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Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story involving 
Seth Meyers accurately describes Donald Trump.
The technology exists right now for autonomous micro drones to carry out mass murder at the behest of a political whim, this needs to be stopped. (TFTP) Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision using autonomous microdrones and with no 
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By Vin Armani In this video, Vin Armani has a discussion with AV and CTRAFFIK of the libertarian hip hop group Freenauts about the return...
Fakery and trickery are not solutions; they are a form of self-delusional madness that destroys the nations ability to face reality squarely and choose real solutions, no matter how painful the choice and path might be. The nation has lost its common sense, its soul and its sanity. Can we summarize the source of this remarkably pervasive madness? Our efforts 
The FCC was charged in 1934 with the clear mission of protecting the "public interest" from profiteers and propagandists. That mission was enhanced and extended over time. It was threatened, as well -- but never so aggressively, nor so dramatically, as it is now threatened. It is dangerous. It threatens the discourse that sustains democracy at the local, state and national levels.
Floating cities sound like a concept out of a science-fiction film, but this is no longer the case. By 2020, the first floating city is expected to emerge in the Pacific Ocean, and life on it will be drastically different than life on land.
Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is presently developing the first floating city and has been since 2008. Recently, it reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin testing the proposed idea in its waters. Said Joe Quirk, the president of the Seasteading Institute,
If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people.
The New York Times reports that the community in question would consist of about a dozen structures. These would include homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. The buildings would also feature living roofs, be made using local wood, bamboo, and coconut fiber, and contain recycled metal and plastic.
Already, engineers and architects have visited an undisclosed location where the floating city is likely to emerge. Reportedly, the goal of the city is to liberate humanity from politicians, and to rewrite the rules that govern society.
Not surprising to some, the venture wont be cheap. The total cost of building the offshore utopia is estimated to be around $167 million. Still, it could prove a worthy undertaking especially if it frees humans from the rule of countries governments.
Governments just dont get better, said Quirk....
By Matt Agorist Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision...
Lindsey Port, a DFL candidate for office in 2016 who is running again for a House seat next year, said Schoen grabbed her buttocks at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis in 2015.
Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, said Schoen sent her a string of text messages when she was a candidate for office inviting her to drinks, including one not intended for her that read: I almost got her. Working on her pretty hard, but I almost got her.
A Senate employee said Schoen sent her an unsolicited photo of male genitalia.
What the fuck has been going on? Its about time these jerks got booted out of office, but now Im wondering where all these men who disrespect women came from, how they endured so long without exposure, and how they managed to get elected to office. Ive always felt a little uncomfortable just giving a friendly hug that women invite, even, and I cant quite imagine reaching out and grabbing the butt of a co-worker under any circumstances. I also cant imagine trying to get someone.
Never mind me. Im just an alien from planet Flooforb who accidentally stumbled through a one-way portal to your planet, and I havent adapted at all to your social politics yet.
Nor do I want to. Way too much involuntary manipulation and exchange of bodily fluids. Ick.
ATLANTA An Atlanta police officer was fired for using excessive force after he was caught on dashcam video repeatedly kicking and punching a teenage suspect after a police chase.
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The post Breaking: Monopod Blocks Tree Clearing and Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania appeared first on It's Going Down.
A monopod has been erected to block the heavy machinery that is currently clearing and chipping trees in South Central Pennsylvania to make way for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Mariner East 2 pipeline. The monopodwhich is made out of a tree that ETP cut down last yearis currently about 200 feet from the encroaching heavy equipment.
This action is being carried out by Camp White Pine in South Central Pennsylvania. Camp White Pine has been physically blocking pipeline construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline since February, and the Gerhart family, whose property the camp is on, has been resisting the pipeline project since 2015.
The treesits that activists have been occupying for months are located on the west end of the property, while this new monopod blockade is on the east end. This latest phase of cutting and clearing off the east end of the property began in late October and has been moving closer to the camp each day.
Help support this campaign by sharing this information and contributing to the camps legal and bail fund at fundrazr.com/CampWhitePine.
Syrias Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to express thanks for Moscows help in the fight against terrorism. At a meeting with President Putin, which began with an embrace, the leaders discussed the Syrian political settlement ahead of Moscows talks with Iran and Turkey. The visit by President Assad to the Black Sea 
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November 24-26 upcoming, the Liberal Party will meet up for Qubec City. These ferocious partisans of the extractivist economy are going to authorize a new reglementary regime for the hydrocarbon extraction that is already a bigger threat than ever before vis--vis the water, the planet, and everything that lives upon it. Their determination to privilege the oil capitalists and the mining magnates, despite increasingly loud opposition, demonstrates that only a social force of real consequence can interrupt their activities. It is in this sense that we in the Comits de dfense et de dcolonisation des territoires (committees for territorial defence and decolonisation) call for a week of actions from November 24 to December 2 so as to find each other in the struggle, maintain pressure, attack the infrastructure of the death economy.
Since the River Camp was set up, in Gaspsie, at the foot of the road leading to the wells of the Junex oil company, its been clear where the line is: on the one hand, those who want to protect territory; on the other, those who land subjugated by a logic of exploitation. Despite the threats of injunction, a renewal in the resistance movement has emerged from discussions, meetings, and the call for the formation of support committees. The proposal of linking Earth liberation and decolonization is making the rounds and engendering new possibilities. And just as much, it deals with some burning questions. Whats happening in Gaspsie is an inspiration for resistance everywhere, on top of teaching us hatred for colonial institutions.
We need to remember that, under pressure from the traditional Mikmaq council, the regionss band councils and the oil companies reached a temporary agreement about the the stoppage of works last August. Petrolia, however, has gotten a pass from these same councils to start seismic tests close to protected areas. All colonial institutions stand together in pursuit of their destructive oeuvre.
Thus the announcement of the Energy East project was only a short respite for those who wish to protect land. More than ever we must build upon our strength, forge a network of solidarity, and move on to action. This is why we a...
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Although the attack on the "nuclear reactor" occurred a decade ago, there are pressing lessons to be learned for those analyzing current events in Syria. The IAEA failed to disclose the fact that it was certain the building was not a nuclear plant, allowing the fabricated narrative to be spread unchallenged. It abandoned science to bow instead to political expediency.
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On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.
This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases. To learn more about grand jury resistance, listen to episode 59 of the Ex-Worker podcast, in which several grand jury resisters recount their experience employing a variety of tactics.
Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!
Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.
Is the Trump administration planning a military first strike on N. Korea? Apparently some in the administration are in favor while others are opposed. It would be an insane exercise. N. Korea would retaliate. Even w/ conventional weapons hundreds of thousands would die in N. Korea, Seoul but Japan as well. It's impossible to know what the unpredictable Trump will do. This is how precarious things have gotten in the world.
(Washington Times) At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the departments director for childrens programs, said in court documents.
Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, aid, meaning they were outside of government custody.
The numbers come as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit demanding the government provide illegal immigrant girls the same rights to access abortion that Americans have.
The ACLU already won the first skirmish last month over a 17-year-old girl identified only as J.D. or Jane Doe, whose case went all the way to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a deeply divided panel of judges ruled the government had to facilitate her abortion, even if it meant spending taxpayer money.
We are all familiar with the term mid-life crisis that signifies
a kind of panic that supposedly seizes people some time around
their forties when they worry about whether they have made correct
decisions concerning the major choices so far, if their lives have
any meaning, and whether they should change directions before they
get old and die. It is often the source of jokes, invoked when when
middle-aged people do something that is out of character, such as
buying an expensive sports car.
I had seen this as a western, middle-class indulgence, with most other people too busy actually living their lives to engage in this kind of navel-gazing. But now it seems that there is also something called a quarter life crisis that affects people in their twenties and thirties. I cam across an article that discussed this and typed that phrase into into a search engine and got a lot of hits with sites telling me what the signs are and what to do about it.
The media loves to take the normal progressions in life, a continuous process that brings with it new challenges as one goes through lifes changing phases, and discretize them, setting boundaries and markers around periods and giving each one of them labels, and then treat those as some kind of serious problem that needs to be solved, presumably with professional help.
I wonder how far this age-splitting process will be taken. Will we have three-quarter-life crises? One-eighth-life crises? One-sixteenth-life crises to denote the major transition as children get ready to start school?
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-A prisoner at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
They called the media, released a list of demands, and explained their actions as motivated by their conditions of confinement as well as the election of Donald Trump as President.
With the first trials for those arrested during the Trump inauguration on January 20th set to begin this week, we wanted to remind our readers of 18 others who fought the Trump regime from inside the walls of a Delaware state prison. On February 1st, 2017, inmates in the C-building at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Delaware took control of their unit and held staff hostage in an uprising that lasted over 18 hours. They called the media, released a list of demands, and explained their actions as motivated by their conditions of confinement as well as the election of Donald Trump as President. One prison guard, Steven Floyd, was killed by inmates during the uprising.
On February 1st, prisoners connected their daily struggles for humanity and survival to the broader political context we entered collectively as a nation. Much in the same way that hundreds of people took to the streets for deeply personal reasons on January 20th, using the inauguration of Trump as a way to highlight all those myriad reasons for resistance, the prisoners at Vaughn used the president and his policies as a means to highlight their own deeply personal struggles for liberation.
The uprising came after numerous nonviolent protests by prisoners had failed to lead to the prison addressing their grievances. In the aftermath of the uprising, corrections officers alleged that prisoners had been staging inmate-on-inmate fights in the prison yard to find vulnerabilities in the guards emergency response. On the day of the uprising,...
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Despite our currently polarized nation, recent news has taught us that the Left and the Right have one thing in common: neither is immune to sexual misconduct. On the Right, theres Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore who, despite his facade of being a pure and holy fundamentalist Christian, has been accused by several women of being sexually aggressive towards them when he was in his 30s and they were just teenagers. As a proud member of the Secular Left, its easy for me to laugh at the hypocrisy of Moores holier-than-thou attitude and the number of Republicans who would still vote for him simply because hes not a pro-choice Democrat. Its easy to make fun of Moores attorney Trenton Garmons disastrous interview on MSNBC, along with the fact that he looks like Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? when he reveals hes a cartoon. Yet even a hardcore liberal like me has to face the fact that even the Left is not immune to sexual misconduct.
Last week radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden revealed that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO Tour. Franken has since publicly apologized, and Tweeden forgave him. Besides issuing a public apology, he also called for an ethics investigation of his past behavior to hold himself accountable. In the days following, many on the Left are debating whether or not Franken should resign. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic says yes, while New York Daily News Jonathan Zimmerman argues that, while Franken was wrong, hes not a predator like Moore. My friend Sydney offered a similar argument on my Facebook wall the...
A disturbing report released today by researchers at the prestigious Colegio de Mexico provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet Mexican ranching town less than an hours drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. The reports authors also repeatedly cite an investigation of the incident by ProPublica and National Geographic in calling for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to provide information about its role in triggering the killing spree.
Based on previously undisclosed Mexican law enforcement files, the report paints a chilling portrait of a powerful drug cartel run amok throughout the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, right across the Rio Grande from Texas. Numerous mayors offices and municipal police departments served at the will of the Zetas cartel, the report said. State and federal authorities were either complicit or indifferent, taking no action as the Zetas, one of the most violent drug cartels in the world, took control of a regional prison and used it for years to store drugs and weapons, hold and torture hostages, and dispose of the bodies.
Perhaps the most brazen display of the cartels impunity occurred in March 2011, when a convoy of dozens of heavily armed Zetas gunmen descended on Allende and towns nearby and began rounding up friends and relatives of Zetas operatives that the cartels leaders believed had betrayed them. Dozens of victims including some who had no connection to the cartel or the operatives were rounded up and taken to a ranch just outside Allende, where they were killed and incinerated. There is still no firm count of how many people are either missing or presumed dead. State authorities had estimated that there were about 28 victims while groups formed by victims relatives put the number closer to 300.
The new report suggests that victims relatives are right and sets the center of the mayhem even closer to the border in Piedras Negras, a grimy factory town within walking distance of Eagle Pass, Texas. Some 1,400 emergency calls came in from residents there during the initial days of the rampage, more than from any other place in the region, according to the report. Many of those calls were about shootings or fires at locations that were known, like the prison, as Zetas extermination sites.
No one likes being lied to. But we can all agree that some lies are bigger than others. With some only leaving a slight bruise to the ego, but the more extreme having worse consequences. We can say that everyone makes mistakes and that some mistakes are more costly than others. Spilling a cup of milk is less worrisome than, lets say, forgetting your child at the park.
However, when you make a mistake and lie or fail to inform the affected people about said mistake, things start turning from morally ambiguous to morally corrupt. When you are in a position where lives are at stake, it is imperative that you strive to minimize even eliminate mistakes and display complete honesty to anyone seeking your services. Sadly, this is not always the case with doctors and insurance companies. Medical malpractice suits in which a doctor, nurse, or pharmaceutical company make a mistake due to some form of negligence leading to the injury or even death of a patient are quite typical in the US.
In 1995, a man in Tampa Bay, FL, had the wrong leg amputated. Due to a series of errors from the surgeon and his team. Willie King went into surgery to have a diseased leg amputated only to wake up and find that they had amputated his healthy leg instead. As a result of the brazen ...
Across the globe we are undergoing a period of great transition. We are moving from one reality into another. From an ecological perspective we can see that we are moving into a paradigm of sustainability. To be successful in our transition its important we relate and behave towards the world, ourselves and each other differently to what we are presently accustomed to.
Our sustainable future depends on a collective shift in consciousness that sees us switch from external to internal yardsticks in our decision making. We become less concerned by materialism and are guided by a sense of inner rightness: does this seem right? Am I being true to myself? Is this in line with who I sense Im called to become? Am I being of service to the world?
The ultimate goal in life is not to be successful or loved, but to become the truest expression of ourselves. Life is seen as a collective unfolding toward our true nature. Instead of setting goals in our life, dictating what direction it should take, we learn to let go and listen to the life that wants to be lived through us.
This way of being is radically different to what we have grown up with and been socialised by. Education of a sustainable future has to account for this evolution in consciousness and being aiding individuals and groups, not just to evolve, but to be supported in their process of living and unfolding as well. From this point of view we see that formal structures, which presently exist, are too limited in their scope of support. They operate from a lower form of consciousness, which weve begun to outgrow and transcend.
Our thriving is dependent on our reconnection with village, not of place, but a village of relationships, interests and roles. Vill...
By Aaron Kesel Independent journalist Alexei Wood faces decades in prison for covering rioters (J20) as they protested President Donald Trumps inauguration in Washington, D.C.,...
Mainstream, formal education moulds every person within it to become a compliant, consuming worker. We are taught (passive reception of knowledge deposited into our empty minds) to think, see, imagine and relate to the world in a very particular way. Mainstream, formal education does not concern itself with aiding our personal and collective evolution. Instead it intends to preserve the status quo which we all feel the effects of.
It will take large scale catastrophe and shock to alter formal educations current trajectory and aims. But until then, the work of guiding meaningful education falls upon the shoulders of NGOs, grassroots community activists, as well as charitable organisations such as The Eden Project.
Its easy to criticise, but another matter entirely to construct a working solution to education. Ive expressed the belief in the first blog of this series, that disconnection is at the heart of our unsustainable culture. Therefore, the primary purpose of an education system in a sustainable world is to connect:
A person with themselves
A person to their community
A person and community to nature
My favourite definition of sustainability is John Ehrenfelds the possibility tha...
When you cannot use these old small buildings that are perfectly good for being repurposed, the big developers going to come in. There is no room for the small local developers.Monte Anderson
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
In this podcast, Chuck Marohn interviews Monte Anderson, owner of Options Real Estate and founding member of the Incremental Development Alliance, based in the Dallas area. Monte discusses the challenges that parking minimum laws create for developers, and how these requirements especially exclude small-scale developers. He also discusses how to approach parking needs in a more auto-centric region of the country and how to find the right amount of parking that's truly necessary to serve a commercial or residential development.
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(Top photo source: Options Real Estate)
A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a "just solution" to the conflict, as is often propagated.
The crash of the dollar is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. In the face of these troubling times many people are wisely diversifying their portfolios but what are the best ways that one can ensure an outcome that will result in guaranteed gains? I mean we all understand it buy low, sell high. But its easier said than done. What if you buy low and then it goes lower? What if you buy low and it never goes back up? And what is it exactly? Food? Stocks? Bitcoin? Bonds? Gold? Silver? With gold and silver, you cant really lose, its been money for thousands of years. Of course, mining the precious metal doesnt always make sense. When it costs more to mine than the end-product is currently worth, theres no financial incentive. Which makes Keith Neumeyers story ideal for people looking to buy low and sell high. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Keith Neumeyer of First Mining Finance about the importance of holding gold and silver as a store of value and how one can secure these assets at the lowest possible prices as Keith has done time and time again leaving behind him a perfect track record of buying precious metals at the most opportune time.
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View columnist, debates school choice and school voucher programs with Federalist Managing Editor Joy Pullmann on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss the economics of education, as well as their Thanksgiving menus.
Listen to their full conversation here:
A team of SWAT officers destroyed an innocent man's house during a 19-hour standofffor the sake of arresting a man who was accused of shoplifting clothes.
South 6th Street is the north/south spine of my community. Its something of a grand boulevard, the entrance to the city of Brainerd, Minnesota that ends at our most beautiful park. In decades past, spots along South 6th were highly coveted and thus very expensive. These days, not so much.
Excess parking dominates Brainerd
Not only is South 6th a stroad where it is uncomfortable to walk and difficult to cross (major obstacles to success for a retail/office environment), it has a lot of gaps places where there should be buildings but instead there are only parking lots.
One gap in particular stands out because it is perhaps the prime location in the downtown as well as a case study in how we inflict the most damage on ourselves: the city hall parking lot. And because were doing this damage to ourselves, we have a golden opportunity to stop doing it. Right now.
City Hall's parking lot (Source: Chuck Marohn)
The site is ready for a substantial building, something with ground floor retail, office space and some residential options, something that complements the other two high-quality buildings at this intersection (and hopefully prompts the redevelopment of the third). At this site, such a building is the next increment.
This cant happen, though, because of parking. We need the parking. Never mind that the lot is typically half-empty during normal business hours and completely empty the rest of the time. Any conversation that mentions redevelopment of this prime property is cut short because city employe...
By Rob Howe, Truth Theory
Im about to rip into the education system. You may be asking,
Who is he to critique the education system?
Why should I care?
Well, professionally Im a qualified English Teacher and presently work in a school which is enforcing the dogma of Ofsted.
I dip in and out of teaching whenever I need an income to meet my living costs, but favour listening to the calls of my soul. Presently I am co-founding a charity, which aims to educate, meaning here to draw out from within ones truth and potential, rather than mould those who engage with it.
Ill share more about the moulding nature of education later on. But first, its important I start from the beginning.
Modernity is looking at life through an outdated lens. Collectively we are misdirected and were beginning to notice. Many of us have been building our lives upon a set of values which do not serve us. One could argue our misdirection is a result of social engineering. One need only read Edward Bernays to glimpse the truth in the claim.
The insanity of our modern lifestyles is beginning to manifest itself in the increasing deterioration of our personal and collective mental health, our addictions and isolation.
The challenge of our time and what we shall be remembered for by our c...
Geopolitics becomes a lot easier if we can discern repeating patterns. For example, the common thread through the crises in Ukraine, Libya and Syria is a clever but ruthless playbook of regime-change. This stratagem of toppling governments while appearing noble should perhaps be called the geopolitics of crocodile tears. There were times in history when 
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One of President Donald Trumps top cabinet officials has met with a long list of lobbyists, corporate executives and wealthy people with business interests before the government, according to calendars the Trump administration fought to keep secret.
The calendars for Mick Mulvaney, the former South Carolina congressman who now runs the White House Office of Management and Budget, offer a glimpse of who has access to the highest levels of the Trump administration.
Among those visiting Mulvaney: Trump friend and casino magnate Steve Wynn; a flurry of officials from the conservative Heritage Foundation; a string of health care and Wall Street CEOs; lobbyists for Koch Industries; a cryptocurrency evangelist; and a prominent member of the Catholic group Opus Dei.
The Trump administration fought in court to block public records requests by Property of the People, a Washington-based nonprofit transparency group, to release the calendars as well as visitor logs from several other White House offices. Lawyers for the group ultimately prevailed and provided the documents to ProPublica, which we are posting in a searchable format.
As OMB director, Mulvaney is the driving force behind the presidents budget and influences regulations and government procurement. Its been widely reported that he will become the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also has the ear of the president, who is reportedly a fan of Mulvaneys performances on the Sunday political shows. The calendars, which cover February to September, typically dont include details on what was discussed at the meetings. In some cases, the timing of contact with Mulvaney line up with OMB business.Mulvaney appeared on Meet the Press on Oct. 8. The president reportedly thinks Mulvaney does a good job on Sunday political shows....
A strong civilian oversight board is needed for the Anaheim Police Department according to a new American Civil Liberties Union report released today detailing its disturbing patterns of deadly force.
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Are you looking to redesign your kitchen? If so, perhaps you should consider installing a gemstone countertop. Not only do gemstones have unique healing properties, as countertops, they turn ordinary kitchens into mesmerizing work spaces.
From countertops made with labradorite to quartz, it is clear gemstone countertops are the next hottest trend. Following are a variety of ideas to inspire your next kitchen remodel:
Labradorite is a stone of transformation, and tends to be a useful companion through change because it imparts strength and perseverance. At the same time, it balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Labradorite is also said to enhance psychic abilities.
As a gemstone countertop, the mineral adds an element of sparkle, even in the darkest of kitchens. As The Earth Child points out, the radiant stone easily integrates into designs the feature dark wood or contemporary metals.
Only 36 percent of Americans consider Saudi Arabia to be a friend or ally and little benefit has come from Americas special relationship with Saudi Arabia, However, U.S. leaders seem to be accountable elsewhere. The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that 
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In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit.
But our tests showed a significant lapse in the companys monitoring of the rental market.
Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.
All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Every single ad was approved within minutes.
The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters interested in Islam, Sunni Islam and Shia Islam. It was approved after 22 minutes.
Under its own policies, Facebook should have flagged these ads, and prevented the posting of some of them. Its failure to do so revives questions about whether the company is in compliance with federal fair housing rules, as well as about its ability and commitment to police discriminatory advertising on the worlds largest social network....
Heres a novel idea we hope catches on. Marijuana has done so much for the city of Aurora, Colorado, that $1.5 million which was generated from tax on recreational weed was used to support the homeless population. Though the news first made headlines mid-2016, we feel the development remains relevant, as cannabis is being legalized in the U.S. and elsewhere at a rapid pace.
The city made the announcement in September of 2016. Shortly after, a number of groups were designated to receive the funds. According to the Huffington Post, the city Council members will evaluate each groups progress before committing to renewing the funds after the first year.
The Colfax Community Network, a nonprofit that assists families living in motels, received $200,000 from the special funds. Two other groups the Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health received funds to buy vans to boost their homeless outreach efforts. Each van cost between $30,000 and $44,000.
$1.5 million is a lot of money, but it is a...
In the DARP program, prisoners work full-time jobs in factories and chicken processing plants, companies pay a discounted rate to the rehabs for the labor, and literally none of that money is passed on to the prisoners, either as salary or for counseling. It's slave labor. If they refuse to do the work, they are moved from the drug rehab to a state prison.
Go, Denver! The city is now the first in Colorado to pass legislation that bans the practice of declawing cats. The city Council passed the bill unanimously on Monday. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the legislation only applies to elective declawing, meaning the surgery for medical reasons is still allowed.
Since 2003, eight cities in California have banned declawing. In 2016, New Jersey became the first state to ban the controversial procedure. Now, Denver which has a population of 682,000 has banned declawing, as well.
Animal rights groups oppose the surgery for numerous reasons. First, they argue that clawing is natural and even healthy for cats. It maintains the condition of their nails and stretches their muscles. Second, removing a c...
I think it is about time we acknowledge that humanity needs to talk about sex.
Few words trigger the human mind as much as sex; our collective consciousness has been confronted with it from all angles- with the manic proliferation of the Internet, television, and advertising.
Most of us are aware of how sex is aggressively and excessively used to sell us ideas and merchandise that we dont actually need. The other day I was casually observing how sex is used to associate with the sale of burgers, perfume and to my own surprise, even funeral planning insurance.
With the rising headlines of pedophilia in Hollywood and evidence of a spiritual epidemic of rape culture with the #MeToo campaign, avoiding talking about sexual energy is no longer an option.
I want to talk about sex because of one simple fact: we deserve to remember the power of our sexual energy in service to the evolution of humanity, and we deserve to remember the power of our sexual energy in service to the healing of our planet.
For many of us, our introduction to our sexual energy was awkward as hell and reductionist; textbooks and class presentations on different pregnancy prevention methods and clinical diagrams do little to truly capture the cosmic complexity and beauty of what sexual energy truly is. In fact reducing it to biological terms is only a tiny part of the pict...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) The Truth Tracker YouTube channel has done an excellent job syncing videos from the night of the October 1 massacre with archived flight radar data to paint the ultimate three-dimensional picture of how it all went down.
Using surveillance camera footage posted to the 55 News YouTube channel, Truth Tracker was able to recreate the entire event and better establish a timeline.
However, I have identified something in Truth Trackers video that I would like to point out. Its a minor correction, nothing big and should not take away from the veracity of the video in any way.
In the video, the narrator explains that two unidentified helicopters departed from the vicinity of Maverick Helicopters just before they could be seen heading due north, overflying the two fuel tanks in the footage between 10:13 and 10:15 p.m. which is true. However, shortly after the two choppers become visible on the radar (from a more zoomed out position) and appear to be making a standard tour loop through the city.
I identified all seven choppers in my October 30 report titled Vegas flight records reveal well-planned air assault and elaborate getaway extraction all possible where I go over the entire helicopter theory.
As I reported, The N-numbers of the seven helicopters with active transponders at the time are as follows: N858MH, N853MH, N848MH, N868MH, N821MH, N854MH, and N816MH.
Based on the footage released by the 55 News YouTube channel a total of 7 helicopters overflew the fuel tanks at the following times:
This accounts for all seven of the aircraft.
You can see the full surveillance video from the night of the shooting here:
In 2008, Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico because of serious death threats. Ten years later, he faces imminent deportation.
You would think that President Donald Trump would understand the plight of Mexican journalists whose reporting on drug traffickers and government corruption have led them to flee for their lives. After all, he appears to understand that Mexico often can be a very dangerous place.
Yet neither the Trump nor the Obama White House seems to have understood the danger these reporters are in. Instead, immigration officials have been largely deaf to legitimate requests for asylum, even when journalists stories make it very clear which side they are on and why they must flee.
Consider the case of journalist Emilio Gutierrez. After living in limbo in the US for a decade, Gutierrez may be sent back to Mexico as soon as this week.
On November 16, Gutierrez was summoned to a meeting by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Officials threatened to deport him that day. On Friday, November 17, an immigration judge refused a request from his lawyer to stay the deportation order.
The rush to judgement on the Mexican journalist, after hes spent a decade in immigration limbo, seems suspicious.
NPC President (@NPCPresident) November 18, 2017
Just six weeks ago, Gutierrez was honored by the National Press Club with its Press Freedom Award, an honor he accepted for all Mexican journalists who are now, as he put it, immersed in a great darkness. Gutierrez also spoke out against the way US immigration authorities have treated him and his Mexican colleagues.
Mexican journalists have been held hostage by a violent drug war south of the border, as well as corruption in the Mexican military given the power to stop it a state of affairs the Mexican government has s...
Lawsuits say the practice severely penalizes those too poor to pay.
PRICHARD, Alabama (WKRG) The Mobile County Sheriffs Office confirms an investigation is underway into a fatal officer involved shooting in Prichard. Mobile Police says the it happened Saturday night
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Parents are outraged after finding out public schools are using Planned Parenthood to teach their children about abortion and sex.
Sometimes, things one sees on the internet constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and Liz Red Shoes Crokin is spreading one around. Prepare yourselves:
Some call him POTUS, others call him GEOTUS, I call him BATMAN!
Trump is a real life super hero!
No pedo is safe in Gotham anymore!
Photo via Yash Sharma.
:gag: I will never forgive Red Shoes for the image in my head of a massive team of people trying to stuff the Tiny Tyrant into a skin tight batsuit with built-in muscles and stuff.
A Stanislaus County sheriffs deputy is under a criminal investigation after video of him hitting a suspect during an arrest was posted online. In the video, which was recorded on
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It's that time of year, and like most of you I'm planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I'm also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I've found some. Here are a few that aren't about family, spiral cut ham and so forth ...
By MassPrivateI A recent Washington Times article, boasts that Texas law enforcement used predictive DNA imaging or Phenotyping to guess what a suspects physical characteristics...
The pattern has become familiar. Day after day we get new names
of well-known people accused of the behavior ranging from the gross
to the illegal, almost always by men of power and influence and
aimed at young women and men whose careers they could influence
positively or negatively. Their targets felt intimidated from
speaking out against them directly or complain to their superiors.
What has become clear is that these men behaved with impunity
because they felt that their position gave them immunity. Clearly,
if things are to change, people must realize that whoever they are,
if they abuse their power over people they will be exposed and
suffer the consequences.
But now comes the hard part. What should be the consequences?
This is not going to be easy to answer. For one thing, there is a whole range of offenses ranging from the downright illegal to those that are not illegal but utterly gross. Even for those actions that are illegal, the statue of limitations has passed for many. Even when they are still prosecutable, the cases are going to be tough because many of these predators were savvy enough to commit their offenses when there were no witnesses around. The case against them will be largely circumstantial, based on the sheer numbers of accusers willing to come forward publicly, the similarities of their stories, and if they recounted the events to others contemporaneously.
Other cases may not be illegal. Take for example TV broadcaster Charlie Rose. In addition to lewd phone calls and groping, he would apparently ask people to his home or hotel room to work and then excuse himself to take a shower. He would then emerge naked and walk around, seemingly oblivious to the discomfort of the co-worker. Apparently this behavior was so well-known to the cognoscenti that it was referred to by them as Roses shower trick. While there are usually laws against public nudity, I think that it is not illegal to walk around naked in ones own home or hotel room even if others are present, though I may be wrong.
Should there be a graded scale where offenses are punished based on the severity of the offense? The problem with the latter is that judging severity is highly contextual. Under certain circumstances, depending on the situation and the victims age and degree of vulnerability, what others might consider a minor offense could be quite traumatic. And who gets to decide what the punishment should be? And what compensation should the victims who suffered psychologically in addition to having their careers hindered or even destroyed, get and who should pay it?
This is a repost of an article I wrote in 2012. I dont always agree with stuff I wrote so long ago, but I mostly still agree with this one.
Earlier a commenter told me I should stop bashing religion. This left me wondering, where did they see me bashing religion? I feel like Ive mostly said neutral things about it lately. I should do more religion bashing!
The problem of evil asks: How can there be a all-powerful and all-good god if there is evil in the world? Obviously this only applies to religions with an all-powerful and all-good god, and I might as well say that Im thinking of Christianity in particular.
Im not sure Ive ever talked about the problem of evil before. I dont really like it, because theres no math involved. And the argument is too sprawling, with a multitude of rebuttals. In fact, we even have the word theodicy, which means a defense against the problem of evil.
Most theodicies are not very compelling, but thats not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about how theodicies, above and beyond being bad arguments, are also evil arguments. That is, many theodicies involve defending evil, or denying the existence of certain kinds of evils.
The free will defense says that evil exists in the world because of human free will. The obvious problem with the free will defense is that it ignores natural evils, like hurricanes and disease. But let me tell you about some of the other kinds of evils it ignores.
There is the kind of evil which is caused by ignorance of the consequences of a free action. To use a silly example, someone could open a door, not knowing someone was there to be smacked in the face. Or, someone could buy a diamond, not knowing that the money is used to fund a terrible war. Or if someone votes for X political party, not knowing that God truly endorses the opposing party (har har). This is evil not caused by free will, but by ignorance, which is arguably a hindrance to true freedom.
There are various kinds of responses to the problem of natural evil. One of them is that natural evil was released into the world by Adam and Eves original sin. Or, if youre Pat Robertson, natural evil was released into the world by modern actions such as homosexuality. Or if youre Alvin Plantinga, natural evil was caused by the free will of nonhuman beings, like angels or spirits. Presumably, the means of causation are magical (divine), but its kind of...
By Jon Rappoport Wikipedia: [MKULTRA was] the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by...
It is becoming one of the most dreaded days of the year: Starbucks announces the pattern on their holiday cardboard cups. Will it be Cthulhu, devouring the world? Will it be the heat death of the universe, captured in a dull gray pattern representative of the faint hiss of radiation from dying galaxies? Will it be a festive splatter of Jesuss blood as hes tortured, surrounded by gleeful legionnaires raising their cups of holiday cheer? You never know. It doesnt matter. Whatever it is, the wattles of the faithful will tremble with rage.
And here they are
This years hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones whoever they may be. We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations.
And with that, a few loons are off to the races. Its the GAY AGENDA, they squawk.
Oh, fuck it. Who cares? Go ahead, wax wroth over the pathetic imaginary enemies in your heads, you kooks.
When a man was harassed by police, he demanded to speak to a sergeant who admitted that he was targeted because he was sitting in his car in a parking lot.
The CIA documented long-range planning for a drugged and debilitated society: OPIOIDS ARE A PERFECT FIT
By Jon Rappoport
Note: Im reprinting a piece I wrote about a year ago. In it, youll see a CIA mind-control document that calls for drugs fulfilling certain specific requirements.
OPIOIDS SATISFY A NUMBER OF THESE REQUIREMENTS PERFECTLY.
Long ago, I interviewed John Marks, author of Search for the Manchurian Candidate, the book that exposed the CIAs MKULTRA mind-control program. He told me that in 1962, when MKULTRA supposedly ended, the CIA actually transferred the program to its Office of Research and Development, where it went completely dark. A CIA representative told Marks there were a hundred boxes of material on the new MKULTRA, and he, Marks, would never see any of it, no matter how many FOIA requests he made. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Plans for guiding the world can be formed and launched a long, long time before we see the results. Dont assume cause and effect are merely and only short-term. Thats an unwarranted idea. (The Underground)
Drugs to transform individualsand even, by implication, society.
Drug research going far beyond the usual brief descriptions of MKULTRA.
The intention is there, in the record.
A CIA document was included in the transcript of the 1977 US Senate Hearings on MKULTRA, the CIAs mind-control program.
The document is found in Appendix C, starting on page 166. Its simply labeled Draft, dated 5 May 1955.
It begins: A portion of the Research and Development Program of [CIAs] TSS/Chemical Division is devoted to the discovery of the following materials and methods:
What followed was a list of hoped-for drugs and their uses.
Im printing, below, the list of the 1955 intentions of the CIA regarding their own drug research. The range of those intentions is stunning. All statements are direct quotes from the Draft document.
Some of my comments gleaned from studying the list:
The CIA wanted to find substances which would promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness. Serious consideration should be given to the idea that psychiatric medications, food additives, pesticides, and industrial chemicals (like fluorides) would eventually satisfy that requirement. [OPIOIDS WORK FOR PART OF THIS AGENDA]
The CIA wanted to find chemicals that would produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way. This suggests many possibilitiesamong them the use of drugs to fabricate diseases and thereby give the false impression of germ-caused epidemics.
The CIA wanted to find drugs that would p...
From Charly, who I think is being much too modest:
This is the first knife I have made with the help of my out-of-scraps built belt sander and my drill powered lathe. Because this was a learning exercise for me, I took a bunch of old worthless stuff a rusty file, rusty pipe, some old hinges, broken furniture legs and a piece of cow bone dug out of the ground in the garden. I have also deliberately used only the machines to do most of the work, including polishing I wanted to see what kind of fit and finish I will be able to get this way.
Because it was learning exercise and because the materials were of bad quality (the pipes were a bit too rusty, I sanded through them at a few places) the result is not something too great, but it is sharp, pointy and dangerous. The design is a sort of hybrid between the Fairbarn-Sykes and a medieval rondel dagger and I freehanded most of it, with almost no measurements.
Stats: overall lenght 33,5 cm, blade length 22 cm, work time approx 12 hours (not including curing of the paint)
I am not intending to stab anyone, but it is extremely good letter opener. Click for full size!
Charly, all rights reserved.
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
The following guest article demonstrates exactly why parking minimums are such a huge problem, using an example from Pocatello, Idaho that should prove relevant for towns across the country.
Old Town is probably Pocatello, Idahos most cherished neighborhood. It has its own challenges and its not the most affluent area of the city. But still, this older neighborhood of historic houses and storefronts squeezed between the railroad and the river is where we come to have our portraits taken. Its where we have our parade of lights at Christmas and hang flower baskets in the spring. We put pictures of it in our promotional materials and our comprehensive plan.
Mining closure is often called 'decommissioning.' I also call it an exit plan.
It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law. The USA 
The technology exists right now for autonomous micro drones to carry out mass murder at the behest of a political whim, this needs to be stopped.
From Lofty: The local parks and wildlife dept burnt a small reserve at the end of our road, and I took a few pictures a week later during our three day rainy patch, to see how the colours were progressing. Ill be keeping an eye out to see how the bush regenerates over the next few months. Bonus birdie in the last picture, a magpie looking for fried grubs I suppose. Click for full size!
Lofty, all rights reserved.
Many have observed the bullying behavior that comes out when people are given a badge, uniform, and told they have special rights over everyone else. But sometimes we catch that
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President Trump declared on Monday that the United States has re-designated North Korea as one of the State Sponsors of Terrorism. In his own words, President Trump called this something that should have happened a long time ago. He is right.
The United States will put countries that repeatedly support acts of international terrorism on the list of state sponsors of terrorism (SST), pursuant to three U.S. laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. There are serious, more than symbolic, implications for any country put on the list, including:
Prior to Trumps announcement, there were three countries on the SST list: Iran, Sudan, and Syria. North Korea was first put on this notorious list in 1987, after its agents planted a bomb on South Korean Airlines Flight 858 and killed all 115 on board on November 29th, 1987.
North Korea has also been known to persistently abduct South Korean and Japanese citizens for decades, especially during the 1970s and 80s. In 2002, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il openly acknowledged that his country kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens. Tokyo believes that as many as 800 missing Japanese could have been abducted by Pyongyang over the years.
Japan and South Korea are not the only two countries affected by North Koreas orchestrated kidnappings. A 2014 United Nations report on human rights estimates that North Korea has kidnapped as many as 100,000 people from other countries through decades.
In 2008, during George W. Bushs final year as president, his administration removed North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list to entice North Korea to return to nuclear weapon negotiations. As they say, the rest is history. North Korea used these negotiations to extract food and fuels from South Korea and the West, while secretly continuing to develop its nuclear weapo...
Lisa Iron Cloud was 33 years old when she started the Lakota Sewing Club in Wounded Knee, but she was just a child when she first felt the impact of that tradition.
Alma Deutscher is playful, spontaneous, and unself-conscious, with a belief in beauty and sensitivity to just about everything. At age 12, she has performed her own violin concerto and her own piano concerto, and her first opera has been produced in Viennam Tel Aviv, and San Jose.
Social media is engaging in unprecedented censorship when it comes to the American experience. Twitter is changing its rules to punish and ban anyone for not just what they publish on Twitter, but for what they say ANYWHERE. Within 90 days social media sites will be monitoring their users for their statements they make and the websites that they visit. To obtai that kind of information, the NSA would have to be involved and they are.
On an interview on last weeks The Common Sense Show, Pat Wood described a Chinese woman who made critical comments of the government. She was visited by the men-in-black and when they did not arrest her, she thought she was ok. However, the following week, the woman received an expulsion letter from her university. This was followed by her employment being terminate and this nightmare culminated with her eviction from state-owned housing. China controls Internet users through a point system and this woman lost all of her points for her post. This system was designed by Google. And it is coming here.
Social media sites, that the Independent Media (IM) uses to disseminate information, are cracking down on conservative, Christian viewpoints. At one time, the social media giants allowed the IM to use their sites without much interference because they could monitor public opinion and measure and calculate resistance to globalist programs. However, they miscalculated because they did not believe that the IM could have any real impact. Not only is the IM shaping public opinion, we got Donald Trump elected. Enough is enough, never again, the social media tyrants, controlled by allies of the Deep State and the New World Order, have decided to eliminate all electronic free speech that is not leftist, authoritarian, socialist and yes, Satanic!
George W. Bush is hardly the first disgraced Republican president and war criminal to worm his way back into American esteem. Richard Nixon remains the leader in that department. He spent his later years being celebrated as an elder statesman and a master of realpolitik in international relations. In the process, he managed to shake off the dust of Watergate.
The two hosts of the show, Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann, are also on the masthead of the alternative Trump-loving student paper, the Morris North Star. Heres what pissed off the station manager:
Everybody knows everybody here at Morris. Like, definitely, you see one tranny thats trying to punch someone, you know its automatically that one guy, that you know, Im talking about. I bet you know. Im not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like hes going to punch someone.
Like he says, we know everyone here at Morris, some better than others. I scarcely know any of the North Star clique and probably know the members of MOQSIE slightly better, and that rant made no sense at all. Im trying to picture who among our small transgender community would look like theyre wanting to punch anybody, and drawing a complete blank. They had events to celebrate coming out week a short while ago, I attended some, and the opposite is true: everyone in that group was actively trying to avoid the right-wing thugs. Those nasty people were actively scheduling their own counter-programming to protest the existence of sexual diversity on campus; MOQSIE put on an informational session on respecting gender differences, for instance, and the North Star scheduled a panel on the oppression olympics right afterwards (they concluded that the most oppressed group on campus was white men, of course).
Surprisingly, the entire encounter at the radio station was recorded on video.
The station manager overstepped their (by the way, the City Paper source did not use the correct pronoun for the station manager) bounds with the claim that tranny is prohibited by the FCC; it is not. It is still hate speech, and they were entirely within their bounds to appropriately shut down the use of campus facilities to broadcas...
A religious organization has been ordered by to pay $4,000 a day until it releases documents showing its leaders have protected a pedophile for decades.
The British government has been portraying the bill as a simple copy-and-paste job, to ensure a calm and orderly exit.' It paints anyone seeking amendments as a mutineer. Yet, according to The Independent, it is scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which includes digital privacy rights, the banning of eugenic practices, protections from workplace discrimination and abuse, and much more.
He ran against the Bush Dynasty. Now, hes hiring their people by the Bush-el.
The African country, notoriously known as a black hole for US presence, now has as many troops as it did during the 1993 disaster depicted in the movie Black Hawk Down.
The author writes, On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the courts Pre-Trial Chamber, [T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.'
These victims of sexual assault reported their cases and won. Then they were fired.
The Google CEO says the company is implementing new algorithms to so that news outlets RT and Sputnik will appear less prominently in their search engine results.
The author writes, Federal Communications Commission Chair...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A number of eyewitnesses who survived the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre reported seeing helicopters during the shooting but their reports were completely ignored by the mainstream media for no apparent reason and never got the attention they deserved.
Not to mention, Intellihub Editor-In-Chief Shepard Ambellas has conclusively proven that helicopters were airborne in the vicinity during the shooting in the Nov. 18 article titled Fact: Helicopters were airborne behind the Mandalay Bay during the Las Vegas Shooting.
The John E Hoover YouTube channel released a video Tuesday which better illustrates this fact.
Shepard Ambellas gives proof of the helicopters in the following video.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. More than seven months after the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorneys Office launched an investigation into the actions of an officer who was
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|North Korean artillery massed on the
beach last summer in a live fire
exercise, to demonstrate its power to destroy the Americans...
COACHELLA, Calif. When Cesar Garcia pulled the letter out of his mailbox, he immediately recognized the name of the law firm on the envelope Silver & Wright. Eighteen
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A family called 911 for help with their family member in a mental crisis. Instead of help, a cop unleashed fury and rage and then lied to cover it up.
CHICAGO A former Chicago police officer was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for using unreasonable force in an incident in which he unleashed a barrage of
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The Price of Salt and Spring Fire are both well known, especially Highsmiths Price of Salt. Spring Fire started the Lesbian pulp genre, and the author, Marijane Meaker, was always unhappy about the forced ending she had to do. As for Satan Was A Lesbian, people may not know the story, but its probably one of the best known pulp covers, which has been reproduced on all manner of goods.
Opioids are mind-control drugs: MKULTRA is alive and well
by Jon Rappoport
November 21, 2017
Wikipedia: [MKULTRA was] the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind controlMKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate peoples mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals
A worldwide population enslaved to mind-control drugsthis is a dream that exceeds the fantasies of the old CIA MKULTRA warriors. And its here.
A few adverse effects of opioids: sedation, psychological dependence, physical addiction, hallucinations, delirium, brain fog, lowered level of consciousness, and thus, increased suggestibility.
Opioid effects may not be as overtly dramatic as those of MKULTRA LSD, but the overall impact on the mind is just as severe.
As Ive shown in past articles, a major pipeline for opioids starts at the top of the food chain: pharma manufacturers like Purdue and Insys, who are traffickers. (note to reader: Opioid archive here.)
This follows the pattern of LSD, which in the 1960s was manufactured by Sandoz (and then obtained in large quantities by the CIA for MKULTRA). However, now, there is no need for the CIA. Huge shipments of opioids go directly to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics, who are lower level dealers, and then on to addicts.
Mind control has gone public in a huge wayfar beyond the reach of LSD in the 1960s and 70s.
In fact, Congress and former President Barack Obama have played a major role in protection of the pharmaceutical traffickers. This assist occurred in April of 2016, when a new law was passed and signed by Obama: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.
The whole thrust of that law was to create a much higher barrier, blocking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from freezing pharmas huge opioid shipments to lower level traffickers.
The Washington Post, which did a long piece on that law, reached out to Obama and his then Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, but both of them declined to comment. Well, enablers o...
This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.
I call them Renfields after the vampires slave in Dracula. Theyre the weak, beglamoured, cowardly, venal, crippled, soul-dead followers of a master vampire: their sense of right or wrong is completely overruled and all thats left is fear of the masters displeasure.
Dracula is especially appropriate, because its also a story about rape, and the effect it has on everyone surrounding the assault its a morality tale about a socially privileged, rich, untouchable nobleman who inflicts his will on whomever he wishes hes a being of absolute selfishness. Bram Stoker gives Dracula the excuse of not being human anymore, and I think the story would be unbearable if it turned out that Dracula was just a normal, living, member of the power elite when the story comes to an end. In that view, we get echoes of Alan Moores extremely disturbing From Hell which posits that another great sexual murderer, Jack the Ripper, was a member of the establishment, whose embarrassed and terrified peers covered for him.
That stunning illustration, by the way, is from J. J. Muths exquisite Dracula: a Symphony of Moonlight and Nightmares, [amzn] Its beautiful and creepy and captivating. I was going to illustrate this with Tom Waits performance as Renfield in Coppolas Dracula but Waits Renfield manages to be almost a sympathetic character. His will is so broken beneath the boot of the vampire that he has no beliefs left to compromise.
Christopher Hitchens, a man whose beliefs eventually became problematic for me, once described Francois Mitterand as A man so corrupt he would gladly pay for the pleasure of selling himself. These are the kind of men that the master vampires want. Cruel Leonidas asks you to stand; I only ask that you kneel, says Frank Millers Xerxes in what is probably a calumny to Xerxes. But he captures the sentiment right.
Muths expression of Draculas offer to Renfield is beautifully put: you will see life through the eyes of centuries. Thats the appeal that is made to people that follow the powerful and aid and abet their crimes. In this time, when w...
Name It. Shame it. Call it out. Thus has actress Rose McGowan urged all those who have suffered sexual harassment and refrained from speaking out. With the #MeToo movement now in full throttle, individuals everywhere are coming out of the shadows to publicly humiliate sexual predators, no matter how high the pedestal upon which such harassers sit.
Shame, we are now told, is back in vogue, particularly if its directed towards those deemed a threat to sexual consent. The truth, however, is that the Left has been appropriating shame to serve its ideological objectives for generations. The focus on sexual harassment albeit long overdue is yet the latest manifestation of liberals unprincipled approach to morality.
Psychoanalyst Joseph Burgo, writing for the Washington Post, observes that the #MeToo movement is a bit ironic, given that shame has increasingly come to be viewed as a repressive force whose shackles must be thrown off. Indeed, the progressivist agenda counsels everyone to feel no shame, whether they be gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction.
Yet, Burgo argues, shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric. It sure can and it has. Although Burgo doesnt say it, the Left has engaged in aggressive public shaming programs for years.
Burgo continues: A fear of being publicly shamed encourages adherence to the rules and standards that enable us to live together in a civilized way. When we turn shame upon individuals who violate those standards, we press them to desist. Sound familiar? How about the decades-long public shaming of smokers?
I remember this ad from the 1990s that compared smokers to chimpanzees. Since then, surveys have found smokers to be considered outcasts, persecuted, lepers, under-class, and blacklisted. A 2008 survey in New York City found most respondents agreed that most people would not hire a smoker to take care of their children, and that most non-smokers would be reluctant to date someone who smokes. A significant minority of respondents even agreed that smoking was a sign of personal failure. In 2004, Huffington Post featured an article titled, Why Smokers Must B...
The iconic Thanksgiving holiday brings us extended family visits, the smell of roasting turkey, and the awkward silence when someone breaks the unspoken vow of silence regarding politics, religion, or the latest social concern of the day.
Thanksgiving with my family didnt quite fit this recipe. We didnt have a home filled with distant relatives. We didnt watch football or the Macys parade. My mom didnt roast a turkey, and for many years we didnt even eat at home. For more than a decade, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving at an Italian restaurant that served a delicious holiday meal, complete with the traditional turkey, potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie along with less traditional fare of lasagna, made-to-order pasta, and cannoli.
We would eat and eat some more, and laugh and have a handful of awkward silences, though tempered by a pricey and thoroughly tasty cocktail. Then wed all trudge along the sidewalks of the shopping district braving the winter chill to get our annual picture at the piga family picture with a large statue of a bronze boar.
The picture at the pig saw many configurations of family members. Some years we had all us kids. Others included various significant others. Later, the pictures featured spouses and our firstborn. Occasionally one of us kids would be missing, unable to make the trip home. Then there was the year my mom stood alone by the pig, because none of us could make it. Then the restaurant closed its doors, marking the final nail in the coffin for our beloved family tradition.
Such is the way of things, I suppose. Kids get older, move away, get married, have kids, and have to create their own family traditions. This can be harder than one would expect. When kids are young, its easy for plans to go undone or just go awry. Our best efforts to establish routine dont always go smoothly, especially if you have recently moved, and we may be left wondering what to do now. Here are five fresh ideas to help you and yours create new and lasting holiday traditions.
Living in one of the wealthiest nations in the world is a blessing none of us should take for granted. While many of us may be gorging on turkey and nibblingor freezingthe leftovers, many wont have a warm home and meal for the holiday. Find a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or food pantry in your area that could use your hands, feet, or donations.
We often moan and groan and write articles about how to suffer family who hold different views and opinions, but for the elderly loneliness and social isolation can negatively affect their health and well-being. Prior to the Thanksgiving...
The NFLs national anthem kneelers have fallen into liberalisms biggest trap, and finding Colin Kaepernick on the cover of GQ despite not having played a game in 324 days will not get them out.
The Left is inherently inclined to self-indulgent subjectivity that often alienates the majority they need to win over. Oblivious to this, NFL protestors have taken a knee on liberals most dangerous pitfall: Boring instead of persuading.
For an eleventh week, NFL players took to their knees during the national anthem. Although protests were down on Veterans Day weekend and have been decreasing, Thanksgiving offers a chance to reach a new and broader audience and perhaps reinvigorate an effort trending to rigor mortis. Perhaps the kneelers attention has followed Americas in wandering away. If so, they too have fallen victim to liberal activisms existential threat: Boredom.
Saul Alinsky was the godfather of American leftist activism. In his protest primer, Rules for Radicals, he describes the Lefts ultimate peril. I cannot repeat too often that a conflict that drags on too long becomes a dragAfter a period of time it becomes monotonous, repetitive, an emotional treadmill, and worse than anything else a bore. Forty years and 40 yard-lines later, the NFL kneelers have become a case study in Alinskys prescient warning.
The risk of boredom is inherent to liberal activism because of its subjective, self-centered approach. It is the Lefts nature to proclaim a problem, but never an endpoint for a solution. Liberals simply take it as given that the vast majority of America must accept the Lefts premise and wait patiently.
The conundrum manifests itself throughout liberals agenda. How do we know when the planet will have been saved? When will affirmative-action programs have fulfilled their mission? What exactly constitutes a living wage?
Liberals amorphous agenda-to-infinity often leads to a muddle of one protest morphing into another with none ever really ending. Any of the Lefts protests can supply evidence of this, inevitably attracting aggrieved comrades until it resembles a Woodstock of Woe. The resulting common perception is that the Left are only happy when they protest. For the majority of America, such constancy quickly appears as futility and then becomes boredom.
The NFL kneelers have capturedor rather, been captured bythis leftist predicament. Their muddle began at the beginning: Over what kneeling actually means. Kneelers currently say their action is not disrespectful. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated recently the action is not intended to be disrespectful to the flag. As he explained, the kneelers will state to you, and...
The responses on Twitter were swift. Boy, are those conservatives awful. We just knew it. Why cant they prioritize better in a world where people are dying? Conservatives are insane and hateful! Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was representative:
But the story itself did precisely nothing and I mean nothing to substantiate the tweets. The article was headlined Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again. The story does not support this headline.
Two years ago we were subjected to claims that Christians and conservatives were completely offended by the 2015 Starbucks Christmas cup. That was so false that it led me to write a piece headlined, ...
The Punisher has just appeared on Netflix, the latest product of its unstoppable Marvel division. This is a far more important development than it might seem. The Punisher is both a combat veteran and a blue-collar worker. The series starts with him working construction. He has unimpeachable moral integrity, the likes of which you dont find in prestige television and what Christopher Lasch called the moral realism of the lower classes.
Our society can produce prestige television and stories about heroes, but we exclude the working classes from this genre. They can be victims or bystanders or extras, but thats about it. In this story, however, you find veterans at the center, and some are quite vocal about how society has abandoned them.
Admittedly, theyre led in their group therapy by an Obama-style inspirational figure who is all about not being judgmental. In his defense, he doesnt spit in the faces of people who cling to God and guns. This is progress, but the group therapy proves worse than worthless.
Unfortunately, like much coming out of Hollywood, the show advertises its contempt for half of America. If you dont enjoy seeing the only guy with a National Rifle Association shirt and Second Amendment views start out as a fraud then turn into something evil, Netflix doesnt offer you much. If you want to see a gun rights guy turn terrorist, youre gonna love this!
The show is explicitly anti-gun control and defends armed self-defense, and the gun-control politician seems to be making his career on the back of a tragedy. Its complicated.
Of course, as we all enjoy liberal paranoid entertainment, there are evil CIA types and contractors and special forces operators. These guys are insanely efficient at their conspiracies, except when they have to deal with this one nobody then fail. That goes well with the typical TV show genius hacking into everything.
With such magical tech powers, you wonder that the wars didnt turn out better, but that is besides the point. You neednt think about the politics of the waryoure already being sold on the idea that corrupt influential types betrayed...
Thirty-some years ago, as co-editor in a crowded, attic-like room in Michigan State Universitys Morrill Hall, I argued successfully against publishing doggerel in the campus literary magazine. Months later, that same rejected poem appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.
I concluded that no matter how much Rolling Stone gussied up its image with the high-falutin language of former English majors and Annie Leibovitz glossies, it was still pretty much destined to remain in a midcult rut, the intellectual landscape where pretension is determined a fitting substitute for prose and verse that occasionally aspires but never attains true literary status.
Now, mind you, I can defend midcult all day long as a necessary enterprise to drag lowbrow America as far away from Jerry Springer as possible. However, the soft-core exploitation of the teeny-bopper heartthrobs depicted and a magazine audience eager to see celebrity naughty bits too often meant the magazine succumbed to Springer over Springsteen.
Readers will remember it was Rolling Stones Leibovitz who snapped the photo of the New Jersey bards butt in front of Old Glory for his Born in the U.S.A. album cover. Clearly, the cover was dual-purposed for those inclined to ogle a rock stars bum. Everyone else got the kiss-my-tuckus message that the American Dream, for Bruce Springsteen, eluded many of the countrys citizens. Images from that photo shoot found their way to an issue of Rolling Stone, including the cover. In the meantime, the raconteur running the magazine raked in the cash while attempting to shape the culture.
Thats how it goes in the world of the magazines editor and co-founder Jann Wenner. Favored artists received preferred coverage and positive reviews, and artists signed to labels that bought significant amounts of advertising typically wound up in some state of undress on the cover. As the father of two daughters in the 1990s, the skeezy photos of the magazines hot issues were too much, and I finally allowed my subscription to lapse.
Back in the day, however, I recall some great essays, reviews, and journalism percolating through the mire of Rolling Stones pages, which I read religiously for nearly 25 years from the mid-1970s to 2000. I also remember a particularly disturbing interview with Carly Simon wherein the author confesses jealousy not for the singers then-husband James Taylor in the mid-1970s but for their infant child. Just as embarrassing was the 10-year anniversary special broadcast on CBS in 1977, of which the less written the better.
By the 1990s, other magazines were competing with Rolling Stone, some admirably sticking primarily to music much like the lamented Trouser Press of the decade previous. Spin,...
The recent hysteria over sexual assault has resulted in some delicious comeuppance for some of the most self-righteous among us. The best example of this is Lena Dunham.
In August, Dunham tweeted: Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women dont lie about: rape. When someone responded, pointing out that 10 percent of all rape allegations are false, Dunham modified her claim, writing: The actual number, while hard to track, is much closer to 3%.
Dunhams claim is dangerously misleading, as the number of false accusations refer only to reports that have been filed with police and proven to be false. Seeing as its nearly impossible to prove a negative, this number is likely lower than it should be.
This percentage (whether you believe its 2 percent, 3 percent, or 10 percent) doesnt apply to accusations that cant be proven one way or the other. The same studies that found 2 percent (or 7 percent in the example Im using for the following numbers) or so to be proven false also find that another 8 percent are unfounded/baseless, meaning they dont meet the criminal level of offense or were improperly coded as sexual assault.
Another 18 percent are considered informational and dont meet the definition of a crime. Another 29 percent are labeled suspended because there wasnt enough evidence to say a crime occurred. Another 18 percent involve identifying a perpetrator but something beyond the control of law enforcement keeps them from making an arrest, such as a lack of victim cooperation.
A chart linked to the study I cited above breaks down what happens after an arrest is made. One-third of those cases are rejected by the prosecution, another 21 percent are dismissed with all charges dropped, and another 2 percent are dismissed without dropping the charges. Two percent went to trial and were found not guilty, a third resulted in a guilty plea, 6 percent went to trial and were found guilty, and another 3 percent were classified as other.
So using the same logic as Dunham and others who flaunt this statistic, one would only be able to say that a smaller or equal number of accusations turn out to be true (as in, someone pled guilty or was found guilty at trial). But Dunham and others imply that the statistics mean 98 percent of accusations are definitely true, thus we should never doubt one.
Those of us who follow the explosion of accusations on college campuses against young men have wondered what would happen if Dunham herself, or someone close to her, were accused of sexual assault. It turns out shed abandon that women dont lie cl...
With the release of Taylor Swifts latest album, Reputation comes an onslaught of reviews, opinions about the singer-songwriter, and of course the sheer glee of fansSwiftieseverywhere. Even though its been three years since she released her previous album, 1989, the singer proves with Reputations $1.2 million in album sales so far that the free market responds well to her particular brand of hard work, talent, and luck.
Her heart might be that of a romantic songwriter, but her head is more like a supply-side economist, who proves over and over she is a capitalist clairvoyant.
When Swift went quiet after 1989 we worried she was losing her edge. Even when Swift finally released Look What You Made Me Do, a song from her newest album Reputation, I wasnt sure I liked it and even thought, If thats the prologue to the album, surely shes hit her peak and heading downhill.
Boy, was I wrong. Reputation is a fantastic album musically. Dozens of reviewers from Billboard to Rolling Stone are gushing over it. No pop star of the modern era has communicated the contours of her disappointment with such emotional precision and melodic sophistication, writes Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Randy Lewis at The Los Angeles Times said Swifts talent remains intact on Reputation, her most focused, most cohesive album yet.
Swift has so many fans, and enough time had passed, theyd probably be thrilled with anything. But that wasnt good enough for Swift. Her standards for herself remain high despite Grammys and record-sales that could cause one to rest on her laurels. She successfully gives her fans the best of herself in her art. She eschews laziness, tries new sounds, and tests the limits of her ability to articulate her pain, heartache, and joy.
We, the public and the media, paraded her romantic flubs, mocking her publicly. So look what we made her do: Come back three years later with a professional, talented piece of art about which any capitalist-loving entrepreneur could boast.
Over time, Swift has learned to think like a shrewd businesswoman. Unlike many of her pop star counterparts, she appears to take the business side of her music as seriously as the artistic side. Her number one rule: Never give away your art for free. If thats not capitalism clairvoyance, I dont know what is.
She took Apple to task a couple years ago when the tech giant decided to offer a three-month trial to new subscribers without paying the artists, writers, or producers during that time. She wrote...
Thanks to the predator-outing campaign, there is a growing attempt to re-litigate Donald Trumps p*ssy-grabbing, Miss USA-leering behavior.
Trumps decision on Friday to blast Sen. Al Franken on Twitter only called more attention to the presidents own past misconduct.
But Im having none of it. This piece will be the only mention I make of Trumps personal peccadilloes and past sexual misconduct. Heres why.
When Trump first entered the Republican primary, I assumed, like many, it was a big publicity stunt. I was painfully reminded of this a few weeks ago when Kid Rock announced that, of course, he isnt running for the Senate: Who couldnt figure that out? Well, fool me once, and all that.
But once it became clear that Trump was in the primary for the long haul and had corralled a herd of supporters, I spoke out daily (several times a day) about his horrorsfrom his underlying liberalism, to his offensive treatment of women (and everyone else), to his narcotic personalitybut to no avail. He won both the primary and the presidency. What good comes now from a constant loop replaying Trumps misconduct?
Also, while the majority of the but Trump is a pig too crowd are likewise condemning Franken, color me skeptical of their sincerity. After all, photog...
Hyperkin is a company that sells videogame consoles and accessories. Instead of developing their own consoles and games like Nintendo, they create their own versions of classic consoles that play authentic cartridges.
The best-known of their products is the RetroN. Its many versions vary in price depending on how many types of games you would like them to be able to play. The RetroN that can play the most console games can run Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, the Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, Sega Master Drive, and Sega Master System.
So instead of having to find and buy all 10 of those classic consoles to play your games, you simply need one multi-function console, usually for about $150 or less. It comes with its own wireless controller, but has ports to use any of the original controllers as well.
Hyperkin is developing a product that brings classic videogames into the modern era. Its a device for your smartphone that allows you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games on your Android. This device, called the Smart Boy, slides on the bottom of your phone and has a space for the original cartridges on the back, just like the Game Boy we grew up with.
The Smart Boy adjusts its fit to cater to the many different sizes of smartphones. Its buttons activate sections on your screen that tell your phone which button is being pressed after a little bit of setup to tailor it on a wide range of screen sizes. The top of the phone will display the game.
David Eads, who came to ProPublica Illinois from National Public Radio, believes reporters should focus on stories that people are purposefully overlooking because if theres one thing journalism has taught him, its to find and examine regimes of not knowing. In the seventh of a series of Q&As with ProPublica Illinois staffers, Eads chatted with ProPublica Emerging Reporter Andrea Salcedo.
What inspired you to become a journalist and a news apps developer?
I consider myself a journalist first, but somebody who does it with coding, data and design.Courtesy of Ariel Zambelich
The first sort of news technology intervention I ever facilitated was probably in 1995 or 1996, when I built the website for my high school newspaper. But I got really serious about it after I moved to Chicago. I moved to Chicago to study physics in 1999, and in 2000 I met Jamie Kalven, who is a journalist. He broke the Laquan McDonald story. I worked with him on a project called The View from the Ground about public housing. We were working out of a squatted unit in public housing. That was the office. We didnt have a printing press, we didnt have a radio station, but the web was emerging. In a lot of ways, I taught myself a lot of what I know about coding out of necessity. The inspiration was: How do you have an impact without a lot of resources?
How would you explain your position as news apps developer at ProPublica Illinois to the general reader?
Ideally, I dont tell people anything. I show them. A significant part of my job is framing choices that are in technology. You have a story and you say, Which kind of social play is it? Is this a social play where we need to get a lot of momentum on Twitter? Is it Snapchat? Is it Instagram? Is it email and were trying to get in the inboxes of old-school politicians? Is it Facebook and we want to reach the masses? Its all these kinds of questions. You have to look at the content of the story, the design...
President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare.
Not that the public would know anything about it or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And thats by design.
The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them, and where.
Think back when the US pursued the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Troops werent allowed to engage, but there was no prohibition on drones. The same thing is happening in Niger, even before the recent attacks on US troops stationed there.
The government has all but officially suppressed information coming out about US policy concerning drone warfare, Nick Mottern, veteran reporter and founder of the anti-drone activist site KnowDrones, told WhoWhatWhy.
Journalists and academics we spoke with for this article agree that information about the frequency, location and impact of drone strikes is being obfuscated.
When the Obama administration wanted to discuss drones, said Mottern, it used publicity (like press conferences) to provide information on attacks even if the numbers later proved to be inaccurate.
Perhaps as a result, while Obamas extensive drone program invited much criticism from left-leaning and mainstream publications during the last year of his presidency, Trumps actions have garnered much less attention. However, activists such as Mottern have learned how to look for clues in places where the relevant information cannot easily be hidden.
We can tell by examining defense budgets that increased funding is being poured into the drone program, he said. This is also obvious from blogs tracking drones leaving bases in Italy, Djibouti, and likely another in Africa.
Sarah Kreps, author of Drones: What We Need to Know and an associate professor of government at Cornell University, agreed that information concerning the US drone war has become murkier and that more drone strikes are probably occurring.
Drone warfare was already secretive Now its almost impossible to follow under Trump. One thing we do know is that, along with Trumps loosening engagement rules, the CIA wants to expand their program into Afghanistan, where already American advisers and Afgha...
Or so sayeth Dr. Chris Donaghue. Psychiatrys sordid history with pathologizing ordinary sexual behaviour sees its continuation with the term sex addiction, cited often by sociopaths attempting to justify their actions:
Last week Harvey Weinstein announced he was checking himself into rehab for sex addiction. His behavior is clearly problematic, but so is the use of the term sex addiction. And as a sex therapist, Ive been battling this misunderstood and misused term for over a decade.
Not only is calling someone a sex addict a convenient way to write off being a sexual predator and lacking empathy, but its also an attempt at trying to rehab a career. Sex addiction is not real.
In the media, sex addiction is a relatively new concept, and is used as a culturally sanctioned shaming mechanism for people whose sexuality makes others anxious and eager to eradicate. It allows us to avoid exploring why our partner cheated on us, why we no longer have sex, why we hate pornography, or why sex scares us. If our partner or friend has sex more frequently than we are comfortable with, or in ways that upset us, we can just call them a sex addict and make the problem about them.
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All week long, we're talking about the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements and on Friday, you have the chance to highlight why they're so darn unnecessary in your town during our annual #BlackFridayParking event.
But what happens when you really need parking? I'm not talking about a perceived "need" for available parking spots at all times in all places. I'm talking about office buildings, apartments and grocery stores that exist in areas that aren't fully accessible by bike, transit or walking. Or museums and event venues that attract a lot of out of town visitors.
How can you build a reasonable amount of parking to accommodate these needs without overbuilding or destroying your city's tax base? Furthermore, is there a way to build parking that anticipates a time in the future when it won't be needed and allows the building to be adapted to other uses?
Here are three creative approaches to these questions:
1. Wrap parking in housing and businesses.Learn more
After parking minimum laws were removed in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, development company Kilbourne Group chose to build a new parking garage near the city center. Because they weren't bound by minimum requirements, Kilbourne Group was able to construct just enough parking to meet demand (with most of their spaces in use around the clock) and they were able to build it in a thoughtful manner, incorporating housing and commercial space into the area and wrapping this around the parking garage so as to improve, not detract, from street life. Read more about their story....
The next 48-hr will be stunning in a number of ways: very
heavy precipitation in the mountains, river flooding, and
temperatures that will reach record levels.
The forecast for today at 1 PM, shows the story, a strong plume of moisture from the south that is heading directly into the Northwest (blue and white colors indicate the largest values).
How do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for one's safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions? It's not going to happen overnight. Or with one day of thanksgiving.
The discouraging history of presidential impeachments and trials raises a number of questions. Waiting for the Independent Counsel's report might give us the needed "smoking gun."
Las Vegas In another strange twist to the largest mass-shooting in recent U.S. history, a damning report indicates that the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Resorts International, is paying crisis management firm Joele Frank to spread disinformation about the massacre online.
According to a bombshell report, published by Thomas Michael on Medium, the crisis management firm is deliberately spreading ridiculous conspiracy theories on social media in an attempt to discredit legitimate inquiry into the bizarre official narrativeand actively trying to muddy the water about events surrounding the mass-shooting.
The report details how MGM International hired Joele Frank to run damage control in the wake of the deadly attack that left 58 people dead on Oct. 1. Michaels report subsequently exposes ties between the crisis management firm and numerous Twitter accounts posting clearly bogus conspiracy theories about the mass-shooting, claiming the shooting was fake, there was no blood, no victims, crisis actors, the whole nine-yards.
The report goes on to explain how Michael discovered that a significant portion of the disinformation on Twitter concerning the Las Vegas massacre was originating from an account with the handle @DeepStvte.
Curiously, the @DeepStvte account is heavily connected with bots, which helped it spread nonsensical conspiracy theories about the shooting, according to GotNews.
Michael then made a...
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (commonly known as Caravaggio) revolutionized art with his highly influential style. His best efforts are a must-see on a trip to Rome. Now, three celebrated Caravaggio works that have never left Italy are on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, offering area residents and visitors 
Kerkhoff admitted that the state does not have any evidence to prove that any of these 6 defendants are themselves guilty of any acts of property destruction. Even so, Kerkhoff has pursued these politically motivated charges in order to crush dissent and pave the way for similar prosecutions to be used against any protesters anywhere.
Trial began Monday, November 20th for 6 of the 194 protesters, journalists, medics, and legal observers arrested while protesting Trumps inauguration on January 20th who are still facing charges.
The defendants for this trial include a journalist and two defendants identified as medics, among others, who were kettled by the police on Inauguration Day. The lead prosecutor, Kerkhoff, started the trial with her opening arguments. These arguments focused on criminalizing typical protest items and actions, including: wearing similar clothing, arriving at a predetermined location for a public march, chanting, and covering faces with masks, goggles, and/or gas masks.
Kerkhoff admitted that the state does not have any evidence to prove that any of these 6 defendants are themselves guilty of any acts of property destruction. Even so, Kerkhoff has pursued these politically motivated charges in order to crush dissent and pave the way for similar prosecutions to be used against any protesters anywhere.
Some of the outlandish claims Kerkhoff made during her opening argument include asserting that a livestream video recorded by one defendant who is a journalist amounted to PR or public relations, for the alleged riot. Another outlandish claim is that the presence of medics is nefarious and implies a conspiracy, despite the clear evidence that medics attend to the safety of marchers. In addition, Kerkhoff argued that the arrest of defendants shows that they were in on the alleged conspiracy because they could have left the march, but chose not to. Not stopping at these blatant attacks on protest, Kerkhoff also focused on crafting a narrative that paints protesters as a sea of black masks that overpowered helpless police.
As expected and desired, the defense attorneys opening arguments attacked some key claims and premises that Kerkhoff relied on in her opening arguments. All of the attorneys stressed that one of the main problems with this case is that there is no evidence to substantiate the charges of property destruction against the defendants.
After each one of these increasingly obvious manmade events, one thing is becoming abundantly clear. Local Government Officials are as clueless and oblivious to manmade weather reality, than the rest of the population is.
Having dealt extensively with controlled opposition and disinformation over the last 20 years, its pretty clear to me when someone is lying to cover-up the reality of manmade weather events, and when someone genuinely doesnt know the process exists at all. The 38-year-old newly elected mayor of Puerto Rico, is most definitely a member of the latter category.
The same goes for the man who inherited control of dilapidated Puerto Rico Power Grid.
Its vey clear that neither of these men understands how or why this corrupted power entity could go broke while charging five times the going rates, nor do they even seem aware that massive daily Water Vapor Generation that covers the entire island is being produced by these power plants that arent even providing power to 80% of the population.
Once again, this is prime example of this operation can exist in front of everyone on such a grand scale, while the population remains oblivious.
Just as the citizen population cant see past the boundaries of their own lives (and think their Universe is the whole Universe), so do the politicians that are equally at the mercy of this massive operation.
Clearly the mayor thinks the government and bureaucracy aspects of the problem he faces, are the entirety of the situation, while in reality they are really only distractions keeping him mired in nonsense and minutia which keeps him from recognizing the REAL clear and present threat that is DELIBERATELY keeping his island in a state of disaster and disarray.
Once again, this shows how nothing ever gets accomplished or understood.
Keeping the citizens believing that all of their government officials are in on it, while the local officials are convinced citizens questioning these events are tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, keeps the people...
Secretary Ryan Zinke is in charge of the Department of the Interior but he's blaming his predecessor for lapses in oversight.
According to Article Vl of the Constitution of the United States the supremacy clause states that any law, Act, or treaty passed by Congress that is not in accordance with the Constitution is null and void.
Storytelling is a great healing tool. I could sense the protagonists had unfinished business to solve and this journey could help them and that documenting and creating a story out of it would actually make it more powerful than just a journey without cameras. Usually, the issue of brotherhood or sisterhood in families with special needs is untouched. Our dream is that this film will be only the beginning of something bigger.
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Over the past several days, a blockade has sprung up in Olympia, Washington against the transport of fracking proppants. A similar blockade erupted around the exact same time last year, however this year has returned with more people and a stronger encampment. Already, several reports and communiques from the blockade have been published on IGD as well as Puget Sound Anarchists, a counter-information website in the Pacific Northwest. In this audio report, we talked with several people down at the blockade in Downtown Olympia about what they were seeing on the front lines.
One recent outreach flyer detailed the situation as such:
The Port of Olympia is full of fracking proppants, materials used for oil extraction across the country. Those proppants are shipped across the country to places like the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last year, a train bound for North Dakota, loaded with proppants, was blockaded in solidarity with Standing Rock, and against fossil fuel infrastructure. Now, one year year, we are blocking another train, also full of fracking proppants.
Last week, the Keystone XL pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Pipelines leak and poison water supplies; oil from pipelines poisons our atmosphere. We will not let this train through. While others petition representatives and sign agreements, we prefer a simpler, more direct approach: if something is killing the planet, get in its way. Trains and ports are a vulnerable part of the fossil fuel infrastructure; they are the arteries of capitalism. If the trains dont move, if the ports dont function, then they cant export the oil. If the ships dont move, the capitalists lose profits. Its that simple. Infrastructure is power; if we want to dethrone capitalists and mad presidents, go after their infrastructure. If we want to slow climate disaster, go after their infrastructure. Stop the trains. Block the port.
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He-haw! Looks like the National Policy Institute decided to take their trust fund blooded bodies back to the soil to have themselves a barn based Winter conference. Too bad for them, the staff kicked them to the fucking curb!
It wasnt always like this, was it Spency? Remember 2016, The Atlantic covering the National Policy Institute conference in Washington DC, all the cameras rolling as you shouted Hail Trump, while a large crowd of Matthew Forney look alike fan boys threw up neo-Nazi salutes? Those were the days, goys!
This year things were a bit different, as Spencer stood on stage not with white nationalist heavy weights like Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow of V-Dare, but instead with neo-Nazi podcast shock jock Mike Peinovich and Identity Evropa leader Eli Mosley, who only recently entered the movement after graduating from the Proud Boys.
The Nazis were literally meeting out in the cold.
They hadnt publicly announced their conference. They had been barred from meeting at the Ronald Reagan government building, an esteemed government venue in a central Washington DC location which had been their conference venue for the past two years, according to The New York Times. Building managers had barred the group because they didnt want to be at the center of a protest. The strategy of no-platforming, of removing the Nazis ability to meet however we can it worked.
In a photo tweeted by someone at the event, (great opsec @GoyToy88!), Richard Spencer can been seen on a small wooden stage with Peinovich and Mosley, who are sitting on standard issue metal folding chairs, speaking in front of a crowd that is wearing beanies and coats; there are holes and windows open to the outside, and in November the literal barn where the Winter NPI conference took place must have been very cold. That last time a member of the Spencer clan has been this close to a barn, daddys limo broke down and mommy had get out and ask for help!
(ZHE) Five days ago, Detective Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. 
In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers.
The U.S. accounts for more than half the worlds annual arms deals. Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting the Pentagon and State Department to more aggressively peddle the products of U.S. arms manufacturers. His administration also has proposals and plans in the works to make nuclear weapons more usable, with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon each working on prototypes of a delivery system for future nukes.
Trumps actions reinforce all the most profoundly disturbing aspects of Shadow World, a documentary based on Andrew Feinsteins book on the global arms trade that premiered on PBS at 9:30 pm ET.
Feinstein was once an African National Congress (ANC) member of South Africas Parliament. As he recounts in the film, Nelson Mandelas successor, Thabo Mbeki, spent $10 billion on weapons. Three hundred million dollars was spent on bribes to senior politicians, officials, and military officers. At the same time, Mbeki claimed there were no funds for developing life-saving medications for 6 million South Africans suffering from HIV/AIDS.
The financial oversight committee on which I was the ranking ANC member started to investigate the deal and the corruption. The ANC leadership instructed me to stop the investigation, Feinstein said in an interview with ITVS/Independent Lens interactive editor Craig Phillips. When I refused, they thwarted the investigation, including removing me from the committee and then forcing me out of Parliament.
As Feinstein wrote in his first book on corruption in South Africa, he took an interest in global defense contractors, especially how they were propped up by their own governments. He recognized there was no comprehensive book on the subject and developed the Shadow World project.
The film manages to cover quite a bit of history from President Ronald Reagan to President Barack Obama. Commentators featured in the film also reach back before to reference developments that happened with CIA covert operations in the 1950s to the 1970s. And President Richard Nixons disdain for diplomacy is highlighted through a clip of Nixon expressing the urge to use nuclear weapons.
Many of the key arguments in the film come from journalist Vijay Prashad, who condemns policymaking on the assum...
If reality is met head-on, if empire, external and its inner analog, is renounced and challenged, then a liberation staged by the heart's partisans can begin, thereby freeing up a great amount of acreage -- a fructifying landscape -- wherein both the earth's ecosystem and the architecture of human desire can begin to co-exist and cross-pollinate; thus a crucial re-visioning of oneself and the culture can begin.
We live in a somewhat unfashionably old house not old enough to be exotic, but old enough to be a bit, well, shabby. Thats exactly the right word for it. It was built in the late 1940s by the Wohler family, who were sort of a big deal in these parts, since they owned the most important bar in town, the Old #1. It was sold shortly afterwards to Ed LaFave, a banker, who was also one of the civic leaders who led the effort to get the University of Minnesota Morris built here, in the late 1950s and 60s. So anyway, were sort of connected to small town royalty through this house.
LaFave had bought it for his mother his home was across the street and she lived her for several decades, which means, of course, that our home is known as Granny LaFaves House to all the locals. Thats fine, none of the subsequent tenants, including us, have had her endurance, so she earned it. Unfortunately, while the interior was quite nice, the exterior had gotten a bit run down over the years. Heres what it looked like a few years ago.
Thered been a few poor attempts at tidying it up. One of the worst was that it was covered with nice cedar shakes, but they were painted over white, and that paint was flaking off, and some of the windows were in less than pristine shape, and there were those odd wooden strakes protruding over the windows (I think they used to have some kind of screening over them) that were simply falling off.
So this summer we hired a contractor to give it a complete make-over.
We had the old shakes stripped off and replaced with siding. New windows everywhere, with better insulation. The deck was resurfaced. Some of the stonework was patched up. Now it looks completely different!
Strangely, at the same time all this was going on, the county sent us a notice that theyd decided, for some obscure reason, to change our house number from 300 College Avenue to 209 College Avenue, so now we can pretend weve moved to a completely different house with none of the hassle of actually having to move the contents.
Oops. I just doxxed myself.
I made a brief video of walking around the house. Most of you wont care, but Im sending this to family this is the house where my youngest two kids grew up, so they might be cur...
Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri was detained by Saudi Arabia and forced to tender his resignation from public office as a matter of ultimatum. Hariri is a Saudi-sponsored Sunni politician who is antagonistic to Hezbollah and by extension, Iran. But apparently, he was not sufficiently hostile, in the view of his Saudi backers. He was summoned to Riyadh and ordered to resign on November 4.
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Its been one year since the Olympia railroad blockade of 2016 found itself growing for 7 rainy days and nights, prompted by solidarity actions with Standing Rock and eventually culminating in a fierce street fight with the police, while the baleful sound of the train whistle announced the resumption of business as usual. One year after this rupture, one revolution around the sun later, an assortment of the brave and the heartbroken, the tender and the enraged, are at it again. The hot, communal mess splayed across the train tracks has been resurrected, appearing again like a recurrent dream. Immediately, it feels like it never left us. Immediately we know that it never did.
This year, the festivity and rage happened to kick off on Nov.17th, at the same exact moment that the streets of Athens, Greece were erupting 6,000 miles away in fiery combat against the police, as anarchists and their friends observed (with riots) the 44th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic university uprising that shook the Greek military dictatorship of 1967-1974, further catalyzing its decline. That upheaval, nearly half a century away now, saw a tank crash through the gates of the school, its drivers and their superiors perhaps knowing but not wanting to believe that their time had come. It was this cycle of events launched the Greek anarchist movement pride and inspiration of anti-capitalist rebels the world over into the contemporary era, swelling and bursting again in the generalized Greek insurrection of December, 2008 after 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was murdered in cold blood by police in the Exarchia neighborhood. We send warm greetings to the comrades on Greek territory. These nights still belong to Alexis.
In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money -- roughly 3 percent of the state's voting-age population -- have been struck from voting rolls.
Ed Herman, who with colleague Noam Chomsky showed how the supposedly independent US media has become a propaganda vehicle of the US national security state, has died at the age of 92, writing media critiques to the end, writes TCBH! journalist and friend Dave Lindorff
Uppity women and patriarchy: a conversation about "HER-story" with author, Vicky Leon, reveals a little-known background of the Thanksgiving holiday.
by John Volpe, Times Colonist, November 19, 2017
The salmon-farm debate has come full circle with the recent escape of nearly 200,000 potentially invasive farmed Atlantic salmon 33 kilometres from B.C. waters in Washington state.
Over the years, public outrages associated with this industry have unfolded like so many layers of a rotten onion: sea lice, viruses, organic pollution, 10 times the carcinogens in the flesh of farmed salmon versus wild, legal shooting of seal and sea lion pests, whales entangled in nets and anchor lines and the list goes on. This is all unfolding against a backdrop of vehement objections from First Nations.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of ecological and social destruction, decision-makers in Victoria and Ottawa have remained shamefully silent for decades. Is it any wonder First Nations feel the only way to make their voices heard is through direct action with member...
The Alabama contest meets the ethical standard, and the practical standard. A few wise Republicans recognize this. Asked last week if he would support a Democratic candidate over Moore, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake replied: "If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat -- the Democrat, no doubt."
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In the last week at the University of North Florida, Ken Parker, a former grand dragon of the Ku-Klux-Klan, and current member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US today, made violent threats against a campus organization through social media, which went viral. Parker was an attendee at the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and has well documented links to a variety of white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi organizations.
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According to a post on The Tab, which outed Parker:
Local bigot Ken Parker, who until recently was a leading figure in Americas most notorious hate group, is a Political Science major at the University of North Florida....
Moments ago, Chicago police officer Marco Proano was sentenced for dumping 16 rounds into a car occupied by six unarmed teens who posed no threat.
Ohio political news has been abuzz with salacious reports
following the resignation of a state legislator named Wes Goodman,
after he was reportedly found having sex with another man in his
office. Goodman had been described as an up and coming star in
Republican politics, which means of course that he campaigned on
the family values, evangelical Christian platform which means
espousing the anti-poor, anti-women anti-abortion, anti-gay,
anti-contraception agenda, because that is what family values has
come to mean.
But here is what I dont get. Goodman was a closeted, married, gay man. That is not unusual for someone who wants to advance in the Republican party in a conservative state. But you would expect such a person to be extremely discreet about the fact that his private sex life was very different from how he presented himself in public. What amazes me is that reports have emerged that he aggressively sought out other men for sex, even students and people he only casually met in person or online and even people who were heterosexual.
Goodman has a reputation of reaching out to those involved in politics via Facebook Messenger but things tend to quickly turn south, as he has been known to flirt with men, solicit sex, and even send pictures of his genitals, according to dozens of sources. The majority of the people he targets are between the ages of 18 and 24 and have had very little interaction with him personally.
The article details all manner of sexually explicit messages, photos, and videos that Goodman sent out.
What was he thinking? How could he not realize that such reckless behavior would become public knowledge? What is surprising is not that he has been exposed but that it did not occur sooner, given how widely and indiscriminately he threw his net.
There is a theory that says that people burdened with secret guilt will sometimes deliberately behave in reckless ways that result in the truth coming out. This may be one of those cases, unless the truth is simpler, that he is as stupid as a box of rocks.
The toils and troubles of Bitcoin continue but for some reason, the cryptocurrencys cultists continue trying to reinvent or, at a minimum reclassify a fake monetary system whose value has no ties to anything tangible. Now, some want to rebrand Bitcoin as digital gold in another desperate attempt to keep it relevant. Digital 
A disgraced senator from Oklahoma has agreed to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charges in exchange for numerous other charges to be dropped. Moore, OK (TFTP) In September, former Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey was accused in a federal indictment of multiple counts of child sex trafficking and child pornography offenses. Over the weekend, 
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In perhaps the most intrusive move of social media platforms efforts signal as much virtue as possible and appease their potentially-regulating government overlords, Twitter has announced that it is cracking down on what it defines at hate-speech and not just by looking at its own site. In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, Mashables Kerry 
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It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.
And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?
The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.
How should we interact with the police?
Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender....
Five days ago, Detective Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. Suiter approached a man and was shot point blank in the head, in a summary execution. He was rushed to 
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Actually, the Rules for Gentlemen are the same as theyve always been, but unfortunately, there has been one major change: all the get-out-of-jail-free cards have been cancelled. Rendered null and void. Deleted. They arent making any more. If you try waving one, itll just make you look more corrupt what made you ever think you deserved an exemption?
So Im going to be specific. We dont get to make these excuses ever again.
The autistic/mentally ill exemption. Ugh. Gross. Do not ever pull a James Damore and blame your bad behavior and ignorance on autism. Autism doesnt turn you into an asshole. Neither does mental illness. You dont get to drag down a lot of innocent people with you and increase their stigma to save your butt.
We men are such lovable klutzes. Wrong. Pretending to be ignorant of the rules of normal human behavior isnt lovable at all. Especially since 5 minutes after you beg unawareness of how to do laundry and complain about the impossibility of navigating the complex social mores of interacting with feeemales, youre going to hop on the internet and brag about how your sex includes Alexander the Great, Gutenberg, and the guy who invented http among its members.
Its our Man Genes. Nope. There are no such things as Man Genes that dictate your behavior. From the raw material of our genetics, society constructed Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, and Nelson Mandela. People are complicated and your naive reductionism is noted and dismissed as stupid.
The she-was-a-slut excuse. The grossest. It doesnt matter if she posed for Playboy, had sex with the Philadelphia Eagles, and was standing naked in front of you coated in lube if she says no, if she doesnt give consent, you dont have an invitation to demand so much as a kiss. Her sexual history does not give you liberty to take liberties. I dont understand why, but this seems to be extraordinarily hard for some people to grasp.
But it was only once! Its never only once. But even if it was that...
Legal experts and federal prosecutors warned that a win for Menendez could essentially legalize public corruption and pay-to-play politics at a time when American faith in the political system is at a notable low. After a court battle lasting nearly two years, the bribery case against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has been declared a mistrial, when 
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Acclaimed author and WhoWhatWhy contributor Dick Russell recently spoke to RT Newss Watching the Hawks about the JFK assassination records that have been newly released by the National Archives. Russell talks about the true identity of Lee Harvey Oswald is there evidence he was a US intelligence asset posing as a fake defector to the USSR?
Who was the Mexico City mystery man that was apparently posing as Oswald in the months leading up to the assassination?
And despite President Donald Trump allowing these new documents to be released with significant redactions remaining at least for now what more can we learn? Watch the below video to find this out, and more.
Dick Russell is the author of many books, but he is perhaps best known for his thrilling, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Carroll & Graf, 2003). His other books include My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014); The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist (Arcade Publishing, 2013); On the Trail of the JFK Assassins: A Groundbreaking Look at Americas Most Infamous Conspiracy (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010); Striper Wars: An American Fish Story (Island Press, 2005); Black Genius and the American Experience (Carroll & Graf 1998)...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Mike Turber with the 5x5News YouTube channel released a video Sunday which reveals Stephen Paddocks body had been rolled over before crime scene photos were taken in his rented 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The analysis was conducted using computer software which separated the older bleed out area (presumably created when Paddock was face down) from the fresh bleed out area (where Paddock is pictured face-up.)
The body was found face down, Turber said. To take this picture he obviously had to be turned over.
Additionally, a streak can also be seen through the fresh pool of blood which likely emerged from the back of Paddocks head after he was rolled over.
Turber speculates that law enforcement may have kicked the gun away once they found the suspect lying face down upon entering the room but this does not explain the streak through the fresh pool of blood because the gun would have been kicked away early on when police found Paddock face down.
The following video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Rick Wiles. Again. Never shuts up, this one.
Citing the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, Wiles insisted that that sick, sick society had nothing on modern-day America.
I think, right now, if God sent angels to this country, homosexuals would attempt to rape them, Wiles said. I have read comments by homosexual rights activistsI dont even want to say the words, I cant even say it, what they want to do to our Lord, Jesus Christ. I have seen comments, its so wicked, so blasphemous I cant even say it. I dont want to even go there.
Im telling you, he continued, if angels arrived in some major cities in this country, men would seek to rape them. We have become that wicked.
Sigh. Im starting to think of evangelical conservatives as bullshit faucets, always on full spew. First, that moronic bible story is not at all what most christians think it is, and whatever the grievous sin of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, that will never be known, because although Jehovah mentions it, he never says what it is. One thing is clear, and thats Jehovahs plan to destroy all the people long before they get there. He lets Abraham in on his little secret, and Abraham, not being an idiot, inquires if all the good people will be destroyed, too. Then Abraham starts bargaining with Jehovah, from 50 to 10, that if he can identify 10 good people, Jehovah will have to stay his hand. Abraham is never given that opportunity, though. The whole damn story is nonsense, from start to finish. You can read a basic summary here. One thing which happens a lot in the bible is a whole towns worth of men always showing up when theres a new man in town, clamoring to have him come out for a spot of gang rape. In most cases, Jehovah doesnt seem to be terribly upset about it, so its hard to imagine everyone had to die for that one. You know a story christians dont like? The Levites Concubine. Thats a nasty one. And the town of Gibeah wasnt destroyed! Well, they werent looking to rape an angel. Maybe that makes the difference. Jehovah doesnt care if people are gan...
Today the Clinton scandals are getting a rehearing because of the revolution that is taking place in our mores, and in the structure of the patriarchy itself, due to the sexual harassment scandals that are felling powerful men. Many of these scandals mirror elements of the Clinton story.
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
The following article by our friend Josh McCarty who works at Urban Three (a consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property and retail tax analysis) uses concrete data to illustrate exactly why parking minimums are so harmful to the economic success of our towns.
What makes surface parking so destructive is that it consumes a finite resource (land) with virtually no direct financial benefit. Our pre-occupation at Urban Three is local finance. From that perspective, parking in particular the vast kind that adorns strip malls and box stores is dead weight. Local governments, be they in cities, towns, or counties, are all constrained by the land they can develop. What they do with that resource is thus, paramount to how well they can pay their bills. Tax revenue is but one of many resources squandered by each acre of land devoted to deactivated cars.
This year for #BlackFridayParking, Ill delve deeper into the pattern of tax productivity in Urban Three's 3D models to focus on the impact of surface parking. Those of you who are familiar with Urban Three will recognize the image below as the incredibly common pattern of property tax production per acre:
The low-lying green and yellow developments are those that produce a low amount of tax revenue, while the tall purple and red plots have a high tax value.
Whats fascinating about this model is that, without knowing the city or county, having no idea what the underlying development looks like, its nearly impossible not to find downtown. (The image is Des Moines, Iowa by the way.) Smaller satellite downtowns, ne...
If youve read the Earth First! Journal, the Earth First! Newswire, or the Earth First! Newsletter over the past decade or so, youve surely heard about the fight to protect the Mattole Forest. If reading about the trees, wild animals, and forest defenders risking their lives to protect them makes you itch to head westnows your chance!
A few weeks ago, allies in the Mattole Valley obtained written assurances that Humboldt Redwood company will not try to log, build roads, or spray herbicides in the Long Ridge area until next year. Consequently the forest defenders have removed the blockade and shifted attention to shoring up the defenses in other ways; like community outreach, organizing trainings, gathering data in the field to fight the companies misinformation campaign, and much more.
This summer the forest defenders mistakenly believed that the logging permits would begin expiring this year, five years after they had been approved. However, it turns out the permits can last for seven years now, which means the forest could remain under imminent threat until 2021, unless there is some kind of resolution. All the more reason to quit your job, abandon your lease, and head to the woods!
Preparations for next year will begin with a training camp for early January. Its still in the preliminary planning stages so we will announce the date and location once weve decided, but you can play a part in helping to make it happen.
The Save the Mattole Ancient Forest Campaign are putting out a call for passionate Earth lovers who are ready to join us out on the frontlines this winter and the rest of next year if need be.
For more info or to get in touch, email email@example.com
Correspondent Scott Pelley's segment, "When Food Is Used as a Weapon," employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabia's brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reporting -- and their viewers -- by stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States, entirely off the hook.
Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor. Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim 
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First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.
So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.
The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken...
When youre a child and visit the zoo, the experience can be magical as well as a bit confusing. This is because, the beasts (from lions and hyenas to elephants and flamingos) tend to behave differently than they do on television shows, such as the Discovery Channel.
Many zoo animals exhibit signs of zoochosis. Symptoms include rocking back and forth, hitting themselves and showing outward signs of depression. Sometimes, the animals are so frustrated by life in captivity, they even lash out.
In the following video, you can witness the latter. A young girl, rightly infatuated with the King of the Jungle, presses her nose against the glass and gives the big cat a kiss. At first, the lion just stares at her. Perhaps this is because zoo visitors are his only form of stimulation.
After a while, the mild entertainment fades and his animalistic side kicks in. In the blink of an eye, he becomes irritated and stands up on his hind legs as he claws exasperatingly at the glass. As OneGreenPlanet points out, the recorded incident is very similar to one which was documented last year. In that instance, a Silverback gorilla charged at (and broke) the glass in a Nebraska zoo after a young girl banged on her chest.
Like humans, the animals dont display their distress at all times. But that doesnt mean life in captivity takes its toll. At the end of the day, we all need to ask ourselves this question: No human wants to live life in a cage, so why do we inflict this punishment on other creatures?
The conservation argument is an old one that is easily dispelled. To begin with, only a fractio...
Recently weve been watching ETPs heavy machinery prepare the sites for this destructive pipeline project on both sides of Camp White Pine. To the east along the ME2 easement, the work is closer than ever before and still closing in. In the days leading up to Halloween workers began clearing and chipping logs (along the easement where the trees had already been cut last year) to the east of camp, less than a mile away. Soon they were working on the ridge nearest to camp, and now they are in the small valley even closer to us, the machines clearly visible from the wetlands near the east edge of the Gerhart property. The first photo shows this area, with bulldozers perched on the top of the hill and two excavators partially visible moving logs in the valley. Clearly visible from the treesits, on and near the site for proposed HDD across the road, workers are active as the site changes from day to day.
Its been a long time since camp first formed in February. ETP, sometimes working through their infamous contractor Tigerswan, has come after us with a writ of possession, an injunction, smear campaigns and surveillance and harassment and threats. Still were here, continuing to build and survive in the face of oncoming winter and advancing machines. We can never be sure of when ETP will finally come and try to evict the treesits; weve thought they would come before, especially when the company made legal moves against camp. ETP could wait even longer as theyve pushed back their timeline for pipeline completion into later 2018 amid repeated drilling fluid spills and other unsafe practices. However the equipment they need to conduct the next phase of work on the land were defending clearing away and chipping the remaining logs as well as cutting the treesit trees to prepare to turn the hillside into an HDD pad and work site is close enough that it could reach us any day.
As confrontation (possibly) approaches imminently, we ask folks to please continue sharing and donating to camps legal and bail fund and spreading the word about the struggle against the Mariner East 2 and all extractive infrastructure projects.
A former Oklahoma cop will spend the next 15 years in prison for shooting his daughters teenage boyfriend to death over two years ago. Ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler claimed
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194 people are still facing 60 years in prison after being mass arrested by police at Trumps Inauguration and charged with multiple felonies. With the first trial starting on Monday, November 20th, we need supporters to light up the phones of the Mayors Office and the US Attorney. This is an important thing you can do to help keep up the pressure while supporting the 6 defendants going first in a long battle against unreasonable charges. It is our task to challenge the governments effort to re-animate the Riot Act and attach conspiracy charges to protest movements. There is an effort nationwide to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable protest, which includes never before seen felony charges for protest activities.
Call US Attorney Jessie Liu at 202-252-7566.
You can also send a letter to the Judiciary Center Building, 555 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20530.
Call Mayor Bowsers Office at 202-727-6263.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @mayorbowser.
Tell others you know to call on November 20th and 21st. We will have more call-in days in the future, and its easy to do whether in DC as a supporter or outside it, wanting to do something to help.
Make the below script your own. You want this to be a human interaction. If you live outside of DC, emphasize that people from all over the country came to DC to protes...
BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. Were learning more about the Bernalillo County Sheriffs deputy who shot at three people in the last four months, killing one of them. Turns out, Deputy
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Did you know? In less than a decade, the African Elephant is expected to go extinct. This acknowledged, why on Earth would the U.S. specifically, President Donald Trump allow trophies from the majestic beasts to be imported into the first-world nations? Most likely, for profit, under the guise of conservation. Rather than drone on about why hunting animals for conservation purposes is misleading, well direct you to this, this and this article.
Well-known individuals who have already spoken out against the rash decision include Leonardo DiCaprio, Pamela Anderson, Ricky Gervais, Shannon Doherty, Olivia Munn, and Ellen DeGeneres. And DeGeneres isnt just talking about change, shes taking action.
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 17, 2017
Recently, the host of the Ellen Show announced that she has started a campaign with the hashtag #BeKindtoElephants. In the opening monologue, DeGeneres asked viewers to stand up for the majestic land mammals. She then highlighted many of the creatures awe-inspiring capabilities.
I have to talk about something that is very, very important to mePresident Trump reversed one of Barack Obamas...
Dissenting views should not be lightly dismissed merely by declaring that a government agency or a "consensus" has decided the case. The news media ill-serve the public when they take government or so-called experts assertions on faith without having those assertions tested in public.
Ask anyone whos ever worked in the public sector: With a never-ending stream of taxpayer money and no competition in sight, governments are a breeding ground for stupid ideas. In fact, coming up with a list of all the idiocy that governments have inflicted on the world would be an impossible task, so lets just 
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Zimbabwe has been going through a rather strange political
transition. Robert Mugabe has ruled that country since 1980 when
his guerrilla force ZANU overthrew the white minority government of
what was then called Rhodesia. Since then, his rule has become
increasingly autocratic, corrupt, undemocratic, and brutal and it
seemed like he, now 93 years old, was grooming his wife Grace to
take over from him, and sacking his deputy head of state seemed to
be a step in that direction
The military then intervened and placed him under house arrest in what would normally be called a coup. But unusual for a coup, they seemed to want Mugabe to bless his own ouster and so allowed him to meet with people and give speeches while steps were taken behind the scenes to quietly remove him. One such step was for his ruling party ZANU-PF to remove him as its leader, which they did yesterday. The next step was to schedule a TV broadcast yesterday in which Mugabe was expected to announce he was stepping down. But to everyones surprise, Mugabe did no such thing, and switched his speech at the last minute and said he would continue. It is not clear what is going to happen next.
This reminded me of that excellent 1988 British mini-series A Very British Coup in which a steelworker Harry Perkins becomes prime minister and proceeds to implement his progressive election manifesto. This causes consternation in the ruling oligarchy, and the intelligence services, acting on behalf of the elites, frames Perkins for bribery and arranges for him to give a televised speech announcing a face-saving resignation on the grounds of ill health. You can watch what happens in these short excerpts from the climax.
Part 1 is where Perkins is given the ultimatum.
Part 2 is where Perkins gives his televised speech.
Mugabe is no Perkins, not by a long shot. But the way he pulled off this stunt suggests to me that he has seen this show.
Did you know? In 1637, over 700 men, women, and children of the Pequot Tribe gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival, which is our present-day Thanksgiving celebration. However, in the predawn hours before the celebration, English and Dutch mercenaries shot and clubbed the men to death. Meanwhile, the women and children huddled inside longhouses and were burned alive.
In total, 700 unarmed men, women and children were murdered. The very next day, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared A Day of Thanksgiving.
In case you were wondering, yes, thats the same holiday millions of Americans will celebrate later this week. While there is nothing wrong with being grateful for good food, friends, and family members, ignoring the historical events which led to the traditional day of feasting is. And sadly, that is what millions of people do every year.
The reality is, Native Americans were dealt several lousy hands by the white man. And while it is too late to save those who received unfair treatment, it isnt too late to make amends for what our ancestors did. The first way to do this is by learning the true history of Thanksgiving. The second is to stop appropriating Native American culture.
Every year around Thanksgiving, vloggers and bloggers do exactly this by making seasonal makeup tutorials that are inspired by Native American culture. For obvious reasons, this is so wrong. But rather than rant on the ordeal, well let JJ Smith, aka Sailor J on YouTube, explain why its not OK for women to blatantly rip off Native American culture.
In a recent parody video, aptly titled How To Do Thanksgiving Makeup That Has Nothing To Do With The 566 Federally Recognized Tribes, Sailor J does a rendition of a Thanksgiving...
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An Interview with Bender, a German
by Paul OBanion
Bender has been involved in the autonomous movement in Germany since the 1980s, and talks here about his experiences and observations from thirty years of organizing. He addresses the beginnings of the autonomen the autonomous movement how Antifa developed out of that in the late 80s and 90s, and has developed since. He discusses where things are now, in a post-autonomous, post-antifa, German radical Left environment. He is familiar with the situation in the US, and offers lessons for organizing against fascism and all forms of domination. This interview was conducted via email, and Benders answers have been edited for clarity.
Talk about the autonomen: who you are, what political traditions and perspectives are you building on, and what has been your practical and theoretical activity.
Bender: When we talk about the autonomen, we speak of the 80s in Germany where the autonomen first appeared and had the character of a movement. It is one outcome of the dynamics of the so-called New Social Movements or, as you call it in the US, the New Left.
As in many other countries, the beginnings of the New Social Movements, from which the autonomous movement of the 80s was one result, was the long year of 68, which in Germany is perhaps best characterised as an anti-authoritarian revolt. We have to remember, that the year 68 politically lasted much longer than one year. The movement after 68 reached a kind of exhaustion, in which people asked themselves how to go on, which means: how to organize a movement in decline.
After 68 was the moment of the movement, then the 70s developed along the more Party-orientated trajectory. The 70s were the decade of the so-called K-groups. The K-Groups were various communist groups with, in some cases, a lot of members, and in all cases no matter how big they actually were the aim to become a mass party. It was like the last episode of the history of Communist Parties. But whereas the first episode ended in the tragedy of the Soviet Party-State, this time it ended as the farce of communist groups run by students with nearly no impact on the working-class. But what they did have was much influence on new forms of politics and new political issues, not only those based around labor and the working-class.
But just as the student movement in the end of the 60s...
The US now has more troops in Somalia than at any other time since 1993. One of the many quiet escalations in countries where US military operations on the ground hadnt really been well publicized in the first place, officials say that the US has more than doubled the number of ground troops in Somalia this 
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is a tax wonk and most observers of Congress know that. But knowing what interests the other 434 members of Congress is harder.
To make it easier to know what issues each lawmaker really focuses on, were launching a new feature in our Represent database called Policy Priorities. We had two goals in creating it: To help researchers and journalists understand what drives particular members of Congress and to enable regular citizens to compare their representatives priorities to their own and their communities.
We created Policy Priorities using some sophisticated computer algorithms (more on this in a second) to calculate interest based on what each congressperson talks and brags about in their press releases.
Voting and drafting legislation arent the only things members of Congress do with their time, but theyre often the main way we analyze congressional data, in part because theyre easily measured. But the job of a member of Congress goes well past voting. They go to committee meetings, discuss policy on the floor and in caucuses, raise funds and important for our purposes communicate with their constituents and journalists back home. They use press releases to talk about what theyve accomplished and to demonstrate their commitment to their political ideals.
Weve been gathering these press releases for a few years, and have a body of some 86,000 that we used for a kind of analysis called machine learning.
The press releases might comment about a bill that just advanced in committee or a post office that was renamed or they might be weighing in on issues of the day that have yet to be addressed by Congress. We think these press releases are a great signal for what a congressperson cares about or, at least, what they want their constituents to see them caring about.
Policy Priorities is inspired by some research by political scientist Justin Grimmer, who used a somewhat similar approach to calculate what he called an Expressed Agenda for each U.S. senator. Our model differs a bit so were not using the same name.
Grimmer says his approach yields an indirect representation of a legislators priorities. Rather than directly measuring the sum of what a legislator does, the expressed agenda measures what the legislator does filtered through what he or she thinks their constituents want to hear about: legislators employ the resources of their office to portray how they are responding to the priorities and concerns of their constituents. Its not just that Ryan cares about taxes...
Jeremy Dys is deputy general counsel at the First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated to protecting religious liberty. Dys joins Federalist Radio to discuss some of the upcoming religious liberty cases at both the Supreme Court and the appellate courts.
First Liberty Institute filed an amnicus brief with the Masterpiece Cake Shop case going before the Supreme Court. The government is trying to coerce people, not only into saying specific things, but to believe certain thingsand thats not the position of the government, Dys said. The government should be encouraging a diversity of thought and beliefs in the public square.
Remember when civil rights advocates demanded accountability from police and wanted them to wear bodycams? Those bodycams cost police departments a good chunk of money. But now, a group called
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We still have time to stop the latest insanity in Washington. This crop of Republicans has taken the madness to the next level. This one could destroy the future of an entire generation. It is time for us to stop fighting among each other and keep our eyes on those that are pilfering us with a smile. But you can stop it.
Guardian journalist Luke Harding has written a book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. The book contains conversations with former spy Christopher Steele, who admonished Harding to follow the yellow brick road, which in Trump's case is gold and extends all the way from Moscow to Trump Tower. Good advice and Robert Mueller is following it.
For much of its 22-year existence, few outside the corner of science devoted to toxic chemicals paid much attention to the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
But now, a feud has erupted over the small academic publication, as its editorial board the scientists who advise the journals direction and handle article submissions has accused the journals new owner of suppressing a paper and promoting corporate interests over independent science in the public interest.
More is at stake than just the journals direction.
IJOEH is best known for exposing so-called product defense science industry-linked studies that defend the safety of products made by their funders. At a time when the Trump administration is advancing policies and nominees sympathetic to the chemical industry, the journal seems to be veering in the same direction.
There are many scientists who work for corporations who are honest scientists, said David Michaels, the former head of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration under President Obama. What were concerned about here is the mercenary science thats published purely to influence regulation or litigation, and doesnt contribute to public health.
I think the IJOEH articles were threatening to that whole industry, said Michaels, now an environmental and occupational health professor at George Washington University. While Michaels has never served on the journals editorial board, he has published an article in the journal and peer-reviewed others.
The journal was one of the relatively few places that provided an outlet for scientists whose work is independent of the corporations that manufacture chemicals, he said. The silencing of that voice would be a real loss to the field.
Last Thursday, the journals 22-member editorial board, along with eight former board members and the journals founding editor-in-chief, wrote a letter to the National Library of Medicine requesting disciplinary action against the academic journals new publisher, Taylor & Francis Group. In particular, they asked the Library of Medicine to rescind the journals listing in the Medline index, which could drastically reduce its scientific influence....
Leo Lech owns a property parcel at 4219 South Alton Street in Greenwood Village, a sleepy suburban enclave tucked between Denvers bustling Tech Center and the scenic reservoir of Cherry
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Just a few days ago, rumors began swirling about the health of Americas most notorious psychopath, Charles Milles Manson. Initially, reports claimed the manic had died, but later sources stated he is alive but gravely ill. Manson may have escaped the death penalty decades ago, however, on Sunday, November 19, 2017, the story changed. The 
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There was an astonishing sale at Christies, the last privately held da Vinci, supposedly, for an unprecedented amount of money: over $450 million dollars. The Russian connection is of interest, as is the doubtful provenance of the painting. Theres also the problem of such a painting, if its a true da Vinci, going into private hands. No museum could possibly have coughed up over 400 million for it.
Last night, Christies auction house sold Salvator Mundi, which it claims is the last painting by Leonardo da Vinci in private hands, for an astounding, record-setting $400M (the final price was over $450M with fees). The sale was controversial for a couple of reasons: that mind-numbing number itself, but also the fact that there are a lot of questions and serious doubts about the paintings authenticity, restoration, and provenance.
One can therefore be forgiven for initially overlooking another elephant in the room the identity of the seller. When theres this much money involved, though, it usually pays to follow it, and here the money leads directly back to the Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev. Rybolovlevs family trust sold the painting, through Christies, to an undisclosed buyer, but if his name sounds familiar for other reasons, that might be because in 2008 he paid (through a company he controlled) $95M to buy a Palm Beach mansion from Donald Trump.
You can read more about this at Hyperallergic, and theres an earlier article too. The earlier article is disheartening, to say the least, as half of all the worlds wealth is in a very small circle of people, while little money ever goes to all those things which make for a healthy society. Once again, Im reminded of A Perfect Circles new beatitude
The sweet crystalline carbohydrate seems to be everywhere and in everything, so even if you are trying to steer clear, chances are youre eating more sugar than you think. It is important to note that anyone can have high blood sugar levels not just diabetics. You could be doing harm to your nerves, blood vessels and organs and not know until its too late. If you want to prevent worrying symptoms, it is important that you are able to spot the signs and take preventive measures.
If you eat breakfast or lunch that is packed with sugar, you might end up feeling fatigued in the afternoon. Your body will be unable to store and absorb glucose properly and so your cells wont receive the fuel they need. Having a balanced diet will prevent your blood sugar from going from a sugary high to a lethargic low.
If youre eating foods high in sugar, glucose will be unable to enter cells, which in turn prevents the body from receiving energy. As a result, your body will ask for food again and again.
High glucose levels can lead to weight loss. Firstly, a high sugar intake will force you to urinate more frequently, which will result in a low fluid level in the whole body and thus you will lose weight. In addition, if the insulin level is insufficient for glucose metabolism then the body will switc...
Footage from hidden cameras shows young refugees being auctioned off for as little as $400, after they were kidnapped from Libya and Niger.
Martin Ford is a futurist who focuses on the impact of artificial intelligence on society and the economy. In this video he predicts that we could face stagnant wages and underemployment, which would result in soaring levels of inequality; he also offers up solutions to deal with the new challenges we will face as a society.
Technology is finally beginning to encroach on that fundamental human capability. The thing that makes us so different from horses and very thing that so far has allowed us to stay ahead of the march of progress and remain relevant and in fact, indispensable to the economy.
Ford points out fundamental reasons why todays information technology is so different relative to the past, summarised here:
The rise of automation can threaten the very
fabric of society, so how will we find meaning and motivation
without a job as a catalyst? Ford suggests that an incentivised
basic income could be a solution to this problem.
Earlier this fall, a leader of the busiest hospital for organ transplants in New York state where livers are particularly scarce pleaded for fairer treatment for ailing New Yorkers.
Patients in equal need of a liver transplant should not have to wait and suffer differently because of the U.S. state where they reside, wrote Dr. Herbert Pardes, former chief executive and now executive vice president of the board at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
But Pardes left out his hospitals own contribution to the shortage: From 2013 to 2016, it gave 20 livers to foreign nationals who came to the United States solely for a transplant essentially exporting the organs and removing them from the pool available to New Yorkers.
That represented 5.2 percent of the hospitals liver transplants during that time, one of the highest ratios in the country.
Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium. Some hospitals even seek out foreign patients in need of a transplant. A Saudi Arabian company, Ansaq Medical Co., whose stated aim is to facilitate the procedures and mechanisms of medical tourism, said it signed an agreement with Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans in 2015.
The practice is legal, and foreign nationals must wait their turn for an organ in the same way as domestic patients. Transplant centers justify it on medical and humanitarian grounds. But at a time when President Donald Trump is espousing an America First policy and seeking to ban visitors and refugees from certain countries, allocating domestic organs to foreigners may run counter to the national mood.
Even beyond the realm of health care, some are questioning whether foreigners should be able to access limited spots that might otherwise be available to U.S. citizens. For instance, public colleges compensate for reductions in state funding by accepting more foreign students paying higher tuition, and critics say in-state students are being denied opportunities as a result.
This Friday, we'll celebrate an annual tradition at Strong Towns: the national #BlackFridayParking event. While your fellow Americans are busy fighting each other for 50% off toys and discounted televisions at the stores in your town, we want to give you a different job to do: Snap some photos of the parking lots surrounding these stores.
Why do we do this? Because, even on a day that is supposed to be one of the biggest shopping events of the year, we've noticed that year after year after year, the parking lots are simply never full. Our nation is covered with miles and miles of parking lots that sit empty around the clock yes, even on the biggest shopping day of the year.
Unfortunately, most of our cities require this excessive parking by law. That's right: Whether you're opening a clothing store or building a duplex, your city's zoning code likely has a "parking minimum" that mandates 2 spaces per 1,000 square feet of retail, or 1 space per housing unit, or any number of other ridiculous parameters that aren't based on real demand. We've even seen a city that required bowling alleys to have 2 parking spots per lane.
Instead of allowing business owners and home owners to decide how much parking they need, these parking minimum laws simply require it, with no consideration as to whether a business' customers largely arrive on foot, or whether a homeowner primarily takes the bus and doesn't need a car. The result is a wasteland of half empty parking lots.
This week on our website and podcast, we'll talk about the myriad of opportunities that these parking spaces...
CALIFORNIA A Lindsay man is suing the city, alleging wrongful death and use of excessive force after his grown son stopped breathing in the back of a police car
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By Matt Agorist Declassified top secret documents reveal plans for the US to obtain Soviet aircraft and use them to attack Americans as a pretext...
Maybe you thought America's nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong.
By Patricia Burke On November 14, 2017 the Environmental Defense Fund and the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois released the results of a study New...
Frances invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend a few days in Paris has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
Less charitably, what Macron is really doing is giving cynical cover to the Saudi rulers for their extraordinary acts of aggression towards Lebanon and their violation of that countrys sovereignty.
Two of Hariris children were left in Saudi capital Riyadh while he visited France over the weekend. Were they being used as hostages by the Saudis to ensure that Hariri maintains the Saudi spin on events? Certainly, the arrangement raises suspicions, but the French president sought instead to affect a normal nothing-is-unusual appearance.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun last week publicly accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri in Riyadh against his will. Aoun said the Saudi rulers were violating international law by detaining Hariri and forcing his resignation as prime minister of Lebanon. Such acts were tantamount to aggression, said President Aoun.
Yet Macron has said nothing about Saudi interference. He has instead turned reality on its head by censuring Iran for regional aggression and thereby backing Saudi claims that Iran is supplying ballistic missiles to Yemen. Iran swiftly condemned Macron for stoking regional tensions.
Credit goes to President Aoun for speaking out plainly, telling it like it is and expressing what many Lebanese citizens and many other observers around the world have concluded. The whole debacle is an outrageous affront to Lebanon and international law by the Saudi rulers, when it is taken into consideration Hariris hasty summo...
Paul Ryan used Twitter to introduce Cindy, a fictional mother of one who works as an assistant restaurant manager making $30,000 a year.
Meet Cindy: a single mom, making $30,000 per year, who hopes to one day get beyond living paycheck to paycheck, Ryan wrote. With a $700 increase in her tax refund each year under our tax bill, Cindy can start saving for her future.
The Republican Speaker, who has an estimated net worth of $6,453,040, wants people to believe that what amounts to an extra $58 a month will allow for Cindy to save money.
If this fictional single parent is anything like the two-thirds of Americans who dont have enough saved to take care of a $500 emergency, Ryans embroidered tax refund wont be anywhere near enough to keep their finances above water, let alone give them breathing room to start saving.
Keeping all of Ryans imaginative numbers where they are, lets say Cindy lives in Ryans home state of Wisconsin. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) living wage calculator, at $30,000 a year and with one child, Cindy would need to make $23.62 an hour working forty hours a week to make a living wage.
The minimum wage in Wisconsin is only $7.25 per hour. The average annual salary that would be necessary for a single parent household and one child in Wisconsin is $49,131.
In other words, $700 wont be saving Cindy, and thats taking into account that $30,000 may be a fairly high estimate for someone working as a restaurant assistant manager. It would take a decade to save a meager $7,000 should Cindy deposit every $700 check, not touching a penny of it to pay for medical emergencies, child care, food, and any debt.
Existing financial institutionsincredibly predatory and unforgivingare tireless in their exploitation of the poor. Along with the rapid rise of the cost of living and decline in pay growth, the hurdles that face low-income households keep multiplying.
For the poor, there is no pulling your bootstraps out of capitalism. Those straddling the edges of homelessness, financial devastation, and hunger have no bootstraps. There are no boots.
The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) published The High Cost of Being Poor in The U.S. in 2016, which documented the burdens forced upon those living in deep poverty:
Five days ago, Det. Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. Suiter approached a man and was shot point blank in the head, in a summary execution. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries.
Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) November 16, 2017
In response, Baltimore Police reacted with fire and fury turning the neighborhood where Suiter was shot into an open-air prison, shutting down city streets and enabling checkpoints for citizens while officers in tactical gear went door to door, according to Baltimore Brew. Residents were prohibited from entering their own neighborhood unless they showed proper identification, these extreme measures have been in place for 4-5 days.
Theyve been to my house three times asking, Did you hear anything? Do you know anything, said Edward Stanley, a local resident, who had to show a yellow slip before entering the neighborhood.
Baltimore Brew said, the neighborhood was turned into open-air prison, as the complete lockdown was in an attempt to collect evidence and search for the shooter.
Police initially said they needed to cordon off the area to try to capture the shooter. Police have said Suiter was in the 900 block of Bennett Place, investigating a previous homicide when he was shot on Wednesday. So far, no arrests have been announced in the case. This morning, homicide detective Mike Newton told The Brew that the lockdown was necessary to collect evidence.
One community group took pictures of a checkpoint in West Baltimore.
Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) November 19, 2017
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Through its top official, Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia continues a wave of internal arrests, having seized nearly $800 billion in assets and bank accounts. A few days later, MBS attempted to demonstrate his authority by summoning Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Saudi Arabia, where he was forced to resign on Saudi state TV.
Trump tweeted support for Bin Salmans accusations against Iran and Hezbollah, and the future Saudi king even obtained Israels secret support. Iran, meanwhile, denies any involvement in Lebanons domestic affairs or involvement with the ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels towards Riyadhs King Khalid International Airport a few days ago. Meanwhile, Trump, Putin and Xi met recently and seem to have decided the fate of the region in an exercise of realism and pragmatism.
News that upends the course of events has now become commonplace over the last few months. However, even by Middle East standards, this story is something new. The affair surrounding Lebanons Prime Minister Hariri generated quite a bit of commotion. Hariri had apparently been obliged to announce his resignation on Saudi Arabias Al Arabiya news channel while being detained in Riyadh. His most recent interview seemed to betray some nervousness and fatigue,...
There is a nagging little problem that I have with all the
proofs of god that theologians keep insisting should be convincing.
The fact that we are not all believers in the various gods means
that these arguments are not that persuasive and, if gods exist,
immediately raises the question: Do these gods want us to
know they exist or not?
Heres what I mean. Suppose we assume the existence of a god. We immediately run into a problem in that there are so many gods out there with different qualities that we need to pick on one, or at least one set of properties. Let us assume a god with some of the usual abilities assigned to gods, such as some human cognitive properties, like the ability to know what is going on in the universe, plus the ability to act if necessary to contradict the laws of nature to change the course of events for whatever reason. Lets give this god a name so that we do not confuse him with any of the thousands of other gods that people have thought existed over time. Lets call this god Melvin, because it is a good name and I have used it before.
Melvin has a pretty impressive resume, He created the universe and everything in it but then is immediately faced with a problem. Should he let the human beings he created know that he exists? Or should he hide the fact of his own existence? As I see it, those are the two options at Melvins disposal and since he is all-powerful, he could do either one easily.
If the option chosen is to hide his own existence, Melvin can avoid doing anything at all to suggest that he exists or intervene in ways such that no one is able to detect that he has intervened, like the Men in Black do by wiping out peoples memories of the presence of extra-terrestrial beings. The catch with this option is that the undetectable and the non-existent look very much alike and people may come to the conclusion that Melvin does not exist at all since there is no evidence of his existence.
If, on the other hand, Melvin does want people to know he exists, he could make his presence known to everyone in such a spectacular way that there would be no doubt at all that he exists. For example, he could announce to the whole world that at one particular specified time, he is going to stop the rotation of the Earth for (say) 24 hours (or something like that) and carry out that promise. Melvin could ramp up the spectacular nature of the evidence beyond anything that the most gifted CGI artists could come up with so that one would think that it should not be hard to convince any doubters. And since Melvin is god, if all else fails and some atheists remain unconvinced, he could presumably intervene directly in their brains, again Men in Black style, to get even the most obstinate person to be...
For the first time, the Ellsworth Air Force Base Diversity Council worked with Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors, a local organization, to build bridges between the native and non-native communities of Rapid City.
Wow. Tom Bjrklund has been making these amazing paintings to humanize Neandertals. Here are a few examples:
It doesnt take much a father teaching his child, a flower in the hair to wrench one away from the usual distanced view we have of dead bones and stone tools. These were people.
Id like to see a similar approach to australopithecines. We can see emotions in a chimpanzee you know that Lucy had just as rich a repertoire of feelings as they do. We can only imagine how they expressed them.
A disgraced senator from Oklahoma has agreed to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charges in exchange for numerous other charges to be dropped.
The denizens of 4chan/pol have got it into their tiny little heads that the way to Save Western Civilization is for them increase their testosterone levels. There are a few little problems with that idea: they havent made the connection between more testosterone and civilization, and given that testosterone is an extremely common steroidal hormone in all vertebrates, and that bears get rather high testosterone levels without building cities and discovering writing, any connection would be tenuous. But apparently theyre fixated on this idea about manliness, and are looking for ways to naturally elevate their testosterone, and so have started consuming onions.
4Chan /pol/ users are eating onions in an effort to increase their testosterone, and it's not going well pic.twitter.com/jSX9MD4Oyo
Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 20, 2017
Wait, why onions? Theres another tenuous connection. Onions are high in antioxidants that help break down free radicals, free radicals are produced in greater volumes in metabolically active cells, some very active cells are sperm cell precursors that are dividing rapidly, so we should eat onions to preserve our precious Western male bodily fluids! There have been serious studies on this subject, and I found one in Experimental Biology and Medicine that reports a substantial increase in sexual activity in rats fed onion juice.
Onion (Allium cepa) is one of the most commonly cultivated species of the family Liliaceae, and has long been used in dietary and therapeutic applications. Treatment with fresh onion juice has been reported to promote testosterone production in male rats. Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for enhancing sexual libido and potency. This study aimed to investigate the effects of onion juice on copulatory behavior of sexually potent male rats and in male rats with paroxetine-induced sexual dysfunction. Sexually experienced male rats were divided into seven groups: a control group, three onion juice-treated groups, a paroxetine-treated group, and two groups treated with paroxetine plus different doses of onion juice. At the end of the treatments, sexual beha......
In a Stunning Counter-Coup, Trump Has Turned the Tables On the Deep State
Are they or arent they? Are several top government officials under sealed indictments or not? Have US marines landed at Langley to arrest Deep State operatives at the CIA headquarters. Is it true that key Deep State operatives have been roughed up in order to gain cooperation? Lets see where the facts takes us on these topics.
Much of the information that is in this article comes from two broad categories (1) open source intelligence information from which about 75% of all intelligence comes from; and (2) the publicly disclosed insider information from many of my colleagues that has been made public. However, there is one piece of information that has been disclosed that has not been properly cited. I am speaking about Robert Mueller who has turned states evidence.
The SGT produced a 12 minute video in which they revealed some of the strategy that has accompanied Trumps counter-coup against Deep State operatives. The video documentary is very well organized, well-sourced and confirms much of what I already know to be true. However, the report is missing a couple of pieces of the puzzle that are essential to understanding that a state of civil war exists between the Trump administration and the majority of the American people against the subversive operatives of the Deep State and their radical followers.
In the following video, SGT alleges that Robert Mueller has led a plot, in conjunction with key members of the Trump administration that will soon turn the tables on the Russian collusion charges. The topic has to do with Clintons sale of nuclear grade uranium to the Russians.
As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year, Aljazeera reported Sunday (Nov 19). The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.
Today marks my 60th birthday. Rather surprised I made it this
I also have to be at Pain Clinic today, so Im taking the
TNET will be open, as always. Have fun, and dont burn down the
blog or anything. See you all tomorrow! Well, scratch that.
Just got a phone call canceling my appointment for the
second time this month, so you are all stuck with one very
cranky person for the day. Who has matches?
Bill Clinton is facing new accusations of sexual assault by four women while the former president was working with a billionaire playboy and flying on his private jet nicknamed Air F**k One, claims Clinton author "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"
The women allege the former president assaulted them in the early 2000s, when Clinton was working with playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle The unidentified women were employed in low-level positions at the Burkle organization and in their late teens at the time of the alleged assaults Clinton helped Burkle generate business and flew around the 
Citizens describe how their day lives have been disrupted as West Baltimore remains under police control, as per Baltimore Brew: Two women walking down Franklin Street to get to their cars, parked blocks away because of the lockdown, complained that they had been harassed by officers. They know I live here. Theyve seen me 
How do we now define ourselves to the world, to our leaders and to each other
A police officer shot dead three people and injured three others before committing suicide in the northern suburbs of Paris, according to local prosecutors. It all started as he and
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At approximately 9 a.m. ET, on Nov. 20, 2017, a decomposed body was found near the Julia Tuttle Causeway eastbound side, in Florida. The body was lying among the trees that border Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach Police Officers are investigating the find and homicide detectives are on the scene. There have not been any other 
More than a dozen water protectors are calling the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation home.
From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film will be broadcasted tonight, and begins online streaming tomorrow.
Last weeks coup is still in progress in Zimbabwe. Or so it appears. Current Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, originally part of the group of African independence leaders, is barely holding on to power. Many believed he would announce his resignation during a speech on Sunday. He didnt.
The Guardian writes that Concerns over low wages, zero-hours contracts and mishandling of sexual assault claims are at root of unrest.
Jack Ruby invited an FBI informant to come watch the fireworks during Kennedys parade. And that isnt all.
De-escalation zones were established by Russia, Iran and Syria. They are failing for one reason: how do you de-escalate conflict while fighting against terror groups?
A Kentucky cop took offense to being told police officers throw their weight around, so he assaulted and kidnaped an innocent man.
21st Century Wire says
Why is Yemen not being described as a Holocaust. Why are the western governments and media refusing to use the H word when they use it so liberally to demonise target governnments or nations? Even Bana Alabed used it in her Tweets that were written for her by her mother, with western PR agencies as the hidden hand.
Former US Represenative at the UN in New York, Samantha Power, employed the H word regarding #Aleppo where US backed terrorists were the ones carrying out atrocities against Syrian civilians. Cynical use of the word to reinforce the US own whitewash of terrorism in Syria.
The same degree of terrorism is happening in Yemen, only now the H word is not employed because the US coalition wants to whitewash the daily war crimes committed by the Saudi coalition, supported & endorsed by the US, EU, UK and UN.
Call it what it is! Yemen is a Holocaust and it is being committed by our regimes in the west who are fully cognizant of their own criminality & that of their client state coalition which has been waging a genocidal war of aggression and attrition against the Yemeni people for more than 1000 days.
The following report from Randi Nord of Geopolitical Alerts debunks 10 of the mainstay myths that are being promulgated by the colonial media in the west to muddy the waters on Yemen and distract from the Saudi coalition ethnic cleansing-project reality:
1: Not A Civil War
A civil war would indicate that Yemenis are fighting other Yemenis for control. This in itself is wrong.
Yemens resistance (which includes Ansarullah, the Republican Guard, and others) is currently fighting Saudi-backed mercenaries on the ground. Th...
According to the establishment media, President Trump's whirlwind tour of Asia was about commerce, jobs, and fair play in trade. Instead, the primary focus was the sale of arms to South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Both China and North Korea were used as a selling point. The White House National Security Council ran the sales pitch. In Japan, Trump said he expects Abe Shinzos government to buy, as he put it, massive amounts of armaments. He said pretty much the same while in South Korea and Vietnam. The sales will generate billions of dollars in profit for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, and other merchants of death. Trumps cover story is that the large uptick in arms sales in Asia will reduce the cost of the US keeping soldiers in host countries and create jobs at home. For the merchants of death, escalating tension is good news for stockholders and CEOs, and bad news for Americans and Asians. President Trump has created a near perfect environment for an influx of weapons that will increase tension further and ultimately lead to war.
More than 20,000 drivers may have been charged with false DWIs after the police sergeant who issued them was found tampering with multiple breathalyzers.
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. A former Bonner Springs police officer has been arrested and accused of assaulting another officer. Sources say the charges against the former officer stem from an
Jasmine Still, a 26-year-old woman with a newborn, spent 27 days in a Colorado jail after a judge approved her release on her own recognizance. Why? Still couldnt pay the
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Declassified top secret documents reveal plans for the US to obtain Soviet aircraft and use them to attack Americans as a pretext to start a war.
Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation were invited to watch and learn or participate in the bison butchering, and anyone who helped was able to take something home.
So I would like to point out that Charles Manson never:
poisoned Indian lands with a leaky oil pipeline;
invited and enabled the slaughter of elephants;
built cheesy gilded hotels and casinos;
ripped off the contractors who built his hotels;
voted for tax breaks for the obscenely rich;
conspired with the Russians to subvert elections;
got elected to congress;
appointed far right conservatives to the Supreme Court;
or was elected president.
Im still glad the old monster is dead.
In today's edition, how a Trump-branded project in Panama became a money laundering machine, who signed on to cosponsor the Honest Ads Act, how open city data can help promote justice, what a corruption scandal means for upcoming elections in Costa Rica, and more.
You figure out very young most people who read what you write will grasp only a small portion of it, perhaps not even that.
Farmers in Oregon could finally get a win in their fight against companies like Monsanto. House Bill 2739 is under consideration and, if passed, it would allow farmers and landowners to sue biotech patent holders like Monsanto for essentially trespassing on their property.
The House Bill 2739 summary states that it Allows cause of action against patent holder for genetically engineered organism present on land without permission of owner or lawful occupant. Defenders of the bill believe it is a step in the right direction to remedy problems caused by GMOs. Sandra Bishop of the Our Family Farms Coalition, which supports HB 2739, spoke to the East Oregonian website saying, This is not a wild legal grab. We will not be compensated for our angst. We will only be compensated for provable legal damages.
Contamination from GMOs can cause farmers to have dramatic economic losses. They run the risk of being rejected by export markets that have banned genetically modified organisms. GMO chemicals can also lead to highly resistant weeds and insects that are nearly impossible for farmers to eradicate, and are too time-consuming for them to manage. Farmers who own organic crops could be subjected to losing their organic certification if their produce becomes contaminated, which would diminish the premium earned on their product. As more markets are looking to carry non-GMO produce, farmers have the opportunity to meet that need and typically get paid a higher price for their product. But the difficulty in preventing contamination is a constant threat that they face. (RELATED: Get more news like this at GMO.news.)
For years Monsanto has bullied farmers when their GMO seeds ended up on the farmers land. While contamination can occur many different ways, by no fault of their own, farmers have been sued when unauthorized GMO crops show up in their fields. The companies that own the seed patents typically win these cases, leaving farmers with few opt...
Your time is now (if you take it)
by Jon Rappoport
November 20, 2017
When I write about The Individual, Im not referring to some abstract concept. Im writing about you.
This is what NoMoreFakeNews.com is all about.
From the beginning, 16 years ago, I launched an examination of fake news at deeper and deeper levels. And when I came to the bottom line, it was you.
Your power and freedom.
This is why I spent years putting together my three Matrix mega-collections. For the expanded power, freedom, and the creative capacity of the individual. This is why I included dozens of imagination exercisesso individuals could climb out of consensus reality and reclaim their power at greater and higher levels.
This is a positive revolution staged inside the mind, soul, and psyche of the individualnot the group, not the collective.
The primary op waged against the individual is distractionmaking the events of this world seem so chaotic and embroiling that all he can do is crawl into a hole and stay there and hope things improve
It is an illusion, a grand illusionbecause at any moment the individual can pick up the threads of his deepest desires and launch an enterprise to make those desires into fact in the world. This is the opposite of what the controllers are aiming for. They want the individual to shrink down inside the illusion and depend on this leader or that leader or this program or that program.
The controllers want to be the source of all energy.
This is the most ridiculous notion ever foisted on the individual, who has unlimited energy at his beck and call. Energy within himself. He has the inherent capacity to imagine and create and invent energy.
This, too, is the aim of those imagination exercises I include in Exit From The Matrix and Power Outside The Matrix.
The light at the end of the tunnel is you.
The basic aim of elite propaganda is to derail you from seeing and experiencing that fact.
The controllers are in the process of building a universal collective Victim, which they hope will include everyone on Earth. This is their ideal.
In my writing, when I highlight and analyze and explain some particular facet of their plan, it is always with the assumption that you can use that knowledge to turn things aroundyou can build your own vision of your...
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I rarely write poetry, but I wanted to write something special for Trans Day of Remembrance this year, and I came up with this:
Heres to lying
to mothers, fathers,
Heres to crying
in locker rooms, bathrooms,
homerooms, living rooms,
Heres to thinking of dying.
Heres to finding,
Theres a word for that?
Heres to trying
Heres to eyeing
nosey dressing room attendants.
Heres to realizing
Heres to crying,
This is me!
Heres to realizing
blood dont mean shit.
Heres to eyeing
the blade, the gun
the noose, the pills.
Heres to finding
hes, shes, theys
Heres to relying
on open homes
Heres to defying
the numbers, figures,
odds and sods
stacked like rocks
thrown against us.
Heres to surviving.
Remember that time Trumps lawyer Marc Kasowitz emailed, Watch your back, bitch?
Or that time when Don Jr. and Ivanka were almost charged with felony fraud?
You remember that because we found out.
The day President Trump took office, our reporters laid out the topics they were going to cover.
Now, a year after the election, weve asked five of our reporters to tell us about the stories theyve done and what has stuck out.
From Alec MacGillis, who covers politics and government
As I was reporting a piece on how things were going at HUD under the leadership of Ben Carson, I was surprised to hear from sources inside headquarters that Ben Carsons wife, Candy, and one of his sons, Ben Jr., had assumed a very visible role. But it was only when I covered Secretary Carsons June trip to Baltimore that the full oddity of the family involvement became clear to me. On the first day of the visit, which was not disclosed to the public, I watched as Candy Carson, Ben Carson Jr., and even Ben Jr.s wife joined in on meetings with the Baltimore mayor, city housing officials, and public health experts and authorities. The next day, at a community health fair in East Baltimore, I was amazed to watch as Ben Jr. served as an intermediary between his fathers top aides and two entrepreneurs seeking to pitch HUD on a business venture. We knew that the Trumps had made the White House a family affair. But it was only then dawning on me that that approach to governing had spread across the administration.
From Marcelo Rochabrun, who covers immigration
Im always extra skeptical of stories that seem unbelievable no matter how good the source is but during the early months of the Trump administration, I found two of them.
The first was when I revealed that Trumps original travel ban barred longtime permanent residents (green card holders) from traveling back to their home in the U.S. I had seen a draft of the executive order but was too skeptical to publish....
Philosophers, in all ages, have taken the part that seemed destined for the ministers of religion.
The hatred of the latter for philosophy was never more than professional jealousy. All men accustomed to think, instead of seeking to injure each other, should unite their efforts in combating errors, in seeking truth, and especially in dispelling the prejudices from which the sovereigns and subjects suffer alike, and whose upholders themselves finish, sooner or later, by becoming the victims.
In the hands of an enlightened government the priests would become the most useful of citizens. Could men with rich stipends from the State, and relieved of the care of providing for their own subsistence, do anything better than to instruct themselves in order to be able to instruct others? Would not their minds be better satisfied in discovering truth than in wandering in the labyrinths of darkness? Would it be any more difficult to unravel the principles of mans morals, than the imaginary principles of Divine and theological morals? Would ordinary men have as much trouble in understanding the simple notions of their duties, as in charging their memories with mysteries, unintelligible words, and obscure definitions which are impossible for them to understand? How much time and trouble is lost in trying to teach men things which are of no use to them. What resources for the public benefit, for encouraging the progress of the sciences and the advancement of knowledge, for the education of youth, are presented to well-meaning sovereigns through so many monasteries, which, in a great number of countries devour the peoples substance without an equivalent.
But superstition, jealous of its exclusive empire, seems to have formed but useless beings. What advantage could not be drawn from a multitude of cenobites of both sexes whom we see in so many countries, and who are so well paid to do nothing. Instead of occupying them with sterile contemplations, with mechanical prayers, with monotonous practices; instead of burdening them with fasts and austerities, let there be excited among them a salutary emulation that would inspire them to seek the means of serving usefully the world, which their fatal vows oblige them to renounce. Instead of filling the youthful minds of their pupils with fables, dogmas, and puerilities, why not invite or oblige the priests to teach...
To find out why robots will eventually turn on humans, watch this short video below.
On November 16, the Public Art Commission of Palo Alto voted unanimously to remove the artwork of Adriana Varella from the city's public art collection. "Digital DNA", a seven foot tall egg shaped sculpture made of recycled circuit boards, imparts a political message-that technology generated by Silicon Valley has a far-reaching impact. It conveys that modern technology can enslave us, and reminds the viewer that technology is also used for warfare. In protest of the commission's decision, the artist has created a more than 5 foot wide collage titled "Censorship Committee of Palo Alto" that is currently on display at an art show about censorship in New York City.
This week, Americans will gather around kitchen and dining room tables from sea to shining sea for one of our most distinctly American celebrations. For generations, weve marked the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.
At the end of this fractious year, coming together in gratitude may feel difficult. In a nation that seems to be fraying at the seamsbattered by racial tensions, political turmoil, bloodshed, and scandalexactly what do we have for which to corporately give thanks?
Its not as if our national discord is contained to the halls of Congress or the editorial pages; it invades our daily lives. When we cant even watch the Lions game or get a second-rate cup of coffee from grandmas Keurig without political implications, has Thanksgiving become a meaningless exercise in whistling past the graveyard?
Thankfully, the roots of our Thanksgiving celebrationlike the discipline of thanksgiving itselfgo deeper than happy feelings over food and football. Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving, celebrated by that tiny band of Separatists at Plymouth in 1621. However, we may not realize that our modern Thanksgiving celebration originated in our nations worst period of turmoil and bloodshed: the Civil War. In that story, there are lessons that can help us today.
Its a fairly simple tale. In Americas early days, thanksgiving celebrations were sporadic and mostly regional affairs. The popularity of the holiday began to grow in the 1840s and 50s, thanks primarily to the dogged efforts of author and poet Sarah Josepha Hale. As literary editor of the widely read Godeys Ladys Book, Hale used her platform to advocate a national, unified Thanksgiving Day. Besides writing multiple Thanksgiving editorials, she lobbied state governors and wrote to one U.S. president after another, finding more success with the former.
In the meantime, affairs in the United States were growing increasingly rancorous. In the bitter years immediately preceding the outbreak of war, Hale promoted her national Thanksgiving Day as a way to find unity. In 1860, she wrote: Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel from the icy North to the sunny South that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.
It was not to be, of course. By the autumn of 1863, Americans had already seen more than two years of wars devastation in their towns, farmland, and families. The nation was freshly reeling from the Battle of Gettysburg, which had claimed the liv...
The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.
Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.
Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.
This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.
Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.
Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.
Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.
I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.
From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate...
We have grown wearily used to holiday creep, that irritating tendency of retailers to start decorating for various holidays well before they begin: jack-o-lanterns in mid-September (or even, in some cases, July), Valentines chocolates in early January, Easter candy a few days before Valentines Day.
In my corner of the country they start running Labor Day sales in mid-July and Fourth of July sales in early June. But no creep is more aggressive than that of Christmas; no holiday spills its traditional temporal confines and works its way as aggressively up the calendar as this one. The season now regularly lasts up to eight or nine weeks where it used to span maybe five.
The problem, which has been around in varying degrees for over a century, is getting worse, and qualitatively so: where the shopping season used to start relatively early, the aesthetics of that season have begun arriving sooner and sooner each year. In some cases, stores have put out the trees and the stockings before Halloween.
A radio station in Chicago began playing Christmas music on November 7 this year; outlets in Los Angeles and Phoenix followed soon after, and doubtlessly they were not the only ones. The other day I found myself in a Wal-Mart already decked out with tinsel and candy canesstill a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving, mind you. Last week I saw one of those Salvation Army Santas ringing his donation bell outside of a grocery store. This is not uncommon.
There is something desperate and mildly pathetic about this whole charade. The socialists among us are always going on about consumerism, which they believe to be the natural and inevitable outgrowth of the abundance of material goods capitalism produces. Mostly they are wrong. But one is tempted to give them some credit when October 28 rolls around and we start seeing Christmas trees in the local malls food court. Retailers, who in their defense are in the business of making a buck, never seem more vapid, greedy, and ridiculous than when they are stringing up lights while the leaves are still changing.
It has become a tradition to complain about Christmas creep. But there are good reasons for complaining about it, and doing something about it: it is ruining the holiday.
This phenomenon is not, of course, ruining the holyday, the celebration of Christs birth that all orthodox Christians...
I grew up in the north New Jersey suburbs with parents whod gone to Catholic school in the 1960s. They didnt enjoy the experience, mostly from fright of the nuns, who physically abused students. They vowed never to send my brother or me to Catholic school, but we were baptized and did have to go to Sunday schoolCCD, we called it. It was the only time I ever went to church, outside of weddings or funerals.
We werent practicing Catholics. I cant ever recall us attending church services. We didnt give things up for Lent. We ate meat on Good Friday. Basically, we were part of the Christmas and Easter club. Once all the molestation scandals broke, my parents completely gave up on the Catholic Church. I stopped going to CCD and never made confirmation.
Fast-forward about 20 years. Ive come to this political, conservative awakening and Im starting to question everything. I keep hearing the phrase Judeo-Christian values. Its clear to me the Left is doing everything they can to attack religious people, except of course Muslims, but religion still didnt resonate with me. Then one story in particular caught my attention and pushed me back into religion.
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, Democrats from leftist havens California and Illinois, questioned one of President Trumps judicial nominees, Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed. The senators referenced a law review article Barrett, a practicing Catholic, had written in the 90s.
In it she argued that if a Catholic judge believed his faith would preclude him from ruling objectively in a capital punishment case he should recuse himself in favor of another judge without such a moral conflict. In other words, Barrett was arguing that judges should avoid allowing their faith to distort their rulings on legality. Here is how the senators interpreted Barretts position:
When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, Feinstein said. And thats of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.
Durbin, meanwhile, criticized Barretts prior use of the term orthodox Catholic, saying it unfairly maligns Catholics who do not hold certain positions about abortion or the death penalty. Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic? he asked her outright.
Could this be more discriminatory? Could you imagine being asked about your religious beliefs during any other interview setting? Im old enough to remember when it was considered immoral to question whether Barack Obamas 20-year patronage at Reverend Jeremiah Wrights radi...
In 2011, Arizona became the first state to adopt the most flexible school reform yet, an education savings account (ESA) plan. It provides parents who believe their child is poorly served in the local public school with an annual budget they can spend on a wide variety of accredited alternativesnot just private or parochial schools, but tutoring, online academies, special-needs services, and even computer equipment for home schooling.
More recently, five other states have followed Arizonas lead: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and just this year North Carolina. Initially these programs were designed to better serve learning-disabled children, but with the realization that most of its students could be educated independently for a fraction of public-school per pupil spending, Nevada authorized a plan open to any of that states children in 2015.
To date, Democrats in the Nevada legislature have held up funding for about 10,000 applicants, but nearly all of Arizonas K-12 children are now eligible for an ESA worth 90 percent of their districts per pupil spending.
With this history in mind, Marty Lueken, director of fiscal policy and analysis at the EdChoice Foundation, and I decided to calculate how much ESAs could help a financially troubled blue state, where the longstanding alliance of teacher unions and liberal politicians has created per pupil costs that are three, four, and even five times what is needed to independently educate. Our goal was to see how much the taxpayers of Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, California, or Connecticut might benefit if just a small percentage of public school families were funded to take charge of their own childrens schooling.
We decided to focus on Connecticut in part because of the Nutmeg States especially grim fiscal situation. Earlier this year, all three of Wall Streets big credit rating agencies downgraded its debt, with Fitch and Moodys ranking the states economic soundness as the third-worst in the country.
Connecticut also interested us because of a September 2016 Superior Court decision that unexpectedly ruled against a coalition of teacher union-friendly plaintiffs who had been demanding more money for the states worst-performing school districts. The real problem, said Judge Thomas Moukawsher in the case of CCJEF v. Rell, was not the size of the states $3 billion education budget, but the wasteful and ineffective way in which local districts administered their funding....
After the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individuals right to bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), it was up to circuit courts to explore the metes and bounds of that right and develop a consensus. Reality, though, couldnt be further from this ideal.
From the Ninth Circuit recently deciding citizens have no constitutional right to sell guns, to the Second Circuit deciding the courts only need to scrutinize laws if they severely burden our rights, one thing is clear: we need help. The Supreme Court has been gun-shy for the past few years, but one case, Silvester v. Becerra, seems to have attracted their interest. Silvester may finally help move the courts toward competent Second Amendment decisions.
The California code requires most firearm purchasers to wait 10 days before they can bring their gun home, regardless of whether they already own one, or whether they pass their background check sooner. Jeff Silvester, a California resident who already owned firearms, easily passed a background check in less than 10 days, and wanted to buy more firearms. Because there was no reason he should be arbitrarily forced to wait after passing a background check, he challenged the law.
Silvester won in the Eastern District of California because the only reason the state could muster for forcing a gun owner to wait on receiving a subsequent gun after having passed a background check was that it would provide a cooling off period. Of course, the state could not prove how this period might keep someone from using guns he already had.
Because the Second Amendment protects the right to bear all arms in common lawful use, any law that limits that right has to pass certain standards to be constitutionally permissible. The law must be addressed at a specific harm, and must not encompass more protected conduct than needed. The district court was not convinced by Californias fuzzy logic, and found applying an arbitrary waiting period to someone who already owns guns to be unconstitutional. Never to take the thought of their residents regaining constitutional rights laying down, California appealed to the frequently reversed, heavily politicized Ninth Circuit.
The Ninth Circuit ignored that the burden was on California...
White House Chief of Staff and four-star General John Kelly took to the White House press podium recently to remind us all what it means for a U.S. soldier to be killed overseas. In painstaking detail, he outlined the cleaning and embalming process of a soldiers remains, the way bodies are carefully carried home, and the role of the casualty officer, whose job Kelly described as break[ing] the heart of a family member.
Kellys remembrance was made all the more significant because he has lived it. His son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, was slain in Afghanistan in 2010. His brief but powerful comments underscore the very real sacrifices we ask the men and woman in uniform to make on our behalf. They outline the necessary, tangible, and terrible dimension of sending Americans into war.
No one understands the weight of these choices better than current and former soldiers. It is significant, then, that a handful of them have come together to introduce a revised Authorization of Military Force (AUMF)one that repeals the outdated AUMFs from 2001 and 2002 and replaces them with an updated authorization reflecting the realities of the current fight against terrorism.
An AUMF is, essentially, congressional approval of a pretense for war. It is Congress exercising its constitutional responsibility to determine whether a cause is righteous and essential enough to require the sacrifice of American lives and resources.
Congress understood this in 2001, when the original AUMF was authorized in response to the attacks of 9/11. As written, the AUMF gave the president specific authority to use necessary and appropriate force against nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In 2002, it was joined by an AUMF for operations in Iraq.
Since that time, however, the mission has transformed and grown in scope. So much, in fact, that the 2001 authorization has now been used to justify U.S. military action more than 37 times in 14 different countries. The further we travel from 2001, the more distant and tangential military action becomes from the authority used to justify it.
Current U.S. counterterrorism operations are active in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, all under the authority of the 2001 AUMF, which was intended only to sanction indivi...
The Treasury Department recently released the first of what is sure to be many reports aimed at deregulating financial markets. Supporters of the free market and entrepreneurship should welcome these efforts, especially the reforms to the rules governing crowdfunding.
One of the greatest innovations of the Internet has been connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors. Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo revolutionized the fundraising process for budding entrepreneurs, designers, and artists. Previously, the only realistic route for these entrepreneurs was to solicit limited funds from friends, family, and their local community. Either you hit it big or your projects quickly fizzled out. Today, many successful music and film projects have been funded through crowdfunding vehicles.
Even more interesting is the development of equity crowdfunding to finance retail and business ventures. Browse websites like Crowdfunder.com and youll see everything from microbreweries to tech firms, all willing to exchange shares for capital. Its all just another way in which the sharing economy is disrupting established markets. Think Uber, but for finance.
But in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the government apprehensively passed the Jobs Act of 2012. While it opened the market to some investors, it placed overly burdensome regulations on equity crowdfunding. Congress set fundraising caps of $1 million and still required small startups to provide an unworkable amount of disclosures. These restrictions, meant to minimize risk to the investor, came at an enormous cost to the entrepreneur. Many of the new reforms proposed by the Treasury Department aim to reverse these effects, freeing the entrepreneur to innovate while still safeguarding potential investors.
Raising fundraising caps from $1 million to $5 million will allow companies to lower the offering costs per dollar raised. Raising these caps will also allow costlier but potentially successful projects to get off the ground faster. In addition, raising the maximum revenue requirement from $25 to $100 million will allow startups to remain private until they are ready to go public, not when the government says they are ready.
To balance investor security with the regulatory cost on startups, the Treasury recommends allowing crowdfunding vehicles if advised by a registered investment advisor. Working through a single...
On a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Peter Dale Scott expressed concern about the decay of the US commitment to global peace and collective security, as shown in the recent expansion of unilateral lethal US strikes against terrorists, sometimes with no legal authority. But he also voiced words of encouragement for those troubled by this, recalling the successes of the Civil Rights Movement and the people who later helped end the Vietnam War.
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Berkeley, poet, and 2002 recipient of the Lannan Poetry Award.
I want to thank the Commonwealth Club and George Hammond for devising this most timely conversation. America has indeed veered from Enlightenment when our president denies global warming and rejects international cooperation to address it. But I do not believe that such militant anti-scientism can prevail.1
I am much more concerned for those enlightenment values enunciated by Immanuel Kant, in his essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch. Kants visionary ambition the end of all hostilities contained important instrumental ideas. One was: Standing armies shall in time be totally abolished. Another: No state shall by force interfere with the constitution or government of another state.2
America honored the first principle for only a few years, but it honored the second as recently as that great American-inspired achievement, the 1945 UN Charter. Charter Article 2(4), to which the US is treaty-bound, requires states to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force. For 60 years Americas observance of this rule has eroded; until under Trump it is virtually ignored.3 But Americas global unilateralism cannot be blamed on Trump; its roots are very deep and very old.4
The American Constitution marks the first major political implementation of Enlightenment values: an outstanding and enduring achievement. Of necessity, it was also very imperfect, doing much for liberty, but nothing to end slavery.5 This contradiction led to the Civil War and emancipation. These divisions, still with us, underlie much of our intemperate public discourse. The slow processes of emancipation and adjustment are still unfinished.
As a non-violent radical conservative, I am ambivalent about Lincolns Civil War. Slavery was an infamy that had to go. But the war accelerated America on a long process, still wit...
Reaction from Indian Country was strong and swift as tribes and tribal citizens criticized the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.
Source: Anonymous News Slavery has a long history in Africa. Its ugly specter has returned to Libya with the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, another feather in the cap of NATO and its intervention in a 
A few years ago, I came up with the idea that we should go out and take photos of half-empty parking lots on Black Friday and post them online just to show people how silly parking requirements are.
For me, this was a byproduct of sitting through way too many planning commission meetings where parking was always a major issue. If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times: Somebody arguing for more parking would always say, "If there isn't enough parking, on Black Friday, they're going to be circling around the lot trying to find a place." As if circling to look for a parking spot on the busiest shopping day of the year somehow constitutes the greatest evil known to mankind.
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Earlier this year, I was having coffee with some people who had brought me to their community for a presentation. One of the people in the group added to the conversation by describing this spontaneous social media campaign where people went out the day after Thanksgiving and took pictures of empty parking lots. He described in detail how it worked and how effective it was.
He had no idea that it was Strong Towns who orchestrated the day. Others may call that poor branding on our part. We call it a small victory.
There has been a lot of progress made on removing parking minimum laws in recent years. The consensus among urban planners and designers is that we've gone way too far down this regulatory path for no justifiable or defensible reason.
Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.
Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?
There are around 64 million empty apartments in China, claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. Its all part of the Chinese governments efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market.
Its after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer.
Its a bit boring, he sighs.
His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of Chinas astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness.
It cant stay this way, insists Tulloch, when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people.
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An assembly of Native people and others honored the great warrior for Indigenous rights, Dennis Banks, with a celebration of his life entitled the 'Longest Walk.'
From the Webmaster: A Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction)
My brother Dale insisted that I repost this video he made for Thanksgiving. He says hes still asking questions about the real origins of Thanksgiving.
I can answer his questions, but I thought I it would be more fun to let our readers try to answer these questions.
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President Donald Trump on Monday announced he is nominating Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive and George W. Bush administration official, to succeed Tom Price as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served as HHS general counsel and deputy secretary for President George W. Bush. Following his time with the administration, he worked for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. [He] became president of Lilly USA in 2012. As part of his role at Lilly USA, Azar was on the board of directors for the Boards of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a drug lobbying group. In an October letter, Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, wrote that under his leadership, Azar's company fought "against federal and state legislation to increase drug pricing transparency." And a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts in early 2017 alleges that the company shot up prices on insulin "in near lock step" with two other pharmaceutical manufacturers. Following Yale Law School, Azar clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and later joined the Whitewater independent counsel headed by his "mentor" Ken Starr.
Note: Rather than draining the swamp, Trump continues to deepen the swamp in his administration. Besides this most recent appointment, he has installed Goldman Sachs executives as his Treasury secretary, top economic adviser, deputy national security adviser and chief strategist. Even his top Wall Street regulator is a former attorney for Goldman. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in government and in the pharmaceutical industry.
One of Washington's most prominent lobbying firms is on the verge of shuttering after becoming ensnared by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Kimberley Fritts, the chief executive of the Podesta Group, told employees during a Thursday staff meeting that the firm would cease to exist at the end of the year. The developments come after the Podesta Group was tied last week to Mueller's indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who pleaded not guilty after being charged with failing to file as foreign agents relating to a decade of work they did for ... a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine. Mueller's special investigation team has also interviewed multiple people from the Podesta Group, which was recruited by Manafort and Gates to work along with another firm. Talk of potentially closing the Podesta Group marks a dramatic downfall of one of K Street's most iconic and well-connected firms. In its heyday, Podesta Group was the largest non-law firm lobbying organization in Washington. Tony Podesta, the firm's founder and chairman, helped fuel the company with work for foreign governments. He and his brother, John, founded the company almost three decades ago. John Podesta chaired Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. He left the firm in 1993. Mueller is looking into whether the Podesta Group properly identified to federal authorities its foreign advocacy for ... a Brussels-based non-profit group that federal prosecutors have called a mouthpiece for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians.
Note: The Podesta brothers were deeply implicated in the Pizzagate affair. Though many believe Pizzagate was just a "conspiracy theory," our careful research shows powerful evidence that the Podestas were indeed involved in a child sex abuse ring. Could it be that behind the curtains, some are taking action against the Podestas for their involvement in these child abuse rings? For some intriguing, yet difficult to verify evidence along these lines, see this webpage.
The ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA said Thursday. The huge hole in Earth's protective ozone layer reached its maximum this year in September, and this year NASA said it was 7.6 million square miles wide. The hole size shrinks after mid-September. "In the past, we've always seen ozone at some stratospheric altitudes go to zero by the end of September," said Bryan Johnson, NOAA atmospheric chemist. "This year our balloon measurements showed the ozone loss rate stalled by the middle of September and ozone levels never reached zero." This year's maximum hole is more than twice as big as the United States, but it's 1.3 million square miles less than last year and 3.3 million square miles smaller than 2015. Paul Newman, chief Earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said stormy conditions in the upper atmosphere warmed the air and kept chemicals chlorine and bromine from eating ozone. He said scientists haven't quite figured out why some years are stormier - and have smaller ozone holes - than others. "It's really small this year. That's a good thing," Newman said. Newman said this year's drop is mostly natural but is on top of a trend of smaller steady improvements likely from the banning of ozone-eating chemicals in a 1987 international treaty. The ozone hole hit its highest in 2000 at 11.5 million square miles.
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The conservative city of Georgetown, Texas, runs on renewable energy. After all, wind and solar power are more predictable and easier to budget than oil and gas. Clean power pushes may be associated with more left-leaning cities, but Republican mayor Dale Ross called the switch to renewables a no-brainer. In 2017, at least 15 weather events cost the government more than a billion dollars each. The most expensive events we have in the U.S. are floods. The money spent preparing for and preventing these events ... pays itself back double, triple, and even quadruple times over. But companies and private citizens often fail to prepare properly because the money spent on prevention is private, whereas costs after the fact are often allotted through government organizations. Many fail to connect the cost of switching to renewable energy with the eventual savings of avoiding natural disasters. On an even larger scale, the costs of switching to renewable energy are larger up front, though they save money in the future. For example, Denmark struggled to store its wind power in a way that allowed them to save it for times of high electricity demand. Then they encouraged residents to buy electric cars. Now these vehicles act like moving batteries, and people can sell the energy back to the grid when the cars are parked.
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TheEconomicCollapse| I know that the headline sounds absolutely crazy, but this is actually a true story. A Silicon Valley executive named Anthony Levandowski has already filed paperwork with the IRS for the nonprofit corporation that is going to run this new religion.
Officially, this new faith will be known as Way Of The Future, and you can visit the official website right here. Of course nutjobs are creating new religions all the time, but in this case Levandowski is a very highly respected tech executive, and his new religion is even getting coverage from Wired magazine
The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabets autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May name Levandowski as the leader (or Dean) of the new religion, as well as CEO of the nonprofit corporation formed to run it.
So what will adherents of this new faith actually believe?
To me, it sounds like a weird mix of atheism and radical transhumanism. The following comes from Way of the Futures official website
We believe in science (the universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago and if you cant re-create/test something it doesnt exist). There is no such thing as supernatural powers. Extraordinary claims re...
I know my heritage as a member of the Chickasaw Nation has shaped and influenced my life in more ways than I can count.
"If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you could ever imagine" This line from the Stars Wars film series perfectly exemplifies that which is happening to some of us in the filed of alternative media! A concerted effort has attempted to silence us but free market solutions are popping up all over the place! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth gives examples which show that our free speech isn't being stopped per say, it's just being diverted into other channels with massive potential!
On January 2, 2009, Kayla Whites mother was killed by her father, becoming a victim of domestic violence.
There is no better way for any legislature be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress to telegraph whats most important to a society than through tax policy.
Robert Garrett Stewart, Jr., a citizen of the Crow Tribe, went missing in October 2013. His family thinks about him every day.
I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.
The post San Bernardino, CA: Report Back From Counter-Demo Against Anti-Muslim Protest appeared first on It's Going Down.
On November 18th, the counter-demonstrators showed up a couple of hours before the scheduled anti-muslim march. Counter-demonstrators were full of energy and ready to take on the Nazis if they were to show up. The Islamophobes started to arrive at their planned location at around 11:00am. Soon after, about four of them attempted to cross over to counter-demonstrations corner, but antifascists were able to push them back.
Victory in San Bernardino!
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The numbers for the Islamophobes peaked at about 25, while the numbers on the counter-demonstrations side stayed at about 40-50. As the protest went on, the anti-muslim crowd started thinning and some of them started to get frustrated at their loss. A few of them decided to visit counter-demonstration corner once again, but were quickly pushed back by the antifascists.
During the protest the Islamophobes were fairly quiet and only occasionally were we able to hear their weak chants about their unconditional love for USA and their hate for muslims. Overall, counter-demonstrations chants were much louder and were drowning them out. From now on, let us all pledge to bravely and proudly stand up against hate and bigotry whenever it sets foot in our community!
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The Olympia Commune 2.0 is now in its third full day, and the blockade is holding strong. A reportback from the first day can be read on Puget Sound Anarchists, as well as texts from two fliers that have been handed out at camp.
Last years blockade of a fracking train in solidarity with Standing Rock lasted for seven days before it was evicted in an explosive street battle with the police. 12 people were arrested and are still dealing with the legal fallout.
This morning the local Olympian newspaper published a front page article about the blockade, claiming that there are in fact no fracking materials scheduled to be shipped out. The fact is that the fracking sands are still in the port, and have been getting shipped out continuously since last year, and whether or not a train loaded with fracking sands is imminently waiting to leave, any action that clogs the arteries of capitalism is an action in defense of the earth.
A white man in his 60s, fired up from reading the Olympian article, showed up at camp this morning and tried to dismantle some of the barricade. A true garbage centrist, he claimed to be against pollution and understood that fracking poisons water, but just didnt like that those darn kids were uglying up his town by throwing pallets on the train tracks. A group that included people in black and a middle-aged native woman in ceremonial dress confronted and de-escalated the man. He eventually left after shaking hands. A few hours later other angrier white men with work gloves tried to tear down the barricades and threatened to bring ten trucks with plows on the front to drive through the barricade and destroy the camp. Red-faced with rage, they shouted You have ten minutes! and Youre out of control! at a crowd of people much calmer than them. The centrist antagonist-turned-frienemy returned and de-escalated the plow-truck angry men, eventually walking them away from the camp....
Possession of the "nuclear football" is nine tenths of the law. To keep Donald Trump, or any other president, from using nuclear weapons wickedly (as if there were some other way to use them), Congress needs to get rid of the nukes, not just tinker with the legal authority to use them.
Japan, a country that apparently to the world seems to be such an advanced and modern nation. However, it does have a dark side. An ongoing economic crisis, demographic crisis and a social crisis. So, despite being such an advanced nation, is Japan on the path to Utopia or Dystopia?
What Trump's opponents within the political and military-security establishment are really aiming at is to find some pretext for undermining his office, and ultimately to challenge his presidential authority on the grounds that he is unfit. The public call this week for the US military to disobey Trump's orders is a shot across his bow that a coup is not unthinkable.
Yemenis Sit Between the Hammer and Anvil of US-backed Saudi Siege and Airstrikes
Sanaa (GPA)Yemeni forces launched a long-range ballistic missile at the King Khalid Airport in early November in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Days later, Saudi Arabia tightened their already-existing blockade. This impacts Yemeni life in a number of ways and puts millions of Yemenis on the brink of death.
Nearly 1,000 days ago, Saudi Arabia along with most of the Gulf Cooperation Council and backed by western allies launched a brutal war against Yemen to defeat a popular uprising and prop-up the Saudi puppet government of Mansur Hadi.
International observers estimate the death toll from Saudi airstrikes and military operations is about 5,000 but local estimates suggest that total is over 13,000.
The number of Yemenis killed by the ongoing siege is harder to calculate. Not long after beginning the war, the Saudi coalition imposed a land, sea, and air blockadeeffectively turning Yemen into an open-air prison.
Aid, which was already severely restricted, is now nonexistent. The previous measures put seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, made 17 million food insecure, and triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak infecting nearly 1 million and killing over 3,000 since April....
The end of Mafia families is no different from 'The Godfather' (film series). The killing one another in the Mafia families of Barzani and Talabani could come after they lost 51% of KRG land and no income from oil money.
A look at China policy, the COP23 in Bonn and its significance, and dealing with climate-change deniers.
It does not matter, as illustrated by the Republican tax plan now before the U.S. Senate, what is just or what the public supports. There are no institutions left in the United States that can authentically be called democratic. The end result of this elaborate charade is embodied in the rise of the grotesque spectacle of the Trump administration.
Places the current sexual harassment revelations within the context of feminist history and its analysis of Patriarchy
Ask first: where is the core of my passion? When you have an answer in which you feel some confidence, cultivate the creation that evolves from your inspiration. Put your all into realizing your vision, knowing all the while that it will not take shape as in the purity of your imagination, but will be transformed, in small ways or perhaps profoundly, by your own growth and by the world into which it seeks its place.
Zimbabwe's war veterans' association is staging a march today through the capital, Harare, demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Tens of thousands are expected to take part after all 10 of the country's provincial Zimbabwe African National Union -- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) branches passed motions of no confidence in Mugabe.
ATP 2-33.4 provides information on how intelligence personnel conduct intelligence analysis in support of unified land operations. It describes approaches used to conduct intelligence analysis and describes how intelligence analysis assists commanders with understanding the complex environments in which Army forces conduct operations. This manual emphasizes the act of intelligence analysis as a collaborative networked activity. This manual complements doctrinal guidance provided in ADP 2-0 and ADRP 2-0.
ATP 2-33.4 provides direction for intelligence personnel at all echelons. The principal audience for ATP 2-33.4 is Army intelligence officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and civilians. This publication provides guidelines for the conduct of intelligence analysis to commanders and staffs of Army units and is recommended for incorporation into institutional programs of instruction and unit training. Commanders and staffs of Army headquarters serving as joint task force or multinational headquarters should also refer to applicable joint or multinational doctrine concerning the range of military operations and joint or multinational forces. Trainers and educators throughout the Army will also use this manual.
1-1. Analysis is the examination of information in detail in order to understand it better and evaluate data in order to develop knowledge or conclusions. Information is processed data of every description which may be used when conducting analysis; information generally provides some of the answers to who, what, where, and when questions. Knowledge is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association derived from information, facts, and descriptions. Knowledge helps ascribe meaning and value to the conditions or events within an operation. Analysis performed by intelligence personnel helps create knowledge in support of decisionmaking.
1-2. Commanders make decisions based on their understanding of the environment in which they are operating; intelligence analysis aids the commander in gaining the situational understanding necessary to decisionmaking. Forming a coherent intelligence picture during the decisionmaking process is difficult. In addition to determining how the physical environment may affect operations, intelligence personnel must assess how the presence and actions of thinking threats and civilian populations can influence situations and affect desired outcomes. Intelligence personnel must often assess extremely complex situations.
1-3. Intelligence personnel must accept and embrace ambiguity in conducting analysis. Training, knowledge, and experience are all critical parts of dealing with uncertainty. Intelligence personnel never have all the information necessary to make an intelligence assessment. To be effective, intelligence personnel must have...
A former state-sponsored scientist revealed that he was ordered to alter his findings on the links between fracking and earthquakes. (TFTP) Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas extraction method that has become extremely controversial for its environmental impacts. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed 
Some people are just waking up to medical destruction, by way of news on the opioid epidemic (my article archive on Opioids is here). Theyre late to the party, but thats all right. They can catch up. Here are a few horrific catch-up quotes. Ill discuss the source afterwards: appropriately prescribed prescription drugs are the fourth 
Throughout the campaign, Trump refused to release his tax returns claiming that he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He indicated that he would disclose his returns once the audit was completed. This claim made no sense since there is nothing about an audit which would preclude public disclosure.
Saudi Arabias foreign minister, in opening remarks to the Arab League today, declared that the kingdom will not hesitate to defend its national security to keep its people safe while requesting that joint action be taken to stop Iranian aggression and attacks on Arab states. Last weekend Saudi Arabia called an emergency session of the Arab League to 
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Exclusive: Dr. Paul Connett interview on shocking new fluoride study
by Jon Rappoport
November 19, 2017
Explosive: new mainstream study concludes fluorides are lowering childrens IQ.
The study referred to in this interview was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, in September 2017. It is titled: Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age. It is often referred to as the Bashash study, after its first listed author.
The study concluded: higher prenatal fluoride exposure, in the general range of exposures reported for other general population samples of pregnant women and nonpregnant adults, was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at age 4 and 612 y.
In short, pregnant women exposed to fluorides give birth to children who later show up with lower IQ.
I interviewed Paul Connett, PhD.
From his CV: Paul Connett is Professor Emeritus in Environmental Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. For the past 30 years, Paul has put his scientific knowledge to work by helping (without fee) communities around the world understand the science of controversial issues likefluoridation. In addition to explaining the dangers of these practices he offers details of the alternatives[Dr. Connett is the author of] The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2011, co-authored with James Beck & H. Spedding Micklem).
Paul has researched the literature on fluorides toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 17 years. He helped to found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
I found the following items from Dr. Connetts bio fascinating:
In June 2001, Paul (together with Dr. William Hirzy) was invited to debate proponents of fluoridation at the annual conference of the Association for Science in the Public Interest (ASIPI) in Richmond, Virginia. The proponents refused to participate in...
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