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Early Monday morning, pipeline protesters in the Jefferson National Forest erected a new aerial blockade on Pocahontas Road near Narrows, VA. The blockade consists of a protester on a platform 30 feet in the air, suspended from a horizontal rope tied to surrounding trees.
Banners at the site read WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? and STILL HERE. Pocahontas Road is a Forest Service road and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) access road that leads to the construction site for MVPs intended boring through Peters Mountain, under the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The presence of this roadblock prevents MVPs continued construction of the access road and boring site, which has already been significantly delayed for well over 50 days by the presence of protester Nutty in an aerial blockade on the same road less than 3 miles away.
I am taking a stand on Peters Mountain to prevent the further devastation of these lands by the Mountain Valley Pipeline, said Fern MacDougal, the protester suspended in the new blockade. Cutting through delicate karst topography and 300 miles of contiguous forest and family farms seized by eminent domain, MVP threatens to damage the health and wellbeing of poor and oppressed communities along the pipeline route by threatening the air, soil, and water. This pipeline will catalyze the growth and expansion of gas extraction across Appalachia, an industry which has already caused permanent harm to many communities. We are dedicated to resisting this reckless endangerment of the land and people as long as MVP continues to operate. MacDougal further stated that she was inspired to take this action by monopod sitter Nutty and by David Buckel, an LGBTQ rights lawyer who died in April after setting himself on fire as a protest against the use of fossil fuels.
Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC has faced significant resistance to its plans for this 42-inch diameter fracked gas pipeline since 2014. In the past few months, numerous sites of direct action have sprung up, severely interfering with pipeline construction. A total of nine aerial blockades have now been launched by various groups and individuals across the pipeline route, including a tree sit near the ridge on Peters Mountain and a monopod blockade on Pocahontas Road, which have been occupied since Feb...
Terry Crews claims he went to his agency after he was sexually assaulted by one of its executives, and it protected his attacker in the same way that police departments protect their officers.
Famous actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews was one of the few men who spoke out during the height of the #MeToo movement and revealed that he had been sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive. He is now speaking out and giving insight into the ways in which the establishment enables predators who use their money and influence to silence their victims.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly on the Today Show, Crews used the analogy of If the police rape you, who do you go to? to describe the way he was treated after he was assaulted by an executive within his own agency, and he attempted to report the incident to superiors the day after it happened.
Crews was represented by William Morris Endeavor at the time and he said he was at an industry even when the head of the motion picture department, who has since been identified as Adam Venit, walked up to him and groped him.
I was gropedpublicly, with my wifeat an industry event, and this guy comes at me and he gropes me, in front of everybody. I smacked the guys hands back and Im like, What are you doing? Leave me alone, and he comes back and does it again, Crews said.
While many questioned why Crews did not react by punching or hitting his assailant, he said he felt like he was trapped at the time, and that as a 240-l...
For How Long will the Era of Cheap Silver Prices Continue? One of the running themes of the silver market since the economy recovered from the financial crisis has been an apparent disconnect between silver prices and the realities of supply and demand. Even as demand for the precious metal has consistently been strong fromContinue reading "Silver Where Art Thou? Silver Demand Rose 17% Last Year While Supply Actually Fell"
I am 2 days away from going into a silent 10 day meditation retreat called Vipassana and it got me thinking about life and some of the things that have taken place personally in just the last few years. It also gave me a moment to look forward to all the potential opportunities that still await in the future.
I am 31 years old, and unless a disaster happens I have at worse 30 years left and if I am lucky and eat lots of avocados and coconut oil I could be a third (or less) of the way through my life. This means there is the potential for plenty more experience and learning.
So far I have managed to have a boxing match, a baby (who is no longer a baby) and a conversation (or 2) with god. I lived in the jungle for a 28 days, took psychedelics 40 times in 13 months and ran a half marathon (not on psychedelics).
I sat in a hut in the Amazonian rainforest with a Peruvian shaman on the visionary brew Ayahuasca, trekked ...
The following article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Alt-Market.com.
It is often said that other-izing people overall can be dangerous and other-izing your enemies specifically can be tactically detrimental. For one, it can lead to a false sense of superiority over those people as you assert some kind of imagined genetic advantage.
It can also lead to dangerous generalizations of vast groups as you categorize and pigeonhole millions as being exactly the same when this is rationally impossible. However, other-izing is perhaps the only option when faced with a very particular type of person embracing a very particular brand of ideology; other-izing can become a matter of survival.
I am of course talking about globalists.
Not the low level cronies and useful idiots within the globalist push or movement, because many of them simply represent a underlying gullibility or stupidity among people attracted to the inbred world of academia.
Instead, Im talking about the people behind the curtain; self proclaimed globalists or internationalists that have positioned themselves into strategic power centers. I am talking about the people that influence or outright control government policy as they stand over the shoulders of supposedly freely elected officials. I am talking about the people that influence economic security or insecurity through unaccountable central banking conglomerates. I am talking about the men and women that desire to dictate the fate of billions.
These people are not easily identified by anything other than their rhetoric and actions. They are made up of multiple ethnic groups. They herald from all corners of the planet. They do not subscribe to any one spiritual doctrine, but they do publicly devote themselves to many different religions as a means to fit in with the common citizen. Globalism IS their religion. And their god? Well, they see themselves as gods.
To be a globalist, though, one has to do more than merely subscribe to the tenets of globalism; there is a matter of character traits and actions which must be examined.
After studying the behavior of globalists and their organizations for quite some time, I have noticed that their psychological patterns tend to match with a narrow band of people that are best described as criminally insane. More a...
By Brandon Turbeville As virtually all pretense of leaving Syria has vanished from the rhetoric of the White House, American and French soldiers have now...
Mary Katharine Ham hosts a Federalist Radio Hour conversation with Mattie Duppler, fellow at the National Taxpayers Union and President of Forward Strategies.
They recap Prince Harry and Meghans royal wedding, discuss Trumps spending rescission request to Congress, the aftermath of the tax bill, and summer fitness trends.
Duppler explained how a quirk in the way Congress budgets allows Trump to exercise power over federal spending.
We know there is money out there that hasnt been spent, and the White House has the authority to tell agencies not to spend it, she said. Eventually it can go back into public coffers and not be used.
Listen to the full episode here:
Nothing untoward is going on here. The FBI merely needed a man on the inside of the Trump campaign, to make sure Russia wasn't exercising undue influence on the 2016 presidential election. Nothing more. No problem. Just ask the FBI. They'll confirm this. The FBI high echelon is squeaky clean. They never lie. If you buy that, I have condos for sale on the dark side of the moon.
This week in the Fuckin News we look at the multiple setbacks suffered by nazis and white supremacists in Turtle Island, as a multifaceted anti-fascist offensive, targeting individual fascists and their infrastructure paid off big time. Special thx to Jrmie Gauthier and Sithlord for their images
Trumps decision to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran has set the stage for an endgame long envisioned by Israel and its neocon fellow travelers in the United States. The Israelis and the Saudis will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of Iran. If the endgame becomes a reality, this will be a 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially married and with the royal wedding now a thing of the past, it is time to look to the future. The royal couple has previously expressed their desire to have children together, and while it may still be some time before this happens, that does not mean fans 
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(CD) In a speech at the right-wing Heritage Foundation on Monday that critics said should put to rest all lingering illusions that the Trump White House wants anything other than regime change in Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a wildly unrealistic list of demands that Iran must meet if it wants nuclear talks with America 
Asia Argento gave a powerful speech saying You know who you are, but most importantly we know who you are, and we are not going to let you get away with it anymore.
Asia Argento has alleged that in 1997 Harvey Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival, at this years festival she took to the stage saying that the festival was Weinsteins hunting ground and that there are many who are still to be held accountable for their crimes. Argento ended her speech with the line You know who you are, but most importantly we know who you are, and we are not going to let you get away with it anymore.
Hopefully this is the start of a clean up of an industry that has a very dark shadow following it around. You can watch the video below:
If the defectors...
We have a president who is not only a pathological liar but someone who is trying to win votes by dividing our nation up based on the color of our skin, our country of origin, our religion, our gender or our sexual orientation. Further, and dangerously, he is undermining our democratic institutions as he attempts to move us toward an authoritarian type society.
An Israeli official claimed Palestinians are "Nazis" and the number of civilians who are killed by Israel does not matter.
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Thanks to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markeys leadership, last week the US Senate voted 52-47 to overturn the FCCs decision to end net neutrality. The bill now moves on to the House, where it needs the support of 22 Republicans in addition to every Democrat member. If the bill manages to get enough support in the House, it would still need Trumps approval before becoming law. If that fails, net neutrality protections will officially end on June 11th, and internet service providers will be able to prioritize, throttle, and block content. No matter what happens in the House, the fight for a free and open internet will continue.
Securus, a company that provides phone services to prisons in the United States, was hacked again. A report last week revealed that in addition to offering call services, Securus also purchases phone location data from telecom companies and sells the records to law enforcement officers, enabling unwarranted surveillance on a potentially vast and troubling scale. The breach reveals just how massive is the problem: the hacker found a spreadsheet from a database marked police containing almost 3,000 usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, hashed passwords, and security questions. According to Motherboard, the hackers method to access the server was relatively simple. This isnt the first time Securus has been in the news for its bad security. In 2015, the Intercept published a damning report about the company, finding that not only were 70 million prisoner phone calls hacked, but that the company was allegedly violating attorney-client privilege by recording calls that should have been private. In 2016, the company settled a lawsuit related to the recordings of attorney-client privileged conversations.
There are so many reasons to be annoyed with Jordan Peterson (William Brinkman, CripDyke, and Mano Singham have all rolled their eyes at him right here on FtB), and I had to pick just one thing out of the multitude to focus onand I picked his terrible misconceptions about DNA. His most recent nonsense reminded me so much of Louie Giglio.
A student entered his Santa Fe High School, outside of Houston, wearing a trench coat, and shot dead 10 people -- eight fellow students and two teachers. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver taken from his father to carry out the attack, which officials said he planned to end by committing suicide, but instead he surrendered to police.
Diversity is our strength will go down as one of the greatest blunders from a Canadian Prime Minister in the history of this country. At Roxem road near the border in Quebec the number of illegal boarder crossings has risen to approximately 400 per day with no signs of it slowing down. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth tracks the latest developments including a planned rally that is set to take place on June 3rd which she will be attending to provide coverage. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for updates as this situation continues to develop.
It is not enough that our leaders have power; they want to be loved. Thats a fairly consistent pattern in powerful people; I think that sometimes its that they want to be able to convince themselves that their route to power was not ruthless and corrupt, or that they didnt abuse their underlings too much.
Andrew Carnegie, before he died, re-invented himself as a philanthropist and threw money at America in the form of gifts to the upper class. Its not like he was paying dues at an exclusive golf club, nope, nossirree! Its not like he did anything for the laborers who did the work that made his money: his philanthropy was aimed at his new peers the social aristocracy he wanted to be come a paid-in-full member of. Meanwhile, he propagandized us all with his Gospel of Wealth which was mostly a bunch of self-justifying motivated reasoning that ignored labors role in achieving his vast achievement. What is wrong with these people?
My opinion is that, by attempting to farm plaudits, they reveal their own uncertainty regarding their actions after all, if they really knew they had accomplished great things, they wouldnt need to hire people to do public ego-stroke-jobs.
This is a bit of propaganda I stumbled across a year ago, and its been sitting on my propaganda-heap while I periodically scratch my head and decide what to make of it. Why does this book exist? Who funded its creation? Why didnt they spend a couple hundred thousand dollars more to make it a best-seller?
Dont get me wrong: I voted for her. Because I had no real choice; the alternative was a suit packed full of fish guts and lies.
This is a pretty obvious attempt to build a cult of personality around a politician. In principle, I find that acceptable because thats all that I think politicians are: a personality cult stuffed inside an empty suit. In order to get to the higher reaches of the US political process, you cannot (until Trump) survive without making the right deals with the right people, without compromising yourself on this in order to get that. Thats why I have relatively little respect for Bernie Sanders, who leveraged his campaign onto the shambolic Democratic Party machine, then discovered that it was corrupt and a shambles something I expect anyone who has been in politics for 20 minutes to have figured out.
So, its OK to have someone write a laudatory book of propaganda about a prospective office-holder. But it seems extremely skeevy, to me, to aim it at kids. Kids have not yet built up a resistance to propaganda. Oh, maybe that...
The attempt to kill a former Russian spy in England bore an ominous signature: The assailants used a lethal nerve agent of a type developed in the Soviet Union, and British investigators quickly concluded that only the Kremlin could have carried out such a sophisticated hit.
Soon after the March attack, Rex Tillerson, then the U.S. secretary of state, ordered State Department officials to outline the case for designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law. Experts in the departments Bureau of Counterterrorism began to assemble what they thought was a strong case.
But almost as quickly as the review began within about two days the secretary of states office sent new instructions to drop the initiative, according to State Department officials familiar with the episode.
There are a lot of issues that we have to work on together with Russia, a U.S. official said. Designating them would interfere with our ability to do that.
The State Departments reluctance to impose the terror designation was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials say. Rather, it reflected an ambivalent and at times contradictory policy toward Russia on terrorism issues that stretches back more than a dozen years, American intelligence officials and foreign-policy experts said.
Even as Washington has grown more concerned about an array of Russian security threats, it has continued to seek Moscows cooperation in combating terrorism. Although the approach has yielded few victories against the Islamist militants that the two countries vowed to fight after 9/11, advocates of the policy argue that it has been one of the few areas of common ground in which cooperation remains possible during a period of increasing confrontation.
Russia is clearly a bad actor on the world stage, said David McKean, a former director of policy planning at the State Department. But terrorism is an area where we have to keep trying to talk to them. They can either play a negative role or not play a negative role or occasionally play a positive role.
Yet, as Tillersons order for the review suggested, the calculus in Washington has begun to shift. Throughout the civil war in Syria, Russia has strengthened its backing for the regimes in Damascus and Teheran, which Washington has long accused of supporting terrorism, and their ally Hezbollah, an officially designated terrorist group. Russia has intervened more directly in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have said, shipping arms to the Taliban with little apparent regard for the geopolitical consequences. And the Kremlin has methodically pursued its enemies overseas...
None of us should be surprised, really. But what are the possible motivations for this kind of needless intrusiveness, when people (especially young white males) are waved through processes that put the ability to harm the public in their hands?
Heres a somewhat novel defense of the Tiny Tyrant hes better than Pharaoh. Yep. Naturally, the first question springs to mind: um, which Pharaoh would we be talking about? There were a bunch of them.
Throughout biblical history, God continually raises up imperfect leaders, he said. In the days of the Pharaoh of Egyptlets not be Pollyannish hereanything that is inappropriate for young children, it was far worse in the king of Babylons time and the Pharaoh. When they partied, they partied and they didnt even have an X-rated label because anything went.
Uhhh, X-rated kinda means anything goes, and thats not even touching on the absolute idiocy of trying to paste that over various Egyptian dynasties. I dont think it a terribly wise focus either, given the Tiny Tyrants penchant for nasty partying. All throughout history, pretty much everything was worse for children, so Im afraid thats not much of a winner either. This is also a display of complete ignorance about Egyptian history, which in many aspects, was highly civilised, with a whole lot of very smart people running things.
Donald Trump, like so many other leaders in the Old Testament, was raised up by God not because he was perfect, McGuire added. Other men in the Bible were pagan kings, in fact, they made the people worship them as gods. God has a historical record from Genesis to Revelation, over and over again, God says in his word, Thus saith the Lord. He chooses who he will raise up and put down.
Monarchy, regardless of where its taken place, has always been considered to be of divine origin and choice. Nothing new there. The ancient Egyptians had gods, you know, and they took them pretty damn seriously. Just like you do. That means god[s] first, monarch second. Most monarchs were quite smart enough to play up their various god[s], and simply relied on their authority as ruler to keep people in obeisance, and being fodder for wars often fought overgod[s]. Thus saith the lord. Yeah, there was a lot of that, and a lot of what Jehovah said was hideous, psychopathic bullshit. So fucking what? I could walk around every day saying Thus saith Caine, and writing Thus saith Caine. Wouldnt mean a thing, except perhaps as an announcement I had decided to be an obnoxious ass.
On the fourth of March, in the sleepy British cathedral town of Salisbury, an ex-spy named Sergei Skripal was poisoned by an assassin with the most deadly nerve agent known to man. The Russian government was immediately blamed by a shocked and outraged world. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured the people of Great Britain that Theres 
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A California deputy was arrested this month after surveillance footage from a Panda Express restaurant caught him sexually assaulting a child and then running away.
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If the Justice Department and FBI are, as weve been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald Trumps antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspector general will assess whether political motivation tainted an investigation into the presidents campaign? The American people should get a full accounting of what transpired during 2016. Isnt that what weve been hearing since the election?
You believe Trump is corrupt. I get it. But surely anyone who alleges to be concerned about the sanctity of our institutions and rule of law would have some cursory curiosity about whether an investigation by the administration of one major party into the presidential campaign of another major party was grounded in direct evidence rather than fabulist rumor-mongering. Otherwise, any administration, including Trumps, could initiate an investigation for whatever cooked-up superficial reason it wanted.
Then, when a constitutionally empowered oversight committee demanded information about that investigation, the DOJ could accuse it of extortion and stonewall for years.
I dont know if theres a big conspiracy by the deep state. But its pretty obvious to me that leaders of our institutions arent above engaging in spying. John Brennan spied on the legislative branch and lied about it to the American people. James Clapper spied on the American people through a domestic surveillance program and lied about it to Congress. Although the Obama administration never tweeted nasty attacks on journalists, it did spy on and prosecute them. Its completely plausible that those in the upper echelon of law enforcement saw Trump as a threat, then used wobbly evidence as the pretext to investigate his campaign. If not, itll be good to clear their names.
FBI used informant to investigate Russia ties to campaign, not to spy, as Trump claims, read a...
It's our Spring Member Drive and we've got a little challenge for you: Can your state gain the most new members this week?
Strong Towns is proud to have members from all 50 states and several Canadian provinces. That geographic diversity is part of what makes our mission and our movement so powerful.
But now we want to see how many new members will join us from these places. Throughout this week, we'll be checking in to update you on the stats and on Friday, we'll share the top 5 states that have gained the most members.
Here are 3 ways you can participate in the challenge:
1. Become a member! That's the biggest way you can help the Strong Towns movement, plus nudge your state up in this rivalry.
2. Invite your neighbors to become members. After you've joined, get your neighbors, friends, co-workers and any other fellow residents who care about the Strong Towns mission on board.
3. Share this on social media. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever you like... The more people that see our message, the more that will be compelled to join.
For the curious, here are the states that currently have the most Strong Towns members:
No big surprises on that list; it's mostly correlated with population... But now we wipe the slate clean to track where new members are joining from.
I just checked our stats so far today and two states are currently leading the charge with new members: Kansas and Illinois.
Will your state bring on the most Strong Towns members this week?Join the movement
Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign
By Jon Rappoport
Well, you see, the mole wasnt a spy, he was an informant. Aha. Lets use a microscope to tell the difference.
The mole: Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor.
Supposedly, Halper was gathering information for the FBI about a suspected Trump-Russia connection.
Well, what else has Halper done? At The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald reports: Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the 1980 election, in which the Reagan campaign using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration. The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carters foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering.
Oops. That doesnt smell good. CIA operatives, managed by Halper, infiltrated the presidential campaign, spied on Jimmy Carter and his advisors, and relayed information about Carters foreign policy to Reagans team.
But were supposed to believe, without evidence, that in 2016 Halper was only trying to dig up information on a Trump-Russia connection.
What more do we know about Stefan Halper, the mole for hire? Breitbart: Halperserved as an assistant to all three of President Gerald Fords Chief of Staffs Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney Quite a trio of politicians. I dont think youd want to list them on your resume, if you were applying for a job with an organization that showed a shred of ethics.
And then there is this: In 1984, Halper was the chairman of the Palmer National Bank. Breitbart: White House official Oliver North wired loaned funds from the Palmer National Bank to a Swiss bank account, which were later used to aid the [Nicaraguan] contras. The contras, backed by the CIA, were trying to derail the Sandinista government, and in the process, reportedly carried out over 1000 terrorist attacks. Transferring funds from the US to the contras was illegal.
Glenn Greenwald: the CIA operative and FBI informant [Stefan Halper] used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign has, for weeks, been falsely depicted as a sensitive intelligence asset rather than what he actually is: a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election.
But dont worry. Nothing untoward is going on here. The FBI merely needed a man on the inside of the Trump campaign, t...
Troy, 12th century BC. The Greeks decade-long siege of Troy is drawing to a close. The cunning Odysseus has hit upon a plan to subvert the Trojans defenses. The Greeks build a giant wooden horse and then pretend to sail away, leaving the horse at the gates of Troy as an apparent offering to the 
Now both Sergei and Yulia Skripal, alleged victims of a poisoning by highly trained assassins using the deadliest nerve agent ever created, are doing fine. But you're still supposed to fear and hate Russia. Just don't think too hard about it or remember too much.
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This is how the game will play out. Take away local democracy to achieve profits and decimate the environment.
Anti-fracking activist Ian R Crane delivers another daily fracking report on a stunningly beautiful morning at the Clowbridge Reservoir in East Lancashire:
Another glorious day on the borders of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire the MOTHER-FRACKERS must never be permitted to mess with this stunning landscape! pic.twitter.com/3KWoxKUwgU
Ian R Crane (@IanRCrane) May 20, 2018
Greg Clark and James Brokenshires recent announcement in Parliament includes plans to remove all local participation in the decision-making process to allow fracking. Their message to the people of EnglandFRACK YOU!
Watch Ians latest report:
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While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week. This new deal 
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If you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the need for governments to fight an information war against Russia, with headlines containing that peculiar 
Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there has been an unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare industry. Giant medical corporations are investing in "vertical integration," which basically means they own everything, including the hospitals, doctor's practices, long term care centers, pharmacies, insurances (both public and private), and more. This gives corporations the power to have control over hospitals and health professionals. Their interest is a healthy bottom line, not the health of patients and communities.
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Authorities in Texas made a telling admission on Monday, noting that it is indeed possible that some of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting could've been killed or injured by police.
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Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have posted some of the highest negatives since Attila the Hun. The notion that two such wrongs could make a right certainly tests the credulity of the most dispassionate observer. You wouldn't normally want to buy a used car, much less a complex diplomatic deal, from either of them.
By B.N. Frank Lloyd Burrell of ElectricSense recently sent out a newsletter about an article from The Times UK about one of the largest studies...
This year the Nobel Prize in Literature will not be awarded.
This is hardly the first time something like this is being done,
but never before has the reason behind such a step been a sex
scandal. The members of the Swedish Academy decide the recipient of
the prize each year but this year the award has to be canceled
because there are only ten extant members of the total council of
eighteen. That is not enough to come to an agreement over a
suitable recipient of the Nobel Prize. Where did the rest of the
members of the council go? They have resigned because the husband
of one of the members of the Academy has been accused of sexual
harassment by eighteen different women. The Academy also used to
financially aid an organisation founded by the accused. Besides, in
the past this same man has been accused of leaking the names of the
winners in advance having gained the information from his wife.
After these uncomfortable incidents came to light some of the
members of the Academy resigned. One must admit that it is because
of the Me Too movement that so many women have come forward with
their stories of harassment against such an influential man. The
movement has provided immense impetus to women who have faced
sexual violence to voice their accusations, to not be afraid and to
never feel ashamed. It has provided many women with a lot of
strength and assured them that no matter how rich or influential
the accused men are, their stories of harassment will no longer
remain dirty secrets, that their Times Up. In case of the Academy,
if the women had not come forward the husband Jean Claude Arnaut
would have remained installed as a virtuous man in the public eye.
His reputation now lies in ruins, the Academy has snapped all ties
with him and his wife too has had to pay for his indiscretions by
resigning from her position in the Academy.
Hollywood too has gone through a storm recently. A series of women came forward and accused powerful producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Harvey was forced out from his own company. Accusations were leveled against Kevin Spacey and Ben Affleck too; Spacey lost his deal with Netflix as a result while Affleck too has had to apologise for an old incident when he had groped a young journalist. Accusations were raised against director Oliver Stone that he had allegedly grabbed the breasts of a woman in a party twenty years ago, with the woman recently making the story public. Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Roman Polanski, David Copperfield are only a few among the nearly 122 celebrities against whom many women have alleged sexual harassment. Without consent they have grabbed breasts or touched buttocks, told sexually coloured jokes, lured women to their rooms under false pretexts, tried raping many of them and even succeeded with some. Not just in Hollywood, this is everywhere, in the music industry, in the world of art, in politics, business or media. The effect of Times U...
Prince Khaled: I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call. (MEE) A dissident Saudi prince has called on his uncles to depose King Salman and take over the country. Prince Khaled bin Farhan made the appeal to Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin 
An interesting piece, addressing what was a great controversy, with people hotly on one side or another, as male physicians encroached on the world of childbirth. Additional information and sources under the image. Click for full size.
The text reads:
A Man-Mid-Wife, or a newly discoverd animal, not Known in Buffons time; for a more full description or this monster, see, an ingenious book, lately published, price 3/6 entitled Man-Midwifery dissected, containing a variety of well-authenticated cases elucidating this animals Propensities to cruelty & indecency sold by the publisher of this Print who has presented the author with the above [illustration] for the Frontispiece to his Book.
From the same source:
This etching illustrated a book criticizing (male) physician birth attendantsman midwivestodays obstetricians. The etching shows a figure that is male on one side, female on the other. The male half stands on a plain wood floor next to a large mortar and pestle, holding an instrument labeled a lever in his hand, which is pressed against his thigh. The background seems to be a shop, with shelves lined with vials, bottles, and frightening looking instruments labeled forceps, boring scissors, and blunt book.
In contrast, the female half of the figure stands in a homey room on a decoratively carpeted floor; in her outstretched hand she holds a small cup. Behind her, a fire burns in a grate.
In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.
Israelis and their supporters in the US celebrated the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem even as the Israeli armed forces killed dozens of unarmed protestors in Gaza. Jeremy Scahill writes about what happened and Norman Finkelsteins new book about the harrowing conditions in Gaza.
ISRAEL HAS ONCE again conducted a premeditated, full-scale massacre in broad daylight, in front of the cameras of the world. Once again, it took place in Gaza.
On May 14, Israeli snipers and other forces gunned down more than 60 Palestinians, and wounded thousands of others, including civilians, journalists, and paramedics. You try nonlethal means and they dont work, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. So youre left with bad choices. Its a bad deal. You know, you try and you go for below the knee, and sometimes it doesnt work, and unfortunately these things are avoidable.
It appears that the only way not to be killed, according to Netanyahu, is to meekly accept imprisonment inside the prison of Gaza. Among those killed by Israeli forces was an 8-month-old infant. Her name was Laila al-Ghandour. They also killed at least seven other children and a man in a wheelchair, and that man had lost his legs after they had to be amputated following an earlier Israeli attack.
Israel has made it clear that it believes that it has the right to systematically murder Palestinians for the crime of continuing to exist. There is no defense for what Israel has done. None.
But that has not of course stopped the propaganda machinery of Israel and its apologists from rushing to the defense of the IDF actions, even to the extent of describing it as restrained and blaming all the violence on the protestors. The US ambassador to the UN played as usual what seems like its main role, protecting Israel from any repercussions for the atrocities it commits.
On Tuesday, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley brought plenty of blame to pass around at the Security Council for the deaths of unarmed Palestinians. She blamed Iran. She blamed Hamas. She blamed the Palestinians who protested. But Nikki Haley placed no blame on Israel. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake Hamas is pleased with the results, she said. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.
After Nikki Haley blamed the Palestinians for murdering themselves with Israeli snipers, she wouldnt even listen to the Palestinian delegation at the U.N. She walked out when they began speaking.
It was fitting that this latest Israeli massa...
TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) May 18, 2018
Its a right pity that Monopoly didnt turn out the way Elizabeth Magie envisioned. Just goes to show that greed always wins. (I couldnt get the twitter video to play; if you also have such problems, head to Required Reading, and scroll down to the bottom. That one works fine for me.
The Mohawk people can abide by our ancestral morals and reject a deal with the Enbridge energy company.
The author writes, After Nikki Haley blamed the Palestinians for murdering themselves with Israeli snipers, she wouldnt even listen to the Palestinian delegation at the UN. She walked out when they began speaking.
New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump want a new nuclear deal with Iran. This deal will try to include other nations besides Europe, Russia, and China, such as Japan and Arab states.
The author writes, Isnt the headline story that the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks remains detained without access to fundamental healthcare? And since March this year, has been cut off from the outside world, bar meetings with his lawyers, which have apparently been surveilled?
This article details how Trumps tariffs against Canadian paper being used for US print are killing newspaper jobs.
Wikileakss dump of Vault 7 which contained various details on US government cyber weapons was achieved by the help of an internal leaker. The alleged leaker was recently charged with child pornography, not leaking.
The post Saudi Crackd...
Being as I am a self-appointed explicator of things Latin to Americans curious about what lies to the south, and has come north, I occasionally and in a scattershot and prejudiced manner try to offer a picture of life below the border. There is more to the place than narcos and MS-13. If I lived in Thailand instead of Mexico, I wouldnt. But Latin America matters to America today as Thailand does not. So here goes.
Trigger Waning: Republicans and Nordic populations may find this column unsettling. It contains disturbing color and some of the images show signs of having escaped from an acid trip. Proceed at your own risk.
Recently Vi and I were in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas in southern Mexico and, wandering about in a sort of Brownian motion, found ourselves walking along a canal. We discovered a region frequented by grafiteros, street artists.These view unwatched walls as canvases, legal, semi-legal or just not policed. Using spray paint, they, well, paint. I suspect that the authorities fail to get into an uproar because the results leave the precincts more attractive than would bare walls. Vandalism it isnt.
Anyway, I decided to shoot a few of themthat is, photograph the walls, not assassinate the grafiterosand then, ideas exploding on me, to post some of them, along with links to such things Mexican and Latin-American as struck my fancy. It will not be well organized. It will, I hope, make the point that the southlands are not, musically, artistically, or culturally, as they are thought to be by many in the United States.
Spray-painted on someones back wall in Chiapas. Obviously the owner of the wall is not greatly upset since (a) the painting is still there and (b) it is difficult, though not impossible, to do something so elaborate without being noticed.
In Ajijic, where I live, on a wall along the malecn, a sort of cement boardwalk by the lake.
(MEMO) A leading German daily fired a cartoonist over anti-semitic views on Friday after he drew a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cartoon by Dieter Hanitzsch showed Netanyahu carrying a missile in his hand. He is dressed up as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won this years Eurovision contest. A speech bubble on top says: Next 
A Texas doctor has been indicted on seven counts of health care fraud after allegedly administering chemotherapy and other toxic medications based on false diagnoses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that 61-year-old Dr Jorge Zamora-Quezada victimized thousands of people, many of whom were undocumented immigrants.
According to a federal unsealed indictment, Zamora-Quezada and unnamed co-conspirators intentionally misdiagnosed patients with various degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, to allegedly defraud health insurers by billing unnecessary treatments.
After nearly two decades of criminal activity, the fraud charges total $240 million. Authorities say the money-laundering scheme ultimately funded the doctors lavish and opulent lifestyle. Zamora-Quezada commuted between his two offices using a million-dollar private jet and a Maserati both of which were emblazoned with his initials.
Jorge Zamora-Quezada allegedly orchestrated a massive fraud scheme that jeopardized the health and well-being of innocent children, elderly, and disabled victims, said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P Cronan in a statement. The allegations that Zamora-Quezada violated his oath to do no harm by administering unnecessary chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients with serious diseases including some of the most vulnerable victims imaginable are almost beyond comprehension.
In a number of ways, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)
needs to reform its practices.
And let's be very clear, I don't mean that NWS forecasts are getting less skillful. They are getting better. But it is clear that the NWS has fallen behind the state-of-the-art and is not producing as skillful or useful products as it could or should.
This blog will consider the role of human forecasters in the NWS and how the current approach to prediction is a throwback to past era. As a result forecasters don't have time to take on important tasks that could greatly enhance the quality of the forecasts and how society uses them.
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Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school.
In a world where YouTube has been taken over by the Alt-Right and classical liberals who accuse everyone who disagrees with them of being postmodern neo-Marxists, one transgender woman rises above to bring reason and nuance to the marketplace of ideas.
ContraPoints, a YouTuber based in Baltimore, currently has over 110,000 subscribers and criticizes both the Intellectual Dark Web and modern-day Marxists. A former philosophy professor, Contra (real name Natalie Parrott) has a ability to dissect topics such as racism, cultural appropriation, capitalism, free speech, and Jordan Peterson with the perfect balance of humor and reason. Even Kinda Funny co-founder and outspoken libertarian Colin Moriarty gave her a mention on a recent episode of The Rubin Report.
Her latest video takes a critical look at Petersons claims, especially his postmodern neo-Marxism is everywhere and ruining everything line. She first explains the difference between modernism (using the Scientific Method to figure out everything, from the natural world to politics) and postmodernism (skepticism about being absolutely certain about everything), and then explains that technically Marxism is a metanarrative most postmodernists reject. As far as Petersons definition of postmodern neo-Marxism, Contra says its a nonsensical umbrella term for everything about the Left he doesnt like. She points out that Marxists and identity politics activists tend to hate each other. Ive seen many fights on Facebook about this.
Read the rest here.
A good cop crossed the thin blue line and because of his bravery, a racist and brutal tyrant, who used his badge to carry out his sick desires, has been charged with multiple hate crimes.
Los Angeles Unified School District Board member Scott Schmerelson provides information about how someone with no experience in education was picked to lead the country's second largest school district.
Two Arizona lawmakers were among the 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat.
Xerophytes are drought-adapted plants, commonly found in environments where water is scarce. An example is the cactus Opuntia ficus-indica. The fruits, seen here, are delicious but harvesting and peeling them can be quite tricky because of all the small spines, it is almost guaranteed that at least one will find its way into your skin no matter how careful you are (speaking from experience here). Bonus wasp!
The wasp looks so tiny! Click for full size.
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We fight for a fair, more resident-friendly and greener city, which follows the principles of sustainable development," explained Justyna Kociska, board member of Warsaw's municipalist organization Miasto jest Nasze. Miasto jest Nasze means City is Ours. Started in 2013 by social activists, it is now a urban movement spreading from the capital across Poland. Kociska continued: "Since 2013, City is Ours has been actively searching for solutions to problems such as chaotic urban planning and architectural policy, and the deficiencies of the transport network and infrastructure in this rapidly developing city."
4th time is the charm. Find out why news sites are suing companies and government agencies that use the Propornot list and brand them Russian trolls.
3 classical thinkers on economics?. Know who they are? You probably do. Their views are viewed here. Know what the fringe economy is? The answer is here.
(INTELLIHUB) MSNBC-backed liberals Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski put in work for their deep state masters Monday as they spewed agitprop like banshees over President Donald Trump recent demands for an investigation into an alleged FBI/DOJ spy plot which may have infiltrated the Trump Campaign during the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election.
Adding spin to their curve ball, the communist hosts claimed Russian cutouts are to blame for Trumps controversial tweet which they say the POTUS demanded a radical unpredicated investigation while he himself is under investigation.
It all started after the President fired a proverbial shot over the bow on Sunday when he tweeted: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
But that didnt prevent the visibly exhausted morning crew from relentlessly attacking the President for merely defending himself from illegal wrongdoings committed by the highly corrupt and flagrant Obama Administration which managed to operate unscathed with impunity for eight years.
So, out of good measure, and the fact that I just couldnt contain myself, I responded to MSNBC Monday by tweeting:
@MSNBC @morningmika #MorningJoe show saying: Trump demanded an unpredicated investigation for radical reasons while under investigation and should be impeached for doing it. #RussiagateContinues #MSMLies @ShepardAmbellas kicks ass! READ: https://intellihub.com #AltMedia.
Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgans fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgans proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the companys drilling through Burnaby Mountain. This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend on an oil free coast and I for one wont stand by and let it happen, said Terry Christenson. Im taking this action to protect my grandchildrens future. I care about this land, this coast and I wont let it be destroyed all so a Texas oil company can increase its profit share.
The psychiatric Matrix: what you need to know
by Jon Rappoport
May 21, 2018
First of all, as I reported some months ago, 25% of college students in America have received a diagnosis of a mental disorder, or are on psychiatric drugs. I mention this to indicate how widespread psychiatric control has become.
That statistic has been reported by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI also states: Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.43.8 million, or 18.5%experiences mental illness in a given year.
These figures are earthshaking. They reflect a relentless push, by organized psychiatry and their pharmaceutical partners, to expand the diagnoses of mental disorders and the toxic drugging that follows.
Indeed, if you consult the DSM, the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, youll find listed 297 distinct and defined and labeled disorders. This is marketing at an awesome level.
This is also a cultural revolution. Over the past few decades, millions of Americans have been convinced they have a brain malfunction of some kind. If you dont think that creates a vast victim mentality, think again.
And yet, wait for itnot one of the 297 mental disorders has a defining diagnostic lab test. Not one.
Ive made this point many times. Occasionally, readers point out that there are tests. Yes, but not DEFINING tests. If tests existed which invariably point to a true diagnosis of a true condition, those tests would be published in the DSM, the bible of the psychiatry. But they arent. Nowhere in the DSM will you find them.
Instead, every mental disorder is defined by a list of behavioral symptoms. Committees of psychiatrist gather and debate, and decide which clusters of symptoms add up to which labels of mental disorders.
It would be as if you walked into a doctors office, talked to him for ten minutes, and then he said: You have cancer. I can tell by the way youre talking and behaving. We start chemo tomorrow.
As with a number of investigation Ive done, some people respond with: Oh no, that couldnt be. But it could be, and it is:
There is NO DEFINING lab test for any so-called mental disorder. No blood test, no urine test, no brain scan, no genetic assay.
The Freedom Flotilla ship AlAwda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Swedenvessels Hurriya (Freedom) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who has previously sailed on three missions against the blockade of Gaza) are in Copenhagen on Sunday May 20 and Monday May 21. They will be joined later by another Swedish boat, Falestine(Palestine), and all four vessels will visit many European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza in late July. The Freedom Flotilla is sailing in 2018 for the right to a just future for Palestine. We challenge the Israeli blockade and to demand an end to our governments complicity with Israels war crimes and violation of human rights.
Westerners witnessed Israels massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gazas Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones. They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through thick clouds of teargas, flashes of young men charging at the high-tech fences and militarized fortifications that hold their lives in a soul-sapping stasis, rescue workers overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties, and grainy footage of snipers in olive drab hunting their prey with laser range finders and terminating 62 lives with the flick of a trigger.
A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project, a step that could give civil rights advocates more time to build their environmental justice case against the $6 billion project to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Opponents of the Atlantic Coast pipeline allege the Dominion Energy-led project would have a disproportionate impact on people of color living along its route. A group of community and statewide advocacy groups in North Carolina, along with the national Friends of the Earth, filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's External Civil Rights Compliance Office on Tuesday asking the agency to overturn North Carolina state permits for the pipeline and for a new environmental justice analysis of it.
It hangs up a sign on Michigans door saying, No violation of the Fourth Amendment, look elsewhere, Howrylak said. Democrats, as well as Republicans, would certainly stand very strong in our position on what this law means. While Howrylak said he thinks the law makes a strong court case saying this is what the state intends, he hopes other states will join in by passing similar legislation, in an effort to cripple the NSAs illegal activities. Next month marks 5 years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of classified documents revealing that the United States government was routinely collecting metadata from innocent American citizens without warrants, and using national security to justify its actions.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed, the citys police officers would be able to electrocute people who pose no physical threat or resist arrest as a result of mental illness. Last November, San Franciscos Police Commission approved tasers for the citys police. This March, it finalized a policy for how those tasers should be used. That policy, which is backed by Police Chief Bill Scott and San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, requires police to implement de-escalation tactics before using their tasers. However, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, with a membership of roughly 2,200, believes that these criteria are too narrow.
I never considered myself a politically active type. In fact, I abhorred politics for three decades. But about 25 years ago, I realized that I couldnt fight my personal health insurance issues without dealing with the many other human rights issues Id heard people debate on C-Span not realizing how they were affecting my life. So I got involved with my local Democratic party here in Detroit, then in fighting for school reform. After that, I began speaking out as a volunteer advocate for people who face water shut-offs because they couldnt afford to pay their bills. This issue is finally making national headlines, but the city previously shut off Detroiters water 10 years ago, when large numbers of Detroiters began to struggle with the citys high water rates. The city council passed an affordability plan that adjusted water rates based on a percentage of income.
An innocent man was harassed and detained by police, all because they claimed the "vegetation" on his window seal was an illegal substance.
The post WATCH: Innocent Man Detained, Assaulted by Cops Because He Had Vegetation on His Window appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
There were a couple of other candidates who were categorized as far left by affiliation. In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and an unnamed Sara Innamorato were described as card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of Americausing a phrase popularized by Sen. Joe McCarthys claim that he had the names of 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party. Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania was described as the grandson of Henry Wallace, who was Franklin Roosevelts vice president for a term, and then ran against Harry Truman, who FDR dumped him for, from the far left in 1948. Aside from Scott Wallaces self-description as a proud progressive and his promise to make America sane again, genealogy was all the Post presented to tie him to the far left.
What we know about federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies spying on the Donald Trump campaign likely represents but a sliver of their covert activities. But its about time we do, and President Trump is right to demand an investigation. Heres what we know so far.
In the run-up to the presidential election, on July 31, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a counterintelligence investigation to probe whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to influence the election. Over the last two weeks, in a series of articles, The New York Times and Washington Post revealed that the investigation, dubbed operation Crossfire Hurricane, involved a government informant connected to the Trump campaign.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported more details of the informants months-long pattern of seeking out and meeting three different Trump campaign officials. The presumed informant, a professor with contacts with both the Central Intelligence Agency and MI6, first met with Carter Page, then a foreign policy advisor for Trumps campaign, at a conference in Cambridge in July 2016. He met Page several more times before the election.
According to the Washington Post, the informant also met in the late summer with Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis, offering to provide foreign-policy expertise to the Trump effort. Then in September, the informant reached out to George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign-policy adviser for the campaign, inviting him to London to work on a research paper.
The timing of the informants initial encounter with Page proves significant because that meeting occurred before the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane. That detail proves the raison dtre for the Washington Posts Friday article because, with reporters already cracking the identity of the...
President Trumps administration is bringing back a Reagan-era rule that would pull federal birth control funds from clinics that sell abortion. Planned Parenthood, which is by far the nations largest and wealthiest abortion provider, has the most to lose. It is the largest single recipient of Title X funds, to the tune of about $80 million per year.
The new regulation is a good start. It is a bigger blow to Planned Parenthood than anything the establishment Republicans have ever done. But more action is needed to take PP down.
In 1970, Congress created Title X as a grant program to provide birth control and sexually transmitted disease treatment to low-income women. The program has always been banned from funding abortion. But in the 1970s and 80s, the law was interpreted to allow the entity giving birth control to be the same entity selling abortion or referring patients for abortions.
In 1988, President Reagan issued a regulation that said no Title X funds could go to a birth control provider that was co-located with an abortion clinic or that referred patients for abortion. The regulation was challenged and went all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was found to be legal in the case Rust v. Sullivan.
When Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he reversed Reagans regulation, and George W. Bushs administration never brought it back. President Trumps regulation brings back the co-location prohibition, but it does not bring back Reagans ban on abortion referrals (although it does remove the radical and illegal requirement that a recipient of Title X funds must make abortion referrals, which precluded many pro-life clinics from receiving Title X funds).
The reinstated regulation wont heavily affect Planned Parenthood because most Planned Parenthood locations dont provide surgical abortions. Yes, many provide abortion pills, and all clinics refer for abortions, but because the new regulation doesnt disallow abortion referrals, most Planned Parenthood clinics receiving Title X should be fine.
Because of this, more action is needed. First, the Trump administration should disallow Title X funds from any provider that makes any abortion referrals. This would totally cut Planned...
One should rejoice that some trial judges are expressing skepticism about the tactics of Robert Muellers special counsels office (see here, here, here), and that defendants are increasingly willing to fight back (see here, here). Anyone with a taste for irony will appreciate that a Russian oligarchs company Mueller indicted, which was expected to remain cowering behind the Kremlin walls, has shown up in court as a champion of American civil liberties.
But it would be unfortunate if the only result of the brouhaha were to make this particular witch hunt disappear. Muellers investigation is showy and politically important, but it is not unique. It embodies our administrative state, an epiphenomenon of a serious disease of the legal system.
I count nine related trends that have led to our present state.
First, the U.S. legal system has gone berserk. Once, reading the Ten Commandments and consulting the communitys moral compass was a good guide to behavior. Now, no one can calculate the number of laws and regulations that are punishable by criminal sanctions or equally damaging civil fines and forfeitures, but it is in the tens of thousands. Many are vaguely defined or do not require knowing ahead of time that the action is illegal, and even the most punctilious of us cannot be sure of compliance.
Any business person certainly, any citizen probably, engages in actions almost daily for which he could be prosecuted. Even on those days when they accidentally obey all laws, people do things a zealous prosecutor might characterize as illegal, especially when they involve complex issues of tax, finance, or regulation. In American Greatness, Julie Kelly aptly described the current situation as The Rape Culture of Politics by Investigation.
Second, the various agencies that administer these laws are captured by special interests, i...
Dr. Jordan Peterson, who has enjoyed a surge into fame over the past year, has become a bit like the Yanny and Laurel audio meme. People listen to what he has to say but disagree wildly about what they are hearing.
Some hear a man with important ideas that can help people live a more fulfilling life, others hear a dangerous misogynist who wants to set back the cause of liberated women, trans people, and the rest of the cast(e) of oppression. In a feature for The New York Times Magazine this weekend, Nellie Bowles clearly came down on the latter side.
The first paragraph makes this obvious: Look back to the 1950s he says. Its not clear from the article if this is a quote from Peterson. In any event, this interpretation has an essential mistake. When Peterson talks about changes in gender, sexuality, family, and work, he is exposing central contradictions, both evolutionary and social, that he believes are making people unhappy.
He is not suggesting that all women should aspire to be a 1950s Donna Reed housewife, but that on many levels some women do want something closer to that lifestyle. Part of the evidence for this is that since the sexual revolution the question of whether women can have it all has been so often on our tongues and pages. Peterson suggests the answer, in many cases, is no.
He isnt telling women not to strive for whatever they want, or to be forced into anything. But thats the progressive narrative against him, one that the Times reinforced. A perfect example of this is Bowles mischaracterization of Petersons argument that societies are better off with enforced monogamy.
The Times article makes it appear that Peterson means somehow women will be forced into sex they dont want to have, calling his ideas about enforced monogamy absurd. The reaction to that line has been swift and damning. But thats not what he is talking about at all. He is talking about societal norms that value monogamy and work to enforce it. He addressed this on Twitter this weekend.
Furthermore, anyone motivated by the NY Times to assume that what I meant by "enforced monogamy" was anything other than social convention favoring stable pair bonding can think whatever they want, as they no doubt will anyway https://t.co/jBSJl9RFDH
Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 20, 2018
He also addressed it on his blog: My critics abject ignorance of the relevant literature does not equate to evidence of my totalitarian or misogynist leanings. The import...
On Friday, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a seven-page, single-spaced letter posing 16 questions to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Grassleys letter asked Rosenstein to explain, in detail, the circumstances surrounding his appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, the parameters of that appointment, and the authority Rosenstein gave Mueller to, among other things, proceed before the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
Here is what you need to know to understand this letter and the three big take-aways.
Rosensteins May 1, 2017 special counsel appointment letter was a ruse, and the August 2, 2017 clarification was no such thing. On May 17, 2017, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters. In the appointment letter, Rosenstein authorized Mueller to:
conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
However, in a four-page memorandum to Special Counsel Mueller on August 2, 2017, Rosenstein stated: The May 17, 2017 order was worded categorically in order to permit its public release without confirming specific investigations involving specific individuals. This memorandum provides a more specific description of your authority. The following allegations were within the scope of the Investigation at the time of your appointment and are within the scope of the Order.
At that point, the memorandum went black, redacting the first portion of the charge. Then, left unredacted were two sets of allegations against Paul Manafort, to be investigated: first, whether Manafort committed crimes by colluding with Russian government officials to interfere with the 2016 election, and second, whether he committed crimes related to payments he received from the Ukrainian government. Then the next several paragraphs are redacted, before concluding [y]ou therefore have authority to continue and complete the investigation of those matters, and additional matters described in 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a).
The Supreme Court recently struck down a federal law regarding sports gambling, opening the door for states to legalize betting on competitive sports. This is, in policy terms, a good thing: states should have the right to regulate this without federal intervention, and its absurd that people arent allowed to bet on sports. Let people waste their money how they want to!
But if states begin legalizing sports betting, with legal bookies in stadiums, it will have another positive effect: it will reveal the longstanding moral depravity of American sports culture, and hasten the process of American families abandoning the decadence and shame of professional sports culture.
Gambling is not evil in itself. A game of chance can be good entertainment, and some real stakes make it fun. But alas, gambling is addictive, wasteful, and it often comes paired with many other vice industries (see Las Vegas for details).
Of course, thats nothing new for Big Sport, since sporting events are already possibly drivers of human trafficking and prostitution, and sports-related binge drinking has been causally demonstrated and harms the drinkers. The wedded pair of sport and vice isnt new, and adding addictive slot machines will clarify what has always been true: professional sports are decadent spectacles that embarrass the nation.
I am aware how unpopular this take will be with sports-loving conservatives. But alas, we conservatives have imbibed a poisonous cultural norm in our worship of spectacle and games. The games are ultimately hostile to Christian culture, and to the civic virtue that makes republican governance possible.
But dont take my word for it. Listen to the early church fathers! St. Chrysostom, one of the most widely revered and respected of the early Christian leaders, condemned the heinous evil of horse racing in terms that may shock modern American Christians, who are accustomed to a Sunday ritual of church and football. He says:
You have not even shown respect for the very day on which the sacraments of the salvation of mankind were celebrated. on that very day, when it was necessary to fast and give glory, and to raise prayers of thanksgiving for the good things in the world to the one who created them, instead you left the church and the spiritual eucharist, and the assembly of the brothers, and the solemnity of the fast, and as a prisoner of the devil were you dragged off to that spectacle? Can this...
Every once in a while a new puzzle or paradox sweeps the Internet. A while ago it was the optical illusion of a dress that was either blue and black or gold and white, depending on who you asked. Now its the auditory illusion of Laurel Versus Yanny.
This is a sound clip that originated at the reference website Vocabulary.com as a sample for the pronunciation of laurel (as in laurel wreath). But a young listener visiting the site for her schoolwork listened to the clip and heard yanny. This seems insane to those of us who clearly hear laurel, just as the whole gold and white dress thing seemed insane to those of us who clearly saw that it was blue and black. So it naturally went viral.
How to explain it? Well, it turns out that if you boost the sound on the higher frequencies, the word Yanny pops out. If you boost it on the lower frequencies, Laurel clearly predominates. This is why the clip can sound different depending on the device you play it on or the response of your own ear. Younger people are better at hearing higher frequencies, which is why teenagers first brought this to everyones attention, while the lower registers are likely to predominate for older listeners.
The New York Times has a great tool that allows you to adjust the predominance of higher or lower frequencies. I find that if I adjust it a little less than one tick to the right of center, boosting the higher frequencies just a little, I can hear either Laurel or Yanny at will, sort of how you can look at Rubins Vase and make yourself see either a chalice or two faces.
In fact, I suspect this is an auditory equivalent of Rubins Vase. If you pronounce Laurel and Yanny and pay attention to how you have to hold your mouth and tongue to make each of the sounds, you will notice that the words are exact opposites of each other. This is what makes the paradox so powerful. On the one hand, it seems impossible that you could get two such different sounds from the same recording. On the other hand, it makes perfect sense if you view them as complementary, as auditory negatives of each other like the figures in Rubins Vase.
Ah, but the state of the world being what it is, we cant just be content to view this as a fun intellectual puzzle....
The American Association of University Professors is blaming a right wing assault on higher education for the removal of a teacher from her post in the fall of 2017, after she violated school policy in protesting a conservative group on campus.
The AAUP assessment of her removal in a report on the incident is ridiculous. Footage of Courtney Lawton verbally harassing recruiters for Turning Points USA at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln went viral last year. Lawton was a grad student and part-time lecturer there at the time. She approached the booth with a sign reading, Just Say No to Fascism, and referred to a female recruit as a neo-fascist Becky in a tirade.
Neo-fascist Becky right here, she says in the footage. Becky the neo-fascist right here She wants to destroy public schools, public universities, hates DACA kids. No KKK, no neo-fascist USA Fight white nationalism.
Some Nebraska legislators were upset by Ms. Lawtons statements, but its not the legislature that drove UNL to remove Lawton from her teaching duties. She was removed because of the universitys own rules regarding faculty conduct.
The problems with her statements fall into two categories. The first category are statements that appear to be personal attacks against a female student sitting at the TPUSA table. The second category are clearly political statements. Lets dispense with the political statements first.
Chanting No KKK, no neo-fascist USA Fight white nationalism, and carrying a sign denouncing fascism is protected speech. Numerous Supreme Court rulings have held such statements are protected and public employees cannot be fired, face retaliation, or be discriminated against, for such utterances. However, the first group of statements are more troubling.
Lawton may have run afoul of UNLs core value statement by calling the TPUSA organizer a Becky, twice. Becky can be a derogatory term for white women that conveys both racial animus and gender bias. The Urban Dictionary provides several possible definitions of a Becky, none of which are complimentary.
It appears from a video of the incident that the Becky comments were directed at the individual, not at TPUSA. UNL found Lawtons statement to be ina...
Yet again, America is reeling from a tragic mass shooting. The emotions are still raw; the feelings still fresh. Of course, the waves of national pity cannot compare with the grief of the families of those who were killed. In the case of the recent Santa Fe school shooting, 10 beds will remain empty. Ten places at the dinner table wont be occupied. In the military, we know the individual and collective weight of such losses and grieve over them.
Amongst the chorus of grief lifted up over these mass shootings, we hear a frequent refrain: We must do more than pray. This comes from both the Left and the Right. Most recently, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, joined in: We need to do more than just pray for the victims and the familiesIts time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas.
Such rhetoric seems both noble and understandable. Noble, in that it recognizes the profundity of the grief and issues a desire to rid us of such tragedies once and for all. Understandable, in that it recognizes promises of prayer can sometimes be a cop-out for tangible action and can over-spiritualize problems that require practical responses.
Yet I respectfully suggest such rhetoric is unhelpful, even harmful, for a number of reasons.
First, prayer is not the problem. People may disagree on the problem at handmental health, family breakdown, violence in entertainment, guns, etc.but the problem is most certainly not prayer. The tragedy did not occur before too many people were praying, or even using prayer as an excuse of inaction. This is a red herring, meant to distract people from the complexities of such issues that dont lend themselves to decisive rhetoric and straightforward solutions.
In addition, prayer is not meant to be a solution. Prayer will not undo these tragedies. Proponents of prayer do not claim that it will. Nor is it a tool to implement a change in national policies. That is the job of our politicians. Prayer is what people do when incomprehensible tragedies occur. Whether these tragedies occur through the instrumentality of people or are sheer acts of God, like an earthquake, they call for something more meaningful than cries for action.
Prayer pays respect to these tragedies. It allows for respectful silence instead of well-intentioned but ill-considered calls for change. Winston Churchill bowed his head in silence for three minutes before the grave of his friend, Franklin Roosevelt. In the Information Age,...
Michael Cohens lawyers are trying to prevent Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti from turning the criminal investigation of their client into a carnival, and rightfully so.
It should surprise no one that Avenatti is trying to intervene in the pending case relating to the seizure of documents from Cohen, Trumps lawyer. Avenatti, a California lawyer, is not licensed in New York, and has to ask the court permission to appear in cases here.
Indeed, the court ordered Avenatti to make the appropriate request if he wants to intervene in the matter. On May 14, 2018, Avenatti filed a sworn affidavit in support of his motion to be admitted pro hac vice, Latin for for this occasion.
Avenattis affidavit is laughable. It includes a page and a half of his professional accomplishments, including him bragging about serving as lead counsel in cases resulting in verdicts and settlement totaling more than $1 billion. These types of things simply dont belong in an application of this nature. A pro hac vice application is about as vanilla as they come.
Pro hac vice applications are very common, and usually not met with opposition. Courts respect a clients choice in attorney, and as long the attorney is in good standing in his or her home state and there are no pending disciplinary matters against the lawyer, the motions are typically granted.
But Avenatti is a joker, so its not surprising Cohens lawyers oppose his request to practice in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Cohens lawyers have raised several non-frivolous points and have the stronger argument.
Notably, Cohens lawyers reiterate a cause of concern they raised with the court previously: Avenattis leaks of Cohens private banking records. Earlier this month, I wrote about that disclosure and Avenattis potentially unethical conduct. Cohens lawyers argue that Avenattis actions violate both the rules of the court and of professional responsibility governing lawyers actions.
They also highlight how Avenattis affidavit, sworn to under penalties of perjury, failed to mention an ongoing investigation into him by the California Bar Association. (The State Bar of California confirmed the investigation in an April 18 letter by Supervising Attorney Anand Kumar.) Avenatti responded that he has not been made aware of any such investigation.
I dont know precisely how investigations into attorneys work in California, but I find it surprising that the supervising attorney would issue a statement confirming the investigation yet not notify Avenatti. That said, given his busy television appearance schedule, Avenatti is not exactly a reg...
Earlier this week, six more states announced lawsuits against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma LP. This brings the total to 22 states claiming Purdue and other opioid manufacturers have been deliberately marketing and misleading consumers about addiction risks to painkillers in order to continue producing billions in annual revenue.
Attorneys general of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas are the newest plaintiffs against big pharmas methods of producing and marketing highly addictive painkillers. We now know these drugs are responsible for the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S., and have resulted in as many as 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016 alone, as well as an estimated $55 billion in health and social costs a year. Twenty billion of the health and social costs are in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisoning. Many governors and state directors of Public Health are looking for alternative solutions to combat the crisis and funding to offset current trouble spots.
But what is happening at the state-level? And are all states facing similar problems?
While state-level analyses can be problematic given variations in urban and rural area statistics, big picture snapshots can actually tell us a lot about the current state of states. Lucky for us, personal-finance website WalletHub just released a report on the states with the biggest drug problems in 2018 to highlight the states that are winning and losing the war on drugs. The methodology and the results provide insight into some commonalities and differences between the states that are doing well, and those that are not.
Lets take a loot at the highlights. States with the biggest drug problems include: 1) District of Columbia; 2) Missouri; 3) New Hampshire; 4) Michigan and 5) West Virginia.
What is contributing to DCs ranking as having the largest drug problem in the U.S.? One thing is that its not a state. DC is a district with a population larger than entire states, and its all urban. For example, the District of Columbia (68 square miles) has a 2017 estimated population of almost 700,000 people. But the entire state of Wyoming (98,000 square miles) has only an estimated 580,000 people. Interestingly enough, the DC-area also continuously ranks the healthiest city in America.
This is the eleventh in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Fragged And Resistance, here.
The Farm, an unusual Caprica-centric episode, examines Starbucks psychology and the depth of her feelings for Sam Anders. More significantly, Home closes the schism between Cdr. Adama and Pres. Roslin that capped Season One.
Both stories are grounded in the various religious beliefs of Colonials and Cylons. The vital role faith plays in this series is unusual to television generally, and an example of how science fiction allows for subjects Hollywood might feel squeamish addressing in a more realistic setting.
On Caprica, Starbuck tries to sneak out on Anders after spending the night. He asks her to stay and advise the resistance. She recommends they retreat and await rescue after she returns to Galactica. Starbuck, Anders, Helo and other fighters plan to steal a Heavy Raider for Starbuck and Helo to escape. They are ambushed by Cylons. Starbuck is shot.
Starbuck awakens in a hospital, under treatment by a doctor named Simon for an abdominal wound. She suspects he is a Cylon; he notes he would deny it either way. Simon says Anders died of his injuries; Starbuck becomes distraught and gets sedated. Simon later mentions Starbuck may have an ovarian cyst. He suggests that on Caprica, she might be more valuable as a mother than a pilot.
Meanwhile, Anders and Helo search for Starbuck. The Boomer copy appears and says she knows where Starbuck is held. The next day, Starbuck has another abdominal scar, which Simon downplays before sedating her again. Starbuck blocks the sedative tube, sneaks down the hall and sees Simon with a Six.
When Simon returns, Starbuck kills him. She discovers a laboratory with unconscious pregnant women attached to Cylon equipment. Starbuck awakens a resistance fighter, who tells her to kill the power (and thereby kill the women). Starbuck destroys the lab and staggers outside. She is confronted by another Simon, who is shot by Anders, Helo and others. The Cylons counter-attack is thwarted by Boomer, piloting a Heavy Raider.
As Starbuck, Helo, and Boomer prepare to leave, Boomer says the Cylons have failed at Gods command to be fruitful and believe her pregnancy by Helo is testing the theory that Gods love is required. Starbuck promises Anders she will return and gives him her dog tags.
On Galactica, Adama makes an emotional return to command. He orders a search for the fugitive Roslin and Apollo, who are plotting with Tom Zar...
The sky-high costs of in-home care for the elderly and disabled have been a major problem for many US families. Voters in Maine will vote this fall on an ambitious Universal Home Care initiative that would make the wealthy help pay for such care. If successful, it could become a model for other states.
Under the initiative, all adults 65 years and older as well as state residents with disabilities would be provided long-term health care and social services in their home at no cost to the individual. Providers that receive funds from this program would be required to spend at least 77 percent of the funds on employee costs.
Funding for this program would be raised in two ways: a payroll tax of 1.9 percent on annual salaries and wages over $128,400, and a payroll tax of 3.8 percent on investment income above that same threshold.
The campaign promises to be expensive and hard-fought, but there are a couple of points that both advocates and opponents of the bill agree on. One is that in Maine, a state with the highest percentage of seniors in the nation, the need for in-home care is genuine. Second, with the average costs of in-home care services in the state at $50,000 a year, versus the average yearly costs of nursing homes in Maine over $100,000 a year, in-home care is preferable where possible.
The hard facts primarily that Medicare does not reimburse home care costs and Medicaid does so at very low rates fuel a general consensus that the system is broken; but opposing sides of the debate appear to agree on little else.
Not only do opposing sides not agree on solutions to the problems of inadequate home care, they are nowhere near close to agreement on the root causes of the problem.
For those who followed the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) two years ago, the arguments put forth by initiative advocates will sound familiar. Supporters claim that after years of receiving tax breaks at the state a...
A Senior Editor at PLoS ONE has notified me that the paper I first complained about back in September (A cautionary tale on reading phylogenetic trees) has been retracted. I still have lots of questions.
As a reminder, the paper, A tree of life based on ninety-eight expressed genes conserved across diverse eukaryotic species, inferred a phylogeny of eukaryotes using genes expressed in rice and conserved across 49 eukaryotic genomes, including animals, plants, fungi, and protists. Divergence time estimates among the included species were based on synonymous substitution rates.
The paper first came on my radar because the authors used one of my study organisms, the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, as an outgroup. This is weird, because the green algae are known to be closely related to the land plants, of which many were included in the ingroup. Its a basic principle in phylogenetics that the outgroup cannot be more closely related to any members of the ingroup than the members of the ingroup are to each other. This is true by definition: the outgroup has to be outside of the ingroup.
As I read the paper, more problems became apparent. Some of these were just semantic; frequent readers will know that Im picky about cladistic terminology. Many, though, were substantive. The outgroup choice simply invalidates everything downstream of that, meaning that every analysis based on the phylogenetic tree is useless. A good tree never grew from a bad seed.
I wont rehash all of the problems with the paper here. I posted a summary on the PLoS ONE website, and more detailed analyses here and here. A couple of the highlights include a five-fold range of estimates for the same divergence, for example 110 million years to 549 million years for the divergence between plants and animals (none of which is remotely plausible, by the way), and divergence times badly at odds with the fossil record (for example, 124 million years for sea urchin vs. zebrafish, implying that chordates origi...
Three years ago, I was preparing for a meeting that would change the trajectory of the Strong Towns movement. As I flew home from CNU 26 in Savannah this past weekend, I reflected on that meeting and the bold decisions our board of directors made then. This week is our member drive and I want to kick it off by renewing the promises I made back in 2015 when we made that important pivot in direction.Join the Movement
The greatest operational challenge weve had as a movement is saying no to things. Ever since I started writing back in 2008, weve had more requests for our time and energy more opportunities for taking action as an organization than weve had capacity to perform. From requests to craft legislation and lobby decision makers to opportunities to consult with cities and write white papers, the list of things we could be doing is long.
Thats why the meeting three years ago was so important. That was when we developed our Strategic Plan, a process that not only defined what we were going to do our theory for making change but, perhaps more importantly, identified those things we would not being doing.
Our theory is simple: We believe that the more people who are exposed to the Strong Towns message, the more positive change we will witness in our cities, towns and neighborhoods. So we transformed our organization to focus on doing three things: (1) Create content around our core message, (2) distribute that content broadly, and (3) nudge people to take action.
Heres the key to this plan, and it goes to the promises Ive made to all of you: Our success depends on our audience being willing to support the growth of the movement. One of the key actions we nudge people to take is to become a member, to do your part to give us the resources we need to share this message with others.
I promised our audience and our members back then that, if they supported us financially, we would use those resources to implement the plan and grow this movement. We would hire the staff we needed and equip them with high return-on-investment support systems. Back then we had one person me implementing this plan. Today we have seven, with two more to be added in June, thanks to your support.
Most importantly, I promised then that we would maintain our focus, no matter what. By anchoring our business model to membership not foundations, major donors or consulting revenue we...
Our country has been sold out. Over the past 7 years, the Russians have been put into position to take down our grid and our communications. Obama was the catalyst, but his dirty work continues. Here is an outline of what Obama has done to the safety and security of the American people.
Here is a brief recounting of the Russian infiltration with enough documentation to circumstantially validate Paul Martins claims.
What is going on in America, is part of a generations-old plan by the Soviets.
Former Russian Colonel Stanislav Lunev has the distinction of being the highest ranking Russian military officer to defect from to the United States after doing so in 1992, after Boris Yeltsin came to power. Lunevs information was considered to be so volatile, but accurate, that the CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA placed Lunev, where he remains to this day, in the FBIs Witness Protection Program.
Lunev served as the top GRU agent in America in the 1980s and 1990s. While in the United States, Lunev mission involved gathering intelligence information about Americas defenses and recommending Russian war strategies against America. Some of Lunev...
The Illuminati honored controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson at a ceremony held at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
The New World Order underestimated the power of his words, said Simon, Grand Master Councilor of Western Canada. Our branch of the Illuminati didnt, and today he is a potent weapon in our quest to create global chaos.
Deputy Mayor Michael Lawler performed the glowing orb ritual for Peterson, then presented him with a medal. It was Lawlers first time performing the ritual, and Mayor Roger Claar, who was in the audience, nodded in approval.
Peterson wiped away tears as he accepted the award.
I shouldnt have cut onions before the ritual, said Peterson. The gathered officials laughed.
Peterson then thanked the Illuminati for the honor: Honestly, I never dreamed I would get this far. I thought I was going to be an ordinary professor and make some spare money selling self-help books. When Simon approached me, I honestly didnt take him seriously. He promised to make me a messiah of masculinity. I just expected to sell a few more books. This will be one of the few times I will admit to being wrong. I now understand the full power of the Illuminati.
He went on to talk about his followers: They will follow me no matter what I tell them. I say theres no such thing as an atheist, and atheists follow me. I say witches and dragons are real, and skeptics follow me. There are men who tell me that I am the...
At the beginning of the year, we asked ProPublica Illinois readers what they wanted to know about the way we work. Thoughtful, challenging questions have been rolling in ever since, and weve been answering them in an occasional series of columns. In this dispatch, ProPublica Illinois Deputy Editor Steve Mills answers a question about errors.
Lately, I am being driven mad by errors everywhere I read, from misspellings to wrong word usage to crappy and nonsensical sentences, and from sources like The Atlantic and the NYT [New York Times]. Are there no more human eyes on the prize? What the Hades is going on? Gale R. Greenleaf
I share your frustration. Nothing drives me battier than seeing a word misspelled or misused. Unless, of course, that word is in a story Ive written or edited. Then I really go off the rails. But the problem, to my mind, is not that there arent human eyes on the prize, as you suggest, but that there are. Were painfully human. We make mistakes.
Your most trusted news sources have always made mistakes. Thats one reason theres a spot, typically on Page 2 of their print editions, where errors are corrected, and why we typically dont fix errors without acknowledging them in the story. Its part of being transparent and accountable.
If youre noticing more mistakes, its probably a byproduct of the digital news age, which has led to shrinking newsrooms across the country and, as a consequence, fewer reporters and copy editors. That, in turn, leads to heavier workloads, and less time spent reading and rereading a story.
With quicker news cycles, speed is prized often at the expense of spelling and grammar. Reporters and editors race to post stories and beat the competition. Rushing isnt at all conducive to accuracy.
Theres an attitude, too, that you can post first and fix later. You cant do that in a print product. Once a story is printed, an incorrect fact or misspelled word is there to stay. It can be corrected, but it cannot be fixed. Online, you can post a story and tweak it repeatedly. In fact, you can tinker with it days, months or even years after its published.
At ProPublica Illinois, everything we publish goes through several editing layers. That includes short updates, Twitter threads and other pieces our readers might not consider traditional articles, including these reader questions about journalism.
After a reporter has finished a story and reporting, in my book, includes fact-checking and...
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Timothy White. That name may not be familiar to many, but those who lived in the 1980s know his story well enough. Thats because he was able to escape, with another victim named Steven Stayner, the clutches of a pedophile and a kidnapper. In fact, their story had been featured in a made for television movie entitled I Know My First Name Is Steven.
These two boys showed courage in the face of pure evil, and with Whites passing, the family can only hope that his memory will continue to live in the lives that hes touched.
It all started the day when Stayner was abducted. No one knew what happened to him for a time. Thats because there were no witnesses around. It all happened quietly, but the experience changed the boys life forever. In fact, he had never fully recovered from years spent in captivity, but his story, nonetheless, proved to everyone that miracles do happen.
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On the night of March 18, 1990, two uniformed men entered The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It all seemed innocent enough until you take a closer look. In reality, these two suspects werent cops at all. They werent there on official business, either. What they were about to do was pull the biggest heist of the century that, up until today, leaves experts baffled at how they were able to pull it off.
Theres certainly some form of conspiracy involved and in the years of investigation, authorities have started to put pieces together.
At around midnight, a red Dodge Daytona pulled around the side of the famous museum. Inside, the guards switched positions as one patrol ended. Richard Abath had made sure that the door found by Palace Road was locked. This was his usual routine, and that night, he did what he was paid to do and got ready to pack up and leave.
By Isabelle Z.
Vaccines are one of the most hotly debated topics today, and their defenders often ask those who voice concerns about vaccines to furnish evidence that theyre bad. While there is no shortage of studies showing the harm they cause, a recent incident reminds us that there is likely a lot more information out there about vaccine dangers that never sees the light of day.
Recently, the home of a pair of world-renowned scientists who found contaminants in several common vaccines was raided, and authorities confiscated documents related to their findings along with computers, flash drives, and years of research.
After publishing a study exposing nanoparticulate contaminants in vaccines, Dr. Antonietta Gatti and her husband, Dr. Stefano Montanari, attracted the attention of authorities in Italy, Europe and the U.S. Dr. Gatti showed that vaccines contain inorganic adjuvants such as steel, tungsten and copper components that arent declared in the vaccines labels.
They likely got there during the vaccine creation process or through polluted components. Once injected into a persons tissue, their danger grows because they become trapped in the tissue and cause permanent inflammation. Is this really something we want injected into anybody, much less babies and toddlers whose bodies are still developing?
Dr. Montanari likened these particles to a bullet. If youre shot in the heart, he says, it doesnt matter whether the bullet was made of iron or titanium youve got a hole in your heart either way, and thats never a good thing. Dr. Gatti was about to testify before the Italian parliament about the dangers of these vaccine contaminants when her home was raided.
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In the past week, President Trump referred to undocumented migrants from Central America as animals, protests continued to confront Georgia State Senator, Michael Williams Deportation Bus, and protests in New York denounced a racist lawyer who attempted to call ICE on a group of restaurant workers because they were speaking Spanish.
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As Its Going Down reported on May 16th, protests erupted against Georgian State Senator and former franchise restaurant owner, Michael Williams. Williams, who has long courted the far-Right and was one of the first Republicans in Georgia to promote Trumpism, hit the road with a converted bus that bore the words, Deportation Bus, and said that it would be filled With Illegals, while the back encouraged people to follow it to Mexico. Taking a page from Trumps famous comments on migrant workers, it also referred to immigrants as rapists, murderers, and child molestors. In the following audio report, we hear in part an interview with a Georgia resident who discusses the first day of the protest.
By Ethan Huff
As if things werent already bad enough for Mark Zuckerbergs baby, Facebook (the worlds least trusted company at this point), now they are apparently working on a secret project behind the scenes that has nothing to do with social media, and everything to do with scanning peoples brains as part of a sinister artificial intelligence (AI) endeavor.
Known as Building 8, the research and development venture involves manipulating the human central nervous system in order to build so-called augmented reality technologies that blend real life with fantasy. And heading it up is none other than former DARPA executive Regina Dugan, who will spearhead the programs success in the style of DARPA, of course.
In case you arent aware of what DARPA actually is, its a program of the United States military-industrial complex. Known in full spell-out form as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA is basically the U.S. militarys high-tech division, some of its other projects including a $100 million genetic extinction technology that involves weaponizing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as part of a global eugenics program.
Building upon these and other technologies she learned about while still at DARPA, Dugan will apparently work towards exploiting the human brain in order to input its functionalities into AI systems that, should Zuckerberg one day get his wish, might be used to merge the Facebook application directly into peoples minds.
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Soft Power, a new musical within a play, wryly looks at cross cultural perceptions and influences impacting the American dream in todays Trumped-up environment. Soft Power received its world premiere this week at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The show, which is produced by Center Theatre Group in association with San Franciscos the Curran and 
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Shoot, are you Canadian or not? For those not, Ill give a one-paragraph primer on Canadian politics.
There are two main parties on the federal level: the Liberals (centre-Left) and the Conservatives (centre-Right), who swap power every five to ten years. There are also a constellation of lesser parties, of which the New Democratics (Left) have enjoyed the most success in recent years. Each province has localised versions of the federal parties, though their ideological relations can vary widely from place to place; for instance, Albertas New Democratic Party is currently fighting with their British Columbia counterparts over an oil pipeline, British Columbias right-wing party are the Liberals, and Quebec. theyre off doing their own thing.
Ontario, our largest province, tends to follow the federal system quite closely. The Ontario Liberal party has been in power for nearly fifteen years, and as youd expect thats led to corruption scandals. Given that centrists hold an electoral edge, and the two Left-ish parties split the progressive vote, the most likely outcome would be a switch from the centre-Left Liberals to the centre-Right Progressive Conservatives during this years election.
Except, mere months before the election, the PC leader stepped down over sexual assault allegations. This triggered a scramble for a new leader, which turned ugly when the disgraced leader tried to regain power, only to bow out again as the negative press mounted. Nonetheless, that wasnt enough to tank the PCs poll numbers and their success at the polls seemed much more likely than not.
(ANTIWAR.COM) While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week. This new deal 
(TIM) A 17-year-old high school student identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at the Houston-area Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and a handgun, killing 10 people and leaving another 14 people wounded including a school police officer who confronted the suspect during the attack at Santa Fe High School. The Associated Press reported that local 
This is a repost of an article I wrote in 2015, although I changed the title.
The author is magic
Death of the Author is a famous 1967 essay by Roland Barthes regarding the interpretation of literature. He argues that the intentions and context of the author are irrelevant when interpreting the authors work. At most, the author provides a single interpretation, which must compete with all other interpretations.
Intent! Its fucking magic! is an influential 2010 essay by Kinsey Hope regarding the moral judgment actions. Theres a common circumstance wherein a person tries to justify their mistakes by emphasizing their good intentions. The essay snarkily observes that good intentions have the strange and magical power to erase all harms. Intention isnt magic has become a common saying among activists.
Though the two essays live in completely different contexts (literary criticism vs moral discourse), I would argue that the sentiments behind each are substantially similar. Indeed, in the modern age, when we increasingly look at popular works of fiction through moral lenses, and when actions often consist of tweets or other comments, it is questionable whether they even live in different contexts.
Each essay is questioning the importance of intention. The intention of the author, the intention of the actor, what is the relevance of either to our judgment of the result? If an poet fails to articulate a compelling interpretation of their own work, does that make it a bad poem? If a celebrity says they didnt mean to offend anyone with their comments on black people, does that protect them from charges of racism?
Intent isnt completely irrelevant; rather, people frequently overrate its relevance. Once we abolish the common misconception of the authority of intent, we can then quibble over the relatively small ways in which intent might matter after all.
Intention as predictor
Some small insight can be gained by considering a form of fiction which maybe wasnt so popular in 1967: webcomics. Alternatively, we can consider fanfiction, ongoing TV shows, or any medium where we consume the work at the same time that it is actively updated. As the work is being updated, our interpretations of it must also be updated. Insofar as we are offering a coherent interpretation of a single body of work (as opposed to string of interpretations of a series of disconnected works), our interpretations must care about what will happen in future updates....
If you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the need for governments to fight an information war against Russia, with headlines containing that peculiar 
The letter signatories make a direct connection about Israeli actions that may trigger "and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Russia since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA."
Jim Rickards explains the next event that will cause gold & silver to turn up again. Heres the details June 12 is just three weeks away. Thats when the Federal Open Market Committee, FOMC, the Feds interest rate policy arm, will in all likelihood raise interest rates another 0.25%, the seventh such rate increase sinceContinue reading "Foreign Federal Reserve (sic): In A State Of Perpetual Unlawful Manipulation"
By: Markab Algedi / The Mind Unleashed Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.
Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.
At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.
The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in s...
Global average temperatures have dropped by more than half a degree Celsius since President Trump took office and removed the United States from the Paris Global Climate Accord, laying waste to the climate alarmists such as Al Gore who claimed the earth would continue heating up at an unsustainable rate. NASA data shows that globalContinue reading "Two Years Of Global Record-Breaking Cooling"
By: Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.
The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also found in credit cards, debit cards, key fobs, and smartphones. This technology is considered passive, which means the microchip stores data that can be read by other devices but cannot read data themselves.Photo Credit: USA Today
This might resemble an Orwellian nightmare to many, but in Sweden, residents are flocking to get these implanted microchips by convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations, AFP explained.
Governments in Europe quietly experimented with embedding the small chip in humans in 2015 in Sweden, and several other countries in the region, before the recent rollout.
Swedes have gone on to be very active in microchipping, with scant debate about issues surrounding its use, in a country keen on new technology and where the sharing of personal information is held up as a sign of a transparent society, AFP notes.
Ulrika Celsing is one of 3,000 Swedes with a microchip implanted in her hand a process called biohacking. The 28-year-old told AFP, It was fun to try something new and to see what one could use it for to make...
Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny.
The American people are increasingly dependent upon the Internet for daily conveniences, critical services, and economic prosperity. Substantial growth in Internet access and networked devices has facilitated widespread opportunities and innovation. This extraordinary level of connectivity, however, has also introduced progressively greater cyber risks for the United States. Long-standing threats are evolving as nation-states, terrorists, individual criminals, transnational criminal organizations, and other malicious actors move their activities into the digital world. Enabling the delivery of essential servicessuch as electricity, finance, transportation, water, and health carethrough cyberspace also introduces new vulnerabilities and opens the door to potentially catastrophic consequences from cyber incidents. The growing number of Internet-connected devices and reliance on global supply chains further complicates the national and international risk picture. More than ever, cybersecurity is a matter of homeland security and one of the core missions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
At DHS, we believe that cyberspace can be secure and resilient. We work every day across the Department and with key partners and stakeholders to identify and manage national cybersecurity risks. We do this by adopting a holistic risk management approach. Like every organization, no matter how big or small, we must minimize our organizational vulnerability to malicious cyber activity by protecting our own networks. DHS also has broader responsibilities to protect the larger federal enterprise and improve the security and resilience of other critical systems. At the same time, we seek to reduce cyber threats by preventing and disrupting cyber crimes, and to lessen the consequences of cyber incidents by ensuring an effective federal response when appropriate. Finally, we work to create conditions for more effective cyber risk management through efforts to make the cyber ecosystem more fundamentally secure and resilient. This strategy sets forth our goals, objectives, and priorities to successfully execute the full range of the Secretary of Homeland Securitys cybersecurity responsibilities.
During the last several decades, advances in technology have fundamentally changed the world. Substantial growth in Internet access, use of Internet-enabled devices, and the availability of high speed information technology systems and large datasets have facilitated productivity, efficiencies, and capabilities across all major industries. The proliferation of technology also presents new cybersecurity challenges and leads to significant national risks. More than 20 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020. The risks introduced by the growing number and variety of such devices are substantial.
The United States faces threats from a gr...
Caracas, Venezuela - The voting system in Venezuela cannot be technically challenged in any serious way. It is open, transparent, leaves a voter-verified paper record and can easily be recounted if there are any questions about the results. It prevents voter fraud, as a fingerprint is needed to start someone's voting process. In the early 2000's, I was in the leadership of a group seeking to fix the poor voting system in Maryland. After the 'hanging chad' election in 2000 that put George W. Bush in the White House, many states rushed to paperless, computer voting systems.
I think this article by Robyn Pennacchia comes closest to explaining Petersons appeal. There are a lot of meaty quotes in there if you want to see the evidence, including a great summary of his bogus transgender pronoun complaint, but the conclusion is excellent.
Peterson is telling young men the story they want to hear about themselves and the world around them. That they are individuals, that hierarchy and inequality are not bad things, that we live and have always lived in a meritocracy. That people arent clamoring for equality because they are good people who want people to be treated fairly and decently, but because they want to manipulate them and put them in gulags. That women are going to be just fine with jumping back into traditional gender roles and give them their patriarchy back. That women will not be put off by misogyny. That soon they will be living in a world where they can insult people and yes, refusing to use someones preferred pronoun is insulting to them and there will be no social consequences for that. That, rather than having enjoyed unearned privileges and advantages, those who have risen to the top of our societal hierarchy did so because they were simply the hardest and best workers. Because they were simply lobsters with more serotonin.
Its an overly simplistic and often intentionally vague worldview that intellectualizes the basest id impulses of men, largely white men, who feel that they have been disadvantaged by the recent successes of white women and people of color and now feel left behind. He tells them they are logical, rational, critical thinkers heroes, in fact. Even by doing things like talking a lot about the importance of IQ, he sates their desires to feel important and special. Take a moment and think of all the men youve ever met who were not doing much with their lives but very much wanted to talk to you about how high their IQ is (even though thats ridiculous because most people probably dont even know their actual IQ, for a variety of reasons). This is a thing. He doesnt have to tell them they have a high IQ (because everyone thinks they have a high IQ), he just has to talk about how it is important, and that makes them feel good.
The thing is, hes promising these men a world they actually cannot have without the permission of other groups of people. Hes not doing them any favors. If he really wanted to help these lost men, hed help them thrive in the actual world they live in, rather than the way they want the world to be. Hed help them learn to adjust to a world in which the old hierarchies have been dismantled and understand that theyre no more entitled to be at the top of a hierarchy than anyone else is. Or help them learn how to function and lo...
By John Vibes Ontario, Canada Last week, officials with the City of Hamilton legally ordered a local anarchist group to remove the anarchy symbol...
Over on Pharyngula, a discussion has been started about the propriety of using accomplice as a better word to describe the people that we have sometimes described as allies when discussing people that are not targeted by a specific form of oppression but nonetheless choose to work against it.
I started to write a comment over there about why I believe accomplice is appropriate, but it ended up becoming a treatise*1 about a woman named Irene Morgan*2. I decided that the thread shouldnt be cluttered by a comment quite as long as I was writing, but that Morgan deserved better than cutting that treatise short. So Ive moved it to Pervert Justice as a post for your reading pleasure.
To set the stage, PZs post quotes a recent history.com article on Dr. King and the misperceptions of his life and work held by white folk in the US. Hes often seen as a great peacemaker, to be contrasted with rabble rousers who use activism to shake things up and get attention. But in fact he was both. Contrary to the thoughts of conservative luminary Jack Kingston, slavery is violence, as is apartheid, and the US had been engaged in a continuous war against its own Black citizens since the countrys founding. Peace required not maintenance of the simmering, unstable status quo, but a complete reformation of the American project. Dr. King himself said so quite clearly (though he was building on and even paraphrasing others as he did so):
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
The article PZ excerpts is written by April Reign for History.com and his excerpt includes the first paragraph of this quote, which later became the subject of discussion by Owlmirror, mythogen, and Caine:
Accomplice, not ally, should be the goal. An ally is one who acknowledges there is a problem. An accomplice is one who acknowledges there is a problem and then commits to stand in the gap for those less fortunate than themselves, without hope or expectation of reward. An ally is passive; an accomplice is active.
King spoke of this in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go from Here:
Why is equality so assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains? The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American s...
A Commentary by Kevin D. Annett
Catholic Churches fire bombed by Mapuche Indians in Chile, 2018
News Item: May 18, 2018, Santiago, Chile Chilean Catholic Bishops resign en masse
One has to generally be a masochist to try to make sense of the Pray to Statues and Buy your Salvation world known as Roman Catholicism. But the Vatican Nuthouse became even nuttier this week when the news wafted from Chile that all thirty four of the Catholic Bishops in that country have resigned their offices after getting a very odd public scolding from Jorge Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis.
Bergy, who years ago won his church-spurs in Argentina for trafficking the children of political prisoners imprisoned by his buddies in the military junta, and who stands solidly behind the Vatican policy of concealing and abeting in-house child rapists, was apparently upset that the Chilean Bishops were not protecting children enough. Its all their fault, according to Bergoglio: sort of like a Mafia Don criticizing his Underbosses for breaking the law.
Damage Controllers call that pissing downward. In the present context, Bergoglios pathetic attempt to shift the blame to the Bishops represents yet another act of uncalculated desperation by Rome to deflect attention from its own irresolveable crisis and undeniable criminality. Just months ago, a dozen or more Catholic churches in Chile were burned to the ground by protesting Mapuche Indians who confronted Bergoglio in person, demanding an end to the Catholic churchs theft of their lands and their children; today, the Chilean Bishops have similarly responsed to Bergoglio by walking off t...
By Catherine J. Frompovich Is this little work of living art worth saving? (Source: Email Forward) Then stop polluting the planet! Electromagnetic radiation from power...
The big vaccine-autism lie
by Jon Rappoport
May 20, 2018
How is a self-contained world built? Well, you can take a major situation which has an obvious cause, and then relabel the situation with a new name and say the cause is unknown. Then you can claim youre looking for the cause, and you can keep looking and stalling for 50 years. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
First of all, there is NO definitive evidence that autism is a specific condition with a single cause.
If you doubt this, look up the definition of autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and try to find a definitive lab test that leads to a diagnosis of autism. There is no such test.
That means there is no confirmed cause of autism. And THAT means there is no proof autism is a single and specific condition.
Like other so-called developmental disorders or neurological disorders, autism is a collection of behaviors and symptoms, clustered together by committees of psychiatrists.
Basically, what is being called autism is DAMAGE. Various forms of neurological damage. This means the cause(s) could be coming from a variety of places.
For example, vaccines can and do cause damage.
Neurological damage, brain damage.
Parents of damaged children know this. There were there. They saw their children before vaccination and after vaccination.
Everything else claimed about these children is diversion. High-class sophisticated deceptive diversion.
For example: shuffling various disease and disorder labels; studies claiming there is no link between vaccines and autism; the hoops the government makes parents jump through, in order to try to obtain financial compensation for their damaged children; the legal deal allowing vaccine manufacturers to avoid law suits; the invented cover stories claiming autism begins in utero or is a genetic disorder; the pretension that autism has even been defined
All lies. All avoidances.
A child gets a vaccine. The child suffers brain damage. That happens.
Thats the truth which the government buries in a mountain of obfuscation.
In general, how much damage do vaccines cause every year in the US?
Unsurprisingly, there is no reliable count.
For a sane reference, see In the Wake of Vaccines, by Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the private National Vaccine Information Center. Her article was published in the Sept./Oct. 2004 issue of Mothering Magazin...
That Trump is willing to "officially" demand interference into the investigation of several other members of his campaign team's contacts with Russian intelligence figures suggests similar motive; the sitting president seeks to sabotage the investigation into campaign collusion with a foreign intelligence service.
Gina Haspel has been confirmed as head of the CIA with
assistance from Democratic senators despite her appalling record of
supervising brutal torture methods and then destroying evidence.
reports how Dr. Sondra Crosby, a professor of public health at
Boston University and a doctor and a Naval reserve officer,
described what she saw to the committee that was conducting the
hearings, and that it was worse than what she had seen in torture
victims in other places.
In her letter to [Democratic senator Mark] Warner, Crosby stated that among the known acts of torture committed against Nashiri while he was in U.S. custody at several U.S. facilities, included:
- suffocated with water (waterboarding)
- subjected to mock execution with a drill and gun while standing naked and hooded
- anal rape through rectal feeding
- threatened that his mother would be sexually assaulted
- lifted off ground by arms while they were bound behind his back (after which a medical officer opined that shoulders might be dislocated)
Crosby told Senate staffers that the CIAs methodology consisted of strategic assaults multiple traumas inflicted simultaneously, as well as consecutively, in a manner designed to instill terror and maximize harm in the prisoners. The interrogation program, she stated, showed that torture is not just a crime of physical violence, but a way of destroying someones humanity. Crosby added: It is important to note that the barbarity of the torture methods used were shrouded and concealed in sterile euphemisms.
In the briefing, Crosby described the torture in graphic, albeit unclassified, terms:
The terror of being kept naked in pitch-black, shackled to the ceiling while music blared, covered in urine and feces while insects crawled on their bodies, in dank cells that were freezing cold or unbearably hot. The horrific conditions in between interrogations were in some cases as bad as the interrogations. These torture methods were inflicted for hours and days, for weeks at a time, over the course of years. The men became disoriented with no sense of when the abuse would stop. Some of the men wished for death.
Theo Padnos, an American journalist who was captured and tortured by al Qaeda, describes in an open letter to Haspel what he went through because of the actions of people like her.
For what its w...
It does not matter if youre using Windows, Linux or Apple iOSyou are toast and THIS is how Israel does it. All part of The Talpiot Program.
No one is safe no one.
AMD has the exact same system Platform Security System and that is now totally owned and run by China.
The ENTIRE worlds Cloud Based Internet system is backdoored by Israel.
THIS is a national security disaster. Disaster is spelt D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.
Think about the POWER this gives the Zionist state!!!
Take 2 minutes and find out how Israeli hardware has backdoored EVERYTHING.
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 (5/19/18). To begin today, I want to open with a very well written and incredibly insightful point, written by Caitlin Johnstone, in regard to the current Trump administration, 
The hard-right national security adviser successfully tanked the Iran deal. His next target? The North Korea talks. For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN spent 
To avoid customary political categories, I borrow the terminology from a short poem by Emily Dickinson. In it, she says that she is a Nobody. Like her, I am also a Nobody. But I am writing about two recent articles by authors who are Somebodies. Moreover, each author alerts us to the adverse influence of certain other Somebodies on my fellow Nobodies in America, especially on non-college whites and non-college people of color.
In the eighty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Moskovsky Komsomolets. He discusses the counter-measures against the U.S. economic sanctions approved by the Russian Parliament and how they present a very difficult dilemma for European businesses, especially the German 
Obama is the only national Democrat who would galvanize an explosion of attention from the media and voters about what Democrats stand for, who Democrats fight for and how Democrats will make life better in a nation that hungers for not just attacks against Trump, but a compelling alternative to Trump.
As Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday, the U.S. is working to disrupt the re-election of Nicolas Maduro and rollback left-wing governments in the region. Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro is the frontrunner in the presidential elections that will take place on Sunday. If past pronouncements and practice by the United States are any indication, every 
The post The US Is Definitely Meddling In The Venezuelan Election appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
This was supposed to be a post about the past week of early voting here in Texas to determine party candidates for Novembers election. Because its never just about elections, is it? Not about the two Democrats vying for the partys gubernatorial candidacy, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houstonian Andrew White. Not about the slow start and the low turnout. Not about strategies Democrats are using to encourage non-voters to vote.
But it is about elections. It has to be. In response to the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at a press conference about his plans to address the issue of gun violence in schools. From The Texas Tribune:
Abbott said that he had already been preparing to release several new proposals for gun laws in Texas.
Now, he said, he will begin meeting with stakeholders to propose swift solutions to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.
We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families, Abbott said. Its time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again.
That said, we have to question how much this willingness to act is a response to the upcoming November election. Immediately following Gov. Abbott at the press conference was Sen. Ted Cruz, who has received...
How do you survive having your child taken from you because our "leaders" in Congress are too afraid of the NRA to save these kids' lives? Then how do you go on knowing your child won't be the last one? Do they still pick up things for them at the store, forgetting for a moment they're dead?
If the U.S. economy is performing well, then why cant 51 million households in the United States afford basics like rent and food.
A stunning new report that was just put out by the United Way ALICE Project shows that the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country is perhaps the biggest that it has been in any of our lifetimes.
In some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, homes are now selling for up to 100 million dollars, but meanwhile tens of millions of families are barely scraping by from month to month. Many believe that this growing inequality gap is setting the stage for major societal problems.
In general, the U.S. economy seems to be performing better than expected so far in 2018, but the ranks of the poor and the working poor just continue to grow. The following comes from CNN
Nearly 51 million households dont earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. Thats 43% of households in the United States.
The figure includes the 16.1 million householdsliving in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million familiesthat the United Way has dubbed ALICE Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than whats needed to survive in the modern economy.
If 43 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the basics, what does that say about the true state of the U.S. economy?
Of course the biggest reason why so many American families are struggling is the lack of good jobs.
In America today, 66 percent of all jobs pay less than 20 dollars an hour.
Just let that sink in for a minute.
You cannot support a mid...
The post Banner Dropped in NYC in Solidarity with the J20 Defendants appeared first on It's Going Down.
On the gray morning of May 17th two comrades in Brooklyn dropped a banner in solidarity with the J20 defendants. The banner was dropped in a spot highly visible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Broadway, and the elevated J train line. The previous day and night were spent putting up posters and stickers in multiple neighborhoods in Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, using tape during the day and wheat-paste at night. This was an easy and fun way to reach a large number of eyes, using just a couple dollars worth of materials. Below is a list of the materials we used for people who want to replicate these actions.
one bed-sheet from the 99cent store
a handful of grommets
a couple padlocks and a couple zip-ties
some spray paint
by Markab Algedi via The Mind Unleashed
Last August, it was reported by the BBC that NASA believes the most viable solution to the possibility of the Yellowstone supervolcano having a catastrophic, potentially nuclear winter-inducing eruption would be to drill several miles down into the volcanos magma pool to pump down water at a high pressure: up to 10 kilometers.
Unfortunately, that plan actually risks causing the catastrophic eruption itself. The origin of the story is from the BBC, where tons of headlines about NASA wanting to spend $3 billion on the extremely risky and not necessarily time sensitive supposed solution to this problem came from.
Just to be clear if the Yellowstone supervolcano in fact did erupt, one of the only volcanoes of its kind in the world, it would almost certainly cover the United...
Each school shooting leaves parents, teachers, and school districts wondering if there is a way to prevent these horrific events from re-occurring. School districts are desperately trying to avoid becoming the next victim and they are almost in a panic chasing answers. An increasing number are placing their hopes in high-tech security systems that were 
In light of growing scientific evidence linking certain insecticides known as neonicotinoid insecticides or neonics to rapidly collapsing bee populations, the European Union voted to place a permanent ban on virtually all use of these bee-killing toxins.
The decision to vote on the ban came shortly after the European Food Safety Authority announced that after conducting a major review of more than 1,500 studies relating to neonicotinoids, the council had decided that the pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam all pose a significant risk to wild bees and honeybees.
Under the new law, the three main neonics cited in the study will only be allowed in permanent greenhouses away from any possible contact with wild or domestic bees. The rules are set to take effect around the end of the year and build on current restrictions from 2013.
Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees. European Food Safety Authority
Although their conclusions vary depending on the type of bee and form of exposure, the EFSA states that the insecticides pose a clear overall risk to wild and domestic bee populations. Wild bees such...
For the last four decades, political discourse has been dominated by the ideas of neoliberalism. This ideology has been promoted by elites to direct public policy not only in the US, but worldwide. Neoliberalism offers a simple story of our times by which people can make sense of the world in which they find themselves. British journalist George Monbiot has pointed to the importance of such stories in his recent book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. His aim is to construct a new story to mobilize people into political action and create social change.
A minority of the global population has access to so much food than it can afford to waste much of it, while food insecurity has become a fact of life for hundreds of millions. This crisis stems from food and agriculture being wedded to power structures that serve the interests of the powerful global agribusiness corporations. Over the last 60 years, agriculture has become increasingly industrialised, globalised and tied to an international system of trade based on export-oriented mono-cropping, commodity production for the international market, indebtedness to international financial institutions (IMF/World Bank).
The world of professional sports takes great advantage of young
peoples desire to be part of its glamor. The most egregious example
is the way that so many colleges make so much money off student
athletes while the students themselves never see any of it and
often get a rotten education as well. The latest US Supreme Court
striking down the bans on betting on sports is going to open
the floodgates for a lot more money and plenty of groups are going
to want a slice of that action and the only people who will be shut
out are the student athletes. The problem is that there are many
young people who love sports so much or hope to someday be part of
the tiny minority who make it in the professional leagues that
there is no shortage of people who can be exploited.
But there is another group that is also exploited and those are the cheerleaders for professional teams. Four years ago, I wrote about some cheerleaders for football teams who complained about how badly they were treated. Like the student athletes, these people love what they do and enjoy performing for the crowds at the games and the TV audiences but the owners and the league administrators take advantage of their passion to pay them poorly and treat them badly.
Now some of them are filing lawsuits.
Since 2014, five other NFL teams the Raiders, Buccaneers, Bengals, Jets, Bills, and one NBA team, the Bucks have faced lawsuits from their dancers, each alleging severe labor violations, and offering glances into the secretive and manipulative world of professional cheerleading: mandatory diets; forced beauty regimens paid out of pocket; countless hours of work for which the super-rich teams they cheered for refused to pay them. Perched atop of this mountain of alleged mistreatment, and riding the rocky aftermath of a recent New York Times story that revealed that in 2013 Washington cheerleaders were required to pose topless and act as unpaid escorts to the teams sponsors, Goodell chose not to meet face to face with Davis and Ware. He sent his lawyers instead.
While much of the focus has been on NFL cheerleaders, rampant mistreatment of dancers appears to be endemic to the NBA as well. I know the NBA has the same problems because I hear from them, said Blackwell. NBA cheerleaders, like their NFL counterparts, are often required to sign arbitration agreements, which force employees claiming damages into highly confidential settlement talks. Often, said Blackwell, when employees settle i...
By Rachel Blevins Michigan has become the first state to ban the National Security Agencys intrusive data collection practices by passing a law that prohibits...
Hot on the heels of The Sun, here comes Newsweek, touting that drivel about cephalopods from space by Steele et al.. I have dispensed enough scorn for that paper lately, so now Im going to snarl at a few other targets: some of the critics.
Outside experts are unconvinced by the findings. Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University, told Newsweek the paper raised an interesting but controversial possibility.
Oh, fuck that noise. Thats the polite reservation of a privileged professor who would rather not offend a peer. It was not interesting. There is nothing interesting about the hypothesis. This is antique bullshit biology by a dead astronomer who knew nothing of the subject, and its been kicked around for years by his (ma)lingering acolytes. It is not compatible with any of the evidence, and it doesnt even make sense: it contradicts all the available evidence.
It is also not controversial. It is fucking wrong. I know it goes against years of science training, which tells everyone to fudge and hem and haw and avoid saying anything that might someday be used to say you were wrong about something, but get over it. Learn to speak plainly and honestly. This kind of dim politesse is exactly what allows science denialists to misquote you.
However, it offers no indisputable proof that the Cambrian explosion is the result of panspermia, he said.
Aaargh. First day of my introductory biology course, where I talk about the basic principles of science, the first thing I tell them is that THERE IS NO PROOF IN SCIENCE. We deal in probabilities, in consilience, in building an evidential case to strongly support a hypothesis, and everything is provisional.
The problem with the squid panspermia hypothesis isnt that there is no proof, its that there is no evidence. None. The dithering pontifications in the paper in question are all evidence-free speculations based on wishful misinterpretations of inappropriately collected and interpreted data.
I bet that Harvard professor would say exactly the same thing over a beer at the local bar with his colleagues, but put em in front of a journalist and suddenly all of their well-earned confidence turns into cautious cowardice.
And thus do all the phony hucksters and pseudoscientists thrive in the loamy fertilizer of tepid, timid compost dribbling from the jaws of hesitant academics.
By Rachel Blevins Denver, CO Community members are horrified after they say police officers conducted a classroom-to-classroom search with guns drawn and interrogated teachers...
I was very public in my opposition to Gina Haspel. I believe that her deep involvement in the CIA's torture program is disqualifying, no matter how many of the CIA's rank-and-file employees love her, as Senator Mark Warner said in rationalizing his flip-flop on her nomination.
Julian is not wanted because hes a spy, or even because he published a number of documents whose publication was inconvenient for certain people. He is wanted because he is so damn smart, which makes him very good and terribly effective at what he does. Hes on a most wanted list not for what hes already published, but for what he might yet publish in the future. He built up WikiLeaks into an organization that acquired the ultimate trust of many people who had access to documents they felt should be made public. They knew he would never betray their trust. WikiLeaks has to date never published any documents that were later found out to be false.
(ZHE) More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday. The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also found in credit cards, debit cards, key 
One of the young Israeli men who were picking fights with young Palestinian men on the ancient streets of East Jerusalem a few days ago, assured a BBC journalist that there were no Palestinians in the city or anywhere in Israel for that matter in fact there were no Palestinians anywhere, they had never existed. There were only a bunch of Arab troublemakers. The young Israeli mans argument was bolstered by a 2010 book entitled The Complete History of the Palestinian People by Dr. Marcus Rose who follows what seems to be a perfectly sensible table of contents with eight blank pages...
For a list of good reading having to do with mental and emotional health, head over to Rumpus. Im not big on special days or months, they rarely penetrate most peoples skulls, but this is a timely reminder to be more mindful to others. In that vein, Ill leave you with this video by The Amity Affliction. Its harsh, but its a damn good reminder to make every effort not to be an oblivious ass. (Added the follow up song.)
The Amity Affliction I Bring the Weather With Me. (Lyrics below the fold.)
Its time to lay my head down
I can hear the weeping song
There are sirens in the distance
As the church bells sound along
Mourning ushers in the rain
Clouds are heavy like their hearts
I sing to them their weeping song
Until their world is dark
We are all stars in the sky
We all shimmer then decay
So I wonder did I burn out, make a mark
Or fade away?
Will you miss me when Im gone?
(I am the storm that never leaves)
Will you miss me when Im gone?
(I bring the weather with me.)
Im the ship in the bottle
Rain pouring down on me
I sing songs for my funeral
That I will never see
You were my shining light
Oh, you were heaven sent
But now Im not afraid of leaving
Not of God, and not of Death.
We are all stars in the sky
We all shimmer then decay
So I wonder did I burn out, make a mark
Or fade away?
Will you miss me when Im gone?
(I am the storm that never leaves)
Will you miss me when Im gone?
(I bring the weather with me.)
[Now] Place the pennies on my eyes
Ill sleep with the stars tonight.
Will you miss me when I’...
The United States Senate has voted to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality protections, the fate of that measure currently rests in the House of Representatives. While many will think that the uphill battle there makes it a lost cause, that is simply not true. Together, we have the power to win in the House of Representatives. Now that the Senate has officially voted 52-47 to reverse the FCCs so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order under an expedited procedure known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It is now pending a vote in the House of Representatives.
(INTELLIHUB) In what can only be presumed to be a audacious act of extortion, Twitter appeared to have allowed Google to force a data scrape of Intellihub Founder and Editor-In-Chief Shepard Ambellass iPhone by holding his account features hostage early Sunday morning following several racy tweets made by Ambellas in regards to the Las Vegas Shooting.
It all started when the highly-popular and extremely controversial alternative media guru tweeted the following late Sunday night: In this story you will find that the man on a mission is likely also tied to communications from the night of the #LasVegasShooting! #MKULTRA #CIA #PSYOP #GunControl
Shepard Ambellas (@ShepardAmbellas) May 20, 2018
Shep quickly followed up with another tweet which read: Let that sink in.
Shepard Ambellas (@ShepardAmbellas) May 20, 2018
Twitter jumped in Sunday morning and issued a pop-up message that took over Ambellass smartphone screen altogether. The message read Weve temporarily limited some of your account features.
The message went on:
Your account appears to have exhibited automated beha...
SAN JOS With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are in the midst of trying to redefine their politics for the twenty-first century. Over the years, Costa Rica, a country of fewer than five million people, has gained attention worldwide for its progressive leadership. In 1948, after a short civil war, President Jos Figueres Ferrer abolished the military. Since then, Costa Rica has made itself a center for the study of conflict resolution and prevention, hosting the United Nations-mandated University for Peace.
In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 paycheck was delayed. His punishment was solitary confinement for 10 days, where he was subject to deplorable conditions a cell with no access to other workers, only an hour of out of cell time per day and showers only three times per week.
(CD) The European Union and Iran signaled on Saturday that they would not permit President Donald Trumps deeply unpopular decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal to deteriorate their own involvement in the agreement. We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the agreement the Europeans willfulfill 
Windjammer, a film made in 1957, was noted for a new camera technique, Cinemiracle. Unfortunately, the cinemiracle didnt take off like the film did. Flicker Alley has now restored the film, and you can read all about it at Hyperallergic, as well as find the link to purchase the newly restored film.
EDITORS NOTE: While 21WIRE has been extremely critical of Al Jazeeras relentless production of regime change propaganda and extreme bias designed to undermine both Syria and Libya since 2011, the following documentary about Britains central role in the foundation of the Zionist Project is both historically accurate and extremely informative. We sincerely wish that the Qatari-controlled media outlet will one day apply the same principles of journalism to telling the truth about Syria.
This weeks documentary film curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.
The Nakba did not begin in 1948. Its origins lie over two centuries ago. Before the brutality of the Israelis, there was the brutality of the British This is the first in a four-part series on the Nakba, meaning the catastrophe, about the history of the Palestinian exodus that led to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and the establishment of the state of Israel. It start in 1799 with Napoleons attempted advance into Palestine to check British expansion and his appeal to world Jewry to claim a homeland there. The story then moves into the British Mandate in Palestine and the Nakba where residents were ethnically cleansed by European settler paramilitaries who forced hundreds of thousands of native Arabs from their homes. And thats only the beginning.
Al-Nakba: The Palestinian catastrophe Episode 1:
Run time: 47 min
Produced by: Al Jazeera English (2013)
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Episode #234 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on May 20th 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 brings you all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the continued fall-out from Israels massacre of protesters in Gaza, Palestine, as well as Trumps US embassy move to Jerusalem, and additional fall-out from Trumps withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal setting the stage for increased tension between US and Israel against Iran, Syria and possibly Lebanon. Later in the first hour well be joined LIVE by special guest and author F. William Engdahl to discuss his new book, Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance, and how Washingtons NGO Complex is now doing the old job of the CIA and what this means for countries on the Anglo-American target list for regime change and destablization. In the second hour well go LIVE to Damascus to speak with Syrian performance artist and comedian, Treka, to discuss how and why the West have got the Syrian narrative so wrong as he explains how all of the media main Western myths about his country are fiction. And this and more. Enjoy the show
In this edition of Probable Cause, Sibel Edmonds guest is Verne Lyon, a former CIA operative involved in Operation Chaos, in addition to covert operations in Cuba. Lyon is the co-author of the brand-new book Eyes on Havana - Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA. Edmonds and Lyon discuss Lyons new book 
After the DOJ report, the Baltimore Police Department did not fundamentally change. They continued to have a War Room and were found to have engaged in secret aerial surveillance, facial scanning, and using Geofeedia and Zerofox to track activists on social media. They have secretly deployed a device called Stingray to capture all cell phone signals in an area effectively criminalizing entire communities, especially disinvested, redlined Black neighborhoods. Hence, the Baltimore Police Department is fundamentally a white supremacist organization that hurts Black Lives.
San Francisco, CA - 18 people were arrested on Wednesday for speaking out at a book event for the former prime minister of Occupied Palestine, Ehud Barak. The Palestinian Action Network (PAN), Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC), Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area and other groups shouted down former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, calling him a war criminal for his actions against Palestinians. Barak, who served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001 and as defense minister from 2007 to 2013, spoke at the Jewish Community Center to promote a new book.
The first one is mild enough, the second below the fold. Interestingly enough, the explicit one is from the 1500s. Click for full size.
A police officer has been charged with sexual assault after he was accused of raping his fellow officer's 13-year-old daughter.
The post Cop Rapes Fellow Cops 13-Year-Old DaughterNot Fired, Still Getting Paid appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Who can blame the North Koreans for blowing their tops? As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea's borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea. This provocation was the first of two major spring military exercises planned by the US and its reluctant South Korean satrap.
In my former days as a college basketball coach, I became very adept at analyzing my opponent by becoming familiar with the tactics and strategies of opposing coaches. I would look for their relative strengths and weaknesses. I would subsequently study how they might potentially employ their strengths against my team. When I felt I had a good model, I would employ anticipatory strategies, usually two or three, which were all designed to counter the anticipated threat. This approach to preparation is similar to what organizations like the Naval War College will engage in. Enemy strategies are anticipated and game planned for.
I bring these strategies to light because I think it is prudent, in the present time to employ this type of analysis and preparation to our fight against the globalists. Are there patterns that they follow that we can presently discern and reasonably expect them to employ in the near future? I think that there are.
When I was coaching, I constructed and maintained a notebook on all coaches that I ever competed against. I wanted to know their tendencies, and subsequently, their coaching style. Since I sought to know my opponent as well as they knew themselves, I would begin by looking for patterns that they have employed in the past.
I have begun to do the same with the globalists and there are patterns that they follow.
We need to keep in mind that the globalists have no hesitation to kill millions in anticipation of lessening the opposition to a desired globalist goal. The wars that have killed millions are the most obvious case in point. Brzezinski, stated a few years before his death, that it used to be easier to control a million people than kill a million people. He modified this statement and said, today, it is easier to kill a million rather than to control a million.
For the past 5.5 years I have...
WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) Doxxed FBI Trump spy Stefan A. Halper also spied on the Jimmy Carter Administration while he was working as a Ronald Reagan Campaign aide, according to an archived 1983 report out of the New York Times.
The report, titled Reagan aides describe operation to gather inside data on Carter explains:
An operation to collect inside information on Carter Administration foreign policy was run in Ronald Reagans campaign headquarters in the 1980 Presidential campaign, according to present and former Reagan Administration officials.
Those sources said they did not know exactly what information the operation produced or whether it was anything beyond the usual grab bag of rumors and published news reports. But they said it involved a number of retired Central Intelligence Agency officials and was highly secretive.
The sources identified Stefan A. Halper, a campaign aide involved in providing 24-hour news updates and policy ideas to the traveling Reagan party, as the person in charge. Mr. Halper, until recently deputy director of the State Departments Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and now chairman of the Palmer National Bank in Washington, was out of town today and could not be reached. But Ray S. Cline, his father-in-law, a former senior Central Intelligence official, rejected the account as a romantic fallacy.
Here is the actual article out of the newspaper.Screenshot via TimesMachine/New York Times (@BlacklistedNews on Twitter)
It looks like Halper and the FBI have some explaining to do.
Washington, DC - The Corea Peace delegation reports that even though South Korea and North Korea had agreed to stop all hostilities against each other and pledged to lower military tension in the recent Panmunjom Declaration, the South Korea-U.S. joint war exercise, "Max Thunder" began on May 11. This was just a week after the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle war exercise had ended. The Max Thunder war exercise is proceeding in the largest-ever scale, including eight of the latest stealth aircrafts, named the F-22 raptor, which are built by Lockheed Martin.
The injured man was sitting on a balcony at his home when lava spatter projectile molten rock landed on him.
It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg, a spokeswoman for the county mayor said.
Lava spatters can weigh as much a refrigerator, she told Reuters.
The Kilauea volcano on Hawaiis Big Island erupted at the beginning of May, and the situation for residents has steadily been worsening.
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These are my recollections of a life behind the iron curtain. I do not aim to give perfect and objective evaluation of anything, but to share my personal experiences and memories. It will explain why I just cannot get misty eyed over some ideas on the political left and why I loathe many ideas on the right.
In this particular case, much of what I know now I did not even remotely see or experience as a child and I only learned about it later on. Further, I must first state my bias.
My experiences with Romani people were overwhelmingly negative throughout my life, behind the Iron Curtain as well as afterward. I am in no way an objective and dispassionate observer on this matter.
First experience was at the age of approximately 10 years when the merry-go-rounds were in town. I have met a slightly younger Romani boy who was totally downcast because he did not have money for any of the attractions. I offered to lend him 10 crowns (which was a lot). We agreed that he will give me the money back one crown at a time whenever he gets pocket-money and we went on and had loads of fun together that day. He only returned the first crown and his mother has seen him doing so. I have seen her to tell him something very loudly afterwards, but I did not hear what it was. However, next time he only offered threats of violence. After he pulled out a knife on me, I stopped politely asking and avoided him altogether. It was first time someone has betrayed my trust and I could not make sense of it.
(That same boy has tried later to rob a newspaper stand, was caught by police and subsequently beaten by his mother. Allegedly not for trying to steal, but for being caught, which given my experience I unfortunately find believable. At the age around thirteen he attempted to rape a woman near a disco club who fended him off. I have no idea what became of him afterward, I have never heard about him since.)
Second instance was the age of twenty-five. Not having learned my lesson, when a Romani employee at the company I worked for asked me if I would be so kind as to lend him some money for he had run out and he needs to buy diapers for his children, I obliged. On payday, when he was due to give the money back as agreed, he offered me threats of violence.
Third instance, at the same employer, was a conflict with Romani fork-lift driver whom I caught drunk on the job. I tried to be nice and told him politely that he cannot drive fork-lift in this state and should go home to sleep it off. He started to get agitated, my attempts at de-escalating the situation totally failed and he assaulted me. Afterward I was being told that it was all my fault for not being nice enough to an aggressive drunkard. My today position is that I should have called police straightaway and not try to pussyfoot around someone breaking the law....
The president has called for the release of documents from the Department of Justice.
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While the federal government continues to give itself more power, one state has passed a law that bans NSA data collection without due process.
The post State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
I think this may be a Melecta albifrons, but Im not sure. I am sure it has wings and decided to use them with excellent timing! :) Bees flying away when Im taking a photo is not unusual, but staying both in frame and in focus is less frequent.
Stunning shot, click for full size!
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There are good reasons Im incapable of watching Bill Maher any more Id have to rip the big screen off the wall and throw it through that expensive big picture window in our living room. This week, he had Bari Weiss on, because of course those two are made for each other.
This week we opened the American embassy in Jerusalem which did cause a riot, as predicted, and of course people are blaming both sides, said Maher.
During the embassy opening, a taunting event all but designed to inflame tensions, Israeli forces brutally massacred at least 58 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza borderincluding women and children. Many were killed by sniper fire hundreds of yards away. Weiss, however, saw no connection between the protests and the embassy launch.
Bill, I love you, but the riots were not caused by the embassy move, said Weiss. Theyre not linked. When Hamas attacked Israel in 2008, when Hamas attacked Israel in 2012, when it attacked Israel in 2014, the embassy was in Tel Aviv all of those times They intentionally moved up the day so that it would coincide with the day of the embassy move so that we would all be disgusted and heartbroken when we saw this horrible split-screen of Ivanka Trump, looking like she was at a country club, next to poor, desperate people dying in Gaza.
The first line set me back. How can you blame both sides when one side is being gunned down by snipers, and the other is armed, at best, with rocks? When one side is killing children?
But Bari Weiss managed to top it. How horrible that the Palestinian people planned their protest strategically? Why didnt they schedule it for a day when it wouldnt make Ivanka Trump look bad?
Talk about missing the whole pointit reminds me of the furious complaints when Black Lives Matter protests inconvenience people. How dare they march where people would notice! Couldnt they just march down streets in the middle of nowhere that werent full of busy white people trying to get to a football game?
Just remember that Martin Luther King Jr. also protested strategically.
Let us remember not just Kings words, but also his actions. King was in his 20s when he helped coordinate the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted more than a year and brought the city to its knees. Too often toda...
SANDSTON, Va. More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners.
The event will simulate a Category 4 hurricane making landfall in Virginia, and exercise how the Virginia National Guard would assist in the states response with a full mobilization of personnel and coordination to bring in additional National Guard capabilities to help the states response effort.
The hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands last year showed clearly how important it is that the National Guard work closely with our state, local and federal partners, said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia. Exercises like Vigilant Guard are critical to our ability to make sure we can quickly and effectively provide the kind of support needed to keep the citizens of the commonwealth safe after a hazardous weather event hits.
The Virginia National Guard in partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management hosts vigilant Guard 18-3, and U.S. Northern Command sponsors the overall program in conjunction with National Guard Bureau, explained Army Col. Todd Hubbard, the exercise director. It is one of multiple exercises taking place the first two weeks in May as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agencys National Level Exercise, using a common scenario with more 250 agencies participating.
The Maryland National Guard will host a Vigilant Guard exercise as well, and other events include NORTHCOMs Ardent Sentry, the U.S. Coast Guards District 5 Hurricane Exercise, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Hurricane Exercise, and U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command Citadel Gale 2018.
The Virginia National Guard conducts domestic operations as part of a coordinated multi-agency state response, and usually in support of a lead agency like the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation or local law enforcement or emergency services organizations. VDEM receives support requests from Virginia localities and the Virginia National Guard is one of many organizations that provide capabilities to help meet their needs.
VDEM, along with 18 other state agencies and 39 localities, is exercising its hurricane plans and testing how well local, state and federal agencies work together to address hurricane damage as part of the 2018 National Level Exercise. Exercise play began May 1 and will last through May 11, with the majority of Virginias participation taking place May 7. Participants will test activities related to pre-landfall preparedness and warning, eme...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle Saturday. Watch the moment the two say I do.
The vows were preceded by a sermon delivered by Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, the first African-American to head the Episcopal church. His lengthy sermon met mixed reactions from those in attendance, which you can see in the clip below.
And gospel choir sang Stand By Me.
BBC (@BBC) May 19, 2018
The outside of the chapel was bedecked by an elaborate floral display designed to honor the late Princess Diana, and you can see it here.
While the federal government continues to attempt to suppress the cannabis industry by cutting it off from traditional banking, one company is turning to blockchain technology.
The post How a Blockchain Startup Is Going to Free the Cannabis Industry from Banker Control appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. Smoking buildings lay ruined. Debris and clothing are scattered across the landscape. Vehicles, some tipped topsy-turvy, are strewn along roads and paths. Human cries for help can be heard, calling out for someone to save them.
Skyward, the distant beating of rotor blades indicates that rescue helicopters are on the way.
Fortunately, this is only a training scenario as part of the U.S. Northern Command-hosted Guardian Response 18 exercise, which takes place here through April 30. The center is located southeast of Camp Atterbury, Indiana, its sister training facility.
Fort Bliss, Texas-based soldiers from Charlie Company, 2-501st Desert Knights General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Armored Division, soar in on HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. They are here to train to validate their ability to assist with defense support of civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear catastrophe.
Leaders say this training is all about saving lives and preventing suffering.
Normally, at Fort Bliss, Texas, we train for a decisive-action fight, for the next conflict, the next war. It is very different, said Army Capt. Nicholas Schaefer, Charlie Companys commander.
Different Kind of Training
The Guardian Response exercise is different because were supporting the home front, Schaefer said.
Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone pledged to have someone lined up to challenge Vice President Mike Pence should he run for president in 2020.
During an interview Friday with Big League Politics, a right-wing news website, Stone suggested that President Trump may not ultimately run for re-election if his first term is adequately successful and denounced the possibility of a 2020 ticket with Pence and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
I guarantee you I will have a candidate challenge Mike Pence, said while speaking on the Howley Reports show.
City officials declare that anarchy symbol is a hate crime and orders removal of logo from activist headquarters.
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One of the worst things about Russians (especially Soviet Russians!) is that they use propaganda to indoctrinate their people into the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Those are ringing words, arent they? Dictatorship of the proletariat sounds almost like something Orwell would have come up with. Thats because it was cooked up by the US own propaganda department.
Its pretty amazing, the things you can find on Ebay. That pamphlet was Prepared and released by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives HUAC Joe McCarthys boys. McCarthy, if youll recall, used to claim that he had a list of over 200 members of the Department of State that are known communists. The list was, naturally, a lie. McCarthy was a propagandist. He used the US Government to push his lies to the people, thereby deliberately bypassing any sort of democratic process in which The People would be able to assess the truth of what was being said, and to decide how to respond.
The contents of the pamphlet are an interesting exercise in moral nihilism: the worst and most bald-faced lies are told with a straight face. Clearly, whoever published the pamphlet believed that the ends justified the means i.e.: it was worth lying to the people to protect them from the lies of communism. Or something. Thats why I call it moral nihilism there is no underlying reason why we should believe one set of lies or another.
How do the Communists get control?
Legally or illegally, any way they can. Communisms first big victory was through bloody revolution. Every one since has been by military conquest. or internal corruption, or the thread of these.
Conspiracy is the basic method of Communism in countries it is trying to capture.
Iron Force is the basic method of communism in countries it has already captured.
I am reminded of the old joke: a Soviet farmer says to another, You know, under Capitalism, man exploits man. Under Communism, its just the opposite.
Conspiracy and iron force are how all governments create themselves; they call it legitimacy and once they are established they call it the social contract.
Excitement for me, my first sighting of a Spotted Towhee (female, Pipilo maculatus)! Naturally, it was pouring down rain and quite dark, so I had to shoot at high ISO, and finally resorted to flash for the last two photos. Still, its always so grand to make a first sighting. Click for full size.
A former Oklahoma cop has been indicted in a massive conspiracy, manufacturing and trafficking steroids across the entire county.
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By Catherine J. Frompovich According to an article published May 18, 2018 by James Lyons-Weiler titled Biased Cochrane Report Ignores Flaws in HPV Vaccine Studies,...
I recently interviewed Paul Martin of Revloution Radio.org. Paul had a key alphabet soup source quit because he is bugging out to avoid the coming conflict between the UN and the forces loyal to the US. The UN has many of its asset in place. Paul and I have accumulated the evidence for a long time. Here is the report.
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Later this month, Starbucks will close the 8,000 stores it owns within the US for one afternoon to provide racial bias training to its nearly 150,000 employees. Lets see how things work out. If the training is successful, maybe the entire country should shut down for a bit, take a long hard look in the mirror, and do some racial bias education of its own.
It is certainly much needed, as a spate of recent news reports have shown. In the wake of the incident in Philadelphia that prompted Starbucks to take this action, there has been a series of highly publicized cases in which whites have called the cops on people of color for doing totally normal and completely legal things like sleeping in the common room of a dorm, playing golf in a country club they were members of, taking a campus tour, barbecuing, moving into a new apartment, or fixing up a house.
There is no reason to believe that these incidents suddenly started happening following the Starbucks case, in which an employee called 911 on two black men who were waiting for another person before ordering. Its simply that there is now an increased awareness of this type of racial profiling taking place in America ever...
My ten-year-old daughter and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review J. Warner Wallaces childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids. Links to all posts in the series are collected at the end of this introductory post.
Obligatory quick recap: This chapter is supposedly assessing the gospel stories by criteria used by jurors to assess reliability of witness reports, and Jeffries is doing a good job of glossing over just how dismally they fail. We have, so far, made it through the first of four criteria.
Wow, that was a lot of work just to answer the first question says Daniel. More accurately, it was a lot of work to evade the first question; answering it honestly (No, the author of Luke wasnt there and cant be treated as an eyewitness report) would have been much faster. I do agree with him about it being a lot of work, though. Time to crack on.
The cadets move on to point 2, which is, you might recall, Can we verify what they say in some way? We look for other pieces of evidence to see if they agree with what the witness said.
How does that play out as far as the gospels are concerned? Well, theres an awful lot in them that cant be verified; the words and actions of an itinerant preacher in a largely illiterate backwater are, in the nature of things, highly likely to go unrecorded. Its therefore only to be expected that wed have no confirmation from non-gospel sources of most of the stories in the gospels, and indeed this is the case. A couple of points actually are confirmed; the historian Tacitus makes passing mention of a Christus who founded a cult and was executed by Pilate during the reign of Tiberius, and Josephus mentions that a person called James was the brother of Jesus called Christ (and probably mentions some other things about Jesus in another passage, but that one unfortunately has been contaminated by Christian interpolations at a later stage, making it hard for us to tell for certain what he said). None of this, of course, gets us any further in terms of verifying the claims that this Jesus-called-Christ actually did perform miracles, claim to be God, or rise from the dead.
However, there are some other claims in the gospels that actually should be verifiable if true. Matthew tells us that at the time of Jesuss death there was an earthquake that split rocks, the temple veil spontaneously tore from top to bottom, and graves opened up, with a number of dead people emerging and going into the towns where...
Is the FBI an enemy of the State? Make of it what you will, but the leadership and cadre at the very top clearly was acting against America. Is it still? Well, we don't know, do we. They expected Hillary to be elected and all of this filth would have been swept under the rug.
As Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday, the U.S. is working to disrupt the re-election of Nicolas Maduro and rollback left-wing governments in the region. (CN Op-ed) Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro is the frontrunner in the presidential elections that will take place on Sunday. If past pronouncements and practice by the United States are any indication, 
Yet again, the US news media over-hypes a story and uses it to peddle a narrative about e-cigarettes being just as bad as analog cigarettes. They are evil, dangerous, and should be banned. And this obsession in the US with e-cigarettes being somehow terrible is very strange to me, seeing as how other countries (such as the UK), are actually quite happy with e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices.
E-cigarettes are in the news again because of a Pennsylvania woman with a history of mild asthma going to the hospital after having developed a cough, chest pains, and difficulty breathing. After attempts to control these symptoms, all of which failed, she went into respiratory failure, needing a machine to help her breathe and tubes inserted into her chest to drain fluids from her lungs. She was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
According to Cleveland Clinic, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (also known as extrinsic allergic alveolitis) is a complex condition of varying intensity, clinical presentation, and natural history. It is the result of an immunologically induced inflammation of the lung parenchyma in response to inhalation exposure to a large variety of antigens. These are primarily organic antigens to which patients have been previously sensitized and are hyperresponsive.
Wikipedia gives a less technical definition, calling it an inflammation of the alveoli within the lung caused by hypersensitivity to inhaled organic dusts. Sufferers are commonly exposed to the dust by their occupation or hobbies.
What does this have to do with vaping?
So the woman, as you can see from the CBS article linked to above, had started vaping 3 weeks prior to developing the symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics put out a case study implicating the womans electronic cigarette use. And as you can imagine, the media ran wild with this.
An 18-year-old woman working as a hostess in a rural Pennsylvania restaurant decided to try e-cigarettes, perhaps another of the innumerable bistro workers hoping to calm frayed nerves with a smoke or in this case, a vape.
The silence persists from McCain's Republican colleagues in Congress about a White House aide joking about him dying. Having compassion is a dangerous trait in this White House. In the Republican Party, which can't bring itself to say Donald Trump was a mistake, compassion has long ago been discarded.
A spiritual perspective on the state of our society.
Admittedly, this is tin-foil hat conspiracy theory. No branch or level of government would ever launch drones as part of a police state enforcement grid, would they? Nobody would believe this story. However, this is exactly what is happening in Sacramento, CA. How many other cities are going to be impacted?
You want documentation?
From CBS 13 in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) Neighbors say theyre furious over a drone thats flying over the neighborhood, and weve found out its tied to a government agency not many people have even heard of.
The mysterious drone has been spotted during late-night hours, hovering over residential neighborhoods and looking down on homes.
John Mattox first spotted the mysterious drone about a month ago.
The drone would fly over here, come over my neighbors house, fly over our house right here, he said. You come home from work, it would be operating, go to bed it was still operating, and this would repeat day after day.
His neighbors in Sacramentos upper Land Park neighborhood wondered what it was doing.
It just doesnt feel good, said Ben Allen. It hovers around. You dont know what theyre looking at and monitoring.
Neighbors say theyve heard the drone flying in the early morning hours, well before sunrise.
This week, they learned its being flown by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA). It manages two nearby housing communities, Alder Grove and Marina Vista. Those complexes have seen serious crimes, including a fatal shooting in January and a triple homicide in 2016.
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Just as private corporations mine the earth for metals and minerals to sell on the market, they have now also turned to mining our children's information for the purposes of selling it to marketers and to design new products to sell to schools and parents. As Morna McDermott states, and Forbes confirms, "Data is the new oil." If we take this a step further, it is easy to envision that the data collected on children from pre-school on up, which includes not just what they know but also their emotions and behavior, even their "grit and tenacity," can be used to dictate their futures.
By JD Heyes
A chilling report from 2017 by a congressional commission established, in part, to study the effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident in the United States paints a grim picture.
Portions of the U.S. perhaps very large regions would be devoid of electric power, potable water, food, and other basic necessities for as long as a year or more, according to the report by the recently reconstituted Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.
The commission emphasized that the threat is real and that if such an event were to occur either naturally, via a gigantic solar flare or via a nuclear detonation it would jeopardize modern civilization, throwing living conditions in vast expanses of the country back to the 1800s, prior to the invention of electricity.
That would result in mass chaos and mass death, the report which was recently declassified states. Millions would most likely die says the report, which is titled, Assessing the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).
A long-term outage owing to EMP could disable most critical supply chains, leaving the U.S. population living in conditions similar to centuries past, prior to the advent of electric power, said a summary of the July 2017 report, which was provided to the Washington Examiner.
In the 1800s, the U.S. population was less than 60 million, and those people had many skills and assets necessary for survival without todays infrastructure. An extended blackout today could result in the death of a large fraction of the American people through the effects of societal collapse, disease, and starvation. While national planning and preparation for such events could help mitigate the damage, few such actions are currently underway or even being contemplated, the summary continued. (Re...
What is true anarchism? The City of Hamilton was recently demanding that a local left-wing anarchist group remove the anarchy symbol from their headquarters citing it as a hate symbol comparable to the swastika! But Hamilton police eventually squashed this attempting claiming that It does not meet the threshold of a hate crimeTo the best of our knowledge, it is classified as an extreme left sign.So I don't know where the direction came that Hamilton police have identified it as a hate crime sign, because as per our hate crime co-ordinator, that is not the case. There is clearly a lot of confusion about what this symbol means so in this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth gets to the bottom of it by separating the facts from the fiction.
If President Donald Trump had declared West Jerusalem the capital of Israel and moved his embassy there, almost nobody would have got excited. By omitting the word "West," Trump ignited a fire. Perhaps without realizing what he was doing, and probably not giving a damn. If and when peace does come, no one will care about some stupid act of a half-forgotten US president.
Washington has a real criminal, a real person who has committed without any doubt "crimes against humanity" confirmed by the US Senate as CIA director. That tells us a lot about the hypocrisy, double standards, and utter mendacity of the government in Washington.
All the talk about climate change and hardly a word about the ultimate climate disaster -- nuclear winter -- in which case, forget about agriculture. Or human life on earth. All it would take is a nuclear war with Russia. The frenzy of hostility toward Russia made negotiations less and less likely.
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place on May 19, 2018, and while everything about the big day seemed to be as perfect as one would expect of a royal engagement, there was one thing that was certainly missing from the occasion, the princes mother. As most people already know, Prince Harrys 
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On Sunday 20th of May 2018 the participants of the Gathering of the International Anarchist and Anti-authoritarian Radio Network that is taking place in Berlin, Germany will do a live radio broadcast.
The broadcast will cover wide range of topics from the perspective of anarchist and anti-authoritarian movements: presentations of local and international projects, groups/networks and activities/struggles; discussions on current issues; announcements of the upcoming protests/conferences/meetings/bookfairs; radical music and much more!
Among the participants will be radio projects (radio stations, radio shows and podcasts) from all parts of Europe and the Americas participating (see the list of participants below) so interesting and politically up-to-date program is inevitable! The programme will be mostly in English.
The programme will be broadcasted through online streams (see below) and some of the local radio stations will air it as well.
Sunday, 20th of May 2018. 14:00 22:00 (Central European Time)
You can listen to the broadcast on Sunday from 2pm (CET) through an online stream here or use alternative options.
Follow the updates on our dedicated Facebook event:
To communicate directly with the studio in Berlin in order to share information, announcements or whatever use the following channels:
Allegedly, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Texas. He spared the people he liked, according to a probable cause affidavit. The suspect is reportedly cooperating with the police, according to Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry. Pagourtzis told investigators he acted alone and 
The post 28 Things About Dimitrios Pagourtzis and the Texas Shooting appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.
(FAIR) Israel massacred 60 Palestinians on Monday, including seven children, bringing to 101 the total number of Palestinians Israel has killed since Palestinians began the Great March on March 30. In that period, Israel has killed 11 Palestinian children, two journalists, one person on crutches and three persons with disabilities. Mondays casualties included 1,861 wounded, bringing total injuries inflicted 
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