even as federal officials were supposed to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents, the number of children in Texas privately run shelters fell by only 88 between July 13 and August 7. The Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused zero tolerance policy, but new data shows the number of 
(PP) The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work. The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will 
(Natural News) The ongoing effort to detect and disarm for...
Says Trump reversing years of bad trade deals
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Pro-Trump Netanyahu making enemies with the elite.
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Here are the facts, you be the judge.
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(ZHE) The TSA has broken its silence to defend its alarming domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies which allows the agency to use teams of armed Air Marshals to follow, track and surveil virtually anyone. TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS news in a recent interview that the program makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at 
(ANTIWAR.COM) US officials at a UN conference expressed deep suspicion of Russia for its advancement in the creation of space weapons. Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russias developments disturbing. Russian officials dismissed the claims as unfounded and slanderous, saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a 
Ilhan Omar is the second person this year to win a Democratic Party nomination for Congress in a Democratic Party district with a platform advocating peace in a way not seen inside the Beltway. The first was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City, whose advocacy for peace I wrote about. Ilhan Omar has just won the nomination from Minnesota's Fifth District.
We are very pleased to now have a two screen theater here in Morris it means that first-run movies dont clog up the sole screen for weeks and weeks, so well get a more regular roll-over of movies. Most importantly, it means that that horrible Mission Impossible crap has already been shunted off to the mini-theater, and we get a brand new shiny horrible piece of crap already.
This week, we get The Equalizer 2. I have fond memories of the old TV series from the late 1980s, in which Robert McCall, played by Edward Woodward with a bit of class, would take on the problems that the police wouldnt and thered be some twisty little plot where hed use his vast sums of money, his network of talented characters, his mysterious background as a spy, and a clever scheme to cunningly give the bad guys their comeuppance. My wife was particularly fond of the show, probably because the protagonist was a handsome distinguished older gentleman with a nice English accent.
This movie is a little different.
In this one, Robert McCall, played by Denzel Washington, uses his mysterious background as a spy to track down the bad guys and brutally, bloodily murder them to death with his bare hands, or sometimes a wicked little knife. The movie opens with an irrelevant side plot in Turkey, in which McCall slaughters four big bruisers in a train car, and then we go off to Belgium, where a woman is being murdered in front of her husband, and then her husbands brains getting blown out, and it kind of takes off from there bones are broken, faces are punched, women are brutalized (but they fight back ferociouslyI dont think that makes it OK), bombs go off, a guy gets shot in the face with a harpoon gun, another guy gets his guts blown out with a cleverly made bomb in a bakery, one more guy gets slashed multiple times and bleeds to death slowly, and another one gets a similar slashing, but he gets off easy because he then falls from a great height and goes splat on some rocks. Lots of blood. Lots of nasty sound effects. Not quite what I expected. The talented Melissa Leo is totally wasted in her role, but I was surprised to see the ancient Orson Bean is still alive and played a significant part in the movie. He wasnt any good at it, but it was impressive that someone who was in TV and...
The strength of the US economy is found in the reorganization of the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank and Wall St.
In 1974 Republicans put country before party and forced their president to resign. They did what was right. In 2002 Democrats, many against their better judgment, did the popular thing not the right thing by supporting the invasion of Iraq. Today's spineless Republicans are doing what the Democrats did in 2002 by not standing for what is right. They will pay for it at the polls in November or we, as a country are doomed!!
More scientific studies prove the climate-change situation is worse. Yet Trump not only refuses to do anything but wants to increase the use of coal ... as does Congress.
Illinois lawmakers Tuesday heard testimony from nearly a dozen doctors and child welfare advocates describing circumstances facing children who languish in psychiatric hospitals even after they had been cleared for discharge circumstances so harrowing that some children chose jail over another night at a psychiatric facility.
State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Democrat from Deerfield, called for the Senate Human Services Committee hearing following a ProPublica Illinois investigation that revealed that hundreds of children in care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spent weeks or months at a time locked in psychiatric hospitals after doctors had cleared them for release.
The investigation, published in June, found that children in DCFS care were trapped inside psychiatric hospitals between 2015 and 2017 for a total of more than 27,000 days beyond what was medically necessary. During that time, the state spent nearly $7 million on unnecessary psychiatric care for children as young as 4.
And the problem, ProPublica Illinois found, has only been getting worse. In 2014, only 88 psychiatric admissions were not medically needed compared with 301 last year.
Children who stay in psychiatric hospitals after they have been cleared to leave is a symptom of a larger problem, said Danielle...
As the Minnesota Department of Corrections ends its lockdown at all prisons except Stillwater, prisoners there are speaking out against human rights abuses and calling for the lockdown to end.
According to Carlos Smith, a prisoner at Stillwater, we are currently without any basic humane treatment here We still have not received any showers nor are we any closer to seeing any end to this nonsense. Stillwater has been locked down since a lone prisoner killed a guard on July 18. When facilities are on lockdown, prisoners receive no more than one hour a day outside their cells.
Smith says prisoners are being held hostage in a struggle between the DOC and AFSCME prison guards, some of whom are calling for the resignation of the commissioner.
Beyond the lack of laundry and showers, the 1600 men inside Stillwater are facing humiliation during the lockdown. They took two sections, about sixty of us, handcuffed together, naked. Then we sat like that in the gym for an hour and a half while they ransacked our cells, Smith reports.
AFSCME, the prison guard union is looking for a bigger budget for staffing but David Boehnke of the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee doesnt believe staffing alone will reduce violence. If you dont give respect, you wont get it. Overcrowding means reduced programming and inhuman conditions violence which begets violence, Boehnke says. The solution is there. Release the thousands of people locked up for petty parole violations and reinvest that money into improving conditions.
A 2017 study from California prisons notes a robust relationship between reducing overcrowding and lowering prison violence. Minnesota prisons are already above maximum capacity, resulting in hundreds of people being housed in...
cn: sexual harassment
I saw a New York Times article titled What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist is Accused? The answer, it turns out, is that academics close ranks and defend their own.
The article is about an NYU professor of literature, Avital Ronell, who was found by a Title IX investigation to have sexually harassed a former grad student, Nimrod Reitman. Some professors circulated a letter in support of Ronell, and a draft of the letter leaked. The letter appears to take the ludicrous position that Ronell should be judged on the quality of her scholarship, rather than the substance of the investigation.
The kicker is that the first signatory of the letter is Judith Butler.
Now I did a bit of research, and I found a small mitigating factor that I thought I should mention first before going into how terrible this is. Apparently, the signatories of the letter were given false information about the investigation. There was another leak of the letter soliciting professors for signatures in defense of Ronell. Signatories were told that Ronell had undergone a long investigation, which had cleared her of sexual harassment, and was moving on to non-sexual harassment charges. Ronell was apparently worried that she would be fired even if found innocent, and the letter was intended to support her under those circumstances.
One can hope that Judith Butler et al. will retract their defense of Ronell once they learn the findings of the investigation. But even if they do, for shame. These professors should know better than to lend their support to some professor under investigation for sexual harassment, when they know little about the case.
As for Ronell herself, the reports of her behavior are disgusting. Even if we stick to just the absolutely indisputable bitswhat she said in e-mails to Nimrodthis is indefensible.
Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as my most adored one, Sweet cuddly Baby, cock-er spaniel, and my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.
I woke up with a slight fever and sore throat, she wrote in an email on June 16, 2012, after the Paris trip. I will try very hard not to kiss you until the throat situation receives security clearance. This is not an easy deferral!
Nimrod also describes multiple instances of sexual assault, which Ronell denies, but look, shes talking about kissing him in her e-mails! Its amazing that the Title IX investigation turned all of this up, but decided only to suspend her for a year.
Ronells defenses of hersel...
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 (8/14/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth 
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing over 300 clergyman accused of misconduct over 70 years, including abuses against at least 1,000 children. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during a press conference that the report shows a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, the Washington Post reported. The abuse 
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Vanessa Beeley joins me to discuss the truth about the conflict in Yemen and the real agenda behind the genocide being committed. We discuss the recent events that have taken place, in particular the bombing of a school bus that took the lives of 50 children, and the bomb fragments that were found at the 
Chilean authorities are raiding the headquarters of the Catholic Churchs Episcopal Conference as part of a wide-ranging probe into clerical sex abuse in the South American country. The Tuesday raids are occurring in the most important building of the Chilean church in the capital of Santiago, say prosecutors. Authorities recently summoned the archbishop of Santiago, 
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Im not counting the days I spent on a monopod on that Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) access road anymore. Now Im left wondering what the blockade did, and what comes next.
MVP is driving up that road again. They cut the trees on the top of the mountain the oaks that stayed standing for so long after pipeline fighters first took to the trees this winter. Im walking across the ground again, rebuilding my own strength, and reconnecting with old friends. Im wondering if in a few months Ill be sitting around woodland campfires with people I love, telling stories about something that helped spark an upsurge in direct action against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or if Ill just be remembering a brief moment of opposition before another pipeline started carrying fracked gas. Its too soon to tell.
So much has been changing on the mountain, along the MVP route, among the trees and animals and waterways growing into the heat of summer even as the pipelines continue to threaten them. Weve seen three more blockades end and this campaigns first few lockdowns. MVP and state forces have been escalating their efforts against us, trying to make us go away, and in doing so theyve underlined how now more than ever is our time to escalate, expand, and confront the pipeline company on new fronts.
Here we go again. As announced by Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a grand jury has released a report on the child-raping pedophiles employed by the Catholic church as priests.
The nearly 1,400-page reports introduction makes clear that few criminal cases may result from the massive investigation.
As a consequence of the coverup, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted, it reads.
We subpoenaed, and reviewed, half a million pages of internal diocesan documents. They contained credible allegations against over three hundred predator priests. Over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the churchs own records. We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands.
Some details and names that might reveal the clergy listed have been redacted from the report. Legal challenges by clergy delayed the reports release, after some said it is a violation of their constitutional rights. Shapiro said they will work to remove every redaction.
Its indefensible, but thenthe actions of the Catholic church have always been repellent and indefensible, but they just keep on keepin on. So I got to wondering what that ardent and reactionary defender of the Holy Mother Church, Bill Donohue, had to say. Easy: its a conspiracy.
So if no one can be prosecuted, and there is no investigation of the clergy from other religions, to say nothing of the widespread sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, why is Shapiro presiding over the grand jury report on priests? Its not exactly hard to figure out: he wants to stick it to the Catholic Church.
The goal is obvious: the release of the most graphic accounts of molestation is being done to embarrass the Church. Why? So it will weaken its moral authority. That is what Salacious Shapiro wants to do.
Donohue has two excuses. The first is that other religions are doing it, and theyre getting away with it, so why pick on the Catholic church? I think most of us learned by kindergarten that somebody else doing a bad thing doesnt mean you get to do it, too. This part is basically an admission that there are child-rapers in the Catholic clergy, its just that its unfair to only pick on Catholics.
But then his second excuse is that releasing stories of child molestation weakens the moral authority of the Church. I hate to tell you this, Bill, but its not the public exposure of moral corruption with...
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Comrades in Chicago have done three actions in the past two days attempting to spread the word of the strike into the local carceral facilities. On Sunday, a large sound system and banner was brought to La Villita park, immediately facing the rec yard of Cook County Jail, and an announcement about the strike was played, as a large orange banner was unfurled. Dozens of prisoners playing basketball cheered and shouted in reply, eventually causing the guards to bring everyone inside.
Folks then went to the roof of the parking garage opposite the juvenile prison facility at Ogden & Roosevelt, where the announcement was played and the banner was dropped.
Then last night, folks went to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, the federal prison facility downtown. On the roof of the parking garage facing the cell blocks, a generator was pulled out of the back of a car, and a projection announcing the strike was made on a wall of the opposing office building. Inmates in almost every single cell began banging on windows, cheering, flashing their ceiling lights on and off, and waving. Fireworks were set off and a large banner was dropped off the parking garage building, before security came and kicked people out. No arrests were made.
This dog clearly believes in that maxim and quickly spirits its cat friend away from a fight with another cat.
good boy doesn't let a fight break out pic.twitter.com/Vb0h0OKJ6H
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(Natural News) When SHTF and civilization collapses, you will need to bug out of the now-dangerous city. That means traveling during a time of chaos when anything can happen and everyone else is out for himself. An article on Survival Blog presented a few tips on how to safely make it to your safe house
Swedish officials are demanding even more migrants because recent immigrants lack proper qualifications for the Swedish labor market.
Despite enormous high immigration to Sweden, the country lacks the right skills,...
Problem reaction solution is the name of the game. The modus operandi for the global puppet strings pullers is to provide order out of chaosbut what happens when there is no chaos per say? In the absence of policy changing events the current powers that ought not to be use false flag attacks as a way to covertly attack their political enemies. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth discuses the recent downing of the infowars website while looking at the claim that this may be a premeditated move on the part of the global elite in an effort to control the narrative of an UPCOMING false flag attack.
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A year after the original Unite the Right rally, anti-fascists and people of good conscience from all over the country arrived in Washington D.C. to oppose Jason Kesslers second attempt at organizing a white supremacist rally. Kessler billed this years convening as a white civil rights rally which was clearly a thinly-veiled effort to make his hateful platform appear more palatable to the public. Despite the rebranding attempt, the fact that David Duke avowed white supremacist and founder of the Louisiana-based chapter of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan was slated to speak should speak volumes. When August 12th finally rolled around, only about 30 Unite the Right demonstrators showed up for the rally, a dismal crowd compared to the nearly 500 white supremacists that marched in Charlottesville the year previous. The laughable showing at Unite the Right 2 can only be attributed to the organizing efforts of anti-fascists who are committed to de-platforming white supremacists at every step through a diversity of tactics.
the only reason that white supremacists feel comfortable marching openly is because of the protection that they receive from the police and the State.
Following the Unite the Right rally in 2017, many media outlets claimed that anti-fascist organizing tactics such as doxxing or the black bloc were detrimental and would only embolden the Alt-Right. In the aftermath of Unite the Right 2, one can clearly see that anti-fascist organizing undoubtedly discourages white supremacist activity; in fact, the only reason that white supremacists feel comfortable marching openly is because of the protection that they receive from the police and the State.
Accommodations have been made for white supremacists every step of the way from the DC Metro providing private subway cars for the attendees to the DC police bringing out hundreds of cops and spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to protect white supremacists. Let this be said clearly: the white supremacist movement in the United States could not and would not exist without the promise of police protection.
Richard Spencer tells me tonight after Unite the Right 2: "It's really the end of an era, or a moment I'll...
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) The Syrian Arab Army issued their final demand to the terrorists off the Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern countryside of Sweida, calling on their forces to either surrender the Al-Safa Canyon or die.
The Islamic State is fully besieged at the strategic Al-Safa Canyon and all of their attempts to break out of this region have failed.
Earlier today, several Islamic State militants attempted to evade capture by fleeing the Al-Safa Canyon; however, they were spotted by the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces.
Making matters more complicated, the Islamic State terrorists are believed to be holding the 30+civilians that were kidnapped from the Sweida Governoratee on July 25th.
The Islamic State has asked for a large sum of money in exchange for the release of these civilians, but this was two weeks ago when they still controlled severall towns in the Yarmouk Basin region.
The Syrian government is committed to securing the release of these captives and they have already warned the Islamic State that if anything happens to these civilians, they will face a very severe reprisal.
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When you want to change something about the world, there's a particular sort of magical thinking that it's easy to slip into. You become convinced that your vision for how things ought to be is so compelling, so self-evidently good that we need not bother ourselves with the details of how we're going to get from here to there. In your desire to be an evangelist for the future you want to see, those questions about process become inconvenientespecially if the path to get there might involve making things worse before they get a lot better.
I've been thinking about this with regard to what happens to be my personal change-the-world project: undoing the Suburban Experiment and bringing our cities back to a saner pattern of development and land use. So I'm writing a two-part series. Today I'm going to discuss some thoughts I have about what this process might require. And in the second part, I'm going to dig into two specific, controversial development proposals on the table in my own city, and what I think we can learn from them.
I'm a dyed-in-the-wool urbanist. I went years without owning a car, still walk and bike whenever I can, and wholeheartedly believe that places where you can go about much of your life on foot are the best sorts of places. They're healthier, safer, more lively, and more conducive to local entrepreneurship and community building. They produce more local wealth and make far more efficient use of land.
But I live in a pretty suburban, car-dependent community, and one that's growing rapidly. So in my placeSarasota, FLI frequently find myself trying to change minds, and in particular, singing the praises of walkable development to people who might not have already joined the choir. In particular, I think it's very important that we channel the momentum of our growth into locations and development types that will make the place I live a stronger, more sustainable place. But that's not always an easy sell.
Right now, Sarasota is a place that is growing on the surface, but is undoubtedly suffering all the ills of the suburban experiment. The pedestrian death and injury rate from vehicle crashes is appalling10th worst in the nation according to a recent study. (Florida dominates the top ten.) Accessibility to jobs and necessities is abysmal for those who don't or can't drive.
And as in much of the United States, our development pattern is bankrupting us. Friend and frequent collaborator of Strong Towns, Urban3's Joe Minicozzi, came to Sarasota a few years ago and...
(SP) President Donald Trump signed a $717 billion military spending bill on August 14. What made headlines was not the size of the bill or what is in the bill. Rather, most were upset that Trump did not thank Senator John McCain, whose name was put on the bill by his colleagues in Congress to honor 
Is the U.S. government evil? You tell me. This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once theyve outgrown their usefulness. This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and 
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On June 4th of 2017, during a so-called Free Speech Rally hosted by a mob of loosely affiliated nationalist groups, an antifascist protester was chased down and assaulted by a member of the Oath Keeper militia, one Tusitala Tiny Toese. The blackshirt in question captured the protester and threw them to the ground. Police closed in on the altercation and, with a calmness that should have terrified onlookers, cooperated with Tiny to complete the arrest, even allowing the vigilante to use their zip-tie handcuffs . They thanked him for his help afterwards. This was before the public knew how closely law enforcement was already working with fascists, and our primary concern was the rapid development of right-wing paramilitary groups. We had not yet seen the abject corruption of the J20 trial, nor had it yet come to light that after the 2016 Sacramento riot, police reached out to the neo-Nazi attackers to hunt down antifascists afterward. But it is one year later, and the American government is deepening its symbiotic relationship with violent fascist gangs.
Video shows when @PortlandPolice unloaded munitions, apparently unprovoked, into the anti-racist protest march yesterday while they were protecting #PatriotPrayer and #ProudBoys.
In order of shots fired, shooters were Officers Flippo & Caler #AllOutPDXhttps://t.co/E1raAbOi60 pic.twitter.com/L0C3Jw5HGF
Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 5, 2018
Last week, we witnessed the other half of this paramilitary partnership in action. During incursions of fascist gangs into Portland and Berkeley, when the blackshirt goons were outnumbered by community defenders and revolutionaries, police took the offensive and blatantly acted on behalf of the reactionaries. The minute-by-minute account of both protests has been thoroughly covered by CrimethInc., IGD, Unicorn Riot, and eve...
Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Posts Silicon Valley correspondent, has been following the issues tech companies are facing with free speech and how users view their platforms. Dwoskin and Domenech discuss shadow banning, Alex Jones, and how the government might try to regulate the digital world.
Its a really hard question, how history will judge these powerful technologies and the kind of expression that they enable, Dwoskin said. You cant turn the clock back on the fact that anybody can broadcast and what that has done.
Listen to the full interview here:
Accused priests face church-imposed prayer and penance, but not courts.
In a segment Tuesday morning, CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin said President Trump is racist for calling disgruntled ex-White House employee Omarosa Manigault Newman a low life and a dog.
Omarosa, who was fired from the White House last year for reportedly abusing car service privileges, among other things, has been leveraging what she says are audio recordings of conversations she had with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and the president himself to get airtime and promote her tell-all book about her brief tenure at the White House.
Some fear that Omarosa may have used a pen with an attached recording device to record snippets of audio in secure White House locations, including the situation room, that prohibit the use of any recording devices or cell phones in those locations. For several days, Trump has been tweeting disparaging things about his former employee to discredit her claims.
On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted: Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog! in reference to Omarosa.
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didnt work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
In response, CNN contributors and guests had a meltdown and claimed that Trump was a racist for calling her a dog an insult hes used for many people of all different skin colors.
Lets not also forget about Omarosa, shes an African-American woman, Toobin said. Who does the president attack on Twitter constantly? African Americans.
"Who does the President attack on Twitter constantly? It's always black people The entire basis for Donald Trump's political career is his racist attack on Barack Obama The tweet today calling Omarosa a 'dog' is just part of that story" @JeffreyToobin pic.twitter.com/o4OaGKo3M0
New Day (@NewDay) August 14, 2018
Whether its the UCLA basketball team, whether its the NFL football players, whether it...
It looks like the recent purging of Infowars content from social media was not enough as the powers-that-be have now taken down Infowars.com altogether in what appears to be an outright attack.
Infowars.com was throwing an error 521 message on Tuesday which means the web server is down.
At 1:20 pm central time a diagram a diagram can still be seen displayed when readers visit Infowars.com which alludes to a host issue.
Sometime around 1:30 pm central time a new message was posted to Infowars.com which read: Infowars is under attack! Please visit our other channels now.
This comes after Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) put out a call to ban Infowars altogether.
On Monday, Chris Murphy tweeted: Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.
Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.
Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT)...
(ANTIMEDIA) On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing over 300 clergyman accused of misconduct over 70 years, including abuses against at least 1,000 children. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during a press conference that the report shows a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, the Washington 
American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they've accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It's hard to imagine things getting much worse -- or better, if you happen to be an arms trader -- but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through.
By Aaron Kesel The leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned holding any direct talks with the United States, as tension between the U.S....
Even though researchers found a total of $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development over an 18-year span, the war machine continues on with Trump authorizing the Defense Department to invest around $717 billion into military strategies that will target Russia and China.
Press TV reports:
Trump approved the massive budget on Monday during a signing ceremony at Fort Drum, a US Army base which is home to the Armys 10th Mountain Division and has deployed the most troops to US wars abroad since the 9/11 attacks.
We believe our war fighters deserve the tools, the equipment, and resources they have earned with their blood, sweat, and tears, Trump said. This authorization will give Americas war fighters the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively.
The new act allows the Pentagon to spend $639.1 billion in base funding, while earmarking another $69 billion to fund wars overseas and some $8.9 billion for obligatory military expenditures.US President Donald Trump (L) watches an air assault exercise with Army Major General Walter Piatt at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Trump said the budget was aimed at revitalizing the US military, one of his key campaign promises.
Hopefully, well never have to use it, but if we do, no one stands a chance, Trump said of the US military prowess.
Under the new law, troops will get 2.6 percent pay rise, their first pay raise in around a decade.
More importantly, the act identifies emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, space and counter-space capabilities, cyber attacks, foreign influence operations, and hypersonic weapons as threats.
It also singles out Russia, North Korea, China and Iran as adversaries that need to be countered.
Countering Russian aggression
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Asheville resident and TWP scumbucket, Cesar Armando Arvelo Santos, has actively been in National Socialist and white supremacist circles for many years, including working in conjunction with various KKK chapters, all Nationalist Front (NF) affiliated organizations, and the now defunct Traditionalist Workers Party. Hes been living in Asheville for the past few years, though hes flown largely under the radar and evaded being pin-pointed by using various aliases and working behind the scenes. Most recently Santos coordinated logistics for the TWP for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA last August. Before TWP had their hilarious implosion a few months ago, Cesar was the Region 2 Commander, overseeing memberships across several states across the southeast.
By Michael Snyder We havent seen emerging market currencies crash like this in over a decade, and analysts are warning that if this continues we...
A network of 187 organizations has come together to urge a mass protest against the military parade in November called for by President Trump. The military parade is widely opposed. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea. The national consensus is there should not be a military parade. The organizations signed on to a letter that calls for the parade to be stopped...
By John W. Whitehead It takes a remarkable force to keep nearly a million people quietly indoors for an entire day, home from work and...
Things have gotten quiet over here, due to SIGGRAPH. Picture a giant box of computer graphics nerds, crossed with a shit-tonne of cash, and you get the basic idea. And the papers! A lot of it is complicated and math-heavy or detailing speculative hardware, sprinkled with the slightly strange. Some of it, though, is fairly accessible.
This panel on colour, in particular, was a treat. Ive been fascinated by colour and visual perception for years, and was even lucky enough to do two lectures on the subject. Its a ridiculously complicated subject! For instance, purple isnt a real colour.
Ok ok, its definitely real in the sense that you can have the sensation of it, but there is no single wavelength of light associated with it. To make the colour, you have to combine both red-ish and blue-ish light. That might seem strange; isnt there a purple-ish section at the back of the rainbow labeled violet? Since all the colours of the rainbow are real in the single-wavelength sense, a red-blue single wavelength must be real too.
It turns out thats all a trick of the eye. We detect colour through one of three cone-shaped photoreceptors, dubbed long, medium, and short. These vary in what sort of light theyre sensitive to, and overlap a surprising amount.
By B.N. Frank The Wireless Information Network Wif19.org is an online hub that provides access to the resources of non-profit organizations working to...
In Finian Cunningham's latest article,"War or Peace" he surmises "the American regime be abolished or replaced w/ something truly democratic. If not disaster could be our fate." Peace is problematic considering the tentacles of the military/industrial/political complex reach deep into every significant institution in America, where people's livelihoods are dependent on them being complicit w/that complex.
This article culminates what I've learned about the hack-leak and the Information Operation surrounding this. It presents a much different perspective. There were multiple DNC hacks. The group I previously identified as Fancy Bear were given password privleges at the DNC.
(GPA Op-ed) Read any article about the Russian hacking or U.S. election interference and you will likely see some reference to the United States own long history of election interference. Yet most of these articles defend the U.S. by claiming that such interference campaigns dropped off significantly since the end of the Cold War. This assumption, 
Facebook is using a NATO think tank, the Atlantic Council, which is also funded by the US government and foreign governments, to help it determine which posts are authentic and which are fake. The Atlantic Council is hardly an unbiased judge, however. It is extremely hawkish and has even encouraged US military strikes against Russian 
Dr. Guy McPherson is accused of being a con man and a grifter, along with basing his presentations on non-scientific and faulty information, for nefarious purposes. This is a nine minute video of that accusation in a crowd of people that Guy was speaking to, during the Q and A period, along with Guy's response.
The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work.
The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will examine whether the departments practices are legal, and whether the contractors charged with handling dangerous materials often close to the public have proper oversight.
Robust oversight of these contractors is essential for protecting the health and well-being of all who work and live near these installations, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire wrote to ProPublica in an email. But it is clear that this oversight did not take place.
Last year, a ProPublica investigation into military pollution revealed that the Department of Defense continues to burn hazardous explosives at more than 60 sites across the country despite readily available alternatives, longstanding environmental laws banning the practice for most other industries and a pattern of concern in communities that the pollution from the burning was...
By MassPrivateI A recent article in KSFY revealed that the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office is training citizens to act like cops. Because that is what...
The YPGs participation in the upcoming Idlib offensive on the side of the Syrian government would essentially cement its realignment in the Syrian conflict, greatly weakening the U.S. justification for its continued military presence in Syria, while also potentially provoking an increasingly unpredictable Turkey. ALEPPO, SYRIA With military forces from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 
Only the weak hit the fly with a hammer. Bangambiki Habyarimana
Anyone who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S. tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant.
In the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge Analytica (stuff that had been going on for years) could finally be linked to the Trump campaign. It was at this point that powerful and nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the companys gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own ends. Rather than hold executives to account and break up the company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the platform. This is where we stand today.
Lets not whitewash history though. These tech companies have been compliant, out of control government snitches for a long time. Thanks to Edward Snowden, were aware of the deep and longstanding cooperation between these lackeys and U.S. intelligence agencies in the realm of mass surveillance. As such, the most recent transformation of these companies into full-fledged information gatekeepers should be seen in its proper context; merely as a dangerous continuation and expansion of an already entrenched reality.
But its all out in the open now. Facebook isnt even hiding the fact that its outsourcing much of its fake news analysis to the Atlantic Council, a think tank funded by NATO, Gulf States and defense contractors. As reported by Reuters:
Facebook began looking for outside help amid criticism for failing to rein in Russian propaganda ahead of the 2016 presidential elections
With scores of its own cybersecurity professionals and $40 billion in annual revenue in 2017, Facebook might not seem in need of outside help.
It doesnt need outside help, it needs political cover, which is the real driver behind this.
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Here, Cortright takes New York City to task for missing the point when it comes to traffic congestion by moving to restrict the growth of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Singling out ride-hailing apps for blame may be easy and popular. But it takes the focus away from the real cause of congestion: the fact that no driver pays what they should to use New York streets.
New Yorks City Council is moving ahead with a package of measures designed to cap the number of ride-hailed vehicles, like Uber and Lyft, as a way of addressing the citys growing congestion problem.
This is both a mistake and a blown opportunity. Just a few months ago, New York seem poised to do the one thing that we know would address congestion: price the use of its streets. That measure foundered, due in part to the ongoing feud between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Instead, local leaders are taking the politically expedient (but wrong-headed) position that ride-hailed vehicles alone are responsible for congestion, and that taxing them or capping their numbers will somehow resolve congestion problems.
In some respects, this recapitulates the historical evolution of taxis in New York. Initially, taxis were unregulated, and they flooded city streets. That led the city to implement the medallion system which strictly limited taxi numbers for decades, and which led to medallion owners reaping huge profits from the limited supply. The entry of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services effectively evaded the medallion cap, providing vastly more service (including to underserved areas of the city) and caused medallion prices to collapse. Not surprisingly, yellow taxi owners and operators have been urging the city to limit the number of ride-hailed vehicles.
While the medallion system was explicit about who had the right to operate in the city, we don't know exactly how the city plans to allocate permission to operate ride hailed vehicles. Will existing license holders be grandfathered? Like medallions, will their licensees capture the value associated with operating in the city?
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has become a significant menace against the West despite the fall of the groups caliphate in Iraq and Syria, a top American commander warned this week.
In June, Brig. Gen. Lance R. Bunch, the top U.S. air commander in Afghanistan, noted that the ISIS wing has attempted to establish its own caliphate twice this year alone in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar along the Pakistan border, considered the groups primary stronghold in the region.
U.S.-NATO-assisted Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have so far managed to thwart the ISIS attempt to establish a caliphate in Afghanistan, Gen. Bunch declared.
Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), charged with overseeing the war in Afghanistan, warned Pentagon reporters on Wednesday the American military is concerned ISIS in Afghanistan intends to attack the West.
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The national movement for improved Medicare for All is gaining momentum, which means that we have the real potential to win a national universal public health insurance and means that our opponents will double down on preventing this. We speak with Dr. Carol Paris, outgoing president of Physicians for a National Health Program, about how the single payer healthcare movement has changed in the Trump era and where it needs to go. We also cover recent news, including the successful anti-racist actions in DC, the recent verdict against Monsanto and an update on the UPS worker fight for a contract.
Beinart is a Zionist Jewish writer who has become more and more critical of Israel in the last 10 years, and his detention is causing alarm in American Zionist circles about the political culture of the country they love. "This is crazy,"writes a prominent neoconservative. J Street says the Beinart treatment is part of an Israeli government pattern of targeting American Jews, which is politically dangerous for Zionism.
Aretha Franklin is seriously ill and is receiving hospice care in her home, according to a source close to the family. Franklin in 76 years old and has suffered with health problems for several years. Vladimir Duthiers, with CBS News, has been reporting from Detroit, the hometown of Franklin. It was in Detroit that the 
Lost in the primary news from last week was one item. You may
recall me writing about Arthur Jones,
described as an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist
anti-Semite and white supremacist, who is now the Republican
nominee for a US Congressional seat in Illinois. He ran unopposed
in a district that is strongly Democratic and the Republican party
did not think it worthwhile to run someone against him in the
primary, since the winner was likely to lose in the general
I felt that this was a bad mistake on the part of the Republican party because while they have been blowing racist and anti-Semitic dog whistles for the longest time, having as their official candidate someone espousing these views on the campaign trail was something else again. I was shocked that they could not find someone who was willing to take one for the team and run against Jones even if they later got trounced in the general election, just so as to avoid this embarrassment.
But now we find that someone named Steve West won the primary for a Missouri house seat, handily beating three other candidates by almost 25 points. And he is a real piece of work.
On his Monday morning radio show, Steve West promotes fanatical conspiracies about Jewish cabals that are harvesting baby parts through Planned Parenthood, that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party.
Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it, West said on a show on KCXL radio on Jan. 23, 2017.
West won the 15th District nomination in a four-candidate race. Besides his radio show, he also has a YouTube channel and a website. Donning a wig and fake beard and calling himself Jack Justice, he has unleashed an array of bigotry including homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and outright racism.
Naturally, the Republican party is shocked, just shocked, that someone like West is not only a member of their party but that party members like him so much that he won so easily.
The Missouri Republican Party late Thursday afternoon issued a statement about Wests disgusting comments:
Steve Wests shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. Wests abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.
Sorry, that wont fly. Jones becoming the nominee could b...
Putin has won another surprise meeting with a Western leader. This time its German chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are set to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and the natural gas pipeline that President Trump claimed made Germany captive to Russia.
Think you deserve lower taxes? Apple is leading a years-long effort to recoup millions of dollars paid in taxes for equipment they say is overvalued.
Will Turkeys financial trouble, which has worsened since the US recently passed more sanctions, affect other regional markets? The answer is definitely maybe.
The author writes, The data collection is invisible to those being watched. Using sensors in your phone or code on websites, companies can gather thousands of data points, known as behavioral biometrics, to help prove whether a digital user is actually the person she claims to be.
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You fall for a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt.
Wardin Rosewater (@cynicsanonymous) August 13, 2018
The guy is a gun nut named Dan Roberts, and is considering suing Baron Cohen for tricking him into doing something humiliating.
If I were in such a situation, Id be arguing with the guy and refusing to go along, and I think that might be the difference. Its not whether youre conservative or stupid, its about how willing one is to submit to authority.
For eons, the global elite has been able to afford almost anything they ever wanted but now that technology has come so far advanced a new door has opened in which the ultra-wealthy are now having their brains frozen in order to come back to life at a date hundreds of years into the future.
From Michael Snyder via End of the American Dream:
If you could live forever, would you do it? Throughout history, money has allowed the elite to buy just about anything they want except an escape from death. Many super-rich individuals are deeply haunted by the knowledge that they have spent their lives working incredibly hard to accumulate vast amounts of wealth but they only have a very limited amount of time in which to enjoy it. As a result, many of them are absolutely obsessed with finding a way to cheat death. The quest for eternal life is very much alive today especially in tech hotbeds such as Silicon Valley. As technology continues to increase at an exponential rate, many among the elite are absolutely convinced that eternal life will be possible someday, and they are determined to stick around long enough to be a part of that revolution.
One way that some ultra-wealthy people are attempting to extend their lifespans into the future is through the emerging science of cryogenics. Some are having their entire bodies frozen, and others are having just their brains frozen, but it is very expensive
The super-rich are having their brains frozen for 80,000 ($100,000) in the hope of being re-born in as little as 200 years time.
Cryogenics, which involves deep freezing the body to -196C (-321F), is increasingly being seen as a way to beat death.
There are several companies that currently perform this kind of service around the world right now. In total, several hundred people have already been frozen, and a few thousand more have signed up and are waiting to die.
And even though nobody has ever been successfully brought back, there is a very fervent belief that someday in the future it will be possible to return to the land of the living and...
President blasts former aide as a crazed, crying lowlife
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35 children successfully penetrate voting website simulations
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Swedish cities were rocked by a series of firebombings and arson attacks last night in what many believe was an organized onslaught.
Over 100 cars were set alight by masked gangs in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malm, Uppsala, Helsingborg, and surr...
Two years ago, major media outlets started to pay attention to a group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members demonstrating along the Cannonball River located in North Dakota. They were demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) construction of the 1,880 km Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on their territory. The tribe said they were never consulted on the pipeline's re-route from Bismarck into their sovereign and sacred lands. The Standing Rock feared the line would leak crude into their main aquifer, Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River. From March 2016 the Sioux, who would be joined by over 300 other Indigenous 'water protectors' and international allies, set up camp on the North Dakota prairie to resist the pipeline despite government food blockades, massive arrests, police dog and water cannon attacks well into the frigid Midwest winter of that year.
A great-grandmother who was out cutting dandelions with a knife was tasered by police and arrested because she couldn't understand what they were saying.
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Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard. The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washingtons unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies Chinas New Silk Road arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century and overall Eurasia integration. The Trump administrations maneuvers are a testament to how Chinas New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.
This week is the fourth anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests that spread across the nation after that tragedy. In the years since Ferguson placed police behavior under the national microscope, confidence in the police has risen and plummeted. Overall mistrust in some communities is a constant, especially among African-Americans. And recent incidents of white people calling the police on black people for simply living their lives havent helped the situation. Our nation is in the midst of a volatile moment, and its crucial literally a matter of life and death that we identify how we got here and how we can get out. Im a former Salt Lake City police chief. I believe we should start with the officers. In the last four years, weve learned an undeniable truth: Americas police departments do not always hire and retain the best officers.
During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook." Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Irony as Youtube gives strike to channel that was defending their censorship.
ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA A group of refugees from Central America, who faced beatings and abuse while detained at a California detention center last year, are pursuing legal action in hopes of drawing attention to the systematic abuse of migrants who are being confined in a growing network of concentration camp-style facilities across the United States. The civil rights lawsuit alleges that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, for-profit prison operator GEO Group, and the City of Adelanto are responsible for considerable damages inflicted on the group of eight asylum-seekers, one of whom remains imprisoned. The notorious GEO Group a multinational for-profit prison operator with nearly 150 prisons across the globe, and one of the largest contractors for ICE has long been accused by human rights monitors of utterly neglecting the well-being of their detainees as they rake in billions in revenue.
This article will challenge a relatively recent group of Skeptics that identify themselves as the advocates of Science-Based Medicine (SBM), which is not to be confused with the widely accepted approach to decision-making in medical practice known as Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Although SBM's most vocal leaders are physicians and medical researchers, the group's origin is more properly found in the Skepticism movement
The rising sun this morning in Seattle has that other worldly
red-yellow color and a thick haze lays over western Washington.
The reason? Massive amounts of smoke has made its was southward from the wildfires in British Columbia and westward from the several fires in eastern Washington.
|Seattle at 6:23 AM Tuesday. Can you see the sun?|
Omarosa Manigault Newman's greatest public service is her damning revelations of Trump's stunningly naked bigotry that comes from someone who sat by his side for years. The revelations come rapid fire in Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.
The frustrated assassination attempt against President Nicols Maduro Moros on August 4 in Caracas will decisively strengthen the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and make it invincible. It would seem that such a crime was all that was left for the Venezuelan counter-revolution to completely lose the credibility it has enjoyed among the few sectors of the population that have been supporting it. They are interested in recovering the privileges they enjoyed before the Chvez revolution. They also want to win over those who had been won over by the siren songs of Washington, whose endless capitalist propaganda about the possibility of maintaining the social benefits recently achieved by the revolution in a more just, but still unequal, society in which they could already be part of a less poor class.
If youre waiting for someone to save you from the tidal wave of corporate censorship, government authoritarianism and deranged left-wing violence, youre following a mirage. No one is coming to save you. If you want to live as a free person in a free world, youre going to have to demand it, fight for it and secure it.
Tech giants, for example, absolutely will not stop their censorship unless they are forced to stop.
Tyrannical government will never shrink its own size and power unless it is forced to shrink.
There are no saviors running for office.
There are no angels running tech companies.
And God is not going to intervene and stop evil people from destroying our world.
No one is coming to save us.
Were going to have to fight this (metaphorical) battle ourselves. Its time we all owned up to this reality and started taking action to protect our basic human rights in the face of unrestrained tyranny. Destroying the tech giants censorship stranglehold on humanity is now a matter of self-defense.
While we're mired in President Trump's "historical" tweets every day we forget what awaits us down the road.
Leaders of the two Koreas will have their third summit in North Korea's capital next month, representatives of the two countries said in a joint press statement Monday. "South Korea and North Korea agreed to hold the summit in September in Pyongyang," the statement said, although the exact date was not mentioned. The agreement was made during a ministerial-level meeting at the request of North Korea held on the North's side of Panmunjeom within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). "During the meeting, the two Koreas discussed issues that need to be actively dealt with. They also talked on how to implement follow-up measures to the Panmunjeom Declaration," said the statement. In a media briefing, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who led the South's delegation, said the North reaffirmed its commitment for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and explained its denuclearization measures.
Cops raided a family's home as they ate dinner, held a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old at gunpoint, while telling the innocent father they were going to shoot him.
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Newly released declassified documents prove once and for all that CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw torture in Thailand, which the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee knew all along. Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA Black Site simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspels confirmation hearing. Burr allowed her to classify her own direct role in waterboarding and other torture techniques so that it could be kept from the public and secure her confirmation-further proof that this Senate oversight committee has instead become an overlook committee.
Like a distressed child, America is now in need of the healing power of voting mothers electing women.
In the next 12 years Americans who are 65 years and older will double. Millions will need long term care and yet most have no plan or no knowledge of how the long term care system actually works. What will Medicare do for you? How about Medicaid? Should I buy a long term care policy? Could I self fund? What is "asset based long term care?" This article is a great opening discussion for aging Americans.
If you can't go to church, go to Sunday School: Sunday School for Buddhist Socialism. This is a meetup.com group for Brandon, FL. Starting a local meetup.com group is a fairly inexpensive way for readers and writers at OpEdNews to share the important ideas that the world needs to hear.
Native American communities are trying to grow their agriculture presence even larger to preserve their culture and traditions.
An unknown number of hoodlums firebombed hundreds of vehicles overnight in four major Swedish cities and a number of others in what officials are saying was a massive coordinated attack by troubled youths.
The cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, and Uppsala were the main focus of the fiery rampage in which bystanders watched in horror as masked attackers dressed in all black wreaked havoc into the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lfven was furious.
My question to these people is what the f**k are you doing? The PM asked on a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.
Youre ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighborhoods, he explained.
Additionally, the PM pointed out that the attack looked very coordinated almost like a military operation.
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After our grassroots economy was crushed in 2007 by the greed of too-big-to-fail Wall Street banksters, officials bailed out the villainous banks at taxpayer expense -- and deliberately made them bigger, more powerful, and more dangerous than ever. Today, just five banks control nearly half of all financial assets in the United States.
Preeclampsia, a dangerous form of hypertension that can develop during pregnancy or in the days and weeks after childbirth, is one of the most common causes of maternal death and severe complications in the U.S. The large majority of deaths occur after delivery, often from strokes.
But youd never know it from the incomplete, imprecise, outdated and sometimes misleading information published by some of the most trusted consumer health sites in the country.
Instead, you might come away with the impression that, as Harvard Health Publishing says, preeclampsia occurs only during pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy, and usually only after the 20th week. A woman with preeclampsia develops high blood pressure and protein in her urine, and she often has swelling (edema) of the legs, hands, face, or entire body. When preeclampsia becomes severe, it can cause dangerous complications for the mother and the fetus. One of these complications is eclampsia, the name for seizures that are associated with severe preeclampsia.
From an article on the government-affiliated site MedlinePlus, you might conclude that the cure for preeclampsia is delivering the baby. Until this weekend, the Mayo Clinics site said the same thing. In reality, said Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, even after delivery, it can still take a while for the mother to get better, and some mothers get worse before they get better. If treatment is delayed because people believe the danger is in the past, mothers can die.
Preeclampsia has been back in the news, thanks to Beyoncs Vogue interview discussing her recent experience with the condition. Thats led to a spike in Google searches of symptoms, preventive measures and treatments. Many of those readers are going to health websites that regularly make Top 10 lists for trustworthiness, and journalists are linking to the same highly regarded sites in their stories. Yet the information on some of those sites especially about the risks of preeclampsia in the postpartum period has been bad or misleading, Tsigas said, something she called really disturbing...
An article asks, Reaching the stars: is human hibernation really possible? Its not very deep and it seems to not understand that hibernation is a physiological state of reduced metabolism, rather than a kind of freezing and it seems to shift the goalposts a couple of times. It also seems to think that therapeutic hypothermia is a practical way to fly to Mars.
A few years ago, SpaceWorks Enterprises delivered a report to NASA on how they could use this therapeutic hypothermia for long duration spaceflight within the Solar System.
Currently, a trip to Mars takes about 6-9 months. And during that time, the human passengers are going to be using up precious air, water and food. But in this torpor state, SpaceWorks estimates that the crew will a reduction in their metabolic rate of 50 to 70%. Less metabolism, less resources needed. Less cargo that needs to be sent to Mars.
Whoa. Therapeutic hypothermia is a technique to reduce cerebral metabolic demand when the cranial circulatory system has been compromised. As the article notes, its been used for as long as two weeks, with intermittent arousals. Would a healthy astronaut be willing to undergo this procedure? Doesnt sound wise to me. And do I really want to go on a trip where the bean-counters have figured out that they can pack half as much oxygen for me by rendering me unconscious in an ice bath for half a year?
A 50% reduction in metabolism also isnt going to get anyone to even the nearest star, sorry.
But even worse therapeutic hypothermia isnt trivial. Heres a review of the medical consequences of therapeutic hypothermia.
Treated patients in this trial reached target temperature to 34C quickly but adverse events included periorbital emphysema, epistaxis, perioral bleeding, and nasal discolorations.
Not too bad, right? Air around the eyeballs, nosebleeds, small hemorrhages around the mouth, and bruised noses. I suppose thats manageable. But then theres this:
Adverse events associated with endovascular cooling include pneumonia, cardiac arrhythmia, thrombocytopenia, and vascular dissection.
Id definitely want a doctor attending my awakening. Unfortunately, the doctor might have experienced this:
Uncontrolled re-warming has been associated with rebound cerebral edema, elevations in intracranial pr...
The Trump administration's attempt to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to fall flat.
I was watching this video in which Chrisiousity takes apart a lecture by Gad Saad. Saad, as you may know, is one of those regressive types, an adherent of the cult of evolutionary psychology, who is the darling of all those conservative gentlemen who want to believe that traditional values are the best values, scientifically. Hes not exactly someone I think is worth listening to, but Chrisiousity does a fine job of questioning his claims, so that was worthwhile.
Heres the opening of the Freedom Budget, which clearly lays out the purpose and goals of the plan.
We, the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College, seek to eradicate systems of oppression as they affect marginalized communities on this campus. These systemswhich include racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableismare deployed at Dartmouth and beyond as forms of institutional violence. We demand that Dartmouth challenge these systems by redistributing power and resources in a way that is radically equitable. We believe that dialogue and resistance are both legitimate and necessary ways of disturbing the status quo and forcing parties to deal with the roots of the issues.
For our resistance, we have chosen to invoke The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement because Dartmouth claims to celebrate both the man and the movement with month-long programming. Prior to his death, Dr. King had been working with the larger movement to produce a Freedom Budget. This Freedom Budget focused on redistributing power and restoring justice for communities who suffered economic oppression at the hands of rich, white power structures. This budget was not a proposal for better interpersonal interactions, but a proposal to transform oppressive structures. Dartmouth epitomizes power being isolated to rich, white males. As such, there is no better place than this campus to campaign for a Freedom Budget that will address the consequences of white male patriarchy today.
Yes. We need to stop shrugging our shoulders, retreating to the excuse that this is just the way it is, and make changes to enable better representation. Really, you cant just appease white guilt and say we wish we had more black facultyyou have to tak...
Facebook removes footage prior to upcoming election
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If Mueller does not ask a grand jury to indict Trump, he could request that they name the president as an unindicted co-conspirator if the special counsel files an indictment against others, such as Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort. Ultimately, if Trump can't be indicted, he may not be able to refuse a subpoena to testify before a grand jury by claiming the privilege against self-incrimination.
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users' location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isn't.
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#SanctionsAreWar #EndVenezuelaSanctions As part of the campaign to end the sanctions against Venezuela groups from the United States and Canada are calling for International Solidarity against war and sanctions. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 marks the first anniversary of the Trump Administrations expansion of sanctions against Venezuela. On this day, people across North America opposed to the economic war 
It was, in my opinion, something planned and something very sinister.
We truly are in a perilous time for our republic
A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle
What do you define as a friend?
Take a moment to think about your answer.
Once upon a time people described true friendship as a connection between two fiercely loyal people who would give their lives for each others well-being. A true friend used to be thought of as a person who would stick with us through thick and thin; an alter-ego of sorts who we could confide in about anything and everything, and trust completely.
These days the meaning of friendship has been somewhat diminished as we assign our drinking buddies, neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances with the friendship status (dont get me wrong, some of these people can be true friends, but usually not). We even reward the strangers and distant associates on our social networking account friend lists with the devalued title, as though the word friend is nothing more than a worthless, futile word that can be tossed around and pinned onto anyone with a face.
While it is great that we are open enough to assign anyone in our lives as friends, our ignorance of what a true friend is and what being a true friend means contributes to a great sense of isolation and loneliness in our lives. We have even turned friend into doublespeak with the m...
The American destiny
The creative force at the dawn of a new future
by Jon Rappoport
August 14, 2018
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Whenever a breakthrough occurs for the individual, there is a stepping back, a retrenching, a delay, an attempt to reset the clock and push the breakthrough away. This delay tactic can last a week, a month, or, historically, a hundred years.
We are in the middle of such a delay, after serial revelations that erupted in the latter part of the 19th century.
Individual artists (and a few philosophers) became aware that: imagination gives birth to ideas that in turn shape personal reality.
Therefore, reality is very elastic and changeable.
Americaand indeed, the worldstood on the brink of a great internal revolution.
The creative IS the spiritual.
Americas love affair with the idea of individuals reinventing themselves was about more than immigrants becoming American. It was about imagination as the core of transforming self and future.
Such a radical realization was too much for many people to absorb, so a backing away occurred. The wave was stilled for a hundred years or sobut now it is beginning to move again.
The attempt to take over America, by Globalist forces, on a behalf of a controlled world order, is really an attempt to quell the individual creative force. That is the secret inside the master plan. And that Globalist effort is in trouble. More and more people are realizing it is a massive fraud based on instituting an imprisoned Collectivist Hive Mind.
Whereas the promise of America was always the intensely creative individual. And what does he do? He takes frozen realities and injects life into them so they move and shed their encrusted energies.
He rejects all formulas that instruct people about how they must live their lives and guard their words and fit in.
On a spiritual level, America was and is about transformation of energy into greater living shapes and forms and flows, through imagination.
It is about building a new and higher plane of experience, so to speak.
The fact that this aim has been sidelined and throttled to a significant degree doesnt change one iota of Americas destiny. Its still there, and the individual is the core.
He is the shaper.
Yes, you could say America was made for many criminal undertakings, but the other side of the coin is the most powerful: America is the house of the individual soul and that soul is creative.
That soul is an artist of reality.
Dawn of a new day....
Despite finding 11 emaciated children, one dead child's body, and plots to carry out school shootings in the United States, a group of terror suspects was ordered to be released.
Newman claimed in her new book that a tape of the president existed that featured him saying the n-word.
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Pedestrians and cyclists struck by the car before it hit barriers with huge bang at up to 50mph.
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Mike Adams and several others in the Independent Media has postulated that a major false flag will following the silencing of the Independent Media. I believe there will be a false flag to silence the alt right media. There will be another series of false flags to justify gun confiscation so the people can be rendered defenseless. And there will be the mother of all false flags to reduce the population and eliminate all forms of populism on the planet that is presently serving to threaten the New World Order.
Here is what Mike Adams had to say on this matter:
The radical Left is escalating its violence across America, and the tech giants are dramatically escalating their censorship actions to silence all independent voices that might question any official narrative. It all points to something big about to come down something so big that only the official narrative can be allowed to be heard or spoken.
We are living under an Orwellian totalitarian regime beyond any horrific imagination. Google, Apple, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants are engaged in the most criminal, malicious racketeering and tyranny imaginable. This is not sheer coincidence. Theyve all been ordered to censor the independent media in preparation for whats coming next. As I explain in this video, the most likely false flag assault to be staged by the Left might be a mass shooting at CNN or another media giant, all staged with impressive theatrics to augment the real violence with a false narrative
My academic background is rooted in sociology, history and primarily psychology. However, in my later years in academia, I concentrated heavily on teaching statistics and research methods. In fact, for five years I focused heavily on helping graduate students perfect their use of research techniques and protocols on their dissertations. In other words, I am rooted almost exclusively in a left-brained, logical cognitive approach to my thought processes. My writing reflects a logical and pragmatic approach to the mo...
All punches are not equal.
Controversial changes to a program that helps tribal citizens obtain telephone, cell phone and internet service are on hold thanks to court action.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student and champion swimmer who violently sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in 2015, and was infamously given an unusually lenient sentence by a judge who was later recalled because of that sentence, lost his appeal last week.
No one would bat an eye if they were white and Christian.
An otherwise entirely innocent man was assaulted, thrown to the ground and arrested by cops after he used his free speech and said "motherf*****" to a police officer.
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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee secretly bought and paid for an information campaign alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to steal an election belonging to Clinton.
The campaign was run by Fusion GPS, which specializes in spreading information into the media. Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson and British ex-spy-for-hire Christopher Steele secretly met with myriad media companies during the campaign and after the election to spread their dramatic tales claiming that Trump campaign affiliates were working hand-in-hand with Russian operatives, and that the Russians had compromising information on President Trump.
They also got the information which they claimed came from Kremlin operatives and other Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin into the U.S. government to secure widespread spying on the Trump campaign.
Literally nothing of significance alleged in the information campaign has been proven to be true. Yes, Russia is a country with Putin as a leader, and yes Carter Page visited Russia, but two years into one of the most thoroughly investigated issues of our time, no evidence has been provided to come even remotely close to proving Page is a mastermind spy who secretly coordinated with Russian officials to bring down Americas next president. Or that Michael Cohen went to Prague to make arrangements with the Russian officials. Despite the dramatic claims of Paul Manaforts involvement in this Russian plot, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told the court that nothing in Manaforts money-laundering trial will touch on this claim.
Still, that weaponized information campaign was so successful that it spawned widespread spying on the Trump campaign followed up by a special counsel investigation without limits. At best, the media fell for the information campaign hook, line, and sinker. At worst, they were complicit in spreading information they knew to be false. Rather than admitting any gullibility or error, many media figures are absolutely desperate to save face.
The only way the country knows that the Russia conspiracy theory was a Clinton campaign operation that was weaponized and subsidized by the countrys law enforcement and intelligence agencies is thanks to congressional oversight. Two committees in particular have done actual work to uncover facts in the face of media misinformation: The...
In The Atlantic on Thursday, contributing editor Caitlin Flanagan wrote of her liberal son and peers fascination with Canadian psychologist and auditorium-packing internet sensation Jordan Peterson.
They began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson, she writes. The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.
In this insightful counter-narrative essay attempting to explain Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson, she notes Petersons listeners are not largely the alt-right types often held up to him during hostile media interviews: the audience is made up of people who are busy with their lives folding laundry, driving commercial trucks on long hauls, sitting in traffic from cubicle to home, exercising. Flanagan also memorably writes that these listeners are pursuing a parallel curriculum.
A parallel culture of ideas has emerged to replace a corrupted system, she writes later. Whats the corrupted system? The political and cultural left that currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable. Identity politics, she says, are one evidence and cause of this corruption.
Flanagan does not delve into why identity politics is a cause and result of corruption, but I have a suggestion. Its because identity politics, and so much else of what passes for politics and culture today, is largely an elaborate system of virtue signaling. Indeed, scholar William Voegeli has shown in great detail that the lefts entire political program is wasteful, utterly ineffective virtue signaling.
Virtue signaling, of course, is essentially to present the appearance of virtue without its substance. Its a dressy lie, a form of self-corruption. Its polar opposite is dangerous competence, and it is this that Peterson preaches. Its deadly to the left because the left is anti-comptetence, and pro-corruption. Identity politics is merely the most visible proof of this reality.
In Aaron Renns...
In three articles for The Hill last week, investigative journalist John Solomon revealed previously undisclosed text and email discussions between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and former MI6 agent and Spygate dossier author Christopher Steele. Solomons reporting also uncovered notes Ohr took summarizing discussions he had with Steeles boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, about the Russia collusion investigation.
In isolation, the details revealed in Solomons must-read exposs are troubling. But when considered in conjunction with information related to the Russia investigation the government previously released, this new information is potentially devastating, because it indicates that, notwithstanding claims to the contrary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched operation Crossfire Hurricane based on Steeles Clinton-funded opposition research.
This conclusion flows from an email exchange revealed in Solomons first article, which established that Ohr met with Steele on July 30, 2016, in Washington DC. Ohr brought his wife Nellie to the breakfast gathering. Nellie, as has long been reported, worked at Fusion GPS, also on the Trump opposition-research project.
That end-of-July meeting followed emails exchanged earlier in the month, in which Steele told Ohr: There is something separate I wanted to discuss with you informally and separately. It concerns our favourite business tycoon!
An apparent reference to Trump, Solomon explained, noting that Steeles reaching out to Ohr came just days before Steele met with an FBI agent stationed in Rome to relay still-unproven allegations that Trump had an improper relationship with Russia, including possible efforts to hijack the presidential election.
While we do not know the details discussed at the July 30, 2016, tte--tte, the morning meeting with the Ohrs appears related to Steeles request to chat about their favourite business tycoon. Significantly, as Solomon reported, That meeting occurred exactly one day before FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok formally opened an investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, into whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow to steal the election.
This meeting raises serious questions concerning whether Steele shared information from his dossier with Ohr, which Ohr then passed on to the FBI, prompting the FBI to l...
The DC Unite the Right rally resurfaced the silly Whos the real racist? game. When liberals call conservatives or conservative opinions racist, conservatives respond: No, you are the real racist! But conservatives dont seem to understand that liberals use that term in a different way. Worse, conservatives damage conservatism by arguing. If they are going to play the game, conservatives should do so with open eyes.
Let me start by acknowledging the obvious: racism is bad. The game isnt silly because the response is wrong; people on the left really are racist. Of course I am generalizing, but it isnt far off. Does anyone on the left not embrace identity politics, which is about judging people by their group identity as defined by race, sex, and queerness? This seems pretty racist by any textbook definition of racism.
The silliness of the game stems from the fact that the two sides mean different things by racism. To people on the right, a racist is someone who judges another person by his race. The problem is that racism denies all men are created equal. To people on the left, who already deny men are created equal, a racist is a member of the oppressor class. Most people on the left know this and most people on the right dont. That is why both sides play the game.
The Left understands racism this way because they see everything in terms of group identity and power. A case in point: Laura Ingraham made some fairly common-sense observations recently, and even made sure to emphasize she was not talking about race. Ingraham talked about consent, the rule of law, and immigration; she didnt say a thing about power. Yet CNNs Brian Stelter cannot see it any other way, claiming Ingraham was pandering to white, Christian Americas fear of losing power and is a racist.
To the contemporary left, everything comes down to a didactic world groups that have power and that groups that do not. Every group is either an oppressor or the oppressed, those with privilege and those without.
We hear lots about privilege, so this should come as no surprise. We dont use the term underprivileged or disadvantaged as much. Instead we describe the oppressed as marginalized, minorities, or people of color (or brown people as a throwback to the 1960s that we hear sometimes today).
Racism, they say, is not simply prejudice. It is now prejudice + power. O...
Since his 2013 bid to become New York Citys mayor, Bill de Blasio has taken well in excess of half a million dollars in campaign contributions from the citys taxi cab industry. Now, as the mayor prepares to sign into law a restriction on the number of ride-sharing cars, that industry is getting a return on its massive investment in him. In a move worthy of Tammany Hall, de Blasio is preparing to harm the taxi industrys needed competition in order to protect his political patrons.
The overwhelmingly Democratic City Council has placed on the mayors desk a bill that would cap the number of ride-share cars licensed in New York. These app-based companies have hurt the traditional taxi industry badly, sending once highly valued taxi medallions into a value plummet.
As with all market advancements, there are winners Uber drivers and citizens who love Uber and losers: the taxi industry. In classic socialist style, de Blasio is punishing the majority of people who benefit from an open market by rewarding political friends who want a monopoly on services.
There are two reasons New York Democrats think ride-sharing apps have to be cut back: depressed wages and profits for taxi workers and companies, and traffic congestion in the city. Both of these supposed problems, however, come with gaping caveats.
As Joe Borelli, one of a handful of Republicans in City Council, put it, Solving one genuine problem for one group of people by causing a new problem for a separate group of people, all while making transportation more difficult and costly for the public, is not a win. This wont solve Manhattans traffic woes, especially when we have had two mayors in a row turn needed traffic lanes into bike lanes, docking stations, and pedestrian plazas.
It is useful to unpack these issues one at a time to see if it really makes sense for the city to drastically cut back the number of car services available to its citizens. First, to the question of depressed wages for drivers. The mayor and the taxi industry have pointed out a human toll in drivers faced with mounting losses who have gone so far as to commit suicide. At least one specifically cited ride-sharing apps as a reason.
As Borelli points out, sinking profits for traditional taxis is a problem for a large group of taxi workers in New York. But the fact of the matter is, this is how capitalism works. With the rise of the digital camera, Eastman Kodak went from one of the worlds richest corporations to bankruptcy within a decade. The government could have banned or capped digital cameras to save the company, its employees, and shareholders, but obviously such restriction of progress would have been bad for pretty much everyone else.
Just as calculators made profitable abacus-building work harder to find, Uber makes traditional taxi work harder to find. But the bene...
In surveying the number of elections that took place around the globe this year, its worth noting that despots have been successfully using rigged elections to hold on to power.
On July 30, Zimbabwe held its first general election since long-time dictator Robert Mugabe was ousted from power last year. Mugabe ruined his country, but he won every election during his 37-year rule. Although Mugabe is gone, the ruling Zanu-PF party Mugabe once led and its nominee, Mugabes long-time deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, easily won the election.
International observers report that Mnanagagwa deployed political intimidation and coercion tactics perfected during the Mugabe era to ensure his win. So when the election was over, Zimbabweans merely traded one despot for another.
In Cambodia, Hun Sen, who has been prime minister since 1985, claimed he won a decisive victory in the latest election on July 30. He will be Cambodias Lord Prince and Supreme Defender for another five years, and his Cambodian Peoples Party won more than 80 percent of parliaments seats. Thats an impressive win until you realize that late last year, Sen shut down an independent newspaper, jailed the opposition leader Kem Sokha with a cooked up charge of treason, and coerced the Cambodia Supreme Court to dissolve the opposition party led by Sokha, Cambodia N...
A whole new cohort of college freshmen is starting classes, adding to an ever-increasing number of students who borrow to pay for college. If past statistics are any indication, three-quarters of these students will leave college with debt.
Student loan growth has outpaced the value of credit card debt, home equity loans, and even auto loans. Altogether, about 44 million American student borrowers currently hold a shocking $1.48 trillion in student debt.
Some claim, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, that national politicians urgently need to address this problem. They bid us understand this cumulative debt as a crisis and opinion pieces regularly tow the narrative that monthly student loan payments are crushing, squeezing budgets and inhibiting larger purchases, such as homes.
But I know from personal experience that student debt doesnt have to feel crushing, nor did it postpone my American dream for very long. My husband and I paid off the entirety of our student loans, $55,000, within 20 months. One of those loans was a Parent Plus Loan with a 13 percent interest rate in my husbands parents name, which he paid himself.
We did this while bringing in an average income for two young full-time workers with bachelors degrees. Even before our student loan debt was fully paid off, we were able to secure a mortgage in a rural town a mere three years after graduation.
Most adult Americans do not have student loan debt, and for those that do, the typical (median) outstanding debt is $13,000. Seventy-five percent of borrowers carry less than $29,000 in student loans, and only 3 percent of households that owed on any student loans comprised the highly publicized media horror stories of bearing six-figure loads. Most households with student loans spend nearly as much on entertainment as they do on their monthly student loan payment.
A third of college students graduate with no debt. Of the 69 percent who do graduate with debt, the average amount owed at graduation is $29,000. Thats a little greater than my husband and I had, but still not overly burdensome. For perspective, its about $17,000 less than an entry-level salary for a college graduate in humanities or the social sciences, the lower-paying majors.
If a college graduate lived on $30,000 a year (leaving $16,000 to put toward d...
Did disgraced Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, hatch the plan to use former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr as their go-between with Christopher Steele?
Notes Ohr took during a November 2016 meeting with Strzok and Page and first revealed last week at The Hill in an article by investigative journalist John Solomon strongly suggest the couple helped devise the work-around necessitated by Steeles leaking of the anti-Trump dossier to Mother Jones and others.
Steeles leaks to Mother Jones and Yahoo News in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election broke the terms of his Confidential Human Source (CHS) agreement with the FBI. Steeles breach of confidentiality led the bureau to inform the former MI6 spy on Nov. 1, 2016, that he was not to operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI. The FBI later terminated Steele as a CHS.
Steele, however, continued to feed the FBI dirt on Trump, by passing intelligence to Ohr, whom the FBI then interviewed. Congress got wind of the FBIs use of Ohr as a conduit for Steele, prompting Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley to demand the bureau turn over to the oversight committee any pertinent documents detailing the relationship and communications between Ohr, Steele, and Fusion GPS, which commissioned Steeles opposition research against Donald Trump on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The FBI, however, would only allow an in-camera review of the material by select members of Congress.
Grassley later wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting the documents be declassified. In that letter, Grassley also summarized the information gleaned to date, citing Numerous FD-302s demonstrating that Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr continued to pass along allegations from Mr. Steele to the FBI after the FBI suspended its formal relationship with Mr. Steele for unauthorized contact with the media, and demonstrating that Mr. Ohr otherwise funneled allegations from Fusion GPS and Mr. Steele to the FBI.
Grassleys letter also included the dates on which the FBI had interviewed Ohr about Ohrs conversations with Steele. Those interviews occurred as follows:
Seventy years ago this month, Washington politicians were trying to sort out a case involving dodgy characters and Russian collusion. One man involved described it as a tragedy of history (Following Marxs maxim, Paul Manaforts trial would be the farce). Like today, it was a time of growing sympathy for harder leftist ideology, one that provides some clarity to our own socialist moment.
In early August 1948, a senior editor of Time magazine was subpoenaed for testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. That editor was Whittaker Chambers, a former member of the Communist underground who had coordinated the infiltration of various government agencies by Soviet sympathizers in the mid-1930s.
Among others, his testimony unmasked Alger Hiss, a former senior State Department official. Their subsequent legal showdown, recorded by Chambers in his 1952 memoir, Witness, would become a classic saga of the Cold War, a minor epic in the larger struggle between the United States and Soviet Russia.
At first glance, in the eyes of this millenial born six months after Mikhail Gorbachevs resignation dissolved the U.S.S.R., Witness appears dusty. On my copy, Regnery brands the book a Cold War Classic, a true, if limiting, title. Part of the appeal of Witness is undoubtedly historical: Chambers drops us into a world of fedoras and smoke-filled rooms. On cold nights, the oblivious drivers of Ford Model-Ts pass plotting Soviet agents tramping in the rain between Manhattan street lamps, and the voice of a relatively unknown congressman from California, 35-year-old Richard Nixon, crackles with mid-century professionalism in packed and sweltering D.C. court rooms.
Just barely predating Ian Flemings first Bond novel, Chambers story shows us 1930s Soviet espionage unpolluted by either cliche or nostalgia. Anyone who has seen the recent film The Death of Stalin will identify similar beats in the low-comedy of Communist infighting and bureaucratic power struggles, no less deadly for their pettiness and banality.
Chambers managed a small cell of Communists and fellow travelers working covertly in the United States government. Most notably, this group included Hiss, an assistant to the assistant secretary of state. Years after Chambers severed ties with Communism, Hiss joined the United States delegation at the Yalta Conference, a meeting between the Allied premiers that determined the international order after World War II. At first, the cells goal was simply infiltration and recruitment. Later, it began stealing secrets.
Hiss and the others would feed copies of government documents to Chambers, who forwarded them to his contact, who sent them to the Soviets. Disillusioned by Stalins purges (now known to history as the Great Terror), Chambers defected and took his family into hiding. He found a job at Time, bought a farm in Maryland, and lived with his family for the...
Liberals have cited California as the prototypical Obamacare success story for years now, but a new study puts that assertion very much in doubt. Five years ago, even before Obamacares exchanges went live, The New York Times Paul Krugman claimed California would prove that a program designed to help a lot of people can, strange to say, end up helping a lot of people especially when government officials actually try to make it work.
Reporters have chimed in with similar stories about Obamacares supposed success in California. During the presidential campaign in 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that California is emerging as a clear illustration of what the law can achieve. The article quoted several insurers saying the state did it right, and had created stable insurance markets.
Whether explicit or implicit, these and articles like them have presented a consistent theme: Absent Republican sabotage less present in a Democratic-dominated state like California Obamacare would have delivered on its promises much more effectively. These make a study published last week casting doubt on whether California has delivered on one of its central promises of particular note.
The study, conducted by the California Health Care Foundation, examined emergency department usage over the ten years from 2006 to 2016. While the report, perhaps quite deliberately, didnt highlight this conclusion it mentioned Obamacare once, and only in passing the data indicate that emergency department usage since Obamacare has not only not decreased, it has accelerated, rising at a faster rate than in prior years.
One chart tells the tale:
The chart shows a trend line of generally increasing ER usage throughout the decade. But examining the numbers at the bottom of the chart, which track visits per 1,000 individuals a metric that adjusts for changes in the states population demonstrates the impact of Obamacare. In the four years from 2013, the year before Obamacares full implementation, through 2016, ER visits rose by 39 per 1,000 patients. By comparison, in the six years from 2008 through 2013 a period coinciding with the Great Recession, which saw many Americans lose their jobs, and with it their employer-sponsored health in...
In the battle over what qualifies as a human right, health care, a job and education have gained the most attention. But many increasingly view as entitlements a different category of intangibles, such as pursing aspirations, personal dreams, and creative ambitions, particularly among younger generations and the progressive left.
The result is a push for policies that enable people to pursue their desires without the burden of caring for their own responsibilities such as health care, education, or saving for retirement. This distorts our understanding of an integral driver of innovation and prosperity: risk-taking.
Many have come to see risk as an individual taking steps to realize a personal goal such as a business venture, a charitable initiative, or a personal dream without having to suffer the full effects of failure. But the downside of risk suffering the consequences of loss also plays an important role in channeling progress, while minimizing wasteful tinkering. Government-supported safety nets that distort risk by softening the repercussions of failure destroy this important factor in innovation and entrepreneurship, undermining societal progress.
While there is always a temptation to blame the coddled and entitled millennials, this shift has top-down origins from the progressive left. In making the case for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated: Imagine an economy where people could change jobs, start businesses, become self-employed, whether to pursue their artistic aspirations or be entrepreneurial and start new businesses, if they were not job-locked because [of] constraints that having health care or not having health care places on an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Obama White House propagated this poor logic with false data by promising ACA would have the benefit of encouraging job mobility and entrepreneurship. The document, issued four years after the ACA passed, admits that while the empirical evidence on the magnitude of these types of responses is incomplete (and in some cases mixed), there is no doubt that job lock presents an economic challenge.
However, evidence to contradict this assumption does exist. For example, CNNMoney reported: Only 452,835 firms were born in 2014, according to U.S. Census data. Thats well below the 500,000 to 600,000 new companies that were started in the U...
It is believed about 10 vehicles were involved when a 200m (650ft) section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed during a sudden and violent storm.
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Channeling Donald Trump, Italys new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has proclaimed a zero-landing Mediterranean, where no one fleeing war, persecution, or famine will be allowed to reach Europe by sea.
In defiance of international law, he suddenly (with a tweet) closed Italys ports on June 10 to humanitarian rescue ships carrying refugees and migrants saved from drowning, many of them women and children. Since then, Italys anti-migrant naval blockade has sent shock waves across Europe.
According to the UN agency that tracks migration, deaths or disappearances at sea have soared: 629 people died crossing the central Mediterranean in June, the month Salvini took office. In May the number was only 48.
Salvini has also vowed to start the mass deportation of a half million unauthorized migrants already living in Italy. With fewer foreigners, he recently told supporters at a rally on Italys east coast, we will once again be the most beautiful country in the world.
Italys most openly racist politician, Salvini is threatening to reshape the future of Europe, beginning with migration policies that resemble Trumps.
The trouble with the European Union, writes Wolfgang Mnchau in the Financial Times, is that its stability depends on the likes of Mr. Salvini and Mr. Trump never coming to power.
Turning away rescue boats full of migrants and asylum seekers, under the Trump-inspired slogan Italians First, has made Salvinis...
The NATO-backed @DFRLab is currently assisting FBs purge. This is deeply disturbing.
If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies c...
So who OWNS Trump? Does Putin? Does the Christian Right? Do Both?
In cities throughout America, traffic studies are conducted to determine the Level of Service (LOS) for cars. This scientific-sounding metric basically looks at the busiest 15 minutes of the busiest hour of the day, and determines how well auto traffic flows through a given intersection.
If it's only an "F" for a few minutes a day, you're wasting a lot of street capacity. Graphic by Jeffrey Tumlin
Traffic engineers use this data to justify road expansion projects. Its a bit like showing up during that one holiday meal when youre hosting every leaf on your family tree, and declaring that the dining room is cramped, so you should add a second story to your house.
Despite its limitations, LOS remains popular because its simple. When a street is clogged with traffic during peak use (i.e. supply equals demand), it earns an LOS grade of F. When theres not another car between you and the horizon? Congratulations! You get an A!
Nicely put. Graphic by Jeffrey Tumlin
By overemphasizing LOS, we justify expensive, overbuilt streets that are dangerously inhospitable to peoplejust so folks who use the least efficient form of transportation (single-occupancy cars) wont be inconvenienced during peak travel times. In doing so, we ignore the many variables that influence the transportation system as a whole: land use and zoning, pedestrian comfort, bike safety, viable transit, trip generation, etc.
But what a...
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In the heat of struggleand with the demands of security and safetyits very common that we dont stop and record the actions, marches and political events occurring around us. Social movement historians often interview activists years after the fact, after nostalgia, popular sentiment and sectarian interpretations of the movement have hardened. As a result, we rarely get day by day accounts of movements until they can be reconstructed through official records, and thus have difficulty assessing the ebb and flow of tactics, escalations and direct actions that shape campaigns as they are ongoing.
It is with that in mind that we present this timeline of actions in and around OccupyICE Philadelphia that led to a major victory: the end of official data-sharing between ICE and the Philadelphia Police Department.
July 2nd: After weeks of planning, a coalition of radical groups in Philadelphia hold a rally outside City Hall. Hundreds show up, and march to ICE offices at 8th and Cherry, where an occupation is spontaneously set up. At first the streets around the building are barricaded, but organizers negotiate with police to take down barricades and remain on the sidewalk, blocking the doors and driveways. This moment, in which activists in high-visibility vests are seen taking down the barricades at police demandand an altercation between organizers afterwardswill be the source of ongoing tensions in the activist scenes of Philadelphia. Nevertheless, the space is bravely held and an occupation with tents and umbrellas is set up blocking ICE.
July 3rd: Police attack the encampment, arresting 29 protestors who link arms and stay in formation as they are arrested. PPD clears the main driveway and takes down all the structures. In defiance, protestors immediately rebuild, setting up umbrellas, tents and chairs in the intersection of 8th and Cherry Street. Jail support mobilizes. All arrested are released with citations.
July 4th: A vacation atmosphere pervades in camp as numbers swell with people off for the fourth. A small contingent marches down to Market Street to interrupt a July 4th parade. A banner re...
Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.
A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is on the hook for almost $58 million in federal taxes after losing a treaty rights case.
For Native peoples, spirituality is often the core of who we are and our way of life. To have our spirit attacked is as personal as an attack can get.
It occurs to me, in light of the comment on my latest bird article, some might imagine me depressed. Worry not, dear readers. Im not. I only ever feel bad to the extent that it would be reasonable to feel bad in any given situation, and my situation is not as bad as many other blogadores y blogadoras on this internet. (Especially on The Orbit. Support The Orbit yall.) Ive got that depressive realism, but without the clinical depression, its just a pretentious arty flavor in my thought.
The world is rough and keeps getting rougher. And as a quiet cat in the corner with eyes open, you can see the fires burning with clarity. I didnt call the exact date of the subprime mortgage collapse. But I was that impoverished minimum wage fucko on the bus, looking at ads for home ownership none of us could afford, wondering how long it would be before predatory lending on that scale had consequences.
Its grim, but through it all I just dont feel as bad as I could. Seeing people around that have it worse than I do, getting to know some of them personally, I know what mental health is. My mind heals well. Im probably the poorest person on this network, but aside from that source of stress, Im one of the most fortunate in the neurochemical department.
When I talk about some grim stuff, I dont need reassurance. Im
hella OK. Just waxing lyrical.
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Like the unsustainable logic of capitalism itself, Mexico City, one of the largest urban metropolises in the world, seeks to continually grow. The interests driving and directing this growth are not those of the ordinary people, but rather those of the system of capital accumulation, its owners, executives, administrators and managers. Throughout the country, Indigenous and campesino communities are coercively forced from their land, migrating to national and international urban centers. Their traditional territories are opened up to extractive industries for the plunder of natural resources or organized as spaces of tourism attractive to the cultured or environmentally conscious international traveler. The effect on Indigenous and campesino peoples is territorial dispossession, cultural commodification, exploitation and forced migration.
One principal destination of this migration is Mexico City. There, migrant communities often live and work in extremely marginalized conditions, helping construct the city of the future, the Mexico suitable for the modern world. In Mexico City, the stark differences in class interests are evident. There, we are witnessing the ongoing construction and reconstruction, organization and reorganization, of a landscape conducive to the logic of capital accumulation. The interests being pursued are the investment and development of national and international capital. The ordinary people, those of below, are seen as mere objects, to be structured, controlled and exploited according to those very interests.
The New International Airport of Mexico City is one such project, aimed at better facilitating the movement and accumulation of capital in Mexico, Latin America and the world. On October 22nd, 2001, then-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, proposed the new airport in the location of the former Lake of Texcoco, in the Valley of Mexico, seeking the expropriation of campesino lands in the municipalities of Texcoco, San Salvador Atenco and Chimalhuacn. For Indigenous and campesino communities reliant upon their own agricultural crops f...
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On August ninth, after a planned info night about the August 21st prison strike, attendees helped paint banners and dropped them around the area. Here are a few photos sent we collected of the banners. We hope this is just the beginning of autonomous and creative actions taken in solidarity with the strike.
Food stamps have been drastically cut in Georgia this year. Trump is hoping to cut even further, leaving more people in a position of choosing between paying rent and buying groceries.
Traditional religious and NGO charities are finding themselves overwhelmed by growing poverty, unable to keep pace as the government abandons social welfare programs.
One that doesnt depend on unreliable government grants or foundation money. One that cant be eliminated by Trump or any other politician signing a bill. We need survival programs: networks of ordinary people organized to collect and distribute food. The powerful may abandon us, but we can help each other.
We are helping to build this network in Atlanta! A loosely organized collection of farmers, restaurant and grocery workers, neighbors, activists, volunteers and organizations like Food Not Bombs and the South Bend Commons are cooperating to distribute approximately 1.5 tons of food to hungry people throughout Atlanta every week.
This food makes a major dif...
U.S. Congressional candidate Sharice Davids had trouble finding housing when she lived and worked on the Pine Ridge Reservation a few years ago.
(Natural News) A good nights sleep isnt just relaxing, its absolutely essential. Missing just an hour of sleep can do a serious number on your person. From impacting your appetite to potentially making you more accident...
Spike Lee Takes on the Klan in his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. Lee uses the true story of a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Colorado in the 1970s to once again grapple with American racial terrorism. Ron Stallworths book, Black Klansman journals his experience as a rising member of a 
(ANTIMEDIA) A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIAs controversial MKUltra program. John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was 
Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida have killed sea life and is threatening the health of the public. The current red tide is one of the longest lasting outbreaks in Florida history. The red tide is caused by Karenia brevis. The algae produce toxins called brevetoxins. They cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems when ingested. This 
(ZHE) This is not at all comforting: during a week that witnessed Alex Jones social media accounts taken down by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google, and what appears to be a growing crackdown against alternative media figures including several prominent Libertarians, notably the Ron Paul Institute director, and the Scott Horton Show, who found their Twitter accounts suspended we learn that the Atlantic Council is 
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On the night of August 12, 2018 one year since a white supremacist murdered Heather Heyer at the bloody Unite the Right racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia anti-fascists placed dozens of posters in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.Anti-racist poster in Peachtree Hills, Buckhead, Atlanta
The posters warned of a house on Ridgeland Way which is a hub for white nationalist organizing both locally and nationally. The house is owned by Sam Dickson, a lawyer who has been active for decades in the white power movement. Dickson is linked to a plethora of racist and far-Right organizations, such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, the Charles Martel Society, and the Holocaust-denying Barnes Review. As a lawyer, Dickson represented Klansmen, but he made his fortune on the Atlanta property market, where...
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As the 2018 National Prison Strike quickly approaches, we have news of hunger and work strikes already underway. We have updates on the successful, 108 day hunger strike of Mapuche Shaman Celestino Cordova, who had been denied access to his ceremonial altar while in Chilean prison. We also get updates from Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Greg Curry on the hunger and work strikes happening at the Ohio State Prison.
Also in this episode, we give a broad overview of the 2016 National Prison Strike and its impacts on the prisoners who participated, and the ways various prisoners chose to be involved in it, which at the time was the broadest and longest-running prison strike in U.S. History.
Seventeen years of sacrificing young people to a counter-productive effort is far too long. (FEE) On September 11 of this year, those who werent yet born at the time of the 9/11 attacks will finally be old enough to fight in the war on terror. In 2012, U.S. Marines killed Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for 
(MEE) Jeremy Corbyn attended a wreath laying ceremony in 2014 for the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack, the UK Labour leader said on Monday, but added that he did not actively participate in laying a wreath down himself. I was present when it was laid. I dont think I was actually involved in it, 
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They say that you meet people for a reason. While this has been said time and again, Dr. Michael Shannon and paramedic Chris Trokey never realized how intertwined their lives were. They were simply doing their jobs, but one did meant more to the other than he realized. It all started in June 1986.
It seemed like an ordinary day for anyone, but little did they know that this was the day that connected them in the most wonderful way possible.
Mike and Dee Trokey were expecting a baby, but the due date was still weeks away, or so they thought. Dees water broke and the soon-to-be parents were rushed to the hospital at the University of California in Irvine via the ambulance.
(CD) During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has 
One of a parents biggest fears is the possibility that something bad will happen to their child. So when the mother of 5-year old Timothy Wiltsey had to live out this fear, it was going to be the worst day ever. Her son would go missing after spending some time in a carnival that was held in New Jersey where they lived, until they found his remains around a year later. Unfortunately, the case would grow cold over a span of 25 years, until police figured out that the person responsible for Timothys death was indeed, his own mom.
Read about Timothys story here and how his mysterious disappearance and death has finally been brought to the light.
Michelle Lodzinksi gave birth to her adorable baby boy Timothy on August 6, 1985. The boy, who was nicknamed Timmy, was being raised by his mom all alone, while his father, George Wiltsey, was not a part of his life. He was living in Iowa and didnt see his young son at all. The mother-son duo seemed to be making things work despite being on their own. That was, at least, until the day Timmy went missing.
(ANTIWAR.COM) A new report from the United Nations on ISIS estimates that despite the defeat of the group in both Iraq and Syria, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters remain in the two countries, roughly half of them in each. Having lost all towns and cities, ISIS has mostly sent its fighters into the deserts along 
We've been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them.
ABC made a TV show off Marvels comic Cloak & Dagger, and shit it out onto their new streaming service called Freeform. The concept was and is problematic (black teen boy with powers of dark hungry void, white teen girl with magical powers of light), but the execution even in the comic days was pretty progressive, humanist, not shabby.
The show could be better, could be worse. The kids are alright. One thing sucked tremendous though: It ended in zombies. Really boring shitty nonsense zombies. Can we be done with zombies yet? I heard Walking Dead has flushed all its good will with fans straight down the terlet. Can that be done? Can everything zombie be done?
The worst thing though? ABC Freeform. The only things of any
interest at all on there are Cloak & Dagger and re-runs of The
Nanny. I kid, I kid, I mean, I could watch Paul Blart on there too,
what am I complaining about? Everybody cancel your streaming
services of choice and hit it up.
Hazardous conditions undermine the benefits of early work release.
Public urinals that offer almost no privacy are now in Paris to combat the citys public peeing problem.
Reportedly four urinals have been installed and a fifth one is on the way, according to the districts mayor, Ariel Weil.
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Fellow Workers from the Seattle IWW Industrial Union local 650 (IU650) at Grassroots Campaigns (GCI) are facing an illegal office closure by the GCI bosses in retaliation for an Unfair Labor Practice Strike action protesting egregious labor violations. Just under a week after the office closed, Wobblies at the Seattle GCI job branch called for a National Day of Action on Friday, August 10th. Wobblies in other GCI offices around the country are starting to face increased heat from managements aggressive union busting. Most are fighting back and winning. Heres a quick roundup from each of the seven actions.
Action in Seattle focused on the national legal strategy against GCI. Wobblies have served multiple small claims notices for stolen wages and filed suits with multiple Washington State agencies. Seattle also participated in the nationwide phone zap that helped paralyze the GCI Central Office. GCI is trying to cut and run, but they cannot hide for long.
The Seattle IU650 Wobblies also received a dubious parting gift from GCI management earlier in the week. Multiple Fellow Workers found that travel reimbursement checks paid out by GCI on August 3 bounced, and the money was directly removed from their bank accounts. GCIs legendary pettiness and vindictiveness tasted particularly bitter when we discovered multiple Wobblies bank accounts over drafted thanks to GCI. For folks barely getting by due to the boss repression, that $30 means a lot.
The NYC Wobblies stepped up big time in solidarity with IU650. They held a large picket outside the office and gave the canvassers flyers. According to the NYC Wobs, they talked to hordes of workers. Workers told the picketing Wobblies how furious the director was with this action.
A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of the country ahead of Western journalists has photographed and examined fragments from one of the exploded missiles found at the site of the US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 
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Last week, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a groundskeeper who repeatedly used glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, while working at a school. The man, Dewayne Johnson, developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which is linked to glyphosate exposure according to three expert scientists who testified in the case, and the jury found the widely 
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nail at the top of your program of action the demand for a public bank in your community, to take the control of credit out of the hands of speculators and use it for the welfare of the people. Make it your first provision that every dollar of public money shall be deposited in this bank and every detail of public financing handled by this bank; make it your second provision that the purpose of this bank shall be to put all p
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isnt. Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if theyve turned off Location History on their devices. After all, the 
August 2018 His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian Authority Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Presidential Office, Ramallah, the State of Palestine Dear President Mahmoud Abbas: As you are wisely aware, the battle that is currently being waged in Gaza, Palestine and 
Washington, D.C. One year after the deadly Unite The Right rally brought hundreds of violent white supremacists to Charlottesville, Virginia, Jason Kessler, the rallys organizer held an anniversary event with a fraction of the originals attendance. While many white supremacist and neo-nazi groups are still active in the United States, most have disavowed Jason Kessler and avoided his attempt to organize Unite The Right 2, a Charlottesville anniversary event.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, Kessler and a few dozen of his supporters first met up at the Vienna Metro station outside of D.C. in Virginia, where a large contingent of police was on standby as the white supremacists were ushered into a train marked special. The Metro transit authority had previously stated they would not provide racists-only train cars for Unite The Right 2 after the plan was leaked and denounced by the Amalgamated Transit Union.
After riding their private train, Kesslers group arrived at the Foggy Bottom metro station around 2 PM. Escorted by at least 100 police, they marched at a quick pace for about a half dozen blocks to Lafayette Park, followed by hundreds of angry counter-protesters who yelled, screamed and threw objects.
Ill have my HD footage of everything that went down online later, but in the meantime: something that stood out to me was the enormous police protection for #UTR2 at every point.
See the moment they first faced counterprotesters in DC: pic.twitter.com/N9jakstmwg
Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 12, 2018
Once the small Unite The Right group reached Lafayette, they made a few speeches but ended up leaving before the events scheduled start time, reportedly due to the rainstorm that moved in later in the afternoon. A crowd of about a thousand counter-protesters, including many antifascists dressed in black as well as a large Black Lives Matter contingent, amassed outside the police checkpoint as another large, permitted counter-rally also took place in another area of Lafayette Park.
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From Sacramento Antifa:
Tomorrow will mark one year since Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, VA opposing the far right Unite the Right rally. Its also the three year anniversary of the death of Hugo Pinell, an imprisoned revolutionary who was murdered by white supremacists at Folsom Prison. We dropped this banner today in remembrance of Heather, Hugo, and all others who have lost their lives to white supremacy, and in solidarity with anti-fascists in Washington, D.C. who are preparing to oppose the second Unite the Right. White supremacy kills. Its time to fight back!
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a groundskeeper who repeatedly used glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, while working at a school. The man, Dewayne Johnson, developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which is linked to glyphosate exposure according to three expert scientists who testified in the case, and the jury found the 
The trial judge has twice criticized the prosecutors, asking them on one occasion if they had any evidence of successful fraud. In other words, the judge can tell the difference between actual fraud and a failed attempt at fraud, a distinction the prosecutors don't want the jury to consider.
.. To slap a cop in the face, and get away with it?
Its a slap in the face, Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin told the Miami Herald on Saturday. We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. Its not just a slap in the face to our military past and present but to all law enforcement officers across the country. As long as the protest continues, we will protest our attendance at the Dolphins games and continue to stay away from the NFL and its products.
Remember when unions used to be predominantly progressive organizations, that stood between the workers and the establishment? Well, the police chose sides long ago.
I wish it were possible to stay away from the police union and its products.
Yes, I know the protests are about police abuse, not slapping the military in the face. Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin is Trump-competent at deflection, isnt he?
I leave town for a few days, and crackpots start dunning the universitys lawyers for petty information. Comma has been at it again. This email went to the university board of regents and general counsel.
Demand For Administrative Investigation Into Willful Refusal To Comply With MGDPA Over PZ Meyers Data, Fraudulent Bills, And Informed Consent Form Of Nemmers Subject Data
David J. McMillan, Chair U of M Board of Regents (612) 625-6300 & Douglas R. Peterson, U of M General Counsel (612) 624-7569:
Chapter 13 data request Please email/file share me the following readily available, free, electronic, public data in its original searchable pdf format pursuant to 13.03 Subd 3(e):
1. I am demanding an administrative investigation into the University of Minnesotas willful refusal to comply with my Chapter 13 data requests. Ive attached the UMs fraudulent bills (UM_Fraudulent_Bills.pdf) for readily available readily available, free, electronic, public data. I have reason to suspect the motive is to prevent your Class of 1985 UMM graduate from receiving damning facts about the corrupt UM and the corrupt UMM and their corrupt personnel. The fraudulent bill is for a tape of the University of Minnesota-Morris police during interviews in regard to the vandalism and the theft Northstar newspapers. First of all, I never requested an audio tape but the original DSS file. I have reason to suspect that the audio files have been tampered with prior to being placed onto the audio tape. Second, Ive attached a March 22, 2011 bill for the UMMs contract with Stevens County Sheriff for Law Enforcement Technology Group Computer Aided Dispatch and Electronic Records Management software which allows for the electronic transfer of DSS files but not audio cassettes. Second, the data that I received was not in the required searchablable format but had been maliciously converted to scanned pdf format. Third, Ive included to BCAs software deployment report that indicates that your corrupt UMM Police have been electronically transmitting DSS audio files since 2011.
[This is a bone he wont drop: I was accused of stealing newspapers, with no evidence. The police asked me if Id done it, I said no. Thats as far as it can go.]
2. Im also making a data request for all my subject data from 06-24-2014 until todays date. See attached signed informed consent form.
3. Ive attached my 03-12-17 Chapter 13 data request entitled: Chapter 13 data request personnel data grants for The Aurora Center. This data is currently being illegally withheld from your Class of 1985 UMM graduate. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.09
[I have no...
Why is anyone surprised anymore that so many people who work for Fox News are straight-up racists, so much so that even prominent members of the KKK like David Duke praise them? Racism is the Fox News brand. It is what they know that much of their audience wants and loves.
Ingraham later tried to distance herself from Duke and his support for her by referring to him thusly: A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention: You do not have my support. You dont represent my views. And you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear.
Really? As one commenter pointed out, you cant distance yourself from racists freaks when you yourself are one.
Sen. Warrens recent statement tarnished us all says Mass. police chief.
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We take the movement to the doorsteps of the ICE family separators. When ICE deports a parent from a household, it often destroys the family structure by the shock of losing a parent to prison and eventual deportation. The remaining family loses not only a loved one, but an emotional and economic provider. In many cases, the family may never reunite.
For this reason, we will not allow ICE family separators to rest comfortably in their homes enjoying their familys presence. Their job is to kick people out of the country and destroy countless amounts of lives in the process. La Migra (ICE) operatives are only subjected to a minor inconvenience being exposed to their neighbors while we make noise in their neighborhood in comparison to their mission of destruction, detention and deportation.
While in detention, people are subject to lack of adequate medical care, sexual harassment and abuse from prison guards, outbreaks of illnesses and even death in some cases. It is important for the neighbors of Migra agents to know who is living among them, particularly if there are undocumented immigrants in the area. If your neighbor wanted to destroy your life and kick you out of the country, wouldnt you want to know? Just as ICE harasses people in their homes and does not allow people to rest comfortably with loved ones, let us return the same unwanted attention right to their doorstep.
We call for the immediate reunification of all immigrant families. We call for an end to the detentions and deportations of immigrants in this country. We call for the abolishment of ICE.
We will stop these home demonstrations immediately as soon as the inhumane practice of deportation end. Chinga La Migra.
Flyering In Olympia/Lacey, WA: In mid-June the neighborhoods of two local ICE agents. Leaflets detailing the fundamentally inhuman functions of I.C.E. and the names and positions of these two agents were distributed to neighbors and the agents themselves in their neighborhoods. The leaf...
By Andrea Germanos (CD) Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if theyve turned off Location...
We may not know for years the extent we're unprotected -- until the next financial collapse, next public health crisis, next upsurge in fraud, or next floods or droughts because the EPA failed to do what it could to slow and reverse climate change. Trump's attack on regulation is just another form of trickle-down economics -- where the gains go the top, and the risks and losses trickle down.
Another example of government failure.
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Local residents and feminists attacking no-privacy urinals
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By Luke Miller,
Many of us think of happiness as an elusive and unreachable place. Yet the map to both happiness and unhappiness is the same. This article shares why we are unhappy and the simple way you can resolve it.
When we wake up the decisions we make from that moment are the cause that creates the preceding effect, which makes up the rest of our day. This is the way it works on a smaller scale, however as time goes by these consistent causes become hardwired and the effect will start to dominate the cause and you can get stuck in this repetitive pattern.
Dr Joe Dispenza says that: 95% of who we are by the time we are 35 years old is a memorised set of behaviours, emotional reactions, unconscious habits, hardwired attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that function like a computer programme. Meaning that which we repeat becomes hardwired in our specific programme.
The memories of someone who repeats these patterns are created from a highly emotional experience. This triggers the same feeling again and again When we are unhappy- we are often not unhappy about the current situation, but reliving an event.
Dr Joe says: If you allow that emotional reaction (called t...
This is draining the swamp.
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Blue light harms our vision by damaging the eyes retina, says researcher
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Unions not only boost the pay of the workers they represent, but they have been the backbone of most major progressive economic initiatives, including Social Security, Medicare, the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, and recent efforts to raise the minimum wage and require paid family leave and sick days.
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We encourage you to print these zines out and read them away from a screen (maybe in the woods?). Use them to have discussions, as catalysts for new projects, as tools to sharpen your analysis, etc. Weve heard that people use these posts to print zines to table at events with, to make packages to send to prisoners, and as fodder for those Little Free Library boxes that have become popular over the past several years.
This issue of the regular Montreal Counter-Information publication features reports and communiques from a number of recent actions in the Montreal area. The recent G7 summit held in June in Quebec City looms large this issue, with a statement from the Popular Expression Zone, a report of anti-G7 sabotage, and a banner drop. There are also reports on anti-fascist and anti-prison organizing. This publication gives a good overview of what seems to be a vibrant and confrontational anarchist space.
This zine collects writings from Plain Words an anarchist publication out of Bloomington, Indiana around the broad subject of technology. In assembling these pieces, the editors write:
Rather than shame people for using their smartphones in public, these writings are meant to demonstrate what we have to gain by fighting against the techno-nightmare. Specifically, they describe how these technologies impoverish our relationships, and dull our capacity for combative social struggle.
The editors explain that much of the theoretical writing in Plain Words has been about technology, so a collection critiquing technology seemed appropriate.
A triumvirate of SoS/vote fixers are wielding disproportionate power over political interests. As usual, both Democrats and democrats lose. Don't give up the fight, or we'll give up fighting.
For twenty years direct action has been the tactic of choice for small bands of forest defenders in Humboldt Countys Mattole forest. In this episode of Radical People, High Wire gives a glimpse into what life is like on the ground for those who fight the timber company HRC, and what has gone down in the forest away from the eyes of the public as rag tag activists did whatever it took to keep the old growth standing.
Do you like our vision of bottom-up, incremental, grassroots action to make your city or region more financially strong and resilient?
Are you eager to connect with other #StrongCitizens in your city or region who are working to make that vision a reality?
Would you like to explore in depth how Strong Towns principles apply to the place you liveor a region you don't call home but still care deeply about?
Strong Towns member Marielle Brown led participants in a hands-on traffic calming workshop at our transportation summit in Tulsa, OK in 2017.
The regional gatherings are for all Strong Towns enthusiaststhat means you!from longtime supporters to those who have just discovered us. They are an opportunity to convene, share experiences and inspiration, and leave feeling empowered to take action to better your communities. We will be hosting four of them around the United States, beginning this fall and continuing throughout 2019.
We've hosted national get-togethers before. This time, we opted for a set of regional gatherings because we know that, although the Strong Towns principles of fiscal resilience and building prosperity from the bottom up are universal, each city and region has its own unique challenges and circumstances. We're excited to give you the chance to hone in on how Strong Towns can make your specific place stronger, with others who care about that place as much as you do.
The first Strong Towns Regional Gathering is being held October 3rd-5th, 2018, in Plano, Texas. You do not have to be from Texas to attend. However, please be aware that the speakers and issues discussed will have a regional focus on North Texas.
Trump has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as psychological warfare, saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn.
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isnt. (CD) Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if theyve turned off Location History on their devices. After all, the 
A series of fake news releases dating to the beginning of Christianity set the stage for atrocities against Jews spanning two thousand years. Then, the omission of Jesus Jewish heritage and identity in Mediaeval and Renaissance era artworks supported anti-Semitism by hijacking Jesus from Judaism and establishing him as exclusively Christion with no connection to Judaism--lethal fake news with no free press to correct it.
The pitch of a note is determined by its frequency, and frequency can vary within a continuous spectrum. And yet, in the western music tradition, we only use frequencies with discrete values. Thats not a bad thing, but it implies a whole world of possibilities not explored. Microtonal music, also known as xenharmonic music, sets out to make use of the unused frequencies.
I recently tried listening to a lot of microtonal music, because I discovered that you can find lots of it through the microtonal tag on Bandcamp. Sure, a lot of it isnt very good because anyone can put music on Bandcamp, but there were enough gems that I continued to peruse the tag. Ill share just two examples. First, I selected Brendan Byrnes, because I think his music has the most pop appeal, while also being unapologetically microtonal.
I showed Brendan Byrnes to a few people, and some of them couldnt tell that he was making use of microtonal frequencies at all. It seems fairly obvious to me, because I have enough ear training to tell when a note is out of tune (even if I cant identify the note). But not everyone has that ability. So for my second example, I tried picking something that was so in your face, that it would be hard to miss even if you dont have any musical training. I present Cryptic Ruse:
Smoke by Cryptic Ruse
These two examples are from the psych-pop and prog-metal genres respectively. In looking for microtonal music, I very quickly learned that you can combine it with any genre. Theres microtonal folk, microtonal classical, microtonal hip hop, microtonal punk, microtonal psychedelic rock, microtonal drone, microtonal black metal, and so on. Of course, the most common genre tends to be electronic, because its easy to make electronic sounds of any frequency, while most other instruments would have to be specially customized.
If youd like to find other examples, I also suggest The Mercury Tree, Sevish, ILEVENS, ZIA, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
I dont want to emphasize the theory of microtonal music too much, because you dont really need to understand it to enjoy it. Nonetheless, some basic understanding helps us appreciate it more. Also, I like talking about math if you havent noticed.
Listening to music is a bit lik...
Love of Truth Manly P. Hall
Truth alone can lead man to perfection. And this perfection he has to earn by giving his own life to truth.
Boethius was told by this radiant vision that she had been with him since the beginning, the moment he dedicated his life to truth she was with him, and she would be with him until the end of the days and be with all others under the same conditions. Because no one walks through life entirely alone, and those who give themselves to unselfish service to others will walk constantly with the radiant presence beside them.
Something that is going to guard them and protect them because they have deserved it, because they have earned the peace of inner life, they will have it regardless of what happens in the outer world.
Truth is alive and walks with those that serve it....
Im back home from my sojourn in Wisconsin, but now I have to flee the house, because my wife has turned on Fox News. That Orange Asshole is visiting Fort Drum today, where my son is stationed, and Connlann is supposed to be somewhere in attendance behind the dimwitted sphincter, so shes hoping to get a glimpse of her baby boy.
There are many things I will do for my children, but I wont do that. Which Ive just realized must be what Meatloaf is singing about.
(MEE) Thousands of Yemenis protested against Riyadh and Washington on Monday as they took part in a mass funeral for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition. At least 29 children were among those killed in the air raid on Thursday on a bus in a crowded market in Dahyan, Saada province, according 
By B.N. Frank Jeepers Creepers. It was just last month when I wrote an article about how Blue Light from digital screens, flat screen TVs,...
FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok was fired by the bureau on Monday over a series of controversial anti-Trump text messages which Peter Strzok and his former lover Lisa Page had exchanged during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
However, the press has failed to report that Strzok was an agent for both the FBI and CIA at the same time.
Thats right, not only was Strzok employed by the FBI until his abrupt public departure from the bureau on Monday, Strzok has been sheep-dipped by the CIA where he currently remains employed to this day. (i.e. Strzoks termination from the FBI on Monday was nothing more than a dog and pony show as Strzok remains an integral member of the deep state)
As I originally reported in mid-July, a sheep-dipped Peter Strzok worked for both the FBI and CIA at the time.
Hello! People! This is big!
Both the FBI and CIA have played the American people for fools by not disclosing the fact that Peter Strzok is a double agent of the U.S. government and has been sheep-dipped by the CIA.Peter Strzok (James Ledbetter/Flickr)
A sheep-dipped Peter Strzok has been covertly operating as the Section Chief of the Central Intelligence Agencys Counterespionage Group during his secret 24 year tenure with the agency while masquerading as Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Counterintelligence Division where he was in charge of investigating Hillary Clintons use of a personal email server along with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
The bombshell information published first on BrassBalls.blog reveals that the joint CIA/FBI position was created by Congress in 1996 which allowed Strzok to hold both posts.
An unclassified document printed on FBI letterhead dated January 20, 2016, which contains the subject line Supplemental Classification Review and Determination was addresse...
by Jon Rappoport
August 13, 2018
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These wordsSocialism and Globalismare a mystery to most people. What do they mean? Why do they matter?
They matter because, behind the mask, they indicate massive centralized power at the top of the food chain. They arent movements on behalf of the people. They arent humanitarian solutions to our problems.
The massive power I refer to consists of governments, mega-corporations, banks, foundations, and technocrats working together, colluding, cooperating, planning a future of control over the world population.
Before he was killed in the shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 (1983), Congressman Larry McDonald stated: The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.
Rep. Louis T. McFadden, Congressional Record, 72nd Congress, 1st session, June 10, 1932; McFadden served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on Banking and Currency: Mr. Chairman, when the Federal Reserve Act was passed the people of the United States did not perceive that a world system was being set up here which would make the savings of an American school-teacher available to a narcotic-drug vendor in Macao. They did not perceive that the United States was to be lowered to the position of a coolie country which has nothing but raw materials and heavy goods for export. That Russia was destined to supply man power and that this country was to supply financial power to an international superstatea superstate controlled by International bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.
THAT is Socialism/Globalism. It isnt a revolution by and for the downtrodden.
To get a flavor of what would happen to the United States under such a system, read on:
SCENE: COURTROOM OF THE FUTURE
THE ROOM IS EMPTY, EXCEPT FOR THE PROSECUTOR AND THE JUDGE.
Prosecutor: Your Honor, is there a representative of America here today?
Judge: No need to look for one. We can proceed.
Prosecutor: Very well. I wish to say that the country known as America was always a fiction.
Prosecutor: Because borders are artificial and arbitrary.
Judge: Indeed. Who set them? It was all rubbish.
Prosecutor: Second, why should any separate nation have the right to exist? We now understand we are all one planet, one nat...
By Dylan Charles The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment. ~George...
Real progressive change requires popular organization and great social movements beneath and beyond the empty promises of the nation's ruthlessly time-staggered major-party, major-media, big-money-candidate-centered ballot box extravaganzas.
On this special music edition of the Federalist Radio, Senior Editor David Harsanyi shares his top three albums from his teenage years with Mark Hemingway, Senior Writer at The Weekly Standard. They dive deep into the history of the 80s music scene and the backstories behind the sounds of bands like The Clash, Dinosaur Jr., The Sex Pistols, R.E.M., The Replacements, Nirvana, and Big Star.
They were trying to overproduce everything that The Replacements did late in their careerthen all of a sudden [Paul Westerberg] turns out these lo-fi solo albums with all these great Paul Westerberg Replacement songs but theyre totally unproduced, Hemingway said. Like he just popped them straight out of his home 4 track recorder.
Listen to their full conversation here:
The involvement of U.S. military intelligence in fine-tuning the targets of coalition airstrikes is likely the main factor explaining why the U.S. government has refused to condemn the strike and has refused to support an independent investigation into the atrocity. SANAA, YEMEN Last Thursdays horrific bombing of a bus full of school children in northern Yemen was 
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There are no rose-colored glasses when reading a V.S. Naipaul book. Its a yellowed, sere world he looks upon, and once you sink into a Naipaul novel or nonfiction account (they are similar in construction), you begin to suspect that this is the way the world actually is at full F-stop with all the filters off. Life is tough and dusty, and often what seems to be good fortune is just bad luck in disguise. You cant even trust your own motives, which seem to rebel against you at inconvenient moments.
Despite it all, in Naipauls works, we are the hero of our own stories. Power is to be found in small moments of stubbornness and inspiration brought on by suffering and irritation, not in grand gestures. Education is crucial. In almost every Naipaul story, it is the difference between a character who gives in to victimhood, and one who gains a personal victory, however humble. Equally important is courage, but courage for Naipaul is not brash. Its doggedness, even ingrained stubbornness the determination to go down swinging.
I first encountered Naipaul when I was asked to teach A Bend in the River as part of my first freshman comp class in graduate school. (It goes without saying that such a book, with its jaundiced and horrified look at post-colonial Africa, would never be assigned at universities in our current age of Western masochistic self-abnegation.)
A Bend in the River, along with Darkness at Noon which I read around the same time more than the treatises of all the right-thinking philosophers, determined the course of my thinking life thereafter. I would aspire to experience the world as it actually was, not as I wished it to be. And, as with many a Naipaul character, in some ways I was able to do so, and in some ways not so much.
Certain scenes and settings in A Bend in the River stay with you permanently. The brutal beating of Salim at a checkpoint in the jungle. The decrepit Domain, the community housing project where hopeful socialism met the African bush and was overwhelmed and subsumed like a two-year-old who rushes into an ocean wave, and became, as all failed socialist project seem to, a university in name, but really a center for indoctrination and, eventually, torture.
Colonialism has brought political subjugation, and introduced unnecessary status distinctions that lead to personal misery and humiliation. But colonialism also brought civilization,...
A couple of years ago, my sister and I were driving along Richmond Road, a stroad that connects our childhood home to downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Over the winter I was studying for the GRE in anticipation of applying to planning school, but like all good applicants, I was already overconfident in my analytical abilities. As we drove, I mocked the ugliness of the urban design, the hostility to non-drivers, the financial unsustainability of the infrastructureyou know the drill, dear readers of Strong Towns.
At the end of this rant, my sister asked, Do you think that studying urban planning has made you a happier person? In that moment I laughed the kind of nervous laugh that bursts out when someone sees right through your act. After a moment of thought, I provided some kind of half-baked answer along the lines of, Well, not exactly, but with this knowledge of whats wrong were going to improve everything, and then I'll be happy. But the lesson was clear: I had fallen victim to everything sucks urbanism. Its annoying, alienating, and something that I (and the broader urbanist community) need to do a better job of avoiding.
Introducing Chelsea Woods.
Toward this end, I would like to talk today about an a place that I might not have appreciated were it not for studying planning: Chelsea Woods, nestled away along Old Todds Road. Before I became interested in urbanism, I might have ignored the neighborhood altogether, and in the early stages of this interest, I might have wrongly disparaged it as petit sprawl. I now find that there is a lot to love about Chelsea Woods, and in fact that it provides a useful model for minimum standards for single-family zoning. Chelsea Woods provides an example of what dignified, market-provided, affordable housing might look like, if only our zoning codes would allow more of it to be built....
Illnesses were a result of the toxic dust inhaled that included jet fuel, asbestos, cement and glass shards.
Online content is being deleted left and right.
The Slovenian government is converting a seaside resort into a migrant resettlement village that will s...
I was traveling to attend a wedding over weekend and so did not
get to follow the news but was gratified upon my return to read
that the much-promoted Unite the Right 2 rally that was supposed to
be a show of force of the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and
fascists in front of the White House where they now think they have
turned out to be a total bust, with the number of
counter-protestors utterly dwarfing the few people who turned up
for the rally under heavy police protection.
A tiny group of white supremacists made their way to the White House on Sunday, surrounded by a double cordon of police officers and throngs of protesters shouting Shame! Shame!
In the center was 34-year-old Jason Kessler. His white supremacist rally last year in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, had left dozens of people seriously injured, and one young woman dead. Kessler thrust himself down the street like a prize-fighter, biting his lower lip and glaring ahead.
To protect their safety and that of others, officials had organised a special route for the parade. Kessler and his companions were escorted onto the metro. A special car was prepared for them, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported. In downtown Washington, police officers said they planned to clear part of the metro station platform to escort Kessler up to the street. As he came up the elevators, he was met with hundreds of news photographers and a roar of outrage from protesters amassed waiting.
In Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, Kessler and his tiny group of supporters were taken away to their own distant corner of the park as they talked to each other in front of journalists. Cordoned off and dozens of meters away, too far to even see Kessler, a crowd of thousands of counterprotesters waved signs and shouted their disapproval.
Some of the protesters said they did not know how Kessler and his supporters felt about the thousands of angry opponents. But they said they knew how they felt, seeing the enormous crowd that had come out to protest made them feel encouraged and comforted.
There will be analyses of why, just a year after these white supremacists felt so emboldened as to march openly in large numbers in Charlottesville and launch attacks on counter-protestors, they now found it difficult to get more than two dozen or so to show up yesterday. It is true that there has been internal dissension within the groups involving tactics and personal differences. It is also true that individuals who had been publicly identified as marchers and attackers last year and at other white supremacist rallies have suffered some consequences, ranging from social shaming to loss of employment to beatings by counter-protestors to arrests. Many of them...
In October 2017 United States African Command confirmed that three Green Berets had been killed and two more had been wounded when their patrol was ambushed in Niger. Reaction to this news from the non-Corbett Report audience was: What? Theres a United States African Command? followed swiftly by What are Green Berets doing conducting patrols in Niger, 
Shortly after a wheel came loose from a Century Waste garbage truck in Brooklyn, killing a motorist in an oncoming car, the New York City agency that oversees the private sanitation industry announced it would help the police investigate the crash.
There would seem to be much to investigate, for Century Waste trucks have routinely failed safety inspections in recent years. Federal records show that 65 percent of the companys 32 trucks subjected to government inspection were pulled off the road for safety violations over the past two years.
But ProPublica has discovered something else the city agency, known as the Business Integrity Commission, could look into as well: Records show that Century Wastes headquarters sit on land owned by a man the city had run out of New Yorks private sanitation industry years ago during a crackdown on mob influence and corruption. The Business Integrity Commission, which oversees New York Citys trash collection industry, bars companies from doing business of any kind with such individuals. In fact, the agency was created with the express purpose of keeping such people out of the garbage industry.
A deeply disturbing report by the United Nations details rampant sexual exploitation of children by UN officials across the globe. (TFTP) A deeply disturbing report has finally been released by the United Nations detailing the rampant sexual exploitation of children by UN employees that is widespread, throughout multiple countries. While pieces of the report were 
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The coyote pup came to the family in a box, all curled up and quiet, so quiet.
A cop was seen on video stomping a handcuffed man's face and holding his boot on his throat and the officer was not punished at all.
While accepting an award at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Chris Pratt told members of the audience he loved God and they should too.
I want to thank God, Pratt said. I always do that when Im up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces. I say I love God. Thats my thing. I love Him. And you should too.
He tag-teamed the acceptance speech with his co-star, Bryce Dallas Howard, for their role in the movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Howard, who could not be at the awards show in person, joined via video chat and revealed that she was wearing pajama bottoms during her appearance.
Sunday night wasnt the first time Pratt has spoken out about his beliefs onstage. At the MTV awards in June, Pratt talked about Jesus in between poop jokes.
By Clint Siegner In the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the private Federal Reserve bank cartel was front and center as a target for...
By Michael Snyder Americas long-term balance sheet numbers just continue to get progressively worse. Unfortunately, since the stock market has been soaring and the GDP...
By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) On July 19, an airstrike hit a number of civilians in Afghanistans Kunduz Province, killing 14 of them. The Afghan government originally...
Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgias 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. The allegations of murder follow Collins advocacy for responsible gun control laws during her campaign. WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation to protect the community.
Police found Cains body in Collinss apartment with a gunshot wound. Cain did not come in to work last Tuesday, prompting deputies to check in on him. Police estimated that he was dead for roughly a week.
Collins turned herself in to police on Saturday, shortly after the body was found. The two were reportedly living together and may have been married.
Collins ran as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Rep. Jody Hice. In an interview, Collins said, The GOP is targeting all women, minorities, members of the LGBT community and disabled people as lesser sections of society and you can see it in the bills they have passed and are attempting to pass so far in 2017.
Collins also called President Trump an unqualified demagogue and was a proponent of socialized health care.
Collins dropped out of the race in 2017, a year before the charges, citing personal reasons. In addition to murder charges, police charged Collins with grand larceny after Cains Subaru Legacy was reported missing.
This blood is on Americas hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis. (CD) As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenisincluding 40 young childrenmassacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalitions 
The FBI has fired embattled agent Peter Strzok, who came under fire for sending text messages promising to stop Donald Trump from becoming president while leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.
Strzok, who formerly led the bureaus investigation into both Trump and Clinton, was demoted to a human resources position within the FBI after anti-Trump text messages he sent to his mistress and co-worker, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were made public.
The FBI previously announced Strzok had been demoted and would face a 60-day suspension after the text messages became public and an inspector general report heavily criticized the bureaus conduct throughout their investigations into both presidential candidates.
The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wrays testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters, Strzoks lawyer said in a statement on Monday.
Last month, Strzok testified that his personal bias against Trump did not affect his investigation into either candidate, a claim that many Republicans rebuked.
Transformation is on the horizon if we remain clear in our vision for economic, racial and environmental justice, pull people to the movement from the power structure and undermine the tactics of those trying to co-opt, mislead and divide. Together, we can create transformational change. We are closer than we realize.
Mayor Sadiq Khans migrant, policing policies making UK less safe.
A cop has been suspended after he claimed he was "trigger happy" and admitted that if he shoots someone he "makes a ton in overtime."
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Chief Standing Bear is once again watching over his people in Nebraska.
The news cycle surrounding ousted White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the news medias coverage of the Trump administration.
The famed reality TV villain, who is peddling a book about her stint at the Trump White House, has been getting airtime on some of the biggest news shows including an exclusive sit-down with Chuck Todd on NBCs Meet The Press on Sunday morning in which she made wild claims about her former employer and played audio she says she secretly recorded inside the White House Situation Room.
Its clear to absolutely everyone that Omarosa has no substantive analysis of her tenure at the White House beyond what shes already shared on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year where she tried to portray herself as a victim. Up till the moment she was reportedly dragged from the White House following her firing, she was all about President Trump and played his surrogate on TV all throughout the 2016 election. But the second the president couldnt make her famous anymore, she went on the attack.
Heres a montage of her whining about how America is doomed at the hands of Trump mashed up with footage of her gleefully declaring a year earlier that everyone who criticized Trump was going to have to eat crow.
She was all about Trump when he made her famous. Now that shes on the outs with him, shes adopted a critical tone in order to win favor with the mainstream media who cannot resist booking people who will say critical things about Trump especially from a former surrogate. Shes playing members of the media and they are letting her do it to them, because tapes!
Which brings us to her appearance on Meet The Press, which she was reportedly able to book because she leveraged a tape of audio she clandestinely recorded at the White House.
this is a bonkers thing to let sink in Omarosa secretly recorded the Chief of Staff *inside* the Situation Room.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) August 12, 2018
While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. (OD Op-ed) For three months Daniel Ortega and his government in Nicaragua were under intense pressure to resign from protesters and opposition groups, from 
Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo admitted to breaking a law that people are fined and arrested for every year, and nothing happened to him.
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Spike Lee Takes on the Klan in his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. Lee uses the true story of a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Colorado in the 1970s to once again grapple with American racial terrorism. Ron Stallworths book, Black Klansman journals his experience as a rising member of a 
Making a saint of the Lakota holy man Black Elk won't change the brutal history of the Catholic Church.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to ensure that no one believes former White House aide Omarosas baseless claim that the POTUS is a racist as it appears that Omarosa is on a mission to tarnish Trumps outstanding reputation ahead of the midterms.
The president issued the following 3-part Tweet on Monday (1 of 3): Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard.
Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Tweet 2 of 3: really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible because she only said GREAT things about me until she got fired!
really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me until she got fired!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Tweet 3 of 3: While I know its not presidential to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!
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Democracy depends on our capacity to deliberate together. Remember, the point isn't to convince them you're right and they're wrong. It's to get us thinking about what's really happening to America. It's exposing the abuses of power all around us. If we can join together around these fundamental issues, we will all win
(AHT) On Wednesday, Israel carried out a 24-hour, round-the-clock military assault on Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth, killing at least three Palestinians, including a 23-year-old pregnant mother and her 18-month-old daughter. Images of the young familys blood splattered home trickled out onto the Internet, but thats pretty much where much of the medias reporting of 
Before I begin, I just have a few housekeeping items. First, as youll notice in the byline, my name is now Tris Mamone. Second, dont let the title throw you off; the article is about how the debate over the true definition of racism isnt doing anything to help solve institutional racism.
Now here are the obligatory intro paragraphs:
Once again, people are debating about whether people of color can be racist towards white people. It depends on how one defines racism. One side uses the sociological definition of racism, prejudice plus institutional power, and the other uses the dictionary definition, hatred towards people based on skin color. Which side is right? Does it even matter?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines racism in three ways: believing one race is superior to all others, a system of oppression based on skin color, and hating someone for the color of their skin. The first and third definitions are the most familiar, and the ones David French of the National Review used in a recent article about Sarah Jeong. A powerless persons hate may not harm the powerful, he writes, but it is still hate The essence of bigotry is to look at the color of a persons skin and, on that basis alone, make malignant judgments about his character or worth.
Read the rest here.
MADISON, Wis. The outcome of a hotly-contested insider versus outsider Republican primary in Wisconsin could potentially decide which party holds the Senate after November.
The outsider is Kevin Nicholson a young, decorated veteran-turned-businessman who walked away from the Democratic Party during his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. The insider is state lawmaker Leah Vukmir a nurse-turned politician with almost sixteen years in the Wisconsin legislature. The winner of Tuesdays primary will face incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin in what Democrats are treating as a vulnerable seat this year. Baldwin has a large war chest, but her attempt to moderate away from her hyper-liberal, Madison-centric former congressional district has been marred by several controversies that offer the eventual GOP opponent plenty of ammunition.
Republicans tried to seize this seat in 2012 when then-Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl retired. As it turned out, a bad year for Republicans nationally compounded by an aging GOP nominee who had spent his entire adult life in elected or appointed office gave Baldwin the opening she needed.
Nicholson knows this history, and so his biography as a problem-solving businessman and veteran who is running for office for the first time represents a different formulate for winning the seat. Politico hardly a friend of conservatives touted him as a Republican dream candidate with one small caveat: he used to be a Democrat.
His Democratic past isnt something Nicholson runs from. Repeatedly he opens his stump speeches with a self-deprecating comment about his youthful work for College Democrats, the campus organizing arm of the DNC. Growing up just north of Milwaukee, Nicholson was raised in a household of Democrats. His parents have already donated to Baldwins re-election effort.
Despite being opposed by the Republican Party infrastructure, which determined in a convention vote that it wanted to back the state legislator, Nicholson has run a formidable campaign. He has consistently raised more cash than his primary opponent, earned all of the high-profile national endorsements, and built a grassroots base that includes 10,000 donors across all of Wisconsins 72 counties.
Groups such as the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, Great America PAC...
From the Guardian: Ten years after the 2008 financial crash comes a compelling analysis of what really happened. Both appalled and captivated, the former Greek finance minister and co-founder of political movement DiEM25 fears we have reached a 1930 moment.
The author writes, President Donald Trumps administration is pushing the defense industry to sell more weapons as part of its drive to grow the US economy, and this determination to put American arms all over the world is paying dividends, at least for the US.
From Slate: The Supreme Court nominees views are in line with the most radical arguments of the Bush administration.
From CNN, Dozens of children, many younger than 15, were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a school bus in northern Yemen, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry.
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In this way, I think the Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School movement and the broader movement for Black lives inspired the idea for Teaching for Black Lives as a book that could be used by educators, students, activists and community organizers. The BLM at School movement went national during the 2017-2018 school year and educators in over 20 cities participated in a week of action from February 5 to 9, to affirm the lives of Black students and challenge institutional racism. The BLM at School movement developed three demands: (1) End zero tolerance discipline and implement restorative justice; (2) Hire more Black teachers; (3) Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum.
Can the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc rise to the occasion, as Donald Trump jerks Western imperialism out of traditional alignments? With war-talk against Iran blowing through Trumps tweets, and with Washingtons trade wars raging against both China and traditional allies, there was talk here in Johannesburg about counter-hegemonic prospects during the last week of July. Chatter about reforming multilateral economic power structures, launching a new BRICS credit ratings agency and prospects for leapfrog technology within the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) also filled the air. The most vainglorious elements of South Africas ruling elite were thrilled that BRICS leaders descended for several days of pageantry.
On Thursday, the US-based logistics and delivery company UPS announced a quarterly dividend payout to shareholders of more than $700 million for the three months to August 2018. The announcement came the very same day as the Teamsters union met in Chicago, Illinois to endorse new contracts for UPS workers that enforce poverty-level wages and introduce major new concessions. UPSs dividend payout is an object lesson in the basic functioning of capitalism. Where does this $700 million come from? It did not, after all, arise out of thin air. It is extracted from the labor of hundreds of thousands of workers, in the US and internationally. It is part of the surplus value produced by these workersthe difference between the wages they earn by selling their labor power, barely enough to survive, and the value they add in the process of production and distribution.
US sanctions, tariffs & debt sink Turkish lira
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Americas long-term balance sheet numbers just continue to get progressively worse.
Its entirely possible that if the newfound site visitors stick around, Jones would end up more profitable than before he was blac...
Polling shows the exact opposite to be true
More Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than those who have a favorable view of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Of Democrats and those who lean Democrat surveyed, only 47 percent had a favorable view of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Fifty-seven percent said they viewed socialism favorably, which is within the margin of error (+\- 3 percent) from the 58 percent of Democrats who viewed socialism favorably in 2016.
By contrast, 71 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of capitalism a number that is within the margin of error from the 68 percent who viewed it favorably in 2016. Only 16 percent of Republicans said they viewed socialism favorably, which is also within the margin of error from the 13 percent of those who viewed it favorably when Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was on the campaign trail seeking the Democratic nomination for president two years ago.
Views of socialism and capitalism have remained largely unchanged among Republicans since 2010, whereas Democrats view of capitalism has declined by 6 percent since 2010.
Young Americans defined in this poll as those between 18 and 29 years of age view socialism significantly more favorably than older Americans. Fifty one percent of those within that age cohort view socialism favorably, which has stayed largely consistent since 2010. But the number of young Americans who view capitalism favorably has fallen from 68 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2018. Among those 65 years and older, only 28 percent said they had a favorable view of socialism, while 60 percent said they had a favorable view of capitalism.
Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is projected to win a New York congressional seat this November, has advocated for socialist policies in her time on the campaign trail alongside Sanders. Ocasio-Cortezs embrace of socialism marks a significant...
ProPublica announced today that Jeff Ernsthausen will be joining its staff as a data reporter.
Ernsthausen comes to ProPublica from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, where he has worked since 2013 as a data reporter on the investigative team. Along with colleagues, Ernsthausen helped conduct the most comprehensive review of police shootings in Georgia history, as well as flaws in how the state handles them. The investigation led to grand jury reform that was signed into law in 2016.
He was also on the reporting team that exposed widespread sexual abuse among the nations doctors, with perpetrators only marginally punished and often allowed to keep practicing medicine. The series was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting, and won a Philip Meyer Award, Scripps Howard Award and IRE Award.
With degrees in economics and history, Ernsthausen worked as a financial and economic analyst prior to his journalism career.
Jeff is a motivated reporter who has innovated new data strategies in his newsroom for uncovering documents, and he has deftly used his data skills to tell stories that hold the powerful accountable, said Ryann Grochowski Jones, ProPublica deputy data editor. We are thrilled to have him join our team.
I chose to become a journalist in no small part because I was inspired by the work coming out of ProPublica, said Ernsthausen. Im excited to join an institution and staff with a track record of exposing hard truths about our society and holding accountable those who abuse their power over others.
Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv, Israel's capital, to reject the controversial Nationality Bill, approved by the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, in July. The march was led by Palestinian Israelis who make up around 20 percent of Israel's population. The protest included the left-wing political party Meretz, legislator of the Zionist Union Micky Rosenthal, rights organizations such as Peace Now and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and the members of the Joint List - a political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties in Israel. Chairman of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said: "Tens of thousands of Arabs and Jews are moving in large quantities on buses to Tel Aviv because today we insist on delivering a clear message - a democratic state must be for all citizens."
Imagine that Martin Luther King never had a dream. Imagine that instead of working outside the narrow confines of time and place, he had resolved to work only within them. Imagine he had risen to the steps of the Lincoln Monument and announced a five-point plan that he imagined he could both sell to the black community and win a majority for in both houses of congress that would bring civil rights legislation that one step closer. But he didnt. He chose not to engage in the nitty gritty of the here and now. Instead, he addressed not what will be or could be, but what should be. And it is in that spirit and tradition that I want to make this contribution now. I am fully aware that no nation is going to get rid of its border tomorrow.
WASHINGTON A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days. The courts ruling is being seen as a major victory for environmentalists and public health activists, who have been fighting to ban the agro-chemical for well over a decade, and comes a few months after Hawaii passed the countrys first state-wide ban of the substance. The chemical, which numerous studies have shown causes significant damage to the nervous systems of children and infants, was banned for household use by the EPA in 2000, but the regulatory agency has largely resisted banning its use in agriculture. Yet efforts to ban the chemical had seemed to pay off when the EPA under the Obama administration proposed banning the substance for agricultural use in 2015.
On Friday, a landmark case against Monsantos Roundup weedkiller concluded in San Francisco in which a jury awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, concluding that Roundup gave him terminal cancer. Naturally, Monsanto announced that they are going to appeal this case. However, what this case illustrates is a massive shift in the tide against the chemical behemoth. Had Johnson attempted this lawsuit just three years ago, he wouldve likely been laughed out of the courtroom. Thanks to the relentless independent investigations and independent media, however, this is all changing. If you get all of your news from mainstream media and cable TV infotainment, then youre probably unaware that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide) has been linked to cancer.
On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children. CNN aired horrifying, heartbreaking footage of children who survived the attack being treated in an emergency room. One of the children, carrying his UNICEF issued blue backpack, is covered with blood and badly burned. Commenting on the tragedy, CNNs senior correspondent Nima Elbagir emphasized that she had seen unaired video which was even worse than what the CNN segment showed.
by Jon Rappoport
August 13, 2018
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A lot of people were waiting for this day. It finally arrived.
Reuters: a California jury ordered [Monsanto]to pay $289 million for not warning of cancer risks posed by its main weed killer [Roundup].
The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system that he alleges was caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide.
More than 5000 lawsuits against Monsanto and Roundup are waiting in the wings, and this verdict, in favor of Johnson, is a strong signal to future juries.
Of course, Monsanto, and its new parent company, Bayer, claim last weeks court ruling was deeply flawed and Roundup is not a health threat; an appeal is in the works.
And that is where the danger lies.
As you go higher in the court system, judges, not juries, are making the decisions, the judges tend to be appointed on the basis of their politics.
Official science IS politics, with mega-corporations the favored clients.
Monsantos lawyers will be able to restate the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] assessment that Roundup is not a proven or likely carcinogen.
The judges of an appeals court could decide, for example, that the scientific evidence presented by both sides cancels itself out and leaves a definitive opinion on Roundup in maybe-limbo at the present time. Therefore, the accuser, Dewayne Johnson, has not proved his case. Therefore, there is no judgment in his favor, and no $$ penalty against Monsanto.
I would say Monsanto (and its new owner Bayer) are counting on this scenario.
Could we also be talking about secret payoffs (or blackmail) to assure a favorable outcome? Im absolutely shocked that anyone would suggest the possibility. As we all know, these corporations are models of propriety and good citizenship. Their reputations are above reproach. They arise each day seeking only to do good in the far flung communities they serve. They search their souls for any sign of moral turpitude and eradicate such problems in short order.
London Pride 2018 took place on July 7 in central London with the theme Pride Matters. Even though I now live in Essex, London Pride is one Pride I always look forward to.
Unfortunately, this years London Pride Parade was hijacked by a
small group of Anti-Trans women who forced their way to the front
of the parade, and force-led the parade. The transphobic group of
about 10 lay down in front of the parade, shouting anti-trans
slogans, and wouldnt let the parade move. I wouldnt bother to
relate their transphobic messages here because I wont be an
indirect vessel to spread their hate messages. The transphobes
disrupted and held up the start of the parade. The organisers
finally gave in and allowed them to lead the parade. They marched
right in front of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was supposed
to lead the parade. They held their Anti-Trans banners and
distributed their transphobic leaflets. The organisers cited the
hot weather for their decision to give in to the Anti-Trans group.
I wished they had not given in and instead found a way to get the
small group out of the parade. Big shame to the Anti-Trans group,
they are a disgrace to the entire LGBT community.
Also, Britains largest LGBT organisation, Stonewall, stayed away from London Pride this year to protest the racism problem within the LGBT community.
A Stonewall spokesperson said:
We know this is an event thats important to many in our communities and very much hope to attend in future years.
However last year, Pride in Londons community advisory board again raised concerns about the lack of diversity and inclusion at Pride in London particularly of black and minority ethnic communities.
Pride in London rejected those concerns from the community in the strongest terms and, as yet, have failed to make any public acknowledgement that they may need to make significant changes if Pride in London is to be an event for everyone.
Racism is still very rife within the LGBT community in Britain. This did not come as a shock to LGBT PoC as we have been saying this for so long. It is really sad that those who are members of an oppressed group are sometimes themselves perpetrators of oppression against other vulnerable groups, when they are in position of power and have the privilege.
Aside from the unfortunate transphobic disruption at the parade, and the noticeable absence of St...
Yes, Stargates that teleport people to remote locations are real. Super soldier programs are active today.
In one of the most entertaining, but riveting interviews in the history of The Common Sense Show, Steve Quayle shared what he has discovered about Stargate technology, super soldier programs and a large chunk of our ancient history that has been hidden from the general public.
The listener will be on the edge of their seat as Steve reveals these ancient secrets and how these variables are still active today as they carry profound meaning for everyone in our time.
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The Russian and Chinese governments are in Washington's hands because Russia and China, thinking that capitalism had won, quickly adopted American neoliberal economics, which is a propaganda device that serves only American interests.
Dozens of children took to the streets of Yemens capital Sanaa to protest the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country. They carried pictures of the kids slain in an airstrike that hit a school bus earlier this week. The young protesters of various ages chanted anti-Saudi slogans and carried banners in both Arabic and English. Who allowed you to shed the blood of the children of Yemen? one of the signs, addressed to Riyadh, read. Some of the children held the postmortem photos of the schoolkids, who died in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit a packed school bus in the town of Dahyan in the northern Saada Province on Thursday. 51 people, including 40 children between 10 and 13 years of age, were killed and 79 others injured in the attack, according to Taha al-Mutawakil, the health minister for the Houthi authorities in Yemen.
It has been ten years since I returned to Palestine after living in the US for nearly three decades. Those ten years in Palestine have been truly phenomenal and inspirational despite the pain and agony associated with them. For example, they are bracketed by an attack on Gaza in 2008 when we saw hundreds of Palestinian civilians murdered and by the attacks on Gaza and on the freedom flotilla trying to break the siege on Gaza in 2018. In between much pain that I relayed in my weekly email messages including losing 19 of my personal friends killed by the Israeli colonization army. But also in between we have much to be proud of in Palestinian community achievement with help of others.
For days, the mainstream media has been devoted to promoting the protest of 20 white nationalists in D.C. showing their relentless attempt to push divide on Americans.
Senator is the only real peace maker in Washington.
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Chemical giant ordered to pay $289 million in landmark decision
US President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: The White House. Source: Wikicommons)
Since taking office a year and a half ago, the allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trumps election campaign and the Russian government have buried nearly all other substantive issues in regards to his administration. This hasnt been limited to marginalizing reportage of destructive domestic legislation or the escalation of endless war abroad. It has successfully diverted attention away from other foreign governments shaping U.S. policy and elections. The media has even downplayed Trumps sycophantic behavior towards other heads of state in favor of their pathological obsession with his perceived obsequiousness toward Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is largely because Russiagate is not based on facts or evidence, but a psychological operation conducted by the intelligence community through mass media disseminating suggestive and pre-selected disinformation about Trump and Russia. Not only has it enabled the national security state and political establishment to neutralize the anti-Trump resistance, it has become a smokescreen for the collusion between Trump and the state of Israel which continues to guide his decision making.
One month after his shocking victory and before his inauguration, one of the top members of Trumps transition team, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, directly contacted members of the UN Security Council and urged them to block a draft resolution that condemned illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. General Flynn corresponded with diplomats from several foreign governments (including Russia) to learn their stance on the resolution and tried to persuade them to vote against it. Flynn would later plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his discussions with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The Israeli government candidly admitted to seeking help from Trumps tran...
As I compose this, a miracle is happening around me. I am flying back to Missouri after a week in my native Pacific Northwest. This is a round-trip Oregon Trail, without the deaths from dysentery, cholera, snakebite, or drowning while fording a river.
This direct flight from Portland to St. Louis takes less than four hours to travel 2,000 miles, for a price of just under $200. It is an affordable miracle (slightly less-affordable but more luxurious options are also available), and even the basic options are marvelous. Step into a climate-controlled metal tube filled with seats, settle in, and a few hours later step out thousands of miles away. Emperors, priests, and god-kings never had it so good. Julius Caesar travelled at the speed and with the smell of horse.
This trip contains many more wonders. In my pocket is a communication device filled with music, books, and other knowledge and entertainment. In my backpack is a similar device with a larger display to better facilitates work and leisure. I can start writing in the air and finish while sitting comfortably at home. For a small fee, I can connect to the internet in-transit.
Upon landing, I am able to immediately talk to my wife, who is miles away. She arrives to pick me up shortly after I collect my luggage. While waiting at the carousel, I watched some baseball on my phone, live-streamed from the East Coast another miracle. We head home in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle that easily travels at speeds impossible for nearly all of human history.
At home, there are many more miracles: hot and cold running water on demand, flush toilets, climate control, light with a flick of a switch, and appliances to cook and clean and keep food cold. There is much more. For education, edification, and entertainment there are books and musical instruments and effectively endless electronic images and information.
None of this is out of the ordinary. These are the current norms of middle-class American life, and even the relatively poor enjoy many of these comforts. Thrift stores like Goodwill now turn down old tube TVs: apparently, these days even the poor only buy flat-screens.
But the dramatic decline in absolute poverty in our nation (and worldwide) does not eliminate relative poverty or the human capacity for boredom. Marvels become commonplace and are obscured by minor indignities (hi there, TSA!) and by small discomforts such as folding my six-foot frame into an airplane seat.
Envy still gnaws at us, even amidst plentitude. The wonder of travelling thousands of miles in a few hours is lost as we eye those enjoying the benefits in first class, or even the extra legroom of an exit row. Devices that were a wonder a few years ago become a source of discontent when compared to the latest model.
Furthermore, comfort and convenience do not sate our appetites for long, nor can they save our souls. The wealth and technological prowess of our a...
Ive spent most of my adult life producing theater in New York City. In that time, on more occasions than I care to remember, only 20 people showed up in the audience when Id hoped for hundreds. I thought of that with a smile yesterday watching the maybe two dozen sad white nationalists hold their rally in Washington. I know how bad that feels, the Public Address system and stage you paid for mocking you.
Jason Kessler and his gang more than deserved it, but you can see why they assumed they were going to sell out. The going narrative in our newspapers and cable news shows is that the Trump presidency has emboldened white supremacists, that they are no longer ashamed. After all, the president is winking at them. There were probably 20 journalists for every white nationalist at yesterdays event precisely because the news media was testing its hypothesis.
Whether the news media devoted too much coverage to these 20 people begging for attention was a close call. Those against it can rightfully say that Kessler did nothing to earn the megaphone outlets like NPR gave him, that news outlets are intentionally overblowing the threat because they want to hurt Trump, or even that gasoline was being poured on a cultural fire.
But on the other hand, a year ago a woman was killed by a crazed white nationalist during this event. Even if only 20 showed up yesterday, it only takes one with a car. Further, the counterprotest was a much larger story this year. It could reasonably be described as a story worth covering. Lastly, outlets like CNN that road-blocked their afternoon broadcast to cover the score of bad people in a Washington park were testing an important hypothesis.
The going wisdom since Charlottesville is that Donald Trump has been blowing a dog trumpet to all the racists in America. The accusation is that he plays footsie with a dark, racist underbelly of our country. It is not a hypothesis without support. His weird claim that he didnt know anything about David Duke in 2016, when Duke had been a primary reason he didnt run for president on the Reform ticket in 2000, was an early troubling event.
His initial reaction to last years violence in Charlottesville wasnt much better. Even his tweet this past week about disliking all racists seemed to avoid the central point. It is reasonable to ask why a president who seems obsessed with black athletes protesting, and calls them out constantly, cant just one time tweet, The white nationalists coming to DC are losers. Sad.
All of the evidence listed above leads to the idea that white supremacists are ready for prime time. No longer a secluded group of crazies, they have taken over the GOP and are ready to rumble, goes the thinking. That is why so much money and manpower was spent covering the event. After all, last year the siren song of Richard Spencer had drawn hundreds of khaki-wearing, tiki-torch white warriors d...
So the mainstream pundits are finally right. They said there was only one side behind the violence in Charlottesville last year, despite extensive reports of black-clad, far-left Antifa eagerly brawling with the white nationalists. This has since been cemented as an article of dogma among mainstream liberals, who seem determined to run interference for Antifa, even though Antifa is likely to go after them first.
But this year it looks like its really true. There is only one side in Charlottesville. As The New York Times summed it up, With no sign of white supremacists there, tensions were confined to interactions between the left-leaning protesters and law enforcement. Or, as I speculated on Friday, It would be a supreme irony if the only news out of Charlottesville this weekend turns out to be scuffling between two groups the police and Black Lives Matter or Antifa who are both there to guard against the empty specter of neo-Nazis.
So far, it looks like no more than scuffling. With no Nazis to serve as an excuse even at their event in DC, where they managed to get a permit and a lot of police protection, it looks like no more than a handful of white nationalists showed up the far left in Charlottesville faced only the hard target of police in riot gear, so they mostly contented themselves with slinging hateful words.
Whom do they hate? Well, mostly theyve been screaming at police. The Washington Post puts this in a way intended to excuse the protesters, describing it as confusion over an extraordinary police presence that turned into anger, but that doesnt fly when you look at the protesters actual message, in which they chanted slogans against the police, against white supremacy, and against the University of Virginia. Last year they came with torches, said a large banner in front of a monument of Thomas Jefferson. This year they come with badges.'
You can see that banner in a photo in the article, and its clear that this was not just throw...
Hillary Clinton ruled the big Midwestern cities and suburbs in 2016, often surpassing Barack Obamas 2012 margins of victory in places like Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati) and Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis.) But in every Midwestern state, the small towns and countryside gave Donald Trump much higher victory margins than they gave Mitt Romney in 2012.
The small-town and rural Midwest gave Hillary 20 percent fewer votes than Obama received in 2012, and gave Trump 13 percent more votes than they did Romney. The GOP smaller-town victory margin increased an astonishing 130 percent for the nine Midwestern states in aggregate. The SmallTown and Rural vote is defined as all voters not in major cities, suburbs, or established blue collar industrial counties, not places where media heavies or the donor class live.
In the small-town and rural Midwest, the Republican margin of victory over the Democratic presidential candidate increased to 28.8 percent in 2016 from 12.4 percent in 2012. Trump won seven of the nine Midwestern states, and was very competitive in Minnesota. Only Illinois, with a heavy 70 percent weighting in the total vote from the city of Chicago and from the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs, was a smooth win for Hillary Clinton. (All percentages are shown as between the two top candidates. 64.4% 35.6% = 28.8%; 56.2% 43.8% = 12.4%.)
Heres the popular and electoral vote small town and rural voter impact in 2016, with the switch states from 2012 separated.
As Federalist editor Joy Pullmann recently reported, a new study of the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Program (VPK) showed that preschool failed to help students succeed in elementary school and even hindered them in some cases. While the kids enrolled made academic gains at the beginning, these gains disappeared by the time the kids reached second and third grade. Moreover, the VPK students got into trouble more often, and more of them required special education services.
Other studies on preschools have shown the same discouraging pattern: students in preschool seemed to make greater learning progress than kids who stayed at home, but this advantage dissolved. Preschooled children eventually sink to the middle or towards the bottom of the class a few years later their preschooling just faded out.
Clearly, this indicates pre-K programs do not help children enough to justify their time and expense, but that does not stop political and educational leaders from insisting otherwise. They can simply reject the evidence.
Regarding the VPK results, critics could claim that a whole multitude of other factors besides preschool caused the kids to decline in performance later on bad parents, poverty, disability, incompetent educators, systemic prejudice, etc. Or, they could claim that the preschool actually prevented even worse performance that would have followed without it. Or, they could question the studys values and criteria and maintain that the kids actually benefited. Or, as they did in this case, they could suppress the study by refusing to publish it, and ignore it after it is published.
Without a good explanation of why these studies work out the way they do, they will inevitably fail to make much of a dent in education policy. On the surface, giving kids a head start with their education should help them. Placing kids in the care of trained professional with abundant resources instead of an uneducated parent with bad habits should reverse their downward life trajectory entirely. Why doesnt this work? Common sense screams that it should.
In reality, common sense shows why preschool does little for a kids learning and may even inhibit it. What seems to elude the experts and partisans for universal daycare is that children are developing human beings, not circus animals or computers. A child learning to perform a trick like saying the alphabet or counting to ten in does not equate to actual human learning, nor does a child become smarter from having additional time to download knowledge.
Rather, a childs cognition develops over time, and he will learn whatever his growing brain allows him to learn at that moment. Particularly...
In a recent interview with Guy Benson from Foxs radio show Benson and Harf, Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire, said he would be much more apt to vote for President Trump in 2020 than [he] was in 2016 and that attempts to primary Trump would be a major mistake.
During the 2016 election, Shapiro had been vocally Never Trump, professing on his podcast that he had voted for neither Trump nor opponent Hillary Clinton while communicating an understanding of those who had opted to vote for the outspoken New York City real estate mogul. Shapiro alluded to the need for modern conservatism to maintain and better convey its immutable tenets in the face of a less principled Trumpism, especially as young conservatives search for the appropriate philosophical footholds within the movement.
Shapiro admits that Trumps personal behavior, in contrast to his policy accomplishments, has been what many predicted, toxifying politics. But Shapiro also emphasized Trumps better-than-expected conservative track record, suggesting that Trump governed as conservatively as Vice President Mike Pence might have as president.
As Shapiro notes, from Trumps shrinking of the regulatory state to his successful completion of tax reform to his much-improved approach to the Middle East, the president has shown himself to be a stronger promoter of conservatism than many had anticipated, albeit unfortunately quite the spender.
Given Trumps policy achievements and the likelihood of Trump being challenged by a radical Democrat, Shapiro affirmed that he would be much more likely to vote for Trump in 2020. Shapiro doesnt believe his initial reservations have disappeared, however. He said he has to measure the fact that a bunch of things that [he] thought would happen have already happened and are not going to be cured by avoiding voting for him. That is to say, Trump hasnt changed but the landscape has.
Finally, Shapiro noted that primarying Trump would be not only a waste of time but a pursuit highly likely to backfire, given Trumps current approval rating within the Republican Party is over 90 percent. Shapiro pointed out the possibility that primarying Trump could cause certain conservative principles to become less popular, if they are being touted by someone opposing Trump and if Trump doesnt seem overly keen to preserve those principles in the first place. Therefore, primarying Trump could cannibalize party principles.
Bensons interview with Shapiro highlights the impending fork in the road for Never Trumpers, who will be forced to weight the policy gains of the Trump administration against the presidents less-than-savory personal idiosyncrasies. Furthermore, as progressives push the Democratic Party further leftward, the likelihood of the Democratic platform remaining remotely palatable to disgruntled conservatives seems evermore slim, a point Shapiro encapsulated neatly with the mere term...
The American experiment seems to be going awry in unexpected and disturbing ways. Despite the health of the national economy, troubling signs abound: declining birthrates, family breakdown, rising mortality from suicide or drug overdose, social tribalism, political dissatisfaction, fraying social ties and gnawing isolation. In Europe, Western civilization seems to be in an even worse state of decay.
Leon Kasss new book, Leading a Worthy Life, has plenty of practical advice. A modern-day Renaissance man who has spent decades teaching the Great Books at the University of Chicago and St. Johns College, Kass has produced a revised and updated selection of previously published essays that diagnose how, from romance and marriage to sports, education, and the end of life, weve lost our way. He makes a strong case that in America today our cultural practices are so disjointed and our social arrangements so unsatisfactory because too many of us no longer seek a life that reflects the dignity of mankind and the fullness of human experience.
Kass aims to remind us where we went wrong, by enunciating what many Americans seek in their heart of hearts but have forgotten how to articulate or defend. Weve forgotten these things because weve become spiritually impoverished, mainly by mistaking freedom and prosperity for ends in themselves rather than means to a good life, to genuine human flourishing. We have forgotten, that is, what it means to be a human being.
Kass argues that to wage war against this spiritual poverty we need better elites, and institutions that will inspire and sustain cultural renewal. But first, we need a full-throated intellectual defense and celebration of what most Americans still tacitly know and live by. And this requires an account of why and how our most worthy practices answer to our deepest human aspirations and longings.
So Kass takes us through some of those practices, beginning with a chapter on courtship (he isnt afraid of antique terms like courtship or bastard, which help recall things we once knew). In a way, his discussion of courtship serves as a stand-in for a host of traditional practices that have disappeared from American life and have left young people adrift. He seems to have special sympathy for those trying to find their way into honorable adulthood.
For all the talk of single parenthood and rampant divorce, Kass notes that there isnt much discussion of what makes for marital success, much less the ways and mores of entering into marriage, that is, to wooing or courtship. But of course we dont talk about wooing and courtship because they barely happen anymore, which is a big problem.
Today there are no socially prescribed forms of conduct that help guide young men and women in the direction of matrimony, writes Kass, noting that its...
It appears that intellectual poverty is no barrier to publication in The New York Times opinion page, if the ideas being expressed put a tingle in leftists spines. A recent case in point is an article by Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara entitled, Think the Constitution Will Save Us? Think Again.
They go on to note that conservative business elites like President Trump revere the Constitution because it empowers them to prevent government from redistributing their wealth and guaranteeing the interests of working people. Instead of our byzantine Constitution, they claim that our ideal should be a strong federal government powered by a proportionally elected unicameral legislature.
Day and Sunkaras analysis is so shallow that its hard to know where to begin. Perhaps the best place to start is with the one thing they got right: subverting democracy was the explicit intent of the Constitutions framers. But they fail to address what James Madison meant by democracy in Federalist 10, and why he and the other Founders wanted to subvert it.
Madison argued for a republic over a democracy, by which he meant essentially a representative democracy over a pure democracy. The reason for this is the same as the reason for all the byzantine aspects of the Constitution: preventing tyranny.
Tyranny can take numerous forms, but it always boils down to the person or people with power ruling for their own benefit, rather than for the benefit of those whom they rule. Whether a people is ruled by one, or few, or many, virtue demands that the rulers rule for the benefit of the ruled.
But its a rare bird indeed who will do so freely. Unless theyre forced to do otherwise, the powerful will tend to abuse their power for their own benefit. That is true of the absolute monarch, the elitist oligarch, and, as Madison and the other Founders knew, of the mob.
Having recently succeeded in throwing off a monarchical tyranny, the Founders were not about to hand over unchecked power to the mob. But how to check power? The simple but ingenious answer was: with power. Power, said Madison in Federalist 51, will check power.
Under the Constitution, the monarchical power represented by the presidency is checked by the democratic power of the House of Representatives and the aristocratic power of the Senate, and vice versa. The power of the people in the House is checked by the power of the states in the Senate, and vice versa. And the executive power...
The Michigan Democratic primaries on Wednesday proved a mixed bag for Muslim candidates who were endorsed by a mixture of Islamist organizations and members of left-most elements of progressive politics. Yet despite the less than stellar polling results, theres reason for concern that efforts to legitimize Islamist politicians will continue.
Abdul El-Sayed, a dark-horse gubernatorial candidate who has been compared favorably to former President Barack Obama, surged in the last few days of the campaign, following endorsements from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist and Democrat Party nominee for New Yorks 14th Congressional District, and from former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. But El-Sayed couldnt pull out a win against more traditional Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer.
Also supported by Ocasio-Cortez, Fayrouz Saad placed fourth out of the five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Michigans 11th District. The one outlier was a Democratic primary victory for Rashida Tlaib in Michigans 13th district. Tlaib faces no Republican challenger in the general election, virtually guaranteeing she will serve as the first Muslim American woman in Congress.
The three candidates were the beneficiaries of campaign stops by Ocasio-Cortez, who attended a Muslim Vote Matters rally organized by Muslim political organizations Emgage and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan chapter on July 31. Comparisons between Ocasio-Cortez and El-Sayed, Saad, and Tlaib were a repeated theme in media coverage.
Ocasio-Cortez was accompanied by Linda Sarsour, a New York-based Islamist activist and Democratic Socialists of America Party member, who painted the potential election of three Muslim candidates as a blow to the Trump administration, which she said has fascist policies.
There are people that are saying no way, there is no way that a state like Michigan will elect the first Muslim governor in these United States of Am...
I dont think I will ever forget the day my husband and I dropped off our firstborn for his freshman year of college. It would have been difficult enough under any circumstances, but the fact that we had homeschooled him through high school made it even more so.
For us, the first day of college felt almost like the first day of kindergarten, as we stepped back from being the primary directors of our childs studies and daily schedule. We knew he was ready for this step in his life, and we felt good about the institution he had chosen to attend. Nevertheless, after he told us goodbye, walked up the sidewalk and disappeared through the front door of his dorm, I had a good, hard cry on my husbands shoulder. I had a few more as we drove the eight hours back home.
Three years later, this scenario was repeated when we dropped off our daughter for her first year. Was it any easier the second time around? I think it was in the sense that we had gained a little more wisdom about what to do and what not to do. But saying goodbye and driving away was no easier. No matter how old your kids are, there is something in the parental gut that screams No! at leaving them behind.
There are, however, ways you can make the transition to college easier on both your child and yourself. Here are a few.
If you are not a church-going person, feel free to skip to No. 2. But if you have raised your child in the church, nothing is more important than taking steps to make sure he remains connected to that church while away at school.
If theres any time a young persons faith is going to be tested, its when he is on his own for the first time, with no parents around to insist that he go to church on Sunday. Meanwhile, he will also likely be confronted with regular temptations to make poor choices, as well as professors who intentionally set out to challenge the teachings on which he has been raised.
If your child is going to be equipped to resist either, he needs to be in church. Either a strong campus ministry in the denomination to which you belong or a church home in the town in which he is attending school will not only provide him a spiritual lifeline, it will provide him an immediate, built-in community.
My husband and I made sure there was a church in our denomination for our son and daughter to attend, and we visited the church and met the pastor ahead of time. We are indebted to those congregations for their spiritual care of our children during the time they were at school.
I think some parents are of the mindset that once kids leave home, they are naturally going to rebel against their upbringing and spurn their parents counsel. I beg to differ. Our kids were raised going to church, and they received from us the clear message that we expected that to continue. It did continue, as much because our kids knew they needed it as because they knew we expected it....
As the midterm elections inch closer, speculation has run wild as to who will challenge Donald Trump in 2020. In late June, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer whose claim to fame is representing an on-screen prostitute who allegedly had consensual sex with the president 12 years ago, tweeted, The candidate in 2020 better be a take no prisoners street fighter who is prepared to go 15 rounds in a VERY serious brutal campaign. (Apparently, Avenatti thinks its still the early 1980s with 15-round boxing matches.)
Slowly, Avenatti began dropping hints that he just might be that street fighter. I initially laughed it off and figured he was just being his usual bombastic self by saying something sensational to stay relevant and book his next television gig. Hes become a vocal mainstay on left-wing cable television. David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon reported that Avenatti had 108 appearances on MSNBC and CNN over a 64-day period earlier this year.
Then, last Thursday, Avenatti popped up at the Iowa State Fair, an event that has traditionally been a campaign stop for presidential candidates. One million people are expected at this years fair. While there, Avenatti told the Des Moines Register hes exploring a run for the presidency.
In retrospect, we should have seen this coming. He went from challenging Trump on behalf of an adult film star to taking a loud, public stance against everything the Trump administration has seemingly done. He injected himself into the immigration debate when he began representing families separated after illegally entering the country. He was even in London protesting Trumps visit to the United Kingdom. Avenatti has gleefully made himself the face of the resistance, and his already massive ego continues to grow with each public appearance and supportive tweet from his fans.
So it was to be expected when he headlined the Wing Ding Dinner in Iowa and his speech was essentially a page out of the resistance movement handbook. (Not everyone is an Avenatti fan, however. It was reported that, shortly after Avenatti was announced as the Wing Dings featured speaker, almost all of the statewide Democratic candidates pulled out of the event.)
True to form, during his speech, Avenatti made some over-the-top proclamations. He cried that Democrats are fighting for the survival of the republic! (Eye roll.) He exclaimed that Trump wants to send us back to the dark ages where people disregard women and minorities. (Even harder eye roll.)
Avenatti also apparently expects Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to kick the bucket in the next six years, because he said if re-elected, Trump will put the balance of the Supreme Court at 7-2. He even seemed to take a shot at Michelle Obama, saying, When they go low, I say, we hit harder. Quite the shift from Democrats not daring to besmirch the Obamas.
We also learned that Avenatti came from humble beginnings. He spoke t...
A mother has filed a lawsuit after her autistic son was attacked by a school cop, tasered until he fell unconscious and left in a pool of his own urine.
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The shock of Donald Trump's unexpected victory is prompting a lot of soul searching among academics, journalists and politicians.
The U.S. Army is reaching out to Indian Country to help identify tribal youth who died while attending the infamous Carlisle boarding school.
Citizens of the Quapaw Tribe didn't just re-elect their longtime leader when they went to the polls, they chose a new way to refer to themselves.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accrued as much as $200,000 in debt buying tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.
White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh would go to games with a handful of friends. These friends then reimbursed him for the tickets, the White House says, and the debts have been paid off.
But the White House and Kavanaugh are not answering questions about what happened. Who did Kavanaugh buy tickets for? How did they reimburse him? Was this properly disclosed? And how was all of this treated for tax purposes?
Kavanaugh is up for one of the most powerful positions in the land. A lifelong position.
We think its important to figure out as much as we can about a nominees background before he is confirmed. So were turning to you.
Figuring out who Kavanaugh brought to games could be relevant to his confirmation. It would help:
Were not sure what well find. But we do know that people take a lot of pictures at baseball games. Did you see Judge Kavanaugh at a game? Did you attend a game with him? Do you have any photos, and if so, will you send them our way?
Heres what we know already:
Indian farmers and ranchers are getting a second check while tribes, non-profits and other organizations are seeing grants from the Keepseagle settlement.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is promising to do something about an eagle feather he said his family took without permission.
Students in Native communities are disproportionately affected by trauma.
The United States of America is White supremacist, racist and sexist because of our foundations.
Over 400 movies have been created under the direct influence and supervision of the Pentagon, illustrating their disturbing level of propaganda.
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"We're not top 10 in anything," said a former education secretary who is calling out politicians for creating a public education system that "runs on lies."
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After police failed to hold their own officer accountable for holding an innocent motorist at gunpoint, the taxpayers will now take the hit.
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When a man asked police to see the warrant they claimed to have, instead of showing it to him, they choked him to death on video.
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The coordinated attack on Alex Jones sets a dangerous precedent that could be used to wipe out all independent media by Big Tech.
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After police failed to hold their own officers accountable for attacking an innocent 84-year-old grandmotherhospitalizing hershe is now fighting back.
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A man was charged with "drug trafficking" for shipping a product that most people think should be legal in all 50 states.
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Tweeting the exact same tweets as NY Times new editor got a black conservative woman's Twitter account suspended when she switched out "white" for "Jewish" and "black."
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As hundreds turned out to protest the NRA over the weekend, Parkland survivor David Hogg arrived and was photographed reportedly surrounded by guns.
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A cop in California forgot his oath to the constitution and confronted a reporter telling him that he needed "his permission" to film. He was wrong.
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