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The human condition at present is one of slavery, a new kind of slavery, where bondage is psychological and spiritual rather than physical. Human consciousness is the target in a broad war of control where people willingly acquiesce to social conditions which clearly fail to serve their best interests, even doing them harm.
We accept the status quo of warfare, fear, environmental destruction, greed, corruption, poisoned health and false scarcity because weve been herded into traps which hold us hostage with false beliefs and the appearance of comfort. In reality, though, breaking through these traps would allow us to apply the principles of peace, sustainability, exploration, acceptance and progress to improving the human condition.
Theres five essential boxes for human consciousness, theres five things that shut human consciousness down. Five models that attempt to keep people rigidly inside of their walls. And if youre inside these boxes, youre not going to expand your awareness to understand the actual truth of whats going on in our world. ~Mark Passio
If anybody identifies with left or right, conservative Republican, liberal Democrat, etc ~Mark Passio
The self-identification with a particular political party is one of the most divisive states of consciousness there is in our world today. This is clearly evident in the quality and character of public discours...
[cn: non-explicit discussion of sexual harassment and assault]
A week ago, there was the #metoo campaign. It called for people who had experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment to say me too on social media, so that we might realize how common it is. It swept over Facebook for quite a while, so presumably most readers have already heard of it; Im just recapping so nobody feels left out.
I didnt say anything on Facebook, but here I will say, Me too. I have been a victim of multiple counts of sexual assault, including rape. Its not a big deal for me to come out and say this, because I have been open about it for years.
#Metoo was not a helpful campaign to me personally. I did not desire to participate, and I did not learn anything from it. I already knew lots of people have experienced sexual assault and harassment. I mean, I work on the Asexual Community Survey and produce graphs like this one.
The plot suggests that about 70% of the ace respondents to our survey will experience sexual violence of some kind in their lifetime. It will be somewhat smaller in the general population, because the general population has more men and is less queer. (In our own survey, the straight non-ace people had rates that were about 10% smaller.) But no matter how we cut it, were talking about a very significant fraction of the general population. And that doesnt even include sexual harassment!
This is all to say, if you really want to know how widespread sexual assault and harassment is, you can just look those numbers up. Believe those numbers. Internalize them. Now just pretend that X% of your friends said, Me Too, and you can save them the trouble of actually having to do it.
So, the title question: Who is #metoo for?
First and foremost its for the benefit of people who learned something from it. We saved those people the trouble of looking up statistic...
Dang. Im not a botanist, and Im honestly a bit weak on all that plant stuff, but I have to give some background on plant anatomy and photosynthesis to give some context for this cool story. Fortunately I was explaining all this to students in cell biology last week, so I can manage!
First, you all know that plants make sugar from carbon dioxide and sunlight. They use photosynthesis in a set of light reactions to produce energy (in the form of reducing compounds and ATP) that are passed on to a pathway called the Calvin cycle, which fixes CO2 into carbon compounds. It does that by adding the carbon in CO2 to a 5-carbon sugar called ribulose bisphosphate, producing a 6-carbon molecule that is immediately split into two 3-carbon molecules, called 3-phosphoglycerate or 3PG. The enzyme that carries out this reaction is called rubisco, and its not particularly efficient. In fact, its kind of terrible it works poorly in a low CO2 environment (like modern Earth!), and plants can lose 25% of their energy to a reaction with O2, rather than CO2. The Calvin cycle is thoroughly intertwined with all kinds of reactions in plant biochemistry, though, so its pretty much indispensible. There isnt an alternative, more efficient reaction that can substitute for it.
Evolution has been creating workarounds, though! Some plants have evolved a kind of supercharger for CO2 they use an alternative enzyme, PEP carboxylase, to fix CO2, adding the carbon to a 3-carbon intermediate, phosphoenol pyruvate, to produce a 4-carbon molecule, oxaloacetate, which is then passed along to other cells where the carbon is cleaved off to form CO2 again, which sounds kind of pointless, I knowexcept that what it does is create a CO2-rich environment in the destination cells, so rubisco can run much more efficiently. See? A turbocharger for plant sugar synthesis.
These plants also have a specific anatomical organization, called the Kranz (German for wreath) pattern. There is an outer ring of mesophyll cells that specialize in fixing carbon with PEP carboxylase, and they transport the 4-carbon intermediate into an inner ring of cells, the bundle sheath cells, where rubisco re-fixes the CO2 into a 3-carbon intermediate.
Not all plants have this ability. The plants that dont, that rely entirely on just the bare bones Calvin cycle that produces a 3-carbon intermediate, are called C3 plants. Familiar C3 plants are wheat, rice, and barley. The plants that do have a supercharger and produce a 4-carbon intermediate are called C4 plants. Corn and sugar cane are well-known...
If this Trump tax plan passes, Americans making $60,000 will still be paying over four times more of their income in payroll taxes than Americans who make $1 million. And America's millionaire-packed top 1 percent will also be enjoying, the Tax Policy Center calculates, 80 percent of the new tax cuts the Trump tax plan puts in place by 2027. The White House calls that "reform." It's an outrage.
If youre eager to explore new planets and moons in space youre in luck. While we cant connect you with a spaceship and a pilot (just yet), engineers working at Google just unveiled the next best thing. Using a new feature on Google Maps, it is now possible to explore planets such as Venus, Mercury, and Pluto, in addition to several icy moons in our solar system.
The new feature (see here) allows you to navigate between various celestial bodies, rotating and zooming between the planets and moons. Reportedly, the project was inspired by the Cassini spacecraft which delivered hundreds of thousands of pictures. As Newsweek reports, the images revealed entirely new views of Jupiter, Saturn and their moons.
Google explains: Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can ...
Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us -- especially the people of Asia -- ever nearer to catastrophe.
(INTELLIHUB) Actor Corey Feldman, best known for his performance in the 1987 film The Lost Boys, posted a personal vlog to Youtube on Wednesday in which he vows to expose a major Hollywood pedophile network once and for all.
In the video, the visibly shaken actor made clear that he is not doing very well after his most recent announcement and maintains he needs help with more security and a good legal team in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Feldman, who is down on his luck, explained how he was in a crosswalk recently when two trucks sped toward him giving him a scare and said that two of his bandmates quit his band unexpectedly, adding to the mess.
Im very alone and I need to protect myself and protect my family, Feldman said. I need additional security and I need a legal team to help represent me so that I can fulfill this mission  I believe that I can bring down a pedophile ring that I have been aware of since I was a child.
The outspoken actor said that he has a plan to expose what is really going on in the world of entertainment and said that he can name six names who are connected to a powerful studio in Hollywood and pedophilia.
According to Feldman, there are thousands of others who have experienced the same thing in the entertainment industry, including peers of his who the actor says have known for years exactly what he is talking about.
I have lived in shame and fear all of my life and so have millions of others and now we have the ability for our voices to be heard and break the dam of silence, he said. I propose to do this by making a film that will be the most honest and true depiction of child abuse ever portrayed by telling my own story in very a real way, in a very honest way, with no editing, no censorship, no studio behind it.
The star said that he wants to root out evil and make the industry good again.
So far, Corey Feldmans TRUTH Campaign has received $110,148 from 2210 donors on Indiegogo with two months to go.
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A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack Kurdish forces in Syria, social media were abuzz with reports of an impending Turkish operation against these troops, who have been the main US ally on the ground against the Islamic State.
Mete Sohtaolu (@metesohtaoglu) October 25, 2017
The enclave of Afrin and the Kurdish-held city of Manbij, both in northern Syria near the Turkish border, are expected to be the initial targets of such an attack.
Weeks ago, Turkish troops entered the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, partially surrounding Afrin, with the stated goal of combating terrorists and helping to de-escalate violence between rebels and the Syrian army.
Our operation in Idlib is nearly complete, Erdogan said Monday,...
Nearly everyone desires to travel the world, but few actually do. Some claim this is a result of travel being so expensive, as well as obligations in ones home country. However, these are just two of many excuses that can keep one from exploring this beautiful planet we live on.
In reality, it is actually very easy to travel the world and even live abroad for a portion of time, if one approaches the objective with a plan in mind. That plan, among other things (itineraries, logistics of travel, etc), should include saving money.
In theory, saving money is easy. You just set aside a portion of the funds you earn from your full-time or part-time job, and voila! In reality, saving money is not that easy because life is notorious for throwing some curveballs. Fortunately, the task is not impossible.
Following are 7 (brilliant) methods to save money so you can travel the world. Remember: if you create a plan and stick to it, you will succeed and explore new countries/territories/regions.
1) Minimize housing costs
If youre planning on leaving the country for at least two months, chances are you intend on terminating your lease and putting your stuff in storage (or leaving it at your parents house). If you cant find low-cost accommodation fo...
I would never be able to see myself in this mirror! Its got a built-in camera that only activates the mirror if it detects that you are smiling. I already avoid mirrors, but this one would only deepen my scowl, and heres how I would react:
AlsoBela Lugosi was a handsome fellow, wasnt he?
My guest for today is John Schindler. They are an intersex activist based in New York who is the co-chair of Intersex Friends and Families. Together with their co-chair Cynthia, they do talks at various organizations about what it means to be intersex, and today John tells us their story for Intersex Awareness Day.
Before tattoos became a trendy fashion decision, they were taboo in many cultures around the globe including American society. Just a handful of decades ago, the only groups who dared ink their skin were soldiers (usually belonging to the Navi), circus performers, and groups of people who lived on the fringe of society (bikers included).
According to the book 100 Years of Tattoos, members of the Navi typically received tattoos as a sort of patriotic act. Artist Paul Rogers was one of the first tattoo artists to ink soldiers skins; his typical designs were of eagles and other winged creatures. Rogers influenced Ed Hardy, whose main designs included American flags, plump hearts and buxom women. Over the years, sailor culture influenced what kinds of designs were inked into peoples skins, and iconic sailor tattoos were born.
Traditional tattoos sailors received range from diving swallows to crossed anchors to nautical stars. Now, thanks to a helpful illustration by Adventure Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood, we finally have an understanding of what many of the tattoos meant and mean to this day.
There has been a debate in the press recently about whether the state (nation) is fundamentally a source of exploitation and war, or whether it's a source civilizing influence on humans' natural brutal nature. The debate has echoes of Thomas Hobbes and Renee Descartes, as well as echos of FDR versus the Koch brothers. In short, is the Noble Savage noble or savage?
Power at San Juans Hospital del Nio (Childrens Hospital) in Puerto Rico has been completely restored, thanks to the donation and installation of batteries and solar panels from the California-based automaker and clean energy company, Tesla. Despite the extensive damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, there is hope that Puerto Rico will be re-built to with more efficient and sustainable technology.
Over the course of three weeks, Teslas team installed solar panels and batteries in a parking lot next to the hospital. The panels will generate enough energy for the hospital to operate throughout the day, and also store energy for the night. According to El Nuevo Dia, San Juans Hospital del Nio cares for 35 permanent residents and provides services to more than 3,000 kids and teens nationwide.
Thanks to photoshop, Instagram filters, and peoples savvy talent for taking pictures at flattering angles, its nearly impossible to tell whats real and whats not nowadays. For example, nearly every model that appears in a magazine or on a billboard has been photoshopped. Even television isnt as transparent as it once was.
To show how distorted peoples understanding of reality and beauty have become, two plus-sized models, Diana Sirokai and Callie Thorpe, partnered with professional photographer Karizza for an experiment that will make your jaw drop. First, Karizza took the young ladies photos. Then, the photographer used photoshop to make some extreme edits.
Diana wrote on Instagram, I have to say we look Amazing both ways.
She added, The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media take editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like themselves. We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back. Own who you are and slay!
I think the idea of disruption is like jazz or dancing. For people to disrupt a sector or system, I think they have to know a deep set of skills in order to be prepared to improvise while theyre on the dance floor.Keita Demming
In this episode Chuck Marohn interviews Keita Demming, host of the Disruptive Conversations podcast. Keita works in the space of applied innovation, helping companies become beautiful organizations, and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.
In this conversation, Chuck and Keita discuss the concept of disruption and why disruptive conversations are so valuable. They also talk about the difference between simple problems, complicated problems and complex problems and which we must focus our efforts on in order to build a better world.
You can also catch Chuck on Keita's podcast in an episode from earlier this year.Listen to the podcast
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Heroes arent born, they are made. They are created in the seemingly ordinary choices made every day as well as during the difficult times, when its hard to think, speak and even breathe. Fortunately for eight premature babies, Dr. Scott Witt is the type of individual who perhaps not knowing he was a hero was prepared to act as one regardless.
The noteworthy doctor was asleep one night when he was woken up by an unexpected phone call. Reportedly, a fire was consuming the hospital he worked at in California, and premature babies lives were in danger. He recalled, I got a call at 2AM basically saying that there was some fire encroaching on the hospital so we might have to evacuate.
The doctor told his family to leave, as the wildfire was approaching. Rather than join them, however, he decided to drive to the hospital and assist with the evacuation. There was just one problem: the freeway was covered with flames.I left in my truck but couldnt get very far because the freeway at that time had flames going across it, he said.
So, Witt exchanged the truck for a motorcycle. By 2 a.m., he was speeding through fire, weaving through traffic jams, and avoiding fallen power lines to reach the hospital. Once Witt reached the hospital, he saw fire burning close to the parking lot. The intensive care unit already smelled with a lot of smoke and I wanted to move everybody to a parking lot without any fire in it, he said.
But what will this mean for our privacy?
Amazon are rolling out a new service in which delivery drivers will be allowed to enter our homes. The company says it is safe and they we be able to access our property when we are not there.
The service is due to be launched on November 8th and is called called Amazon Key. It is for prime members and includes an Amazon security camera, Cloud Cam, and smart lock.
You will be able to select the in-home shipping option when you place your order and . Amazon will verify the address and delivery time which allows the driver into your home. The whole process is recorded, which you can watch live or at a later date.
The service can also be used for family, friends or anyone you need to give access to in your absence. They will be rolling out the service in 37 cities across the US.
The one issue that comes to mind is that of data and privacy, where will our data be stored and will Amazon be able to access the camera at any time?
We have contacted Amazon for a response on this and will update when they respond. Please share this article!
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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life....
Douglas Preston is an author known for his thriller novels and non-fiction books on history and exploration. His newest book, The Lost City of The Monkey God, is the true story of his trip with a team of scientists and archeologists into the worlds thickest jungle.
On this episode of Federalist Radio, Preston shares hair-rising stories from his travels into the Honduran jungle and the history behind what his team discovered.
The jungle itself is extremely dangerous. Not only are their pumas, lions, jaguars, and deadly snakes, but also huge numbers of tropical diseases, he said. When I got into this jungle and saw what we were dealing with, I was pretty freaked out.
Later in the hour, Preston describes the creative process for writing thriller novels with his co-author Lincoln Child. The most important thing is you have to trust your writing partner because our words are like our children. Were very defensive about them and we dont have any objectivity.
Remember this Barzani and Talabani thieves and liars never wanted to unite Kurd and Kurdistan for you. In last 57 years, they used Kurd and Kurdistan as the business. They sold out Kurd and Kurdistan to be rich and famous. They are now rich and famous and you Kurd and no Kurds in Kurdistan are suffering.
Its 5:00 pm EST, and the National Archives has not yet released the long awaited JFK assassination documents. Weeks ago they assured WhoWhatWhy that we were on the mailing list for updates, while unwilling or unable to give out any information regarding the timing of the release, the number of documents, or whether any executive branch agencies had requested some or all of the documents to be withheld.
Perhaps one of the most important events for JFK researchers and historians, it was not even mentioned on its website calendar. Around 11:00 AM this morning, the front-page of the website was updated with a box saying, Stay Tuned for Updates.
This date was not a surprise to the National Archives this past July, the agency preempted the release with a small batch of around 4,000 documents. Today is supposed to be the large drop of what many experts assume will be more than 30,000 documents.
The president himself seemed to be giving the green light in several tweets this past week. But now we are hearing that there might be complications.
Pete Williams, Pentagon Correspondent for NBC News, says he has been told that some agencies have not even submitted their objections yet to NARA.
In an exchange this morning on a listserv for JFK records researchers, Williams wrote [he approved dissemination of his comments]:
Weve been told by intelligence officials that the memo has not even been sent to the White House yet, specifying which material the agencies want withheld. Our understanding is that the CIA is asking only for some redactions, not for documents to be withheld in their entirety. But other agencies involved in the process have not yet finished their submissions.
These officials believe that little material, therefore, will come out today. Theres a mad scramble going on in the executive branch to get this done, one official tells us.
He later added:
I just talked to an official at another US agency whose documents are at issue. His understanding is that some material will come out today but the remainder will be postponed to a later date. However, the issue of what to do now is still being discussed, and no decisions have been made.
Federal law states that all documents concerning the JFK assassination must be released by today, unless the president personally decides to withhold documents if he believes the supposed harm to national security would outweigh the public interest.
Its a truly astounding state...
World hunger may soon become a thing of the past, now that Chinese researchers have developed a system for growing rice in saltwater. The revolutionary breakthrough is expected to help feed over 200 million people, as well as give a hefty boost to Chinas rice production by a staggering 20 percent.
Earlier this year, over 200 types of rice were planted at the Qingdao Saline-Alkali Tolerant Rice Research And Development Center in Qingdao on the eastern coast of China. Over the summer, the researchers flooded the area with diluted seawater to see which strains would thrive in the environment. They were stunned by the results. Said Liu Shiping, professor of agriculture at Yangzhou University:The test results were way above our expectations.
A breakthrough of this kind has been sought after for decades. Since the 1970s, lead researcher Yuan Longping who is known as the godfather of rice in China has been developing hybrid rice varieties. When it became clear that China was due for a population boom, he and his team began creating hybrids that grow faster, yield more, and resist more stress. Approximately 20 percent of the worlds rice now comes from species that were created through is work.
Though there are some varieties of wild rice that tolerate salinity, most typically produce a low yield of about 1.12 to 2.24 US tons per acre (1.125 to 2.25 tonnes per hectare). In contrast, the newly-developed rice yields between 2.9 and 4 US tons per acre (6.5 and 9.2 tonnes per he...
Millions of poor children live in families that have little or no means to improve their lot, which has a significant impact on their growth and character. Here is where the billions of dollars should be invested, which could make a real difference in the lives of our precious children instead of being wasted on useless projects such as the Wall.
The UCSF-East Bay in California, recently published a press release on the American College of Surgeons website. Its titled Automatic Acoustic Gunshot Sensor Technology May Benefit Shooting Victims. The press release, claims law enforcement can locate gunshot victims faster using ShotSpotter (SST). Our key finding was that the use of these acoustic gunshot sensors showed promise as a system that may benefit 
The Golden Rule I have so far kept away from this issue, even though there has been, and is, a mountain of relevant information and evidence supporting the extent of child abuse, right to the very top of the tree. Source: THE BICYCLE MEN . Comment: Thanks Ken for stepping up about this issue that 
If you are or can be in Brooklyn, NY on December 2nd or 3rd, get your tickets now for The Oddities Market. If you buy through Atlas Obscura, you get in before everyone else, so theres the opportunity to grab the best of the odd.
A holiday market of the most curious kind, featuring the best purveyors of odd and unique gifts plus the promise of a visit from Krampus? This is a seasonal affair you wont want to miss. And with this special VIP presale, offered exclusively though Atlas Obscura, youll gain first access to the holiday market before its opened to the general public.
Following the overwhelming success of the past two Oddities Markets, Ryan Matthew Cohn and his team are returning to the Brooklyn Bazaar for the Oddities Flea Market hosted in partnership with Atlas Obscura. Inside, youll find a wonderful assemblage of vendors bringing you all sorts of peculiar items perfect for gift-giving season. Feast your eyes on natural history items, taxidermy, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, bizarre flair, strange literature, anatomical curiosities, and much more.
This ticket offers you a special experience available only with VIP access. Well open the doors early, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., to grant a select few first entry into the market. Youll skip the lines, avoid the crowds, and have early access to the best selections of goods of 65 vendors, including many new vendors. And, even after the doors open to the public at 12 p.m., you can peruse as long as you wish.
KCrJowZIuB GMOs. Scientists can, and should, keep debating the dangerousness and unpredictability of genetical interference in food production, the effects of GMOs on pesticide usage and its possible relation to cancer and other diseases. On a more fundamental level, however, the most important question is the following: why would we even want genetically modified instead of organic food on our plate? The main answer, proponents claim, is that GMOs are necessary to enhance the amount of global food production as they are one of the if not the only viable solution at increasing yield and thus at fighting global hunger. Much of the GMO discourse rests on this assertion, which means that when it is debunked as a myth, the whole argument for the need of genetically engineering our food almost totally succumbs in the blink of an eye.
Following the Second World War, modern yield-increasing agriculture methods were gradually introduced throughout the world, which, so argued agribusiness giants and the Rockefeller and Ford foundations who supported them, would reduce world hunger. In reality, this so-called Green Revolution gave rise to an unseen amount of control over the global food production by a handful of Anglo-American companies, in the process of which wealthy landowners became richer and poor peasant farmers remained poor. The same companies and organisations who were at the forefront of the Green Revolution, using basically the same arguments, then went on to foment the Gene Revolution. While they further consolidated their grip on the global food supply from the mid-1980s onwards, they argued that at the same time, GMOs would increase yield, reduce pesticide usage and be the ultimate solution to global hunger and poverty. This argumentation implied that, by opposing or even criticising the GMO project, one de facto supported genocide against the worlds poor.
Over the last couple of years, two decades into the Gene Revolution, however, it has become crystal clear that GMOs have failed on their promise. In July 2009, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a US-based non-profit science advocacy organisation with a membership numbering hundreds of thousands of professional scientists and private citizens, published a report on biotechnologys broken promises called Failure to yield. The organisation carefully examined the record of genetically modified (GM) crops in the US, where they have been commercially grown since the mid-1990s and where the best and most extensive data on GMOs is available. Specifically, they reviewed the data of soybeans and corn...
The mystery surrounding Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos grows increasingly bizarre by the day. Following Stephen Paddocks October 1st massacre in Las Vegas, Campos, who may or may not have been shot by Paddock, flaked on a press conference that he reportedly scheduled then went missing for days before suddenly resurfacing on the Ellen show. Now, Fox 
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Pai announced that the FCC would vote as soon as November on a proposal to eliminate the cross-ownership rules and usher in a new era of media monopoly. The assault on cross-ownership rules is the ultimate government intervention, as it will clear the way for large corporations to gobble up media outlets, consolidate newsrooms and diminish competition.
Ciliates are microbes--one cell only, no nervous system, no brain. But they have hairs around their cell membrane that sweep the water and allow them to swim. When these two paramecia realize that they have been surrounded and cannot escape, their reaction looks a lot like panic.
AKRON, Ohio A Summit Metro Parks ranger has been terminated after being accused of following an elderly couple home, assaulting them and arresting them after they honked their horn
Did you know? Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. And, as you might suspect, the associated costs are staggering. According to the NHTSA, the annual economic cost to society of speed-related crashes is $40.4 billion. In 2012, speeding was a factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, costing 10,219 lives.
Despite public service announcements, speeds limit signs, and expensive traffic tickets from police officers, some people just refuse to slow down. Its because of this, that the small fishing town of safjrur, in Iceland, installed a new pedestrian crosswalk that is guaranteed to make people step on their brakes.
Bored Panda reports that the new crosswalk was painted to appear 3D. The cleverly-detailed optimal illusion is confusing to stand on, let alone drive toward and that is the point. In addition to giving foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, the crosswalk also demands the attention of drivers. Once spotted, they have no choice but to slow down and assess the floating zebra stripes.
Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Tryalla called for the innovative crosswalk after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India. The town worked with the street painting company Vegmlun GH and voila! Tryallas vision was a reality.
A mentally ill Native American man was killed by police as he held a knife to his own throat. The mother of the victim, Paul Castaway is seeking justice.
Originally posted in the Black Agenda Report on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.
Reddit announced on Wednesday evening that it was shutting down several neo-Nazi forums that promote violence just hours after it was revealed that a Trump-loving Redditor had fatally stabbed his own father.
In an announcement posted on its website, Reddit said it was cracking down on violent content in a way that it hadnt done before.
Going forward, we will take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people, the website wrote. Likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. This applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames.
Among other neo-Nazi communities, Reddit has shut down /r/pol,/r/nazi, and /r/DylannRoofInnocent.
Reddit didnt discover their ethics until after the Daily Beast expos, so its a bit difficult to give them so much as one point for doing the right thing. They have had one very long time indeed to clean their forums up; theyve certainly received enough complaints over the years from users as well as outside criticism. It will be interesting to see if they actually follow through this time, and stand against their former stance of hey, sewers are alright, were making a lot of money!
The old Democratic and Republican parties are exploding. When you take a closer look, America actually has six political parties right now. Whoever can put together elements of a governing coalition among these six parties will win future elections.
By Activist Post As weve been covering with increasing frequency as of late, DHS with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made it known that...
Jamie Littlefield is a writer and Strong Towns advocate based in Provo, UT. Today she's sharing a guest article about a proposed parking garage in her downtown. Read more about parking issues and solutions here.
Heres a quick and easy recipe for dividing a downtown:
First, build an eight story concrete structure, making it one of the tallest buildings in the district. Be sure it spans the length of an entire elongated Utah-style block. Next, add 1,400 parking stalls. Finally, lobby for exemption from all code that requires ground floor retail, residential, or office space.
Think this Giant Wall of Parking couldnt happen to your town? Residents of Provo, Utah thought so, too. In fact, the city previously passed code requiring street-facing parking structures to include at least 30 feet of habitable ground-floor space (such as retail, offices, and restaurants).
But now, this massive parking garage concept is making its way to the Provo City Council for approval. A major concern is that council members might be pushed to make a bad call if they cant imagine another possibility.
Whats the point of a wall? To keep people out. To keep people in. To physically divide a space into two parts. To visually and psychologically create a stop or an end to something.
Citizens are pushing back against the concept of a Giant Wall of Parking that divides downtown Provo.
Just two blocks North of Provos Center Street (downtowns primary commercial corridor) is a massive block-long developable lot. For two decades, the city has been focused on extending the economic opportunities of downtown outside of its charming Center Street.
But, a conceptual 8-story parking structure (towering above almost every other downtown building) will act as a wall. It will discourage anyone thats not singularly focused on parking from using the street.Its a concrete sign with a clear, visual cue: Turn Back. Downtown Ends Here.
Parking is needed in this area. Itll be close to a new hotel, a technical school, and future office towers. However, providing ground-floor, pedestrian-accessible space doesnt eliminate the ability to provide the needed parking. Instead, its a matter of arrangement.
Citizen activists are getting creative with maps. Th...
The internet has spoken and they are tired of elite pedophiles in Hollywood taking advantage of childrenover $100,000 raised to fight it in just 24 hours.
GREGORY, Texas Officials with the City of Gregory confirmed Wednesday that Police Chief Robert Meager, Jr., who was accused last month of sexual misconduct, was officially terminated from his
By Makia Freeman Corporatocratic surveillance (i.e. the broad spread surveillance of the public by the corporatocracy) has become even more creepy and invasive with the advent...
By Catherine J. Frompovich According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) webpage Non-Ionizing Radiation Overview, we read: Non-ionizing radiation is described as...
American military spending consumes over half of the annual $1.1 trillion discretionary budget. That allocation represents about 10 times what the US federal government spends on either education or healthcare out of its annual discretionary budget.
Records show the key witness to the largest mass shooting in modern US history, Jesus Campos was allowed to leave the country, just days after the shooting.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and one of his top aides have been indicted on charges that they obstructed a federal civil rights investigation into the beating of a
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By Brandon Smith There are a few important rules you have to follow if you want to join the consortium of mainstream economic con-men/analysts. Take...
By Jack Mullen, TGR Intelligence Briefing Royal Bank of Canada CEO, David McKay, was recently on CNBC and asked to talk about the cryptocurrencies. During...
Op-Ed by Nozomi Hayase As Trumps dangerous move on Irans nuclear deal and his provocative reaction to North Korea undercut diplomacy, tension is rising for World...
A bill to repeal one of the many remnants of the termination era is advancing in Congress.
This roughly 4.5-hour long series spread over eight episodes was
created by Funny or
Die and currently streaming on Netflix, is a satire on the
true crime genre that has become increasingly popular in recent
times. This is where there has been a real crime that has either
gone unsolved or where there has been a conviction and the case is
considered closed. But then a private group, usually journalists or
lawyers, start looking closely at the case and discover new
evidence that either exonerates the person who had been thought
guilty or, for an unsolved case, draws attention to a possible
True crime documentaries usually involve serious crimes like murder or rape. What this series does in shift the setting to a high school where the crime consists of an act of someone spray-painting large red penises on all 27 cars in the school faculty parking lot and erasing the security camera footage during the time the act was committed. Suspicion quickly falls on one student Dylan Maxwell who, along with his three close friends, is well-known for his silly and obnoxious pranks that they film for their YouTube video channel. Since Maxwell is a notorious goof-off who has a history of drawing penises on school whiteboards, and since a fellow student says he saw him actually vandalizing the cars, it does not take long for the school board to find Maxwell guilty and expel him, in addition to criminal charges being filed against him.
Enter the high school news team and its two top journalists Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund who decide to make a documentary about the case. In the process, they interview all the people involved to create a timeline of the events and possible motives, alibis, and opportunity to commit the crime and in doing so begin to have doubts about Maxwells guilt. They then broaden their documentary to investigate the case and see if they can identify the real culprit. American Vandal is a mockumentary about Maldonado and Ecklunds making of their documentary, also called American Vandal.
I found this window into American high school culture with all its dynamics involving students, faculty, and administrators to be quite fascinating but since I did not go to high school here, I cannot vouch for its accuracy. But the intrigues, gossip, and jealousies, are typical of closed communities where people are forced to interact with each other over a period of years. The series ends with a thoughtful reflection on how we respond to how others perceive us. Is Maxwell simply living down to the low expectations that others have of him, an expectation that he himself played a part in creating, thus caught in a vicious negative spiral? Are we doomed to not be able to shake off our early reputations, created when we were too young to know better?
There was a time when I did not want to believe Steve Quayle when he said on my show that America is going to fall. Steve went on to say that individuals could be saved through the grace of God, but America will never be the same. I offer this as a backdrop for what is going to follow.
Three weeks ago at the height of the Vegas massacre, I received an email that was very telling about the consciouness for many of the American people.
I enjoy your how and MOST of your articles, but certainly not all. You constantly state that the people are going to be victims of the New World Order and that our government is part of it. This is just not true. Congress has to live in this country too so they would not all this to happen. Please focus on the new items that are real, like the tragedy in Las Vegas. You do a good job covering events, but you really suck with your message that your government is coming to get you. There are no FEMA camps. Please stop it!
This attitude is very dangerous to health and welfare of every American. This attitude prevents us recognizing the dangers that we all face together as a result of being Americans, I would, once again, offer the following as proof that this well-intentioned person is deceived and consequently under estimates the threats to their standard of living and even their own lives.
While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of the media attention given to those conflicts, the news that four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger came as a surprise that left some asking the question, Since when is the U.S. at 
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The 6th annual fundraiser of the Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre (OEERC), in partnership with the Workers Action Centre, is only ten days away! Funds raised through the Workers Bowl will help WAC provide workers rights workshops in different languages across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as leadership education. In celebration of our movement for decent work, we are sharing the stories of WAC members who champion the rights of workers by doing outreach, sharing information, and supporting workers through experiences of injustice. Please join us in celebrating them, their courage and hard work.
Julie and Winnie are two dedicated WAC members, who have experienced unfairness at work. They are now Senior Leaders, having participated in each level of education offered at WAC, and are making a huge impact! Focusing on the downtown Toronto area, Julie and Winnie teach the Chinese community about workers rights. They have held over 30 outreach events and handed out more than 8500 leaflets...
Denver police officer Ryan Burke was arrested last month after allegedly harassing his former girlfriend so persistently at an area hotel that representatives from the business called his fellow cops
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Tribal leaders backed a House bill that would give them the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.
the Whitefish deal already looks ... extremely fishy. A firm whose biggest previous job was building less than five miles of electrical line in Arizona was given the mammoth task of taking on a shattered electrical system that stretches over 2,400 miles. To award the contract to Whitefish, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ignored reciprocal agreements that could have brought in far more help far more quickly.
A New York City politician is trying to make it illegal for cops to have sex with citizens they arrest, insisting that a citizen in custody is incapable of consenting.
This is your time to be a hero to the next generation, to contribute your share to the Lakota winter count going back to the depths of time immemorial.
In the last few weeks we can observe with anxiety how the developments dashingly have been going on along the Euphrates.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reported on September 15, 2017, on capturing one of the latest ISIS-stronghold in Syria,
A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe Sla.
The composition of the labour movement has fundamentally changed over the last twenty years. This article reviews the dramatic changes in public and private sector unionization and some surprising differences that have emerged between Ontario and the rest of Canada.
In a 415-2 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the Otto Warmbier Act, a new round of sanctions against North Korea described as the harshest ever in US history. If it passes, it would ban anyone who does any business or cooperates in any way with North Korea from having US business ties. The House just passed the 
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As a secret recording shows, police in California have long known the names of Corey Feldman's abusers and they chose to never act.
Global Researchs work is critical in the face of mainstream media disinformation and we have managed to remain independent, acting as a vital information portal. Our financial situation is nonetheless precarious.
Featured image: Prince Salman bin Sultan, who is currently the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
The Intercept has just released a new top-secret NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which reveals in
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was released one year ago from the prison at Guantnamo Bay, after 14 years without charge or trial. This week, the best-selling memoir he wrote from prison was rereleased with the U.S. governments redactions restored.
As the Syrian Armys advance towards the province of Deir Ezzor, some new details of the upcoming operation on the total elimination of ISIS terrorists in the eastern region of Syria continue to appear in the mass media. According to Inside Syria Media Center, the General Command of the Syrian Army intends to actively cooperate 
The United States and its Japanese and South Korean junior partners have begun holding massive military drills off the Asian nations coasts in a show of force meant to convey to North Korea the allies military capabilities while also practicing
ST. LOUIS A federal lawsuit filed here Tuesday claims St. Ann police handcuffed, used a Taser on and criminally charged a man who was trying to report his elderly
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 last week, yet how and why?!? The nonfictional US economy is much worse off than the stock indices lead on about. Increasingly opaque digital means for trading massive volumes through dark pools and high frequency trading algorithms beg deep questions over how & why the equities markets seem so untethered from economic reality. What are the roles of our largest banks, government agencies and their revolving door staffing policies in potentially propping up the stock market, and for what ultimate political purposes? In this latest episode of Money and Fear, well review near flick-of-the-switch mechanisms for goosing not just individual company stocks, but whole indices, higher in order to assign the nurtured impression that our economy is humming along just fine while true rates of unemployment, wage growth, household savings and other indicators state otherwise. Tune in to get ahead of the curve
Theres widespread agreement that prisoners in the US pay far too much for phone calls, but several of the Federal Communications Commissions attempts to cap those prices have been blocked
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The author writes, George W. Bush left office as one of the most reviled presidents in modern history even by many Republicans estimation but hes found a path to rehabilitation: reminding everyone how much worse Donald Trump is.
Irans president Hassan Rouhani has taken the bold step to criticize his governments highly-influential Revolutionary Guards. These hardliners have imprisoned many on morality charges and attempted to keep Iran away from Western influence. It shows that even the leadership has had enough of strong-arm tactics.
Dont expect a signed confession or any more information on who killed Kennedy. The CIA is lobbying against the records release mainly because there is a lot of embarrassing information about their connections and tactics.
Germanys right-wing party Alternative for Deutschland didnt sweep the election, but they gained a foothold in German parliament. And they are already causing headaches for the ruling establishment.
JACKSON- A retired Mississippi sheriffs deputy faces a federal evidence tampering charge, accused of planting a wooden baton next to the body of a man he shot to death in
Rafael Santiago-Salazar, age 19, was arrested, in Maine, on Oct. 25, 2017, for an attempted murder committed on Jan. 19, in Winchester, Connecticut. Santiago-Salazar was held in the Washington County Jail in Machias, Maine. Then he was taken to the state police barracks in Litchfield where he was charged with attempted murder, first-degree unlawful restraint, 
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ISIS is a product of the US Military-Intelligence complex. The word itself connotes ISlam, and so from the very beginning the construct serves to create Islamophobia, which is a necessary pre-condition for the US Empires holocaust-creating footprint overseas.
On October 26, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their successful operation on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and entered the oil fields of al-Tanak and Galban, according to pro-Kurdish sources. Earlier, the US-backed force reportedly established control over
As the Syrian Armys advance towards the province of Deir Ezzor, some new details of the upcoming operation on the total elimination of ISIS terrorists in the eastern region of Syria continue to appear in the mass media.
Featured image: US President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria)
First published by UNZ Review in July 2017
How I assembled The Matrix Revealed: the key symbol
by Jon Rappoport
October 26, 2017
The key was handed to me by a colleague and friend.
In 1987, when I was researching my book, AIDS INC., I took a side road. It was prompted by a conversation I had with the brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. He was telling me about experiences hed had with his patients under hypnosis.
Some patients encounter a monolith, he said. They come across a symbol that is there in the subconscious. Sometimes it looks like a closed door. Sometimes it shows up as a blank wall. Sometimes its a geometric shape. One patient actually called it a brick sky.
But in every case, it locked up the patients ability to recall or explore under hypnosis. It was like a giant obstruction on a road. However, these patients could describe something about the nature of the symbol. They said it was broadcasting a message: THIS IS REALITY.
The patients were in awe of the symbol. It had a deep emotional effect on them. It was as if many different realities had come together to form this single symbol, like separate pieces clicking into place.
Jack went further. He stated that the symbol induced a profound passivity in his patients
Jack subsequently devised strategies to take apart the symbol, so these patients could rid themselves of their passivity and access huge amounts of previously blocked energies.
Well, I was shocked, because my research on my book had followed a parallel course. Ill explain.
The AIDS cover story that had been invented by medical researchers was all about One Reality, one disease condition caused by one virus, one label, one symbol for the condition: AIDS.
When, in fact, that was the obstruction on the road which was blocking further investigation. In fact, the whole Oneness myth was a lie. A gigantic lie.
A very, very convincing lie. An awesome lie.
The truth was, so-called AIDS was many different conditions (realities) which had been falsely clicked together, through massive propaganda.
That was the key to unlocking the puzzle. And it was the key for me to move into new territory with new energy and confidence.
Id been stalled at the wall, but now I could advance.
The awesome symbol, AIDS, had been shattered to pieces.
Since the publication of my book, Ive of course investigated a number of other subjects, and in each case, there was a symbol, a monolith, an obstruction, and in every case Ive ta...
Those who have lived in Palestinian camps and followed this issue know of the absurdity of this proposition. With every Palestinian birth in Lebanon the resolve for Full Return deepens. Wishfully thinking were the occupiers of Palestine's prediction that "the old will die and the young will forget." Let them come to the camps of Lebanon and Syria and interview the youth about this prediction.
The Central Bank of Russia has more than doubled the pace of its gold purchases, and tripled its gold reservesfrom around 600 tonnes to 1,800 tonnesbringing its international gold reserves to the highest level since Putin became president 17 years
The Pirate Party are buccaneering their way into European politics, having found a foothold in the testy soil of Central Europe after colonising, in small measure, various hamlets in Sweden, Germany and Iceland. The Czech Pirates (PPCZ), a term certainly
While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of the media attention given to those conflicts, the news that four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger came
A disturbing video circulating social media recently has emerged out of Rhode Island; it depicts an assistant principal pinning down a 15-year-old student for allegedly cutting in line at the schools cafeteria. The wildly shared 
Asking this simple question out loud could boost your chances of
speaking to the dead, say experts, according to the
Manchester Evening News. I marveled at that headline. Its very
impressive. It stirs up so many questions that I had to actually
read the article. Who are these experts at speaking to the dead?
(It doesnt name any.) Do the dead ever answer? (No.) And mostly,
what is the magic question? Ill spare you the need to waste a click
They explained: You might consider talking to the spirit world whilst youre investigating, encouraging the ghost to reveal its presence.
Try to ask questions such as, What is your name?, instead of saying, Is there anyone there? A lot of people might make this mistake.
By asking What is your name? youre acting as though you know the spirits are there and this will increase your chances of making contact.
The they referenced above are not dead people if they were I might consider them credible but instead, are flacks for a TV channel called Really that is putting on a week of shows about the paranormal.
Im not impressed with their choice of a question. Ive found shouting, Your fly is unzipped is far more effective at getting the dead to react.
(via Ally Fogg)
(INTELLIHUB) A leaked U.S. Customs and Border Protection form obtained by Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson shows that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos reentered the United States, from Mexico, in a rental car almost one week to the hour after Campos was purportedly shot in the leg by 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock on the 32st-floor. However, Tuckers report raises more questions than answers about this so-called security guard.
Why would authorities allow Campos to leave the country so early on in the investigation? And, who paid for the rental?
Dont forget, ABC News reportedly spoke to Campos on Oct. 4 which is when he would have been in Mexico. Was ABC News aware that Campos was in Mexico at the time?
Moreover, Tucker confirms what Intellihub has already reported which is that Campos is not registered as private investigator or registered as a security guard in the State of Nevada.
Tucker said that Campos had previously entered the U.S. in January with his own vehicle which is registered in the State of Nevada.
The rental car Campos was driving had California plates.
In the next two months, China will roll out a gold-backed currency that will signal the beginning of the end of the US petrodollar.
Three carrier task groups are in the waters of Northeast Asia. The timing of the deployments indicates the force is on station to back up the US Presidents coming 12-day trip to Asia.
A Broward County sheriff's deputy faces felony charges after he was caught having an abusive sexual relationship with a teen girl.
Usually fall is a very busy season for me, but this year I have a reduced schedule because I didnt book any events (I thought I was going to be running tech for a start-up, but it fell through). Since hunting season is coming, Ive been taking the drone on patrols and waiting with bated breath for the leaves to turn.
I leaned on it a bit with a smudge/paint filter to blur it because thats how it feels: patches of colors silently flying by under you as you float in the air.
The edge of the treeline is pretty, too. I decided I would do a horizontal pass along the ground, by setting up the drones height and then turning the camera on for a speed-pass at low level.
I was so busy thinking about how I was going to do that, I forgot my finger was still on the forward control.
Often the camera cuts out when the drone hits something, because the battery gets knocked loose. In this incident, the only damage was some time spent rummaging in the hemlock trees trying to find the battery, and two broken propellers.
DJI makes a pretty good, solid drone.
Last year I was having severe problems with the drone it would fly and sometimes flip over and pile-drive into the ground. Im embarrassed to admit that I figured out what the problem was a year later (after DJI replaced the drone under warranty!) heres what happened: the drone has firmware, as does the drone controller. Periodically, it starts nagging you that the firmware needs to be updated, which is a process involving copying the .bin file down to a memory card and booting the drone with it and waiting to see if it bricks itself. The controller is updated via the iOS app that controls the display on an iPhone or iPad. What I did not realize is that the battery has firmware too and when you update the aircraft it also updates the firmware in the battery. So, it flew fine until I flew it on a different battery that had not been updated. The last time I updated the drone, I had to do the whole reboot/...
Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus is stepping down, beginning a Lone Star-style showdown thats sure to shake up the Texas Capitol. Texas governors like George W. Bush and Rick Perry are household names because of what theyve gone on to do. What many out-of-staters dont realize, however, is that Texass governor isnt a constitutionally strong position. A governor has a bully pulpit like no one else in the state, but the lieutenant governor and speaker of the House hold more actual power.
Since 2009, the speakers power has rested in the hands of Joe Straus, a moderate Republican representative from San Antonio. When he first won the speakership in 2009, he was elected by many of the chambers Democrats and only about a dozen Republicans.
Democrats support for Straus has long been an issue among conservatives in the Texas House, who have complained that Straus has stymied their agenda to placate his coalition. Many of them never really trusted Straus. They saw him block conservative priorities time and again, most recently the highly controversial bathroom bill. Many of those upset conservative representatives will now seek to fill the position Straus is vacating.
Conservative darling Phil King has already announced that he is running to replace Straus, and one Strauss top lieutenants, Jon Zerwas, has also thrown his hat in the ring. Make no mistake, the race for speaker will be complex and dirty. There hasnt been upheaval like this in Texas politics since Perry opted not to run for re-election as governor so he could focus on his ultimately failed presidential campaign.
So, after being one of the longest-serving speakers, why did Straus choose now to retire? It may have been a money issue. Last week, just one week before Straus announced his retirement, conservative heavyweights in Texas formed a new political action committee. The New Leadership PAC was founded as a response to failures of the states 85th Legislative Session and subsequent special session.
To read between the lines, this PAC was formed to challenge Straus and his lieutenants. The PAC has issued a grand total of one press release, but it contained a key quote from none other than Gov. Greg Abbotts own chief strategist, Dave Carney. A longtime GOP political operative, and architect of Perrys long and productive reign, Carney is a Goliath of Texas politics.
The PACs release quoted him as saying Its pretty clear the culture of the House is corrupt, that its a non-transparent system, that doesnt allow [its members] to have an up or down vote. It was a perhaps not so subtle sign that conservative leadership in Austin was tired of being sidelined by Straus.
Abbott has also been increasingly frustrated with the speaker. His massive...
Upon release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the stability bill he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued a statement claiming that we have language in our proposal to make sure that benefits go to consumers and to taxpayers and not to insurance companies and that the Congressional Budget Office has found that our proposal benefits taxpayers and benefits consumers, not insurance companies. The specific benefit to the taxpayers is $3.1 billion.
Unfortunately, Alexander is only half correct. The CBO score reveals that the Alexander-Murray bill would provide some benefit to consumers, but it would also provide a direct, taxpayer-funded bailout to insurers that will likely match, and could well exceed, the benefit to consumers. Overall, insurers could receive a windfall of $4 to $5 billionmore than the specific benefit to taxpayers.
A single sentence, buried in the middle of page five of the CBO score, highlights that language in the bill providing an appropriation for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments will increase overall federal spending: Simply comparing outcomes with and without funding for CSRs, CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] expect that federal costs in 2018 would be higher with funding for CSRs because premiums for 2018 have already been finalized and rebates related to CSRs would be less than the CSR payments themselves. [Emphasis mine.]
In other words, overall federal spending will rise because insurers will pocket some portion of the CSR payments rather than rebating that money back to taxpayers and consumers.
The report addresses language in Section 3(b) of the Alexander-Murray bill (pages 13-18), intended to prevent double dipping for plan year 2018 as it relates to cost-sharing reduction payments. As CBO noted, premiums for the 2018 plan year have already been finalized, with open enrollment starting next week.
In most states, insurers submitted significantly higher premium rates, because they assumed they would not receive CSR payments from the federal government. However, including a CSR appropriation at this late date would allow insurers to double dipreceiving both the direct CSR payments and the higher premiums that they calculated in the belief that they would not receive CSR funding.
Researchers say were less than a decade out from being able to improve survival rates of extremely premature babies by letting them develop inside extracorporeal devices, or artificial wombs. Its already been successfully tested on eight lambs from what equates to 22-24 weeks human gestation (100-115 days).
They developed in these Biobags for 28 days, but authors of the study say the Biobags could have supported them for longer. According to the study published in Nature Communications, Animals opened their eyes, became more active, had apparently normal breathing and swallowing movements, grew wool and clearly occupied a greater proportion of space within the bags.
The whole idea is to support normal development; to re-create everything that the mother does in every way that we can to support normal fetal development and maturation, said Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon who led the study at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Flake told NPR he hopes to test the device on premature infants within three to five years, but that they dont plan on pushing viability back any farther than about five months gestation.
Yet someone is bound to do it eventually. While this technology holds much promise for premature babies, we should take the meantime to think through the potential ramifications. Ive drawn on the expertise of several ethicists and writers to explore the ways in which artificial wombs could impact reproduction and our society. They are not all equally plausible, but nevertheless we must consider these potential outcomes with care.
Technology is not to be feared, but the vast capacity of humans to use it for evil is important to guard against. Some of these potentialities will be dystopian; this is not to inspire fear of the future, but a wariness that as mans power over nature increases, his ability to love and care for his fellow man is bound up with the ability to abuse and exploit him.
Up to now, weve been either born or not born. This would be halfway born, or something like that, bioethicist Dena Davis of Lehigh University told NPR. Biobags would blur the line between a fetus and a baby, necessitating an overhaul of abortion law.
I posed the dilemma to Clarke Forsythe, senior counsel at Americans United for Life. He said that, In the courts formulation of abortion doctrine, it [being born] means term. But according to the laws regarding fetal homicide, unlawful death, and fetal injury, Being born means outside [the womb] without regard to gestational age. In short, it seem...
Are President Trumps constant Twitter fights a distraction from his failures, or from his successes?
The answer is a little of both. While everyone is preoccupied with the latest culture war skirmish started or inflamed on the presidents Twitter feed, their rage and concern is being directed away from some notable failures to achieve his promised agenda. Yet this also makes people less likely to notice the part of his agenda that succeeds best when no one is paying much attention: the Trump administrations crackdown on runaway regulation.
I would almost say this strategy is deliberate, if not for the random and uncalculated way it is carried out. Trump starts fights that are smart (standing up for the national anthem against the NFL) and not so smart (repeatedly picking fights with a Gold Star widow). He does it compulsively, or, to be more exact, he does it because this is what he has done for decades, using petty feuds in the media to make himself the center of attention. Before it was Twitter, it was the tabloids. Hes done it for so long and with such successsuccess at being the center of attention, if nothing elsethat he sees no reason to stop now.
But for all the negative effects this approach has on his administration, it has one beneficial effect. In a few areas, the president has a lot of power to act unilaterallytoo much, in most casesso long as the public isnt paying all that much attention. Those areas are primarily foreign policy and managing the regulatory agencies.
On foreign policy, the Trump administrations record has been mixed. While no one has been paying all that much attention, we have successfully backed rebels who have retaken key territory from ISIS in Syria, but with no clear wider strategy, as shown by the way the defeat of ISIS in Iraq led immediately to a new civil war with the Kurds. The president has the authority to accomplish a lot in foreign policy, if he is focused and providing clear leadershipwhich Trump shows little interest in doing, particularly in the Middle East.
But on regulation, Trump does appear to be focused and engaged, and he has chosen cabinet officials who share that focus. Trump is not an ideological person, and I wouldnt expect him to begin quoting the arguments of free-market economists. But for him this issue is not abstract or i...
The occasion of a child receiving his or her First Communion ought to be joyous, spiritually meaningful, and certainly free from politics. But that has not been the case for nine-year-old Cady Mansell.
The girl from St. John, Indiana made international news recently when she refused to respect her churchs dress code for female first communicants. In lieu of the standard white dress and veilgenerally the norm for young Catholic girls receiving the sacramentCady insisted on wearing a white suit.
The priest and administrators at St. John the Evangelist School reportedly approached the Mansells and informed them that Cady could either wear a dress and participate in the Mass with her classmates, or wear the suit in a private ceremony. Rather than throw on a skirt, Cady and her family opted to leave, and find a more accepting school and parish within the same diocese.
The Mansells havesurprise, surprisesince retained a lawyer. Cadys mom Chris Mansell (a former nun), in a Huffington Post interview says Cady was disappointed about not being permitted to receive her First Communion at her parish, because she felt that it was one step closer to being a full member of the church, and one step closer to being an altar server. Whether this culminates in a lawsuit remains to be seen. This sort of thing usually falls under the umbrella of Title IX, but schools controlled by religious institutions remain, for now, exempt.
A statement from the parish reads, The dress code provides consistency between all students and ensures the focus of First Communion is on Jesus Christ rather than attire. To any reasonable person, this seems fair. Dress codes are certainly not unheard of in schools, churches, and places of employment, particularly for important events and ceremonies. Can you imagine an attorney showing up to court wearing shorts and a T-shirt? Yet in a culture whose highest good is autonomy and self-expression, to suggest that a girl wear a dress is a grave offense.
Speaking as a Catholic (who, incidentally, has had the joy of witnessing two daughters and two sons receive their...
It was 5:30 on a Monday evening. At 4:00, while sitting in the waiting room for our routine check-up, we decided that we would publicly share our pregnancy in the following days.
Based on a previous ultrasound, we thought our babys gestational age was approximately 11 weeks, close enough to the culturally accepted time to make a public announcement. Besides, we were moving across the country in fewer than three weeks. We wanted time to celebrate our pregnancy with our friends in Texas before we headed north.
But it was 5:30, not 4:00. And now we knew. We knew that our first childs heart had stopped beating sometime in the last month. We knew I was experiencing missed miscarriage.
We were sent home to decide if we wanted to wait for the fetus to be expelled naturally or if I wanted to undergo surgery in the coming days. We sat in our car stunned. We felt alone, confused, and broken. I felt like a walking tomb.
Later that night, after calling close friends and family, I had to tell my boss why I would be missing work the rest of the week. As the words came out of my mouth, I felt the heaviness of his heart. Then he asked, What do you want me to tell the volunteers? I had at least 50 volunteers awaiting me the next day as we made the final preparations for our largest fundraiser of the year.
Tell them I am sick, I said.
They wont believe me, my boss said.
I know, I said. Then we hung up.
This was May of 2014. I knew the rules. You didnt talk about pregnancy until you were 12 weeks along. And you certainly didnt tell people you miscarried. You see, that is the whole reason pregnancies are supposed to be hush during the first trimesterjust in case something goes wrong. Then you dont have to tell people.
While I understand this logic to some extent, it certainly didnt work for me. Suddenly my husband and I found ourselves in the depths of despair, grieving the loss of our child, and nobody knew. The next morning we called our pastor.
My wife has miscarried, my husband said.
I am so sorry, he said, I didnt even know she was pregnant.
We couldnt just not tell people. My volunteers at work figured it outwhy else would I miss the most important week of the year? Our friends, family, and church needed to know. We were grieving like we had never grieved before. We needed our community.
At our weakest, we had no social script to lean on and no ritual to follow, because the rules for pregnancy loss have been different than all other types of death. The death of a human being is usually an incredibly public event. There is often an announcement in the paper, public rec...
A campaign watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that a political action committee supporting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee broke the law by failing to disclose payments in connection to a now-infamous dossier claiming connections between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
In a statement released Wednesday, The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) claims that Clinton PAC, Hillary for America, and the DNC did not disclose details about payments made to a law firm for work in relation to assembling the dossier actions they say violate federal law.
Throughout the election, Hillary for America and the DNC paid law firm Perkins Coie more than a combined $12 million for legal services, FEC filings show. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that these payments partially funded the dossier, as the law firm retained Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research, which ultimately resulted in the Steele dossier.
In their complaint, the CLC claims this payment scheme violates federal campaign finance laws, which require campaigns to state the purpose of all expenses over $200. They say the PAC and the DNC gave money to a law firm which can invoke attorney-client privilege to shelter a money trail with the intention of obfuscating payments to Fusion GPS for opposition research.
Stating that the payments were for legal services when they were actually for opposition research is not a sufficiently specific description of the purpose for the payout, the complaint states.
At FiveThirtyEight, Christine Aschwanden writes: The GOPs Abortion Ban Is About Politics, Not Science. Shes half-right, though not in the way she thinks.
Before we get to that, it is worth reflecting on this simple fact: the progressive contribution to the modern abortion debate is, on average, the most science-free political discourse youre apt to find. The Left is given to declaring that conservatives are generally anti-science, because some fundamentalist Christians dont believe in evolution and many conservatives dont believe we can accurately predict what the global average temperature will be in 200 years compared to a 1965 baseline.
Science Is Real, a popular liberal yard sign declares. Yet there is no more anti-science position than that of the mainstream liberal stance on abortion. It is textbook intellectual Luddism dressed up as informed political dialogue.
Consider Cecile Richards, the Grand Master of American abortion rights herself. When asked when life begins, she replied: For me, life [for my children] began when I delivered them. Hillary Clinton, a former senator and presidential candidate who came very close to inhabiting the Oval Office, declared several years ago: I believe the potential for life begins at conception.
A few years ago, a reporter asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being? Pelosi explicitly refused to answer this simple tautological question, telling the reporter: I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.
These answers are wrong, and demonstrably so, as well see below. But if it were Republicans and conservatives opining so evasively and illiterately about basic scientific matters, then the media coverage would be wall-to-wall and gleefully destructive, as it was with Todd Akins legitimate rape comments. Yet liberals tend to get a pass on their anti-science abortion positions.
That brings us to the current abortion ban working its way through Congress. At FiveThirtyEight, Aschwanden points out that the science underpinning the debatethat unborn humans can feel pain as early as 20 weeksis disputed. Th...
Upon the unveiling of another health insurance stabilization measure Tuesday, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) claimed he did not view it as a repudiation of his own stability measure, introduced last week.
Weve gone from a position where everyone was saying we cant do cost sharing [reduction payments] to responsible voices like [Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin] Hatch and [House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin] Brady saying we should.
In the words of Margaret Thatcher, No. No. No! Conservatives should reject the premise that Congress must immediately open up the federal piggy bank to replenish the unconstitutional cost-sharing reduction subsidies that the Trump administration cut off earlier this month. Instead, it should first hold insurersand insurance regulatorsaccountable for the irresponsible actions that got them to this point.
My May article explained how insurers sought to hold Congress hostage over cost-sharing reduction payments. Unless Congress guaranteed the payments for all of calendar year 2018, insurers claimed they would have to raise premiums to reflect uncertainty over the payments.
But that uncertainty always existed. Insurers just ignored it. They ignored a federal district court judges May 2016 ruling striking down the cost-sharing reduction payments as unconstitutional, because the judge stayed her ruling pending an appeal. They ignored warnings that the next presidential administration could easily cut off the payments unilaterally. And they ignored the fact that a presidential election was scheduled for November 2016, and that come January 2017, the policy landscape for insurers could look far different than under the Obama administration.
Upon reading my May 2017 article, a former colleague who works for an insurer responded by claiming that no one took the litigation against the cost-sharing reduction payments seriously last year. In other words, it was a risk that he and his colleagues ignored until President Trump started making threats to cut off the payments, and finally did so earlier this month.
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of Red October, an armed Bolshevik-led insurrection and catalyst for the larger Russian Revolution of 1917. During the ravages of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky, Communist leader and founder of the Red Army, wrote Terrorism or Communism, a book scathingly critical of Marxist theorist Karl Kautsky. The book is not just a response to Kautskys polemics against the Bolshevik Revolution, but also further justification for using violence as a means to the Bolsheviks revolutionary ends.
In his chapter on terrorism, Trotsky denounces Kautskys view that by eliminating the free press, the Soviet government, has destroyed the sole remedy that might militate against corruption control by means of unlimited freedom of the press alone could have restrained those bandits and adventurers who will inevitably cling like leeches to every unlimited, uncontrolled power. Considering this seminal work of one of the Soviet Unions founders, it becomes clear that this ideology has resurfaced in the United States. Whether those practicing the premises of Terrorism or Communism know they are doing so is a different question.
To Trotsky, The Press is a weapon not of an abstract society, but of two irreconcilable, armed and contending sides. We are destroying the Press of the counter-revolution, just as we destroyed its fortified positions, its stores, its communications, and its intelligence system. Are we depriving ourselves of Cadet and Menshevik criticisms of the corruption of the working class? In return we are victoriously destroying the very foundations of capitalist corruption.
A civil war was being waged to collapse capitalism. Thus, Trotsky was unconcerned with liberal pillars such as freedom of the press, as this freedom was insignificant within the larger context of a revolution, one in which violence was justified in the quest for a dictatorship of the proletariat. Bloodshed was necessitated on the belief that, to make the individual sacred we must destroy the social order which crucifies him. And this problem can only by solved by blood and iron.
The rest, is well, history. Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1928 and assassinated in his home in Mexico under the order of Joseph Stalin in 1940. Initial efforts to silence the press evolved, throughout the history of the Soviet Union, into an elaborate system of censorship and propaganda. All speech was loosely interpreted as subversive, and thus the Gulags swelled with political prisoners, especially during Stalins regime.
Corruption became a mainstay of the Soviet political system, and continues to pervade Russia today. Russia continually scores low on indices of press freedom, and journalists are silenced or disappear frequently. Vladimir Pu...
Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann has a long history of overreacting to things and calling people he disagrees with a fascist. Most recently, Olbermann said The Wall Street Journals editorial page was a voice of fascism.
Olbermanns tweet was in response to an article published in the Journal explaining why Robert Mueller should not be leading the investigation into alleged connections between President Trump and Russia, which WSJ columnist Kimberly Strassel shared via Twitter.
The author of Trump Is F***ing Crazy has called a lot of people he doesnt like fascists, including Sean Hannity and Sheriff Clarke, and anyone who dares to criticize the NFL kneelers.
He's been doing it for five years. Pull your hat up from on top of your eyes and maybe you'll see something, you self-righteous fascist. https://t.co/wfZRSJwvfo
Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 17, 2017
Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 9, 2017
Actually, youre an idiot. A...
The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior, including the top Indian Affairs position.
Having red hair is like walking around with a giant flashing arrow over your head. Its statistically unique, so people look. They comment. They get really weird.
What they dont do is reflect on the fact that none of us natural redheads chose this attention-grabbing hair color, and it is no more strange to us than having fingers and toes. I mean, yall are the ones who look goofy, what with your non-neon locks and healthy skin tones.
In the spirit of living up to my birth-assigned reputation as a dour Titian maiden, here is a list of things I and many other gingers, Im sure would love to stop hearing from complete strangers.
Nine times out of ten, we really, really dont. We know this because in the age of cell phones people will often bring up a picture so we can see for ourselves.
What were thinking when you show us these unsolicited photos is: Your cousin/friend/ex wife is cross-eyed and weighs 400 pounds. And has a harelip. We no more resemble her than a plate of spaghetti topped with marinara sauce, which is also red and white.
But because most of us have manners and souls, despite what you may have heard we reply, We could be twins.
Would a ginger brood have made for cute Christmas cards? I guess. But Im just grateful to have two wonderful, relatively healthy children who can tan.
My response to this question is always, They were both born with red hair. (Because they were.) But it changed into this beautiful blond color, which I think suits them perfectly. Dont you agree? Passive-aggressiveness for the win.
I dunno. Do I look like a search engine to you? As for being able to withstand pain, I can very confidently say that is B.S., unless I happen to be the only redhead without this particular superpower. I gave birth to two kids and trust me, it hurt like a b-tch.
And if you launch into a tutorial about recessive and dominant genes, I will cut you.
The ellipsis indicates you would never get to the end of this question because my foot would be implanted so swiftly and firmly in your rear you would be coughing up my shoelaces.
The day legions of Americans have been waiting for has finally arrived: Today the National Archives is set to release all remaining classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
While the corporate media would have you believe that those questioning the official narrative of what happened in Dallas that day are outside the mainstream, the opposite is true. A recent poll shows that only 33% of Americans believe that a lone gunman killed Kennedy.
The documents scheduled for release today could shed more light on the assassination and its aftermath. Researchers expect that this final drop will be in excess of 30,000 documents. The bulk of these documents will be the complete text of previously released versions that contained redactions, while a smaller percentage approximately 3,500 have never been seen at all by the public.
The National Archives surprised everyone with an early and unexpected release of about 4,000 documents this past July. Researchers are still combing through this trove of documents, trying to piece together the newly unredacted information, including names, cryptonyms and other material. WhoWhatWhy has written several articles detailing some of the latest findings (please see here, here, and here).
In today's edition, promises of transparency at Twitter, private prisons get their groove back, HHS fights the opioid crisis with data, election drama in Kenya continues, lobbyists kill broadband privacy rules in California, and more.
In yesterday's newsletter, we highlighted Twitter's move towards self-imposed transparency around online ads. While a step in the right direction, it's clear that voluntary changes by one company fail to address the fundamental issue: disclosure and disclaimers for online political ads should be law.
Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, two of the Honest Ads Act's cosponsors, took to Twitter to explain the underlying need for their legislation. As Senator Klobuchar put it, "Americans deserve to know no matter what platform they're on."
Meanwhile, Meredith McGehee, director of policy, programs and strategy at Issue One, dug into the context surrounding Twitter's decision and the issue more broadly, arguing that self-regulation "is simply not an acceptable coursethe companies could change their minds at any moment!"
We'll be keeping a close eye on Twitter's efforts at transparency and the Honest Ads Act as it moves through Congress.
Ive never been the victim of bullying, either in science or social media. I have, in fact, been called a bully (and worse) for some of the things Ive written on this blog (Responses from both Davids (Im Goliath)). But I know Im among the privileged (white, cisgender, middle-aged heterosexual male) few who are least likely to experience bullying. So when Ed Yong tweeted his approval of a Slate article by Simine Vazire, Criticizing a Scientists Work Isnt Bullying. Its Science, I checked it out.
Ed Yong (@edyong209) October 24, 2017
The backlash Yong received on Twitter would lead one to believe that the actual article was much more extreme than it really was:
The story of Amy Cuddy, as told in a recent New York Times Magazine story, illustrates why self-correction is so rare in science. In painting a moving portrait of Cuddys life over the past few years, it conflates Cuddys experience as the target of scientific criticism with her experience as the target of something much more vicious and universal: actual bullying.
Vazire argues that criticizing the content of a scientists work is not equivalent to a personal attack on the scientist:
Cuddys story is an important story to tell: It is a story of a woman living in a misogynistic society, having to put up with internet bullies who I have no doubt have cruelly and unreasonably criticized her life and career. But it is also a story of a woman experiencing completely appropriate scientific criticism of a finding she published. Conflating those issues, and the people delivering the attacks, does a disservice to the fight for gender equality, and it does a disservice to science.
From the comments, you would think...
Joe Cortright is a Strong Towns member and writer at City Observatory. Today we're sharing a guest article, reposted from his site with permission.
One of the key metrics guiding transportation policy is speed: How quickly can you get from point A to point B. But is going faster a good guide to how we ought to build better places?
Optimizing a transportation system for speed is just a kind of hamster-wheel school of transportation policy: the wheel goes around farther, but were still not going anywhere.
When it comes to driving, in particular, the evidence is that making cars go faster doesnt make places better to live in. In fact, just the opposite. That becomes clear when we look at a cross-section of cities, and see how the variation in average roadway speeds corresponds to measures of happiness. Cities with higher travel speeds just tend to have more suburban-style development patterns, and require people to drive further for common destinations. Those who live in faster moving places are, on average, less happy with their transportation systems than those who live in slower places. In effect, optimizing a transportation system for speed is just a kind of hamster-wheel school of transportation policy: the wheel goes around farther, but were still not going anywhere.
To begin with, weve got estimates of the average speed of travel in different metropolitan areas developed by the University of Californias Victor Couture. His data shows that average travel speeds in some metropolitan areas (like Louisville) are 22 percent faster than in the typical large metro area; while in other areas, they are slower. Miamis speeds average about 12 percent less than the typical metro.
The second part of our analysis considers how happy people are with the transportation system in their metropolitan area. Here, we examine survey data generated by real estate analytics firm Porch. They commissioned a nationally representative survey of residents of the nations large metropolitan areas and asked them how they rated their satisfaction with their local transportation system on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being very satisfied. We compared these metro level ratings of satisfaction to Coutures estimates of relative speeds in each metro areas. Theres a bit of a time lag between the two data sources: the survey data is from 2015 while the speed data is from 2008; but the 2008 speed data correlates closely with an independent study of traffic congestion levels in 2016, suggesting that the relative performance of city transportation systems hasnt changed much in that time period.
Late on October 24, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of attacking its units on the eastern ban of the Euphrates, near Deir Ezzor city.
The incident allegedly took place at Jubaylah.
The New Nationalist (TNN) has been speculating that Las Vegas mass-shooting hero security-guard Jesus Campos is in fact a false persona, a cutout actor. Increasingly, evidence is coming forth suggesting that there was no Jesus Campos shot in the leg on the 32nd floor of the MGM Mandalay on the night of Oct. 1. There probably wasnt a Stephen Paddock either.
Almost as amazing, Fox News has a journalist who is acting like a real investigative reporter. The fact that Tucker Carlson was able to go on the air and say what he said in the following must-view video [minute 00:00:55 to 00:05:35] suggests that there may be white hats behind the scenes trying to expose a fraudulent staged deception in Las Vegas. Of course, this could all be yet more stagecraft and misdirection but, for now, we hold out hope.
On his news program Wednesday night, Carlson stated that he received a leaked Customs Department document that shows Jesus Campos came through the U.S. border at San Ysidro, California, FROM Mexico in a rented vehicle with a California license plate on Oct. 8, exactly one week after the mass shooting in Vegas during which he allegedly took at AR round to the leg while in the hallway of MGMs Mandalay Bay Resort.
This suggests an implausible scenario in which a man with a severe bullet wound took a road trip of at least 700-miles trip less than one week after his injury, returning just two days before his award ceremony, which was followed by a guest appearance on the Ellen show where he looked 35-lbs. heavier, 10 years younger, with a rounder face, and six shades tanner in just one week. A security guard union representative told Fox News the organization was aware of his trip to Mexico.
Besides the absurd differences appearance between this...
This article published five years ago in September 2012 documents the repression of the anti-war movement by a pseudo Left with fascist leanings.
A similar process is currently underway in the US. The Antifa movement in the US and the
A Truth Not Welcome: People do not like being with those different from themselves . Sometimes, briefly, we find it interesting, as in traveling, but for extended periods, no. This distaste pervades society, often unnoticed, with consequences.
Instances of untogetherness:
People cluster by intelligence. With high consistency, we choose mates of intelligence close to our own. Likewise with friends: If you have an IQ of 100, or 150, you are unlikely to have friends of 150, or 100. Bright people join Mensa not from snobbery but because they want to be around people like themselves. On the internet this takes the form of distributed cognitive stratification in which people from around the globe congregate by intelligence.
A woman I knew while living in the Heart of Darkness once said, In Washington, you assume that everyone is in the ninety-ninth percentile. She herself was, and her friends were chemists, high-end journalists, authors, and so on. She meant her remark as shorthand for a common sort of clustering.
People associate by age. We rarely have close friends who differ from us by more than ten years. People of fifty shrink in horror at the thought of being trapped in a bar full of screaming twenty-year-oldsand vice versa. Teenagers suffer their parents because they have to, and escape at every opportunityto the relief of the parents. It isnt dislike, just a lack of much in common.
Men and women would rather not be with each other too much. In social and domestic settings, yes. Men would prefer to work with other men had they the choice. Men do not want to go fishing with women, or drink beer and argue politics, and when it comes to talking about their feelings, most men would rather die. Women presumably prefer their own.
Male and female homosexuals choose to associate with each other, thus gay bars.
We prefer to spend time with people of our own level of education. If you have a doctorate, you probably have no friends who are graduates only of high schooland vice versa. The same goes for white-collar and blue-collar people. Few bus drivers socialize with lawyers.
We prefer to be with our own race. Look at what people do, not what they say. Blacks do not find the company of white people compelling, and the most liberal of whites spend ninety-five percent of discretionary time with other whites. If whites do spend time with blacks, those will be of their own age, educational level, accent and, except in couples, sex. They will probably feel sel...
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is accepting a ruling that requires the tribe to recognize all marriages.
Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.
The Spokane Tribe is among the many communities seeking to host a second headquarters for online retailer Amazon.
Hollywood has a parenting problem. The land of dreams can quickly turn to nightmares when a parent fails to properly protect their child. A swelling bank account and promises of fame can do strange things to the mind of a parent and those who lack a strong moral base, will become like sheep to the slaughter of ravenous wolves. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal more and more people are now coming forward to speak up about what goes on behind closed doors in Hollywood. Corey Feldman has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness about this issue so in this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth opens up about his past as a child actor in Hollywood and how he dodged a bullet by having good parents who were looking out for his well being. Dan also encourages the viewer to help Corey on his mission and to encourage other parents out there to do the right thing when it comes Hollywood and your kids.
FDA is colluding with Aspartame manufacturers to conceal the neurodegenerative harm done by newly configured ADVANTAME, a condensed and concentrated Aspartame, with even worse neurodegenerative effects, which is (like another hidden danger, Neotame) may or may not be labeled, depending on the quantity added to the genocidal biochemical mayhem already present in your "Diet" beverages, sugarless gum, and table sweeteners.
Suspicions that the CIA covered up JFKs murder have finally been confirmed, according to an explosive Politico report out this week. Fifty-two years after the Presidents death, declassified documents show that the CIA were in communication with alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before JFKs murder in 1963, and they were monitoring his mail since 1959.
Not only that but John McCone, who was Chief of the CIA at the time, allegedly hid evidence from the Warren commission, set up by Lyndon Johnson to investigate JFKs assassination. The spymaster and other senior CIA officials are accused of withholding incendiary information from the commission and therefore perverting the course of justice. The CIA has admitted this.
The Politico report is based on evidence given by CIA historian David Robarge. He has claimed the cover-up was intended to keep the commission focused on what the agency believed at the time was the best truth- that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone in killing John Kennedy. McCone directed the CIA to provide only passive, reactive and selective assistance to the Warren commission, meaning the investigation was severely compromised and did not follow up any other leads which may have been crucial in the search for truth.
Robarge also believes that John McCone, who died in 1991, withheld vital information relating to various CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro. The historian points out that these plots may well be linked to...
The world is at a dangerous crossroads. The U.S and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region.
By Steve Brawner
This is the part of the calendar when elected officials often are more worried about campaigning than governing. Thats not the case with Gov. Asa Hutchinson not yet, anyway. Read the rest
By Derrick Broze Actor Corey Feldman has decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help fund a movie exposing rampant pedophilia in Hollywood. In the...
There's a clear-cut right way and a clear-cut wrong way to reform the system. Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions is wrong. He's clearly and obviously wrong. If somebody is getting out of prison, which nearly every federal prisoner eventually will, and he has no education, no job training, and no life skills, he's going to do the only thing he knows how to do. He's going to commit crimes again.
Newly published documents by the National Security Archive reveal why a grand jury refused to prosecute a Chicago Tribune reporter during World War II for a leak.
Correspondent Stanley Johnston was accused of revealing the United States cracked a Japanese code, which alerted the military to Japanese war plans before the Battle of Midway. A Tribune editor attributed the source of information to naval intelligence.
A prosecution was contemplated under the Espionage Act, but the government backed off because they feared what may happen if a trial publicized that the U.S. compromised the Japanese code.
The Justice Department under President Barack Obama fought against a lawsuit filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It lost when a district court ruled in 2015 that disclosure would result in a more complete public record of this historic event and affirm the government is open, in all respects, to scrutiny by the people.
Yet, the government appealed, and it was not until September 2016, when the appeals court ruled against the governments claim that a federal court had no jurisdiction to order the release of transcripts, that an effort to keep 75 year-old documents secret came to an end.
During World War II, the U.S. military expected journalists accredited as war correspondents to submit stories prior to publication for censorshipor what the Pentagon may now refer to as prepublication review. Johnston was accredited by the Navy at Pearl Harbor.
In grand jury testimony from August 18, 1942, Johnston indicated that he knew he was to submit for the purpose of censorship all written or photographic material, either private correspondence, or anything for publication, released with the Navy or after my return. Letters or dispatches were even to be subjected to censorship like any person in the military forces.
Johnston, who was Australian but recently obtained U.S. citizenship, also testified, I have a son twenty years of age. The last word I had from my mother was that he had gone with the Australian Army to the war front. He is probably somewhere up there now where they are fighting.
If you think that I would do anything that would hurt the men in the United States Navy, or my son, there is nothing that I can do about it, Johnston added. If I am indicted in this case here, I know I havent done anythingthere has been no intent, and they tell me there has to be intent. And if there is anything I have done, and I am indicted on this, it will wreck me forever. I know that in court it will be...
The Republicans and their allies on the Christian Right, want to impose their religious dogmas on the whole country, and criminalize abortion. The abortion-rights movement must soon face this issue of religious authoritarianism, or the battle will be lost.
21st Century wire says
The FBI recently released new documents regarding the bizarre and still forensically critiqued Sandy Hook elementary school shooting tragedy.
KEY POINT: Its important to remember that even though the events at Sandy Hook were said to have been carried out by a deranged lone gunman named Adam Lanza, initial reports on several CBS and ABC affiliates following the Sandy Hook mass shooting stated there was a second shooter who was apprehended at the scene.
We should also be reminded that mainstream media reportage of the Sandy Hook tragedy took audiences down several rabbit holes of their own making, eventually implicating an unlikely suspect (left photo) with Aspergers syndrome, in an apparently motiveless crime.
Not since the forensically questionable Columbine High School ...
O que se anda considerando mdia alternativa no Brasil acompanha a baixssima estatura intelectual e a politicagem mais descarada que marcam este pas. Aproveitando-se dessa atmosfera insuportvel a est a trgica realidade para, mais que nunca, no nos deixar
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Friday, October 27th, 8pm
543 Champion Way, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
For the Unite The Right 2.0 event and White Lives Matter event Saturday in Shelbyville & Murfreesboro, fascists and white supremacists will be holding a torchlit march Friday October 27th to Forrest Hall on the MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) campus.
This a call to action to mobilize and occupy the sidewalk in front of Forrest Hall as the agenda of this group includes attacking multi-cultural students by spreading white supremacist ideology and racists rhetoric.
We will meet on the corner of MTSU BLVD. & Champion Way before moving to the forefront of Forrest Hall. This kind of nonsense must be confronted by all means. Please bring signs and banners.
Actor Corey Feldman has decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help fund a movie exposing rampant pedophilia in Hollywood. In the wake of recent sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Corey Feldman has stepped back into the limelight with a crowdfunding campaign to help expose Hollywood pedophilia. In a tweet sent out at 
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Ladies and gentlemen, behold our new Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft.
I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.
She is a business consultant, her husband is the CEO of a coal company, and they donated $2 million to the Trump campaign.
I wonder if she thinks her dodge was clever? Because it wasnt.
By Nicholas West Over the past several months Ive been covering the incremental arrival of biometric identification at U.S. airports and a clear acceleration in...
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Right now there are at least two active aerial blockades happening in the Pacific Northwest! Follow Cascadia Forest Defenders and Save the Mattoles Ancient Forest for updates. Shout out to our fellow forest defenders!
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The Intercept has just released a new top-secret NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which reveals in stunning clarity that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war which has now claimed half a million lives. The US intelligence memo marked 
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The story of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddocks family just keeps getting weirder. The Los Angeles Times is reporting one of Paddocks younger brothers, Bruce Paddock, has been detained in North Hollywood on suspicion of crimes related to child pornography. Paddock, 58, was taken into custody Wednesday morning. The LAPD said a man was detained in the 5300 block 
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A lot of attention has been given recently to Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for finally displaying acts of conscience in defiance of an increasingly erratic and reactionary White House. One former Senator who never waited around to speak out was Paul Wellstone.
Wellstone was described by some as the conscience of the Senate. When the progressive Democrat from Minnesota addressed the Senate chamber on Oct. 9, 2002, pleading against the nations reckless rush to war during the Iraq Resolution debate, he could not have been more prescient.
At risk of losing his contentious re-election bid a month later, Wellstone spoke his conscience that day. He wound up being spot-on in his assessment, but Congress couldnt be bothered to listen.
When the lives of sons and daughters of average Americans could be risked and lost, their voices must be heard in the Congress before we make decisions about military action. Right now, despite a desire to support our president, I believe many Americans still have profound questions about the wisdom of relying too heavily on a pre-emptive, go-it-alone military approach. Acting now, on our own, might be a sign of our power. Acting sensibly and in a measured way, in concert with our allies, with bipartisan congressional support, would be a sign of our strength.
Wellstone died in a plane crash two weeks later, on this date 15 years ago along with his wife, Sheila, his daughter, Marcia, his driver, two campaign staffers and two pilots. The election, which saw him in a virtual dead-heat with Republican Norm Coleman, was 11 days away.
It is hard to overstate how unpopular it was to speak out against attacking Iraq during the fall of 2002. Less than a year out from 9/11, Americans wanted to flex some muscle and revelations about Dick Cheneys secret energy task force showed that, once again, oil was a factor. The Bush White House counted on its ability to conflate Iraq with Al Qaeda, doing its best to present a case that Saddam Husseins regime was involved in the attacks on America, and that he had developed an advanced WMD program. Neither of those claims turned out to be true, as congressional and foreign studies later concluded.
In the media, hardly any of the progressives stepped forward to offer relevant perspective before Congress voted. Those who did were not given equal time on the airwaves to balance out a phalanx of paid retired military analysts glorifying military action and parroting the no other choice narrative of dealing with Hussein.
Iraq War apologi...
(i.e. the broad spread surveillance of the public by the corporatocracy) has become even more creepy and invasive with the advent of new programs by Amazon and Walmart which allow these corporations to enter your home when you are not there. Thats right: Amazon is rolling out a new program called Amazon Key which will launch on November 8th, 2017. Amazon wants you to not only set up equipment to monitor yourself and your home, but also to pay $250 for their kit which includes an Amazon security camera (the Cloud Cam) and a smart lock for the privilege of doing so. This is an obvious continua...
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In this Hotwire we have three different interviews about the alt-rights defeat in Gainesville. As democratic confederalist Kurdish forces in Rojava are beating back ISIS, the nationalist, capitalist Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq is threatening civil war with the Iraqi military. In response, Kurdish anarchists speak out against war and the state. The discovery of Santiago Maldonados body in Argentina has sparked the fiercest clashes with police that the South American country has seen in years.
Some good news: the first J20 political prisoner is about to be released; but hundreds more are awaiting trial and facing years in prison. Listen until the end for announcements of anarchist bookfairs, anti-fascist action, and east coast CrimethInc. speaking events this week.
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The ascendancy of Trump and white supremacy to positions of power and influence in US society has provoked a renewed interest in anti-authoritarian politics and more particularly, anarchism. This can be seen in the rise of a relatively large and yet autonomous US anti-fascist/ anti-racist movement, but also in the insurrectionary acts that accompany events fighting back against pig violence in cities like St. Louis. This is all cause for celebration, yet despite so much of our insurrectionary potential becoming actualized, the Trump regime and its mobilized base of supporters rages on; threatening the lives of those in our community everyday.
In an effort to put an immediate halt to the functioning of the Trump regime, members of the Leninist group, Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), are attempting to stage an event on November 4th modeled after the Occupy movements of 2011. This is no doubt an effort on the RCPs part to gain more mindless recruits who can dutifully sell party newspapers, but it also presents anarchists with an interesting opportunity for meaningful action against the Trump regime.
We at Insurrectionary Youth Action (IYA), a new group of insurrectionists based out of the Pacific Northwest area, would like to make a call to action for other affinity groups and anarchist organizations to take part in the upcoming Nov 4th events. Not out of solidarity with the RCP mind you, but as an autonomous force of our own that can influence the event and instigate radical action against the current regime.
A suggestion, not a demand.
Insurrectionary Youth Action
Since the local fascists of Seattle have decided they are going to counter the Refuse Fascism event, we best think everyone should come prepared to defend themselves from the fascist threat.
Lets make this a fun sort of thing too. We feel the need to make our presence known, loud and clear.
Bring your friends, music, silly string, glitter, chalk, bubbles, banners, any thin...
The importance of community especially when is striving to adopt heather habits, cannot be overstated. However, has an apartment complex in Russia gone too far?
At the Veda Village, located in St. Petersburg, Russia, only tenants who are vegetarian are allowed. Reportedly, the complex was designed for plant-based eaters who are looking to practice a healthy and ethical lifestyle in a community of like-minded people. As is probably evident, being vegetarian is of the utmost importance.
Veda Village is perfect for die-hard vegetarians/vegans who cant stomach the smell of cooked meat or just want neighbors who are ethical eaters. Prospective tenants must first undergo interviews with sales agents. If they fail to convince them they are true vegetarians, their application will be denied. According to the developers, smoking and consuming alcohol on the premise are also deal breakers.
Maya Podlipskaya, the manager of Veda Village, told Russian news agency TASS:
The main thing about this complex is an opportunity to live and evolve together with like-minded people. If you are a vegetarian, you are welcome.
Veda Villages ultimate goal is to become a sustainable community that is self-sufficient in the areas of waste treatment, energy, water and food production. The apartment complex is presently under construction. But when it is built, it will feature a yoga center, a gym, a spa, shops, a day-care facility, an educatio...
Captain Jerry Yellin piloted for the 78th Fighter Squadron in World War II in the Pacific theater. He is the subject of a new book by Don Brown, The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of WWII.
Yellin joins staff writer Bre Payton on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to share the events from his time before, during, and after WWII. I served for 3 years and 10 months and it was the highlight of my lifeserving my country, Yellin said.
You can listen to their full conversation here:
Today the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clintons 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law by failing to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. The CLCs complaint asserts that by effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny the DNC and Clinton undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures.
On October 24, The Washington Post revealed that the DNC and Hillary for America paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig into Trumps Russia ties, but routed the money through the law firm Perkins Coie and described the purpose as legal services on their FEC reports rather than research. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.
By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures, said Adav Noti, senior director, trial litigation and strategy at CLC, who previously served as the FECs Associate General Counsel for Policy. Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.
Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide, said Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC. Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as legal services is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements.
While details of the payment arrangements remain scarce, FEC records indicate that the Hillary campaign and the DNC paid a total of $12 million to Perkins Coie for legal services. Marc Elias, a Perkins partner and general counsel for Hillarys campaign, then used some portion of those funds to turn around and hire Fusion GPS who then contracted with a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to compile the now-infamous dossier. Per the Daily Caller:...
We spend our days swimming in this sweaty anxiety, never knowing what horror could be unleashed. Imagine a day at Trump's Day Care Center (aka West Wing). He spends his waking hours glued to a wall of TV screens, Tweeting vile lies about Gold Star widows and reactionary threats against the other nuclear-armed nutjob. All we can do is cross our fingers and dig our nails into the seat, terrorized by this madman at the wheel.
A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.
Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News.
Via ABC News
For the Hamas-Fatah unity to become a true national unity, priorities would have to change entirely, where the interest of the Palestinian people -- all of them, everywhere -- would, once more, become paramount, above the interests of a faction or two, seeking limited legitimacy, fake sovereignty and American handouts.
by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) A new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington(HealthData.org) and published in The Lancet medical journal finds that a shocking 20 percent of global deaths are caused by toxic foods, junk foods, processed foods and harmful food ingredients. In essence, the study reveals that the toxic food industry is now about as dangerous as Big Tobacco.
As covered in The Guardian:
The study, based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, compiles data from every country in the world and makes informed estimates where there are gaps Diet is the second highest risk factor for early death after smoking. The problem is often seen as the spread of western diets, taking over from traditional foods in the developing world.
In other words, all the toxic food ingredients, processed foods, junk foods and fast foods that weve been warning you about for years are now being recognized by the science establishment to be one of the leading killers of human beings across our planet. Many of these foods are saturated with glyphosate and pesticides, and an increasing number are also genetically engineered. The food industry, in other words, is about as dangerous to human health as the tobacco industry, yet while Big Tobacco is highly re...
Dana DeMaster, MPP, is a program evaluator and researcher for human services programs who lives and bikes in Saint Paul, MN. The following essay by Dana is republished from Streets.MN with permission.
When I was in school as a child, I took the bus. Nearly everyone I knew took the bus or walked. Now, my children are in the very small minority of kids who walk or bike to school. Many children are still bused to school, but my memories of 1985 do not include a long line of cars dropping off children every day. Today, however, more families drive their kids to school than use any other form of transportation.
The maze of school transportation.
Lots of things about schools and families have changed since 1985. School choice did not really exist then. In my Twin Cities suburban district, children were mostly assigned schools based on their address. Some children went to Catholic school and some families probably had other reasons for attending a public school other than their assigned school, but for the most part, you attended the school you were assigned. Now that landscape is very different. Charter schools, which are public schools that are not part of the district, did not exist until 1991. Districts now have magnet schools, which are public schools within a district with a specialized curriculum like language immersion or arts. Private schools still exist and there are still school districts organized like the ones I attended in the 1980s. Now, in urban and large suburban areas, children on the same block are likely to attend all different schools depending on their parents choices and values.
Another big change is the proportion of mothers who work. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 1984, when I started first grade, 47 percent of mothers with children under the age 18 worked in paid employm...
By Stefan Gleason Recent high-profile cyber security breaches at Equifax and other financial institutions highlight the perils of an all-digital economy. When wealth can be...
What we're about to witness in Puerto Rico is an island-wide pitched battle for and against broad-stroke neoliberal solutions to the island's combined and massive debt and hurricane crises. The Puerto Ricans may not go down easily; and they may even win. Good for them if they do; they deserve all of our help for just that effort alone.
In the face of so many recent natural disasters and more to come with climate change, everyone must take climate change into their own hands. Starting at an individual level, moving up to the local, and then the overall development of technology, we really must prepare for the worst.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is a phrase many of us have heard multiple times. But what, exactly, does it mean? Simply, beauty is subjective. As a result, the character traits and physicality of one individual may or may not be viewed favorably by another.
While there are no harms to having preferences, what is harming is a society pushing one ideal body type and appearance on the mass culture to promote conformity. Just because people look different does not make them any less beautiful and this is a truth photographer Mihaela Noroc seeks to share with the world.
For four years, the Romanian photographer has been traveling the world with a backpack and camera. The purpose? Photograph everyday women and collect their stories. The images and stories have since been published in the project, entitled The Atlas of Beauty.
Noroc wrote on Bored Panda,
My goal is to show that every woman shines like a star because beauty is diversity, and not just what we see in mass-media. For me, the real beauty has no age, colours or trends. You can find it in Africa or in Europe, in a village or in a skyscraper, in a smile, in a gesture, in an intense gaze, in some wrinkles, or in a story. You can find it in every kind-hearted human being.
The Atlas of Beauty is now a stunning book with upwards of 500 portraits and accompanying stories.
Wrote Noroc, In a time of hate and intolerance, I want to send a message about love and acceptance. I hope this book will get into many homes around the world, convincing more people that diversity is a treasure and not a trigger for conflicts and hate. We are very different but at the same time we are all part of the same family.
We have Cafe Scientifique on the last Tuesday of every month, which just happens to fall on Halloween this year. So were having appropriate content come to the coffee shop, learn all about carbohydrates from Alyssa Pirinelli, and then go hand out carbs at home!
Thought-Forms, a strange, beguiling, frequently pretentious, utterly original book first published in 1901, emerged from this ferment of late-Victorian mysticism. It was written by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, erstwhile members of the London Theosophical Society alongside Yeats, and it features a stunning sequence of images that illustrate the books central argument: emotions, sounds, ideas and events manifest as visual auras.
The books grand ambitions are evident from the first page. To paint in earths dull colours the forms clothed in the living light of other worlds, Besant laments, is a hard and thankless task. She insists that the images in the book are not imaginary forms, prepared as some dreamer thinks that they ought to appear. Rather, they are representations of forms actually observed as thrown off by ordinary men and women. And she hopes that they will make the reader realise the nature and power of his thoughts, acting as a stimulus to the noble, a curb on the base. This grandiloquence was typical: fin de sicle occult leaders produced some of the most baroque writing in literary history, the purplest of purple prose.
Yet what are we saying, exactly, when we call black words on a white page purple?
These sorts of underlying associations between words, colors and sounds were precisely what motivated Thought-Forms. In other words, the book was about synesthesia. The illustration of the music of Mendelssohn reproduced above, for instance, depicts yellow, red, blue and green lines rising out of a church. This, Leadbeater and Besant explain, signifies the movement of one of the parts of the melody, the four moving approximately together denoting the treble, alto, tenor and bass respectively. Moreover, the scalloped edging surrounding the whole is the result of various flourishes and arpeggios, and the floating crescents in the centre represent isolated or staccato chords. Color and sound had become commingled.
Going by the colours I like best, I end up with Strong Intellect, Selfish Affection, Pure Affection, Avarice, Anger, Sensuality, and Ma...
We have recently seen three Republican senators (Jeff Flake, Bob
Corker, and John McCain) voice harsh criticisms of Donald Trump.
But each of them have almost unfailingly voted in favor of issues
that Trump supports, such as voting to advance the Republican
budget and in yesterdays vote to reduce consumer protections
against fraud by the banks that issue credit cards. This is not
surprising. These senators are all solid conservatives and
supporters of the oligarchy. What is surprising is that they are
being lauded as heroic truth-tellers when they are not. All three
are not running for re-election, the first two choosing to withdraw
and the third due to ill-health. So only those people not
interested in re-election feel free to say what they feel about
Trump. That is not heroism, just face-saving.
Most sane people realized long ago that the Republican party has gone completely over the cliff into full-blown craziness in pursuit of enriching the already wealthy. But there are wealthy people who think that it is still not extreme enough and Seth Meyers looks at billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah who have as their goal to take over the party to even more effectively push their dangerous ideas.
Can populist candidates raise enough money to compete in America's billion-dollar presidential races and million-dollar Senate and House races? Even though he started late, Sanders raised about $220 million, mostly in small donations. Elizabeth Warren, the scourge of Wall Street, has been notably successful in funding her campaigns.
HORRY COUNTY, SC Horry County paid $185,000 in a settlement with a woman who filed a lawsuit against former Horry County Police detective Troy Allen Large last year, newly-obtained
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Lawyers on both sides of a lawsuit focused on the death of Holding Center inmate Richard A. Metcalf Jr. have agreed to keep the depositions of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard
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The bipartisan, centrist political consensus is breaking down. That's not an accident, and it's not an injustice. It's the result of repeated failures, both abroad and at home. The question is, what will replace it: something better, or something worse? If Democrats continue to follow the losing ways of the past, we probably won't like the answer.
This article analyzes how the elite opponents of Trump are manipulating public opinion with the support of the mainstream media. Through staged protest events funded by corporate foundations, the unspoken objective is to create profound divisions within American society.
First published by Global Research on October 11, 2017.
Fascists are divided into two categories: the fascists and the anti-fascists. Ennio Flaiano, Italian writer and co-author of Federico Fellinis greatest film
First published in August, this article sheds light on the contradictions of Leftists and Progressives in the US who endorse Antifa.
Behind the rhetoric of the alt-right about white nativism and protecting American traditions, history and Christian values
Bruce Paddock, brother of the Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, was just arrestedin Hollywoodby a swarm of LAPD and FBI, for child porn charges.
How to Ensure You Get Enough Sleep Every Night
If youre not getting enough sleep, either due to working long hours or because of insomnia, there is a high price to pay: Insufficient sleep compromises your health.
Sleep deprivation negatively affects your body and mind in a number of ways; for instance, it negatively impacts your moods, reduces your cognitive abilities, and compromises your immune system. Many physiological problems occur because insufficient sleep causes a spike in your level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Additionally, it down regulates neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which help you function at your best and brightest.
Since getting a good nights rest is essential for your health and well being, lets take a closer look at how involuntary and voluntary reasons affect your sleep and the best course of action to take:
Involuntary Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation is involuntary if you want to sleep and you go to bed early enough to get enough sleep, but then find it difficult to drop off to sleep, waking up frequently during the course of the long night.
If the reason for your sleep deprivation is involuntary, here are 4 questions you can ask yourself to figure out the root cause of your insomnia so that you can take corrective action:
If youre having difficulty getting a good nights rest, then you need to identify whats making you restless. If its a lumpy mattress, then invest in a new one. If you get heartburn, aching muscles, or some other source of discomfort when you lie in a traditional bed, then try a sleep chair, which is a zero-gravity chair that allows you to sleep in any position, from upright to inclined to flat, until you find a position thats perfectly comfortable.
Insomnia can sometimes be due to sleeping in a bedroom that is more stimulating than relaxing. If, for instance, your home is near a busy street...
Bannon would have Americans believe that Trump is antiwar. But Trump's solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts has been to unleash more military muscle to win, which Bannon said has been validated by the recent capture of two ISIS urban strongholds: its capital in Syria and oil-producing hub in Iraq.
As 21WIRE reported earlier this week, Israels violation of Lebanese airspace (supposedly to bomb a Hezbollah convoy driving from Syria to Lebanon) prompted the Syrian Arab Army to launch a SA-5 (S-200) ground to air missile, towards the Israeli jets flying over Lebanon, which then prompted the Israeli Air Force to retaliate by flying over the occupied Golan Heights and target a Syria Army ground position.
The total number of Israeli attacks against Syria since 2011
as high as 20, however, as veteran Middle East correspondent
Elijah J. Magnier points out, this exchange marked
an important new shift in
Israels rules of engagement against Syria and Hezbollah in
Syrian and Lebanese territory.
Israels response has been rather bellicose to say the least, as
the US-backed rogue state continues to thwart the rules-based
international community through its systematic violation of
international law under the elastic guise of defending
Now its threatening everything just short of all-out war with its neighbor Syria even though Syria has never attacked Israel.
Claiming more stray artillery fire landing inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israeli officials are promising to step up their strikes against Syrian military targets in response, including attacks over the weekend in southern Syria.
Throughout the Syrian War, Israel has repeatedly attacked Syrian military targets. Syria has insisted that cross-border stray shells werent fired by them in the first place, accusing Israel of framing them to justify the attacks.
Israel doesnt appear to really deny that, saying they dont bother to try to figure out who [like Al Nusra Front and ISIS] fired anything that crosses into their occupied territory, and that they con...
By Rachel Blevins While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of...
CHICAGO Federal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for a Chicago police officer who shot into a car full of teenagers in December 2013, wounding two of them.
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Neighborhoods that prioritize walking instead of just driving tend to be more economically prosperous for residents and local governments. They are also better for our health, safer for our families, and easier on the environment. (Read more about these reasons here.) But today I want to talk about some of the more intangible benefits of walking.
When I walk in my neighborhood, I notice so much more than if I were traveling at high speed in an enclosed vehicle. Here are four valuable things that stand out to me:
1. The Condition of my Neighborhood
On my regular walks to run errands in my neighborhood (bank, drug store, dry cleaners...you name it; I can walk to it), I am acutely attuned to my surroundingsfar more than I would be if I were focused on tuning the car radio or whizzing quickly down the street to make a yellow light. I notice which buildings look well cared for and which have absentee landlords. I check on whether there's litter, leaves or snow on the sidewalk. I make note of cracks in the pavement or dangerous crossing areas.
Walking helps me to be a more attentive and active citizen in my neighborhood.
2. New Businesses
Walking in my neighborhood provides a great opportunity to keep an eye on new businesses that may be opening. I walk up one particular streetProspect Avenueat least once a week on my way to a...
It looks like Denali, the Native name for Alaska's highest peak, is safe under the Trump administration. For now.
One of rock and rolls greats has passed away at his daughters home in New Orleans. Fats Domino was 89 years old. NPR News reports that he died on Oct. 24, 2017, according to a family friend. The chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish Coroners office, Mark Bone confirmed that Domino died of natural causes. The 
Albrecht Drer (1471-1528) was one of the most celebrated artists of his time. He produced some truly monumental works, one of the grandest of which was a triumphal arch created for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519). Drer created several works for the emperor during his reign, but this massive print is probably the most impressive, at least in terms of sheer scale.
The image was created from 195 individual woodblocks and took almost three years to cut and print (1515-1518). The finished product was over 3.5 metres tall. Its form was meant to evoke the monumental arches commissioned by Roman emperors of antiquity, but rendered in paper rather than marble. It would have originally been intended as a form of wall decoration in one of Maximilians residences.
Ron Paul noted that not only is the United States military in Niger, but U.S. troops are stationed in 53 out of the 54 nations in Africa.
Last night the Washington Post reported that the infamous Russia dossier was partly funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The dossiers inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump provided the framework for mainstream media treatment of the president for much of the last year and fueled multiple investigations. Here are 10 things to keep in mind about the dossier.
Were in the midst of media frenzy over Russian disinformation campaigns, particularly as they apply to the 2016 election. It is worth noting that the sources of the Russia-Trump dossier were senior Russian officials:
Source Ato use the careful nomenclature of his dossierwas a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure. Source B was a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.
When the news broke that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were admitting partial responsibility for the Russia dossier, journalists acted like theyd presented it as a Clinton campaign operation all along. They also claimed it was initially funded by a Republican.
Incorrect. And Tapper took the tweet down when the error was pointed out. There is no evidence that a Republican donor or Republican campaign was ever involved with the Russian dossier. Fusion GPS claimed to reporters (though they did not provide evidence) that a Republican funded separate opposition research on Trump, dealing with his business interests. But as the Washington Post itself reports, the dossier did not exist until...
A brand new dispensary in Nevada claims that it is the Largest marijuana store on the planet. While situated in downtown Las Vegas, the store is actually on tribal lands,
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By Jack Burns As states across the country struggle to combat the alarming death toll resulting from the opioid epidemic, a new study is showing...
Activists who come to command without listening to those theyre ostensibly helping produce a devastation that makes the project of systemic oppression that much easier.
By Charles Hugh Smith The majority of middle class wealth is locked up in unproductive assets or assets that only become available upon retirement or...
Corey Feldman just announced his plan to take down the elite pedophile ring in Hollywood. Now he's saying someone just tried to kill him.
The last time I played Dungeons & Dragons was around 1979, maybe 1980, with two old friends from high school, Steve and Steve. The network of friends was broken up by my need to travel around the country, chasing an education and a career, and I never got back into it. Its just not the same without those face-to-face friends. I have great memories of those years in that small gaming group in the Pacific Northwest, though, and it was my primary outlet for social networking at that time. I should just get on a plane to Seattle and surprise the two Steves some Saturday night.
Anyway, I guess theres been a bit of a renaissance in D&Ds popularity lately, which, as usual, Im missing out on. Its an old-new way to escape some of the faceless anomie we sometimes experience in our digital universe.
In 2017, gathering your friends in a room, setting your devices aside, and taking turns to contrive a story that exists largely in your head gives off a radical whiff for a completely different reason than it did in 1987. And the fear that a role-playing game might wound the psychologically fragile seems to have flipped on its head. Therapists use D. & D. to get troubled kids to talk about experiences that might otherwise embarrass them, and children with autism use the game to improve their social skills. Last year, researchers found that a group of a hundred and twenty-seven role players exhibited above-average levels of empathy, and a Brazilian study from 2013 showed that role-playing classes were an extremely effective way to teach cellular biology to medical undergraduates.
Hey, what? Teaching cell biology with role-playing games? That sounds interesting, and I had to look that one up.
In short, an RPG is a game in which a person (in this case, the teacher) tells a story that is enacted by the players who are given roles as the various pieces of background information. Challenges related to the story are then presented and must be addressed by all participants. Each player represents a character in the story and is attributed (quantitatively-defined) skills. These skills are tested during the game to decide if the character succeeds in his or her attempt to perform a task that solves the problem or overcomes the challenge. The skill is usually tested against some kind of quantifiable decision-making system, such as rolling dice. The dice introduce randomness into the game, create suspense and provoke playfulness among the players. This is the main difference between role-play, which refers to the playing of roles in a theatrical play, and RPG, that introduces clear rules acco...
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) walked away from a 2018 re-election bid, saying he 'will not be complicit or silent' about America's political climate.
CLEVELAND, OHIOToday, Ramn Ortiz filed a lawsuit to enforce a public-records request to the City of Cleveland for records that would reveal whether the police chief or safety director have
21st Century Wire says
Vanessa Beeley, associate editor of 21st Century Wire, recently appeared on George and Gayatri Galloways talk show on Sputnik. The full interview can be watched here.
An entire fake-news industry emerged over the past five years in relation to Syria. Phantom armies of moderate rebelswere moved around like pieces on an imaginary chess board. A secular, multi-confessional society was to be placed in the strait jacket of ISIS-type distortions of faith, and the truth would not be allowed to stand in the way. In the din of ferocious falsification, it takes real courage to stand against the prevailing noise. One of the most courageous is Vanessa Beeley, truly deserving of the title independent journalist, so we invited her into the Sputnik studio to help us cut through the clutter. ~ George and Gayatri Galloway
The following is a report from RT on the 200m that has been siphoned from the UK FCO Conflict Stabilitand Security Fund to the so called Syrian opposition. Listen to Vanessa Beeley describe what is really happening with UK taxpayers money:
Almost 200 million of British taxpayers money has gone to supporting Syrian opposition groups, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley told RT. One of the groups to benefit from the funds are the White Helmets, which are alleged to have links with terrorists.
Speaking to George Galloway on his RT show Sputnik, Beeley said the funds were released from the UKs Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) to support the Syrian opposition. She said part of that money was used by the White Helmets to feed media outlets that are rarely in Syria and offer a false narrative of what is happening there.
If we look at the narrative produced from Aleppo it never came from the 1.5 million majority in West Aleppo that was government-held and government-protected, but who lost over 11,000 civilians from mortar fire from East Aleppo so from the Western-backed terrorists in East Aleppo....
A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.
recent post and discussion on the issue of psychics, I read
three very different books on the subject, all shedding different
perspectives. The first of these was the memoir In Search of
the Light: The Adventures of a Parapsychologist (1996) by
Susan Blackmore that I
reviewed two weeks ago. The second of these was the book
Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief &
Experience (2014) by Christopher C. French and Anna Stone who
are both academic researchers, the former at the University of
London and the latter at the University of East London.
What is anomalistic psychology? It is described as the attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known (or knowable) psychological and physical factors. It is directed at understanding bizarre experiences that many people have, without assuming that there is anything paranormal involved. (p. 1,2) The authors say that anomalistic psychologists typically assume as a working hypothesis that paranormal forces do not exist and attempt to explain ostensibly paranormal experiences in non-paranormal terms. (p. 17) But they do not rule out a priori that the paranormal exists. In other words, they are methodological naturalists and not philosophical naturalists.
This book is a scholarly look at the literature on all the forms of paranormal behavior that have been proposed to exist and studied. They look at claims for ghosts, alien visitations, near-death experiences (NDEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), telepathy, clairvoyance, pre-cognition, psychokinesis, life after death, and reincarnation. But after exhaustively evaluating the literature, they come to the conclusion that no definitive evidence has been found to date for any of the paranormal phenomena listed above, similar to the conclusions of Blackmore in her more personal search.
There does seem to be an interesting gender difference in the kinds of things that people believe.
[T]here is substantial evidence that women believe more strongly than men in spiritualism and life after death, psi abilities, witchcraft, precognition, astrology, psychic healing, reincarnation, and is superstitions and omens of luck. Men believe more strongly than women in UFOs (unidentified flying objects), alien visitations, and extraordinary life forms (e.g., Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster). (p. 26)
This ties in with the fact that mediums (people who read palms, crystal ball, Tarot cards, and the...
More than three years after the Ukraine-related Euro-Russian catastrophe, there is no hope of an end to this crisis. On the contrary, the tension inexorably keeps climbing: Donbass still at war, annexation of Crimea by Russia not recognised by the
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Its easy to see why Rolls Royce and other companies in the nuclear engineering business are pushing the UK government finance the
GONZALES, Louisiana A former Ascension Parish sheriffs deputy faces a sentence of potentially decades in state prison on Nov. 20 after his guilty plea to indecent behavior with a
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Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. The growing climate disaster toll ought to raise questions about where humans can and should live.
Indicative of or occurring in the winter.
[Origin: Latin brumalis, from bruma winter (see brume).]
More he is curious. He twists the handle, the metals coldness leaping along his arm like ice energy released from a brumal host. Haunted, James Herbert.
[Origin: French, mist, winter from Old Occitan bruma, from Latin, winter solstice, winter; akin to Latin brevis short.]
The sad, strange tale of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl resurfaced in the news as the former deserter from the Afghan War pled guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. That should have been the end of the saga. Instead, ahead of his sentencing hearing this week, Bergdahls attorneys convinced Judge Col. Jeffrey Nance to delay while they probed whether the proceedings were fair.
Why the last-minute change? As in many areas of government these days, the reason arises because of the commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Trumps public comments on the desertion case during the campaignspecifically that Bergdahl was a dirty, rotten traitorled defense attorneys to question the fairness of the entire trial.
No one can dispute that Trump communicates more provocatively than any recent chief executive has. But claiming that Trumps intemperate tone voids an entire legal proceeding is ludicrous, and in doing so Bergdahls legal team is questioning the fundamentals of Anglo-American jurisprudence.
Trump said a lot of things during his presidential campaign, and his unusual rhetoric is part of what attracted many voters. It is the nature of a populist not to pull punches. To some in the legal establishment, Trumps language is worse than a transgression of manners. They see it as actually changing the way the law is applied.
Trump has kept mum on the Bergdahl question since becoming president, for the most part, but in response to reporters questions last week, he said he could not comment on the case, but I think people have heard my comments in the past. This saying-without-saying (known as paralipsis) is a favorite rhetorical device of the presidents, and effectively the same as saying the thing he professes not to say. In this case, Bergdahls legal team thinks that Trump saying it is enough to overturn the whole case.
According to Bergdahls lead defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, Trumps language on the subject affected the entire military justice apparatus, meaning his client could never receive a fair sentence from the judge. Although the judge had already ruled earlier this year that Trumps statements did not constitute unlawful command influence, the implicit repetition of those comments this week brought the issue up again. As the Washington Posts Alex Horton reported Monday, Fidell a...
Tomorrow maybe we find out. They are releasing a lot of the JFK secret papers on the assassination.
So will it reveal Trump was right? Or will they continue to cover it up.?
A former Explorer Scout claims in a lawsuit that she was groomed and coerced into having sex with a cop while a member of Louisville Metro Polices Youth Explorer program,
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Every major newspaper, television channel and US government official has spent the past two years claiming that the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), founded by the late Hugo Chavez, had become a marginalized political party, supported only by
This week is Asexual Awareness Week. Presently I dont do any outreach or education work, but I do work on the Asexual Community Census.
The Ace Community Census is an annual survey by the Ace Community Survey Team, which collects valuable information on the demographics and experiences of members in the ace community. It is the largest survey of ace communities and creates a valuable pool of data for future ace community activists and researchers.
The survey is open to anyone: ace, non-ace, or still questioning; as long as you are 13 years of age or older we want to hear from you!
We have also just published a report of the results from our 2015 survey. Take a look!
I may talk about this report more later, but for now I am happy to take any questions, either about the report, or the survey.
This is the shocking moment a Sheriffs deputy drove his car through his ex-wifes wall while high on prescription drugs. Timothy Stuart Taylor had phoned in sick for work saying
Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Takes so hot theyre probably melting throughto Chinaas we speak. Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner. And China is listening anxiously for the creaking bedsprings, not just in Beijing but also down in Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. And China is now officially an enemy of the liberal international order. Is that good? Is that smart? Well
The Trump administration is suing the government of Guam, a U.S. territory, over a land trust program that is meant to benefit the indigenous residents of the island.
By Brandon Turbeville While the U.S. media is busy weeping over the defeat of ISIS in Syria, the slow death of Kurdistan, and the inevitable...
A Florida cop was caught on home surveillance video breaking into an elderly man's home and stealing his cash and prescription drugs.
United States backed forces eradicated ISIS from Raqqa, Syria. The Mid-Eastern city has been the radical Islamic groups capital since it conquered the territory in 2013. The National reported that the United States backed anti-ISIS coalition conquering the insurgents stronghold in Raqqa, and most of Syria, is a great achievement. However, ISIS is evolving from 
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CLEVELAND, Ohio A once lauded Cleveland police officer on the run from authorities after breaking his GPS monitor a week before his rape trial was set to begin fatally
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Horrifying. Read about the day Lane Davis murdered his father. Davis was deeply involved with the far, far right, working as an unpaid intern for Milo Yiannopoulos, writing for the demented Ralph Retort web site, and he finally snapped.
Lane had spent that Friday morning as he did most mornings, on the internet. This day, like the others, Lane read and retweeted posts celebrating the Second Amendment, bemoaning diversity, and spreading conspiracy theories that alleged Hillary Clintons campaign chairman John Podesta was involved in a child sex ring and DNC staffer Seth Rich had been murdered. It was the end of a busy week during which he contributed to the Donald Trump subreddit, and over on The Ralph Retort, a fringe blog where he worked as a political editor, (unpaid, according to the sites owner), he had celebrated the idea of a Kid Rock Senate run, claimed America was under threat of Sharia law, and wondered whether CNN was literally ISIS.
Lanes parents, Catherine and Charles DavisCharles was known as Chuck to his friends were used to their 33-year-old sons outbursts. They had become so frequent that Charles had started recording the tirades on his phone. But that afternoon, they were tired of Lanes screaming, wanted him to leave, and told him as much. Instead, Lane chased his parents around their home, spitting in his fathers face while screaming that he wasnt threatening to kill them, but pedophiles who were taking over the country.
Whoa. Your 33 year old son is still living in your house and spends his time literally screaming at the internet? I think maybe its time to hold an intervention. Unfortunately, its people like that who get the most attention on the internet.
This 911 call goes on with ever escalating behavior.
Were trying to but hes chasing us around the house, she replied. Hes mad about something on the internet about leftist pedophiles and he thinks were leftist and hes calling us pedophiles. And I dont know what all.
Catherine laughed. He just lives on the internet and he gets really worked up about everything thats going on. He needs an intervention of some kind here.
Police were on their way, the dispatcher told Catherine, and she hung up. But Charless phone kept recording.
His mother laughed. Shed become so inured to her sons rabidity that she had lost all sense of perspective. Thats tragic, because the recording includes her son taking a kitchen knife and stabs his 73 year old father to death.
Not all right-wingers are incipient father-stabbers,...
On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting 
A sheriffs deputy in Florida, who was caught on home surveillance video last month reportedly stealing from a recently-deceased man, was arrested by authorities on Thursday. Deputy Jason Cooke of
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Featured image: Puerto Ricos electricity utility, PREPA, offered a $300 million contract to a small private firm to repair its power grid. Whitefish Energy is funded by a major Trump donor. (Photo: Whitefish Energy/Twitter)
Critics raised suspicions on Tuesday over
Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.
This article is a massive dot connecting exercise in which it is becoming increasingly clear that the various nefarous forces are combing efforts to take down America in one eventful night. The evidence trail seems to be unmistakable. And as much as I want to be wrong, the trend curve of the known facts speaks to a very dire and nation-changing event that is coming our way.
Mike Adams wrote an article in which he reported what is now sinking in with the rest of the media, namely, North Korea has a hydrogen bomb and advanced EMP weapons. Allow this to serve as a backdrop for the following article, which makes the case that the UN is operating on US soil, in places like Rawlins, Wyoming and Hagerstown, Maryland, and they are prepared to survive an EMP attack prior to asserting their authority over the people of the United States.
The United Nations is clearly on the move across the United. I am getting reports and photos from Georgia, Alabama and Texas. However, the most interesting photos are coming out Rawlins, Wyoming and Hagerstown, Maryland.
Over the past 18 months, the small town of Rawlins, Wyoming has come to my attention because of its intimate association with DHS and the UN. Further, this small town of under 10,ooo people has played host to...
A police officer claimed a woman was using her driver's license as "a weapon" and attempting to throw it at him, but Body Cam footage showed the opposite.
Snap election harnessing hysteria, diverting attention
Japanese Prime Ministers gamble in calling a snap election to harness anxiety and hysteria over the much-publicized threat from North Korea has succeeded, as it was widely predicted. The political achievement is considerable.
Citing four recent disturbing incidents, the civil rights organization suggests travelers of color exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them [to] disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.
The Islamic State has lost nearly all of their ground in Iraq. Now its time to rebuild in the wake of the terror groups destruction. The US wants Saudi Arabia to oversee the process. History tells us why that is probably not a productive decision.
And why wouldnt they? The election was an embarrassment for the Tories.
The author writes, With a razor-thin margin, the Senate passed a resolution to nullify a signature regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which banned forced arbitration provisions. Such clauses, tucked into the fine print of contracts that nobody reads, deny consumers the ability to contest claims through a class-action lawsuit, and can allow banks and other financial institutions to rip off their customers with virtual impunity.
The author writes, The banks arent alone. Theyre part of a chorus of voices advocating for reform of a program that transfers much of the cost of insuring against the ballooning risk of catastrophic flood damage to taxpayers. And, like homeowners on the coasts, banks have a lot to lose with the loss of the NFIP.
The New York Times has been instrumental from the beginning in bolstering credibility for a story of the JFK assassination that has never had any credibility. Today, they have published yet another rehash of the Lone Nut theory.
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GOP members were fuming. Republican Senator Bob Corker of the Foreign Relations Committee was incandescent; Senator Jeff Flake oozed regret and despondency. Both spoke with the freedom of those not seeking re-election, a
By: David A. Smith
If, as weve established, the housing element has got to go so that Proposition 13 can be likewise repealed or routed around, the new tool must be quite a crowbar as indeed Massachusetts Chapter 40B is.
A new study reveals that opioid-related deaths in Colorado decreased by nearly 7 percent in the two years after the state legalized cannabis.
The US-Indian Strategic Partnership has rapidly evolved to such a point that the Indian government is now obliquely hinting that Russian twitter trolls are backing the countrys opposition leader, showing that New Delhi is willing to say and do anything
The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family.
The US-led coalition, whose operation in Syria had not been authorized by the UN or Damascus, has denied that its airstrike resulted in civilian casualties in Deir ez-Zor.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has urged the UN Security Council to put
None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted Americas deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. Police forces in the United Stateswhich, according to The Washington Post, have
I will never read it. Ive only managed to read one chapter of one of his books before getting annoyed with his bad writing and freakish quirks. But when Brown shits out a new turd, it means the season of Dan Brown reviews is upon us, and we get another horde of appalled English majors forced to wade through the sewage and write out disbelieving summaries. Poor Matthew Walther had to read Origin, and then attempt to write a summary. If I wanted to dissuade students from going for an English major, this is what Id show them. Its analogous to scaring away potential biology majors by plopping down a noisome week-old roadkill in front of them and telling them to trace the major vessels of the circulatory system.
Nor, finally, would anyone who is not going out of his way to subvert the very notion of suspense as a factor that might conceivably motivate us to turn pages attempt even as a joke what must be the most banal chapter-ending cliffhanger in the history of fiction: This getaway car was hired, Langdon said, pointing to the stylized U on the windshield. Its an Uber.' Nor would he dream of opening the next chapter by announcing that a police officer has responded to this utterance with a look of wide-eyed disbelief at the quick decryption of the windshield sticker. Decryption! Code-breaking! Rare feats of professorial intellect, like knowing what corporate logos are! Imagine what further wonders Langdon might perform if only his creator allowed him to visit a certain international hamburger chain or glance down at the anagogic white fruit staring up from the bottom of his cellphone. (Unimprovably, Brown follows up this masterclass in symbology from Langdon by noting himself that Ubers ubiquitous on-demand driver service had taken the world by storm over the past few years. Via smartphone, anyone requiring a ride could instantly connect with a growing army of Uber drivers who made extra money by hiring out their own cars as improvised taxis.) If this guy is trying to write thrillers, then this article is actually a piece of SpongeBob Squarepants fan fiction.
Its terrible, but you also get an inkling of why he is popular. His hero is supposed to be this super-smart, highly educated professor in some field so esoteric that no one has ever heard of it, yet he recites banalities as if they were profound. The truly stupid reader can follow this story and assemble superficial trivia as if they were insightfulas if they too were as brilliant as Robert Langdon supposedly is. If you are reading a book to affirm that you are clever enough to be able to read a book at all, then Dan Brown will pat you on the back on every page and coo reassuringly that yes, you are just as intellige...
Last night, an airstrike hit the government-held neighborhood of al-Qusour in Deir Ezzor city killing at least 14 people and wounding 32 others. Pro-opposition sources say that the incident is a result of mistake by the Syrian or Russian air
On January 16, 2016, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) entered into force following four years of negotiations between Iran, the European Union, Russia, China, and the United States. Shortly after implementing the agreement, the US Congress put into
As violence continues to unfold in Myanmars western Rakhine state against the nations Rohingya ethnic minority, the agenda driving the conflict is likewise unfolding in a more transparent and direct manner.
As was predicted the US is shifting blame
Three weeks after four US special forces soldiers were killed in a firefight in the landlocked West African nation of Niger, information has surfaced indicating that the American troops and their Nigerien counterparts were involved in a capture-kill mission aimed
Collective consciousness: the con job for the ages
by Jon Rappoport
October 25, 2017
In the middle of all the brain-research going on, from one end of the planet to the other, there is the assumption that the individual doesnt really exist. Hes a fiction. There is only the motion of particles in the brain. Therefore, nothing is inviolate, nothing is protected. Make the brain do A, make it do B; it doesnt matter. What matters is harmonizing these tiny particles, in order to build a collective consensus, in order to force a science of behavior. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Individual power. Your power.
It stands as the essence of what the founding documents of the American Republic are all about, once you scratch below the surface a millimeter or so.
Therefore, it stands to reason that colleges and universities would be teaching courses in INDIVIDUAL POWER.
As soon as I write that, though, we all fall down laughing, because we understand the absurdity of such a proposition. Can you imagine Harvard endowing a chair in Individual Power?
Students would tear down the building in which such courses were taught. Theyve been carefully instructed that the individual is the greatest living threat to the planet.
If you cant see that as mind control, visit your local optometrist and get a prescription for glasses.
So we have this astonishing situation: the very basis of freedom has no reflection in the educational system.
You can say individual within certain limited contexts. You can say power, if youre talking about nuclear plants, or if youre accusing someone of a crime, but if you put individual and power together and attribute a positive quality to the combination, youre way, way outside the consensus. Youre crazy. Youre committing some kind of treason.
In order to spot the deepest versions of educational brainwashing, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME STANDARD AGAINST WHICH YOU CAN COMPARE WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE INTO THE MINDS OF STUDENTS.
If you lack that standard, you miss most of the action.
If you lack that standard, you have already been worked over by the system.
And in this case, the standard is INDIVIDUAL POWER.
Clean it off, hose off the dirt, polish it, look at it, think about it, remember it.
Then youll see some Grade-A prime mind control. Everywhere. Because schools either dont mention it, or they discredit it.
Back in the days when I was writing on assignment for newspapers a...
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World without precarious labor, world without war!
On October 15, ten thousand people gathered in Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall to celebrate the launch of a
Heres some more of my fascinating spam another squint at the underbelly of the American nightmare:
If I wanted to make sure my family was safe, no matter what, I would try to move to someplace where the US is not likely to attempt regime change, foster insurgency, or otherwise help with the local politics. If I wanted to make sure my family was safe, I would be an advocate against nuclear weapons, and US militarism.
What I wouldnt do is dig a nice hermetically sealable coffin for my family. Especially not one that was so obvious. Its a death-trap, not a survival shelter. It needs a plaque attached to the door that reads: Here lie the Smith Family.
I have come to think of this as toxic masculinity marketing all these stupid spike-pens and glare-proof sunglasses and guns: theyre just crap thats being sold to men who have allowed themselves to become convinced that manliness is being ready to defend oneself against ambiguous threats, of even the most ridiculous type, at any time. Its where Walter Mitty meets Rambo: some otherwise fairly normal guy, who like most fairly normal guys hardly ever gets in fights, or is attacked by bears, or uses a gun to defend their home; the sell is if the shit goes down, youll be the guy with the gear and then It always trails off. Why does it always trail off? Because if you actually start to think about the ramifications of social collapse, none of these measures make any sense, either. Why build a bunker when you can vacuum pack opium poppy seeds and hoard medicine? If a collapse happens, it wont be the guy with the over-and-under night-vision enabled 5.56 with the 100-rd snail clip who gets the females it will be the guy who knows how to set up an alternator and a small windmill and battery farm. As usual, the guy with the fancy gun will be the guy with the alternators minion.
Its hard to be more contemptuous of marketing, but these ads get me there they are subliminally attacking their customers toxic masculinity under the pretense of building up their masculinity. Oh, if you were a real man, youd have a bunker but then theres the bait and switch, the assumption that real men build bunkers, which is a lie. Normally I would avoid using terms like real man because its part of the trap in the first place; but what should I use instead? Sensible people might work, thinking people sounds a bit elitist, solid thinkers a bit humdrum but, yes, sensible people dont build bunker...
Two metals, barium and aluminum, are consistently discovered worldwide in chemtrail analysis from air and water traps as well as mountain waterways and snow. Theyre formed as nanoparticles that are easily breathed in by mammals and absorbed by plant life. Other heavy metal particulates and organic pathogens are discovered less frequently as well.
Nanoparticles must be prepared and stored in a liquid medium designed to facilitate sufficient inter-particle repulsion that prevents aggregation. In other words, nanoparticles will clump together again quickly in a powdered or solid medium. (Source below)
A common phrase used for chemtrailing is aerosol spraying. Another is geoengineering, or climate intervention. There are enough influential mad scientists who are promoting geoengineering as the solution to climate change. (Source below)
The scientific press releases and conferences give the impression that they are planning this activity, which has actually been going on since the early to mid-1990s with chemtrailing.
Some claim chemtrails are sprayed separately from the engines, and others claim its part of jet fuel. I think its from both sources of high flying aircraft, some military, some commercial, and some CIA owned front independent cargo airlines (the ones used for drug trafficking), as observed photographically.
However chemtrails are administered, the liquid that could maintain particulates as nanoparticles is there.
When theyre released into the upper atmosphere, the trails that are not contrails...
President Trumps firing of FBI chief James Comey last May spurred much of the media to rally around Americas most powerful domestic federal agency. But the FBI has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago, Americans
If we found out that Donald Trumps campaign and the Republican National Committee had paid a firm working for the Russians to create a file of fabricated attacks on Hillary Clinton during the election, would the media treat it as an impeachable offense? Would such efforts be considered an attack on the foundations of our democracy? Would liberal columnists make sensationalistic claims that the Russians had carried out a successful plan to pick the government of the United States? Would they argue that the election had been rigged? Would they demand that Republicans pick their country over their party?
Of course they would.
What if a major media organization had taken that ginned-up dossier, one that included a number of unsubstantiated stories about Hillarys supposed sexual fetishes and shady business dealings with foreign powers, and put it online so millions of readers could judge the content for themselves? What if the firm that helped disseminate that file was also feeding a number of reporters alleged scoops that helped shape post-election coverage? Would we now be engaged in a national conversation about the responsibility journalists have to avoid broadcasting questionable information about candidates? Would the outlets that ran with those stories apologize for regurgitating items that might have been concocted by the Russians themselves? Because all of that sure sounds like fake news to me.
According to The Washington Posts reporting, much of this likely happened, but in reverse. The Post claims that Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, had hired Fusion GPS, a DC firm that was working on behalf of Russians to undermine American sanctions, to do opposition work for them. And it is likely that Russian sources were in part responsible for some of their bogus assertions.
And if The Post is correct, those involved in hiring the firm lied about it for a year. Yes, we knew that Democrats had contracted the opposition research, but we didnt know that it had been the national party and presidential candidate who did so. (One unknown Republican was also involved with Fusion GPS before the firm hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to author...
Bill and Melinda Gates run the worlds richest nonprofit, with assets at $40 billion and annual giving around $4 billion. They have helped pioneer a mega-giving strategy called advocacy philanthropy, which aims to use private donations to shift how governments structure their activities and use taxpayer dollars.
Since 2009, the Gates Foundations primary U.S. activity has focused on establishing and implementing Common Core, a set of centrally mandated curriculum rules and tests for what children are to learn in each K-12 grade, with the results linked to school and teacher ratings and punitive measures for low performers. The Gates Foundation has spent more than $400 million itself and influenced $4 trillion in U.S. taxpayer funds towards this goal. Eight years later, however, Bill Gates is admitting failure on that project, and a pivot to another that is not likely to go any better.
Based on everything we have learned in the past 17 years, we are evolving our education strategy, Gates wrote on his blog as a preface to a speech he gave last week in Cleveland. He followed this by detailing how U.S. education has essentially made little improvement in the years since he and his foundation working so closely with the Obama administration that federal officials regularly consulted foundation employees and waived ethics laws to hire several began redirecting trillions of public dollars towards programs he now admits havent accomplished much.
If there is one thing I have learned, Gates says in concluding his speech, it is that no matter how enthusiastic we might be about one approach or another, the decision to go from pilot to wide-scale usage is ultimately and always something that has to be decided by you and others the field. If this statement encompasses his Common Core debacle, Gates could have at least the humility to recall that Common Core had no pilot before he took it national. There wasnt even a draft available to the public before the Obama administration hooked states into contracts, many of which were ghostwritten with Gates funds, pledging theyd buy that pig in a poke.
But it looks like this is as close to an apology or admission of failure as were going to get, folks....
Theres a disturbing (and unnoticed) irony underlying the American Civil Liberties Unions efforts to secure an abortion for J.D.the unaccompanied minor who illegally entered the United States in September and is now the focus of the federal court system and national media.
As I detailed on Monday, a federal judge ruled last week that the Trump administrations policy of forbidding refugee shelters from facilitating abortions for alien minors in their custody violates Roe v. Wade and its progeny. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, a President Obama appointee, held the policy places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion, and thus constitutes an undue burden on a womans right to an abortion under Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Chutkan ordered the government to transport J.D. or allow J.D. to be transported by her court-appointed guardian to obtain an abortion.
On Friday a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. vacated the lower-courts order and held instead that, so long as the government provides an expeditious process to secure a sponsor for J.D., there is no undue burden under Casey. Unfortunately, but predictably, the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals quickly reheard Garza v. Hargan and in a 6-3 split decision held the government was violating J.D.s constitutional right to an abortion. The en banc court remanded the case to the lower court merely to allow the judge to enter a revised order with a new date for an abortion.
The government will likely seek review before the Supreme Court and likely first move to stay the lower courts order to prevent J.D. from obtaining an abortion before the high court has an opportunity to review the petition. A motion for a stay would typically be presented to Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees the D.C. Circuit, but he may refer the question to the entire court.
However, the Supreme Court may well wish to wash its hands of this case: It is one thing to rule abstractly about the right to an abortion. It is another matter entirely for a justices vote to condemn one specific innocent unborn baby to death. Avoidance may be the courts easiest solution, with a simple, unelaborated denial of a motion to stay, followed by a denial of the petition for review.
Should the Supreme Court take this easier route, the federal governments litigation strategy will bear some of the blame. Heres why.
In both the district court and the circuit court, the government assumed J.D. had a constitutional right to an abortion and a...
Of all the cultural norms we have discarded of late, of all the things we held sacred that we no longer do, of all the public feuds that end in ignominy, this is perhaps the worst. Someone has reportedly stolen Martha Stewarts favorite apple pie dish.
This feud goes back a few years, so well start there. In 2015, one of the approximately 39,000 Real Housewives of Bravos line-up, Countess LuAnn de Lesepps, was having dinner with the U.S. ambassador to Qatar at a fancy New York French restaurant. The one and only Martha Stewart also attended this dinner, and when Ambassador Jaham Al Kuwari suggested he might want to appear on de Lesepps TV program, Stewart advised against it.
With her signature cold honesty, she leaned in to inform him, You dont want to do that. Its lowbrow, very B-list, sources told Page Six at the time. She is, of course, right. The Real Housewives franchise is unabashedly lowbrow, and that is the secret to its success.
De Lesepps overheard Stewarts comment Martha, I can hear you and Stewart laughed it off while the ambassador assured the Real Housewives of New York alumna hed indeed enjoy appearing on the show. Stewart, cold, awesome woman that she is, confirmed her part of this exchange to Page Six, while the countess declined to comment.
Fast-forward to this month, when New York Magazine featured Stewart in an article about famous New Yorkers revisiting their old New York apartments. Stewart arrived, pie in hand, natch, to the address of the Upper East Side penthouse she once shared with her first husband at age 19. That penthouse is now owned by Tom DAgostino, until recently the husband of one Countess Luann de Lesepps. The couple was married for seven months before announcing their divorce in August.
Stewart brought him an apple pie, and the two are pictured in the magazine looking out over the balcony. Stewart is resplendent in stylish wedges, holding a plate of pie as she gestures with fork in hand, as one imagines she always does. What is a gesture, after all, if not punctuated with a kitchen utensil?
In the foreground is the rest of the pastry, in a substantial-looking white pie plate with elegant, scalloped edges atop a glass coffee table in the shadow of a miniature Trojan horse statues rear end.
The military readiness crisis has become a terrifyingly common phrase in our political discourse. At this point, most if not all political pundits are aware that our military is hurting. The sequester is the most notorious culprit for this crisis, and for good reason.
The spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act a measure designed to be so devastating that even our dysfunctional Congress would get its act together to avoid it have indeed been crippling. But a second, more complex factor has been almost as destructive, and for it Congress is equally responsible.
For nine consecutive years, Congress has begun the fiscal year by funding the federal government through a temporary continuing resolution rather than a traditional spending bill. Continuing resolutions, as military leaders have warned Congress repeatedly, are uniquely devastating to military readiness. This annual display of congressional incompetence reduces training opportunities, limits maintenance, and imposes significant burdens on military families. Continuing resolutions are so destructive that Defense Secretary James Mattis told military leaders recently they have a duty to speak publicly (though non-politically) about the issue.
A continuing resolution (CR) is a stop-gap funding measure that Congress uses to avoid a government shutdown when it cant agree on a year-long budget. Rather than approving new funding measures for the upcoming year, a paralyzed Congress passes a CR that funds the government at pre-existing levels for specified number of months. It is a continuance of the previous years appropriations.
Last month, congressional leaders and President Trump agreed to a three-month CR. How does this affect the military, specifically? The military plans its operational and training cycles in 12-month windows, and forecasts its corresponding funding needs accordingly. After the Pentagon informs Congress of its funding requirements, it is essentially forced to plan its mission, training, and maintenance rotations based on the assumption that Congress will do its job and pass an actual budget that reflects those needs.
When Congress chooses to punt instead, as it has nearly 30 times since 2001, all of those plans go out the window. This year, the Department of Defense requested $639 billion, but it is currently operating on last years appropriations level, which is $47 billion less, for the duration of the CR. Under continuing resolutions, the military is unable to start new programs or expand others, including on critical and quickly changing fields like cybersecurity, and is r...
As The Greatest Living American Writerwhich I have been, uninterruptedly, since 1945 except for a brief mistake in the early 60s when they gave the title to John OHaraits my duty to call to attention the flaws of our country. At times, this gives the impression that Im siding with the enemy, as Joseph McCarthy and Joseph Kennedy said in a joint-issued statement after my two-part article Defending The Rosenbergs appeared in The Nation. But I love America as much as anyone whos also a citizen of Malta and the United Kingdom for tax reasons. Thats why I criticize it so often.
My ability to challenge what the French call le quo stateuse has given my career a substantial amount of what the Germans call frisson. No one can forget my early biography of Fidel Castro, Tip Top Caudillo, which debuted to great reviews and better sales. Other popular works, now somewhat forgotten but which landed me on Cavett at the time, include Stalin For Agriculture and my book-length essay, Why Arent We More Like North Vietnam?
In 2007, my book The Chavez Miracle won me a luxury trip to a ceremony in Caracas, which was super-nice. Lots of people liked my screenplay for the Subcomandante Marcos movie starring Javier Bardem. Throughout it all, Ive been very wealthy and popular. I Mao Maoed the radical chicks in my flak jacket.
So its no surprise that North Korea came calling recently. As I wrote in my collection of essays Bowling For Caliphates, Ive long admired North Korea for standing up to the big green bully. Lets not rush to judgment about which country is better, I wrote. After all, The Korean War was pretty much a tie for a reason.
I was enjoying my morning tea in my turreted office at the top of Mount Winchester, overlooking the roiling Atlantic, when the emissary arrived at the door, soaking wet even though it wasnt raining outside.
My name is Chan Ho Park, he said.
Isnt that the name of the guy who used to pitch for the Dodgers? I said.
That is a coincidence, he said.
The government of North Korea wishes to extend an invitation to you so you can see that nuclear war probably wont be a good idea, said Chan Ho Park.
We seek sympathetic bylines.
I am an unbiased observer of reality, I said.
I can place articles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review Of Books, and New York Magazine.
Excellent, he said. Shall we book you a flight to Pyongyang?
Business class at minimum, I sa...
Last week, the professional review website Kirkus Reviews came under public fire after removing a positive review of American Heart by Laura Moriarty. They were pressured by an online mob of hate-reviewers who deemed the unreleased book problematic due to cultural appropriation, a politically correct code-term meaning a white person writing about any other race or culture. The book is about a young American who through friendship with a Muslim young woman learns to oppose U.S. government internment camps for Muslims.
Kirkus stated: Kirkus diversity collections go beyond grouping by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or dis/ability to consider the desired reading experience. This consideration of experiencecategorized as learning, cultural identification, or inclusionis integral to the effectiveness of Kirkus Collections recommendations, as it addresses the demand for contextual information around diversity content.
This means the authors identity is more important than the content he or she produces. By all accounts, including Kirkuss own original review, Moriartys work was about the dangers of internment camps and racial discrimination. It was inclusive and pro-acceptance, tolerance and diversity, everything a far-left ideologue in theory champions. Yet even that isnt enough in the world of 2017 outrage hysteria. This is the end result of political correctness, and is the most recent chilling example of censorship due to identity politics.
Moriarty isnt alone. The publishing industry is riddled with discriminatory practices against authors who identify as white, male, Christian, or conservative. However, like other entertainment media that place identity politics over good, entertaining stories, sales have decreased considerably over the last decade. The trend continued into last year, with book sales down 6.7 percent year over year, as reported by publishers.org.
As weve seen in Hollywood, television, and comics, audiences have been tuning out of the traditional platforms and seeking independent entertainment. Many of these trends begin in the science fiction and young adult markets, genres that purport to be forward-thinking and youth-oriented, which has come to mean delving into extreme left-wing politics.
A large part of the issue in fiction publishing is a propensity for far-left politics to override other considerations. Science fiction has been at the forefront of the trends, with its oligopoly of publishers demanding forced diversity from authors identities for more than a decade. Sci-fi publishings internal political problems recently came to a head with the Hugo Awards, an honor once revered by...
Faded-green plants grow alongside dusty roads in the Aramaic-Maronite village of Jish. Pink and red potted flowers decorate the doorsteps of most homes, and the intensity of the midday sun enhances their color. Its been several months since I returned from a trip I took to Israel with an organization called Passages.
During the trip, my group visited this particular village in the Galilee region to meet with a community of Arameans, an ancient people with a distinct culture, who have been severely persecuted throughout Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria for more than 1,400 years. Most are unaware of this people and their plight.
After hearing Shadi Khalloul, a Philos fellow and chairman of the Israeli Christian Aramaic Association (ICAA), speak at the Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch about the movement to revitalize the Aramaic language and culture, our groups bus followed Khalloul in his car to a house in the middle of town, where rows of covered folding tables awaited us on the patio.
Each setting had a beautiful and precise arrangement of plastic cutlery and dishes, and the long tables had several clear pitchers of water placed neatly in the center. As soon as we took our seats, a woman named Niveen and several young people from the community began serving us an abundance of authentic Aramean food tea, lentils, vegetables, bread with fresh hummus, beef, and an assortment of desserts all seasoned and cooked to perfection.
As I was about to leave, I talked with one of the young servers, Karees. Niveen, the chef and owner of the home, was her aunt. I watched Karees interact with her younger brother, translating what he said for me so I could understand him. I was impressed with her English. Karees later shared with me that she fluently speaks five languages, among which are Arabic, Hebrew, and even Chinese.
I left this village with the weighty task of sorting through a mixture of emotions and deciding how I would respond to what I had experienced. I marveled at the love, hospitality, and joy of these people I had never even heard of. I was challenged by their resilience. I also realized it was time for me to learn a second lang...
Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.
This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.
What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.
Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.
What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.
Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...
Politics makes for strange bedfellows. In Alabama, Roy Moore, who made his career denouncing strange bedfellows, has enthusiastically embraced President Trump, even after the president endorsed Moores rival in the Republican senatorial primary. Moores brand is synonymous with the Ten Commandments; Trumps is built on breaking them (albeit often ineffectivelyhe somehow went bankrupt trying to sell strippers and gambling to Americans).
This decadent tableau of evangelical politics as an alliance between Moore and Trump illustrates a crisis of evangelical political activism and theology. Eighty-one percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, despite his decades as an unabashed advertisement for most of the seven deadly sins. These evangelicals dont think they betrayed their principles in supporting Trumpthe alternative was Hillary Clinton, who made no attempt to win evangelical voters and whose venality matched Trumps.
But the Hillary excuse undermines the political theology of Moore and other evangelical leaders who believe America is a Christian nation with a covenantal relationship with God and a providential mission in the world. Their claim that the United States is a Christian nation is not only descriptive, but prescriptive. They dont just acknowledge Christianitys influence in America, they assert that the United States must admit Gods sovereignty and adhere to his lawlike ancient Israel, America will be especially blessed by God if it remains righteous, and face divine wrath if it is not.
As George McKenna has documented, this theological understanding of America began with the Puritans but has been adapted to the changes and crises of American history from the War for Independence to the present. Its mild form is seen in the spiritually sentimental patriotism expressed, for example, in the ritual singing of God Bless America at baseball games. Its strong form is championed by the likes of Moore.
But it is difficult to find a satisfactory place for President Trump in this worldview. He is a political ally of these evangelicals, who are therefore inclined to see him as divinely favored. But it is laughable to view Trump, who has lived as an ambulatory catalog of proud public iniquity, as an avatar of political Christianity, the pious leader of a Christian nation with a special providential purpose. The difficulties this theology of politics creates are seen in the grotesque attempts by many of Trumps prominent evangelical defenders to compare him to the biblical King David, even though Dav...
Upon waking up this morning, I thought about how to organize my day. Perhaps I should tackle home cleaning projects in the morning while my energy level was high, then catch up on some reading in the afternoon. Or maybe I should read in the morning while eating breakfast, then clean later in the day. Maybe I should fit in a phone call to a friend I havent spoken to in a few months or get to work on a couple of activities I had been tasked with for the upcoming neighborhood block party.
By evening, I had done none of those things. I instead spent several hours at the computer, reading interesting news, browsing for clothes I didnt need, applying for a couple of jobs online, and doing just enough housework to keep the kitchen from smelling like rotten banana peels.
In July this year, after spending 13 productive years at a public policy research organization, I was laid off. We all were. The organization shut its doors. It was sudden, unexpected, and dispassionate. No tearful goodbyes or three-month severance. I spent the day afterward digesting what had just happened, sitting at home nearly motionless and emotionless like a crash test dummy. What would I do now?
After the initial few days of shock, the first month of my leisure time was pretty awesome sleeping later, not having to rush through lunches, and no more traffic jams. I could watch a late-night TV show or catch up on a book into the wee hours and not have to worry about getting up at 5:30 the next morning.
But the awesomeness faded quickly. Even the novelty of the brand-new vacuum cleaner I bought, complete with various bells and whistles, wore off after I used it a few times on every horizontal and vertical surface in the house. My domestic bliss wouldnt last much longer. When I was working I relished spending weekends at home with my husband, watching movies and just enjoying the peace of not having to be somewhere or interact with coworkers who could, at times, be downright annoying. But now I found myself wanting to get out of the house for any reason, even if just a trip to the dry cleaners to drop off my husbands shirts and hear the cashier say, Theyll be ready tomorrow after five.
As a public policy researcher, Ive authored several reports on the flawed incentives of the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program. Federal disability benefits are available to most qualified workers who are physically or mentally unable to keep working. Currently, 9 million former workers receive these disability payments. This does not include an additional 3 million workers dependents, who are also eligible for disability benefits under certain criteria.
The plot to overthrow Americaoh thats just a fantasy
by Jon Rappoport
October 25, 2017
Socialism for the good of all, sponsored by the people?
Please. If you buy that one, I have beachfront condos for sale on the dark side of the moon.
I continue to expose the expansion of socialismthe revolution by and for the masses, which is in fact a plot of ultra-rich monopolists.
Echoing across 45 years, here is an excerpt from Gary Allens 1971 classic, None Dare Call It Conspiracy:
What we are witnessing is the Communist tactic of pressure from above and pressure from below, described by Communist historian Jan Kozak as the device used by the Reds to capture control of Czecho-Slovakia. The pressure from above comes from secret, ostensibly respectable Comrades in the government and Establishment, forming, with the radicalized mobs in the streets below, a giant pincer around middle-class society. The street rioters are pawns, shills, puppets, and dupes for an oligarchy of elitist conspirators working above to turn Americas limited government into an unlimited government with total control over our lives and property.
The American middle class is being squeezed to death by a viseIn the streets we have avowed revolutionary groups such as the Students for a Democratic Society (which was started by the League for Industrial Democracy, a group with strong C.F.R. ties), the Black Panthers, the Yippies, the Young Socialist Alliance. These groups chant that if we dont change America, we will lose it. Change is a word we hear over and over. By change these groups mean Socialism. Virtually all members of these groups sincerely believe that they are fighting the Establishment. In reality they are an indispensable ally of the Establishment in fastening Socialism on all of us. The naive radicals think that under Socialism the people will run everything. Actually, it will be a clique of Insiders in total control, consolidating and controlling all wealth. That is why these schoolboy Lenins and teenage Trotskys are allowed to roam free and are practically never arrested or prosecuted. They are protected. If the Establishment wanted the revolutionaries stopped, how long do you think they would be tolerated?
Instead, we find that most of these radicals are the recipients of largesse from major foundations or are receiving money from the government through the War on Poverty. The Rothschild-Rockefeller-C.F.R. [Council on Foreign Relations] Insiders at the top surrender to the demands for Socialism from the mobs below. The radicals are doing the work of those whom they hate the most.
In a new documentary, The Work, inmates confront their fears in a quest for empathy.
For over two years now, WhoWhatWhy has been trying to get the government to give us the details of the justification behind incarcerating convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev under a repressive confinement regime known as Special Administrative Measures (SAMs). SAMs make it nearly impossible for the media to have any access to prisoners.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) refuses to budge and continues to deploy the dubious logic that to confirm or deny the existence of SAMs would be an unwarranted invasion of Tsarnaevs privacy. This was in response to a request we filed back in 2015 through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking documents about the conditions of Tsarnaevs confinement. The DOJ denied our request and subsequent appeal.
And yet, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of DOJ, readily confirms that Tsarnaev is in fact being held under SAMs.
WhoWhatWhy twice submitted requests to interview Tsarnaev to the warden of the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, referred to as ADX Florence. We sent one in October 2015, and another in August 2017; both times we were told we could not interview him because Inmate Tsarnaev has Special Administrative Measures, which, among other things, restricts [his] communication, to include contact with the media.
Essentially a form of solitary confinement, SAMs typically bar prisoners from communicating with anybody outside their prison cells, except for a very small number of pre-approved individuals, such as attorneys and inmates family members. SAMs were originally justified as a way to prevent members of organized crime from sending to compatriots outside the prison messages that could conceivably result in death or serious bodily injury. In the case of Tsarnaev, this justification rings hollow since DOJ insists that he and his brother Tamerlan had no nexus to any terrorist group and acted completely on their own.
But it also has the effect of giving the government total control over the narrative and backstory of a troubling event like the Boston Marathon bombing. No one from the media can speak with Tsarnaev and even his defense team and family are severely restricted in what they can reveal about their communications with him.
Despite elephant poaching in Africa reportedly declining for the fifth year in a row, an average of 55 elephants are still being killed every single day. A recent report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) stated that 40 tonnes of trafficked ivory has been recovered.
According to reports, 111,000 African elephants have been killed by poachers in the last 10 years, although poaching levels have started to decrease in recent years. The Cites report stated that last year there was a record number of seizures of large ivory items, which the organisation claims could be down to better awareness and law enforcement. The organisations Secretary-General John Scanlon said, The global collective effort that is underway is starting to reap positive results, but we are certainly not there yet.
There have also been reports ...
Its not even good science fiction. Good science fiction may require suspension of disbelief, but it should at least be internally self-consistent. Heres part of the story from CNN:
Investigators continue to examine the circumstances surrounding as many as 50 attacks that may have involved the use of an acoustic device, a US official has told CNN.
The device was so sophisticated, it was outside the range of audible sound, the official said. And it was so damaging, the source said, that one US diplomat now needs to use a hearing aid.
Now multiple news sources report a cell phone recording of a mysterious high-pitched sound, for example The Independent:
The high-pitched frequencies are believed to have injured at least 22 diplomatic staff, who suffered problems with hearing, cognitive function, vision, balance and sleep.
Wait, I thought it was so sophisticated, it was outside the range of audible sound. Get your story straight, will you?
The experts consulted by the major news organizations continue to agree on the impossibility of sonic attacks as an explanation for the symptoms reported by embassy staff. Business Insider:
Experts maintain that theres no known sonic device that could produce these sorts of effects and be undetectable and sometimes inaudible.
There isnt an acoustic phenomenon in the world that would cause those type of symptoms, Seth Horowitz, a neuroscientist who wrote the book The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind, previously told Business Insider.
Sonic weapons exist, but for the most part they are highly visible and easy to avoid, according to Horowitz.
And these particular symptoms are quite severe.
Brain damage and concussions, its not possible...
21st Century Wire says
No other fabricated claim against Syrias majority elected head of state, President Assad, has received such amplification from colonial media & NGOs, as that of torture. The sheer hypocrisy of western outrage against a practice they have clandestinely perfected in the vaults of deep state for hundreds if not thousands of years, is staggering.
Torture is a global phenomenon, to pretend otherwise or to adopt a moral superiority in the west is to ignore the misery that is inflicted daily, both domestically and internationally, by our governments & their allies.
While flinging torture accusations at the majority of geopolitical prey nations, the UK and US, in particular, support client states who conduct torture campaigns on a horrifying scale against their own citizens or their captive, occupied peoples yes Saudi Arabia and Israel are the perfect examples of torture as a way of life. There is no equivalent outrage against, or prosecution of, their crimes of mass torture, racist oppression or ethnic cleansing pogroms. Why not?
How many dissident or political prisoners does the UK have in solitary confinement in UK prisons? Solitary confinement is a recognised form of torture by the way. I recommend everyone follow the case of Melanie Shaw that has been highlighted by UK Column.
US police forces extra-judicially executed more than one thousand Black Americans in 2015. How many people in the US and UK are living below a humane poverty line, destitute, persecuted, homeless and ghetto-ised. Incidentally, you do not see the same level of destitution on the streets of Damascus, Homs or even Aleppo, despite crippling US/EU sanctions and the terrorist proxy war being waged against a sovereign nation and its people.
The following is an email I received from a young Syrian last year. It was in response to the clamour for President Assads removal based upon his alleged torture...
In today's edition, we keep up with the latest news around online ad disclosure, subpoenas are issued in the Paul Manafort money laundering probe, a Mexico prosecutor who was investigating high profile bribes is sacked, Houston's civic tech spirit grows, and more.
In a brand new video on the Norm Macdonalds podcast Jim Carrey spoke about sexual alchemy and tantra being the key to unlocking Christ consciousness.
The episode mainly focuses on entertainment, but Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey constantly throws in references to ego dissolution, being a channel (not an owner) for his message and then goes in sexual alchemy being the ultimate tool for enlightenment.
What do you think about Carreys message? Please share this video!
I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here
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Chimps (along with Gorillas) are the most human like species on the planet. There is something about looking into the eyes of an animal at this level of awareness which fills us with a sense of recognition.
There is certainly no shortage of animal clips our here in the world wide web, but occasionally one stirs up a real emotional response and pulls on the heartstrings. This video is one of those unforgettable moments.
The chimp in this video is named Mama, and is she curled up refusing to eat or drink in her enclosure at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Holland when something beautiful happened.
At the age of 59, Mamas life was coming to an end, and while peaceful she appeared conscious of this. Then, something amazing happens to awaken Mamas spirit.
Please watch the the video yourself to see what unfolds when an old (human) friend she had not seen in awhile shows up to say goodbye:
The man in the video is biologist Jan van Hooff and had known Mama since 1972. Mama died 1 week after this video was taken.
This video is a testament to the conscious awareness of animals and could work towards changing the way we view captivity and our relationship with our animal friends. Please share this video!
I am Luke Miller the author of...
South Dakota hasn't entered into any tribal water settlement agreements even though this issue has been on the table for decades.
In the past I have talked about places and non-places. Places are the stuff that is "there" (such as parks, the inside of buildings, streets made for loitering), while non-places are the stuff that is dedicated to "getting there" and other fillers (roads, parking lots, setbacks, greenspace - a negative term I use to describe random strips of grass that are not parks, yards, or gardens.) We should care about this stuff because, as Strong Towns' principles state, land is the base resource from which community prosperity is built and sustained. It must not be squandered. Modern cities tend to dedicate a large percentage of their land to non-places.
I have also talked about the importance of granularity in our development pattern. A fine-grained development pattern diversifies land and property ownership, which:
I could go on.
Modern zoning codes often require buildings to be setback from the property boundaries, and this is harmful to our cities because it rewards land consolidation (creating a coarser-grained development pattern) and encourages the creation of non-places to fill the setback with. The smaller your lots are, the greater the percentage of land that must be reserved for the setback.
Let's do the math and show an example. Imagine we have a 400 x 200 foot block with 10 foot set backs. We could plat the block in the following ways:...
|Number of lots||Lot size||Buildable area||Buildable percentage|
The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions. On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.
Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin
its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.
ZeroHedge| From the first moment chemical weapons were used on the Syrian battlefield, the American public was led to believe that only one side could possibly be responsible. The constant refrain in the echo chamber of US government officials and the mainstream media was that only the Assad government possessed chemical stockpiles and the technological capability of deploying such heinous weapons, therefore blame for each and every chemical attack from Ghouta to Khan Sheikhoun was laid at the feet of Assad and the Syrian military.
And yet last Wednesday, for the first time, the US State Department casually dropped an important admission into its official Syria travel warning for American citizens: that the core rebel group currently operating in northwest Syria not only possesses but has used chemical weapons to the point that the State Department considers it a major enough threat to publicly warn citizens about.
The armed opposition group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), is referenced early in the document: Terrorist and other violent extremist groups including ISIS and Al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham [dominated by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization], operate in Syria. HTS is the group now holding Idlib province, which it captured in 2015 as part of a coalition of armed groups given direct support from a US-led operations room in southern Turkey this according to prominent pro-opposition analyst Charles Lister.
The new State Department travel warning has this to say about the...
Am anti-meth event, spiritual conference and powwow brought several Lakota leaders to the medium-maximum prison in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
have been recognized, discussed and warned about for literally millennia throughout the history of humanity. Naturally, there are many people who scoff at the very idea of such beings, believing them to be fictitious inventions of the human mind. However, the fact that so many cultures, traditions, religions and spiritualities have discussed the nature of these creatures, using different terms but essentially describing the same thing, gives credence to the idea that they exist. We have been cautioned for millennia that humanity is under psychic attack by a group of energetic, discarnate beings that seed thoughts of judgement, separation, anxiety, anger and fear in order to generate loosh (negative emotional energy) that they siphon off as food. In searching for what force is really behind the construction of the New World Order and the grander conspiracy, one i...
This article was originally published by GR on October 23, 2015.
Our food system is in big trouble. Its in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with its pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and
This article first appeared on GR on July 14, 2016.
This week another toxic revelation dripped out of the Chilcot Report.
According to top British SAS officers, US commander Stanley McChrystals counter-insurgency black-ops featured a program of relentless violence designed
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe is already looking for ways to expand its brand new marijuana business in Nevada.
There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks
and the impacts may surprise you.
Question 1: The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:
1. Way below normal
3. Way above normal
The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL. Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.
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Hey Robert Proulx,
We broke the windows of your storefront. We guess you dont have to clean any more paint or posters off of them now. Weve hated you and your involvement in La Meute for a while, and thanks for the communique from when your store was attacked on the 30th of September, we finally got your address.
On October 16th, we rolled up to your store at 6117 rue Belanger and broke your windows. We were happy to see that someone else had spray-painted RACISTE in red on the sidewalk directly in the front of your store. Apparently, lots of people hate you, Proulx.
We want to make sure your neighbors understood that this wasnt random vandalism, so we hand-delivered 40 flyers (from the 30th September attack) explaining your racist and xenophobic bullshit, to the mailboxes of all the surrounding businesses on the street.
Solidarity with refugees and all those targeted by La Meute.
Solidarity with everyone who fight fascists whether in the streets or at their home or jobs.
Nowhere in Montreal is safe for racist scum.
See you next time Proulx.
-The Fuck Robert Proulx Committee
Popular Organizing for Defense, Education and Revolution (PODER) Conference is an opportunity for revolutionaries in Californias San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire to meet, discuss and build relationships.
Our desire in creating a regional organizing conference is both to encourage emerging popular movements, as well as to begin to hash out a strategy specific to these areas. As residents of the cities and towns that make up the S.G.V. and I.E., we recognize that there are specific obstacles that require building a unique strategy from the ground up. It is not enough simply to try and duplicate the tactics used in large metropolitan cities, when this does not reflect the environment that we are operating within.
PODER is a FREE single day event which will take place on December 30th, running from 11AM to 6PM.
The conference is multi-tendency, though all participating organizations are loosely bound by a commitment to the abolition of class society.
For more information and inquiries please visit:
Changes are sweeping the globe and after nearly 900 years of operation, the religious institution, the Cistercian Himmerod Abbey in western Germany, is closing its doors due to financial trouble and a shortage of monks.
Founded in 1134 by French Abbot Bernhard of Clairvaux, Himmerod Abbey reached its peak in residency during the 1970s when it housed approximately 30 permanent monks. That number has since dwindled to just six, and those individuals will be transferred to abbeys of their choosing.
It is hoped that the historical site, renowned for its architecture, will not fall to ruin. Officially, the deed to the land will be transferred to the Diocese of Trier, although his plans for the structure and grounds are unclear. The space includes a museum, bookshop, plant nursery and fishery.
Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.
Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.
His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students. I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.
In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.
Worlds biggest bottled water producer, Nestle, has been exposed for sourcing water in Canada on expired permits. Environmentalists are outraged that the Canadian government is letting Nestle continue to capitalize on public resources and contribute huge amounts of plastic pollution.
Nestle defends itself by saying the company donates tens of thousands of dollars to towns where they have wells and bottling facilities. Furthermore, they blame the Ontario government for making complicated changes to water management rules. The company is currently amending their Permit to Take Water applications to comply with new technical requirements.
Meanwhile, Nestle is pumping an estimated five million liters of groundwater daily from sites including Ontario towns Aberfoyle and Erin, sometimes faster than the aquifers are replenished. Ontario government spokesperson Gary Wheeler told VICE News, Although Nestl Aberfoyle and Erin permits have expired, they are deemed to remain in force and operations can continue until the ministry makes a decision on the renewal application.
The sprawling 5-acre Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Naples, Florida, is facing its biggest challenge yet. Home to about 100 animals, last month the preserve was caught in the eye of Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that ripped through the Caribbean and Atlantic coast.
John, 50, and Grace, 63, met almost 20 years ago on an animal preserve and likely bonded over their love of dangerous, exotic creatures. In 2000, they officially opened Kowiachobee, a 501(C)3 non-profit educational facility. John told NPR theyve faced many storms over the years, but Irma was by far the worst.
Although almost 30 volunteers have pitched in to help the beloved preserve recover, Kowiachobee is far from being back to normal. The preserve is home to a exotic, domestic and farm animals, including twin white bengal tigers, Mali and Tanju. So far, the couple has received more than $6,000 of their $20,500 GoF...
Earlier this week, worlds first negative energy plant opened in Iceland. The project, called Carbfix2, captures CO2 from the ambient air and uses basaltic bedrock as a reactor to create solid carbonate minerals. The operation will mitigate carbon emissions and produce ecological construction supplies.
The carbon removal solution comes from a partnering of geothermal energy company Reykjavik Energy and Swiss cleantech company Climeworks, and was funded by the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The landmass of Iceland is approximately 90% composed of volcanic basalt, which both facilitates the technology and makes it difficult to replicate in other areas.
On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting 
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The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson The idea of the United States, at one point, was synonymous with the idea of vision, morality, and leadership. A shining light in a world drowning within corruption and dishonesty. This was at least the 
Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial 
For a long time now, Ive been meaning to do a chapter-by-chapter book review and discussion, following in the footsteps of such illustrious bloggers as Libby Ann, Ana Mardoll, Jenny Trout, and many others. I had a couple of possible books in mind, and indeed still have them in mind, but then I saw that J. Warner Wallaces Cold Case Christianity For Kids was available pretty cheaply on Kindle, and had a sudden brainwave. Since I happen to have a non-Christian child with an interest in the whole idea of doing reviews of stuff, why not go through it and write a review together with her?
I wasnt sure how Katie would feel about the idea, but in fact she jumped at it and decided we should do this as her bedtime story each night. (Which may commit me to a rather faster schedule of typing up posts than I actually have a hope of managing. Oh, well. Bridge, cross, when, etc.) Itll probably make me change my mind about some things, she told me, but probably not about the main thing.
I decided that Id make my notes on a file on my laptop word processor as we went through. This has the advantage of speed (my typings a lot faster than my writing) but the drawback that Katie leans in and types whatever random things take her fancy, so my notes on her thoughts are somewhat interspersed with random interjections such as Mooo! Sorry, unexpected cow interruption or Wednesdays are explosive. (My daughter has a somewhat surrealist turn of mind.)
This review, I told her, is going to end up sounding like that time we were at your Auntie Ruths wedding and the rabbi was starting to say So, here is the explanation of why its a Jewish custom for the groom to smash a glass with his heel and you randomly shouted out Rory the racing car!
She giggled at that one. What was wrong with me?
Well, you were two and a half at the time. So fair enough. But maybe we could aim for something a bit more serious here
So, Im planning to filter out those interjections before writing up the blog...
Thanks to REAL ID, DHS has created a national ID system right under everyones noses. According to the video below, Tennessee is Spreading the Good Word that DHS now has the power to suspend and revoke anyones drivers license or identification card. A recent article in the Lebanon Democrat, reveals how DHS and the Tennessee DMV suspended 
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As president, Donald Trump has declared war on regulatory programs protecting the health, safety and economic rights of consumers. He has done so in disregard of evidence that such protections help the economy and financial well-being of the working-class voters he claims to champion.
Several members of Congress signed on to a letter recommending Attorney General Jeff Sessions look into whether the Justice Department has the laws it needs to prosecute environmental activists challenging pipelines as if they are terrorists.
The letter asks Sessions if the USA PATRIOT Act and Pipeline Safety Act contain enough provisions to criminalize actions against energy infrastructure at the federal level. It also asks if the Justice Department plans to prosecute any of the individuals involved in the alleged attempted sabotage of four major crude oil pipelines in multiple states on October 11, 2016.
Do the attacks against the nations energy infrastructure, which pose a threat to human life, and appear to be intended to intimidate and coerce policy changes, fall within the DOJs understanding of [domestic terrorism]? representatives add.
It appears to be an effort to convince the Justice Department to take a far greater role in helping energy interests and affiliated trade groups in their efforts to stamp out dissent against oil and gas operations.
While most of the representatives who signed on to the letter were Republicans, two were DemocratsGene Green and Henry Cuellar, who are both from Texas. Cuellar has received nearly $600,000 from oil and gas interests in his political career.
The letter declares, Recent incidents of individuals attempting to shut down lines by turning valves at pump stations illustrate the danger. Operation of pipeline facilities by unqualified personnel could result in a rupturethe consequences of which would be devastating. Even though some activists commit these acts of sabotage to raise awareness about climate change, they only create the serious risk of harm to the environment they claim to care about.
It emphasizes the risks to humans and the environment posed by direct actions aimed at halting pipeline construction, which activists, community groups, or indigenous people believe pose a threat to their well-being and livelihood.
Sessions is a climate change denier. In 2014, he...
Over 1500 documents pertaining to the Sandy Hook shooting have just been released by the FBI. I witness accounts as well as interviews with neighbors and schoolmates of Adam Lanza have all been recorded and is included in this release although much of the information has been heavily redacted. The release of the Sandy Hook documents comes just days before the CIA is set to release the remaining classified JFK files. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth points out that this is no coincidence and that the intelligence communities now seem to be setting their sights on anyone who researches and exposes false flag operation such as the Kennedy assassination false flag and the Sandy Hook shooting false flag.
A top law-enforcement official in Palm Beach County, Florida is coming under fire for allegedly being a white nationalist, fantasizing and plotting the death of black citizens or Jews. Palm
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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Wont Seek Re-Election In 2018. Heres the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path Im not willing to take, and that I cant in good conscience take, Flake told The Arizona Republic. It would require me to believe in positions I dont hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone This spell will pass, but not by next year, Flake said, in reference to Trump and his faction of populists within the GOP, including former White House senior advisor Steve Bannon, who has been backing Ward.
Flakes announcement that he will retire at the end of his term rather than run for re-election has been coming for a long time. If youve been following my Twitter feed, youve seen Ive argued this needed to happen since July. Flake is by all accounts a nice and decent fellow, but he was confronted by a situation likely to confront many Republican politicians over the coming year: that he exists out of time, a vestige of the pre-Donald Trump fusionism of the Republican Party, and that continuing to function in the GOP as redefined by Trump proved very challenging for him. Again: the GOP as it was died in Cleveland. Flakes decision authenticates this.
Flake is also one of the rare politicians whose brand changed dramatically. In the 2000s, he was a Jim DeMint ally who took a strong libertarian stand on several issues, and criticized the George W. Bush administration from that perspective. In the Senate, his brand shifted significantly and not just because of the Gang of Eight. The list of fights he joined in the House was long its hard to remember what major fight he chose to advance in the Senate. In response to his speech on the floor today, Mitch McConnell said Weve just witnessed a speech from a very fine man, and called him a team player. Exactly Flake left his populism behind, and became less a part of the internal critics of McConnell and his style of governing the body (despite the fact that if such methods had changed, Flake might not be in the predicament he is now).
In a sense Flake had the worst of both worlds he was a McConnell team player who voted very much in line with Donald Trump and the GOP agenda, while also being one of the presidents most prominent public critics. Stepping down makes it much more likely that someone will jump into the primary against Kelli Ward who has the potential to win the seat (keep an eye on Rep. Martha McSally in particular), and is thus different than the calculation on Bob Corkers part. This decision is Flake recognizing reality has shifted, but it is also about recognizing that he just like Corker and others who will likely bail is incapable of making anything happen. This is...
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Nazis thats Nazis with a capital NATIONAL SOCIALIST will be coming out to Middle Tennessee, and despite the best efforts of the Nationalist Front trying to conceal that fact, the Endangered Souls Racial Club/Crew 519 have made it clear.
The Nationalist Front the coalition group organizing the White Lives Matter rallies scheduled to take place in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are attempting to downplay the expected neo-Nazi tone it is setting, but the reputation of the expected participants precede them.
According to the blog Restoring the Honor (RTH), the Endangered Souls RC (Racial Club)/519 Crew are going to be at both rallies. On their website, Endangered Souls say they are a separatist club geared toward education and support for those that have a like mind-set. They prefer to call themselves a racial club as opposed to a motorcycle club, or MC, and last year they connected with other organizations around the world to form a coalition group called the United Aryan Front.
Shaun Patrick Winkler, a onetime protg of the late Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler who attempted and failed to build a new Aryan Nations compound in North Idaho and now lives in Mississippi and is affiliated with Klan groups and the League of the South, was among the organizers working to include them in the rallies, according to RTH.
Although a flyer for the rallies clearly note National Socialist Movement leader Jeff Schoep as one of its speakers, the Nationalist Fronts updated post now omits how they are banning the swastika at the rallies, due to how it has caused division within the ranks. It focuses particularly on the dress code that the various organizations within the coalition will have, which is primarily polo shirts and khakis. we ask gentlemen to wear something similar like some combination of a white or black polo and khakis, the post reads. Ladies are asked to dress modestly. It shouldnt be too hard to figure out. Come to the White Lives Matter rallies to make a good impression. Dont come wearing shorts or flip flops or ragged jeans or...
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Fourteen years ago, at the onset of the occupation of Iraq, one CrimethInc. cell set out to break the illusion of jingoistic pro-war unity in their small conservative city. To accomplish this, they built an effigy of George W. Bush and staged boxing matches throughout downtown on Halloween night so everyone could see how much rage and disrespect was felt towards the so-called Commander in Chief. Theatrics like this can delegitimize and demystify the reigning authorities, making it increasingly difficult for them to count on the obedience of the general population. Now, a week ahead of Halloween, we offer this how-to guide from our anarchist cookbook Recipes for Disaster so you can make effigies of your own to deploy against todays tyrants.
In the US, effigy-making has a rich radical heritage that stretches back to before the first American Revolution. If you cant actually pummel or set fire to your oppressor, it can be heartening to do so to a surrogate; this is good for morale and helps to make discontent visible. In this regard, the effigy is the opposite of the monument: it serves to demystify and delegitimize the target. Authorities and counter-revolutionaries will do their best to enforce even symbolic respect of their idols, so be sure to deploy your effigy with plenty of supporters around or a plan for escape.
One well-known effigy format is the piata. Filled with candy or other goodies, piatas can be at once radical and festive. Piata-beating is a participatory game that everyone wins. Trump piatas became wildly popular after his racist comments about Mexico. At every public gathering, children of all ages should be smashing away at an effigy of the President of the United States.
Paper mach is one of the best materials for constructing piatas. To make it, heat three parts water and two parts cornstarch until it becomes thick; let it cool a bit, and apply it to newspaper to make it stick together. Set up a wire frame, stretch the wet newspaper over it, let it dry, and repeat until the layers are durable; now you can paint it. Leave a hope in your piata through which to fill it with goodies; that can be the last part you seal up....
Many view the waste and corruption of Wall Street as being an obstacle to a more efficient productive capitalist economy. Given the enormous damage caused by the collapse of the last two Wall Street driven bubbles, there is a pretty good case here.
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