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How many of us have really examined the historical truths in our textbooks and presented on television about the Federal Reserve Board, the World Wars, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy Assassinations and that of Martin Luther King? Have you ever heard of Deir Yassin? The Lavon Affair? The USS Liberty Attack? The Pollard Spy Case? The real story on 9-11?
Mark Twain treats the consciousness of children seriously in his works 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' and 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.'
I used to collect books by Karl May. What, you might ask, has a German writer have to do with Slavic Saturday? Well, I used to only collect editions that were illustrated by Zdenk Burian. I would collect them still, only I rarely have a chance to visit an antiquarian bookshop nowadays.
Outside of our little land, he is probably most known for his paleoart, which to my mind simply has no equal in past or present. It might not be the most accurate paleoart by todays standards as science progresses, but those pictures are so alive that they still have value and still are inspiring. One of my most prized possessions is a set of loose sheets of photographic reproductions of his works this was also one of the first of his works I have got my hands on. The mammoths on the cover are simply amazing and that is an understatement. I would very much love to see the original paintings some day, everyone who had the honor tells me their impact is much greater than of the reproductions.
Each sheet in the book represents some specific geological era and it contains one A4 color reproduction of an oil painting on the front, and some black & white inks and some text on the back. Shame it was not published in other languages, and is not even published now in CZ, because I think many aspiring artists, paleontologists and paleoartists would benefit greatly from being exposed to this work more. I never cease to be impressed by what he was capable of achieving with just black ink and a pen.
His paleoart has been a great inspiration to me. I wanted to be a painter and to achieve such great things, but alas I lack the talent. Burians genius has in fact demonstrated itself early on, when at the age of mere 14 years he was accepted into study at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, which he left just two years later. And he went straight into the most difficult branch of the painting and drawing business...
Hello everyone! Obviously my blogging has been super slow. I have a new job! I am a stock guy and sales associate at Godiva. Still fucking retail. But its a paycheck, at least! Ive decided to start sharing food posts and recipes. It wont be often, but it will give some life to this blog for now. I do have ideas for other major blog posts, like the trilogy I did on ableism. I still want to do one about the US police and patriarchal white supremacy. But those kinds of posts take a lot of time, which I dont have much of. I do also want to reignite my Great Guitar Solos series, but Ive been listening to podcasts rather than music for a long time, now. I need to get back into listening to music again, so I can find more awesome guitar solos to highlight
Ive also been thinking about writing out my own political platform. No, I dont plan on running for any political office. Itd be an excuse for me to really study and learn about politics in a more in-depth way both domestic and foreign. I have so many thoughts and positions, but I also know that my views are at least somewhat shallow, and I could always stand to learn more. Such a platform would be long several posts worth. But I think it could be fun. The first thing Id need to learn, however, is how to actually write an in-depth political platform. I dont actually know how to do that
So in the meantime, Ill do stuff like this. Food posts, recipes, etc. No, there wont be fancy recipe cards or professional pictures. This isnt a food blog. Its just a blog that Ill sometimes share fooding posts on. And Ive done this before. I know Ive shared several recipes here; and yes, I know the vast majority had pictures (a couple even had videos!). So this isnt new. Its just going to be a tiny bit more frequent, now
So let me start with a confession Im addicted to soda. I absolutely adore carbonation, and I love the sweetness (I dont care what anybody says high fructose corn syrup is my bae).
I really dont like seltzer, however. Dont get me wrong I love water (I literally have a 64-ounce water bottle that I fill once, sometimes twice, a day), but I like my water flat, I guess. Adding carbonation to it actually does change the flavor, and I dont like it.
And dont get me started on flavored seltzer. Like what a cheap imitation of soda. Fucking unsweetened soda? Fuck you. Shits gross. Give me real soda or get out of here.
Point is, I really like soda. But I also know that, despite my love for it, HFCS can be bad for you if you overdo it (which to be fair is true of everything, so). I also have a love f...
(Natural News) Dairy products like cows milk are the primary sources of dietary calcium for most people. Unfortunately, people who...
Iconic French author sounds alarm bell over free speech.
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Organization gives ultimatum to remove legal protections given by Congress
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Transit terminal a de facto migrant camp
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by Jon Rappoport
December 15, 2018
Oh yes, there was such a day.
Maybe you were 10 years old, and it was summer, and you were running across a field and the sky suddenly opened up and you saw a huge future, as yet undefined. But it was there, and it was yours.
Unlimited possibility. Unlimited energy.
No one had yet told you imagination was just a toy. No one had said it was all fantasy and you should throw it away.
You were unbounded.
You were in the center of your own power, the only power that matters: your endless capacity to create and invent.
This is what I had in mind when I assembled my collection, Exit From The Matrix. This is exactly what I had in mind when I included an extensive set of imagination exercises a person can practice daily
Because the expansion of imagination is the fountainhead from which New Life is launched.
It can happen at any time.
At any moment.
Problems and past history begin to dissolve in the light of what you can invent, in accordance with your deepest desires.
This is what freedom is for.
But you can make the shift. You can take your creative power into your own hands and invent the reality you desire, and you can make it into fact in the world.
To understand the misconceptions perpetuated about climate science and the climate of intimidation, one needs to grasp some of the complex underlying scientific issues.
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Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually an amount equal to the combined body weight of the entire global adult human population
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Top mens magazine infiltrated by liberal woman.
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Endless supply of cheap foreign labor damages native population
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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 (12/14/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth 
This will be the last publication of the Still Rising Mixtape Project. I have decided to move onto other projects in my free time. I hope you enjoy this last one, which is chalked full of some of my favorite music tracks, new and old. If you can, make sure to play these tracks with the bass and volume turned up! If you enjoy the mixtape, please remember to share it with your friends. Anyhow its been a pleasure making these for yall. See you in the streets. Peace,
Still Rising #8
1 Mystics Sima Lee
2 Fourth Of You Lie Savage Fam
3 Words of a Wound Goldborns Ft. Lowkey
4 KKK Sole
5 Own Light Brother Ali
6 fvck ice Rebel Diaz
7 Listening John Trudell
8 Like Smoke Savage Fam
9 What Is Freedom Sima Lee
10 Renewal Sa...
The post Ottawa: Report Back on December 8 Antifascist Mobilization appeared first on It's Going Down.
On Saturday, December 8, around two hundred right-wing sympathizers gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was in the process of being approved by acclamation at a United Nations conference in Morocco.
After over a month of planning, the demonstration itself barely filled the space in front of Parliament and was in no way a triumph by the far right. That being said, the rally was at least superficially successful in uniting a host of far-right groups of differing ideologies to announce their xenophobic opposition to the UN compact and propagate their Islamophobic and racist views. Antifascists from Qubec and Ontario, despite their clearly enunciated skepticism regarding the compact, organized to oppose the far rights attempt to claim public space.
Further investigation into the far-right groups present, before, after, and during the rally reveals major rifts and extensive disorganisation on their part that belies the superficial unity the alliance cobbled together for this demonstration. The rallys attendance also reveals that conservative student groups do not have a problem cooperating with far-right groups, and that populist right-wing groups are willing to simultaneously work with militias and invite a Qubec MP to address the rally.
Reports from major news outlets paid little attention to the views presented on either side of the rally, essentially framing it as a disagreement among citizens about the Compact. Beyond that, the coverage obfuscated the open police protection of racists and, at its worst, characterized antifascists as violent extremists, while allowing members of far-right groups to portray themselves as nothing more than concerned citizens.
As comrades in Ottawa Against Fascism explained in their call-out for a counter mobilization:
Various anti-immigration groups are converging to Ottawa to protest against the adoption of the United Nations Organizations so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This proposed international agreement is set to be adopted by a majority of countr...
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This week, we speak more with Leon Benson, who calls us from inside the Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. Benson shared his story with us in the past several Kite Line episodes, and now he talks to us about the conditions inside the prison.
Benson demonstrates the importance of prisoners being ableto form bonds with people on the outside, and how it supports their mental health, their transition to the outside when released- and also protects them from violence and abuse by prison staff. He explains how guards are less likely to inflict violence on prisoners who regularly receive mail and communication from the outside.
He also talks to us about the high turnover rates for correctional officers, the rampant drug use that is affecting prisoners, and the benefits of education while on the inside. Leons decades inside give him the insights he shares with us regarding the changes he has seen in the conditions within prisons. He starts out with an example of a prisoner being abused by guards at Pendleton Correctional Facility.
Nowhere in the Western world does it pay to tell the truth. Whistleblowers, who are protected by federal law, are nevertheless framed and imprisoned for telling the truth while nothing is done about the government officials who commit the revealed crimes.
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by Kathleen Martens, APTN National News, December 15, 2018
An Indigenous camp was ordered Friday to remove a gate thats blocking a bridge in northwestern B.C. and holding up a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project.
Judge Marguerite Church of the B.C. Supreme Court sided with Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., which filed an injunction to get construction going on the $40-billion LNG Canada build.
People were crying but I feel emboldened because we are getting so much support, said Warner Naziel of the Indigenous Unistoten Camp a land-based healing centre on Wetsuweten traditional territory south of Houston, B.C.
The locked gate on the Morice River Bridge must come down within 72 hours, the judge ruled.
She described it as an interim injunction giving the company access while defendants Naziel, and his partner F...
By Henry Kamens for Veterans Today and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow It appears that many fundamentalist Christians support the hard-line policies of the Israeli Government (currently consisting of the parties Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Kulanu and the Jewish Home) more blindly and fanatically than most Jews do. Christian and Jewish Zionist organizations in the 
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) No countermeasures or effective defence exists against the new generation of hypersonic weapons being developed by both Russia and China, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report. China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude, and manoeuvrability may defeat most missile defence systems, and they may 
Many are now in detention facilities in Bangkok as the Thai government has cracked down on thousands of people of all nationalities that have continued to stay in Thailand past their visa dates. In the case of Palestinians, they have nowhere to go as the refugee camps in Syria they call home are still very dangerous.
Hackers allegedly stealing loads of US Navy secrets
Will the Clintons ever be held accountable?
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People under 45 least likely to be vaccinated.
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Reportedly planned only for inter-bank transactions between two countries
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By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange underwent a series of medical exams, Ecuadors top attorney Inigo Salvador said. Salvador told reporters...
Remember when Tumblr decided to ban adult content? Well one thing I learned from all of that, is that its traceable to a specific set of laws, passed earlier this year, and which will begin to be enforced in January. Im referring to SESTA & FOSTA.
SESTA & FOSTA are a pair of laws intended to fight sex trafficking. Under previous law, websites with user-created content could not be held liable for the civil wrongs of its users (however they are liable for federal crimes and intellectual property laws). SESTA & FOSTA add an exception, making websites liable for sex trafficking and sex workers who advertise services. Lumping together sex trafficking and sex work does not make sense. And arguably this does not stop trafficking or sex work, but rather makes things less safe for sex workers and trafficking victims.
In any case, the proof is in the pudding that SESTA & FOSTA are too broad and vaguely written. Many tech companies, including very large ones that can certainly afford liability insurance, now think its too risky to host content that has even the vaguest resemblance to sex work. I mean, Tumblr banned illustrated porn. Facebooks new content guidelines are so vague that they could include solicitations for dating, or even private banter between couples.
The upshot is that this passed congress without any significant opposition. The Senate voted 97 to 2, and the House voted 388 to 25. Clearly most of congress didnt understand the implications of what they voted on. Call your representatives and let them know.
I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
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Another anti-First Amendment liberal comes clean about his desire to ban opposing viewpoints.
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The worldwide revolution against globalism intensifies.
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Questions about capabilities to spy on residents.
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In American democracy, the gap between what is and what should be is often wide. But sometimes the ideal and the real converge, and when they do, its a beautiful thing. Read the rest
Via David Pescovitz, I came across something called the morph
cut, a video editing technique that can be used to eliminate
pauses, stutters, and filler words and provide for
smoother-sounding interviews, unlike with a jump cut where you can
see the abrupt transition. But the catch is that if not done
carefully, it can produce unexpected results, like in this clip
where a child suddenly materializes behind the speaker.
The technique can also be used to deliberately distort, as with these famous clips of Richard Nixon.
It is getting to the point that we will need multiple sources in multiple formats to be sure that what we see actually happened.
Facial Recognition technology is ancient when compared to what theyre doing in China! China is deploying emotional surveillance technology that mines data from the minds of its citizens and these light-weight sensory helmets have been rolled out on an industrial scale. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes over the latest Orwellian news as China is now data-mining info directly from the brains of workers in order to increase productivity.
Flynn said he had been talking to Russia's then-ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, about Syria, Iran, and other foreign policy matters that Russia and the United States could tackle together were Trump to be elected.
by Kathleen Martens, APTN National News, December 14, 2018
A B.C. judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant an injunction against members of a Wetsuweten clan so the $40-billion LNG Canada project can proceed.
Justice Marguerite Church put the matter over to Friday afternoon, said Warner Naziel of the Unistoten Camp south of Houston, B.C.
She asked for an argument against an injunction, Naziel said Thursday after attending the first day of the court hearing.
Our lawyer stated that it is a constitutional issue which affects the outcome of the Delgamuukw decision.
Delganuukw was a 1984 case launched by leaders of the Wetsuweten and Gitxsan First Nations, who took the provincial government to court to establish jurisdiction over land and water in northwest B.C.
Now they are relying on Delgamuukw again, said Naziel who is named with his partner Freda Huson in the injunction and civil suit filed by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal...
Farms in Broughton Archipelago will be gone by 2023
, CBC News, Dec 14, 2018
Seventeen open-pen fish farms in B.C.s Broughton Archipelago will be phased out by 2023 under a new agreement between First Nations and the provincial government, the premier announced Friday.
The decision is part of a set of recommendations reached through a government-to-government consultation between the province and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis, Namgis and Mamalilikull...
While many candidates in 2018 used the phrase the Green New Deal to highlight that a transition to renewable energy would help create living wage jobs, AOCs proposal for a plan for 100% clean energy by 2030, single payer health care and other economic measures comes much closer to the GND developed by the Green Party. What is still left out is the necessity of reducing the size of the Military Industrial Complex and termination of its imperial agenda. AOCs proposal also needs to be expanded, including an immediate halt to any new fossil fuel infrastructure, a focus on public ownership and democratic control of the energy systems, and paying for it by enacting a cut of 50% or more in the military budget.
(Natural News) Protozoa-related gastrointestinal diseases afflict one out of every eight people in the world. To help combat gut illnesses such as diarrhea and dysentery, Mexican researchers drew upon local folk medicine for natural substances with anti-protozoal qualities. They found a possible solution in a desert plant called the copper globemallow (Sphaeralca angustifolia). Native to
An in-depth discussion on the powers of Americas intelligence elite.
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Video called Jihad Bells, was something Tawhidi posted every year.
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Could sentient robots ever become a threat humanity. With the rising tide of Robot autonomy and self-awareness, are humans an endangered species? Stephen Hawkings believed that was the case and he spoke of it, often. There has been an incident in a factory in China involving a robot and a human that all of us need to be paying attention to.
Here is the story about what happened in China that all us need to be paying attention to.
Wreaths Across America From Veterans Land Board /Texas General Land Office COASTAL BEND Today, Veterans Land Board Chairman George P. Bush announced that the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery will host its annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony on December 15th at 11:00 a.m. Each December, National Wreaths Across America Day serves to honor and remember our fallen soldiers and the 
Seven Republicans joined the Democrats in the Senate in voting for resolutions that 1) assigned the blame for the murder of the dissident Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman and 2) invoked the War Powers Act of 1973 in calling for an end to US military involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Lower Risk of Cancer By National Cancer Institute Staff In the largest-ever randomized clinical trial testing vitamin D for cancer prevention, the supplement did not reduce the risk of developing cancer. A large body of epidemiology research had suggested that people with higher blood levels of vitamin D have a lower risk 
And now you are free to go in and out of infinity. This darkness is not a place, not an extent, but a huge, smooth activity. These depths, they are Love. And in the midst of you they form a wide, impregnable country
The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end Americas part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth. The joint resolution still allows US drones to patrol Yemeni airspace 
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 (12/13/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth 
By Gordon Duff and Lee Wanta, Editors One of Americas biggest secrets, long proven, something that should be known to all, is that the greatest single source of wealth in the world is Ameritrust Corporation, established during the Reagan era. Ameritrust and its founder, Lee Wanta, legally (US Supreme Court Ruling) control $37T in 
The Attorney General of Ohio has hired an attorney to sue opioid distributors for overdose deaths of Ohio residents.Carol Ohios Mike DeWine says Reports of Opioid Distributors are Shocking and Clearly Show Suspicious Shipments. Mike Moore, Who Represents Ohio in Suit, Says this Evidence of Middlemens Failure to Control Pills Could trigger a $100 Billion 
Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for todays edition of The Corbett 
Never before has pedophilia and ritualistic child abuse been on the radar of so many people. Having been at Collective Evolution for nearly ten years, its truly amazing to see just how much the world has woken up to the fact that ritualistic child abuse is actually a real possibility. The people who have been 
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When current flows in materials, it generates heat because of
the resistance it encounters. This causes the materials to get hot
and this has to be accounted for when designing electrical systems
in order to avoid fires or meltdowns. This heat is also a major
source of energy dissipation and loss. Superconductors are
materials that do not have any resistance to the flow of current
and thus can cut down energy consumption tremendously.
Superconductivity was first discovered more than a century ago in 1911 but the catch was that those materials only became superconductors at extremely low temperatures close to absolute zero (at below 4K which is around -269C) that could only be reached using liquid helium. This made it impractical for everyday use and the search was on to see if materials could be found that would work at higher temperatures, with the ultimate goal being room temperature superconductivity. If that is achieved, it would enable a whole host of revolutionary new technology.
The superconducting temperatures crept higher but seemed to plateau at about 30K (243C). A big breakthrough came in 1986 with the discovery of certain ceramic materials that were superconducting at 138 K (135C), which could be reached much more cheaply using liquid nitrogen. Temperatures started creeping higher again but slowly but now a scientific group has claimed that they have reached a new record temperature of 250K (-23C), which is a big jump from the previous record of 203K (-70C). This is a temperature that is achieved in winter in areas near the poles. The material also has to be at an extremely high pressure of 170 GPa which is about 1,677,769 times atmospheric pressure.
Actually three conditions usually have to be met before a material is declared to be a true superconductor.
There are three tests, reports MIT Technology Review, that are considered the gold standard for superconductivity, and the team has only achieved two: the drop in resistance below a critical temperature threshold, and replacing elements in the material with heavier isotopes to observe a corresponding drop in superconductivity temperature.
The third is the Meissner effect, which is the name given to one of the signatures of superconductivity. As the material passes below the critical temperature and transitions into superconductivity, it ejects its magnetic field.
The team has yet to observe this phenomenon because their sample is so small well below the detection capabilities of their magnetometer. However, the transition into superconductivity has an effect on the external magnetic field, too. Its not a direct detection, but the team was a...
AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought Submitted by Carol A. Clark/From the Daily Post Los Alamos A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser AGU News: WASHINGTON, D.C. New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form. Historically, scientists assumed 
Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle discusses The Weekly Standard, the best kitchen gadget gifts, and what to make for Christmas dinner this year.
The Chinese lunar program has entered another qualitatively new round. China launched a space station that went into orbit of the moon. The station is equipped with a landing module and a lunar rover, which must descend to the surface of the Earth satellite and begin work there. While about the area of the lunar area is 
The Russian Federation decided to redeploy the S-400 anti-aircraft missile division to its western state borders. This was reported to the domestic media by a source in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. According to the source, the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system division will take up duty as soon as possible December 20th. The 
Nearly an hour into Judge Anibal Martinezs afternoon immigration docket, the bailiff called out Wilder Maldonados name. The 6-year-old hadnt made a fuss about the wait, quietly coloring pictures of animals. Now, he set aside his blue crayon, tiptoed up to the defendants table and took a long, deep breath.
Wilder Hilario Maldonado Cabrera, chubby-cheeked with a toothless grin, has done a lot of waiting. He and his father left grinding poverty El Salvador for the United States in June, but they were caught by Border Patrol agents after they illegally entered the country. The agents then separated the pair along with nearly 3,000 others as part of the administrations zero-tolerance policy. Faced with sweeping condemnations, the administration retreated from the policy and, led by immigrant advocates and lawyers, began putting the families back together. Wilders case is one of the last that remains unresolved.
Since their separation, Wilder has been living in a temporary foster home in San Antonio while his father is held in an immigration detention facility less than an hours drive away. Wilder has spent the last six months one-twelfth of his life in limbo, waiting for his fathers plea for asylum to work its way through the system and determine whether the two of them could start a new life in the United States, or be sent back to the one they left.
Part of Wilders waiting involved coming to Martinezs court. Wilder was last here a few weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving. That day, he was striking, wearing a hat stitched with two googly eyes and a red yarn mohawk. This time, he dressed without flourish, in a dark denim jacket with gray sleeves. Last time, he appeared alone, without a lawyer. This time, his fathers lawyer, Thelma O. Garcia, appeared on both the father and sons behalf.
Garcia said that Wilders father had been denied asylum and had decided not to appeal any further. Hed grown desperate sitting in detention, while his wife and three other children remained back in El Salvador struggling to cobble together enough money to eat. He was his familys sole breadwinner, Garcia said, and if he wasnt going to be able to stay here, he needed urgently to go home. And he wanted take Wilder with him.
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By Loraine Chow via Eco Watch
The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countriesBolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It also identified 30 rivers affected by mining and related activities.
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The scope of illegal mining in the Amazon, especially in indigenous territories and protected natural areas, has grown exponentially in recent years, with the rise in the price of gold, said Beto Ricardo, head of the RAISG, in an accompanying report about the map.
It is most of all notable that the Time cover story on courageous journalists risking violence and repression to uncover the truth makes no mention of the most famous persecuted journalist on the planet, Julian Assange. The former editor of WikiLeaks has been effectively jailed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, seeking to avoid extradition to the United States.
The federal agency responsible for primary policing duties at a controversial tent city housing thousands of immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, doesnt have experience investigating child sex offense cases, despite evidence that such assaults are occurring within the nations shelter system.
The tent city, built on a patch of federal land near the border in El Paso County, has been a focal point of criticism and controversy as the number of children housed there has ballooned in recent months to about 2,800.
Late last month, as part of a larger investigation into child safety at the shelters, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services warned that the Trump administration had waived FBI fingerprint background checks for employees at the emergency tent shelter and had hired dangerously few mental health counselors.
To handle any potential crimes at the tent city, the government has assigned the largely obscure Federal Protective Service.
The chief mission of the FPS is to protect federal buildings, such as the Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration, which it mostly does through its force of 13,500 private security guards. The agency also employs 1,000 law enforcement officers, who conduct site assessments, handle bomb threats and investigate any crimes, such as assaults and burglaries, that occur on federal property.
But an FPS spokesman acknowledged Thursday that the agency doesnt have experience investigating the allegations of children who may have been abused or sexually assaulted.
I dont know of us investigating any cases in recent history, said Robert Sperling, director of communications for FPS. The agencys mission is protecting federal facilities, theres not often areas or instances where something like that may happen or occur.
Experts in forensic interviewing and child abuse said children in the shelters are doubly vulnerable because they fear reporting assaults might affect their immigration cases.
Andrea Asnes, a pediatrician specializing in child abuse and an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, said she also worried that children may be unlikely to disclose abuse at Tornillo and caregivers there may hesitate to alert law enforcement because it could reflect poorly on their vigilance.
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Educators want to be prepared in order to prevent another attack.
Currently, we are aware of up to 600 felony counts against Trump and a case now being made against Pence.
These are from David who notes:
If its a murder of Crows
Its a Parliament of Owls,
then surely it must be
A brothel of shags?
To me a s a German, English collective nouns are both a delight and a bane. I mean, a pride of lions and a murmuration of starlings?
In German its quite easy: If it flies or swims, its a swarm (Schwarm), with the exception of marine mammals (they have Schule, schools like in English). Carnivores that hunt together are a Rudel, a pack like wolves. Grazers? Herde (herd). Trees? Forest, unless youre my husband who once famously couldnt remember forest and kept talking about a pack of trees.
A ceremony will be held at The Baltimore Station to celebrate a new learning center donated by NewDay USA to help homeless veterans move forward. In attendance will be NewDay Chairman Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch USN (Ret.) NewDay USA Brings Warmth, Education to The Baltimore Station Fulton, Maryland Dec. 14, 2018 NewDay USA, 
When it came out this year that President Donald Trumps inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went.
It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself.
The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the companys Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.
During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elects eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to express my concern that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen when this is audited.
Stay up to date with email updates from WNYC and ProPublica about their ongoing investigations.
If the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate for the venues, it could violate tax law. The inaugural committees payments to the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trumps role have not been previously reported or disclosed in public filings.
The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment, said Marcus Owens, the former head of the division of the Internal Revenue Service that oversees nonprofits.
Inaugural workers had other misgivings. Rick Ga...
Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich Has the United Nations played its trump hand in the finalization of their geopolitical card game for global citizenship? Heres...
Its been above zero for a day or two and most of our snow has vanished. In its place we have soggy ground, slush, mush and mud. Lots of mud. Jack didnt mind. He was so happy just being outside again that I didnt want to limit his fun, so I let him get dirty. His wound has healed and water is cheap and we keep a stack of dog towels for just such an occasion. Sometimes a dog just needs to be a dog. I remember once taking my other lab Lucy, who died last year, to the dog park. There was a small white poodle there who clicked with Lucy and the two dogs romped and played right through a mud puddle. The poodles owner stormed over to me quite angry that my dog had gotten her dog dirty. I laughed and said something about how much fun the dogs had while getting dirty and that made her even angrier. I finally told her that she shouldnt bring her dog to the off-leash park again with such a bad attitude. She bent down to the dog and made quite a show about not wanting to touch the ick while she attached his leash. Her face was all screwed up and she was breathing noisily and heavily with punctuated snorts. Finally, mumbling not quite under her breath, she and her dog walked away and got into a small white car. Lucy and I both had a laugh. This is one of my favourite stories and its possible that Ive already told it. After some 200+ Jacks Walk its getting hard to remember. If it is a repeat, Im sorry. The photo is new, though. Happy Friday, everyone.
Tulsa, OK made the news recently for trying to tempt
remote workers with the offer of a housing stipend for a furnished
apartment, a desk at a local co-working space, andoh yeah$10,000 in
cold, hard cash, if theyll only move to Tulsa for one full year.
While far from the first place to try itother cities and even
states have lured telecommuters with everything from cash to cover
relocation costs to outright student loan forgivenessthe move is
still pretty novel in an age where economic development usually
involves tax credits for big corporations and massive,
landscape-altering construction projects. But are Tulsas
direct-to-worker payouts a fresh, new strategy to seed their local
tax rolls with rising stars, or are they just a silver-bullet
boondoggle in another package?
Chuck and Kea take that exact question on in the most recent episode of Upzoned. And while Kea starts out on the fence, Chuck has an immediate and decisive gut reactionand hes also got some big ideas about what Tulsa and other cities considering schemes like this should do to build from here.
Then in the Downzone, Chuck and Kea talk about their December reads. While Chucks been neck-deep in Christmas cookie baking, hes been indulging in his other favorite holiday hobby: adventure novels on audiobook while he rolls out the dough. And Keas getting a jump on her New Years resolution to write more fiction by studying up on the work habits of famous creative minds.
Top photo via PxHere.
Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagons staggering global footprint. The U.S. military is the worlds largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gases, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions. Almost 900 of the EPAs 1,300 Superfund sites are abandoned military bases, weapons-production facilities or weapons-testing sites.
Russian forces have established several military positions near the US-controlled zone of at-Tanf, pro-government media activists reported on December 12.
A source familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed at the
It is no secret that Keanu Reeves is Hollywood's biggest low-key real-life hero, but did you know that he also secretly funds children's hospitals?
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has a new crime-fighting tool at their disposal and it will forever change how police do their jobs. The NYPD has unveiled a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) which will assist during hostage situations and crime scene surveillance. The new program includes eleven new quad copter drones that can be deployed quickly for tactical operations. The NYPD will also possess two larger, weather-resistant drones equipped with 3D mapping and 30X zoom cameras with thermal imaging capabilities.
The large surveillance drones are intended to help out with search and rescue missions, but their capabilities could easily be abused to spy on suspicious targets and commit color of law abuses. Right now the NYPD says the tactical drones will not be equipped with weapons and will not conduct routine patrols. This does not mean that the drones wont be used to patrol, monitor, and record when the NYPD deems that the safety of the public is at risk.
According to the police commissioner, the drones will be used responsibly for incidents such as hazardous materials accidents. The drones will also be used to survey inaccessible crime scenes. As the NYPD gets comfortable with the technology, in what ways will they push the boundaries? If officers were desperate to locate a specific person, they could use facial recognition technology on the drones to scan citizens on the streets. This level of police power will inevitably enforce greater citizen compliance to laws and regulations, and desensitize them to abuse. The New York Civil Liberties Union is speaking out about the NYPDs new drone policy, which doesnt do enough to safeguard against potential privacy violations. They also question whether the new drone fleet provides for sufficient law enforcement needs.
Police Commissioner James ONeill said the new drone fleet will make situations safer for everyone. As the largest municipal police department in the United States, the NYPD must always be willing to leverage the benefits of new and always-improving technology, ONeill said. Our new UAS program is part of this evolution it enables our highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve, and to carry out the NYPDs critical work in ways that are more effective, efficient, and safe for everyone.
Just because a group in power believes they can make the public more safe, does not mean that liberties wont be lost in the process and abuses wont occur?
The NYPD joins more than 900 emergency response teams and state and local police forces around the country that have drones at their disposal. New York City is a very different landscape for drones; th...
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is moving ever closer to the end of his Russian investigation and issuing a report on his findings. What is contained in those findings will determine whether we will see the dawning of a great new day for America or if we will see a nightmare scenario unfold across this nation.
Campaigners have condemned the decision of the European Parliament to support a 13 billion budget for the European Defence Fund for 2021-2027.
The proposal was included in a report called Establishing the European Defence Fund which was compiled by the
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Keep Burning, raping, killing
But please, please
Spare us your obscene poetry
And ugly music
(From Senecas last letter to Nero)
The excavation of more than 600 billion tons of toxic carbon and hydrocarbon geological remains of
In explosive new testimony to the U.S. Congressional House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a team of financial investigators raised serious questions about the legal status of the Clinton Foundation presenting evidence that alleges the organization operated as a foreign agent and does not qualify as a 501c3 charity.
PAY-FOR-PLAY: The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from the very Gulf states it knew were funding ISIS and Al Nusra terrorists.
These and other damaging revelations swirling around the foundation are against the political backdrop of a Republican majority that will cede control to Democrats come January. Translation: Unless some dramatic action happens between now and recess, were not likely to see this evidence pursued any further by the Clintons political firewall embedded in the new Congress.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, also testified and tweeted this out after the hearing:
Testimony suggests FBI open criminal investigation into Clinton Foundation.
Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 13, 2018
Watch Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation:
The Clinton Foundation operated as a foreign agent early in its life and throughout its existence and did not operate as a 501c3 charitable foundation as required by its and is not entitled to its status as a nonprofit, alleged two highly qualified forensic investigators, accompanied by three other investigators, said in explosive testimony Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
John Moynihan and Lawerence W. Doyle, both graduates of the...
Americas veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.
One of the features of the current administration of Donald
Trump is that it has caused the political rumor mill in the US to
go into overdrive. There are non-stop speculations about possible
personnel changes, squabbling among aides, indictments by the
special prosecutor and US attorneys, and so. Most of these
speculations can be safely ignored because they are fact-free and
largely serve as fillers to meet the needs of the 24/7 cable news
channels. But there is one particular speculation that keeps
surfacing from time to time that is particularly absurd and that is
the one that says the Trump will leave office before his term is
over because of the mounting legal troubles involving convictions
of his close associates.
This is purely wishful thinking and will never happen, for one simple reason. We have never before seen an administration that consists of a president and his family who are such open grifters, seeking to milk their positions for personal gain at every opportunity. It is not that past presidents were paragons of virtue. But they at least seemed to care about maintaining the appearance of probity and were thus somewhat circumspect about their actions, focusing more of laying the groundwork for cashing in after they left office rather than while they were still in office. But the Trumps are utterly shameless. They are insatiably greedy. They want money, as much of it as they can stuff into their pockets, and they want it now.
Trump and his family are not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree but like all grifters they are acutely sensitive to their own needs. They know that they are under scrutiny and what protection they currently have is by virtue of daddy Trump being president. He will know that once he leaves office, he and his family will lose the biggest shield they now have and so he will delay that departure date for as long as he can. So not only will he not quit early, expect him to run for a second term even if nobody in his party wants him to. What will be interesting to see is what he will do in the last days of his office to try and ensure that his grifting is not prosecuted.
He may well do what Richard Nixon very likely did before his resignation and that is negotiate a deal with his vice-president to get a full pardon for him (and his family) after he leaves office. Or it is possible that he will issue pardons for his family, leaving only him to get a pardon from his successor. (He may even try to pardon himself, since nothing it too outr for this bunch of grifters.) But that it difficult too. Such a deal is possible only if he resigns before his term is over and the vice-president becomes president automatically. But if he holds on until almost the end, it will be hard for his successor to argue that there was no deal, the way that Gerald Ford tried to claim with Nix...
The Organic Preppers Editors Note: This article by Jose about the blocking of personal bank accounts in Venezuela made me think about how the Patriot...
By Joseph Jankowski France is ready to deploy tens of thousands of police in anticipation for a fifth round of the Yellow Vest protests that...
An American student who was living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam was stabbed to death in her apartment. Police are preparing to arraign a man suspected of the slaying. Spokeswoman for the police Miriam Boers confirmed on Friday, Dec. 15, 2018, that the victim was 21-year-old Sarah Papenheim. According to CBS Minnesota, Papenheim 
By B.N. Frank A recent article published by Flagler College Gargoyle serves as another reminder that our government and societys increasing fascination, implementation, and reliance...
The Lakota Nation Invitational is underway in Rapid City, drawing top basketball teams from reservations across South Dakota.
By Mayukh Saha
The ironic fact about body-shaming is, and this I say from personal experience, that people often indulge in it thanks to years of conditioning without even knowing that it is something which should be condoned.
Many young people, of various ages, spend a major part of their adulthood enmeshed in the throes of mental disorders like anxiety, low self-esteem and the like because of being subjected to incipient or malignant body-shaming at some point in their childhood. Not to mention, their lives as children was far from savoury.
And this is harder for women because sad as it may seem, oppression has always been worse for them, from witch hunts to the circumstances that gave rise to the #metoo movement
For the longest time, the world of high fashion was considered a place of worship by many young women. Sadly, it was never as inclusive when it came to body-size diversity.
Victorias Secret, for example, was one of the many brands that were notoriously wanting in this department.
And what you must understand here is that high fashion is a huge deal when it comes to talking about things that can be done in order to achieve gender equality. Because the notions of ideal body shape trickle down from that field and emulate. So, if that sphere is made inclusive, tolerant and diverse, it can really make an impact, changing many lives in the process.
Something that happened recently at Times Square might just be one of the many stepping stones towards that positive change.
Ed Razek, chief marketing officer at L Brands, the company that owns Victorias Secret, had very infamously shot down the idea of transgendered models walking the ramp for VS, in an interview with Vogue. Khrystyana Kazakova, a plus-size model was all but appalled when she heard the big-shots thoughts on diverse casting, as she informed the New York Post.
As a result, she thought she should do something about it and she went all-out, organising an all-body-inclusive fashion show right in the death of winter. And she welcomed models of a...
Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst, currently specializing in immigration, refugee and humanitarian law. Published in Russia Today Forces are aligning against Saudi Arabias Crown Prince, lead by elements within the CIA and strong players in the mainstream media. But what is really behind this deterioration in relationship, and what are 
Pivot to Asia: China is threatened by the US military in the South and East China Sea. War with China is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon as outlined in a Rand Report commissioned by the US Army
The 'Coward of Broward' who failed to intervene when Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people in a Florida high school claims he had "no legal duty" to protect the studentsand court cases say he's right.
Conservative personalities kicked off platform
Russia Today: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly preparing to shift the focus of the interminable Russiagate investigation to the Middle East, where at least three countries may have tried their hands at election meddling. Claiming indictments will start dropping in early 2019, sources close to the matter say that Muellers team has been discussing 
Played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, 'Rez golf' is gaining popularity among Navajos.
The author writes, Lets admit one thing up front: covering Amazon for a newspaper owned by the companys founder, Jeff Bezos, has to be almost impossible.
From Bloomberg: By targeting former employees for defying agreements, the cereal giant lays down a warning: Forget about suing us.
The author writes, At a point when the whole world is demanding urgent action to end the Saudi-led bombardment and starvation of Yemen, the Speaker of the House has been scheming to prevent congressional debate on a resolution to get the United States out of a humanitarian crisis.
From the Atlantic: From seizing control of the internet to declaring martial law, President Trump may legally do all kinds of extraordinary things.
The author writes, Trump tried to place blame entirely on his lawyer for felonies that his advisers and allies are increasingly concerned could imperil the president. The statements come as Trump feels besieged...
The media spectacle thats being made over President Putins supposed partnership with the East German Stasi is a form of Hybrid War being waged by the West against Nord Stream, incidentally using the exact same tactics that Russia is commonly
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The only language Washington understands is toughness. The US bullies and bludgeons other nations with impunity because most governments fail to challenge US hegemony.
Appeasement is counterproductive and self-defeating. Refusing to tolerate hostile US actions is the only effective response.
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The BBC published an article in October titled, How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory in which it claims chemical weapons have been crucial to Syrian President Bashar Al Assads war-winning strategy.
The man who lives under the servitude of laws takes,
without being aware of it, the soul of a slave.
Georges Ripert (April 22, 1880 July 4, 1958) a lawyer in France
Have the people of France finally had enough of the apparent New World Order agenda being forced upon them by the former Rothschilds banker, current-but-probably-not-much-longer, French President Emmanuel Macron?
How Macron was elected ought to become a Problem>>Reaction>>Solution lesson plan on geopolitics at the global level, since the European Union probably is a testing milieu for the NWO push to fulfillment of the grand plan as seemingly catalogued in the United Nations Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030, in my opinion.
Civil/citizen protests by hundreds of thousands in France have been ongoing for three weeks, with more planned for this weekend of December 8-9, 2018.
Whats going on in France is spreading to other countries of the European Union. The citizens of various European countries finally have realized they have lost their true identities as who they were before the EU takeover. They feel they no longer possess their true cultural identities of centuries past; they want to take back their ethnic pride and self-determination of their past heritages, and rightfully so, in my opinion.
The homogenization of countries into a new One World Order governance is a meme whose time has come and gone, since free-thinking people want less control over their lives by NWO control freaks, nor do they want the suppression and surveillance society the NWO seeks to impose globally, i.e., 5G, the Internet of Things, a different, but exploitive,monetary system and, ultimately, criminal climate control to effectuate their sordid plans for population control.
The video below is an important visual assertion of the determination of the French people, which should become a civics lesson for each country, including the USA, being steered into a combination of socialist-fascist geopolitics.
How much longer will 7.6 billion  people be willing to be played like pawns in a global chess game for total domination and suppression?
Everybody feels human againWe are the French
As most readers know, Im not a casual political blogger and I prefer producing lengthy research articles rather than chasing the headlines of current events. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the looming danger of a direct worldwide
Freedom of the press in the world will cease to exist if a judge in one country is allowed to bar publication of information anywhere in the world. Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post, Dec 13,
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Evidence has come to light that US operations against the Chinese telecommunications giant HuaWei () and the arrest and detention of one of its top executives, Meng Wanzhou, to face criminal charges of fraud brought by the US Justice
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There are many things wrong with ideologues. Here I mean those who see the world through a narrow dogma. It is as if they wear figurative blinders, like those real ones placed on draft horses, so as to prevent their gaze from wondering away from a designated path. As a consequence ideologues can sometimes be embarrassingmaking gross general pronouncements based on the narrowest sets of beliefs and expecting the world to go along. Often they are just boring. However, give them a modicum of power and they can become downright dangerous.
Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere.
Yes, there are terrorists and foreign forces in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts
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You might be aware of the so-called gold-plated visa scheme in Britain. It allows foreign investors a fast-track to settling in Britain. Despite calls for its closure, especially as many corrupt officials from China, Russia, Africa and the Mid-East use
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We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations. We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences. In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted :top level targets, namely China, Russia, Iran; secondary objectives Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America. China is the prime enemy of the US for several economic, political and military reasons: China is the second largest economy in the world...
Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.
Twelve months ago, Donald Trump's presidential approval rating averaged 38 percent. Now, the 538 website suggests that Trump's approval rating has improved to 42 percent. Thus, after two chaotic years, a significant segment of the electorate continues to approve of Trump's White House performance. What accounts for this?
Socialism in the United States is making a comeback. Socialists are winning elections at the local, state, and federal levels; the membership of Democratic Socialists of America stands at a record fifty-five thousand; and polling consistently finds that younger Americans have relatively positive opinions of the concept. While the term socialism means different things to different people, for the vast majority in the burgeoning movement it suggests the promise of a very different kind of system one that is far more equitable, democratic, and ecologically sustainable than both capitalism and past experimentation with its alternatives.
In a surprising move, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the governments documents and memoranda related to Flynns questioning. This follows a Flynn filing that described an effective trap set by
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a press conference to international media Wednesday where he hailed the success of the Venezuelan municipal elections while also accusing the United States of plotting to kill him and naming John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor. "Mr. John Bolton has been assigned, once again, as the chief of a plot to fill Venezuela with violence and to seek a foreign military intervention," Maduro told a news conference, adding that Bolton was coordinating the training of mercenaries in military bases in Colombia and the United States.
At the heart of this years School of the Americas Watch Border Encuentro in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora from November 16-18 was increasing awareness of the militarization and expansion of the US-Mexico border throughout Latin America and inside the United States, as well as the criminalization of immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color. Now in our third year, the Border Encuentro was a space to call for active solidarity at a time when all eyes are on the borderlands, and during a moment in which we see the unquestionable connections between the historic legacy of violence of the US in Latin America, the violent state responses to mass migration...
Watch as punches are thrown on the Infowars set.
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The Guardian published three accounts from Yemeni aid workers working with the Norwegian Refugee Council about their experience of the war and the humanitarian crisis. This comes from Marwan Al-Sabri, a 32-year old water and sanitation officer from Taiz:
World War 2 continued by other means
This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyesif we would see it.
Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.
The author of The Devils Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.
The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They arent only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.
This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.
This is a political goal. It facilitates control.
IG Farbens main component companies, at the outbreak of World War 2, were Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. They were chemical and drug companies. Farben put Hitler over the top in Germany as head of State, and the war was designed to lead to a united Europe that would be dominated by the Farben nexus.
The loss of the war didnt derail that plan. It was shifted into an economic blueprint, which became, eventually, the European Union.
The European Commissions first president was Walter Hallstein, the Nazi lawyer who, during the war, had been in charge of post-war legal planning for the new Europe.
As the Rath Foundation reports: In 1939, on the brink of the war, Hallstein had stated, The creation of the New Law [of the Nazis] is ONLY the task of the law-makers!
In 1957, with his reputation sanitized, Hallstein spoke the words in this manner: The European Commission has full and unlimited power for all decisions related to the architecture of this European community.
Post-war, IG Farben was broken up into separate companies, but those companies (Bayer, Hoechst, and BASF) came roaring back, attaining new profit highs.
I refer you to the explosive book, The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU, by Paul An...
Soon after the referendum in the summer of 2016, an elderly French woman came into my councillors surgery. She was distraught. Shed lived in London for nearly 50 years, worked here, paid her tax and was retired. She was convinced
I know he doesnt believe in government.
When millennials head home for the holidays this month, many who are city dwellers will be hosted by parents or grand-parents whose housing is far more spacious and financially secure than their own. Even guests with well-paid jobs in relatively stable rental markets will cast an envious eye at the benefits of baby boomer house buying decades ago. Thats because these holiday visitors belong to a generation priced out of Americas hottest urban markets for single-family homes, condos, and rental apartments. According to Berkeley author Randy Shaw, skyrocketing prices for all three forms of housing have created a generational divide, with major political implications for progressive city governments and advocates of affordable housing.
By Mayukh Saha
Being happy is a life goal all of us harbour in the deepest corners of our hearts. We know that when we find it in ourselves to be thankful for something, happiness will come our way.
According to a research conducted at Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA, if you feel grateful for things that you have in your life, it has a profound effect on your brain at a structural level. This change assures the smooth functioning of the grey cells of your brain and keeps your happiness levels high.
On a physiological level, when you are happy, your central nervous system is affected. You feel calmer and do not react to things explosively.
Research is a gift that keeps giving. Through this article, allow me to familiarise you with the kind of research that digs deeper into everything I just discussed so that you can be happier and more relaxed in your day-to-day life.
One of these studies was conducted at The University of California, Davis, by Robert A Emmons and his friend from The University of Miami, Mike McCullough. This study involved three groups and each of these groups had to maintain different kinds of journals; one that recorded what they were thankful for, one that recorded things that had been bothering them and the other one were asked to note down things that were neutral.
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It was seen that the first group was significantly happier than the other group and even exercised more. There was a second study headed...
It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China.
So read an editorial in the Global Times
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In 2019, researchers plan to spray particles into the stratosphere to test the geoengineering method of dimming the sun.
ON MONDAY, THE Open Markets Institute released new evidence of increased corporate concentration in 32 different industries, from cellphone providers (where four firms control 98 percent of the market) to peanut butter (four firms control 92 percent). The data, which has gone uncollected by the federal government since President Ronald Reagans Federal Trade Commission stopped the practice in 1981, came from a private industry analyst called IBISWorld. Open Markets intended to publicize the data to show the enormity of Americas monopoly problem. But never-before-seen polling obtained by The Intercept suggests that the public already knows about, and is gravely concerned by, the concentration of economic power in fewer and fewer hands.
Except the Tooth Fairy is just gross. Did you know that in some places dentists just stuffed extracted teeth into a hole in the wall, and when their buildings are torn down, workers find piles of old teeth?
Thats just nightmarish. Those are human remains, you know.
The DUP have reportedly held high
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied allegations that the company was engaged in political censorship Monday at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Throughout the hearing, Republicans repeatedly claimed that the company was censoring search results to the detriment of
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At first glance, it reads like the script for a Hollywood catastrophe movie. And yet its one of the scenarios that is actually being considered in the official 2018 report by the Commission, tasked by the United States Congress with
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As a matter of fact, Hitler did not utilize the Gleiwitz incident at all. Uncanny, reallyseeing as how it was supposed to have made his case for war with Poland and all. Among the most pressing problems about what purportedly transpired at Gleiwitz, at least as I see it, is that there are countless versions of this most singular event.
Weve been missing out. America shed the European tradition of monsters and debauchery on Christmas in the 19th century; all we have left is one saccharine fat man who brings toys. Until now. Scattered small bands of heroes are trying to resurrect the Krampus tradition.
It seems like a good idea to me. Maybe the imaginary monsters will displace the real ones that run the country.
Also, maybe it will succeed if we tell the capitalists that its a strategy for extending the retail holiday season from Halloween to New Years.
by Jon Rappoport
December 14, 2018
The key was handed to me by a colleague and friend.
In 1987, when I was researching my book, AIDS INC., I took a side road. It was prompted by a conversation I had with the brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. He was telling me about experiences hed had with his patients under hypnosis.
Some patients encounter a monolith, he said. They come across a symbol that is there in the subconscious. Sometimes it looks like a closed door. Sometimes it shows up as a blank wall. Sometimes its a geometric shape. One patient actually called it a brick sky.
But in every case, it locked up the patients ability to recall or explore under hypnosis. It was like a giant obstruction on a road. However, these patients could describe something about the nature of the symbol. They said it was broadcasting a message: THIS IS REALITY.
The patients were in awe of the symbol. It had a deep emotional effect on them. It was as if many different realities had come together to form this single symbol, like separate pieces clicking into place.
Jack went further. He stated that the symbol induced a profound passivity in his patients
Jack subsequently devised strategies to take apart the symbol, so these patients could rid themselves of their passivity and access huge amounts of previously blocked energies.
Well, I was shocked, because my research on my book had followed a parallel course. Ill explain.
The AIDS cover story that had been invented by medical researchers was all about One Reality, one disease condition caused by one virus, one label, one symbol for the condition: AIDS.
When, in fact, that was the obstruction on the road which was blocking further investigation. In fact, the whole Oneness myth was a lie. A gigantic lie.
A very, very convincing lie. An awesome lie.
The truth was, so-called AIDS was many different conditions (realities) which had been falsely clicked together, through massive propaganda.
That was the key to unlocking the puzzle. And it was the key for me to move into new territory with new energy and confidence.
Id been stalled at the wall, but now I could advance.
The awesome symbol, AIDS, had been shattered to pieces.
Since the publication of my book, Ive of course investigated a number of other subjects, and in each case, there was a symbol, a monolith, an obstruction, and in every case Ive taken the monolith apart to discover that its hiding a plurality of scandals and crimes and deceptions and realities...
But some members call for truce after Strasbourg terror attack.
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Christie a top-tier contender, sources say
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The term political revolution is an odd one. Bernie Sanders never said that voting for him or building his campaign would overthrow capitalism (the traditional meaning of revolution in the socialist movement). The idea was radical but vague. It was
from SouthFront Russian forces have established several military positions near the US-controlled zone of at-Tanf, pro-government media activists reported on December 12. A source familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed at the Russian positions. More weapons, including heavy rocket launchers, are reportedly expected to arrive 
Gun control and ultimately gun confiscation has begun in earnest inside of the United States. Prior to reporting on the simultaneous gun confiscation programs that have begun in earnest in multiple locations, I would first like to visually and graphically present an historical lesson about the dangers that gun control/confiscation poses to a population at the hands of their government.
The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future.
Cities are complex, and the best-laid plans for them can quickly go awry when the messiness of reality interferes. Maybe the incentives on the groundfor property owners, for business owners, for developersare in conflict with each other, or with local leaders stated priorities. When something seems awry in your city, we hope that the Strong Towns content we produce with your support can help you understand what the underlying reasons might beand maybe what your city could be doing differently to help more lively and productive places bloom.
One common question we found ourselves getting this year was, Whats up with all those empty commercial storefronts in new mixed-use buildings? If you live in a bigger U.S. city or spend time in one, youve probably noticed this phenomenon. Rachel Quednau took up the challenge of writing a well-researched answer to that question, interviewing a number of planners and small-scale developers in the process. Here it is, part of our Best of 2018 series. Strong Towns staff.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I live, is going through a massive building phase, with new construction popping up on every corner in and around our downtown and other popular neighborhoods. If you live in any number of mid-sized cities, this is probably a familiar story. And because recent trends in urban planning have encouraged a return to mixed-use developments, those sorts of buildings dominate the new construction landscape. It has resulted in some lovely new ground-level restaurants and shops emerging in areas that previously lacked much street life.
A four- or five-story apartment complex with an empty retail space on the bottom floor. How familiar is this scene? (Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)
But heres the more common picture: a cookie-cutter five story apartment building over a vacant commercial space. This image is probably also familiar to you if you live in one of those cities experiencing an urban growth spurt. One might expect this set-up to last a few months, perhaps, while the apartment units are in the process of bei...
After being kept in the dark about New York's $3 billion deal with Amazon, allowing the trillion-dollar corporation to build its new headquarterscomplete with helicopter landing pad for CEO Jeff Bezosin the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, concerned New York City Council members and scores of angry New Yorkers on Wednesday angrily confronted company representatives over the plan. At the first City Council meeting on Amazon's so-called "HQ2," about 150 protesters joined the mostly-Democratic lawmakers in slamming the closed-door process through which the city and state finalized the deal and the effect the corporation's arrival will likely have on affordable housing and community development in Queens and the entire city, as New York pours much-needed funds into the new one million square foot campus.
There are a variety of patterns in damascus steel-making, each of which represents a different way of laying up the bars, and manipulating them afterward. Each step brings with it a unique opportunity to fail: if you work too slowly, things may oxidize and not weld cleanly anymore. If you work too fast, you may wind up with inclusions or a mis-aligned weld. Two bars the have been forge-welded together are now one bar; you cant re-position things.
My favorite, right now, is called feather:
Thats a superb example of someone elses featherwork. Mines not anything like that; which means I have lots of headspace for improvement!
Its made by making a stack of contrasting bars (usually 1095 and 15n20) then welding them, twisting them, and chopping them down the middle with some kind of cutter, then welding them back together mostly along the original line. Sounds easy, but its not! Normally, when you hot-cut the metal youd be able to frantically brush the scale off and pour flux on, but this is a great big crack, you cant get there from here.
Ive made 3 attempts, so far, and Im getting closer with each one. My first attempt came out looking like this: [Spoiler below the picture. You may wish to amuse yourself by looking at the picture and figuring out what I did wrong]
There are a couple of problems with that block. First off, its too little! By the time I draw that out into a knife-shaped thing, the pattern will be completely crushed. Second, some doofus (I am not going to name names!) cut it on the wrong axis. When the damn thing is glowing orange, you cant tell where the pattern is, unless you had the presence of mind to carve a mark into it before you get started. This is how I learn things.
That little chunk wound up having a different purpose, which Ill be writing about soonish.
Part of the problem is that, to get those lovely layers, you need to make a largeish block and ruthlessly smash it down over and over until they get thinner. Each smash it down ends with being formed into a square bar, chop-sawed to pieces, welded together on the cut-lines, and re forge-welded. Chop-sawing it or bandsawing it makes a mess of the surfaces, so you need to clean them up with a grinder so they will weld properly. If you look at the example bar I have at the top, you can see where the maker welded two chunks into the stack.
Since you wa...
These new progressive Democrats, the Bernie Sanders wing, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, what they are purporting is dangerous.
The Scripture teaches that God made us in His image, male and female, but the Church of England believes it can do better.
Most everyone, it seems, recently awoke to the fact that the rulers of Saudi Arabia are not exactly the kindest, gentlest of folks.
It took the murder and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist to get people (and the media) focused on a government that, by most standards, does not deserve the kind of diplomatic favor it has long enjoyed with democratic Western powers.
One might say the same about other countries, but Saudi Arabia is truly extraordinary, by many measures. Its years-long bombing campaign in neighboring Yemen has produced what the UN called the worlds worst humanitarian crisis with millions on the verge of starvation and an ongoing cholera outbreak seen as the worst in recorded history.
Criminals in Saudi Arabia including those who challenge the regime, such as activists and journalists are routinely flogged in public, beheaded, and even crucified. And while western journalists lauded the governments recent decision to allow women to drive, womens rights are still severely restricted.
The royal family itself is a massive kleptocracy, living in unimaginable splendor and bingeing on luxuries worldwide like drunken sailors.
Of course, the basis for their special treatment comes largely from the nations massive oil reserves, which have bought it astonishing impunity even, it seems, when the lives of thousands of Americans are involved. One issue that always remains in the background but never addressed: the little-understood, though well-documented, relationship between the Saudi royal family and 9/11.
On the surface, the simple fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia should give one pause. Plus, a...
David Klinghoffer has outdone himself. For a guy who thinks the discovery of an extrasolar planet is a challenge to materialism, the bar for the dumbest thing hes ever said is already high, but he has cleared it with room to spare:
In a sense, there are no atheists.
Hes right, in a sense. In the sense that we can arbitrarily redefine words to mean whatever the hell we want them to mean. Lets look at some equally valid examples:
In a sense, all mammals are descended from snakes.
This is true, in a sense, because I define snakes as small Triassic insectivores.
In a sense, there are no dump trucks.
This is true, in a sense, because I define dump trucks as wine bottles that magically refill themselves.
In a sense, David Klinghoffer is a ghost.
This is true, in a sense, because I define ghosts as human beings who occasionally say monumentally stupid things.
Heres the whole quote, lest I be accused of taking it out of context:
In a sense, there are no atheists. Humans arent animals operating on instinct. We continually make choices between competing alternatives, but those choices cant be made fresh at every turn. Instead, to guide our path, we place our faith in a construction of values. Its not possible to operate in the world without casting your lot with some such system just to set your priorities for the day, if nothing else. Systems like that command our loyalty in a god-like fashion even if we dont ascribe divinity to them.
Dont get me wrong; Im grateful to Mr. Klinghoffer for defining me out of existence. My grocery bill is way down, I dont worry about deadlines anymore, and I dont even have to pay taxes! Since ghosts presumably dont worry too much about those things either, I suppose Ive returned the...
With ballot-harvesting, paper votes are collected by intermediaries who deliver them to polling officials, presumably increasing voter turnout but also creating opportunities for mischief.
Theres an answer to the question Who do you have to kill to get a ticket to Hamilton? -- it's Harold Sherburne, Frank Connor, James Gezork, Alejandro Berger, and Charles Steinberg.
As much as transgender ideologues disguised as doctors want to claim otherwise, some drugs pose serious and lasting risks to children.
Algorithms help women celebrate babies on the way, but when that baby is miscarried or stillborn, they seem to magnify the pain.
The people are turning against the European Union, something U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned would happen, but establishment liberals don't get.
'The Clinton Affair' is a compelling and worthwhile trip down memory lane.
The book asks, 'How do you go on living when suffering and injustice will follow you all the way to the grave?'
Smokers are the worst pariahs in American society. But we aren't going anywhere and we want better options.
If they charge President Trump for paying women to not publish scandalous claims, would prosecutors then be compelled to pursue members of Congress who have also made such payoffs?
Women who diverge at all from progressive dogma don't feel supported by the people professionally dedicated to the cause of sexual equality. That's a problem.
A new Gallup poll confirms that Americans care more about rising health insurance premiums than coverage of pre-existing condition protections.
After her husbands failed heart transplant at Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center last year, Judy Kveton received an anonymous letter that left her in tears. It claimed that the physician who performed her husbands surgery was allowed to continue operating even though hed had mishap, after mishap, and despite warnings to hospital administrators that he was not competent.
Now, nearly two years after David Kvetons death, his widow and adult children are citing the unsigned letter, an expert review of medical records and an investigation by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle in a lawsuit against the hospital and its affiliated medical school.
In the complaint, filed late last month in Harris County District Court, Judy Kveton alleges that her 64-year-old husband died as a result of mistakes by Baylor College of Medicine doctors and St. Lukes nurses during and after his transplant in January 2017.
It asserts that hospital leaders should not have allowed the surgeon to continue operating after receiving complaints about his performance. And it accuses the hospital of fraudulently marketing its heart transplant program, exaggerating the quality of its outcomes and luring patients into a deadly situation.
Officials from St. Lukes and Baylor declined to comment for this story. In an email to reporters, hospital spokeswoman Marilyn Gerry wrote, Our prayers remain with the Kveton family, however, we are unable to comment on litigation.
Kvetons story was detailed in an investigation in May by ProPublica and the Chronicle that found a high rate of patient deaths and unusual complications following heart transplants at St. Lukes in recent years. Several physicians had left the renowned heart program after raising concerns about its lead surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan; a couple of cardiologists were so concerned that they began referring some patients to other hospitals for transplants.
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Putin Threatens to Ban Google In Russia! Why Is President Trump MIA?
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I have a lot of friends in law enforcement, and one thing they all tell me is that very few people know their rights when it comes to saying No to cops.
By feigning casual conversation, police are able to violate your rights and turn you into a felon, often for crimes you never committed. This is precisely what the FBI did to Michael Flynn when they sent a couple of FBI agents to his office, pretending to be engaging in a friendly conversation and White House tour. In reality, the FBI agents were interrogating Flynn, writing up a 302 document and using his words to prosecute him for lying to the government. (Yes, thats exactly what they did. The corruption of the FBI is mind-boggling.)
Most people dont know their rights when it comes to interactions with law enforcement. Often an innocent-sounding question being posed to you is actually an attempt to achieve a binding verbal contract of consent that you would not normally grant if you knew the full extent of that contract.
For example, if police officers show up at your front door and ask, Can we come in and talk with you? Most people will answer yes in a simple attempt to be polite. What they dont realize is that they have just consented to a warrantless search of their entire home. Whatever the police find in your home may now be entered into a court of law as evidence because you consented to the search.
The correct answer to any law enforcement officer standing on your front porch is, Do you have a warrant? If they dont have a warrant, you are fully within your rights to...
ProPublica Illinois has launched its first Facebook group: Driven Into Debt: Chicago Drivers Navigating Vehicle Ticket Troubles. Its for people affected by Chicagos vehicle ticketing policies and practices, including those struggling with debt or bankruptcy. Others interested in learning more about the issues are also welcome.
We want to hear your stories and learn from your experiences, all to inform our reporting, and to build a forum for community members to share information.
We hope you can help us.
The group will be moderated by ProPublica Illinois reporter Melissa Sanchez and WBEZ digital editor Elliott Ramos, who have collaborated on several ticketing investigations. If you join, youll be able to communicate with them, as well as get the scoop on our soon-to-be-launched interactive database about ticketing.
Melissa and Elliott have been talking recently on the radio about their work, which revealed that Chicagos vehicle ticket and debt collection policies disproportionately affect low-income and minority motorists and have led many of them into massive debt and even bankruptcy.
Listen on WBEZ: Melissa and Elliott talk about the city of Chicagos decision to create a task force to address the impact of ticketing. From Melissa: Maybe this will be the beginning of a change but Im also conscious of the fact that sometimes things get task-forced to death.
Listen on The 21st: The two reporters discuss how their work prompted the city to throw out 23,000 duplicate sticker tickets and whether that will help people. From Elliott: For a lot of these individuals, it might seem nice to say were going to dismiss all of these tickets. A lot of the damage was already done. Their licenses were suspended. Some of them declared bankruptcy. And many of them lost their cars.
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WELLSTON, Mo. Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development seized control of the public housing authority in Wellston, one of Missouris poorest towns. The authority had been beset by mismanagement, financial problems and unsafe buildings.
The goal of the federal takeover was to stabilize the authority and then return it to local control.
That hasnt happened. Instead, the authority, still under federal control, is broke and its residents are being pushed out. The authority will be shut down on Jan. 1.
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The move will be a crushing blow not only to some families who do not want to leave the city, but to Wellston itself. Some 400 public housing residents a fifth of the city are set to lose their homes sometime next year. They will receive vouchers that they can use to subsidize rent in the private market, but theres a lack of affordable housing options in Wellston and limited choices in the St. Louis area.
HUD, nationally, you failed us and youre putting us in a worse predicament, May...
OPERATION: WATERED SPROUT is joint call to action by Demand Utopia, The Internationalist Commune of Rojava and Symbiotic Horizon. We are calling on all utopians, anarchists, socialists, social ecologists and communalists to mobilize for a week of action in solidarity with Make Rojava Green Again, #EarthStrike and the communal demands of the Gilets Jaunes of Commercy on the second week of January.
Our aim is to raise awareness about the inter-linkages between the social and ecological crisis and raise consciousness that a new world is indeed possible. To save the earth, we need to #SaveTheHumans too! The utopian project of Rojava and the ideas of Democratic Confederalism and social ecology show us that even in the roughest of situations a new world can be constructed!
Have visible protests, rallies, banner drops in solidarity with Earth Strike global day of action on Tuesday, January 15th. Agitate in our local areas around democratic confederalism and communalism as viable political alternatives and the connection between the social and ecological crisis. Build tangible support for the Make Rojava Green Again campaign. Connect with new people and plug them into ongoing local organizing in your area!
WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
Host a reading circle of Make Rojava Green Again
Hand out leaflets and handbills
Do a banner drop.
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In an emergency having an alternative source for producing electricity is a great option. A generator is the best choice for heating a room, keeping food cold, heating food, and keeping a full charge on cell phones. When choosing a heating source it is vital to know how they work, their safeness, and practicality. How 
Its a case of dj vu The parallels between US military conquests in Vietnam and Afghanistan are uncanny. Afghanistan has since overtaken Vietnam as the longest war in American history. During both conflicts, narcotics production spiked to record levels, as did the availability of cheap heroin on the streets of North America and Europe. Notice how the mainstream media refuses to connect the dots. Its not merely correlation its causation.
The question still remains: who started it?
In previous years, 21WIRE has reported on the CIAs infamous trafficking operation, Air America, in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, a formula which has been mirrored operation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia and El Salvador to name only a few.
The effects of these illegal clandestine operations have been devastating on American society.
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Do you know who kicked off the heroin epidemic of the 1960s?
In New York City alone, over 40,000 soldiers who were addicted to heroin in Vietnam came home with raging drug habits. They were unemployed, abandoned by the government, and well trained in maniacal violence.
It is any wonder violent crime and murder rates spiked in the city in the 60s and 70s?
The next big spike came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when abundant cheap cocaine came up from Latin America and was marketed in the form of crack.
What is the common denominator to these twin catastrophes? The CIA.
Vietnam: The roots of the 1960s crime wave:
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In recent months Western media and the Washington Administration have begun to raise a hue and cry over alleged mass internment camps in Chinas northwestern Xinjiang where supposedly up to one million ethnic Uyghur Chinese are being detained and submitted to various forms of re-education. Several things about the charges are notable, not the least that all originate from Western media or democracy NGOs such as Human Rights Watch whose record for veracity leaves something to be desired .
In August Reuters published an article under the headline, UN says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps. A closer look at the article reveals no official UN policy statement, but rather a quote from one American member of an independent committee that does not speak for the UN, a member with no background in China. The source of the claim it turns out is a UN independent advisory NGO called Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The sole person making the charge, American committee member Gay McDougall, stated she was deeply concerned about credible reports. McDougall cited no source for the dramatic charge.
Reuters in their article boosts its claim by citing a murky Washington DC based NGO, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). In an excellent background investigation, researchers at the Grayzone Project found that the CHRD gets hundreds of thousands of dollars from unnamed governments. The notorious US government NGO, National Endowment for Democracy, is high on the list of usual suspects. Notably, the CHRD official address is that of the Human Rights Watch which gets funds also from the Soros foundation.
The "Green New Deal" is a proposed program for moving America quickly away from a climate catastrophe and into an ecologically sustainable future, simultaneously creating millions of new jobs and addressing economic inequality. On December 11, the Sunrise Movement of young people demonstrated at Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office. The day before, over 100 protesters were arrested at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.
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Injunction will be decided this Thursday
The hearing of TransCanadas application for an injunction was moved to this Thursday December 13th in Prince George. If granted RCMP could be at the Unistoten Camp as early as Friday.
The time to stand with the Unistoten is now. If you are in a good space to be on a frontline and can get to camp by Thursday please do so.
If you cant make it by Thursday but can by shortly after its worth it to attempt to get to camp.
Please sign up online at: http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/camp-registration/ and/or for expediency call or signal message Bob at 604 760 6786 to coordinate ride sharing.
If you are uncomfortable being on a frontline but can give people rides to camp or at least Houston please get in touch with Bob. Finding a good vehicle is a major barrier to people getting to camp.
If you are not in a posistion to come to camp but can give money please do so at Unistoten.Camp/donate.
Please spread this message far and wide.
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The Proud Boys have recently elected a new Elders Chapter in an effort to save face in what has been bad press over the last handful of weeks. The Alt-Right fraternal organization has become infamous over the last two years for their street-level violence and harassment of leftist activists and womens reproductive health-clinic clients. Earlier this fall the Proud Boys engaged in a violent brawl in New York City that was caught on camera, resulting in a massive legal investigation. The fight took place after a talk by Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys and leader at that time. After legal pressure in regards to the incident McInnes made an announcement regarding his departure from the Proud Boys. Similarly, Alt-Right speakerbox Milo Yiannapolous made a public statement announcing his departure. As the leadership of the Proud Boys disappeared and the media spotlight became increasingly negative, the violent street-gang scrambled to make things right.
Augustus Invictus, Satanist Neo-Nazi lawyer, announced on social media that he would be taking the throne for the Proud Boys, yet days later the street-fraternity would publicize the rearrangement of their organization by posting The Constitution and Bylaws of Proud Boys International L.L.C. on their official website, c/od by the Van Dyke Law Firm, a lawyer with neo-nazi ties himself (well touch on that later). This announcement did not name Augustus Invictus at all, and while the original posting stated it was WITH MEMBERS NAMES AND EXHIBITS REDACTED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE, the authors did not properly redact the document, publicizing the names and leadership positions within the organization.
What's happening to Japan is relevant worldwide, for all the most advanced and accomplished populations are shrinking, while the most backward recklessly breed. If you think each child is a blank slate, with roughly equal potentials, then there's no cause for alarm, but many among us are convinced a nation's heritage is simply its biology, manifested.
Health Editors Note: Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as Spice or K2, has been associated with bleeding. The synthetic cannabinoid receives its name because it contains chemical similar to those found in marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids are toted to be legal, safe alternatives to marijuana, but in fact have unpredictable effects on the brain that are more 
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Miguels mother, Paulina, is rapidly deteriorating from cancer and has been denied a contact visit with her son, due to his high security level. Were going to change this. The McConnell Unit, where Miguel is incarcerated has already denied the contact visit, so its time to put pressure on TDCJ and TX legislators. The TDCJ can use this opportunity to grant the mother-son visit as a positive publicity stunt. Let them know that Miguel and Paulina deserve to have a final hug and this matter is urgent!
Hello, Im calling to demand a contact visit for Miguel Flores #2084651 with his mother who is affected by terminal cancer. Miguel and Paulina are being denied a contact visit by McConnell Unit due to his security level. An exception must be made so this mother and son can have a final hug. To deny them otherwise would be inhumane, cruel, and unusual punishment.
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Everything in that room, and everyone, was shining, just for a moment.
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(Natural News) Growing old is not fun at all. Among other things, your muscles get thinner, making you much weaker and increasing your vulnerability to serious physical injuries. A Chinese study suggested that you could preserve much of that muscle strength by taking up tai chi forms. The Chinese martial ar...
Mysterious nonprofit group backed by George Soros, linked to Fusion GPS has investigated Trump and possible Russian interference.
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Democrats are completely obsessed with racial division.
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Internet giant going after anyone who supports POTUS.
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Health Editors Note: When bacterial infections overwhelm the body, a life-threatening condition will result because the bodys response to the infection is to cause injury to organs and tissues. Sepsis results from the inflammatory immune response that is jolted by the infection. Bacteria is not the only potential cause of sepsis. Viral, protozoan, and fungal 
U.S./Mexico border Hundreds of faith leaders and allies marched to the United States border wall just south of San Diego in solidarity with the migrant caravan. They were met by Border Patrol agents and Department of Homeland Security police who arrested over thirty clergy
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Pretext is allowed to stand in as reasonable doubt, even truth when in fact it is downright a lie funded and promoted by elites.
A research study on housing affordability and millennial homeownership
There is dismay at the suicidally slow pace at which world leaders are working to confront the crisis that -- if immediate and bold action is not taken -- threatens to render the planet uninhabitable for future generations.
I have gotten a number of complaints from Seattle weather
lovers, expressing their frustration at the lack of big winds this
fall. What is a Seattle fall without a big windstorm and
power outages? Well FINALLY, we are going to get some wind,
although not the kind of tree feller that cripples the region.
The forecast sea level pressure map for 10 PM tonight shows a fairly strong low pressure system offshore, with a lot of pressure variation (pressure gradient) over the coastal waters--which means strong winds there.
By Aaron Kesel Three creepy Facebook patent applications describe using your historical location data and others to determine where users will go next...
Legislation making it easier to kill sea lions waits for Trumps approval
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Tools designed to help against international crime
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Financial elite will crash everything to retain control.
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Says Fed put itself in an impossible position
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Egypts president slammed migrants not fighting for their own countries in a heated pro-nationalist speech.
Migrants should not expect western countries to open t...
Auf den ersten Blick liest es sich wie das Drehbuch zu einem Hollywood-Katastrophenfilm. Und doch ist es eines der Szenarien, die im offiziellen Bericht der Kommission aus dem Jahr 2018 erwogen werden, der vom Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten in Auftrag
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primeira vista, parece o roteiro de um filme catastrfico de Hollywood. Pelo contrrio, um dos cenrios apresentados no relatrio oficial de 2018 da Comisso encarregado pelo Congresso dos Estados Unidos de examinar a Estratgia de Defesa Nacional:
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By Rebecca Davis OBrien, Rebecca Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha for the Wall Street Journal Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trumps 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said. The criminal probe by the Manhattan US Attorneys office, which is in its early 
They only dont want to [support the wall] because of me.
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Establishment politicians being replaced by new generation of Trumpian candidates.
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O Iraque, que nos anos de Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) viveu grande perodo de prosperidade e estabilidade social, ento reconhecido pela ONU como um dos pases rabes que mais respeitavam a diversidade religiosa, tem sido atualmente uma das naes mais devastadas
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A Chicago psychiatric hospital just two days from losing federal funding, potentially forcing it to shut down, will remain open for now, following a judges ruling Thursday.
Federal officials had told Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital they would terminate its Medicare agreement on Saturday after a November inspection found the hospital could not ensure its patients were free from sexual and physical abuse and did not have adequate policies and procedures in place to investigate abuse allegations.
Officials learned of the allegations from separate investigations by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune.
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In court filings, Lakeshore said that terminating the federal agreement would make the hospital ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid funding, which makes up more than 90 percent of the hospitals revenue, and would force it to lay off employees and close its doors.
Lakeshore attorneys on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman for a temporary restraining order to stop federal authorities from...
The left has never seen a tax they didnt like.
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Welcome, to This Is America, December 13th, 2018.
In this episode, we speak with a teacher that was part of a recent wildcat strike in Oakland, California, and ask them what led to the action and where they see things heading in the near future.
I had not been aware that Fox News just started a new streaming channel called Fox Nation that features its standard garbage only in a more condensed form. Samantha Bee describes what it consists of. What I found most interesting is that she says that Fox Nation is available during the hours when the supposedly serious news programs on Fox News is on and shuts down when the talk shows hosted by the nutcases come on in the evening. In other words, Fox Nation provides an option for those people who think that the afternoon line up on Fox News is not crazy enough.
By Gordon Duff with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow What happened in America during the last presidential election and, to an extent, during the recent mid-term elections, is now starting to materialize in Europe as well. It isnt just election rigging and propaganda. Americas government processes are at a standstill while congress and the legal system 
In corporations, universities, government offices and elsewhere, there is usually an oppressive male culture and a repressive power structure that routinely shortchange women on pay and on promotions. That's bad enough, but adding insult to injury, prevailing conventional wisdom blames women for this!
The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They aren't only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.
Via Jonathan Eisen, a simple exercise.
Please take a minute to experience for yourself one of the greatest scientific Easter eggs in a long time.
Step 1: download the PDF of this paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-20427-9
Step 2: Go to Page 3.
Step 3: Zoom way way in on the turd in Figure 1.
Step 4: Enjoy and share.
The article is titled Methylation-based enrichment facilitates low-cost, noninvasive genomic scale sequencing of populations from feces, in case youre interested.
For those of you who dont want to take the trouble, Ill put the illustration of a baboon turd below the fold. You never know, someone might decide to insist on having it redrawn.
The surface of Mars might be barren today, but conditions underground could have been hospitable for alien life in the distant past. Researchers are now theorizing that there was enough hydrogen dissolved in the ground that could have sustained certain types of microbes.
This finding is based on similar subterranean conditions on Earth. These subsurface lithotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLiMEs) are made up of microbes that live in perpetually dark areas.
These microorganisms get their energy from dissolved chemicals that enter their underground homes. They take electrons from molecules of hydrogen and other chemicals to power their biological processes.
The Brown University (Brown) researchers said that Martian radiation that penetrated the soil would have broken down water into oxygen and hydrogen in the distant past. The radiolysis process would have produced enough hydrogen in the crust to match the levels found in Earths SLiMEs.
These findings are not direct proof that alien life did exist on Mars. However, if alien microorganisms did live underground, they would have plenty of hydrogen food for a very long time.
The researchers recommended that future studies should consider the areas where the ancient Martian subsurface can be accessed. (Related: New evidence helps astronomers determine when life might have existed on Mars.)
The Brown study went over gamma ray spectrum data collected by NASAs Mars Odyssey space probe. They created a map of the potassium and thorium concentrations in the planets crust.
Both potassium and thorium are radioactive. Their levels and locations were used to track down uranium. The radioactive decay of these three elements provide the radiation required for radiolysis of water that produces hydrogen.
Furthermore, the elements decay at a steady rate. So the researchers were able to use modern-day levels of potassium, thorium, and uranium to calculate the concentration levels during the early years of the planets existence. These results also told them how much radiation flux was present during ancient times.
The researchers proceeded to determine the amount of groundwater available in Mars during that time. They also computed the amount of space in the Martian crust that could hold that underground water.
The women's magazine Elle has recently undertaken an unusual initiative: On Nov. 6, 2018, 35 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making this incoming class the most diverse . . . in the body's 230-year history. They join nearly 70 women incumbents, resulting in over 100 women reps. To commemorate the milestone, ELLE.com captured 27 of these Congresswomen-Elect, reciting the Preamble to the Constitution
Two persons, Joe Meadors and Dr. Swee Ang, who personally faced Israeli violence in the past, faced violence again on the Al Awda ship in the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla that challenged the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza in July 2018. Dr. Swee is back home in London, UK, and Joe Meadors is at home in Corpus Christi, Texas, both ready to go on the next mission to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Jim W. Dean - Why has our Congress never showed any concern of massive Israeli meddling in our political system, including not only elections, but massive espionage operations?
By Catherine J. Frompovich Parents, legal guardians, pediatricians, family doctors, local school boards, state health agencies and specifically the States of California, Mississippi and West...
I was invited to write an article to preview my talk at the International City Managers Association conference. This is what I came up with. Ten years into Strong Towns, it is a nice summary. Sharing it is a good way to end the year for me.
My speech at ICMA is pretty indicative of what our movement has become and I think foreshadows what a big year 2019 is gearing up to be. The talk was in a huge ballroom, which was nearly full by the time my session started. As I got going, more and more people showed up. Nobody left. By the end, there were people standing in the back, sitting in the aisles, and spilling out into the hallway. These are city managers, and they are hungry for a message like ours.
But its not just city managers or other professional staff. The overwhelming majority of our audience, and those who attend our events, dont come from the ranks of professionals. They are not elected and appointed officials. They are regular, everyday people who care about their place and just want it to be a little better. And they are making it happen.
This article was published in the September 2018 Public Management (PM) magazine published by the ICMA (icma.org). It is republished here with permission.
As a young engineer, I remember sitting in a city council meeting where a senior colleague presented my analysis on the massive backlog of road maintenance the community was facing.
My estimation was that the city's capital budget needed to be increased by five times just to keep from falling further behind. To me, this felt like a total disaster! There was no way that kind of budget increase was ever going to happen, especially given the long list of other needs the city was facing. And I knew that the obvious question of reckoning must be coming: How did we get to this point?
My colleague soberly reviewed the numbers and then deftly shifted the conversation into a discussion on funding. The city could raise taxes which, of course, no one was recommending. Better not to be the one to open that book since everyone in the room understands how that story ends.
There was hope that the state and federal governments might come up with some solution, especially since so many places are in the same situation. Hope, in this instance, is sort of like the feeling people have when their team is down three scores with the clock running out. We all know success is highly unlikely, but remember that one game...?
Hope is a psychological bridge that allows us to justify embracing the Holy Trinity of Decline: growth projections, subsidies, and debt.
We hope new growth will provide more revenue. Our desperationalthough we would rather call it commitmentis such that were prepar...
By B.N. Frank Tucker Carson and psychotherapist and author Tom Kersting had an intense 3-minute discussion about the recent CBS 60 Minutes segment on research...
In September, Lawrence became the first city in Massachusetts to pass an ordinance requiring community control of police surveillance. The ordinance requires, among other things, that city agencies like the police get permission from the City Council before deploying new surveillance technologies. It also requires that agencies get Council approval for the privacy policies that will govern any approved technologies.
Last Monday, the Lawrence Police Department held a community meeting at the Lawrence Public Library to discuss their plan to install about 70 surveillance cameras all over the city (see map above). Along with representatives from the contractor, Lan-tel communications, and a representative from the Somerville Police Department, Lawrence Chief of Police Roy P. Vasque made the case for why the city needs this kind of surveillance system. The officials discussed the Lawrence PDs draft surveillance camera policy, and members of the public voiced their own views.
Chief Vasque told the approximately 30 people assembled at City Hall that his departments surveillance cameras will be used as an investigative tool, and will have a deterrence function that will help lower the crime rate in the city. The Chief didnt present any evidence to support the claim that cameras lower crime rates, however, and the effectiveness of this type of surveillance system for lowering violent crime rates is far from proven, and a subject of debate.
According to the presentation, the new surveillance system in Lawrence is inspired by the Somerville Police Departments system. Following Somerville, one of the Lawrence PDs goals, the Chief said, is to be transparent. By transparency, he meant basically three things. First, the police will disclose the locations of the cameras. Second, they will allow people to visit the headquarters where the cameras are monitored. Finally, they will issue annual reports on camera use. Those are all good and laudable steps towards transparency, and the ACLU encourages Lawrence to take them.
Representatives of the contractor and Chief Vasque also provided the following information about the camera system:
Collusion itself is not specifically a crime under federal statutes, but conspiracy can be -- and that, from what we are now seeing, may well be where Mueller is going. If such cooperation included a willful compromising of U.S. national security in consideration of personal enrichment, say in the form of emoluments, then the station that train ultimately arrives at is Espionage.
Ever since I started blogging in 2007, one of the boogeymen of the skeptical movement was so-called postmodernism. Postmodernism, as skeptics understood it, was an ideology where anything goes. It was extreme moral relativism. It was the idea that truth itself was a social construct. It was the idea that no one could know anything, and yet people could have their own personal truths, which may differ from one another. In short, it was one of skepticisms antitheses.
Even in 2007, this seemed kind of sketchy to me. I recall writing a post titled Whats with postmodernism? wherein I complained that the term was inconsistently defined, and trusted sources offered a completely different picture of what postmodernism really was. Now that I have more experience in academia, and a much greater degree of cynicism about the skeptical movement, I feel more confident in simply calling bullshit. Postmodernism is a villain invented by skeptics, originally based on a real thing, but so far abstracted from reality that it may well be called mythology.
The truth about postmodernism, is that its used in a variety of contexts to mean completely different things. One of the most prominent uses is in the history of art, where it describes a period in the 20th century, and a broad set of ideas that are associated with it. HJ wrote a good summary. But it seems like that has hardly anything to do with postmodernism as skeptics understand it. So where did the mythology come from?
My best guess is that it comes from Alan Sokal. In 1996, Sokal famously published a hoax article in Social Text which applied postmodern ideas to quantum gravity. In the paper, and in the subsequent fallout, the word most commonly used to descri...
Jon Ward is a Senior Political Correspondent at Yahoo News and host of the podcast, The Long Game. Ward recently interviewed Andrew Sullivan on his ideas Read More
The only congressional races to use ranked choice voting are
those in Maine and the first time it was used was in last months
elections and it produced a result in the second Congressional
district that illustrated how it works. When the first choice votes
were counted, the Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin came in first
and the Democrat Jared Golden came second but none of the four
candidates got the required 50%+1 votes. So the second choices of
those voted for the candidates who came in third and fourth were
then tabulated and Golden emerged the winner.
So naturally Poliquin sued in federal court, saying that the ranked-choice voting system was unconstitutional and that the plurality system should have prevailed. He must have been encouraged by the fact that the case would be heard by a Trump-appointed judge Lance Walker. But today, the judge threw out his challenge.
The judge said he failed to see how Maines candidate-ranking system undercut voters First Amendment rights in any fashion. He said the system was motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable their supporters to express support, without producing the spoiler effect.
The new method of voting actually encourages First Amendment expression, without discriminating against any voter based on viewpoint, faction or other invalid criteria, said Walker, a judge with U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Maine only uses this method for primaries and federal elections because the state constitution apparently requires only a plurality to win. Poliquin may well appeal the verdict bit it is hard to see him winning since the US constitution is silent on this issue.
I hope more states adopt the ranked-choice method. It provides a much better gauge of voter preferences than the plurality method.
Tijuana, Mexico After fourteen days of an ongoing hunger strike to bring attention to human rights violations against the migrant caravan, members of Pueblos Sin Fronteras met with Mexican officials at the National Institute of Migration (INM). They also met with U.S. Officials at
The DOJ wiped text messages between former FBI employees, Lisa Page and Peter Strozk, before the Office of the Inspector General could review them.
I know the perspective is wonky is this photo, but it was taken with my phone camera which I really dont know how to use. Unfortunately, its the only camera I have right now because Ive lost the charger for my real camera, making it more of a paperweight than a camera. The charger is a biggish thing that should be easy to find, but its hiding somewhere in the chaos that is my house right now. Ive been scatter-brained lately so it could be anywhere and my short-term memory sucks at the best of times so it may be a few days before I find it, but find it I will. Predictably, it will be in the last place I look.
Trump's one hope is for prosecutors to decide he can't be charged while president. Then, if he wins a second term, the statute of limitations will run out on his 2016 crimes. Trump's been getting away with things for a very long time. It isn't clear if he can talk his way clear of this one. But don't underestimate him.
Across the country this spring, three-day training sessions will be taking place to help heal the condition of whiteness.
Scalawags like Manafort, Flynn, Cohen et al, may have fancy stories to tell, and very damaging to Trump to boot. And there may be files, and even audio to back them up. But it's still going to be one person, or several people, that you have never heard of before, and never will again, who will finally drop the hammer on Trump's fat, empty head.
For places that are currently riding a sugar high of economic growthan influx of new residents, plenty of good jobs being created, and shiny and new infrastructure that hasnt started to crumble yetthe Strong Towns message often translates as a cautionary tale. Ask the hard questions, we urge those cities and towns. Are you setting yourself up for long-term, sustainable prosperity, or are you mortgaging your future to pay for the things youre building now?
But what about for places where the sugar high has long since ended? We believe the message we deliver is deeply relevant in the post-industrial Midwest and Rust Beltplaces that have lost population, that have lost major employers, and that have huge backlogs of unfunded maintenance needs. But its relevant in a different way. To demonstrate that this year, with support from the Knight Foundation, weve turned a spotlight on Akron, Ohio, hosting events and publishing regular content (much of it by writers local to the Akron area) intended to showcase the ways in which civic leaders and a multitude of strong citizens are making positive change happen from the ground up.
To places like Akron, we believe we offer a hopeful insight: that you dont need to wait for a savior. You dont need a silver bulleta new corporate headquarters, a massive transit project, a huge catalytic redevelopmentto start reversing decline. Places that have fallen on hard times are, in fact, brimming with potential, because there are so many modest but pressing needs to be met. The key is to get out there, roll up your sleeves, and identify the small but high-returning investments that will start turning a place around, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Often, the hardest barrier to overcome is psychological: a critical mass of people need to believe that their towns future will be better than its recent past. This essay by Rachel Quednau, part of our Best of 2018 series, discusses the Psychology of Decline and how to combat it. Strong Towns Staff.
Who's heard any of the following things said about their city or neighborhood?
Growing up here, I loved this neighborhood. But we're never going to get back to that place now.
Our city is in trouble, but we can't change that.
Our leaders aren't invested and the money has dried up. Nothing we do is going to make a difference.
People here just don't care...
These aren't merely off-hand co...
(Natural News) Olive wine, a byproduct of olive mill wastewater, contains plenty of antioxidants that make it a potentially good treatment for diseases caused by oxidative stress, according to one study. Apart from increasing the number of options available for people suffering from oxidative damage-induced conditions, the findings also promise a brilliant way to solve
House rep who thinks islands can capsize is confronted about Google censorship
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He has told people close to him in recent days that he is alarmed.
Infowars founder enters the swamp.
Priests directed to bless transgenders
By Lorraine Chow via Eco Watch
The plant-based rings will be piloted in Tulum, MexicoCoronas homelandat the beginning of 2019.
The beach is an important part of Coronas DNA and we have been working with Parley to address the issue on the frontlines where plastic is physically accumulating, Corona Better World Director Evan Ellman said in the press release. We also recognize the influence a global brand like Corona can have on the industry, and with the support of Parley, are pursuing scalable solutions like plastic-free six pack rings that can become a new standard to avoid plastic for good.
Corona is testing its rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials, the press release said. If littered, they break down...
Iraq, which in the years of Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) lived a long period of prosperity and social stability, then recognized by the UN as one of the Arab countries that most respected religious diversity, has now become one of the
For the first time since 1973, the United States now leads the world in terms of oil production. And according to reports, we have the ground underneath Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico to thank.
A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that untapped regions of whats known as the Delaware Basin, a component of the greater Permian Basin, contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids an amount two times larger than what was estimated in a 2016 assessment of just the Wolfcamp shale play in Permians Midland Basin.
These estimates take into account access to continuous, unconventional oil comprised of undisclosed but technically recoverable resources, according to the USGS. This means that such resources are accessible using methods like slant drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Christmas came a few weeks early this year, stated U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, about the unexpected discovery. American strength flows from American energy, and as it turns out, we have a lot of American energy.
Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States. Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.
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This news comes at the same time that President Donald Trump has announced that, for the first time, the U.S. is now exporting more crude oil than its importing.
This makes the U.S. more robust in terms of energy independence than even Middle Eastern energy powerhouses like Saudi Arabia, which is known for its oil production.
According to the official numbers, the U.S. exported a net of 211,000 barrels of oil during the week that ended on November 30, 2018. Based on historical records provided by the Energy Department, this is the first time this has ever happened since the numbers first started getting tracked back in 1973.
So when does the U.S. send a delegate to OPEC meetings? joked Kyle Cooper, a consultant at ION Energy in Houston, as quoted by Reuters. Its really quite amazing. I do think that will occur more and more often in the coming years.
The election of a record number of women to Congress is significant in that Congresswomen are more likely to focus on socio-economic and gender-based issues that have largely been either ignored or resisted by a predominantly male Congress.
The once unimaginable the end of GM Oshawa seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. If there is any lesson to be learned here it is that overturning this imposed reality cant be achieved by traditional
All over Europe, the First World War had brought about a potentially revolutionary situation as early as 1917. In countries where the authorities continued to represent the traditional elite, exactly as had been the case in 1914, they aimed to
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Sudans proposal to have Russian companies help construct the East-West and North-South Trans-African Railways could reshape African geopolitics if Moscow succeeds in leveraging its possibly newfound strategic position in this sphere to balance between the two emerging blocs in the
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Today, Google Doodle will take viewers on a short, astronomical journey that demonstrates how the combination of a distant space rock, the Sun, and Earths atmosphere manage to provide an incredible natural light show. Currently, the Earth is traveling through the dust and rubble that has come from a strange space rock called 3200 Phaethon, 
It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university
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The Acting Cook County Public Guardian filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday on behalf of hundreds of children and teenagers in state care who have been held in psychiatric hospitals after they had been cleared by doctors for release, calling the practice inhumane and unconstitutional.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has a constitutional responsibility to ensure that children in the departments care, whose lives are already marked by trauma, are not unnecessarily held in psychiatric hospitals, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Chicago.
The effects of holding children (beyond medical necessity) are heartbreaking at an individual level and staggering when multiplied among all the children who have been subjected to the practice, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit follows a ProPublica Illinois investigation in June that found nearly 30 percent of children in DCFS care who were sent to psychiatric hospitals between 2015 and 2017 were held there after doctors had cleared them for discharge. The children were hospitalized for a collective total of more than 27,000 days, or nearly 75 years.
The unnecessary hospitalizations cost the state millions of dollars.
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The girls were forced to be part of a WhatsApp group called Purim an apparent reference to the Jewish holiday where they were pressured and intimidated as well as summoned to areas frequented by Israeli tourists.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears to be one step closer to forcible removal from Ecuadors London Embassy, most likely to be extradited to the US to face charges in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, which is commonly known as
We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.
We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to
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In a matter of a few months the ruling African National Congress of South Africa (ANC) will test its political support through national elections.
It has been a quarter-century since the national liberation movement turned political party won a substantial
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On April 10, 2018 the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry submitted a legal petition to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for a Grand Jury to examine the evidence for the destruction of the World Trade
Of all the anniversaries that punctuate Palestines tragic modern history, the one on 11 December may be the most important.
On that day 70 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 194 by a majority of 35 out of
Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club.
The former Ukrainian
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As leaders from all around the world gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of a war meant to end all wars, the aftermath of the bloody conflict nevertheless continue to resonate in many parts of the globe
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By Kerry McDonald Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: In fact, the whole...
A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.
Hollywood star Natalie Portman raps Israels nation-state law as mistake and racist by Press TV, Tehran [ Editors Note: Portman takes the Zionists head on and is still walking, with no moves to crush her career as has happened to so many others. In Hollywood, to do such a thing is considered career suicide. 
Megan Molteni has an
article in Wired discussing an old problem: What do
you do with scientific information that was obtained unethically?
This is an old problem that has been seen in stark forms with Nazi
scientists experimenting on Jewish captives prior to and during
World War II and the US government experimenting on black people
for four decades in the infamous
Tuskegee experiments.Molteni brings this up in the context of
genetic modification done on two human embryos using the CRISPR
technology. As Molteni
On the one hand, you might want to learn from such a persons work; to have a full and open dissection of everything that went wrong. Because, spoiler, there was a lot that went wrong in the case in question. But rewarding such abhorrent behavior, as one scientist put it, with a publicationthe currency of the scientific worldwould send a message that ethical rules only exist to be broken.
Scientists denounced the work with near-unanimous condemnation, citing its technical failures as well as its deep breaches of ethical (and possibly legal) lines. Whats much less certain is what should happen to the work, now that its been done.
But He, who made his announcement over YouTube, has so far produced no manuscript for public consumption. A paper describing this work is reportedly under peer review, and a second one about additional Crispr experiments in human embryos was rejected by an international journal over ethical and scientific concerns, STAT reported Monday morning.
During the Hong Kong summit, an audience member asked He if he would be willing to post his work to a public forum, such as the biology preprint server bioRxiv, so the scientific community could have access to the data. He said that the journal considering his manuscript had advised against posting anything to bioRxiv until the paper had passed peer review. He did not specify which journal. Nor did He return WIREDs requests for comment. But scientists who have seen the manuscript doubt it will pass peer review any time soon, if ever.
It was a very shoddy paper, very incomplete. What I saw wouldnt pass any journal, says Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute who reviewed Hes manuscript for the Associated Press. Other scientists have also denounced the experiment as a technic...
A bipartisan coalition is forming to overthrow Trump's corrupt business alliance with Bin Salman.
By Carey Wedler California routinely makes national headlines for its big government policies. This week is no different, as bureaucrats move to impose a texting...
As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet. If the global economy really is booming, as many politicians claim, why are leaders and their parties around the world continuing to get booted out of office in such a sweeping fashion?
A Florida state court judge rejected a new trial for a man convicted of physically abusing his son, and harshly criticized the testimony offered on his behalf by two doctors who have served as expert witnesses for hundreds of people accused of child abuse.
In denying James Duncans bid for another trial, Circuit Judge Michael Andrews found that the doctors David Ayoub and Marvin Miller promoted a fringe opinion, offered theories that were not believable and have never in hundreds of cases attributed a childs injuries to abuse.
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This Court is challenged to believe that any jury, presented with these revelations, would believe that either doctors opinions are credible, Andrews wrote in his 26-page ruling Tuesday.
Ayoubs work as an expert witness was the focus of a story published last month by ProPublica and The New Yorker. The Springfield, Illinois, radiologist used to be active in the anti-vaccination movement before switching his attention to child abuse allegations.
Ayoub believes that many c...
By MassPrivateI Americans no longer have to worry about the TSA (DHS) using facial recognition to spy on you and your family. Because private corporations...
Hiding the provision in a Farm Bill, the House passed an insidious piece of legislation that will facilitate perpetual war and genocide in Yemen.
By Joseph Jankowski Frances Finance Minister is warning that the tax relief and subsidy acceleration promised by President Emmanuel Macron under the weight of nationwide protests...
By B.N. Frank For several months, the media has been referring to the Telecom Industry as Big Wireless and comparing them to Big Tobacco and...
By Matt Agorist The default sentiment among those who cannot think outside of the government is that people in need will starve if the government...
In communities throughout the United States, law enforcement agencies are choosing to send officers to Israel on exchange programs to share violent practices of surveillance and repression. But as communities learn of these trips and their content, they are quickly backing out. Just last week, the Vermont State Police and Northampton Massachusetts Police Department pulled officers from a recent trip sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a self-proclaimed civil rights organization. Yet, in the face of community outrage and criticism, the ADL continues to stand by these deadly exchanges.
The mainstream press is tipping its glasses in exultation over the latest regulatory conviction in the anti-Trump, anti-Russia brouhaha. This one comes in form of a upcoming guilty plea by a 28-year-old Russian woman named Marina Boutina. Her crime? Failing
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Vietnam claims that Israels SPYDER surface-to-air missiles malfunction in tropical environments such as its own and importantly arent compatible with its majority-Russian-provided military wares, auguring quite negatively for the self-proclaimed Jewish States ambitions to expand its influence across the wider
The post Vietnam Has Buyers Remorse after Purchasing Israeli Anti-Air Missiles appeared first on Global Research.
CFO Meng Wan Zhou was arrested supposedly for violating Iran sanction. This has to be the most grotesque distortion of justice. After all, the United States was the country which unilaterally pulled out in VIOLATION of an agreement they had solemnly signed with Iran alongside multiple nations under UN auspices earlier! In other words, the guy who broke a solemn promise made, violated the agreement; then made sanction an American domestic law, and is now force-feeding this draconian law arbitrarily upon the rest of the world by arresting someone who refuses to violate a UN-endorsed agreement!
A high-profile report trumpeted by arch-Brexiteers including David Davis, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg as their alternative to Theresa Mays Chequers plan has been withdrawn, after a Charity Commission investigation.
The Plan A+ report was published by the Institute of
Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria.
During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) will launch
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On Tuesday, the day after French President Macrons national address in response to weeks of Yellow Vest protests for social justice he opposes, offering woefully inadequate concessions, suspicious shootings occurred in Strasbourg, France.
The Macron regime alone benefits from what
In his efforts to uncover the Iran-Contra plot and the machinations surrounding Russia-gate, Bob Parry was in the forefront of journalists exposing the inner workings of the Deep State, recalls Ray McGovern during our Winter Fund Drive.
The author writes, In neighborhoods across Philadelphia, the city sells homes that owe back taxes, or have fallen into foreclosure. But the sales in [Maleny] Vazquezs neighborhood were different. On Vazquezs block, the DA attempted to seize nearly one-quarter of the properties between 2011 and 2015 alone.
The author writes, The Los Angeles Times former publisher and editor, Davan Maharaj, reportedly received a $2.5-million settlement following his exit from Tribune Publishing Co. after revealing to a mediator he had recorded anti-Semitic comments allegedly made by the companys largest shareholder, Michael Ferro.
The author writes, The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War.
From Politico: The National Enquirers parent company has agreed to tell prosecutors everything it knows about Donald Trump and it might know a lot.
The author ...
Poroshenko is getting ready to go on the offensive. The Ukrainians are so confident of US Support the reinstalled Nazi murderer Stepan Bandera as a hero of Ukraine.
The tragic circumstances at the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting demonstrate the fatal flaw in the NRA's alternative to passing gun control.
We can't broker any more dithering when it comes to the climate. Cries of "We can't afford a Green New Deal!" are not only ridiculous; they're hypocritical. If we can afford handing the wealthy and corporations a $1.5 trillion permanent tax cut, we can afford an FDR New Deal-style economic overhaul that will transform our energy grids away from fossil fuels.
"New Mexicans and other border state residents who experience border issues first hand want border security, but overwhelmingly reject the construction of the wall." "Unfortunately, the President has yet to turn back these indefensible policies. However, I remain committed to advocating for their dismantlement and to seeking comprehensive immigration reform consistent with our long-standing values as a nation."
The context of the arrest matters enormously. The US requested that Canada arrest Meng in the Vancouver airport en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, and then extradite her to the US. Such a move is almost a US declaration of war on Chinas business community. Nearly unprecedented, it puts American businesspeople traveling abroad at much greater risk of such actions by other countries. The US rarely arrests senior businesspeople, US or foreign, for alleged crimes committed by their companies. Corporate managers are usually arrested for their alleged personal crimes (such as embezzlement, bribery, or violence) rather than their companys alleged malfeasance. Yes, corporate managers should be held to account for their companys malfeasance, up to and including criminal charges; but to start this practice with a leading Chinese businessperson, rather than the dozens of culpable US CEOs and CFOs, is a stunning provocation to the Chinese government, business community, and public.
by Jon Rappoport
December 13, 2018
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Representative-elect Mark Green (R) (Tennessee) (twitter and twitter news) pledges to investigate claims that the CDC is fraudulently managing the vaccine-damage data they collect. This story is a developing.
In light of this development, I am re-posting this article of mine from July 2015. July 2015 was seemingly the last time a Congressman took a stance on this issue and did so on the House floor in order to get claims of fraud into the Congressional record.
Lets take a walk down memory lane
Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents
the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. (William Thompson, CDC researcher)
On July 29, 2015, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.
No connection to autism was the lie.
Congressman Posey read a statement ...
Im quite used to seeing beautiful flowers in our inbox from DavidinOz so this not-floral submission by him caught me by surprise and made me smile out loud. Thanks, David.
In addition to roses, David Ruston also collected cars. Here are a couple of oddities.
The pink tractor, Betty Boobs, is used at functions / events raising money for breast cancer research and support.
The Yella Fella is a Lightburn Zeta, designed and build in Adelaide by a company best known for washing machines and cement mixers. Fewer than 400 were sold as it hist the market at the same time the Morris Mini arrived in Australia and mini mania took hold.
Lpez Obradors $20 billion development plan gives Washington a chance to help rectify the historic damage its done to the living conditions of people in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesnt get his wall, its good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S. The day after Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador took office as Mexicos president on Dec. 1, his foreign minister flew to Washington to propose a $20 billion development plan to make Central America a place for people to stay rather than flee.
Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. Its in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society.
Ive seen this a thousand times before, and I know what will follow. Sullivan is going to give us his own, personal, idiosyncratic definition of religion that he has made so broad and nebulous that he can assign it to everyone, no matter how godless they might be, and hes going to rely on general human properties that he can then interpret as religious.
By the way, no genes for religion have been identified. Not one. Hes lying, unsurprisingly for someone who liked The Bell Curve. He links to a book by some guy named Dominic Johnson, who does have a degree in evolutionary biology, and from what I can see relies entirely on bullshit evolutionary psychology to make his claims.
Here comes his redefinition:
By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying Truth or God (or gods).
I see that he has also redefined the word specific, because that is broadly vapid nonsense, not specific at all. A practice? So is writing garbage for NYMag his religion? Appearing on Bill Mahers show is a religion? Except that it is specifically not a theory, but at the same time it requires a transcendant value that gives meaning. This is such a muddled mess of contradictions and immeasurable assertions that it in itself gives the lie to the idea that it could be based on something as concrete as a gene. He really wants us to believe that this wobbly bullshit is a load-bearing pillarof jello. And its all set up to support this groaner of a familiar assertion by theist...
An Indian Health Service hospital that serves urban Indians is the subject of a tug-of-war in South Dakota.
By Luke Miller
While there is debate about what is causing our climate to change, one thing cannot be denied- it is changing. Many studies are showing that the planet could very well be on the brink of self-destruction when the side effects of this global warming kick in with full force.
This month a study from Stanford University warned that if we continue with our current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, by 2030 the earths climate will be hurled back into the state it was 3 million years ago. During this time, the temperature on earth was higher by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius, with sea levels reaching around 20 meters higher than today.
Whatever is happening, behavior needs to change, pollution needs to stop and the planet needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. We are literally at a point in time when we are destroying all life and this has consequences. A recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that despite accounting for just 0.01% of all living creatures, humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild animals and 50% of plants. It is also thought we are in the middle of the 6th Mass Extinction.
One Reddit user geeves_007 posted an interesting question about what wou...
"It may seem like a lot of money to you. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras." A month after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of being granted asylum in the U.S, about 100 refugees from Honduras marched to the U.S. Consulate in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday to tell officials that they will return to homebut only if the country that's refused to observe their right to asylum pays them reparations for the destruction and destabilization its foreign policy has caused in their home country and throughout Central America.
The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. Theyre billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about fake news. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. That didnt last too long at all before the company announced that it wasnt comfortable deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a world with so much division. We all could have told them that, couldnt we?
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.
The deletion of events that dont fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As I inhabited this abode, flicking between sports and cable news, a political crisis of the state was unfolding in one of the worlds richest and most powerful states. France was gripped by an historic working- and middle-class uprising. In the biggest popular unrest seen there since May of 1968, many hundreds of thousands of Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) took to French roadways and other public space in their fourth straight week of explosive mass protests.
Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home. On the one-month anniversary of their arrival into Tijuana, caravan members are pressing the United States to take action but they are dwindling in numbers since more than 6,000 first arrived to the citys shelters. Approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.
By Amanda Froelich
Oftentimes, when someone is down on their luck, their only thought is of winning a bundle of money. But, this wasnt the case for Kevin Booth, a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington. After finding $17,000 in cash in front of a local food bank, Booth decided to turn it in versus reward himself.
GoodNewsNetwork reports that Booth had stopped by his local food bank for a meal early one August morning. He recalled that the Sumner Food Bank often leaves baked goods in front outside for people to take when the facility is closed.
As he neared the establishments front doors, he saw a brown paper bag sitting outside the locked entrance. Booth thought it held food, so he looked inside. To his surprise, he discovered that it contained stacks of $20 bills. Later, it was determined that the bag contained $17,000 in cash.
The money could have dramatically improved Booths situation, but he knew it would serve more people if it was donated to the food bank. So, the good Samaritan waited until volunteer Anita Miller arrived to open up the facility. Needless to say, she was stunned.
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A special episode dedicated to the most militarized land in the world one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place and these people are calling out for recognition for basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.
By Luke Miller
Ory Lab is the new startup which has found a genius way to use robot technology to employ paralyzed people as waiters.
This month a Dawn Ver Beta cafe opened in Tokyo, Japan for a two week period. It used Orly Labs robot waiters as servers for their customers and while robot technology is not new, Ory Lab has a twist to the usual use. Ory Lab employ severely disabled people to remotely control the robots, helping them to gain more independence.
For stopping on the side of the road to help the occupants of a deadly car crash, a good Samaritan was detained and his car stolen by police.
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Questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a recent speaking engagement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that his office is considering offering clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Tennessees outgoing governor gave a speech on Monday at the Nashville Public Library on the importance of education. During the question-and-answer part of the event, Justin Lang, described as a higher-education professional and member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, stepped up to the mic and asked the governor about Cyntoia Browns plight...
Culturally responsive services are vital to our existence, preservation of our heritage, tribal identity and the strengthening of our families.
Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. According to Ocasio-Cortez, the plan aims to eliminate poverty, bring down greenhouse gas emissions...
The RSA Conference is the biggest computer security trade-show held annually in San Francisco.
It used to be pretty bad; there were booth babes and strippers the venture-backed California code-bro culture that James Damore was so eagerly defending. My company used to send me every year, and Id do interviews and started to get increasingly sarcastic, until finally I was relieved of the duty when I threatened to do booth duty wearing stripper heels and a knife-pleated skirt. [ranum]
Last year there were 4 or 5 booths that had some kind of ludicrously expensive sports car, or a flock of young women showing a great deal of spandex and curves. I suppose if a vendor has absolutely no real marketing message, thats a substitute, but I suspect that even the most out-of-touch customer is not going to mistake a firewall (or whatever it is) speeds and feeds for that Ferraris top speed. How does dollars spent, length of inseam, or miles per hour, correlate to telling us something useful about:
The quality of the product?
How well it meets customers needs?
How easy the product is to use?
The companys ability to innovate?
Actually it tells me quite a lot. It tells me Im looking at a company that has a marketing organization thats as out of touch as the management team that approved that booth set-up. Heres a good idea: replace the Ferrari with a cardboard cut-out of a Ferrari and use the money you just saved to hire a new marketing team.
I truly do not understand how I got a reputation for disliking marketing people. I hate the culture, not the individuals.
This summer someone Ive done a lot of work for, in the past, asked me if they could put me on a panel they were proposing, and I said OK, so now Im going to be going to RSA one more time next year. I love Yank Sing and theres an amazing place in Oakland that makes hand-pulled noodles, so, why not?...
Our current rate of warming will quickly lead us back to a climate that predates the evolution of modern humans, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That kind of rapid change has no direct comparison in all of Earths multi-billion year history. The only thing that comes to mind is a meteorite impact, says co-author Jack Williams, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers analyzed the current, near-past, and near-future climates for every part of the planet, and then compared them to what likely existed during similar warming periods of the distant past. The results were shocking, even to Williams.
from SouthFront Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria. During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) will launch an operation east of the Euphrates in a few days to save it 
The Hill reported as late as December 6, 2018, that prosecutors working for a private investigative firm that also has been looking into the Clinton Foundation and their potential crimes. The firm, MDA Analytics LLC, reportedly has contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBIs Little Rock office with evidence from its own investigation. The Hill also reported that a whistleblower report handed over to the FBI and IRS in August 2017 included internal legal reviews, related to mingling of private and charity funds related to the Clinton Foundation activities conducted between 2008 and 2011. Those whistleblower reports raised serious legal issues related to compliance to IRS charity law and the exploits of the Clinton Foundation. However, this investigation has opened up a can of worms. After reviewing the following evidence, the readers will be forced to answer two questions:
The CSS was contacted by an inside source which stated that Bill Clinton flagrantly comingled Bill Clintons party funds with the so-called charity endeavors of the Clinton Foundation and that some of the comingling was related to Bill Clintons excursions to Epstein Island in which it is rumored that a child brothel is maintained for the use and pleasure of the elite traveling to the Island. Does that sound far-fetched? Please consider the following from...
A new poll's findings upset the narrative that Americans so highly support government leave that Republicans should get into the game so Democrats don't net all the political points from it.
Voting alone isnt enough. Someone has to make sure the votes are counted correctly. But not all election administrators double-check their work. Post-election audits, despite their ability to identify mistakes within hours of the polls closing, are far from routine.
A growing set of academics, experts, advocates, and election officials are out to change that. Many convened at the Election Audit Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Election Lab this past weekend. The event was an open forum and featured critical conversations about how to balance the expectations of academics, experts, and election officials mired in the nuts and bolts of running elections.
The engineering and science community and the election administration community dont always see eye to eye, Dr. Charles Stewart III, professor of political science at MIT, told WhoWhatWhy.
The Summit arrived amid growing interest in election audits. In September, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on securing elections, in which audits figure prominently. The US Election Assistance Committee has published literature of its own. Several states have passed provisions for audits in recent years, but the specifics vary widely. Advocates have been working tirelessly throughout.
Without ballots to check against as was the case in Georgia, which uses paperless DRE machines an audit is impossible.
The interest in audits reflect the growing questions regarding the integrity of the election system as a whole. The 2016 presidential election and 2018 midterm elections laid bare the vulnerability of election infrastructure and administration on national and local levels. Foreign interference looms as officials and voters alike prepare for 2020. But the threat of hack...
The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynns questioning, which may indicate theyre hiding the truth.
The online conspiracy theory about the Parkland kids was ugly, but it wasn't the most significant lie of the year.
Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision into the deal that will allow them to silence conservative voices.
A popular vote is based on a distorted expectation about government and rewards the wrong kind of leaders -- urban demagogues.
A belief that all attacks are personaland that opponents invariably represent an evil with which there can be no compromiseis not politics at all.
If we didnt need a free and independent media, it would be comical how they all yap this same talking point in perfect harmony.
On Tuesday, a critical mass of at least 48 MPs filed letters of no confidence in Mays leadership of the Conservative Party.
We feel, almost instinctively, that it is wrong to meddle with the DNA of an unborn human being, but we dont know why we feel that way, nor can we articulate it.
China wants to create a sphere of global influence and improve their defense capabilities via exploring space. We can't sit back and let them dominate.
What better way to bring 2018 to a close than by watching people mock, deliberately misinterpret, or demonstrate that theyre just plain ignorant about religion?
After throwing the audience a curve with Man-Bat in the series pilot, the creative team turns to the best-known member of Batman's rogues gallery.
At the end of each of the past few years, Ive published a list of top books that Ive read over the course of the year. I used to write a lot of book reviews, but have gotten away from that, so this is my attempt to answer a question I get a lot: What would you recommend I read? Reading lists are deeply personal, and I wouldnt respect anyone who merely copied mine, but if youre looking for ideas, Ive got plenty.
I always have a few people surprised that I dont read more planning-related books. Why? Jeff Specks Walkable City Rules is fantastic and Ive bought numerous copies for friends (you should too), but reading for me is about exploring ideas where Im desperately in need of insight. Or where Im gnawing on a topic that I have urgent need to know better. Planning or urbanism-focused books are generally not that.
Theres very little said today that wasnt already said better by Jane Jacobs or Lewis Mumford. Theres a little, but youve really got to dig. I think our greatest insights lie elsewhere.
There are a lot of technical books I skim for knowledge, and they dont make this list. Speed-reading a couple chapters is not really reading a book, but I find myself doing that often. I just bought a book called Understanding Chimpanzees because I want to skim the notes. Ive gotten to the point where I can have a one-way relationship with a book.
Along those lines, Ive shared my thoughts on sticking with books, but it bears repeating. I typically get through about 50 books per year, mostly non-fiction. Im 45 years old, and if I can keep up this pace until Im 95, then Ive got only 2,500 books left to read. That seems such an unfair number; I could fit that many in my house! So instead of pretending I have 10,000 left to read, Ive accepted the 2,500 number, and Ive subsequently become quicker to abandon books that are not worthy of being one of my remaining 2,500. Most of those abandoned books are not on this list either, although I should probably perform a public service and track them too.
So, with that understanding, here are the books I read this year that gave me the most to think about.
By Ethan Huff
For the first time since 1973, the United States now leads the world in terms of oil production. And according to reports, we have the ground underneath Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico to thank.
A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that untapped regions of whats known as the Delaware Basin, a component of the greater Permian Basin, contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids an amount two times larger than what was estimated in a 2016 assessment of just the Wolfcamp shale play in Permians Midland Basin.
These estimates take into account access to continuous, unconventional oil comprised of undisclosed but technically recoverable resources, according to the USGS. This means that such resources are accessible using methods like slant drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Christmas came a few weeks early this year, stated U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, about the unexpected discovery. American strength flows from American energy, and as it turns out, we have a lot of American energy.
Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States. Now, I know for a f...
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Legendary Native leaders Henry and Elizabeth Cloud are the focus of a new book authored by their youngest grandchild.
Gifts from two prominent families have completed the fundraising for a $20 million American Indian Hall on the campus of Montana State University.
Undoubtedly, there is a policy of regime change for Venezuela which is being acted on by Washingtons neoconservative cabal which has taken over large parts of Donald Trumps foreign policy portfolio. In fact, Trump has openly stated that in addition to the current economic warfare which the US is waging against the South American country, that he would also considered the use of military intervention against Venezuela.
For the hawks in Washington, this has been an ongoing policy concern. Back in 2002, the US made a play for regime change in Venezuelan, targeting then president Hugo Chavez in a failed coup. Interestingly, the current leaders of the opposition were not only involved in the 2002 failed coup, they are documented to have received political and financial support from the US government ever since.
Enter the current cycle. Based on even more recent events, Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro is understandably worried for his own personal safety as well as the future of his country, particularly as the US have now enlisted the help of Venezuelas neighbor Colombia which is a perennial recipient of US military aid.
RT International reports
John Bolton is leading the plan to unleash violence and conduct a coup to introduce a transitional government in Venezuela, Maduro said at a press-conference, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page.
Bolton is preparing a plan for my assassination.
Trumps national security adviser has organized the training of mercenaries and paramilitary units in various places to be used against Venezuela, he said.
Maduro claimed that more than 730 armed thugs are ready to launch provocations and to attack military bases in Venezuela.
According to the Venezuelan leader, Boltons plot is being carried out with the heavy involvement of Colombia, with its pre...
The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. A key component of this system are smart meters that are connected to smart appliances in houses located in smart cities. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Jerry Day from the EMF Help Center about the dangers of smart meters, the internet of things, where this is all heading and most importantly what you as an individual can do to protect yourself and your family moving forward.
Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.
The Alameda County Sheriffs Office had drones on the scene for many high-profile protests in Berkeley and on the University of California Berkeley campus throughout 2017, at the request of the Berkeley and UC police departments. The Contra Costa County Sheriff deployed drones over immigrant rights rallies outside the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, which houses detainees for ICE.
Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, in northern British Columbia.
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