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Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world think it's somehow better to rag on Trump for an uncertain peace process rather than confront him on the deliberate, continuous flouting of international and domestic law? Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world tolerate the cruelty and violence inflicted on poor people fleeing from violence and hopelessness?
MANHATTAN (INTELLIHUB) The FBI has cracked and recovered the contents of 731 encrypted text messages and has forensically reassembled 16 shredded documents which authorities recovered from Donald Trumps personal residences and law offices during a 9 April raid.
At this time, neither the authorities or members of the media have released any information in regards to the contents of the documents or the cracked Signal and WhatsApp text messages.
The NY Daily News reports:
A retired judge, Barbara Jones, is overseeing a review of the material to determine which parts are covered by attorney-client privilege. In a new update on her review, Jones found that only a tiny fraction of Cohens material was privileged.
She wrote that out of 639 items consisting of 12,543 hard copy pages, only 13 items were privileged. One item was still under consideration.
Out of 291,770 items on two phones and an iPad seized from Cohen, only 148 items were privileged, she wrote. Jones deemed seven items highly personal.
Everything not designated privileged or personal is now in the hands of prosecutors.
Similar to what is currently happening to Roger Stone, it appears deeply embedded state forces are hard at work and are operating within the mechanisms of government in an attempt to make Michael Cohen squeal like a pig. The question is: What does Cohen know and will he flip?
Those who run our corporations aren't going to abandon their thieving ways so long as that thievery can pay so well for them personally. Wage theft didn't start soaring in the United States until the late 1970s, the same years that eye-popping CEO pay packages became a standard fixture on the corporate scene.
Im guessing that in MVMs mission statement, one of the central components isnt the care of refugee children. (CD) While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administrations forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks 
The rulers of the American empire have slaughtered and plundered their way to the top position within the worldwide system of capitalism-imperialism. This is a system of global exploitation driven by the competitive pursuit of profit and more profit and its law of survival: expand or die. It is a system of political and military domination, and of murderous rivalry among the imperialist powers themselves.
I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this film ever
since I heard about its debut in England lost November. This is
because it is the creation of Armando Iannucci, who has a string of
successful political satires such as the British TV series The
Thick of It, the American TV series Veep, and the
transatlantic comedy film In The Loop (2009) that dealt
with how the American and British governments colluded to sell the
phony case for the invasion of Iraq. Iannucci is a writer of sharp
insight and dialogue and the topic of this film, dealing with all
the political infighting for power immediately following the death
of Stalin, got rave reviews on its release.
Sadly, I was disappointed. The film had its moments but was not as funny as I had expected it to be. I think I know why. The ruthlessness of Stalin and his purges of enemies are well known and in this film they are taken as a given. Stalin dies early in the film and the person who is the real villain is Lavrenty Beria, the head of the secret police and the person who carried out Stalins wishes and ordered the torture, murder, and internal exiles of perceived enemies, going well beyond what was required of him, including rapes of women. He was notorious for his cruelty. But he is not that well known to the general public and the filmmakers spent some time at the beginning establishing his evil character by showing his actions. But that grim beginning made it difficult for me to laugh at the later humor.
This has always been a problem for me with comedies that have violence. If violence is necessary for the story to make sense, I prefer if it is just referred to and left off-screen. It is quite possible to show that a character is evil without making it manifest. In my mind, a film can be violent or it can be funny. It cannot be both.
An interesting aspect of this film is the accents. There is always a problem when a film is set in a country where the language spoken is not English but the film features an English-speaking cast, like this one. A device that is often employed is to have the speakers talk in English but with the kind of English accent that speakers of that country would have, the idea being to make the viewer think that the speaker was speaking in that other language but that we can understand it. It never works for me.
In this film, they decided to let all the actors speak with their own accent. So Stalin had a British working class (Cockney?) accent while Nikita Khrushchev (played by the always excellent Steve Buscemi) had an American accent, and so on. After the initial surprise, the mix of accents did not, for me at least, distract from the film and was less grating than listening to them speak English with faux-Russian accents.
Heres the trailer.
Researchers at the University of Southern California have announced that fasting for as little as three days, can regenerate the entire human immune system for a very healthy living.
The researchers described their study as remarkable and a major breakthrough in finding natural methods to boost the immune system.
In the past, fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy. However, this new study by the Americans suggests that starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
The researchers said their discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. Elderly people, too, are said to benefit greatly from the study.
As people grow, their immune system becomes weak, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases. As per this study, fasting could help them get their immune system back on track.
Fasting for 72 hours also protects cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy.
Detailing the study, the researchers said fasting flips a regenerative switch that prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.
Lead researcher of the study Professor Valter Longo, who serves as professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California, said the study proved that fasting could indeed help the human body to produce a new immune system.
Stories of wartime heroism abound in Hollywood movie history, the gung-ho, swashbuckling images that saturate our cinema screens promote US military personnel to cult figures, saving the world.
It is the victory of fantasy over realism that distances the American public from the horrors of war.
Wars that are never on US soil but waged in distant lands, but always in the interests of national security. Consent is manufactured for these wars by fabricating fear and insecurity, the amplification of terrorism threats as the ever-present danger menacing the American people, held at bay by military intervention at an imagined source.
US airstrikes on Syria were in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States President Trump told Congress, after the tripartite alliance of US, France and UK had unlawfully attacked Syria. An attack carried out under the pretext of a trumped-up charge of chemical attacks by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the last moments of Doumas liberation from Saudi-financed and UK-promoted extremists, Jaysh al-Islam.
Cinema is escapism and Hollywood excels in distracting a public already bamboozled by a corporate medias expert distortion of fact to generate the narratives that instil fear and dehumanize the latest foe in the foreign policy crosshairs.
In Saving Private Ryan, the horror of battle is surround-sound deafeningly conveyed. Unremitting reality confronts our sensibility, the scream of bullets tearing into flesh, the clamour of the dying; nothing is left to the imagination. It is full frontal war.
In the movie, a detail of American soldiers is dispatched to France to bring Private Ryan home to his mother after General Marshall learns that his three brothers were killed in action. We are led to believe that the assuaging of Mama Ryans grief is of paramount national importance. It is an all-American feel-good-factor movie with the familiar true grit, the hard-bitten courage of ...
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The worst humanitarian crisis in the world is about to descend into an ever deeper level of hell, with the indispensable support of the United States; and the political opposition is spending their time trying to give even more political power to the Pentagon.
A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific 
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The United States once again warned this week it would take firm and appropriate measures against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of their own country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government. The state department issued a statement Thursday saying that any Syrian government action risks 
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Ive been looking at some of the globalist summits around the world lately but heres one that slipped under the radar: the International Energy Forum. The IEFs 16th bienniel energy ministers meeting took place in New Delhi this past April and brought together 5o of the worlds energy ministers, 30 energy company CEOs and 12 heads of international organizations. 
There are many stories about global warming in the media, and
some politicians are talking about the issue in increasingly
But what do the American people really think about the subject? Are they increasingly worried about the threat of global warming? Have the apocalyptic warnings encouraged folks to take global warming seriously, or do folks tune out the scary headlines as noise? What is the most effective communication strategy to promote society's attention to both mitigation (reducing CO2 emissions) and adaptation (preparing our civilization for the changes producing by a warming planet)?
This blog will take a look at those questions.
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The news whiteout on Taiwan Civil Government fraud arrests continues despite heavy spending by the group in Washington.
Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. People 
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Keep track of what his Cabinet is doing -- Sessions's attacks on civil rights, civil liberties, voting rights, and immigrants; DeVos's efforts to undermine public education, Pruitt's and Zinke's efforts to gut the environment; all their conflicts of interest, and the industry lobbyists they've put in high positions.
Deja vu: the Edmonton Pride parade halted in the face of a brief protest, and after considering the protesters demands the organisers decided to ban police and RCMP from marching with them. Something similar happened in Calgary last year, when protesters convinced Pride organisers to block police/RCMP from walking with Pride while in uniform (inadvertently causing our local CFI affiliate to implode and rebrand, which was for the best).
Im not a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but I can understand the sentiment.
Not wanting to lose the momentum gained from Stonewall, the newly empowered LGBT rights leaders in several different cities began mobilizing, trying to answer the question Now what?
On November 2, 1969, at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in Philadelphia, the first pride march was proposed by way of a resolution. The Christopher Street Liberation Day march was then held in New York City on June 28, 1970, marking the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street and a march covering the 51 blocks to Central Park. 
In 1970, walking in broad daylight with a sign saying you were a homosexual was not only terrifying but could prove deadly. Many of the marchers in those first Pride events were genuinely scared they might not make it to the end of the route. They had no idea where they were going to finish or if anyone would show up to march with them or if they would even make it halfway down the street without being mobbed by an angry, violent crowd.
Pride parades began as a protest against police violence, as well as a defiant show of existence. The pageantry that arrived in later years was a natural consequence.
The oft-echoed reason for the necessity of a parade is that there is still work to be done. There is still a lack of equality and there are still people who are afraid of coming out. The jovial and unrepressed nature of a parade can be inspiring....
The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza 
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Off the top of my head I have a hard time thinking of anything sleazier than smearing peace talks in order to gain partisan political points, but that has indeed been the theme of the last few days when it comes to the Singapore summit. Liberal pundits everywhere have been busily circulating the narrative that 
With the changes and transformations that swept through our Arab region after the events of the so-called Arab Spring (that turned out to be an Arab Hell), which resulted in the beginning of the first stage of open public normalisation between the rulers of Saudi Arabia (and the Gulf countries) and the Zionist entity, and the cooperation and coordination between them against the Arab rights and interests. This serious event deserves careful examination, and we need to stop and reflect on the steps that must be taken so that we dont discover, half a century from now, that we did not make the right decision and have not even taken one step on the path that might lead us to the desired goal.
Anyone who understands our ancient and contemporary history recognises that as Arabs we have not managed even one meaningful reassessment of what has happened to us over the years, and we have not recognised the real causes of the crises, setbacks and calamities that we have witnessed. Many of those involved in these events refused to put down in writing their observations, because their testimony might prove that everything the previous generations had learned in official history books was actually false. But today we have reached a stage where we can no longer continue this approach, because todays battle is indeed a battle for existence, not only for the Palestinians, but for the people of the Arab Nation from the Ocean to the Gulf.
The fact that the acceleration of Gulf normalisation with the Zionist enemy is a remarkable and serious fact, and its repercussions on the Arab-Israeli conflict should not be underestimated; on the contrary, we must prepare to face such ramifications. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf today own more than 80% of the Arab media, and their rulers, with their vast oil riches, are willing to spend generously to destroy the Arab confrontation countries, using terrorism to do so. Therefore, today the nation is facing a serious cha...
The pattern is now unmistakable: the blue chip defense market hates peace, loves war and hostilities
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Defense stocks fell Tuesday after President Donald Trump announced at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore that he would end military drills with South Korea and eventually would like to withdraw U.S. troops from the South.
North Korea historically has objected to the drills as an act of aggression. But leading up to the Trump-Kim summit, Pygonyang signaled it wouldnt make the drills a sticking point.
South Korea was reportedly surprised by the concession and said it needed to find out the precise meaning or intentions of Trumps announcement. Seoul and the U.S. had scheduled their drills to start in August.
Kim pledged to denuclearize North Korea, but the agreement signed in Singapore lacked key details likes timelines and a verification process.
Trump said halting the joint military exercises would save money. He previously has complained about the amount of money the U.S. spends stationing troops in South Korea and Japan.
After reporting Q1 earnings in April, Raytheon said it expects missile defense demand to remain strong, in the Asia region specifically, regardless of what happens in expected U.S.-North Korea talks.
By Rachel Blevins When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream media...
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(INTELLIHUB) Paul Manafort and Donald Trump associate Roger Stone appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on Friday where he said as many as 12 of his associates have been both subpoenaed and questioned by the FBI which is currently seeking to obtain evidence of foreign espionage over what the political operative says is a scandal that makes Watergate look like a second-rate burglary.
Stone maintains the scandal is merely a witch hunt aimed at draining him financially in an effort to eventually force him to testify against President Donald Trump.
The highly astute political strategist told Tucker that the whole fiasco has already cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars and even threatens to bankrupt him which Stone says is exactly the point.
The seek to drag your name through the mud and to ruin you financially, he explained.
For the record, Stone told Fox News that he has absolutely positively never worked with a foreign government which he has already reported ad nauseam.
Shocking video shows a US Border Patrol agent commit a hit and run, mowing down a Native American man and then speeding off.
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The danger from Kilauea is significant and potentially imminent. However, the threat from Kilauea pales in comparison to Yellowstone, the worlds largest super volcano. Yellowstone has the potential to end all life on the planet, except for those fortunate enough to find sanctuary underground.
As scientists continue to tell the public not to worry, the largest geyser in Yellowstone has just gone off for the ninth time. The geyser is quiet for years at a time, but scientists are now saying a change is in place.
Perhaps, William Engdahl was on to something when he previously published the fact that the elite had buried a seed vault in the Arctic and that the elite are planning for some unspecified disaster. An underground seed vault is exactly what humans would need to survive the resulting nuclear winter arising from any potential Yellowstone massive explosion. Yet, the existence of a seed vault does not necessarily have any relationship to a super volcanic explosion, or does it? In order to properly address that specific concern, scientists would need to look at the data with regard to seismic, volcanic activity at Yellowstone.
One of the principles that I learned in my geology class as an undergrad, is that it is a mistake to consider a geological events in isolation. For example, a large earthquake could trigger a devastating tsunami and we saw evidence of that exact event on many occasions, but most prominently, in Malaysia in 2004 where hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives under these exact conditions.
Are the volcanos of the world waking up? It would appear that this is an accurate description. The traditional Ring of Fire emanating from 19.5 latitutde (click here to understand the significance of this latitutde to both seismic and volcanic activity).
Are these earthquakes thr...
The two year anniversary of the nations second largest modern gun massacre, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, brought together a collection of gun reform groups for a rally in New York Citys Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Tuesday. The Plaza sits between the United Nations building and Donald Trumps Trump World Tower. The decision to hold the rally and die-in at the Plaza, was not accidental. It was a message to the world that not all Americans are okay with the senseless gun violence in this nation. The other message was to Trump and that came in the form of the voter registration forms that the League of Women Voters were handing out. The groups present at the rally showed the diversity of NYC and those that were victim to gun violence.
I have written before about cases of people who were
incarcerated for long periods of time even though they were
innocent of the crime. On a broadcast of the
radio program Latino USA I recently learned of the case of
four women who were convicted of Satanic sexual abuse and rape of
two young nieces of one of the women. This was at the height of the
hysteria over Satanic acts perpetrated on children in day care
centers and the like.
In the case of these four women who were friends, the fact that they were lesbians was used by prosecutors as a motive for their actions to persuade the jury of their guilt, exploiting the prejudice that gays and lesbians are more likely to be sexual predators. The testimony of the two girls describing the abuse was pivotal.
The allegations in 1994 rocked San Antonio and made national headlines, becoming the subject of the documentary Southwest of Salem. In an era when more gays and lesbians were coming out and mainstreaming, many saw the allegations as an indictment of the womens sexuality, especially as the case against them began to unravel.
I think the only reason that the investigation was seriously pursued, why there wasnt more skepticism about the preposterous allegations in the first place, was because these four women had recently come out as gay, that they were openly gay, attorney Mike Ware told CNNs Jean Casarez in April..
The four refused plea deals but were found guilty. The aunt of the girls Elizabeth Ramirez was sentenced to 37.5 years and the other three to 25 years. They were finally exonerated in 2016 after spending nearly 15 years in prison.
The convictions began to unravel several years ago when one of Ramirezs two nieces, now in her twenties, stepped forward to say she had lied.
Members of her family coached her, she told authorities, to make up a story because of their anger toward Ramirezs sexuality. Her father in particular coerced them so he could gain leverage in a custody battle, she said.
Soon after, Kellogg recanted her testimony based on new science that showed her findings regarding the girls injuries were medically inaccurate.
Peg Aloi writes about the Satanic hysteria that existed at that time, fueled by the hit film Rosemarys Baby, encouraging people to indulge in the worst kind of conspiracy-mongering.
Arguably the first mainstream American film to portray...
Today on the show, we talk about last weeks SCOTUS ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, find out what exactly happened, and what it might mean for future civil rights cases. We also talk about the North Korea summit, all the wackiness that went down, and whether or not any progress will be made.
Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse and ignorance than any conceivable progressive elected U.S. president could achieve on purpose. In the space of a few weeks, Trump has 1) threatened to disrupt corporate global supply chains through his in-out stance on NAFTA; 2) forced Washingtons European junior imperial partners to reconsider their subservience to U.S. foreign policy and their vulnerability to U.S.-controlled financial institutions in the wake of Trumps rejection of the Iran deal and his tirades at the G7 summit in Canada; and 3) discarded 70 years of Uncle Sams Comply or Die dictum towards North Korea, thus consigning the whole axis of evil designation to the dustbin.
In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas. Medicare was modeled on a program passed in the province of Saskatchewan in 1961 under Douglass leadership, which provided universal coverage of physicians services (the provinces 1947 plan for universal hospital coverage had already been federalized in the late 1950s). And on the other side there were those who advocated a more gradual approach, such as Ernest Manning, the premier of Alberta, who went on television in 1965 to ask the nation to look before we leap.
(INTELLIHUB) For months now, Democrats and media leftists have complained about how cruel and barbaric forced family breakups at the border are and have relentlessly hammered the Trump administration over the issue.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out in a press conference on Thursday, in which she called the policy barbaric and made clear that it was the current policy of the Trump administration when in actuality the policy it that of the Dems.
As a mother of five children and a grandmother of nine im sure any parent here, mother or father, knows that this is barbaric, Pelosi said. This is not what America is but this is the policy of the Trump administration.Gage Skidmore/Flickr
In her presentation to the press, the rather aged-looking House Minority Leader made it sound as if the policy was a scheme cooked up by the Trump administration which Pelosi maintains doesnt have any idea of the impact on families and children.
Pelosis crackbrained comments forced President Trump to fire out several tweets in which he points out how the policy in question is that of the Democrats and not that of the Trump administration itself.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!, the President tweeted on Friday.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible...
I was stunned the other day to see an opinion piece by Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe in which he was portraying the violent anti-government protests in Nicaragua as some kind of revolutionary insurrection. What is surprising about Kinzers position is that he is the individual who wrote the wonderful book, All The Shahs Men one of the essential readings about the CIA-backed coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953. What is happening in Nicaragua right now looks a lot like what happened in Iran during this coup, and yet, Kinzer somehow does not see this. In this way, Kinzer typifies the utter confusion of so many in this country including those who should know better, such as many self-described leftists about what is happening in Nicaragua and in Latin America generally.
The most complete assessment to date of Antarctica's ice sheets confirms that the meltdown accelerated sharply in the past five years, and there is no sign of a slowdown. That means sea level is expected to rise at a rate that will catch some coastal communities unprepared despite persistent warnings, according to the international team of scientists publishing a series of related studies this week in the journal Nature. The scientists found that the rate of ice loss over the past five years had tripled compared to the previous two decades, suggesting an additional 6 inches of sea level rise from Antarctica alone by 2100, on top of the 2 feet already projected from all sources, including Greenland. "That may not sound like a lot, but it's a big deal for people living along coasts," said University of Leeds climate researcher Andrew Shepherd, who led the assessment, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency.
A guard who chose to save himself during the Parkland shooting had been caught harassing female students, and never should have been allowed at the school.
For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive. It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance an earlier one to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.
On June 26th, small business owners and Internet users from across the country will meet directly with their House members in DC. Face-to-face meetings in the Capitol are one of the most effective ways to influence lawmakers' positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists. Before the event, you'll receive an info packet with everything you need to know. Then, on the morning of your meetings, our friends at Public Knowledge will host an orientation and share insight on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to meet key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.
Outside of Washington, DC, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, oppose the FCCs repeal of open Internet protections and want Congress to overturn it. No one wants their cable company to control what they can see and do online. But telecom mega-corporations like Comcast and AT&T have poured nearly $200 million into lobbying to kill net neutrality. And since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a GOP nominee, the issue has become increasingly partisan in DC, with most Democrats lining up in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, and so far most Republican lawmakers against, despite the wishes of the majority of GOP voters.
The government strategy has been to accept extraordinary levels of opposition violence and intimidation so as to allow the opposition to discredit themselves with public opinion. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries elites. The current media onslaught against Nicaragua uses the whole toolbox of propaganda tricks portraying aggressors as victims, reporting non-existent massacres of peacefully protesting students, denying systematic destruction by opposition paramilitaries of public property and private businesses, even omitting attacks on hospitals and ambulances. The big fundamental fiction has been that a majority of people in Nicaragua reject the Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega.
One of the worlds biggest philanthropic initiatives to address climate change is set-up to fail catastrophically, according to a strategy document setting out the initiatives five-year plan. The strategy document, published by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in January, represents the third renewal of the Climate Works initiative originally founded in 2008. The initiative was executed through the Climate Works Foundation in coordination with other big philanthropic foundations, the Packard and McKnight Foundations. The Hewlett Foundation strategy document, titled Climate Initiative Strategy 20182023, reflects on the strategic thinking behind the process that led to the announcement last December that the foundation would commit $600 million to address climate change over the next five years a 20 percent increase from previous funding.
What to do with President Trump? Impeachment, if feasible at alll, will take a long time -- and it will split the country asunder. Would a call for The Redemption of the Bully unify the country? The Greeks used ostracism to deal with obnoxious politicians; can we invent a Program of Redemption?
A review of Deena Stryker's newly released book "Russia's Americans."
What is this? Another case of academics behaving badly? And specifically, academics involve in neuroscience research?
The Psychological and Brain Science department at Dartmouth is experiencing a bit of upheaval, again based on sexual misconduct. The stories have all been a bit vague on the details, but it was serious enough that one faculty members tenure was about to be revoked, and two others are under investigation.
Psychological and brain sciences professor Todd Heatherton has elected to retire immediately following a recommendation from Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Elizabeth Smith, upheld by the faculty-elected Review Committee, that his tenure be revoked and his employment terminated. Smiths recommendation follows a review of Heatherton by an external investigator for sexual misconduct. Professors Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen of the PBS department, who are also under investigation for sexual misconduct, remain under review.
In a press release provided by his lawyer Julie Moore, Heatherton stated that he retired because he thought it was best for his family, the College and the graduate students involved in the investigation.
Oh, that familiar song. I was a reprehensible shit for years, but now Im committing a selfless act of career suicide for my familys sake, so forgive me. Late-in-life remorse is such a useful card to play, especially when the hammer is about to come down anyway.
This has been building for a while there were reports months ago about a growing criminal investigation.
Three tenured professors from the psychological and brain sciences department at Dartmouth CollegeTodd Heatherton, Bill Kelley, and Paul Whalenare targets of a criminal investigation, according to official statements from Dartmouths president and the New Hampshire attorney general on Oct. 31. The school, which has variously described the allegations as referring to serious misconduct and sexual misconduct, had already launched its own internal investigation of the three men. Heatherton, Kelley, and Whalen are all on paid leave with restricted campus access, according to the statement from Dartmouths president. Heatherton also lost his affiliation at New York University, where he had been a visiting scholar since July.
Again, the details are lacking, but whatever they were, they were su...
Newly minted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez must recognize that the Catalan issue is political, not legal, and that force is not an option. As Napoleon Bonaparte's Foreign Minister Talleyrand once remarked, "You can do anything you like with bayonets, except sit on them," summing up the truism that repression does not work in the long run.
A barber claims his home was raided by police after they accepted a false testimony from a confidential informant with a long arrest record.
The figures are from the National Low Income Housing Coalitions annual Out Of Reach report, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S. NLIHC arrived at its bleak findings by taking the cost of a modest two-bed rental home at fair market rent, as calculated by the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on an estimate of what a family moving today would expect to pay. It then calculated the amount workers need to earn for these homes to be affordable meaning they spend no more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities. The most expensive state is Hawaii, where the fair market rent for a two-bed rental is $1,879 a month, meaning workers need to bring in $36.13 an hour for rent to be affordable.
(INTELLIHUB) Paul Manaforts pretrial release conditions were reneged by a judge on Friday at Robert Muellers request under the premise of witness tampering and the former Trump associate was sentenced to jail ahead of his September trial in what can only be considered a message from the deep state.
Now, some say, a 65-year-old Manafort may never see the light of day again and may possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars.
It could be the beginning of a life sentence, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday. Paul Manafort, if he does not cooperate, may never ever see the outside of a jail cell.
The Hill reports:
Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Manafort earlier, accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Manafort is scheduled to go to trial in September over charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.
The mainstream media is now admitting that the Walmart stores they claimed closed over "plumbing problems" have since been converted into detention centers.
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by Rachel Quednau | June 13, 2018
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
by Jane Fiegen Green | June 13, 2018
Heres one key reason people like me are leaving small towns for big cities.
by Charles Marohn | June 11, 2018
Its hard to imagine a scenario where Shreveport could do an annexation that benefits the city, its residents and its businesses over the long term.
by Kea Wilson | June 13, 2018
5 lessons I learned from conducting a tactical urbanism demonstration in my city.
by Russell Romney | June 12, 2018
This creative bike rental program bridges the gap between short-term bike share and full bike ownership making bikes accessible to those who normally couldnt afford them.
Theres a relatively slow-motion hit-and-run occurring on Tohono Oodham Nation land thats been recorded and now viewed several hundred thousand times. Its bad enough, though the victim Paulo Remes is reported to be recovering reasonably well by Tuscon.com. The SUV that hit Remes was an Immigration & Customs Enforcement vehicle that drove down the road approaching Remes house, turned around, then came back toward Remes who had just walked across the road and was still on the edge of it when struck. This has all the makings of a felony:
Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28, Section 661:
A. The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person shall:
1. Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as possible but shall immediately return to the accident scene.
2. Remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of section 28-663.
B. A driver who is involved in an accident resulting in death or serious physical injury as defined in section 13-105 and who fails to stop or to comply with the requirements of section 28-663 is guilty of a class 3 felony, except that if a driver caused the accident the driver is guilty of a class 2 felony.
C. A driver who is involved in an accident resulting in an injury other than death or serious physical injury as defined in section 13-105 and who fails to stop or to comply with the requirements of section 28-663 is guilty of a class 5 felony. [emphasis mine cd]
Moreover, Remes witnessed the vehicle turn on its emergency lights as it was fleeing the scene. While LEO operators emergency vehicles in practice have broad discretion to use their emergency lights, it likely doesnt extend to aiding one in committing a felony, which could result in more charges if the local prosecutor has any respect for the law. ICE says that they are cooperating with the investigation, but they have to know who was driving the SUV and no arrest appears to have been made at this point so I doubt theyre fully cooperating.
But what happened to Remes isnt even the most serious ICE hit and run on this nations land southwest of Tuscon. No, that would be the fatal hit-and-run of Bennett Patricio.
Lets check in on the ongoing saga of T. Florian Jaeger, shall we? Hes a computation linguist working in the cognitive sciences department at the University of Rochester whose tenure so far has been a real shitshow, and also a familiar story. Hes a sexist pig who doesnt recognize boundaries or any limits to his behavior. One of the stars of the place, Richard Aslin, resigned his position over the ongoing behavior of Jaeger, the former president of the university, Joel Seligman, resigned the day the investigative report was published, and other faculty, like Jessica Cantlon and Brad Mahon, followed suit. Now Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi have quit.
That is a department in a shambles. The wave of resignations sends a very clear message that this is not a place where you want to work youd have to be desperate to take a job in the cognitive sciences at Rochester. And that means theyre going to get worse, and not the least because the rot, Jaeger, is still there, supported by the administration.
University of Rochester President Richard Feldman has declined to sanction, much less fire, T. Florian Jaeger, a professor who sent an unwanted picture of his penis to a student; made insulting and objectifying comments about female students sexual desirability, appearance, and vaginal taste; used drugs at a lab retreat with students, and had sex with an undergraduate student, among many other unethical behaviors. These are not accusations. These actions were confirmed by the University of Rochesters own investigation. The University also verified that such behavior led at least ten women to avoid Jaeger to the detriment of their careers.1 President Feldman declines to take responsibility for his own refusal to punish Jaeger, instead blaming the faculty senate, a body which he knows has no authority to impose sanctions. Unbelievably, Former President Joel Seligman and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department Chair Greg DeAngelis both publicly defended Jaegers tenure to the media and faculty senate respectively by an appeal to the sanctity of academic freedom.
Holy crap. Thats not what academic freedom means. It does not mean that professors get to rob banks on the side with no repercussions on their career; it does not mean you get to fuck up a required part of your job, teaching, and no one can fire you for dereliction of your duties. This is the kind of thing that gives tenure and academic freedom a bad name when it is badly abused.
The university administration is also failing to do their job. Theyve got faculty....
A police officer who was caught trying to seduce a 13-year-old girl in an undercover operation was the only one who was given probation instead of jail time.
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In the third lecture of Hillsdale Colleges course on the histories of Athens and Sparta, which you can follow along with here, Victor Davis Hanson, a history fellow at Hillsdale College, asks: What is the chief virtue of Athens?
The collapse of the Mycenaeans ushered in a period of dark ages in Greek society during which the linear B script disappeared and illiteracy abounded. It is during these times that the Homeric epics, which told the story of men of an earlier age, were repeated throughout generations in order to preserve them. As these stories were passed along, these men took on godlike qualities and the stakes of the stories were raised to epic ones.
Around 800 B.C., city states began to develop in Greece. Of these city states, Corinth, Sparta, Thebes, and Athens were the largest. Attica was blessed with abundant natural resources they relied on like clay and silver. It was also located near a sea port, which enabled them to trade and build a merchant fleet. Trade made the Athenian open-minded and helped him develop a liberal attitude that was open to other cultures, ideas, and ways of life.
Athens introduced the idea of a democratic form of government that any person who owned a certain amount of land and served in the army could vote and participate in the political system. Power wasnt held in the hands of one person, but was split evenly among those who were qualified to vote. This idea, that Athenian citizens were equal, was radically different from the way other societies operated. The system was not perfect, however. Popular courts needed a simple majority of a group of self-selected citizens to sentence a person to death. As a result, these courts were susceptible to volatility a mob could gin up outrage and a death sentence one day only to be undone by a more temperate group the next day.
Athens was primarily an agrarian society. Farmers frequently employed slaves who would help with field work and would travel to Athens frequently in order to buy goods and currency. Those who did not own land were able to secure a job as a bureaucrat. In other greek cities, non-landowners were typically forced to work as day laborers or indentured servants, but in Athens they could work overseeing that buildings were constructed a certain way, that currency was regulated, and that businesses employed ethical practices. This elaborate governmental system was funded by other cities who the Athenians asked them to pay for military protection from the Persians. Athens was also a tourist destination for other Greeks and the goods they sold to visitors offset the payroll expenses for these bureaucrats.
What resulted from this arrangement was effective...
The plight of children who accompany their parents crossing the border into the United States illegally has captured the attention of the press this week. Politicians and media types have loudly decried the longtime practice of sending children into foster care or other temporary housing situations, while their parents are detained until the U.S. government can determine their fate.
Next week, Congress is set to vote on a Republican immigration bill with a provision that would reportedly end this practice. But this policy change would likely result in the children being sent to adult detention centers with their parents a fate that is arguably worse than being sent elsewhere.
If the House bill passed, the Trump administration probably would stop separating families. Instead, it would be able to keep children and parents in ICE detention until their cases were resolved that is, they could be in held in detention indefinitely.
If children are not seperated from their parents who are being detained for entering the U.S. illegally, of course they will be sent to the detention centers. Ending the practice of separating a child from his or her parent would result in these children being held in custody along with their parents.
Putting a child in temporary housing or foster care when their parent engages in illegal activity is standard practice even for U.S. citizens. A bit of information thats been largely ignored is that there are an unknown number of American children whove been seperated from their parents and placed in foster care when their parents are incarcerated.
As The Daily Callers Saagar Enjeti points out, an estimated 20,939 American children were put in foster care when a parent was incarcerated in 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That accounts for about eight percent of the total number of children who entered the foster care system that same year.
Thanks to reader I found them. In Fiscal Year 2016, approx 21,000 US Children were placed in foster care b/c of parent incarceration, roughly 10X the number of separated children at the border per the AP's latest number. https://t.co/iYf5DdO3E4 https://t.co/jyA5SbDB8E
Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar)...
You dont need to be a superhero to help others or affect the world. In fact, sometimes the simplest of actions make the biggest difference. A video that provides testament to this statement recently went viral on Chinese social media.
Recently, an elderly man was attempting to make his way across a busy street in Mianyang, Sichuan province, when the crosswalk light turned red. While drivers waited patiently, a police officer stepped up to help.
As can be seen in the video below, the compassionate cop, Qin Weijie, approached the man and asked if he could carry him to the other side. To this unconventional request, the elderly man said yes.
As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the officer knew that the man had seven more lanes of traffic to cross. So, he hoisted him on his back and carried him across the street. The video is both humorous and heart-warming.
Need additional proof that climate change is a very real phenomenon? Consider that last month, the United States of America experienced its hottest May on record. As climate scientist David Titley said, Nature is dealing cards from a very different deck now compared to the 20th century.
During the first week of June, federal scientists announced that May shattered heat records across the U.S. Not only was it the warmest May on record, nearly 8,600 local heat records were also broken during the month. The warmth was coast-to-coast, said climate scientist Jake Crouch from NOAAs National Center for Environmental Information.
According to USA Today, the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley experienced the worst heat waves. On May 28, the temperature in Minneapolis skyrocketed to a record 100 degrees F. Air conditioners gave out, roads buckled, and air-quality alerts were triggered as a result.
The average May temperature across the nation was 65.4 degrees, which is 5.2 degrees above average, according to the NOAA. Scientists are pointing to man-made global warming as the culprit. Two tropical systems churning in the Gulf of Mexico also pumped warm, moist air across the eastern U.S., as well.
It is worth noting that more than one-quarter of the contiguous U.S. remains in drought. Othe...
By Aletheia Luna via Loner Wolf
A healers power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses. E. Leventhal
At heart, we all have the capacity to heal ourselves and nurture others. Spirit, energy, thought, intention, skilful practice and belief are available to all people. Yet as individual expressions of the life force, we all have different paths, and not all of us feel called to healing practices.
For those of us that do feel called to spiritual healing, we are often met with some kind of resistance, either from our friends, our family members, or our culture. This is because spiritual healing can be frowned upon as a quasi, scientifically-misguided, charlatan practice by a society that is built on the mind and ego. While there are con artists in every practice, the genuinely beneficial aspects of spiritual healing are largely ignored because they cant be quantified or reasoned with.
Unfortunately, this has led to a large percentage of us (particularly in Westernised societies) losing touch with traditional forms of healing. Very few of us were raised around shamans, medicine men or medicine women who could pass on ancient knowledge and holistic healing practices. Instead, as children we were taken to GPs, physicians and doctors who pres...
By Ethan Huff
A radical feminist man-hater who heads up Northeastern UniversitysWomens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post that calls on all men everywhere to step away from pretty much every position of power in society in order to pacify the demands of feminist women like herself who hate men.
Couching her blatant sexism as inclusivity and equality, Suzanna Danuta Walters, who also teaches sociology at NU, argues that all women have an inherent right to hate all men because of the millennia of woe that men all of them have apparently inflicted upon all women since the beginning of time.
Unless a man agrees to only vote for feminist women, to not ever run for office, and to never be in charge of anything, then he can freely be hated upon by women, according to Walters, who in her commentary describes the United States as the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity.
Citing a few recent alleged cases of sexual abuse against women by males like Eric Schneiderman and Harvey Weinstein, Walters feels justified in painting a broad brush of hate across all men. Because of her personal feelings about the opposite sex, Walters feels as though its completely logical to hate men, and she even goes so far as to scoff at women who dont.
My edge has been crossed for a long time, the genderless-looking school employee writes. Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men.
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I woke up early that morning in Zurich, which wasnt easy. I had spent the night with a certain journalist friend whose proclivities do not easily mingle with bright-eyed mornings. But I had a mission. About a mile away from my hotel was the grave of a man I have spent my whole adult life reading and admiring. Simply put, the only writer closer to my mind and heart is me, maybe. That morning I would be paying my respects to James Joyce.
I had checked Google Maps. It said the destination was a 40-minute walk. I live in New York City, though, so that usually means about 15 minutes for my quick gait. What I failed to do was spy the topography. It was uphill, and by uphill I mean practically climbing a mountain.
While sweating out the previous nights refreshments, I saw magnificent houses that should be on reality TV shows, and Swiss students sipping bubble tea like Abercrombie and Fitch models. I should have taken the bus. But I got there.
I fell in love with Joyces words in high school. My best teacher, Peter Reinke, had taught our class Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and its no exaggeration to say it changed my life. Before that book, my goal was an Ivy then law school. Afterward, it was to forge in the smithy of my soul some kind of truth about the world around me. The book broke me.
In our junior year, we took a month off school to do independent study or an internship or something. I told Reinke I wanted to read Ulysses. He laughed at me and told me, No. I wasnt ready, he assured me, so instead I read the complete works of Shakespeare, a far easier task. We marched through them all, exploring how the Bard had changed the very nature of the English language.
Only later did I realize that this was the beginning of reading and understanding Ulysses. It isnt just a book. Its an attempt to dive into our thoughts, to map a terrain that we should not be able to see because, after all, the naked eye can see anything but itself.
On the day I graduated, Reinke brought me to his classroom and gave me a gift. It was an annotated guide to Ulysses. I was ready.
When I reached the cemetery high atop that big hill in Zurich, it had a quiet austerity. It was mostly empty. There were a few landscapers keeping nature at bay, not much else. I followed vague signs to the back, and then there it was. In fact, there he was. Above the grave of Joyce, as well as of his wife and son, was a life-sized statue of him, cross-legged, book in one hand and cigarette in the other. I hadnt been sure what to expect. I sat on the bench across from him. Tears ran down my face.
Early on in Ulysses we learn that Stephen Dedalus, the autobiographical hero of Portrait, is home in Ireland again bec...
By Ethan Huff
Theres almost no more room for anymore storage tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) nuclear reactor site in Fukushima, Japan, which means that very soon there wont be any way to dispose of the ever-growing amount of treated water, also known as tritium water, that continues to accumulate within the disaster area.
Neither the Japanese government nor TEPCO officials have made a decision as to how they plan to proceed with cleanup at the failed nuclear plant, which was severely damaged by a major earthquake and tsunami that occurred back in 2011. Currently, the amount of groundwater thats entering the fatally damaged No. 1 nuclear plant amounts to about 160 tons per day.
Purification devices set up at the site are able to remove most of the radioactive materials from this water, except for tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that cant be removed for technical reasons. Consequently, tritium-contaminated water continues to increase, despite the fact that theres increasingly no where to put it.
Existing storage tanks at the site have a total capacity of about 1.13 million tons of water. But roughly 1.07 million tons of that amount, or about 80 percent of it, is already filled with contaminated water meaning theres very little left to spare.
Officials have been frantically trying to make more space for new storage tanks by razing forests and clearing other nearby areas, which has added about 230,000 square meters the rough equivalent of about 32 soccer fields to the storage area. However, theres almost no more space beyond this, meaning the Fukushima site has about reached its max in terms of contaminated water storage space.
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An Internet search for Fathers Day 2018 brings up a top hit: 20 Last-Minute Fathers Day Gifts That Are Amazon Prime-Eligible. Now, like most dads, Im not one to complain about receiving gifts (especially when they involve a good weekend of fishing), but something is wrong when popular culture understands the obligations of Fathers Day as nothing more than a 30-minute phone call and shipping your dad something Amazons website said were Dads Favorites.
Like so many other things in our culture today, the commercialization of this holiday obscures its true meaning. Fathers Day is about so much more than store sales and cheesy coffee mugs. It is, to borrow the words a resolution President Calvin Coolidge once signed on its celebration, a day to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, and remind ourselves of the importance of fatherhood to our country.
It is something that, unfortunately in todays culture, needs to be repeated often and with clarity: fathers matter. Their responsibilities in families and society are all essential to the strength of our country. Fathers and mothers serve equally important, but distinct, functions in raising children. Fathers play the indispensable role in protecting their families from harm, encouraging children to overcome challenges, disciplining children with authority, and teaching boys how to become responsible men by modeling responsibility themselves.
This should not be controversial. In fact, it is an area of bipartisan agreement. President Barack Obama once said, Of all the rocks upon which we build our livesfamily is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.
From the Moynihan report to Republicans partnering with President Bill Clinton on welfare reform, politicians who have studied the causes of family instability and poverty have all recognized the crucial role fathers play. Its something worth remembering this Fathers Day, because the absence of strong fathers and strong families is the leading cause of so much of our current social chaos.
We see the consequences of fatherlessness all around our country, in deep and sometimes unexpected ways. The research connecting fatherlessness to increased crime rates among adolescents is widely discussed surrounding the prevalence of child poverty, but it affects all of us. We should consider that absent fathers causality in youth delinquency might encourage the kind of reckless, rebellious nihilism evident in so many of the young men who have committed horrific acts of violence. For...
When the volatile leaders of the US and North Korea met this week for a historic summit in Singapore, few expected the brazen, bizarre displays of smitten camaraderie, and perhaps even fewer expected what appeared to be an agreement of sorts. But five hours later, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un released a joint statement expressing a mutual desire to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
The past does not have to define the future, Trump told Kim at the meeting. Yesterdays conflict does not have to be tomorrows war. It was a jarring shift in attitude from a man who just six months earlier had mocked his adversary as the Little Rocket Man.
After the meeting concluded, the White House released a bombastic and self-congratulatory video that paints both leaders in a flattering light not unlike a typical product from the North Korean propaganda machine.
On paper, the development may sound like a diplomatic breakthrough one that has eluded US presidents for decades. But numerous factors inspire skepticism, beginning with the fact that the two countries do not even agree on the definition of denuclearization.
To the US, the term simply means that North Korea would give up its nukes. To North Korea, it indicates that the US would withdraw its so-called nuclear umbrella from over South Korea.
Despite its grandiose rhetoric of hope and peace and reconciliation, the one-page document was conspicuously short on specifics, and pundits argue that Trump has conceded too much for what are essentially vague promises.
While Kim provided no concrete plan or workable timetable for disarmament, Trump not only committed to halt joint military o...
Yellowstone National Park has more than 10,000 thermal features, sitting atop the worlds largest volcano.
It can send 2,000 times more matter into the sky than the Mount St Helens eruption.
A series of earthquakes have been rumbling underground
As the Norris Junction continues to heat up from the rising magma, so does the waters that make the geyser go off.
Uplift, Rising Gases
All A Sign The SUPER VOLCANO Is RECHARGING!!!
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(ZHE Op-ed) Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. 
(ANTIWAR.COM) A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, 
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Welcome to This Is America, June 15th, 2018.
On this episode, we caught up with a member of the IWW in Seattle. They talk about how over the last year, members of the IWW have fought for a contract at Grassroots Campaigns, a progressive corporation that puts canvassers out on the street who in turn bring in donations for non-profit groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, and others.
From IWW 650 at GCI Seattle Facebook: Today we picketed the office demanding an end to the GCIs illegal lock out. Thank you to everyone who came out and called in to GCI demanding they respect our rights! There is power in a union!
In response to their organizing, IWW members won their union election and soon a contract. In the last week however, job actions and a call in campaign has ramped up pressure against the company, and it responded by locking people out of the office, attempting to starve out the workers during one of the busies...
Alachua County, FL The Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have joined the call, initiated by prisoners in Florida and Texas, for actions demanding an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery around Juneteenth 2018, Tuesday, June 19.
Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day when, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of freedom reached slaves in Texas.
Prisoners in Texas and Florida, many of whom have been at the forefront of the massive, prisoner-led movement to bring about desperately needed changes in the U.S. prison system are calling on allied groups fighting for prison reform on the outside to organize community events and direct actions in solidarity with planned strikes and other actions by prisoners in facilities in both states and around the nation around Juneteenth.
In keeping with FDOCs repressive stance against calls for desperately-needed reforms, prison activists report word from prisoners that the they have been told the state will go on lockdown in order to prevent protest activities in its facilities.
This news comes amidst rumors of a resignation by FDOC secretary Julie Jones, following on the heels of the federal Bureau of Prisons director resigning last month. There are also reports of prison staff planning walkouts in coordination with the strikes as the growing tension amidst the program and visitation cuts have some guards fearing an increase in violence against state employees.
Despite threats and intimidation, prisoners across the state have indicated plans to participate in a variety of actions on and around Juneteenth to highlight the horrific abuses and conditions that FDOC wishes to prevent coming to light.
IWOC and FTP will also hold solidarity actions at various locations around the state. Locations are not being announced in attempt to lessen retaliation against prisoners in certain facilities....
RawStory is saying that Maher did a segment on police brutality tonight (Friday). In it he said:
We need to stop saying most cops are good like we know that to be true, Maher said. I hope thats true, but I need some evidenceunlike cops.
I think that the most troubling thing about this is how few of these incidents come to light through police body cams. With so many interactions recorded on body cam, how is it that the majority of brutality incidents reach the public eye through the video taken by some witness pulling out a cell phone?
I dont think that the majority of cops have committed unnecessary and illegal violence. I think the majority have certainly committed unnecessary violence, though, and I think that the ratio of bystander videos to body cam videos in these situations shows that law enforcement as an institution is engaged in a massive coverup. What does it mean to be a good cop when so many of these incidents are covered up by cops? Can you still be a good cop while ignoring the problems too big to change by yourself? How would that square with arresting a murderer when you know you dont have the skills to prosecute them?
The definition of good cop is going to vary from person to person, but from testilying to state certification boards to allowing corrupt cops to resign to avoid investigation & punishment so they can hop over to a job in the next jurisdiction, I think theres more than enough evidence that a huge percentage of cops are corruptly ignoring the problems in their own departments even if they are decent and trying to do good when they go out on the streets. Some of those cops *might* be good if we didnt ask them to work in corrupt agencies. But how many? Its impossible to tell.
So, yeah: maybe most cops are good, but at this point theyre going to need to step up with some evidence.
This week on The Fuckin News, we look at the geopolitical shitshow revolving around the Orange Ones twitter feed, leaving a trail of confusion from the G7 Summit in Quebec to the heavily hyped meeting in Singapore, where two sociopathic man-babies that just months ago threatened the entire world with a nuke firework show, decided to shake hands and make some half-assed deals. All thanks to the intervention of a strange intermediary.
The UN security council rejected a move to demand an immediate end to the fighting around the strategic port. The 15-strong body failed to agree to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden. The council instead called for restraint and urged all sides to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law in fighting for the city currently held by rebel Houthi forces. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday that more and more fighters were arriving in Hodeidah, a city with a population of around 600,000 people.
As more terrible news continues to pour out our immigration centers, rallies nationwide have popped up to call out local officials and government policies that separate children at the border. In downtown Syracuse, New York, not usually a hotbed of activism in my experience, roughly seventy people joined the rally that began in front of Republican Congressman John Katkos office. Outside the Congressmans offices activists handed out yellow wristbands that were meant to symbolize the barcoded wristbands that immigrant children are forced to wear to receive food and services.
North Korea, backed by China, has written the timetable for these negotiations. A year ago, it appeared as if North Koreas missile and nuclear tests would egg the Trump administration into a dangerous military confrontation. Trump even threatened to devastate the peninsula. But he did not have an ally in the newly elected South Korean leaderMoon Jae-inwho came to power when the conservatives floundered in corruption scandals. Moon, a calm and sincere person, held fast to his commitments to peace despite the North Korean missile and nuclear tests and the belligerence of the Trump administration. Out of nowhere, it seemed, Kim inaugurated the Olympics diplomacy. It is what drew the two Koreas together and outflanked the United States. Trump now had to follow the tune being hummed by Moon and Kim.
When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by a prominent publisher (HarperCollins), is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media wish to anesthetize by eschewal. The Kennedy name attracts the mainstream media only when they can sensationalize something scandalous preferably sexual or drug related whether false or true...
ICE under Obama averaged 309,887 arrests per year from 2009-2012, while ICE under Trump averaged 139,553 in 2017. Obama set records between 2008 and 2014 with the number of people arrested and placed in deportation proceedings under S-Comm. Those numbers plummeted by more than half in 2015, when S-Comm was replaced by the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Both programs use fingerprints collected during bookings by state and local police departments to identify individuals for deportation. The primary difference between the two programs is PEP attempted to put greater emphasis on deporting people who had been convicted of a crime.
Almost every day on public radio or public television, I hear reports about how fake news is undermining our democracy. These high-minded reporters and anchors seem truly to believe that a feverish menace is overwhelming the minds of once-sensible people. This story is itself fake news for several obvious reasons. Weve never had more good information than we have now; people are as well-informed as they want to be. There will always be outlets purveying lies; that is the nature of communication. And the insistence on the fake news issue is an effort to assign Trumps victory not to those who brought it to us (the electorate, and the incompetence of the Clinton campaign) but on some nefarious agents.
Critics and pundits have been reacting dismissively to President Donald Trumps engagement with North Koreas Kim Jong Un. A few weeks ago Donald Trump was going to start World War III with the Korean peninsulas Rocket Man, or so observers said. Now, the prospect for peace, which has never been formally codified by treaty with North Korea since 1953, seems to have critics equally vexed and upset. Yet, hoping for peace to fail in order to prevent Trump from gaining a victory is to engage in precisely the type of behavior his critics accuse him of displaying.
On May 21, in his first formal public address, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (sworn in May 2) effectively declared war on the sovereign nation of Iran. Pompeo has no constitutional authority to declare war on anyone, as he well knows, so his declaration of war is just short of overt, though it included a not-so-veiled threat of a nuclear attack on Iran. Pompeos declaration of war is a reactionary move that revitalizes the malignant Iranaphobia of the Bush presidency, when predictions were rife that Iran would have nuclear weapons by next year, next month, next week, predictions that never came true over twenty years of fearmongering.
Nearly seven years ago I know, wow the Occupy Wall Street movement began highlighting the divide between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. Since then, its become common knowledge that income inequality in the United States is high. But theres more to the story than just numbers. Income inequality isnt the defining social issue of our time because your neighbor bought a slightly bigger house or nicer car than you did. Its because multi-millionaires and billionaires are competing for slightly bigger mega-yachts while our friends set up GoFundMe accounts to plead for help with basic medical expenses.
The Don came completely unhinged in an press gaggle and blamed the Democrats for torturing and traumatizing immigrant children by snatching them from their parents and locking them up in concentration camps where they only see daylight two hours a day. It's the Democrats who is scarring these kids for life.
In an article criticizing trump as a Sadist, Salon writer Chauncey DeVega writes a supposedly-factual introduction to what is later a very opinionated piece in such a way as to screw up a very, very important basic fact:
The United States Constitution grants President Donald Trump many powers. They include being the Chief Executive, Chief Legislator and Commander-in-Chief of the military. Not to be content with such powers, Donald Trump has also taken on other roles as well. Donald Trump is the Sadist-in-Chief of the United States of America. Cruelty and meanness are his modus operandi.
Did you catch it? DeVega would have you believe that Trump is constitutionally empowered to be the United States Chief Legislator.
No. Thats just wrong. Its so very, very wrong its hard to communicate. If youre from the US or went to grade school here (or even if you just know how to read between the lines of subtle slogans like No More Kings), you know that placing primary legislative powers in the hands of the chief executive is exactly what the constitutional framers did not want.
The President cannot set the congressional schedule or call a committee to order. The President cannot introduce a bill before congress or propose language revisions for an existing bill. The President cannot vote in either the House or the Senate. The President cannot amend or authoritatively interpret legislation. The president cannot employ a veto to reject parts of a bill while retaining the effectiveness of other parts: the president must accept all of a legislative act or none of it.
The President is not a legislator and Congress is not a parliament.
We are sufficiently Freuded already without giving Trump even more power. Dont for a moment concede that the constitution gives Trump any kind of legislative power.
Much to the distress of the usual suspects, the fact is "Russian elites" are already winning the soft power war embedded in the World Cup. And Russia may even win the love war as well. So feel the love, and let the Putin Games roll. But, just in case, keep an eye out for another "chemical attack" in Syria, Ukraine trying to invade Donetsk and Lugansk, the odd false flag; and -- last but not least -- more sanctions.
I linked to the press release earlier. This is a project for social change activists to find and work together more effectively on common interests. It can be roughly described as follows:
If you think it is worthwhile, then any contribution is welcomed. You can donate here. That link also contains short videos that explain more how the system works.
At this time of year there are so many beautiful flowers that its easy to forget some of the other pretty things in the wild. So today Jack and I are sharing a few small bubbles of bright orange fungus that we found poking their heads up. The focus is soft, but somehow it suits. I think its a waxy cap chanterelle, but Im no expert on the fungus among us.
Even the Court's right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program "shall not result in the removal of the name of any person ... by reason of the person's failure to vote."
Last November, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping looked on in Beijing as officials from the state of West Virginia and a Chinese energy company signed what was hailed as a landmark deal for the state.
Under the deal, China Energy Investment Corporation would invest more than $80 billion over the next 20 years in West Virginias natural gas industry.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other state leaders have been banking on the China deal, predicting it would create tens of thousands of additional jobs in the state. It was also described as a victory for Trump, the largest in a series of Chinese investments in the U.S. that totaled $250 billion.
But on Friday, Justice revealed that an ethical cloud has appeared over the China deal: At least one member of the states trade delegation a gas industry executive was also working to help his private company on the trip.
Brian Abraham, the governors general counsel, said the state was using someone who probably shouldnt have been involved in the negotiations as part of its trade delegation.
People that were there in China maybe representing their own special interests, we didnt think was right, the governor added.
West Virginia officials are eager to see the fruits of the China Energy investment, as a cornerstone to the natural gas industrys continued growth in the state. But along the way, some lawmakers and watchdogs are questioning whether the state is putting the industrys interests ahead of public concerns in attempting to broade...
The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp in Wascana Park is being torn down by the Provincial Capital Commission.
Jennifer Barfield, a professor of assisted reproductive
technologies at Colorado State University, clearly
explains how it can come about and what led to the development
of the technology that has made it possible. The key point is that
in addition to the DNA that comes from the father and the mother,
the fertilized egg also contains mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that
plays a vital role in producing energy.
In 2016, a baby was born to a couple who had struggled with the consequences of mtDNA mutations that cause Leigh syndrome, a progressive neurometabolic disorder. When defective mitochondria of the womans egg were replaced with mitochondria from a donor who did not carry the mutation, the resulting child carried DNA from three people: the female nuclear DNA donor, the male nuclear DNA or sperm donor, and the female mitochondria donor. This was the first baby born using this technique.
Since 2016, its difficult to say how many of these three-parent procedures have been done and how many resulted in successful pregnancies. But with the recent birth of a baby in the Ukraine that involved three parents, many countries are now exploring if and how to use this technology. The ban in the U.S. has halted the use here but other countries have made different decisions; the U.K. has approved it.
She says that this procedure should not produce many changes.
So how much a parent is a woman who donates her mitochondria?
The short answer is not much. More than 99 percent of the proteins in your body are encoded by the DNA in the nucleus of your cells. Traits such as hair color, eye color and height, for example, are all encoded by nuclear DNA, while genes written on mtDNA are primarily related to energy production and metabolism.
Thus three-parent babies will still resemble the men and women whose sperm and egg combined to produce the 23 chromosomes in the nucleus of that first cell.
I am not sure why the US banned the procedure. There may be medical and scientific concerns that Barfield does not mention in her piece.
It is perhaps advisable to distinguish a parent from a donor of DNA. I see a parent as someone who is closely involved in a childs upbringing. A person who adopts and lovingly cares for a child is more of a parent than someone who provides DNA but is otherwise largely uninvolved.
Or things get weird:
At the touch of his lips it swelled and lengthened. His expert skills left me gasping. I couldnt tear my eyes away as he ensorcelled me with pinches and tugs, and especially the rapid rotation of his wrist. And then, two minutes later, it was over. There was nothing left but the mess on his face, in his hair, clinging electrically to his clothes. I cried knowing I had exploded the best balloon giraffe I would ever see and threw the sewing needle away in shame.
In one of his most forceful attacks on the special counsel yet, Rudy Giuliani on Friday said the Russia investigation could get cleaned up with pardons from President Trump in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.
When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons, the former New York mayor told the Daily News.
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One of the four FBI case agents working on the Hillary Clinton email investigationwho was also one of the two FBI agents who interviewed her at the conclusion of that investigationtriumphantly referred to Clinton as the President four days after that interviewand four months before the election.
Later, on election day, in an instant message exchange with another FBI agent who had also worked on the Clinton investigation, this FBI agent declared: screw you trump.
The other agent said in the same instant-message exchange: You should knowthat Imwith her.
These two FBI investigators who were in a relationship while they were working on the Clinton email investigation later were married.
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Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system from the island of Kodiak, just off the coast of Alaska. 62 shipping containers that have been renovated into sleeping quarters for the Israeli troops and have already been shipped to the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska, where the missile tests will take place. Yet, weve heard nothing 
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Both Russia and Syria have sounded the alarm over an impending chemical weapons provocation, a possibility compounded by the U.S. Truman strike groups recent deployment to Syria. DAMASCUS, SYRIA In recent days, speculation has swirled regarding whether another chemical-weapons attack will soon take place in Syria, as sources in both Syrian intelligence and the Russian military have 
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By Aaron Kesel The drain the swamp Trump administration (made up entirely of Goldman Sachs and warmongers) has unilaterally proven that it is one of...
ZeroHedge| Not only are millennials the most populous generation in the American workforce, but the tremendous amount of credit card and student loan debt they carry has made them the most indebted generation in modern history which is forcing them to put off other major life decisions.
But despite the fact that a surprising number of millennials are fat and broke, many still have an optimistic view on when they expect to retire. Though their generation mostly lacks the generous pensions offered to Baby Boomers and some Gen Xers, A TD Ameritrade survey found that millennials who use the service expect to retire at the surprisingly young age of 56. Thats six years below the current minimum age for receiving social security.
Whats even more surprising, of the 1,500 millennials surveyed for the study, 53% expect to become millionaires at some point in their lives. However, that percentage is unevenly divided between men and women: Of those surveyed who expect to become millionaires, 70% are men, compared with 38% of women.
Roughly 80% of millennials struggle with at least one type of debt. Meanwhile, according to the study, millennials are prioritizing saving unlike previous generations or maybe it just seems that way.
According to the survey, roughly 70% of respondents to the survey des...
Even before the Justice Department inspector general's report on former FBI director James Comey was released on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump initiated the inevitable tweet storm, hoping to use this development as yet another distraction from the Trump-Russia scandal.
My strawberry patch looks awful. What little I planted this year has mostly dried due to way too warm and dry May. However I still have enough big strawberries those damn plants infested the side of the vegetable patch and grow among grass and potatoes like mad. Annoying, truly, on oh so many levels.
Kathy Holwadel is a Strong Towns member sharing today's guest article about the fate of downtown office buildings.
This is the skyline of my hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the 1940s.
Source: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Here it is again more recently, the picture of modern day urban prosperity dotted with the office towers we have all come to associate with high-paying corporate jobs and economic success at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Yes, this is what progress looked like. As the power of big corporations grew, so did their need for vertical dominance in the skylines of American cities. The attractiveness of a municipality was directly proportional to how many towers it built. More towers meant more big corporations and more big corporations meant more good jobs. More good jobs meant more income taxes, which was supposed to translate into a better quality of life for everybody, including poorer folks who get their hands dirty down on street level. It was taxpayer-subsidized trickle-down economics in steel and glass.
And it kind of worked. For a while. But, no matter how strong they look, these towers, like all the towers built throughout history, are not immune to the forces of change.
Take for instance Columbia Plaza at 250 E. Fifth. Its 29 stories and was built in 1984....
It's happening on commercial deer farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Hundreds of captive deer stricken with the dreaded chronic wasting disease (CWD) are being euthanized. As state Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) try to contain the lethal, incurable disease which threatens their all important hunting revenues, cattle farmersnow worry the disease will "jump species." Deer on 11 farms in Wiscon
The families targeted by the Trump administration have sacrificed and risked EVERYTHING for a fighting chance at a better life. Many are fleeing unimaginable circumstances: gang violence, natural disasters, domestic violence. Some have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles. But when they reach the border, they're treated like criminals and animals. Their only crime? Seeking refuge here in the U.S.
The timing of the Russian Ministry of Defense warning of a false flag in Syria is ominously paired with the US restarting to fund the terrorist-linked White Helmets group.
Albert Einsteins travel diaries that he maintained on his
travels in China and Japan and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1922-1923
have just been published and they contain descriptions of what he
saw that are
deeply at odds with the enlightened views we normally associate
with him. He makes statements that can at best are described as
xenophobic and at worst as racist.
Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries see the scientist musing on his travels, science, philosophy and art. In China, the man who famously once described racism as a disease of white people describes the industrious, filthy, obtuse people he observes. He notes how the Chinese dont sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse. After earlier writing of the abundance of offspring and the fecundity of the Chinese, he goes on to say: It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary.
Further passages in the diaries, which are thought to have been written for Einsteins stepdaughters in Berlin while he and his wife were travelling in Asia, Spain and Palestine, and as an aide memoire, see him writing of the Chinese that even those reduced to working like horses never give the impression of conscious suffering. A peculiar herd-like nation [ ] often more like automatons than people. He later adds, in Rosenkranzs words, a healthy dose of extreme misogyny to his xenophobia with the observation: I noticed how little difference there is between men and women; I dont understand what kind of fatal attraction Chinese women possess which enthrals the corresponding men to such an extent that they are incapable of defending themselves against the formidable blessing of offspring.
In Colombo in Ceylon, Einstein writes of how the locals live in great filth and considerable stench at ground level adding that they do little, and need little. The simple economic cycle of life.
Oddly enough, there are people in China who defend his early disparaging views, saying that he was merely describing the state of affairs that existed then. To some extent, the diaries help buttress the Chinese governments assertion that before the Communist revolution in 1949, China was a backward and poverty-stricken country. The description of life in Sri Lanka at that time has also been defended as simply reflecting the reality.
I dont get it. I know, I know, Im just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. Buthuh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. Butbut.
Who did the doing, and who got done?
What really happened, as best I can tell: For years Americas relation with North Korea was its usual one of military intimidation: Submit, or we will forever keep you in poverty if we dont actually bomb you into rubble, a point kept in North Korean consciousness by annual military exercises aimed at Pyongyang. OK. Business as usual. The Empire barks.
Then this kid Kim decides to build his own deliverable nukes, tell Washington to bugger off, and starts launches. Worse, or better depending on your viewpoint, he rants about turning the US into lava. Washington suddenly pays attention to the North as it never had before.
The part about the lava was, sez me, gifted diplomacy. Kim, no fool, couldnt have actually envisioned attacking the US nuclear-wise. Ah, but: Gordon Liddy once said that if your behavior is unpredictable, and your response to provocation wildly out of proportion to the offense, no one will screw with you. Works.
Then this guy Moon gets elected Prez of the South on a platform of reconciliation and cuddling with the North. Kim thought this was peaches and the two of them started working on it.
The United States had nothing to do with this.
As part of hugs and kisses, the Koreas decided to field joint athletic teams in the Winter Olympics in the South. Gee willikers, Batman! What a concept! The world was, reasonably enough, charmed.
Trump had nothing to do with this either. In fact he was strongly against it. Recall that he told Vice Cipher Mike Pence that, when the joint team entered the stadium, to refuse to stand. Mike Kaeperpence obediently engaged in this adolescent prank. Trump was not in favor of peace, love, andworseunification.
Then Kim, as always a very smart cookie if an accomplished monster, invited Trump to sit down and talk. Kim did this, not Trump. Who was running the love-in?
So we then saw the s...
I cant remember exactly how long ago it was, only that it feels like it was in 2016, when I promised a blog post about ableism and words like stupid. Of course, that never materialized, but I kept posting here about how it would be soon.
In one blog post I put up a tiny bit more recently (back in August of 2017), I talked about how I actually had a private deadline. No one will believe it, but that deadline is actually approaching. Its Monday.
Yeah, I did honestly give myself that long.
It was actually originally sooner. Back in August, I wanted to have it up at the end of December. Agent Orange had slowed me down, and actually made blogging unbearable for a bit. But I was still determined to get the ableism post up by the end of December. But then my Grandpa died. I wanted a few months to come to terms with that. And then Teavana closed and I couldnt find another job. So this coming Monday was it (I know 3rd Monday in June is very random and it was deliberately random).
And guess what?
That ableism post I promised looks like its going to be three posts and part 1 is finished! Im hoping to get my brother to proofread it, but itll be going up by or before this coming Monday, followed closely by parts 2 and 3 (during the next week). Im going to be holding off on the commenting policy for now, considering how little traffic this blog gets at the moment. However, it will be written and ready to go as soon as I need it.
As for the post about the US police and white supremacy that ones on the back-burner for now. I have a lot of the research collected already, and a basic outline for it, but I have to focus on getting a job and finding a place to live. Then, when my life is a bit more settled, Ill start working on that post.
The ableism post Ive been working on for a long time, and now that part 1 is finished and part 2 is coming along nicely (with part 3 already outlined out), Im excited to finally get the whole thing posted.
And finally what about Astronomy Picture of the Week and Great Guitar Solos?
Ill be scheduling a few APotW posts this weekend. But my well for Great Guitar Solos has run completely dry (in no small part due to the fact that I almost only listen to podcasts instead of music, now). Hopefully some of yall have suggestions. Make sure I havent covered it already. If I havent, feel free to recommend it. Ive been wanting to turn GGS into a reader-submitted series for a while, but almost no one contributes, so
You know let me know!
As for the job No, I dont...
Intense body camera video shows a police officer chase down a man, shoot him in the back as he fled and an angry crowd attempt to overtake him as a result.
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(CD) As Canadas controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway. Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, Were going to have some very unpleasant circumstances, the Edmonton Journal reported. There are some people that 
Weve been wheat-pasting around town this month leading up the day of solidarity with long term anarchist prisoners.
The next night we reached out to Days N Daze a touring folk-punk band and distroed their show. Passed out envelopes, stamps and June 11th prisoner statements to interested folks who had never written a prisoner and were excited to start! Finding affinity beyond radical identity & finding love for prisoners in the crowd.
To Eric King, Marius Mason and all those behind bars, solidarity and love from the he(a)rtland.
Elania Plott, staff writer at The Atlantic, reports on Majority Whip Steve Scalise after attending his first baseball practice since the shooting exactly one year ago.
On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham and Plott discuss Scalises miraculous recovery and the tension surrounding the race for the next Speaker of the House.
People started seeing the Steve Scalise thats always been there, Plott said. The thing about House Republicans is for the most part they dont have high profilessuddenly hes this national icon of resilience in such a fractured American political moment.
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People incarcerated in the United States, suffering some of the worst abuses in the world, are calling for a nationwide prison strike on August 21st. We at the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement stand with these brave individuals and support their demands for better conditions and revolutionary action, as they risk their lives and health, not only for themselves but for the millions incarcerated nationwide.
The impetus for this call arose from the shameful loss of life recently at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. The problem, prison organizers argue, stems from greed and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nations penal ideology. From racist policing practices, harassment of families, and routine methods of torture, we have a system that is one of the most barbaric in the world. While reforms are desirable, we all are aware that total abolition of this system is what is necessary.
Since the civil war, the US government has been committed to ensuring the system of slavery continued. Black people were to remain policed, surveilled, controlled, and held captive. The struggle for black liberation reached unparalleled heights with the Black Panthers, and the states response was to make the largest prison population in the world, criminalize the black populace, and destroy the fragile social programs that existed. Slavery in the US was never primarily about free labor, but about controlling, owning and ultimately denying black humanity. The plantations of the past, like Angola plantation in Louisiana, transformed into Louisiana State Penitentiary. The same modes of control on the plantation exist in the prison. The prison system then, like the slave system of the past, is not a social phenomenon to debate, but to totally destroy.
The risks people inside are taking to regain their humanity and dignity stand as a model for all abolitionists and revolutionaries. Our actions outside must amplify their voices and match their commitment.
We call on all abolitionists and revolutionaries in this country, and those abroad, to stand with the prison strikers resistance. This is the struggle of our day. From inside the walls to the streets we will abolish slavery, the prisons, and all the institutions that make such a barbaric world possible.
Self-exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenkos false flag assassination in Kiev is one of the most scandalous media stunts in recent memory. Most people are already aware of his dramatic stunt in appearing at a live press conference about his reported killing and then admitting that the whole thing was staged in order to capture what he claimed 
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My ten-year-old daughter and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review J. Warner Wallaces childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids. Links to all posts in the series are collected at the end of this introductory post.
This was originally meant to be the second post about Chapter Five. Then, as part of the segue into the main bit, I went back to talk about the end of Chapter Four and started writing some explanatory bits about why there was a problem with Jeffries last statement there. Several paragraphs later, I looked at this and thought Actually, I seem to have just written a post. So here is that post. Following this, I will get back to Chapter Five.
Chapter Four ended with Jason asking this excellent question:
and Jeffries assuring him that he would help him answer that question in the next session.
Which is interesting, because one thing we do know for sure is that the story of Jesus was changed over time.
For one thing, Bible scholars have ascertained that the four gospels were written at different points in the first century, running from Mark as the earliest to John as the latest which gives us a chance to compare how the stories change over time. Of course, its important to remember that we can expect some differences between them regardless; when four different people with four different perspectives each write their account of a particular set of events, youre going to end up with four different accounts, due to peoples different memories and different opinions on whats important enough to put in. It is, however, noticeable how much more remarkable the miracles seem to get in the later gospels compared to the gospel of Mark. For example, the gospel of Matthew tells us about dead people coming out of their graves and speaking to other people at the time of Jesuss death; the gospel of John tells us that Jesus restored a man whod been dead for four days to life. Even allowing for differing perspectives, its very odd that the other gospel writers wouldnt have wanted to include stories as amazing as those unless, of course, those stories were added as part of a natural process of embroidery and exaggeration as the account...
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In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast,we again speak with long term journalist Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files. In this discussion we again cover lots of ground, but largely discuss US foreign policy under Trump. As Martin points out, while Trump ran as an isolationist and stated that he wanted to keep the US out of interventionist wars, in fact, air strikes has actually doubled and US intervention and manipulation in various countries only continues.
As Axios wrote:
Since President Trump took office, the U.S. has carried out more airstrikes in more places, expanded its use of drones and been increasingly willing to risk civilian casualties.
Towards this end, Martin discusses her recent work in Columbia, Venezuela, and Palestine, and talks about the struggle to not only bring this news to the US, but also staying safe while covering it. Throughout our conversation, she tells stories of running from right-wing hit squads on the streets of Venezuela, to hearing the frustrations of Palestinian journalists who ask if people in the US simply do not care when Israeli soldiers shoot them dead.
We also discuss some of Martins recent work that touches on domestic issues, including the various corporations that are making a killing off of the opioid crisis, and the Christian fundamentalist backed attacks on transgendered people.
(ZHE Op-ed) It seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has Paul Manafort right where he wants him behind bars. The judge overseeing the case against the former Trump campaign executive has ruled that the witness tampering charges levied against Manafort a week ago are serious enough to justify canceling his house arrest terms. Manafort will 
Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center said Friday it has reopened its storied heart transplant program, two weeks after suspending it to conduct an internal review of two recent deaths.
In a written statement, the hospital said its review did not identify systemic issues related to the quality of the program but that it had nonetheless reorganized its transplant surgery team, refined the criteria for which patients it would accept for heart transplants, and made other improvements to strengthen the program.
Among the changes: The hospitals top lung transplant surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Loor, will now perform or participate in every heart transplant going forward, working alongside the heart programs surgical director, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan.
Loor, a 42-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon who was recruited to St. Lukes last year based on his experience with lung surgery, has performed what the hospital described as more than 20 heart transplants in his career. The heart program is also recruiting two additional cardiac surgeons.
After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us, Doug Lawson, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, which owns St. Lukes, said in the statement. Our unwavering focus is always to ensure our patients receive the best possible medical care, and in ways that reflect our core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence.
The decision to temporarily halt the program came after an investigation by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle found that it had performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and had lost several top physicians in recent years.
Fridays decision means that the program will once again be in a position to accept hearts donated for the 88 patients on its waiting list. As of Thursday, a half dozen were listed as Status 1A, meaning they were in urgent need of a new organ and could receive an offer any day. Twenty-five of the patients on the list are currently inactive, meaning that they are not eligible to receive donor hearts due to illness or other factors.
Although the program is reopening, St. Lukes is continuing its efforts to fill...
A new strain of deadly bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those infected and could spark a global pandemic has been identified in China.
Scientists around the world believe the new pathogen, dubbed Disease X, could be as lethal as 1918 Spanish flu which killed up to 100million people.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, told The Telegraph that virus H7N9, which is circulating poultry in China, could cause a global outbreak.
He said: [H7N9] is an example of another virus which has proven its ability to transmit from birds to humans.
Its possible that it could be the cause of the next pandemic.
In China, the deadly pathogen has killed 623 of the 1,625 people which have been infected.
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Friend of Strong Towns Pete Saunders grew up in Detroit and blogs at The Corner Side Yard. The following story is republished from his site with permission.
I've written quite a bit about Detroit's recent history, particularly the Motor City of the last ten years: Kwame Kilpatrick and the aftermath of his corrupt administration, the subsequent bankruptcy and emergence from it, the binding of local government, business and nonprofit forces in creating a new template for leadership, and the very real rebound that Detroit is currently experiencing. Detroit is indeed booming, but it's not growth generated by external forces. The city is in the process of regaining favor by losing its stigma.
Downtown Detroit is coming back to life. What does that mean for the rest of the region? (Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)
Detroit's not gaining in population; in fact, it's still losing people, albeit at some of the lowest year-to-year levels seen over the last 60 years or so. The Detroit metro area isn't gaining people either. In 1970 Metro Detroit had 4.5 million people. In 2016 it had 4.3 million. But the metro area is nearing the completion of a major economic transition as it moves from a manufacturing-dominant economy to a more mixed modern economy, and the transition is bearing fruit in gains in metro gross domestic product. Neighborhoods near downtown are showing improvements hardly imagined in my lifetime, as the Detroit Reclamation Project continues to gather momentum.
And that's exactly it: in a city and region that aren't gaining new residents, there's a transfer taking place. Suburban offices that left the city are returning downtown, and former suburban youth are pining for the Midtown/Corktown/Riverfront urban lifestyle. ...
A judge has revoked Paul Manafort's bail and ordered that he be put in jail. Manafort had put up a $10 million bond. After he was found to be violating the terms of his bail by attempting to influence two government witnesses, the judge took away his freedom. This is good news in a number of ways that go beyond Manafort.
Pat Parker is a particularly awesome poet, although its true that we all tend to value most highly those things we cant do ourselves, and whatever talent I have with language, it certainly doesnt include a gift for brevity. So maybe I overvalue Parker because shes able to make a point much more succinctly than I?
Hmm. Lets see:
When i make love to you
with each stroke of my tongue
i love you
i love you
i love you
i love you
and your sounds drift down
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Nope! No overvaluing. Parker is pure awesome. She deserves all the credit.
One ad couldnt have been more obviously political. Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to vote YES on June 5 on a ballot proposition to issue bonds for schools in a district near San Francisco. Yet it showed up in users news feeds without the paid for by disclaimer required for political ads under Facebooks new policy designed to prevent a repeat of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nor does it appear, as it should, in Facebooks new archive of political ads.
The other ad was from The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news outlet, promoting one of its articles about financial aid for college students. Yet Facebooks screening system flagged it as political. For the ad to run, The Hechinger Report would have to undergo the multi-step authorization and authentication process of submitting Social Security numbers and identification that Facebook now requires for anyone running electoral ads or issue ads.
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When The Hechinger Report appealed, Facebook acknowledged that its system should have allowed the ad to run. But Facebook then blocked another ad from The Hechinger Report, about an article headlined, DACA students persevere, enrolling at, remaining in, and graduating from college. This time, Facebook rejected The Hechinger Reports appeal, maintaining that the text or imagery was political.
As these examples suggest, Facebooks new screening policies to deter manipulation of political ads are creating their own problems. The companys human reviewers and software algorithms are catching paid posts from legitimate news organizations that mention issues or candidates, while overlooking straightforwardly political posts from candidates and advocacy groups. Participants in ProPublicas Facebook Political Ad Collector pr...
A 21-year veteran police sergeant from the Seattle police department has been convicted on numerous accounts of rape an incest for unspeakable crimes against his own daughters.
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By Truthstream Media Outside of their obvious geopolitical influence and machinations, the Bilderberg Group is firmly entrenched in the push by global tech elites toward...
Once again, Meghan McCain was the lone voice of reason on The View this week, this time as the ladies were discussing immigration. She is one courageous woman to hold the only point of rationality in a room full of agitated ignorance. To breakout applause, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Whoopi Goldberg were opining on the Trump administrations policy of separating children and families at the border in order to discourage illegal immigration and groundless claims for asylum.
Behar called the policy of separating children from their parents vicious and likened it to Nazi Germany, although it is completely within the bounds of asylum law in this country. When a family requests asylum at a port of entry, they must demonstrate a credible fear of harm if they return to their home country. Many do. But Border Patrol officers say migrants are being coached to use magic words so they will fall within the statute of credible fear.
More and more migrants are using magic words to gain entry. In the past three years, the number of asylum applications from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras increased 234 percent, from 7,723 to 25,801. More individuals sought asylum from the Northern Triangle Countries in 2014, 2015, and 2016 than in the preceding 17 years combined.
Magic words arent the only tip migrants are getting. According to at least one former immigration judge, parents know to bring children with them to the border so they will be released as a family pending their asylum hearing. The number of families apprehended at the southern border increased by 435 percent in May of this year compared to last.
The reason the children are there to begin with is this belief [among immigrants] that a parent with a child will not be detained, says Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Compounding the problem, asylum hearings can be scheduled as far as two years out due to the backlog of applications. This fact gives the released migrant family ample opportunity to disappear into the shadows and forget all about that hearing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said:
Not surprisingly, many of thos...
Four students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are being returned to their tribal families.
By Brandon Turbeville Only months after the U.S. governments spending freeze and review of money allocated to the al-Nusra Front propaganda wing known as the...
By Matt Agorist Las Vegas, NV After being forced to release information on the October 1 massacre, the Las Vegas police departmentin an insultingly...
By B.N. Frank Who cares if there have already been formal recalls on Fitbits based on rashes in adults and other side effects have been...
By Catherine J. Frompovich The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice recently released a June 2018, 568-page report titled A...
(ANTIWAR.COM) The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza 
A retrospective view of the French student revolt in 1968
We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other countries and even more patriotic than are wealthier people in their own country.
One year ago yesterday, a gunman opened fire on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. He had scouted the area for a month, and found congressional Republicans were practicing there for the annual congressional baseball game. He double-checked with two members of Congress about the party affiliation of the men on the field before firing off some 70 rounds. He hit two staffers, two Capitol Hill police officers, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken down by Capitol Hill Police.
Members credit the police, there as part of Scalises leadership security detail, with saving all of their lives. Scalise and others wounded were tended by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor and combat vet with experience in Iraq. His quick action is also credited with keeping the injured alive.
But the road back wasnt easy for those who fell at the hands of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. Scalise was in the hospital for months, sometimes threatened by infection as much as his original injury, and had to relearn to walk. Here are some moments from his triumphant return to make you smile.
1. Thursday night, he walked onto Nationals field and got the first out in the congressional baseball game, scooping a groundball from his knees and throwing to first.
Sweet moment as Rep. Steve Scalise is mobbed by his teammates after snagging a grounder on the first pitch of tonight's congressional baseball game.
ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2018
You can see the progress hes made from the clip of his moving comeback to Congress in September.
2. Before that, he announced his own comeback via Twitter:
Im back in the game. pic.twitter.com/zs9xsiPd8p
Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise)...
(CD) Millionaires and billionaires own nearly half of all the worlds personal wealth, which reached $201.9 trillion last year, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group. The share of global wealth held by millionaires increased to almost 50 percent in 2017, compared with just under 45 percent in 2012, driven mainly by higher-wealth individuals investing 
Ever since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Irans women are
required to wear at least a headscarf when out in public and this
rule apparently applies even to visitors to that country. Now an
Indian woman chess grandmaster has withdrawn from
the Asian chess championship to be held in that country because
she refuses to follow the rule.
Indian chess champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of an Asian tournament in Iran over the countrys compulsory headscarf rule.
The 29-year-old Woman Grandmaster said the rule was a violation of her personal rights.
When asked if the All India Chess Federation (AICF) should have protested against the decision to shift location, she told the Times of India: I cant expect everyone to be of the same opinion as me. Its a subjective issue.
But in her Facebook post, Ms Swaminathan said she was disappointed to see that players rights and welfare are given such less importance while allotting and/or organising official championships.
She wrote that athletes often made adjustments for the sake of sport, but enforceable religious dress should not be one of them, adding that some things simply cannot be compromised.
This is not the first time an Indian athlete has withdrawn from a tournament over the same issue. Heena Sidhu, a top shooter, pulled out from the Asian Airgun meet in Iran in 2016 for the same reason.
American chess player Nazi Paikidze also drew international attention when she refused to attend the Womens World Championship in Iran in 2016. In an Instagram post, she wrote that it was unacceptable to host the tournament in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights.
An international chess tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia last year also prompted controversy when a double world champion said that she would boycott the event. Ukrainian chess player Anna Muzychuk said that she did not want to wear an abaya, the full-length, loose-fitting robes women are required to wear in public in Saudi Arabia.
Irans headscarf rule was always ridiculous. The rule in places like Saudi Arabia where women have to be completely covered up is far more oppressive but has its own perverse logic, to make women pretty much indistinguishable, like penguins. Covering with a headscarf serves no functional purpose at all and Iran is coming under increased pressure to have the rule eliminated, with some Iranian women openly defying it in public, risking rebukes from the ubiquitous...
We need to see a new breed of Democrats step up to energize and motivate their party to reconnect with the American people by regaining their trust. We might say that the "Blue wave" that seems to be gathering momentum is a sign of what is referred to as "Out with the old and in with the new."
Republican leaders derailed an attempt to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, drawing outrage from Democrats.
Life in the United States has become vicious and brutal, too much to take even for this nation founded upon the individualistic principles of rugged libertarian pioneers. Children are pressured to exhibit fake joy and success on social media. Young adults are burdened with gigantic student loans they strongly suspect they will never be able to repay. We don't have to live this way. It's a choice.
Starting tomorrow Ill be on vacation in Maine for two weeks, so posts are likely to be few and far between. The week of June 24, Ill be completely unreachable, so if youre a first-time commenter, your comment wont get approved until around July 1.
Wow, thats really Maines flag. Its not the worst, but its pretty bad.
It is mind-blowing that those types of industries would be even considered with respect to the care of children. Theyre not equipped to be able to do it. Would you want your child to be dropped off in their hands? I know I wouldnt. Immigration Attorney Matthew Kolken in this Daily Beast article.
The author writes, A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula not necessarily because hes said he will, but because they dont want to rely on his word that he wont.
The author writes, The change applies to most jobs in state agencies and in the University of North Carolina system, but does not apply to temporary workers, or public school or community college employees who make less than $15 an hour.
The author writes, Former Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi participated in the protest. Elkabetz said that the residents of Afula dont want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and its their right. This is not racism.
The author writes, It is the latest company to...
Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion--in today's dollars--to $700 billion, including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security expenses. When you include spending on the military and war, veterans' benefits, and homeland security, military-related spending now eats up 67 percent of all federal discretionary spending.
The policy of the U.S. government to separate parents and children caught on the border will be viewed with disgust. Sessions has instituted the family separations as part of his zero tolerance policy of stopping illegal entry, dismantling the system that grants asylum to people seeking a safe refuge. This affects not just new asylum-seekers, but tens of thousands of people here; many will face death if they forced to return.
Cell phone video from a witness shows the moment a Phoenix police officer pulled his gun out and shot a shirtless shoeless man who had one hand already cuffed.
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While finding out who the Fancy Bear hackers are could be/should be the biggest story of 2018, it is going to pale against what is coming because we are going way past it.
(FAIR) Media outlets dont want America to negotiate with North Korea; they want the US to hold North Korea for ransom. On MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show, the host was aghast (6/12/18) that the US says it will halt the annual war games it conducts with South Korea on North Koreas doorstep, because doing so is an absolute jackpot 
Veterans For Peace congratulates the Korean people, who cried out for peace and unity, and we applaud their leaders, who listened and acted courageously. The joint statement from the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un is a hopeful departure from hostile relations between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). Just months ago, the two leaders were threatening nuclear war. The world can breathe much easier today.
(MEMO) A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the Jewish race is the smartest in the world and possessing of the highest human capital, which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports The Time Of Israel. MK Miki Zohar made the comments during 
Ninety-nine percent of this body are good, honest people, said Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, and I think his estimate is not far-fetched. But only 97 percent of the members of the 2013-14 Arkansas Legislature are not going to prison, and that percentage could shrink before all is said and done. Read the rest
The premise of this paper is that there exists a science which can explain the increased seismic and volcanic activity on the planet and how it is a precursor to an impending and catastrophic ice age.
Tesla discovered the-so-called unified theory principle which explains catastrophic volcanic and earthquake activity across our planet in which the central power source is coming from the 19.5 latitude on the planet. The 19.5 latititude is the key grid line on every celestial body. The grid line even runs through our solar system and across the galaxy.
Essentially, the Earth is presently going through a geological upheaval which has uprooted past ancient civilizations on our planet. For example, the past ice age on earth, well over 10,000 years ago, interacted with the pyramids. The British and the Egyptians repaired the Sphinx for water erosion damage at least three different times. The problem in believing that the Egyptians built the pyramids along with the Sphinx, is that climate experts tell us that there has not been enough water in the Nile River Valley to achieve that kind of water erosion that high up on the Sphinx and the pyramids since the last ice age. That kind of leaves the Egyptians out of the equation doesnt it?
This paper is not about who built the pyramids in Egypt. However, understanding how ice ages occur explains why we can conclusively say that the Egyptians merely inhabited and incorporated the pyramids into their culture, but they had no...
The flailing Trump White House, which has set modern-day records for departures and firings, is being forced to host job fairs because it's having so much trouble getting people to work for the administration. Working for Trump has simply become toxic for lots of Republicans.
511 days into the Trump presidency it's clear that Donald is the most destructive US President in recent history. He's divided the nation, alienated our historic allies, and made worse the planet's most pressing problems. Although there are several possible explanations for Trump's disastrous behavior, it's likely that he is acting on behalf of Russia.
by Jon Rappoport
June 15, 2018
In my collection, The Matrix Revealed, I include interviews with retired propaganda master, Ellis Medavoy, and another set of interviews with brilliant hypnotherapist Jack True.
The total of these 71 text interviews is 610 pages.
Jack and Ellis provide startling insights into how space and time are manipulated in the Matrix, in order to produce mind-control effects that go deeper than deep.
At the same time, understanding how time and space are engineered leads to breakthroughs and revelations about how the individual can liberate himself from this labyrinth.
In that sense, The Matrix Revealed is really about consciousness and its operationsin a shacked and limited condition, and freed from limitations.
Everything Ive written as a reporter for the past 34 years feeds into this exploration and discovery.
Eventually, all roads lead to mind control and mind freedom.
As a reporter, Ive always kept my eye on the goal: liberation of individual power.
Space and time are elastic. The illusion that they must be accepted as they appear to be creates a self-defeating structure. That structure can be cracked and nullified.
June 2018. It was the best of timesit was the worst of times It was the time Xi Jinping orchestrated a grand spectacle of Eurasian power at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao, China as the Western powers presided over an omnishambles of acrimony and dysfunction at the G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada. And 
Shocking government data shows that of the missing children reported to be sex trafficked in 2017, 88% of them had come from the American foster care system.
By Matt Agorist via TheFreeThoughtProject
America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States. Whats more, according to the governments own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the countrys own foster care system.
Children are being needlessly ripped from homes at such an alarming rate that hundreds of parents in one state have gone so far as to create a counter-kidnapping organization to stop it.
As TFTP reported last week, a parents rights organization filed a letter in federal court last Tuesday asking a federal judge strike down Minnesotas current child protection laws for being too expansive and removing children from loving and safe homes without due process.
Families are being abused, and in some cases, destroyed, as a result of laws that are inappropriate, said Dwight Mitchell, the lead plaintiff in the case and founder of the parents association. This is...
Environmentalists, take notice! Theres a new, hassle-free way to scrub pollution from the air, and it involves making a fashion statement. Thanks to the Italian company Kloters, you can now wear a T-shirt that purifies our atmosphere through a specially-designed insert which captures then disintegrates pollutants and odors.
As Inhabitat reports, the RepAir shirt was designed to be comfortable and eco-friendly. Said Loters co-founders, Federico Suria, Marco Lo Greco and Silvio Perucca, in a press release:
RepAir is born from the desire to go beyond the traditional concept of sustainable fashion. [We] want to make fashion a vehicle to raise awareness and to think of new solutions to the pollution problem through nice, comfortable and, most of all, virtuous clothing.
To raise funds for the new project, Kloter has started a Kickstarter campaign. On the website, the unique anti-pollutant features are described. The Breath, a patented absorbent fabric, is capable of absorbing pollutants that can contribute to health problems, including respiratory illness or cancer. Said De Greco: Our dream has become a reality....
Highly suspicious body camera video from the Vegas shooting has just been released showing a strike team being instructed to turn their body cameras off.
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Before I go into this article I want to make it clear that this article is neither pro or anti vaccine. There is a wealth of information and misinformation on both sides of the debate and it seems very common that people make up their minds and disregard any evidence that contradicts the world view held. The truth is vaccinations have caused side effects and in some cases death, but scientists also claim smallpox and polio have been eradicated by immunisation. There are good arguments for and against them, but as I said this is neither pro or anti vaccine.
On one side of the debate there is science, which is an incomplete worldview as it only takes into account the known world. It is the philosophy of materialism and disregards all that cannot be quantified On the other we have many different groups from conspiracy theorists, to anti science groups and also legitimate doctors. Much of the time, people within both sides of these groups can be misinformed, learnt information from questionable sources or be stuck in a worldview that does not respect opinions outside of that view.
When you see the debate unfold in the media it is often done in a very black and white way, such as vaccines cause autism vs vaccines do not cause autism or immunising your child is responsible vs immunising your child is dangerous. It s...
The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a Border Patrol vehicle.
President Trump broke his silence on the damning report from the Department of Justices watchdog, saying the document vindicates his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, who he called the worst director in the bureaus history.
The presidents comments, delivered on Twitter, came a day after the release of the report, which was the result of an 18-month-long investigation by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back! Trump tweeted Friday morning.
The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
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For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the cosmic monster.
The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundations Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299, nearly 150 million light-years from Earth. At the core of one of the galaxies, a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun shredded a star more than twice the Suns mass, setting off a chain of events that revealed important details of the violent encounter.
Only a small number of such stellar deaths, called tidal disruption events, or TDEs, have been detected, although scientists have hypothesized that they may be a more common occurrence. Theorists suggested that material pulled from the doomed star forms a rotating disk around the black hole, emitting intense X-rays and visible light, and also launches jets of material outward from the poles of the disk at nearly the speed of light.
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Chicago (AFP) Elon Musks The Boring Company has been tapped to build a high-speed underground transportation system for Chicago the first US city to bank on the entrepreneurs futuristic concept for mass transit.
The project, to be officially announced Thursday, would employ tunnels and autonomous electric vehicles called skates to zip passengers between the Midwestern citys downtown core and its busy airport.
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On Thursday, the Justice Departments inspector general released a long-anticipated report on the FBIs handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clintons use of a private server that handled classified information. Here are some quick takeaways from the report.
The best way to understand an inspector general (IG) report is less as a fiercely independent investigation that seeks justice and more like what youd expect from a companys human resources department. Employees frequently think that a companys human resources department exists to serve employees. Theres some truth in that, but its more true that the human resources department exists to serve the corporation.
At the end of the day, the HR department wants whats best for the company. The FBIs IG Michael Horowitz has a good reputation for good reason. But his report is in support of the FBI and its policies and procedures. As such, the findings will be focused on helping the FBI improve its adherence to those policies and procedures. Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.
The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring. In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabes firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as lack of candor. In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed. Thats particularly true in the executive summary, which attempts to downplay the actual details that fill the report with evidence of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior.
Such as this one! On page 420, the IG says that the conduct of five FBI employees who were caught talking about their extreme political bias in the context of their duties has brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBIs handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI. The Midyear investigation was the code for the Clinton probe. Or note this blistering passage:
[W]hen one senior FBI official, [Peter] Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, [Lisa] Page, that well stop candidate Trump from being electedafter other extensive text messages between the two disparaging candidate Trumpit is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more serio...
During the Cold War the United States fought to defend its political system against the threat of Communism. But times have changed. Does the US now have to defend its republic and its democracy against the threat of a new Gilded Age of oligarchs and the dangerous consequences of deep income inequality?
Vanderbilt law professor and former Senate staffer Ganesh Sitaraman argues that, in a political system like that of the US, which was designed to be class-blind, widening the economic divide can actually bring down the system. He tells WhoWhatWhys Jeff Schechtman in this weeks podcast that political democracy cannot survive amid economic inequality.
Sitaraman explains how the founding generation thought about the role of the middle class in keeping democracy healthy. He says the constitutional system devised by the founders, while devoid of overt checks and balances on class, had enough flexibility to help counter inequality until the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. The excesses of the Gilded Age gave rise to the Progressive Era as a corrective.
He further argues that the period after the Great Depression of the 1930s led to additional government actions and programs that helped to temper further economic disparity, and as a result reflected the true benefits of workers, government, and business acting collectively. He contrasts all of this to whats going on today, and argues that economics, more than anything else, explains the USs current political dysfunction.
Ganesh Sitaraman is the author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic (Knopf, March 14, 2017).
In late October of 2016 James Comey knew Donald Trumps candidacy was as dead as a doornail. That must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come from the story I am going to relate. Time soothes the edges of old emotions. We forget the shock of that election night. Almost two years now of articles and TV takes, even books, make Trumps election seem understandable, even sometimes inevitable.
But thats not how it was then. When FBI director Comey and the FBI dropped their late October Anthony Weiner surprise, they did so fully confident that Hillary Clinton would win. What we now know for certain from the Department of Justice inspector general report that came out Thursday is that the FBI chose to disclose the Weiner email fiasco to protect a Clinton presidency, a foregone conclusion, from potential claims from Trump that the FBI had rigged the election.
Comey gave us a taste of this back in April when George Stephanopoulos asked if he was assuming Clinton would win. He said: I dont remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been. I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. Im sure that it was a factor. I dont remember spelling it out, but it had to have been. That shes going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, shell be illegitimate the moment shes elected, the moment this comes out.
Whatever acid trip Comey was on that makes him feel only now that somehow this reality must have unconsciously affected his decision-making, the IG report presents much more self-aware choices. Take this testimony from Comey himself. The norm he talks about is not revealing information that can affect an election in the days leading up to it:
And so I said okay, those are the doors. One says speak, the other says conceal. Lets see whats behind the speak door. Its really bad. Were 11 days from a presidential election. Given the norm Ive long operated under, thats really bad. Open the second one. Catastrophic. And again this is something reasonable people can disagree about, but my view was to conceal at that point given all I had said would be catastrophic. Not just to the Bureau, but beyond the Bureau
What does beyond the bureau mean? Well, the IG report gives us a good idea what beyond means here. It means consequences to a Hillary Clinton presidency. This just becomes clearer and clearer as you read the report. This wasnt just Emo Twitter Comey having a lot of threads in his old Duder head, it was a calculated approach by the FBI to protect Clintons presidency from claims that the FBI rigged her election. That was the big fear at the time: When Cli...
The Masterpiece Cakeshop case the Supreme Court recently decided centered on the Christian faith of Jack Phillips, the bakerys owner. From a different angle, however, the case was more fundamentally about a different religious faith, one many of Americas elites follow.
That religion, secular progressivism, so dominates the most powerful institutions in American life that it may rightly be considered our de facto established religion. Thus, the hidden question at issue in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is the extent to which our governments will be forced to tolerate competitors to our national progressivist religion.
Religion is not an easy concept to define. A religion may posit one god or many, or spirits but no gods, or perhaps even that the spirits and gods have only illusory existence. What unites these diverse belief systems under the umbrella of religion? All seek to understand humankind, the meaning and purpose of life and whether life may continue after death, the world around us, and the supernatural realm (including the existence and nature of God or the gods). Also, all seek to do so in a coherent or integrated way.
Most Americans today view secularistic and atheistic belief systems as not being religious, but that categorization results more from the history of rhetoric than from a systematic analysis of ideas. In the late Middle Ages, those few Europeans who denied Christianity were viewed as denying religion. In the French Revolution, the secularistic revolutionaries were only too happy to agree with this assessment, since religioni.e., Christianitywas blamed in part for the excesses of the ruling class. But this denial of the religious nature of secular beliefs does not hold up to scrutiny.
Marxism provides a clear illustration. This belief system tries to make sense of humankind in terms that uncannily parallel Christianity. It tells of original innocence (primitive communism); of the fall into sin (private property); of the human condition since the fall (class struggle); of the conquest over sin (the proletarian revolution); and of the paradise to come (pure Communism). Marxism also tells us about the meaning of life, claiming that our purpose is merely to produce the means of satisfying our needs, and that society can be perfected in this purpose when we finally jettison property and class and achieve Communism.
This is humanitys earthly salvation, and there is no life after death. Not even the world around us and the supernatural realm escape Marxisms all-encompassing scope. Dialectical materialism explains them both: only the material or natural world exists, and it operates according to a process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis. There is no God.
Finally, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels saw...
If you were raised in the last thirty years, youve heard commencement speakers and self-help gurus tell you to follow your passion and disregard anyone stodgy parents, uptight teachers, left-brained peers who would tell you otherwise.
If you are passionate about it, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks, advises one husband and wife motivational team. Thats how dreams are achieved.
Build your own dreams, says American businessman and motivational speaker Farrah Gray, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
To succeed, Steve Jobs said, you should do what you love.
Uh, no. This all sounds wise, but its a better fit for speeches than it is for either a competitive job market or for the pursuit of happiness. Call it the follow-your-passion myth.
Taken as career advice, follow your passion implies one of three things:
The first assumption is dumb. The second is dumber. And the third is evil.
Sure, its a free country. If your idea of the good life involves writing blog posts about the extraterrestrials that control the UN, go for it. Just dont expect anyone to pay you, unless theres a market for this waiting to be filled.
The follow-your-passion myth also assumes that our passions are fixed that we just find ourselves with them, perhaps inscribed in our genes or etched on our brains. In the real world, our interests wax and wane with our experiences and choices. They rarely provide the grist that sustains a career over the long haul.
When I was a kid, I had many passions that I thought would lead to great riches. For a while I wanted to be a heart surgeon, then an inventor, and later a rock musician (the latter one still lingers). I watched a TV show on heart surgery, read some books about the human heart, and bingo! I had a passion for cardiology. Later on, I got a subscription to National Geographic World. The magazines came with poster inserts of oceans, whales, sharks, and dolphins. I hung them on my wall and soon imagined life as an oceanographer. The problem was, I lived thirteen hours from the nearest ocean and thought the career would allow me to live in pods on the sea floor, swim with dolphins, and discover long-lost treasures.
These passions werent wholly frivolous. Music was a major part of my life for years, but I always doubted it was a viable career path. Perhaps I could have been a heart surgeon or oceanographer, but only if I had gotten good e...
To the outsider, New York City is world-famous for attractions like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Museum of Modern Art. But to a family of locals, perhaps no landmark impacts public discourse more than the citys illustrious program for gifted and talented students known as the Specialized High Schools.
These are a group of eight highly selective, publicly funded high schools that offer meritorious students in NYC the opportunity to receive an advanced education. To many denizens of NYC, these schools, which include the famous Stuyvesant and Bronx Science High Schools, represent the hopes and dreams of parents desiring that their children have a better life. Just last week, Democratic Mayor Bill De Blasio released a plan to fundamentally upend the way these schools operate, especially as they relate to its most frequented minority group: Asian-Americans.
De Blasios plan would eliminate NYCs Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and replace it with a requirement that the top seven percent of every middle school in NYC be admitted to a Specialized High School thus exchanging a fundamentally standardized, meritocratic applications process for one predicated on demographics. This approach would heavily favor minorities in low-performing schools (which trend black and Hispanic) over those in high performing schools (which trend Asian). His plan would also reserve 20 percent of seats for schools in high-poverty areas.
The proposal came about as a reaction to what De Blasio perceived as a racial bias to the SHSAT, although this time the racial bias doesnt have to do with white people, but that of another minority.
As of 2018, Asian-Americans make up approximately 52 percent of the composition of these Specialized High Schools. Asian-Americans tend to be more educationally competitive at the high school level than even whites the average score of an Asian-American on the SAT is about 63 total points higher than the average score of a white American, and about 240 total points higher than the average score of a black American.
Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not mean that Asian-Americans are robots weaned at birth to take tests. Yet, these stereotypes often fuel the great hurdles that Asian-Americans must overcome in getting the equal treatment they deserve, especially in the realm of public education. Specialized Schools Chancellor Richard Garranza, who championed de Blasios proposal, inflamed these frustrations when...
Free speech is fundamental to the modern university. But polls of college students and campus protests meant to silence dissenting views at Claremont McKenna, Middlebury, Berkeley, and other schools across the country show that many of todays undergraduates think free speech isnt all its cracked up to be. It may even make them feel unsafe.
Princeton Professor Keith Whittingtons new book, Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, is a welcome antidote to the worst of campus politics and a reaffirmation of what makes universities great. It details the purpose of the modern university, why free speech is fundamental to that purpose, and what we stand to lose if we allow the campus mob to have its way. This year, every entering freshman at Princeton is required to read it, and other universities would do well to assign the same to their students.
According to Whittington, the purpose of the modern university is, at its best, the task of gathering, preserving, and advancing human knowledge not for the sake of achieving some other goal, but for its own sake. What comes after, from cures to diseases, to new products, to informed citizens capable of meeting the demands of a democratic society, are all vital. But they are still secondary to that core purpose, which makes everything else possible.
Why is freedom of speech important? It is more than a pleasant (or unpleasant) add-on. It is constitutive of a modern university because the principles of free speech are tools critical for sustaining the project of intellectual inquiry that expands our knowledge and conveys that knowledge to others, observes Whittington.
To warn against the dangers of those who would silence speech by force, Whittington uses Thomas Jeffersons experience in the early republic as a member of the opposition, and in particular the example of the Sedition Act. The Sedition Act made it a federal crime to publish or say anything false, scandalous, or malicious that might bring the federal government or federal government officials into contempt or disrepute or excited against them the hatred of the good people of the United States.
The Federalists used their powers under the Sedition Act with abandon, jailing Jeffersonian writers and publishers who opposed their policies. In their quest to punish purveyors of fake news, these officials chilled even truthful speech, demonstrating that the only safe way to protect the powerless was to bar anyone from punishing speech.
Likewise, shutting down free speech on a university campus will not necessarily prevent the spread of bad ideas, but instead will likely only allow the ideas of the powerful and the established to get a hearing.
Last summer, I wrote about how President Trump had created the worst of all possible outcomes regarding one Obamacare program. In threatening to cancel cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, but not actually doing so, the administration forced insurers into raising premiums, while not complying with the rule of law by cutting off the payments outright.
Eventually, the administration finally did cut off the payments in October, but for several months, the uncertainty represented a self-inflicted wound. So too a brief filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) late last week regarding an Obamacare lawsuit several states brought in February, which asked the court to strike down both Obamacares individual mandate and the most important of its federally imposed insurance regulations.
DOJs action represented the right policy outcome, but in the wrong venuebecause Congress and not the courts have proper jurisdiction to strike down the structure of the law. In the days since, the DOJ filing has drawn criticism from conservatives worried that it undermines the rule of law, from liberals who want to preserve Obamacares consumer protections, and from Republican lawmakers desperate to avoid the issue becoming a political football in November. (Too late.)
It takes a very unique set of circumstances to arrive at this level of opposition. Herewith the policy, legal, and political implications of DOJs actions.
Strictly as a policy matter, I agree with the general tenor of the Justice Departments proposals. Last April, I analyzed Obamacares four major federally imposed insurance regulations:
The Trump administration unveiled a new anti-opioid education campaign last week, aimed at showcasing how easy it is to become addicted. These efforts to get the addiction crisis under control are noble. The campaign features gut-wrenching videos of young Americans willing to physically harm themselves to get new prescriptions. The portrayal of addiction is convincing.
These kinds of prevention campaigns are important for targeting potential addicts, but dont do as much for the people already languishing in the midst of their problems. Some of those already addicted folks are now relying on Naxolone, a drug that can revive someone from the brink of death by opioids, and purchases are skyrocketing. The popularity of Naxolone is a testament to how bad things have gotten in Americas great cultural battle against prescription drugs, with record overdose deaths.
To make a dent in those death tolls, we need a full-scale effort that includes government policy, community reform, religious outreach, and prioritizing personal relationships. Thats because this isnt just about physical addiction, but moral and spiritual decay rooted in the soul. Last year The Washington Post published a series of stories about families dealing with addiction issues. Overwhelmingly, it showed that individuals werent simply random casualties of failed government but also were self-destructive, hopeless, and lonely.
This spiritual and personal side is one place we, as a society, must focus on more closely if we intend to make real progress for todays affected communities and individuals.
My husband, who was raised by a drug-addict single mother, began to fall into the same trap of mental despair experienced by so many who succumb to the numbness of drugs. He spent years battling depression and occasionally using alcohol or drugs to numb the pain. What succeeded in pulling him out of the oppression in his life was not a government program, but people who loved him, community support, and finding faith in God. Perhaps a powerful video could have opened his eyes to potential risks, but nothing could make more of a difference than those very real personal and spiritual connections that changed his heart.
The Trump admin...
This weekend, The Incredibles 2 hits theaters, 14 years after the original. In an age of franchises, reboots, and endless recycling of profitable stories, such a long period between movies indicates this was a special story. Indeed, among Disney/Pixar stories, its unique. Its a story written by adults for adultsabout men and women, husbands and wives, parents and children. This is about American freedom. Dont let animation fool you, this is not Frozenits Watchmen.
Before you go see the new movie, lets talk about the original, or how we got here. The Incredibles was a story about post-war America and how we went from heroism to a depressive view of life. We first see the exuberance of freedomcrime-fighting heroes (and the villains, too) who amaze and protect people. This is how we felt about the men who came back from World War II. This is how we felt about Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier and later the Mercury Seven flying into orbit.
Then normal life kicks in and heroes freedom becomes a problem. For a while, we see policemen expecting more and more of the heroes and we begin to suspect that freedom in this sense means simply irresponsibility. Somebody else will deal with our problems for us.
But then things get worse. A crazy guy sues Mr. Incredible for saving him when he leapt to his death! Does freedom include the freedom to commit suicide? Do we not think life is good and try to avoid death? How can heroes orient themselves if freedom makes society morally incoherent?
Freedom certainly includes the freedom to sue, and we are an amazingly litigious society. Freedom means each and every one of us has certain expectations and, when they are not fulfilled, we look for someone to blame. Being a hero becomes being a scapegoat. Remember The Buck Stops Here? We pass the buckbut eventually someones stuck with it.
At this point in the movie, the heroes become fully private men and women, no longer able to act publicly on our behalf, because all we want is someone to blame. So this is more than a childrens movie. We have met the enemy, and it is us. This is one way freedom can become crazy: when it transforms from a national effort to a personal quality.
The movie shows us this craziness in two other ways, too. First, our growing sense of entitlement means we abandon ourselves to massive bureaucracies. Indeed, mid-century America was all about Big. Big Government was incredibly popular, on the way to massive majorities voting enthusiastically for the Great Society, which turned out to be far from great.
Big Labor was popular, too, and that ended up with the economic crisis of the 1970s. Corporations had to be as Big (remember The Big Three), hiring tens or hundreds of thousands of people. Mana...
This week is the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, when the video game industry gets together to show off all their latest and greatest fare. This year Microsoft gave a sneak peek at the next Halo game, Sony gave an in-depth look at Spider-Man, Bethesda let us wander the wasteland of West Virginia, and much, much more. Here are the best game trailers from E3.
Microsoft kicked off its E3 presser with a bang like only Master Chief can. The next big adventure in the Xboxs signature series returns with an all new graphical engine, called Slipspace. We dont know much else, except that Master Chief will be more front and center than he was last time around.
The original Halo was ground-breaking, and one of those games I remember all too well (so does my college GPA), but recent versions of the series have really dipped in quality. It looks like Microsoft may be looking to recapture some of the original magic with Infinite.
Sony kicked off their E3 press event with a reveal of the Last of Us Part II gameplay trailer. Its beautiful, brutal, and amazingly polished, as we have come to expect from the folks at Naughty Dog Studios. It features a kiss that has everyone talking, and violence that looks gut-wrenchingly real.
In an interview with Kotaku, Neil Druckmann, creative director on the The Last of Us Part II, addressed some of the criticism of the games violence: For the player to feel repulsed by some of the violence they are committing themselves. It felt like that is the most honest way to tell this story.
Bethesdas most in-depth reveal at E3 was a full unveiling of Fallout 76. Its an online softcore survival RPG, where youll be matched on servers with just a few dozen other players in the wilds of West Virginia and tasked with resettling the wasteland. This is a big departure from the series, w...
On paper, I am the anti-Kate Spade customer. I dont wear bright colors or prints, and avoid trends. I never bought a pashmina, for example, despite the logic and comfort of wrapping ones self in a large, soft piece of fabric during an over-airconditioned meeting or meal.
Yet I own an embarrassingly large number of Kate Spades. Crossbodies, convertible bags, wallets. Rectangular purses with double zippers and long straps. Backpacks, laptop carriers, and travel bags.
A purse is like a supportive best friend. It keeps your secrets (half eaten dark chocolate Kind bar, four-month-old crumpled ATM receipt) and never judges. Like an upbeat BFF, a cute bag brightens you up. To buy a purse is to indulge in the ultimate feel-good purchase. Unlike clothes, they have no size. They offer no reminder of the weight you have gained or feel the need to lose.
Plus, purchasing a purse or tote doesnt require entering a small, overheated or drafty dressing room. The critical mirror need not enter the equation.
It is a sport unto itself, this search for the perfect bag. My Endless Bag Hunt or EBH, as my husband calls it provides an opportunity for me to reinvent myself, with far less consequences than chopping off my hair or dying it platinum blond.
At the same time, the idea of carrying something across my body with someone elses name on it is anathema. I wont even consider looking at a line of clothing or shoes with a celebrity moniker. The accessories line with which I most identify is Italian leather crafter Bottega Venetta. Their slogan: When Your Own Initials are Enough.
But the bags I buy say Kate Spade. In fact, every Kate Spade bag says Kate Spade. The company website description reads, crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are our hallmarks. Its tagline is Live colorfully.
Yet the wallpaper in my life is film noir. As such, all but one of my Kate Spade bags are black. They complement my all-black wardrobe and enable me to further my style theory, which is that clothing and accessories should be secondary. I prefer to let my wild curly hair (that Ive struggled to love), jewelry, and personality stand out.
Only a designer with a strong sensibility can please women in both camps: those who like bold, colorful bags with occasional flowers or flamingoes, and the more shape-oriented like me, who prefer simple, elegant black bags with a single pocket or zipper.
If diamonds are a girls best friend, bags are her constant companion. It is heartbreaking that we, her loyal customers, were unable to be that friend or companion for Kate Spade.
In a segment on ABCs The View on Wednesday, Meghan McCain said that part of what makes a nation is its ability to secure its own border.
After stating that shes been a longtime supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and that she believes in the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that welcomes immigrants seeking a better life, McCain said thats not in conflict with border security.
I also believe that we are a nation of borders and laws, she said. A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation, according to Ronald Reagan.
She also criticized the way the Trump administration is handling the situation along the border, but added that what hes doing shouldnt surprise anyone.
What President Trump ran on is what he is enforcing, she added. I think that when Jeff Sessions says this, you cant be surprised that when you have the most hard-line immigration candidate of my lifetime who runs on hard-line immigration and the economy and ends up winning that this is what happens. Its why voting is so important. And I think sometimes when were in a beautiful studio in Manhattan that its easy to forget whats going on on the border.
In response, her co-hosts said that the Trump administrations decision to enforce immigration laws on the books is new and different.
The law has always been, asylum seekers would be welcome, Whoopi Goldberg said. And to just blatantly say Were not gonna do it seems very different to me.
A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.
Today we're welcoming our summer intern, Connor Nielsen, who is working with both Strong Towns and our friends at the geoanalytics firm, Urban3, to share data-related stories throughout the next few months. Look for his writing each week, with a focus on the financial productivity of cities and towns across the country.
Charleston is an anomaly among American coastal cities, a beacon of culture that radiates southern charm. A walk along its cobblestone streets brings you face to face with its past and elicits an instinctive sense of place.
Its no surprise then that Charleston has a rich history of innovative urban design dating back to the 17th century. Its growth was initially constrained by its shallow harbor and location on a narrow peninsula, but these limitations have challenged its residents to be creative in how they allocate space. The video on the right, created by Urban3, visualizes the development of Charleston from Colonial port to tourist haven.
In the video, property tax value per acre is modeled as height; one foot of elevation equals $1,000 of tax value per acre.
As you can see, downtown Charleston has had significantly high property value per acre dating back to the 1800s. Historic Charleston, with distinctive architectural styles peppered along its cozy streets, has preserved its charm through the years. The city has survived fires, wars, hurricanes, and even a devastating earthquake, only to come back stronger.
So why does Charlestons quaint downtown have such astronomically high property value? Density often leads to higher property values, yes, but its not that simple.
Think of the City of Charleston like a company. Its revenues are taxes on property and sales, and its expenses are infrastructure and services for the public good. Cities are valuable because they have a finite resource land and they can capitalize on this resource by promoting development that optimizes property tax value per acre of land. Because of its placement on a small peninsula, Charlestons land is especially valuable.
As the above video shows, growth crept up along the shores near Charleston throughout the 19th century, but its centralized development remained virtually intact. After World War II and the advent of the car, development began to extend inland as the U.S. military increased their presence in the area. In the 1990s, beachfront properties exploded in Folly Beach, Sullivans Island and Isle of Palms.
Even today, with exclusive (and lucrative) resorts lining the beach, the Charleston Company ge...
Turquoise used by Native societies in Mexico did not come from the American Southwest as previously thought, according to a new study.
A global smart interconnected world .
A digital footprint that follows you wherever you go
Your digital life inseparable from your physical life
Youll only need to carry one identity card that will link everything together for your safety and convenience, right?
A future utopian world of technology .
Become an e-residence under a global e-government!!!
Could we ask for anything more amazing?
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Last week, we visited Rock Island and Toulon in western Illinois as part of our ongoing collaboration with Free Street Theater and Illinois Humanities to learn about issues affecting communities throughout the state.
These were our fourth and fifth workshops as part of this project, and weve been learning a lot about what different communities see as their biggest challenges and about divisions among residents on how to address them.
Three distinct takeaways stand out. Each offers insight into these communities, our process with Free Street and what journalists can learn from them. Here we go.
Our Rock Island workshop drew about 40 people to the Hauberg Civic Center. Ald. Dylan Parker of Rock Islands 5th ward had seen our callout and invited us to town a city of about 38,000 people and also the county seat back in January. In one of the first exercises, Free Street facilitator Coya Paz assigned four corners of the room to represent the four towns that make up the Quad Cities: Rock Island and Moline/East Moline in Illinois, and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. She asked people to stand in the corners of the places they felt had the best of different things, such as shopping, housing and schools. When she asked where the best housing in the Quad Cities was, most people stood in the corner representing Rock Island. When she asked where the best shopping was, most people then shifted to the corner representing Davenport, though some were in Moline. This shift signaled that people who live in Rock Island tend to spend their money outside their own community and later proved to be a point of contention....
VALE, Ore. Oregon officials last year fought to keep the public away from records about a man accused of two murders following his early release from state mental treatment.
They lost, and those public records raised troubling questions about the states handling of Anthony W. Montwheeler, who asserted he had been faking a mental illness for 20 years to avoid prison.
Montwheeler, now 50, had told officials he was tired of living off the dole and in state institutions and wanted to be freed. When doctors said they could find no signs of mental illness, Montwheeler won his bid.
Three weeks later, he stabbed to death an ex-wife and killed an Oregon man in a violent crash during a police pursuit.
Now, the state is once again trying to shield crucial records regarding Montwheeler. This time, the court system is refusing to release a key document assessing whether Montwheeler is competent to stand trial for the murders.
Court administrators acted to keep the document secret despite internal warnings that such records werent legally confidential.
When the secrecy was challenged by the Malheur Enterprise, agency officials privately approached a state judge and obtained a court order blocking the report from public view.
The move was the latest instance of Oregon officials citing Montwheelers privacy to justify keeping government documents confidential.
Last year, the Oregon State Hospital and the state Psychiatric Security Review Board attempted to block public access to records on Montwheelers treatment and their decision to release him. The security review board ultimately was forced to release the records it held from both agencies after the state attorne...
ProPublica announced today that Jeremy Kutner is joining its staff as deputy general counsel. He starts on July 30 and will provide day-to-day legal support for the organizations full range of activities, with emphasis on legal services to its newsroom.
Kutner comes to ProPublica from the Ballard Spahr firm, where he litigated cases involving libel, freedom of information laws, subpoenas seeking testimony from reporters about sources, and access to sealed documents. Recently, while at Ballard Spahr, he worked on secondment to NBCUniversal.
Previously, Kutner was a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times and earlier participated in Yale Law Schools Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. Kutner has also worked as a freelance journalist, with his writing appearing in outlets including the Times, HuffPost and the Christian Science Monitor.
Jeremys strong litigation experience, along with his deep commitment to the value of a free and inquisitive press in democratic governance, will be tremendous assets to the ProPublica team, said ProPublica President Richard Tofel, to whom Kutner will report. Were delighted to welcome him.
ProPublica's commitment to passionate storytelling and the highest ideals of journalism is more important now than ever before, said Kutner. I am thrilled to be joining such a talented and dedicated team.
Similar radical racist ideologies can be found at the heart of both Apartheid South Africa and the Israeli Zionist project (Image source: Mint Press News)
Most nation states in our world today have dealt with their fair share of institutionalized racism and bigotry, and Israel is no exception. However when it comes to Israel, the volume of racism expressed by prominent political figures is both astounding and concerning.
A compilation of various racist and hateful quotes by Israeli Prime Ministers demonstrating the extent to which racism is entrenched as well as normalized in Israeli political culture.
David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of the state of Israel, serving his first term between 1948 and 1953, he later served a second term from 1955 to 1963. Other than being a member of what the British considered a terrorist organization at the time the Haganah, David Ben-Gurion also notably presided over the ethnic cleansing of an estimated 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland.
David Ben-Gurion made his contempt for Palestinian human rights evident from his actions and therefore giving an example of his hatred for Palestinians would be nothing new. Instead it is crucial to understand that, from the very first Prime-Minister, the Israeli government viewed non-European Jews as the other and were very much racist.
On the 11th of June, 1962, David Ben-Gurion
made the following statement at a meeting with the head of Israels
teachers federation, Shalom Levin:
The danger we face is that the great majority of those children whose parents did not receive an education for generations, will descend to the level of Arab children. (Source: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.653134...
Detroit, MI On June 14, 2018, Unicorn Riot was live from a press conference held near the new home of Sonja Bonnetts family. The community was celebrating both Bonnetts returning to home ownership after her previous home was foreclosed and seized, as well as expressing hope and determination that roofs be put back over the heads of many more displaced Detroit families.
Detroit has been battered by an expansive illegal property tax crisis, brought on by the city government, that resulted in one in four houses in Detroit being foreclosed. According to Bernadette Atuahene, Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, America [hasnt] seen this number of property tax foreclosures in American history since the Great Depression.
Professor Atuahene released a study on unconstitutional property tax assessments in Detroit that shows that between 2009-2015, anywhere from 55-85% of properties were unconstitutionally assessed, and the constitutional violation was most pronounced for lower valued properties.
Thursdays press conference, which started with the chant, What do we want? Our homes! When do we want them? Now!' was organized by the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures and composed of more than ten different organizations.
Antonia Giles, a member of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures, introduced the occasion by describing the event as both celebratory for the family who were once again homeowners, and also as one visible victory in a broader movement:
It also marks the start of a larger movement towards dignity restoration for individuals and families just like Sonjas whose homes ended up in tax foreclosures after being illegally assessed by [Wayne] county.
#Detroit: Antonia Giles from the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures began the press conf earlier today by speaking of a developing, "larger movement towards dignity res...
Everybody knows that the surveillance imposed on us through all these smartphones, tablets, computers, and everything else extends much further than we are allowed to know.
Based on the fact that the mainstream media is so willing to report on this Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, it seems apparent that they are disguising something much worse of the same genre of info.
Did you know that a few years ago, people started looking into the connections being made by their smartphones, and they noticed one of the IP addresses led to a Department of Defense (DOD) Information Center? Thats basically the equivalent of your phone saying it is leading to Langley, Virginia. Its your data going straight to the US military.
You might notice that a computer running on a Windows operating system can be brand new, and will be so bogged down that it still runs slower than for instance, a variant of Linux as the operating system. It has been said that Windows even has a backdoor built in to connect it to intelligence agencies: I wouldnt be surprised.
So is your phone still communicating with the DoD?
Most likely, and it might just show up the same way it did for everyone else a couple years ago.
On your phone, go to settings and click About Device or Status. It is reportedly becoming more difficult to even find this on newer Android phones, I wonder why.
Turn off your WiFi before starting this process. When youre at the About Device type place, locate the IP address of your phone.
Now that you have your phones IP, you can visit the website Who.is from any device.
Paste your IP address in the search bar at Who.is, and youll see a screen pop up. There, you can access information about your phones network and carrie...
Two tribes have lost a legal challenge to the Keystone XL Pipeline as others try a new approach in hopes of blocking the controversial project.
An ancestor of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been laid to rest again in California.
The Trump Effect is still going strong. Legislators are no longer scared to say the things they thought but would never say. The diatribe from this Arizona politician is not only sad but scary.
Demonstrators had denounced shameful Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions in Gaza; activists vow that protests will continue. (MEE) Palestinians reacted with anger and condemnation on Thursday to Palestinian Authority (PA) national security forces violently repressing a protest the night before in the West Bank city of Ramallah, during which demonstrators had demanded to lift punitive PA measures on 
Another storm seemed to be blowing in. I was looking out my studio window, and couldnt figure out the intense light I was seeing, so naturally, I went out. Winds were about 25mph when I stepped out, and were ramping up quickly. I found the intense light, and was laughing, because it kinda looked like a portal to another universe was cracking open. Sometimes, I can truly understand why religious people get such fucked up ideas. As I was clicking away, it dawned on me that winds were now about 40mph, and branches were whipping and cracking. Where I am, youre surrounded by trees, every which way. As Im making my way back home, broken bits of tree begin to fly. Made it safely back and indoors. The wind reminded me of the ones generated by a nearby tornado years back. The high winds have gone intermittent now, and the sunset is a lovely, lurid orange. The portal is gone, but it was certainly worth seeing! Most photos behind the fold, because lots of them. Click for full size.
A Rallying Cry for Free Men and Woman across Canada:
The Republic of Kanata
Establishing Liberty: The Case for Kanata is the vision and the program of the rising movement to establish an egalitarian Republic in Canada. Standing in the heroic tradition of the Patriots of 1837 and Louis Riel, the movement has begun to reclaim the nation and its wealth for all of the people. This book is an inspiring call to action and a practical Manual of instruction for establishing liberty and self-government in every community.
Experience has shown us that the old Canadian regime and its Crown law is a genocidal, criminal system that is hopelessly corrupt and self-serving, and is an oppressive weight on our people. It has lost its right to govern. Growing numbers of people are rallying to our new Nation, and over half of Canadians support our aim of severing all ties with the British monarchy and creating a Republic. The task now is to make the dream a reality.
This book shows you how and why.
Published by the Provisional Council for the Republic and its political arm, The Republican Party of Kanata, The Case for Kanata is a shot heard around the world. It pronounces the end of tyrannical foreign and corporate rule in Canada. Read it, share it, and join the movement. You have a nation to win back!...
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/14/18). Well you know when both sides of the fake two-party divide and their mockingbird media propaganda outlets are forcing the same story into your consciousness admittedly 
One of the reasons that Jack and I started walking trails is because hes allergic to grass. Walking on the stuff makes his feet itchy and he pick, pick, picks at them until they bleed. He takes allergy pills in the summer which help, but mostly we try to avoid the stuff once it starts to green up in the spring. Thats not easy when you live in a town where most everyone has a front lawn, so we took to adventuring on dirt paths and forested areas. Turns out we both love to traipse around and explore. We treasure hunt for stones and bones and pretty pictures. Sometimes we chat. Sometimes we sing, but mostly we just be together in companionable quiet. Weve had so many wonderful times and its all because of those itchy feet.
Recent Italian political turmoil triggered telling volatility in stock markets globally, yet much is at stake regarding wider economic stability in this, a decade after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. I.E. Were not out of the woods yet from the debt-drenched mayhem of ten years ago, if you go by true, rather than assigned & 
I wont be swept under the rug anymore. This is me.
Well, I missed it by two days, but lets do this anyway: Fifty-one years ago on Tuesday, a mere 99 years, 11 months and 3 days after we passed a constitutional amendment requiring states to stop with the racial discrimination already, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that yes, Virginia, there are limits to constitutional violations and stop Freuding persecuting the Lovings already, okay?
In 1958 Mildred Delores Jeter, then 18 years old, became pregnant by Richard Perry Loving, then 24. Loving was welcomed into the Jeter family, even living in the family home for a time, but the pregnancy sparked the two to get married.
Living in Virginia their marriage was prohibited by Virginias Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Jeter, under the law, was classified as Indian Rappahannock, though theres considerable speculation that she was also Black but chose not to emphasize that for both legal and political reasons. Loving was classified as white, though he worked at a Black owned company, and most of Lovings friends were Black. Under the law, the two could not marry in Virginia even though the one drop rule did not apply to single drops of indigenous blood. (An exception for anything up to 1/16th indigenous ancestry was included in the law to preserve the white status of wealthy Virginians whose family dated back to colonial days. Lawmakers called this the Pocahontas exception.) The one drop rule did apply, however, to any negro, Mongolian, Asiatic Indian, [or] Malay ancestry. (This might account for a noted tendency among some Virginians to deny any Black ancestry.) The text of the marriage ban read:
It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian. For the purpose of this act, the term white person shall apply only to the person who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian; but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and have no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed to be white persons.
To evade the law Jeter and Loving married in Washington, D.C., at which time Jeters named changed to Mildred Delores Loving. But Virginia had thought of that, and had also criminalized marrying outside Virginia for the purpose of evading the Racial Ingrety Acts ban. From Time Magazine:
At approximately 2 a.m. on July 11, 1958, Sheriff R. Garnett Brooks and his deputies barged into the couples bedroom. What are you doing in bed with this woman? Brooks barked as he shined his flashlight on the startled couple. Mildred responded, Im his wife. She pointed to the f...
The critics had already signaled their strategy for derailing any meaningful move toward normalizing relations between the United States and North Korea. Right-wing neoliberals from CNN, MSNBC and NPR are in perfect alignment with the talking points issued by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrat Party that took the position that anything short of the North Koreans surrendering their national interests and national dignity to the United States was a win for North Korea. For much of the foreign policy community, corporate media pundits and leaders of the two imperialist parties, the issue is North Korean de-nuclearization. But for the people in Korea and throughout the global South, the real issue has always been the unfinished business of ending the war and beginning the de-colonization of the Korean peninsula.
Michael Little Feather Giron, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison this week. He is the first person to be sentenced to serious prison time for his role in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Little Feather has already spent fifteen months of his life incarcerated time which will be credited to him as part of the sentencing but still faces at least eleven months in prison. His legal team hopes that he will be released after eleven months to a halfway house.
We will maintain the fighting readiness of our forces, said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy is still being refined. But several sources said training would continue without the high-profile "in-your-face named exercises that are regularly announced and given aggressive code names such as Max Thunder and Key Resolve. "The Department of Defense welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically-led efforts with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," said a statement from chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. "Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region. The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific." In making the surprise announcement in Singapore, Trump said war games with the South would end unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. The Pentagon confirmed that the next major military exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian is scheduled for the fall. A spokesman said no new guidance has gone out to commanders in the field because there are still many questions on how the presidents commitment will be implemented.
In response to the Trump administrations immigration policies, which include separating parents and children attempting to illegally cross the border, Families Belong Together is organizing a nationwide series of marches demanding reform. The marches are set for Thursday. Organizers of the group wrote in a press release: [I]t is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our governments actions re-violate them, causing untold damage. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers arms by our own government.
The chaos and fear that ensued last week have not abated. Lawyers were finally able to initiate contact with the 56 men in detention, but they have still not been able to contact the women, who are being detained in Michigan. The majority of families have still not been able to speak on the phone or have any contact with their loved ones who are in custody. Deportations could begin as soon as today, though no one knows for sure. This lack of information is only creating more terror in the community. Though large-scale immigration raids have happened before, the size and brutality of this particular raid, along with the use of military tactics, have shocked even the most seasoned immigrants rights activists. Regardless of citizenship status, for workers including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing. It is terrible, barbaric, and inhumane.
On Tuesday, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shook hands for their much-anticipated summit in Singapore, one Korean reporter observed a curious episode. Koreans watching the scene unfold on a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul began applauding. Meanwhile, some nearby Western tourists, perturbed by this development, scratched their heads in confusion. I am actually baffled to see them clapping here, said one British tourist. Theres perhaps no better symbol of the gulf in worldwide reactions to the summit than this episode.
The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries. There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve.
Nicaraguas close ties with Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, and especially China, with whom the country signed a contract to build a canal, the other main reason the United States is after the Sandinistas, is Nicaraguas highly successful economic model, which represents an existential threat to the neoliberal economic order imposed by the U.S. and its allies. Despite always being among the poorest nations in the American continent and the world, Nicaragua has managed, since Ortega returned to power in 2007, to cut poverty by three quarters. Prior to the protests in April, the countrys economy sustained a steady annual economic growth of about 5% for several years, and the country had the third fastest-growing economy in Latin America, and was one of the safest nations in the region. The governments infrastructural upgrades have facilitated trade among Nicaraguas poorest citizens; they have created universal access to education: primary, secondary, and university; there are programs on land, housing, nutrition, and more; the healthcare system, while modest, is not only excellent but accessible to everyone.
When it comes to poverty reduction, increasing employment and increasing social spending can both help. But which is the more effective of the two approaches? In this piece, I use data from the OECD to attempt to answer this question. What I find is that social spending is far more effective at reducing poverty than jobs are. Before we get into the numbers, lets define our terms here. Poverty refers to the percent of people with incomes below 50 percent of a countrys median income. For this analysis, I use both market poverty, which refers to how many people are in poverty when only counting income from market sources such as wages and dividends, and final poverty...
Heres another of Galifianakiss passive-aggressive interviews with famous people. And because I am so clueless about contemporary pop culture, I have no idea who Cardib is.
The plan is to finally bring Major League Baseball to San Juan. For decades the idea has been tossed around by journalists, corporate executives, sports pundits, and international-relations buffs; but it is rarely given a fair chance by any of them.
The extremely dangerous situation in which the U.S. had been threatening North Korea with annihilation unless they dismantled their nuclear weapons and submitted to intrusive inspections has temporarily simmered down. At the same time, little is known about what actually was and was not said or settled in the negotiations. The dynamics remain highly volatile and extremely dangerous, and the danger of war has not lessened.
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Todays Solecast is an in-depth discussion with an editor from Its Going Down.
In this episode have a wide ranging discussion about what anarchist and anti-authoritarian resistance has looked like under Trump and potential paths for the future. We talk about lessons learned from J20, Standing Rock, Prison Strikes, Airport Shutdowns and more. We talk about the things anarchists have done with disaster relief, anti-fascism and pipeline blockades. We discuss certain modes of resistance that people might be interested in replicating, whether its anarchist student groups, unions (like the Burgerville union), or The Black Rose Federation in LA helping to organize resistance against ICE Deportations. We also talk a little about media and ideology.
Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has had an award rescinded by an interfaith group after pro-Israel activists vehemently objected to the award due to her criticisms of the Israeli government and various pro-Israel groups.
This little gem arrived in the mail yesterday. Might be nice if they could put off the invite until I have officially and for sure survived cancer. I can only imagine what someone going through a relapse would feel, finding one of these in their mailbox. FFS, a little organization and thoughtfulness can go a long way. I cant say I was any sort of impressed with it, and it shocked Rick, as his first thought was the same as mine: not yet a survivor, and we dont need to be reminded of that one. Also in yesterdays mail was a letter from Blue Cross, informing me that the Xeloda (Capecitabine) for my next phase of treatment had been approved, however, approval was not a guarantee of payment. Thats where they left it. I have a sinking feeling about this, that Ill start, and then theyll weasel out of payment. I dont yet know what my dose will be, and while Capecitabine is on the relatively cheap end when youre talking cytotoxins, it could still add up to thousands over 28 days. Cancerland, always full of surprises. <<em>Insert near-fatal eyeroll here.>
The law has never caught up with Trump. Trump always emerged with the gold by profiting at the expense of those around him. Trump made a profit out of the ruins of his companies, flouted the law by hiring undocumented Polish workers, cheated the students who were lured into the Donald Trump University, and often failed to pay his contractors...
No doubt many of you would have heard of this story about a raccoon that climbed up the outside of a 23-story building while people looked on aghast and afraid of a slip that would send it to its death. Fortunately, after many hours of suspense that lasted almost a day with the raccoon occasionally pausing for rest on window ledges, the story has a happy ending.
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A man named Brian called 9-1-1 at 11:23 p.m. on the night of the 1 October shooting to report that he himself had been shot more than an hour after the shooting ended at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in what can only be considered a terrorist attack.
The concerted attack which occurred at various locations up and down the strip has been well-documented by Intellihubs Shepard Ambellas who has most recently been vindicated over his helicopter coverage and multiple shooter reports after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a cornucopia of documents, camera footage, and 9-1-1 call audio from the night of 1 October.
The man told a 9-1-1 operator that he had just been shot and said that he was up by the T-Mobile arena which is 1.1 miles and a 19-minute walk from Mandalay Bay.
Ive just been shot Im outside of the T-Mobile Arena, the man said.
There was a country music event taking place in the arena at the time the man was shot.
The mans phone disconnected before more details could be given.
An attempt by the operator to reconnect with the man was unsuccessful.
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We are so happy to announce that our pilot-project, Building the Movement for Mutual Aid Training Tour, was a great success in spring 2018 so much so that we are hustling to put together another in FALL 2018! If you are interested in hosting a training, see links below.
This spring we visited over 30 communities, rural and urban, in 12 states traversing diverse bioregions, and we learned so much about disasters as varied as hurricanes, blizzards, and chemical accidents to pipelines, white-supremacy, and gentrification. We encountered daunting challenges, but we persevered and worked together to find solutions thats what we do, right? we are so grateful to everyone who fed, housed, and cared for us along this epic journey!
It was a powerful experience to connect more intentionally with our network. We went deeper with existing relationships, began to create exciting new possibilities, and we made a practical impact on local projects too, utilizing our resources and free time to haul housing structures into a pipeline blockade camp in Minnesota, to fetch drywall for an elder in need of house repairs in New Orleans, and to provide start-up medic kits to the Wolfpack Gunshot Response Team in Cleveland. We also assisted Water Protectors fighting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline at Leau Est La Vie Camp in Louisiana, and rallied with Flint residents demonstrating against the states closing of free bottled water distribution while allowing Nestle to double their theft of water resources in Michigan. We are currently working on a curriculum packet to empower you all to train yourselves keep your eyes open for the next announcement!
Along the way, we have received even more requests for trainings, and tons of good ideas for follow-ups and continuing skill-sharing. So we are not only booking a FALL TOUR in the West, but also gradually escalating our capacity and preparing our network for an ongoing STRATEGIC TRAINING CAMPAIGN we all have skills to share, and so much more to learn from one another! If you would like to request a visit from our pilot-project training team, or volunteer to give trainings in whatever skills you like to share, use these links:
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An FBI agent joked about how a witness who lied in the Hillary Clinton email investigation would never be charged, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday.
The witness had obviously lied to the FBI about handling sensitive information, the agent told one of his colleagues, but it didnt matter, because regardless of what the Clinton associate said, the FBI wasnt going to do sh-t about it. Heres the exchange:
FBI Employee: boomhow did the [witness] go
Agent 1: Awesome. Lied his -ss off. Went from never inside the scif [sensitive compartmented information facility] at res, to looked in when it was being constructed, to removed the trash twice, to troubleshot the secure fax with HRC a couple times, to everytime there was a secure fax i did it with HRC. Ridic,
FBI Employee: would be funny if he was the only guy charged n this deal
Agent 1: I know. For 1001. Even if he said the truth and didnt have a clearance when handling the secure fax aint noone gonna do sh-t
The agent has since told investigators he doesnt recall this February 2016 conversation about the witness, who assisted the Clintons at their Chappaqua residence. Heres how he explained the exchange to investigators:
Yeah, I, I dont think I can say theres a specific person that I worked with in this case that wouldnt charge him for that. I think its a general complaint of, you know, of FBI agents that are kind of, kind of being emotional and, and complaining that no one is going to do something about, about something. But theres nothing specific that I, that I can tell you.
The IG report deals with the FBI and DOJs handling of the Clinton email investigation. Read the full report here.
The Justice Departments inspector general repeatedly criticizes former FBI director James Comeys handling of the FBIs investigation into Hillary Clintons e-mails all throughout the newly released, 586-page report.
Comey misled former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and former attorney general Loretta Lynch about issuing a joint statement regarding his decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton for disseminating classified information via a private, unsecured e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state. Unbeknownst to them, the report says, Comey began drafting a statement about the end of the investigation into her e-mails, known throughout the report as the Midyear investigation, to deliver by himself.
He says he did this to protect a sense of justice more broadly in the countrythat things are fair, not fixed, and theyre done independently.
Comey admitted that he kept the announcement a secret from DOJ officials because he didnt want them to tell him not to do it. He informed Yates and Lynch about the announcement only after the FBI had already alerted the press. The IG criticized this move to usurp the attorney general, calling it extraordinary and insubordinate.
We found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally designed to avoid supervision by Department leadership over his actions, the report stated.
Comey thought that he alone could save the integrity of the investigation into Clintons e-mails. Because he believed his co-workers reputations were tainted beyond repair, he reasoned that he alone could save the integrity of the case. Read it for yourself.
We determined that Comeys decision to make this statement was the result of his belief that only he had the ability to credibly and authoritatively convey the rationale for the decision to not seek charges against Clinton, and that he needed to hold the press conference to protect the FBI and the Department from the extraordinary harm that he believed would have resulted had he failed to do so.
Remember when Clinton announced that her longtime aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were her new attorneys making them unable to testify against her? They were also allowed to be in the room with Clinton while the FBI interviewed her, a move the IG slammed as inconsistent with typical investigative strategy.
This unusual accom...
The Department of Justice inspector general report released today includes two elaborate charts mapping the volume of communications identified between FBI employees and members of the media in April, May, and October 2016.
We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review, the report states.
Heres Attachment H in the IG report.
The issue of FBI employees improperly disclosing non-public information, a.k.a. leaking tips to reporters, raised considerable concerns, according to investigators. They discovered a number of social interactions with reporters deemed inconsistent with FBI policy and department ethics rules.
FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events, the report states.
Despite being able to track the number of times agents communicated with reporters, the IG cites two reasons for being unable to identify individual leakers.
First, we frequently find that the universe of Department and FBI employees who had access to sensitive information that has been leaked is substantial, often involving dozens, and in some instances, more than 100 people. We recognize that this is a challenging issue, because keeping information too closely held can harm an investigation and the supervision of it. Nevertheless, we think the Department and the FBI need to consider whether there is a better way to appropriately control the dissemination of sensitive information.
Then theres this:
Second, although FBI policy strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media, we found that this policy appeared to be widely ignored during the period we reviewed. We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters. The large number of FBI employees who were in cont...
That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible, said the White House press secretary. (CD) Asked to comment on remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day about how the Trump administrations policy of ripping children out of the arms of their immigrant parents is somehow justified by the Christian 
Our planet and our children's futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are. We have to begin rebuilding our societies on the basis that we share a common humanity. That other humans are not our enemies, only those who wish to enslave us to their power.
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The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more! Get involved! Please get in touch with proposals for workshops and tables by August 25th, 2018. Late proposals will be considered but may not be included promotional material.
1. Bookfair Dates & Contacts
2. How to Request a Table
3. Call for Workshops & Presentations Proposals
4. Volunteers needed!
1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts
September 22nd and 23rd
Fernwood NRG, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory
We are pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a wide range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.
Participants with different visions, practices, and traditions are welcome. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings,films, presentations, and much more!
Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal. It can be found on our website:http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
2. How to Request a Table for September 22nd and 23rd
The heart of the Bookfair is the main room including booksellers, distributors, independent presses and activist groups from all over BC, North America, and abroad. If youd like to table this year, please provide a short description of your group and the materials you intend to distribute at the Bookfair.
There is no fee for tabling at the Bookfair, but we suggest 10% of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.
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This year, the annual Round River Rendezvous will be hosted by Appalachia Resist from July 1-9 in so-called Southeast Ohio, on occupied Seneca, Shawnee and Tsalagi land.
The location will be near Athens, Ohio (directions will be posted soon) and the nearest airport is in Colombus, Ohio.
More info from Appalachia Resists website:
While we are still firming up the workshop schedule some likely workshops are: Map Reading, Radio Comms & Convoys, De Escalation, Solidarity with Impacted Communities, Community Self Defense, Pipeline Skills Exchange, Indigenous Resistance & Solidarity, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and standard Rondy fare such as; Direct Action, Plant identification, Know Your Rights, Digital Security, Jail Solidarity, Scouting, Pipeline Construction/Fracking Infrastructure, Security Culture, and Self Defense.
Average temperatures in this region in July are 84 degrees in the day with lows of 61 at night. It will be very humid. The record high for this week was 101 degrees with very high humidity. The record low was 47 degrees. Expect thunderstorms at some point in the week.
There will be many insects including mosquitoes and ticks. There is a high chance you will encounter poison ivy. Nights around here can be very noisy with the mating/kinship/territory calls of frogs, insects, birds, and mammals that are active at night. There are three venomous snakes in the area; rattlesnakes, c...
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page instructed her colleagues to go easy on Hillary Clinton during the FBIs email investigation, because she might be our next president, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday.
Page told FBI agent Peter Strzok he and his colleagues should be careful not to come off as too aggressive when they interviewed Clinton about her illegal use of a private email server.
One more thing: She might be our next president, Page said in a Feb. 24, 2016, text to Strzok. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think shes going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?
Agreed. Strzok replied.
Page sent a similar text to Andrew McCabe, then deputy director of the FBI, and another FBI employee unnamed in the IG report. They were discussing how many people to have in the room when the Justice Department and FBI interviewed Clinton. Having a lot of people in the room is not operationally necessary, Page said in another text. This is as much about reputational protection as anything.
Page resigned from the FBI after texts between her and Strzok about the Clinton probe and the presidential election came to light. Strzok was removed from the Clinton and Trump investigations and demoted, yet remains employed by the FBI. McCabe abruptly left the FBI in January, ahead of news the IG found he leaked a story to the media for personal gain then lied about it to investigators.
The Clinton interview was later scheduled for July 2, 2016, and there were three FBI officials and five DOJ officials in the room, the IG report states. Strzok and Page told investigators the texts did not mean Clinton should get preferential treatment.
Page said she was urging the FBI to follow protocol, in working to avoid giving the impression like were trying to intimidate Clinton. Having fewer people in the room is good for rapport, she said, and by loaded for bear she meant they shouldnt unnecessarily give an aggressive impression by having a lot of people. Strzok said he did not interpret Pages text to mean the FBI should treat Clinton differently because she might become president, and maintains no decision was made on that basis.
There are so many storylines in the Justice Departments highly anticipated inspector general report thats its going to take a long time to sift through them all. Yet most major headlines Thursday went something along the lines of, DOJ watchdog report finds no proof bias affected FBIs Clinton probe.
While this may be technically true, the report itself is a damning indictment of the professionalism and bias of the FBI. Three findings in particular should make everyone skeptical about actions of the DOJ, regardless of what they think of Special Counsel Bob Mueller or President Trump.
Ive not written a word about the missives between Trump-skeptic lovers at the FBI, because its as unreasonable to expect law enforcement agents wouldnt hold opinions about a highly contentious political race as it is to bar those government employees from expressing those opinions in private (theyd just hide them, anyway). But of all the texts between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok that have been uncovered by investigators, the IG reports newest finding is the most astonishing.
For one, there is now incontrovertible evidence that a lead agent investigating a presidential candidate discussed interference with an election.
Page: (Trumps) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok: No. No hes not. Well stop it.
According to the IG, Strzok claims he doesnt remember sending the text, BUT he also somehow remembers that text was intended to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation.
Now, texts dont necessarily prove an agent acted unprofessionally. Maybe Strzok was showing off to his lover. Maybe Strzok was blowing off steam. But if a law enforcement agent charged with scrutinizing your business says hes going to stop you on top of dozens of other statements demonstrated high levels of prejudice, including one self-righteous exchange where he praises himself for being in a position to stop the Trump menace would you consider that person professionally unbiased? Theres no reasonable argument that can guarantee that this agents work was uncontaminated by his animosity for Trump.
It should also be noted that despite the widespread assertion on social media, the IG, who was deeply troubled by text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page, did not exonerate the duos behavior in the Russia investigation. And Strzok played an important role in the launching the FBI collusion efforts. In fact, the IG has referred five FBI employees for investigation.
If this text did nothing to undermine the integrity of th...
A new inspector generals report repeatedly criticized FBI agent Peter Strzok for his biased handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Russia collusion investigations, and for using personal tech devices to handle FBI business.
Strzok was supervising the FBIs Clinton investigation and deeply involved in its Russia investigation. He was later hired to Special Counsel Robert Muellers team until anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to light, raising questions about his ability to handle the investigations with integrity. Strzok and Page were having an affair.
The report stated the text messages included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton. Strzok and Page called Trump a f-cking idiot, a d-uche, and a disaster. It also states that the two often mixed their political opinions with their talk about the investigation, showing their opinions might have affected the investigation.
The inspector general commented that Strzoks actions reflected poorly on the FBI and harmed public trust in its investigations of Russia and Clinton. It also stated, however, that investigators have so far found no evidence that Strzoks bias affected either investigation: our review did not find documentary or testimonial evidence directly connecting the political views these employees expressed in their text messages and instant messages to the specific investigative decisions we reviewed in Chapter Five
Repeatedly, the report laments how the FBI lost credibility as an independent agency as a result of Strzoks texts. His conduct cast a cloud over the FBIs investigations.
We found that the conduct of these five FBI employees brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBIs handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.
Moreover, the damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBIs reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.
We were deeply troubled by text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.
The report slams Strzok and Page for their misuse of their positions: At a minimum, we found that the employees use of FBI systems and devices to send the identified messages demonstrated extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism.
The DOJ presented four categories of the Strzok-Page text m...
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This weeks episode is packed with news of struggles and repression. We start with coverage of Indiana prisons and two prisoners who need outside support right now. More information on these requests for help from Indiana prisoners can be found on our website, https://kitelineradio.noblogs.org/
Then we get updates and two statements from prisoners in Florida continuing to organize within the framework of Operation PUSH. These reflections are particularly vital as both prisoners and people on the outside gear up for the national prison strike this August.
Last we share an update from one of Marius Masons supporters. A lot is changing in Mariuss life, not to mention the fact that people around the world are celebrating June 11 this week, an international day of solidarity with Marius and other long-term anarchist prisoners. We will begin carrying news of solidarity events and actions in next weeks episode but you can check out june11.org to learn about whats going on.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the recent book Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions among others, was brought on the Daily Show to be interviewed by host Trevor Noah. Its a good interview, and you should watch it. Here, let me make it easy for you:
So did you notice the extremist horror about 2/3rds of the way through? Thats right, the part where Noah asks about generous gestures that, through chivalry, have been entwined with sexism and specifies holding open doors as an example? And then Adichie goes completely off the rails, saying
gestures like holding the door shouldnt be gender-based. I think its a lovely thing to hold the door but we should hold the door for everyone. [T]he idea of someone holding the door for a woman because shes a womanI have trouble with it.
Im quite happy for people to hold the door for me. But I hope theyre not doing it because of this sort of idea of chivalry. Because chivalry is really about the idea that women are somehow weak and need protecting.
Adichie, how could you? Well, at least Fox & Friends had Dana Loesch on hand to nip the budding tip before the petals surrounding the reproductive bits can open:
With all due respect to her [Adichie] and Im familiar with her I think its a luxury of third-wave feminism to complain about holding doors open for people where her country, Nigeria, it ranks top in the world for female genital mutilation, which I think if far more of a disservice to women and far more suppressive than someone courteously opening the door for someone else.
Dear Dawkinsima: when Loesch is your fellow traveler, perhaps its time to rethink your destination.
I open this short intro article to the above video with a comment I made on another thread, about the Rothschilds and banking. This video is far more professional, imo, than the previous link from me on this topic. It described for me more than all I've read on economics over the decades getting to "the heart of the matter."
In the face of horrific images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and mutilated wildlife, we are starting to wake-up to the necessity of curbing our addiction to these conveniences. This will require not just active engagement and action by government and industry, but a fundamental paradigm shift by every individual.
(ZHE Op-ed) In a somewhat surprising but not entirely unpredictable turn, President Trump has authorized new funding for the White Helmets which had previously been put on hold. A State Department press release puts the initial funding figure at $6.6 million to continue what it calls the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets. 
This is our second dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today, with leaders, thinkers, and activists in a whole range of fields. Now we're bringing those podcasts to your ears throughout the summer.
One month after the Congress, today's podcast guests are Andres Duany and Kevin Klinkenberg, who discuss the host city of Savannah. Andres is one of the founders of CNU and Kevin is a long-time Savannah resident. Both are architects and planners, and both were deeply involved with producing the Congress this year.
Questions discussed in this podcast include:
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share his thoughts on the damage done to the pillars of American life such as the rule of law, the meaning of education, national unity, and our religious institutions. He asks his own generation to recognize its youthful mistakes and pleads with future generations not to repeat them.
Wilkinson is a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and the author of All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s.
You dont want to take every disagreement and say that its always a sign of dysfunctionality because the problems that are facing us are real hard, he said. Its a question of how it plays out: in an environment of mutual respect or mutual recrimination.
Listen to the full interview here:
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