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Ken Starr, former special prosecutor, has written his definitive account of the Clinton impeachment in a new book, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation. Ben Domenech interviews Starr on the common misconceptions of his investigation, memorable moments, regrets, and the similarities between Clintons case and the investigations of the current President.
I did not know where the road might lead. I would say that I was reasonably prepared, but not fully prepared given the dimensionsthe public narrative and reaction was so overpowering, Starr said.
A school district should ensure that they understand the financial condition of charters before approving them to operate.
There is no mention on Moss's website that before he turned to dream work he was a prote'ge' of notorious CIA and MI6 operative Brian Crozier. Along with the CIA and MI6, Moss left a high level and successful career as a master propagandist (i.e. an expert in lying) working for the Institute for the Study of Conflict ( ISC) and Forum World Features , a London based CIA propaganda news service which operated from 1965 to 1974.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was started in the 1920's to glorify the death of Nazi heroes and prepare the way for more. The only thing it was concerned about was the creation of a Ukrainian state.
US president Donald Trump partially declassified a government surveillance application targeting former campaign consultant Carter Page and directed the US Department of Justice to publicly release text messages relating to the "Russiagate" probe between former FBI Director James Comey and other DoJ/FBI personnel. Whether or not this is a SMART on Trump's part remains to be seen, but in my opion it's the RIGHT move.
These two polls must galvanize and fire up effort to get out the vote, especially among unregistered fence-sitters, Hispanic, African American voters. Beto has never relied on nor consulted pollsters, always basically saying: "Why should I? I am talking directly with hundreds of thousands of Texans all over Texas; I don't need anyone to interpret what they are saying and what they want!" Beto will diligently fight to win!
(ANTIWAR.COM) Mondays surprise Turkey-Russia deal on Syrias Idlib Province, which aims to stop a military invasion of rebel-held territory in return for a demilitarized zone, and groups like al-Qaeda withdrawing from that entire area, has a very fast time-frame, with officials hoping to have it in place by mid-October. Russia and Turkey are on board, and 
It takes great courage to step out and expose powerful, awful people, and as she knew ahead of time, Christine Blasey Ford is also facing the consequences of her bravery.
Christine Blasey Ford was hesitant to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because she feared facing public attacks. Why suffer through the annihilation if its not going to matter? she said in an interview with the Washington Post.
Her fears were not unfounded. Within hours of revealing her identity, personal attacks were launched against Ford. Some senators expressed their doubts about the truthfulness of Fords statements. Senator Orrin Hatch asserted that Ford was mixed up.
Now, the New York Times is reporting that Ford is being sent death threats. An unnamed source told the Times that following the threats, Ford and her two teenaged children moved out of their home. Ford also hired private security. One of the messages reportedly said that Ford had 6 months to live, you disgusting slime.
I hope those two kids are fully aware of the sacrifice their mother made for the truth, and theyre proud of her for it.
(MEMO) Saudi Arabia issued new directives banning up to 300,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from performing pilgrimage, Alarab.qa reported yesterday. Reporting the Palestinian Institution for Human Rights (Shahed), the Qatari news website said that Saudi Arabia stopped issuing visas for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who do not hold a Palestinian Authority (PA) passport. Shahed reported travel agents were 
Its another chapter of Ice Swimmers Harakka an Island. Weve climbed down from the top and were ready to go. Lead the way Ice Swimmer.
A bit to the south of the crossroads, theres birch and we can see the island Srkk in the southeast. Srkk is next to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and the fortfications in Srkk were built to support the main sea fortress. Nowadays Srkk is used by a yacht club as a base and there are two restaurants there.
Also on the eastern shore, webbed feet are quite numerous.
Wild strawberry plants were plentiful, but there were very few berries.
The Vellamo House/Cottage is a nature fairy tale house for kids featuring books and educational play facilities....
The author writes, America First is looking like America Alone. For the United States and the countries around the world that look to it for leadership, the consequences are profound. We are witnessing the systematic dismantling of the multilateral world order that has given the United States and its partners an extraordinary level of security and prosperity since World War II.
The author writes, GCHQs methods for bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled.
The author writes, Not so long ago, the idea of liberals hankering nostalgically for Bush, hanging on Kissingers words, or cheering assertions of American exceptionalism would have been unthinkable. Likewise the idea of rooting for the rightwing attorney general Jeff Sessions, the former FBI director and registered Republican Robert Mueller, and other mandarins of the so-called deep state. Yet old certainties have been shaken, roles reversed, and loyalties scrambled by Trumps profoundly unorthodox presidency.
The author writes, A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was a chain of tragic accidental circumstances. The downing...
On its face, the agenda for the Business Integrity Commissions public hearing on Monday seemed uncontroversial enough: The agency that oversees New York Citys private garbage industry wanted to adopt new safety measures requiring trash companies to regularly report accidents, traffic violations and license suspensions involving their truck drivers.
Turns out, the measures struck the private trash haulers as too much. Testifying before the BIC, industry members called the measures onerous. They said they were suspicious about what the oversight body would do with the information, although they did not spell out what they feared. They even sought to question what, exactly, constituted a crash worth reporting.
I start with the definition of crash in the proposed regulations, Thomas Toscano, chief executive officer of Mr. T Carting, said. In a highly populated area with millions of parked cars and over 100,000 customers picked up nightly, small property damage incidents are bound to happen. Cars suffer minor damages and carters pay to resolve these issues many times without going through insurance.
Toscano said that carters should only have to report crashes that result in over $5,000 of property damage or an injury. Reporting every accident, he said, would actually lead to less safe conditions burying the agency in paperwork that would hobble its efforts to tackle the more serious dangers in the industry.
The BIC and the trash companies it monitors have long tussled over how much regulation was too much. The BICs latest meas...
Republican strategy with the Brett Kavanuagh nomination is
clear: Quickly have hearings that feature only Kavanuagh and his
accuser Christine Blasey Ford, declare that it is a he said, she
said stalemate, decide that Kavanaughs denials are credible, and
vote him in. But as a
quintet of former prosecutors have pointed out, there are many
ways to get further than just two conflicting testimonies, but this
requires investigation by an independent party to ferret out
corroborating or contradictory evidence, and having hearings
without such preliminary work would result in just a charade.
The latest proposal is for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. However, these allegations are extremely serious and we five former federal prosecutors with a combined experience of many decades believe that a Senate hearing, if it indeed occurs, is not enough. It will not adequately provide the American public with the full facts and truth about these allegations, nor, importantly, will it allow the Senate to fulfill its constitutional role of advice and consent in the context of potential Supreme Court justices. Rather, there must be a thorough, unrushed investigation by the FBI or by another independent investigator and a full and fair public hearing, including all relevant witnesses and not just Kavanaugh and his accuser.
What should that investigation include? Witnesses, in addition to Ford and Kavanaugh, should be interviewed by nonpartisan investigators before they testify. These should include Mark Judge, other people who may have been present at the party that night (even if they did not actually witness the alleged attack) and Fords therapist from the 2012 session. One way to judge witnesses credibility is to look at how consistent their statements are over time and how witnesses statements line up with one another. This assessment cannot be done on the telephone and cannot be done in a vacuum by interviewing only two of the witnesses under oath.
There are also rumors that other women, such as this one, might come forward to say that Ford told them about the incident at the time it occurred. Meanwhile Ford has >received death threats that have forced her and her family to move out of their home and into an undisclosed location. She has rightly called...
Two women patients in the care of deputies transporting them to a new facility spent their last moments alive chained in the back of a police van.
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Editors Note: While just about anything in todays malleable electronic world can be manipulated, and should be viewed through an appropriate lens of skepticism, with all the previous information we have shared on this site about the creation of yet another rebel staged chemical attack in Idlib, this footage appears to be another example of 
The post Breaking Video: White Helmets Prepare Chemical Weapons Provocation In Syrias Idlib appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
One of the most familiar aspects of hurricane season is the
constant talk about the strength of developing storms using the
Saffir-Simpson scale, which ranges from Category 1 (a marginal
hurricane) to Category 5 (a powerful monster).
Newly released documents detail never before seen Department of Justice rules relating to conducting surveillance on journalists suspected of being an agent of a foreign government.
The post Declassified Documents Expose DOJ Rules for Spying on Journalists with Secret Court appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
The innocent family that had their home seized by police through civil asset forfeiture fought back, and their victory will affect other residents for years to come.
The Department of Justice will be awarding $246 million in public safety grants for Indian Country.
The Census released its income, poverty, and health insurance data last week (ASEC, SPM). Among other things, the data allows us to see who was in poverty and therefore gives us good insights about how to eradicate poverty. In this post, I detail what I think these insights are using my own calculations of the 2017 microdata. Below is the overall poverty rate broken down by market income and disposable income. Market income refers to all income received from labor earnings and capital ownership. Disposable income refers to each persons final income and takes into consideration taxes paid and government benefits received. For both figures, I use the poverty line of the Supplemental Poverty Metric. In 2017, the market poverty rate was 25 percent. The poverty rate when counting disposable income was 13.9 percent.
The United States has an ancient Constitution. It doesnt ban slavery as punishment. It doesnt ban bribery as campaign funding. It doesnt protect the natural world. It doesnt guarantee basic human rights to food, shelter, education, healthcare. Its system of representative government doesnt fairly represent. New laws are needed. On the other hand, the United States has numerous laws on the books that just arent enforced. Antitrust laws are treated more as suggestions. Laws against torture are routinely erased from memory by re-banning torture again and again. Perjury by someone powerful is a crime if sex-related. (Clinton.) Otherwise its a factoid for use in arguments over any allegation that is sex-related.
Guess whos perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? Sen. Mazie Hirono explained, boiling down the Senate Democrats position on Brett Kavanaugh. Its the men in this country. I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up. And step up. Do the right thing for a change.
Demanding an entire gender just shut up because it shares in a collective guilt borne of the actions perpetrated by a people who happen to share their biological features is a pretty ugly notion for anyone to be voicing, much less someone charged with defending the Constitution. Then again, arguing that the right thing for all men to do is surrender their right to due process or any kind of genuine defense, isnt much better. But welcome to 2018.
The truth is, Hirono gave away much of the game when she followed up her authoritarian outburst by wish-casting a scenario in which this Supreme Court seat stays vacant for two yearsor, more precisely, until after the 2020 election, when presumably a Democrat can fill it. Which is, of course, the point of everything thats occurred in this premeditated roll-out to sink Kavanaughs confirmation. Democrats want to push the vote past the midterms.
First, Democrats sat on the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford until after the hearings to ensure maximum media impact, and a circumvention of process and Senate norms, and a delay of a vote. So Republicans called the Democrats bluff, and conceded to hearingseither private or publicto allow Ford to air her claims. Earlier this week on NBC, Debra Katz, Fords lawyer, was asked, is her client willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee publicly and tell this story? Katz answered: She is. Shes willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes.
As it turns out, whatever it takes has a number of caveats. Ford, in a letter to Senate Judiciary chairman, now demands an investigation take place before any hearing commences. This reflects the Democrats tactic of slowing everything down because, as they claim, the Kavanaugh hearings has been rusheda charge that doesnt mesh with the facts.
In reality, Democrats know that the FBI has nothing to investigate. This fact alone doesnt mean Ford is lying, of course, but it does mean that Democrats are using it as a delaying tactic.
The liberal push-back on this contention has been to argue that FBI has the purview...
The Canadian governments Department of Canadian Heritage has the opportunity to support a groundbreaking cultural initiative.
September 17, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - The United States is politically fragmenting. It would seem that the various cultural and ideological stresses impacting the nation are destabilizing the countrys two traditional political parties. At this point in the fragmentation process we can identify four political groupings. They are (1) those of Democratic Party persuasionand it should be noted that the Democrats are being stressed by contesting interpretations of just what the party stands for; (2) those of continuing Republican Party persuasion, which by now really represents a small rump party of Trump supporters; (3) the independents now bolstered by what once was the moderate multitude of the Republican Party as well as a growing number of ex-Democrats on the disaffected left; and (4) the mass of apolitical Americans who have always been alienated from politics and usually do not vote.
Black First, Land First spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has told the author of this article and others about the controversial party that my existence is a crime.
The post White Existence Is...
A SWAT leader, firefighter, and public works employee were among 24 child predators arrested in a New Jersey sting operation.
The post Top SWAT Cop, Firefighter, Govt Employees Among Dozens Busted in Child Sex Sting Operation appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Please join us in celebrating the first legislation in support of employee ownership in over two decades, and the first to explicitly name worker cooperatives as a priority for the SBA. This is a huge step forward for worker cooperatives, and we are proud to have played a role in making it. Along with many allies in the field, our organizations worked in depth with the bill's author and sponsor, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with DAWI doing research and education, and USFWC doing advising and advocacy. We will also play a key role in supporting implementation. This is the power of an organized sector, and we're just getting started! Please see below for the official press release, and spread the word far and wide.
Since its launch by students as a moral call to climate action in 2011, the fossil fuel divestment campaign has become a mainstream financial movement mobilizing trillions of dollars in support of the clean energy transition. Commitments to divest continue to grow rapidly: Today, nearly 1,000 institutional investors with $6.24 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil fuels, up from $52 billion four years agoan increase of 11,900 percent. The primary drivers of this recent growth are insurers, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds. The insurance sector continues to divest more than any other sector, having committed to divest over $3 trillion in assets.
Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaughs nomination to the Supreme Court.
Secretive courts used to keep tabs on Americans.
The post Watch Live: Here Are The DOJs Rules for Spying On Journalists appeared fi...
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Departments highest-ranking officials, the documents show. In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media. The guidelines say the attorney general, the deputy attorney general, or their delegate must sign off before the bureau can bring an application to the secretive panel of judges that approves monitoring under the 1978 act...
As artists and cultural workers weve chosen to undermine the power of the fossil fuel industry in our own backyard directly. Weve put our focus on confronting artwashing, which is basically greenwashing, using art. When companies like Shell sponsor museums and cultural institutions, its not because they care about art, its to paint their faces with a veneer of goodwill and distract the public from the disastrous reality of their business practices. To make themselves look like generous contributors to society, when they are in fact the diametric opposite. Art and activism can be applied together to bring fossil-sponsored cultural institutions to their senses. It can flip outcomes for unethical sponsors on their heads turning decoration into disgrace.
More than 100 school districts and public universities have hired social media monitoring companies over the past five years to spy on students social media accounts under the pretext of school safety and preventing school shootings, according to a report in the New York Times. The private companies exploit social tragedy, recruiting more institutions after every mass shooting despite little evidence that the spying programs have any effect on violence. The customers of these companies include school districts experiencing school shootings, such as the Newton Public Schools in Connecticut, as well as some of the largest school districts in the nation, including in Los Angeles and Chicago. Large universities like Michigan State and Florida State have also contracted services from the companies.
Forces on the left are mobilizing in Latin America and the Caribbean to confront the right-wing offensive which, encouraged and financed by the United States, is underway in the region, with the use of strategies meant to foment political destabilization and discredit progressive governments in power and former elected leaders. Political leaders, intellectuals, and representatives of social movements are evaluating the unfavorable correlation of forces developing over the last few years, and charting action plans, taking the victory of progressive candidate Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, in Mexico, as a positive sign. The storm arrived and shut the window opened at the end of the 90s
A million people crying for independence, demanding the release of political prisoners and the return of exiles should be an image that should be traveling around the world to show that the Catalan people are determined to exercise the right to self-determination and build the Republic of Catalonia. However, the Spanish hegemonic press has tried to hide the sky with a finger. The media has also tried to minimize what has become a powerful message of dignity of a people who are fed up with enduring the chains and the Spanish plundering of their economy, but also the cultural penetration that among other things wants to destroy its upmost sign of identity; the Catalan language.
The United States (and its vassal states that make up NATO) has long shifted to a permanent war doctrine. Under the guise of fighting communism then terrorism or the war on drugs it has militarised every part of the globe. Were it not for the war on drugs theyd be no reason for US destroyers to be sailing up and down South American rivers (even while Afghanistan heroin production sky rockets under US occupation). Were it not for the war on communism the US wouldnt have been funnelling millions in arms and weapons to the Muhjadeen (who would later morph into Al Qaeda) and Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s. Were it not for the war on terror there would be no reason for the US to invade and occupy countries in the Middle East.
According to Fox Newss Chad Pegram, Feinstein told his fellow Fox reporte...
Unfortunately, these kinds of cases do not go away.
IT WAS A SWELTERING JULY afternoon when fifty protesters, many dressed in fatigues and wearing shirts that identified them with groups such as Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Bikers for Trump, the Alt Knights, and a militia group called American Patriot the III%, gathered in a gravel parking lot in Deposit, New York. They had come for the Second Annual Ride for Homeland Security. Pickup trucks, cars, and motorcycles were adorned with American flags. Deposit, a depressed rural community in upstate New York with a population of 1,577, is located at the confluence of the Oguaga Creek and the West Branch of the Delaware River near the border with Pennsylvania. The protesters, several driving all night, planned to ride past a small community called Islamberg, an enclave of two hundred mostly black Muslims in nearby Hanover, with seventy acres of farmland and woods.
Many analysts will remain wary of the Norths sincerity until the last nuke is removed from the country.
This guy, Angelos Sofocleous, was elected to head the humanist group at Durham University. He has resigned. He has to blame someone.
In light of recent events, I have taken the difficult decision to resign from the position of President-Elect of Humanist Students.
These events involved a retweet of mine saying RT if women dont have penises, and certain other criticisms of the transgender movement, as well as suggestions to improve the movements actions. Sadly, these views were taken to be transphobic by individuals who cannot tolerate any criticism, either of their movement or their ideas, and are unable to engage in a civilized conversation on issues they disagree on.
Would you believe hes a philosophy and psychology student? Im kind of curious about those certain other criticisms and about how he defines woman, because he seems to treat it as a simple distinction based on the presence or absence of a penis. It seems rather superficial and narrowly phenomenological for someone in either of those disciplines, but on the other hand, I also dont want to play into his hands and debate the subject with him, because he also says this, along with hiding behind freedom of speech!:
Even if one makes statements which are wrong beyond doubt (e.g. Homosexuals shouldnt have the right to marry, Nazis did nothing bad, Slavery is moral, Women are inferior to men), one needs to have a conversation with that individual and explain why they are (obviously) wrong. Engaging in a debate does not mean that you give equal status to your opponent.
This is where the fetishizing of free speech and debate goes bad. I get to deny your basic humanity and your right to exist, and you now need to convince me otherwise. I get to freely make assertions that dont challenge my privileged status but do potentially do great harm to you, and I have no responsibility or obligation to others others who may even consider those statements wrong beyond doubt to make defensible statements, and the onus is entirely on you to address them, and if you dont, you are an intolerant tribalist. Why do you get so angry when I merely want to deny your civil rights, or enslave you, or kill you? Thats not very logical.
Dont you realize that Sofocleous is the victim here?
I hope we belonged in an environment in which we were able to speak up without the fear of being fiercely attacked and silenced.
I think there are a lot of people who would like to be able to simply exist without the fear of being f...
After the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh concluded last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed that for six weeks shed hidden a claim hed sexually assaulted someone. Christine Blasey Ford then told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.
Although she said she doesnt remember where or when the alleged event occurred, she said she believes it may have been in the summer of 1982 and that Kavanaughs friend Mark Judge was present for the assault. Notes from a couples therapy session in 2012 show that she spoke of an assault involving four boys, not two, from an elitist DC boys school. Kavanaugh isnt mentioned in the notes, but Fords husband says she told him the name at that time and said she was worried he might be a Supreme Court nominee in the future.
Kavanaugh categorically denies the allegations. Judge says he doesnt recall any such event and that Kavanaugh didnt behave that way. Another alleged party attendee named by Ford says he doesnt recall such a party and that Kavanaugh didnt behave that way.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed the vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh, reopened the hearings, and invited both Kavanaugh and Ford to speak to the matter. Kavanaugh has agreed but Ford says she wont testify until and unless the FBI investigates her claim. Democrats, who previously asked for the hearing, now suggest that the vote to confirm Kavanaugh should be delayed for as long as it takes for an investigation to take place.
Senate Republicans are less enchanted by the demand that they indefinitely delay Kavanaughs confirmation vote so unverifiable claims might be investigated. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said, Immediately after learning of Dr. Fords identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims. Weve offered Dr. Ford the opportunity to share her story with the committee, as her attorney said yesterday she was willing to do. We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable. The invitation for Monday still stands. The committee explained that the FBI considers the matter closed and doesnt make c...
Warning: sensitive content.
I walked past the same people at the front desk who had given me directions to the room where I had been raped shortly before. I was disheveled, my eyes were red from crying, and my clothes barely fit correctly as I rushed to rearrange them in the elevator to appear as normal as possible.
I was in a building filled with people, and my only thought was to get out as quickly as I could before anyone noticed me. I made eye contact with the girl at the front desk, who tilted her head slightly as I rushed by. I felt an instant wave of shame and fear. I even worried she might call the police, thinking I was a prostitute or perhaps someone on drugs.
I walked down the long sidewalk. It was late evening by then, and I was in more physical pain than I realized from the adrenaline pushing me out of the building. I slowed my walk for a moment, feeling a breeze, and I took in a deep, frustrated and embarrassed breath.
This was not supposed to happen to me. I was careful, I thought. I was a man. I was a gay man, and being assaulted in such a way wasnt supposed to happen to us. I felt deeply ashamed, and in all the times I had rolled my eyes at characters in movies not immediately calling for help, I felt genuinely sick at my cowardice. But I kept walking. I had parked a few blocks away, and made it to my car safely anonymous.
I dont remember going home, showering, or looking in the mirror that night. I dont remember going to bed that night or thinking about what had just happened to me. I only remember looking at my computer screen at the open chat message showing the rapists cheerful excitement about my impending departure. I exited out, shut down my computer, and resolved never to look at it again.
The first person I told was also one of the first people I told I was HIV-positive. This person was the only one who asked how it had happened, and I let the story flood out in tears while gasping for air. The whole time I begged my confidante with my voice to understand that I did not want to be someone who had been raped.
My attacker was intoxicated, and possibly on drugs, as I remember his glassy eyes that seemed to look through me completely. Holding me down with his forearm on my neck, he told me he was infecting me with HIV. I still remember the aggressive passion in his voice that told me how much it excited him to say so.
I didnt have to escape. Once he was finished, he behaved as though we had just enjoyed a fun time together. He sat down on a chair looking at me with pride and amusement. I remember feeling like I chose to leave and therefore hadnt really been raped.
Maybe I was being too sensitive. Maybe I was being too prudish. Maybe I just didnt understand what was supposed to happen in this kind...
As more and more journalists twist their undies in a bunch about the new name given to the condition we used to call bashing your head one too many times, the pinheads in pinstripes at the NFLs Manhattan office decided to pass a new rule to pacify the nation. The rule states that if a player lowers his head and initiates contact with an opponentwhat laymen call tackling they will suffer a 15-yard penalty or be ejected from the game.
This rule is, one hopes, the final experiment in how out-of-touch the NFLs leadership can be. Nervous readers should note that they already had rules on the books about spearing, roughing the passer, roughing the kicker, no helmet-to-helmet contact, etc. Now this.
It isnt just that no one knows how this rule can or will possibly be implemented, nor that it defies logic to imagine training these men to run more than 15 miles per hour chasing one another down, then in an instant keep their chins up. Its that I cant imagine the viewer who wants to watch football, but only on condition that nothing dangerous happens. Why not make a rule that all NFL players face the camera and smile while getting tackled by a 300-pound defensive end while youre at it?
In protest, one player, Andrew Sendejo, a safety for the Minnesota Vikings, has been wearing a hat that reads, Make Football Violent Again. And thats exactly right. In an age when glorified cage fighting is the fastest-growing sport on earth, and bare-knuckle boxing, a tradition formerly honored as the grand finale of a lively evening at Paddy Mulcaheys public house, has been legalized, somehow the NFL thinks theres no place in modern football for violence.
The instinct of the NFL leadership is right. We should work to limit violence. But their tunnel vision has blinded them from seeing the true way in which football has always prevented violence, which is by being violent, albeit in a more controlled form.
Lets take a case study. My son is a six-year-old whirl of testosterone. A few days ago he was trying to get my attention while I tried to get some work done. So he calmly walked up to my chair, placed a tender young hand on my arm and said, Dear Papa, please will you spend a choice moment with me. Only those raising a dog instead of a child could believe that.
In reality, he backed up about six or seven feet, got down on all fours, and scrambled as fast as he could, head first, into my chair, nearly knocking me over. He got my attention. Of course, if he had pulled...
There is a ghost in the room when millennials have sex. Connected by apps and delivered by rideshares, modern lovers are haunted by the knowledge that even a 99 percent match or a super-like can disappear in the morning, leaving nothing but a first name.
Writing in the New York Times, Courtney Sender describes wrestling with feelings of abandonment after such an encounter when her partner ghosted her and vanished without explanation. In her raw, human account, Sender struggles to find an answer to a riddle many in my generation face: If I consented to casual sex, why do I feel abandoned when my partner leaves?
The problems with casual sex arent new, and they arent unique to my much-maligned generation. But where there used to be a shared cultural understanding of romance and heartache, the march of progressive sexual ethics has been so complete that we no longer have the vocabulary to explain what were feeling.
When I left the heartland to join a private medical practice outside Washington DC, I began to see just how thorough this transformation has become. In many ways, DC represents the best and worst of my generation. Idealistic, ambitious young men and women from around the country come to work in politics, government, or the ever-nebulous consulting industry. They hope to make their mark before they settle down somewhere more humane for the rest of their lives. While theyre here, they do what human beings have always done: reach out to others for intimacy.
Like the jobs that bring them here, however, these romances are often temporary affairs, the health effects of which bring many young professionals to my clinic. Few people I meet really expect to find lasting love in a city that no one calls his hometown.
Mercifully, my profession has become adept at treating the physical consequences of this approach to sex. But the emotional consequences are more difficult to heal. Its these emotional consequences that Sender describes.
As a younger man, her partner was thoroughly trained in modern, politically correct sexasking for affirmative consent for every touch, every kiss, every act. This initially seemed odd to her, but she grew to interpret his gentle demeanor as an expression of profound care. Later, she realized this ritual of consent protected only her body, not her heart, and only for that single moment. Sex felt like a sacred act, she writes, and then he disappeared.
When her roommates scoff at her for this: A sacred act? Girl, you sure dont treat it like one, Sender tries to answer, comparing casual sex to praying with strangers or donating to charity. These metaphors ring hollow. After all, no one cries if strangers from...
I think Christine Blasey Ford isnt lying, but she isnt telling the truth.
After Ford went public with her charge that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago, I initially did not think the story was true. I suspected Ford had been dispatched by the left to thwart Kavanaughs impending confirmation.
The facts seemed to support that view: Ford never mentioned the purported assault to anyone at the time, or at any time over the following 20-plus years. When Ford first spoke of the supposed incident in couples therapy, she didnt finger Kavanaugh. She also claims no recollection of where, or even when, the alleged attack occurred.
The calculated timing of Fords accusation, coupled with her coordination with the media and Democrats to weaponize her last-minute attack, confirmed my opinion. After all, Sen. Dianne Feinstein sat on Fords letter since July, never questioning Kavanaugh about the allegations. Only after the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its hearings on Kavanaughs nomination did Feinstein act, issuing a press release cryptically announcing that she had referred allegations of misconduct to the FBI.
Ford then gave cover to Feinsteins claim that the senior senator had withheld the letter because Ford had sought confidentiality. Ford insisted she only went public when leaks threatened her anonymity. But last month, Ford paid for a polygraph test and apparently scrubbed her social media and professional profiles, which is clear preparation to go public when the timing proved ideal.
As battle lines hardened on Mondaywith politicians and pundits declaring their respective belief in, and support for, Kavanaugh or Fordthings got ugly. The right mined for dirt on Ford. Negative student reviews (of another professor with a similar name!) began making the rounds, as did claims Kavanaughs mother had foreclosed on the Ford family home. Then came internet reports portraying Ford as a promiscuous drunk, and posting the names and contact information for her high school classmates at Holton-Arms, a Bethesda, Maryland all-girl prep school.
The left exhumed Kavanaughs decades-old high school yearbook and circulated the teens senior-year service as the Keg City Club treasurer as evidence supporting Fords allegations. (Many forget the legal drinking age in the 1980s was 18). Fellow Holton-Arms alums crafted a letter declaring that Fords story is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves, implying tales peddled while they were in school involved the Supreme Court nominee.
While partisans plunged headlong into the nastiness, Kavanaugh publicly proclaimed his innocence. This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describ...
Google, a company with an annual revenue exceeding $100 billion and tens of thousands of employees, has brought about ground-breaking innovations through its horizontal search engine, self-driving vehicles, and electronic messaging systems, improving the lives of millions of individuals and businesses in the process.
However, recent reports of the Silicon Valley behemoths cooperation with China paint a picture less of an ethical business giant, and more of an adversary blatantly subverting American interests and basic human rights on the world stage.
In early August, The Intercept reported that Google is planning to implement a censored version of its search engine in China, dubbed Project Dragonfly, which will block searches related to free speech, human rights, and democracy, among other content Beijing deems objectionable.
Worse, the search engine will reportedly link any searches entered by a user directly to his or her phone number, allowing Chinese authorities to easily track citizens seeking out blacklisted information, and placing political dissidents at risk of human rights violations such as interrogation or detention.
Furthermore, the search engine would reportedly replace data on weather and air pollution with information manipulated directly by Beijing, falsifying the risk associated with breathing in the heavy smog blanketing the nations cities.
By yielding to Beijings assault on freedom in return for access to new markets, Google has succumbed to the darker impulses of human nature, in a stark reversal of previous anti-censorship stances. In 2010, for instance, Google refused to censor search results in China, writing in a blog post, We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services.
Through its proposed propaganda engine, however, Google is now complicit in a regime that persecutes religious minorities and massacres peaceful protestorsand the backlash is growing. A coalition of 14 human rights groups recently called upon the company to halt the project in its tracks, writing, Google risks becoming complicit in the Chinese governments repression of freedom of speech and other human rights.
Moreover, seven brave employees have resigned from Google in protest of the project.
I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negot...
Imagine if the New England Patriots, the losing team of the 2018 Super Bowl, went into the 2019 Super Bowl with the 33 points they earned in their losing game in 2018. Thats the current Democrat game plan on how to implement the deceptively simple-sounding Equal Rights Amendment.
The ERA was first proposed in 1972 and died ten years later, on June 30, 1982, after it failed to gather enough support from the states following an initial seven years for ratification and an additional 39 months. It reads in part, Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. After it failed, ERA supporters started the process over with identically worded amendments introduced into the House and Senate in 1983.
What do those words mean? What do they imply? How would Congress interpret it today, since the last House and Senate hearings were held in 1983 and 1984? Some of the concerns raised in the House Judiciary Committee included objections that the ERA would mandate legal abortion, tax-funded abortions, unisex school sports, women in combat, same-sex marriage, regulation of private entities such as schools, and equal insurance premiums for men and women.
By 1983, several states had adopted identical language from the federal ERA into their state constitutions, and many of the concerns Congress expressed then have turned out to be justified, given how state courts interpreted the law.
In 1983, the Senate also considered the ERA proposed by Democratic Sen. Niki Tsongas, which was identical to the 1972 ERA. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch pressed Tsongas over its legal effects on veterans preference for jobs, the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal tax money for Medicaid abortions, tax exemption for churches with male-only clergy, abortion rights for women, private and single-sex public schools and universities, separate classes for teaching sex-education in schools, and other concerns. To each of Hatchs queries, Tsongas responded by saying that the issue would be decided by federal courts.
Of course, some may say many of these concerns are now law. Yes, but are they constitutional? Congressional progressives continue to pillory current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, because they know that legal support for abortion and same-sex marriage rest on the predilections of liberal Supreme Court justices, not the text or meaning of the Constitution. If the Constitution did expressly protect these behaviors, no justices could threaten their legal...
Since Title II internet regulations were repealed in December, supporters of the former rules for the internet have waxed apoplectic over fears about internet service providers (ISPs) and wireless carriers throttling (slowing down) speeds.
The repealed rules were put in place to force ISPs to treat all internet data equally, which backers claimed prevented throttling and the prioritization of certain data sources. Claims that removing these protections would transform the internet into a tiered fiefdom ran rampant on social media and in the halls of Capitol Hill.
Now, finally, net neutrality advocates claim to have the data to back up their point. The Wehe app, designed to identify instances of throttling applications by ISPs, recently released statistics based on the experience of nearly 100,000 users from January 2018 to August 2018. Net neutrality was technically still on the books until June, but enforcement prospects became nil after the December 2017 vote.
While there is some evidence of service slow-downs in the post-vote period, these cases reflect data management rather than a plot to prioritize in-house streaming. Far from undermining the case for deregulation, the data underscores the problems net neutrality poses.
For their efforts to make throttling data publicly available, Wehe has become a media darling. Headlines declare, post net neutrality, internet providers are slowing down your streaming, and Netflix and YouTube throttled by wireless carriers, despite plenty of variation around which providers are slowing down which services. In fact, the birds-eye view of differentiation (another word for throttling) shows that the vast majority of internet surfing goes unhindered by ISPs. Ninety-five percent of the 450,000 tests run by Wehe show no signs of differentiation, yet this headline figure doesnt even garner a footnote in most media accounts.
Of the thousands of slowdowns identified by the app, the vast majority are unsurprisingly centered around services that consume disproportionate amounts of bandwidth like YouTube, Netflix, and NBCSports. Since watching video crowds networks and slows browsing for other users, any sensible internet provider needs to manage and minimize bandwidth hogging by a minority of users. This ensures smoother surfing for all. Even Netflix, which has opposed repealing net neutrality, has...
People protesting the murder of Botham Jean have spent more time in jail than the cop who walked into an innocent man's home and murdered him.
Former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman, in an interview with Queerty, said without a huge agenda he wrote Bert and Ernie as gay, based on his own life. He added, I dont think Id know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. The way in which media, including social media, ran with the story may be more interesting than Saltzmans opinion.
After all, Sesame Workshop, the educational group that produces the show, issued a denial: As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.
The statement was virtually identical to the 2013 statement issued in response to a cover of The New Yorker suggesting the two longtime friends were in a relationship, as well as the 2011 statement issued after online petitions demanded the pair get married. This position seems fairly clear, if more polite than the formulation used in 2010 and as far back as 1994: They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They dont exist below the waist.
Indeed, if Snopes is to be believed on this topic, speculation on the sexuality of Bert and Ernie dates as far back as 1980, even before Saltzman wrote for the show. What has changed is the underlying motivation for speculation that has been debunked repeatedly over decades.
Once upon a time, the idea that Bert and Ernie were not merely roommates but shacking up was borne of immature humor that would be condemned in many quarters today as rooted in latentor patenthomophobia. It was a sort of teenage transgression like the idea that Batman and Robin were gay.
But just as jokes about the Dynamic Duo later gave rise to the parody of The Ambiguously Gay Duo, who were gay (or not), Bert and Ernie would be the subject of similar meta-comedy. In Avenue Q, a Sesame Street pastiche which became one of the longest running musicals in Broa...
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.Mark Twain
The left routinely distorts conservative ideas, but it is not always clear whether their misrepresentations are deliberate or simply due to unfamiliarity with conservative thought.
Consider, for example, the lefts characterization of supply-side economics as trickle-down economics or tax cuts for the rich. Despite having been shown to utterly defy the facts, politicians and media continue arming themselves against these caricatures with invincible ignorance.
Never has a major marginal income tax rate reduction over the last 100 years slashed tax burdens for merely the rich. Every major tax cutwhether during the 1920s, the 1960s, the 1980s, the 2000s, or most recently under President Trumphas benefited all income groups. Furthermore, these cuts have made the tax code more progressive. Following the tax cuts of the 20s, for instance, historian John Steele Gordon writes:
The distribution of the tax burden became radically more progressive, not less. In 1921 those earning less than $10,000 had paid $155 million in taxes, 21 percent of person income tax revenues. In 1926 they paid only $33 million, or 5 percent. Mellon himself boasted in 1928 that a bachelor with a $4,000 income in 1920enough to make him comfortably middle classwould have paid $120 in tax that year, but in 1928 would owe only $5.63.
NBC News has concluded that the same pattern followed the cuts of the 1960s, 80s, and 2000s:
Upper-income people are carrying the income tax burden to a greater extent today than 30 years ago, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which tracks data going back to 1979. In 1979, the top 10 percent of households, as measured by income, paid 40.6 percent of all federal taxes; the other 90 percent paid 59.4 percent. But by 2005, the top 10 percent accounted for nearly 55 percent of all federal tax revenues, while the rest of the population paid about 45 percent.
Part of the reason for the increased burden at the top is that many lower- and middle-income groups have been removed from the tax rolls entirely. So, how does the left justify its tax cuts for the rich canard? Heres how.
Imagine that under a supply-side tax cut proposal $500,000 earners have their tax burden cut by 10 percent and $100,000 earners have their tax burden lowered by 20 percent. While the larger cut in fact applies to lower earners, the left chooses to ignore that, twist lang...
In Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, a plurality of Supreme Court justices declined to overturn Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the companion 1973 cases that allowed legalized abortion nationwide at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason, in any state. Central to the pluralitys reasoning was that [a]n entire generation has come of age free to assume Roes concept of liberty in defining the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions.
This reasoning came as much of a surprise to Chief Justice William Rehnquist as it did to the millions of American women who certainly had not ordered their lives around abortion. In his opinion, Rehnquist disputed not only the assumption that Americans had grown accustomed to Roe, but the condescending suggestion that many women had reached their places in society in reliance upon Roe, rather than as a result of their determination to obtain higher education and compete with men in the job market.
Twenty-four years later, a number of women undeterred by these cogent criticisms filed amicus curiae briefs in Whole Womans Health v. Hellerstedt (the Supreme Courts most recent abortion decision, decided in 2016) (here and here), telling personal stories of seeking abortions. They argued that women continue to rely upon abortion to plan for and succeed in their education and careers.
Those briefs have largely come to define popular discourse involving abortion. Thats unfortunate, because they gave short shrift to the life stories of the many women who have been harmed, injured, and even killed by legalized abortion. They neglected data on abortion rates and their effects on womens health, relationships, and careers. They also grossly underestimated all the women who have advanced and are thriving despite or irrespective of legalized abortion.
Indeed, in 1973, the Supreme Court justices surmised that legalized abortion would reduce poverty among women. While Roe might not be the source of the feminization of poverty, the hard truth is that in the four decades since Roe, the proportion of those living in poverty who are women has increased.
One factor may be Roes transfer of all responsibility for children to women. By teaching uncommitted men that the proximate cause of a baby is the womans decision to give birth and not to abortrather than the proximate cause being intercoursewomen are the decision makers and therefore the cause of any child born. Since men have no rights regarding their unborn children, too many believe they have no responsibilities e...
Why do conservatives oppose the Export-Import Bank? Because the economy grows faster when markets rather than politicians determine where labor and capital go.
Why do conservatives oppose ethanol subsidies? Because the economy grows faster when markets rather than politicians determine where labor and capital go.
Why do conservatives want to abolish the Department of Housing and Urban Development? Because the economy grows faster when markets rather than politicians determine where labor and capital go.
Thats also the answer if the question is about tax reform, the postal monopoly, school choice, health care, bailouts, minimum wages, and myriad other issues. Simply stated, government intervention is a recipe for cronyism, corruption, and inefficiency. Its no coincidence that market-oriented jurisdictions such as Hong Kong are so much more prosperous than state-driven nations such as Greece.
This appreciation of markets explains why conservatives should be in the forefront of the battle to defend free trade. We understand it would be wrong to let politicians interfere with our freedom to trade with our local grocery store. We also understand it would be a mistake to allow politicians to hinder our liberty to trade with people in neighboring states. The same argument applies when looking at our trade with people in other nations.
Here are seven simple things to understand about trade.
The capitalist system, based on competition and trade, is defined by voluntary exchange. There is no need for balance between participants. We all have trade deficits with our local gas stations. Were always buying from them, but they never buy from us. Is that bad? Of course not. Were freely engaging in transactions that, by definition, only occur because we both benefit. The same is true with trade across borders.
Nations dont trade, people do. So when people in one nation buy goods from people in another nation, the money doesnt disappear. Its either used to buy goods in return, or it is used for investments.
Foreigners have placed trillions of dollars in Americas financial markets, in large part because the United States is viewed as strong and prosperous. This ...
The people who work for President Donald Trump have a tricky job to do: They must, in effect, act as dry cleaners for the emperors new clothes.
But how long the illusion will last in view of recent events Bob Woodwards new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, the unflattering op-ed on Trump in the New York Times, and the Washington Posts announcement that, in 601 days since Trump assumed office, he has made 5,001 false or misleading claims is hard to predict. Nevertheless, the president continues to repeat these claims.
John Brennan, director of the CIA from 2013 to 2017, has said Trump is drunk on power. Last month we posted a collection of very interesting quotations on the most extreme end results of the abuse of power, fascism.
Power can be abused easily.
Former FBI director James Comey gave a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 15, 2015, in which he explained why he required every new FBI agent and intelligence analyst to visit the museum:
Naturally, I want them to learn about abuse of authority on a breathtaking scale. But I want them to confront something more painful and more dangerous: I want them to see humanity and what we are capable of....
Donald Trump and the Republicans are using a back door, an ACA loophole to bring back junk health insurance policies. These insurance policies only work when you are not sick, providing you with a false sense of security. Here is what they are and why people are fooled into buying them.
Its a promising new drug for multiple myeloma, one of the most savage blood cancers. Called Ninlaro, it can be taken as a pill, sparing patients painful injections or cumbersome IV treatments. In a video sponsored by the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., one patient even hailed Ninlaro as my savior.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2015 after patients in a clinical trial gained an average of six months without their cancer spreading. That trial, though, had a major shortcoming: its racial composition. One out of five people diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the U.S. is black, and African Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be diagnosed with the blood cancer.
Yet of the 722 participants in the trial, only 13 or 1.8 percent were black.
The scarcity of black patients in Ninlaros testing left unanswered the vital question of whether the drug would work equally well for them. Meaningful differences may exist in how multiple myeloma affects black patients, what symptoms they experience and how they respond to medications, FDA scientists wrote in a 2017 journal article.
The racial disparity in the Ninlaro study isnt unusual. Reflecting the reluctance of the FDA to force drugmakers to enroll more minority patients, and the failure of most manufacturers to do so voluntarily, stark under-representation of African Americans is widespread in clinical trials for cancer drugs, even when the type of cancer disproportionately affects them. A ProPublica analysis of data recently made public by the FDA found that in trials for 24 of the 31 cancer drugs approved since 2015, fewer than 5 percent of the patients were black. African-Americans make up 13.4 percent of the U.S. population.
As a result, desperately ill black patients who have exhausted other treatment options arent getting early access to experimental drugs that could extend their life spans or improve their quality of life. While unapproved treatments also carry a risk of setbacks or side effects, new cancer drugs have dramatically shifted outcomes for some patients.
Recently approved lung cancer treatments are revolutionary, said Dr. Karen Kelly, associate director for research at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Even in the first phase of clinical testing, which is aimed at making sure a drug is safe, 20 percent of cancer patients now see their tumors shrink or di...
Clinical trials are a crucial step in getting new treatments to market. Before a drug can be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and released widely, manufacturers are required to carry out studies in humans to document that it is effective and to discover any side effects.
Fewer than 5 percent of adult cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. ProPublica has found that the vast majority of participants in these studies are white, even when minorities have a similar or higher risk of getting the cancer that the drug treats.
Most trials are run at academic medical centers and conducted by researchers there. Patients outside those centers often arent aware that clinical trials are an option, or they may wonder what joining a study entails. For patients who might consider a clinical trial, here are answers to some common questions.
Why should I join a clinical trial?
Drugs being tested in a trial often reflect the most cutting-edge technology and most current understanding of the disease. In the past decade, the cancer field has seen rapid advances in treatments, dramatically changing outcomes for some patients. Participating in a trial gives you early access to a drug that may relieve your symptoms or extend your life.
By participating in a trial, youre also helping scientists find a treatment for your disease. It may take researchers months or even years to recruit the hundreds or thousands of patients needed for a large study. The faster the trial is fully enrolled, the sooner scientists can learn how well the drug works.
Are clinical trials a last resort?
Patients may be eligible to join a trial at any stage of their illness. Some trials seek patients who are newly diagnosed, and others are for people who have already tried other therapies.
Typically, treatments that havent been approved are tested first in patients who have exhausted all other options. Once approved, those drugs may then go into another round of trials for patients who are newly diagnosed.
Not all trials involve new drugs. Some test approved drugs in new combinations. Those trials may also limit eligibility based on the diseases progression.
What are the risks of joining a clinical trial?
All trials come with risks. If a drug has not been approved, researchers may not fully understand its side effects. Its possible that the treatment could worsen your condition or, in very rare cases, prove fatal.
Testing is usually done in three phases. The first trial is usually the smallest, and its main goal is t...
For our story, Black Patients Miss Out On Promising Cancer Drugs, ProPublica compared participant pools for clinical trials of new cancer treatments to the populations most at risk for the types of cancers targeted by these drugs. To conduct this analysis, we compiled two main data sets:
In 2012, as part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, Congress asked the FDA to report clinical trial participation by demographic subgroup. In 2013, the agency found minorities were often underrepresented, noting that, for many of the drugs under consideration, there were too few African American or Black patients in the trials to enable meaningful subset analysis.
For every new drug approved starting in 2015, the FDA published a Drug Trials Snapshot, which includes the demographic breakdown for the clinical trial participants by sex, race, and age subgroups. ProPublica has compiled this data for all FDA-approved drugs from January 2015 to mid-August 2018 into a single dataset. Download this dataset at ProPublica's Data Store.
Snapshots included clinical trials run in the United States and internationally, but did not begin until 2017 to report what percentage of trials were conducted in the U.S. Though Asians appear to be well-represented in most trials, many of these trials were likely based outside of the United States. Analysis of 2017 data shows that, for drugs with at least 70 percent of trials conducted within the U.S., Asians make up only 1.7 percent of participants. Furthermore, the Asian category does not say if participants are of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Islander descent.
Reports did not include a Hispanic ethnicity category until 2017, and do not d...
There is a trend that I am seeing emerge with regard to secondary, but mainstream media. Controversial concepts are portrayed in shows and then the show is pulled even when it out-draws the competition. This trend has continued to articles and videos on my website which deals with the topic of martial law and the implementation of martial law.
I was speaking with David Knight, Steve Quayle and Gary Haevin last weekend at the Legends Conference. I was talking about the mysterious pulling of the show Colony, on USA Network. The show was popular and had an almost cult following. Yet it was canceled. Normally, a show that has a very dedicated base, but relatively low rankings is moved to a less popular time slot to compete against lesser shows. Subsequently, I was shocked when the show was canceled. If you are not familiar with the show, the plot is based upon high tech martial which is brutal and very deadly. It makes the German SS and Gestapo look like Sesame Street characters by comparison.
Like so many shows on USA Network, well-conceived shows come and go. It is almost as if they want to deliver a message for desensitization purposes and then take it down when the mission is complete. Two other shows on USA Network suffered the same fate recently. They were Mark Wahlbergs Shooter which was about the violent part of the Deep State who carries out their mini regime changes with deadly precision. The other show that bit the proverbial dust despite great ratings was a show called The Americans. This show was about the Russian infiltration of American society in Reagan years. The entire spy apparatus as well as the Russian plans were revealed in the show. The show was fascinating and both canceled shows, hinted at martial law at various points in their respective shows.
USA Network should change their name to The Desensitization Network!
When martial law takes effect, it will come like a thief in the night and where you are at is where you will stay when martial law is rolled out.
One better learn how to survive in whatever environment that they are trapped. Recently, I interviewed survivalist expert, Bob Griswold, as he shared his secrets of survival in a variety...
(MEE) More than five million children are at risk of famine in Yemen as the ongoing war causes food and fuel prices to soar across the country, charity Save the Children warned on Wednesday. Disruption to supplies coming through the embattled Red Sea port city of Hodeidah could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, the British 
(MEMO) Turkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who said it kept the area out of President Bashar al-Assads hands, Reuters reports. The deal unveiled on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assads most powerful ally, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan 
(ANTIWAR.COM) On Monday, Israeli warplanes attacked the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, firing a slew of missiles at the city, and ending up getting a Russian plane shot down. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted, terming the attack a breach of Syrian sovereignty. While the downing of a Russian plane and the death of 15 Russian 
(CD) Continuing its relentless assault on clean air, public lands, our health, and our climate, the Trump administration on Tuesday gutted a major Obama-era rule that required oil and gas companies to reduce methane emissions and take certain measures to prevent leaks on public lands. Unveiled by the Interior Departments Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Trump administrations revised 
I hate visiting the same place in the mountains twice, yet Ive been to Lake OHara. shoot, nine times? Ive lost count. That should tell you something about the place.
Its become a problem for me, actually. OHara has an obscene number of trails, but even a weak hiker can see the best of the best in four days. Im scrambling to find new things to see there, sometimes quite literally: Yukness Mountains true peak is too intense for me, but scrambling up the false North peak is not. Mount Schaffer was off-limits, until I learned of the easy route from Lake McArthur, and theres a Little Odaray I could work myself up to. On the less vertical side of things, Duchesnay Pass and Mount Stephens SE peak have been high on my to-explore list, but theyre both 30km days.
That leaves Abbot Pass Hut. Oh sure, the scramble to it is a grind, and there isnt much to do there unless youre a climber. The hut is a character in itself, however. Named after the first mountaineer to die in North America and situated next to The Death Trap, an unstable glacier with a well-earned name, it balances between death and life in a way thats rare for a tourist site. This tends to inspire people.
The Abbot Pass Hut still occupies my dreams and my nightmares. It is a fearsome structure that lords itself over a terrible moonscape. Set impossibly high in the Rockies, its construction in 1923 requiring extraordinary human guts and determination, the hut is a rare work of heroic architecture. Theres nothing embellished or frivolous about the cabin, nothing pretty. The thick stone walls of the hut are as unforgiving and sublime as the cliffs that surround it on all sides.
Seen up clo......
Being in a coma is a difficult thing, and not just for the person who is comatose. Just like the person sadly stuck in a strange sort of limbo, many times the family members feel like they are too. Unfortunately, quite a few patients never make it back from this state of medical captivity, incredibly, some do.
See 10 times people miraculously made it out of oblivion to become part of the world once more.
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Resist Marxism, the fascist front group started by Kyle Chapman, has announced another rally for October 6th, despite being roundly rejected by the community at their last attempted event. We, a coalition of anti-racist, anti-sexist, pro-LGBT, anti-fascist, socialist, labor, and community organizers, again urge our allies in the communities of Providence and the surrounding area to come and support our effort to frustrate these fascist hate groups attempts to organize.
Though Resist Marxisms public materials avoid overtly racist language, they are full of fascist dog-whistles and chauvinism. Beneath this legitimizing veneer, fascists from various violent hate groups have been organizing and attempting to bring fascism to the mainstream. Groups joining together using Resist Marxism as a front include violent western chauvinist Proud Boys, American Guard, and Boston Free Speech. These groups are closely linked, both in their origins and memberships, with more openly racist, misogynist, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant hate groups. Members of their group have been photographed with Nazi and fascist tattoos, and some have long histories in the white nationalist or anti-immigrant movements.
Ocean State Against Hate will be hosting an Antifascist Workshop Series.
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Don't hold your breath. While the media is breathlessly describing yesterday's order by President Donald Trump's "to provide for the immediate (emphasis added) declassification" of Russia-gate materials as a "showdown," any likely showdown is months away, if it comes at all.
(Natural News) Recently, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee turned Judge Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation hearings into a chaotic joke, interrupting Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, with out-of-order demands, inane commentary, and a general lack of decorum. They were assisted in their disruptions by far-Left agitators who screamed and yelled so violently at times that
(Natural News) Welcome to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where our countrys most scientifically literate families are avoiding vaccines like the plague. Meanwhile, the infected vaxxers are all thr...
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On Tuesday, September 4th, at 5:37 pm, I was contacted by a Captain of my local police department in Western NC. He expressed that he had received a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (agent name not specified), in which they requested he set up a time for them to meet with me.
I expressed that as the FBI had no warrant or subpoena for me, I would not be meeting or cooperating with them, and directed all further inquiries to my attorney.
For context, I am one of the folks arrested in connection with the toppling of Silent Sam on August 20th, 2018. The Captain expressed to me that my name had come up regarding that arrest, but that the FBI agent did not disclose the nature of the questions they wished to ask me.
Several days later, my attorney was able to speak with a FBI agent, who claimed the reason for the attempted meeting was due to my pistol purchase permit. The exact claim of the agent was that when an individual is arrested, and immediately applies for a PPP, it sets off an algorithm of sorts that makes the FBI set up a meeting, to ascertain that the individual was not attempting to purchase the pistol with nefarious intent. As a note of clarification, I did not, in fact, apply for the PPP after my arrest, but the day before. It was in pending status on 8/20/18.
While it is easy to speculate that the whole incident is related to silent Sam coming down, we dont have any concrete evidence of that at the moment. It is important to remember that the FBI is less interested in the specifics of any one protest than curbing the movement against white supremacy and state violence that have rapidly been growing and intensifying over the past few years.
Regardless, it is a good time to refresh your knowledge on what to do if you are approached by federal or state agents, or local cops. I reaffirm my commitment to not talking to or working with any authorities, and hope everyone reading this will do the same. For a quick primer on what to do if you are approached by the so called authorities, check out: Knock on the Front Door: Preparing for Repression.
Love and rage,
A WNC Comrade
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Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (9/18/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth 
Congress has moved to block an effort to weaken a federal board that oversees worker and public safety at nuclear facilities, adding language to an appropriations bill to prevent the agency from altering the boards structure.
The bill also requires the Energy Department to answer questions from Congress about its recent attempts to limit the boards access to information and change how the panel conducts its work.
The language protecting the board was introduced by New Mexico Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, Democrats who have decried the Energy Departments push to impose staff cuts and other changes on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Established in 1988, the board reviews incidents and near-misses at the nations nuclear complexes, as well as providing safety recommendations and advice to the energy secretary. Three of the 14 nuclear facilities under the boards jurisdiction Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are in New Mexico.
Beyond an effort outlined by the Republican chair of the board to cut the agencys staff, in mid-May the Energy Department published an order that, in the view of other members of the panel, substantially diminished its ability to perform its oversight role. The order, which was first reported on by the New Mexican and ProPublica, prevents board members from accessing sensitive information, imposes additional legal hurdles on staffers, and mandates that Energy Department officials speak with one voice in communicating with the board.
With everything going on in Syria recently, especially over the last couple days, I felt it was very important to bring you some on-the-ground coverage of what is taking place in Syria something you will simply not get from the bought-and-paid-for mainstream media. So joining me today, to discuss recent events, such as yesterdays 
Senators flub casts new doubts on high school accusers credibility.
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Comes as president moves to declassify Russian probe docs.
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90 percent of migrants entering Europe aided by human traffickers
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein reportedly wont say if the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are true.
For about two months, the Democratic senator sat on a letter outlining allegations against Kavanaugh claiming that he pinned a teen down on a bed during a party in high school and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
Chad Pergram, a congressional reporter for Fox News, tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that when Feinstein was asked about Kavanaughs accuser, Christine Ford, the senator said Ford is a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this, adding that I cant say everything is truthful. I dont know.
From colleague Connor Marley. Feinstein on Ford. Says Ford "is a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this..I can't say that everything is truthful. I don't know."
Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 18, 2018
Since the contents of the letter and the accusers identity became public knowledge over the weekend, Feinstein has reportedly refused to help arrange phone calls between Ford and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein to Fox on Ford when asked if the accusation will impact how mbrs would vote on Kavanaugh: "I know she did not want to go public. That's why I made the letter. That was taken out of my control"
Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 18, 2018
Feinstein to Fox when asked what will happen if Ford doesn't appear Monday. "I have no say. It's all up to the Republican(s)"
Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 18, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of Americans drive for Uber. And the company is looking for many more. It runs ads on Facebook that say, for example: Driving toward something? Make extra money when it works for you and get there faster. Another touts: Earn $1,100 in Nashville for your first 200 Trips. Limited time guarantee! Terms apply.
Theres just one catch: Many of those ads are not visible to women.
A ProPublica review of Facebook ads found that many purchased by Drive with Uber, the companys recruiting arm, targeted only men in more than a dozen cities across the U.S. Our survey of 91 Uber ads found just one targeting only women; three did not target a specific sex.
They were all gathered as a part of our Facebook Political Ad Collector project, in which readers sign up to send us the ads they see in their News Feeds.
The review found Uber to be among 15 employers in the past year who have advertised jobs on Facebook exclusively to one sex. Many of the ads seem to target in accordance with stereotypes. The Pennsylvania State Police, for example, boosted a post targeted to men with text saying: Pennsylvania State Troopers earn a starting salary of $59,567 per year. Apply now. A Michigan-based truck company...
Report politically explosive, say sources
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Support among U.S. Catholics, however, remains the same
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Multiple nuclear plants were in the path of Hurricane Florence.
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Multiple Swedish officials contest whether a regional report detailing the countrys poor border controls was held before the recent elections, according to Swedens Kvllsposten....
(ANTIMEDIA) Last year, the #MeToo movement sent shockwaves through industries from Hollywood and the art world to politics and tech. This week, its made its way to fast food. On Tuesday, hundreds of McDonalds employees across ten U.S. cities walked out of work at lunchtime to protest what they consider ongoing, systemic sexual harassment on the job. Workers in Chicago, 
Vanessa Beeley released exclusive video and photos today following the tracks of the White Helmets along a ratline used to evacuate them out of Syria earlier this year.
Watch: Video of route that White Helmets took during the Zionist facilitated evacuation from Quneitra.
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Famed puppeteer inundated with hate despite Sesame Street saying characters do not have sexual orientations
By Brandon Smith Almost every aspect of the global economic downturn, which started ostensibly in 2007-2008 and is still ongoing to this day, can be...
Lithuanian ambassador to US: Horrific crimes were committed under the Soviet symbols of a sickle-and-hammer
Over the weekend, we shared an article on our social media feed about how residents of New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward were suing Brad Pitts Make it Right Foundation over defects to their homes. The article referenced a People Magazine article which Ive not read (and dont care to). Without a photo of Brad Pitt and his name in the headline, this is probably not a story. Yet, here it is.
Hurricane Katrina is the tragedy that never seems to end. In that sense, it contrasts with Hurricane Harveys lasting impacts on the Houston area and, so it seems at this point, Hurricane Florence and the Carolinas. All three were devastating, but something about Katrina and New Orleans has been different.
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I actually had the opportunity to visit the lower Ninth Ward and meet the people living in the Make it Right homes. Going in, my impression was not positive. It felt like the typical routine: celebrities pouring in during the moment of peak despair (and media coverage), sounding trumpets, offering up commitments that feel sincere but lack fortitude, and doing all of these experiments on the poor. It didnt help that the homes themselves were circus exhibits, places nobody with a Beverly Hills zip code would be caught dead in.
Yet thats not what the people who lived there thought. Their walls had pictures of them posing with Brad Pitt. I was (r...
The integers are one of the most studied areas of mathematics and yet we keep keep learning new things about them. Today comes this bit of knowledge: Any positive integer can be written as the sum of three palindromes. More precisely, this is based on a paper Every Positive Integer Is A Sum Of Three Palindromes by Javier Cilleruelo, Florian Luca, and Lewis Baxter that makes the claim that For integer g 5, we prove that any positive integer can be written as a sum of three palindromes in base g.
Here is an interactive site based on this result. It invites you to write down any number, however large, and then watch as it is given as the sum of three palindromic numbers. Go on, try it!
Numbers are fascinating things. it is not surprising that number theory attracts some of the finest mathematicians.
Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Kavanaugh accusations, populism, and his new book, Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists. Their discussion includes historys favorite populists, the rise of Donald Trump style populism, and the political game being played around Bret Kavanaughs nomination.
I think what is unhealthy and unhelpful, both for the MeToo movement and for how we pick people Supreme Court, is that this hearing right now is shaping up where Democrats sit in protest, Sirewalt said. Its not going to be pretty.
By Catherine J. Frompovich September 17, 2018- Judicial Watch Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business...
The current generation is the first one in history that will have a lower standard of living than its predecessors and a shorter life expectancy. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, where there are more people in part-time jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits and massive debt, people are forced to find ways to make a living. In his new book, "Everything for Everyone: The Radical Traditions that are Shaping the New Economy," Nathan Schneider explains how his generation is incorporating old traditions, such as worker ownership, with new technology...
On an early autumn night, fire lit up the skies in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. The infernos raged across the communities north of Boston on Sept. 12, 2018. The preliminary estimate of homes that caught fire in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover was 60-100, according to Methuen Police Chief Joseph Soloman. The city of Methuen sent emergency 
Georgia is one of five states that use touchscreen machines with no paper record
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Twitter isnt the only social media platform that has received criticism over algorithm-based feeds
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Goal of study is teaching STEM steeped in the context of social justice
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Idlib region represents oppositions last big foothold
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This week, we are sharing the words from a prisoner who contacted us from inside the South Carolina prison system. In addition to his thoughts on the recent National Prison Strike, of which news still continues to trickle in, he talks about what prisoners are experiencing every day.
From severe medical neglect, inedible food, and poor treatment by guards, to improper training of corrections officers, lack of support for prisoners facing mental health crises, lack of education opportunities, and much more in terms of dishonest and inhumane treatment that prisoners receive at the hands of prison officials. Speaking from a facility currently on lock down, he describes a prisoner having a heart attack in a nearby cell, and the inattentiveness of guards to this situation.
We will have more insight on the prison strike next week, as more word makes its way out to us. We do know that prisoners around the country are facing lockdowns and repression in the wake of the National Prison Strike, and therefore its also important to note that the prisoners have been striking for a reason- and that the impacts of the strike are continuing, as our guest says, those on the inside need people to understand what is happening to them within the prison walls on a daily basis.
(ZHE) Update: Tesla has confirmed that it has received a voluntary request for information from the DoJ, but not a subpoena. Further, Tesla confirms that it is cooperating with DoJs request and hopes to resolve the request quickly. Investors dont seem to reassured * * * Having shrugged off Audis e-tron launch, TSLA stock is tumbling after reports 
Over the last few days I showed you how I peeled open a spider egg sac, and then the next day I showed you how the eggs are still round and pearly. Now today, the day after that, I find that all the babies have simultaneously hatched, and they look like pale little gummi spiders. Extraordinarily cute!
Video below the fold.
They look very feeble, and Im sorry to have missed the moment of hatching. It must have been something enzymatic, because they dont look strong enough to wrestle their way out of damp toilet paper.
It's the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore.
A CNN reporter tweeted that its VERY dangerous for people to ask questions about the allegation of sexual assault made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Yes, seriously. A reporter whose job it is to ask questions and get to the bottom of a story is now saying that asking questions about an accusation is problematic. Republican Sen. John Conryn asked Tuesday for more details missing from Christine Fords accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream while they were both in high school.
The problem is, Dr. Ford cant remember when it was, where it was, or how it came to be, Cornyn said, according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. There are some gaps there that need to be filled.
In response, Chris Cillizza said asking these questions is walking a VERY dangerous line.
Walking a VERY dangerous line here.. https://t.co/GTKVb1Q7XU
Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 18, 2018
Cillizza also tweeted that President Trump had told the FBI to ignore the allegations made against Kavanaugh even though the FBI already issued a statement last week saying they had passed the information along to the White House and would not be investigating it.
No big deal: Just the president telling the FBI to ignore an allegation of sexual assault https://t.co/lvO8w9ccOm
Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 18, 2018
The Department of Justice clarified Monday the FBI would not be getting involved in the allegations against Kavanaugh, because it does not involve any potential federal crime.
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This week we are presenting audio from the Callisto Collective, which is a local collective addressing conflict, abuse, assault and everything in between by utilizing autonomous models of resolution, especially in closer knit communities of affinity. This workshop is called Conflict Resolution for folks who do Anti-State Organizing.
In this workshop, they talk about many things, including anarchist critiques of Non-Violent Communication, which is a developed process in use mostly by leftist organizers, possible tools for dealing with conflict, and also some discussions on yogurt (stay tuned). This workshop was originally presented at the 2018 Asheville Anarchist Bookfair at Firestorm Books.
If you would like to write with the Callisto Collective, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This was an extremely interactive workshop, and to protect the anonymity of participants I had to cut a bunch of material out. This sometimes makes the audio a bit disjointed to listen to, but I hope youll enjoy it all the same.
Before the workshop tho, we want to plug certain hurricane relief efforts going on in town. As you are probably aware, the coasts of North/South Carolina and Georgia as well as many regions off the coasts are being hit right now with a quite sizeable hurricane. Appalachian Medical Solidarity is helping coordinate disaster relief efforts, running supplies inland to the coast and supporting those who are doing on the ground relief efforts. Donations of supplies can be sent to Firestorm Books at 610 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
Things which are needed include:
After he was outed for his ties to neo-nazi hate groups, a white supremacist was just hired in a town in Oklahoma.
Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States activities 
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We launched the Election DataBot in 2016 with the idea that it would help reporters, researchers and concerned citizens more easily find and tell some of the thousand stories in every political campaign. Now were making it even easier.
Just as before, the DataBot is a continuously updating feed of campaign data, including campaign finance filings, changes in race ratings and deleted tweets. You can watch the data come in in real time or sign up to be notified by email when theres new data about races you care about.
DataBots new homepage dashboard of campaign activity now includes easy-to-understand summaries so that users can quickly see where races are heating up. Weve added a nationwide map that shows you where a variety of campaign activity is occurring every week.
For example, the map shows that both leading candidates in Iowas 1st District saw spikes in Google searches in the week ending on Sept. 16 (we track data from Monday to Sunday). The Cook Political Report, which rates House and Senate races, changed its rating of that race from Tossup to Lean Democratic on Sept. 6.
When super PACs spend a lot of money in a House or Senate race, youll see it on the map. When Google search traffic spikes for a candidate, thatll show up, too. Were also tracking statements by incumbent members of Congress and news stories indexed by Google News. So when you get an email alerting you to new activity (you did sign up for alerts, right?), you can see at a glance the level of activity in the race.
The new homepage also allows you to look back in time to see how campaign activity has changed during the past 15 weeks, and whether what youre seeing this week is really different than it was before. Weve also added a way to focus on the races rated the most competitive by the Cook Political Report.
In order to highlight the most important activity, we weighted activity by type. Independent expenditures where party committees and outside interest groups are choosing to spend their money count twice as much as other types of activity.
Instead of state-level presidential election forecasts, we now are tracking changes to FiveThirtyEights classic forecast for each House and Senate contest. Weve also added candidate statem...
Update 3: Moscow Accuses Israel Of Using Downed Russian Jet As Cover During Syrian Attack Update 2: The Russian Ministry of Defense cleared up the confusion surrounding the overnight downing of a Russian Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane on Tuesday when a spokesman revealed that Israel was indeed responsible for the attack, which resulted in the deaths of 
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As more information about the downing overnight of a Russian reconnaissance plane by aging Syrian antiaircraft weapon becomes available, the Russian Defense Ministry has issued a shocking claim that will undoubtedly ratchet up tensions between Russia and Israel. While Russia had previously blamed Israel for the downing of the plane, which resulted in the deaths of 15 
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The march against prison slavery last Thursday, September 13th, was small. No more than 50 people, in total. We expected a fairly low-key action with just three speakers and a short march around South Waterfront. The event, hosted by Direct Action Alliance, Occupy ICE PDX, Portland Democratic Socialists of America, and Femmes Strike Back PDX kicked off just after 6 PM with a few words from our speakers: Jacob Bureros, Olivia Katbi Smith, and Alyssa Pariah.
Femmes Strike Back PDX (@FemmesStrikeBac) September 14, 2018
We had gathered together that day to draw attention to OHSUs practice of using prison labor through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. OCE is an established, semi-independent state agency that uses local prisons to do labor like build furniture, run call centers, and provide laundry services. They pay prisoners between $0.05 to $0.49 per hour for their work and force prisoners doing the laundry service to handle biohazards without appropriate precautions.
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A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House. Ironically Rep. 
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The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is 
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One of the largest egg producers in the country was caught using immigrant children as slave labor after they were "lost" by US officials.
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It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied? Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. governments secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations important and terrifying. The documentsobtained and released 
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By B.N. Frank Even though some environmentalists originally insisted that utility Smart Meters were eco-friendly and beneficial to customers, in March 2011, The Sierra Club...
By Isaac Davis via Waking Times
The media is telling us that the economy is stronger than ever. That GDP is outstanding, that middle class income is higher than ever, and that the stock market is smashing all records. Hooray! With all this so-called good news, its easier than ever to forget that we are witnessing the greatest transfer of wealth scheme in the history of the world.
No, not the transfer of wealth from baby boomers to their heirs, as the media likes to tout, but an actual gutting of the middle class and ordinary people by a criminal plutocracy which has created the necessary regulatory, market, and technical conditions to steal the wealth of whole civilizations.
You may recall that in the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government proceeded to solve a problem created by bankers and fraudulent lending schemes, by giving said bankers tons of taxpayer money. Most of the media maintains that the government doled out $7-800 billion dollars, but an audit of the Federal Reserves emergency lending programs tells a different story. Forbes reported on this great lie back in 2001:
The audit of the Feds emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media al...
Chuck Todds accusation that conservative outlets are to blame for the publics growing lack of trust in the media was still in a steaming pile on the ground when two of Americas biggest papers had to scramble their way to corrections this week.
Both The New York Times and Washington Post had to perform reconstructive surgery on stories critical of the Trump administration. The botched reports indicate a different cause for the publics lack of trust in the media: a years-long trend of exaggeration, innuendo and flat out false reporting on Trump.
The Washington Post reported in late August that the Trump administration is cracking down on passports at the border, in contradiction to official government statements and other publicly available facts. That story is still unraveling. And last week, The New York Times falsely framed Nikki Haley as responsible for an expensive curtain purchase that was in fact made by the Obama administration. Both outlets overhauled the stories and issued lengthy corrections.
In both cases, journalists shirked reporting standards as basic as reaching out to key players in the story, or putting the facts in their proper context. They exemplify the trend of bad reporting that has come to mark the established outlets waging open war on Trump, and is no doubt fueling distrust in the media perhaps to a greater extent than the established press would like to admit.
Lets go through these two reports one by one.
The Washington Post is standing by its August 29 report that the Trump administration is cracking down on potentially fraudulent passports, although it is marked by a stunning number of reporting failures, detailed most thoroughly by The Huffington Post on Monday. Reporters and editors on the story got facts wrong, misled readers, left out key data contradicting the premise of the article, and failed to reach out to the family of a deceased man accused of fraud in the story.
The initial story claimed the Trump administration is taking unprecedented action against thousands of Hispanic peo...
Economic development is a particular challenge in small town Americaand thats definitely true of my hometown of Blandford, MA. Many of the tools typical of a traditional development pattern are not available to Blandford, given the towns tiny population of 1,233 residents. For a town this size, developing a commercial tax base is essentially nonviable. As such, Blandford is dependent on sustainingor, ideally, buildingits residential tax base while simultaneously minimizing the amount of additional funds it invests in infrastructure, given that the town already faces a challenging financial landscape.
Blandford, though a beautiful place to live, faces some major challenges in attracting potential homeowners. It is located more than 20 miles from Springfield, which is the primary jobs center in Western Massachusetts. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes, largely on backroads and stroads. For the area, this is a long commute, and it can easily take as much as an hour on workdays as traffic backs up in the town of Westfield.
While the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) goes through Blandford, the town sits dead center in the highways longest stretch without an exit, meaning that Blandford residents are unable to take any advantage of its presence. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is currently assessing the viability of a turnpike exit in Blandford, something that would halve the time it takes to get to Springfield and make Blandford a much more attractive option to commuters working there.
Beyond its relatively remote location, Blandford lacks something crucial for 2018 homeowners, particularly young ones: high speed internet. While Verizon has expanded DSL access to many rural Western Massachusetts towns over the last decade, calling this access high-speed is often laughable at this point, with extremely slow or nonexistent service common, seemingly due to forcing 2018 demand on 2008 te...
Native American reservations are experiencing an epidemic of suicide that is claiming the lives of countless young people.
Turning to commonly regarded metrics for gauging the state of the US economy is an exercise in confirmation bias. The reality is rather sobering. Just look closer, and you can see the lingering effects of the financial crisis just about everywhere.
The author writes, By the middle of this century, Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to pull more greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere every year than it puts in. That vision will almost certainly cost Californians. No one can say how much, however, because no one quite knows how well achieve it.
China hopes to woo Wall Street companies and executives in a way that sways the Trump administrations trade threats. Chances look slim.
The author writes, A highly radioactive object has been discovered at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard next to a housing area that has been declared safe and free of radioactive contamination for more than a decade, the Chronicle has learned. The finding is the latest problem at San Franciscos most ambitious redevelopment project in a century an effort to transform a 500-acre Superfund waste site into a bustling waterfront neighborhood of 12,000 homes.
The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school has not agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions.
Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), told Hugh Hewitt he has not heard back from Christine Ford a professor who accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down on a bed at a party and covering her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream about their invitation to appear at a hearing set for next week.
Her silence kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not, Grassley told Hewitt on Tuesday, according to Politico. While Ford has been unresponsive to inquiring senators, Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusations and has been reportedly pushing for immediate hearings to defend himself, according to CNN.
Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday, Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.
While Ford has yet to agree to appear, her attorney, Debra Katz, has been doing a media blitz tour telling outlets that her client is willing to talk but shes been reportedly rebuffing invitations for just that.
More information now from the Judiciary Republicans on what's happening with the process. No response yet from lawyer. pic.twitter.com/0TJ6gnQ3No
Todd Ruger (@ToddRuger) September 18, 2018
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who for two months sat on a letter that was hand delivered to her office outlining the accusations against Kavanaugh, has reportedly refused to participate or help facilitate inquiry phone calls to Kavanaugh and Ford.
Both Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins Republicans regarded as crucial swing votes in confirming Kavanaugh have expressed disappointment in Fords unresponsiveness to the Judiciary Committees requests.
Sens. Murkowski and Collins are both telegraphing that Ford needs to follow-thr...
In a repulsive interview, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told reporters that we shouldn't be so quick to judge the cop who gunned down Botham Jean in his own home.
On Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California held a live event. Elon Musk announced that Yusaku Maezawa, billionaire founder and CEO of the Japanese fashion retailer Zozo, would be the first private citizen to fly around the moon. This is a mission the company has planned for 2023. After joining SpaceX on 
The Trump administration has yet to release its Dakota Access Pipeline decision, more than two weeks after it was supposedly finished.
The statement said, "The trace of the Il-20 on flight control radars disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province."
"At the same time Russian air control radar systems detected rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne which was located...
I have often criticized the U.N. for being ineffective and I still stand by it. I am going out on a limb by saying that the more principles and resolutions the U.N. issues, the more military interventions, invasions, terrorist actions, incitation to violence, wars, and of course punitive economic sanctions have occurred in the last 40 or more years. However, I must clarify that a world organization like the U.N. is necessary, albeit one that should be radically modified to really live up to its promise stated in the principles listed above. At least one principle should be essential: The principle of sovereign equality of States. But I dont think I am going out on a limb when I say that only one country, among the 193 U.N. member States, stands out as having committed consistently and relentlessly the large majority of international infractions: The United States of America.
The AFA, according to its web site, is "the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family." The focus for this year's AFA Arms Bazaar is: Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum." Some 130 arms contractors taking part in this year's Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. These arms contractors, like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! But that's not all. The Pentagon and numerous arms dealers are committed to U.S. nuclear/military/cyber superiority and militarizing and controlling space. This is evidenced by the graphic Northrup Grumman Ads on display at the Pentagon right now that reads: "Building the Future of of Space to Defend the Future of Earth."
By the time Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in American history on Sept. 15, 2008, the country had been navigating stormy global financial waters for more than a year. Bear Stearns had been rescued in a bailout-facilitated merger with JPMorgan Chase, and the government had nationalized housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For anyone paying attention to the financial system, the situation had been quite dire for a long time. And yet throughout the mess, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury had been permitting the largest banks in the country to funnel as much cash as they wanted to their shareholders even as it became clear those same banks could not pay their debts. Lehman itself had increased its dividend and announced a $100 million stock buyback at the beginning of 2008.
The fossil fuel industry knowingly alters the climate, exacerbating fire risks in the American West, including massive wildfires across California. Energy utilities (presently private corporations) play a more immediate role in sparking fires that, thanks to climate volatility, rage out of control. Then, these private corporations dodge strict liability regulations by getting the California legislature to allow them to charge customers for that liability. The lesson is clear: Oil companies heat and dry up the planet, power companies start fires on the dried up land, and we pay the bills. Once it is signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown who is fresh off the successful Global Climate Action Summit, held last week in San Francisco that is exactly what new state legislation will do.
One hundred years ago, 1,200 striking miners were rounded up by gunpoint and forced to leave their homes.
On Monday night, just hours after the presidents of Russia and Turkey agreed to de-escalate the situation in Syrias Idlib province, Israel launched another round of airstrikes on Syria this time on the city of Latakia resulting in the accidental downing of a Russian Il-20 military plane, shot down by Syrian Air Defense systems.
Middle East Eye reported earlier today that Russia has blamed Israel for the friendly fire incident, because of its hostile provocation in the latest missile attack on Syria. The IDF denies any responsibility for the incident which also killed 15 Russian military personnel, and holds Syria and Iran and the Hezbollah terror organisation accountable for this unfortunate incident.
As news broke of the event early this morning, 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen said on Twitter, If this report is true, I would tend to think a wider War is close to really breaking out over Syria. The West wont allow al Qaeda and ISIS to be defeated. This is becoming grotesque And later added:
The events of this morning in #Syria are a stark reminder that the rogue state of #Israel is quite happy to drag the rest of the world down into #WW3 for its own selfish and psychotic ends. It does not, and never has recognized any form of International Law.
Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) September 18, 2018
Israel and the West would like nothing better than to see Al-Qaeda and ISIS remain in Syria. Last nights attack is just another example of this fact.
Heres a quick list of points we know about the deadly incident thus far, compiled by Kevork Almassian of ...
September 16, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - The United States has never been a friend of the International Criminal Court. While relations between the U.S. and the ICC have fluctuated over the course of different administrations, the American government has steadfastly refused to take the step that 124 other states have of ratifying the Rome Statute and thus becoming a member of the international legal body. The ICCs mandate to investigate war crimes has thus been hampered by the unwillingness of the worlds sole superpower to commit to the organization. Recent statements from the Trump administration suggest that the United States is now preparing to go to war against the ICC itself...
(MEMO) Russia has accused Israel of being indirectly at fault for the downing of a Russian military plane by the Syrian military after Damascus mistook the aircraft for an Israeli jet. Russias Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russian service personnel on board, was mistakenly brought down last night by anti-aircraft batteries of 
California must build housing closer to transit and jobs, and wring carbon from new and existing buildings, if the state is to meet its ambitious climate targets. That was the message delivered by a high-level panel at a Global Climate Action Summit side event convened in San Francisco on Wednesday by Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit. Top of mind for the panel was California Governor Jerry Browns signatures earlier in the week on SB 100, requiring the state to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity, and an executive order establishing a carbon neutrality target, both by 2045. The message for California policymakers is clear: Carbon reduction is the end goal. Were focused on carbon, said Andrew McAllister, commissioner with the California Energy Commission.
President-Elect Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has shown interest in proposing an Amnesty Law with a final goal of national reconciliation and peace. In Mexico there exist political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, a result of repression by neoliberal governments to quieten political dissidence and the struggle for justice that has, to a greater or lesser extent, provided fertile ground for a greater democracy in Mexico. Currently, the fabrication of crimes and torture, arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings still prevail with total impunity. Persecution and forced displacement take place daily, deeds that wound the lives of hundreds of Mexican families and impede a transition to democracy even now.
By Aaron Kesel The Massachusetts State Police shared the extent of damage of the gas explosion spreading across Merrimack Valley. But in the process they also shared...
Without doing any research whatsoever, I believe Teen Vogue to be some kind of a fashion magazine targeting teenagers that is probably related to Vogue magazine. So it is not exactly the type of place one would expect to find a very cool, well written, and succinct anarchist primer.
This is something you would never see in respectable mainstream or center-left media. I get the feeling that they detest having to report on the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both of whom are far more palatable than any anarchist (with the possible exception of David Graeber). Unfortunately for them, with the failures of centrist liberalism leading to many shifting leftward, they are increasingly forced to take notice.
Despite this increased popularity, if you consider trash political festivals or op-eds in prestige mainstream media, youll rarely, if ever, see prominent socialist/communist/anarchist thinkers being featured. As douchebags like Malcolm Gladwell cry about deplatforming the likes of Steve Bannon, you can rest assured that they could not care less about representation coming from the other side of the political spectrum.
But its easy to understand one of the reasons why the left is ignored or reluctantly tolerated when theres enough of them making noise. While the far-right merely wants to use the institutions for their ends emblematic of this is how cozy they are with the police the far left is a threat to those very entities. Different strands are more likely to want to smash it all in order to build something better.
Getting back to the Teen Vogue article, the nature of its very existence highlights the truism that capitalists will absolutely sell you the ideological ropes to hang them with because they do not foresee you actually being able to do so. On the other hand, anticapitalists (which I believe the author to be) arent averse to using capitalism to spread their propaganda. This leads to the idea of whether or not the masters tools can be used to dismantle the masters house. For slavery in the antebellum south sure. Take the masters gasoline and matches and destroy his fucking house. For capitalism, such things are...
Some defenders of Brett Kavanaughs nomination to the US Supreme
Court have responded to the
allegations that have been leveled against him by arguing,
like senator Orrin Hatch does, that this was youthful behavior
and that what matters is what kind of person he is now,. But it is
important to realize that what is alleged is not drunken high
jinks, some casual groping done at a party. What happened was
attempted rape that involved isolating, overpowering, and
silencing the victim. When Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge are
said to have done is take a 15-year old girl Christine Blasey Ford
to a closed room and then try to rip off her clothes in order to
rape her. It was only her taking a brief opportunity of confusion
to lock herself in a bathroom that prevented the rape from taking
place. Kavanaugh was 17 years old at the time and in the US many
17-year olds are tried as adults if the crime is serious enough,
though whether that is a good thing is a debate for another place
So trying to trivialize the allegations as excusable youthful male misbehavior is wrong. Young men undoubtedly do stupid things but attempted rape goes way beyond the normal boundaries that are covered by that escape clause. Furthermore, Kavanaugh himself has closed that possible exit hatch. When this story first emerged he did not say, for example, that while he does not remember this incident in particular because he may have been seriously drunk at the time, if he did do something that may have hurt her, then he apologizes. Instead he has categorically denied that anything of that kind happened or that he has met the accuser at all. As Charles P. Pierce explains, a categorical denial is dangerous territory and is usually something that people avoid since it leaves little room for backtracking later if new information emerges that contradicts even a part of the defense.
In short, if Fords claims are seen as credible, then Kavanaugh is lying now and that should disqualify him. I think the accuser is credible. Apart from the fact that she told her therapist and husband about this back in 2012, bringing an allegation of sexual harassment, abuse, and attempted rape against powerful figures is always very difficult for the accuser. It is hard to imagine why she would risk her comfortable, successful, and seemingly placid personal and professional life to be thrust into this maelstrom by making a false allegation that could ruin her life forever. The inevitable smear campaigns against her are already in full swing as you can see......
Teddy Roosevelt may be more responsible than most for the denigration of the powerful indigenous tribe that he called the Sioux.
Yesterday Russian Pres. Putin & Turkish Pres. Erdogan agreed on a demilitarized zone of 20 kilometers-12.4 miles- separating Syrian troops from al Qaeda militants in Idlib Province, Syria. Russian & Turkish troops will enforce the zone. All military arms & ammo are to be removed. Idlib people will be allowed to enter the zone then go to other areas of Syria. At least it's a step back from the brink of an expanded war in Syria.
Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. Its cleaner, its high-tech, its new jobs, its the future. And so more and more big energy customers are demanding the full meal deal: 100 percent renewable energy. The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewables. Six cities have already hit the target. The group RE100 tracks 144 private companies across the globe that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Google, Ikea, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM, and, uh, Lego.
Todays Census Bureau report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2017 shows that while all race and ethnic groups shared in the growth in median household incomes during the previous two years, that trend abruptly ended for African American households in 2017. Real median incomes were basically flat among African Americans (from $40,339 to $40,258) and down among Asians (from $83,182 to $81,331), but up 3.7 percent (from $48,700 to $50,486) among Hispanics, and 2.6 percent (from $66,440 to $68,145) among non-Hispanic whites. The decline in Asian household incomes was not statistically significant. As a result of stalled income growth among African Americans, recent progress in closing the black-white income gap over the last couple years has been reversed.
Video footage captured near the Las Vegas strip at 12:23 a.m. on the night of the 1 October shooting appears to show some type of fiery explosion emitting from the alleged shooter Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite.
In the video, a flash can be seen coming from room 32-135.
The fiery explosion happens at 12:23 a.m. which is nearly one hour after SWAT breached the room and reported Paddock to be dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Jay K. noted in the videos comment section that it appears to be a possible thermite flash.
Pastor MO commented: Strangely after the extra 29 sec blast. Right before the blast the cop whispers decoy??? Whats that about! I knew that window wasnt broken earlier!!!
An Intellihub article from May 2 clearly proves there was no broken window at the time of breach.
Please comment below and share this report far and wide. Send this to your elected officials. We need to demand an independent investigation.
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An Oklahoma state senator has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after he was caught with horrific child porn and sex trafficking an underage boy.
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I can't tell you how many people have commented to me the last
few days about the wonderful quality of the air they are
breathing. Some are almost exultant, describing their
pleasure in inhaling air that is brisk, clean, and cool---just
perfect. It is true--their is something about autumn
air that is wonderful.
So let's check on some of the characteristics of the air we are enjoying today.
By Catherine J. Frompovich Is the you know what about to hit the fan? Pursuant to copyright law, the material below is licensed under Creative...
Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general. When Dessalines declared Haitis independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas first black head of state. Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 black and mixed-race Haitians.
Gratitude to Chris Hedges for his prolific and highly insightful writings. Reading and listening to him throughout the years has, in no uncertain terms, opened and extended my critical thinking capacity, significantly in relation to all things American. "Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement". Victor Hugo, cited Hedges America: The Farewell Tour
Brett Kavanaugh has a long ugly history in both the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government in pursuing a reactionary Christian fascist agenda. This proven public record is why his nomination to the Supreme Court should be and must be stopped.
Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich Are the current accusations coming out of the woodwork regarding sexual harassment that occurred umpteen years ago akin to shouting...
by Jon Rappoport
September 18, 2018
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I once had a geneticist tell me, You know, were going to discover the genes for promiscuity, for anti-social behavior, for compassion, for obesity, hair-loss, anger, and fear. Were going to discover the genes for everything.
He said this with the kind of authority only a scientist can musterbased on no proof at all. Zero proof. Its a talent, to be able to impart blather and make it sound like experimental evidence.
As a reporter for 30 years, Ive spent much time exposing how medical, political, economic, and social realities are imposed on populations, on people. But heres an odd question and and an even odder answer:
Who are people?
Answer: Most people are secret agents.
Their mission? To disguisefirst and foremost, from themselvesthe fact that they have enormous imagination and creative ability.
Achieving this concealment is on the order of blocking out the sun.
It is a complex task of deception. The pretense is multi-layered. One line of defense goes like this: I DONT KNOW WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT. ME? IM JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON.
Yes, an ordinary person cast in a role in a stage play.
Lets say Im the director. Okay, Ive cast you in the role.. Now I want you to assume all the characteristics of an average guy. You understand? I dont want any leaks or cracks. You character has to be bulletproof. You grasp what is ordinary, and you are totally ignorant when it comes to what is extraordinary. Got it? MOST OF ALL, YOUR CHARACTER MUST BE DEVOID OF IMAGINATION. Do you think you can handle that?
People do handle it all the time, and they do it beautifully. Brilliantly.
They have their lines down cold. No matter what you throw at them, they can fend it off and leave the impression, for you and for themselves, that they dont know anything about imagination.
For them, imagination is a car in a garage under a thousand tons of concrete and steel. They will never drive it.
They can walk and talk, they can accomplish tasks, they can be entertained, they can have fun, they can even think and solve problems, but they cant create anything. Thats their gig. Their role.
There are a whole lot of people who believe ordinary humans are ordinary because its in their genes; some people are dealt good genes and some arent. This is completely false. I...
In the path of the storm are giant pits filled with coal ash, lagoons swirling with hog manure, Superfund sites and industrial facilities stocked with toxic chemicals. People in the southeastern U.S. are facing life threatening winds and rains from Hurricane Florence. Less obvious, but also of great concern, is the public health threat posed by a variety of contaminated sites located around the region. These include giant pits filled with coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal that contains toxic chemicals like arsenic and lead; lagoons swirling with hog manure from factory farms; hazardous waste dumps known as Superfund sites; and industrial facilities stocked with thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. Many pollution-filled pits in the region are not as hardened against the potential for storms and other emergencies as the public would expect. Coal ash is a case in point.
By John W. Whitehead That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasnt even any rioting in the streets....
Kavanaugh hearings are about to explode. Many will suggest his nomination be withdrawn... including Republicans fearing mid-term election fall out. However, the confirmation hearings should continue so that young people, particularly males will learn the consequences of their behavior. If the hearings are cancelled many will believe that youthful indiscretions are not that important and consequences not that prohibitive.
As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17, a U.S. official has warned that Canadians involved in the cannabis industry could face a lifetime ban from entering the country. While some U.S. states and cities have loosened restrictions on or have legalized marijuana, the Border Patrol considers the drug an illegal substance and will classify those who work in the marijuana industry as drug traffickers. Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, told Politico on Thursday that investors in the pot industry will be banned as well. If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility, he said. Owen added that those who have invested in the industry in other countries, including Israel, have also been barred. We dont recognize that as a legal business, he said.
Daily Kos: "Even if you think Guyger would have been behaving reasonably for immediately killing an intruder in her own apartment, she wasn't in her apartment, and we're to believe--the sympathetic understanding of the situation is that--she couldn't recognize that basic fact. Who cannot understand the idea that a person can be disqualified from holding a specific job for something short of criminal behavior?"
A look at the movie "Nelly" which chronicles the life and work of French-Canadian writer Nelly Arcan.
Michael Moore's latest blockbuster will hit the cinemas this Friday. Don't miss it. I saw it and appreciated it last night, 9/17, but found the Q&A session with him afterward far more interesting though I do refer to the film also. Priceless footage. I hope it scares us all into action with its warning even more dire than Al Gore's in DC nearly 10 years ago, his Inconvenient Truth.
As a result of the Israeli militarys irresponsible actions 15 Russian servicemen died, said Defense Ministry Spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov.
Liberals literally want to take away our guns and open our borders entirely so criminals like this can pour in...
Heres a snapshot of what that future has in store for us all!
"The dog had punctured and broken her arm, ripped her other arm, and then managed to bite off her calf muscle after it had been restrained."
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Are you a woman in a male-dominated field? Did you know that Facebooks advertising algorithms are making it harder for you to find a job?
Today, the ACLU, the private law firm Outten & Golden LLP, and the Communications Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook and 10 employers for unlawfully discriminating on the basis of gender. Filed on behalf of two female workers, the Communications Workers of America (an international union representing over 700,000 workers), and a class of millions of women, the complaint alleges that Facebook and the named employers denied women access to job ads on the basis of their gender by targeting job advertisements to male Facebook users.
Getting ones foot in the door is already difficult for women working in male-dominated fields like software development, law enforcement, and construction. Unfortunately, Facebooks advertising algorithms are making it more difficult for women to find work in these fields. Its a textbook case of how big data and automation can exacerbate existing inequalities, if we arent careful. It also violates federal law.
Employers facing allegations of gender-based discrimination alongside Facebook include:
The ACLU complaint states that these employers purchased targeted ads from Facebook to publish job advertisements the social media giant ensured would be shown exclusively to users who identify as male. Targeting job ads by sex is unlawful under federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including Ti...
Stormy Daniels tell-all book tells me a heck of a lot more than I want to know.
Trumps bodyguard invites Daniels to dinner, which turns out to be an invitation to Trumps penthouse, she writes, in a description of alleged events that Daniels has disclosed previously but which in the book are rendered with new and lurid detail. She describes Trumps penis as smaller than average but not freakishly small.
He knows he has an unusual penis, Daniels writes. It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool
I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart
It may have been the least impressive sex Id ever had, but clearly, he didnt share that opinion.
Thoughts, in no particular order:
Who cares? Penis shape is not a criterion for a good or bad president.
I hate to break the news to you guys, but every mans penis is a weird-looking thing.
Ill never be able to unsee this.
Toad is cute & cheerful, and not how Id metaphorically describe any part of the presidents anatomy.
Id rather have President Toad.
By Catherine J. Frompovich Why werent the producers, et al, who were involved in the production and distribution of the dramatic vaccine documentary film VAXXED...
Its Hard to ignore racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says.
Presumably, Steve Quayle and Dave Hodges have different sources. However, both of us have reached the same exact conclusion. The conclusion states that the Russians and the Chinese will simultaneously attack the United States. However, this will not be a first strike on America, so to speak. The Russian-Chinese invasion will come in the midst of a terrible upheaval in this country which will most likely occur in the midst of a civil war. Hence, this is the reason that we are seeing a major up-tick in the embedding of drug cartel personnel and guerrilla forces entering our country from south of our border.
Phase one consists of the completion of embedded,...
The largest gain of any leading conservative site.
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Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:
Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.
Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.
It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.
These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.
Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.
Tourism in Indian Country is getting a big boost from the federal government.
Before the dumpster service came to pick it up and take it away, we had several days of driving rain and fog. That sort of weather energizes me; I have no idea why.
I dont know what this little fellow is. Some kind of raptor, and very annoyed when I got closer with the camera. It hopped off under the dumpster and exited the other side.
That was the title of the lecture I attended last night, by our distinguished visiting professor, Allen Kellehear of the University of Bradford. It was frustrating. Kellehear does have an excellent background in caring for the dying, and I would have enjoyed (if thats the word) a discussion of the material and emotional needs of the dying, or hospice policy, or something along those lines, but instead it was an hour of Near Death Experiences (NDEs). I also agreed with his conclusion, that these phenomena are a complex outcome of cultural expectations, and that we actually dont know much about the biology. Its just that the journey there was a catalog of unlikely interpretations of mundane events.
He began with the facts and figures, and told us that, for example, 20% of resuscitated individuals report having an NDE, and 30% of people report having a visitation from the dead. My question is: how are these numbers at all meaningful? There is a huge amount of selection bias here (which he admitted to), because my story of losing consciousness and later waking up is not going to draw any attention at all, while Eben Alexanders fabulous story of going to heaven and meeting an all-powerful, awesome lord of creation gets on the New York Times bestseller list. Its nice to have statistics, but I want to know how they were collected and interpreted, and without that, theyre meaningless.
I was also confused because later he mentions that these NDE-like experiences were also expressed by people in many stressful situations, like trapped miners. So once again, 20% of what? Shouldnt the fact that I lost consciousness when I went to bed last night, as Ive done every night for 6 decades, and did not have an other-worldly, out-of-body experience be counted among the negatives?
He also gave us a list of the canonical events during an NDE: the dark tunnel, the Being of Light, the visiting of dead relatives, etc. I felt like pointing out that he, an authority on this subject, has just now primed a large audience on exactly what theyre supposed to experience if they had an NDE. Not that thats his fault: there are movies and books and stories told on daytime television that reinforce these perceptions, and theres a widespread cultural idea about them that were already soaking in.
I also wonderedif I were in a coma, and woke up and reported that my consciousness spent that time wandering in a cosmic darkness, or that I remembered visiting the shores of an alien sea and meeting Space Squid, would that even count as an NDE? Hes got a checklist, you know, and if I were asked if I saw the Being of Light, and I said No, would that mean I didnt have an NDE?
Most annoying of all, though, was all......
By Catherine J. Frompovich HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine...
Should Kavanaughs nomination falter, the Trump administration has little hope of installing a new justice on the high court before the end of the year....
By B.N. Frank The BabySafe Project was founded in 2014. Its goals have been supported by many of the worlds leading experts in the fields...
Ohio Municipal League (OML) Asks Ohioans to Complain to Feds About Legislation Eliminating Local Control Over Small Cell Tower Placement Even Though They Endorsed State Legislation That Did Same Thing. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"
By B.N. Frank Wow this seems to have really bit them in the behind. The Ohio Municipal League fully supported the passing of Ohio...
China still has several tools in its kit to mitigate the negative effects of President Trumps trade war on its economy. With a top-down economic structure and a huge domestic market, China may be able to absorb some impact of the latest round of tariffs by turning goods destined for export around for internal consumption.
While pushing back on U.S. demands, China continues expanding to new markets. President Xis One Belt and One Road initiative to build infrastructure projects from Europe to Africa has already provided a big market and consistent demand for Chinese exports, especially those running into overcapacity issues, such as steel and cement. Many countries along the initiative routes are resource-rich. They will provide a steady supply of raw material and energy to support Chinas long-term economic growth.
China can also increase its investment in Africa. In early September, Xi announced a $60 billion package of aid, investment, and loan money for Africa. Since Africa is already becoming overloaded with Chinese debt, the majority of this aid package is expected to be investments that will provide an outlet for Chinese goods and services.
Beijing has also started a charm offensive with U.S. businesses. Xis top economic advisor recently promised a delegation of U.S. multinationals that U.S. businesses operating in China wont be targeted in Beijings trade counterattacks. Chinas government-run tabloid, the Global Times, tried to appeal to U.S. businesses by stating, The Chinese market can help them make money, but the White House cant.
Most importantly, Xi became president for life in March of this year. Time is on his side. He doesnt face much political pressure to reach a trade deal with the United States. As a matter of fact, Chinas hardliners...
Some chick who calls herself the Design Mom wrote a Twitter thread the other day that has some good points but also a load of false information about human biology, as well as personal responsibility. Since it went viral, it merits a response. Women deserve better information and guidance about something so important.
Ive been listening to men grandstand about womens reproductive rights, and Im convinced men actually have zero interest in stopping abortion, she wrote. So far, so good. Abortion absolutely absolves men of their duty to care for women they helped turn into mothers, and of their duty to care for any children they create together.
Yet I would certainly not say that men en masse have zero interest in stopping abortion as, for example, my husbands excitement about our first child, an unplanned pregnancy, was key to helping me want our baby, and my father is one of the most strongly pro-life people I know. Men like them prove they care about women by putting themselves on the line to provide for their wives, economically and emotionally, during pregnancy and early motherhoods special time of vulnerability, and beyond.
But it is true that abortion enables the cowardly, feckless men who exploit women for sex, and this is one of the myriad reasons abortion is horrible.
If you want to stop abortion, you need to prevent unwanted pregnancies. And men are 100% responsible for unwanted pregnancies. No for real, they are, Blair continued. ALL unwanted pregnancies are caused by the irresponsible ejaculations of men. Period.
Okay, were already in crazy territory. Why? Because and I know this is hard to understand, but its a basic fact of life that all adults need to come to grips with sex makes babies. Sex requires the two halves of humankind: male and female. There is no method, including vasectomy, that can make sex completely, 100 percent baby-proof. The only way to completely ensure you will not have a baby is to not have sex. Life finds a way, indeed.
I know were leaving the era of science behind for another era of magical thinking, but babies simply do not spontaneously generate. So if you dont want to be pregnant, the only way to be sure you wont get pregnant is to not do the thing that makes pregnancies. For those of you who went to public school, thats sex. Which, despite what they tell you in public scho...
While recently watching a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel about a 1987 plane crash in California purportedly caused by a deranged passenger, I realized a profound shift had occurred in my accepted wisdom, my worldview. During its investigation of the crash, the FBI allegedly found a vital piece of evidence at the scene, which led to them identifying a suspect behind the crash.
It dawned on me that I doubted the veracity of both the evidence the FBI supposedly found and of the documentary itself. Then I realized that my doubt was purely a result of everything weve learned about the FBIs involvement in the greatest political crime in Americas history through its pivotal role to undermine Donald Trumps presidential campaign, and in the blatant cover-up of Hillary Clintons crimes as secretary of state. It also brought home why President Trump needs to reopen the 1996 TWA Flight 800 plane crash investigation.
Thanks to James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and an ever-enlarging cast of hapless characters, my illusions about the FBI have been shattered. The FBI is no longer sacrosanct. The enormity of what we are discovering about the role of the top leadership of the Obama administration to create and salt bogus intelligence into the U.S. national security establishment to spy on, investigate, and try to undermine the opposition partys presidential candidate is staggering.
It involved the most senior leadership of the FBI, working in tandem with Clintons campaign minions and paid spies; the senior leadership of the CIA; the director of national intelligence; the Department of Justice; and possibly officials at the State and Defense departments.
The FBIs willingness to participate in such outrageous cover-ups and falsely predicated investigations, and ignore a mountain of evidence contradicting the official government line, should prompt President Trump to revisit what I believe is one of the other great cover-ups in American history, also involving the Clintons: the destruction of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.
It was destroyed off the coast of Long Island shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for Paris, taking 230 souls with it. That scandal presaged what we saw 20 years later with the whitewash of the Hillary email server case and the counterintelligence operation against Trumps campaign.
The seminal work about TWA 800 was written by a meticulous, indefatigable investigative reporter and documentarian, Jack Cashill. (Full disclosure: I have gotten to know and work with Jack, a fellow graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, over the years, and consider him a friend.)
Jacks latest book on the subject, 2016s ...
Warning: this article contains explicit content.
Ive always been a fan of Oscar Wilde. As well as being a great servant of the English language, he was iconoclastic, flamboyant, and brave. In the 21st century, he is just as well known for his famous witticisms as he is for his famous works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Most people are generally aware that Wilde fell in love with the young undergraduate Lord Alfred Bosie Douglas, and that the pair maintained a relationship until Wildes trial and eventual imprisonment for homosexual offences. What most people dont know about is Wildes pattern of sexual behavior in middle age.
This icon, at the height of his fame, took advantage of his wealth and status to solicit, groom, and harass young men and teenage boys, whose willingness as sexual partners was ambiguous at best. In the age of the Me Too movement, and with the dust having settled after the downfall of Kevin Spacey, Wilde is overdue for a re-evaluation.
To a great extent, Wilde has been shielded from criticism. He has often, quite fairly, been judged a victim of Victorian hypocrisy. Some make a historical relativist argument, cautioning against taking things out of context and judging Wildes actions by our own standards.
Since homosexuality scarcely existed in Wildes time as a category to be reviled, they argue, there were no rules or legal standards of behavior for consent. LGBT culture was unfixed and undefined, and therefore Wilde should be given a little more leeway in how we assess his behavior. Bosies father, Lord Queensbury, was a brute, a two-dimensional antagonist, whose escalating harassment of Wilde and Bosie renders them easily sympathetic. Wildes shocking downfall is often viewed as more than enough suffering, and casts him as a martyr for his sexuality.
In jail, Wilde wrote De Profundis (translated as From the Depths), a confessional work in which he castigates himself for his decadent behavior, and for squandering much of his talent. In the wake of his fall from grace, this seemed like sufficient self-reflection and an atonement of sorts.
Perhaps most importantly, Wilde has, for several generations, been a necessary icon for LGBT people: too significant, too ideal, regarded too reverentially for his reputation to face any serious challenge. But the culture has changed in two significant ways, which necessitate a far more negative assessment of Wilde, to the point we can still appreciate him as an artist, but with far less warmth and admirati...
The New York Times published an ugly attack piece in the guise of investigative journalism on Thursday targeting Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The headline, Nikki Haleys View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701, was paired with a picture of Haley, giving the impression she had wastefully spent taxpayer dollars at a time when the State Department is trying to cut costs.
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A spokesman for Haley emphasized, however, that plans to buy the mechanized curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said. The New York Times initially buried this fact in the story.
Haley wasnt the ambassador at the time of the purchase and had no say in the matter. The pricey drapes found their way into the ambassadors residence during the Obama administration, not the current administration. However, the original headline, picture, tweet, and Facebook post went out of their way to obscure that fact.
After it was called out, The New York Times ended up changing the headline, scrapping the photo of Haley, heavily editing the article, and issuing a massive correction at the top of the story. But the damage had already been done. Numerous other outlets ran with the story, all propping up the narrative that Haley was a modern-day Marie Antoinette, buying golden drapes while other diplomats wore rags. Had it not been for mass conservative outrage on Twitter (the authors tweet of the story got few retweets but thousands of angry replies), the story would have remained unchanged.
Haley isnt a stranger to attacks on her character. According to an interview with Politico, opponents wrongly accused her of adultery when she ran for governor of South Carolina. Earlier this year, while Michael Wolff was pedaling his soundly debunked book, Fire and Fury, about the Trump White House, he made false claims that Haley was sleeping with the president. In their attempt to discredit the administration, many news outlets gave air time to this disgusting smear.
During her t...
Managed, integrated medicine is all the rage these days, thanks to Obamacare. Obamacare uses Medicare funds to sponsor Accountable Care Organizations, for example, whose sole explicit purpose is to unite all of a patients care under one roof.
Aside from the more than a thousand ACOs that have sprung up, Obamacares onslaught of new regulations have driven the consolidation of hospitals, physicians, and insurers into health-care systems across the country. Eighty percent of all hospitals belong to such systems today. No more local family doctor or small-town hospital. The reality today for many (and the future for all) is that your insurer determines your health-care system, and in turn, your choice of provider and hospital.
Health care today is much like Netflix, which aims to house all of your entertainment needs under one umbrella. Gone are the days when you would pay five bucks to rent the movie you want on iTunes (known as fee-for-service in health care); today, Netflix provides a veneer of all the movies you could want for a flat, monthly rate (i.e. capitated reimbursement in health care).
Netflix has become very popular, because it is clearly cheaper, and so is managed care. The reason the...
Carlo Maria Vigan, the former lead diplomat from the Vatican to the USA, released a letter saying Pope Francis not only knew of the widespread sexual abuse by Catholic clergy but also helped cover it up. Religious people are once again left reeling, wondering how the church could contain such evil, over and over and over again.
The wrongs of the past cant be retroactively undone, of course, but houses of worship can implement realistic policies to help keep kids safe and minimize the risks of mass events like this in the future.
Its terrible to think of church being an unsafe place for anyone, especially the most vulnerable among us. This has led many people to be reluctant to address safety in the church, instead hoping that nothing like that will ever happen in theirs.
But Kim Schave, the executive director of Humanitri, explains this viewpoint is part of the problem: Abusers have indicated that the church is an easy target because Christians are easily fooledthey want to believe in the inherent good of fellow believers. Abusers have mastered the art of manipulation and are able to mask their ill intentions by posing as upstanding church-goers. They can even ascend to leadership positions within the church.
Unfolding discussions in the wake of this latest sex scandal show a fundamental need for providing clear policies for safe church practices. Parents can reach out to their church leadership and let them know that they want to help start putting procedures like the following suggestions in place, and so can other concerned adults.
The church should operate as a family, with all members working together with safety as a common goal. Here are some policy suggestions to consider implementing at your house of worship.
Hiding things in the shadows allows inappropriate behavior to survive. Its important for families and churches to talk about what is acceptable, and what isnt.
This should be handled in the home between parents and children, with parents talking to children in age-appropriate terms about their bodies and making it clear that other people should not ask them to keep secrets from their parents, or to touch or see their bodies.
Dont rely on stranger danger to protect kids, because reports reveal that more than 90 percent of abuse cases are by someone the child already knows and has a trusted relationship with. Its not necessary to be scary or tell kids things they arent ready to hear, but it is important to let your children know that if someone makes them feel uncomfortable youll always be willing to listen....
This September, millions of college students move to campus for their first semester. Many will begin courses in engineering, calculus, science, or another advanced field, but other incoming freshmen will be stuck in remedial classes, reviewing material they should have learned in the ninth or tenth grade.
According to a 2016 report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of first-year college students now require remedial courses in math, English, or both. This means that millions of students across the country are trapped in classes that only cover content they should have learned in high school.
The prevalence of remedial college courses represents an obvious failing of our K-12 public school system. Increasing school choice could be a solution.
After all, its clear that traditional public schools simply arent working. Americans spend around $12,000 per student annually, nearly 30 percent more on average than the other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 35 developed countries, yet U.S. students rank 30th in math and 19th in science.
Would dumping more money into public schools bring about better results? Unfortunately, no. The conservative Heritage Foundation measured both spending-per-pupil and academic accomplishment from 1970 to 2004, and found that while per-student spending nearly doubled, reading proficiency scores stayed flat.
Additionally, high school graduation rates have remained fairly consistent since the 1990s, despite increased education spending. At the very least, its clear that increased taxpayer outlays are no surefire solution to Americas academic woes. So if we truly want to start preparing students for college, we need to offer them opportunities away from our broken public K-12 school system.
The best way to do that is through school choice programs, which give families the opportunity to choose the best school for their children by providing alternate options, such as publicly funded charter schools and granting families taxpayer dollars to cover private school tuition.
The American Federation for Children (AFC) is one of the largest school choice advocacy organizations in the country. I spoke with AFC President John Schilling, and he told me that the more opportunities that you give families to choose the best K-12 educational environment for their child, the better these students are going to do in college....
Earlier this week, federal appeals court judges ruled to allow Missouri to enforce health laws that are facing legal challenges. Planned Parenthood says this could end abortions at their Columbia location in weeks.
Planned Parenthood constantly claims to be a key health provider, especially for women. Their new president Leana Wen is on a publicity tour right now making that assertion constantly. If thats true, though, then why cant Planned Parenthood ensure their clinics are held to the highest standards of health?
Its Missouri abortion facility is only one of many locations Planned Parenthood says are threatened by following exactly the same rules for similar surgical and health centers. If Planned Parenthood is really about providing women the health care they need, why cant it manage to do so at the same level that other health providers meet?
Rather than bring their standards up to match those of health facilities, Planned Parenthood facilities often close instead that is, if they cant get themselves out of having to follow the same rules everyone else does. This seems to indicate Planned Parenthood is not really the health champion women need, despite their advertising to the contrary.
When Missouri required abortion facilities to meet standard health requirements, Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a lawsuit. PP affiliates attempted to block state requirements that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. This is because abortion is an internal surgical procedure.
So far, a federal appeals court is letting the regulations stand, much to Planned Parenthoods frustration. If the requirements are enforced, the attorney for PP said one of their facilities in Columbia wont be able to provide abortions because the doctor does not have admitting privileges with a local hospital. (Apparently he cant get them, either, for some reason, which also makes one question his medical no pun intended chops.) This would leave one Planned Parenthood site as the only abortion provider in the state.
PP argues, of course, as they always have, that fewer abortion clinics are bad for women. These requirements do nothing to help Missouri women and, in fact, actually hurt them, the local affiliates President Brandon Hill said in a statement. If these laws are allowed to take effect, women will now have to travel farther, wai...
In recent days insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee have announced they will stop covering prescriptions for OxyContin. This comes after months of lawsuit filings against pharmaceutical companies, individual leadership of pharma companies, and retail pharmacies and dispensaries, all in the name of holding opioid manufacturers accountable for the addiction crisis gripping the nation.
Very few of these suits were brought by victims or their families. Instead, they are being filed by cities, counties, states attorneys general, and even Native American tribal councils. Some of the suits have a lot more merit than others, but they got a collective boost in recent weeks when President Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue pharma companies that have contributed to the U.S. opioid crisis.
The president said during a cabinet meeting, Some states have done it. But Id like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opioids at a level that it shouldnt be happening. While the Justice Department has joined states in their suits against opioid companies, what Trump wants is a separate federal lawsuit targeting specific drug companies.
But its the state-level opioid lawsuits that are vying to become the largest civil litigation settlement agreement in U.S. history. While this is new territory for most of the plaintiffs and defendants, the concept and approaches are not new. In fact, they come directly from the current record-holders playbook: Big Tobacco.
During the 1990s, the United States faced another public health emergency in the form of tobacco. Forty-six states and six jurisdictions subsequently entered into the largest civil litigation settlement agreement in U.S. history so far, with the tobacco industry.
That Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) set out annual payments from participating tobacco manufacturers to recoup taxpayer money spent for health care costs connected to tobacco-related illness, as well as set new standards and marketing restrictions for tobacco companies. The MSA also outlined that, after the settlement, states could not make legal claims against tobacco companies that were included in the lawsuits associated with the MSA.
In 2018 there are much better health records, pharma paper trails, and at least theoretical precedents for states getting money they claim is owed to them through Medicaid and Medicare dollars that did not...
By Mike Adams
This is a breaking news alert with huge implications for the future of our country. (See full analysis videos, below.)
According to a White House statement:
At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications
In covering the bombshell announcement, InfoWars is now reporting:
The long-awaited declassification by the president is believed to reveal further damning evidence suggesting leadership within the FBI and DoJ conspired to concoct a Russian collusion narrative involving Trump in order to overthrow the duly-elected president.
Trump ordered the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to declassify select parts of the FISA court application to spy on his former campaign surrogate Carter Page during the 2016 election.
Trump also ordered that FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr be released surrounding the ongoing Russia investigation as well as all text messages relating to the Russia investigation from former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa P...
Harvard and its affiliates will inflict some kind of damage (academic, emotional, occasionally physical) on everyone who lingers there. It is a place where everyone is out to get everyone else. In a place where no one can be the best at everything, everyone takes any chance they can get to measure up to their peers. It is a mob of ruthless young overachievers with a taste for blood.
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A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.
On September 8, more than 30,000 people marched in San Francisco as part of a major international climate mobilization. The Rise for Climate Jobs, and Justice march filled the citys streets just days before the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). Protesters took to the streets again on September 13th after the summit had commenced, this time shutting down the intersections and substantially disrupting the entrance into the GCAS venue.
(Natural News) Looking for ways to maintain your good eyesight? According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, people who take part in moderate to intense physical activity have the capacity to curb their chances of developing glaucoma. The results of the research, presented at the 121st Annual Meeting
We have survived and now we are searching through science and our ancestors for means to healthy lives, families and communities.
Herieth Paul is a 22 year-old, much-sought-after it girl in the glitzy and glamorous world of high fashion. She jets around the globe for fashion events to work for the industrys visionaries with the likes of Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli and Calvin Klein. Her beauty has been likened to big names such as Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell, both of whom are supernovas in the modelling universe. But to her, being at the center of it all, still feels like a lucid dream.
Is this a dream, I still cant believe it, she says, looking back on her career and how she started from humble beginnings as a young girl in her hometown of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a long way from the busy streets of New York City.
Its literally the most beautiful place in the world, she reminisces.Its so warm and the air is so crisp and it smells like-do you know the smell after it rains? The sun rays just kiss my skin, and the ocean water is so clear; its so blue.
The Amazon, one of the Earths last remaining frontiers, teems with a rich diversity of plant and animal life, many species of which still remain undiscovered. This melting-pot of life is a well-oiled machine and is a wonder in itself, providing the Amazons residents with the essentials they need to thrive.
One aspect that keeps the Amazon ecosystem in its optimal state is the areas weather and climate which is described as peculiar, with experts baffled by the unexplained rains falling in the region months before they should.
Scientists have tried to answer the mystery behind the phenomenon. Previous studies suggested that the dense forest released tiny particles of salt into the air, attracting moisture from the atmosphere which then produced clouds followed by rain. This seemed plausible in 2012 but a study in 2017 may already have the explanation they are looking for.Source: Pixabay
Rong Fu, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles believes that the plants were releasing enough water vapour into the air to produce clouds over the Amazon. This moisture released by plants through tiny...
Norway, a European country located high in the Northern Hemisphere is known for having long winter nights oftentimes called Polar Nights. During the winter solstice, the time of the year when the Earths northern pole is tilted farthest from the sun, nights in countries lying near the Arctic Circle experience longer nights compared to that of those nearer the Equator. For the little Norwegian town of Rjukan, a municipality surrounded by steep mountains, this darkness lasts for 6 months.
The cold autumn months are heralded by longer nights that begin in September, when the sun is farthest from the northern hemisphere. Unfortunately for residents of Rjukan, the mountains that surround them rob them of sunlight earlier than the rest of Norway, plunging them into its shadows from September until March and sunlight, as we all know, is very essential to life as a source of heat and much needed energy. But aside from this, it also has an important function most of us often disregard: sleep regulation....
It is no question that in every war, casualties are inevitable and aside from the loss of life and property, certain freedoms that we enjoy can be taken from us at a blink of an eye. In a small camp in Israel occupied West Bank, Palestinian women are now fighting to keep an essential and important part of their culture that was taken from them as a result of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Farming.
In 1967, after the 6-day war between arab nations and the state of Israel, the latter took control of an area bordering the river Jordan called the West-Bank. This military occupation of Palestinian territory resulted in the displacement of families, forcing them to leave their lands and their way of life.Source: https://staticv3.972mag.com/
The West Bank has a total land area of 2,173 sq. mi with mostly rugged terrain and little natural resources other than fertile land which make up 27% of the land area of the region. It is this fertile land that has sustained Palestinian communities in the past, using it as permanent pastures and farm lands for seasonal crops, essentially making farming integral to their culture and heritage....
(Natural News) Theres one thing that most major cancer foundations and cancer drive organizations never mention when searching for the cure or marching for the cure for can...
(Natural News) True medical freedom is experienced when you gain self-reliance in taking care of your...
In August, a video of a flying machine surfaced on the internet, showing it hovering above what seems to be a small back yard somewhere in the Philippine capital of Metro Manila. The craft, piloted by a single person and looking like a cross between a camera drone and Batmans Bat Wing, effortlessly lifted off from the ground and moved gracefully from side to side with precision within the confined space of the property. But what exactly is it?
The aircraft, made from strong yet ultralight carbon fiber material is the result of the painstaking efforts of its Filipino inventor, Kyxz Mendiola, whose frustration with the terrible Manila traffic led him to build his very own flying car which he calls the Koncepto Milenya.Source: https://s.yimg.com/
The Koncepto Milenya is a single-seater, manned aircraft that uses drone or multi-copter technology in order for it to achieve lift. The electric rotors which are run by batteries rechargebale in under 3 hours, provide the lift needed to allow the vehicle to remain afloat for 15 minutes. Mendiola hopes to extend...
McMaster University in Ontario, Canada has spearheaded a creative way to provide affordable housing to its student population at the same time, finding companionship to senior citizens who have extra rooms to spare.
The university, founded in the late 1800s is one of only a handful of Canadian Schools that consistently rank among the worlds top 100 universities, making it a popular destination for foreign students from at least 107 countries looking to pursue further education away from home.
With a full time student census of close to 30,000, housing is one of the necessities that the university aims to address and thanks to one of its faculty members, McMaster University may have already come up with a witty solution for those who choose to join the program.Source: http://easternontarionetwork.com/
Soumeya Abed, a research scientist from the universitys Department of Medicine, came up with the name SYMBIOSIS for the housing program that she started since it was based on a mutually beneficial relationship for both the...
(ZHE) The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is 
Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.
In todays age, newer, safer and faster modes of transportation have bridged long distances and have made our daily commutes between home and work much more comfortable. To most people, maybe but for the 33% of travelers who suffer from motion sickness, taking the bus or train to work, is a huge challenge.Source: https://9zest.com/
Motion sickness is a condition where ones inner ear, responsible for maintaining balance, positional awareness and sense of motion, is unable to synchronize with what the eyes see as movement. This disagreement between the eyes and ears often times cause discomfort to the sufferer, resulting in severe nausea and vomiting.
Many methods have been tried to lessen the effects of motion sickness, including pharmaceutical solutions taken orally right before boarding on that dreaded bus, train or airplane ride but the creators of one...
What does it take to make an airport the best among other airports found all over the world? Changi Airport, Singapores premiere airport and the largest and busiest transportation hub in Southeast Asia, has the answer.
Ranked as the worlds No. 1 by Skytrax for 6 years in a row since 2013, Singapores Changi Airport is considered as a travel destination on its own, boasting world-class amenities that travellers can enjoy, all within its 4 terminals.Source: http://static.asiawebdirect.com/
Some of the amenities Changi Airport offers to its visitors include a number of award winning restaurants, spas, movie theatres, shopping facilities, hotel accommodations and an actual swimming pool where travellers can relax and unwind while waiting for their connecting flights.
In addition to all these, Singapore is set to open a new building within the airport facility in 2019, the Jewel Changi Airport, a 140,000 square meter buildi...
A Thai farmer from Bangkok has refused offers from developers to turn his property into an urban center, preferring to maintain its rural allure for the people of the rapidly growing city to enjoy. The farm, a green oasis in the middle of Bangkok with 3 rice paddies and a melon plantation with over a hundred trees, is owned and maintained by Sompot Tubcharoen, a former university employee who gave up his job to become an agriculturalist.Source: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/
Developers have offered Mr. Tubcharoen over a million dollars in exchange for the rights to his property, a generous offer as prices in city real estate have escalated in recent years following high demand for housing by the growing populace. Seeing the importance that green spaces have offer to personal well-being, the farmer decided to keep his parcel of land for city residents to partake of....
Dressed in a flowing white gown with her loosely-braided blonde hair running beautifully down her back, a woman is seen standing alone in a sprawling meadow, a herd of cows grazing in the far distance. Moments later, a haunting yet entrancing melody fills the air, echoing into the farthest reaches of the valley; its source, seemingly coming from deep within the womans soul.
The video, now circulating in the intertwined web of social media, has captured and bewitched netizens around the globe because of one womans amazing way to summon gentle bovines from far away. It captures how her singing seemingly casts a spell on the cattle, drawing them closer without much effort other than the sound of her beautiful voice.Source: http://brewminate.com/
As spellbinding as it is, this Scandinavian art of cattle-calling is not supernatural in origin at all but has its roots deeply imbedded in Swedish and Norwegian culture. The art of kulning which uses high-pitched songs to call herding animals back from the mountainside is less common these days but can still be witnessed and heard in parts of Northern Europe on occasio...
(CD) Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. governments secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations important and terrifying. The documentsobtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through 
District Court Judge Amy Totenberg ruled late Monday night that the midterm elections in Georgia will proceed as planned denying a proposal by plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state that would have required the election to be carried out with paper ballots instead of touchscreen voting machines. Although sympathetic to concerns about systemic vulnerability, she concluded that remedial measures would constitute an unreasonable burden on the government.
The decision comes after nine hours of testimony and cross-examination last week in Atlantas federal court. Several computer experts with decades of experience between them testified that Georgias current voting system is susceptible to outside hackers serving foreign interests.
Witnesses and attorneys for the state responded to such claims by expressing confidence in security measures such as physically tying up the voting machines, and digital security added since researchers, several times in the last two years, exposed the systems flaws. They also said it would be costly and difficult to change plans in time for early voting, which begins October 15, and for Election Day, November 6.
Obstacles, according to state officials, include a lack of enough digital scanners required to count the ballots, no plans for storing the ballots, as well as the possibility that the switch would force voters to wait longer in line to vote.
The decision perpetuated a pattern that has persisted throughout most of Georgias 16-year history with touchscreen machines that lack a paper ballot trail: voters rights groups and other organizations sue the state over the lack of security and reliability in a dispute involving such systems, citing a growing number of experts on the matter and yet the states defense prevails.
Georgia is one of only five states where all voting takes place using such machines.
Plaintiffs were outspoken in their disappointment over seeing this pattern continue and charged officials with ignoring credible warnings.
Secretary of State Kemp, the State Election Board, and the bipartisan Fulton County Election Board refused to act in res...
The genocidal legacy of Junpero Serra, who was the founder of the brutal Indian mission system in California, continues to be examined.
(ANTIWAR.COM) South Koreas President Moon Jae-in arrived on Tuesday in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang for the third summit of the year between the two Koreans. While the other visits were highly aspirational, this summit has a more direct goal reaching a peace treaty. Moon was very frank about this, saying what I want to achieve 
The post New Zine: Its A Sin to Kill a Mockingbird: Writings on Scout Schultz appeared first on It's Going Down.
On Friday, September 16 2017, 21-year old Scout Schultz was shot and killed by police at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scout was active in campus LGBT groups and identified as intersex. Scout was a part of local organized antifascist initiatives and was an anarchist. When news spread of their death, friends, family, and classmates near and far began scrambling to understand the events. In video surfacing online, it is possible to watch Scout scream at officers to shoot me, which they thoughtlessly do. In the coming days, a flurry of statements, rationalizations, and arrests are unleashed after mourners set fire to a police cruiser and clash with cops following a vigil on campus.
In the wake of the repression as well as the suffocating culture on campus, wherein students, faculty, and cowards of all stripes came out to defend the shooting, or to oppose those who sought proportional response to it, Scouts former partner Dallas took their own life. Following a series of arrests and detentions, a friend and comrade of Scouts, Kirby Jackson, took their own life as well.
As of this publication, the arrestees from the night of the riot have...
Quickly mobilizing themselves, the assemblyalong with the support and solidarity from neighbors, social organizations and collectivesgathered in front of the district attorneys office where the compaeros were being held, to pressure the authorities to release the detained. After various hours, and in consequence of the mounting pressure from outside, the two compaeros were released without charge.
Below we publish a translated communique from the Assembly released a few hours after the compaeros were detained along with a short report back below addressing how the day ended at the district attorneys office.
Law enforcement of the Mexico City Government detain water defenders for opposing illegal work on public sidewalk.
Today, September 15th, 2018, at 10:30 am, Gustavo Lpez Rosas and Vicente Escobedo Soria were violently detained by Mexico City police. The detention took place in the protest encampment at Aztecas #215 when they were carrying out a live video transmission denouncing the damage to the public sidewalk being done by the real estate company Quiero Casa. The compaeros were detained violently: they were beaten and robbed of their belongings. Furthermore, compaeras who tried...
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As reports of the 2018 Prison Strike actions and state retaliation continue to come in, we speak with Amani Sawari organizer and media contact with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak about ways to support prison rebels. We also hear from J, whos among the strikers inside a South Carolina Prison.
To get more news and reports from the strike, be sure to visit:
Image credit: Amanda Priebe, Justseeds Artists Cooperative
(MEE) Russia said on Monday there will be no new military operation against rebels in Idlib by Syrian government forces and their allies after president Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders, who back opposing sides in Syrias seven-year war, came together in an ad hoc meeting in the Russian 
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On the evening of Sunday, September 9, 2018, a group of anarchists and prison abolitionists marched onto the premises of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (more commonly known as the Burnside jail) to communicate a message of love and solidarity to the prisoners inside. September 9th was the last day of the Black August North prisoner strike organized by people on the inside, which had started three weeks earlier. The initial prisoner statement and strike demands are outlined here. Their statement at the end of the strike is found here.
The strike started on August 21, the 47th anniversary of George Jacksons death in 1971, and ended on September 9, the anniversary of the Attica prison uprising in the same year.
Our group first approached the womens wing, which is where we turned on our sound system, unfurled our banners, started lighting fireworks, and began chanting as loud as we could. They responded by banging on the windows. We did not stay too long before we marched further to the mens wing where strike organizers were locked up. We were there for about twenty minutes. We showed them a grand fireworks display, and some participants climbed up the fence, either to wave to people inside or tie flowers to the uppermost chain links.
Here are some of the things we chanted:
Burnside Jail to Collins Bay, fighting back is the only way.
They can take our lives away, but not our dignity! Our hearts will pound against these walls until we all are free!
Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!
Our banners read: Prison is Revolting and Against Prison
At moments when we stopped making noise, we were able to hear rhythmic banging on the windows. Some prisoners waved, and others flicked the lights on and off in their cells. At one point, the chant of You are not alone was taken up spontaneously in our group (it wasnt on our chant sheet), and that turned into an especially powerful moment of connection and tears. Eventually, we ran out of fireworks, and so we waved goodbye and left the way we ca...
By Mac Slavo Google has apologized after admitting to changing the settings on Android users phones remotely and without the phone owners permission. Several Android...
The Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch recently published an editorial, republished by other papers with the headline: "Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan." It's a rather striking piece of writing, because it does not even attempt to offer a single reason why anyone would "fight" in Afghanistan.
By Matt Agorist As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, New Mexico has filed...
of a leaked Google video released earlier this year in May 2018. Now, a few months later, its worth taking a closer look at this apparently leaked vid. The title is quite innocuous and not so fitting, belying the creepy agenda of military fund-seeded Google to control and own you by taking over your data. This will be a digital, corporate-owned ledger. Google wants a complete ledger of your life a complete account using extensive data of all your actions, decisions, preferences, movements and relationships. It then wants to use pattern recognition and other tools with this data to direct your life. At first, this so-called Selfish Ledger will be user-driven, but the implication is that soon thereafter it will be driven by the ledger itself (i.e. AI) programmed with Googles values (whatever they are). The deeper meaning of the Selfish Ledger is shocking: Google freely admits that it is aiming for complete species-wide understanding with the Selfish Ledger, and thus to be able to direct human evolution.
raised by the discovery of this anapsid/diapsid hybrid:
Good folk, I give you Stegatortoise delectabile.
Some art majors have attempted to argue that this photo has more to do with a phenomenon known as Knit bombing than evolutionary biology. But seriously: who listens to art majors?
Moon is hoping to help jumpstart nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington
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If the new liberty movement grows and stays true to its principles, it will be able to defeat the socialists of all parties.
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Last month, the Austin City Council approved a resolution ending
a controversial process to rewrite the citys land use regulations,
a project known as CodeNEXT. This week, Strong Towns is examining
issues surrounding land development regulations in Austin and the
CodeNEXT process. Read
Part 1 of the series here, and check back on Wednesday
through Friday for future installments.
Want to keep talking about this? On October 4 and 5, Strong Towns is hosting a Regional Gathering in nearby Plano, Texas. Space is limited, but, as of today, tickets are still available.
Current land use zoning in Austin (via CodeNEXT)
So lets take a step back: whats up with the existing code? Its most obvious feature, upon viewing a zoning map: it only allows single family homes in the vast majority of the city. In the map below (courtesy of CodeNEXT), the yellow areas represent the large swaths of the city that are intended for single family residential use only, not allowing multi-family residences (orange) or commercial (red). Over 80% of the city is in a yellow zone. Austin also has limited allowance for mixed use buildings (represented in pink).
Limiting such a generous area to only single family residences has consequences. Faced with intense demand for new housing, much of the city, by land area, simply has no place to grow.
Austin added 200,294 new residents between 2005 and 2015,...
We were lucky enough to have a good citizen on the street whos a concealed carry holder.
Trump takes the gloves off by beginning to expose Deep States attempt to overthrow 2016 election.
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 (9/17/18). *UPDATES* on the Syrian attacks that took place following the broadcast below Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane Moscow Accuses Israel Of Using Downed 
On Monday President Trump ordered intelligence agencies to declassify a mountain of Russia documents and texts, including documents regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on Carter Page and texts from key players in the Russia investigation. The White House said the order was for reasons of transparency and at the request of several committees in Congress.
The declassification order includes redacted portions of the FISA warrant the FBI obtained to spy on Trump associate Page, all FBI notes on interviews related to obtaining the warrant on Page, and all FBI notes on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr related to the Russia investigation.
Trump also ordered the Justice Department and FBI to publicly release in full all text messages related to the Russia investigation from former FBI director James Comey, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, former lead Russia investigators and disgraced lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Ohr, who was demoted from his top post at the Justice Department in December amid questions about his involvement in the Russia probe.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is reportedly pleased with the order, which covers pretty much everything he wanted, and said he considered the text messages a bonus. A number of congressional Republicans asked Trump earlier this month to declassify the FISA warrant and the FBI notes on Ohr interviews.
Ohr is accused of having improper communications with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who provided the FBI the unverified Trump dossier before he was terminated as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the press. Notes leaked by The Hill in an explosive investigative report suggest Ohr served as a middle man between Steele and the FBI even after he was terminated as a source, so Steele could continue feeding the FBI information. Ohr was then the associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.
Questions also continue to swirl around the FBIs alleged abuse of the FISA court to obtain multiple warrants on Page. The warrants released to the public were previously heavily redacted.
Its not yet clear when and how the declassified documents and texts will be released.
The California Assembly and Senate have passed AB-2178, which would impose new restrictions on individuals and community groups like Food Not Bombs that share free meals. Volunteer groups feeding the poor and homeless pose little food safety risk. These grassroots groups have operated for decades and follow strong private food safety practices. They fill a critical gap that the state itself struggles to address.
A hearing to determine whether Joe Bryan should be granted a new trial came to a dramatic conclusion on Monday with a surprise, eleventh-hour admission from the expert witness whose testimony had proved critical in convicting the former high school principal of the 1985 murder of his wife, Mickey.
My conclusions were wrong, retired police Detective Robert Thorman wrote in an affidavit introduced by the defense of the bloodstain-pattern analysis he performed. Some of the techniques and methodology were incorrect. Therefore, some of my testimony was not correct.
Bloodstain-pattern analysis is a forensic discipline whose practitioners regard the drops, spatters and trails of blood at a crime scene as clues, which can sometimes be used to reverse-engineer the crime itself. Thorman had only 40 hours of training in the discipline when he was called in to work on the Bryan case. His testimony about a blood-speckled flashlight that Mickeys brother found in the trunk of Bryans car four days after the murder made the states tenuous theory of the crime seem plausible.
At Bryans trial in 1986 and then again at his 1989 retrial, Thorman testified that tiny flecks of blood on the flashlight could only be back spatter a pattern that indicated a close-range shooting. What connection the flashlight had to the crime, if any, was never clear; in 1985, a crime lab chemist found that the blood on it was type O, which corresponded not only to Mickey but to nearly half the population. But Thorman effectively tied the flashlight to the crime scene, going so far as to say that the killer had likely held the flashlight in one hand while firing a pistol with the other.
Bryan had been attending a principals convention in Austin, 120 miles from where the murder occurred in Clifton, Texas, in the days surrounding the murder. He has always maintained that he was in Austin, asleep in his hotel room, at the time of the crime.
During both trials, Thorman also helped explain away one of the biggest holes in the states case: no blood was ever found in the interior of Bryans Mercury, though the prosecution alleged that Bryan fled the messy crime scene in his car. Thorman provided an explanation for this, asserting that the killer had changed his clothes and shoes in the master bathroom of the Bryan home before making his escape.
In no way did I lie in my report or testimony, Thorman stated in his affidavit, which is dated Sept. 13. I was doing what I thought was correct as a result of my training at the time. Thorman, who is now 80, did not specify which parts of his testimony had been incorrect.
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It happens. When youre pushing limits, trying to find new ways to fight back, sooner or later you might get caught. And its not the end of the world.
The first time my house got searched, it was 3 AM. I was all in black with a dufflebag over my shoulder full of crowbars, bolt cutters and gloves, and I was on my out the door. But through the front window, I saw flashing lights and then the shadows of cops walking dogs back and forth on our lawn. They had the street closed off.
Yes, getting busted sucks and lets keep finding ways to avoid it. But theres value in sitting a while with that moment when you realize you arent getting away this time. Reflecting on them can give courage and determination to keep going, to try again, to fail better.
I was 19. I grabbed my roommates who were awake and as the pounding on the door started we tried to decide what to do. They were shining flashlights through the window and knocking on the glass. We decided I would go outside porch to talk to them and my roommate would lock the door behind me.
Getting Caught aims to be a place to tell those stories. Submit your very short stories (300 words. The shorter the better) about times when you didnt away. Well collect them and publish them as a pretty risographed brochure, as a pdf, and maybe on a website. You can email your submission to email@example.com (PGP key here) or you can leave them as a comment on this post on North Shore Counter-Info. If theyre clearly marked as submissions, the mods have agreed to send them along. All submissions will be anonymized even if you tell us who you are. Get your submissions in by October 31, 2018 and the collection will be ready before New Years eve.
The cops said they were just looking for some guys who robbed a gas station across the street. If we just let them in, they wouldnt notice anything that wasnt those guys. They promised. But if you make us get a warrant I tapped to be le...
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Do you still trust SNOPES? I posted this attached photo to Facebook. SNOPES labeles it Mixed (both true & false) or in this case Miscaptioned insofar it wasnt during Hurricane Florence but during Hurricane Ike. They couldnt very well call it False because, after all, here are the photos to prove the medias lies.
BTW to show you how the Deep States minions support one another, after posting it on Facebook, Facebook immediately added this SNOPES link as a Related Article as if Im stupid enough to fall for it. [Link]
SNOPES is similar to the ass media. If they report it, its not important. If it is important, they ignore it. If they cant deny it, they try to obfuscate it.
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Some anarchists dropped a banner reading #PRISON STRIKE FREE ALL PRISONERS off the parking garage for the casino next to SCI Chester. Timing was good, and there were folks in the yard of the prison when we dropped it. Hopefully people both in the yard and in the dorms facing the banner saw it clearly, and felt some sense of the solidarity we hoped to communicate.
Unfortunately we couldnt safely get a clear photo of the banner itself after deploying it. But whatever, out target audience was closer.
The PA Dept of Corrections is currently imposing severe restrictions on those it holds captive, including absurd rerouting of all mail through a private corporation in Florida, increased security screening for visitors, and soon, implementing a system where inmates will only have access to e-books after buying devices with which to read them at their own expense.
Suspected underage illegal alien drunk driver slammed through construction barriers.
Planet found around 40 Eridani A
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NRA says ORourke will vote against our constitutional right to self-defense
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Agent struck by rock, while another fought with Guatemalan national.
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Photo: Anarchists in Rojava fighting ISIS holding up flags.
Shockingly little consideration has been paid to the writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Imprisoned by the Turkish government in 1999, Ocalan has been writing from solitary confinement on the prison island of Ismarli for nineteen years. Most recently he has produced a four volume work, entitled Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization. He is the founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party and the ideological leader of the main Kurdish political party in Rojava. Despite the very specific pressures of the decades-long regional conflict, the work has the potential to illuminate our understanding of anti-establishment struggles the world over. Reading the Manifesto here in so-called Virginia these past two years has heightened my own understanding of this areas more visible struggles: the resistance to two unnecessary fracked gas pipelines, and the rise of antifascism before and after the infamous white supremacists gatherings in Charlottesville.
The first two volumes of Ocalans Manifesto feel up-to-this-minute relevant, despite the works making their way to English almost a decade after they were smuggled out of prison, ostensibly as defenses for his trial (the last two volumes are still being translated by the Norwegian publisher New Compass). The work, as thus-far translated, has two primary preoccupations: First, analyzing the positivist mindset which enables civilizations exploits. Second, a broad critique of capitalist modernity that very thoroughly traces its roots back 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. (The third volume will concern itself with what Ocalan calls the sociology of freedom; the fourth will cover Ocalans vision of a path to peace in the Middle East). Subjective experience and objective history are thus considered of equal importance in this aspirational screed, and the synthesis is thrilling. To borrow the cliche about good poetry, it captures what is often thought but rarely so well expressed.
His analysis of the roots of capitalism begins not with Medicis in Venice or with tulips in Amsterdam nor factories in Manchester, but with the emergence of civilization itself six thousand years ago in the fertile crescent. The emergence of agriculture, he contends, is where surplus product and thus capital first arises. This time also saw the transition from matricentric socie...
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States 
Update 2: Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane Update: The Pentagon has formally denied that tonights massive sustained attack on Syria had US involvement. US-funded VOA News reports a Pentagon spokesman issuing the following statement: I can unequivocally say this is not us, said Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson. Regional sources report, citing Syrian officials, that Monday nights 
Patriots will find a way to get the truth into the public sphere.
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Meant to overcome usual divisions that plague multiethnic societies.
(TMU) The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has announced that they will continue their fight in the losing battle of cannabis prohibition by banning Canadian cannabis users and workers from entering the United States. Customs official Todd Owen told Politico that they will interrogate Canadian citizens that they suspect of using cannabis, and anyone who says yes, 
Meantime, and along the way according to Phillips, wealth concentration has gone ballistic like a moonshot! In January 2016 only 62 people held as much wealth as one-half of the entire world, but within one year, by 2018, that figure narrowed to 8 people with as much wealth as one-half of the entire world. Stop and think about the implications. Is something about that awry, amiss, or maybe nonsensical? Wealth concentration is happening so rapidly that it is feasible that someday soon one man will hold more wealth than half the humans in the world. (p. 21) Wow-Wow! Is capitalism starting to stink up the place with wealth cumulation madness? Can the world community live with this or will there be an uprising as the elites bold rapaciousness increasingly turns into a public image of the Wicked Witch of the East?
If Strong Towns is not Sprawl Repair, then what is it?
Thats the question one of you asked us on Twitter. And in this monologue podcast, Strong Towns Founder and President Chuck Marohn answers it.
Sprawl Repair, sometimes also called Suburban Retrofit, is a concept that Marohn describes as brilliant, but silly. The brilliant part is the recognition that it takes real genius to adapt these incredibly difficult sites. Taking suburban homes, big box stores, and office parksplaces that were never designed to be renovated after theyd completed their original life cycleand renovating them to go back into productive use takes tons of creativity. (The Sprawl Repair Manual by Galina Tachieva and Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson are examples of the brilliant.)
But theres a lot on the silly side of the equation, too. Because
while they may work in a handful of places where the desire and the
economics come together, these strategies dont scale to the broad
swath of America that is financially insolvent, nor to the millions
of homes that are in neighborhoods designed to decline.
Even sillier is the beliefwidely held among some advocatesthat sprawl repair can be something more than a boutique approach for niche places. And while suburban retrofit advocates are brilliant at coming up with solutions for those unique situations, Marohn contends that they are not up to the bigger challenges of fixing our broken development pattern, which is the problem Strong Towns is trying to solve.
This podcast delves into the problems of sprawlwhat it really means, and what hidden forces underlie it. And then it proposes a unique set of Strong Towns approaches, some of which include Sprawl Repair, but some which go far beyond it.
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This week on Scheer Intelligence, Anand Giridharadas, whose latest book is Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, discusses how rich people and philanthropists and others are engaged in this well-meaning attempt to make the world better but upholding through their actions an indecent system. He describes this as a system in which the market and its needs come before the needs of the people, a system that allows the rich and powerful to be seen as philanthropic rather than the malignant force they represent. They would be, as Tolstoy opined, the guy on the American back, choking our society and destroying our economy. They do so in the name of the distorted libertarian ideology that they use to subvert the American experiment in democracy, by denying the legitimacy of government intervention into the economy on the side of fairness and justice...
If youre an investor in the cannabis market or are affiliated with them in anyway. or you smoke pot, or admit to having ever tried it once in the past, you could now be facing a lifetime ban to the United States. Canadians who work in the marijuana industry and those who invest in the booming pot sector risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations. As Canada prepares to become the worlds only major industrialized nation to legalize retail marijuana sales starting Oct. 17, the Canadian cannabis sector is projected to generate billions of dollars of revenue in coming years and Canadians have flocked to take jobs and buy stocks in the burgeoning industry. But the move has potential to disrupt border crossings between the U.S. and Canada for those who run afoul of American drug laws, even if their activities are legal in Canada! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth takes a look at what this could potentially mean for the average Canadian citizen traveling abroad and more importantly what you can do to protect yourself!
BEIJING Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received a rare yet exceedingly warm welcome Thursday as he landed in Beijing, where the oft-maligned leader and target of U.S.-spearheaded regime-change efforts will discuss new ways in which his government and the Peoples Republic of China can deepen their relations and strengthen their long-running ties. The state visit, which came at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, gives the elected leader of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela an important opportunity to break from the imposed isolation his government has suffered amid the concerted economic, diplomatic, and propaganda war being waged on the South American nation. Maduro departed his home country vowing great expectations and promising big achievements by the end of the trip.
The Project Veritas operative who falsely alleged that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager, in an attempted sting of the Washington Post last year, is at it again. Using the alias Kimmie Gibson, Jaime Tennille Phillips has been infiltrating Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America since at least early August, according to four DSA members who interacted with her at meetings, actions, and happy hours. She often came early and stayed late for these gatherings, and was eager to make friends, and in at least one case, a lover. Phillips first met activist Arjun Comar at a DSA convention planning session on Sept. 5. Their interaction then was brief, but at a Sept. 12 Libertarian Socialist Caucus meeting at the Red Derby, they got to know each other better.
Amidst independence day parades in Honduras, national security forces threw tear gas and fired water cannons on anti-government protesters. Honduran Independence Day marches in the Tegucigalpa capital turned violent Saturday, Sept. 15, as riot police threw tear gas containers and sprayed anti-government protesters with water cannons. Demonstrators were out on the streets to protest against the presidency of Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), whom they and several organizations accuse of stealing last Novembers presidential elections from Salvador Nasralla of the Opposition Alliance coalition. Protesters say the Hernandez administration and other government officials committed fraud in order for the incumbent to take last year's presidential election.
Mark Leibovich, reporter and bestselling author of This Town, is out with a new book probing the world of football and the issues that plague the NFL. Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times chronicles the story the despised Roger Goodell, the eccentric team owners, and the fate of the leagues cultural dominance.
Ben Domenech interviews Leibovich on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour.
There are a lot of things that could over timecould really kill the golden goose, Leibovich said. Seven years ago, who knew that the President would tweeting basically making a frontal attack on its private business.
Since its inception, the United States has tried to portray itself as a defender of human rights both at home and globally. But, for well over three years, the children of Yemen have had to experience first-hand the worst oppression the US has to offer. Geopolitics Alert founder and editor, Randi Nord, participated in two 
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U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo and stated his intentions to make all the depositions taken in the Russia investigation public before the midterm elections.
Russiagates Game of Thrones: The ongoing partisan fued between Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Devin Nunes may soon be coming to an end with the stroke of Trumps pen.
I think full transparency is in order here, so I expect to make those available from our committee to the American public here in the next few weeks, the congressman said in the interview with Bartiromo.
Nunes also said Americans deserve this level of transparency for an investigation that has obstructed the Trump administrations agenda, and a large number of Americans have drank this Russia Kool-Aid as a result.
On Monday, President Trump did in fact order the declassifying of several key documents, just as Nunes had predicted in the interview.
Jeff Carlson, CPA, posted the two interview segments as well as a recap of the points made by Nunes to his blog and this tweet:
1) Some interviews are more important than others.
@DevinNunes appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo in two separate segments today.
Several revelations were made and virtually every word was important.
Jeff @ themarketswork (@themarketswork) September 16, 2018
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Incarcerated workers who often make less than $1 an hour producing profits for big companies are on strike across the country. As wildfires rage across California, some of the people risking their lives to fight them are paid only a few dollars a day. Theyre part of a 2.3 million-strong underclass of American employees making sweatshop wages: incarcerated workers. Slave wages are just one of the many reasons why incarcerated people around the U.S. on strike. The strike was organized in response to deadly violence at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina earlier this year, a result of the prisons abysmal living conditions. Organizers have a list of 10 demands, which include the need for prompt improvement of prison conditions and policies. They also call for the immediate end to prison slavery, which is legal thanks to a constitutional loophole.
In August, the crew and passengers of the Freedom Flotilla ships, Al Awda and Freedom, returned to their home countries after being hijacked, interrogated and imprisoned by Israeli commandos. The outcome may have appeared anticlimactic, since many supporters had hoped for a triumphant arrival by the flotilla ships in Gaza Harbor and a breaking of Israels illegal 12-year land and sea blockade of the small Palestinian enclave. But in many ways, the 2018 Freedom Flotilla mission has achieved its goalswhich were to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, raise public awareness of the blockade and other human rights violations, and let the people of Gaza know that they are not alone. Of course, had the flotilla ships been able to reach Gaza unhindered, it would have been a remarkable accomplishment and the first time the blockade had been breached in 10 years.
Just now there is a fucktonne of writing being produced about Brett Kavanaughs assault of Christine Blasey Ford. Heres one on FtB. Heres another. You can read them and the thousands of others like them if you wish. Ive read some. Im not going out and seeking more, because Im not convinced that Fords allegation, even if proved true in every detail, is the best reason to kill Kavanaughs nomination.
The story of Kavanaughs assault on Ford is a story all too common in high schools. The privileged asshats become entitled asshats. For many of the entitled asshats, their consistently gratified entitlement to things becomes so generalized that some of them believe that they have an entitlement to people. They act as if entitled to others bodies, enacting assaults and other horrors.
But heres the thing: there really is a juvenile justice system for a reason. Quite a large number of those entitled high schoolers grow up to be reasonably moral and ethical adults. I shoplifted when I was 10 or 11. It was a phase that lasted all of about 2 weeks, but I shoplifted several times at 2 different stores. I was inspired to do so because there were few kids in my neighborhood my age to play with, and one I fell in with was, well, evil. He walked into a store and walked out without paying with an 8-pack of soda pop, not trying to hide it. I was, frankly, amazed. He was older. He told me to do it too, and I did. Then I did it on my own. There wasnt any real reason to do it on my own, of course. A large part of it was simply fascination that this could be done at all. Of course, a couple times a shop keeper noticed, gave me hell and called my mom. I didnt do it again.
The fact that I shoplifted and learned a lesson from it is not evidence that I wouldnt be a good candidate for the Supreme Courts of either Canada or the US. (Theres plenty of other evidence to prove that.) Likewise, if Kavanaugh was able to stand up and say,
I absolutely assaulted someone when I was 17. I can have others testify that I spoke with them about this later, disturbed at my own behavior. I welcome the committees questions about this so that they can understand how this incident and how, not despite but because of its criminality, convinced me of the importance of enacting justice into law, especially through fair treatment of those who commit crimes while still minors.
then it might turn out that Kavanaughs assault of Ford had become a reason to vote for Kavanaughs confirmation. Instead, Kavanaugh and the White House have floated...
(ZHE) Duke Energys Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and and is inaccessible to outside personnel. Just as we warned a week ago, The News & Observer reports, at this time, no one can come in and relieve the Duke Energy workers and 
By Mayukh Saha,
Popular in the traditional medicine of many South East Asian countries, the Moringa Oleifera is now becoming famous in the rest of the world for the numerous health benefits it offers. Every single part of the plant from the roots to the fruits can be consumed and is absolutely packed with nutrients and anti oxidants. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of eating the Moringa plant, all of which are now backed by science.
Just eating a few handfuls of the Moringa leaves can supply you
with proteins, vitamins A, B and C, iron, riboflavin and
Oxidants in the body can cause a chemical reaction called oxidation which produces free radicals. This can cause a lot of damage to our cells. The leaf of the Moringa plant is full of antioxidants which can prevent this from happening. Consuming an extract from the leaf or even taking it in powder form can increase the levels of antioxidants in your blood.
While it is a defensive measure against infection, inflammation can cause a variety of issues like increase in blood sugar levels, cardiac problems and morbid weight gain. From research on animals, experts have discovered that the Moringa leaf can...
By Reynard Loki via Eco Watch
Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions and images of animal abuse.
In September of last year, two executives of JBS, the worlds largest meat producer, based in Brazil, were arrested and charged with insider trading. In May 2017, the billionaire siblingsWesley Batista, JBSs CEO, and his younger brother Joesley, the firms former chairmanadmitted to bribing more than 1,800 politicians and government officials, including meat inspectors, in an effort to avoid food safety checks.
Now, new undercover video shot by a Mercy for Animals (MFA) investigator at Tosh Farms, a JBS pork supplier based in Franklin, Kentucky, exposes what the animal rights group calls the malicious and systemic abuse of mother pigs and piglets.
Ill never forget the way they looked up at me, said Tyler, the MFA investigator, about the pigs he documented at Tosh Farms. They all shared the same look of helplessness and f...
By Kristin Houser via Futurism
This past weekend, a Dutch nonprofit deployed a giant floating trap into the San Francisco Bay. The organization, called The Ocean Cleanup, says that the trap will scoop up plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean.
If all goes well during initial tests, the organization could deploy the craft to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vast field of debris floating between Hawaii and California. There, it could start to make a dent in the huge amount of garbage clogging up our oceans.
Water currents power the device, drawing the two sides of the 600-meter-long (1,968-foot) craft into a U-shape. That corrals garbage into its center like a giant Pac-Man so that the trash can be returned to land for sorting and recycling.
The Ocean Cleanup believes the boom could collect as much as 150,000 pounds of plastic during its first year in operation. While thats just a fraction of the estimated 87,000 tons of garbage in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the nonprofit hopes that it could remove half the patch within five years if it can deploy several dozen more booms.
Experts have raised concerns, though, that the craft could trap marine wildlife like a giant fishing net.
Theres worry that you cant remove the plastic without removing marine life at the same time, said George Leonard, chief scienti...
In a long overdue move, the government of Cuba is seeking to change many elements of its constitution, one article of which currently declares marriage to be between a man and a woman.
The proposed new Constitution, drafted by a special commission within Cubas National Assembly, was unveiled in July. If the National Assembly and President Miguel Daz-Canel approve the document after a Feb. 24, 2019 public referendum, marriage would be defined as a union between two people.
Beyond legalizing gay marriage, the new Constitution would protect private property, limit the presidential term to five years and introduce the role of prime minister.
Intense debate has surrounded the possibility of marriage equality in Cuba, and not just within the governments official public meetings. Cubans are also discussing and debating gay marriage with neighbors and friends, in the streets and online a departure from Cubas traditionally more top-down style of government.
But opposition to this change is coming from, you guessed it, religious groups, who have seen a resurgence in recent days.
The Assembly of God Pentecostal Church, the Evangelical League and the Methodist Church of Cuba, among other Christian churches, have issued a joint statement opposing gay marriage.
According to the Cuban magazine La Jiribilla, preachers on the streets have been handing out fliers saying gay marriage defies Gods original design for the family.
Gay marriage is not the only battlefield for Cubas newly empowered churches.
Abortion, illegal in most of Latin America, has been a womans right in Cuba since 1965. Traditionally, not even Cubas Catholic church publicly opposed it.
Recently, though, Christians in Cuba have begun publicly advocating against abortion.
I doubt that the Cuban government is going to let the Christian groups dictate to them on these issues.
The state of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Google and others for willfully breaking the law to exploit the collection of children's data online.
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It's deja vu time with SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In 1991 it was Anita Hill. In 2018, it is Christine Blasey Ford. But the outcome will be the same. Here's the brief recap. Then President George H. W. Bush nominates Clarence Thomas to the SCOTUS. Packs of civil rights groups and liberal Democrats opposed Thomas.
Over the weekend, The Washington Post published details of Christine Blasey Fords accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford apparently initially detailed her accusations in a letter she sent to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democratic congresswoman who passed it along to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
In the letter, Ford says Kavanaugh pinned her down at a party while they were both in high school and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. She says his friend, Mark Judge, jumped on the bed and was able to break them up, at which point Ford says she wriggled out from under Kavanaugh and fled.
Feinstein sat on the accusation for roughly two months and refused to share it with her colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Throughout days of questioning during his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was never once asked about these allegations. Apparently the Democratic senator did not want them to go to light until now. The question is, why?
Ford says she never recounted the incident until a couples therapy session with her husband, Russell Ford, in 2012 30 years after the fact. Heres what her husband had to say about that:
In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaughs last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh then a federal judge might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
The fact that she supposedly said she was worried Kavanaugh would be nominated to the Supreme Court the first time she ever spoke about the incident three decades after one summer in the early 1980s is odd enough to make any reasonable person skeptical.
The only corroborating proof Ford offers are therapists notes from the session, which Ford provided to the Post. In these notes, four boys are listed as the attackers, not two, as she told the Post. The discrepancy in the number of attackers is, she says, an error her therapist made. Kavanaughs name is never mentioned throughout the notes, and the only descriptive details she gives of her attackers are that they were from an eli...
On September 14, thousands of people participated in Turkish-backed demonstrations across the militant-held parts of the provinces of Idlib, Lattakia and Aleppo in northwestern Syria to protest against a potential fully-fledged offensive by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies as well as to show its support to the Turkish policy in the region. 
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I think Garrett Epps nailed this.
The gendered subtext of this moment is, not to put too fine a point on it, warwar to the knifeover the future of womens autonomy in American society. Shall women control their own reproduction, their health care, their contraception, their legal protection at work against discrimination and harassment, or shall we move backward to the chimera of past American greatness, when the role of women wassupposedly for biological reasonssubordinate to that of men?
That theme became apparent even before the 2016 election, when candidate Donald Trump promised to pick judges who would automatically overturn Roe v. Wade. The candidate was by his own admission a serial sexual harasser. On live national television, he then stalked, insulted, and physically menaced his female opponentand he said, in an unguarded moment, that in his post-Roe future, women who choose abortion will face some form of punishment.
In context, Trump promised to restore the old system of dominionby lawmakers, husbands, pastors, institutions, and judgesover womens reproduction.
And as they point out, the subtext has now become text with the allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. There are plenty of other reasons to deny Kavanaugh a Supreme Court seat, mind you, but the Republican Party has descended so low that corruption and a dismissal of human rights mean nothing when it harms them (but everything when it harms their opponents). Even Senator Susan Collins, considered to be on the liberal side of the Party, still twists in knots to defend Kavanaugh. These allegations of sexual assault might have been the straw, though.
Of course, now that sexual assault is back in the news, all the old...
A report by the Netherlands Foreign Affairs Ministry found Dutch funding given to the group had fallen into the hands of extremist groups and had been used in illegal black market transactions. AMSTERDAM Amid continued concerns that the White Helmets are currently staging a false flag chemical weapons attack in Syrias Idlib, the Netherlands has 
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Exactly a week before the Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it was reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) handed a letter she received in July to federal investigators.
The letter writer reportedly alleged Kavanaugh and his friend attempted to sexually assault her at a party when they were in high school. Over the weekend, Kavanaughs accuser came forward.
Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor in California, says that in the early 1980s, a drunk 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth as she tried to scream for help. She escaped after his intoxicated friend, Mark Judge, fell on top of them.
Aside from a 2012 session in couples therapy, Ford never spoke of the incident. As Kavanaughs name was being floated as the potential nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Ford, a politically active Democrat, wrote the letter to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), whose office forwarded it to Feinstein. But it wasnt until last week that Feinstein handed it to investigators, who ultimately punted it to the White House.
Kavanaugh and Judge have categorically denied the incident took place.
In the post-Me Too era, credible accusations of public figures should be taken seriously. The question is: why didnt Feinstein take this seriously?
Feinstein sat on the letter for two months and did nothing. She didnt ask Kavanaugh about it at their one-on-one meeting or at his confirmation hearing, and she didnt even bother showing up at the closed-door session of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In other words, Republicans have a lot of ammunition to call this an eleventh-hour smear.
This letter emerged in the public eye after Senate Democrats humiliated themselves at the confirmation hearing. Between Sen. Cory Bookers I am Spartacus episode to Sen. Kamala Harris spreading debunked claims about Kavanaughs views on birth control, Kavanaugh was on the path to being confirmed.
His biggest liberal critics cant even argue that despite his conservative positions, he is perfectly qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. But now, a campaign is underway to portray Kavanaugh as the Harvey Weinstein of the judicial branch.
The worst part about all of this is that Ford could very well be telling the truth. Even Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) believes Ford deserves to be heard. Hearing from an alleged victim is not a partisan issue.
However, its the politicization of accusations that muddy the waters. In this case, Feinstein also should face publi...
Back in my college days, I participated in queer Asian student groups. When Ive told people about this, many of them have had a kind of negative or suspicious reaction. Why is there a need for students to subdivide themselves out by race like that? One or two people have also compared it to the idea of having a student group for White people, which sounds problematic.
This is similar to reactions that people have to Pride parades, or Black history month. Wheres the straight pride parade, they ask? Wheres White history month? Im assuming readers already understand why there isnt a White history month, and Im just listing out standard arguments as a reminder: Because Black people are an oppressed group, and White people are not. Because White people come from an incoherent collection of distinct backgrounds such as German, Italian, Polish, etc. Because every other month is already effectively White history month.
The funny thing is, the same arguments dont quite work for these Asian student groups. My university had more Asian students than White students. While you could say that Asian Americans face some degree of marginalization and stereotyping, the fact of the matter is, thats not the primary reason students came together, and not the primary thing students would talk about. And if you thought White was an incoherent collection of distinct backgrounds, I invite you to consider how much larger Asia is than Europe.
So why was it okay to have queer Asian student groups?
I would always say, it just works, okay? Despite the incoherence of talking about Asian culture, there was nonetheless some common ground apparent.
For example, a common experience was having a family that didnt so much mind that you were queer, but who talked about it in hushed tones. Sometimes the immediate family would hide it from the extended family, or perhaps rumors would circulate and nobody would perhaps rumors would circulate and nobody would bring it up in front of you. Nobody claims that only Asian Americans have this experience, or that all Asian Americans have this experience. Nonetheless, I observe that this narrative is absent in mainstream portrayals of queer people, and a lot of queer Asian students found it relatable.
There were many other little things. Being a 1st or 2nd generation immigrant. Taking an interest in Asian cultural imports, even from cultures that are not in our own background. Having to work to understand ones own ethnic background and what that means.
But for the most part, it was just a queer social group. There was no requirement that everything had to relate back to being Asianor queer, for that matter. In fact, there was no particular reason that White students couldnt join and just enjoy the same things that...
that a real sunset looks so cheesy you would think reality has no style whatsoever. I glanced out of the window before going to bed and I had to try and make some pictures, the sky was unreal.
Pictures straight from the camera, no adjustments, only resized.
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By Mac Slavo A new World Economic Forum study has concluded that robots and artificial intelligence will handle about 52% of current work tasks by...
Has Israel been covertly fuelling claims of an "anti-Semitism crisis" purportedly plaguing Britain's Labour Party since it elected a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, three years ago? That question is raised by a new freedom of information request submitted this week by a group of Israeli lawyers, academics and human rights activists.
Study requires subjects to not have HIV
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AnarCon this year was a smashing success! Holding our annual flagship event in August proved to be a good choice and out of the way of hurricane season for sure. On Saturday we held our talks by the campfire and burned the Leviathan in the form of a monster cat fish made out of wood. Gun Club followed the next day at the range, the only private campground in Virginia that has one. So many connections were made, bonds of friendships renewed, and commitment towards freedom strengthened. Join us next year as weve already scheduled AnarCon 2019 to be from the 16-18th of August.
After UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen and the Saudi coalition in Geneva failed last week, the Saudi-led coalition renewed its offensive to capture Yemens strategic port of Hodeida, leaving scores of dead civilians in its wake. HODEIDA, YEMEN Not long after UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen and the Saudi coalition in Geneva failed last week, 
Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed America's most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit.
By Joziah Thayer (Antiwar.com) UNICEF reported that one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen with 462,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition which is a...
Do not trust billionaires. Do not trust big corporations. Both owe their existence to a lack of concern for human wellbeing. Whatever their PR teams say, do not look to them for salvation, and do not expect them to have your back when the going gets tough.
The 2016 election gave many Americans a new awareness of the dangers of propaganda. In particular, we had our eyes opened to the ways in which aspects of our daily lives, like Facebook, can be used like puppet strings to control the unwary. Dont forget that Facebook was one of the tools used to influence the election and give us President Donald John Trump.
Facebook, of course, ran a spin campaign to convince everybody that they werent to blame. Its currently seen as important for corporations to be viewed as the good guys. Facebook announced that they were very, very sorry for their support of propaganda, and that they would be fact-checking things now, so it would all be OK. You may be shocked to learn that all does not be OK.
There were problems right at the beginning. Facebook partnered with The Weekly Standard to conduct its fact checking, but apparently they didnt think to fact check the Standard before doing that. Or, you know, theyre a large corporation with a financial incentive to support the pro-corporate conservative agenda:
The Weekly Standard has a history of placing right-wing ideology before accurate reporting. Among other things, it labeled the Iraq War A War to Be Proud Of in 2005, and it ran an article in 2017 labeling climate science Dadaist Science, and promoted that article with the phrase look under the hood on climate change science and what you see isnt pretty.
Now Facebook, in partnership with The Weekly Standard, is suppressing Thinkprogress in the name of facts, and theyre doing it about an issue thats of paramount importance the ongoing hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. See, if a post is rated as false, in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, about 80% of its traffic is cut off.
Historic Ellicott City.
Historic Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland is the place you show off to friends visiting from out of state. Its where people catch up over coffee, pose for photoshoots, and go on dates. Its where you find yourself window-shopping at a traffic light, wishing you were out of the car so you could walk over and take a closer look. Its loved because its different. Its authentic with quirky, local shops curving picturesquely in layers of granite and brick. Tourism has long provided life for Ellicott City and its many local businesses, in part due to its involvement in the Civil War and its claim to fame as the first terminus of the B&O railroad, the oldest rail line in the nation.
But unfortunately, between the chapters of the history that shaped this beautiful downtown are stories of devastating floods. The first of the most notable floods struck only two years after the original mill town settlement was established in 1766 along the Patapsco River. 1868 brought the most deadly flood, killing 43 people and sweeping 14 homes away. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes ravaged the town. A post supporting the train bridge near the river is marked with the water levels and dates of other floodsa sobering testament to cyclical damage. So, when unusually heavy rains fell in 2016 and again on May 27, 2018, it was sadly not the first time that businesses suffered and lives were lost.
Ellicott City in earlier days.
These two recent floods were unique, however, because instead of flowing up from an overfilled river, the water flooded downhill towards the Patapsco from whe...
Savanna Marie Greywind has been symbolic of the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women and girls.
A Republican congressman who serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee who is pushing for war with Syria, claimed that Syria's leader, Bashar Assad, is the "butcher of Badhdad."
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Without the emergence of new evidence, we will never know if Christine Blasey Fords accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is true or not. And theres nothing Kavanaugh can do or say that will clear his name. If youre a man, a single uncorroborated account that dates back to 1982 is all your political critics need to accuse you of attempted rape.
There is also no possible outcome in which Democrats will concede Kavanaughs innocence, or even concede that we cant really know what transpired on that night 36 years ago. Republicans can accede to as many hearings as Democrats demand, and it wont alter any of the liberal rhetoric or perceptions of partisans. Republicans could put Kavanaughs classmates under oath and have them deny that anything inappropriate or criminal occurred that night, and it will not matter. It will not matter if 65 women come forward and attest to Kavanaughs sterling character in fact, for Democrats, its merely confirmation that the judge is covering something up. It doesnt make any difference that, as far as we now know, theres no pattern of bad behavior from Kavanaugh into adulthood (unlike say, Roy Moore or Bill Clinton).
We also know there will be no genuine due process in the Senate circus. Kavanaugh, whos said hes willing to speak to the judiciary committee, will never get a fair hearing. This is by design. Whether Fords accusation is true or not, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein orchestrated the leak and subsequent release of Fords letter, not merely to sink Kavanaugh and level accusations in a way that would make it difficult for the judge to defend himself, but also to try and delay Republican efforts to confirm any nominee until after the midterms. Even now, leading Democrats on the judiciary committee are arguing that any hearings featuring Ford should be delayed.
Theres no other explanation for the timing of leaked letter. The senator claims the allegations are extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaughs character. Yet, according to reports, Democrats were in possession of Fords letter for months and sat on it. Feinstein personally met with Kavanaugh and didnt bring up this extremely serious charge of sexual assault. Why not? She could have asked him about the allegations while keeping the accusers name confidentia...
The Hambach Forest, which one could call the last primeval forest in Central Europe, is being stubbed for Europes biggest climate pollutant the Rhenish lignite mining area of RWE (Rheinisches Braunkohlerevier), in which RWE mines brown coal. Whole villages and the health of human beings are destroyed in this process. To prevent all of this people squatted the Hambacher Forest and take part in other effective and direct Actions. Join us!
While the gateway theory has enjoyed popular acceptance, scientists have always had their doubts. Our study shows that these doubts are justified. RANDs Public Safety and Justice unit, 2002 One of the longest standing marijuana myths is that of the gateway theory. This is the theory that marijuana is considered a gateway drug which means 
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Based on the history of how China treats its dissidents, Google could soon be complicit in the state-sponsored torture and murder of people for their political and religous views.
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ProPublica was honored with four Online Journalism Awards, the most of any news organization, at the Online News Association Conference on Saturday.
ProPublica won its fourth Online Journalism Award for General Excellence, which honors a digitally focused news organization that successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of digital tools and platforms and represents the highest journalistic standards. ProPublica previously won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
A Betrayal won in the feature category. Reporter Hannah Dreier told the story of Henry, an MS-13 informant who worked with local police for about a year until immigration authorities arrested him, using his own disclosures about gang membership to justify his deportation. Deportation would mark Henry for a likely death. Dreier combed through years of texts and WhatsApp conversations on his cellphone to piece together the story, which resulted in the Department of Homeland Security opening an investigation into whether immigration officials violated Henrys civil rights. Lucas Waldron, social visuals and graphics producer; Adriana Gallardo, engagement reporter; and video journalist Nadia Sussman also contributed to storys multimedia package.
Trump Town a comprehensive database of the presidents political appointees and their federal lobbying and financial records, won an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award. Led by ProPublica research editor Derek Kravitz, news applications developer Al Shaw, research fellow Claire Perlman and researcher Alex Mierjeski, the project is the result of a year spent filing Freedom of Information Act and open-records requests, collecting staffing lists and publishing financial disclosure reports. It illuminates the degree to which President Donald Trump has failed to drain the swamp, despite his campaign promises to address corporate lobbying and corruption in Washington.
Walking While Black, a collaboration with the Florida Times-Union on racial disparities in police use of pedestrian tickets, won a University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism. ProPublica reporter Topher Sanders and the Florida Times-Unions Ben Conarck revealed that, in Jacksonville, Florida, pedestrians can be ticketed for 28 different infractions, including failing to cross a street at a right angle. They also found that black residents receive 55 percent of all pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville whil...
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(CD) After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left nearly a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ashand authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come. For many (most?) places, the 
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe held a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected leaders on September 4.
The wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has damaged and destroyed sacred sites, according to a new report.
Adrian C. Louis, the Paiute author, poet and journalist, has passed on.
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(CR Opinion) Speaking of 9/11 War Games, Russia just held some war games on 9/11. And not just any war games, but the biggest war games theyve held since the Cold War. The drills, scheduled to wrap up on the 17th, involve the deployment of 300,000 troops and include maneuvers in Russias Far East region, as well as a 
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