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Where else in the world, besides America would we see a frightened, screaming child being wrenched away from the arms of their parent, then taken away, placed in some detention facility while the parent is hauled off as an illegal alien to be deported? It is simply unconscionable.
The doors to the truth are opening. Ohio's Husted has now given us the name of every single voter purged in the last decade. But we need the details of who got postcards, who returned them, and why he sent these voters postcards in the first place. And we need copies of the junk mail that stole Ohio's democracy.
Minutes after ProPublica posted a recording of crying children begging for their parents, Kirstjen Nielsen stepped up to the podium in the White House briefing room to answer questions from reporters, as well as a growing chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans.
Nielsen, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, blamed Congress for the Trump administrations policy of separating children detained at the border from their parents. Nielsen said the administration would continue to send the children to temporary detention centers in warehouses and big box stores until Congress rewrites the nations immigration laws.
At one point, a reporter from New York magazine, Olivia Nuzzi, played the tape ProPublica obtained from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, according to tweets she posted.
I played the audio of children separated from their parents at a US Customs and Border Protection facility that was published by @ProPublica today at the White House briefing. Officials failed to adequately and truthfully answer questions about the policy.
I would have waited until I was called on to play it, but I was not being called on. After another reporters phone began loudly ringing with a melodic jingle, I figured the briefing room could probably deal with a more important disturbance.
Its unclear if Nielsen heard the recording, which consists mostly of the sounds of weeping children calling for their mothers and fathers. Reporters attempted to ask her questions about the material in the recording including How is this not child abuse? but she did not respond directly. Asked if the recordings, along with pictures and more that have emerged in recent days, are an unintended consequence of the administrations approach, she said, I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives.
Richard Tofel, ProPublicas president, said the decision to post the recording and accompanying story reflected a focus on providing a fuller accounting of whats happening in facilities that are closed to public view.
By Aaron Kesel The Trump administration is holding 1,469 teen and pre-teen boys separated from their parents in captivity along the Mexican border at an old...
By Vin Armani In the first hour Vin discusses key stories and insights related to freedom and cryptocurrency. In the second hour we welcome back...
El desesperado llanto de diez nios centroamericanos, separados de sus padres un da de la semana pasada por las autoridades de inmigracin en la frontera, es una escucha atroz. Muchos de ellos suenan como si estuvieran llorando tan fuerte que apenas pueden respirar. Gritan mami y pap una y otra vez, como si esas fueran las nicas palabras que conocen.
La voz de bartono de un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza retumba por encima del llanto. Bueno, aqu tenemos una orquesta, bromea. Faltaba el maestro.
Entonces, una angustiada nia salvadorea de seis aos suplica repetidamente que alguien llame a su ta. Solo una llamada, ruega a cualquiera que la escuche. Dice que ha memorizado el nmero de telfono y, en un momento dado, se lo recita de un tirn a un representante consular. Y mi mami despus que me venga a traer mi ta va a venir lo ms pronto posible para irme con ella, gimotea.
Una grabacin en audio obtenida por ProPublica pone sonido al sufrimiento real de un polmico debate poltico en el que hasta ahora no han participado quienes tienen ms en juego: los nios inmigrantes. Ms de 2,300 de ellos han sido separados de sus padres desde abril, cuando la administracin Trump lanz su poltica migratoria de tolerancia cero, que exige procesar a todas las personas que intenten ingresar de forma ilegal en el pas y llevarse a los nios que trajeron consigo. Ms de 100 de esos nios son menores de cuatro aos. Los nios se encuentran inicialmente en almacenes, tiendas de campaa o grandes almacenes que se han convertido en centros de detencin de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
Las condenas a esta poltica han sido rpidas y agudas, incluso por parte de algunos de los partidarios ms fiables de la administracin. Ha unido conservadores religiosos y a activistas por los derechos de los inmigrantes, que han dicho que la tolerancia cero equivale a cero humanidad. Miembros demcratas y republicanos del Congreso se pronunciaron contra los esfuerzos de la administracin durante el fin de semana. La ex primera dama Laura Bush describi las prcticas de la administracin como ...
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Were run by the Pentagon, were run by Madison Avenue, were run by television, and as long as we accept those things and dont revolt well have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche. As long as we go out and buy stuff, were at their mercy We all live in a little 
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He makes two points: One is that there is no law that demands it be done as Trump and his people maintain, and that the Bible is a terrible basis for any governmental action.
Over on PZs thread on the AAPs opposition to Trumps monstrous child isolation policy, commenter whywhywhy asked,
How is this different than state institutionalized torture?
Lets find out!
From the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions. [emphasis mine]
Based on the Conventions definition, with its concluding caveat, it is easily arguable that mere removal of a child from a parent upon a parents arrest does not constitute torture. However, this changes as the age of the child declines, it also does not provide any exemption for cases where children are removed from a parent without that parent being arrested for a legal violation as we are currently doing with parents who request asylum through normal and legal procedures.
Even more, the no hugging toddlers rule certainly inflicts severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental on toddlers who require physical contact and affection for normal development and suffer complete anguish without it. Even if a parent has been arrested, there is no way in which a no hugging toddlers rule is required incident to the separation of a child from a parent upon that parents arrest. So even when an arrest is legally appropriate and separation from a child is directly incident to that arrest, that final clause does not save the Trump administrations policies.
Dont believe me? Heres Amnesty International in their release USA: POLICY OF SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM PARENTS IS NOTHING SHORT OF TORTURE:
This morning a decision was released in Gill v Whitford (and a parallel case out of Maryland, Benisek v. Lamone). It is, to my mind, among the worst possible decisions. Rather than taking up the case and deciding it wrongly, they have remanded the case back to a lower court with orders to consider the question of whether or not the plaintiffs have suffered an individual injury to their voting rights.
Gill v Whitford is a case arising out of Wisconsin, where egregious gerrymandering occurred after the 2010 census. The census, for those who dont know, is primarily done or at least was primarily intended by the framers to determine the number of representatives in the House and the number of presidential electors awarded to each state. Since these numbers can change, and because even when they dont the distribution of population within a state can change, every decade after the census each state redraws their electoral districts to keep the total population in each district similar.
In Wisconsin redistricting is a legislative function (in some states it is performed by an independent, non-partisan commission), and in 2010 Republicans held a majority in the states Assembly and Senate. They used this majority to redraw electoral maps not merely to keep populations similar, but to put as many democrats as possible in as few districts as possible so that the remaining democrats spread throughout the majority of districts would be unable to successfully contest most republican nominees.
Now, if the Republicans had done this based explicitly on race, it would have been profoundly illegal and SCOTUS would never have gotten involved. Precedent here is sufficient that lower courts would have slapped down the Wisconsin republicans and there would be no sufficient legal question to interest SCOTUS. However, the Republicans went out of their way to say that they were disadvantaging Democrats as a party, not any voter on the basis of race.
Of course, Democrats as a party are much more non-white than Wisconsin voters as a whole. So there is a racial asymmetry here, and Republicans were acutely aware of that asymmetry, but the cover story of ratfucking Democrats while really, deeply not giving a shit about hurting people of color is every bit as believable as actively wanting to hurt people with darker skin for the sin of being born non-caucasian. So the courts have generally accepted that this is political discrimination and not racial discrimination (along the way throwing out a hard-won understanding of disparate impact developed in areas of law other than voting rights and in voting rights law itself)....
It is becoming hard for the Trump administration and Israel to ignore the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza -- one Israel helped to engineer with an 11-year blockade and intermittent military attacks. The United Nations warned some time ago that Gaza would soon be "uninhabitable."
Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein falsely claimed Monday the FBI and Justice Department didnt talk to reporters about the Trump investigation during the 2016 campaign, but did discuss the Clinton email investigation. She concluded this helped Trumps candidacy.
While there were multiple leaks to the press about the Clinton investigation, there was not a single leak about the investigation of the Trump campaign, Feinstein claimed in a Senate hearing. Both investigations were ongoing during the presidential election, but only the Clinton investigation was discussed publicly. This unquestionably harmed candidate Clinton and helped candidate Trump.
She was spinning the Justice Department inspector generals report on the Clinton email probe, which found that (embarrassing) bias among top FBI officials did not affect the investigations outcome. She cited the false claim about leaks to bolster the idea that the FBI and Justice Department did not hurt Trump, and if anything, helped him by being hard on Clinton.
But Feinsteins claim is unquestionably false. Leaks to The New York Times and Yahoo News about the FBI investigating the Trump campaigns Russia ties made a huge splash prior to the election, and other leaks to various news sources that summer laid the groundwork for the Russia collusion narrative. Lets review.
Yahoo News cited a senior law enforcement official in a Sept. 23, 2016, report saying the FBI was investigating whether Trump associate Carter Page tried to open a private line of communication with senior Russian officials. We now know reporter Michael Isikoffs primary source for that story was Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm Democrats were paying to dig up dirt on Trump. The spy Fusion GPS got this information from was also informing the FBI.
Regardless, Isikoff was able to get a senior law enforcement official to confirm the investigation and serve as a second source for his story. Its on our radar screen, the official said. Its being looked at.
The New York Times then confirmed the wider investigation into Trump in an Oct. 31, 2016, story headlined Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia. Citing law enforcement officials, the Times reported the FBI had been investigating suspicions of collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.
The FBI confirmed in July it was investigating whether Russia stole and disseminated Democratic Party emails in order to help Trump win the electio....
The G7 summit has come to a close with all eyes on Justin Trudeau as he scrambles to save face in the midst of launching a potential trade war. Trudeau also tries to justify the 600 million Canadian tax payers dollars that was a spent on security during the summit at a recent press conference. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth visited Quebec to cover the G7 and the overkill that was security with police outnumbering protesters 4 to 1.
The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing.
Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve, Premier John Horgan said. Thats why were opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.
In addition to the new Indigenous Housing Fund, Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support announced in Budget 2018. BC Housing will now send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners wanting to team up with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.
Our government recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to be actively involved in developing and determining housing policies and programs affecting them, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said. Well be working clo...
Fines stemming from later arrests will escalate from $500 to $5,000 as trials progress this summer
by Mike Laanela, CBC News, June 18, 2018
A couple of dozen anti-pipeline protesters rallied outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday morning.
They were there to mark the end of the trial of the first 28 protesters arrested for blocking access to the Kinder Morgan work site on Burnaby Mountain on March 17.
Previously the Crown has recommended that 15 of those who were arrested peacefully and pleaded guilty to criminal contempt charges for blocking access to the site be given a $500 fine or do 25 hours of community service.
Its not yet known what sort of sentence will be given to the 13 other protesters who pleaded not guilty. The judge is expected to hand down their verdicts and possibly their sentences Monday afternoon.
CNN released a video on the 17th of June (2018) in which they investigated Palestinian tunnels in Gaza. Ian Lee, spoke to members of the Palestinian resistance organization known as Islamic Jihad.
This CNN report is a prime example of why most people have no understanding of the situation in Gaza. Here is a takedown of CNNs Israeli Hasbara (Propaganda). Watch:
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This is tough to listen to. Im a 60 year old geezer, for gosh sakes, and I was tearing up.
But apparently the kind of thug you hire to guard six year olds in cages is made of sterner stuff.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.
I have no illusions that the joker feels any guilt at all. We can only hope the whole lot of them is brought on trial for crimes against humanity everyone, from dumbass guards to the scumbag at the top.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that she visited a small shelter in Texas recently, which she declined to identity. A toddler inside the 60-bed facility caught her eye she was crying uncontrollably and pounding her little fists on mat.
Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about 2 years old, Kraft said. She had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to the shelter.
The staff gave her books and toys but they werent allowed to pick her up, to hold her or hug her to try to calm her. As a rule, staff arent allowed to touch the children there, she said.
Look up Harlows monkeys. The inhumanity of what were doing to these children is unforgivable.
I know that every American administration, including the previous one, has exhibited this insensitivity but this takes evil behavior to a level where it is an end in itself.
The AAP is not down with whats been happening to immigrant children of immigrants (both those who seek to cross within the law and those who seek to evade it). In addition to putting out a statement,
And what did Kraft find?
The shelter in question held 60 beds and had a little playground for children. Rooms are equipped with toys, books and crayons.
But the child who caught the paediatricians attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. This little girl no older than two was screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. Yet staff members could not comfort the infant because of the rules prohibiting physical contact.
Thats right: no hugs for toddlers is the law, because Democrats and their awful, no good, very bad refusal to capitulate to everything the Orange Tyrant wants, forever.
Or at least, I guess that what the Rs are saying today.
Ishtar fucking Inanna with the Strap-On of Birth Control, there are no words.
Rachel's guest this week is Michelle Erfurt, Strong Towns' Pathfinder. She shares an update on Strong Towns' events for the year and the amazing reach that the Strong Towns message has been having. Michelle and Rachel also dish about their latest favorite books and tv shows. If you want to book a Strong Towns event, head to this page to get in touch with Michelle.
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The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like theyre crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream Mami and Pap over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.
Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says shes memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. My mommy says that Ill go with my aunt, she whimpers, and that shell come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.
An audio recording obtained by ProPublica adds real-life sounds of suffering to a contentious policy debate that has so far been short on input from those with the most at stake: immigrant children. More than 2,300 of them have been separated from their parents since April, when the Trump administration launched its zero tolerance immigration policy, which calls for prosecuting all people who attempt to illegally enter the country and taking away the children they brought with them. More than 100 of those children are under the age of 4. The children are initially held in warehouses, tents or big box stores that have been converted into Border Patrol detention facilities.
Its been the battle cry of New Right conservatives-turned-fascists for over two years, and their ever-ready fallback for decades prior. It was the defense used by Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and every other far-right bottom-feeder who capitalized on the Trump campaign. Of course, we always knew it was utter bullshit; nobody could say with a straight face that the curators of a blacklist for leftist professors were interested in defending ones right to voice their political beliefs without punishment. But in the roughly one-month period prior to the writing of this article, the public was treated to a flood of headlines and social media snippets that put the final nail in the coffin of the free speech defense, and poured concrete in the grave for good measure.
Ferguson resigned after the scandal broke, but he has been allowed to keep his job. Unlike leftist professors who have been blackballed and inundated with death-threats
The most glaring example came from the mouth of none other than the Major Toht of the Trump era, Richard Spencer. In a podcast with Greg Conte, one of his closest officers, the two figureheads of the hobbled alt-right movement stated plainly that not only do they have no problem with government regulations on speech, but that in the long term, they outright oppose the concept of free speech altogether, the same Ill defend to the death ideal that Spencer used as a shield during every one of his college speaking events. Fitting that these absolute frauds, who formerly insisted that they were neither authoritarians nor even white supremacists, are comfortable enough to simply announce we lied now that their chances of forming a lasting political body have nosedived into negative digits. We can only hope this clip made it into the twitter feed of every spineless journo who ever shamed antifascists for deplatforming these obvious charletans.
Here is the video. pic.twitter.com/jPPbkWUPQA
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Some companies did announce pay increases, or more typically one-time bonuses, following the tax cut, but the increases going to workers are a small fraction of the money being used to buy back stocks. Many tax cut critics had pointed to this imbalance as evidence that workers will not benefit to any substantial extent from the tax cut.
Just a reminder from Jack and I that it is never safe to leave a dog in a car in hot weather. Even if you are parked in the shade and the windows are cracked. Even if you leave them water. Even if it is just for a minute. It only takes a few minutes on a hot day for the inside of a car to reach 48 50 c (120 f.)
Dogs are unable to sweat and their panting can lead to dehydration. Because of this its especially hard for dogs to cool themselves, making them quickly prone to heatstroke which is a life-threatening emergency.
If you see a dog alone in a hot car call 911. If you think the animal cannot wait for emergency assistance and you intend to break into the car please advise emergency services about what you intend to do before doing it.
Be smart. Leave Rover at home and pass the word. No Hot Dogs!
(MEE) Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the military said, as two Palestinians, including a 13 year old, died later in the day in distinct circumstances. Israel said it had carried out nine strikes targeting two Hamas compounds and one 
By Mike Adams
If youve paid any attention to the deranged left-wing media lately, youve no doubt heard absurd claims that the Trump administration is running concentration camps at the border to imprison children in cages. This bizarre claim is, of course, a complete media hoax designed to whip up irrational emotional hatred against Trump for carrying out the very same border detection policies that have been routine under former president Barack Obama.
Under the new hysteria of the deranged Left, chain-link dividers and fences under Obama are now magically transformed into cages under Trump. This is the tactic of the tabloid-like Associated Press, which has pushed one anti-Trump hoax after another (including the utterly fabricated Russia collusion hoax, also known as spygate). Leftists, it seems, fabricate a new crisis each week, then whip up mass hysteria to evoke irrational emotional outrage against Trump.
Not to be out-tarded by other libtards, MSNBC went FULL tin foil hat, claiming that Trump is running concentration camps of children, literally comparing border detention centers to the Holocaust:
All across the left-wing media, truly deranged individuals have been hyping up the fear to the point of mass mental illness, claiming at one time or another that child detection centers are designed to traumatize children or to commit mass genocide against Latino refugees. Images of children behind cages (i.e. chain-link fence dividers) have been widely circulated on the net, always with complete denial that illegal immigration detention centers have been a routine part of border processing for years, even throughout the administration of Barack Obama.
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Welcome to This Is America, June 18th, 2018.
On Fathers Day, thousands marched in West Texas and converged on a site where undocumented children are being separated from their parents and then housed in tent cities.
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Dallas News wrote:
Tornillo is about a 40-minute drive from El Paso, where temperatures have lately hovered around 100 degrees. Authorities say the tents where the minors are being held are air-conditioned.
About 200 children are in custody there now, but with the capacity for thousands, many more could arrive in the days and weeks ahead.
The initial protest was called by Beto ORourke, a Democratic challenger of Ted Cruz, who was also joined by Centrist Democratic politician Joe Kennedy. While the demonstrations showed the ability of the Democratic Party to tap into mass anger at the Trump administration, it also show showed the potential for that mass anger to potentially grow outside of the hands of the DNC, which of course has built up this massive apparatus of deportation and repression.
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert. We pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We must stop separating parents and children.
Imagine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures. In that period, with job losses mounting, nearly 15% of American households were categorized as "food insecure."
It is tempting to think that the current Trump administration is
uniquely bad. In reality, in many cases they have continued polices
that liberals and Democrats tended to downplay when they were done
by the Obama administration. The harsh treatment of undocumented
immigrants, the wars, the bombings and drone killings are things
that Trump did not initiate but continued and intensified. This is
not to say that Trump is just the same as Obama. He is worse and I
think that Kevin Drum
has put his finger on one trait that clearly characterizes this
administration and current Republicans.
Donald Trump has made plain whats long lurked barely below the surface of American politics: its not so much a contest between liberal and conservative as it is between kindness and meanness. God knows, not every liberal is kind and not every conservative is mean. But thats sure the way to bet these days.
Republicans are mean and getting meaner. Its now the foundation of their party, and Trump has decided to make it a selling point, not something to be ashamed of. Theyre just plain mean and theyre proud of it.
We have seen this in the way the Trump administration seems determined to deny health care to poor people and to cut food stamps for families with children. But nowhere is this meanness more glaring than in the policy of separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents and keeping them in detention centers for extended times without the parents knowing where they are. This is not done with any signs of regret but with relish, as if they enjoy doing it. And it is clear that Trump supporters like it.
It seems as if any act that creates pain and harm to marginalized groups is done just because it causes pain and harm, whether it makes sense or not in terms of policy outcomes.
(ZHE) During a press conference Monday, Donald Trump announced that, as he hinted previously, hes ordering the Pentagon to immediately establish a space force as an independent service branch. Thats right: Today might be the day that future generations look back on as the anniversary of the creation of the legendary US Space Force, guardians of 
Four days after Marie McCausland gave birth to her first child, the hospital sent her and her husband home with their new baby boy. Hours later, she felt awful: severe chest pain, a splitting headache and spiking blood pressure. When she laid down to rest, the symptoms got worse. I just had this feeling like, If I go to sleep, Im not going to wake up, says McCausland.
The hospitals discharge materials said nothing about her symptoms, but McCausland remembered the ProPublica/NPR story shed read one week earlier about Lauren Bloomstein, who died soon after childbirth from preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure that only occurs in pregnancy or postpartum. Recognizing Bloomsteins symptoms in herself, McCausland and her husband packed up their four-day-old baby and rushed to the closest emergency room in Cleveland.
The first ER doctor she saw tried sending her back home with blood pressure meds, even as her face had become so bloated she barely recognized herself. But McCausland stood her ground. I said, Im not leaving here with this high blood pressure. I really think its preeclampsia. McCausand waited in the ER for another seven hours before the doctor consulted with an obstetrician at another hospital who immediately registered her symptoms as severe preeclampsia and directed proper treatment.
ProPublicas reporting literally saved my life, and its changed the course of my life, said McCausland, who had spent the better part of her graduate career working to become an HIV researcher. Now Im trying to figure out how to get into maternal health advocacy as a...
Christopher Copolillo was a grad student at the University of Southern California in 2017, when the Trump administration announced plans to cut $3.9 billion from the Pell Grant program for low-income college students. It felt so wrong, and I wondered how it would play out in our local context, said Copolillo, a former public school teacher who was majoring in public policy analysis.
A columnist for USCs student newspaper The Daily Trojan, Copolillo set out to write an article ringing the alarm about the White Houses proposed Pell Grant cuts. Living in L.A. can sometimes feel like youre far away from the federal government and the ways these policies can affect real people. I wanted to give people some context and an access point.
He turned to ProPublicas Debt By Degrees database, which lets users see how much U.S. colleges and universities financially support (or financially burden) their poorest students. Launched in 2015 by news applications developer Sisi Wei (now deputy editor, news applications) and reporter Annie Waldman, Debt By Degrees came with a reporting recipe of journalistic insights and techniques to help student reporters investigate debt at their own schools.
Using Debt By Degrees, Copolillo found that USC was in the top one-fourth of colleges in the amount of aid it provides for students. But a closer examination of the data showed that the university ranked in the middle of the pack when it came to the...
Noemi Martinez of Jacksonville, Fla., was in a desperate hurry last July, as she ran to catch the bus from one job interview to the next. Along the way, she veered off the sidewalk to avoid a showering sprinkler. She was stopped by a police officer who issued a $62.50 citation for walking in roadway where sidewalks provided.
I couldnt believe it, said Martinez, who was unemployed at the time. I was really overwhelmed.
Having missed her bus, Martinez headed to the courthouse, where she planned to contest the ticket. Unsure where to go, she stopped Whitney Lonker, a defense attorney who happened to be nearby; Lonker explained the protocol and tried reassuring her that it would be dropped. After all, Lonker (who is white) had been stopped for jaywalking before and there was no ticket. The two parted ways.
Shortly after the women met, Lonker received a call from two reporters, Topher Sanders of ProPublica and Benjamin Conarck of the Florida Times-Union. They were starting a joint investigation on the phenomenon of Walking While Black, looking at racial disparities in who gets stopped and penalized for Jacksonvilles pedestrian violations. They asked if shed ever heard of anybody who experienced it. Lonker told the reporters about the distressed woman shed just met at the courthouse, who ultimately agreed to talk with them for the story.
After their story was published, revealing that African Americans receive 55 percent of all pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville, while only accounting for 29 percent of the population, Lonker reached out to Martinez and of...
Mona Charen is the author of the new book, Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense. Charen joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the feminist movements entanglement with the sexual revolution, and why that hasnt turned out to be good for women.
The feminists made a mistake by making war on men, making men the enemy, she said. That was completely unnecessary and it did spark a backlash it grieves me to see the hostility out there between men and women.
She also shares her research on dating, hook-up culture, and how the war on men undermines families.
Listen to the full episode here:
At least 22 people were injured in a mass shooting in a state that has notoriously strict gun control lawsand it has quickly disappeared from headlines.
(CD) In a heinous lie aimed at distorting the historical record and avoiding responsibility for the mass cruelty perpetuated on her watch, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen falsely claimed in a series of tweets late Sunday that the Trump administration does not have a policy of separating families at the border. This misreporting by members 
Taiwan Civil Government has its own private police force. The question is, why?
Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a fair 
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I dont know Laura Parrott Perry, but Im loving Perry already.
ETA: Theres a good blavity post up about this, and there are probably a great many more. The blavity post itself includes copies of others work. I hadnt seen any Handmaids Tale references in the critique of Trumps Steal-The-Children policy, but apparently there have been some. In response, Reagan Gomez tweeted:
Kinda weird that folks keep bringing up the Handmaidens Tale and not likethe real history of this country forcibly separating children (/Native/First Nations/African) from their parents for centuries.
If you send me links in the comments to any more good takes about the US history of separating children from their parents, Ill add them to the OP.
Hartford is a modest city in central Connecticut that made history last year when it removed parking minimum laws citywide. This shift means that unlike most American towns which require homes and businesses to provide a certain amount of parking spaces based on their square footage or number of units Hartford no longer mandates any parking, leaving that decision in the hands of a developer, homeowner or business owner. The decision to eliminate parking minimums passed Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission by a unanimous vote.
We wish this was the standard everywhere, but its not, so Hartfords is a radical act. What created the circumstances that allowed this change to be implemented? What softened the ground for change that, in so many municipalities, seems a long ways away?
Three key factors made this change possible:
1. The city is already easily accessible without a car.
A typical narrow, people-centered residential street in Hartford, CT
Instead, as one of the oldest cities in America, Hartford was constructed long before the automobile in a compact manner with small commercial corridors in each neighborhood that residents can easily walk to. This means that many of residents daily needs can be met without a car already.
Sara Bronin, Chair of the City of Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission, explains, Hartford is a very low income city and about 25% of our residents lack access to cars. Indeed, the median household income in Hartford is about $21,000. So Hartford is already home to many people who dont drive on a regular basis. This means that, in essence, parking minimums in the city were disproportionately benefitting higher income r...
(MEE) Rebels in southern Syria seized then destroyed $1.4m worth of drugs while conducting an operation against the Islamic State (IS) group, the US-led coalition backing them said on Monday. According to the coalition, the narcotics were captured on 31 May by Maghawir al-Thawra, a rebel group trained by the United States and Jordan, 
A cop was caught on video threatening to kill an innocent man and his mother and he was not chargednor was he even fired.
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The goal of making the Ukrainian Armed Forces a de-facto NATO inter-operable fighting component have been underway for three years now at an ever accelerating pace. Although the U.S. State Departments direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the 
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(MEMO) The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation. The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF. Following the 
North Korea is still on the list of countries that the US wants to "take-out". No matter what promises the US makes to Kim Jong-un, the US can never be trusted to keep its word. The US has a trail of broken promises and war crimes that stretches around the world.
The siege of Yemens Red Sea port of Hodeidah launched by Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led forces at dawn on Wednesday could cost the lives of some quarter of a million people in the crowded city itself, according to a UN estimate, while threatening to kill millions more across the country through hunger and disease. 
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By John Vibes Posting memes, remixes, and other similar content could soon be banned from the Web in the European Union, according to critics who are...
9 Year Old Sent to Rehab After Wetting Herself While Refusing to Quit Playing Fortnite Research Says Video Games and WiFi Exposure Affects Kids Brains Same Way as Drugs and Alcohol. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"
By B.N. Frank There are more reports coming out from a variety of sources that overusing technology can cause addiction and other mental health issues...
The farmer could no longer deal with the guilt and decided to set the animals free.
59 year old farmer Jay Wilde sent his heard of 63 cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, in the UK. Wilde who is a vegetarian of 25 years said he could no longer deal with the pain of sending his animals to slaughter.
In a BBC interview Wilde, recalled his memories of herding Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. Ive even seen them cry,
He continued, It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.
The animal sanctuary that took them in confirmed that 30 of the herd are pregnant and the animals will now live out their lives essentially as pets.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary Founder, Wendy Valentine, said that Wilde is not the first farmer to donate his animals.
She spoke of a couple who could not bear to continue dairy farming and kept their cows as pets with the help of the sanctuary.
After the death of Wildes father in 2...
(INTELLIHUB) Longtime Trump operative and outspoken political pundit Roger Stone recently admitted to members of the special counsel that he now vaguely recalls meeting with a man by the name of Henry Greenberg back in May of 2016, who Stone says wanted $2 million in exchange for heavy dirt on Hillary Clinton during the run-up to the presidential election.
However, as it turns out, Greenburg has previously operated as an FBI informant who was let into the country by rogue factions embedded within the deep state branch of the U.S. federal government in exchange for his reported 17 years of service which at times put his life in jeopardy but the story doesnt end there.
More importantly, Greenberg appears to be a Russian national and may possibly be a Clinton Campaign cut-out who was operating in conjunction with or on the same assignment as the recently doxxed FBI operative Stefan A. Halper was caught spying on both the Trump Campaign and the Jimmy Carter administration.
According to reports Roger Stone was introduced to the Russian FBI informant by Michael Caputo who arranged the May 2016 meeting between Stone and Greenberg which took place at a posh Miami restaurant.
Stones recent recollection also caused Caputo to admit to special counsel that he did, in fact, facilitate the meeting in which Stone claims Greenb...
A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border. Details on the strike were still scant, but US officials say no airstrikes took place by any coalition members in the area. Syrian state media had reported that drones, presumably American, attacked the site 
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I have just been lectured in a YouTube comment
about how I, and all of us leftist college professors, are examples
Professor Petersons warnings about the misuse of American tax
dollars in support of the Cultural Marxist tactic of critical
theory, by which they intend to destroy Western Civilization in
order to make all of us live like they do in Venezuela and North
Korea. Therefore I must post this video.
Im a product of Western Civilization, I live within it and benefit from it, and think the economic chaos in Venezuela is tragic and destructive, and no sane person would want to live under North Koreas totalitarianism. Jordan Peterson is utterly bonkers, and his fans are all infected with a serious case of the stupids.
P.S. Did you know Karl Marx is also a product of Western Civilization, and that he was not a post-modernist?
(CJ Opinion) At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine Americas moral authority, and that his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut 
For some reason, the American Medical Association which was founded to promote the American medical community wants to wade into one of the premier political battles of our day: Gun control.
The AMA has shifted at least some of its attention recently away from pushing Big Pharma meds that kill more than 100,000 Americans a year to jumping on the gun confiscation bandwagon pushed by the Marxist Left.
As reported by TownHall, the organization last week approved a wide-ranging list of common sense gun control demands that include banning the sale of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines, and armor piercing bullets.
The list was okayed by the AMAs House of Delegates, a pretend legislative body that meets a couple times a year at overpriced venues to drink overpriced liquor and vote on medical and political recommendations.
As TownHall noted further:
The lengthy list of gun policy changes also includes bans on the sale of firearms and ammunition to those under 21 years of age, prohibitions on the ownership and unsupervised use of firearms by those under 21, and the establishment of a national gun registry for all firearms and a gun licensing system for gun owners.
Also, the organizations gun control proposals include a number of provisions ostensibly aimed at curbing domestic violence and abuse, including one recommendation for a new legal tool by which family members, intimate partners, household members and law enforcement personnel can go to court in order to have a persons guns confiscated when there is a high or imminent risk for violence.
No risk of having that authority abused, right?
According to a blog post introducing the common sense proposals, the AMA appears to ignore a well-established constitutional requirement due process which must be engaged before a persons property or belongings can be confiscated by authorities.
Were this proposal to be implemented, it would mean the accused would not have an opportunity to defend himself or herself in court. Also, the proposals contain nothing in terms of how risk for violence would actually be defined, which means that even people without criminal records or any previous history of violence or abuse could feasibly have their firea...
Millions of Britons should ditch their medication and instead eat their way back to good heart health, experts have controversially claimed. Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Professor Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, are behind the move. They demanded scores of GPs should be confronted about their willingness to dish out 
Throughout our history, the United States has used the separation of families as a means of controlling people of color.
There is a plot that is so intricate, so detailed, so complex and so very brilliant, it is very difficult to explain to others who already dont know some, or most of the story. The revelation of this plot may cause me, in the near future, to reverse my position on Jeff Sessions and my expressed to desire to have him removed as Attorney General.
Unlike when I stood alone for months on reports of the near coup against the Obama administration over Benghazi, what I am about to reveal is known by others, either in part or in whole. My preference would have been to have waited and several journalists report what is known at the same time. However, I just conducted a telephonic interview with Paul Preston. In addition, one of my best sources, after months of telling me big things are going to become public with regard to Deep State minions, I have concluded that I am a bit ahead of the knowledge curve and it would not be wise for me to hang onto what I have learned.
In a nutshell, this paper will reveal that high profile figures have been involved in treasonous activity against the United States, coupled with illicit criminal behavior at the same time. I have learned that some of these figures are on the verge of being arrested and indicted y the Trump administration. Unlike my Benghazi revelations, I do not stand alone in my discoveries. Without the information I have recently learned, I could have made a strong circumstantial case supporting what is going to be revealed here today. Subsequently, from a credibility standpoint, this is very low risk. However, from a personal safety perspective, it would not be wise to reveal my discoveries and recent conclusions.
Part one of this series consists of contextual background which will provide the factual justification to make the allegations against key Deep State operatives in Part two.
The brief summary of what I have already reported in the past is highly relevant to what is coming.
The following events have already been documented and reported on The Common Sense Show will be revea...
This is evil -- a just-following-orders, look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth. The hypocrisy of it reeks to, well...high heaven.
The past is prologue. Our understanding of how CO2 levels relate to global temperature came out of 19th-century scientists studying the newly discovered Ice Age. In the generations since, our studies of how the last Ice Age ended showed us monstrous flooding as vast bodies of meltwater were released by crumbling walls of ice to rush across the planet carving out huge rivers, and global sea levels rose hundreds of feet in a matter of a couple centuries.
The past is prologue, and the ice is melting. The flood is coming, and we are not prepared.
Antarcticas ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If the acceleration continues, some of scientists worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped.
Unfortunately, the Washington post is still clinging to the idea thatnations have a short window perhaps no more than a decade to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change. The one decade to act talking point was a good try in a world committed to ignoring the problem, but it hasnt been an accurate description for a long time. 10 years left came and went 10-20 years ago. Studies like this no longer warn us about what could happen, they are telling us what will happen.
The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall.
Itar shrieked like a woman in childbirth,
the sweet-voiced Mistress of the Gods wailed:
The olden days have alas turned to clay,
because I said evil things in the Assembly of the Gods!
How could I say evil things in the Assembly of the Gods,
ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people?
No sooner have I given birth to my dear people
than they fill the sea like so many fish!
The gods -those of the Anunnaki- were weeping with her,
the gods humbly sat weeping, sobbing with grief,
their lips burning, parched with thirst.
Six days and seven nights
came the wind and flood,
the storm flattening the land.
We won Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965. Now both programs are under attack by a right-wing Congress. Retirees are fighting back, but it's the young --those 18-50-- who need to take a stand that will save these critical programs, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
Should public transportation be free? Officials in the country of Estonia believe yes, which is why they are creating the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world. As CityLab reports, the area encompassing free transportation will stretch across the entire country. If people desire, they will be able to travel by bus from one end of the Baltic nation to the other for free.
Estonia is home to approximately 1.3 million people. It is also a world leader in free public transit. In 2013, authorities made all public transit in the nations capital, Tallinn, free to local residents (but not tourists or other visitors). Now, all state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free.
As HuffPost points out, there will be some limitations. Free journeys will be available for all Estonians using country buses, but not for trains. Furthermore, in Estonian cities outside of the capital, all passengers will have to pay to use all modes of public transit. Despite these limitations, Estonias transit system will still be the largest national free public transportation scheme in the world.
Many of you will have heard of the famous Stanford prison
experiment in 1971 when Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor at
Stanford University, randomly assigned one group of students to be
inmates and the other group to be guards who had total power over
the prisoners for two weeks. The setting was a mock prison
(actually the basement of a university building). But after six
days the experiment had to be called off because, as claimed by
Zimbardo, the guards used such sadistic methods against the inmates
that the latter were on the verge of breakdowns. The experiment has
been cited numerous times to warn of the dangers of giving people
unchecked power over others and the need for prison reform.
Now this article by Ben Blum says that things were not that bad and that the supposedly traumatized victims were just acting that way. It is a long, fascinating, but also disturbing article about how the legend of the experiment grew out of all proportion to the reality, aided by exaggerated and misleading statements by Zimbardo. In the process, it might have harmed actual efforts at meaningful prison reform.
It is more accurate to say that, for all its reformist ideals, the Stanford prison experiment contributed to the polarizing intellectual currents of its time. According to a 2017 survey conducted by Cullen and his colleagues Teresa Kulig and Travis Pratt, 95% of the many criminology papers that have cited the Stanford prison experiment over the years have accepted its basic message that prisons are inherently inhumane.
What struck me later in life was how all of us lost our scientific skepticism, Cullen says. We became as ideological, in our way, as the climate change deniers. Zimbardos and Martinsons studies made so much intuitive sense that no one took a step back and said, Well, this could be wrong.
Most criminologists today agree that prisons are not, in fact, as hopeless as Zimbardo and Martinson made them out to be. Some prison programs do reliably help inmates better their lives. Though international comparisons are difficult to make, Norways maximum-security Halden prison, where convicted murderers wear casual clothing, receive extensive job-skill training, share meals with unarmed guards, and wander at will during daylight hours through a scenic landscape of pine trees and blueberry bushes, offers a hopeful sign. Norwegians prisoners seldom get in fights and reoffend at lower rates than anywhere else in the world. To begin to ameliorate the evils of mass incarceration, Cullen argues, will require researching what makes some forms of prison management better than others, rather than, as the Stanford prison experiment did, dismissing them all as inherently abusive....
Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.
Watching the media trash Trump for getting conned by a "talented" 26-year old dictator whose talent is the ability to kill his relatives and countrymen with poison, chemical weapons, and flamethrowers, you have to wonder if Trump is really a mentally deranged "dotard."
By refusing to live and act in a sustainable way, humans have devastated planet Earth. Animals are not ignorant of this fact, which is why they are becoming increasingly nocturnal, according to a new study published in Science.
The research was led by Kaitlyn Gaynor, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with colleagues, she concluded that ordinary activities, such as hiking and camping, can scare animals as well as drive them to become more active during the evening.
Said Gaynor: It suggests that animals might be playing it safe around people. We may think that we leave no trace when were just hiking in the woods, but our mere presence can have lasting consequences.
For the study, Gaynor and associates analyzed 76 studies involving 62 species who inhabit six continents. Otters in Brazil, lions in Tanzania, coyotes in California, and tigers in Nepal were all included in the study. Phys reports:
Researchers compared how much time those creatures spent active at night under different types of human disturbance such as hunting, hiking and farming. On average, the team found that human presence triggered an increase of about 20 percent in nighttime activity, even in animal...
Israel officially expressed its gratitude to U.S. for convincing Saudi Arabi, UAE, and Kuwait to pledge aid package to Jordan.
There would be no LGBTQ movement without Marsha P. Johnson. Together with Sylvia Rivera, she fought against the cops during the Stonewall riot, founded the Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to keep trans people off the streets, and was a prominent AIDS activist. The NYPD ruled her 1992 death as a suicide, but everyone who knew her suspected she was murdered. Her case was never solved, but fellow trans activist Victoria Cruz investigated it herself in the 2017 Netflix documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.
Directed by David France, the film opens with archival footage of the memorial walk for Johnson down Christopher St. in New York City shortly after her body was found in the Hudson River, and then switches to the present day where Cruz and several other activists with the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) discuss the death of 21-year-old Brooklyn trans woman Islan Nettles. Cruz is about to retire after working with the AVP since 1997, but not until she finds out what happened to Johnson first. The film follows Cruz as she talks to Johnsons siblings, her former roommate Randy Wicker, several other LGBTQ activists who knew Johnson, and retired detectives gathering whatever information she can get ahold of that would provide some closure.
Read the rest here.
An excellent specimen of the pervasive species known as Barricadus Robertus.
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Over the years, the description of the tyrants and psychopaths that so often occupy positions of power in our world has evolved, and today it is fashionable to refer to this nebulous group by using the term Evil Cabal.
Language is perhaps the most important device we have for creating reality, and just as George Orwell knew, the more linguistically vague, simplistic, ambiguous and nondescript the language, the more room there is to shape perception. This is called Newspeak, and in the case of the Evil Cabal, the term fails to fully describe our complex world, but succeeds tremendously in maintaining the prison of fear that actually inhibits freedom.
In a catch-all phrase like Evil Cabal, there really is little substance in the language to inspire meaningful action or reaction. In fact, the opposite is true. By generalizing the widespread depravity in the world with such a vague yet loaded term, the result can only be fear and inaction.
But, just for rhetorical purposes, lets suppose for a moment that the worlds troubles can indeed be wholly attributed to a singular, top-down, all-knowing, all-controlling evil cabal that has its wicked tentacles inserted into every facet of our lives. Lets imagine that every bit of the injustice and calamity we see is intentionally orchestrated and narrated by an untouchable group of all-mighty criminals.
If this is in fact the case, one very serious question emerges: What exactly are YOU going to do about it?
My thoughts on this are expressed below, and are derived from two decades of peering deeply into the abyss of conspiracy fact and alternative history. Ive learned in time that such intense and singular focus on conspiracy and international wickedness is corrosive to the soul, inviting acrimony and triggering impotency into what should be the blessed, joyful gift of a life well lived.
Firstly, understand that systems of political and economic control are actually more heavily dependent on the acquiescence, cooperation, and participation of many millions of people. They are much less dependent on brute force, even though the perception is that brute force controls everything. This notion is accurately presented by Larken Rose in his short animated presentation, ...
Parents and teachers arent angry over what the a new children's book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.
The Supreme Court is almost finished with its current term, one in which Indian Country fared surprisingly well. But the drama isn't over yet.
On June 19th, Julian Assange will mark the sixth year since he entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, seeking refuge from the efforts of the US and UK governments to persecute him in retaliation for his journalistic work as Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks. Julian Assanges voice has proven so effective that the most powerful forces on earth have coalesced to silence him: on June 19th, the public must respond by becoming Julian Assanges voice, by raising that unified voice to resonate until the glass halls of power are shattered by its force. That the Ecuadorian government has silenced Assange for over 70 days makes the sixth anniversary of his asylum more significant than ever. Assange entered the embassy as a sanctuary, not a site of imprisonment. In order to realize the significance of all this, the public must understand the real circumstances that undergird Assanges need for asylum from the ire of Western governments...
While lawmakers push for the ATF to go after gun dealers, the American Medical Association is now proposing the nations most restrictive ban on guns.
Initial demonstrations across the country are a positive sign that millions are horrified by the American immigration Gestapo. But opposition to the attack on immigrants must be based on opposition to both the Democratic and Republican factions of the ruling class and the capitalist system as a whole.
May 23, 2018 Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives us a glimpse of the low-carbon future so many climate plans envision. With the development of Clichy-Batignolles, the city of Paris has created a groundbreaking eco-village filled with such buildings. Begun in 2002, the massive redevelopment project is about 30 percent complete and is slated to be finished in 2020. In 2007, Paris became one of the first municipalities in the world to adopt a climate action plan, setting goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions above and beyond those outlined by the European Union. Employing virtually all the tools in the green builders toolkit, Clichy-Batignolles aims to be tangible evidence of the citys commitment to reducing its carbon footprint as well as an experimental laboratory for testing whats possible in climate-sensitive redevelopment.
Yesterday on Face the Nation, I responded to questions about the migrant separations from their children under the Trump Administrations policy announced last month by trying to shift the focus to what drives these migrations in the first place something that cant be addressed by a simple band-aid piece of legislation paving the way for more lax border requirements.
Heres the video, and the transcript.
I certainly agree with Jeff [Goldberg] when it comes to the ability of the administration to change this. But the focus on these kids, while I certainly understand it from a media perspective, is ignoring what is really driving these factors.
Why do we have a 200 percent year over year increase in the number of people coming across? Why do we have the biggest month to month increase between February and March that weve seen since 2011?
And the answer to that is the activity of the Mexican cartels, who use these migrants as essentially a distraction to clog systems so they are able to funnel drugs across the border.
In the last week, we saw two more political candidates in Mexico murdered in broad daylight. One a mayor running for Congress right across the Rio Grande. Another mayor who, you know, has been a reformer, fighting against the cartels. That brings the total to 113 political candidates in Mexico who have been murdered by the cartels in less than a year.
Mexicos political, violent situation is something that is not going to be solved when it comes to driving these types of migrations. And thats going to require things that Im not sure the Congress is really willing to grasp the kind of support and diplomacy and activity to prevent our southern neighbor from becoming a failed state.
At the break, several people expressed surprise at these numbers but they are true. Here are just some of the stories. A candidate for town councilor, Liliana Garca, was killed and found dead in a creek bed. A candidate for municipal council in Juchitn, Pamela Tern, was killed, along with her father and photographer. A leader for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Guerrero State, Paula Gutirrez Morales, was shot on a bus in front of passengers. A candidate for local congress in Piedras Negras, Fernando Purn, was shot and killed while taking a selfie. A mayoral candidate, Alejandro Chavez Zavala, was shot and killed last week.
That brings us to a total of 113 Mexican candidates for office dead since Sep...
The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
Once again, the US appears to be baiting the Syrian Army and Russia into a shooting war, and it wouldnt be the first time.
Back on September 17 2016, the US-led Coalition led airstrikes near the Deir ez-Zor Airport in eastern Syria lasting one hour and killing between 90 and 106 Syrian Army soldiers and wounded 110 more. The US claimed they were aiming at an ISIS target, but in reality that US strike allowed ISIS to move in from the surrounding hills and retake a key position which they held for another year.
UPDATE 6PM ET: More confusion surrounds this recent event, as a US official told CNN that it was Israel who are behind the attack on Syrian forces near Deir ez-Zor.
In total there have been at least 12 such attacks by the US against Syria, and if confirmed, this latest incident will no doubt escalate tensions between the two countries, and is sure to raise further concerns from Syrias strategic partners about the continued illegal US occupation in Syria.
Al-Masdar News reports.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) A Syrian military source in Damascus informed Al-Masdar News this afternoon that the death toll from the alleged U.S. attack on the armys positions in Albukamals countryside has risen significantly.
According to the source, at least 40 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi paramilitary forces were killed as a result of these airstrikes.
The source said the majority of the dead were Syrian Arab Army soldiers that were deployed to the Al-Harri front to protect against any potential Islamic State (ISIS) assault.
Furthermore, the source said the Syrian military believes the attack was carried out by the U.S. Coalition due to the location from where the aircraft came from in eastern Syria.
In response t...
By Markab Algedi via The Mind Unleashed
A couple days ago, a quite interesting study was published that claims to identify the fact that bees are capable of understanding the mathematical concept of zero.
The study reportedly confirms that the honeybee is fully capable of understanding the quantitative value of nothing. Not only that, but they are gifted with the ability to correctly place zero at the beginning of a line of sequential numbers: they can understand zero, one, two, ect.
Of all insects out there, this is supposed to be the first concrete evidence to prove that the brain of an insect has the capability of understanding the concept of zero. This discovery has implications for the understanding of insect brains, but it also has implications about the evolution of complex number processing in living beings, according to articles reporting on the study.
Scientists say there are four distinct stages of understanding the concept of zero in both animal learning, and human culture, psychology, and history.
Stage one is a being understanding that zero means the absence of something, such as zero food, or zero air. A simple amount of visual processing ability can probably ensure a...
A Texas tent city constructed last week to shelter migrant children became a protest site Sunday as crowds marched to oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border. More than 200 children are being housed in the makeshift tent structure built in Tornillo, Tex., according to Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Tex.), who organized Sundays protest. Protesters braved the Texas heat, carrying signs featuring slogans like, Dont use children to get your wall, Fight ignorance, not immigrants, and This is how the Holocaust started, the El Paso Times reported. Were wanting to make sure that everyone in this country knows what is happening here, in their name, in Tornillo, where kids have traveled 2,000 miles, some alone, some with their parents, are being held in detention camps, tent cities that have just been constructed over the course of this last week, ORourke said.
The turn out rate was about 53 percent, with a total of 19.411.268 Colombians going to the polling stations this Sunday out of the 32 million eligible voters. Petro acknowledged the defeat on Twitter responding to Caracol Radio, after the daily paper reported that he had recognized the results. "Which defeat. Eight million Colombian men and women standing freely. No defeat here. We will not be part of the government for now." He added in a press conference: "We are not defeated. How many governors, mayors, and mayors will come in the future? We have to work on that task. We will return to the Senate of the Republic, not to do what was done in the past; but to go from there to the country, to go through the streets and the squares of Colombia."
Robert Reich writes: As Trump stokes tensions around the world, hes adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. Its a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people.
The author writes, Incredibly, the most widely supported effort to improve on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a resolution that has been stretched past the breaking point by successive presidents, would actually legalize war in all of the places it is presently being waged and radically increase the presidents ability to legally expand the Forever War.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) have written a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details of the USs involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We remind you that three years into the conflict, active US participation in Saudi-led hostilities against Yemens Houthis has never been authorized by Congress, in violation of the Constitution.
Cambridge Analyticas former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, has been quietly working on President Trumps 2020 campaign. While no details have emerged on how Oczkowski and his new company Data Propria will operate during the 2020 campaign, there may be hints in the 2018 midterm elections.
The people behind the Crazy Horse Memorial continue to make mistakes because they do not have a traditional Lakota elder on hand as an advisor.
Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the organisations say is necessary to expose abuse by the military. A video filmed by Israeli rights group BTselem in 2016 showing an Israeli soldier shoot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant drew international condemnation and led to the soldiers conviction for manslaughter in a highly divisive trial. The proposed law, formulated by the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, would make filming or publishing footage with intent to harm the morale of Israels soldiers or its inhabitants punishable by up to five years in prison. The term would be raised to 10 years if the intention was to damage national security. A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted to approve the bill on Sunday.
Especially since it has such nice illustrations of the possibilities.
I also have to point out that cephalopods dont have these awkwardnesses. Tentacles solve a lot of mechanical difficulties.
BELLINGHAM, WA While Donald Trumps stepped-up repression of unauthorized migrants has been touted as a get tough policy meant to stem a flood of animals affiliated with transnational criminal groups, his draconian policies remain unlikely to deter desperate asylum-seekers from seeking entry to the United States. Instead, family separations and arbitrary prosecution and incarcerations are upping the scale of trauma suffered by refugees while asylum claims and border-crossings continue to increase. Trumps Make America Great policies may have resulted in misery for thousands of poor migrants, yet the rise in human suffering has resulted in jackpot prizes for some players at the New York Stock Exchange.
A new "copyright directive" could change the internet forever by making it illegal to share memes online.
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A predator cop has been arrested and charged after he was caught repeatedly raping a 4-year-old girl and using the mother's immigration status to keep it secret.
You know, I really think we ought to burn the Republican party right down to the ground, salt the earth it stands on, and stand by with flamethrowers in case anything should sprout from it ever again. I was surprised, though, to see that Ann Coulter and Jason Chaffetz might be slowly creeping towards the same conclusion at least, the title of the article says that We need to disband the entire Republican Party: Ann Coulter flattens her own party, which sort of implies that were converging on an agreement here (also, please, Raw Story, stop with they hyperbole in your headlines no, she hasnt flattened anything).
But then I read why they are unhappy with the GOP.
You see that with the left and the elite conservatives in the Republican Party that dont want an honest dialogue about the successes of this president,said Chaffetz.Instead of joining together and moving forward with specific goals to restore getting wins in the midterms, they are being disruptive in a haphazard way.
Holy fuck. Theyre unhappy with Republicans because they are insufficiently fawning and sycophantic to Trump.
They are a prime example of how the problem isnt just Trump, but the whole damn Republican party and the fools who vote for them.
Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trumps inauguration last year, city police were watching. Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. Then, throughout that day Jan. 20, 2017 police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records Ive acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act.
By the time I reached Episode Four in this ten-episode film, I concluded it should not be touted as an Emmy Award-winning documentary. In my eyes, documentation is rooted in facts and, if at all possible, immutable truths. ...We are watching instead a series of anecdotes, each one imbued with the earnestness of the teller. Episode Four, Resolve, is the story of 1966, a year that the producers of this film have designated as the time when doubt began to worm its way into American troops. This doubt sows the breeding ground for what we now call moral injury. The American soldier in Vietnam begins to realize that his job of killing others, or supporting those who are carrying out the killing, is not divinely ordained. He is not in a just war. In fact, he is being used by others who have much more pedestrian motivesrank, saving face, gaining political favor, selling weapons.
I get the impression that our Republican overlords read Lord of the Rings from a slightly skewed perspective they seem to think that Mordor was the ideal fantasy state. I would just like to offer a few correctives.
You are entirely correct that you will deter immigration by earning a reputation as a domain of unparalleled evil. It is an effective strategy for warding off elves and dwarves who might want to settle on your plains. But whats wrong with elves and dwarves?
Turning your plains into a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume will also dissuade immigration, so I can sort of see the logic of Scott Pruitt. I think, though, that youve forgotten the health and happiness of your residents.
Putting up walls is rather redundant. Youve got your natural barriers, your Mountains of Shadow, whats the point of building a Morannon or Cirith Ungol? No one wants to get in, anyway, and they just turn into convenient nesting grounds for unspeakable horrors.
You want orcs? Because this is how you get orcs.
Its not even going to stop immigration. Youll still get sneaky hobbitses coming in, only it wont be to till a nice farm or build a homey little inn for weary travelers theyll be coming in with the intent of toppling your citadel of evil.
This part should chill you the most: when they succeed, the world wont look on them as terrorists, but as brave heroes who saved the world. Theyll write books about them and make movies and cosplayers will dress up as them, and Mordor will be reviled as the cruel, foul land that was righteously overthrown. And they wont be wrong.
Pointing out these comparisons wont change anything. Unfortunately, Stephen Miller is quite enjoying being the Mouth of Sauron, and theyve got a line of sadists eager to be transformed into Ringwraiths. Besides, theyre really into pissing off those smug, snooty elves.
For half a century, the United Kingdom celebrated May 24, the birthday of the late Queen Victoria, as Empire Day. The US ought to have its own Empire Day and it should be on June 15. It was on June 15, 1898 that the US became an empire. On that day, the US House of Representatives voted 209 to 91 to annex Hawaii. (The US Senate followed on July 6, voting 42 to 21 in favor of annexation.) One could argue that the US has always been an empire. Thomas Jefferson called the US an empire, but an empire of liberty dedicated to spreading freedom around the globe. Tell that to the Native Americans killed and dispossessed by White Settlers. Tell that to the Mexicans. The US seized a third of their country through war. Still, it wasnt until 1898 that the US acquired its first overseas colony. Hawaii had been an independent nation. In 1887, American planters in the islands had forced a change to the Hawaiian constitution which largely disenfranchised ethnic Hawaiians to the benefit of wealthy Whites.
BIG WELLS, Texas (KABB/WOAI) Authorities said five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. Boyd said agents were chasing the SUV when it lost control and overturned. The vehicle was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed.
Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger. Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. A fifth person later died at the hospital. A total of 9 people were transported to the hospital, including five who went to San Antonio Military Medical Center and the rest going to local hospitals. The driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen, was among those transported.
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A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.
In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.
A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.
In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.
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Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.
The occult archetype called vaccination
by Jon Rappoport
June 18, 2018
In many past articles, Ive taken apart the so-called science of vaccines and shown how deceptive it is. Here I take another approach: examining the archetypes and symbols that surround vaccination and give it occult power.
Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. Its a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).
The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.
Mothers, the keepers of the children, are given a way to celebrate their esteemed, symbolic, animal role as lionesses: confer the seal on their offspring through vaccination. Protect the future of the tribe. Speak out and defame and curse the mothers who dont vaccinate their children. Excommunicate them from the tribe.
The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. He/she is now more than the offspring of the parents. The child is in the village. The child is property of the village (the State). As the years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.
Some ancient rituals presented dangers. The child, on his way to becoming a man, would be sent out to live alone in the forest for a brief period and survive. Vaccination symbolizes this in a passive way: the injection of disease-viruses which might be harmful are transmuted into protective spirits in the body. The injection of toxic chemicals is a passageway into immunity. If a child is damaged in the process, the parents and the tribe consider it a tragic but acceptable risk, because on the whole the tribe and the village are protected against the evil spirits (viruses).
The psychological and occult and archetypal impact of vaccination is key: modern parents are given the opportunity to feel, on a subconscious level, a return to older times, when life was more bracing and immediate and vital. That is the mythology. Modern life, for basic consumers, has fewer dimensionsbut vaccination awakens sleeping memories of an age when ritual and ceremony were essential to the future of the group....
By Jamelle Bouie for Slate. Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State where the residents were in rebellion against the United States. In practice, it applied only to those slaves who lived near Union lines, where they could make an easy escape or take advantage of the Northern advance. News of emancipation would move slowly, which would be compounded by the mass migration of slave owners, who fled their holdings in Louisiana and Mississippislaves in towfollowing the Union victories at New Orleans in 1862 and Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. Tens of thousands of slaves arrived in Texas, joining the hundreds of thousands in the interior of the state, where they were isolated from most fighting and any news of the war.
SAN ANTONIO God doesnt change, hes the same yesterday today, and forever, said a young man in a white cowboy hat and a long-sleeve Texas state flag shirt. His voice rose as he spoke. If you look up at the sky and see that God has moved, he hasnt movedyou have. God doesnt move or change, and we shouldnt either!
The man was not a preacher and this was not a church service. He was a delegate and this was a meeting of the Permanent Platform Committee at the Texas Republican Partys convention, which concluded its biannual meeting this weekend in San Antonioa gathering of nearly 10,000 delegates, lawmakers, party activists, and merchants hawking MAGA hats and Trump T-shirts.
The young man ended his biblically inspired testimony by saying, I strongly urge this committee to retain the current language in the plank about homosexuality.
He was referring to the 2016 party platform, which included a plank condemning homosexuality as a chosen behavior that is contrary to fundamental unchanging truths. But at this years convention, the language was softened. Instead of passing judgement on homosexuality as such, the plank calls on the State Legislature to pass religious liberty protections for those who disagree with gay marriage.
The idea was to send the message that the Texas GOP is a big tent and that protecting religious liberty is more important to Republicans than excluding gay Texans from the party. The debate over the planks language was nevertheless protracted and at times fierce. Gay marriage, like abortion and the Second Amendment, are no-compromise issues for many Texas Republicans, especially the hard-core grassroots activists who attend the state convention, like the young man in the white cowboy hat.
But when activist conservatism gets distilled down to the level of the state GOP convention in the reddest state in America, it can sometimes be hard to tell which competing faction is more conservative. But it isnt hard to tell that tribalism and a growing insistence on ideological purity have begun to afflict Texas Republicans in unsettling ways.
The booths lining the exhibition hall at the convention were object lessons in that tribalism. A booth for Texas Against Legalizing Marijuana was right next to the Texas Hemp Industries Association. Nearby were booths for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition and Mothers Advocating Medica...
Noah Berlatsky is a herpes lesion on the lip of cultural criticism. This is someone who thinks Janis Joplins music is racist. He thinks the show Altered Carbon is racist. He can probably find racism in cloud formations and wood grain.
After several years of politicizing culture to within an inch of its life, he turned to politics. There, his attitudethat the world is divided into white supremacists, and people who agree with himhas guaranteed him an audience as a progressive journalist.
Berlatskys mendacity and sloppiness are known to a wide political swath. Jonah Mix, writing for Feminist Current, called him the Platonic Ideal of cartoonishly worthless liberalism. Jesse Singals 2017 article for New York Magazine, There Have Been So Many Bad Lefty Free-Speech Takes Lately, featured an excerpt from a Berlatsky essay, about which he said, The level of wrongness contained in these two paragraphs is astounding.
Berlatsky, then, is the man for the difficult job of carrying water for George Bridges, the disgraced (but for some reason, not yet fired) president of The Evergreen State College who stood by impotently while former professor Bret Weinstein was threatened with bodily harm for daring to contradict a social justice mob. Were talking students carrying bats, searching cars, shutting down school, and holding university administrators prisoner after Weinstein merely expressed in a private email that he objected to a Day of Absence to exile white students from campus based solely on their race.
A ludicrous Evergreen analysis pinned blame for their campus mobs on Weinstein. In that analysis he is unnamed but easily recognizable as the faculty member [who] took advantage of this situation to make a national news story out of it through high-profile interviews with national media, including the FOX News Network, that were used to make a political point, magnify the events significance, and ended up drawing to campus radical groups from the left and right, intent on causing further disruption and attracting more media attention to the Evergreen events.
The Independent External Review Panel that authored t...
Every grassroots political activist knows something is deeply wrong in Washington, D.C. No matter how hard we work to send good people to Congress, the majority of them go native upon arrival, forgetting their campaign rhetoric and falling in line with the political establishment. The few who retain their principles often seem sidelined and ineffective. Meanwhile, the legislative process is an unfunny joke: the Republican Congress cant manage to keep its promises and repeal Obamacare, but it can pass a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill without reading it.
Whats less clear is why the system is so broken, and what happens to turn our hometown congressmen into swamp critters. What is going on in those smoke-filled rooms? When brand-new representatives and senators arrive in D.C., what do they find?
A new documentary series, The Swamp, seeks to answer those questions, pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of Capitol Hill. Created by 28-year-old filmmaker Matt Whitworth, The Swamp has been releasing episodes to Facebook since April 4, with three 10-minute episodes released to date.
The Swamp (@TheSwampSeries) April 6, 2018
For a documentary featuring members of Congress, The Swamp is striking in how unfiltered it feels. Whitworth was granted unprecedented access to film and interview several House members as they work, meet with staff, and visit with constituents back home. Shockingly, the congressmen signed a film participation release relinquishing all editorial and creative control of the project.
People in the House Freedom Caucus told these guys they were crazy to do this, Whitworth told me in an interview. I let them know up front: this isnt going to be partisan. Its not going to be either a hit piece or a puff piece. Its not going to be a platform for your campaign message. We really want to show people what happens behind the scenes in Congress.
To date, the few brave souls willing to accept these terms have been Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett of Virginia, Ken Buck of Colorado, Rod Blum of Iowa, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Ted Yoho of Florida all Republicans, and all me......
Following Connecticut officials failure to follow through in the case of an abusive and negligent mother whose autistic son starved to death, the office of the Connecticut Child Advocate has decided to target homeschooling families and use the case to build support for state regulation of parents who wish to educate their children at home.
The case of the Tirado family is yet another House of Horrors situation, not unlike the recent case of the Turpin family of California, who shackled their children to their beds and starved them in a so-called private school.
Katiria Tirado, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Matthew, her 17-year-old autistic son. When Matthew died in February 2017, he was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighed only 84 pounds, with cuts and bruises over his body. His death was ruled a homicide and the medical examiner said he died of fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition.
Katiria had been reported repeatedly to Connecticuts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for suspected abuse and neglect. Although Matthew was enrolled in his Hartford district school, his mother failed to send him to school, causing him to be truant. At one point, a school psychologist reported Matthew had not attended school for an entire year.
Matthews sister reported that her mother hit her and her brother. Nevertheless, DCF workers and even Matthews own court-appointed attorney failed to see Matthew for months. On five separate occasions, Tirado didnt show up for court hearings. Finally, DCF asked the court to close the Tirado case because they were unable to get Tirado to come to court.
Despite the many horrific government failures of the Tirado case, Sarah Eagan, who heads the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), is making the rounds on local talk shows to garner support for her claim that Matthews death is evidence of why homeschooling must be regulated in the state.
In a memo released in April just as a hearing was scheduled on the homeschooling issue, Eagan noted that, despite all the reports to DCF over the years, Tirado successfully filed a notice of intent in November 2017 to withdraw Matthews sister from sc...
Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart will be a problem for all Republicans in 2018. But the fact that Leslie Cockburn isnt a burden to Democrats shows media bias is alive and well in Virginia.
Most of the commentary about recent state primary races affecting the midterm elections in November has been largely a matter of partisan spin. Both Republicans and Democrats have sought to interpret the results in far-flung races from California to South Carolina as signs that their candidates are performing better than expected or producing matchups that will be problematic for their opponents.
But theres no denying that the results of the Virginia Senate primary were very bad news for the GOP. Stewarts victory gave him the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine, who will head toward the fall as a prohibitive favorite for re-election. Its likely Kaine would have had a huge edge over Stewarts main primary opponent, Nick Freitas, a little-known state legislator, in a state that is trending blue in statewide and national elections. But Stewart, the chair of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, is a particular problem for Republicans.
Long known as a virulent opponent of illegal immigration, Stewart was accused by his primary opponent of ties to far-right extremists. Last year while making an unsuccessful run for governor of Virginia, Stewart met with, praised, and gave financial support to Paul Nehlen, a Wisconsin congressional candidate who later showed himself to be an outspoken anti-Semite. He also met with and was endorsed by Jason Kessler, who was later the organizer of the Charlottesville rally made infamous by a neo-Nazi torchlight march followed by the death of a counter-demonstrator.
Stewart has since distanced himself from both men yet is closely associated with the cause of preserving Confederate monuments, the issue that led to the Charlottesville march. Stewarts comments about the rally also echo President Trumps notorious attempt to depict the left-wing counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville as morally equivalent to the neo-Nazis and Klan members on the other side.
The candidate is a product of a Virginia party, like the rest of the GOP nationally, where loyalty to President Trump is the most important quality. But in a state that has transitioned from reliably red to blue in the last decade as a result of the growth of the Washington and Richmond suburbs, having Stewart at the top of the ticket will likely be a liability in swing districts. With Democrats and their media cheering sections harping on his extremist connections, Republicans fear that Stewart will not merely flop in the general election but also take down vulnerable Virginia House Republicans like Barbara Comstock....
In 1974 a teen walked into a New York public school with a smoke bomb, gas mask, and a rifle loaded with hollow-points. He killed three and wounded eleven. How do we address these kinds of crimes? Shall we turn to philosophers who say Liberty cannot be established without morality, or to our founders, who tell us Liberty, once lost, is lost forever?
When representatives make laws, the rational among us hope those laws do not erode fundamental rights and actually benefit the people. Often the only hammer our political representatives have is legislation. See a nail, swing the hammer. See a shooting, pass a law.
Passing a law seems to be New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos current attempt to ameliorate the pain of his people and create safety in the classroom. The Republican side of the political aisle has suggested arming teachers. Cuomo thinks arming teachers is a dumb idea.
He believes he has a sensible, positive, helpful alternative to arming teachers in the Empire State. Its tough to disagree with things that are sensible, positive, and helpful. But his proposed legislation is certainly not sensible. The New York Daily News reported that Cuomo said: [t]he President has said the answer is to give teachers guns. To me, that is a bizarre concept. Okay, but why?
Do we think teachers would be irresponsible while carrying guns? Would teachers shoot kids who are not threats? Would bad kids tackle and kill their teachers? Cuomo has not raised substantive arguments like these against the policy he opposes. Supporting Cuomos position, American Federation of Teachers union President Randi Weingarten stated [a]nyone who understands schools understands the insanity of arming teachers.
When renowned TV personality Fred Rogers came to western New York in 1986 to talk about family and relationships, a thousand people showed up to hear his wisdom. But all he cared about was connecting with the one.
Following brief remarks, Rogers opened the floor for questions. A woman in the fifteenth row stood up and haltingly spoke into a microphone handed to her. Mister Rogers, our daughter is now a young adult, she said. She always watched your program, as did I. She now the woman broke down, sobbing.
The audience remained silent, unsure how to respond. Shes going through a very painful divorce and I Emotions again overwhelmed her. Rogers knew what she needed, recalls his friend George Wirth who watched the scene unfold.
He climbs down from the stage, goes to the row shes sitting in, inches all the way across and looks at her face-to-face, recounts Wirth. Then he puts his arms around her and hugs her. It wasnt for the audience; he was doing that for her. Ive never seen anyone do anything like that.
String together 94 minutes of compelling human moments like this and it gives you Wont You Be My Neighbor, the rare documentary that Focus Features is rolling out to wide national release this summer. With a trailer that hit over 20 million views online in just two months unheard of for a doc many predict it will hit big.
Reviews could not be more positive. Moving and illuminating, extols The New York Times. Radically subversive, opines Vox. Then theres one blurb Rogers, an ordained minister, would surely find puzzling: Watching this movie is like freebasing sincerity a scarce resource in our current entertainment hellscape, writes Village Voice. Itll give you warm fuzzies for days.
In our polarized era, such mainstream praise is often reserved for flicks calling for resistance rather than one centered on a childrens educator identified in the film as a lifelong registered Republican. Yet Fred Rogers was always a countercultural figure who defied political labels.
Several generations of Americans (including this one) grew up on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, a half-hour childrens educational show known for its simple sets, expressive puppets and welcoming slow pace. Some will, no doubt, chalk up the documentarys appeal solely to nostalgia.
As the first project since Rogers 2003 death to feature his widow Joanne Rogers and their sons, the film offers much more than a...
This review of Hereditary contains spoilers.
There is an old South Park episode entitled Child Abduction Is Not Funny. In their typically bizarre and occasionally brilliant satirical style, the creators take the town of South Park in a horrific downward spiral towards insanity. It starts with the parents becoming horrified about all the risks to their childrens lives that the news media was blowing out of proportion in 2002, such as domestic terror attacks.
The satire essentially creates ever-shrinking spheres of paranoia. The townsfolk build a wall to keep others out, then Mongolians magically appear to attack it. That doesnt make them feel better, of course, so they separate from society until the news tells them the statistically most likely source of harm to children comes from their own parents. Strictly speaking, this is not true, because its rare for parents to purposefully harm their own children. But what is true is that children are even less at risk from strangers. Abusers tend to be people the children know.
So what is played for laughs in South Park can easily be turned towards horror. The best horror actually gets the audience into the emotional shoes of the protagonist. One of the most effective ways to do this is by tweaking the world in some wayby taking something familiar and making it severe. When the family can be tweaked in this way, it really frightens us.
Thats why the South Park episode is so funny. What reason would 99 percent of parents have to harm their children? Yet the South Park parents start suspecting their own spouses of scheming against their families. Its extremely absurd. Thats where horror lives: the absurd made to seem possible.
This is why the recent horror film Hereditary works so well. It takes a family line and turns that into a villain. This is more common in the real world than most of us realize, which makes the threshold for suspending disbelief lower than normal. Family can be a great source of pain and suffering. This is typically not so in a gross way like child abduction or sexual abuse, but our families of origin are often the sources of our deepest emotional struggles.
This admission is difficult for many Americans on the Right to make. As society deteriorates, conservatives have felt forced to double down on the goodness of family. Thats partially because theres a near-universal consensus that coming from a stable two-parent family is one of the best indicators of future success and happiness in life.
The American Left has extended their Marxist critique of society to the family for a long time now. In many ways, Marxism boils down to equality of outcome that ensures everyone is equally miserable because its impossible to make everyone equally happy and successful. Therefore the family must be und...
When Ronald Reagan used the axiom Trust but verify, he meant conservatives should closely monitor organizations and individuals to ensure that their deeds comport with their words. This axiom should apply to a health-care plan that a group the Heritage Foundation leads will unveil this week. While the groups website claims its plan would restore a properly functioning market in the health care sector to lower costs, Heritages own policy analysis suggests otherwise.
Specifically, the Heritage plan would in no way alter what Heritage research describes as the biggest drivers of Obamacares seismic effects on insurance markets. Nor does the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the legislative basis for the new effort. In fact, a recent version of the bill further undermines the purported flexibility that Graham-Cassidy promises to states, making it even less consistent with the federal principles Heritage invokes in lauding the measure.
In March, Heritage released an analysis of a series of actuarial studies assessing the factors that led individual market health insurance premiums to more than double from 2013 to 2017. In assessing the laws seismic effects, the Heritage paper continually returns to one series of changes as the prime driver:
The largest effect on premiums consists of a cluster of [Obamacare] insurance access requirementsspecifically the guaranteed issue requirement and the prohibitions on medical underwriting and applying coverage exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions under any circumstances. This cluster of regulations collectively accounts for the largest share of premium increases.
The paper discusses at length how these provisions appear to have had the greatest effect on premiums, raising rates for the young and healthy to subsidize the sick. While Obamacare supporters hoped the individual mandate would compel enough healthy individuals to offset those costs, high numbers of people chose to pay the mandate tax or received exemptions from the tax.
The net result was a constellation of rules that repelled relatively healthy people and attracted those who could reasonably expect their med...
Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.
The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, thats just fabulous.
This month marks the twenty-year anniversary of the iconic television series Sex and the City. With smart writing and fantasy fashion, its easy to see why the show was beloved. It featured an irresistible ensemble of women strutting down the street, heads thrown back in laughter, looking forward and looking fabulous, unmoored, but somehow seemingly on course. Carrie Bradshaw was winsome, witty, and chic imperfect, yet perfectly enviable. In watching her, fans had a sneaking feeling that they might be living the wrong life, and that somewhere bright city days filled with brunches and purses, brownstones and love affairs awaited them.
In the same way that the show had an outsized influence on womens fashion, so too did it influence their behavior. Inevitably, there was a vast gulf between how Carries life seemed and how it translated into reality for her fans. Casual hook-ups after a night of drinking Cosmos is decidedly less glamorous in real life. The material aspiration encouraged by the show is imprudent for all but an elite few. Even fewer can sustain the licentious sexuality without lasting physical and emotional wounds. The societal physics of a growing hookup culture result in an increasing number of men who are coarse and entitled and women who feel used and discarded.
Sophisticated moderns think of Leave it to Beaver as a contrived reflection of a societally imposed, but ultimately unfulfilling domesticity. We should now see Sex and the City as the Leave it to Beaver of the sexual revolution: a glossy representation at odds with the sad reality on the ground. Our new conception of the good life for women as highly ambitious sexual libertines has created a generation of Stepford single girls pantomiming a life of glamor that can feel as hollow as it does harmful.
The shows stepchild, Girls, was in many ways a response to this inauthenticity. While reflecting the real sadness and complexity that stems from a hook-up culture, it reassured women that this is just the cost of their empowerment. But reflecting reality turns into validating it, which quickly becomes normalizing it. What we do not get from either of these shows is a way out of that reality.
If theres a way out its in questioning our presuppositions about sex. What have women gained from this experimental reorientation of our understanding of how men and women ought to live and love? Thats the discussion we need.
Many law students graduate thinking they are neutral entities ready to enter the legal world with an idealistic optimism about being ethical lawyers. In reality, many are already primed for unethical behavior.
Of course, some truly do emerge as honest attorneys, but almost all have taken a turn with some form of questionable behavior. Law school is a training ground for unethical behavior, because it functions like a game.
Most board games have four characteristics that separate them from reality. There is a small and clear set of rules. They are zero-sum. Outcomes are exclusive and there can only be one winner. Finally, board games have low stakes.
Law school is much closer to a board game than many realize, and this leads to very similar behavior. Studies have suggested what experience confirms, that in games like Monopoly, players grow increasingly cynical, selfish, and uncooperative as they advance. Interpersonal relations between players become strained, and small disparities are ripe for exploitation. These may sound like the predatory practices of well-established greasy lawyers, but the seed is planted as early as the first year of law school. Here are four ways that happens.
Every board game comes with a rule sheet. In most cases, the rules are simple enough to understand and limited in scope. Law school has a similar set of rules, either in the form of a handbook, orientation ethics pledge, or the syllabi. Whereas the real world has a complex web of millions of social, legal, and professional rules and procedures, board games and law school operate within more limited frameworks.
In board games, any action not barred by the rules is acceptable. Players have an incentive to push the boundaries and maximize their turn. If one can get away with something, it is strategically optimal to do it.
This small and clear set of rules encourages loopholing, fanciful interpretation, and arguing. If this sounds like law school, it should. Clear rules prohibiting one action but not another will lead to students skirting the boundary and engaging in the non-prohibited activity, even if it is implied by the rule. A student who does not run all the way to the boundary of the rule is disadvantaging himself.
If Player A claims a space in a game, it means Player B cannot have it. Games have limited resources, and if one player hoards them, it necessarily reduces what others can have. In law school, grades are determined on a fixed bell curve. There are a limited number of As, and when they are claimed, no one else in the class can get them. Real estate on the curve isnt just a benefit to one student, it is a detriment to others.
Whereas in the real world a...
by Jon Rappoport
June 18, 2018
These are notes I made while assembling my mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix. Keep in mind that this collection contains many imagination exercises, whose purpose is liberating the wide-ranging creative power of the individual.
Every generation perceives it is in an Hour of Need. Why? Because elite forces are attempting to organize a stranglehold on life itself. Soif well-intentioned groups come together to stop this operation, what is the ultimate purpose of these good people? Think it through. The ultimate purpose comes back to The Individual. His freedom, his potential, his power. However, if the individual forgets what he can do, what he can accomplish, what he truly wants, then what difference does it all make? The individual needs to remember what he is, how impactful his potential power is.
The challenge to the individual is: outward projection of a new reality that matches and embodies his profound desires. He projects this reality psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, energetically, physically, through work, in every way possiblein order to create it in the world.
When a new idea comes along, it fractures closely held beloved old ideas.
HARMONY is a concept used cynically by elite controllers to box the mind into repetitive patterns of thought-slavery.
Harmonize with this, harmonize with that, harmonize with oppressive limitations, were all in this together, we can attain peace through sacrificing individuality on the altar of greatest good for the greatest number. All tripe, all propaganda, all pernicious operant conditioning. This is Globalist psychological warfare, dressed up to look like a utopia just over the next hill.
On the other hand, a launch of imagination, of creative action, of power, of achievement, of fulfillment of desire, of manifestation of desireall this occurs with DISHARMONY.
That statement may bring puzzlement to some mindsbecause the propaganda in favor of harmony is so widespread.
Every status quo is a condition of manufactured artificial harmony.
Hence the word BREAKTHROUGH. A breakthrough signals a fracture in the status quo.
For example, what was known or assumed about the ability of humans to fly from one location to another was, at one time, an accepted and harmonious status quountil it wasnt. Until engineers conceived and built planes.
ORDER was: humans cant fly. CHAOS was:...
Today's greed-driven plutocrats know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That's why they highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share.
When Monica Bartley goes to the polls, she depends on her status as a longtime voter whom poll workers recognize. She maneuvers her wheelchair up a temporary ramp. The poll workers have already prepared the ballot-marking device she uses to complete her ballot. They no longer need to hover over her shoulder as she casts her vote, or insist on taking the ballot from her and inserting it into an optical scanner.
Thanks to several years of explanations from Bartley, they understand that her disabilities do not interfere with her ability to vote privately and independently, as is her constitutional right. But such accommodation is hardly the norm at polling sites across the United States. And Bartley takes a special interest in all this: She works for the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY), where she leads a regular survey of polling sites across New York City. The surveys show that little has changed in the past 15 years.
Indeed, from doorways too narrow for a wheelchair to pass through to a lack of accessible voting technology, voters with disabilities face significant barriers on Election Day and turnout suffers. Estimates suggest that if people with disabilities voted at the same rates as able-bodied citizens, 3 million more ballots would be cast, or about two and a half percent of the voting population.
What seems like a minor inconvenience to an able-bodied voter can be a make-or-break factor for a disabled voter.
Lack of wheelchair accessibility, inadequate signage, and underprepared poll workers all common challenges persist as significant logistical barriers to voting.
CIDNYs most recent survey, conducted during the November 2016 general elections, found that 78 percent of polling sites in New York failed to meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) despite current and comprehensive materials...
I often ask audiences at my lectures whether they think city governments should make a profit. I do this because of the reaction, which is immediate and visceral: NO! The overwhelming reaction I get is that city government provides services, and profit should not be a consideration. Many people are appalled by the suggestion.
And, in a way, I understand. We dont often think of profit as something worthy of a collective pursuit. In many ways, we have more altruistic notions of what our local governments should be, even if that notion is simply to maintain my own road at a price in dollars and transaction costs less than what I would be willing to pay to do it myself.
Yet, what is a profit? In accounting terminology, profit is a condition where revenues exceed expenses. Thats it. If you have more money coming in than you have going out, you are making a profit.
As part of my lecture, I explain how Walmart must make a profit they must have more revenue than expenses if they want to stay in business. (I specifically choose Walmart and not a company like Amazon or Tesla where the capital markets dont seemingly care about profits, which says more about the capital markets than those companys prospects).
The requirement of making a profit is true of Walmart, but its also true of an orphanage. While the goal of an orphanage isnt to maximize profit, no matter how much social good an orphanage does, and regardless of how desperately it is needed, if it doesnt run a profit, if it's revenues don't exceed expenses, it will also go out of business.
Once you accept this hard, cold reality about an orphanage which is, literally, a place for helping desperate children then its not much of a leap to grasp the fact that cities, too, must run a profit. Your local government must have more revenue than expenses, year after year, or bad things happen.
When people suggest that we should, run government like a business, I agree with them in the sense that we should apply business principles to the running of local government. That big-hearted council member who loves parks and wants affordable housing for everyone is a menace to society if they cant also understand a balance sheet. That no-nonsense council member who just wants to keep city government focused on building roads and providing parking is a disaster if they dont grasp a P&L statement.
And, worst of all, when that professional staff member recommends the city take on debt, assume some long-term obligation or undertake some massive project despite not having a basic understanding of the financial implications of their advice, they should be run out of town.
This is why it often provides me a great deal of relief when p...
Anonymous employees at the Village of Bolingbrooks IT department confirm that Mayor Roger Claars android double malfunctioned during the 6/12/18 board meeting.
It almost shifted into combat mode during the Trustee Comments portion of the agenda, said Blake, who asked that we not use his real name. That would have been embarrassing since now were broadcasting each meeting on Facebook, and people were actually watching the stream that night.
According to the employees, the android detected two former members of the opposition group Citizens for a Better Bolingbrook in the audience Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea, and Robert Bowen as well as Will County Board member Jackie Traynere.
Alice, another employee who asked that we not use her real name, explained: I didnt realize it at the time, but Roger 2.0 cant distinguish between someone attacking a viewpoint and a physical attack. Someone, I wont name him, forgot to add that small but important piece of code to his programming. So anyway, when 2.0 saw those people in the audience, it assumed that it was about to be physically attacked. Thats why it was about to go into combat mode before I hit the manual override button. This same someone thought it was more important to create a cool android rather than a safe android. I could say something about programmers watching too much anime, but I wont.
She went on to explain that in override mode, the android couldnt talk. So, she called Claar and told him that he would have to control the android from his study at home.
Roger wasnt happy, said Alice. He said he was about to post an epic rant on Facebook, and I was ruining his concentration. I told him that if he didnt take over, the android would be mute for the rest of the meeting. Since people were actually watching this meeting on Facebook, it would be in his best interest to take over Unless he wanted residents wondering why he was speechless after (Trustee Robert Jaskiewiczs) comments. Roger said some words to me that you cant publish, then took over.
Blake said he was glad no one was killed but was disappointed in how the meeting ended: Roger 2.0...
New Eastern Outlook
Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicols Maduro has won a second six-year term.
Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people.
True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.
During the Spanish Civil War, Czech anti-fascist fighters, volunteers in the International Brigades, used to say: In Madrid we are fighting for Prague. Madrid fell to Francos fascists in October 1939. Prague had been occupied by German troops several months earlier, in March 1939. It was the blindness and cowardice of the European leaders, as well as the support which the murderous fascist hordes received from populations of all corners of the continent, which led to one of the greatest tragedies in modern history a tragedy which only ended on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Prague, defeating Nazi Germany and de facto saving the world.
More than 70 years later, the world is facing another calamity. The West, mentally unfit to peacefully end its several centuries long murderous reign over the planet a reign that has already taken several hundreds of millions of human lives is flexing its muscle and madly snapping in all directions, provoking, antagonizing and even directly attacking countries as far apart as North Korea (DPRK), China, Iran, Russia, Syria and Venezuela.
What is happening now is not called fascism or Nazism, but it clearly is precisely that, as the barbaric rule is based on a profound spite for non-Western human lives, on fanatical right-wing dogmas which are stinking of exceptionalism, and on the unbridled desire to control the world.
Many countries that refused to yield to brutal Western force were recently literally leveled with the ground, including Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. In...
I am constantly amazed about the ability of the powers that be to keep doing what is morally wrong while justifying it as legally right.
A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted in favor of the controversial bill on Sunday.
The bill, sponsored by the Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, would subject anyone caught filming or publishing footage with intent to harm the morale of Israels soldiers or its inhabitants to up to five years in prison.
It would give 10 years in jail to those intending to damage Israels national security.
The parliament will probably vote the bill this week. If passed, it will be scrutinized and amended before three more parliamentary votes needed for it to pass into law.
In recent months, Israeli troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking condemnations of the regimes military.
A video circulated online in April showed the moment an Israeli sniper shoots an unarmed Palestinian protester near the border fence in the besieged enclave. The sniper and the other soldiers are heard rejoicing following the successful shooting.
An Israeli human rights organization also in August 2017 captured a video showing Israeli settlers verbally abusing Palestinians and swearing at the holy religion of Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the presence of regime forces.
The BTselem video shows the Israelis from the settlement of Kiryat Arba using obscene language through a loudspeaker against a Palestinian woman, who is a local volunteer for the group, and is filming the incident from her window.
In March 2016, Israeli Sergeant Elor...
The Colville Tribes are expanding their hemp operation in Washington state.
As internet use took off at the turn of the millennium, the Office of Management and Budget asked the Internal Revenue Service to create no-cost electronic tax-filing options for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The tech-challenged agency turned to the online tax-preparation industry for help and soon struck a deal with companies such as Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) and H&R Block, which had organized as a 12-member consortium called the Free File Alliance.
The Free File Alliance agreed to offer tax-prep service to millions of Americans at no charge. In exchange, the IRS pledged to not compete with the Consortium in providing free, online tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers.
The arrangement went into effect in 2003 and the IRS and the alliance have kept the framework in place ever since. Today the Free File system appears on track to become permanent. In April, the House voted unanimously to enshrine the provision in law, and the Senate is now considering whether to follow suit.
Its hard to argue with the goal of the program. Free File theoretically allows 70 percent of American taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes at no cost. More than 50 million no-cost returns have been filed using the program over the past 16 years, according to the IRS, saving users about $1.5 billion in fees. Intuit lauds the program as an example of a public/private partnership that works. And Tim Hugo, executive direc...
This article discusses the Sectoral Balances identity derived in a previous article and elsewhere in the YouTubes and articles found on the web. The focus is a particular graph that is published in a Wikipedia article and appears in some YouTubes. It illustrates the importance of distinguishing between the rentier economy and the real economy.
Content Note: This series discusses ableist slurs. Many of them will be used in full. You are also allowed to use them in the comments only if its for the purposes of illustration and discussion. That is, you may use the words to talk about them. You may not use them as slurs in the comments. This note will be repeated on every post in this series.
So, the last post in this series was basically about the history of intelligence and the IQ test, and began the argument for why stupid is, indeed, an ableist slur. I want to continue that argument here. There is a very strong (in my opinion, anyways) case to be made for dropping stupid entirely from our vocabularies.
But before I do that, I want to say this:
I cannot tell you what to do. I cant police your language and I have no interest in doing so. I am simply putting forth an argument for why I have dropped words like stupid, dumb, deaf, blind, crazy, idiot, moron, etc from my vocabulary as slurs against people. I will even put forth an argument for why using stupid as a slur against actions or ideas is well iffy at best. Its up to you to decide whether Ive put forth a good argument, or at least my sources put forth good arguments.
What Im not doing, here, is demanding changes to laws that would violate anyones free speech. Im not saying that these words should be illegal. Im asking that you really think about what I have to say. I do strongly believe that these words are ableist, and as such I strongly believe its a good idea to try not to use them. But I can only speak for myself.
I want to give Jenny Crofton at The Body is Not an Apology the floor for a moment to talk a little bit more about the word stupid
Conflating harmful actions with lack of intelligence does everyone a disservice. To suggest that stupidity that is what makes people act badly undermines any real accountability. The causes of problematic behavior rarely have anything to do with mental acuity, and we cant properly address harmful behavior while being so reductive about its causes. Carelessness, bias, hatred, greed, closed-mindedness, indifference these are the traits that lead to oppression. Our intelligence is not the issue so much as our sense of compassion and justice.
A person can be unintelligent and still kn...
in the natural health and longevity worlds. So what is C60? It is simply a special geometrical arrangement of 60 carbon atoms into a single molecule that looks like a soccer ball, made up of inter-locking pentagonal and hexagonal structures. C60 molecules are also called fullerenes or buckyballs after Buckminster Fuller, the man who discovered them. By the way, Fuller was the very same guy who said that the best way to overcome a (failing, tyrannical or destructive) system is to create a new one that makes the old one obsolete. Understanding this is the key to defeating the New World Order (NWO) worldwide conspiracy.
Carbon is a very versatile element, which can manifest itself in many allotropes such as graphite (for pencils), coal and diamond, just to name a few. We humans are carbon-based creatures. C60 is a naturally occurring form of carbon derived from charcoal. If you think its strange or unhealthy to ingest charcoal, con...
Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.
Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.
By Vicki Batts
Will the American Medical Association soon be in favor of physician-assisted suicide? In early June, the AMA decided not to reaffirm its position against assisted suicide a decision which has shocked many. But indeed, the AMA has gone against its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which recommended the AMA maintain its opposition of euthanasia for humans.
Advocates for assisted suicide have been very successful at opening doors for euthanasia in medicine. In some states, affiliate groups have already taken a more neutral stance on this issue, paving the way for legislators to approve the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. While proponents of euthanasia say that their cause gives patients the right to a dignified death, the issue isnt really that cut and dry. There are substantial concerns about the potential for abuse and coercion. Inevitably, this could give rise to an untold number of citizens quietly being put to death against their will while no one will be the wiser.
Matt Vallire, the Executive Director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told Life News that he, and other advocates for patients rights, are very concerned about the AMAs sudden change of heart.
The American Medical Associations decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs recommendation namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes and even abuse. Although the AMAs opposition position still stands for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical...
(ANTIWAR.COM) A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border. Details on the strike were still scant, but US officials say no airstrikes took place by any coalition members in the area. Syrian state media had reported that drones, presumably American, attacked the site 
"Today we were able to bear witness, to ensure that this is on us, on our conscience. And that we bear that burden now because we know it will be unbearable for long -- that it will force us to act, to push, to pressure, to ensure that our laws reflect our kids, those kids, and that idea and ideal of America that we still hold true." NPR, UK, CBS coverage, plus Washington Post Editorial excerpts, making Ted Cruz look inhumane
For several years now, I think 4, Kiev has been having significant queer pride marches, and for just as many years extreme right wingers have been attempting to violently stop the marches. Consider this BBC story from 2015, for instance. Just how extreme have they been? Well, in 2015 they injured several cops, at least one seriously, in their efforts to disrupt the event. There was another outburst of violence by Ukrainian wing nuts today, but it was followed by large numbers of arrests of these protesters, with no arrests of Pride marchers that I can find. Its very, very possible that this is a sign that things are getting better.
By law, Ukraine protects a certain amount of political freedom from interference on the basis of sexual orientation, but this is only recently true. I dont know anything about the Ukraine, but I suspect that any significant protection in fact has only existed since the 2014 ouster of Yanukovych following the famous Maidan Nezalezhnosti protests*1. To make the connection for US readers who might feel distant from the action, Yanukovych is the dictator who is wanted for looting the Ukrainian treasury and killing journalists and protestors who was so frustrated by his inability to stop US and western European media from criticizing him that he hired Paul Manafort yes, that Paul Manafort to go on a PR blitz legitimizing his dictatorial powers and whimsical murders.*2 The Yanukovych regime was virulently hostile to queer folks.
Still, there have been public pride events since 2014 now, and every single time the right wing a wing dominated by Russia loyalists, hypocritical supporters of Orthodox Christianity, and racist nationalists has committed violence to try and stop it. in 2014, 2016 & 2017 the violence was much smaller and more isolated, but every year since at least 2015 the police have arrested at least one of these Ukrainian wingnuts.
But is the consistent violence of the right wing winning them any victories? Earlier this year, Aksana Filipishyna, the anti-discrimination Ombudsperson of Ukraine, took nearly-unprecedented action in defense of queer rights by protesting the inclusion of an anti-queer petition on the website of center-right President Petro Poroshenko. Just today, the arrests of wingnut anti-Pride protesters seems to have resulted in more right-wing arrests than any previous anti-pride protests. And with the tribalism of police as firmly established as any form of tribalism...
Its difficult to use the words hero and killer to describe the same person in the same sentence. But for the story of Douglas Parkhurst, both words ring true. The Vietnam War veteran had taken over 40 years to confess to a hit and run of an innocent 4year-old girl who had died, but he had also saved a bunch of lives of a team of Little Leaguers.
See why his story has finally come full circle, and while his family mourns, another one can now live in peace.
On June 1, 2018, a bunch of kids were gathered on a baseball field in Sanford, Maine for a little league game. Parents, siblings and friends, which made up around 200 people, were all gathered in the stands watching the kids as they indulged in a friendly game of ball.
Another day, another racist jerkface proudly claiming ownership of, well, everything.
A man was arrested after screaming racist commentary at passersby in Seattle this weekend.
According to MyNorthwest.com, University of Washington photographer and advisor Keoke Silvano was headed home when he exited the Beacon Hill station and heard the white man yelling at an African-American man.
My people are going to bury you, the racist man said. We built these streets! White men built these streets! He also frequently shouted the N-word.
Of course, this reminds me of Stings take on Kruschevs statement, !
MIster Krushchev said, We will bury you.
I dont subscribe to this point of view.
Itd be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too.
It simply stuns me that the racists panting for the start of RAHOWA think that it would be anything other than catastrophic for their own children, were it ever to occur. Thats completely aside from the fact that Black slaves built the White House, Chinese immigrants built the railroads, and women built the b-52 bombers but white guys set up residence in the White House, got all the engineer jobs on the railroads, and flew the planes.
Racism is ever so tainted by virulent, arrogant ignorance. Fixing the ignorance might fix the arrogance, but you have to fix the arrogance first if theyre going to start fixing their ignorance. Oy.
The Democratic Party elites have been refining the mechanisms and exclusionary rules since the presidential election, along with purging the party of progressives, to ensure that an insurgent candidate like Sanders will never get close to the nomination. Sanders, no doubt, thinks he can overcome these obstacles by being obedient to the party hierarchy. This is a terrible miscalculation.
Mental health professionals are gravely concerned about the known effects of the cruel and inhumane policy of tearing children away from their parents who have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect them. We are horrified as we helplessly witness our government inflicting psychological damage upon vulnerable people. Forced separations are a form of child abuse, psychological torture, reckless endangerment...
This father took time to go on Father's Day morning to visit Parkland High School, where students have been leading a national movement to end needless mass-shootings in America. As both a teacher and a father, the author sees this as a pilgrimage to end the horrible status quo of the past 2 decades.
Iran threatens no country nor does it try to direct political activity of others. The same specious claims were used against the earlier bete-noire of imperialism, the Soviet Union, which, in contrast to the US, did not engage in coups and election interference in dozens of countries since the end of WWII. Such claims are a mere distraction from the aggressive agenda of imperialism to control the world.
By Michael Maharrey A new law banning material support or resources for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step...
A little while ago, I decided I needed a break from Thorns, a sort of sorbet for the brain. As it turns out, a good decision I need something to focus on without investment because I have been a wretched heap of misery since Thursday morning. Upon waking Thursday, I discovered I couldnt walk. My left leg went out from under me, accompanied by a scream. Trying again, I could sort of lurch if I took teensy tiny partial steps. The primary pain was to the side and down from my kneecap (outside of leg), a site well known to me, as its long been a sensitive one. Thats where the sciatic nerve splits off into the tibial and peroneal nerves. Standing, with no weight on the leg at all, the pain radiated down to my ankle, which was slightly swollen along with my foot, and radiated up the back of my thigh to my arse. Oh good, my sciatic nerve is on a fucking rampage. (Yes, I still went out that night to get shots of the storm, lurching and limping and dragging myself, with the aid of morphine.) Anyone who has ever dealt with sciatic pain, you know what Im talking about, painwise. People infected with the photography bug know you have to be at least 15/16ths dead before you miss a possible once in a lifetime shot.
The last time I had sciatica, it lasted most of a year. I am just so fucked. The pain has been very near to insanity levels. There has been much yelling, a fair amount of screaming, and a lot of collapsing into a pile of sobs. Thanks to chemo brain, it wasnt until Friday night that I did what I should have done immediately on Thursday morning take aspirin. The aspirin helped much more than the morphine, helping to deal with the inflammation. Its not helping as much now, but hey, at this point, Ill take what I can get. I did have to fucking crawl into the lav on Thursday morning though, so I was bit preoccupied. Of course, another storm hit, and the circuit breaker which controls my studio lights keeps flipping off every hour or so. That meansstairs. Interesting to navigate when you cant bend one knee without screaming. The breaker just went again. Fuck it, Ill get it in the morning. Apparently, the pain and humiliation of the last four days wasnt quite enough, as I have been called back into Cancerland early. My oncologist (first one) insisted I meet again with Cole (radiation doc) tomorrow (Monday the 18th). Just what I need, a n...
What will this mean to other nations? Is this a market ploy to get better prices or to divert inferior wheat to Bangladesh and India? Will anyone wake up to the medical horrors of spraying Roundup/Glyphosate? Be prepared for far worse emerging horror stories about agricultural poisons, GMOs, and sanctioned genocidal regulatory failures resulting from international governments giving carte blanche to the Monsanto/Bayer merger!
As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within the next 16 years, American taxpayers are giving around $10.5 million to a close ally that is routinely accused of human rights violations.
The latest report from the Social Security Administration revealed that Social Security funds will be depleted by 2034, and Medicare funds will be depleted by 2026three years earlier than what was last reported. Last year, Social Security and Medicare funds accounted for 42 percent of federal program expenditures, and as the report noted:
Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing. Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs. The Trustees recommend that lawmakers take action sooner rather than later to address these shortfalls so that a broader range of solutions can be considered and more time will be available to phase in changes while giving the public adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits.
While the increased reduction in Social Security and Medicare funds can be blamed on the federal government, it is not the only area where government spending should warrant serious concern. In December 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal debt held by the public was more than $9 trillion or 62 percent of GDP.
The federal debt held by the public is now $16 trillion or 78 percent of GDP, and the latest projections from the CBO show that it is estimated to increase to $29 trillion or 96 percent of GDP by 2028, which would mark the largest since 194...
The global system is weakening and its not all Italys fault. Heres what is causing the slowdown and what to do about it As a Wall Street Unicorn its current market cap is $58.2 billion, even though there are losses as far as the eye can see. On June 12th the stock price surged 3.19%Continue reading "Corporations Selling Stocks And Central Banks Buying Gold: Verge Of Major Turning Point"
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/16/18). I want to begin today by addressing a concern many have expressed from my last show, and which was partly due to an odd glitch in my 
While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted. (TFTP) As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within the next 16 years, American taxpayers are giving around $10.5 
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Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine Americas moral authority, and that his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and 
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In the time since our last episode was released, the free-territory known as the ZAD has undergone a few drastic changes and suffered more than one tragedy. On the morning of May 17, 2018, the forces of order invaded the ZAD and demolished all of the structures that hadnt filled out the proper form. The majority of the demolished dwellings werent built in an orthodox manner and utilized a wide variety of building materials, just as many of them stood in the middle of the forest. While the squatted stone buildings were simply bricked up to prevent re-entry, the authorities leveled every other irregular site that hadnt entered into negotiations. Among these demolished structures was La Chateigne, the historic heart of the ZAD since its victory over Operation Caesar in 2012.
The police returned on May 18 to clear the last six of the illegal structures and then resumed their military function of keeping the farm-roads open to traffic. Battles continued for days against this armed occupation, the bricked-up buildings were re-opened, and a young man named Maxime lost his hand to a police grenade. On May 22, one of the gendarmes hundreds of TNT-based grenades finally went off too close to a person and 21 year-old Maxime will never have a hand again. After this widely publicized tragedy inflicted by the state, a series of demonstrations and actions for Maxime took place across France, including in Paris where the emblematic monument of the Place de Republique was tagged with the phrase: the republic also cuts off hands.
The police claimed they would not longer use these powerful grenades (of which theyd already thrown thousands) and temporarily backed off from assaulting the ZAD. Their armed presence never wavered, however, and they soon returned to evict the stone buildings that had been re-occupied and sweep any structures that had been thrown up in the interim. Daily battles took place to maintain barricades on the roads but on June 14 the police were ultimately successful in...
There is a subset of every population that is susceptible to this sort of shabby salesmanship, particularly when coming from someone who is a bit charismatic. Combine this susceptibility with the sense that the U.S. political system has become generally unresponsive to its citizens, and what you get is a Trump presidency and radicals like Corey Stewart moving, carpetbagger style, into the Republican Party ranks.
Its a hot day here so Jack and I went for a slow walk around the shaded pond at the park. We havent been here for a while because Ive been avoiding the swans. They were incubating 3 eggs on the ponds little island, but the last few times I was here both adults were off the nest and swimming together with no babies in sight. I was feeling sad that none of the babies made it, but I was wrong! There is one cygnet and I found him today with his proud and protective mama.
We also checked on the goslings who are now big, goofy teenagers. The area where they nest also has some younger babies, including one who looked freshly hatched.
Especially this Father's Day, I'm thinking about all the fathers (and mothers) who are separated from their children at the border because of Trump's cruel and inhumane immigration policies. I'm incredibly proud of this team for stepping up and raising over $100,000 so far for groups working to protect families separated by ICE.
Iowa GOP congressman Steve King has made a political career out of saying the most outrageous, inflammatory racist quips and digs a sitting congressperson could think of.
It has become clear that Stephen Miller is behind the despicable, immoral practice of taking children from their parents and putting them in concentration camps. It will cost him his job at the White House.
The U.S. continues to seek security through dominance and military might. It's a futile effort. The Helmand to Kabul peace walkers display a better means of securing peace: the path of fellowship with our neighbors on this planet, of living simply so that others might simply live, and of willingness to share, even partially, in the human hardship and precarity others face.
How do the biggest corporations earn such massive profits? Theyd like you to think its the result of delivering a superior product or service. But one part of that story is years of wage theft from their employees. Good Jobs First, a policy resource center focused on government and corporate accountability, recently carried out a year-long investigation into wage theft by large employers, compiling information from collective action lawsuits brought by groups of ripped-off workers, as well as actions brought by the department of labor and state-specific regulatory agencies. The results, brought together in a report released this week titled Grand Theft Paycheck: the Large Corporations Shortchanging their Workers Wages, are eye-opening: 4,220 cases since the turn of the millennium with penalties totaling $9.2 billion.
The response to President Donald Trumps arrogant withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and wild threats of tariffs on U.S. allies has exposed declining U.S. influence on a global scale. This became all too obvious at the gathering in Quebec, Canada, of the G7 summit of the seven major imperialist powers United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. With the exception of Japan, the other six countries are also leading members of the U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance. Washington is increasingly unable to control the global agenda. U.S. corporate power finds it can no longer order the nations of the world to isolate the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea or Iran. The U.S. has less to offer except threats of military destruction, unpayable debt and broken agreements.
By Rachel Blevins As the United States government admits that Social Security and Medicare services are going bankrupt and will both be completely depleted within...
By B.N. Frank Boys and men of all ages may not feel any heat or sensation from a carrying a cell phone in their pants...
The U.S. has, of course, embarked on a trillion-dollar-plus upgrade of its already massive nuclear arsenal (and thats before the cost overruns even begin). Its Congress and president have for years proven eager to sink at least a trillion dollars annually into the budget of the national security state (a figure thats still rising and outpaces by far that of any other power on the planet), while its own infrastructure sags and crumbles. And yet it finds the impoverished North Koreans puzzling when they, too, follow such an extreme path. Clueless is not a word Americans ordinarily apply to themselves as a country, a people, or a government. Yet how applicable it is.
In the beginning of 2017, after 6 years of devastation and bloodshed, many of this trends proponents released a document entitled A Call to Our Syrian People: For Freedom, Dignity, Citizenship, and Democracy, A Critical Viewpoint to Reposition the Course of the Syrian Revolution. Here they confessed to immense mistakes and delusions, including their wagers that There would be some sort of international intervention and a reliance on the foreigners and dependence on their agendas; The delusion of counting on Al-Nusra Front and its likes; the delusion of liberated areas; and the delusion of betting on ideological and sectarian discourses and entities. These, in addition to other miscalculations, were proven to be the creation of wishful and fatalist mentalities that had nothing to do with politics and balance of powers and showed no sensitivity towards peoples sufferings and sacrifices or to the costs our people dearly paid.
By now, the establishment ought to be painfully aware that the FBI/NSA retro-scope is aimed at them, as well. Sometime in the next couple of years I expect a legislative backlash, especially if it keeps being used to take down friends of the high and mighty.
Whats interesting is that the FBI has stopped playing coy about how they are accessing the material, and what sort of material they are accessing:
In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps long-time personal attorney, the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for reviewincluding a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. The messages and call logs together constitute 731 pages of potential evidence. The FBI also recovered 16 pages of documents that had been shredded, but it has not yet been able to complete the extraction of data from the second phone. [ars]
Remember, youre supposed to believe that WhatsApp and Signal are secure and that the FBI has trouble accessing data off of them. For that matter, youre supposed to believe that Blackberries are secure too. Im sure thats why Michael Cohen used one certainly nobody would use a Blackberry because its a good phone. Blackberries were designed to implement a variation of the New York Reach-Around [stderr] since their server communications were up to Canada, it was international and therefore NSA was spared the trouble of having to pretend FISA courts mattered. Blackberrys whole security game fell apart when other countries most notably India and Saudi Arabia realized what was happening and started asking Blackberry to give them the keys to the crypto, too. [guard]
[Heres a simple test for how you can decide if an app has encryption that doesnt have backdoors for the local cops: if its allowed, it does. [phys] And you s...
The Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have joined the call, initiated by prisoners in Florida and Texas, for actions demanding an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery around Juneteenth 2018, Tuesday, June 19. Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day when, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of freedom reached slaves in Texas. Prisoners in Texas and Florida, many of whom have been at the forefront of the massive, prisoner-led movement to bring about desperately needed changes in the U.S. prison system are calling on allied groups fighting for prison reform on the outside to organize community events and direct actions in solidarity.
Who gets ousted when they're heading the Environmental Protection Agency but fail to protect the environment? Or they head the Department of Education but let down the nation's schools? The huge amounts these corrupt men spent on their own offices and flights is outrageous. But it's their willingness to sabotage the departments they're in charge of that's truly hurting the American people.
Five new studies show that eating healthy, primarily vegetarian foods is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, weight gain and death. What science has to say about nutrition is notoriously fickle, but advice about the benefits of eating more plants and less meat has been pretty consistent in the modern era. Not only is a vegetarian diet great for the planet, but it's great for our personal health as well. Now adding to the consensus are five new studies presented at Nutrition 2018, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. Each of the studies examine the health impacts of a plant-based diet and importantly, a plant-based diet comprised of healthy plant-based foods.
As of the fiscal year 2015, the last year for which we have publicly available data, the federal government of the United States had been providing military assistance to 36 of 49 dictatorships, courtesy of your tax dollars. The United States currently supports over 73 percent of the worlds dictatorships! Most politically aware people know of some of the more highly publicized instances of this, such as the tens of billions of dollars worth of US military assistance provided to the beheading capital of the world, the misogynistic monarchy of Saudi Arabia, and the repressive military dictatorship now in power in Egypt. But apologists for our nations imperialistic foreign policy may try to rationalize such support, arguing that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are exceptions to the rule.
Anyone who has loved a pet dreads the time when the pet seems to
be suffering so much that you feel that the humane thing to do is
euthanasia. But that decision is never obvious nor easy because
there will be very bad days when you think that the time has come
that are followed by better days and you are grateful you did not
go through with the decision. This up-and-down can go through many
cycles and you never get over the guilt of finally making the
fateful and irreversible decision.
In this article Bernard Rollin, who is a professor of philosophy, animal sciences and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, begins with some information that will shock and disgust anyone who has a pet.
In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized and buy a new one upon returning than pay a kennel fee.
But he says that in general peoples attitude towards pets has vastly improved.
Two decades later, I was working at Colorado States veterinary hospital when a group of distraught bikers on Harley-Davidsons pulled up carrying a sick chihuahua. The dog was intractably ill, and required euthanasia to prevent further suffering. Afterwards, the hospitals counselors felt compelled to find the bikers a motel room: their level of grief was so profound that the staff didnt think it was safe for them to be riding their motorcycles.
He says that this dilemma about when to put down a pet not only has deep emotional effects on the pets caregivers, it also affects the veterinarians who have to do the euthanizing.
In a paper that I published entitled Euthanasia and Moral Stress, I described the significant stress experienced by veterinarians, veterinary technicians and humane society workers. Many chose their profession out of a desire to improve the lot of animals; instead, they invariably ended up euthanizing large numbers of them, often for unethical reasons.
These ranged from I got the dog to jog with me, and now its too old to run, to If I die, I want you to euthanize the animal because I know it cant bear to live without me.
In other cases, the animal is experiencing considerable suffering, but the owner is unwilling to let the animal go. With owners increasingly viewing pets as family members, this has become increasingly common, and many owners fear the guilt associated with killing an animal too soon.
Ironically this, too, can cause veterinarians undue trauma: they...
Mothers and Fathers are the building blocks of the family. The family is the foundation of society. However, there are those that wuold tear down the family, and as such, place good mothers and fathers on the endangered species listbecause the upside-down radical left hates the family in the orm of which it was intended.
Did you know that Fathers Day is over 100 years old? According to some accounts, the first Fathers Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mothers Day sermon at her church in 1909.
In 2014, when UK Facebook users were registering, they were able choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the features successful integration in the US.
Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female choices by selecting custom in the gender tab of their profiles.
In addition, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun theyd like to be referred to publicly.
Has anyone reached for their barf bag yet? Surely, this was merely a passing fancy, corre...
Does it take a dictatorial regimeNazi or Communistto turn the media into a brainwashing machine? Common sense says that this is impossible in a democracy. Common sense is wrong. How is this done? Its quite simple, really: one has to suppress all other voices. One has to make sure that the citizen hears only one voice. One that repeats a few messages over and over, endlessly. This way the lie becomes truth. In such a situation, the ordinary citizen becomes convinced that the official line is really their own personal opinion. This is an unconscious process. When one tells a citizen that they are brainwashed, they are deeply insulted.
Another week, another mass shooting, this time in New Jersey at a festival called Art All Night.
I can already here the mating calls of the 2nd Amendment Republicans:
Too many doors!
Why do they let people were baggy clothes on a summer night?
This is what happens when liberals get together at festivals that value lefty things, like art!
Well propose a ban on doors, baggy clothes, and art to save the people just as soon as we find a way to stop all this criticism that keeps happening to us despite the fact were only exercising our 1st Amendment rights!
Call your representatives and senators and insist that they vote for the ban on doors, baggy clothes & art! Dont let them take away your guns! Freedom first!
Would you believe that the CNN story on this this morning included the line:
Authorities have heard that as many as 1,000 people were in the area at the time of the shooting, Onofri said. The festival entrances had no metal detectors, he said.
Yes. Yes of course you would.
As for the people, theres still one victim in extremely critical condition probably still in surgery. Twenty people were injured. It appears that one killed is in reference to a suspect that was killed, probably by police. Unusually for situations like this, there was actually another suspect as well, that one taken into custody alive.
I hope the final death toll doesnt get any higher.
The US by saying that in practice, the United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation. . . at the end of the day, particularly in a rich country like the USA, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated.
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He saw an Apothecary, on a white horse,
Ride by on his avocations;
And the Devil was tickled for it put him in mind
Of Death in the Revelations.
If you control the food supply, you control the people Henry Kissinger
The Telegraph is reporting that the deadly Chinese poultry flu could be disease X and it could spark a worldwide pandemic.
Scientists across the world are on high alert for what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed disease X a newly emerging pathogen that could prove as destructive as the 1918 Spanish flu which killed between 50 and 100m people
But heres the truth behind all of this.
Epidemiological studies indicated that reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) infection and vertical transmission is common in chickens in some areas of southern China. These are immunosuppressive viral infections.
REVs originated as mammalian retroviruses that were accidentally introduced into avian hosts in the late 1930s, during experimental studies of P. lophurae, and subsequently integrated into the fowlpox virus (FWPV) and gallid herpesvirus type 2 (GHV-2) genomes, generating recombinant DNA viruses that now circulate in wild birds and poultry.
The immunocompromised millions of birds are now ideal hosts for the designer zoonotic man made avian flu strains such as H5N1 and H7N9 and others that will follow.
It is imperative that we not allow f...
I am not feeling particularly well these last few days. In addition to the usual depression that is just an everlasting companion these last years, and the hay fever due to my neighbour not having harvested the hay yet, several joints have decided to act up so I cannot work properly. And I do not feel like discussing partisan politics this week except to say fuck all politicians and political ideologies across the spectrum left right and center sideways.
However this is my hundredth post on Affinity and despite the number being completely arbitrary, I thought it should be about something more substantial than about strawberries misbehaving.
The whole issue of sharp and pointy objects has got me thinking more than one time throughout my life. When I was a kid I was being told that I will be allowed to handle sharp things from the age of ten years. I looked forward to it. For my tenth birthday I got a small pocket knife and my father has taught me how to sharpen it and how to properly care for it. In our household a sharp knife is really sharp and a blunted knife is what usually gets called sharp by many people I know. I had a knife somewhere around my person ever since.
I really like knives, daggers, machetes, axes and swords. I also like bows and crossbows. I am not collecting either, but I would like to make some of each and when I do make them, I will take care to make them not only functional, but beautiful too.
However there is no denying that all these objects are potential murder weapons. Some of them are indeed optimised for being a weapon, whilst others can have as a primary function being a tool.
I would like to know where this fascination with dangerous things comes from. My take on the issue is that it si far more common than people might realize at first thought. For example many of the most aesthetically appreciated animals are very finely tuned killing machines. Many people like cats and a person who does not appreciate the beauty of a tiger or a leopard would be a rare specimen indeed. Dragons and dinosaurs are very popular among kids and they are not known for being fluffy and cuddly.
This has brought me in a roundabout way to thinking how is liking knives different from liking guns and how is that in turn different from liking squids? And my take on the thing is, that not too much, if at all.
The important thing is not what one does like, but what one does about it. A gun collector or skeet shooter is just as normal as a sword collector or a fencer, and they all are just as normal as a stamp collector. The difference is in how people are conditioned by culture about dealing with the specific issue both from the point of the enthusiast, and from the point of of the general populace. Some hobbies are frowned on, some are viewed as harmless oddities, some are...
One very important aspect is the stance of the South Korean (ROK) government. President Moon Jae-in came to power last year on the basis of a campaign promising, among other things, a serious bid to improve relations with the DPRK. Moon, a former student activist and human rights lawyer, represents the most progressive wing of mainstream South Korean politics (admittedly this is not saying much) and was mentored by Kim Dae-jung, author of the 'Sunshine Policy,' which aimed to build understanding and de-escalate tensions with the DPRK. While essentially pro-United States, Moon is on record as saying that "South Korea should adopt diplomacy in which it can discuss a U.S. request and say no to the Americans."
A politician who has a record for being "tough on crime" was caught begging police to give her special treatment at a DWI checkpoint.
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An activist and dog rescuer has received multiple visits from federal agents over comments made online in defense of animals.
The post EXCLUSIVE: Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted.
The post As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.
When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.
Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months,...
When the two Koreas can end their enmity after almost as long a period as India-Pakistan animosity has existed, why can the two South Asian neighbours not achieve the same feat?
There is no denying that hardship, which is an inevitability of life, propels change. Oftentimes, that change is necessary. Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one, a sudden career change, or a chronic sickness. While it may, at first, perceived to be bad, the development can also be a blessing. This was the case for UFC fighter Justin Wren, who overcame depression to change the lives of hundreds of pygmy people in the Congo.
Wren began his career as an all-American champion in wrestling. Later, he started entering local fights to stay in shape while taking college courses. Eventually, this led to a successful MMA career. At one point, his professional record was 10-1 and he was picked to be on The Ultimate Fighter. It seemed as if he was on top of the world. But, the truth of it was he was battling depression and was addicted to painkillers.
I was a drug addictI was diagnosed with clinical depression and my life just sucked for a long time even though on the outside things were going great. In that time, I had become a national champion in wrestling a couple times and started fighting professionally, and the drug addiction and depression just got worse every time after I would fight, Wren told InnoTechToday.
Wren continued to fight but his personal life began to fall apart. When he wasnt battling thoughts of suicide, he was numbing himself in drug dens. Fortunately, his low point led him to religion. Finding purpose helped him get sober, and thats when the fight of his life really began. And so my life really changed I could skate over it, but, God help me, I started wanting to do something bigger with my life, said Wren.
The 63 fighter turned his life around. Hoping to discern his p...
I'm just completely floored by the idea that, in this day and age, Americans need the Archbishop of New York to remind us of something as obvious as the fact that it's wrong to abduct children.
In the eighty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vedomosti, Kommersant, and Parlamentskaya Gazeta. He discusses the main issues that the Russian president Vladimir Putin raised during his annual question and answer call-in show. Professor Kovacevic also examines the increasing economic cooperation 
By Mateo Sol via Loner Wolf
When I speak of trauma, I dont always mean extreme situations such as natural disasters, instances of abuse, rape, murder, and accidents. While traumatic experiences often are severe and horrific, they can also be seemingly mundane experiences such as losing a job, daily stress, divorcing, and moving somewhere foreign. Trauma also can, and often does, come as a result of the spiritual awakening process in which our entire self-concept begins to crumble and were thrown into the abyss of an existential crisis.
Trauma is unique for each person. While we might find changing jobs just another daily task, another person may find the switch highly distressing. We should be very careful about judging other people when it comes to trauma. Every person is different and possesses different levels of sensitivity.
A traumatic experience is anything that severely threatens your emotional, psychological or physical well-being. Essentially, trauma is anything that causes us to feel like were losing or have lost control. Feeling traumatized is often accompanied by the experiences of feeling:
Police were caught using a powerful tranquilizer to sedate restrained suspects who have not been charged with a crime.
There are creationist museums all over the place Ive been to ones in Kentucky, Washington state, and Missouri, and maybe a few others, but theyre all rather forgettable. I havent been to the the Big Valley Creation Science Museum in Alberta (how could I, what with the Royal Tyrrell right nearby?), but someone visited it and posted a summary. Harry Nibourg, the guy who runs it all, sounds like an enthusiastic glad-hander who is happy to give anyone a tour of his personal garbage heap. But I think these tourists summed it up well.
While I was there, a retired English couple had been making their way around the exhibits. As they reached the end, Harry asked them what their professions were. Turns out theyre retired biology teachers.
Harry asked, Did you understand what you were looking at, and did it change your minds?
In the polite manner that only the English can achieve, the husband replied, Well, you see, I think your museum is a crock of shit.
Harry offered that they should agree to disagree.
That last lineis there any other phrase that is a better example of passive-aggressive truculence and an admission of a failure to defend ones ideas than agree to disagree? Hate it.
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Did Russia really invade and annex The Crimea? According to the West, the answer is yes and they have since built their whole anti-Russian policy and punitive sanctions on top of this popular narrative. Back in 2014, a Los Angeles film school graduate named Miguel Francis Santiago traveled to Crimea to see if the peninsula was really under Russian military occupation and if life there has changed radically since it was reunited with Russia. Follow Francis as be explores Crimeas beautiful coast, its history and culture, all the while probing its inhabitants about their attitudes regarding their newfound Russian citizenship. What he discovers completely dismantles the US and UK mainstream narratives on this highly controversial topic. Watch:
Written & Directed by: Miguel Francis Santiago
Run time: 26 min
Produced by: Novosti TV (2015)
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A couple is claiming that they were almost killed when federal agents from the BLM opened fire on them with no warning after their ATV broke down.
The post BLM Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
by Jon Rappoport
June 17, 2018
Oh yes, there was such a day.
Maybe you were 10 years old, and it was summer, and you were running across a field and the sky suddenly opened up and you saw a huge future, as yet undefined. But it was there, and it was yours.
Unlimited possibility. Unlimited energy.
No one had yet told you imagination was just a toy. No one had said it was all fantasy and you should throw it away.
You were unbounded.
You were in the center of your own power, the only power that matters: your endless capacity to create and invent.
This is what I had in mind when I assembled my collection, Exit From The Matrix. This is exactly what I had in mind when I included an extensive set of imagination exercises a person can practice daily
Because the expansion of imagination is the fountainhead from which New Life is launched.
It can happen at any time.
At any moment.
Problems and past history begin to dissolve in the light of what you can invent, in accordance with your deepest desires.
This is what freedom is for.
But you can make the shift. You can take your creative power into your own hands and invent the reality you desire, and you can make it into fact in the world.
Episode #237 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on June 17th 2018 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories worldwide
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This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined in-studio by Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column with all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the blow-back from Trump and Kim, and the Mueller meltdown in the wake of this weeks Inspector Generals report into FBIs Russiagate folly. Later in to first hour well connect with special guest, 21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley, for an in-depth expos into the Wests varied and wild claims of Assads chemical weapons attacks in Syria and how the White Helmets have come to shape the entire basis for US-EU policy towards Syria, as well as a review of the new book Operation Aleppo: Russias War in Syria by Tim Ripley. In the final hour well connect with the SUNDAY WIRE roving correspondent for Culture & Sport, Basil Valentine, for an update on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as the western media try their level best to demonize Russia to somehow spoil the event, as well as Basils odds-on pick to win this years tournament. And this and more. Enjoy the show
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I changed my plans about what to talk about, and was uncertain about what to do, and then I realized, Its freakin Fathers Day, duh! So go ahead, bring your tales of great dads and bad dads to the discussion today at noon central time.
Thats the conversation starter, anyway. I imagine well degenerate into random topics before the end of the hour, and thats OK.
Its also OK if you skip it altogether because youve just been reminded to call your dad or be a dad.
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So, I recently was introduced to Reductress, a really good (though not quite great) website that reads a lot like what youd get if Bitch & BUST formed a joint venture to take over The Onion. Like Bitch and BUST, its often focussed a bit too much on popular culture than Id prefer, but its satires of Cosmo-style sex tips are completely brilliant. When it steps away from those, it has more potential to embed meaningful, educational commentary in its satire, but it also falls down a bit more often.
One piece that didnt fall down, was this one about class privilege. But that assumes you know what privilege is. Its another piece that really nails a basic explanation of the concept of privilege in the midst of a beautiful bit of satire-as-education. That piece is titled Im Not Tiny Because Im Asian, Im Tiny Because Youre White.
You see, with 4.3 billion Asians accounting for 60% of the worlds population, our median size is the norm and youre all deviating from it. Americans choose to see us foreigners as small instead of stereotyping themselves as huge.
Seriously, the scientific reason Im tiny has nothing to do with my race. You see me as so tiny! in comparison to you, but youre actually the one whos gigantic compared to me. Whoa! Mind-blowing stuff, huh?
Its not as funny as some other articles, at least to me, but part of that might be that privilege is an old concept to me. In any case, its a great piece of fundamental education and serves as a great excuse to make your way over to Reductress for such classics as New Positions To Not Orgasm In:
Role-playing is a great way to add intrigue to any committed relationship. This particular setup has your man playing the clueless client to your stern, knowledgeable accountant. Have him lie helplessly on a table as you crawl on top of him with your laptop open to TurboTax. Rock back and forth until he comes and you finally figure out how to claim a dependent without having to build a whole new profile. Hawt!
Wait til you read The Cow.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case More Voter Suppression v. Fair Democracy. OK, we made up the name. Actually, the case was called Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, but the underlying issue was whether anti-democracy forces in the US would be handed yet another tool to suppress votes. Want to guess who won?
Yup, to nobodys surprise, the Supreme Courts conservative justices ruled in favor of more voter disenfranchisement. In this case, its a scheme cooked up by Ohios Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted that makes it easier for his state to purge voters from its rolls. So here is another question: What groups do you think this will affect disproportionately?
You guessed it: Low-income Americans, minorities, and young people, aka groups that vote for Democrats, aka people Republicans dont want to see casting votes.
Heres how it works: If a registered voter in Ohio does not vote in a two-year period, the Secretary of States office sends him or her a postcard. If the voter does not respond within 30 days, his or her voter status is changed to inactive. If the voter then fails to vote in the next two federal elections, he or she will be removed from the rolls.
This so-called supplemental process might sound reasonable to some people. After all, voters only have to show up once every six years to remain active. Or, as Husted puts it: If this is a really important thing to you in your life, voting, you probably would have done so within a six-year period.
Lets set aside for a moment that there are many reasons why people may not vote for a couple of cycles and focus on the most important question: Why does this need to be done?
Husted and other vote suppressors are always quick to point to voter fraud as a justification for their nefarious acts. But we know that voter fraud isnt really a problem.
Among Ohios nearly 8 million voters, were talking about a few dozen votes that have been flagged as potentially fraudulent a...
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Is It Fickle Mother Nature Or Determined Weather Geoengineering: Noreaster No. 4 And Rainwater Analysis
All these weather events began during Christmas week 2017 when we had a snowstorm blow through that probably had some interesting ingredients and the proof of what I say is the fact the most beautiful green Boxwood shrub, which has lived for many years in a large garden pot at the back wall of my patio under a very wide overhang from above [my bedroom] protecting it from all weather, was devastated when snow had blown onto it, covering it completely.
When the snow melted, there was white stuff over every leaf, like someone had dusted the leaves with confectioners sugar! Guess what happened then? All the leaves died; they turned brown and dried up!
That Boxwood had been living in the same place year after year, but snow never fell upon it. What was in the snow that drenched and killed that Boxwood during Christmas week 2017?
I saved some leaves if any scientist would like to assay them; just let me know.
Before the fourth event
A most interesting aspect of the Noreasters approach occurred the day before and during a short snowfall. First, there were small snow pellets, which reminded one of round, white candies on top of chocolates. Then there were flakes that sort of resembled snow, but what followed was totally unbelievable.
I could not believe what I was seeing, but the same weather was confirmed by the person on the other end of my telephone conversation about five miles away. We both were amazed to see the size and configuration of the snowflakes, which looked like someone had torn pieces of white Kleenex and dropped them from the sky. The snowflake forms were jaggedlike torn, large, extremely white pieces of Kleenex and wafted down almost like a piece of paper would. Then the snow stopped until it began falling during the night.
An experiment in snowfl...
Content Note: This series discusses ableist slurs. Many of them will be used in full. You are also allowed to use them in the comments only if its for the purposes of illustration and discussion. That is, you may use the words to talk about them. You may not use them as slurs in the comments. This note will be repeated on every post in this series.
Theres a few slurs most people agree shouldnt be said. For example its largely agreed that white people dont use the n-word, just as its largely agreed that straight people dont use the f-word (not fuck). And the r-word is largely considered inappropriate for polite company as well, now, although its use is still ubiquitous in some places (like YouTube comments, for example). Some slurs are a bit more controversial, such as gendered slurs, although Ive no doubt my readers will largely agree that female-gendered slurs are bad, at least when used by dudes. But there are certain slurs that are so ubiquitous, even the most social-justice-minded of us will defend their use, insisting that they arent slurs at all.
I was like this, as well, for the longest time. The slurs in question were slurs that I used all the time. It took me a long time to consider how the entire idea of intelligence, and associated slurs like stupid, idiot, moron, dumb, dumbass, etc were extremely ableist. In fact, when I first set up my blog at its old home, one of my statements was I love making fun of stupid people. This got a response in a comment on a post I put up called An Open Letter to the Secular Community and its Leaders
Honestly, this has me a bit worried about your sincerity regarding ethical treatment of others. You come off like a smug hypocrite.
I love making fun of stupid people.
According to Wikipedia, stupid is a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful or accidental, due to absence of mental capacity.
You use the phrase many times in this post and in your bio. Frankly, its way beyond the realm of a gaffe, humor, hyperbole, or ironic usage. You actually claim to *enjoy* making fun of stupid people. Did you also enjoy picking on idiots, dumb people, mentally disabled people when you were in school?
You are not referring to regrettable actions (e.g.: deleting that file was stupid.)
You are not expressing frustration with an object (e.g.: stupid frickin door wont open!)...
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This is the fourth and final part of a series discussing the Fine Tuning argument (FTA). The outline is here.
A multiverse is a set of multiple sub-universes, which together comprise a single super-universe. The idea is that the universe that we know is a single sub-universe, and there are multiple other universes like ours. So we can imagine another sub-universe where everything is the same, except that ever coin flip comes up on the opposite side. Or a sub-universe where everything is the same, but were all evil and have goatees. Or another sub-universe where
To travel to a parallel universe, just hop in a space ship, and travel 4 lightyears over to Proxima Centauri. You will find a universe exactly like ours, except that the sun is different, and the planets are different, and the constellations are different.
When people talk about multiverses, they often think of the feverish dreams of theoretical physicists. Well, sure, there are all sorts of multiverse theories. But Im here to tell you that the basic idea of a multiverse is just mundane. Its so mundane that you didnt realize that you already believe in it. If you travel to another star, thats practically a parallel universe. If you insist that parallel universes need to be non-interacting, then lets just consider a star thats even further away. Consider a star thats so far away that there isnt enough time in the universe for light to travel between us. And now consider a star thats twice as far. Three times as far. And so on. There are infinite parallel universes.1
This is what Max Tegmark calls the Level 1 multiverse. Youre welcome to read that article, and decide that the other kinds of multiverses at Levels 2, 3, and 4 are too wacky for you. But it doesnt matter. For purposes of discussing the FTA, Level 1 is plenty sufficient.
The FTA refers to several parameters of the universe, usually the fine structure constant, the cosmological constant, the energy density of the universe, or th...
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