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President Tayyip Erdogan's "Olive Branch" operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems. Internally, Operation Olive Branch is a shrewd move for Erdogan. Turkish nationalism is at fever pitch, so public opinion is largely behind the operation. For the Turkish president, this is an electoral bonanza.
(U//FOUO) Intelligence in this assessment is based on data from 125 local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies through statewide intelligence meetings, adjudicated cases, and open source information. Specific gang data was collected from 71 law enforcement agencies through questionnaires disseminated at the statewide intelligence meetings and the 2017 Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators (MAGI) Conference. The intelligence meetings, sponsored by the MSAIC, occurred in the nine Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) districts. Law enforcement agencies provided current trends within their jurisdictions. These trends were analyzed based on the MHP Northern, Central, and Southern regions (see Exhibit A).
(U//FOUO) Each agency surveyed submitted the four major gangs involved in criminal activity within their jurisdiction. From this survey, the data collection identified the 46 most prevalent gangs operating within Mississippi and linked members of these gangs to illegal activities such as violent crime, drug sales, and human trafficking. The violent crimes included: homicide, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, domestic violence, and drive-by shootings. Other illegal activities involved firearms, extortion, credit card fraud, burglaries, and threats to law enforcement and critical infrastructure.
(U) Key Findings
(U//FOUO) The Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Simon City Royals were reported by law enforcement to be the most prevalent gangs and the most involved in criminal activity in the state.
(U//FOUO) Data collected from the MSAIC questionnaires identified six law enforcement agencies who reported positive contact with Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members in their jurisdictions.
(U//FOUO) The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) data determined 62% of the 19,150 inmates, incarcerated as of December 14, 2017, have been identified as active gang members within their facilities.
(U//FOUO) The MDOC data identified the three most prevalent gangs in state facilities as the Gangster Disciples, Simon City Royals, and Vice Lords. This ranking is consistent with the data provided by law enforcement who participated in this assessment.
(U//FOUO) The formation of neighborhood cliques and hybrid gangs contributes to the large variation of gang subsets within the state. MDOC identified 38 additional gangs validated within their facilities and law enforcement identified 43 additional gangs as most prevalent within their jurisdictions.
(INTELLIHUB) Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn is abandoning his post as Republican National Committee Finance Chairman after it was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday that Winn forced a manicurist to have sex with him in 2005.
The manicurist received a $7.5 million settlement for the sexual misconduct which could be a part of a larger pattern, according to others who have encountered the high-rolling pit boss over the years.
Mr. Wynn has denied all allegations, stating, The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.
The RNC is currently exploring prospects for Wynns replacement.
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Panel to discuss the statue of man who offered a bounty for Mikmaq scalps has yet to be formed, chiefs say
By Marina von Stackelberg, CBC News, Jan 27, 2018
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mikmaq Chiefs is calling on Halifax regional council to remove the statue of Edward Cornwallis immediately, after a process to discuss the statues future became stalled.
In a community notice posted to Facebook on Friday, the assembly said it agreed in October to work with council to form a panel to discuss its concerns with the statue, and how the city commemorates history.
This committee has yet to be formed and yesterday at the assembly meeting, the Chiefs unanimously agreed that this process has taken far too long and have therefore chosen to no longer par...
There are fears that the trial of Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, could inflame racial tensions
by Douglas Quan, National Post, Jan 26, 2018
Asked how nervous he was feeling this week, Ames Leslie, the mayor of Battleford, Sask., was cautious, saying he was hopeful that cooler minds prevail.
Thats because on Monday, jury selection is set to begin in one of the highest-profile, racially tinged cases the province has seen: the second-degree murder trial of a white, rural farmer accused of fatally shooting a young Indigenous man.
As it has been from the start, this case is more than just about Gerald Stanleys guilt or innocence. To the family of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, the man who was gunned down, and their supporters, this case serves as a symbol of the entrenched racism and police prejudice faced daily by Indigenous people. To supporters of the accused, the case represents something entirely different: the rights of farm owners to defend their properties however they see fit.
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The University of Toronto psychology professor and practicing psychotherapist Jordan B. Peterson has published an accessible new book titled 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018). His account of evolutionary psychology in it is brilliant.
In falsely bragging about the alleged benefits to the middle class from the tax law enacted by the Republicans last month, the Trumpsters neglected to give high visibility to the state regulators who must require utility and insurance companies to pass savings from the tax cuts on to their consumers. consumer advocate for the Consumer Federation of America, J. Robert Hunter is pleased to provide the necessary push.
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If Dr. King was alive, he would certainly place the refugees as a top priority in his "revolution of values." Africa in particular, is being robbed. Tens of billions of dollars are being siphoned out of the continent, while Black men and women are being sold for slavery, in Libya and elsewhere. 50 years after his assassination, maybe it is time to truly listen.
The White House and the Republican Party would like U.S. citizens to believe that the current monumentally moronic, narcissistic, childish, and dysfunctional, semi-literate low attention-span and Twitter- and FOX News-addicted U.S. president (who couldn't even read a balance sheet during his years as a real estate mogul) is somehow responsible for the current U.S economic upswing.
Christianity creates unnecessary confusion because of the
doctrine of the Trinity, three gods in one, so when Christians
speak of god, it is not clear which member of the Trinity they are
referring to. Isaac Newton felt that
this doctrine was a heresy introduced into Christianity by
Catholics early in church history and spent considerable time
researching this question and arguing against it.
As long time readers know, I have long advocated that it would clarify matters to some extent if they at least gave different names for each member of the Trinity and suggested that they name their father god Melvin, retain Jesus for their son god, and name their Holy Spirit god Harvey. I am still waiting to hear from the Vatican about my proposal.
A complication arises when you throw the Jewish god into the mix because the relationship between the Jewish god and the Christian Trinity is ambiguous. Further complicating matters is that Jews tend to have rules about not using their gods name explicitly and when they do, leaving out vowels, thus making the full name of their god ambiguous. But the recent discovery of old manuscripts apparently gives the full name, vowels and all.
For two hundred years, scholars have believed based on Greek sources and conjecture that the Hebrew name of God was originally pronounced Yahweh. In late 2016, Gordon found never-translated traditional Jewish sources that explicitly identified the vowels of Gods name in Hebrew as Yehovah. This is similar to the English Jehovah, but with a Y and the emphasis on the final syllable.
Gods name, known as the Tetragrammaton, is written in most Hebrew Bible manuscripts with one of its vowels missing, making it unreadable in accordance with an ancient Jewish ban on speaking the name. Despite this, Gordon had previously discovered five Bible manuscripts with a full set of Hebrew vowels proving the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton was known to Jewish scribes as Yehovah.
So the name of the Jewish god is Yehovah. But I think that we need further clarity on this. Is Melvin the same god as Yehovah? If not, are they siblings? Parent-child? Or is there some other relationship?
You would think that religious authorities from the worlds of Christianity and Judaism would meet and settle such an important issue once and for all.
Just because meat is about as good for you as cigarettes doesn't mean the meat industry is conceding anything. Here are its rebuttals about meat's deleterious effects on health.
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHB) Based on information contained in the 81-page Force Investigation Team Report, the alleged gunman of the 1 October massacre Stephen Paddock requested a Vista Suite located on a non-specified floor in the southeast wing of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before he was internally reassigned, later placed, into room 32-135 against his initial request.
Information listed on page 7 of the report reveals that Paddock had made his room reservation for Vista Suite ending in 235 but not on a specific floor, on or around Sept. 9, 2017.
Such an odd request for someone who is planning on conducting a mass shooting dont you think? Considering that by not requesting a specific floor one could have been placed on any floor, even a lower-floor which simply would not have got the job done, so to speak. Not to mention, a 235 Vista Suite is located in the southeast wing of the hotel which would have given the a shooter virtually no tactical vantage of the festival to begin with and simply just defies all logic.
On 20 Sept. Paddock was internally assigned to room 33-235 by the Mandalay Bay computer system which seemed to suit his request.
A day later, on the 21st, Paddock was internally assigned to 32-235, located in the southeast wing of the hotel on the 32nd-floor. This room also suited Paddocks request and had no tactical vantage over the venue.
On Sept. 24th, one day prior to Paddocks check-in, he was internally assigned room 32-135 after changes were made in the computer system, yet once again. According to the report, these changes were made in the Mandalay Bay computer system without Paddocks knowledge.Google Maps/Modified
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"For A New Fascism" is the newest documentary film from Richard Heathen of Liberty Machine News. What happens when society is overrun by the revolutionary left? Historically nationalist right-wing movements rise to meet the challenge, when Marxist egalitarians agitate and disrupt the status quo to implement their agenda. The resulting collision rocks nations, and some times civilizations, to their very core. In Western Civilization today these tensions are on the rise in many countries. From the United States to Europe, nationalists and radical egalitarians are meeting head on and exploding in to conflict, often resulting in violence. With the election of President Donald Trump, and the ever increasing organization of the far right, these tensions are only going to escalate. What does this mean for the future of the West? Could this be a sign of the decline of Western Civilization? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth interviews Richard Heathen about his newest documentary "For A New Fascism" which documents the history of fascist movements and the clash between the "tolerant left" and the "alt right" that we are currently seeing today.
There is a reckoning that will occur. And it may be closer than most think. And when it happens it won't be pretty. There are some crazy Trump supporters out there. And the 'sane' ones will not likely have the sway to mitigate the carnage.
When one watches Fox News, it is easy to see why their viewers are so misinformed. The network uses proven techniques to keep its viewers, pump them with propaganda & misinformation, and then distract them from reality.
Okay, I need to start with a disclaimer here. These cancer posts are to be able to inform, demystify, and for people to be able to talk about cancer, something which is still remarkably difficult to do. There is not one person who has taken part in these conversations who has said anything wrong at all; and I am grateful beyond measure for all the wishes and encouragement, which is appreciated beyond my ability to express it. So, I am not talking about anyone here at all, or in a specific sense. Most people who end up hearing you have cancer are going to end up angry at some point, and that anger will lash out, often in some unexpected directions. In my very short experience, I try to shelter those who care for me from it, but I am not always successful. While you realize its on the futile side to be angry with a random disease, it doesnt stop the anger, and theres plenty of actual things to be angry about.
Today marks my 36th day in from diagnosis. I have a minimum of eight months of treatment left, with at least two more surgeries awaiting. I really did not want the anger to come on so damn fast, because this ride is going to get much worse. But its there, itching under your skin from the start. Peoples attitudes towards you change immediately. Some people ignore you; others treat you like a cracked porcelain doll; some people crumple; some people run from potential contagion of bad luck; some people immediately start whispering, which is weird as fuck; some people set themselves up as your hero; And the most dreaded: the leering clown faces wearing a rictus of positivity, stalking the halls like a latter day Death, wielding a smiley face instead of a scythe. In 36 days, I have already said not dead yet way too many times. How many times will it be by the end of this year? The only time its okay to talk about someone like they are dead is when they are actually dead, and well beyond caring about anything one might say.
On Monday, in the oncologists office, while waiting, bored, and standing because Butt Pain, I started poking about in cupboards. (Everyone does that, and the worst ones for snooping are medical people who find themselves in the patient seat.) Upon opening the cupboards over the sink, I let loose an exclamation, along with I know what those are! The infamous breast cancer swag bags, filled with pink. I read about these in Bright-sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Welcome to Cancerland. At least with colon cancer, you get to...
Warning: Some mild language throughout.
Hillary Clinton gave a shoutout to activist bitches supporting bitches, in a video tweeted Friday night.
Yes she really said that, and yes its as stiff and weird as you would expect it to be.
Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks, Clinton says in the video. Thanks for your feminism, for your activism, and all I can hope is, you keep up the really important good work.
Someone off camera then mentions activist bitches, and Clinton does that awkward laugh.
And, let me just say, this is directed to the activist bitches, supporting bitches, so lets go! she says.
HuffPost commentator Alex Mohajer posted the video of Clinton, urging his followers to get #ActivistBitches and #DumpTrump trending.
Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018
Many lauded his efforts.
Boogie man (@bigbiggs57) January 27, 2018
By Aaron Kesel Pope Francis condemned fake news as satanic, stating journalists and social media users should ignore and unmask manipulative snake tactics that foster...
The 16 women who have come out, speaking, charging President Trump with various allegations of assault and harassment and misconduct, are at it again. They're going around for a second shot to say, "Take us seriously." They want a congressional investigation.
Editors Note: The simple fact that the investigatory letters are predicated on a report done by The Washington Post as if their reporting and methods are beyond reproach, something that is verifiably untrue is immediately suspect. But most important is that this is merely a request for honest answers from a group of known 
The documentary Pharmabuse compiles interviews with various medical professions who are speaking out about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The film raises a growing concern that schools play an integral role in the hasty over-diagnosis of ADHD in school children. Is ADHD an actual illness? Or, is it just a list of behaviors that typically would require 
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This is a brief statement of my opinion on the Aziz Ansari case. Content note: rape.
Theres a direct analogy between rape and drowning. Drowning looks very different in real life vs the movies. But nobody demands that people behave more stereotypically while drowning. When people fail to behave stereotypically, still nobody denies that it was really drowning. And nobody derails the conversation by insisting that nearby swimmers cant be treated as criminals just because they dont recognize drowning.
I understand that among SJ-oriented people, there is some controversy about the Aziz Ansari case. A lot of people saying that it was wrong, but not sexual assault. My stance is that it was a fairly typical story of rape, making it a troubling demonstration of peoples inability to recognize rape. Yes, rape instead of sexual assault, because it was penetrativethat should be straightforward. But the part that gives people trouble, is that Grace didnt behave as they expected a non-consenting person should, and they think the typical person would have great difficulty recognizing the signs. To this I say, okay, but please update your expectations. This is what drowning looks like.
By Matt Agorist Washington, DC When Donald Trump was seeking the office of President, he frequently criticized the taxpayer dollars wasted on Air Force...
This article opens up Propornot and exposes the people, publications, NGO's, and Government Agencies illegally trying to destroy the livelihood of alternative news portals. It also exposes a government agency involved in a deepstate coup starting before the inauguration.Lastly, the 2016 DNC hackers give their point of view
Oxfam's report on inequality at Davos is looked at through the lens of homelessness here in the U.S. She is "shocked" says the UN special rapporteur on adequate housing as she visits San Francisco -- not expecting to find such squalor and misery in such a wealthy country.
(INTELLIHUB) Archeologists have pieced together and translated fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls which suggest that people in biblical times had based their calendar year on a 364-day cycle and not a 365-day cycle, as modern society now does.
According to Yahoo News UK: The new section of the scrolls were pieced together by Dr Eshbal Ratson and Prof Jonathan Ben-Dov of Haifa University and chronicle festivals known as New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, and a festival marking the change between seasons, known as Tefukah.
Some of the fragments were very small but were ultimately pieced together to show a 364-day calendar.
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The FBI just released the results of their investigation claiming that the media mogul and found of RT killed himself by repeatedly smashing his head and upper body into the ground.
The post BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs Claiming RT Founder Beat Himself to Death in His Hotel Room appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
With everything going on in the news regarding immigration and DREAMers, people need to know that racism is more convoluted than how people think. At least when it comes to Mexicans living in the border, the issue takes a whole different life of its own. No one knows about Mexican on Mexican racism and where it extends from.
Dutch spies alerted their American counterparts as early as 2014 about Russian hacking into State Department and White House computers and subsequent Russian hacking of the Democratic Party in the 2016 election, according to a series of reports in Dutch media.
Dutch Sheets, who claims to be internationally known and acclaimed, is saying that the Tiny Tyrant will be revealed to be a latter day John of Patmos, weeping from the intense religious feelings he will have. Honestly, I cant picture anything less likely.
It is of interest to note that the whole Book of Revelation got into the bible pastiche by mistake, with some people mistaking their abundance of Johns. Once it was in there, it was difficult to get it out, so it was left in. Not that most zealot christians recognize this; revelation is a wet dream for them.
I am very confident that there is an encounter with God that this man is going to have that is going to transform him, Sheets said. I already believe that God is using him, but I believe He wants to make him a father for this nation, to this nation.
Sheets recounted that a friend of his had a dream before the 2016 election in which she saw Trump sitting in a hotel room, weeping as he read the Bible, which Sheets took as a prophetic sign that Trump would win the presidency and that God is going to do something with this man to give him His heart, Gods heart for America.
Id swear they have a completely different person in their heads when they say shit like this. If were going to talk hearts, what fills the one beating in Trumps chest is nothing good. Its a vanity chest overflowing with self interest and utter idiocy.
Sheets also revealed that a fellow worship leaders 7-year-old son claimed to have been told by God that John was going to win the 2016 election, which was also prophetically significant because that is Trumps middle name.
Its significant to me that God didnt call him Donald, He called him John, Sheets said. The Donald is his brand, its the tycoon, its the billionaire, its the guy that took New York, you know. But God, I believe, wants to transform him into The John. John...
A Witchita cop's actions were so disturbing as he shot at a dog inside a room full of children and hitting a little girl in the process, that he was actually fired.
U.S. imperialisms deteriorating position in the Middle East was confirmed on Jan. 16 by Secretary of State Rex Tillersons bold assertion for U.S. plans in Syria. The arrogant statement was followed, within hours, by almost immediate backpedaling. Tillersons talk at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University confirmed that the only hope of maintaining U.S. domination is another desperate attempt to close all borders and dismember the entire region. But the latest plan has also created a rupture in NATO, the oldest and largest U.S.-commanded military alliance. Meanwhile, Turkish planes bombed 100 positions in Syria of U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces (the Kurdish acronym for Peoples Protection Units) on Jan. 21. As the war in Syria stretches into the seventh year, Tillerson grandly announced the U.S. military will remain in Syria indefinitely.
Network: the last great film about The News
by Jon Rappoport
January 27, 2018
Network, the 1976 film written by Paddy Chayefsky, reveals what media kings would do if they unchained their basic instincts and galloped all the way into the madness of slash-and-burn Roman Circus.
The audience is jaded beyond recall. It needs new shocks to the system every day. The adrenaline must flow. The line between reporting the news and inventing it? Erase it. Celebrate the erasure. Watch ratings soar.
Why pretend anymore? Why spend countless hours preparing and broadcasting synthetic artificial news, as if it were real? Does the audience care about such niceties? The audience just wants action.
The film proceeds from these premises.
Arthur Jensen, head of the corporation that owns the Network, speaks to unhinged Network newsman, Howard Beale, who has revealed, on-air, a piece of the real power structure in a few moments of sanity: You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I wont have it!! Is that clear?! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!
Head of programming for the Network, Diana Christensen, shifts the whole news department over to the entertainment division.
Thus emerge new shows with soaring ratings: Howard Beale, [Religious] Prophet of the Air Waves; The Mao Tse-Tung Hour, in which a guerrilla group films itself carrying out armed bank robberies; and Sybil the Soothsayer, a Tarot reader.
Diana becomes the networks new executive star.
There is no longer even a pretense of a need for news anchors to appear authoritative, objective, or rational.
Diana Christensen is unstoppable. She sees, with burning clarity, that audiences are bored to the point of exhaustion; they now require, as at the end of the Roman Empire, extreme entertainment. They want more violence, more insanity, out in the open. On television.
In promoting her kind of...
Here begins the account of worms. The worm is a creature which generally springs from flesh, or wood or some other earthly material, but not as the result of intercourse, although occasionally they are hatched from eggs, like the scorpion.
There are worms that live in earth or in water, in air, in flesh, in leaves or in wood, or in clothes. The spider, aranea, is a worm of the air, and gets its name from the fact that it lives on air; it draws out long threads from its small body, and devotes itself continually to spinning its web, never ceasing to toil, constantly suffering loss in its art.
The land-based millipede, multipes, is so called from its large number of feet; rolled up in a ball, it swells in pitchers. The leech, sanguissuga, a water worm, is so called because it sucks blood, sanguinem sugere, and takes by surprise anyone who is drinking water. When it slides down the throat or adheres to any other part of the body, it drains the blood and when it can hold no more, it vomits what it has already swallowed in order to start sucking fresh blood again.
The scorpion is a land worm, to be classed rather with worms than snakes; it is armed with a sting, aculeus, and from that it gets its Greek name, because it sticks its tail into its victim and spreads the poison through the bow-shaped wound. It is a characteristic of the scorpion, that it will not sting the palm of the hand.
The silk-worm is a leaf worm; from the threads it weaves, we make silk. It gets its name because it empties itself when it makes thread and only air is left inside its body. The caterpillar is a leaf worm, often found enveloped in a cabbage or a vine; it gets its name from erodere, to eat away. Plautus recalls it in this way: She imitates the wicked and worthless beast, wrapped in vine leaves (Cistellaria, 728-30). It folds itself up and does not fly about like the locust, which hurries from place to place, in all directions, leaving things half-eaten, but stays amid the fruit that is destined to be destroyed and, munching slowly, consumes everything.
The Greeks c...
Currently, Puget Sound Energy, the company building the plant, has been building a massive fracked gas storage facility at the Port of Tacoma without obtaining all of its permits for construction and have not engaged in consultation, nor received consent, from the Puyallup Tribe whose lands the facility is being built upon. PSE, who is owned by Canadian and Australian investors, wants to build a 140 foot, 8 million gallon LNG storage tank with production capability of 500,000 gallons LNG per day. LNG is fracked natural gas in a liquid state. To reach the liquid state, the fracked gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The fracked gas LNG plant has been subject to intense protest for the past year and a half.
The new refrigerator on Air Force One is going to cost taxpayers a whopping $24,000,000.00 which is enough to feed every homeless person in D.C. for over a year.
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Tensions were already on the rise in 2016, before Trump took office, after U.S.-backed NATO troops began conducting maneuvers and taking positions on Russia's front line. In that sense, Mattis is simply making an existing state of cold-war hostility official.
"We could review a plan to form a joint team with athletes from the South and North for the team sprint competition in cross-country skiing," the official said.
Why do the Democrats needs millions of illegal aliens to become citizens? It is simple, they need illegal aliens to vote communist, I mean Democratic, in 2018 and beyond, to ever have any chance of winning. And why is this true? Because no American in their right mind could support the insane, social maxist, economic killing policies of the Democrats. Because of politicians like Chuck Schumer and Hillary, the Democrats are trying to stave off extinction. This is why the DACA issue is so important to them.
President Trump is trying to make a deal, a deal that will keep the government open for business, but will not give away the country. It is a deal that many on the right willl oppose. President Trump is proposing a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrant (DACA) Dreamers. Trumps offer more than triples any action contemplated by Obama. Despite this fact, one can reasonably anticipate that the Democrats will say that it is not enough.
The Presidents action would grant legal status to a little less than 2 million people, but the number of beneficiaries is tremendously more than the 690,000 in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The White House said they needed to increase the number of DACA persons in order to put a permanent end to catch-and-release programs of INS, but mostly corrupt sanctuary cities, where many feel that the leaders should be jailed for their illegal behaviors. The proposal also will deport persons overstaying their visas and demands $25 billion for the construction of the Wall.
Appropriately, the President will also insist on strict limits on the chain of family migration across the board, not just for newly legalized Democratic voters, err I mean Dreamer. This prpposal would allow the beneficiaries of this generous offer to petition for spouses and minor children but would prohibit parents and siblings of adult children from the so-called chain migration program championed by Obama.
January 25, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Military analyst, The Saker, takes a look at war or no war in 2018; neocons back in power; neocon threats to the rest of the world; National Security Strategy of the US; US broadside against Pakistan; US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital will contribute to the dissolution of the empire; end of US wars on the cheap employing special forces; US has lost the war in Syria checkmated by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah; US cannot put boots on the ground; attacks on Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria; myths about war with the DPRK; nuclear deal with Iran will be abrogated; US backing Kiev Nazis against the Donbass; Afghanistan surge; Western propaganda machine no longer effective...
Source: Urban Intellectuals Urban Intellectuals would like to say congratulations to Jahvaris Fulton, the brother of slain Sanford, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin an up and coming college graduate who never got to fulfill his dreams 
I dont think we should make power the starting point for thinking emancipation, particularly a binary notion of power. Whether you are talking about power or counter-power, you are starting from an idea of peoples interests and identities rather than from an idea of universal emancipation. And you end up talking about states and how we relate to them rather than defining human universality in our own terms. Of course, power is always involved in the arenas and sites where politics takes place. I am concerned, however, that once we use categories of power, even if it is to think about a different way of addressing power, we end up using words and thinking through categories that are not helpful because they are categories through which the state itself thinks.
The World Economics Forum (WEF) brings thousands of world political and business leaders to Davos to exchange information. Over 1000 private jets land in this ski resort polluting the air and bringing in the CEOs of the largest companies, presidents, kings, and prime ministers to plot how to get richer at the expense of the poor. Thousands attend. In the 2006 Davos meeting I managed to get an article titled "Boycott Israel" in the official magazine distributed to all delegates. After complaints from some who do not believe in free speech (because the truth is to their disadvantage), Klaus Schwab Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF swiftly interrupted the meetings to issue a public apology...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an algorithm which monitors patients vitals to help predict sudden death from heart attacks or respiratory failure. The algorithm, named the Wave Clinical Platform, was developed by medical technology company ExcelMedical.
The platform senses subtle changes in vitals and sends alerts up to six hours before a potentially lethal event could occur. The algorithm monitors patients continuously, a feat that is frankly impossible for human medical professionals to realistically accomplish. Resources in the healthcare industry are stretched thin, especially where staffing is concerned. Speaking to Digital Trends, ExcelMedicals Chief Strategy Officer Mary Baum said, We do not have enough physicians or nurses, and we have an aging population who are sicker and who need more resources and services.
Why is LA County threatening residents and driving them from their properties?
Areas like Antelope Valley are being systematically driven from their land by the state, who seeks to profit from future development projects. By deploying their heavily-armed Orwellian titled, Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATS), LA County technocrats are engaged in a form of official racketeering, attacking residents who are off grid using solar panels to power their homes and forcing them to pay $100,000 to connect to the distant grid, in effect forcing them to move and sell cheap.
In effect, this amounts to state-sanctioned property theft, by a government which is acting in a criminal manner. Watch:
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When Jos Rivera moved into his house, he thought he was on the path to home ownership. But after several years and more than $90,000 in rent, he cant even get his landlord to fix the broken pipe that leaked raw sewage into his home. Riveras landlord is Colony Starwood Homes, a rental giant backed by Wall Street investment firms. When he first told the company about his leaky pipe, they cleaned the carpet, but left the sewage issue alone. When the pipe leaked again, Rivera filed another complaint and five days later, he received a notice to vacate. Rivera is just one of the many renters highlighted in a just-released report looking at the new face of financialization in the housing market. The report is authored by three consumer advocacy and housing rights groups the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Americans for Financial Reform, and Public Advocates.
In comparison to the known cosmos, we humans and the planet we inhabit are tiny. Like, miniscule. It is for this reason we marvel at the vastness of the universe and all that has yet to be explored.
For those who are enamored by this shared physical reality, you may find delight in the following illustrated logarithmic scale conception of what the observable Universe looks like complete with the solar system at its center.
Science Alert reports, Encircling the Solar System are the inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, other nearby galaxies, the cosmic web, cosmic microwave radiation,...
Using a method known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have successfully cloned monkeys.
Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are a pair of identical long-tailed macaques that were recently born in China. However, they are not your average set of twins, instead they are the product of a groundbreaking experiment. They were born two weeks apart and are both clones of the same donor culture of fetal monkey cells.
It is important to note that (technically) this is not the first time that monkeys have been cloned. In 1999, researchers cloned a rhesus macaque by splitting a macaque embryo into multiple parts. However, this is the first time that the SCNT method has been used to clone primates.
We tried several different methods but only one worked, Qiang Sun, senior author of the study and Director of the Nonhuman Primate Research Facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience, says. There was much failure before we found a way to successfully clone a monkey. He added: You can produce cloned monkeys with the same genetic background except the gene you manipulated. This will generate real models not just for genetically based brain diseases, but also cancer, immune or metabolic disorders, and allow us to test the efficacy of the drugs for...
Over a thousand private jets have landed at the Swiss mountain ski resort of Davos, where the planets elected presidents and unelected financial rulers have gathered for the World Economic Forum. There, they discuss the fate of the world. Among those attending are billionaire investors and CEOs of global companieswhich is one of the reasons why Donald Trump, the first US president to attend the gathering in 20 years, also made the trip. Beneath the glitz, the gathering features star-studded panels on how businesses and governments can solve the worlds problems. This years program calls for new efforts toward developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. To those gathered this coming week in Davos, heres another idea: Come home. And bring your wealth with you.
Imagine a class where there are no scripted lessons, children are allowed to have fun, giggle and even daydream from time to time.
Finland are known for their repeated success in national education rankings, their approach to schooling is radical and features a number of practices not widely used in the UK or US. Children start formal education at age 7, there are short school hours, light homework and no exams.
There is a lot of variety in learning situations, Reino, Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said. Teachers can decide at the beginning of the month or week, or even at the beginning of the school day, how they want to work.
Kastelli School and Community Centre located in Oulu, Finland, is one of 100 schools that have decided to take it one step further. They have adopted the flexible mindset that open learning spaces are better than walled-off classrooms. As a result, the school incorporates an open plan model, mixing students of different ages and cross-teaching subjects. The schools interior features long hallways, soft chairs, big cushions, moveable walls and partitions for private discussions.
Reino Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said: Weve given up the old type of school desk and chair and have a real diversit...
A study from The Journal of the American Medical Association has exposed safety issues occurring in over 30% of FDA-approved drugs between 2001 and 2010.
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A drunk, shirtless, and depressed Utah man was tased by two tasers simultaneously during a SWAT raid on his house and is now permanently disabled.
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Logic: the students edge, the investigators gold
by Jon Rappoport
January 27, 2018
Note: This article stems from my Logic and Analysis course, which is part of my collection, The Matrix Revealed; and also from a long audio presentation, Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation, which is part of my collection, Power Outside the Matrix.
Twenty-four-hundred years ago, in ancient Greece, something unprecedented happened.
Since then, all the way up the present day, mathematicians and philosophers have added to that store of knowledge, through intensive research.
In many countries, logic used to be an integral part of secondary education. It was often presented as a series of fallacies or errors one needed to avoid while thinking through a problem or assessing an argument.
Now, however, like the dinosaur, it has disappeared.
Why has it vanished from secondary-school curricula? Perhaps for the same reason fewer and fewer students study Latin or Greek. Logic is deemed irrelevant. Its old-fashioned.
We used to understand the formal meaning of the word argument. It was a presentation in which the speaker or writer aimed to move from a first set of ideas, along a specific, path, to a conclusion. In order to understand and evaluate an argument, one had to be able to spot departures from the rules of logic. More basically, one had to be able to follow the course of reasoning, like a stream, and not lose the way.
Todays students are generally lacking in that tracking ability. They often dont even realize an argument is being made. Rather, they read a chapter in a book a...
Welding has always seemed like a big scary thing to me. I really have no idea why. My favorite theory is that Ive seen a lot of bad welding and I dont like to be bad at anything, so Ive just avoided it, coward that I am.
There are so many things that we do, which we need to realize that everyone is bad at it, at first which applies, I think, to all learned behaviors. It even applies to most instinctive behaviors; if your parents have every shown you footage of your early attempts at walking, you probably know what Im talking about. But I dont want to jump into the whole nature/nurture debate this morning.
For forge welding, you pretty much are required to have a stick or MiG welder that you can use to tack together your stacked pieces of steel so they dont shift around when you put them into the heat. Its also very very useful to have a welder so you can tack a handle onto your work-piece, instead of having to rely on tongs to hold it when its in the forge. When I was at Dragonfly Forge, I was constantly struggling to figure out how to get a good grip on my blade without it slipping more difficult than it seems because the tongs get soft from the heat, too, and then youre hammering on your work-piece, which tends to shake it right out of the tongs grip.
The state of the art solution is to weld your billet onto a length of rebar. Problem solved. That screenshot is from Ukrainian blade-smith Dimitry Shevchenko [yt] who does remarkable work in steel. When youre done, you chopsaw off the rebar and grind the weld away.
So, it was a big hurdle for me setting up a MiG machine requires reading directions and following them, then you gotta get a tank of shielding gas, etc. It was easy to just keep putting off and putting off. Monday I got my tank, yesterday I hooked everything up, and chopped a bunch of chunks off some mild steel stock, and embarrassed myself with a welder for about an hour and a half.
It is intimidating to have that sizzling ball of annihilation right next to your face, but its no...
President Donald Trump made good on his America First promise last Monday by slapping a hefty 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. Combined with a duty on imported washing machines, the move is the first of what could be many protectionist shifts in Americas global trade policies.
But while the purported benefit to domestic manufacturing is dubious, a tax on solar panels can in fact precipitate US layoffs and a nasty trade war with China.
Solar energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the US and currently employs more than half a million Americans. Low import and production costs have made it a $29 billion industry. Nonetheless, the International Trade Commission still recommended a 35 percent duty on imports during a hearing last October. The tariff, far from expanding the labor force, could eliminate 23,000 manufacturing jobs by depressing demand for solar products. The Solar Energy Industries Association warned of a loss of billions in investment dollars.
Domestic solar developers reject the administrations claim that bargain imports are hurting them, and given that solar manufacturing has never been a particularly lucrative operation in the US, the tariff appears futile. Foreign companies build cells and modules at a much lower cost, attracting American installation firms with the prospect of greater profits. Imports comprise 80 percent of solar panels in the country. In anticipation of soaring production costs, businesses have been hoarding foreign panels since last fall.
At the moment, it seems like on...
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(Natural News) Following in the eugenics footsteps of Californias SB 277, Florida lawmakers are now pushing a totalitarian medical police state law that would deny an education to children who arent injected with the extremely toxic and risky HPV vaccine.
SB 1551, being deceptively called the Womens Cancer Prevention Act, mandates HPV vaccines in school-aged children, revoking medical choice rights from parents and invoking state-sponsored coercion to force children to be subjected to extremely risky medical interventions, even against the wishes of their parents.
This is the ultimate medical tyranny on display as the state of Florida prepares to nullify parental rights and essentially medically kidnap children as required to make sure their bodies are penetrated with and invaded by whatever cocktail of viruses and damaging chemicals are manufactured into HPV vaccines (even the doctors and nurses administering these vaccines have no idea what they really contain).
As you consider the disturbing fact that coercive state government is attempting to subject children to a risky medical intervention agains...
The weather is doing some unusual things this year, and there is no consensus on what is bringing about such dramatic changes to our climate.
Is it global warming, climate change, ocean warming, or maybe geoengineering?
The gulf port city of Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the United States, has already seen three snowfalls so far this year, something that has only happened once in recorded history, in 1973. And considering that February is still to come, which is historically the month most likely to bring snow to the area, local Houston news station, KHOU, is warning of a record-breaking fourth snowfall.
That would be a first in Houstons recorded history, dating back to the late 1800s and its possible early next month. Certainly, if you go far enough back in geologic time you could find a year when its happened in this spot on the planet, but its absolutely unheard of from the perspective of people actually living here. [Source]
Such bizarre weather as this in Houston follows the unbelievable flooding and devastation brought to the area last summer when Hurricane Harvey dumped biblical amounts rain on the region, causing unprecedented catastrophic flooding.
So, the question is, if such dramatic changes in climate are indeed anthropogenic, then are we talking about the secondary effects of human impact, or are we talking about a direct influence on the weather, such as geoengineering?
Just a few short years ago a supposition such as geoengineering would have instantly invoked the catch-all thought-stopping label conspiracy theory, but today we find that more and more mainstream news outlets are open to the idea of weather modification. It actually seems almost as if theyve been directed to discuss this conspiracy theory whenever possible in order to normalize the idea of tampering with the environment, supposedly in order to save ourselves from ourselves.
Tweaking the global thermostat is going to require a lot of control, and nobody really knows how much will be too much. [...
The works of multiple scholars, from Plato to Manly P. Hall and further down the line, suggest it is essentially the use of rituals and techniques to invoke and control spirits or lifeforms that could be existing within other dimensions or worlds.
A distinction is made early in the article about black magic and white magic. Basically, black magic is the process of using entities to accomplish a goal through ceremonial magic.
In his book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, he goes on to describe how the elites in ancient Egypt, all the way up to the present day, have used these concepts in conjunction with their desire to completely control our world. Today, it starts with the government, up through the corporations and further along up the pyramid into our major financial institutions, into the Vatican and beyond.
Religion is interesting, to say the least. On one hand, you have multiple religions preaching the same message at their core, and, on the other hand, its not uncommon to come across several contradictions between them all. Dont forget about different interpretations of the same religion, which has created ...
After Turkey had unleashed a military operation in the north of Syria it became clear that Erdogan is ready for decisive actions on this issue. On January 25, the Kurdish command initiated the redeployment of its troops from Deir Ezzor and Al Hasakah to the area of Manbij. In response to these events, the American 
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The weather is doing some unusual things this year, and there is no consensus on what is bringing about such dramatic changes to our climate. Is it global warming, climate change, ocean warming, or maybe geoengineering? The gulf port city of Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the United States, has already seen three snowfalls 
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Day after day my readers from the #MAGA crowd keep hoping Ill be proven wrong about Donald Trump, and day after day all they ever get is more signs that Im right. In a new interview on CNBC, President Trump said that he is now open to supporting the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the 
Irans unapologetic self-determination, including its ballistic missile and nuclear energy program as well its resistance to economic imperialism, make it a constant thorn in Washingtons side. WASHINGTON (Analysis) Washingtons hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran dates back nearly 40 years to February of 1979, when revolutionary forces overthrew the Western-backed monarchy of Mohammad Reza 
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Still unknown to much of the U.S. population is the fact that they reside within a Constitution-Free Zone, as it has been dubbed by the ACLU for many years. In fact, it is estimated that 200 million people (2/3 of the populace) are likely to have their 4th Amendment protections completely disregarded by border patrol, 
US and coalition warplanes attacked the village of Shafah, in eastern Syria, overnight on Tuesday, killing at least 13 civilians and by some accounting 15. Seven of the slain were women. The coalition has declined comment on the Tuesday night attacks, and when pressed by the media simply referred them to a previous statement. That statement, 
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I was captured when I was in my 20s and brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2004, after more than two years in secret prisons. I have been imprisoned here without charges since then. I am now 43. Thirteen years ago, your country brought me here because of accusations about who I was. Confessions were beaten out of me in those secret prisons. I tried, but I am no longer trying to fight against those accusations from the past. What I am asking today is, how long is my punishment going to continue? Your president says there will be no more transfers from here. Am I going to die here? If I have committed crimes against the law, charge me. In 15 years, I have never been charged, and the worst things the government has said about me were extracted by force. The judge in my habeas case decided years ago that I had been subjected to physical and psychological abuse during my interrogations, and statements the government has wanted to use against me are not reliable. Even if I were cleared, it would not matter. There are men here who have been cleared for years who are sitting in prison next to me. Detainees here, all Muslim, have never had rights equal to other human beings. Even when we first won the right to challenge our detention, in the end, it became meaningless. It is hard for me to ... believe that laws will not be bent again to allow the government to win. But this week, I am joining a group of detainees here, all of us who have been held without charges for years, to try again to ask the courts for protection.
Note: The above was written by Sharqawi Al Hajj, a Yemeni citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay. For more along these lines, see the "10 Craziest Things in the Senate Report on Torture". For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in government and in the intelligence community.
North Carolina officials say the third and final compensation payment to sterilization victims should be mailed soon, marking the end of a 15-year pursuit of financial help for them. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration tells the Winston-Salem Journal that officials are verifying the final number of qualified claimants and confirming addresses. Spokeswoman Gena Renfrow says payments will be prepared once that's done. About 7,600 people were sterilized under North Carolina's eugenics program before it ended in 1974. The N.C. Industrial Commission has certified more than 200 victims, who have received two previous payments of $20,000 and $15,000. The payments are being finalized nearly two months after a decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals rejecting arguments from the heirs of some victims about the law.
Note: North Carolina was one of 31 US states to run a eugenics program. An estimated 65,000 people were sterilized by these programs. Female prison inmates in California were sterilized without consent as recently as 2010. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing government corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.
An Amish family in Pennsylvania must connect to its local municipal sewer system, even though it would require the use of an electric pump, which goes against the family's religious beliefs. A Jan. 5 opinion by a divided Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court finally ended the five-year legal battle. The court agreed with a lower court ruling that ordered the Yoder family to connect to the municipal sewer system. The Yoder family argued that use of electricity violates its religious convictions. The family has used an outhouse - an "old-fashioned privy" - that did not require running water or electricity. But Sugar Grove Township requires residents with properties that abut the sewer system to connect to it at the owners' cost. The ruling addressed whether the Yoders could connect to the system without use of an electric pump. The court ruled that that using an electric pump was the "least intrusive means" of connecting to the sewer system. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Patricia McCullough expressed concern with the ruling, saying there were other ways of disposing of sewage in a sanitary way that would not infringe upon the Yoder family's religious rights. That's a concern shared by Sara Rose, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. "They didn't consider the other ways that the government could have achieved its ends," she said. She also said the decision unduly put the burden on the Yoders.
Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing civil liberties news articles from reliable major media sources.
Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminating plastic packaging for all its own brand products. The retailer said it would be replacing plastic with packaging including paper and pulp trays and paper bags. Iceland said it ... aimed to complete the move by the end of 2023. It has already removed plastic disposable straws from its own label range and new food ranges set to hit the shelves in early 2018 will use paper-based rather than plastic food trays. A survey for Iceland revealed overwhelming public support for a shift away from plastic by retailers, with 80% of 5,000 people polled saying they would endorse a supermarket's move to go plastic-free. Iceland managing director, Richard Walker, said: "The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics. "A truckload is entering our oceans every minute causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity - since we all depend on the oceans for our survival. The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change." As it was technologically and practically possible to create less environmentally harmful alternatives, "there really is no excuse any more for excessive packaging that creates needless waste and damages our environment", he added. Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years as part of the government's environmental strategy, with calls for supermarkets to introduce "plastic-free" aisles.
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Last year's disputed elections in Honduras continue to present a struggle for grassroots activists in the country, who face harsh police and military crackdowns in response to protests, reports Dennis J. Bernstein in the following interview.
The California man accused of killing a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student earlier this month is an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of one of the most notorious extremist groups in the country, according to three people with knowledge of the mans recent activities.
The man, Samuel Woodward, has been charged in Orange County, California, with murdering Blaze Bernstein, who went missing in early January while visiting his family over winter break. Prosecutors allege that Woodward stabbed Bernstein more than 20 times before burying his body in an Orange County park where it was eventually discovered. The two men had attended high school together.
Woodward, 20, is set to be arraigned on Feb. 2 and has not yet entered a plea. Orange County prosecutors say they are examining the possibility that the killing was a hate crime Bernstein was Jewish and openly gay and some recent news reports have suggested that the alleged killer might hold far-right or even white supremacist political beliefs.
Now, three people with detailed knowledge of Woodwards recent past have been able to shed more light on the young mans extremist activities. They said Woodward was a member of the Atomwaffen Division, an armed Fascist group with the ultimate aim of overthrowing the U.S. government through the use of terrorism and guerrilla warfare.
The organization, which celebrates Hitler and Charles Manson, has been tied to four other murders and an elaborate bomb plot over the past eight months. Experts who study right-wing extremist movements believe Atomwaffens commitment to violence has made it one of the more dangerous groups to emerge from the new wave of white supremacists.
Two of the three people who described Woodwards affiliations are friends of his; the other is a former member of Atomwaffen Division.
ProPublicas revelations about Woodwards background add a new element to a murder case that has attracted considerable local and national news coverage. But t...
In another installment of "What You Need To Know" we cover three of the top stories making headlines this morning. Today we're going to be talking about the death of Barry and Honey Sherman which has now been officially ruled a homicide by police, we're going to go over the Soros, Bitcoin, Trudeau Rubber Duckie connection....yes you heard that right but don't worry, all will be explained! And last but not least we're going to debunk the privacy commissioner's news release today which suggests that Improvements are needed to protect your online reputation. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth sifts through the fake news and propaganda of the day to bring you the truth on each matter that you're not receiving from the main stream media!
Back in March, 2017, I posted about US still no boots on the ground Stryker AFVs and Humvees being deployed at Manbij in Syria, [stderr] in order to keep the swirling mess of people shooting at each other from turning into Turkish military shooting at Kurdish Peshmergas who had occupied Manbij.
Then, the Kurds held a referendum for independence and the Iraqi government wasnt having any of it, and overran Kurdish positions and rolled them out of Mosul and back to basically where they started. And, no independence for you! [stderr]
Now that its pretty clear that the US is hanging the Kurds out to dry, Turkey has launched an incursion into Syria everyone is invading Syria except maybe the French and is pushing the Kurds back.
It looks like Turkey has had its eye on Manbij all along. Whats the plan, here? Is Turkey going to annex part of Syria, or are they just going to kill a bunch of Kurds, flatten Manbij, and leave?
That thing does not belong in a battle-zone; its what RPGs were originally designed to penetrate. [Its an M-60 US-made Patton tank; we sold them cheap when the Abrams M-1 came into production in 197?] It doesnt sound like the Kurds have much ability to put up a resistance, though. [guardian]
Turkey has said it will extend its incursion in Syria to the town of Manbij, taking its forces to the edge of the US-backed Kurdish presence in the countrys north-east and raising the spectre of a military standoff with Washington.
Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Turkeys president, announced the move late on Wednesday as a Turkish military assault on the city of Afrin, in north-west Syria, continued for a fifth day.
The attack has displaced 5,000 people and killed scores of...
By Joe Wright Still unknown to much of the U.S. population is the fact that they reside within a Constitution-Free Zone, as it has been...
A federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday that Jared Kushners family real estate company could not keep secret the identities of its partners in Baltimore-area apartment complexes that are the subject of a class-action lawsuit by tenants.
The class-action lawsuit was filed in September, following a May article co-published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine that described how Kushner Companies have used highly aggressive tactics in pursuing payments from tenants and former tenants of 15 large apartment complexes it owns and manages in the Baltimore area.
The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, alleges that the Kushner Companies real estate management arm and related corporate entities have been improperly inflating payments owned by tenants by charging them late fees that are often baseless and in excess of state limits and court fees that are not actually approved by any court. The suit alleges that the late fees and court fees set in motion a vicious cycle in which rent payments are partly put toward the fees instead of the actual rent owed, thus deeming the tenant once again late on his or her rent payment, leading to yet more late fees and court fees. Tenants are pressured to pay the snowballing bills with immediate threat of eviction, the suit alleges.
Kushner Companies and its co-defendants sought to have the case transferred from state court to federal court, which would spare it from having to face an all-Baltimore City jury. To have this transfer approved, the defendants needed to show that none of their ownership partners were residents of Maryland. The defendants requested that their submission of the list of partners be sealed from public view,...
By William D. Hartung As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in bigly in his first...
By Michael Maharrey A Indiana House committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand the states hemp law to prohibit state prosecution of people who sell...
Apparently Smarmy Piers Morgan had an interview with Narcissist Donald Trump in Davos, Switzerland. I will definitely not watch it because I cannot take even 30 seconds of either person and seeing both at the same time would make me throw up. Ghastliness is bad enough, ghastliness2 is just too much.
The situation with NATO, Turkey and the Kurds in Syria is of central geopolitical importance for the United States. Whats at stake? In short, continued control and influence in Middle East affairs
PH: Whos going to manage this situation? Is it going to be Turkey or Russia? Or, is the U.S. going to have some stake in that? Thats whats at stake, thats why they [the US] are squatting. U.S. needs to be involved in this conflict.
RT: Why is Turkey so concerned about the Kurds?
PH: Both Turkey and the U.S. are using the exact same justification for mounting operations inside of Syriawhich is anti-terroror the fight against terrorists. Even though Turkey proper hasnt been attacked, its labeled this as an existential crisis, as the U.S. did with ISIS.
RT: Whats at stake here with Turkey?
PH: Maybe some type of demographic change  a transformation to have more pro-Ankara, possibly Muslim Brotherhood Arab factions. Right now, some Free Syrian Army are fighting on behalf of Turkey in this fight  a new front in this war.
RT: How do you see this playing out, this potential confrontation?
PH: I think the U.S. will avoid that (confrontation) at all costs. They havent escalated because all parties agree that will mean WWIII or it will lead to a bigger conflict. The big loser here is Syria. Its not the best situation for Syria, in terms of the rest of the powers involved. But its better than a greater, wider war.
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Today I must ask the readers pardon. I do not usually write about the intimate details of my life. They would embarrass me and bore everyone else. But in this case I am obligated, as will shortly be apparent.
We have all heard of Twelve-Step Programs. Alcoholics Anonymous was the first and remains the best known. There are others, notably Narcotics Anonymous but also groups to help people control anger and even narcissism.
In all of these, one of the steps is to publicly acknowledge ones culpability. This is psychologically necessary. Otherwise the tendency is overpowering to tell oneself that one wasnt really all that guilty. (Im not an alcoholic. Sure, I get a snootful once in a while, but so does everybody.) This is behind the requirement that at, for example, a meeting of Narconon one must begin by saying, My name is Bob, and I am an addict.
You probably have not heard of a group in Mexico, where I live, called Infieles Anonimos, which translates as Unfaithfuls Anonymous. Like other twelve-step programs, it requires a public confession. Bear with me. Please.
In the mid-Eighties my wife at the time was a harpsichord performance grad out of Bloomington, which if you know music schools will mean something to you. She of course knew many musicians who were often invited to our house. It was through her that I met a lovely young torch singer, whose name I will omit as there is no reason to embarrass her. We became involved. Although my wife and I did not have an open marriage, not formally certainly, I am pretty sure she knew. At any rate, she did not threaten divorce. Musicians tend to take a Bohemian approach to manners and morals, the classical ones more quietly than rock performers. I saw my new love sometimes at our house, sometimes at restaurants or gatherings of musicians around Washington.
Of course it couldnt last.
Eventually she moved to the opposite coast to pursue a career in high-end restaurants and similar venues. She had her own eight-piece jazz band for years. I found reasons to fly to the coast frequently. Since I was a journalist, my wife saw nothing suspicious in this....
Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us
Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.
The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...
Eagle Spirit Energy has launched GoFundMe account to raise funds for legal effort
The fossil-fuel industry doesn't hold all the high cards. We'll start playing our own aces for a Fossil-Free United States on January 31, when Bernie Sanders and an all-star lineup brought together by 350.org that includes everyone from indigenous activist Dallas Goldtooth to NAACP organizer Jacqui Patterson to star youth climate organizer Varshini Prakash lay out a coordinated plan for the year ahead.
Elizabeth Bruenigs article on the antisocial politics of Trump has received some attention.
Heres her main point:
If only that world were really so far away. In reality, it is already here. What unites workfare, the annihilation of DACA and the war on unions is a totalizing individualism the belief that people are essentially isolated individuals. That we are alone before we are together. That we are more and not less ourselves in total isolation. From that view flow policies that disregard or deny that people are, in fact, embedded in families, communities and industries, and that their bonds and obligations are powerful and ought to be respected and protected by the state. No politics issuing from that view can ever cultivate unity.
Individualism is (according to the Oxford English Dictionary):
(1) The habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant.
(1.1) Self-centered feeling or conduct; egoism.
(2) A social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.
Individualism is often used to describe qualities of being an individual or a unit that cannot be divided (i.e., a person).
Theres a significant difference between (1) and (2) found in the OED definition. Being completely self-reliant is not the same thing as favoring freedom of action. How many libertarians would live on their own islands or in a bunker in the woods without any interactions with the outside world? Any more than those favoring similarly closed Marxist communities?
Likewise, there is a significant difference between the individualism used to define the qualities of a person (whether indivisible or unique) and self-reliance. Many of those who buy and sell at local farmers markets across the country exemplify the qualities of individualism but are far from self-reliant.
We are inherently social beings and (at the same time) we are individuals. And in both respects, we are more similar than we are different. That is not to say that we think in the same ways or have the same strengths and weaknesses. But we have the same basic desires and challenges. We travel on the same paths even though our journeys may not be the same.
By focusing on our differences (rather than our similarities) we tend to overemphasize our individualism (e.g., no one understands my situation because I am different) rather than embracing its beauty and subtleties (e.g., although m...
Verge reports that Immigration Customs Enforcement is expanding its agents access to the countrys largest location tracking database, maintained by a private corporation called Vigilant Solutions. The firm collects license plate location data from repo trucks and law enforcement nationwide, storing the information in a centralized databasea one stop shop for cops and federal agents who want to know where someone has been, or where theyve ended up. Anyone with access to the database can track the locations of cars throughout the United States going back at least five years, and even get alerts in real time when a specific car is captured by one of Vigilants networked cameras. In 2014, Vigilant sued the state of Arkansas over a statute that aimed to outlaw its core business. Vigilant filed a similar lawsuit against the state of Utah that year.
AT&T took out full page advertisements in several newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post in which it called for the creation of an internet bill of rights. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson wrote that the [l]egislation would not only ensure consumers rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. This may sound odd coming from a company that spent more than $16 million lobbying for the repeal of net neutrality. Its the very same company that once charged consumers extra to opt out of being spied on, and was fined $105 million for making it harder for customers to see fraudulent charges on their bills. AT&Ts push for net neutrality legislation is likely fueled by the fear that the FCCs order to dissolve neutrality will be repealed. The ISP-backed bill wouldnt actually institute neutrality. Instead, it would ban actions that ISPs dont likely care to engage in, such as blocking access to entire websites. The bill doesnt addre...
The bureau relents in a stalemate over pepper spray.
The term blockchain describes a type of internet-based decentralized ledger system which can be used to record transactions and store data in a manner potentially more secure than one might find in a centralized database system. Blockchains are managed using peer-to-peer (p2p) sharing methods, very similar to BitTorrent. Information stored on a blockchain can be shared across a network through encryption and cross-authentication.
Blockchain will change many aspects of how economies function and develop more transparency and accountability within governments, as well as further decentralize information among individuals, companies, and institutions. The future of blockchain technology is a vast open-ended arena that will likely expand our collective intelligence far beyond previous technologies. The potential for blockchain to alter global society has attracted the attention of technologists and developers, cooperatives and venture capitalists, the FBI and people outside the law, and almost every world government and banking institution. Currently many sectors of society are fertile ground for experimentation and testing of blockchain applications.
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Josh Nussbaum (@josh_nussbaum) October 13, 2017
To date, blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies are most known for being a part of the core functionality of Bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies (sometimes called altcoins). These all currently operate free from the influence of the central banking systems that issue and work with government-backed fiat currencies.
On January 1, 2018, the total value (market capitalization) of all...
While there have been several cases of high-profile people
losing their perches because they sexually harassed and abused
people over whom they had power, one cannot help but wonder if
after some time has elapsed and they fade from the headlines, they
will slowly creep back into positions of prominence. Sometimes,
they move quickly into new positions where they still exercise
power over people, thanks to the good old boy network that protects
Justin Elliot and Ariana Tobin at ProPublica report on one such case where an executive at the Red Cross who committed gross acts of abuse then went on to a job at Save The Children, aided by a glowing recommendation from a senior executive at Red Cross who knew about his abusive behavior. The Red Cross has been under fire for a whole range of bad practices (which is why it is one charity I do not support) and this adds to its bad reputation.
When Save the Children hired Gerald Anderson in 2013, the global charity believed it was hiring a veteran humanitarian executive with a sterling resume. Anderson had spent more than 15 years working around the world for the American Red Cross, rising through the ranks to lead the groups massive relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. After that, the Red Cross made him head of its half-billion-dollar response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Perhaps most crucially, the Red Cross gave him very positive references, including from a senior official, Save the Children said.
But the Red Cross didnt tell its counterparts at Save the Children an important fact about Andersons work history: He had just been forced to resign from his job after the charity concluded he sexually harassed at least one subordinate.
Andersons accusers were dismayed when a top Red Cross official praised Anderson in an October 2012 email announcing his departure. David Meltzer, then senior vice president for international services, wrote that he regretted to announce Anderson had decided to make a change. Meltzer said he was grateful to Anderson for his leadership, lauded him for two decades of dedication and hard work in furthering the international mission of ARC, and wished him well in his future endeavors. Meltzer and Anderson are personal friends, according to five people.
A few days later, at a staff meeting, Meltzer, who is now the Red Cross general counsel, went further. He said he was upset Anderson was leaving and that if it were up to him, Anderson would continue working at the Red Cross, according to three attendees. It was flabbergasting. If you are a woman sitting in this room, and you have ever been harassed by...
In this weeks episode of #ProblematicWomen, Kelsey Harkness of The Daily Signal and Bre Payton, a staff writer at The Federalist, discuss the Womens March and continued attacks against women in the White House. The two also discuss Cecile Richards plans to step down from her role as president at Planned Parenthood.
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As Grassley frets over the committee getting Kushner to sit down for questions, there is another option -- he could subpoena the witness to appear. But don't get in a hurry. Grassley is more concerned here with frowning at Feinstein than he is about whether or not the committee ever gets at the truth.
The show responsible for making the establishment cringe and run for the shadows is coming back. Ben Swann's Reality Check is back and powered by cryptocurrency.
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In this interview we talk with a Turkish born anarchist that now lives in the United States, but has spent time in Kurdistan, about the recent Turkish invasion of Afrin and what it means for the ongoing social experiment happening in Rojava.
Blazing Fury (@FuryBlazing) January 26, 2018
We start off by discussing the history of the region and its importance for anti-authoritarians and anarchists, as it is a social movement that while growing out of nationalism and Leninism, has distinctly rejected the State as a form of social organization and in turn embraced feminism, ecology, and Democratic Confederalism.
In #Bielefeld, earlier today, about 25 activists occupied the office of the #SPD (Social Democratic Party of #Germany) to protest against German arms sales to Turkey and against the continuous oppression and killing of Kurdish people. #DefendAfrin pic.twitter.com/rADiCEFtdB
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We then move on to discuss both the goal of the Turkish invasion of Afrin; to crush the Kurds and potentially destroy the autonomous communities within Rojava, as well as talk about the role of the United States, both during the fight against ISIS, and in the current context of Turkish aggression, along with a host of other State actors, while addressing some critiq...
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A more more sophisticated bath tub would function as cast iron claw-foot bathtub. These, like the Japanese bath-tubs, are deep and excellent for soaking as well as bathing. They can serve two uses in one-unit. They are generally produced from fiberglass or acrylic today even though some can be purchased in cast iron. When draining, modern bathtubs are not as primitive as this and typically do not soak your floor.
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It was 13 years ago today that I decided to try this new thing called blogging. It was hosted by a newly installed blogging platform at my university and the friendly people working there helped me get over the initial difficulties of learning how to do basic things. I did not expect to blog for long but here I am, still plugging away and having fun.
Just like in Hollywood movies in which the mafia forces business owners to pay for "protection," Detroit police are following suit.
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Imagine going about your day, checking off chores when all of a sudden, you learn that a nuclear missile is headed for the state you live in. Like any person, youd grab a few items near and dear to your heart, then dive for cover.
This is exactly what tourists and residents in Hawaii were urged to do last week. After news of a missile attack was declared, people dove into storm drains and scrambled to find shelter. Shortly after, they learned that the missile attack was false and that they would all survive the day.
If you had been on the Big Island, how would you have celebrated upon learning that the attack was false? The answer for many tourists and locals in Hawaii is very clear, and we have Pornhub to thank.
Days after the incident, the internet porn giant released data showing that from the minute the missile alert went out, traffic to the website declined by nearly 80 percent in Hawaii. Perhaps the 20 percent were otherwise occupied and missed the news. Regardless, Pornhub witnessed a huge drop-off in its usual traffic levels for a Saturday. What came next, however, was unexpected.
As soon as residents and tourists learned they would not die, the website experienced a massive surge in its traffic. To educate the public, Pornhub released the chart below to display the traffic levels during the whole ordeal.
On Friday, the Pentagon released an unclassified summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy report. On the same day, Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered prepared remarks relating to the document. Reading the summary is illuminating, to say the least, and somewhat disturbing, as it focuses very little on actual defense of the realm and relates 
The dreadfulness of Trump may be helping sustain the neoliberal Democrats' chances of winning back nominal power simply by being the "Not Trump" party. The "anybody but Trump" strategy that failed for Democrats in 2016 is alive and well, with a strong overlay of conspiratorial and neo-McCarthyite Russophobia added on.
Got to disengage the giant capsule today, yay! Wow, that goes a long way towards feeling normal again. That chemo pump has a terrible weight to it, which has nothing to do with the physicality of it. Okay, this chronicle is mostly pictorial. Ill caption whats going on.
This is the tenth year of Strong Towns and, as we head towards our official anniversary in November, Ive been asked to reflect on how we got here. Ill do so a year at a time. This month Im going back to the very beginning 2008 and talk about how this movement got started.
Chuck with daughter Chloe on vacation in San Diego, 2008.
I wish I could say that Strong Towns is what I planned from the start, that a rapidly growing international movement for positive change in our cities, towns and neighborhoods was the original vision. Sadly, it wasnt.
Ive joked many times that writing the blog that became Strong Towns was cheaper than therapy. I joke, but its not far from the truth. I started writing here in November of 2008 because I didnt know what else to do. I was angry, frustrated and disillusioned with the world around me, a world that didnt make any sense, one that was falling apart on many levels in ways that seemed, for me, both easy to comprehend yet incomprehensible to everyone around me.
In 2000, I had quit my comfortable and secure job as (and Im being modest here, but its true) somewhat of a rising star in a successful and growing engineering firm. I went back to graduate school for a planning degree thinking I would become a better engineer. I wound up understanding in time how bad of an engineer I was and how clueless I had been in my chosen profession. I became convinced that what the small towns and rural areas I worked with needed more than anything wasnt a better engineer, it was something resembling a competent planner.
Those places started to call, and I decided to answer those calls. By the time I finished my coursework at the University of Minnesotas Humphrey Institute, I had started my own planning firm and had hired a couple of my classmates to help me do planning work for more than a dozen cities,...
Charles Camosy is an associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, and board member of Democrats For Life. Camosy joins this episode of Federalist Radio to discuss how abortion has become a partisan issue, and the future of the pro-life movement.
The danger I feel like the pro-life movement has run into nationally is theyve become monopartisan, Domenech said. That has led them to make decisions about who they support and where they support them that has taken away any opportunity to have somebody who is in the other party who is with them 60 or 70 percent of the time.
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Newsbud Founder and Editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Investigative Journalist Whitney Webb to discuss Webbs recent three-part investigative report exposing billionaire founder of the Intercept- Pierre Omidyar. Webb delves deep into Omidyars long-ongoing multi-billion dollar partnership with government agencies, including the CIA and NSA, questionable coincidences and ties between Omidyar-Snowden, Glenn Greenwalds hushed contract and arrangements with Omidyar to privatize Snowdens 500+K page leak, Freedom of Press Foundations betrayal of Wikileaks Julian Assange, and much more. Do not miss this explosive interview exposing the new trend in intercepting and neutralizing whistleblowers and their information.
Over 30 people have been murdered, many of whom were killed by the Military Police or other state security forces who fired live bullets at protesters, and hundreds of others have been injured or tortured. According to human rights organization COFADEH (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras), over one thousand people have been detained and many are facing criminal charges aimed at silencing dissent. Others have been victims of torture or have had to flee for their lives. Security forces have entered neighborhoods, setting off teargas inside homes with children present, and seizing adults for arbitrary arrests. Jesuit priest Father Melo has received death threats and he and other social movement leaders have been the subject of vicious defamation campaigns.
An innocent father was shot and killed by the same FBI agents who were supposed to be rescuing him after he and his son were tied up and taken hostage.
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One of the authors of a recent study of U.S. childrens deaths told an interviewer that, The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s. The report was published online January 8 in Health Affairs. Ninety percent of the deaths analyzed there were of infants and older adolescents. According to the authors, we examined mortality trends for  nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for children ages 019 from 1961 to 2010 using publicly available data. They discovered that, Over the fifty-year study period, the lagging US performance amounted to over 600,000 excess deaths.
The figure for the number of rhinos that have been poached during 2017 have just been released, and following all of the increased awareness, education and knowledge, those figures should have decreased compared with previous years, right?
Well, they have in fact decreasedby 26. There were 26 less rhinos slaughtered for their keratin horns in 2017 compared to the previous year, and although this may sound positive at first, there were still 1,028 rhinos illegally slaughtered in South Africa. This is in comparison to a decade prior, when just 13 rhinos were killed in 2007.
Jimmiel Mandima, from the Nairobi-based African Wildlife Foundation, told Nat Geo, While this may look like progress on paper, its overshadowed by the fact that rhino populations are still in critical danger. A small drop in yearly poaching statistics doesnt tip the scales against the imminent threat of extinction.
Although these figures are only from one African country, it is important to note that South Africa is home to around 80% of the entire population of the worlds 29,000 rhinos. Despite the latest figures showing us that rhino killings have decreased, the small reduction is showing conservationists that these losses are not sustainable to save t...
Science then Shall be a precious visitant; and then, And only then, be worthy of her name: For then her heart shall kindle; her dull eye, Dull and inanimate, no more shall hang Chained to its object in brute slavery; But taught with patient interest to watch The processes of things, and serve the cause Of order and distinctness,
Intelligence is enormously sexy. ~ Frank Langella, actor
Who are you exactly? What do you like, love, hate, and why? As F. Bacon once said it is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.
Therefore, my hope is that this article will help you learn something new about yourself, something that you can say damn, Im cerebrally splendid about. Bon Apptit.
Do your synapses sizzle away as your sensory pathways are overstimulated by intelligent banter and witty wisecracks? Do you feel like licking the frontal lobe of every astute person you meet, and orgasmically exulting in every debate you have with every brainy whiz you assemble with? If so, youre probably a Sapiosexual.
As defined by Sapiosexual Kayar Silkenvoice, Sapiosexuality is both a noun:
A person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others. (noun)
And an adjective:
Of, or relating to, finding intellectual stimulation sexually arousing. (adjective)
Sapiosexuality is also a neologism (a newly created word) and comes from the Latin sapien, meaning wise or intelligent and sexualis, relating to sexuality....
Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Pilger is among the most important political filmmakers of the 20th and 21st century. From Vietnam to Palestine to atomic war, Pilgers work has been on the cutting edge, and his stinging critique of western media has always be revelatory. And, no doubt, his biting analysis is more relevant and important now than ever. His latest film, The Coming War on China powerfully presages the growing potential for war between the US and China. Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein spoke with Pilger on January 18 about the multiple failures of the corporate press in fanning the phony flames of Russiagate, and turning its back on Julian Assangeacting more like prosecutors than journalists, whose responsibility it is to monitor the centers of power and report back to the people.
The rules of the world and success grew ever more mysterious when freelance writer Oobah Butler tricked the London elite into bargaining for a table at a restaurant that didnt exist. However, Butlers wildly audacious project was born of disenchantment. He began his career writing fake TripAdvisor reviews for restaurants. Watching his work turn low performing dens into high-end hotspots led to his realisation that TripAdvisor touted a false reality. He grew frustrated at how seriously everyone took the platform but after having spent years thinking, the only bit of TripAdvisor that is unfakeable is a restaurant itself a light bulb illuminated in his head. And the tenacious 25 year old walked out to his back garden to begin visualising his outdoor restaurant, aptly named The Shed at Dulwich, using this three step guide to make his enormous ruse manifest:
Step 1: Build a website and start uploading pictures of the menu your restaurant has on offer, as well as other supporting materials that will get across the vibe of your pseudo establishment to prospective customers.
Step 2: Get verified on TripAdvisor and get your friends to start writing reviews of your restaurant. Get your friends friends to do the same and keep them rolling out at an appropriate frequency. Think in terms of months.
Step 3: (And this is the cypher) Bolster the illusion of demand by making your restaurant appointment only. Not only does this mean that no one will turn up to blow your whole operation wide open but it plays on the human psychological condition. We all want what few others have. If we can be among the elite few to get it well have the other 99% to laud our l...
QUITO, ECUADOR Facebook users who followed Latin American news outlet teleSUR English were confused on Tuesday when the fan page suffered a mysterious disappearance from the site that lasted nearly a full day. The pages deletion and subsequent reemergence raised questions about potential censorship by the California-based social networking giant, which has previously acted at the behest of repressive governments and faces pressure from U.S. officials and traditional media to crack down on so-called fake news. The page has a modest presence on Facebook about 400,000 followers as well as millions of social media interactions, such as comments, likes, shares and views. The page also hosts tens if not hundreds of hours of originally-produced video content including original programs, documentaries, and tightly-edited one-minute clips.
MycoWorks is a company that is good for people and great for the Earth. The founders are from some of the worlds leading teaching and research institutions such as Stanford University and Berkeley University. They came together to innovate a product that doesnt rely on animal consumption. Using one of natures most abundant resources mushrooms, they have found a way to manufacture leather.
We love the qualities of leather, but its a resourceintensive product that is tied to the livestock industry. At MycoWorks, we found a solution in nature.
We have created a new kind of leather grown rapidly from mycelium and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process. Our custom-engineered material is sustainable, versatile, and animal-free. Best of all, it feels and performs like leather.
The material is water-resistant, breathable and unlike animal hides, it can be grown to nearly any size and shape. The vegan leather can be soft, hard, flexible or even sewable, making it a biodegradable alternative that seeks to solve todays greatest challenges. This company has shown us first hand that it can help build a better world with natures best tools.
In this video entitled The Funghi in Your Future, Phillip Ross, MycoWorks CEO explains the manufacturing process in greater detail.
On Thursday, the fracking industry was dealt a major blow as UK business secretary Greg Clark demanded that Third Energy, a spin-off of Barclays, submit their full accounting before any decision can be made on their application to frack Kirby Misperton. According to anti-fracking activist Ian R. Crane, the announcement is quite possibly a watershed moment for the campaign against The Mother Frackers.
In Cranes latest video report, he documented the new developments. Watch:
Yesterday was an absolutely seminal day in the UK anti-fracking campaign, in particular of course the campaign against the Mother Frackers here in England. The Mother Frackers were seriously SPANKED, from so many different quarters
And then to cap it all off last night, Greg Clark, finally, did what he is supposed to do, and demanded that Third Energy submit their accounts. And he basically stated that he was not going to sign off on the application by Third Energy to frack at Kirby Misperton until at the very least they had submitted their full accounts.
One way or another, Thursday, January 25th, 2018, I think was quite possibly the day in which the zeitgeist of the country just might have got through to the socio-psychopathic Mother Frackers who are determined do what it takes to further their addiction to greed but in the process destroy the ecology, to destroy the agricultural industry of this country.
And just maybe, just maybe, what were seeing, yesterday, is an insight into the lack of enthusiasm within the British government now to pursue an agenda that clearly does not have the support of the British people.
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Washington DC More than 250 national, state, and local organizations called on FEMA to implement proven disaster-recovery housing solutions like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) for families with the lowest incomes. They note that the need for DHAP is underscored by FEMAs recent decision to abruptly end its Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) for displaced Puerto Rican families in Connecticut. In a recent letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long, the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) comprised of more than 250 organizations led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) called on FEMA to address the longer term needs of low income people displaced by the recent hurricanes and wildfires.
A reported White House plan could give the so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship over 10 or more years.
"We know things are bad -- worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy. Now I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!"
The rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are fragile achievements in many countries and susceptible to sharp reversals. Brazil, the last country in the Wessstern world to abolish slavery, is a fairly young democracy, having emerged from dictatorship just three decades ago. In the past two years, what could have been a historic advancement the Workers Party government granted autonomy to the judiciary to investigate and prosecute official corruption has turned into its opposite. As a result, Brazils democracy is now weaker than it has been since military rule ended. This week, that democracy may be further eroded as a three-judge appellate court decides whether the most popular political figure in the country, former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva of the Workers Party, will be barred from competing in the 2018 presidential election, or even jailed.
Within hours, Julian Assange could be a free man as his legal council moved to have the erroneous charge being held over his head dropped.
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Hindu extremists in India are threatening violence if a new
Bollywood film Padmavaat is released that they allege
depicts a romance between queen Padmaavati and a 14th century
Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. They have not seen the film and the
filmmakers say the film does not show this and have offered an
advance screening to allay their fears. But hell hath no fury like
an enraged religious extremist and now that they have got worked
up, they are not going to calm down easily.
Not being steeped in Indian history, I am not sure what exactly the problem is. Is the very idea of the queen having any romance at all the problem or is it because it was with a Muslim? Wikipedia suggests that she was actually a fictional character in an epic poem, though he actually existed. The fact that she may be fictional does not seem to be a factor because we know that violently defending the honor of fictional entities is a common religious trait and there have been mob rampages attacking totally innocent and defenseless people.
In Gurgaon, just outside the Indian capital New Delhi, protesters attacked a school bus. They threw stones at the bus as petrified students crouched on the floor of the bus in fear, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported. No one was injured in the attack.
In a separate incident in the city, a bus was torched by a mob, blocking a major highway.
The protesters carried sticks and caused minor injuries to 14 people, said B.S. Sandhu, a senior police official, adding that police had detained 15 protesters.
We will not tolerate any violence in the name of protests against a movie, Sandhu added. Sporadic rioting did take place but no one will be allowed to protest now.
Similar riots unfolded in other cities, with baton-wielding police charging protesters in Etawah in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh state as they marched through the streets. Demonstrators also blocked a passenger train in the city of Mathura in the state.
One group of people has threatened to kill themselves.
A group of about 150 women belonging to the Rajput community have threatened to burn themselves alive if the film was released.
The government should either ban the film, or give us the permission to kill ourselves, one of the women told Indian broadcaster Times Now.
I am not sure why they think they need permission from the government to kill themselves or what giving pe...
Virgilio Yareth vila loved to sing. The 16-year-old high school student also played drums at his church. Thats where he was headed on a Monday afternoon last month. vila left the simple family home and walked up to the gravel road to cross the highway that bisects the town of Agua Blanca Sur, 10 miles south of El Progreso, Honduras. Minutes later, gunshots rang out. vilas mother started running up the road after her son. When she reached the highway, she found one of her older sons weeping in anguish. Police had opened fire on residents blockading the highway as part of ongoing nationwide protests against election fraud. vila had been shot in the head. He was still breathing, but in my heart I knew I was going to lose him, vilas mother told Toward Freedom. As she approached, she asked police not to shoot.
Enter Seth Orme and Abby Taylor, two long distance touring cyclists who pedaled 5,025 miles across the United States in 2017 to pick up 1,200 pounds of trash from Cumberland Island, Georgia to Cape Flattery Washington. They packed out that trash in their trusty B.O.B. (beast of burden) trailer to the next public trash can.
My main worry right now is I will write this same column, six months from now, forgetting I wrote this column.
In the last few months, weve discovered that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee funded a dossier, using sources connected to the Kremlin, which likely started the Obama intelligence agencies investigation into whether Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Nothing in that dossier, aside from information publicly available before it was written, has been verified.
Nevertheless, the FBI may have used that dossier to obtain a warrant at the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court to spy on the Trump campaign. Intelligence community officials also briefed Congress, president-elect Trump, and President Obama on the unverified dossier, which granted the document a legitimacy it most certainly did not earn. Then the Clinton campaigns media allies used all of this to write stories in the home stretch of the 2016 election, alleging that Trump was a corrupt Russian stooge.
In the last week, even more bombshells have dropped. In response, Democrats and their media allies have flooded the airwaves with the stuff Bess Truman wanted Harry to call horse manure. This makes sense. Many are so invested in the collusion narrative that a severe-enough blowback where it is found that Hillary colluded with Russia, not Trump, for example could destroy American institutions that wield enormous amounts of power.
Those at risk include the Democrat Partys media appendages, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, Business Insider, The Hill, and Vox. Even the Democrat Party, at least the uber-corporatist manifestation that we see today, faces an existential crisis.
In other words, it will get much worse before it gets any better. In the meantime, to cut through all the medias horse manure, here are five things weve learned about the so-called Russia investigation in the last week (and, at the end, what you can do about it).
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) constructed a memo using Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) documents. Nunes viewed the documents in a secure room, and couldnt take the documents out. Despite congressional subpoenas, the FBI and DOJ have refused to release these documents to congressional investigators in the House and Senate.
The Nunes memo details FISA abuse by senior FBI officials. This memo reportedly alleges that the secret FISA court, meant to grant warrants to secretly spy on U.S. citizens who are engaged in espionage for a foreign power, was not given full info on the Trump-Russia dossier.
The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee all voted to allow the entire U.S. House to see the memo. The ever-transparent Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA...
The price of Nutella was dropped from 4.50 to 1.40 in selected supermarkets in France, leading to what has been described as riots.
A discount on Nutella in the French supermarket chain Intermarch has led to violent scenes. Intermarch dropped the price by 70% from 4.50 to 1.40 which led to the caos.
KENNY LE BON (@kennyLebon) 25 January 2018
The police had to be called as people started to fight and push each other.
They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand, ...
In the first half of the 20th century, Bellevue, Washington was a sleepy and mostly rural area. Then in 1940, the Murrow Memorial Bridge connected Bellevue to its neighbor across Lake Washington, Seattle. Bellevue soon grew as a commuting suburb and, as the region has boomed over the past two decades, Bellevue has become a city and employment center of its own. It is now home to skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, major technology companies, and a wealth of new infrastructure.
In late December 2017, Bellevue made data about the citys growth available online. The new resources include a data table wi...
Of the nature of snakes. The snake has three characteristics. The first of these is that when it grows old, its eyes grow dim; if it wants to regain its youth, it fasts for many days until its skin grows loose; then it seeks out a narrow crack in a rock, enters it, and scrapes through, sloughing off its old skin. Let us, too, through much affliction and abstinence in Christs name, slough off our former self and garb, and seek Christ, the spiritual rock, and the narrow crack, that is the strait gate (Matthew, 7:13).
The snakes second characteristic is this: when it comes to a river to drink water, it does not bring its venom with it, but discharges it into a pit. When we come together in church, drinking in the living, eternal water, to hear Gods heavenly word, we too should get rid of our venom, that is, earthly and evil desires.
The snakes third characteristic is this: if it sees a naked man, it fears him; if it sees him clothed, it attacks him. In the same way, we are to understand in spiritual terms, that for as long as Adam, the first man, was naked in Paradise, the serpent was unable to attack him; but after he was clothed, that is, in mortal flesh, then the serpent assaulted him. If you are clad in mortal clothes, that is, in your former self, and if you have grown old in evil days, the serpent attacks you. If, however, you divest yourself of the robes of princes and of the power of the darkness of this world, then the serpent, that is, the Devil, cannot attack you.
The snake, at the onset of blindness, wards it off by eating fennel. Thus, when it feels its eyes growing dim, it has recourse to remedies it knows, knowing that it can rely on their effect. The tortoise, when it feeds on the snakes entrails and becomes aware of the venom spreading...
Conservation groups lost what they considered a battle for groundwater, land and cultural resources near Mato Tipila on January 19, when a federal appeals court here denied their pleadings over licensing of a uranium mine and mill near the sacred site.
Perez's leadership of the DNC during the last 11 months has been mediocre or worse. The problems go far beyond administrative failings, lack of inspirational impacts or shortcomings in fundraising. His mode of using progressive rhetoric while purging progressives from key DNC committees reflected a pattern.
A major crisis in the nuclear power industry is threatening to shut four high-profile reactors, with more shutdowns to come. These closures could pave the way for thousands of new jobs in wind and solar, offsetting at least some of the losses from Trump's attack.
Veterans For Peace and the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign are participating in the We Are All America week of action from January 27th through February 3rd to protest the one-year anniversary of the first iteration of the Muslim Ban and show solidarity with those still impacted by the current bans on people from nine Muslim-majority nations and refugees. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad. The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.
South Africas bustling hub is set to be water-less by April. Heres why.
Thats what Kurds in Northern Syria are trying to decide as ISISs caliphate winds down. They will have to decide if basic rights like having a lawyer should apply to terrorists.
Trump hailed Apples repatriated overseas profits as a huge win for his tax code. Well, thats fake news.
Egypts upcoming presidential election has only one candidate: the incumbent. President Fattah el-Sisi usurped power from Hosni Mubarak after the Arab Spring. Thanks to the arrest and public humiliation of other candidates, Sisi is doing everything he can to make sure no one does the same to him.
During Tuesdays Universal Periodic Review, where over 100 countries shed light on Israeli violations against Palestinians, Israel accused its critics of veering away from human rights in favor of politics.
A new poll shows his likely Democratic challenger within single digits.
The author writes, Did the Pentagon just officially declare a new Cold War with both China and Russia while also committing to wage endless wars around the globe? Apparently, yes that was the central message of the Trump administrations newly released National Defense Strategy, which, as Andrew Bachevich noted, offers no strategy and isnt about defense.
Newly released text messages reveal the tyrannical grip Hillary Clinton had over Washington as investigators knew she was corrupt but were too scared of what she might do to them to investigate.
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President Donald Trump and his generals are ready to use tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea and its hereditary leader, Kim Jung-un.
In early January, the Pentagon sent three B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bombers along with approximately 200 Airmen attached to the 509th Bomb Wing to the Andersen Air Force Base located on Guam in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, according to Business Insider.
The nuclear capable B-2s join an unspecified number of B-1B Lancers deployed to Guam to support the US Pacific Commands (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission. B-52 bombers are also stationed at the airbase.
The B-2 and B-52 comprise the air wing of the US nuclear triad. Both aircraft carry nuclear air-launched cruise missiles and also the B-61 gravity tactical nuclear bomb. It is currently the primary thermonuclear weapon in the Enduring Stockpile arsenal established after the Cold War. As of 2004, the arsenal included 5,886 strategic warheads and 1,120 tactical weapons. Of this number, 1,600 are B-61 and B-83 gravity bombs. The arsenal also includes 320 nuclear warheads for Tomahawk missiles.
The B-61 underwent modification and tests in October 2015. The bomb has two key difference from an earlier version, notes Russian military analyst Viktor Murakhovsky. It has the so-called scalable nuclear yield which allows for controlling the yield to a certain extent. In addition, its aerodynamic configuration and control surface makes the bomb extremely high-precision. The previous versions were developed several decades ago. Since nuclear warheads have limited operational time they need to be replaced from time to time. With the new bomb, the US has incorporated high-precision developments with the scalable nuclear yield technology.
Known as a nuclear bunker buster, the B-61 is designed to penetrate underground facilities, making it an ideal candidate for use against North Korea. It is estimated North Korea has hundreds of underground bunkers. In 2009, it was reported the regime planned to build over a thousand of these bunkers, many serving as decoys.
In 2010, it was reported by the Hong Kong bureau of the...
DAVOS, Switzerland (INTELLIHUB) President Donald Trump gave an amazing speech to investors at the World Economic Forum on Friday, and even scooped up a group of ultra-elite who plan to invest hundreds of billions of dollars into Americas newfound robust economy.
With the DOW Jones Industrial Average sitting at over 26,000, the highest level in history, President Trump has retained full-on bragging rights, after policies his administration implemented are now allowing individuals and businesses to reap the benefits.INDEXDJX: .DJI
The Commander-In-Chief explained to the Davos crowd how the DOW is up nearly fifty percent from what it was at the time of the election and pointed out that if the opposing party would have won it likely would have been down fifty percent.
The stock market is up over fifty percent since my election, he said. Had the Democrat would have won, I believe that we would have been down fifty percent.
If that name sounds familiar Henry I. Miller it may be because the New York Times recently revealed a scandal involving Miller: that he had been caught publishing an article ghostwritten by Monsanto under his own name in Forbes. The article, which largely mirrored a draft provided to him by Monsanto, attacked the scientists of the World Health Organizations cancer panel (IARC) for their decision to list Monsantos top-selling chemical, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen. Reporting on an email exchange released in litigation with Monsanto over cancer concerns, the TimesDanny Hakim wrote: Monsanto asked Mr. Miller if he would be interested in writing an article on the topic, and he said, I would be if I could start from a high-quality draft. The article appeared under Mr. Millers name, and with the assertion that opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
There is a strong chance that Trump will never voluntarily agree to testify under oath, no matter what he says. What Trump said to reporters on Wednesday, that he yearns to testify under oath, was totally meaningless because he also said his testimony is contingent upon the advice he receives from his lawyers.
Football fans across the globe are preparing for the sixth rematch in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl 52 will feature the Eagles and Patriots as the teams go head-to-head for the 2o18 title. Prior to talk of the upcoming annual championship game, it had been awhile since players kneeling during the national anthem prior to 
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There has been a media blitz regarding the authenticity of UFOs. This is a topic I have avoided, except to mention the false flag application of Project Blue Beam.
After decades of denial, one has to wonder why the mainstream media (MSM) is embracing the phenomenon without the usual accompanying giggle factor. I have never seen a time when this topic wasnt scoffed at in the MSM. However, the worm has turned, so to speak. In recent weeks, the media has been filled with what appears to be credible accounts of UFO sightings along with admonitions on why we should all pay attention.
The following quote made by Henry Kissinger, almost 27 years ago is seemingly appearing everywhere on the internet. At the Bilderberg conference in 1991, Henry Kissinger made one of the most stunning statements about UFOs and ETs ever made by a public figure.
In todays edition, President Trump reportedly tried to fire Robert Mueller last year, hedge funds have Washington wired, John Wonderlich weighs on the transparency and open government leadership by cities across the country, and more.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol are sharing talking points this week in attacks on the tax alterations Republicans finally managed to pass in December. Speaking at a Florida university, Pelosi attacked the idea of letting Americans keep more of their own money, and not because the United States has a debt and spending crisis our lawmakers refuse to fix before it fully devastates our economy and consumes nearly all state and federal resources.
Theres a cartoon that I just love, Pelosi said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Theres a little mouse trap whos got a little piece of cheese on there, and theres a mouse about to take it and thats called the middle class And around it are fat cats. Her implication was that American voters should not be happy about getting good things if other people such as their employers get good things too. But were probably too stupid and distractable to be that envious, which reduces the political advantages Democrats gain by fomenting class warfare.
The Beacon quoted similar comments Pelosi made a few weeks earlier, attacking the idea of cutting taxes for U.S. employers atop cutting taxes for U.S. workers: In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic, she said.
Pelosi was obviously bitter that more than 80 large U.S. employers have announced the corporate tax cut frees enough resources to give employees bonuses and pay hikes, atop an estimated $1,000 that lower income taxes will allow the average U.S. household to keep each year. Add to that consumer savings from companies that chose to lower prices, such as a 3 percent reduction for customers of DTE Energy, a Michigan utilities company.
Kristol joined in on the employer-bashing, telling CNBCs John Harwood Wednesday that companies announcing bonuses due to the corporate tax cuts was sort of disgraceful.
Write $1,000 checks to people? Wasnt the whole point of the tax cut to free up money for investment? I mean, the government can just write checks to people. It doesnt have to go through a middleman, you know. Give em to everyone, not just the people who work for certain favored companies.
I found it slightly creepy sucking up to Trump and to the Trump administration in hope of favors. This is the classic limited government,...
Evidence of the humanity of the unborn and the inhumanity of abortion activists continues to accumulate. The most recent revelation of the latter came in the form of a tweet promoting the pro-choice position, declaring: It is okay to think that every child matters however a lot of them do not hence the amnio test which should be a mandatory test and if it proves negative and the woman does not want to abort then all bills accrued after that is on her and the father
And then thinking she was proving her point, the abortion advocate, using the Twitter handle @OBSIDIANSMOAK, included a screen shot of 9-year-old Sophia, a little girl who suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects a childs ability to eat, speak, walk and breathe [and] an unknown syndrome that has caused facial deformities.
Sophias mother, Natalie Weaver, reported the tweet, but when Twitter initially responded that it had found no violation of its rules, Weaver blasted the social media mogul for refusing to suspend @OBSIDIANSMOAK for, as Weaver put it, using my childs image as the poster child to ABORT & to weed out all the defectives in utero
Twitter later apologized and suspended @OBSIDIANSMOAKs account, but the posts very existence and Twitters initial response exposes a sad reality: Abortion isnt about choice, its about dead babies at least when the unborn arent perfect, according to our flawed human standard.
While @OBSIDIANSMOAKs tweet stirred outrage, it was only because of the bluntness of the post not the content. The Left regularly rests its defense on late-term abortions on the disease, disability, or deformity of the unborn they just do so more gently. So gently, in fact, that news outlets succeeded in positively spinning Icelands eradication of Down Syndrome through abortion, even though the choice exercised by 100 percent of the mothers-to-be flowed from pressure and propaganda. Those pushing for Ireland to legalize abortion likewise tout a eugenics-based justification for abortion.
January is one of the few months of the Hollywood calendar without big movie releases. It used to be a post-holiday wasteland for dumping movies the studios didnt want to promote. But over the last several years, this wasteland has turned into the season for patriotism, including important movies like American Sniper. A bunch of these movies have made a lot of money, because the market for patriotism is real, however disdained in Hollywood. So this year we get another one, 12 Strong, based on the Doug Stanton book Horse Soldiers.
The book was a best-seller and its easy to see why: Youve got cowboys and space age technology. At the same time, youve got a remarkable true story about Green Berets deploying to Afghanistan after 9/11 to prepare for the invasion. The first men to take the fight to the Taliban bring with them the American way of war high technology, including new developments in airstrikes but they have to fight in the ancient way in the mountain deserts of Afghanistan if theyre going to prepare for a high tech assault on the capital, Kabul. They are completely cut off from any protection or reinforcements and have to survive in what they call a target-rich environment. Failure would mean no one would find their bodies. A bunch of them are family men. They all take these risks.
In this ancient world of tribes and clans, we get to see that aspect of the American military that separates it most from the rest of society: honor. This is the reason we need these movies and it is what moves us each year to see them; this is why men buy all the new books written by Special Forces operators, as well as by writers who get a hold of a good story. At some level, Americans believe in honor; but it seems impossible to locate it any more in public life. Who is left to embody it? Who suffers for America in a way that leaves hope of success and even triumph? These twelve men and all the others like them. We cannot watch them without marveling at their virtues, but also at a society that breeds or at least allows such men to thrive.
First, this is a movie you should see. Its well done, including shocking and thrilling action set pieces, and it is morally convincing, as true stories should be. It reveals things about America we can both be proud of and surprised by. It is also an implicit answer to the anti-military movies typical of post-Vietnam Hollywood. We see American troops, armed to the teeth, in a terrifying situation, in a savage world. How will they conduct themselves? In this story they retain their American ethics, the intelligence necessary to deal with every human and natural obstacle in their path, and the hope that theres life beyond war, if they can make it that far.
The film owes its success almost entirely to the story and the cast. The director is new to the work and the writers rely far too much on clich dialogue...
Chelsea Handler is back, you guys. For those of you asking Who is Chelsea Handler, imagine Joan Rivers with half the wit but twice the talk shows. For those wondering Where did Chelsea Handler go, the answer, she recently tweeted, is some kind of snow-and-mediation sabbatical.
After a month of skiing and reflection, I was able to break from this toxic news cycle. I will still stay informed, and watch my favorite news shows @JoyAnnReid but I will no longer go to sleep or wake up with to the news. I want my life back.
Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 23, 2018
After spending the last few months mocking Sarah Huckabee Sanders appearance, accusing Lindsay Graham of being a closeted homosexual (links withheld for decencys sake), blaming Republicans for the church shooting in Texas, and blaming Donald Trump for the California wildfires, its easy to see why Handler needed a break. Its an exhausting thing, being the self-appointed court jester of #TheResistance, even if 95 percent of late night talk show hosts have been sharing the work load.
Its also commendable that Handler has decided to reduce her daily level of toxic media intake. (Granted, maintaining a steady diet of Joy Reid journalism in pursuit of that goal is a bit like a rehab graduate seeking to maintain his sobriety in Pablo Escobars basement, but to each his own.) All of us should aspire to a life less dominated by anger over lost elections and their consequences. However, if Resisters like Handler want to learn how to cope with the Trump presidency, there are more beneficial activities to undertake than to spend a month perfecting black diamonds and yodel therapy.
Here are three better ways for Resisters to spend their thirty days of personal growth.
At its core, #TheResistance is performance art, which explains why its so hard for Resisters to control their emotions. How can you show that youre even more...
In Tom Wolfes The Bonfire of the Vanities, a British gossip writer used his English accent to cadge meals and free drinks off Americans who were spell-bound by anything British.
It has long been believed that Wolfe based this character on writer and professional atheist Christopher Hitchens. If so, (Hitchens, who loathed Wolfe, never thought so), there was no comparison. For Hitchens was amazingly productivehe wrote a column two weeks before his death from esophageal cancerand never relied on his purring accent alone to impress audiences (women were another matter).
Instead, like Oscar Wilde, Hitchens was a spellbinding talker, as witty and quotable in person as he was on paper. What is even more impressive about this was that Hitchens, in the interview format, often answered off the top of his head rather than regurgitating previous answers in interviews. Unlike his friend-turned-nemesis Gore Vidal, who refused to adjust his view of the United States as run by the military-industrial complex no matter the challenging event, Hitchens was rarely predictable. Even during his Trotskyite phase, there were twists and turns and even outright criticism of Trotsky.
That said, Hitchens held to certain bedrock beliefs , documented in a new book Christopher Hitchens: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. The title is something of a misnomerits actually a collection of interviews from the 1980s to his death in 2011.
Those beliefs are often revealed to be of a conservative, even of a socially conservative, nature. This is rather ironic considering that when he died he was perhaps the worlds best known atheist intellectual. Taking note of Hitchens conservative principles also invalidates the accusations from his former comrades that his support of the War on Terror was attributable to him being bought-off by the Right.
Even in his most committed period of Trotskyism, however, Hitchens was as uncompromising as President Reagan on the totalitarian nature of Soviet Communism. In one interview in this collection, he echoed Orwell in saying that he never followed the traditionalist journey of moving from Stalinism to conservatism as he was inoculated against it. This came courtesy of him reading Arthur Koestlers ...
What do Obamacare and Haley Joel Osment have in common? They both see dead people.
On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released another report into eligibility verification checks on the federally run Obamacare insurance exchange used by more than three dozen states. As with prior studies, GAO concluded that regulators still need to improve integrity efforts to ensure the federal government spends taxpayer funds wisely.
Among the reports most noteworthy conclusions: A total of 17,000 federally subsidized insurance policies studied during the 2015 plan yearthe most recent for which GAO had complete data at the time of its investigationbegan or continued after the applicants reported date of death. In 1,000 of those cases, coverage began after the applicants reported date of death. In a further 2,000, the application was submitted after the applicants reported date of deathin most cases because the exchange automatically re-enrolled applicants without checking to determine that they remained alive.
GAO previously recommended that the federal exchange verify eligibility periodically, checking changes in circumstances that would affect the status of federal subsidies, such as death. However, to the best of auditors knowledge, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not implemented this recommendation, one of 18 relating to exchange integrity that remain open (i.e., not completed) from two prior GAO reports.
In part, the lack of strong program integrity provisions represents a continued legacy of the healthcare.gov debacle in 2013. While CMS managed to get the public segments of the website up and running by December of that year, just prior to Obamacares January 2014 launch, the back-end portions of the tech infrastructure remained a work in progress for far longer.
For instance, this weeks GAO report notes that only in March 2017 did CMS finally upgrade the system such that the exchange could modify or change Social Security numbers (SSNs)whether due to a name change, or a typo when filling out the initial application for coverage. Before then, exchange officials did not actively take steps to resolve SSN inconsistencies in plan year 2015 primarily because [they] could not update SSNs in the data system at the time. Because the poorly designed system could not distinguish between actual fraud and changed circumstances, CMS didnt investigate either one.
The GAO report claims that the approximately 1 percent of applicants with potential inconsistencies related to citizenship...
The political establishment generally reacts in horror to President Donald Trumps brash style, lack of conventionality and apoplexy over his political incorrectness, with its over-the-top revulsion serving as a form of virtue-signaling. But Trumps national security and foreign policy posture, as reflected in his new National Security Strategy (NSS), actually puts him at odds with the political class on substantive grounds.
When Trump speaks out in support of Iranian protestors against the mullocracy, the political class guffaws. When Trump tweets about the size of the American nuclear button at Kim Jong-Un, the political class howls. When Trump touches the third rail of (gasp) Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the political class shudders.
These are insubstantial compared to Trumps new NSS, which is a real challenge to the national security and foreign policy establishment that has so savaged him, because it challenges the very premises of the establishments prevailing progressive Wilsonian internationalist orthodoxy.
The strategy draws the establishments ire, because Trumps vision presented there will undercut their power. To accept the tenets of what the NSS terms principled realism is to reject the worldview that has pervaded our diplomatic and foreign policy apparatus for decades. And it calls into question the credibility of our elites, thus threatening their standing and influence.
This in part explains the vociferous resistance to the Trump administration among high-ranking and often politically shrewd policymakers, particularly ex-Obama administration officials. Trumps policies not only contradict their desire to maintain the Obama policies of the last eight years, but also threaten their livelihoods.
The NSS strikes at three myths in particular, the premises of which are under appreciated, but worthy of our attention. If we are to imbue our policies with the core tenets that underlie these myths, we will have a national security and foreign policy agenda truly based on Americas national interest. Indeed, the Kirkpatrickian nature of this strategy, if implemented, will redound to Americas great benefit.
The Reality: Economic liberalization does not guarantee political liberalization, bu...
In a batch of newly released text messages, it appears two high-ranking FBI officials were worried about investigating Hillary Clintons illegal use of a private e-mail server for fear that she would become president and seek revenge on the bureau.
On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a batch of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page throughout the course of the 2016 election. The two were allegedly having an affair.
On February 25, 2016, Page sent Strzok the following message when discussing the appropriate number of DOJ and FBI personnel that should be assigned to the investigation into Clintons use of a private, unsecured e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of State.
One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think shes going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?
Strzok replied: Agreed. I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.
While testifying under oath, former FBI director James Comey said he did not know that then-candidate Clinton would not face any changes before the bureau interviewed her. Other released text messages appear to contradict that statement.
Just days before Comey recommended that the Justice Department not press charges against Hillary Clinton, then-attorney general Loretta Lynch secretly met with Bill Clinton aboard a private airplane on a tarmac in Arizona. Around the same time, it was widely reported that if Hillary Clinton won the election, she would keep Lynch on as AG, which caused many to speculate about the the meeting.
You can read the entire batch of text messages here.
When I was little, I used to write fanfiction about my favorite shows. (It was as good as youd expect from a 12 year old.) For those unfamiliar with the nerdy world of fanfic, it sometimes is an exploration of an event seen on screen almost like another screenplay and it sometimes is nothing more than a self-insert fantasy of joining the authors favorite cast on adventures.
Ive always wanted to tell stories, and in my writing, I have tried, and failed, to highlight human interaction with a science fiction backdrop. There are stories in my head bursting to get out, but Ive found, time and time again, that my science fiction backdrop is basically Star Trek.
Enter The Orville, Seth McFarlanes science fiction show on Fox. The Orville is good very good Star Trek fanfiction. It appeals to generations of fans whose introduction to science fiction in their formative years was Star Trek, whether Star Trek: The Next Generation, (TNG) for people my age, or the Original Series for those older.
The Orville features McFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer, an up-and-coming officer in The Union (a barely-disguised Federation), who suffers a career setback after catching his then-wife in bed with a blue-skinned alien (a cameo by Rob Lowe, who fleshed out the character in a later episode). A year later, he finally gets his own ship, but to his surprise, his executive officer is his ex-wife.
McFarlane, the creator of shows and movies such as Family Guy, Ted, and American Dad, is best known for his sophomoric, low-brow humor. The Orville, too, is humorous in similar ways. That is, of course, a negative to prospective viewers who are tired of (or were never enamored with) the bumbling exploits of Family Guys Peter Griffin, obscure cut away gags, and gross-out jokes about anatomy.
The Orville, however, isnt that, not exactly. As with any show, you should not judge The Orville solely by its first episodes, which featured humor that was not just irreverent, which is fine, but also irrelevant, unrelated to the particulars or the seriousness of events, contributing to the feel of it being yet another soulless McFarlane comedy. As with many shows, it has begun hitting its stride as it goes. The humor has not abated, and it can still be sophomoric at times, but it fits. The people themselves are the funny ones with their own particular quirks, as opposed to events being a set-up for a punchline.
Along with the humor are actual gosh darn exploratory missions, new life and new civilizations, moral dilemmas, and cultures that put a mirror up to our own. Ill be honest they get some of it right and some of it wrong. What they get right is a relative lack of preachiness and moral...
Thousands of women congregated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC for the second annual Womens March on Washington, just one day following the March for Life. The crowds may have both been predominantly women, but the two marches could not have been more different.
While everything from the partisan views of the speakers to the tone of the rallies contrasted the other, the most marked difference their talking points. The Womens March peddled multiple false premises that ultimately the harm the very people and causes theyre trying to promote.
One of the main themes at the marches around the country was that more women should be involved in politics. The Las Vegas womens march specifically advertised a new initiative called Power to the Polls to get more women to vote and run for office.
Theyre targeting women because women are more likely than men to vote for Democrats. According to Pew Research Center, [W]omen have been consistently more likely than men to identify as a Democrat or lean toward the Democratic Party. Over the first half of 2016, 54% of women identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared with 42% of men. The womens march is blatantly politically divisive despite attempting to portray a front of uniting all women. Mobilization of Democrat votes is far more important to them than promoting women as women.
The partisan views of the attendees were entrenched so deep, when I identified myself as a writer for The Federalist, no one was willing to talk to me about their participation in the march. When I identified myself as a writer for another, far less politically conservative, publication where I also write, womens marchers were willing to speak.
The marchs obvious implicationeven directive at timesis that more women should get involved in political office but only if theyre Democrats. How do we know this? President Trumps administration has the first woman press secretary in more than a decade and the most women in high-ranking cabinet positions in history, yet womens marchers adamantly oppose his administration and refuse to celebrate these womens accomplishments.
Yet, ironically, Democrats typically push for policies that end up hurting women. Tennessee state Rep. Sherry Jones and state Sen. Sara Kyle pushed a bill to reduce taxes on tampons, in an obvious bid at pandering to women through saving them a couple of bucks a year. Further, the measure was a false advertisement and...
Sam took a long drink from his longneck, savoring the plainness of it. It was like a glass of iced tea, unadulterated with sugar or any other such accompaniments. This wasnt an Arnold Palmer or a John Daly, just an iced tea. Except it was a root beer, which is equally unpretentious. Thats not important right now.
The important thing is were talking about an influencer, one for whom every long drink from that longneck is a signal. The downward-facing dog of signaling, of influence. Not that Sam was much interested in yoga, though he did like dogs. Regardless, when he sipped his root beer, it inspired others to crack a cold one for themselves. Were talking the good stuff, the small-batch root beers, careful crafted and bottled with the finest modern machinery.
Not that Sam cared, other than he sometimes got free root beer thanks to his influence. No, he was more interested in reclining, in getting in touch with his spirit animal. His spirit animal was the sloth, in case you couldnt guess. There was also the package of Sweet Tarts on the table next to him. Those were pretty interesting in that they were both sweet and tart. It was an amazing combination.
There was but one problem, a persistent one. No matter how much he reclined, no matter how much he settled in, there were always devils about. Lurking. Watching. Waiting.
Whats good for the goose is not your concern. Always the geese with you. Its weird is what it is.
Annie Hatfield (@HatfieldAnne) May 25, 2017
Those devils were always worthy of scorn.
Uniting people in loathing is still uniting people.
Oblivia (@aveuaskew) November 17, 2017
Nobody was listening to Sam, but he didnt let that stop him.
Listen, I care but dont have the time or energy to become emotionally invested. Cant you find a better friend to talk to?
Mable Gertrude (@MableGertrude) January 22, 2018
Besides, this was his rep.
Last night my friend introduced me by saying, She likes to make people uncomfortable, and I finally feel understood.
With the annual gathering of global financial elites taking place this week in Davos, and all the recent news focusing on money laundering, taxes and the .0001 percent, it seems an appropriate time to take another look at where so much of the wealth-that-dare-not-speak-its-name is being stashed.
Back in 2016 we learned that a Panamanian law firm had become a kind of digital safe-deposit box for tainted money and tax evaders. WhoWhatWhy has extensively covered this story, which laid bare something like an alternative global financial system an incredibly complex web of offshore accounts, lawyers, guns and money.
In the wake of Davos and the ongoing revelations about Deutsche Bank, it seems important to take a fresh look at the Panama Papers. My guest for this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast is journalist Jake Bernstein, who has devoted years to uncovering and explaining what is really going on behind the scenes of international finance.
One cant help wondering: How many owners of the private jets at Davos have Panamanian accounts?
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Bryan Jones is a planner and engineer, a Principal with Alta Planning + Design and the Founder of the popular Transportation Psychologist Facebook page. Today, he shares a guest essay about the need for design professionals to reframe their thinking about speed and begin building streets that are safe for everyone.
Are we being precise, yet aiming at the wrong target when it comes to posted speed limits? Or are we using the wrong tool, research, or approach when identifying the appropriate posted speed limit, especially when it comes to safety for all roadway users in our communities?
I find it deeply alarming that it's 2017 and approximately 40,000 people died on our roadways last year the highest number of traffic fatalities in the US in the last two decades. This shouldnt be news to anyone, though; we highlight these fatalities and severe injury collisions on the evening television news almost nightly, and you can see and hear emergency vehicles speeding toward carnage on our roadways on a daily basis.
We often call these accidents so we can feel better about them or complacent about them. However, a majority of the severe injury and fatal collisions are preventable, so they are not accidents, and we cannot neglect this. What is your state or city doing to address this safety issue and prevent severe injuries and fatalities?
Speeding defined as traveling too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limits contributes to nearly one-third of all roadway fatalities. This proportion has remained largely unchanged for decades.
High speed kills when it comes to vehicle speeds and low speed kills when it comes to addressing the issue of speeding and public safety. We need a sense of urgency to both understanding why the number of fatalities is trending upward, and a sense of urgency to reduce the number of total fatalities.
It is not good enough to lower the fatalities per million miles travelled because the total deaths could still be on the rise if the vehicle miles are increasing, too. While the rest of the United States is trending upwards with fatalities on their roadways, the...
Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of The Boiler Room tonight 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for this special broadcast. Join us for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio, custom-made for bar fly philosophers, misguided moralists, masochists, street corner evangelists, media-maniacs, savants, political animals and otherwise lovable rascals.
Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along side Jay Dyer of the Jays Analysis, Randy J & Andy Nowicki the Alt-Right Novelist for the latest BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs, analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social rejects club.
Tonight on the show the Boiler gang is back, despite technical issues, bringing another hard hitting Boiler Room. This week were discussing a new term coined by Hesher, Dis-info-tainment as it relates to things like Pentagon sponsored video games and false dialectics inserted into the alt-media zeitgeist. Get a master class overview from Jay Dyer on Davos and other globalist gatherings that occupy an often oversimplified space in the alternative media much like Bilderberg, CFR and Trilateral Commission. Peek behind the curtain into a federally funded School Shooting Simulator Video Game, get a closer examination of the Hawaii emergency broadcast system false alarm, an update on Adam Kokeshs status after his recent arrest. And to kick off the show, Spore brings us yet another oddity of an ice breaker, the social media fad of young people pretending to eat Tide Pods (plastic packages of detergent for washing machines & dishwashers).
The Chicago Police Department says complaints against officers for making racial and ethnic slurs and other discriminatory comments have declined in recent years.
But as a story we published this week shows, it's a stubborn problem in a city that has long struggled with racism.
We wrote about Officer John Catanzara, a 23-year veteran who, over the years, two superintendents have tried to fire. In September, he was reprimanded for a controversial Facebook post. Now, he is under investigation for two other complaints about his social media conduct.
One of the complaints, lodged by his district commander, alleges that the officer displayed "bigoted views" and "hostile remarks" on Facebook, including against Muslims, women, liberals, Michelle Obama and those who are economically disadvantaged.
This is not the first time I've written about an officer accused of similar conduct, which in the sterile language of digital complaint data is coded as "Verbal Abuse: Racial/Ethnic."
In one case I wrote about, a sergeant was found to have referred to President Barack Obama with a racial slur in 2015 while he and other officers were deciding who would work on the president's security detail while he visited Chicago.
The city's police oversight agency recommended Sgt. Jack Axium be fired. Supt. Eddie Johnson argued for a suspension instead, and the agency and department agreed on a 270-day suspension: nine months without pay.
The case is now on appeal to the Chicago Police Board, which has the authority to make the ultimate decision.
After Axium was investigated, Sharon Fairley, the former head of the oversight agency, recommended in 2016 that the police department add a policy that makes clear that members are prohibited from engaging in racial or other discrimination. While the department's human resources policy explicitly forbids officers from exhibiting racial bias, no such language is included in the separate Standards of Conduct for department members, she wrote in her recommendation.
The police department never responded to that recommendation, a spokesman for the oversight agency, now called the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, said Thursday.
In another ProPublica Illinois story, we told how an officer, during a traffic stop, made "racial comments" to the men in the car. Records show he told them: "Johnnie...
Fox News Shep Smith has been giving the Republicans hell lately exposing their lies and misinformation. In this recent report, he nails Rep. Devin Nunes & the Right Wing for attempting to release a misleading memo to help the president by maligning the FBI.
Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.
by Jon Rappoport
January 26, 2018
If there was any person worth talking to in depth about the Matrix and how to understand it, it was the most innovative hypnotherapist who ever lived, Jack True. He took all his experience with his clients and made enormous breakthroughs in un-hypnotizing people at very deep levels.
In The Matrix Revealed, there are 43 interviews with Jack True. 320 pages.
Jack was determined to find ways to show people how their own approach to reality was merging with the Matrix. He never tired of explaining his insights based on clinical experience.
Jack once told me a person had to be stimulated to pry open his own passive inclinations, in order to discover hidden energies and power. He was all about providing that stimulation, in the form of innovative and sometimes shocking ideas about reality and perception.
These 43 interviews are priceless explorations of frontiers of consciousness.
One night at dinner, Jack said, If you take any fixation a person has, you are looking at a funeral ceremony for his own creative power. Suppose hes fixated on money. Dig far enough into that, and youll find a brilliant artist who has innovative ideas about making money. It seems impossible, but its there. Ive seen it many times. But you have to open up the whole area, not just a little bit. What you end up with is the blueprint for the formation of a problem. Where does a problem come from? It comes from deciding that your own creative approach to something is too radical. Then you try the normal way, and that doesnt work for you. So its a problem now. You try to solve the problem and wrestle it to the ground. You cant. You become fixated on the problem. Thats what happens to people. And to put the cherry on the cake, these people tell you theyre not creative. You can meditate for a thousand years and you wont solve that. So we come to the question: why do people give up on their own creative power? Thats been the core of my practice for a long time. Unraveling that has been my lifes work.
It was very good work. It was brilliant work. It was unparalleled work.
And thats just a fraction of the overall text, which runs to 1,100 pages. Then there are 10-plus hours of audio from me about the Planetary Chessboard, the Matrix, and what amounts to psychological operations aimed at populations and individuals.
You get the full text of AIDS INC., my first book, which Jack shepherded into a publishing deal for me. It takes apa...
I have an admission to make. The weather this winter has
been boring, without much major action.
You know what I mean: no big windstorms, crippling snowstorms, heavy rain or extensive flooding. That kind of thing.
One way to see this is to plot the (sustained) winds at Sea-Tac Airport for the last 12 weeks (below). One decent event in mid-November (sustained winds reaching 32 knots), and pablum after that. Boring.
Israeli soldiers shot 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi's cousin in the face, shattering his skull. Ahed slapped one of the soldiers. So they stormed into her house in the middle of the night and took her to a military prison, where she is being abused and traumatized.
A bill that affirms the legitimacy of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie is on the books in South Dakota.
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Many people familiar with California and the Bay Area have heard of Peoples Park and are aware of its history. In the 1960s, people took over a vacant lot owned by UC Berkeley, and transformed it into a park, garden, community space, and focal point for grassroots organizing. Over the preceding years, the State attempted to fence off the park, but through the use of a variety of tactics and the facing down of massive amounts of deadly police repression and violence, the park was reclaimed. Still to this day, the park remains a point of contention and a de-facto autonomous zone, both in the fact that it is still owned by the University which is constantly attempting to retake it, and the desire by the community to hold onto what is now known as Peoples Park.
8 hours south of Berkeley however, another park with just as exciting a history also exists in San Diego, known as Chicano Park, located in the working-class neighborhood of Barrio Logan. As the Chicano Park website writes about its history:
Unlike other parks, Chicano Park displays on its monolithic pillars, one of the largest assemblages of public murals in North America. These awe inspiring murals are giant mirrors of our Chicano Mexicano history.
Unlike other parks, Brown Berets fired raised shotguns in militant salute while a Mexican flag was raised and waved defiantly during Chicano Park Day ceremonies. And unlike other parks, Chicano Park was taken by militant force by a community angered by decades of neglect, ignorance and racism.
Since the 1930s, the Barrio Logan neighborhood grew as a working-class Latino community, however in the mid-1960s, highway construction bisected the community and displaced upwards of 5,000 families within it. By 1969, when highway construction was finally completed, it left a jungle of concrete pillars where many families had lived before. By 1970, construction crews had plans to build a parking lot fo...
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On Wednesday, January 24th, the Burgerville Workers Union (BWU) held its first picket of 2018 outside of a Burgerville store in Portland. BWU is a part of the revolutionary anti-capitalist union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and in the past year has grown to include workers in a variety of stores across the chain. Burgerville, which brands itself as a local and woke large fast food corporation, has refused to negotiate with BWU, and has even hired anti-union goons in an attempt to stop the IWW, as well as firing various organizers over trivial incidents.
Happening Now: Demonstrators picket for Burgerville Workers Union at NE Multnomah & MLK pic.twitter.com/CL28DDCU4R
Portland State Vanguard (@psuvanguard) January 25, 2018
Reps from Carpenters Union displayed giant rat outside NE MLK Burgerville in support of Union Workers picket line. pic.twitter.com/TIqXPo6qeZ
Portland State Vanguard (@psuvanguard) January 25, 2018
Members of Burgerville Workers Union wrote about the picket, which brought out members of other unions, who in turn brought an iconic inflatable rat named Scabby, a fixture at labor demonstrations. Members of BWU and the Carpenters Local 1503 also served up free burgers on a grill in order to encourage people not to spend money at the restaurant. Here is their report from the picket as posted on their Facebook:
Our first picket of the year kicked off 2018 right: faced with yet another strong picket, Burgerville CLOSED THE STORE for the duration of the action for a suspicious maintenance inspection. This is the power of workers and the community coming together to show that we can and will continue to shut union-busters down!
Additionally, Burgerville managem...
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The memory of the Peoples is a crack in obscurity and forgetting. Memory carries with it the dignity to confront the impunity of governments. It strengthens the struggles and resistances that point toward freedom for those who inherited the glow of rebellion. Memory also motivates the construction of social change toward a world different from this system of exclusion and death.
Processes of resistance centering on Memory, Truth, and Justice, such as those of the Civil Society Organization of the Bees of Acteal (Las Abejas) build autonomy through deep struggle. They have suffered through counterinsurgency strategies implemented by the government since the creation and execution of the Chiapas 94 Campaign Plan, a strategy developed by the Mexican Army to annihilate the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Facing down this aggressive action, the peoples demand for justice has pushed forward a constant struggle for the rights to truth and peace.
Aggressions linked to this counterinsurgency strategy began in 1994 with 12 days of direct confrontation between the Mexican Army and EZLN. They continued in a second period, from 1995 to 1999, characterized by the creation and implementation of paramilitary groups in the Northern, Jungle and Highland regions, with the support of federal, state, and municipal governments. The civilian population suffered through displacement, extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, torture, rape, physical assaults, and harassment, among other crimes against humanity...
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. As mainstream media continues to devolve into a juvenile show of back and forth tit-for-tat arguments, and highlighting anonymous insider sources, unconfirmed theories and accounts of second-hand information, 
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Source: Anonymousfeed The father of a 7 month old child is reporting that he was left with no other option but to take action, and to take up revenge against a 17 year old boy who 
In an article published by the Financial Times on Monday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif laid out the countrys proposed framework for bringing stability to the Middle East region. Isis displayed the darkest depths of human evil, Zarif wrote. Yet it also provided an opportunity to come together to battle an existential threat. The co-operative relationships forged in 
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The U.S. State Department spent over $1 million to exploit unrest in Iran, investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed reported last week in Le Muslim Post. At the end of 2017 and through the first week of 2018, Iran was rocked by protests through its major cities, and the Trump administration quickly pounced to exploit the dissent. The U.S. even 
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The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons has received this urgent update on Rashids condition and request for action, please help and spread the word!
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Kevin "Rashid" Johnson is facing potentially deadly retaliatory torture, because he wrote an article about the #OperationPUSH prison strike. Please call in and force these prison officials to do the right thing, now! pic.twitter.com/PmElDOIr9W
#OperationPUSH (@jaybeware) January 25, 2018
Kevin Rashid Johnson wrote an article about the Florida prison strike, which was published online on January 9, 2018. The following day warden Barry Reddish retaliated against Kevins use of his First Amendment rights, ordering that he be given a disciplinary infraction for inciting a riot. Further, on January 19th Johnson was thrown in a cold cell, with a broken toilet, no heating, and with a window that will not fully close, allowing cold wind to blow into the cell. The cell has the same temperature as the outside, where temperatures have been repeatedly at or below freezing. We have not heard anything from Kevin since January 19th . Warden Barry Reddish must be held accountable for illegal retaliation and, now, the torture of Kevin Rashid Johnson.
We demand that Johnson is moved to a safe and clean cell, with normal indoor temperatures and with a toilet that works. We demand that Johnson be allowed to call his attorneys immediately. We demand that warden Reddish and all other Florida Department of Corrections officials stop retaliating against Kevin for his reporting on conditions in their prisons....
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Each day sees the new Amazon towers rise higher into the air, promising to bring ten thousand more of these high paid workers to the city and heighten the volatility of the current situation. Not all of these workers are happy or amused about the situation theyre in.
Since the conclusion of our previous survey, two interesting events occurred in various Amazon facilities. In one instance, a fulfillment center was torched in the British Midlands. In another instance, coordinated strikes hit Amazon in Germany and Northern Italy. All of this preceded the holiday sales blitz and threw Amazon into internal chaos. At the end of the holiday season, all Amazon could tout was its toxic accomplishment of shipping one billion commodities and selling tens of millions of talking Alexa units. When the shopping extravaganza was over, the corporate employees of Amazon were rewarded with a lavish spectacle to sooth their overworked souls.
Their annual Post-Holiday Party was held within the CenturyLink Stadium, otherwise known as the Seahawks Stadium in Seattle. The entire facility was commandeered by the corporation and when we arrived it appeared as if a football game were taking place. Police directed traffic in and out of the stadium area and a stampede of well dressed parties flooded towards the entrance. This was the only day of the year where their employer gave them something for free. This was where our survey began.
Security was very lose and we entered without issue or incident. This laxness was due in large part to the fact that Jeff Bezos was not going to be there. Our first observation was...
Trump is motivated by an irrational Iranophobia and obsequious kowtowing to the Israeli government. He wants to throttle the JCPOA signed by his predecessor Obama regardless of international legal obligations. Trump's boorish business practice of bullying other parties is evidently working on softening up the Europeans towards his demands.
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The following pamphlet is a collection of antagonism in the Twin Cities and beyond. The bulk of the pamphlet are communiques and reports gathered from Conflict MN, supplemented with several news stories. The final pages also include a gallery and a short resources section. As with the previous years compilation, the reports are meant to speak for themselves.
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Tonight, at a meeting called by the building committee at 1251 King, tenants committed in numbers to going on rent strike February 1. The tenants demand their landlord, Nuspor Investments, drop the above guideline rent increase at the building now.
In an attempt to intimidate tenants, Nuspor hired a security guard to stand in the lobby and spy on the meeting. Our neighbours were not intimidated. They have strength in numbers. They have a strong and active building committee. And they have the support of their neighbours in buildings throughout Parkdale.
Over the past few days more and more tenants in the building have pledged to join the rent strike. In the coming week more will pledge to join. We will be calling on our neighbours in Parkdale to stand alongside the tenants of 1251 King. Their struggle is ours and we will win.
Afrin, Syria On January 20th, 2018, the Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Olive Branch which amounted to a full-scale military invasion of northwestern Kurdish-controlled Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces rank second to the United States, as the largest military force within the NATO alliance. In the last few days, the Turkish military along with an estimated 25,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, have fired extensive artillery barrages into multiple villages near Afrin, dropped hundreds of bombs with F-16s, and driven ground forces into Syria that include armored tank brigades and heavy infantry.
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Ive never liked the part of the story when the mentor figure dies and the young heroes say they arent ready to go it alone, that they still need her. Ive never liked it because it felt clichd and because I want to see intergenerational struggle better represented in fiction.
Today I dont like that part of the story because I dont feel ready.
Last week, I lived in the same world as Ursula Le Guin, a grandmaster of science fiction who accepted awards by decrying capitalism and seemed, with every breath, to speak of the better worlds we can create. On Monday, January 22, 2018, she passed away. She was 88 years old and she knew it was coming, and of course my sorrow is for myself and my own loss and not for a woman who, after a lifetime of good work fighting for what she believed, died loved.
Its also a sorrow, though, to have lost one of the most brilliant anarchists the world has ever known. Especially now, as we start into the hard times she said were coming.
To be clear, Ursula Le Guin didnt, as I understand it, call herself an anarchist. I asked her about this. She told me that she didnt call herself an anarchist because she didnt feel that she deserved toshe didnt do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said shed be honored.
Ursula, I promise you, the honor is ours.
When I think about anarchist fiction, the first story that comes into my head is a simple one, called Ile Forest, which appeared in Le Guins 1976 collection Orsinian Tales. The narrative is framed by two men discussing the nature of crime and law. One suggests that some crimes are simply unforgivable. The other refutes it. Murder, surely, argues the one, that isnt for self-defense, is unforgivable.
The chief narrator of the story then goes on to relate a story of a murdera vile one, a misogynist onethat leaves you with both discomfort and with the awareness that no, in that particular case, there would be no justice in seeking vengeance or legal repercussions against the murderer.
In a few thousand words, without even trying, she undermines the readers faith in both codified legal systems and vigilante justice.
It wasnt that Le Guin carried her politics into her work. Its that the same spirit animated both her writing and her politics. In her 2015 blog post Utopiyin, Utopiyang she writes:
The kind of thinking we are, at la...
The corporate media have said far too little about Mercer's influence, preferring to create elaborate scenarios of Russian government interference. The Mercer story is a secret hiding in plain sight. It is the stuff of spy thrillers but it is all too real. An ultra-rich right winger put Trump in the White House and now controls the country's political agenda.
Trump's been in an ongoing campaign against the truth since Day One. It's alarming because presidents don't act this way. Dictators do. And there's evidence to suggest that the Republican president's constant attacks on the news media have encouraged dictators in other countries to continue their repression of journalists.
By Aaron Kesel Its no coincidence that the FBI has conveniently lost text messages in two cases; one dealing with anti-Trumpers within the agency, and...
Instead of thinking outside the tyranny of the state to solve the problem of plastic in the ocean, lawmakers will use the barrel of a gun to enforce a tyrannical straws law.
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Amazon's site-location team had decided from the start which half-dozen or so cities would be most profitable for the giant. The whole search is a "scAmazon," snookering cities into spending millions on a rigged game only Amazon will win.
Trump wanted the shutdown so he could unleash his vile politics of hate. Republicans shamelessly joined in. This cannot be ignored or accepted. It is not politics as usual. It is an ugly and vicious posturing that will drive this country apart, and unleash furies that may benefit Trump and his Republican choir in the short term, but will subvert this country in the end.
The truth behind the 3 million disqualified ballots.
Plan A, the Russian-collusion-delusion failed and failed miserably for the Deep State.
Plen B, the planned removal of the President under the 25th Amendment disability clause for mental illness has failed.
The Deep State has fired all their political bullets and now all they have left is Plan C, which is where they keep the real bullets.
With the capture of a would-be assassin earlier in the week, the Secret Service has now gained some measure of plausible deniability. They can claim that if the worst happens, that they did their best.
This President is a walking, talking target. Beware of a lone assasssin with a diary which states, in advance what he is going to do. And of course, this would be assassin will be acting alone.
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Christopher Pope is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an expert on health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and entitlement reform. Pope joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss what he expects to happen to U.S. insurance markets and regulations this year.
To a large extent, the Medicare program is a benefit for providers: hospitals, physicians, drug makers, Pope said. And so it has this overt purpose, and this secondary purposeseparating out these two purposes of Medicare programs is how you really take care of beneficiaries and their needs.
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Power increasingly belongs to the problem solvers. And these problem solvers now congregate disproportionately at the local level, in cities and metropolitan areas across the globe. New Localism embodies this new reality of power.Bruce Katz, The New Localism
Across the country, a movement of local doers is taking hold one where problem solving happens from the bottom up instead of the top down. We're seeing this in everything from the way we educate ourselves to the tools we use to get places. The energy is coming not just from governments but also business leaders, teachers and scientists, and the solutions are interdisciplinary, too. This is what Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, argues in new book, co-authored with Jeremy Nowak, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.
The historic mechanisms that centralized solutions to issues like housing affordability (i.e. federal home loans, suburbanization, etc.) are finally being recognized for their flaws, and we're beginning to find a balance with local control over these challenges once again, says Katz.
Katz believes that "networked" solutions where people from different sectors work together will create a better future for all of us. These sorts of solutions often come out of cities, but even those in rural areas can apply these ideas to build great places, attract great people and strengthen their economies.
This "new localism" has been triggered by the same economic and cultural forces that brought about the current populist movement, particularly evident in the election of Donald Trump and particularly felt in rural areas. However, Katz sees the new localism as an antidote to the more vitriolic and prejudiced side of modern populism because it empowers local leaders of all backgrounds to champion their communities' concerns.
Katz argues that...
Noted journalist and filmmaker John Pilger's collection of work has been archived by the British Library, but deep-rooted problems of Western media create an increasingly difficult landscape for ethical journalism, as Pilger explained in an interview with Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico.
A mother is speaking out this week after she found that an AI robot with pedophilia-like tendencies had been sending her 7-year-old daughter sexually explicit messages.
Many people in the US have become aware of China's BRI, Belt & Road Initiative--An ambitious plan of high-speed rail networks from China westward all the way to Portugal. It also includes maritime routes thru Malaysia & Indonesia. It's a massive infrastructure investment by China & most pointedly does not include the US. That's because the US is a war economy. It has no interest in massive domestic infrastructure development.
The impending release of a major classified document from investigators at the House of Representatives is stoking outrage and intrigue among voters and beltway elite alike. Because the report is held under lock and key and available only to lawmakers in the House who have legally agreed to abide by House rules and keep the information secret until its publicly released, little is known about the document. What we do know is that the document is based on oversight and investigation of the FBI and Department of Justice and details potential abuses of those agencies authorities as it relates to the Steele dossier and secret surveillance warrants obtained by the Obama administration.
Here is what to expect ahead:
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence already voted to allow all 435 members of the House of Representatives see the document. In order to see it, they must go to a secure site and legally agree to keep its contents undisclosed until such time it is publicly released. As House members have begun reading the document, they have called for its public release on the grounds of its importance. To date, more than 200 members, most of them Republican, have read the document. When the House reconvenes next week, the committee may vote to release it to the public. If they do, President Donald Trump has five days to notify the committee of his opposition to its release. If he objects, the entire House may vote to release its contents. If he does not object, it may be made public after the five days expire.
The document is a summary and is only four pages long. Its not going to be a massive compendium with hundreds of pages of salacious details to pore over. It will likely be a concise summary of a year-long investigation involving millions of documents and hundreds of hours of interviews.
Since the dossier and its contents, along with other Democrat-funded opposition research alleging nefarious contacts between Russia and Trump, have been given to the media, journalists have written thousands of pieces on the topic. Many of these pieces are based on hearsay, motivated leaks, and have been published despite reporters having no understanding of their context or even seeing the documents upon which the leaks are based. As a result, much of the widespread speculation has been contradictory or wildly wrong. This memo will provide facts and shed light on these allegations that have run rampant throughout the media.
As soon as House members saw the document, many of them were alarmed. Some of them particularly so. Th...
As inequality reigns supreme, Davos 2018 preaches the necessity of striving towards a common future in a fractured world; a poor euphemism for the stark fact of a wealthy happy few getting much wealthier while untold masses of poor veer toward dirt poor.
An LAPD cop was caught on video assaulting a child and even firing off a round from his service weapon but he will face no charges.
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Plants may lack our facial features, but the fact that they dont have eyes, ears, or noses has not stopped them from developing ways to see, hear, and smell potential threats around them. While plants sensory processes are complex and mysterious, a new study mapping out protein interactions has given researchers new insights.
Rather than growing sensory organs like mammals do, plants use proteins that are stationed at their cells outer membranes to detect chemicals around them or the proteins from pathogens or hormones released from another organism. These detections will trigger a warning signal into the cell. The focus of the study, published in Nature, was a type of membrane protein that are crucial to this process: leucine-rich repeat receptor kinases, or LRR-receptor kinases.
There are hundreds of varieties of LRR-receptor kinases that contribute to plants development, growth, and immunity, as well as its ability to responded to different stresses. Our understanding of how all of these proteins work together has been very limited, but this new research by an international team, including Shahid Mukhtar, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped out the interactions of 200 of these proteins.
This is a pioneering work to identify the first layer of interactions among these proteins, Mukhtar...
In an interview with Fox Newss Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, Mike Rowe explained he thought he was fired from narrating a show on the Science Channel after a critic called him a science-doubting, ultra-right-wing conservative.
In a Facebook post earlier this month, a woman named Rebecca Bright called for Rowe to be fired from his job as the narrator of How The Universe Works, a show on the Science Channel, because, in her words, hes and anti-education, science-doubting, ultra-right wing conservative.
There are countless scientists that should be hired for that, or actors, if you must, that believe in education and science that would sound great narrating the show, example: Morgan Freeman, she wrote in a post in which she reportedly tagged the producers of the show and network bigwigs. Cancel this fools [sic] contract and get any of your scientists so often on the show to narrate it.
Rowe responded by challenging Bright to show proof backing up her claims.
Youve called me an ultra-right wing conservative, who is both anti-education, and science-doubting,' Rowe wrote. Interestingly, you offer no proof. Odd, for a lover of science. So I challenge you to do so now. Please provide some evidence that I am in fact the person youve described.
He also pointed out that questioning policies like a $15 per hour minimum wage, or ideas like dark matter, does not make him a bigot. He also noted that Freemans previous onscreen roles as God and a professed man of faith might disqualify him from participating in a show that contradicts the Bible at every turn.
Rowe said his personal views do not affect his ability to read from a script into a microphone and that Brights objections make her sound fragile.
Anyway, Rebecca, my beef with your post comes down to this if you go to my boss and ask her to fire me because you cant stand the sound of my voice, I get it. Narrators with unpleasant voices should probably look for other work anyway, and if enough people share your view, no hard feelings Ill make room for Morgan. But if youre trying to get me fired simply because you dont like my worldview, well then, Im going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because youre wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic bl...
It would be just as well if the coup succeeds as it would bring an end to Washington's cover as the government of a great democracy with liberty and justice for all. Most other governments, and one would hope certainly the Russian and Chinese governments, would see the coup as America's final transition into a police state and give up their utopian ideas of reaching accommodation with Washington.
No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain. Chgyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Spiritual growth is an experience we all go through once we have experienced the spiritual awakening process. As we begin to awaken to the truth of who we are, we develop a connection to our authentic essence, higher nature or Soul.
As we progressively advance on our paths, our spiritual essence begins to blossom like a luminous flower deep in our heart. And the more we clear away the dead, gnarled and overgrown beliefs, perspectives, and emotional baggage within us, the more clearly we feel our divine essence. When we maintain our inner garden, we feel more and more love, wisdom, peace, and wholeness as our True Nature is revealed slowly to us.
Yet, like any garden, our metaphorical inner landscapes can be consumed by weeds, plagues, and forms of pollution that strangle anything beautiful we have been nurturing. Sometimes, we even sabotage the growth occurring within us ourselves, without knowing it.
Spiritual growth is the process of awakening to your true nature, purpose, and potential. When you undergo spiritual growth you experience an expansion in awareness and insight, also known as higher consciousness. All spiritual growth has one objective: to help you embody your Soul, Higher Self or Atman. Once you are able to unite with your Soul, you will experience what is understood as enlightenment, heaven, Oneness or moksha.
This isnt a journey about becoming something. This i...
Forget about Adam Schiffs mythical Russian Bots meet the worlds premier trolling and propaganda operation
Its no secret that in recent years, Israel has been struggling to preserve its plummeting global reputation, as it continues to prosecute its brutal race-based, apartheid state policies. The situation is so bad now, that officials in Tel Aviv are planning to ramp-up propaganda and trolling efforts online in an attempt to mitigate damage caused by the international BDS movement designed to help the oppressed native population currently stateless and held prisoner under Israeli military occupation.
Traditionally, Israel has used international front groups as vehicles for Israeli spy agencies to conduct subterfuge activity overseas, and to conceal their connection with the state, including operating British Jewish organizations behind the [Israeli] embassys back in a way that could put them in violation of British law. Similar black ops have also been waged against the movements which support human rights in Palestine, as well as a special Israeli tarnishing unit used to spread lies about BDS activists.
It goes without saying that Mark Zuckerberg and his machine learning political censorship division at Facebook will be giving these IDF trolls a free pass to contaminate and spam its various news feeds and groups, while simultaneously shutting-down any dissenting speech which challenges the Zionist-Israeli narrative
In December 2017, appearing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, was Israeli intelligence operative Sima...
By Matt Agorist Egg Harbor City, NJ In the land of the free helping those in need can be considered a criminal act if...
It's time to face the facts. The U.S. military is at least as sexually corrupt as the Catholic Church. It's time for our decent young people to vote with their feet just as they have with the church. None of them with a shred of conscience should enlist.
And they all lived happily ever after! Or did they?
And they all lived happily ever after, this is the fairy tale mantra that pops into the mind when you think of Walt Disney movies. But do we live happily ever after or (if we are using these movies as a metaphor) do we have these moments of magic, which are then followed by a dose of reality? Mexican visual artist Jos Rodolfo Loaiza (in some part) is changing the script on the happily ever after mantra by showing Disney characters in a different light.
Taken from Bored Panda: Specializing in pop culture, Rodolfo measures his viewers tolerance levels by putting our beloved characters in unorthodox context and showing them in dark, tough situations to explore the general theme of loss of innocence. Creating such kind of artworks, Rodolfo wants to raise the issue of what would happen with our classic characters if they were flesh and blood and were confronted by a frenetic and excessive world of fame, how many of them would prove to be susceptible to the excesses of drugs, alcohol, harassment or vanity?
His work captures a certain level of reality with a dark twist of humor. According to his website he captures images, once morbidly circulated by the media, and proposes a novel way of looking at them, You can decide for yourself:
Did you know? Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs are stolen from nests. This is a violation of the federal Environmental Protection Act which seeks to protect the sea turtles from going extinct. Poachers will steal the sea turtle eggs to sell on the black market, where they are worth between $5 and $20 an egg.
To prevent the egg poaching from continuing, the conservation group Paso Pacfico is planting 3D printed decoy eggs in sea turtle nests in North and Central America. Because the eggs have a high risk of being poached, they are being used to help crack down on poachers.
The Washington Post reports that the 3D-printed ping pong ball-size eggs are identical to sea turtle eggs. However, they were laid by a printer and inside their silicone shells are GPS tracking devices. The conservationists hope to catch poachers by planting the fake eggs then confronting them.
We want to sneak them into nests that are most vulnerable to poaching, said Kim Williams-Guilln, the director of conservation science at Paso Pacfico. It would be really easy for them to grab one of those eggs and not even notice it.
The organizations phony turtle egg will be deployed this fall in Central America during arribada, a mass nesting event. There, activists and law enforcement workers will be nearby to catch turtle egg thieves.
The works of multiple scholars, from Plato to Manly P. Hall and further down the line, suggest it is essentially the use of rituals and techniques to invoke and control spirits or lifeforms that could be existing within other dimensions or worlds. For example, according to Hall, a magician, enveloped in sanctified vestments and carrying a 
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This article is part of a series in which Strong Towns member and contributor Alexander Dukes proposes a Civic Development System whose regulations are split into three core mechanisms: Master Street Plans, Land Use Zoning, and Form Plans. We hope it serves as valuable inspiration when thinking about design options for your own neighborhood.
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Form codes and plans are relatively new regulatory tools in the civic planning toolbox intended to better control the design of developed land. In regulating the form of land, planners primarily seek to control building heights, footprints, frontage and setbacks. Note that form codes and form plans are not the same thing. A form code defines the terms by which the design of the land will be regulated such as: the citys building height limits will divided into three 30, 50, and 70 foot increments. A form plan applies that form code to specific blocks or parcels, such as: the city will apply 30 foot height limits along Oak Street, and 50 foot height limits along Spring Street.
In this article well continue to focus on a form code for the Auburn Mall Site. However; unlike the universal form codes applied to all parcels in the previous article, this article will describe form codes that must be applied with geographic context in a form plan. After describing these geographic form codes, well apply them to the mall site to produce a form plan the final element of the Civic Development System at the heart of this series.
Listed below are the new form code ele...
After over a year of flip-flopping and reversing its position on Syria and its president, Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. has finally admitted the real reason its military continues to violate Syrias sovereignty. From the Washington Post: After months of incoherence, the Trump administration has taken a step toward a clear policy on Syria and its civil war. In a speech last 
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LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) The unnamed suspect who occupied Mandalay Bay room 32-134, the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks end suite (32-135), made their escape out the front door then exited the building, according to vague details published in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments 19 Jan. preliminary report on the 1 October mass casualty shooting which left 58 people attending a country music concert dead.
As Intellihub reported on 10 Oct., over a week before the release of the prelim report, there is no way that Paddock could have made his way back and forth between the two rooms, as Sheriff Joseph Lombardo previously stated on the record. This action would have been physically impossible because the adjoining door to room 32-134 was dead-bolted shut (from the 134 side) and had to be breached by SWAT with an explosive charge which suggests at least one other suspect was occupying room 32-134.
To top it all off, the report states that at 9:36 p.m. the dead bolt for room 32-135s main door was engaged and it also states that at 9:46 p.m. the dead-bolt to room 32-134s main door was locked which proves that both doors leading into the hallway were also locked at the time of the shooting. However, the report fails to mention if those front doors ever opened up again.
On 10 Jan., Intellihub Tweeted: If the adjoining #Room134 door connecting Paddocks room was locked and had to be breached by @LVMPD, from room 135, then who locked it? It can only be locked from the other side! Answer this please.
If the adjoining #Room134 door connecting Paddock's room was locked and had to be breached by @LVMPD, from room 135, then who locked it? It can only be locked from the other side! Answer this please. #LasVegasShooting #coverup pic.twitter.com/CE730cc4Mc
Intellihub (@intellihubnews) January 11, 2018
Additionally, the prelim report confirms that a room service receipt for two was closed out in Marilou Danleys name just after 1:30 p.m. which suggests Danleys presence at the time. The receipt was for a total of $67.60 and included two meals which can be seen...
For all the tumult over the shutdown, a more significant story was taking place far from the Beltway -- in communities where the resistance has been gaining strength and focus before a midterm election that could hold the president and his allies to account.
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. With the ongoing drama around the Memo and the lost text messages, while being genuinely based in real corruption, it seems more and more to be distracting from much 
In a move that analysts fear could bring Turkeys military into a direct confrontation with fellow NATO member the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that he is extending the invasion of northern Syria beyond Afrin District, and that the city of Manbij will be attacked next. Turkey invaded Afrin over the weekend. 
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Who could deny that much of the attention he's received has been based on the absurdity, exaggeration, unsettling clownishness of it all, right down to the zany crew of subsidiary clowns who have helped keep him pumped up and cable newsed in the Oval Office?
Earlier today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the nine inaugural cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, the first national standard of excellence for data-driven local government. First and foremost to Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, congratulations! Your certifications are a testament to your dedicated work making government services consistently and thoughtfully better and more transparent for the people you serve.
Sunlight is one of the partner organizations of What Works Cities and over the past three years weve helped cities across the country pass...
A police officer held an innocent man at gunpoint, stole his pants, money, and phone, and smacked him with his service weapon, and then filed a false report claiming he was the victim.
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By Judy Tanner Censorship of news is never a good thing. It might suit media corporations worried about their business model, falling circulation and losing...
By Catherine J. Frompovich You know it just had to happen! Some scientifically-hip legislator in one of the 50 United States finally decided to introduce...
Cancer. The shock of it all didnt set in until this past Monday (22nd). Thats when I felt like I was going to fall apart, and it was hard to keep tears at bay. My oncologist asked me if I wanted to start chemo this week or next; I replied now is best, because Im at the point of running away and not coming back. Doc thought I was joking, but I wasnt. I really wanted to run. So, yesterday was my first chemo day. My schedule will at least be less hectic for a while, and Im grateful for that one.
Before I talk about the chemo, I want to briefly address reactions to CANCER. There will be a fair amount of people who you thought would have at least given you a oh, that sucks, but instead, dont acknowledge the CANCER or you, in any way at all. If youre newly diagnosed, dont be surprised by that. A lot of people simply will not acknowledge or address the issue. There are other unexpected reactions too. Yester...
By B.N. Frank Writer Christopher McFadden is likely in his early 30s. He wrote this article: Is It Possible for You to Be Allergic to...
Serenity Prayer (1937)
Father, give us courage to change what must be altered,
serenity to accept what cannot be helped,
and the insight to know the one from the other.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I believe the word, F...
Constitutional attorney shows how all presidents are the same and the police state is marching on in spite of some supposed MAGA movement.
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that the unilateral public release by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson eliminated any chance of White House aide Jared Kushner voluntarily testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Grassley chairs. Grassleys remarks came during a hearing to consider several judicial nominations.
Simpson, who founded the Democrat-linked political opposition research firm that commissioned and paid for the infamous Steele dossier, testified before the committee last August. In a move that took Grassley and his colleagues by surprise, Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, unilaterally released a redacted transcript of Simpsons interview with the Judiciary committee. Grassley said Feinsteins gambit, which suggested the committee could not be trusted to honor confidentiality agreements it promised in exchange for voluntary testimony, had the effect of spooking witnesses who had not yet been interviewed by the committee.
I had hoped to speak with all the witnesses surrounding the Trump Tower meeting before releasing any of those interview transcripts, Grassley said. But the Ranking Member unilaterally released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. That has spooked other potential witnesses.
As a result, it looks like our chances of getting a voluntary interview with Mr. Kushner have been shot, he added.
Voluntary testimony is important because it precludes the possibility of witnesses pleading their Fifth Amendment rights against being compelled to provide testimony that incriminates themselves in potential criminal activity. As a result, congressional investigators often prefer voluntary interviews under the belief that some information is better than zero information. Once a witness who has been compelled to appear before a court or investigative body pleads the Fifth, the chances of investigators learning important new facts from that person are virtually non-existent.
Grassley said he hopes to get access to a transcript of the testimony Kushner already provided before the Senate Intelligence Committee, since Feinstein serves on that committee as well. A similar arrangement was negotiated for testimony provided by Paul Manafort.
In his statement to the committee, Grassley noted that without Kushners testimony, the Judiciary Committees interviews with participants in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were concluded. He then called for the full public release of all of the testimony provided to the committee during the course of its investigation.
I believe this Committees interviews of the witnesses surrounding the Trump Tower meeting are complete, Grassley said. That section of our investigation is done. So, now its time to start officially releasing the tr...
Turkish President Erdogan said he plans to "foil games along our borders starting from Manbij." He said that Turkey would "clean our region from this trouble completely.
A family charity that's been providing food, shelter, and even medical equipment to those in need is under attack by the state for not paying them first.
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The problem with Mueller's investigation is that it has never been an investigation of a crime but an investigation seeking to find a crime. No crime that falls under the purpose of the investigation has been found. As William Binney, the former high level NSA official who designed the spy program, has said, if a crime existed, the NSA would have the evidence. No investigation would be necessary.
In this edition of a Different View with F William Engdahl he goes into the real issues on the new Pentagon Defense Strategy document that was widely missed by mainstream media, namely how the Pentagon is now making economic rivals into its main "enemy image," and no longer focusing on the War on Terror. He discusses what in fact this means and how it represents a dangerous shift in US military priorities.
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After the Turkish Air Forces hit Kurdish positions in Syrias Afrin, the General Staff of the Turkish armed forces on Saturday announced it launched Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish PYD/PKK troops. The next day, the Turkish command reported that aircraft had hit 153 Kurdish militant targets, including shelters and arsenals. In addition, according to 
A major cause of such inequality is tax havens which in the current casino atmosphere stand no risk of being regulated. The so-called globalized elites meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year under the specter of extreme turbulence. The WEF Global Risks Report is hardly reassuring. The top five most likely risks for 2018 all range from extreme weather/climate change disturbances to cyber-attacks. Yet, according to the report, in terms of impact, they are superseded by weapons of mass destruction a direct consequence of the Korean peninsula standoff. Global elites are somewhat paralyzed by political inaction facing the most pressing questions of our time, just as the global economy is inundated by liquidity. Quantitative easing was actually the only concrete response to political inaction, adhered to by every Central Bank, from the ECB to the Japanese.
Black womens issues need to be at the forefront in order for this country to move forward, said Brittany Oliver, founding director of Not Without Black Women (NWBW), to many cheers from the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. About 10,000 people wrapped around the Reflecting Pool and stretched up the Memorials steps. Oliver said she was there to challenge white feminism and stress how important our voices are. Since we were here a year ago, there has been a seismic shift in the way women are dealing with the symptoms of gender bias, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, she said. She reminded them that #MeToo was founded a decade agoby a black woman. You saw #MeToo and Tawana Burke for over ten years, and [she] didnt get recognition for it until recently, Oliver said.
Seven humanitarian aid workers with the advocacy group No More Deaths are facing multiple federal misdemeanor charges, while another volunteer has been charged with harboring undocumented immigrants, a felony.
Twenty-three cities and states are facing subpoenas if they do not prove they are complying with federal immigration laws regarding sanctuary cities in a timely manner, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Letters were sent to each of the jurisdictions, which include California, New York City and Chicago, on Wednesday, demanding they provide documentation that proves they are not violating federal law. That law known as Section 1373 says state and local governments cant prevent their employees from communicating with Immigration and Naturalization Service officials about the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is threatening to pull federal grants from cities not demonstrating compliance, though multiple federal courts have blocked President Donald Trumps administration from withholding those funds; the issue is still being litigated.
New York, NY Random House Childrens Books will publish WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES, an empowering collection of poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works from over 50 diverse, award-winning childrens book authors and artists in collaboration with Just Us Books, a Black-owned publisher committed to exclusively producing Black and multicultural childrens books. Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers, acquired world rights for publication from Just Us Books co-founders and anthology compilers Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. The beautiful, full-color keepsake collection will be available on September 4, 2018.
A new map from Community Networks shows that more communities than ever are building their own broadband networks to end big telecom's monopoly. Communities invest in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons - economic development, improving access to education and health care, price stabilization, etc. They range from massive networks offering a gig to hundreds of thousands in Tennessee to small towns connecting a few local businesses. This map tracks a variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks as well as state laws that discourage such approaches. Our map includes more than 750 communities...
We must come together as only a group of decent humans can and build a path that leads to freedom and contentment for our grandchildren.
Sandy Rios, nasty bigot extraordinaire, was ever so concerned about the Womens March 2018, because it makes those women so gosh darn ugly. Those of us with the fuzzy pink lady brains, well, we arent supposed to be doing things like speaking up and thinking for ourselves, its ungodly and stuff.
Sandy Rios, a Religious Right radio host and American Family Association figure, said the 2018 Womens March was a very ugly thing and that women who attended it become ugly because they are acting outside of the realm of Gods parameters.
Im not a guy, so I dont have to worry about my political correctness. I am ashamed of the women of my generation. I have been for a long time. I just dont understand their foolishness and I dont understand why more of us werent deeply grounded in not only Gods word, but the principles of Gods word, about the moral behavior that is beneficial to us as well as our daughters, Rios said.
Uh, Im not a guy so well, thats me nonplussed. As for Ms. Rioss generation, shes around 68. Me, Im a fresh 60, and Im pretty much the antithesis of Ms. Rios. I dont consider myself to be foolish, nor do I consider women who stand up with their full humanity blazing to be anywhere near foolish. I have no doubt there are a number of women who march who consider themselves to be theists, and as they are all marching against a terrible display of immorality, they are all looking to be on the right side of the moral fence to me.
Once again, you can see that irony has zero impact on the zealots; Ms. Rios is aghast over women taking action and speaking up, yet from what I can tell, Ms. Rios rarely shuts up, always railing on about one group or another, reserving her best hatred for queer folk. If women speaking out is ungodly, well
Its a very ugly thing. It is a very ugly thing when women behave in this way. The...
A Canadian company is moving forward with a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe Sla.
Courtland Sykes is a candidate for the US Senate from Missouri. He has certain opinions about feminists. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to accelerate fast.
I want to come home to a home cooked dinner every night at six, Sykes said, referring to demands he makes of his girlfriend. One that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives.
According to Sykes, feminists push an agenda that they made up to suit their own nasty snake-filled heads.
The candidate said that he hoped his daughters do not grow up to be career obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils who shriek from the top of a thousand tall buildings they are [SIC] think they could have leaped in a single bound had men not been suppressing them. Its just nuts.
You banshees! How dare you! Courtland is hungry. Make him a sandwich, because he doesnt know how and will starve if no woman serves him!
I agree with his last sentence. It is just nuts.
Youre not going to elect him, are you, Missourians?
Some buzz-killers are complaining that Burger King doesnt really care about Net Neutrality and is just trying to exploit a hot-button topic. To them, I say: I know! Isnt it great?! Net Neutrality is so popular right now that its being used to sell hamburgers. This supposedly obscure issue, one that all the political experts spent years trying to dismiss and rename, is so prominent that Burger-freaking-King wants a piece of it. Right now Net Neutrality ranks high on the list of concerns of millennial voters right up there with marijuana legalization. If nothing else, BK knows its target demo. The unprecedented public response since Ajit Pais FCC moved to kill Net Neutrality in December has now seized the attention of Madison Avenue. This is new territory. And its delicious.
Two cops were caught on video beating and stealing from a man before they conspired to turn off their body cameras to cover up what they would do next.
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Dr. Harriett Skye, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was a groundbreaker for many in Indian Country.
Awkwardly enough, one of the worlds six wealthiest people is the owner of the paper doing the factchecking. Or as the Postcoyly put it, (Among the names on the list: Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.) The Posts Nicole Lewis didnt say that Sanders was wrong, exactly. Instead, she said that he has made a habit of relying on simplified statistics that are provocative but do little to illuminate the complexities of the US economic system. Or as she said of a similar statement Sanders made about US (not global) wealth, While technically correct, the condensed soundbite lacked nuance about wealth accumulation and debt in the United States. The factcheck started out by acknowledging that, yes, the six richest people, according to Forbes, have net wealth of $462.6 billion.
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In a blatant example of "do as I say, not as I do," the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs to harmonize federal with state law.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Wednesday that the classified report compiled by the House Intelligence Committee, which reportedly details abuses by federal law enforcement and surveillance agencies, is sloppy and baseless. He also has not read the memo.
I have not seen the memo, Warner said, according to CNN. But I think it is sloppy, careless, and again, I think has no grounding in fact.
The senior senator form Virginia did not explain how he could know intricate details about a document he has not even read.
Under the rules of the U.S. House and the committee motion to make the report available to the entire House, only members of the House have been authorized to read the four-page classified memo. Before the memo can be made available to Senators and their staffs, executive branch agencies like the FBI, and the general public, the committee must vote to make the report publicly available. Congressional Democrats have repeatedly said they oppose making the report available to the public. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has said that the American public doesnt have the necessary knowledge or experience to adequately understand the findings in the report and should therefore be denied access to it.
The memo, which has stoked both widespread speculation and outrage in Washington, reportedly contains information about the FBIs reliance on a now-infamous dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain a warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on associates of the Trump presidential campaign. To date, none of the dossiers substantive allegations of illegal foreign collusion have been independently verified.
Steele, who has not set foot in Russia in nearly two decades, relied on information he received third-hand, including from Kremlin-connected Russians who may have used Steele to peddle disinformation in order to interfere with the 2016 presidential elections in the U.S. This dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton, and possibly others. The firm that commissioned the dossier, Fusion GPS, was at the same time working on behalf of a Russian company accused by the U.S. government of fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against corrupt Russians.
Republican lawmakers in the House are currently considering if, when, and how to make the House report available to the public. Under House rules, if the pre...
For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. I don't sing alone there any more. I'm worried my message is almost mainstream, that I sound like I'm part of the choir. I bet nearly every politician and industry leader I meet in Davos this week will talk the talk about the evils of inequality and be very eloquent and believable, too. I mean, how could they not? The evidence is overwhelming. Surely, no stable genius attending Davos could possibly try to deny, minimise or justify 2018 levels of global inequality? Now that would be a controversial sideshow! Oxfam's report this year is as much about people's stories as it is about inequality's staggering statistics. These are the people around the world losing their lands and livelihoods as fast as ever.
It is no secret that, beginning with the first wave of feminism, the womens movement has been a white womans crusade. While white women championed suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, black and indigenous women still were fighting for their personhood, not yet even considered human by the white race and simply not in the privileged position to be discontented with their inability to vote. Still today, white and upper-class womens issues stand in stark contrast to the issues of many indigenous and black women. In todays womens marches across the nation, scores of white women express their feminist vigor wearing pink pussy hats, a rebuff to Donald Trumps grab em by the pussy comment from a 2005 Access Hollywood recording that emerged publicly shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
Groups representing Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries sued the federal government Wednesday to block the state from implementing its Medicaid waiver program that includes a work requirement. The proposed class action complaint alleges the changes, which include premiums, cost-sharing and a controversial work requirement, will lead to substantial reductions in Medicaid coverage. The CMS approved Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application this month. The controversial work requirement means able-bodied beneficiaries will have to complete 80 hours per month of community engagement activities, such as employment, education, job skills training or community service to maintain their Medicaid eligibility.
Source: Anonbay Police chiefs in the United Kingdom have ordered their teams to hunt and jail hugely successful pedophile hunters, who get the child predators arrested and protect the vulnerable children. Officers have been told to 
I stand amazed at the progress we have made. People work together to aid those in needlike at The Presidents Club Charity Dinner in London. Theyre trying to raise money for hospitals! How can one possibly criticize them for that?
You can trust men to fuck it up.
It is for men only. A black tie evening, Thursdays event was attended by 360 figures from British business, politics and finance and the entertainment included 130 specially hired hostesses.
All of the women were told to wear skimpy black outfits with matching underwear and high heels. At an after-party many hostesses some of them students earning extra cash were groped, sexually harassed and propositioned.
Theyve been doing this for 33 years, in relative obscurity, which has only been broken because a couple of women went undercover as hostesses to discover what shenanigans were going on. It was an unpleasant night for them.
At 10pm last Thursday night, Jonny Gould took to the stage in the ballroom at Londons Dorchester Hotel. Welcome to the most un-PC event of the year, he roared.
That was an omen. Ive noticed that only assholes take pride in not being PC. Thats exactly what it was, too: a parade of privileged assholes letting their hair down to just be themselves, i.e. deplorable and unpleasant.
The nature of the occasion was hinted at when the hostesses were hired. The task of finding women for the dinner is entrusted to Caroline Dandridge, founder of Artista, an agency specialising in hosts and hostesses for what it claims to be some of the UKs most prestigious occasions.
At their initial interviews, women were warned by Ms Dandridge that the men in attendance might be annoying or try to get the hostesses pissed. One hostess was advised to lie to her boyfriend about the fact it was a male-only event. Tell him its a charity dinner, she was told.
Its a Marmite job. Some girls love it, and for other girls its the worst job of their life and they will never do it again...You just have to put up with the annoying men and if you can do that its fine, Ms Dandridge told the hostess.
Two days before the event, Ms Dandridge told prospective hostesses by email that their phones would be safely locked away for the evening and that boyfriends and girlfriends were not welcome at the venue.
The uniform requirements also became more detailed: all hostesses should bring BLACK sexy shoes, black underwear, and do their hair and make-up as they would to go to a smart sexy place. Dres...
Based on chatter by House members who have read the vaunted memo, Justin Raimondo writes that Americans should prepare to be shocked by the nature and extent of the FBI/CIAs interference in our domestic politics, and surprised by how spooks dominate not just influence, but dominate what passes for American journalism today.
The US claims that Assads government in Syria has once again used sarin gas against its enemies. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia bears responsibility for letting the attack happen. Stop me if youve heard this one before.
Notorious right-wing prankster James OKeefe, who was caught trying to trick the Washington Post in December, is now trying to scrub negative press in a recent interview. And, well, to up his book sales.
Venezuelas president Nicolas Maduro has called for a snap election. Will the countrys opposition be able to organize in time? Further, just because the opposition is anti-Maduro, are they really the answer?
Four months after hurricane Maria, nearly half a million people are still without power.
The author writes, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the use of impersonation in public comments on the Federal Communications Commissions net neutrality repeal. Democrats asked the GAO to also examine whether this shady practice extends to other agency rulemaking processes.
From Kestrel: These need at least six dollar bills to find. The first two need 8 dollar bills, the last ones need 6. I did the third one with the bills facing one way for one, and with the bills facing the other way for the other one. That one is called an umulius. Click for full size!
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VaccineNews| Freedom in Florida is under attack again, as state legislators seek to pass multiple vaccine-related bills to restrict personal liberty. Under these unconstitutional pieces of legislation, law-makers would delete parental rights regarding vaccine tracking.
Senate Bill 1680 was filed on January 5, 2018 and under this bill, parents would no longer have the right to opt-out of having their childs vaccination status monitoring by bureaucratic government agencies. This bill would require students have a vaccination record on file with the government to attend school.
House Bill 1045, introduced December 19, 2017, seeks to exact similar measures by requiring electronic availability of vaccination records. The bill would also revise the vaccine requirements needed for public school students. HB 1045 would also demand that students have a certificate of immunization on file with the Department of Health.
Both bills serve to restrict a parents right to protect their childrens privacy or rather, eliminate it entirely.
The Florida State Health Department already operates a vaccine registry, but under current laws, parents still have the right to refuse to participate if they dont want their children on the list. But, as a recent release from the Florida National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Advocacy Team explains:
However, the health department has been openly circumventing the current law keeping everyones information without legal authority even after someone opts out using the state provided form. Instead of deleting records, the health department admits they will keep them and will only limit data sharing as they admit on their site: If you choose to opt out, your childs record will continue to be in the registry, but it will not be accessible to anyone but the childs current doctor.
So, even opting out doesnt delete a childs record in its entirety; what kind of liberties will the government grant themselves under these new (unconstitutional) bills?
Why the FDA should be charged with murder
by Jon Rappoport
January 25, 2018
If you worked for a federal agency that was killing people at the rate of 100,000 a year, every year, like clockwork, and if you knew it, wouldnt you feel compelled to say or do something about it?
At the FDA, which is, in fact, killing Americans at that rate, no one has ever felt the need to step forward and speak up.
Lets shift the venue and ask the same question. If you were a medical reporter for a major media outlet in the US, and you knew the above fact, wouldnt you make it a priority to say something, write something, do something?
Im talking about people like Sanjay Gupta (CNN, CBS), Gina Kolata (NY Times), Tim Johnson (ABC News), and Thomas Maugh II (LA Times).
And with that, lets go to the smoking guns. The citation is: BMJ June 7, 2012, Anticoagulants cause the most serious adverse events, finds US analysis, (BMJ 2012:344:e3989). Author, Jeanne Lenzer.
Lenzer refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices: It [the report] calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.
The report called this one of the most significant perils to humans resulting from human activity.
And here is the final dagger. The report was compiled by outside researchers who went into the FDAs own database of serious adverse [medical-drug] events.
Therefore, to say the FDA isnt aware of this finding would be absurd. The FDA knows. The FDA knows and it isnt saying anything about it, because the FDA certifies, as safe and effective, all the medical drugs that are routinely maiming and killing Americans.
And for the past five years or so, I have been writing about and citing a published report by the late Dr. Barbara Starfield that indicates 106,000 people in the US are killed by medical drugs every year. Until her death in 2011, Dr. Starfield worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her report, Is US health really the best in the world?...
Minnesota is on a list of the 10 most educated states in the country. So is my home state of Washington.
10. New Jersey
7. New Hampshire
I had to look up a few other states Ive lived in. Utah ranks surprisingly high, at #11 were going to have to credit Salt Lake City for bringing up their score, which is a really nice city to live in, despite the weird religion, and is home to a great university that the state actually takes considerable pride in. Pennsylvania is surprisingly low, at #30. Its surprising because Philadelphia is in the heart of a region rich in universities, with a long academic tradition. I guess the benighted middle of the state is dragging their average down.
There is some bad news for Minnesota lurking in the details: we have one of the worst gaps in educational attainment by race. I suspect thats a consequence of welcoming many immigrants Hmong, Somali, and Central American and then failing to do right by them.
(INTELLIHUB) Wednesday, on his show, Sean Hannity unleashed on the deep state and so-called journalists who are desperately clinging to the Russian collusion narrative.
Game on, Hannity said.
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The protagonist of the X-Files Fox Mulder, would say, The truth is out there. The truth about what? The truth about the night the CIA murdred bacteriologist, Frank Olson, because he could not be trusted to keep the CIAs dirty little secret.
In 1953, the Soviet Union and China accued the United States of waging a biowar against North Korea in which millions died. The communist super-powers alleged that the US biowar actions against NK were conducted during the Korean war. Much to my surprise there are several consistent accounts of the secret biowar against North Korea.
Allegations that the United States military used biological weapons in the Korean War (195053) were raised by the governments of Peoples Republic of China, the Soviet Union and North Korea in 1952. The story was covered by the worldwide press and led to a highly publicized international investigation. US Secretary of StateDean Acheson and other US and allied government officials denounced the allegations as a hoax.In February 1953, China and North Korea produced two captured...
In todays edition, we ask federal agencies about their plans for open government and arent impressed by the answers the GAO agrees to probe fake comments to the FCC, the UK government forms a unit to fight fake news, Boston loses its CIO, and more.
WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) The Department of Justice has started to recover five months worth of missing texts from FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page after it was learned a technical glitch had caused their deletion during a time when anti-Trump communications in the ranks of the FBI were at an all-time high.
Fox News reports:
Federal law enforcement officials had notified congressional committees that a technical glitch affected thousands of FBI cellphones between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. This meant that 5 months worth of texts would be missing from Strzok and Page, both of whom are under scrutiny after it was revealed that the former members of special counsel Robert Muellers team exchanged anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Hannity said sources at the DOJ told him they have begun to recover some of the texts from that time period. Specific content from those texts has not been released.
The missing messages have caused problems for the Justice Department inspector generals office.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have sent a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz noting that the IGs office said on Dec. 13 that it had all the messages between Strzok and Page between Nov. 30, 2016, and July 28, 2017.
Sean Hannity went on air Wednesday to urge congress to release the memo which may shed further light on the matter.
Additionally, a source fairly close to the President has indicated to Intellihub contact that former President Barack H. Obama has quietly retained council over the matter.
Aldo Raine (MagaForce) (@Tabertronic) January 25, 2018
Buckle up people, this may get int...
Last week Republicans began to call for the release of a memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes that purports to lay out a series of abuses connected to the FBI surveillance of Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign. As often happens these days, a Twitter hashtag evolved around the effort, #ReleaseTheMemo, and was widely retweeted by Republicans and elected officials.
It didnt take long for a report to emerge claiming that Russian-sponsored Twitter accounts and bots were the real driving force behind the viral call for the release of the memo. Without worrying about the veracity of this convenient claim, all the usual suspects giddily spread the story across social media probably because they have such a deep reverence for truth in the Era of Trump.
The report also prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, both Democrats, to pull out every fearmongering catchphrase available to demand that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg perform an in-depth forensic examination on the ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process.
Its difficult, it seems, for some people to embrace neutral principles nowadays. But if you genuinely believe that Donald Trumps distasteful tweets are attacks on the foundations of free expression, how can you not be alarmed by a pair of powerful elected officials demanding social media companies hand over information about their users? What would they say if the president had sent a letter to Google insisting they give the executive branch an in-depth forensic examination of his political opponents searches?
As it turns out, reports today say that Twitters internal analysis found that it was mostly Americans, not creepy Slavic mind-control robots, who were behind the hashtags. Not that it really matters, anyway. If a group of Americans have a legitimate issue to rally around, how are they supposed to control what outsiders do? Its not as if #ReleaseTheMemo was a secret or illegal. Republican politicians were openly using it.
Yet, if Feinstein and Schiff had their way, Twitter and Facebook would have moved to quash the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag for what turned out to be apparently solely partisan reasons. Sounds like a power that can be abused. Even if the two had been genuinely troubled by Russian hashtags yes, suspend...
Im not the first to observe that a lot of modern feminism consists of loud sloganeering about womens choice and empowerment, behind a small subset of women looks down on other women and tells them theyre making the wrong choices. If you dont believe me, try being a conservative woman (especially one who opposes abortion), or a stay-at-home mom, or someone who thinks the #MeToo campaign has become an out-of-control warlock hunt. We can also see this in the way feminists have taken a new step toward redefining sexual consent, the upshot of which is partly to tell other women that they are consenting to sex wrong.
Consent is the most basic and limited moral standard that you can apply to sex, but it has the virtue of being a clear and objective standard, and it is actually not controversial. You would also think that holding to consent as a standard would allow you to find enough male miscreants and female victims as it is. But I guess that doesnt produce enough of them, or perhaps not of the right type.
So in the rush to find more victimsbecause every woman has got to be able to say #MeTooand to find more perpetratorsbecause all men must be corrupted by the patriarchycontemporary feminism has been slowly breaking down consent as a standard by trying to add extra conditions on top of it that are not clear and objective.
The first step was to change from consent to affirmative consent. It is not enough for a woman to show consent tacitly, by allowing a man to kiss her, to touch her, to remove her clothes, and so on. Under affirmative consent, she must explicitly and continuously say yes to every one of these actions or it becomes the equivalent of rape. That this is not the way lovers act in the real world, nor is it the way most women want their lover to act, does not deter the advocates of affirmative consent.
So now we get to the next stage. What is needed, we are told, is not consent and not merely affirmative consent, but enthusiastic consent. This is the lesson we are supposed to draw from the Aziz Ansari case. Just going by the womans account, she consented to most of what Ansari did on their lame, failed date.
In other words, they cant find enough material in this story to make out Ansari as an outright rapist. Instead, they fall back on the idea that Ansari was guilty of assault because his date was not consenting enthusiastically. As one advocate puts it: Enthusiasm as a standard of consent is meant to help clarify the places at which initiators unintentionally and sometimes unknowingly cross from sexual experience to sexual assault.
How clarifying can it be, if you can sti......
Through Saturday its National School Choice Week, an annual nonpolitical effort to increase visibility and positive feelings about the idea of families having the primary power to control their kids education. Beginning in 2011, President Obama recognized the week, and this year President Trump did, too.
The last approximately five years saw a marked increase in states finally opening the doors to voucher and other parent choice programs after more than 50 years of free-marketers advocacy. Although it descends from Founding-era school funding arrangements, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman was the most significant modern thinker to develop and advocate the concept, most notably with a seminal 1955 essay.
But it took 56 years of making this case to lawmakers and the public before state legislatures successful activity on the matter prompted the Wall Street Journal to dub 2011 The Year of School Choice. That year, 13 states passed significant education choice measures. The WSJ, however, may have used the moniker too soon, as in 2012 and 2013 state legislatures followed with a fresh bevy of choice program establishment and expansions, to the point that today the majority of states offer some kind of parent-choice program, and many offer several.
Since 2013, however, legislative activity on this matter has slowed. Its not because there isnt room to grow, either. While 2011 to 2013 saw a significant increase in the variety of education choices states allowed parents to make with their kids share of public resources, the programs implemented during this time were typically highly regulated and poorly funded. This has dramatically limited their appeal and use.
Thus today, only about 5 percent of the U.S. school-age population uses school vouchers, tax-credit scholarships, state tax deductions and credits, and education savings accounts (my calculation using EdChoice and federal data). If you eliminate students using state education tax credits and deductions, the national percentage of private choice students shrinks to 0.8 percent, or essentially a rounding error.
Lets remember why school choice was proposed and gained momentum in the first place. Its deepest basis is justice: it is morally wrong to trap families into schools that do not serve their needs by basing school access on mere ZIP code. It is also morally wrong to treat families and children as pawns in an education s...
Women hold the top judicial positions in two tribes, the Navajo Nation and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Salon published a column this week by an outspoken abortion advocate attempting to convince readers that when it comes to the question of abortion, the answer should always be to simply trust women.
Amanda Marcotte argues that women know what theyre doing when it comes to abortion, and we should all leave it at that. The question is whether or not women can be trusted to make decisions for themselves like adults, or whether they should be relegated to second-class status, stripped of the right to bodily autonomy, she writes.
This hyperbolic statement actually says nothing about the morality of abortion or why it should be legal for a mother to take the life of her child. Nor does it address the status of the unborn child, a human being whose life hangs in the balance during every abortion decision.
In any case, Marcotte starts off her column by explaining that trust women was the motto of the late Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist who was killed in 2009 by what Marcotte refers to as an anti-abortion terrorist. By referencing Tiller right out of the gate, she is sending a clear message: Trusting women is the reasonable approach to abortion. Look at what anti-abortion terrorists are doing to those who practice abortion.
Emotional appeals aside, the truth is that it doesnt matter who uttered the phrase first, or ever for that matter. The phrase either has merit or it doesnt. It is either worth following, or it isnt. The origin of the quote is irrelevant.
Speaking of irrelevant, Marcotte puts forward a fair amount of research in the column. She cites studies about peoples attitudes toward women who have abortions, attitudes about which biological sex understands abortion better, beliefs about which demographic of women is most likely to access abortion, employment numbers of women who are denied abortions, and some information about how easy it is to access abortion in Peru.
None of the numbers demonstrate why trust women is a slogan worth embracing, nor do they explain why abortion should be a legal option in the first place. Virtually every number and study put forth in Marcottes column is wholesale irrelevant to that point.
Nevertheless, lets consider this idea of trust women when it comes to unplanned pregnancies and abortion. Certainly most would agree that an unplanned pregnancy is a life-changing event, and produces a level of stress that many cannot imagine.
Lets consider a few different scenarios. Imagine you walk in and find a friend engaging in self-injurious behavior, perhaps cutting. You gasp, and tell her to put the razor blade away. She explains that this is the best way she can think of to manage her...
Supermodel Tess Holliday recently posted a nude picture of herself to advocate for womens equality. Her husband Nick posted the picture, writing, Women deserve respect, whether they are completely naked or covered head to toe.
The caption and the mere fact that the model is nude technically have nothing to do with fat positivity, but the undertones are there. Holliday is known for being a plus size model (size 22) and a fat positive activist. Thus, its a difficult issue for some viewers to navigate. Fat positive fans will adore the exhibition, and many critics of the ideology will be content to announce that they do not find Holliday attractive, and wont these fat positive people stop posting unappealing pictures already and stop trying to change peoples conception of beauty?
I can respect Holliday as a person, but I dont have to respect the fact that she posted a picture of her naked backside. That has nothing to do with her size; I would apply the exact same standard to a thin person. Even if you think conventional standards of beauty are too narrow (they are) and that women shouldnt feel pressure to conform to those standards (they shouldnt), theres something wrong with the way Holliday and many other feminist activists are pushing equality.
Whether the cause is fat positivity, unrestricted abortion, or equal pay, radical feminists embrace public nudity as a form of protest and display of pride. But when will they learn that getting naked doesnt get them even either with men, or thin people? Why do they insist that stripping is dignifying?
Over and over again, researchers have demonstrated that wearing less clothing encourages viewers to objectify women, and to view them as more sexually available, less capable, less intelligent, and less self-respecting. As far as I have read, revealing more of ones body has never been shown to encourage more respect. The body positive notion that women should get more respect for wearing less clothing goes against the entire body of data indicating the exact opposite.
And its not just hurting their cause. It could be negatively affecting the women themselves. A meta-analysis of multiple studies on dress and body image explains one study in which college women self-objectified if they viewed themselves in a mirror when wearing a swimsuit, but not if they viewed themselves wearing a bulky knit sweater. In another study, women who imagined themselves in scenarios wearing body revealing clothing (i.e., bathing suits) resulted in higher...
Nominees for the 2018 Oscars were announced with much fanfare on Tuesday, but theres always a gap between what performs at the box office and the films the Academy finds to be of merit. Hundreds of movies fall in the chasm between, many soon forgotten. Twelve biopics stand out in particular this year.
Audiences got an outsized crop of releases based on a true story that are alive with spirit, humor, striking visuals, and stranger-than-fiction twists. This list is not comprehensive, does not include documentaries, and avoids films loosely inspired by actual events, such as The Greatest Showman. (Because while watching Wolverine shed his claws and sing his way through a Broadway take on circus man P.T. Barnum may be a lot of fun, the story has little basis in reality.)
The breadth and depth of these films, from romance to war to dark comedy, reveals true stories cant really be pigeonholed. Most dramatize only a small chapter from history, rather than a sweeping look at a heros entire life. Its a welcome trend that brings forth small, specific moments that bring meaning to big-screen narratives. Here are the twelve.
One performance getting ample attention deserves every award coming its way. Gary Oldman (Air Force One, Harry Potter) brings Winston Churchill to life with remarkable period detail, his transformation aided by expert prosthetic work and a vocal coach who helped him drop an octave. Though he had long been cast aside by the powers that be, when in crisis, Great Britain called upon a military tactician and historian for help, and he ended up saving countless lives by seeing world events with moral clarity.
Heir to the throne of an African nation, Seretse Khama was studying law in London when he met a young woman who loved jazz as much as he did. David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) capture well the romance that agitated cultural mores in several nations. Upon their marriage, Ruth Williams Khama must endure a skeptical people and the unexpected absence of her husband. Director Amma Asante, known for her under appreciated film Belle, navigates the complex history that birthed the nation of Botswana in this film.
Not so long ago, tennis fans could watch a match and root for an underdog without having to worry about who he follows on Twitter or what he retweets. But in an age of ubiquitous social media and particularly since the toxic 2016 election, Americans can no longer remain blissfully unaware of how our athletic heroes feel about politics.
Sports reporters badger athletes about whether they would visit the White House, demand to know how they feel about national anthem protests, and scrutinize their Twitter activity looking for evidence of pro- or anti-Trump fodder to create headlines.
This week at the Australian Open, where an American named Tennys Sandgren came out of nowhere to reach the second round of the tournament, the press corps seemed less interested in his Cinderella story than the fact that his Twitter activity is awfully similar to President Trumps.
Sandgren, a 26-year-old Tennessee native who had just two career wins at the Association of Tennis Professionals level coming into the tournament, had just scored the win of his life, beating No. 5-ranked Dominic Thiem. Then his apparent right-wing leanings were raised at a post-match press conference.
A British reporter asked why he had expressed support for Hillary Clintons debunked Pizzagate issue, and had re-tweeted and followed so-called white nationalists on Twitter. Sandgren denied being a member of the alt-right, and insisted that he didnt endorse the viewpoints of people he followed or retweeted.
But he also said he found some of the (alt-right) content interesting, and the press smelled blood. Elite news outlets around the world went ape, running damning pieces detailing the journeyman tennis players Twitter activity, focusing on dubious conspiracy theories common among elements of Trumps base.
I dont endorse Sandgrens opinions, nor am I a fan of the president. But make no mistake, the point here is to punish and embarrass him for being a Trump supporter.
I concede athletes help dig their own graves by making their viewpoints public on social media. But would journalists be scrutinizing Sandgrens every tweet and demanding answers if he had been following and retweeting Antifa activists, who have encouraged violence against the police? Would they be concerned if he had expressed support for baseless left-wing conspiracy theories? I think not.
Sandgrens political viewpoints have no bearing on the tournament. Twitter is like a religion to journalists....
Theories abound on the state of American healthcare, insurance prices, and that strange compendium of rules and transfers known as the Affordable Care Act. But, new data on the state of insurance markets should force prognosticators to rethink their assumptions and predictions.
For the first time since the 2014 rollout of Obamacare, the rate of uninsured Americans has increased. According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, the share of Americans without insurance coverage increased from 10.9 percent to 12.2 percent in 2017, the largest jump since the economic downturn in 2008. But, unlike in 2008, the American economy is surging ahead with low unemployment and record high dow numbers.
To many defenders of the law, the additional 3.2 million uninsured Americans are victims of the Trump Administration and Congresss war against the Obama-era law. But theres a problem with this theory the law remained wholly intact through the end of the year. Sure, the Trump Administration cut out some advertising and shortened the open enrollment period as 2017 came to a close. But the decrease in coverage happened before the end of the year, with the last quarter not seeing sizeable coverage changes.
Some detractors of the law have argued that premium increases are in fact driving the decrease in insurance. While insurance prices on Obamacare exchanges are indeed on the increase, this cannot be the main explanation. Gallup data shows that exchange dropouts are heavily concentrated in the population eligible for ACA subsidies, who are effectively shielded against premium increases. For the majority of folks who dropped out of ACA exchanges in 2017, health insurance premiums are capped as a percentage of income, with the federal government paying the difference between that capped amount and the actual price of the health plan.
The enrollees that stand to lose the most from the double-digit percentage increases are unsubsidized exchange shoppers, yet this population is strangely holding steady. The dropouts are young (concentrated in the 18-25 age range), but hardly those pesky young invincibles that the government has tried so hard to attract. If exchange dropouts were disproportionately healthy, ACA exchanges across the country would sudden...
Congressional Democrats are ramping up pressure on Big Tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, making 2018 a potential regulatory battleground. A briefing organized by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) last month lambasted the supposedly unethical behavior of the giants in Silicon Valley. Regulating online companies, however, is not an easy task.
If regulation is not carefully constructed, it could reduce the quality of service consumers have come to expect. Standard policy tools such as antitrust policy are likely to be ineffective due to the nature of online competition. And direct regulation would burden startups more than incumbents.
Worries about the growing market dominance of large tech companies are not unwarranted, though writing legislation that is beneficial to the public has becoming increasingly difficult, as online companies do not directly compete in the same way as conventional firms. The market power held by online firms is mostly due to the amount of data these companies collect. This enables network effects, a type of externality in which the value of using the site increases the more data it has.
Whenever a new person joins Facebook, the platform becomes more valuable to all their friends, encouraging more use, and more data is subsequently collected. The more you search with Google, the more it gets to understand your search patterns, and the better it is able to tailor the results of similar demographics, increasing the data it collects.
These network effects make it harder to switch to a new platform that offers a similar service, as the quality that these sites offer improves with use, so someone would necessarily have a worse experience when moving to a new competitors site. When you leave, these sites also keep your data, meaning that they continue to benefit, while you lack the ability to port this information to their competitors.
Antitrust measures are unlikely to do anything to reduce the benefits of these network effects. The scrutiny over the pending AT&T acquisition of Time Warner is being supported by those, such as the Open Markets Institute, who desire more stringent antitrust, as this could limit the power of tech companies to purchase smaller firms in different markets. By doing so they hope to end the buying sprees of the Big 5: Alphabet (Googles parent company), Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.
None of this, however, would do anything to reduce the dominance of these companies, but may instead starve startups of the resourc...
President Donald Trumps proclamation that he was a very stable genius caused some mirth on the internet, but in the halls of Congress, Democratic members are not laughing. Instead, they are rushing for the cameras to register their disagreement and outrage. One Congressman, Rep. Brendan Boyle, has even gone so far as to introduce a bill, the STABLE GENIUS Act, which would legally require all future presidential candidates prove their mental acuity.
The bill would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA), attempting to change a law governing election fundraising into one governing the quality of the candidates for whom the people are allowed to vote. The bills writers should have spent more time researching the law, and less coming up with a snappy backronym for the title. The bill is a bad fit for the law, and its at odds with the Constitution, as well as the entire idea of an elected president.
FECA was passed as a means of making campaign funding more transparent and regulated. It does not regulate who may run for President. It imposes reporting requirements when a candidate raises or spends money. FECA has been amended many times in the years since, with the most recent major changes coming through the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA).The laws basic purpose is to require transparency about who is donating to campaigns, and limits as to how much any one person may donate.
As with any law, violations of FECA result in penalties. The section Boyles bill would amend, 52 U.S.C. 30104, covers monetary transgressions, and the enforcement provisions reflect this. The penalties are mostly fines, and the amount of the fine varies based on how much money was involved in the illegal fundraising.
If youre asking what does any of this have to do with mental health, youre not the only one. FECA covers how candidates may manage their campaign finances; it does not regulate any of the qualities of the candidates themselves. Boyle ignores this problem in the bill, which does not contain any new enforcement provisions. The result, therefore, would be that even if this law holds up in court, the penalty for violating it would be a monetary fine.
As with any new legal requirement, an important question to ask is, What happens if I dont? The FEC has levied some large fines over the years, but mostly on donors, not campaigns. The formulas for penalties are pretty straightforward, but one of the factors involved is the amount of...
Seemingly everywhere Americans go, bad headlines abound: Life expectancy falling, with an opioid crisis plaguing the nation. Politics more dividedand divisivethan ever. But some events do bring a beacon of joy and hope amidst our tumultuous times. National School Choice Week, celebrated last Sunday through this coming Saturday, provides one such occasion.
Full disclosure: I work as a consultant to National School Choice Week. (However, the views in this article are my own, and I have not cleared them with School Choice Week officials.) While I have spent most of my professional career working on health care issues, I couldnt ask for a better client, and not even because my colleagues are a delight to work with. I couldnt think of a better cause to dedicate my energies to than helping students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, seek a better educationand a better future.
At a National School Choice Week event at the U.S. Capitol last week, I saw many such students on display. In the corner of the vast hall stood a young female, being interviewed by a reporter about her experiences with school choice. She spoke eloquently about how she found school more engaging and her grades improved, thanks to school choice.
Her comments resonated deeply with me. While I work as an analyst, I consider myself first and foremost a teacherwhether explaining the nuances of health care policy, game show history, stock car racing, or some other arcane topic.
I benefited from years of quality education in my youth. Twelve years of Catholic education gave me strong moral values, along with indispensable writing skills Ive used every day of my working life. My undergraduate professors at The American University taught me about how Washington works (or doesnt), challenged me to broaden my horizons, and opened new doors for me. Then, living and studying overseas for a year at the University of London, thanks to a fellowship my professors at American helped me to win, opened new worlds.
Nearly a decade ago, I had the privilege of returning to the classroom, this time as a teacher, by creating and teaching a health-care colloquium at American. I viewed it as an opportunity to pay it forward by providing to the next generation the same care and dedication that my faculty mentors had so willingly given to me.
National School Choice Week provides much the same opportunity, albeit in a slightly different form. For everyone who had a teacher who just wouldnt give up on you, no matter how hard you struggled, or the professor who inspired your career choice, or the instructor who served as a mentor and surrogate par...
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Two developments this week could have a major impact on who will control the House of Representatives in 2019 and whether President Donald Trump will be reelected.
Both were victories for those seeking fairer elections in the United States. The first took place in Pennsylvania, where the states Supreme Court ruled the congressional districts drawn by Republicans in 2011 to be unconstitutional. Just two days later, activists in Florida managed to get an initiative onto the 2018 midterm ballot that would allow the states 1.5 million disenfranchised felons specifically those who have completed their sentence including probation to vote.
While the Pennsylvania ruling will have an impact on who controls the House of Representatives next year, the ballot initiative, if it passes, could make it more difficult for Trump to win Florida in 2020.
Swept into office by the GOP wave of 2010, Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania moved quickly to redraw the commonwealths congressional districts. The effect was immediate and drastic.
Even though Pennsylvania is considered a closely divided battleground state and had not elected a Republican presidential candidate since 1988 before Trump won by less than one percent, the new districts gave the GOP a stranglehold on its congressional delegation. Since the change, Republicans have held 13 of Pennsylvanias 18 seats in the House of Representatives.
That will now almost certainly change. On Monday, the states Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 congressional districts were unconstitutional and ordered the Republican-led legislature to redraw the voting maps by February 9th. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf then has until the 15th to review and approve them. Failure to submit redrawn maps means the court will instead revise them.
Voting integrity activists hailed the decision as a win for democracy.
Micah Simms, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, told WhoWhatWhy that, while the current system does not inspire people to feel their votes matter, the courts decision should bring an ease to the minds of many people that when we have fairness and competitiveness, they will feel their vote is worthwhile.
Simms also acknowledged that this decision would have obvious political implications.
Politically, this offers an opportunity for people to have a sense of competitiveness, that if I aspire to run for Congress then Im not running in a place where I have no possibility of winning, Simms said. I think thats a frustration that many people feel and thats why some people dont want to get engaged in the political process, because they feel that the system is rigged already.
Predictably, Republicans were not pleased.
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It's taken longer than expected but the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians finally secured approval of a land swap with the federal government.
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If youve been reading Strong Towns for a while, youve probably realized the current dominant approach to development and public investment isnt working out. Cities and neighborhoods are not financially stable. Our streets are not safe. And almost all of our communities are on an unsustainable path.
We need to change. This can be done by personal actions at the block level, like planting a street tree in front of your house or putting a bench out in front of your business. Those small acts of investment can add up to big results for neighborhoods. But we also need to start getting the big things, like street design and zoning codes, right and that requires getting elected officials on board.
Source: Tim Gouw
Changing minds isnt easy, but its one of the most powerful things you can do to make your town stronger. As a former small town city councilman and lobbyist who has worked to move my fellow city council members, state legislators and occasionally members of congress, I thought Id share a few tips Ive picked up over the last decade.
1. Dont just go to meetings, set one up.
Attending public meetings is important and showing up (especially if you bring a dozen of your neighbors with you) can be a powerful way to demonstrate the need for change. But, while public meetings can be a great place to pressure elected officials, they are a lousy place to persuade them.
If you want to change minds, ask for a personal meeting. In a small town, this could mean asking an elected official to coffee. In a bigger city, it may be setting an appointment with their staff. This more intimate conversation gives you an opportunity to make a human connection rather than just make your point within the allowed three minutes for public comment.
2. Have a game plan.
Dont just go into a meeting blind; prepare. Know what you want to say and, if theres more than one of you attending, who is going to say it. Bring a fact sheet or a photo of the problem you want addressed to leave behind. Clearly know what your goal is for the meeting and what the elected official youre meeting with can do to help.
3. Start with Thank you.
The best way to open a meeting is with gratitude. It immediately sets a positive tone to the meet...
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More and more riot cops materialized from the side streets as someone with a speaker played NWAs fuck the police to the excitement of many within the crowd.
On January 21st, we took the opportunity to take part in the temporary autonomous spaces created by the post victory fervor of thousands of football fans. Realizing that the soon to be victory of the Eagles was an ample time for us to strike back against the domination of civilization, the police, and the prison walls built by our own deteriorating mental, we met up with friends outside of Lincoln Financial field with the intention of freeing ourselves, albeit temporarily. We joined up with fellow members of the continuous class war in their celebration, singing, chanting, lighting fires, and using this opportunity to attack ATMs and throw a little bit of art on the dismal walls of south Philadelphia. We moved down broad street with a roving party that the Philly PD just couldnt seem to shut down.
Love to see a city come together for a common goal pic.twitter.com/IxTbAdwVG4
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After the pigs threatened an individual with noise violations for playing music to the crowd, the atmosphere took a more exciting turn. South Philly sports fans who normally shrieked about the thin blue line became agitated at who they viewed as their protectors. We took this opportunity to begin chants such as Fuck the Patriots and Fuck Tom Brady which many didnt notice quickly became abbreviated to FTP and Fuck 12 (Bradys number). The crowd began to swell, with people leaving and even more left their homes to join the party and follow what soon became an autonomous, spontaneous anti police demonstration.
We made our way to city hall where our moving party joined up with an even larger group, the smell of smoke and alcohol filled the air and the distinct sounds of chanting bellowed in our ears, drowning out the orders of the Philly PD. With growing anger, the police attempted to clear the street. We used this opportunity to use the hundreds of bottles littering the streets as...
At Its Going Down, we try and task ourselves with covering autonomous social movements and struggles within so-called North America. However, we are internationalists and support struggles for autonomy and freedom and against capital, the State, industrialism, and colonialism across the world.
With that in mind, we have created this list of texts from a variety of English language sources about developing struggles and revolts in Rojava, Tunisia, and Iran, due to their increase in intensity in the last two months. For more updates, be sure to check Insurrection News, Dialectical Delinquents, Anarkismo, and LibCom.
While this collection is by no means extensive and we cant cover everything, we do hope this list will help anarchists and autonomists in North America deepen our affinities with those struggling across the world, as well as recognize the role that our governments, corporations, and policing agencies have in exporting and maintaining systems of domination, control, and exploitation. Also, for those looking for demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin, check the list below. Click on the title for each of the following selections to read the entire text.
For the last several years, anarchists, anti-capitalists, and many people on the Left have been supporting the ongoing struggle and evolving movement in Rojava, as an autonomous region in Kurdistan began to take shape, making up parts of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. There, both a sea change has taken place in the form of growing support for Democratic Confederalism, which embraces many aspect of anarchism, ecology, and feminism, as well as in the fierce resistance by the YPG and the YPJ against ISIS. In the battle against the Islamic State, many anarchists and anti-capitalists have also joined in the struggle and given their lives. However, after the fall of ISIS in Raqqa, the Turkish state quickly moved to attack the Kurdish forces, and began a campaign of bombing and attacking various cities starting with Afrin.
Does this mean the death of the Rojava Revolution, and with it, a hope of an anti-capitalist and anti-Statist way of life? Will our comrades in the YPG and YPJ, as well as our anarchist sisters and brothers be slaughtered? How can w...
When Save the Children hired Gerald Anderson in 2013, the global charity believed it was hiring a veteran humanitarian executive with a sterling resume. Anderson had spent more than 15 years working around the world for the American Red Cross, rising through the ranks to lead the groups massive relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. After that, the Red Cross made him head of its half-billion-dollar response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Perhaps most crucially, the Red Cross gave him very positive references, including from a senior official, Save the Children said.
But the Red Cross didnt tell its counterparts at Save the Children an important fact about Andersons work history: He had just been forced to resign from his job after the charity concluded he sexually harassed at least one subordinate.
The Red Cross handling of the Anderson case, coming to light as the nation wrestles more broadly with its treatment of sexual misconduct allegations, sheds light on the unsettling way many employers have dealt with such allegations against high-ranking male executives. Even when employers take action, their investigations are often cursory, and accusers can be left feeling abandoned when the executives are quietly dismissed and land plum new jobs. While many employers make a practice of giving neutral recommendations, or simply dates of service, the Red Cross gave Anderson a good review, with no hint of concern.
At the Red Cross, two young women came forward in September 2012 to accuse Anderson. One, who worked under Anderson, cited disturbing emails he sent to her work account insisting they should have a romantic relationship. A Red Cross attorney subsequently acknowledged to her that investigators had found her account to have merit.
The second woman, Eliza Paul, a program assistant who met him at an after-work happy hour, lodged even more serious allegations against Anderson. She told Red Cross officials she had woken up naked in his bed without knowing how she had gotten there and had gone to the hospital for a rape kit exam.A picture of Gerald Anderson from his Facebook profile
In September, Chicago Police Officer John Catanzara made headlines after posting on Facebook a picture of himself, in uniform, holding an American flag and a homemade sign that read, I stand for the anthem. I love the American flag. I support my president and the 2nd Amendment.
He was reprimanded for violating rules that prohibit officers from making political statements while on duty. But if that discipline was intended to change his ways on social media, Catanzara instead is living up to the words he uses to describe himself on Facebook: A give no f#$%s, say it like it is man.
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1/ Chicago police officer John Catanzara posted this photo of himself on Facebook. Today it went viraland now hes being reprimanded. pic.twitter.com/xbMSR01AMzProPublica Illinois (@ProPublicaIL) September 28, 2017
Since he was disciplined last fall, the veteran officer has remained outspoken and defiant, posting inflammatory material about women, welfare recipients and those who disagree with his politics.
He has tangled with Facebook users who question him. Keep listening for that knock on the door, he responded to one critic.
And, more than once, he has boasted that he will continue to avoid serious punishment. Police superintendents have twice tried to fire him, though he appealed the efforts and won.
The police dept didn't and CAN'T fire me, he wrote last fall, after the flag post went viral.
Now, ProPublica Illinois has learned that the city's police watchdog agency is conducting two investigations into Catanzara's social media conduct in response to allegations of verbal abuse and coercion for comments he made on Facebook and Instagram. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates police misconduct, initiated the investigations in the days following Catanzara's flag post last year.
Catanzara, 49, already is among the most disciplined officers in the department. The 23-year veteran has been suspended seven times for a total of 111 days.
He was named in at least one earlier complaint of racial or ethnic-targeted verbal abuse, but the allegation was not sustained.
In a brief phone call, Catanzara told ProPublica Illinois he was unaware...
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As I was saying on my own Facebook page, any well organized movements, riots, trends whatever it may be that goes mainstream, it is ALWAYS well funded by those entities that have an agenda just as we recently witnessed on Saturday with the Womens March on Washington and a Day Without a Woman.
Whether by NGOs, alphabet soup organizations, Soros Open Society Foundations ITS ALL FOR AN AGENDA, which usually results in division. The good people around the globe need to understand this so they stop the participation.
The Washington Post reports:
A report released Tuesday by the conservative Media Research Center found Mr. Soros and his Open Society Foundations contributed $246 million between 2010 and 2014 to 100 of the 544 groups listed as partners of the Womens March.
The Womens March is the main U.S. organizer of the Wednesday worldwide general strike called a Day Without a Woman, held on International Womens Day, which encourages women to skip work, wear red and forego shopping.
While many celebrity voices were on stage on Jan. 21, highlighting what had become a massive, anti-Trump event, there was another influential voice not heard that day. It belonged to one man....
On January 18th, two days before the one year anniversary of the J20 demonstrations, the Attorneys Office in Washington, DC dismissed all charges against 129 defendants who were arrested during the Inauguration Day protests last year. While this is a victory for friends, families, and defendants who showed support to fight the charges, of the 188 remaining defendants, 59 of them still face up to 60 years in prison.
The J20 cases have become a deliberate attempt by the state to label protestors as felons and agitators, and to vehemently punish collective dissent. According to a motion filed by the US Attorneys office, the government is channeling its efforts to prosecuting defendants who 1) engaged in identifiable acts of destruction/violence and assaultive conduct, 2) participated in the planning of violence and destruction, and 3) demonstrated an intentional use of the black bloc tactic. It is evident that the emphasis on the black bloc serves to foment public disapproval against militant direct action, but also against a specific tactic used by anarchists, revolutionary anti-capitalists and allies, and thus targets those on the left for specific politics. The association of black bloc with anarchism, and now the states legal repression of this tactic, makes clear the states intentions.
The list of those still facing felony charges include journalists, medics, and protesters. Since the inception of these trials the prosecution had no evidence tying any of the protesters with destruction. More than 200 participants were indicted on felony riot charges: inciting to riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, and destruction of property. Along with these amorphous accusations, the prosecution handled their own investigation poorly with misconduct, shoddy evidence, and encroaching investigation tactics.
We live in dangerous times and the repression coming out of the J20 trials has yet to fully reveal how the current administration seeks to and can control future dissent. We must continue channeling our organizing efforts to fight against a state that allows the Neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer to face less time than a group of protesters who may or may not have broken a handfu...
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Lorenzo Komboa Ervin is a former member of the Black Panther Party and wrote the seminal text Anarchism and the Black Revolution while incarcerated as a political prisoner. His writings, which first circulated in the 1990s, continue to inspire many anarchists today. But most importantly his on-the-ground community organizing in the South, work with prisoners, and role in the first Anarchist People of Color conference in 2013 remain examples for all that are committed to liberation movements.
Please consider a donation to support Lorenzo as he grapples with health issues and to allow him to continue his organizing work. If you are interested in his writings we recommend Why I Became An Anarchist or the full text of his book Anarchism and the Black Revolution which can be found in Black Anarchism: A Reader published by Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation.
Please consider making a donation to this fundraising campaign for longtime anarchist political prisoner, theorist, and organizer Lorenzo Komboa Ervin. He has been going through a lot as of lately, including financial difficulties, transportation issues, health concerns and the medical expenses that come along with being type-2 diabetic. His lifes work has opened a path forward for anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and anti-patriarchy organizing in geographies where the non-profit and academic industrial complexes have largely co-opted the progressive-to-radical Left. He needs to survive. Please consider contributing to this fund.
White supremacy must be abolished within leftist political movements throughout the global North. This internal racism needs to be placed at the center of our analyses and movement-building practices, and completely smashed. Moreover, white revolutionaries need to take up arms behind, with, and alongside grassroots movements that a...
by: Isabelle Z.
(Natural News) As Big Pharma and the medical establishment continue to convince people they have various medical conditions and need medications to function or even survive, were seeing rises in the use of everything from antidepressants to statins. However, a new report from the CDC is shedding light on one disturbing trend in particular: a sharp spike in the number of child-bearing aged women who take medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
Characterized by hyperactivity, inattention and impulsiveness, ADHD is often treated with medications and behavioral therapy. Because its diagnosis relies largely on the symptoms patients report to their doctors, its hard to know for sure how many people truly need such medications.
According to the new CDC report, the number of women in the U.S. who take ADHD drugs quadrupled in the 12 years from 2003 to 2015 among women aged 15 to 44, despite the fact that these drugs have been linked to birth defects and fetal death. The CDC called the spike a public health concern given the high percentage of unintended pregnancies.
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My Politics Done Right show targeted Evangelicals on Wednesday for their hypocrisy and outright evil. Misinformation weaponized them into a clear and present danger to the well-being of America. A Right-Wing anti-abortion guy called into the show and I think by the end, there was some common ground. What do you think?
I remember when my parents told me that if I worked hard enough, I could be anything I wanted when I grew up .even become president of the United States one day.
That was back in the 1970s
How little I didnt know then
All these industries are controlled ..ALL OF THEM.
No longer can if be when I grow up, I am going to be ??? Sorry to say, but if you think you can be mainstream this or that better get into their club
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lvaro Sebastin Ramrez is an indigenous (Zapotec) organizer, an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandn Jungle, and a former political prisoner from Loxicha, in Oaxaca, Mexico. After twenty years in prison, lvaro obtained his freedom on July 7, 2017. However, he and other former Loxicha prisoners are facing the threat of re-incarceration unless they pay exorbitant reparations to the court that sentenced them. An international solidarity campaign has created an online fundraising effort here: https://www.patreon.com/KeepLoxichaFree.
lvaro Sebastinwas born to a peasant family in San Agustn Loxicha in 1959. He worked as an indigenous education teacher in the early 1980s. In 1984, lvaro founded the Organization of Indigenous Zapotec Pueblos (OPIZ), an indigenous movement in Loxicha dedicated to combating paramilitary violence, land theft, and extreme poverty. In the aftermath of the uprisings of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Chiapas (EZLN) in 1994 and the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) in Oaxaca in 1996, the Mexican government used these armed movements as an excuse to militarize the Loxicha region and conduct a savage war of counterinsurgency against its social movement. Starting in 1996, state and federal armed forces arrested more than 250 indigenous people from Loxicha, amidst extra-judicial executions, forced disappearances, and state terror. After two decades of organizing in and outside the prisons, the last three Loxicha prisoners, including lvaro, obtained their freedom in July and October 2017. Since obtaining his freedom, lvaro has renewed his organizing work with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).
Keep Loxicha Free is a rapid-response economic solidarity initiative in support of lvaro Sebastin Ramrez and Abraham Garca Ramrez, former Loxicha prisoners who spent twenty years in prison for confronting the Mexican state, and who now face the threat of re-incarceration. Keep Loxicha Free is inspired by and supportive of the creative tradition of Loxicha prisoners juridical self-defense, as part of decades of prison organizing and solidarity, and a rich history of Loxicha resistance against capitalist and state vio...
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by Barney Szyalak
Bloomington is increasingly becoming a place meant for rich and middle class people. In order for that to happen, the city government is cracking down on the presence of poor people in downtown, while real estate developers are building luxury and market-rate housing developments that drive up rent across the city. Cops, cameras, and condominiums complement each other in guiding the city towards becoming a place inhospitable to poor or uncontrollable people.
The Bloomington Police Department expanded its downtown presence last year (Associated Press 2017, 6/12) and finally removed the homeless population from Peoples Park. This came after Mayor John Hamilton unveiled his Safe & Civil Cities initiative in August 2016 (Banta 2016, 8/11), which aims to make downtown safer for middle-class and rich people, including privileged students and their visiting parents.
To accomplish this, the BPD is installing and monitoring four or five surveillance cameras downtown, an addition to the six added in 2016 located along the B-Line, in Peoples Park, and in Seminary Square (Gherardi 2016, 8/11). Regarding this technology, Steve Kallams with the Bloomington Police Department said: The criminal out there sees the cameraswe are hoping they take their criminal offense someplace else. (Eaton 2017, 11/6)
By spitefully wishing criminal offense on anywhere thats not downtown Bloomington, Steves logic complements gentrification, the ongoing process where wealthier people replace poor people in a city, often via rising rent. When this happens, theres a tendency for business owners, city government officials, and Good Citizens to heighten focus on crime associated with people living in poverty in the inner-city. Rather than address the social problems that both cause and result from poverty, police crack down on poor people, luxury housing is built, wealthy people who now feel safe invade the area, and rent goes up. This causes an inner-citys poor to be replaced with rich people. So Steves criminal offenses and the misery accompanying poverty still exist, they are just pushed someplace else.
This is not only happening in Bloomington. Developers are building luxury condos while housing is becoming more expensive in cities around the world. Urban living is becoming more culturally seductive to upper and middle-class people everywhere, whose parents or grandparents fled the cities in the 1950s and 60s. These processes are contributing to gentrification, which means more condos, more cops, and m...
The Hoopa Valley Tribe plans to open a $5 million grocery store on the reservation in northern California this summer.
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Tucson, ArizonaOn January 17 near Ajo, Arizona, a humanitarian-aid provider from the group No More Deaths and two individuals receiving humanitarian aid were arrested by the US Border Patrol. The arrests came hours after the release of a report concluding that the Border Patrol plays a significant role in the destruction of humanitarian-aid supplies. Scott Warren, 35, was preliminarily charged with a felony involving alien smuggling and appeared in court on January 18. He was represented by Bill Walker and released on his own recognizance. The two other individuals remain in custody. In 2007, a federal judge dismissed similar charges brought against No More Deaths volunteers.
The report coauthored by No More Deaths, Interference with Humanitarian Aid: Death and Disappearance on the USMexico Border, was released last Wednesday and included video footage of the US Border Patrol destroying water gallons. The report also documents years of surveillance, threats, and interference with humanitarian aid efforts. No More Deaths provides direct humanitarian aid in an effort to end death and suffering along the USMexico border.
Warren has been instrumental in organizing humanitarian aid in the remote west desert around Ajo. Almost half of the 128 recovered remains of border crossers found in 2017 in Arizona were found in this area.
Home to the Devils Highway, this corridor is one of the longest stretches of wilderness along the border. It is characterized by 110-degree-plus heat during the summer and extreme temperature fluctuation during the winter. It is also home to the 8,500-square-mile Barry M. Goldwater bombing range.
These arrests come during a nationwide targeting of sanctuary and migrant-justice organizers by federal agencies. They also come at a time when Congress is looking to fund the further militarization of the border.
No More Deaths continues to provide humanitarian aid and condemns the targeting of community organizers by the US Border Patrol and ICE.
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A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.
The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.
The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.
Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.
Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.
It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.
The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...
Most of the appreciations of Ursula K. Le Guin have focused on her fiction, but the SF master also wrote speculative poems. Like so many in the field, I began writing SF after reading her lyrical, intelligent prose. That lyricism, of course, we also find in the intelligence of her poems.
Ill admit here that I havent read as much of her poetry as Ive read her prose. That said, one of the most striking speculative poems Ive read in a while is hers: Werewomen. which I encountered in The Moment of Change, edited by Rose Lemberg. (As an aside, the anthology is a solid collection of speculative poetry that I highly recommend. Read a review by Brit Mandelo on tor.com here.)
The poem is a cry of an older woman who, like the younger women and urban women she aligns herself with, implores the reader to Listen what I need is freedom, including the freedom to walk alone at night. In an era of #metoo, marches against the current US administration, and other calls to raise our voices, we should keep the last lines of the poem with us:
All kinds of women
talk about walking alone.
When the moon is full
listen how they howl,
listen how they howl together.
And so, we keep howling. Howling on placards and protest chants. Howling through calls and letters to our elected officials. Howling through our online posts. Howling through our stories.
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Washington, DC Last Friday, January 19, a new class action lawsuit was filed against the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) over the mass arrest of over 200 people at a protest during Trumps presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017.
The first three plaintiffs in the case a DC-based systems administrator, a journalist, and a street medic represent a larger class of False Arrest Plaintiffs who will be added to the suit as the case progresses. (A similar lawsuit was filed by the same attorney, Jeffrey Light, on January 20th immediately after the mass arrest, but was later withdrawn on procedural grounds.)
The federal lawsuit brings six different counts against several MPD commanding officials and officers. Defendants include MPD Chief Peter Newsham, Assistant Chiefs Lamar Greene and Jeffrey Carroll, former Assistant Chief Robert Alder, Commander Keith Deville, Lieutenant Paul Niepling, Sergeant Anthony Alioto, as well as Officers Michael Howden, Melvin Washington, Gregory Rock, and Daniel Thau. They face counts of Violation of the First Amendment, Common Law False Arrest, two counts of Negligence Per Se/Violation of the First Amendment Assemblies Act, Violation of the First Amendment, and Violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.
Central to the factual basis of the suit is the chain of command on inauguration day, on which, according to the complaint, Commander Keith Deville told officers the anti-fascist anti-capitalist protest march had turned into a riot, and ordered them to corral, detain, and arrest everyone present without differentiating who was demonstrating and who was rioting.
The lawsuit also states that by virtue of MPDs chain of command in place that day, Deville received the order to stop the march from [Assistant Chief] Greene at the command center, where (on information and belief) he received direction from [Chief] Newsham.
The complaint further states that Deville knew there were members of the press present in the group and ordered their arrest anyway:
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Compared to CT scans or X-rays, an MRI does not use ionizing radiation that may cause DNA or cancer. This does not mean that the procedure is without risks.
As reported by Daily Mail, legendary celebrity martial artist, producer and actor Chuck Norris has alleged that his wife Gena was poisoned by the gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) that are used to improve the clarity of MRIs.
He has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his wife and the defendants include industry heavy weights GBMCA manufacturers ACIST Medical Systems inc., Bracco S.p.A., and McKesson Corporation.
Gena Norris, a model who has been married to Chuck Norris for 19 years, has suffered bouts of pain, burning, weakness, cognitive issues and constant fatigue since undergoing three MRI scans in a single week five years ago.
According to the suit, the gadoliniumused for her tests resulted in Gadolinium Deposition Disease. This condition has left her near death and resulted in $2 million in medical expenses, including stem cell therapies that have triggered underlying central nervous system issues.
Gena Norris is arguing that litigation is her only recourse and these companies continue to say that there is no link between gadolinium and adverse events, even though the evidence is overwhelming that this heavy metal stays in the body for years, rat...
Kevin Rashid Johnson is being tortured at the Florida State Prison according to an emergency note Rashids lawyers received from him yesterday dated 1/19.
It is suspected the torture began sometime between 1/12 and 1/19 since there was no mention of it in his 1/12 communication.
No other details are available at this time but we will post updates here once we have them.
This comes immediately after news that Rashid faces an inciting a riot charge for merely reporting on #OperationPUSH. You can read Rashids original reporting on Operation PUSH and the conditions in Florida prisons on IWOCs site here.
Rashid is the Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter) and a prolific organizer, author, and artist.
You can write to Rashid here:
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This is a notice to the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign, the EPA and everyone who is against tainted drinking water: the Ramsey Unit here in Rosharon, TX (near Houston) may have high levels of radium in the water supply.
I was brought to this conclusion after hearing a news update on January 15th 2018, which mentioned that the water supply throughout the state of Texas was at high risk of containing harmful levels of radium.
The city of Houston was mentioned as being one of the cities that could possibly have the highest levels. For those who dont know what radium is, its a very radioactive metallic chemical element that is used in the treatment of cancer. It can also cause serious bodily harm and cancer if ingested in water with high levels of it.
Evidence that the water here might be tainted is due to the fact that it runs out of the faucet as a grainy, milky substance that takes time to clear up. White flakes and other debris can sometimes be found floating around. The toilet water contains the same discolorations, and off and on debris.
Ive been drinking the water since my arrival, November 1st 2017. And since then Ive continuously suffered from illnesses that I didnt have before, like sore throat, headaches, non-stop coughing, bone pain and high fever. Other prisoners are experiencing the same symptoms, and didnt have them until recently.
Whether its from the water is unknown, but an investigation into this matter is very important. The only ones subjected to this drinking water are prisoners. All staff carry and drink bottled water and other beverages.
There arent any bo...
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Bathtub Standard Size - When you think of modern bath-tubs, you probably think in terms of a spa. Not too many consider a soaking bath tub to be a modern twist to an old idea. Deep wooden bath-tubs were used by the Japanese for centuries within their bathing rituals. They have become popular in North America for their attributes that were soaking. Many use Japan bathtub or Ofuro bath-tub as a Jacuzzi. They're jetted and have a heater attached to the water resource to provide you with the calming and relaxing sprays of water that was hot water. Most of these are created from wood which has been sealed.
A more more sophisticated bath tub would function as the cast iron clawfoot bath tub. These, like the Japanese bath-tubs, are deep and great for soaking as well as bathing. They are able to serve two uses in one-unit. Even though some can still be purchased in cast-iron, they're generally produced from fiberglass or acrylic to-day. Yesteryear's claw foot bath-tubs usually sat in the middle of a large bathroom that had a drain in the center of the floor. When draining, modern bath-tubs aren't as primitive as this and generally do not soak your floor.
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By Brandon Smith While the mainstream media and general public tend to assume that every new day is bringing us closer to a better future,...
The framework for protest movements needs to be expanded with a view to threatening the Establishment that supersedes political parties.
The following piece offers some thoughts on anarchist activity in Philly in 2017. Like any reflection worth its salt, this one is meant to inspire thought, conversation, and ultimately action.
The most noticeable change in the anarchist space has been its increase in size, alongside a deepening and broadening of anarchist activity in Philly. An ever-changing place, the anarchist space has seen an influx of new people and ideas. More punks, more overlapping with the left, and definitely more anti-fascism. Many of the struggles anarchists engaged in prior to 2017 have escalated, and anarchists have also opened new fronts on which to fight the social war. The anarchist space itself is constantly in flux; with people dropping in and out, relations between people changing, organizations forming and collapsing, new alliances and hostilities emerge. Each change affects our capacity, growing it, limiting it, moving it in different directions. Like all changes, these present both new opportunities and new challenges. How can we move beyond increasing our numbers to seeing our activity flourish? What would it mean to qualitatively assess the growth were experiencing?
Other aspects of the anarchist space have remained the same. We have yet to open large public conflictual spaces within big marches and protests. Theoretical conversation and deepening stays confined within one-on-one conversations and small groups. Assemblies and larger discussions continue to feel like spaces where many people show up with the expectation of being told what to do, of finding a group to join, of coming to a decision all together about what should be done, instead of being spaces where people arrive with their own initiative. As always, there is room to improve; this is not something we should shy away from.
The shift toward anti-fascism, fighting the right, and opposing Trump has affected local social conflict in interesting ways. Longtime anti-fascists expressed both bitterness and pleasure to see large sections of the population finally take seriously the dangers the far-right poses, a danger they have been fighting for years. One unfortunate effect of this shift towards anti-fascism has been a shift away from black revolts against policing and from anti-colonial struggles, as well as a shif...
By Brandon Turbeville While Rex Tillerson, Nikki Haley, Heather Nauert, and Emmanuel Macron as well as the entirety of the Western corporate media focus on...
Larry Nassar, 54, the former Team USA gymnastics doctor, was previously sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty in July for three counts of child pornography charges, where in approximately 37,000 graphic images and videos of child pornography were found on his computer and hard drive. According to Reuters from November 29th: Larry Nassar, the 
January 20, 2018 marked the conclusion of the first year of the Trump eraa string of back-to-back crises that made unprecedented demands on US anarchists. Despite limited numbers and resources, we rose admirably to those challenges. Congratulations on a roller coaster of a year! Now its time to analyze how we succeeded, identify the opportunities we missed, andabove allprepare for what comes next.
Over the past year, weve disrupted the far-right attempt to legitimize a more totalitarian strategy of governance and pushed back the threat of a street-level fascist movement. Neither of these victories are complete, but we achieved them against incredible odds. In 2018, well have to continue fighting those battles, but well also contend with centrists bent on re-legitimizing the political system, a resurgent authoritarian Left, and the next wave of ecological and geopolitical catastrophes. In order to succeed, well have to broaden our focus and expand our range of tactics.
For a detailed timeline of anarchist activity throughout 2017, consult this report by Its Going Down; Spencer Sunshine has also composed a timeline of fascist activity. The following analysis is hardly comprehensive; for example, it passes over anarchist participation in disaster relief, which played an important role in demonstrating our ethos of mutual aid this past year.
The election of Donald Trump marked the ascendancy of a new nationalist strategy for managing the state. Trumps nationalism is not centered in old-fashioned economic protectionism, but a neo-fascist model in which the violence necessary to sustain neoliberal capitalism is directed disproportionately at those outside the gated communities of citizenship, whiteness, and patriarchy. From the opening of his campaign, it was clear that he had no real plan to reverse the course of global development and bring factory jobs back to the US. Rather, he was promising voters...
An FBI informant has apparently informed Congress that a secret society at the FBI was holding secret meetings off-site after the election of Donald Trump.
On Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday evening, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) called it corruption of the highest levels of the FBI.
That secret society we have an informant thats talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off-site, Johnson said. There is so much smoke here.
.@SenRonJohnson on alleged secret society mentioned in @FBI agents texts: That secret society we have an informant thats talking about a group, they were holding secret meetings offsite. #SpecialReport https://t.co/0NPVFhqWiY pic.twitter.com/NaXelnfaJP
Fox News (@FoxNews) January 23, 2018
The theme: Something starts off as fairly reasonable, and then is blown out of all proportion. First, a brief recap on the secret House memonot available to the press or publicand the reaction to it. Purportedly, the memo will reveal that Democrat operativessome inside the FBI and the DOJfeloniously used a fake and fabricated Trump 
By Brandon Turbeville It seems as if the U.S. State Department has been on a continual loop ever since August, 2013 when Western-backed terrorists launched...
Joe T. Hodo, Star of El Joe T. Hodo Show, Is Running For President of Mexico.
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An attorney representing bank whistleblower Rudolf Elmer claims Assange threw his client under the bus for the benefit of his own ego
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By Michael Maharrey An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that would exempt the sale of gold and silver bullion from state sales and use...
The Roman Republic and the later Roman Empire had gold coins called the aureus and solidus, but they also minted a popular silver coin called the denarius. One denarius was the daily wage for unskilled labour and Roman soldiers. Of course, in the late Empire, the aureus, solidus and denarius were all debased by mixing 
There seems to be no end to the manipulative tactics of the global ruling elite. The military industrial complex is marching head on into Syria just as planned all along, The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is virtue signaling about women's rights while the Pope points his finger at promoters of "fake news" when he really should be looking in the mirror! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth provides his analysis on these three stories that are making headlines this morning.
This American evolution we're hinting at requires that we evolve from helpless and hopeless victims of a bad system to aware, awakened advocates and activists for a new one. Here are two chances to make one!
The very nature of nuclear weapons requires that the power to use them is decentralized and dispersed. And while it is sobering to think of leaders like Kim and Trump with their finger on the trigger, a nuclear war is far more likely to be started by some anonymous captain in an Ohio-class submarine patrolling the Pacific or a Pakistani colonel on the Indian border.
There are circumstances where saying Im sorry is appropriate. You bumped into someone on the sidewalk, you say it, it means something because youre expressing regret at an accident, you didnt mean to do it, you dont want to ever do it again. We can believe it.
But theres another kind of sorry, the one where youve done something intentionally, repeatedly, and would have kept doing it if someone hadnt stopped you your primary regret was that you were caught. Yet we treat these kinds of cases as if they were similar to the oops, excuse me, I didnt mean to step on your toes sort of case. We still expect an apology a completely meaningless, pointless apology.
Like the Larry Nassar story. The judge seems to get it.
The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nations top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: I just signed your death warrant.
The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassars victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassars decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.
It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable, Aquilina said.
Yes. What he did was intentional and malicious and repeated hundreds of times. Why would anyone trust any sign of remorse? His apology is garbage.
Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had shaken me to my core. He said no words can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.
I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days he said as many of his accusers wept.
This is the same guy who wanted to be excused from listening to the victims statements, because they hurt his feelings. The same guy who submitted a letter objecting to the womens accusations.
Those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over, Nassar wrote. The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a wo...
While Rex Tillerson, Nikki Haley, Heather Nauert, and Emmanuel Macron as well as the entirety of the Western corporate media focus on phantom chemical attacks, none of the above have even mentioned the terrorist shelling of Damascus (Bab Touma area) which has resulted in the death of nine people, most of whom were children and teens. 
General Electric Co. is under investigation by U.S. regulators after taking a larger-than-expected charge in its finance division, dealing a new black eye to a company once enshrined as an icon of American business. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at the accounting practices related to a review of a GE insurance business as 
Some video clips never fail to crack me up and though I have shown them before, I feel the need to show them again for those who only recently started reading this blog and may have missed it. This one is from back in the early days of the US invasion of Iraq and is from the Australian sketch comedy show skitHOUSE.
Just read a great article by Caitlin Johnstone over at Medium where she discusses the automation of censorship tools by companies like Twitter and Google. Putting paid Julian Assanges warning last year on this, Ms. Johnstone details just some of the abuses that Twitter and Google engaged in to subtly and not-so-subtly shift public perception of major issues 
The post AI Censorship And The Power Of Steem To Preserve Truth appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
The effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. -- George Eliot
Cecile Richards is reportedly stepping down from her role as president of Planned Parenthood, according to BuzzFeed, amid an ongoing federal investigation into the nations largest abortion provider.
Under Richards leadership, the abortion provider drastically increased the number of annual abortions it performs, by 11 percent. During her tenure as president, which began in 2006, Planned Parenthood has aborted an estimated 3 million children, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
In 2015, numerous Planned Parenthood employees and high-ranking officials told undercover journalists the organization was harvesting body parts of unborn children, including intact heads. It exchanged these human body parts for money from companies and universities. These undercover videos, which spurred five congressional investigations, prompted Planned Parenthood to claim it stopped taking money for organ harvesting, despite the organizations repeated claims that its behavior was completely legal.
While these congressional investigations have stalled, the Justice Department confirmed in December 2017 that there is an ongoing federal probe into Planned Parenthoods business practices.
The damage that Trump has caused to American credibility and moral global leadership will not be readily repaired after electing a new president. It will take time and a president who is stable, politically skilled, and intellectually competent with vision and understanding of America's pivotal role in the international arena before America's global leadership can be restored.
This could well be one of the most epic less-than-60-second devastating take-down of just about every mainstream media lie on Syria
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In a speech delivered on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of actively obstructing ongoing congressional oversight of the agency and its probes involving former secretary of state Hillary Clintons secret e-mail server and President Donald Trumps alleged illegal campaign coordination with the Russian government.
Grassley said the available evidence suggests that an operation to fund, compile, and distribute a dossier of salacious and unverified allegations against Trump was itself a Russia-influenced scheme to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Steele, who was working for Fusion GPS, who was working for the [Democratic National Committee] and the Clinton campaign, was working with the Russians, Grassley said. So, who was actually colluding with Russians? Its becoming more clear.
Christopher Steele is the British ex-spy who put together the infamous and discredited Donald Trump dossier for Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Clinton presidential campaign, and potentially others. Its still an open question whether federal intelligence agencies used the dossier as a basis for secret surveillance of people connected to Trumps presidential campaign.
There is thus far no evidence that any of the substantive allegations of collusion in the dossier have been independently verified by anyone. In British court filings, Steele himself would not even vouch for his dossiers accuracy, instead claiming that his work product was merely a collection of raw, unverified intelligence transmitted to him by sources in Russia.
Grassley said keeping many aspects of the Steele dossier hidden from the public has enabled the DNC and others to obscure whether Russian officials colluded with American politicians throughout the 2016 campaign. He called for the release of not just the House Intelligence Committee report on alleged abuse of surveillance tools by U.S. law enforcement, which he says the full Senate cannot review pre-release since the information is classified, but also the underlying DOJ documents supporting the House report, with necessary redactions to protect national security.
Grassley said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who both sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, believe that statements Steele has made in public contradict DOJ information unearthed during the course of their investigation. Earlier this month, those contradictions spurred the two senators to refer to DOJ a criminal investigation of Steele for providing false information to federal authorities.
We saw Mr. Steele swearing one thing in a public libel suit against him in London, Grassley said. Then we saw contradictory things in documents that I am not going to talk about in a...
I saw a fascinating claim last month that's been on my mind ever since. Specifically, that GDP growth during the decade of the Great Recession essentially tracked that of the Great Depression. It seemed extraordinary and so, in an age of fake news, I decided to look into this myself.
In the chart below, I've plotted the compounding GDP growth rates for the decades beginning in 1930 and 2007. I've also gone and added the compounding stock market growth rates (DOW) for the same decades, which I think adds some context and flavor to the story.
Some takeaways for me:
The post Phoenix, AZ: #MyBordersMyChoice Neo-Nazi Propaganda Efforts Foiled by Antifascists appeared first on It's Going Down.
As the radical right wing movement continues to splinter due to poor strategy, infighting, and general lack of consistency, members of hate-havens 4chan and 8chan called for a propaganda action on US college campuses, and public areas on the night of January 21st, under the hashtag #MyBordersMyChoice, (one of the featured slogans on one of the two flier designs they had). The callout post on 4chan had explicitly called to place anti-immigrant posters on college campuses, specifically places with high traffic, or buildings related to feminism & SJW related areas, in hopes of getting a reaction out of those who would come back to classes the next day and see them.
Poster from the group Vanguard America found with the #MyBordersMyChoice flyers, shows the connection between neo-Nazi groups and those putting up the posters. James Alex Fields, the man suspected of killing Heather Heyer, is also suspected to be a member of the organization.
In years past, Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ has been an on-again, off-again site of white nationalist campus recruiting, with efforts made by, primarily, the now defunct National Youth Front, and Identity Evropa to flier, recruit, and organize rallies on the campus. Recent history includes a 2015 National Youth Front flyering and intimidation campaign aimed at harassing and intimidating an ASU professor teaching a class about the construct of whiteness, which eventually led to the NYF and assorted neo-Nazis openly rallying on the ASU campus, and being confronted by a large group of local anti-fascists.
With that said, anarchists and antifascists have also kept a consistent presence on the campus, postering, flyering, distributing literature, and dropping at least a dozen banners over the ASU bridge on University Drive, a main traffic artery through Tempe. These effort...
Washington, DC Last Friday, January 19, a new class action lawsuit was filed against the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) over the mass arrest of over 200 people at a protest during Trumps presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017.
The first three plaintiffs in the case a DC-based systems administrator, a journalist, and a street medic represent a larger class of False Arrest Plaintiffs who will be added to the suit as the case progresses. (A similar lawsuit was filed by the same attorney, Jeffrey Light, on January 20th immediately after the mass arrest, but was later withdrawn on procedural grounds.)
The federal lawsuit brings six different counts against several MPD commanding officials and officers. Defendants include MPD Chief Peter Newsham, Assistant Chiefs Lamar Greene and Jeffrey Carroll, former Assistant Chief Robert Alder, Commander Keith Deville, Lieutenant Paul Niepling, Sergeant Anthony Alioto, as well as Officers Michael Howden, Melvin Washington, Gregory Rock, and Daniel Thau. They face counts of Violation of the First Amendment, Common Law False Arrest, two counts of Negligence Per Se/Violation of the First Amendment Assemblies Act, Violation of the First Amendment, and Violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.
Central to the factual basis of the suit is the chain of command on inauguration day, on which, according to the complaint, Commander Keith Deville told officers the anti-fascist anti-capitalist protest march had turned into a riot, and ordered them to corral, detain, and arrest everyone present without differentiating who was demonstrating and who was rioting.
The lawsuit also states that by virtue of MPDs chain of command in place that day, Deville received the order to stop the march from [Assistant Chief] Greene at the command center, where (on information and belief) he received direction from [Chief] Newsham.
The complaint further states that Deville knew there were members of the press present in the group and ordered their arrest anyway:
Deville knew that not all of the individuals who were marching were committing acts of vandalism when he declared the march a riot. He was also aware that some of the individuals walking down 13th St., NW were journalists photographing the march or otherwise documenting the march.
The Islamic religions are nothing but a political organization. During the era of the so-called Prophet Muhammad, politics did not exist. Religions were used to organize people. Muhammad ibn Abdullah as one of the descendants of Abraham by blood established Islamic religion to unite Arabs against Sassanid Kurdish Empire and Roman Italian Empire.
The first reason leftists should adopt MMT is the same reason some conservatives do--because it's true, and has been known to be for a long time. And a strong left movement can only be built on a correct economic analysis. Money is a powerful tool/weapon in the hands of our class enemy. We better know how it works.
On this episode the Federalist Radio Hour, Yuval Levin and Ben Domenech discuss how Congress as an institution has crumbled internally and tries to legislate through the media. They also debate what Trumps administration has achieved policy-wise this year and how he will compare to other Republican presidents.
Yuval Levin is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and EPPCs Hertog Fellow, and is the editor of National Affairs magazine.
Congress ought to make its work more legislative, not executive, and that means breaking down these consolidated processes, Levin said. The trouble is Congress doesnt actually want control if they did, they could do it by reforming their own institution.
Listen to the full episode here:
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In a stunning admission, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reveals an informant is briefing Congress on "offsite" meetings by "Secret society" mentioned in Strzok-Page texts
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