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The major French daily Le Figaro on Thursday published a bombshell story which reports the Saudi royal family is actively considering a replacement to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as next in line to succeed his father King Salman as the kingdom finds itself under the greatest international pressure and scrutiny its faced in its modern history over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi widely believed to have been killed on orders of MbS himself.
The Li Figaro reports unnamed diplomatic source says the Allegiance Council, which is historically the body responsible for approving the order of succession to the throne, is currently meeting in secret (translation from the French):
For several days, the Allegiance Council for the ruling Saudi family is meeting in the utmost discretion, says a diplomatic source to Le Figaro in Paris. The information has been confirmed by a Saudi Arabian contacted in Riyadh. Composed of a delegate representing each of the clans at least seven of the royal family, this body, responsible for inheritance problems, examines the situation created by the disappearance, still unresolved, more than a fortnight ago, of the journalist dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The report in Frances oldest top three national newspapers further suggests the ruling family is seeking to replace the 33-year old MbS with his much less ambitious and more predictable brother, Prince Khalid bin Salman.
The council was already seen as having broken the customary rules of succession last year when it appointed MbS as the new crown prince over next-in-line to the throne Mohammed bin Nayef; however, the councils authority has tended to be seen as a rubber stamp on already decided succession by the most powerful figures within the ruling family.
The Le Figaro report further cited a Saudi source who explained the transition wouldnt necessarily be immediate, but that Khalid would gradually replace his brother.
Khalid, whos even younger than MbS at 28, is said to be popular both at home and abroad and is generally seen as someone who can improve the kingdoms image in the West.
Hes been Saudi ambassador to the United States since taking the post in April 2017 but was recalled last week, according to The New York Times. He flew directly back to Riyadh where he was present for Secretary of State...
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October 19th, 2018, Mexico City
We want to announce that today, Miguel Angel Peralta Betanzos, political prisoner of Eloxochitln de Flores Magn, Oaxaca, being processed under the case number 02/2015, has decided to begin a hunger strike, so that the judge of the Mixed District Court of Huautla de Jimnez, Oaxaca, dictates his acquittal. He, together with 33 more, have been falsely accused by the now representative-elect of MORENA in Oaxaca, Elisa Zepeda Lagunas.
Miguel Peralta is one of the seven political prisoners of the Community Assembly of Eloxochitln who remain in prison. Since 2014, the Zepeda Lagunas family, utilizing their economic and political power, have manipulated the legal process of the case 02/2015 taking place in the Mixed District Court of Huautla de Jimnez, Oaxaca. With this, they have drawn out in multiple ways the due process, in addition to causing the forced displacement of more than 20 families from the community.
Our compaero has been in prison for nearly four years, having to endure a legal process plagued with irregularities and violations of local, national and international norms. The legal terms that are clearly stated in these local, national and international norms, have not been respected by the court. As such, to this date, he remains in complete legal uncertainty. His detention has been extended and various rights of his have been violated including the obstruction of an adequate defense, the presumption of innocence and access to prompt and expeditious justice.
It is important to note that, in the criminal case 02/2025, legal decisions have been emitted by the First Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Oaxaca, District Judges and also of the same Court of Huautla, through which eight others accused for the same acts were given their freedom. Furthermore, they have canceled more than 18 arrest warrants, stating that the only evidence that existsthat is the testimonies of the 8 witnessesare generic, contradictory and implausib...
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Last Friday, a gang of Proud Boys, under police protection, staged a violent homophobic assault on anti-racist activists on the streets of NYCs Upper East Side. This latest attack follows a sharp spike in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and xenophobic violence around the world since the November 9, 2016 election, from Chemnitz to Charlottesville.
November 9th also marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht the November Pogrom in which German nationalists, under orders from the highest levels of the Nazi regime, murdered, raped, and brutalized thousands of Jews and desecrated over 1,200 synagogues.
But today, Jews are fighting back, as we always have. And today, in the spirit of centuries of our peoples resistance to racism, fascism, and carceral capitalism, we call on Jews everywhere together with our allies to join in a global wave of action to #CancelFascism this November 8-11.
Our blood isnt cheap: Violence against our communities will not be ignored. Violence against racial, religious, sexual, and gender minorities will not go unchallenged. Nor will the government that sanctions this violence, the church that blesses it, or the ruling class that profits from it.
On November 8-11, we will sing out and celebrate the survival of our peoples. We will sa...
Quick background: This is a follow-on from the post I wrote in response to SkepDoc Harriet Halls sadly misleading post Gender Dysphoria in Children. In my reply, I challenged the myth that children with gender dysphoria are being pushed or rushed into transitioning at very young ages. In fact, international medical guidelines on the subject are clear that medical treatment for children with gender dysphoria should not be started prior to puberty (for more on recommended management of younger children with gender dysphoria, see Part One).
Im writing Part Two because I realised there is a fairly obvious follow-up question that readers might have; while thats all well and good, why are children starting medical treatment for gender dysphoria during puberty? After all, at this stage theyre still children. Surely, runs this line of argument, it would be better for them to wait until adulthood before any decision is made about medical therapy with its possible (or definite) long-term consequences? Its an argument that sounds superficially logical and has convinced many people.
Unfortunately, there is a huge problem with it: Childrens bodies are not going to wait. When the decision arises as to whether a pubertal child with gender dysphoria should start medical treatment or not, the alternative to treatment is not going to be that everything remains comfortably in status quo for several more years while the child grows up. The alternative is going to be that the child goes through the significant biological changes that come with puberty.
For a child with persistent gender dysphoria, this is a very big problem. If you read Part One of this, you might remember the Steensma et al research study that looked at the differences between desisters and persisters with gender dysphoria, and found that the onset of pubertal changes had been a key point for the children they surveyed; while those changes improved the desisters feelings of gender dysphoria, they worsened the gender dysphoria symptoms for the persisters. A lot. Children who already felt uncomfortable and out of place with having a body whose gender didnt match theirs were faced with that body developing much more specific features of that gender and they found...
Without citing a shred of evidence, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) accused Jared Kushner of giving a 'hit list' naming Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman .
Carells story starts with only six molecular building blocksoxygen, nitrogen, methane, ammonia, water, and hydrogen cyanide, all of which would have been present on early Earth. Other research groups had shown that these molecules could react to form somewhat more complex compounds than the ones Carell used.
To make the pyrimidines, Carell started with compounds called cyanoacetylene and hydroxylamine, which react to form compounds called amino-isoxazoles. These, in turn, react with another simple molecule, urea, to form compounds that then react with a sugar called ribose to make one last set of intermediate compounds.
Finally, in the presence of sulfur-containing compounds called thiols and trace amounts of iron or nickel salts, these intermediates transform into the pyrimidines cytosine and uracil. As a bonus, this last reaction is triggered when the metals in the salts harbor extra positive charges, which is precisely what occurs in the final step in a similar molecular cascade that produces the purines, adenine and guanine. Even better, the step that leads to all four nucleotides works in one pot, Carell says, offering for the first time a plausible explanation of how all of RNAs building blocks could have arisen side by side.
Well, my latest resin project didnt go that well. I wanted to created little snowglobes using wooden deco elements. The idea was to pour the lower half of the moulds, wait some time until the pot time is over, push the elements into the resin, let cure, add the top half, add a wooden base, be happy.
As you can imagine, reality had other plans. First of all the resin was still too soft to hold up the deco elements. The right moment would probably have been 5 minutes in the middle of the night.
I tried to stabilize them with bamboo skewers, but it was less than optimal.
The next day I added the top half. The hole is pretty small so I needed a syringe to put in the resin. Usually the two half separated a few times during the process and were a pain to put together again.
First of all, that introduced way too much air, second of all, I added too much glitter.
The results are sad. Very sad.
But Im not giving up just yet. For the next trial Ill do the following: Ill cut off part of the top half so I get a bigger opening. I will then glue the halves together so they wont separate. And I already glued the deco to the wooden platforms. Ill pour the globes in one go (with less glitter) and then push in the elements and just let the base close the mould.
But in the meantime I had fun with the kids and my friends and we made many nice things.
So, everyone thinks they know a bit of constitutional law. And in many cases they actually do. How many senators does your USA state get? Who is the Head of State of Canada? These are questions that a great many people can answer correctly. But as soon as the answer gets slightly more complicated, we reach a weird zone where people arent able to admit we are in I have no idea territory yet, despite the fact that they clearly have no idea whats going on.
Case in point: Can you or can you not shout, Fire! in a crowded theater? Spoiler alert: YES!
When people misquote something related to fires and theaters and frozen peaches, they are referencing Oliver Wendell Holmes language in the decision of US v Schenck. That decision was about whether it was permissible to jail under anti-espionage laws the author of a peaceful pamphlet arguing that USA citizens should peacefully attempt to overturn the WW1-era draft. Holmes argued that yes, if you oppose a draft during time of war, even if you do so peacefully and seemingly reasonably, you can be found guilty of something like sedition and jailed. The argument that the First Amendment protects such expression and political behavior was invalid, according to Holmes. While expanding on his views without making reference to the facts of the case content of a judicial opinion called obiter dicta that is not binding but helps lower-court judges understand an appellate judge or justices reasoning for use in deciding cases that have some similar elements but arent exactly the same Holmes said:
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.
But he didnt say this famously, because if he said this famously, people would actually get the fucking quote right. Though Ive been annoyed at misuse of Schenck for many years now, the quote that gets me writing today is from my best beloved Wonkette:
Republicans have quickly developed a pattern of weaponizing the #MeToo movement for their own political ends, while simultaneously crying witch hunt in a crowded adult movie theater whenever one of their own is credibly accused.
Whats wrong with this? Well, apart from being funny and delightful in every comedic way, it terribly, terribly repeats the same mistake that everyone seems to repeat when they try to quote Holmes: they neglect the qualifier falsely. Whats even worse for Wonkette is that in this particular case, retaining falsely actually improves the met...
Well, the sun did try to shine earlier this morning, but by the time Jack and I got ourselves outdoors it had clouded over. We went to the woods anyway and had a pleasant autumn walk in the autumn air. It wasnt the bright colours that caught my eye today, though. It was a bit of fluffy white fungus that looked just like wet teddy bear fur. Hmmmmaybe it was wet teddy bear fur. Maybe today was the day the teddy bears had their picnic.
Because thats how they bankroll hate speech. The cries of Free Speech! have devolved into whining about no-platforming because it was never about expressing their ideas they can still do that all they want it was about getting paid. What really has them upset that the money train is being derailed.
I wouldnt say theyre faring very well, Keegan Hankes, a senior research analyst with the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Splinter of the alt-rights financial status. The vast majority of outspoken white supremacists or otherwise extremist groups have lost access to fundraising platforms like PayPal, Google Pay, and others like [them] have started enforcing their longstanding terms of services. The white nationalist movement has by no means been entirely taken out by these efforts, but theyre not exactly rolling in dough right now.
One largely under-reported contributor to these circumstances is the meticulous, ongoing work of anti-racist and anti-fascist activists and civil rights groups. Using a common anti-fascist tactic called no platform which denies a person or group a platform to speak or organize (its sometimes called de-platforming), activists have helped make it difficult for white nationalists to fundraise online, stymying fascist activism by cutting off their income and fundraising capabilities. In a financial context, no platform means cutting the far right off from fundraisingboth from crowdsourced fundraising platforms such as Patreon, and from collecting money directly via their own websites.
Its all part of an anti-fascist strategy yeah, paranoid far right goons, they are coming to get you. This is even better and more effective than punching them in the face.
Identifying which platforms continue to enable the far right fundraising is tedious and constant work, but restricting their fundraising capabilities is of the utmost importance. Like with anything, if you take money out of the equation, its going to fold, or at least not flourish, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, founder and executive director of the anti-fascist organization One Peoples Project, told Splinter. The best way to cure fascism is to starve it to death, and thats exactly what people are trying to do, he said.
No one should be profiting from hate. Shut em all down.
By the way, Twitter is still a festering shithole of misogyny. When will that be fixed?
I think weve had these images before, but since naturalcynic expressed dismay at the lack of close ups of the condor, heres the next smaller bird I have to offer: Norbert, a European griffin vulture. According to one of the falconers he takes a much more direct approach to food than waiting until you drop dead.
In a recent episode of Radiolab, they discussed the topic of
and at the 48:51 minutes mark, they referred to work by two
psychologists about how people lie to themselves by
compartmentalizing two contradictory beliefs in their minds and
allowing only one into consciousness. They mentioned the work of
Harold Sackeim and Ruben Gur who had developed a list of 20
questions that they would ask people to respond on a 1-7 scale with
1 being not at al; and 7 being very much so.
I tracked down the 20 questions and give them below.
(Gur and Sackeims original papers were in the Journal of Personality Social Psychology, vol. 37, no. 2, February 1979, p. 147-169 and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 47, No. 1, 1979, 213-215.)
They claimed that these feelings are universal and that everyone agrees with them and should answer high on the scale. Thus people who answered low were people who were lying, though perhaps not consciously so, because to agree to at least some of them (say the one about rape) would be embarrassing for most people. Apparently this questionnaire is used widely to identify people who lie to themselves and use that to measure the effects that such lying has on other factors. Researchers find that the self-deceivers se...
By Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project An American family that underwent a harrowing detention at the hands of U.S. Customs and...
By John Queally (CD) From wood batons to stun batons to water cannons to sound cannons to. . . frickin plasma lasers that can vaporize your skin? Recent reporting out of the Pentagon reveals...
(Natural News) Hatred against white people in America today has reached shocking proportions. Headlines like White People Have No Culture and Dear White People...
Theory explains how smell evolved to aid navigation
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Inflammation increases risk for disease as well
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The philosophical implications of physics: how exactly is reality defined, and what are the limits of knowable science?
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Suspension part of diplomatic process with North Korea
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LGBT thought police now a danger to public health
Im getting a little anxious my spider family is in a quiet phase right now. I have 6 breeding pairs of adults (well, Gwyneth ate her consort after mating, so 5, and maybe bred pairs is the better term). Im down to one egg sac again, from Gwyneth, who is a sick Goth freak because she knitted an ugly, sloppy sac with the dead corpses of her prey imbedded in it, but it does have developing embryos inside it. She also littered the floor with decapitated fly heads. Gwyneth scares me sometimes.
But otherwise, Im just waiting for them to produce more. My goal is to have a steady reliable output of eggs, and these little hiatuses are nerve wracking, but also understandable, since the colony is so small yet.
I do have a lot of tiny little juveniles coming up, at least. Theyre getting a little overwhelming these are my spider-children, in these little vials I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics (theyre intended for storing and sorting beads, but I have perverted them to my own wicked ends.) Thirty vials, thirty hungry little babies.
I have to go in every couple of days and tend to them. Put one or two flies in each vial (I made a little fly-shaker out of an Eppendorf tube its like a salt shaker, only when you shake it flies come out), give em a spritz of water from an atomizer, and agonize over their health and predatory instincts. As they get big enough, I move them to an adult-sized tube, and when Im confident of their sexual maturity, Ill pair them up.
But right now its a waiting game with placid little beasties (except for Gwyneth) quietly tending to their webs, nibbling on flies and crickets, making me fret over when theyre going to spawn again.
By the way, over half the vials Im cultivating contain Gwyneths progeny shes a fecund little monster. Ill be interested to see if her distinctive behaviors carry on into the next generation. Im planning on doing some inbreeding of her offspring to see if I can get a brood of savage spider mothers.
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi round up this week's biggest stories in politics on the Federalist Radio Hour.
By Rebecca Zeines When I was still in school, I remember thinking about college as an automatic next step in furthering my education. What I...
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Theres a phrase that pops up a lot when investigative journalists talk about politics: Follow the money. It wont lead you to uncover large-scale corruption (but if you do, please holler at us). It will get you better acquainted with which industries are donating to the races you care about, and how your candidates are spending the money they raise. Get more information like this by signing up for ProPublicas Users Guide to Democracy.
For the times when it is, we have campaign finance laws. A quick history lesson: After the Watergate scandal (which, in addition to a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, involved campaign funds used toward the scheme), Congress passed a law requiring federal campaigns to report their political contributions and spending to the Federal Election Commission. This was designed as a check against corruption but also to empower voters and keep you reasonably informed about money in politics.
Lets take a look at what money does in a campaign. Seeing where a candidates money comes from, as well as which groups are spending on behalf of (or against) their campaign, helps you understand their beliefs, the advice theyre getting and the kinds of policies theyre likely to support.
If youre a candidate Receiving donations can help you win an election. Its not the only factor, but by and large, donations get spent on the day-to-day expenses of running a campaign. Take a look at how your candidates are spending their funds this season here, using ProPublicas FEC Itemizer.
Its probably garden-variety stuff: lunch, plane tickets, campaign ads, hotel rooms and venue rentals for campaign events. The choices candidates make tell you something about their priorities: where theyre spending their time, which voters theyre trying hardest to win over (older voters with TV ads or younger folks online) and how much they pay their staff.
Of course, sometimes candidates try to get creative in describing their campaign expenses, like California Rep. Duncan Hunter, who, along with his wife, is...
Manhattan has been among the most populous, economically
vibrant, and in-demand places on the planet for generations. But
you wouldnt know that from looking at its retail vacancy rate.
At least thats the premise of a new article from CityLab entitled How Manhattan Became a Rich Ghost Town. According to author Derek Thompson, [Hamilton voice] the greatest city in the world has been plagued by a surprising paradox: a hyper-productive development pattern thats placed the worlds largest concentration of wealth and customer volume right outside shop owners doors, paired with sky-high commercial real estate rents that even the most successful stores somehow cant afford. The result? On the most valuable land on the planet, as many as 20% of storefronts are sitting emptya phenomenon City Lab attributes to a combination of greedy landlords holding out for big chains, slow retail sales growth failing to compete with rising rents, and the gradual erosion of all physical retail in the face of Amazon.
But in this weeks Upzoned, Chuck and Kea reveal the surprising reason why we shouldnt trust our first instincts about why storefront retail is dying, even in the cities where it seems best poised to thrive. And then they explain why, if we want to re-activate these crucial elements of our streetscapes, we should be asking ourselves a fundamentally different set of questionsand taking a fundamentally different set of actions to reverse the troubling trend thats stealing many of our most crucial third place businesses. (Hint: it has a little something to do with the insanely weird way commercial mortgages work.)
And then in the downzone, Chuck talks a book about game theory thats currently blowing his mind, and Kea shares a recent podcast series thats challenging her to think about the strange forces that shape an important element of our everyday world: the clothes on our back.
Top photo via Flickr.
Given Israeli forces horrific track record of using deadly force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, as well as journalists, medics, and others, the announcement of a zero tolerance policy is deeply alarming. Ahead of Great March of Return protests slated to continue at the fenced border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, Amnesty International condemned Israels reported zero tolerance 
The post Israels New Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Gaza Protesters Denounced As Deeply Alarming appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center announced Friday that it has hired two new cardiac surgeons to lead its embattled heart transplant program as it works to regain Medicare certification.
The surgeons, Dr. Kenneth Liao and Dr. Alexis Shafii, will together take over leadership posts previously held by Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, the heart programs surgical director since 2016. A St. Lukes spokeswoman said Morgan is still a member of the medical staff at St. Lukes, but she did not directly answer whether he will continue performing transplants.
Morgan declined to comment through a representative, and the hospital did not make Liao or Shafii available for interviews.
The staffing announcement comes two months after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cut off funding for heart transplants at St. Lukes, long regarded as one of the nations top hospitals for cardiac care. The federal agency concluded that the Houston hospital had not done enough to correct problems that led to a high rate of patient deaths following transplants in recent years.
Liao comes to St. Lukes after several years as the top heart transplant surgeon at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. When he arrives in January, he will be St. Lukes senior cardiac transplant surgeon, serving as the hospitals new chief of cardiothoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.
(MEE Op-ed) Americas special relationship with the royal family of Al Saud has long been controversial: an ultraconservative, oil-fueled kingdom run by a single family through medieval, draconian laws, disregarding basic human rights. Yet, as Washingtons client, Saudi Arabia has helped consecutive US administrations to balance US national interests in the region often at the expense 
By Matt Agorist Plano, TX Alfred Pick served his country honorably. After going on over 100 combat missions in Vietnam, Pick was given the...
Listening with the whole body is a skill that Evelyn Glennie had to learn when she was a talented 12-year-old musician who lost her hearing. Now, as a sensitive performer and talented composer, she teaches us how to listen--something she's had to work hard at. "Use your body as a resonating chamber"
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Classical music has long been associated with heightened emotions, violent premieres, and composers escaping from disappointed audiences through windows and the like. But I thought those days were over, at least for classical music, until this headline caught my eye: Malm performance of Mahlers Fifth ends in brawl.
I leave you with the tension of the introductory paragraphs:
The conflict began shortly after the renowned Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons brought the bombastic introduction to the fourth movement to a shuddering halt, leading his Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra deftly into the movements slow, atmospheric adagietto, wrote the Sydsvenskan newspaper.At this point that the rustling on the second balcony became apparent, ruining the effect of the gently soaring strings and softly plucked harp for all sitting nearby.
Someone should have told Trump that the one thing he must never even consider doing is to start an economic war with China. Unfortunately, that's what this president, an economic lightweight, recently did.
At its highest setting, the new laser weapon would painfully vaporize the outer layer of skin from 100 meters away. Also, this so-called non-lethal weapon can kill people. (CD) From wood batons to stun batons to water cannons to sound cannons to. . . frickin plasma lasers that can vaporize your skin? Recent reporting out of the Pentagon reveals that the U.S. military is working 
A large group of protesters marched on Thursday through Liberias capital, Monrovia, delivering a list of demands to top government officials, international organizations and the countrys vice president, including that the government revoke the accreditation of More Than Me and strip the American charity of its ability to run 19 schools in the country.
The Liberian Feminist Forum, in conjunction with other groups, organized the We Are Unprotected protest in response to a ProPublica investigation published last week in collaboration with Time magazine. The report revealed how the charity missed opportunities to prevent the rapes of girls by key employee Macintosh Johnson and did not test all of his potential victims for HIV when word got out that he had AIDS.
Protesters dressed in black and carried signs that invoked findings of the investigation, including that when the rapes came to light, the charity deflected blame onto Liberian culture. Rape is not our culture, signs read. Duty of care, Down with poverty porn, #MoreThanRape.
A representative of the Liberian Feminist Forum, Caroline Bowah Brown, read a list of demands to Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, including that the government should request footage shot by independent filmmaker Holden Warren, who told ProPublica that three years before the rapes came to light, he filmed charity founder Katie Meyler confronting Johnson about a rumor that he was into small girls. Warren declined to share the footage with ProPublica, saying it was part of an ongoing project and that he asked Meyler, but that she doesnt see how it would be in her interest.
The group also called for documentation to see how involved the charitys Liberian advisory board was in its operations, as well as what the response of government officials and others was at the time of Johnsons arrest.
The same documents you are requesting, we are trying to put it together, Taylor said. Well do a thorough investigation, and those who are culpable will be punished.
The group also asked for the resignation of John Gabriel, director of the sex crimes prosecution unit that failed to secure Johnsons conviction. Jurors told ProPublica they were offered bribes to find Johnson guilty. The charity and prosecution unit have denied any involvement in alleged bribery. It was...
A showdown between data privacy advocates and major tech firms is heating up in Congress, with one side arguing for robust regulations outlawing data discrimination and other exploitative practices, and the other pushing for a federal law to wipe out state level privacy protections. On October 10, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held its second hearing on consumer privacy. In September, tech companies pleaded their case, asking Congress to pass a federal law that would preempt state-level data privacy laws. At last weeks hearing, the committee heard from consumer advocates. Unlike the big tech representatives who testified at the first hearing, these advocates focused on consumer protection.
The message from these experts was clear: The United States desperately needs to catch up with Europe and pass a strong federal consumer privacy law, which must act as a floornot a ceilingfor data regulation nationwide.
The issue facing Congress doesnt get enough attention given its gravity. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon collect and process unprecedented quantities of extremely sensitive information about hundreds of millions of people in the United States, but remain almost entirely unregulated. The axiom that knowledge is power has never been truer than it is today. Its not an exaggeration to say that in the Information Agethe age of big data, automation, and artificial intelligenceshe who controls information controls the world.
Unregulated, big data and black box automated decision systems have been shown to compound existing and historic inequalities, routinely producing outcomes that benefit the powerful and harm the poor, people of color, and women. Barely a week passes without news of another catastrophic data breach, or of a tech company with God-like powers getting caught in a scandal implicating the lives of millions of people currently at the mercy of Silicon Valleys whims.
Most whistleblowers either suffer in anonymity or are personally, professionally, socially and financially ruined for speaking truth to power. Darin Jones is one of those people. He's one of the people silenced in Barack Obama's war on whistleblowers. And he continues to suffer under Donald Trump.
(CJ Opinion) The Trump administration has ended its weeks-long silence on the disappearance of the Saudi Arabian Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following a briefing from Secretary of State Pompeo who has just returned from a visit to Riyadh and Ankara, the president has said that contrary to some hopeful speculation that had emerged early on after his disappearance, Khashoggi does indeed 
Facebook has declared war on political dissent. In a rash of purges last week, the behemoth corporation banned 30 pages, with a total of 22 million fans, on the grounds that the accounts were created to stir up political debate in the US, the Middle East, Russia and the UK. At the top of the list were the anti-police lawlessness pages Cop Block , Filming Cops , The Free Thought Project and Police the Police, with a combined audience of 8.1 million. The other banned pages range across the non-establishment spectrum , from the reactionary Right Wing News, to Punk Rock Libertarians and the pro-marijuana page, Hemp. These pages are inauthentic, Facebook claims , because they use sensational political content to drive traffic to their websites.
(ANTIWAR.COM) After a couple of days of non-specific threats regarding a planned migrant caravan heading from Honduras and El Salvador to the US, President Trump is now threatening to send the military to the US-Mexico border, and to close the border entirely. Trump declared the caravan an assault on our country, claiming it is far more important 
The author writes, A new dating app is aimed at uniting supporters of President Trump with the promise of making America date again. DonaldDaters launched Monday for Apple and Android devices with the hope of encouraging young conservatives to meet and mingle, Fox News reported.
The author writes, The millions of fraudulent comments and various letter-writing campaigns may have helped obscure the fact that public opinion was not divided on net neutrality nearly everyone who wrote a unique comment to the FCC opposed the repeal of net neutrality rules, and polls showed consistent support for the rules from both Democrats and Republicans.
The author writes, Much of this has to do with Donald Trumps financial interest in Saudi Arabia, as well as the fact that Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are obsessed with Iran, and are bent on going after Iran, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is their key ally in that aggressive endeavor.
The author writes, The Trump administration has subpoenaed an immigration attorney in an attempt to determine who leaked an internal memo that laid out how Immigration and Customs Enforcement should implement Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to restrict political asylum for victims of domestic violence and gang crimes.
By Julian Conley via Common Dreams
The more we consume plastics, the more we literally consume plastic.
A year after researchers at a New York university discovered microplastics present in sea salt thanks to widespread plastic pollution, researchers in South Korea set out to find out how pervasive the problem isand found that 90 percent of salt brands commonly used in homes around the world contain the tiny pieces of plastic.
The new research, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology,suggests that the average adult ingests about 2,000 microplastics per year due to the presence of plastics in the worlds oceans and lakes.
The findings suggest that human ingestion of microplastics via marine products is strongly related to emissions in a given region. Seung-Kyu Kim, Incheon National University
Examining 39 brands sold in 21 countries, researchers at Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia found microplastics in 36 of them. The three table salts that did not contain the substance were sold in France, Taiwan, and Chinabut Asia overall was the site of some of the worst plastic pollution.
The study shows us that microplastics are ubiquitous, Sherri Mason, who conducted last years salt study at the State University of New York at Fr...
North and South Korea held high-level talks at Panmunjom on October 15 and adopted a joint statement on implementing the Pyongyang Joint Declaration signed at the inter-Korean summit on September 19, 2018. They discussed a timetable for the inter-Korean road and railway project and agreed to break ground to connect the North and South Korean roads and railways in late November or early December. The accelerated timetable may reflect both sides desire to break ground prior to North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns expected return to Seoul before the years end. Before the groundbreaking, the two sides agreed to conduct joint surveys of the northern stretch of the Gyeongui line in late October and the East Sea line in early November.
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is close to $1 billion which has mostly poor and middle class citizens flocking to gas stations in a futile attempt to strike it rich.
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The conservative movement is a violent, lawless mob.
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Globalist accused of war crimes
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Alaska's new lieutenant governor, a prominent Native citizen, delivered a triumphant keynote after a political shakeup at the state level.
Washington, D.C., October 18, 2018 The National Security Archives Freedom of Information lawsuit against the CIA has won release of the previously censored dates and times on cables sent by future CIA director Gina Haspel when she commanded a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where interrogators tortured and waterboarded an al-Qaeda suspect, according to the new documents posted on the Archives Web site today. The new versions of the Haspel cables now provide a detailed chronology of the CIA torture, which began on Day One of the suspects confinement at the site, November 15, 2002, and continued even after his removal to a different black site, in Poland, on December 4, 2002.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that do not abide by net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts. An AT&T logo is pictured in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont by groups representing major providers like AT&T Inc (T.N), Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N). It followed a lawsuit by four of the groups earlier this month challenging a much broader California law mandating providers abide by net neutrality rules.
While Peter Strzok led the FBIs investigation into the Trump campaign and may have targeted Trump in early to mid-2016, Strzok also worked on other matters during that time.
Kudrin told the oligarch lobby last week that "Today Russia's foreign policy should be subordinated to the reduction of tension in our relations with other countries," by which he means the US, in order to reduce the sanctions or, at least, prevent their increase.
The murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, spotlights the moral depravity of Donald Trump. Khashoggi was an outspoken journalist -- an exemplary member of a profession Trump deplores. Khasoggi opposed the Saudi rulers -- friends of Trump. Given this background, it's no surprise that Trump is avoiding meaningful response to Khashoggi's assassination.
In one of few appearances since he was forced to go underground, Sbu Zikode, a founder and leader of the Shack Dwellers Movement of South Africa (Abahlali baseMjondolo), spoke at the Peoples Forum in New York this month. This is not his first time in hidinghe has faced threats and attempts on his life throughout the yearsand many leaders of his movement have been assassinated. In New York, Sbu spoke of the struggle of his people and how they are moving forward in the face of brutal repression. How, in his words, they are not only living but marching forward in the shadows of death despite frequent raids, evictions, and assassinations. Despite what he faces at homeviolence, separation from his family and his community, betrayal by his comradesSbu is calm, collected and kind.
A decorated Vietnam veteran's home was raided, and he was sentenced to 7 years in prison because he bought an antique gun 40 years ago.
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The basic reason why Social Security and Medicare are running out of money is the American population continues to age and live longer -- leaving a relatively smaller working population to pay into Social Security and Medicare.
A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organization's founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia outside the reach of US and UK authorities newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as recently as 2017, and involved Assange being transferred from his Ecuadorean embassy hideout where he's been stuck for the last six years via a politically sensitive process whereby Ecuador would name him as a political counselor to the country's embassy in Moscow.
The former Biscayne Park police officers had pleaded guilty in a department conspiracy to clear property crime cases by any means necessary. Three former Florida police officers were sent to prison this week after pleading guilty to their roles in a departmentwide conspiracy to frame people of color for crimes they did not commit. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Guillermo Ravelo, a 37-year-old former officer with the Biscayne Park Police Department, to 27 months behind bars, the Miami Herald reported. On Wednesday, former officers Charlie Dayoub, 38, and Raul Fernandez, 62, were sentenced to one year apiece after pleading guilty to making false arrests. Dayoub and Fernandez had cooperated with federal authorities in making a case against former police chief Raimundo Atesiano.
There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup dtat that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one. There is little he has not tried in that effort. He has written investigative exposs on the unsafe practices of the auto industry; published best-sellers such as Who Runs Congress?; founded citizen action and consumer groups; testified before countless congressional committees; written a raft of environmental and worker safety bills that were passed in Congress under the now defunct liberal wing of the Democratic Party; and, when he was locked out of the legislative process by corporate Democrats, been a candidate for president.
The Uptown Peoples Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on October 17 that alleges Illinois prisons are censoring correspondence and publications that have been mailed to prisoners by Black and Pink, a prisoners rights organization focused on supporting incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. Jason Lydon founded Black and Pink in 2005 after his own incarceration and was the national director of the group until 2017. Prisoners are entitled to communication with people on the outside and are entitled to knowledge and stories that validate their humanity, Lydon told Truthout. This lawsuit is about ensuring that.
WhoWhatWhy continues to expose voter suppression across the country. With reporters on the ground in Georgia and Florida, and ongoing reports from North Carolina, North Dakota, and other places, readers are getting to witness first hand the impact on minority voters of rejection of absentee ballots, the extremes of exact match, the consolidation of polling places, photo ID laws, poor voting machine security, and other methods, all designed to devalue the vote.
Our stories, however, are only a first step. We can point out the problems but others have to take the next step and do something about them. That is why groups like the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are so important. They are fighting the legal battles in court on behalf of disenfranchised voters. Where once the US Justice Department might have stepped in to enforce the right of American citizens to cast their vote, now it has been left to outside lawyers many working pro bono to fend off ever more sophisticated voter suppression efforts.
In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks to Ezra Rosenberg, co-director of the Voting Rights project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In many cases, after courts have intervened in favor of vote...
By aggressively politicizing fashion, Teen Vogue is furthering one of the most destructive trends in our culture.
With nothing but a vague "violation of community standards" note and offering no ability to appeal the decision, Facebook has once again blocked a piece of critical journalismthis time a short documentary video depicting the brutal legacy of Christopher Columbusfrom its global online platform. "Monbiots piece of video journalism was about the airbrushing of history; therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed from their platform." Yannis Mendez, Double Down News.The short videoproduced by Double Down Newsand titled "The true legacy of Christopher Columbus: 'Western Civilisation'"features author and journalist George Monbiot recounting the infamous European explorer's history of subjugation and brutalization of the Indigenous people he encountered when he arrived in the so-called "New World" in the late 15th Century.
by Jon Rappoport
October 19, 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....
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that could change the way free speech is handled on the internet forever.
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Imagine a country
where a royal family spends billions of dollars on US and UK
weaponry in order to increase their domestic and regional hegemony,
engaging in a brutal regime change wars by force by bombing its
neighbors, as well as funding and arming radical Wahhabi terrorists
throughout the Middle East, particularly in Syria, along with
killing and beheading hundreds of its own citizens and activists.
Would such a country be entitled to demand that Syria reforms its
democracy and rewrites the Syrian
UN permanent representative for Syria, Dr Bashar al-Jaafari, brilliantly rebuffs hypocritical Saudi demands for Syria to draft a new constitution, informing Saudis UN Ambassador that not only does the oil Kingdom country not have a written constitution, but but also does not even have a proper name as a country (named after the current ruling family).
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I present a triune of lizards for your eyes. For some of you, a lizard may be no big deal, but I come from a land where lizards are rare, and the only ones we have are tiny and brown (but very cute!).
Lizard number 1 was hiding out in bright sunlight on some flat rocks, when I nearly stepped on it.
See if you can spot it:
The dramatic reveal below the fold
I approached it gently, and we spent a good few minutes staring at each other with great suspicion (different kinds of suspicion, of course, but still suspicion).
And it was kind enough to hold still for a portrait, of sorts:
Lizard number 2 was a runner. Long, thin, green in body and red of tail, like a tiny little dragon not paying attention to where it was going. It nearly ran over my foot! I got a couple of photos before it ran off into the grass.
Lizard number 3 was a Cool Dude hanging out near the moth-attracting light on the hotel wall. Here he is, just chilling (picture quality bad because I was standing on a wobbly chair and light was poor excuses, excuses!):
Hes Giving a Thumbs Up to Saudi Arabia.
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Says Trumps election made her depressed for a year.
Looking away from Saudi perfidy is an embarrassment to the thesis of a rule-based order, but be careful about ditching Riyadh for the sake of idealism.
Sporting a Dagestani papakha and praising Allah, Khabib Nurmagomedov creates an interesting identity crisis for American UFC fans.
The alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi reveals far more about the nature of the American press and political establishment than it does foreign policy.
The relationship between Europeans and the indigenous American peoples is often not reducible to the simplistic paradigm of aggressive colonizer and peaceful natives.
Leah Librescos new book, 'Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name,' offers lots of practical advice for how you can build and strengthen your Christian communities.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should be reminded that two wrongs dont make a right.
Jay Costs recent article in National Review attempts to answer an increasingly important question about why and how the United States remains united, but he misses something.
Russell Kirk was so much more than a Cassandra ceaselessly caviling against Communism. To our great fortune, Kirk scoured the worlds great literature, philosophy, and political theory.
Despite good economic news, the high costs of health care remain the most pressing and worrisome domestic issue for families and individuals.
Recently, the Clintons promoter announced the pair would begin touring select cities next month. Mercifully for Democrats, it will begin after the midterm elections.
Growing numbers of non-white conservatives and libertarians suggest Democrats might be losing their monopoly on the minority vote.
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I liked Ievas badger design so much I asked my old friend Leah K. if shed be willing to turn it into a tattoo on me. I was scheduled to have that done last December but I was interrupted by my kidney stone. Her schedules very busy but she poked me a couple weeks ago and offered to come in on her off-day. And, so it happened.
My first piece of ink was done by Tux Farrar in 1984, back in Baltimore. In those days, it was a kind of sleazy thing and the tattoo shops were usually in the bad part of town next to the porn theaters (back when there were porn theaters) I was the quintessentially nerdy kid who showed up on a bicycle.
The technology and techniques have changed a lot since then. They used to use deodorant as a transfer medium to move a copy of the design now its all inkjet transfer paper. Even the needle-machine is different; nowadays Leah is using some cool-ass rotary thing, which has a horizontal motor instead of a doorbell interrupter. Im sure thats a much more reliable design.
Im so white.
Thanks Ieva and Leah! I will keep this always.
Leah usually does her work in watercolor style. Its fantastic. [instagram] It has been so fun and fascinating to watch her style evolve over the 20-odd years Ive known her. This is hufflepuff another badger design Leah did on someone else:
Democrats have become the party of crime.
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Its wrong and Im not interested in that.
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This is why you defend free speech no matter who is in the crosshairs.
Ive written several times about the process of inversion that occurs during the development of algae in the family Volvocaceae. Today I was going through a paper Id read (and even written about) before, and I came across a turn of phrase I appreciated regarding inversion:
Klein, B., D. Wibberg, and A. Hallmann. 2017. Whole transcriptome RNA-Seq analysis reveals extensive cell type-specific compartmentalization in Volvox carteri. BMC Biol. 15:111. BMC Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s12915-017-0450-y
According to military-diplomatic source, there are a large number of foreign citizens among hostages being kept by Daesh terrorists in Hajin area, a small city in eastern Syria, administratively part of Deir ez-Zor Governorate, located along the Euphrates River, south of Deir ez-Zor.
Note that this is also an area which has been effectively
under US and Kurdish SDF militia occupation and control for last
two years. Continued high-profile incidents like this now
used as justification for the US and its allies to continue their
illegal occupation of eastern Syria in contravention of
Al Masdar News reports
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has taken as many as 700 people hostage in eastern Syria, Russia Today reported two days ago.
ISIS has vowed to shoot ten people a day if the United States and their allies do not meet their demands in eastern Syria.
Daesh terrorists have delivered ultimatums and made certain demands, threatening to shoot ten people every day, the Russian leader stated, adding that the hostage-takers already started carrying out their threats and executed ten hostages two days ago, RT reported.
Of the 700 people taken hostage by the Islamic State, several are citizens of the United States and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Putin has criticized the U.S. forces in eastern Syria for allowing the Islamic State to kidnap 700 people; he called this action a catastrophic failure for Washington.
This is just horrible, it is a catastrophe, Putin said, adding that the US forces that claim to control the area around the East bank of the Euphrates River, relying on the Kurdish armed forces on the ground, stay conspicuously silent on this crisis.
Some US and European citizens are among the hostages, the president warned, noting that everyone is silent as if nothing has happened.
They [the US] have clearly fallen short of their target, Putin said, adding that Washington and its allies apparently failed to combat terrorists in the part of Syria they occup...
This week, ProPublica launched Miseducation, an interactive database where you can search, examine and compare racial disparities in thousands of schools and school districts across the United States. The tool based on data from the U.S. Department of Educations Civil Rights Data Collection program measures these disparities in four ways: enrollment in advanced classes, student discipline, gaps in academic achievement and level of segregation at the district and state level.
Dive deeper into our reporting. Our newsletter is written by a ProPublica Illinois journalist every week.
Since I helped build the tool and live here in Illinois, Im going to break out some important takeaways from our states data and explain how you can use it to find information important to you. And, please, let us know what you discover about the data from your school district. Does it match your experience? Do you know more about factors that could explain what you see? Send us an email or tweet at us.
In most of the country, black students are overrepresented in discipline (defined as an out-of-school suspension). That goes for Illinois, too, as you can see on...
An article on the possibility of Time Travel in the popular Next Big Future Science and Technology blog entitled "Quantum mechanics time travel indicates no grandfather paradox" got me to thinking about my interpretation of the Grandfather Paradox, and Time Travel in general.
The disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate has brought renewed attention to whats been true for years: The United States and its president has an important, and extremely complicated, relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Trump has been doing business with Saudis for years, even bragging during his presidential campaign about the large amount of money Saudi buyers paid for his apartments.
Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million, he said at a rally in Mobile, Alabama, in August 2015. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.
In this Trump, Inc. podcast extra, WNYCs Charlie Herman talks with The Washington Posts David Fahrenthold and Joe Nocera from Bloomberg Opinion about all the ways Saudi Arabia is intertwined with U.S. business interests, including those of the president himself.
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On February 1st of 2017 inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in rural Delaware took over their unit in C-building; they held staff, released demands to the media, and made it clear that their motivation was not just a result of confinement but also the election of Trump. At the end of their 18+ hour occupation, one guard, Steven Floyd (known by all to be exceptionally abusive) was dead.
On October 17th of the same year, the Delaware Department of Justice charged 16 prisoners with Floyds murder and two others with riot, kidnapping, and conspiracy. Except for one snitch, all the defendants have plead not guilty and their jury trials will begin on October 22nd, 2018.
On this date, as the state opens its trial against these comrades, we are calling for solidarity actions and to show the Vaughn 17 that they are not alone or forgotten about, and to show the state that the message of the Vaughn 17 resonates loudly throughout plantation society and across its borders.
In many ways the demands of the Vaughn 17 anticipated the 2018 National Prison Strike, calling for increased wages for their mandatory labor, and the introduction of rehabilitation and education programs. These comrades positioned their struggle inside against the threat posed by Trumps election, which has now been realized in the increasing detention of immigrants and the rise of fascism on the outside. Since the occupations end, they have been subjected to extreme repression and violence, including beatings and the denial of basic necessities, including having their water shut off. Yet in the face of these hardships and the betrayal, 17 of the defendants are standing together, unwavering in their solidarity.
Solidarity is the most effective weapon we have against the State. When we come together we can keep each other, and the movement, alive and propel the fight to the next stage. If we all push together, their walls will topple!
Per financial investor, Gregory Mandarin,
If this (story) is actually true,and as we know China is not buying US debt, look for debt market trouble ahead- not just here in the US, but in every single developed nation.
Are we on the verge of a global economic collapse?
Russian investments in US securities as of August have fallen to just $14 billion. Back in 2011, Russia was one of the largest holders of US debt with a $180 billion investment.
The reason is not only about politics and US sanctions against Russia, a broker at Otkritie bank Timur Nigmatullin told RIA Novosti. The US Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates, which makes American bonds cheaper, he said. Russia has almost dropped out of the list of holders of US government debt, being the 54th largest holder.
A further sale of US Treasury bonds by Russia will most likely be compensated by buying gold and opening short-term deposits at banks, he said. The share of precious metals in the countrys foreign reserves has reached a record 18 percent, closely approaching the share of dollar investments.
The largest investors in US debt, China and Japan, have also cut their holdings. Chinese holdings of US sovereign debt dropped to $1.165 trillion in August, from $1.171 trillion in July, marking the third consecutive month of declines. Japan has slashed its holdings of US securities to $1.029 trillion in August, the lowest since October 2011.
The reason for holding money in US bonds is global trade, which is still dominated by the dollar, director of macroeconomic analysis at Expert RA Anton Tabah told Izvestia daily. So, countries are forced to have a lot of dollars in cash, and US bonds are the best option for that.
India and Turkey h...
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In this special bonus episode we feature a timely conversation between Chicago-based True Leap Press and Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin. Lorenzo and JoNina discuss the current anti-fascist movement, its limitations, and how it could evolve to challenge the carceral state, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation more explicitly.
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Kaif Syed: Welcome to Rustbelt Abolition Radio, my name is Kaif Syed. In this special bonus episode, we present a conversation between True Leap Press and Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin, recorded in Chicago earlier last month. Lorenzo Komboa Ervin is an anarchist writer, organizer, and former political prisoner who came up through the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. Among other works, he is the author of the pamphlet Anarchism and the Black Revolution, which introduces the principles of class struggle anarchism and discusses its relevance to the black liberation struggle. JoNina Abron-Ervin is a journalist, retired educator, and a former member of the Detroit chapter of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, teacher and organizer, she has helped organize numerous efforts over the course of decades, including the anti-apartheid movement and campaigns against police terror. She is the author of the book Driven by Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era.
In this timely interview, Lorenzo and JoNina discuss the current anti-fascist movement, its limitations, and how it could evolve to challenge the carceral state, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation more explicitly.
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In Southaven, Mississippi, during a rally held on October 2nd, the president got on stage to mock Dr. Christine Blasey Ford over her testimony during the Kavanaugh hearings. Later, on the 8th, despite previously feigning impartiality towards Dr. Ford, Trump was already calling her accusations a hoax perpetrated by the Democratic Party, a statement in line with Kavanaughs own paranoid claim that the accusations against him were partisan revenge orchestrated on behalf of the Clintons.
There are signs America is moving in that direction faster than expected, namely the blanket de-legitimization of political freedoms, and the integration of fascist vigilantes with official party doctrine.
When protesters showed up on October 10th to rally outside the Supreme Court and oppose the confirmation vote, they were detained en masse by police; a total of 164 were arrested. Trump responded by repeating a claim hed made earlier that week, when infuriated women confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator just before the confirmation vote: that these protesters were paid for by George Soros, the favorite boogeyman of the global far-right, and the center of an endless anti-Semitic conspiracy theory the international fascist movement has used to smear genuine leftists for years.
On October 12th, the Republican Metropolitan Club hosted Gavin McInnes and his pack of rabid fascist dogs. The event was scheduled on the anniversary of the death of Inejiro Asanuma, a Japanese socialist politician who was assassinated by 17-year-old fascist Otoya Yamaguchi on live television. It is wrongfully considered the death of leftism in Japan by unlearned American rightists, who still drool at the idea of such a brutal public slaying of their political enemies. Gavin came equipped with a prop sword for effect.
Afterward, the Proud Boys unleashed an attack on protesters outnumbered 10-to-1, stomping and kicking their victims while shrieking...
It is unlikely that attempts to suppress critics would be successful. It only highlights the falsehood of Israeli Hasbara - "the only democracy in the Middle East". Attempts to criminalize speech also stand contrary to the leniency in cases of "extra-judicial execution" of Palestinians, if they are prosecuted at all. No PR expert in the world would be able to save the Israeli government from its own transgressions and follies.
I didnt have a way to communicate. And they basically just flipped me the bird.
Voter forms with citizenship checkbox marked Yes sent to noncitizens, says media
The president's casual response to the Khashoggi killing is horrifying.
Warrens self-published DNA results backfired spectacularly
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It just never lets go!
But then, Ive also seen my cat do a clumsy pratfall off a couch and then jump up with a look like I meant to do that, so maybe it is.
Days after the Proud Boys, having just attended a Republican event in Manhattan, savagely beat several individuals on the street while police stood by and then later arrested antifascists, posters and stickers against the Proud Boys began to appear.
The posters, addressed to the wider public, talked about the recent attack, and detailed the Proud Boys links to the neo-Nazi Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and Alt-Right and white nationalist groups.
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Early October 19th, a crew of indigenous and non-indigenous comrades under the direction of Ojibwe elders built more waganogans on the Line 3 pipeline route, somewhere in northern Minnesota.
These are always intended as positive places to gather in prayer, feast and wage positive resistance against racist resource extraction, while simultaneously practicing ancient cultural traditions, that existed both BEFORE and after treaties were signed, but are also now supposed to be legally protected by treaties for indigenous peoples of those treaty territories.
Please help our resistance by solidarity actions wherever you are!
We arent just fighting a black snake we are fighting cultural genocide!
We arent just fighting for one piece of land, we are fighting for the reclamation of all indigenous peoples lands and the future of mother earth!
This week we saw the same dreary scenario played out again. The
big tax cuts for business and the wealthy were passed on the claim
that this would result in both groups investing more in business,
which would result in huge growth in employment and wages, thus
increasing tax revenues that would offset the cost of the cuts and
thus make it budget neutral
Of course this was bogus from the get-go and everyone knew it. What actually happened was what has happened before. The business beneficiaries of the tax cuts used it to buy back stock and pay increased dividends which enriched the wealthy even more, and the individual beneficiaries took the money and ran, either to their tax shelters or to their yacht dealers. As a result, the deficit ballooned to $779 billion.
The next step was also drearily predictable. Donald Trump asked all the agencies of government to cut spending by 5% while exempting the military. His budget director also blames the deficits on spending on earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare though neither was responsible for the ballooning deficits.
So now money is going to be taken away fro pretty much everyone other than the wealthy to pay for a ballooning deficit that was caused by giving away money to the wealthy.
Thats trickle down economics, folks!
The music is cheery, the narrator, enthusiastic. Advance Voting: brought to you by the next generation of voters, the title announces. Next generation means children. Get it? Child actors, in this 2016 video posted on Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemps website until Thursday morning, are here to show you how in-person, early voting works.
But the result has inflamed grown-up academics and activists alike, who call the images racist and deceptive. The video is another in a series of recent events that critics say point to Georgias elections being designed to produce different results for different voters, depending on their race or ethnicity. The state, meanwhile, says the criticism is politically motivated.
The problems begin 35 seconds in, when we see a white boy in a blue polo shirt and khakis open the door to a polling location, greeted by a white girl in a purple-checked shirt. He proceeds to vote and everything goes smoothly for the white boy. He proudly slaps the I Voted sticker on his chest.
Next up is a black girl in a green shirt and white ski vest, who is greeted by an apprehensive stare from the purple-checked poll worker. Turns out, the narrator explains, she doesnt have a valid ID. But, he continues, she can cast a provisional ballot, and return within three days to validate her identity.
At the end of the video, part of a series of four videos produced in six languages and posted on the Secretary of States website for the last two years, bold red letters announce English Only referring to ballots and other election materials in the 2016 elections. Since then, Gwinnett County, Georgias fastest-growing, has exceeded the federal legal threshold for populations who speak languages other than English, and is offering materials in Spanish for the first time this election.
As this video surfaced on social media late Wednesday, outrage over the racial division represented the white boy smoothly sails through the polls, while the black girl is missing required ID and has to put more tim...
Selective outrage from the left is hypocritical.
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We could propel tiny spacecraft to nearby stars at about 20 percent the speed of light
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Company has almost 10,000 trucks on the road.
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By Aaron Kesel China has introduced what it calls re-education camps for Muslims and other dissident citizens, and Google is helping China to suppress freedom...
Excitment for Houston rally a blow to Betos momentum
Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. That's what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.
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Desperate leftist media pulls out all stops to bait voters into voting Dem.
A Democratic operative was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night after he allegedly grabbed a woman managing a Republican campaign.
expressed before my dislike of the fact that cheating in
baseball by tricking the umpires is not only not punished, but the
players and media gloat over their success in duping on on-field
officials. That strikes me as disgraceful. Another thing I dislike
is not cheating but involves the fact that spectators can, in some
instances, interfere with the action. This can happen because
spectators can sit right behind the wall that designates the
boundary. So if a ball is hit over the wall, you can have a
situation where the fielder leaps to catch it before, or even
after, it reaches the wall, while spectators, rather than moving
away and giving the fielder room to make the play, also try to
catch the ball and interfere.
Here is one such incident that happened in a high-stakes playoff game yesterday and may have cost one team the win.
That would have been an INSANE catch from Mookie Betts. pic.twitter.com/3EdbzyBJb2
Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 18, 2018
The astounding this is that this kind of thing is considered perfectly acceptable. If I were running the game, I would put a gap between the wall and the first row of spectators.
I am trying to think of other games where spectators can and do interfere with the play. In cricket, there is a huge distance between the boundary line and the spectators. So too in football and tennis and rugby. The only sport where spectators are so close to the playing area is basketball but I am not aware of fans trying to interfere with the game, though they could easily do so if they wanted. I suspect that they would be ejected from the arena pronto.
Adding to this problem is that in baseball, there is a peculiar mystique attached to catching a ball that goes into the crowd, and people who catch one seem inexplicably proud of having done so, even though what they caught can be bought cheaply in any sports store. They dont do this just for (say) some record-breaking event but even for run-of-the-mill games. This has even resulted in ugly fights among fans over ownership of a ball that falls among them. Adults will even snatch a ball away from small children and then gloat over doing so, as this video clip compiled by an Australian shows. (Language advisory)
Eight out of the 10 Yemenis expelled from Saudi Arabia who were interviewed for this story told MintPress that they were beaten, deprived of food, had their personal property stolen, or faced sexual and physical abuse. SANAA, YEMEN Fifty-year-old Ali al-Za`ali grew up in Yemens Hajjah province. Around 30 years ago at the tender age 
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David Suzuki endorses Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, while Hollywood composer David Foster endorses lobbyist Mike Geoghagen Victoria Times Colonist article by Bill Cleverley, page A6 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"
An endorsement from notorious climate alarmist exaggerator Dr. David Suzuki at this critically important time for our planet, is not going to help cornered Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps now.
Shell have a difficult time navigating and pivoting as needed out of her lies, as chronicled by Adam Sterling at CFAX News 1070 AM Radio.
Nor will David Fosters Hollywood lustre help Mike the self-described lobbyist.
Patients read faster using green filters
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Treasury secretary also pulls out of Saudi summit
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Taliban takes credit for plot
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Drugs seized at points of entry.
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Every time Nancy Pelosi opens her mouth its just a laugh, because shes so out of touch with reality
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On the Federalist Radio Hour, Investigative Reporter Sara Carter discusses how the trafficking of narcotics has become a national security threat.
True facts about Vitamin C:
Its hydrophilic and readily soluble. It can also be absorbed through the skin.
Vitamin C inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines, so you will sometimes see it in creams and patches to treat conditions like acne.
It is unstable and degrades rapidly on exposure to light.
Vitamin C has some downsides in topical application: it can discolor the skin (the effective molecule (LAA)is transparent, but it breaks down rapidly to DHAA, which is ineffective and yellowish, and it can cause skin dryness.
The dose makes the poison: taking over 100 times the recommended daily dose causes cellular apoptosis and is toxic. Its really, really hard to take that much Vitamin C.
That mostly sounds great, doesnt it? It is an essential vitamin, its good for you, and it has a really good safety profile. Its easy to get the required dosage from a healthy balanced diet, so, honestly, taking megadoses does nothing, no harm and no advantage, and only, as they say, helps you make more expensive pee.
But you know whats totally pointless? This new product of selling people Vitamin shower filters. You attach it to your shower head, and then get an extremely dilute solution of Vitamin C topically applied, most of which then runs off into your sewer. If the dose makes the poison, its also the case that you need a minimally effective dose to get the benefit, and this mainly looks like a new way to get money to bleed out of your wallet. Have an orange, eat some strawberries or broccoli, all far more effective at getting the vitamins you need.
If you want to remove chlorine, these filters simply cant do the job youd have to reduce the flow rate to a trickle, optimistically. Theyre a scam. They take a little bit of truth and amplify it non-quantitatively and with no empirical analysis, and try to sell it to you with phony promises. Dont fall for it...
Then there is the pervasive myth and delusion of the "big, scary Black man," now extended to include little Black children.
It's been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I'm still struggling to move on. As talk turns toward the impending midterms, I find myself mentally pushing back against the relentlessness of the news cycle as it plows on, casting a spell of cultural amnesia in its wake.
Yesterday morning I received an email from blog reader Emily
Vilbrant wondering about an increase of train noise during the
morning hours. Distant trains sounded unusually loud and
clear. Emily asked if I might have an explanation.
And I have been noticing something similar. While walking my dog around 6:45 AM yesterday, the sound of distant traffic was unusually loud. Even my little dog noticed.
Interestingly, it all makes perfect sense, and believe it or not, it has to do with the clear skies and beautiful weather we have been having. Let me explain.
Young champion and super kid, Tyler Ford, seen above with Ashley Banjo from Diversity of Westminster where he is picking up his BCA medal today. GLV wrote about Tyler Ford teaming up with Phoebe Austin several weeks ago. These two super kids are about to take the world of entertainment and sports by storm. GLV 
By MassPrivateI A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore. STs smart...
By B.N. Frank Citizens, elected officials, consumer rights and environmental organizations, and people all over the world dont want utility Smart Meters installed on their...
An El Salvadoran man currently residing in Baltimore, Concepcion Morales, worries that he wont be able to continue to pay for his sons tuition at Johns Hopkins.
A Haitian woman living in Miami, Umaine Louis Jean, who has been in the US for 20 years, worries she will be separated from her American husband and two children.
A man from Honduras, Donald Posadas, a father of three, worries about losing everything he has worked for over the last 22 years while living in the US.
What do these three people have in common? They are all living in the US under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). And if the Trump administrations decisions not to renew TPS extensions and designations for several countries are upheld in court, their lives will change dramatically.
Ten countries currently have TPS designations. Six of these designations will end by 2020. The Trump administration has terminated the TPS designations of Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nepal, and Honduras since January 2017. These terminations have 12- to 18-month wind-down periods.
Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and South Sudan have had TPS extended for 18 months, but were not redesignated, meaning that foreign nationals arriving in the US after the designation date are not eligible for this special status.
The bottom line is that the current administrations ending or not redesignating TPS for the latter countries could impact as many as 300,000 TPS holders living in America.
TPS supporters assert that, up until now, the program has historically been extended and redesignated in accordance with the law under both Republican and Democratic administrations. They view the recent actions by Tru...
Regular contributor Nolan Gray is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky. A recent tragedy in Lexington highlights aspects of college culture that are worth some tough scrutiny. But, says Gray, we should also examine how car-centric design make such tragic events statistically inevitable, given enough time and enough people making choicesnot all of them good ones.
Gray highlights the ways in which the City has failed to allow alternatives to driving to develop, even as the University itself takes steps to encourage students to leave their cars in their hometowns.
Last month, a University of Kentucky freshman allegedly struck and killed a four-year old child while driving under the influence along Cooper Drive. Thus far, the university has already suspended the accused student and the fraternity that organized the tailgating party he was attending. More conversations about how to manage tailgating culture, responsible drinking habits, and the role of fraternities on campus are sure to be on the way. But we would be remiss if we didnt talk about an unfortunate fact about student life at UK: its almost completely car-dependent.
Each year, thousands of students show up in the fall with their cars, and continue to depend on them for virtually every trip outside their homes. Coming as most of them do from suburbs and small towns, they dont know how to live without a car, they arent taught, and they dont exactly get a lot of encouragement from the way Lexington has been built out. All of this driving leads to unbearable downtown traffic congestion, a constant struggle for parking, and dangerous conditions for those students and residents who do walk or bicycle. That some students occasionally do it drunk is sad but inevitable.
The university, to its credit, does a fair amount to try and mitigate this. Right now, its a mix of carrots and sticks. On the carrot side, the university offers holiday shuttles to and from small towns across Kentucky, students have access to a first-class bicycle library, and anyone with a Wildcat Student ID can ride city buses for free.
On the stick side, they also price parking for students and employees, properly passing the high cost of parking maintenance along to those who use it. For most students living in the dorms, they put parking far away on surface lots out near Kroger Stadium, and those student cars need to be moved on game days. All of this should send a clear message t...
Could this plug bring both power and peril?
Plugging in the power or at least what you think is power to a USB-C powered laptop can connect your computer, and the valuable personal data on it, directly to hackers. Your personal financial information, passwords and documents stored on the laptop could help a cybercriminal steal your identity. The laptop may even be used to attack your employers computers and network.
The European Union is already moving to require all smartphones be compatible with USB-C power adapters itself a move that endangers users privacy. If the EU made a similar standard for laptop computers, it would threaten to make the problem worse, by increasing the number of people vulnerable to what is basically the digital equivalent of pick-pocketing.
Millions of our citizens will not be allowed to vote. That's because a consortium of national, state, and local officials of Republican persuasion -- along with their corporate ringleaders -- have mounted a tawdry campaign over the past decade to slam the ballot box shut on entire segments of America's electorate.
Popular Mechanics has published a defense of Elon Musk, and its disturbingly creepy. Theyve got multiple contributors, and the first compares him to Mark Twain.
Not everybody liked Twain. They still dont. He could be scandalous and self-indulgent. He smoked too much. Judgmental. And Twain, a one-time riverboat pilot, made nothing substantial, produced no commodities or goods, except his tales and observations. He took you somewhere. Mark Twain didnt think for you, you barrel-hoop baron you. But he was out there. Thinking. He spoke past his newspaper editor, directly to the people, to his readers, whether they agreed with him or not. And while he certainly produced outsize, often painful, observations about what we had become as a people, he also offered glaring, satiric propositions concerning what we might want to try to be henceforth. And why. In person, he could be wily, cold, and unpleasant, but Twain stood out as a man who reliably saw the truth of human purpose beneath the weighty mess of human foibles. He had ambitions for humanity. At the very least, he believed that humanity ought to have ambitions for itself.
And now, Elon Musk walks the earth. The pleasure of his presence on this mantle is similar to Twains. You might live in Tacoma and make a living working in a consulting firm that helps affordable hotel chains rebrand themselves using urban graphic-design strategies and overlapping pricing platforms. But admit it, among your everyday pleasures is the possibility that you might pick up an item in the news feed on your smartphone concerning Elon Musks next great idea. Electric cars. The colonization of Mars. Tunnels beneath Los Angeles. Brains linked to computers.
I mainly pick up on news about Musk because hes obnoxiously weird. Accusing divers of being pedophiles. Abusing his employees (look up Mary Beth Brown). An ugly divorce. Unable to profit despite receiving millions of dollars from his fellow capitalists. Smoking a joint on a YouTube video.
Electric cars are a great idea it wasnt his. He wants to colonize Mars to save humanity it wont. His tunnels are bizarre and impractical. He doesnt know how to link brains and computers.
Hes no Mark Twain.
Another guy has a different comparison.
Bruce Wayne. Elon Musk. Tony Stark. Three men worth billions of dollars who care more about solving important problems than living comfortably, but only one of them is real.
SpaceX and Tesla cars are great. I dont know that they make up for the fact that hes an obnoxious asshole with a cult of personality....
A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the team quickly 
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When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics 
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Saudi Arabia is in the midst of an internal review of the death of Khashoggi. Whispers from inside the kingdom suggest that the final report will say that this was a "rogue" operation, a word introduced into this incident by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump, who has bet a great deal on Saudi Arabia, has been caught flatfooted.
A cop has been fired after he claimed he was "trigger happy" and admitted that if he shoots someone he "makes a ton in overtime."
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Migrants are being trained to drive public buses in Germany in a new initiative launched through the Berlin Transport Company.
A project by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlins public transport operator, will soon see 16 refugees employed as bus drivers in the German capital,...
Opus has sent us another colourful treat. This time its shoes and they are wonderful. Its no secret that I love shoes, but I could never hope to have shoes quite this wonderful. Theyre bright, bold and such interesting designs. Opus says,
More pictures, this time from Reykjavik. Shooting through glass is tough, but I think they worked out well. More of the sights that one sees when traveling with fabric artists. I might never have noticed if not for them.
Well, Opus, I think traveling with fabric artists is definitely a good thing, but your camera skills are what makes it all come alive in photos. Thanks so much for sharing.
Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as several Chinese corporations raked in over $3 trillion last year. When it comes to the top 200 entities, the gap between corporations and governments gets even more pronounced: 157 are corporations. Walmart, Apple and Shell all accrued more wealth than even fairly rich countries like Russia, Belgium, Sweden.
Facebook has become The Great Censor, ready to pull the pages of dissenters that seek to "stir up political debate" in ways that threaten the legitimacy of corporate rule. "Facebook is indispensable to maintaining the global corporate monopoly on truth -- as is Google."
The Volcker Rule was passed as part of the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 in order to help avert another financial crisis similar to the Great Recession of 2008. That crisis was caused in large part by excessive bank speculation in trading markets, and the Volcker Rule seeks to reduce the risk associated with these activities by prohibiting proprietary trading by government-backstopped banks. In October 2011, the Agencies proposed regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. In February 2012, OSEC issued a 325 page comment letter to the banking regulators urging vigorous and robust implementation of the Volcker Rule. OSEC also issued letters to members of Congress in the summer of 2012 during the governments investigation into JP Morgans London Whale $6 billion trading loss...
A judge in San Francisco last week announced that she is considering overturning the historic verdict that would lead to Monsanto being held accountable for manufacturing dangerous cancer-causing weedkillers. Although San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos hasnt formally ruled on a decision, she did conduct a two-hour hearing to consider the BigAg companys demand to toss out the entire jury verdict, which called for Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages. The hearing was scheduled after Bolanos wrote a tentative ruling stating her intention to strike down the punitive damages and schedule a new trial. In August a jury found that Monsanto knew, or should have known, its best-selling weedkiller, Roundup...
By Mayuk Saha
Perfluoroalkyl substances once felt like magic. Liquids and stains didnt stick to them and so companies were able to use these chemicals to make Teflon and cleaning materials. Slowly their use spread to many household items like furniture, utensils and rugs. Their use even extends to the foam found in fire extinguishers.
However, it was soon discovered that when concentrated, these substances had the potential to be toxic if they were consumed. Studies proved that they entered the circulatory system of labourers in factories and the people residing in the surround areas. The chemicals were also found to be connected to certain kinds of cancer and congenital disabilities as NCBI reports.
Recently, drinking water was tested and analyzed and the results proved that agencies like the EPA and the Defence Department have hidden information about the true dangers that PFAs can cause. A lot of people are probably already suffering from exposure to toxic concentrations than have come to light. The government has downplayed the problem and intentionally so by manipulating test results to reveal only a handful of chemicals and to hide higher concentrations of chemicals that are poisonous. Tests that could detect other harmful substances were not conducted at all (source).
A presentation by one of EPAs contractors shows that there the
amount of PFAs in drinking water is twenty times more than what was
published by the EPA. Using these figures, the Environmental
Working Group has calculated that more than a hundred million
Americans are risking exposure to these chemicals.
Earlier testing, though not as advanced, did point out that drinking water in over thirty states was contaminated. The Department of Defence believed that drinking water used in many military areas had su...
The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps. Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.
Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been working overtime to kneecap institutions that support the American middle class. And, as any working-class family can tell you, the GOP has had some substantial successes, particularly in shifting both income and political power away from voters and toward billionaires and transnational corporations.
Brock d'Avignon was 17 when he met with the Western Growers Association and then placed a call to Cesar Chavez. His next project was designing the first van transport for those confined at home by age and disability.
The New York Attorney Generals office has subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal Communication Commissions decision to revoke net neutrality rules last year. Barbara Underwood, who became the states attorney general earlier this year after predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned in disgrace, wants to see whether industry groups were behind a huge effort to pollute the 22 million letters filed to the FCCs electronic comment filing system with fraudulent submissions.
When San Diego resident Gerald Starks rent increased and he couldnt afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV. But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was ticketed for violating another law prohibiting sleeping in public. Faced with thousands of dollars in fines and fees he was unable to pay, Stark lived every day in fear of being arrested for simply trying to survive. Hes not alone. There isnt a single county in the United States where you can rent a two-bedroom, market-rate apartment working a full-time, minimum-wage job.
A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media.
Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the team quickly left the country, according to daily Yeni afak.
Albostani entered Turkey at 1:45 a.m. local time (2245GMT). He stayed at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and left the country at 9:46 p.m. local time (1846GMT) on a private jet which belonged to the Sky Prime Aviation company. Yeni afak
Bostanis alleged role in the murder of the Saudi journalist are unclear, as are details of the traffic accident in Riyadh prompting accusations of a cover up by those who orchestrated the Khashoggi hit. Meanwhile, a columnist for Turkeys Daily Hrriyet wrote on Thursday that Mohammad al Otaibi, Saudi Arabias Istanbul consul-general, would be the next execution.
Turkish daily Yeni afak reported Oct. 17 that Al-Otaibis voice could be heard in one of the recordings, which Turkish authorities are believed to have, of Khashoggis interrogation at the consulate.
According to the report, after Al-Otaibi told the interrogators to do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble, he was told to shut up if you want to live when you are back in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Otaibi returned to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 16 before his residence in Istanbul was searched by police for more than eight hours on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. Daily Hrriyet
Hrriyet Daily News (@HDNER) October 18,...
Apart from Cross, in the 17 years we have been working on Media Lens, only one other person has subjected us to a relentlessly negative campaign that is in any way comparable. Almost ten years ago, we documented how Oliver Kamm had been pursuing us relentlessly across the internet writing blogs about us, posting grisly comments about our genocide denial under online interviews with us, and often warning journalists who mentioned our work or who, god forbid, praised our work or who interacted with us in any way, that we were blood-drenched genocide deniers and/or seedy misogynists.
An Air India pilot displays an incredible level of insouciance.
Boeing 737 flies into brick wall and just keeps going
An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a brick wall Friday. Incredibly, that marked the beginning of its journey and not the end.
The jet not only clobbered the top of a five-foot perimeter wall but also destroyed a small landing guide tower as it climbed out of Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu, India, shortly after midnight, the Times of India reported.
With 130 passengers on board, it was bound from the southern tip of India to Dubai across the ocean. And despite the audible and obvious collision, the pilot apparently saw no reason not to continue on.
We informed the pilot about the hit, the airport director told the IANS news service. The pilot said nothing was wrong with the plane as the systems were functioning normally. But we found some parts of the plane, like an antenna, on the ground.
Air India Express flight 611 continued to climb above the cloud line. It crossed the subcontinent and headed out over the Indian Ocean, the pilot apparently unaware that the plane had a gash along its belly and mesh fencing wrapped around the landing gear.
It flew for about two hours before someone in ground control second-guessed the pilots confidence.
Too bad Leslie Nielsen is dead. He would be just the actor to play the pilot in a film about this. Creating destruction and reacting to it in a nonchalant deadpan manner was kind of his thing.
The author writes, As President Donald Trump defends maintaining close ties to Saudi Arabia, he has repeatedly exaggerated by 700 percent the value of US weapon sales to Riyadh, yet he has not mentioned the amount of money Saudis have put into his own pocket.
The author writes, A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things like arms deals to focus on.
The author writes, Albury, his attorneys say, was driven to his actions by the racism he witnessed throughout his career at the FBI, both within the agency and in the ways in which the bureau interacted with the communities it policed particularly the Somali-American community Albury was tasked with surveilling in Minneapolis.
The author writes, Nevadas most famous pimp tried to bring the states legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO, and staging outlandish publicity stunts. Dennis Hofs fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry. And, despite being found dead on Tuesday, hes poised to win an election to the state Legislature in less than three weeks.
'Frozen' star Kristen Bell recently told an interviewer she's not '100 percent comfortable' with the Disney princess tales.
The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices. Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon challenging militarization at home and abroad.
The Kudzu Science mass spectrometry gold standard method used for testing glyphosate, AMPA and glufosinate is fully validated, which gives these results even more significance. The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Wednesday; Even at this early stage of testing we believe it is vital to warn the public and regulators that glyphosate is being found in human hair. The levels found are surprising to everyone involved, as we have been working on urine testing with university and commercial laboratories over the past four years and we have never seen such results. One of the main questions now for the public, scientists, regulators and the pesticide industry, is how are such levels of the worlds most used herbicide first entering the blood stream and then ending up in our hair?
(ZHE) A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the 
Venezuela is replacing the dollar with the euro or yuan in its international business endeavors, Bolivarian Minister of Industries and National Production, Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday. The newest round of sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela is making international financial interactions impossible, Aissami said during a press conference with Calixto Ortega, the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela. International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said, showing that the U.S. financial sanctions have now extended to affect both the private and public sectors. From his personal Twitter account, Aissami said, We have to generate new conditions to overcome these aggressions on the part of the governments of the USA...
Are we on the brink of a revolution in housing policy? In the three-quarters of a century since Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised Americans the right to a decent home, the housing market has remained both a cause of Americas racial and economic inequality and a woefully inadequate solution to it. Today, a decade after the financial crash of 2008, even in a period of rapid economic growth, the home-finance and rental markets are failing millions of Americans. But, as in the Depression, a new generation of politicians are putting housing inequality at the center of the national agenda. Congressional candidates ranging from Minnesotas Ilhan Omar to Hawaiis Kaniela Ing have called for Housing for All, including rent-stabilization programs and a new infusion of federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing.
by Jon Rappoport
October 18, 2018
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From time to time, I reprint my interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield. Each time I try to write a new introduction.
In this case, Ill highlight the arbitrary nature of scare-propaganda. And by arbitrary, I mean has a covert agenda.
For instance, suppose you learned that a single source in the US, every year, like clockwork, kills 225,000 people. That would be 2.25 million killings per decade.
Wouldnt you think wed hear about it? Wouldnt public health agencies make a big deal about it? Wouldnt they call it an epidemic?
After all, we supposedly have a handful of Ebola cases in the US, and the media are hyping this fact to the skies.
Suppose they had far, far bigger numbers to work with? Suppose they had 225,000 deaths, not just once, but every year, as the raw material for their stories?
Suppose they could say, We now have 225,000 deaths in the US as a result of Ebola, and the authorities are quite sure that next year, and the year after that, and every year were going to have 225,000 more.
Can you imagine the reaction at every level of society? The insane panic? The madness in the streets? The attacks against institutions tasked with preventing such a cataclysm? The collapse of the stock market and the healthcare system? The predictions of the end of the world? The churches on roaring business highs?
On July 26, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association published Dr. Barbara Starfields review, Is US health really the best in the world?
The Starfield paper can be downloaded freely (as a .pdf) from here (via drug-education.info). The paper is fully cited as Starfield B. Is US health really the best in the world?. JAMA. 2000; 284(4):483-4.
In it, Starfield, who was a respected public health expert working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, stated that:...
A member of the 15-man team suspected in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in a mysterious accident, according to Turkish media.
The post Cleaning Up Loose Ends? Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
By Brittany Hunter For as often as the phrase history repeats itself is used, its shocking how rare it is for mankind to actually learn...
While in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September the Prime Minister of Canada spoke about Venezuela. As he defended the government of Canadas outrageous decision to lead the right-wing attempt to bring the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro to the International Criminal Court Trudeau said, "The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic. There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America." Interestingly, with this one rhetorical and inflated lie, meant to justify Canadas intervention in the internal affairs of the sovereign and independent country of Venezuela, Trudeau has nicely summed up a recent report on Venezuela on the CBC Radios The Current.
Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot covered a gathering and march to an interactive mural commemorating missing and murdered indigenous people on Saturday, October 14, 2018. We joined around a hundred people in East Phillips Park where we were welcomed by Sage Trudell, who helped organized
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Several distant bursts of fully-automatic gunfire captured on a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers body-worn camera the night of the 1 October shooting sound as if they were emitting from another location other than Mandalay Bay.
Astonishingly, as officers took positions at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Mandalay Bay Rd two short bursts can be heard being discharged at a distance between 0:52 and 0:54 seconds in the video. Listen closely.
Either a gunman inside Mandalay Bay fired away from the venue, possibly down the interior hallway of the building at 10:10 p.m. local time, or the shots were being fired from another distant location entirely.
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Matt Easton speculates a bit about the final polish that early medieval swords might have.
Elders and youth focused on ways to ease divisions among men, women and two-spirit people as the First Alaskans Institute wrapped up its annual conference.
Israeli leaders have produced an artificial political and psychological environment that identifies national security with the avoidance of peace. All Israeli governments have played this propaganda game because all of them have been and still are more interested in land than peace.
I first listened to Sonic Youths Daydream Nation twenty years ago when I was 15, and my first reaction was, What the fuck is? I knew that Sonic Youth was supposed to be these incredible alternative rock pioneers that toured with Nirvana shortly before Nevermind came out, and Kim Gordon had a brief cameo in an episode of The Simpsons, but didnt know anything else about them.
The hip alternative DC radio station at the time, WHFS, wasnt hip enough to play Sonic Youth, and Spotify didnt exist, so I had to go to Sam Goody and buy Daydream Nation to see what the big deal was. I hated it. It was noisy, it was repetitive, and the lyrics didnt make a bit of sense.
As time passed, the album grew on me. I now get why Daydream Nationwhich is 30 years old todaymatters so much. Its a work of modern art that should featured at the Hirshorn Museum, and a bridge between the underground 1980s alternative music scene and the early90s alternative rock explosion.
Read the rest here.
My guest for today is PZ Myers. Hes a biologist and blogger who writes about atheism, science, and social justice on Freethought Blogs. Today I have him on the show to get to know him more, plus have a conversation about the current state of movement atheism.
As has often happened to progressive-minded people whove reached a more radical point in their political evolutions, Ive become disillusioned with many organizations, leaders and media sources that I used to rely on. One of these dubious sources is The Guardian.
At first, it seemed to me like The Guardian is a good alternative to the American mainstream media outlets. Its often featured quality articles about subjects like climate change, and its columnist George Monbiot is the one who first taught me what the term neoliberal means. But this good material is what gives a feel of reliability to the misleading claims that The Guardian very often puts out.
And Monbiot himself has been one of The Guardians main sources of these claims. In a 2014 essay, the journalist Jonathan Cook called Monbiot the lefts McCarthy, and wrote that Monbiot is not a guardian of our moral consciences, as he likes to think, but a guardian of the outer limits of a corporate-sanctioned consensus. Cook provided good reasons for these characterizations; when the scholars Ed Herman and David Peterson argued that recent conflicts in Rwanda and the Balkans have been falsely characterized as genocides to benefit Western nar...
Can Trump stop the perpetual fighting?
The Wilburys were the ultimate rock supergroup: Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. What a stunning collection of talent.
By Joe Jankowski As Facebook grapples with a multitude of privacy scandals, the mass exodus of young people away from their mobile application, and new accusations...
Pat Robertson has some opinions on the idea of butchering a journalist while hes alive with a bone saw. Theyre not what I would have thought a Christian would openly admit.
Pat Robertson responds to reports that the Saudis murdered a journalist by telling everyone to calm down and focus on the important things, like the lucrative arms deal we have with them. pic.twitter.com/06b7s3R6Xe
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He argues that we should basically overlook a little thing like
a torture-murder because Saudi Arabia are
key allies, our main
enemy in the Middle East is Iran, and theres also that little
$190 billion arms deal which means
a lot of jobs and a lot of
money coming into our coffers. You know, 2000 years ago the
most powerful empire of the time also endorsed a torture-murder of
someone in the interests of maintaining the balance of power in the
Middle East and pacifying a troublesome population; I guess that
would have been OK if Jesus had also been interfering with a
profitable trade in spears and swords.
I like ol Pat. He keeps opening his mouth and contributing to the corruption of religious faith. Hes probably done far more for atheism than Richard Dawkins. Televangelists in general have been awesome forces for discrediting organized religion for years.
Deeply disturbing video has just been released showing a Chicago cop conduct a drive-by shooting on an innocent autistic teen who was lost.
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I think that anybody who has ever been the new kid at a school knows how this works.
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Earth-shattering interview with for CIA officer, Robert David Steele. The topic centered around what President Trump should be doing before the midterm elections to prevent a liberal, anti-American coup against the American people and government.
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The following article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Alt-Market.com.
After a certain length of time examining history in-depth, anyone who is honest and relatively objective comes to understand that most of what we are told about our past in the mainstream is completely fabricated. We learn that much of history is not about posterity or heritage and more about a continuous set of false narratives peppered with half-truths. That is to say, what we thought we knew is actually lies.
Unfortunately, these lies can be complex, to the point that even many alternative researchers get caught up in their own biases to the point that they lose track of reality. Of course, this is what propaganda and 4th generation warfare is meant to accomplish; it creates a series of filters that thin out the crowd of truth seekers a little at a time. Those few who make it through to the other side might discover the bigger picture, but when they turn around to explain what they have seen theres hardly anyone left to listen.
Intricate propaganda narratives are actually rooted in simple archetypal memes that resonate with the average persons sense of story. Think of mainstream historical events as more of a screenplay with a well-practiced set of beats, and the people who draft this screenplay intend we the public to act as an audience with limited participation. Our jobs are merely to continue providing fuel for the machine with our labor until the machine no longer needs us, and to continue perpetuating the fantasies that the machine conjures up as news feed fodder.
There are many actors that read lines from the historic screenplay and act out elaborate scenes meant to emotionally manipulate the masses. These actors play the roles of politicians and leaders of state. They are banking moguls and corporate heads. They are media gatekeepers and manufactured celebrities. If a person sits in what appears to be a position of power, they are seldom what they seem on the surface.
Im explaining this conundrum because a lot of people out there claim such things are obvious, yet they continue to fall for the same Kabuki theater over and over again. I am also explaining it because the subject matter of this article is a perfect example of the 4th generation warfare n...
Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and GOP challenger Mike Braun are both trying to use Trumps abiding popularity in the Hoosier State to their advantage.
Unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration will not whisk the girls off to obtain out-of-state clandestine abortions, thwarting both parental involvement and state laws.
At what point do the people of US, UK and EU, start to reign-in their governments aggressive war machines?
Remember back in 2016 when German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that, anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken. He was referring to NATOs overt policy of provoking Russia something which US neocons and war hawks have been actively fomenting now since 2013.
Der Spiegel reported how Breedlove shocked German leaders by claiming that pro-Russian separatists had upped the ante in eastern Ukraine with well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of the most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery sent to Donbass in Eastern Ukraine. As it turned out, Breedlove was lying no such Russian deployment took place, but the job was done. The fear was injected into the EU political system, and amplified by a corrupt mainstream media.
At what point does this situation become
RT International reports
Western provocation, the prospect of WWIII, and Chinas closer stance with Russia are just some of the topics that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken about with RT France.
We will be ready for larger-scale provocations too. But our answer is very simple if they talk to us through the media, we will respond through the media too, but specifically and in a correct manner, Lavrov said, answering questions from RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro.
Going further, he said a third world war is an unimaginable scenario, noting that everybody would be sane enough not to let it happen. However, an aggravating factor is the absence of any dialogue between the Russian military and NATO.
Tensions are still high between the two, Lavrov said, citing the recent mid-air incident in which a Spanish fighter jet accidentally released an air-to-air missile during a training mission in Estonian skies. Thank God, there were no casualties, but what if it would have landed...
A Gates Foundation report warning that Africans are having too many kids prefaced more pointed anti-fertility remarks this week from France's president, Emmanuel Macron.
Mainstream media conveniently downplay or even ignore this fact in story after story on the ins and outs of race-based admission processes in colleges.
There is an intra-academic war to control the academy, and the reason is simple: control of institutions like media and academia is essential for a social revolution.
Piers Morgan accused Craig of being 'emasculated' because he was photographed carrying his baby girl around New York City. That's absurd.
The City of Atlanta will pay its former fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million for firing him after he wrote a Bible study that expressed the Christian view of marriage as between a man and woman.
Instead of composing a useless document filled with reheated progressive clichs about the need to reach the youth and stay relevant, bishops should consider why traditional parishes seem to do so well.
Cant men be trusted to have some basic amount of self-control? And will implementing the Pence Rule even stave off allegations?
To the members of the Jewish community that dont like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet Im not...
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In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we talked with long time anarchis writter and strategist Tom Nomad, who is the author of The Masters Tool and Towards and Army of Ghosts. For almost a decade, Tom has written about insurgency, the police, and anarchist strategy, and in this episode we touch on those subjects as well as discuss how they have changed in the Trump area, and what new challenges autonomous and anarchist movements face.
Starting off, Tom argues that one of the successes of Bannon and Trump, is that they have locked many on the Left into a constant cycle of shock and awe, often that keeps us in a constant social media feed back loop, at times venturing out to march in circles or take photos of our witty sign, but never developing a strategy, and often burning out very quickly. We then spend some time talking about what it would mean to develop a non-activist approach to confronting the major tensions we find today, and building a material force.
On our latest podcast, we talked with long-time anarchist author and strategist Tom Nomad, about building a material resistance under Trumpism and beyond that doesn't just run around in circles chasing outrage, but instead develops a strategy to win. https://t.co/EQlBj5xiWL pic.twitter.com/nWv60RLyw7
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Another key theme we discuss is over coming the generational divide between the newly radicalized post-Trump, and those that came, sometimes, long before him. Tom discusses the baggage brought by both generations, and discusses possibly solutions in both regards.
We end by looking at the approaching political terrain, both in terms of the midterms, but also the future of Trumpism and the coming onslaught of global warming. Far from a fluke, Nomad argues that Trumpism in many ways is America, and to confront Trumpism were going to have to confront a past based on genocide and slavery in order to move behind it.
Which country has the most to gain from a collapse in US-Saudi relations?
Viral video reportedly out of Portland, Oregon shows an antifa protester viciously berating a conservative woman after she told him her husband died on September 11th.
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Here in Hamilton, anti-fascists have been debating the merit of going after Paul Fromm a well-known white supremacist with ties to the KKK and Stormfront as a mayoral candidate.
On one hand, you have a proudly racist shithead running for mayor.
On the other hand, Fromm has been invisible as a candidate thus far. Attacking him directly would give him a media platform to spew his vile minimally-covert racist bullshit, potentially win over more ignorant supporters, and continue flagging other neo-Nazis of his presence. Its also pretty hard to call out an obvious racist without insinuating that white supremacy doesnt exist within the other mayoral and ward candidates: we didnt want our disavowal of Fromm to look like throwing support behind or belief in any other candidate, the election, or even Canadian democracy at large.
So we did the next best thing; we went after those just as ignorant and racist as Fromm himself those who nominated him.
Elections documents are quasi transparent and public. You can view (free) and obtain copies (not free) of them at your local city hall. As it turns out, one of the documents made available is the original nomination form for mayor the ones where each person running n...
Earlier this month, Strong Towns hosted its first ever regional gathering, an event designed to start local conversations and help strong citizens connect and inspire each other to action. The North Texas Gathering combined speakers, panelists, and workshops to drive civic engagement on a variety of topics that have both regional and national relevance. Couldnt make it? Theres no need to feel FOMO. As a follow up, we want to share some of that discussion with you.
Amanda Popken and John Simmerman presented on making places better for walking and biking through tactical urbanism. Amanda Popken is owner of Amanda Popken Development and John Simmerman is Co-Founder of Active Towns. We sat down to talk about their role in the Texas Gathering. Amanda joined later on in the conversation. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)
Aubrey Byron of Strong Towns (AB): Thanks for joining me! Can you tell me how you started with Active Towns, and what you were speaking about at StrongTownsNTX?
John Simmerman (JS): Sure. My background is as Co-Founder of the Active Towns Initiative which is a 501(c)3. What we really do is try to get out there to profile and promote the people, programs, and places that are doing a good job of creating an environment that is conducive to a healthy culture of activity. We look at celebrating those places that are doing a good job of becoming more walkable, bikeable, and livable. The ongoing joke I have with Chuck is that a Strong Town is inherently an Active Town because youre able to get around by other means than a single occupancy motor vehicle.
Pop Up Parklet in Plano (Courtesty of John Simmerman)
What Amanda and I talked about at the regional gathering is some of the lighter, quicker, cheaper things cities and communities can do to promote more livable places. We had a pop-up park demonstration. It is sort of a la the celebration of Parking Day, where you take an on-street parking space and convert it to a small park. In our case we also had a bike parking facili...
When Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia would be delivering its s30o anti-missile and antiaircraft defense system to Syria it effectively altered the military and geostrategic landscape of the Middle East, and specifically in the Syrian theatre.
According to a recent Syria News report, Mr. Shoigu stated that primary defensive advantages are as follows:
Shoigu also added:
This should cool down some hot-heads keeping them from reckless behavior that poses threat to our servicemen, otherwise we will have to respond based on the current situation. Mr. Shoigu concluded referring to the Israeli officials who vowed to continue illegally attacking Syria.
All of this leaves little room for doubt that Israel will now be maneuvering for an angle to marginalize this new capability which threatens its regional hegemony and general criminal policies with respect to international law. But partnering with the US-backed putsch regime in Kiev might be a bridge too far for Russia.
By choosing to engage with Kiev in this manner, Moscow is right to view this as a type of provocation by US and its surrogate Israel. Hence, it is much more likely that this latest antagonistic move by Tel Aviv will weaken, not enhance any future negotiations with Russia regarding Syrias security a fissure which Washington will most certainly try to exploit in this very dangerous three-way script.
Based on this and so many other behavioral indicators, the most likely gateway to WWIII is still via the rogue state of Israel. If their brutish and colonial nature cannot be tamed, and so long as the US-UK-FR continue using them as an extension of imperium, then they will remain as the most clear and present threat to both regional and world peace going forward
The US and Israeli militaries recently...
Informative summary of where some of the political land lies ahead of Novembers much-anticipated U.S. midterm elections.
If this authors analysis is correct, then there are a number of surprises in store for U.S. politics after the midterms
By Tom Luongo
In case you havent been paying attention, the Republicans are going to remain in control of both the House and the Senate in a couple of weeks. Since their flawless victory over the Democrats in the fight to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Republican base is more energized now than at any point since November 2016.
They say pictures are worth a thousand words so, heres one.
And if you dont think the person that is most worried about this picture is Hillary Clinton, then you havent been paying attention.
But, to get to Hillary, Ill have to connect a few dots.
It is pretty obvious that Trump has begun winning over important parts of the GOP leadership, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who shared a stage with Trump in Kentucky recently.
While on the other hand, those most in opposition to Trump like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (D-Wisconsin) and Jeff Flake (D-McCainville) are retiring because they know they cant win.
Trump and McConnells win, as I said previously, gave spine to the spineless. Like Trump or hate him, for the most part, the guy is a change agent.
So, McConnell rammed another 15 judges down the Democrats throats to allow them time to do a little chair rearrangement on the deck of their partys Titanic before November 6th.
The early signs have come from the foreign policy front, namely Trumps cabinet.
Since he first entered politics as a candidate five years ago, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has pledged his commitment to open government.
As he put it during a debate last week with challenger J.B. Pritzker before the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board: Transparency is great.
As he fights for re-election, making the declaration is a great move on Rauners part and an easy one. Voters are demanding more and more information about what their governments are doing with their tax money, and every candidate at every level is wise to speak in favor of sharing it with them.
But what Rauner means when he vows to be transparent isnt so clear, given his administrations habit of fighting against the release of information. The governors office wont even disclose how often it blocks the release of records sought by the public.
Dive deeper into our reporting. Our newsletter is written by a ProPublica Illinois journalist every week.
From January 2017 through this June, the governors office received more than 500 requests for records under the state Freedom of Information Act, according to a log released to me in response to a FOIA request. The log shows the office received requests from journalists, unions, businesses and independent citizens who wanted copies of the everything from Rauners schedule to emails from first lady Diana Rauner.
Yet the governors office wouldnt provide me records showing whether it granted or denied the requests, arguing it wasnt obliga...
A small, impish grin spread across Jeff Sessions face. It was a sun-drenched June afternoon in Scranton, a northeastern Pennsylvania town a few generations removed from its coal-mining heyday, and the U.S. attorney general was ensconced in a window-lined university hall, preaching to cops, prosecutors and police cadets about the importance of President Donald Trumps war on illegal immigration. Outside, protesters jeered.
Sanctuary cities, Sessions said, reject the law, reward criminals and put U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in peril. Then he smiled and began attacking Jim Kenney, Philadelphias Democratic mayor.
Philadelphia had emerged as one of the largest thorns in the Trump administrations side. It wore its sanctuary reputation like a badge of honor, and its leaders, including Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner, continued to find creative ways to outmaneuver ICEs enforcement efforts. Just a week earlier, Philadelphia won a federal lawsuit that Kenney filed against the Department of Justice. At risk had been a $1.6 million law enforcement grant, and the critical question of whether Philadelphia and, by implication, cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco could limit cooperation with ICE without being penalized by the federal government.As mayor, Kenney has doubled down on limiting the city's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "All of us have ancestors who were once immigrants," he has said. (Heather Khalifa/Philadelphia Inquirer)
The attorney general told his audience that hed seen a video of Kenney dancing giddily in the wake of the court victory. He is celebrating keeping criminals in Philadelphia that by law should be deported, Sessions said. But it was worse than that; cities like Philadelphia, he said, send a message to criminals: Stay here, and we will protect you. That directly attracts more criminals.
Kenney saw his ad...
(Natural News) First experimental evidence now shows that late-night snacking can cause more than just weight gain. Eating meals late at night can increase the risk of developin...
Growing up in an Irish family one hears their fair share of myths, and the jack-o-lantern is one of the scarier stories. The centuries-old practice of carefully carving pumpkins into scary decorations is common in October. Immigrants brought the tradition with them when they came to America. Originally, large turnips and potatoes were used to create the 
Those hypotheticals about voting machines being insecure? Hand me that tinfoil
Apparently 35 million+ voters registration information is for sale on the dark web. [anomali] That includes party affiliation, home address, etc.
In one forum post a known illicit vendor on October 5, 2018 advertised for sale previously undisclosed tens of millions of 2018 voter registration records for at least 19 US states on a popular English-language speaking hacking forum. The voter records affect citizens of:
I no longer believe that voters in the US can have any confidence that their votes are being counted accurately. Furthermore, I dont think thats an accident its a set-up for stuffing ballot-boxes and the follow-up is that they can decertify the results if the wrong person wins. This is a win/win situation for the states with vulnerable voting systems (which, coincidentally, are mostly Republican or which are closely contested) we cant even say something must be done because the Republican incumbents can say well, we better not hold that election, then.
Purportedly, these records contain voter data including full name, phone numbers, physical addresses, voting history, and other unspecified voting data. The sales price for each voter list ranges from $150 USD to $12,500 USD depending on the state. This pricing model could be related to the number of voter records per database listing and/or, to a lesser degree of confidence, to offset the original cost to the illicit vendor.
Several crowdfunded efforts are underway to buy the databases. So...
(MEE) When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics 
(ZHE) A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organizations founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia outside the reach of US and UK authorities newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as 
Mitch McConnell just revealed the scheme: cut taxes for the billionaires class, create deficits, and then shred the social safety net.
Georgias race for governor is the closest and most closely watched in the country. Many of the nations starkest partisan lines are drawn across the face of this election.
Some of the longest lines, too as citizens, some alarmed by WhoWhatWhys reports on rejection of absentee ballots, decided to go to the polls during the states first week of early, in-person voting.
We didnt anticipate a three-hour wait, said Janine Eveler, director of Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration.
But thats exactly what hundreds of voters in Cobb County, Georgias third largest, have faced at various times this week. The main reason: theres only one polling site open, with more to follow starting Saturday.
When you have extremely high partisanship, people vote early, Eveler said. And this is early.
The numbers at the site in suburban Marietta are mirroring the rest of Georgia. More than twice as many ballots have been cast so far than at this point in 2014, showing a strong surge of voter participation while also straining Georgias already weak voting infrastructure.
Cobb County, former stronghold of Newt Gingrich, is home to a half-million registered voters, who for years had voted Republican, but went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Eveler said the county is putting up resources nearly matching a presidential election, including opening polls for two Saturdays starting this weekend.
Despite the long waits on Wednesday, the voting process went smoothly. The typical voter in Cobb County finished submitting his or her electronic ballot in five minutes. Cobb has not had problems with its machines or voter files.
The problem of lines is not new to the state. Georgia had the third-longest wait times in the country...
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Ted Wheelers proposed city ordinance comes after more than a year of far-right street violence enabled and enacted by Patriot Prayer; it has little to do with keeping our community safe, and much more to do with cracking down on community defense against dangerous far-right groups. The idea of free speech zones, segregating protesters according to the whims of politically compromised police leadership, has been tried on multiple occasions, and with clearly disturbing results. This city must not, and our community will not, be duped by false neutrality.
On June 4, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau confined anti-fascist activists to Chapman Square under threat of arrest. After corralling them, the police attacked these demonstrators using chemical weapons and explosives, driving them into the streets of downtown Portland. The police then formed a kettle around the remaining anti-fascists and numerous members of the media who had also fled, illegally detaining and subsequently searching hundreds of people, photographing their IDs before allowing them to leave. In the year following this clear violation of protesters rights, a class action suit was filed against the Portland Police, and yet they still have not publicly established that they have properly disposed of the photos they took of protesters identification.
The powers that be in this city may wish to rule over a community living in fear of attack by racist gangs, but our community will never allow that sort of political terror to reign, whether it is at the hands of cops or nationalist militias.
On August 4, 2018, the Portland Police Bureau again trapped anti-fascist community defense groups on numerous downtown streets and sidewalks, under threat of arrest, while giving white nationalist demonstrators free reign on the waterfront and in the streets. Then, after confining the anti-fascist counter-protest on SW Columbia, the police attacked the crowd of over one thousand people with explosives, seriously injuring several. Universally, the media recorded that the police lied about the pretext for their attack. The police then allowed the white nationalists to advance through the streets of downtown and pick off remainin...
Move over sun simulator, China is launching an artificial moon into space way what??
The official story is that if theres an approval for the artificial moon, called an illumination satellite, theyre hoping to launch it into space in order to save money on street lighting and also increase tourism by illuminating the streets.
According to Asia Times,
The satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, while the precise illumination range can be controlled within a few dozen meters, according to the Peoples Daily, which quoted a developer with the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute as saying.
The paper added that testing the illumination satellite started years ago and all the technology and design had been finalized.
The man-made moon has a highly reflective coating to reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings whose angles can be adjusted to realize precise lighting. The 14,300-square-meter city of Chengdu would be the primal focus of the light from the man-made moon, and astronomers throughout China and overseas should be able to spot the glowing star at night.
But no further specifications of the spacecraft, or its launch date, were available.
Chengdu officials expect the city to reel in more tourists when the artificial moon is up and shining.
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If ever there were a time to elevate Loretta Lynn, it's now. And CMT crowns Loretta Lynn 'Artist of a Lifetime' at its annual Artists of the Year broadcast tonight.
It is clear that Mr. Assange remains a dangerous criminal and a threat to global security
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Due process is dead to the left.
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More proof the left is completely unhinged.
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Treaty allowed foreign companies to exploit shipping rate
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Israeli Ambassador to France, Aliza bin Noun, attempted to suppress a report that aired on the France 2 TV channel last week. The investigative report delves into the crippling of young Gazans at the hands of Israeli sniper fire.
Watch the report below:
Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired.
The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled by Israeli sniper fire into the Gaza Strip. This included a number of teens who lost legs, and their difficulty in getting by on a single leg in the strip.
Bin Noun argued that the report on Israeli snipers shooting and crippling teenage civilians vilifies Israel and subsequently posed a threat to the French Jewish community. French newspaper Le Monde noted that no one at the Israeli Embassy had even seen the report before protesting that it would be aired, and that bin Noun complained Israel wasnt allowed to respond even though the Israeli military spokesman was interviewed in the report.
Israeli Embassy officials defend attacking the report without seeing it, saying it was obvious it would be one-sided. French media outlets, however, are attacking this as a cynical attempt by Israel to dictate the content of news media and undermining freedom of speech in France.
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