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The walkout took place at Fulmore Middle School in Austin, Texas, after students felt no action was being taken by school authorities to reprimand a teacher who told a Spanish-speaking student to go back to Mexico.
Theyre walking the halls, chanting Say it loud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here!
(Video sent to me by niece, a student there) pic.twitter.com/WwHWn5b2bh
marissa (@MarissaElayne) November 15, 2017
Students were then seen to walking out of class and down school corridors chanting Say it loud. Say it Clear. Refugees are welcome here!
The school authorities are reported to have called police on the protesting students.
To no ones surprise, the U.S. government, after hysterically declaring a national emergency over Americas opioid crisis, is once again setting its sights on kratom, the non-addictive natural plant that has helped thousands of Americans wean themselves off opioids. In 2015, the DEA announced its plans to place kratom on the list of Controlled Substances (in 
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Britt McHenry, sports journalist and Federalist contributor, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named GQ Magazine Citizen of The Year, as well as the NFL owners disputes with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
I dont think Kaepernick has done even to bridge the divide. I think hes continually deepened the divide, McHenry said.
Its seems like every sports talk show these days is based around hosts yelling at each other. How did this happen? Its archaic and stereotypical. An easy answer thoughits cheaper to produce, she said.
Jen Gunter, gynecologist extraordinaire, had written an article about how a former boyfriend had tried to control her by constantly criticizing her appearance, which got picked up by the NY Post as a story about how she got dumped because of her smelly vaginaand then the men got ahold of the story. They assumed, of course, that the criticisms by the controlling, negging boyfriend were all true, so she got all kinds of mansplaining mail, which she has now written about in the NY Times.
And then the men came. They came to share their opinions regarding my vagina, writing on my blog and at me on Twitter. They flocked to my Instagram and my Facebook. One group of gentlemen, in at least their 40s, even decided that this story of me being dumped supposedly because of my vagina was worthy of a laugh on their podcast.
This rash bombarded me in both public and private comments. Men wondered if I had washed that thang yet? One man wrote that I must be INTO smelly ones! How nice for you we prefer FRESH as a daisy ones! Another man warned me that We men had a meeting, all 3.5 billion of us. At the meeting they had apparently decided to double down on calling out my smelly vagina.
A man said I should call my ex and thank him for alerting me to my smelly vagina. There was also the #notallmen contingent, who felt it was impossible that my personal experience and 25 years as a gynecologist could offer any evidence that men ever try to control women by preying on insecurities. Obviously it was just my vagina that stank.
More men sought me out to explain vaginas to me. They gave me false information on how to clean and prep them (for men, of course), and told me how gross my vagina must be, and hurled insults that I cannot print here.
This has not been a good day to be male, but then, I guess its only fair men have been making womens lives miserable for millennia.
I was not invited to that meeting of 3.5 billion men, and I suspect most of us werent. Its time to fire that committee chair and sweep the conference room free and get some non-assholes in there.
My guest for today is Yasmine Mohammed, co-host of the Secular Jihadists from the Middle East podcast. She grew up in Canada in an extremely conservative Muslim family, and was in an arranged marriage with an Al-Qaeda agent. She escaped both the marriage and Islam, and her memoir about her journey, From Al-Qaeda to Atheism, will be released this December. Today were going to talk about her story, plus a little bit about what the Left and Right get wrong about Islam.
Before I delve into the connections I have uncovered, I would first like to say that for me each day is an adventure in understanding the blockchain constantly uncovering new perspectives, finally wrapping my head around a technological term, or completely changing ideas and beliefs upon discovering new information. I have come to see 
A scathing police report from the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard has just surfaced.
The next morning on social media, I saw conversation from people whod been at the [Strong Towns] presentation, and I saw the far right conservative folks and more liberal environmental folks and they were all chatting on there. And they were all agreeing with the message... I mean, who doesnt want to be a strong town, right?Christian Wagley, Pensacola, FL
CivicCon is a year-long series of civic dialogues focused on making Pensacola, Florida a stronger, more successful community. This Fall, Strong Towns was invited to speak at the CivicCon kick-off. It would not be an understatement to say that we kinda brought down the house.
After the event, two Pensacola residents, Rick Outzen and Christian Wagley, chatted about their reaction to Strong Towns at CivicCon and we were blown away by their response. So we put together a short video with their comments, plus images from several of our recent events.
If you're excited about the momentum we're building and want to see it continue, we need your support. We want to visit more communities, spark more conversations, and change the entire trajectory of American development. We can't do that without you. Become a member today.Join the Strong Towns movement
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An incarcerated immigrant woman alleges guards sexually harassed and assaulted her and other women at a private immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas, and retaliated against those who spoke out.
Twenty-three year old Laura Monterrosa is currently detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility operated by CoreCivic, a major private prison company that was once known as Corrections Corporation of America. Hutto holds roughly 500 women, nearly all of whom were detained after fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States.
In a letter published on November 6 by the immigrant rights group Grassroots Leadership, Monterrosa explained women are threatened with deportation or transfer to other detention centers for speaking out about their abuse. Due to the necessity that the women in this place have, they are forced to remain silent and every day, their and our rights are violated, she wrote.
Monterrosa experienced assaults and harassment by a female guard, who she said was telling me threatening words and forcing me to have unwanted relations with her, which I did not want. She felt she had to do what the guard wanted. She even told me when to go to recess, and when I was not allowed to talk with other residents, she always stared at me accusingly.
She began to tell me she liked me, and that whatever she liked belonged to her, and every time, her words became more absurd as she told me that she loved me and that she wasnt going to let anyone humiliate her, Monterrosa wrote [PDF]. She added, Given that I didnt want a relationship and she was only focused on me, she always demanded to know what I did with other women and why I was with them.
I got tired of all of this and asked her no more, because I was very scared, but she didnt care, Monterrosa shared. I told her that I was going to talk to the captain, but she laughed with a sarcastic laugh and said, do you think that he will believe you? Please, they never will.'
Monterrosa said the guard looked for or took advantage of every moment she could to touch my breasts or my legs. She knew where and when she did it. I dont remember dates because there are many. She worked in the recreation area and what she did with me she did with other residents.
The only thing that she says is that she is good friends with the boss. [Redacted] and Ms. [Redacted] are harassing the residents of this detention center. Enough is enough. We came looking for help not for them to harm us more.
According to Grassroo...
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WATCH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ ON NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017
Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock throughout 2016 and brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions to protect the water. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed, the impact of the movement will be long-lasting. As fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the United States of America, the importance of the water protectors story grows.
Watch the trailer below until the online premiere!
By now, conservative women are used to womens magazines ignoring their historic accomplishments. Being the first female to run a winning presidential campaign? Doesnt count if your candidate is Donald Trump. Being the first group of women to lead the White House communications team? Hardly worth the ad revenue. Being the first woman to publicly file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, opening the door for more women to say #MeToo? Negligible.
So when Glamour magazine announced its 2017 Women of the Year Awards, it was hardly surprising that not a single conservative or Republican woman was represented. Instead, the list was packed with liberal celebrities and activists such as Samantha Bee, Rep. Maxine Waters, and the organizers of the Womens March.
With 37 years of public service under her belt, veteran lawmaker Representative Maxine Waters (DCalif.) has long wielded her unapologetically laser-sharp tonguesurgical in its precision, devastating in its impactin service of her progressive politics, Glamour wrote of its decision to honor Waters with its Lifetime Achievement award. When legislators propose policy that would turn back the clock on civil rights, dash progression on reproductive legislation, or take affordable housing away? Theres Waters, speaking truth to power.
For Bee, it was her attitude, coupled with her political commentary, that earned her The Late Night Hero spot.
Bees Not the White House Correspondents Dinner event raised nearly $200,000 for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and her Nasty Woman T-shirt raised more than $1 million for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project of Los Angeles County, Glamour wrote.
Last, but certainly not least, Glamour hailed the Womens March organizers: The Revolutionaries. (Here, I must admit the title is fitting, considering how revolutionary it was to witness women excluding women from a Womens March. But I digress.)
From Washington D.C., to Charleston to Paris to Singapore, women gathered to express their rage that the white patriarchy had won again, the magazine wrote. But what these organizers did in the weeks and months following the march was the most breathtaking part. Since January 21, they have continued to protest against the Muslim travel ban and the NRA, and in favor of pay equity. Most of all, they are showing us how to lead in love.
In all, Glamour honored 10 women at a splashy...
Convicted ex-Rutherford County Sheriffs Office administration chief Joe Russell will be sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegally profiting off inmates through the sale of JailCigs, Judge Marvin Aspen
Plan comes after to Amnesty International report documenting problems in northeast B.C.
By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 15, 2017
The Fort St. John Womens Resource Society is developing a plan aimed at improving community response when Indigenous women and girls go missing in northeast B.C.
The plan is a direct response to a 2016 Amnesty International report documenting the risks Indigenous women and girls face in northeast B.C., and Fort St. John in particular.
Sylvia Lane, the Resource Societys poverty law advocate, said the vi...
I am going to attempt to tell a story- this story has all the characteristics you would expect from a good old fiction book, only this one happens to be true. It includes aliens, ancient language, vomit and a conspiracies to kidnap. It has beauty, pain, love, hate and a lot more. Most of it happened in the confines of a single night and the pinnacle was a conversation with both God and the Devil. Many wont believe a word I say and many will think I have gone insane, I will not try to convince you otherwise, but I will tell you once- all I say in this article is an account of my experience with plant medicine at a retreat center called Rythmia.
I arrived at Rythmia skeptical and full of judgements. I have drank plant medicine before, so had no doubts of the impact it can have, however the way in which it was being put forward here was very different from the approach I had seen before. Rythmia is extravagant, luxurious and very far away from my previous plant medicine experiences in the Peruvian jungle.
When I arrived I was told to expect a miracle. The approach I am used to (and still fully respect) is no expectations, just strong healing intentions. This was very different. We were guided, advised on intentions and could partake in a full schedule of classes, massage, blood works and body cleanses.
After six days of jury deliberations the felony corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has ended in a mistrial.
U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon after the jury passed him a note saying that they could not reach a unanimous decision. One juror said the jury was deadlocked with 10 jurors who wanted to acquit the Democratic senator and two who thought he was guilty, according to ABC News.
Prosecutors say Menendez accepted bribes from his co-defendant, a wealthy eye-doctor and deep-pocketed benefactor who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for over billing the U.S. government and taxpayers up to $105 million. Justice Department officials allege that Menendez lobbied the State Department to get visas for his married friends alleged mistresses and pushed top officials to drop the fraud investigation. In exchange, Menendez allegedly received luxury vacations, trips aboard a private plane, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from his co-defendant, Salamon Melgen.
On the first day of deliberations, a juror asked Walls: What is a Senator? The judge refused to answer. On Monday, a juror who was dismissed from the trial told media outlets that the jury was deadlocked, with a majority of the jurors leaning towards an acquittal. She also told reporters she thought it would result in a mistrial. As it turns out, her prediction was spot on.
The DOJ will likely refile charges against Menendez, putting him on trial again. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has called for an ethics investigation into the New Jersey senators actions that led to the indictment.
In a press conference following the news of the mistrial, Menendez said he would not forget those who he says tried to use the trial against him in order to gain his Sen...
A legal loophole in France allows pedophiles to walk free provided they don't use violence on their victims and claiming that an 11-year-old can consent to adult sex.
Humanity is not a concept that we should merely aspire to, it should be the reality to which we must live up and never waver. Historic experiences must be instructive. If history does not teach us where we have erred and what moral lesson we can draw out of it, then we cannot escape the conclusion that our so-called civilization is nothing but the attire we wear, as we are still irredeemably immoral inside.
MESQUITE, Texas Police in Mesquite said Tuesday that a man suspected of breaking into a pickup truck, and was then shot by an officer after a confrontation last Wednesday,
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This might just be the most colourful place on Earth! Kampung Pelangi is a small town in Indonesia which was recently transformed into a must-visit tourist attraction.
The village used to be a slum and residents were facing eviction until a local high school principal suggested that it should get a makeover. The Government obliged and invested approximately 300 million Indonesian Rupiah (approximately $22,500 USD) the result is a rainbow collection of houses, bridges and buildings.
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country and like the members of
majority religion in any country, Buddhists there tend to be very
touchy about any perceived insults to their religion, however
trivial, and are willing to punish people for acts they deem to be
disrespectful. So I was not surprised when they arrested, detained
for four days, and then deported, a British tourist because she had
a Buddha tattoo on her arm. Some years ago, another tourist was
refused a visa upon arrival when the immigration officials
noticed that he too had a Buddha tattoo. The irony is that both
people are practicing Buddhists who got the tattoos as symbols of
But what surprised me was that the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka had taken up the case and ruled in favor of the woman, awarding her compensation of about $5,000 and using quite strong language in its opinion, saying that her treatment was scandalous and horrifying. I would not be att all surprised to hear that the militant Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka are planning to organize protests in front of the judges homes and offices. They are like fundamentalist religionists everywhere, easily offended and quick to use state power when they can to preserve privileges for just their religion.
And while we are on the topic of religious intolerance in the sub-continent, Hindu extremists are on the warpath in India about a film that is not yet released but which social media has said will show a romance between a Hindu woman and a Muslim.
Riot police may be deployed at Indian cinemas over the release of a film about a mythological Indian queen that has sparked protests, attacks on the set and director, and threats to mutilate the lead actor.
Rightwing Hindu organisations believe the film will depict a romantic relationship between Padmavati and an invading king, Alauddin Khilji, who is Muslim.
Though Khilji existed, experts say there is little historical evidence for Padmavati, who may have been created by the Sufi Muslim author of the poem, Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
But the queen has become an important mythological figure especially revered by members of the Hindu Rajput caste, to which the character in the poem belonged.
Rajput groups and royals belonging to the traditional warrior caste have also complained about Padukone dancing and baring her midriff in the films trailer.
Rana Safvi, a historian, blamed t...
Keith Foster lacks remorse and has not accepted responsibility for conspiring to peddle heroin and marijuana while employed as deputy chief of the Fresno Police Department, a judge said Monday
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In a statement released Thursday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he does not remember forcibly kissing a woman and groping her breasts as she slept, but he is sorry about it anyway.
Hours ago an anchorwoman, Leeann Tweeden, published an account of the Democratic senator grabbing the back of her head and forcing his tongue down her throat in 2006. The story included a photo of a smiling Franken groping her breasts without her consent as she slept.
During a United Service Organizations tour, Tweeden and Franken were to perform a skit together. Franken wrote a scene including a kiss between them and insisted that Tweeden rehearse the kiss with him backstage before the show.
On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, We need to rehearse the kiss. I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, Relax Al, this isnt SNLwe dont need to rehearse the kiss.
He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.
He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said OK so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.
I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldnt be so nice about it the next time.
I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.
I felt disgusted and violated.
In a statement released Thursday, Franken said he does not remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way. But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann, Franken said. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasnt. I shouldnt have done it.
Alex Rogers (@arogDC) November 16, 2017
Tweeden isnt the only woman Franken has been photographed groping. At a roast hosted by Comedy Central in 2000, Franken was photographed groping Joy Behars breast.
MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers of Russias Aerospace Force have delivered a massive air strike against the [U.S. Israeli Proxy Army] Islamic State (ISIS, a terror group outlawed in Russia) near the Syrian city of Abu Kamal, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, which have taken off 
Disturbing dashcam footage showing a cop senseless beat a young man for no reason has become the subject of an ACLU report and subsequent lawsuit.
More information about the Congressional probes into the Obama-era Uranium One deal leaked out Thursday when Reuters reported that Senate Republicans say their investigation into the Clintons role in approving the deal largely hinges on the testimony of a secret informant who was until recently the subject of a federal gag order. But a month after Trump 
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As Amazon continues to entrench itself as the nations commissary, huge government supply deals like the $53 billion Pentagon-Amazon procurement deal Congress is set to authorize leave little room for competitors and raise the specter of government-coddled monopoly. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, in addition to including passages involving regime 
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The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it. It will ensure that patients who suffer from mental health issues take their medicine when they are told. But privacy concerns have not gone unnoticed. Regulators in the United States have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked 
In 2012, the State of New Hampshire passed a measure that eased the states intervention into the operations of homeschooling families by reducing the number of filings parents would have to submit in order to get state approval for their efforts to educate their children. This move, according to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), reduced the 
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What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore.
Here it is as expressed by an Alabama pastor who still supports Moore: Its funny how the Republican Party is. What a bunch of sissies! The Democrats rally around their candidate even when theyre guilty, Republicans want to throw them under the bus on a minor accusation without knowing whether theyre guilty or not.
Yeah, what a bunch of sissies, to get all squeamish about electing a senator who apparently used to troll the local malls for high school girls! This is the kind of line were hearing now. Because the other side is amoral and dishonest, its important for the Right to fight back by lowering our standards, too. Sound familiar? This is rehash of the BUT HE FIGHTS argument for Donald Trump.
He may be a blustering megalomaniac with a louche personal life, a weak spot for the racist alt-right, and a compulsion for distracting himself with petty Twitter feuds. But this is a bare-knuckles political brawl and we needed an unprincipled street fighter to strike back against the Left. After all, they do it, too! So we all need to get down into the same gutter.
Aside from the problem that two wrongs dont make a right, which you would think a pastor would understand, there is a more immediate practical reason why dismissing the rules and norms of a decent society is a disaster.
Federalist contributor Bethany Mandel recently quoted Moore back to himself: Our peace and happiness as well as our prosperity depend not on any political party or any great leader, but rather upon our return as a nation to faith in Almighty God. I dont agree with the specifics of Moores worldview, but I do agree that our personal values and virtues are far more important for our long-run success and happiness than the outcome of specific political contests.
Thats particularly true because we are headed toward national crises that are likely to be of far greater import than whether the other side scores partisan points against us in the next news cycle. They are the kind of deep and profound crises that will throw us back on our cultural and political reserves, and......
Three University of California at Los Angeles basketball players are back home in the United States today after being detained for about a week in China for alleged shoplifting. President Donald Trumps intervention on their behalf with Chinese President Xi Jinping led to their release.
Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, were facing the Chinese legal system and the possibility of several years in prison after being charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store during a team trip to China. The three men were released from jail and detained in their Hangzhou hotel in what some saw as a goodwill gesture as Trump arrived. They were back home Tuesday after Trump and Xi had what the president called a great conversation.
This story was not afforded the ESPN and national news orgy of congratulations it would have occasioned had President Obama gotten three basketball players out of an authoritarian state with relative ease. Trump tweeted wondering if the players would thank him, leading to a lot of coverage of the tone of his tweet, perhaps more coverage than the fact he had indeed personally intervened to get three Americans home safely.
I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided. I am grateful to be back home and I will never make a mistake like this again. I am extremely sorry for those that I let down, said Ball, reading a prepared statement.
Im grateful theyre back home, too. They are suspended from the basketball team indefinitely, and Trump has tweeted his hopes they live a great life. Somewhere between President Harry S. Trumans admonition about how much you can get done if you dont care who gets the credit and Trumps tweeting for thanks probably lies a reasonable presidential posture, but Trump does deserve credit.
Its not the first time Trump has taken an active role in the release of American prisoners overseas during his first year as president. In fact, his record on this front reflects a string of overlooked or lightly covered victories, and highlights a difference in approach and results from the Obama presidency before his. Known for his America First rhetoric, Trumps administration seems to take a genuine interest in Americans First on human-rights issues and prisoners.
In April, the administration secured the release of Egyptian-American charit...
A community event in Allendale
A year ago, Shreveport, Louisiana was on the brink of building a highway right through the poor inner-city neighborhood of Allendale. As residents came together and rallied against this project in order to protect their homes and their community, Strong Towns became an inspiration and a voice for their efforts.
In addition to sharing stories about the people and the community that would be ripped apart as a result of this highway, Strong Towns also focused on the fundamentally flawed economic arguments propping up the project in the first place.
We proved just how financially harmful this highway would actually be, in opposition to local leaders claiming that the project would benefit their city. You can see all our work on Shreveport here.
As a result of this national focus on the issue, lawyers from across the country including the Sierra Club's legal team have now stepped in to offer assistance and the fight against the highway is gaining momentum.
Strong Towns member and Shreveport resident John Perkins explains how Strong Towns' unique method of activism which uses articles, podcasts and social media to share its message, has been particularly impactful in Shreveport. Before Strong Towns, he says, there was no central hub of information or support for groups like the #AllendaleStrong neighborhood group. Now he uses Strong Towns' content to help him understand the issues facing his city and how to address them.
"I'm forever changed by Strong Towns," he explains, "and along with my new friends in our once small neighborhood group, #AllendaleStrong, we are Strong Citizens making Shreveport into a Strong Town."
Shreveport resident and Strong Towns member, Tim Wright, who helped bring Chuck Marohn to Shreveport, adds, "Strong Towns has...
The essence of oligarchy is that the billionaire class is never satisfied with what they have. They want more, more and more -- no matter what impact their efforts have on working people, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor. Greed is their religion.
Having failed to unseat Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the United States has switched its focus to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In an act of blatant hypocrisy, the US House has passed Sanctioning Hezbollahs Illicit use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, a bill that sanctions Hezbollah for alleged war crimes while ignoring its own checkered past brimming with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Congress didnt need to do much in the way of homework prior to introducing this bill. Israel did that for them when its Intelligence and Terrorism Center at the Center for Special Studies, a research group that collaborates closely with the Israel Defense Forces and the American Jewish Congress, released report on Hezbollahs purported use of human shields during the 2006 war in Lebanon.
This is a remarkable allegation considering Israel specifically and indiscriminately targeted Lebanons civilian population. Israels indiscriminate airstrikes, not Hezbollahs shielding as claimed by Israeli officials, caused most of the approximately 900 civilian deaths in Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Human Rights Watch reported in September, 2007. [READ MORE]
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Now its Al Frankens turn. He treated a broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, with gross disrespect on a USO tour.
Then, on an airplane flight, Franken snuck up on her while she was sleeping and groped her breasts, she writes. Franken even had someone snap a photo of him doing it while he looked at the camera with a big smile on his face.
I couldnt believe it, she writes. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think its funny?
Franken told Raw Story in a statement: I certainly dont remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasnt. I shouldnt have done it.
I have some expectations of what ought to happen when someone is caught in this kind of behavior. 1) Apologize, 2) Admit that it was wrong and inexcusable, and 3) Explain what youll do to make amends and correct the behavior. Franken has done #1 and #2, at least, but #3 is just as important and remains to be done. Tweeden makes it clear that he treated her poorly multiple times, which is disturbing are there going to be other women stepping forward with similar stories about him?
Does every man who comes into a little power immediately turn into a crude, abusive asshole? In my despair at this constant problem, I thought that maybe this means that we should only elect womenbut then I remembered Ann Coulter and Katie Hopkins. And Margaret Thatcher. And Jill Stein.
OK, next election, write in a vote for A Bag of Spiders in every position. It cant be worse. These hu-mans are not to be trusted.
You should also read Tweedens account. Its distressingly awful.
And nowLeeann Tweeden takes the high ground and accepts Frankens apology.
Leeann Tweeden responds to Al Franken: "The apology, sure, I accept it. People make mistakes, of course he knew he made a mistake." pic.twitter.com/oplWuvSLuu
Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 16, 2017
Senator Al Franken has been accused of sexual assault and a photo has been released which allegedly shows the assault of a news anchor and former Playboy model.
Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe is a dual British-Iranian citizen, who is imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. When she was jailed, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a parliamentary committee in Britain that Zaghari-Radcliffe was teaching journalists in Iran. However, her family and employer have stated that she was on vacation. A few days later, she 
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|Kim Jong Un, who took exception to be
called short and fat
rides around in a "people's tractor", built in Norkland
Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree.
Slowly, I've come to a realization I probably should have had long ago. It's men like me, the bystanders, who enabled them. However righteous we may feel as they're exposed and punished, the truth is we're the problem, too.
Using badge politics, censoring those who dont worship twitters liberal dictator, & implementing procedures to annihilate conservatives from the Internet?
Sounds like twitter is carrying out its own final solution for conservatives.
And so it begins. Twitter is quick to call me and others Nazis, but they are literally trying to eradicate my presence. Just like Hitler.
Twitter is uh, cracking down on hateful tweeters (not the Tiny Tyrant, natch), by removing their little checkmark. Yeah, that will show them. While I cant say I think much of this action, its certainly upsetting the conservanazi crowd. Laura Loomer says Using badge politics. If that little checkmark didnt mean anything to you Ms. Loomer, why on earth did you pursue it so hard? You claim Twitter is annihilating conservatives, literally trying to eradicate your presence. Going by your checkmark free tweets, that has not been accomplished in the slightest. Perhaps you should save your hyperbole for a time when Twitter actually does something, like ban your account.
All the checkmarkless nazirati are having fits, as if this truly impacts their ability to spread their bigotry, hate, and fear. Perhaps it does, and if so, good. You can read many of the linked tweets of the nazirati at RWW.
Police shot an unarmed man, began to perform a cavity search, and then shot him a second time after they suspected he was breaking into his own vehicle.
The newly installed crown prince of Saudi Arabia and heir
apparent to the throne Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS) has shown
himself to be a shrewd manipulator of American media. He has
arrested about 50 people within the ruling class, including
some potential rivals, ostensibly for corruption. I have no doubt
that there is massive corruption in that country, as there is by
the wealthy in most countries. But he likely knows that
anti-corruption plays well in western media and could mask what may
well be purely a power grab. He also allowed women to drive, a
welcome move no doubt, but just a very slight relaxing of the
oppressive status of women in that country. But for doing so, he
was hailed as some kind of great emancipator in the west.
All this has obscured the fact that he is engaged in reckless military adventurism aided and abetted by the US. The most egregious example is the massive tragedy being unleashed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen that is causing immense suffering and has received hardly any notice in the US media or political class. Senator Chris Murphy has been a lonely voice in the US senate trying to bring attention to that war and US complicity in war crimes, as Alex Emmons reports
For U.S. officials, the difficulty in publicly addressing the crisis is caught up in U.S. complicity, given that the disease and starvation in Yemen is not the result of a random hurricane or an earthquake, but the expected result of deliberate actions taken by the United States and its allies in the Gulf.
There is a humanitarian catastrophe inside this country that very few people in this nation can locate on a map of absolutely epic proportion, said Murphy. This humanitarian catastrophe this famine. is caused in part, by the actions of the United States of America.
The brutal war in Yemen has killed well over 10,000 people since Saudi Arabia began bombing the country in 2015, but in recent months cholera has been killing people much faster than bombs. The International Committee on the Red Cross estimates that by the end of the year, a million people will have contracted the contaminated-water-born disease.
The outbreak is often portrayed in the media as a random and tragic event in a war-torn country, but it is a predictable, even intended, consequence of the coalitions campaign of collective punishment. As Murphy argued on the Senate floor, Saudi Arabia, led by its headstrong Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is hoping to use disease and starvation to force the country to surrender to its terms, a strategy that i...
The Wiconi Un Tipi Camp is strategically located on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation to block the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Its truly rotten that so many places are determined to restrict and hate on a persons natural hair, and to especially make girls feel ugly. This is not a matter of conformity as a social good, this is just plain old hateful bigotry, and it stinks, as bigotry always does. Enter CreativeSoul Photo:
Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photo brought an inspiring artistic vision to life that highlights the beauty of black girls and their natural hair. Regis and Kahran are the husband and wife duo behind the photography studio, and their series Afro Art represents their expertise in capturing portraits as well as visual storytelling. The striking images feature young girls in elaborate costuming and hairstyles, from a Baroque-era aesthetic to steampunk clothing to fierce high-fashion ensembles.
The portraits of girls featured in Afro Art are stylish and carry themselves with confidence and grace. The feelings evoked from the series speak to the larger idea surrounding it. We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media, Kahran told My Modern Met in an email. Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not good enough and often forces kids to have low self-esteem.
To help combat these negative feelings, the couple showcases kids who love how they look. We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair, Kahran explains, and we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within.
The portraits and subjects are stunningly beautiful all. You can see some of them here.
Three former contractors tell the Intercept about Energy Transfer Partners elaborate attempts to bring legal challenges to protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline.
The African nationalist movement swept out old colonizing forces in the 20th century. Now, with the apparent coup against Robert Mugabe, the movement has become the ancien regime.
Excerpted from Meredith Hindleys Destination Casablanca: The African-American singer and dancer was the toast of Paris when French intelligence asked her to spy on the Axis. It became one of her greatest performances.
How does a case with fullproof evidence and witnesses suddenly fall apart? A problem with how the FBI selects informants.
The GOPs tax plan is wildely unpopular. The Democrats want to stress this issue but they have to compete with Trump, and the media.
The New York Times reports that Charles and David Koch have tentatively agreed to contribute an equity injection of mor...
Two New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill to overhaul how the state examines deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth, proposing one of the most sweeping maternal mortality review processes in the country.
Under the legislation introduced last week, hospitals and clinicians would face new requirements to report maternal deaths to state regulators, families would play a much greater role in understanding what happened, and the findings would be used to push for adoption of life-saving treatment protocols and other concrete policies to protect mothers and babies.
State Sen. Joseph Vitale said the legislation, S3452, was inspired by a ProPublica and NPR report on the case of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse who worked at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey and who died there from childbirth complications in 2011.
The ProPublica-NPR piece, part of our Lost Mothers project on maternal deaths and near-misses, highlighted a number of systemic problems in the way hospitals throughout the U.S. handle obstetric emergencies and sometimes prioritize the health and safety of infants over the well-being of their mothers.
Other ProPublica pieces have described widespread inadequacies in how maternal deaths are monitored and investigated in New Jersey and elsewhere. The new bill would address many of those problems.
New Jerseys record on maternal health has long been mixed a 2010 report by Amnesty International ranked it 35th among the states for its rate of pregnancy-related deaths. According to the most recent data, black mothers in the state are five times likelier to die from maternal complications than white mothers are.
The state already has a maternal mortality review committee in place to analyze deaths that occur within a year of the end of pregnancy. But the panel has little authority, it doesnt assess the preventability of deaths, and its sporadic reports have had little impact.
Under the new bill, a 3...
The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the governments systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.
The Russian Justice Ministry has sent letters to nine media outlets on their possible registration as foreign agents. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty are among those that could be recognized as foreign agents, the ministry said. Russian MPs pass foreign agent bill for media in mirror response to US The 
The most colossal mistake in our history is sitting right now in the Oval Office. And there is only one way to rectify it: Trump Must Be Impeached! We can NOT wait until November of 2020 for that to happen. We simply won't make it til then. The country we know as the United States of America will not be the same after three more years of Trump. Turning the TV off and trying to avoid the daily insanity won't make him go away.
After being exposed for conducting horrifying experiments on troops, the Army is now refusing to treat the health problems caused by their mad science.
Considering the fragility of the lives of Native Americans in the U.S., we are talking about real destruction of both health and livelihood here at the hands of Big Oil.
The Mason County Prosecuting Attorneys Office on Monday declined to press charges against two Shelton police officers who repeatedly struck, pepper sprayed and used a stun gun on a man
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There is nothing more fun than gathering with friends for a nice night out especially if you add a group game into the mix. Classic games like poker (perfect for a cold night in, so bring out the chips!) or billiards (everyones favorite bar game) have long captured the hearts of groups of friends 
Your next home improvement project is to replace all of those aging windows. Instead of leaping into the plan, it pays to stop and ask yourself a few questions. Doing so will help you make choices that are right for you today and in the years to come. Here are four questions that need to 
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On January 20th, 2018, we invite you to join us in organizing events and gatherings in autonomous spaces, building capacity and community to sustain our movements and prepare for the year ahead.
Last year, thousands gathered in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the US to start the Trump regime off with an inspiring display of defiance. Since that historic mobilization, many of us have been in action almost continuously, responding to one threat after another from the regime and its supporters.
Weve participated in airport blockades opposing the Muslim Ban, mass mobilizations against the Alt-Right and other racists, weeks of action in solidarity with J20 defendants and Standing Rock arrestees, ongoing anti-colonial action against pipelines, and broad disaster relief efforts in the South and Puerto Rico. As a new year opens up before us, lets come together to think about where we want to go from here.
We live in dynamic and dangerous times. The state is ramping up repression just as fewer and fewer people perceive the government to be legitimate. Many comrades are facing decades in prison, but many more are looking to get involved.
For this reason, were calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles.
We propose to use the week of J20 2018 to reconnect with our networks, revitalize our spaces, organize new projects, hold special events, and bring people together to build our movements.
Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you ma...
A former Monterey County California Highway Patrol officer has again been charged with sex crimes involving children, this time out of Washington state. Jacob Duenas, 36, has been charged with four
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Aside from a situation where a nuclear attack on the US has already been launched, a president, including especially this one we have now, should not have the ability or authority to launch a nuclear weapon, argues TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
The Prophet Mohammad, when asked why he had never visited Damascus, replied that you only enter paradise once. Thus advised, I joined a group of international peace activists on a tour of Syria.
The trip would take us to Damascus, Maaloula, Homs, and Aleppo. The group included four close associates Clare Daly TD, Mick Wallace TD, Edward Horgan, and Dave Donnellan; the latter pair established an ambitious peace project to name all children killed since the First Gulf War in 1991.
My interest in Syria grew from 2007 after retired US General Wesley Clarke revealed Pentagon plans to overthrow seven governments in five years Syria was on the list as was Libya. When President Obama threatened to attack Damascus in September 2013, Margaretta DArcy and I blocked Shannon Airports runway demanding Hands Off Syria. We were sure weapons used to directly attack Syria or to be funnelled to so-called rebels would be transported via Shannon or Irish airspace.
EU sanctions mean no direct flights to Syria. Therefore, Beirut was our first destination, from where we took the biblical road to Damascus by taxi. En route to the Syrian border, we drove through a built-up, predominantly Druze, district. The taxi stopped so Dave, a filmmaker, could fix his GoPro cam to the outside of the windscreen. When he began, suddenly like the thunderbolt that greeted St Paul a car appeared. One of its male occupants signalled filming was prohibited. They ensured compliance, following us until we departed their patch.
Encountering numerous checkpoints, it was 6pm, and dark, when we reached our hotel in Damascus old city. Security was tight. Later, in the hotel restaurant we could hear the distant sounds of...
PATCHOGUE, N.Y. A police officer has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at three women on a Long Island street while he was off-duty earlier this month. Suffolk
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Metro-Nashville police say they arrested one of their own Wednesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars. According to a press release, Sgt. James Dunaway was charged with
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Quote of the day: "Its in a locked cabinet in a locked room that nobodys in. Youll need a key to the room and the cabinet to get it. Were in the process of turning that cabinet into a safe. We keep all the returns from every president in there." Retiring IRS commissioner John Koskinen commented on security around presidential tax returns, among many other issues, in an exit interview with POLITICO.
In today's edition, we celebrate the House's passage of important open government legislation, lawmakers call for more sunshine in Kansas, the Trump Administration discloses a report on the use of cyber vulnerabilities, and much more.
A Florida Times-Union/ProPublica analysis showed that law enforcement in Duval County, Florida, gives black people a higher proportion of pedestrian tickets than does any other large county in the state. Black pedestrians are nearly three times as likely to receive a ticket as nonblack pedestrians. Our analysis also showed that residents in the three poorest ZIP codes in Jacksonville (Duval Countys largest city) were nearly six times as likely to receive a ticket as were residents of the citys 34 other ZIP codes.
We also found that the most common ticket type, crossing the street while not in a crosswalk, was issued in error more than half of the time.
The Jacksonville sheriffs office contends that pedestrian tickets are an essential tool in reducing pedestrian deaths from vehicle collisions. But critics, including consultants hired by the city, disagree, saying that only changes to the citys dangerous layout and infrastructure will improve pedestrian safety. A ProPublica analysis of crash location data did not find a strong relationship between where pedestrian tickets are issued and where crashes involving pedestrian fatalities occur.
Pedestrian tickets can be used to establish probable cause to search people, according to the sheriffs office second-in-command. Our analysis found that 7 percent of pedestrian tickets came with additional criminal charges, most commonly drug possession, based on court records likely an underestimate, based on an anecdotal review of the citations.
We obtained Traffic Citation Accounting Transmission data from Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers through the Florida Sunshine Law. This dataset contains all tickets issued in the state of Florida from January 2012 to July 2017. Our analysis looked at pedestrian tickets as specified in Florida Statutes (see below for the list of statutes we used in our analysis). We narrowed our data to Duval County because of the completeness of its reporting and because black residents are ticketed at a higher rate there than in any other large county in Florida. This dataset covered 2,232 pedestrian tickets. We removed 24 tickets issued to cyclists, producing a dataset of 2,208 pedestrian tickets.
In the case of 746 tickets, the location where the ticket was issued was not reported in the data provided by Duval County. For these, we obtained the original citations, each as an individual PDF, and recorded the written address. We geocoded those addresses to approximately the block level. For 107 addresses, th...
Maurice Grant was cited on a Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m., just a block south of the federal courthouse where he works. He stepped into the road against the red hand. Grant declined to comment on his experience, saying he avoids airing issues out in the media. He did, however, confirm that he received the citation. Grant added that a quote written on the ticket accurately captured his response to getting cited: You shouldnt be messing with people who know how to cross the street. Grant was ticketed by Officer Reinaldo Coll Jr., a 35-year veteran of the force.
Brianna Nonord, who was 13 at the time, ended up in handcuffs over a pedestrian ticket.
As she was walking home from school, Nonord attempted to cross Wilson Street in the Moncrief neighborhood.
Officer Melissa Godbee later wrote in her report that she had to slam her brakes to avoid hitting Nonord.
Undersheriff Patrick Ivey said Nonord was arrested for resisting arrest without violence because she didnt stop when Godbee told her.
The young girl was handcuffed and taken to the juvenile facility in downtown Jacksonville even after Lorina Nonord, Briannas mother, showed up and asked the officer to release her daughter. Godbee refused, Lorina Nonord said, and told her she would have to pick up Brianna downtown.
At the root of all of this was an invalid ticket. Godbee cited Nonord for crossing outside the crosswalk at a location that a Times-Union/ProPublica analysis shows is not applicable to that specific pedestrian statute.
The Evidence Mounts That ISIS Is Preparing to Disperse the Pneumonic Plague From CIA Supplied Drones
The Pneumonic plague, which is essentially a lung-based plague, is always fatal in infected individuals if the pathogen is not immediately treated with extreme medical treatments.
It is accurate to state that some people are in an unwarranted state of panic. Some people are understating the danger. The following paragraphs represent these divergent views and the reader is left to decide for themselves.
I recently received an email from Tim Spencer in which he asserts the following:
It does in fact seem that this strain Pneumonic Plague may, repeat may, have mutated. Anecdotal reports certainly lead to this possible conclusion.
WHO (World Health Organization) has now publicly stated that the possibility of a pandemic does in fact exist.
The death toll thus far is most likely under reported, particularly from rural areas.
There is no indication that we have seen to lead us to believe that this reportedly new strain is intentionally weaponized it could well be that this plague has simply mutated on its own due to many decades of antibiotic use in patients that would have died from the plague without treatment.
With less than a month to go before Alabamas special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying hes unfit to serve and threatening not to seat him if hes elected, but Moore isnt backing down. His campaign has called the allegations a politically motivated witch hunt and Moore has vowed to stay in the race, which means theres still a chance the people of Alabama might elect him to the U.S. Senate.
All of this could have been avoided if wed just repealed the Seventeenth Amendment.
The Seventeenth Amendment says U.S. senators must be elected by popular vote, instead of by state legislatures. Adopted in 1913 during the height of the Progressive Era, the amendment supersedes the provisions in the Constitution that required senators to be elected by state legislatures.
The idea that state legislatures would elect senators might seem odd nowadays, but creating some distance between the popular vote and the election of senators was crucial to the Founders grand design for the republic. The original idea, spelled out in The Federalist Papers, was that the people would be represented in the House of Representatives and the states would be represented in the Senate. Seats in the House were therefore apportioned according to population while every state, no matter how large its populace, got two seats in the Senate.
The larger concept behind this difference was that Congress needed to be both national and federal in order to reflect not just the sovereignty of the people but also the sovereignty of the states against the federal government. In Federalist No. 62, James Madison explained that Congress shouldnt pass laws without the concurrence, first, of a majority of the peo...
If true. These are the two most important words that arent appearing anywhere amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican former judge running in the December special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Last Thursday, an allegationa statement unsupported by additional evidence or proofsurfaced in a Washington Post article claiming that Moore, as a 32-year-old adult, had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl almost 40 years ago in 1979. Since then, a new allegation has also been leveled, accusing Moore of attempted rape. Seven women now accuse Moore of sexual misconduct decades ago, three for dating relationships in their late teens.
If true, no one on either side should defend such conduct as morally or legally permissible. But those important words arent appearing anywhere in any context over the past week, and I have been saying long before the Moore story broke that due process matters amidst any allegation, even in the court of public opinion.
Yet the mainstream media has since gone nuts, with pundits and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum calling for Moore step down from his Senate race, apparently believing the allegations immediately. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has led the call to rescind endorsements, saying, I believe the women, and Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO), chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, said in a statement that the allegations prove Moore is unfit for office.
A few have responded with defenses of Moore, including Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who invoked what can only be described as a crazy defense: prominent adult male biblical figures had relationships with teenage girls too. This defense appears just as much politically motivated and is another quick assessment without verification.
What all of this...
Democrat Danica Roem defeated incumbent Del.Robert G. Marshall (R) on November 7 and became Virginias first openly transgender elected official.
Roems fundraising numbers more than doubled Marshalls, in part due to nationwide support from pro-LGBT groups, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Roems top donor, who individually contributed $180,000 (almost a quarter of the total raised), was Chris Abele, a major contributor to liberal causes and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups.
The political power of the LGBTQ rainbow carried the day in electing Roem. If the candidate had been Dan Roem, few across the nation would have noticed his candidacy. This election result shows that the LGBTQ rainbow and the HRC are strong forces in the Democratic Party today. Roem was not the only trans person ushered into office on Tuesday. Minneapolis elected two openly transgender people to city council, Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham.
Trans candidates can take advantage of the identity politics in play today. Social justice warrior appeal and the ability to gather national financial support makes it challenging for contenders in local races to compete. Candidates who dont embody some special identity appear unappealingly old-fashioned and socially out of touch.
The LGBTQ lobby is waving the rainbow victory flag and the U.S. media celebrates. But no one celebrates when a transgender person realizes that the trans life is not for him. No courage awards are given to regretters who want to leave their medically induced gender and live again as their genetically coded birth sex, a process called detransitioning or retransitioning. It typically is arduous, both emotionally and physically. Surgeries and years of taking cross-gender hormones have physical consequences that cant be reversed.
In the ten years I have been interviewing and working with transgender people who regret their transitions, I have found, to my amazement, one common thread in the stories of all. Each has some form of...
Remember the episode of Lassie where a Park Ranger dictator attempts to take over the town to collectivize all the farms? Oh, you dont?
Like usual, Lassie runs up to Timmy and barks a warning that the do-gooder youngin is amazingly able to decipher. Whats that, girl? Trouble at the Maduro ranch? Theres no food since the red shirts expropriated all the means of production? Come to think of it, girl, I havent eaten in weeks. Boy, I never noticed until just now how thick and juicy your hind legs are
At first blush, it sounds far-fetched. But in the topsy-turvy terror-land that is Nicolas Maduros Venezuela, a storyline like Lassie for Lunch may become as commonplace as a caudillo in a blood-red button-down. Fear not, though, ye blighted boosters of Bolivarianism! Where theres a will to power, theres a way to protein intake.
Venezuelas new plan to stem starvation is called plan conejothe rabbit plan. It sounds like a Donnie Darko sequel, or a trick football play like the flea flicker. I assure you, though, the rabbit plan is very real. Just ask Venezuelan minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal.
We want people to stop seeing these [rabbits] as pets and start seeing them as what they really are, two kilograms of meat full of protein. Boy, if I had a quarter for every time Ive said pretty much the same thing. Honey, I want you to stop seeing me as your husband and start seeing me for what I am: 90 kilograms of kosher beef full of protein.
I wonder whether Bernal will be able to sell the same line when there are no animals left to eat. When even the bones of mutilated buffalo and wild pigs are no longer found stripped inside of zoo cages, when one day not even the offal of a black horse inside its enclosure remains, whats next on the menu for Venezuelans?
Welcome to Chateau Maduro. Today, we have a pairing of a roasted slum-dwelling field hand, along with a nice Cuban port. I know it sounds like some low-rent Hannibal Lecter reduxSilence of the Rabbitsbut you cant rule these things out. In the past century, famine has turned to such foul feasting quite often.
Theres a list of ten famines that, by the end of their starvation horrors, ended with the afflicted cannibalizing one another. More than half were caused by economic dislocation of the k...
You dont need Martha Stewarts skills to execute an impressive meal for the in-laws this holiday season. All you need is a plan.
If youre waiting until Thanksgiving Day, or even the day before, to start working on your familys feast, youre doing it wrong. There are many simple steps you can take in the coming days to reduce the amount of stress and time spent in the kitchen next Thursday. Here are a few of them.
Youll want to make room, and not just for the massive haul of groceries youre about to bring home. Youll need sufficient space to keep large dishes that youve made in advance, plus plenty of room for the leftovers.
This sounds like an unnecessary chore, but if its been awhile, or maybe the first time ever, you will notice a difference. Not only will sharpening your knives make turkey carving easier, but all the tedious veggie chopping will be a breeze. Especially for that notoriously tough butternut squash.
Pull out your dusty serving dishes to clean them up and make sure you have what you need. Ive already had one friend ask if I have an extra roasting pan big enough for a turkey she can borrow. If you dont have a pan either, pick up a heavy-duty foil one. Getting together your extra mixing bowls and storage containers isnt a bad idea either.
If you havent already ordered your fresh turkey, or picked up your frozen one, do it this Saturday. Stash your frozen turkey in the refrigerator so it can begin defrosting. It will take about six hours per pound to thaw. There is always hell to pay for those who forget this step. No ice baths, salt brines, prayers, or seances can thaw a frozen turkey at the last minute (If you do want to brine your turkey, youll want to do this on Tuesday so it can be submerged for 24 hours).
There are a number of items that you can make in the weeks before, thanks to the magic of freezing. Freeze your pie dough in a disc, or roll it out to fit your pie plate and freeze the whole pan. Make homemade turkey stock, or even the dinner rolls and throw them in there. Make your cranberry sauce and it will keep in the fridge for two weeks.
There are never enough measuring cups, mixing bowls, or spoons in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They get used once then lost in the abyss of a dirty sink. An easy way to remedy this in the days before is to measure out dry mixes for various desserts, pie fillings, and dressing. Put the dry ingredients for a recipe together in a jar or Tupperware and label them so all you have to do is add the wet ingredient...
Its a multiplex mystery: Who killed the whodunit? Writing at Cracked, David Christopher Bell named 2001s Gosford Park the last good whodunit film. I would add Edgar Wrights Hot Fuzz (2007) to his depressingly short list of such movies that appeared this millennium. In an era where even the 1985 flop Clue (based on the board game) is remembered fondly by fans of the genre starved for big-screen content, perhaps we should be grateful to see one up there at all, even a repeat performance.
Thats the other mystery hovering over the new Murder on the Orient Express: Why? It already exists as a perfectly entertaining, if slightly inert, 1974 movie starring Albert Finney as Agatha Christies famous creation, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chalk up Murders inexplicable existence to the ingenuity and independent spirit of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, whose quirky career as a film actor and director ranges from Shakespeare to Thor to Wild Wild West. Branagh both directs Murder on the Orient Express and stars as Poirot.
Probably everyone knows the set-up, and the solution. There are no spoilers here, if one can actually spoil a 43-year-old movie, made from an 83-year-old book, by one of the best-selling authors in history. Poirot joins a dozen other passengers on the luxury long-distance train The Orient Express, making its way across Europe. A murder occurs, a convenient avalanche leaves the passengers stuck with the killer on board, and its up to Poirot to solve the seemingly impossible crime.
Bell provided a useful definition of a properly executed whodunit: At its purest, it takes place in a small location, preferably with characters who are unable to leave. There should be at least one mustache. Or in the case of Branaghs Poirot, several, all worn at the same time.
Departing from the book, the new Orient opens in Jerusalem with a literally jokey scene in which a fussy, perhaps obsessive-compulsive Poirot solves a minor puzzle involving a priest, an imam, and a rabbi. Poirot then fatefully boards the Orient Express in Istanbul, before murder and avalanche intervene.
A few scenes in the middle try to ratchet up the menace and tension, and Branagh shoots his suspects through beveled train windows, the distortion meant to cast suspicion. Screenwriter Michael Green collapses t...
Just a few months ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a set of Tax Reform Principles to guide federal policymakers. API, the trade group for the oil and gas industry, urged that Congress, in enacting tax code changes, should not pick winners and losers Specifically, within the energy sector we believe that any new tax system should not favor one form of energy at the expense of others.
The tax bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee last week and set for a vote today, does just that. And yet, API seems quite happy with it. API President Jack Gerard called the bill a bold step to sustain US economic growth, spur strong energy investment, and create American jobs.
Its not difficult to understand the APIs joy. The House tax bill would sharply cut incentives for investment in alternative energy, while retaining most of the tax subsidies for oil and gas development. The cuts help the House pay for its proposed $1.5 trillion tax cut that some economists claim would primarily benefit corporations and wealthy individuals.
The proposed tax changes also could increase investment in fossil fuels, at a time when the rest of the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions to address the harmful effects of climate change.
Conferring these benefits on dirty energy companies while simultaneously maintaining their special tax favors and slashing tax benefits for clean energy technologies is a crime against the future, charged Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, in an email to WhoWhatWhy.
In a recent letter...
Politico reports that the GOP voting base in Alabama has been galvanized by accusations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Whereas the Senate race was once nothing to be particularly enthusiastic about, voters are offering a furious defense of their man.
Its curious how this works. Accusations of misconduct surface, and instead of carefully weighing the facts and considering the besmirching of a mans character, warriors draw their swords. The Right cries, It must not be true! and the Left auto-fills the guilty verdict. But featured prominently and predictably among the immediate reactions are cries of hypocrisy. What about Weinstein? What about Weiner? What about Clinton? What about Kennedy? The list of cases in which leftist misconduct was swept under the rug is lengthy, and a perfect shield for the tribal warriors.
The etymology of the word hypocrisy suggests its origin in Attic Greek. At one point it meant to play a part on stage. But you mightnt guess that the second half of the term is earlier derived from a word (krinein) meaning to sieve or to discriminate, distinguish. Thats whats missing from the political charade of 2017. From molehills to mountains, any event can be staged as a premium example of hypocrisy. Especially given our modern technology, we have decades of words and pictures that can be summoned at the click of mouse to make our case that an individual or institution is despicably hypocritical.
Its open season in politics for ripping off the masks. Disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, who had apparently pressured his mistress to have an abortion in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare, is a recent example. You say one thing and do another, and that is license for the commentariat (and the Twitter mob, for that matter) to try to discredit an entire movement.
Now, allegations of sexual misconduct would fall in the mountain category, and should be dealt with seriously and consistently. Yet along the whole range of hills the streams of commentary rush through partisan valleys. Any criticism is just an opportunity to punch back, harder. Hypocrisy offers the best angle of attack. Seeing as how the political tribes are more interested in defending their man than...
When Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado Springs this summer to speak at Focus on the Family, the staff and their families packed out the chapel auditorium. The former Indiana congressman referred to current political battles, including health care reform. But one anecdote, which got knowing glances and laughs from the Focus crowd, made little sense to reporters in attendance.
Every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene and Whit at Whits End, said Pence. The adventures in Odyssey were our adventures. And I remember so often the kids saying, Put in another tape.
Pence was referring to the characters of Adventures in Odyssey, an audio drama that has gone from cassette tapes to its own mobile app and a podcast climbing iTunes charts. This month, the values-driven show marks 30 years since it premiered.
Whether due to a dearth of family-friendly entertainment, 80s nostalgia, or the surprisingly broad reach of radio, millions are tuned in to Adventures in Odyssey. Seeking to entertain as well as teach, the audio drama has become todays most influential faith-based kids entertainment franchise. As such, its also a flashpoint for the clash of values playing out in the culture at large.
Focus on the Family came into being in 1977 as a radio show hosted by University of Southern California child psychologist James Dobson, Ph.D. His half-hour program dispensed marriage and parenting advice while interviewing a variety of expert guests, often addressing how to handle life crises in light of Christian principles. The non-profit ministry soon became a touch point for the diverse evangelical community.
Challenged by a guest minister on-air to light a candle rather than curse the darkness, Dobson saw his teams strengths in reaching a mass audience with top-notch radio. Could they produce a dramatic, half-hour audio show geared to kids?
We werent entirely convinced it was going to work, says Paul McCusker, a writer and producer for Adventures in Odyssey since its inception. At the time Odyssey started, we were dealing with the MTV generation, he recalls. We knew we were up against a visual reality and our medium could work against us.
Yet Dobson had established a built-in audience of families who connected with his conservative values. Religious radio stations were also on the rise, partly thanks to the Christian musi...
The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.
The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.
The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.
The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).
The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.
Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.
If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...
Beyonc has often been controversial, but her recent video deserves unanimous applause for raising awareness of how girls are still treated as second-class citizens in too much of the world, where violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage are too often the norm.
American women on the Right and the Left may have different opinions about tax policy, governments role in regulating the workplace, and the size of the social safety net. But we should be able to speak with one voice on this: Women and girls everywhere deserve basic human rights and to be free from violence and exploitation.
We should call on American leaders to prioritize encouraging countries around the globe to recognize womens human rights and make progress toward womens full and equal participation in society. U.S. policy leaders should also double down on their commitment to ensuring that we dont import some of the worst practices from overseas into our borders.
The World Health Organization estimates that at least 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), the term for the practice of cutting, removing, or otherwise damaging female genitalia. The purpose of FGM is simple: to prevent girls and women from the potential of experiencing sexual pleasure, and therefore to discourage sex outside of marriage. There is no medical benefit to this practice. Rather, it results in severe medical complications that can affect a woman for a lifetime.
If feminism stands for anything, it ought to be unequivocally against this abhorrent practice that violates womens human rights and dignity, and seeks to render female bodies as vessels for mens enjoyment, while denying women any of their own.
Rates of FGM in some parts of Africa are staggering: According to this report by the General Accounting Office, in Egypt, Sudan, Mali, Guinea, and Somalia, more than 80 percent of women between the ages 15 and 49 have reported undergoing FGM. Turning these countrys laws and customs away from this practice will be no easy feat. It should be a diplomatic priority to develop strategies to outlaw this custom and to educate leaders on the significant negative effects it has on women and society.
We also need to prevent this practice from being imported to America, and to prevent American citizens from being forced to undergo FGM elsewhere around the globe.
There is no solid data on how many girls or women in the United States...
Showing exactly how abusive cops should be treated, a bully cop has been sentenced 27 months in prison for savagely beating an innocent teen on video.
A serious analysis of the dozens of Republicans now lining up against Roy Moore, who could still win in Alabama, but things are looking bad for him, given the almost universal condemnation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Alabama; this makes me personally VERY happy if we are able in due course to include Alabama's Doug Jones as a US Senate Democrat! Stranger things have happened, but not very many! Please comment
Today is the fourth day of our member drive. On Monday I shared our passion for this message and showed what a huge demand there is for our work . On Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.
I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.Join the Strong Towns Movement
Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.
To be clear, this map shows that we have members in every U.S. state. We have members across Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and even one member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people who have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do....
Take it away, Samantha Allen:
Remember how I joked that that there arent enough of ussomething like 1.4 million transgender people in the United Statesto go around? Our rarity also makes the internet a lifeline for usjust as it is for any other minorityallowing us to connect with each other across great distances and feel less alone.
So its especially unfortunate that we cant talk about a vast swath of human experience without being surveilled by people who are obsessed with hating us.
Those haters act as if were complaining that no one wants us when what were really complaining aboutmore often than notis that the people who do want us cant seem to be chill about it.
The same survey that found that 27 percent of Americans wouldnt be friends with a transgender person also found that four percent of Americans said that they had been on a date with a transgender person in the last year.
Considering that just 0.3 percent of the population is estimated to be transgender, that is staggering. Unless theres a small handful of transgender people who are cleaning up while everyone else stays home, it means that a great number of us are dating. But tellingly, the survey also found that over 25 percent of people wouldnt tell anyone if they did have sex with a transgender person.
The fact that transgender people are desirable is one of societys worst kept secrets. And people are still trying to keep that a secret because theyre worried what other people would think about them if they slept with us.
Im so over this panic, too.
Read more here.
Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.
by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) The pharma drug cartel has become not just a total joke to medicine and science, but increasingly a threat to the health and safety of the American people. In the latest medical hoax to generate profit from the mass medication of nearly everyone, the American Heart Association a quack medicine front group for the pharmaceutical industry announced a new definition of high blood pressure that means half of U.S. adults suddenly have a disease requiring treatment with high-profit pharmaceuticals.
This total quackery of disease definition creep is one of the favorite ploys of the profit-driven drug cartels in the United States. (Its called Disease Mongering.) A few years ago, high cholesterol was redefined as part of a tactic to boost statin drug sales (which now generate billions in revenue each year). Suddenly, doctors all across the country were prescribing statin drugs to patients who, just a week earlier, had no disease at all. But thanks to the AHAs collusion with the drug industry to artificially lower the acceptable level of cholesterol in the body, tens of millions of Americans were spontaneously diagnosed with high cholesterol.
Overmedication of the population, you see, has become Big Pharmas primary business model. And to achieve higher sales, the drug companies have to convince more and more people that theyre sick (even when theres nothing wrong with them at all).
On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.
Two more water rights settlements, one for the Navajo Nation and the other for the Hualapai Tribe, are on the radar in the 115th Congress.
In 1986, two years after President Ronald Reagan visited Clow UFO Base, Bolingbrook was in crisis. The New World Order forced Mayor Bob Bailey to resign. Old Chicago, once a source of pride for Bolingbrook, is finally torn down. Hair Metal bands are poisoning the minds of our childrens minds. Some fear that Clow could be closed and moved to Chicago.
In this crisis, The Illuminati appoints former village trustee Roger C. Claar as mayor. In 1979, he was appointed a trustee and brought peace to a divided village board. After an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, he was appointed administrator of The Men in Blue. The Illuminati felt that Claar could restore order in Bolingbrook.
Claar did more than restore order in Bolingbrook. His first act as mayor was to announce his loyalty to the New World Order. Instead of destroying his career, Claar became the longest-serving mayor in Bolingbrooks history, and its most controversial. (2017: Following President Trumps election in 2016, he switched back to the Illuminati and Clow UFO Base is now an Illuminati controlled facility.) Supporters say he spurred Bolingbrooks commercial and industrial growth and is responsible for the village growing to over 70,000 residents. Critics say he runs Bolingbrook like a political machine and uses his campaign fund to live a lavish lifestyle.
When the Babbler first interviewed Mayor Roger Claar, he had recently been appointed mayor. Unlike the other mayors, he seemed to welcome the opportunity to talk to our reporter.
(2017: Content notice for the inappropriate use of the word, crazy.)
Mayor Roger Claar reveals his crazy vision for Bolingbrook!
Reporter: Thank you for your time. We usually have to wait months before a mayor will grant us an interview.
Claar: Dont get too big a head. I agreed to this interview because I know that not all of your readers believe your stories. Im using you to reach out to the Babblers sensible readers.
Reporter: OK, I guess. So, the first question. How does it feel to be the mayor?
Claar: Right now its kind of hectic, but it feels good. Its like my whole life has been building up to this moment where I can take chaos, and create order. No, I have a better exam...
Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed
by Jon Rappoport
November 16, 2017
My mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, contains interviews with two men who go farther in explaining how Matrix Reality is built, brick by brick, than anything Ive ever encountered.
The first man is Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), a retired propaganda master who, for many years, served the Deep State/ shadow government. Over a series of interviews (28 interviews, 290 pages), Ellis reveals how the space, time, and rhythm of the mind is shaped by operators who know more about REAL psychology than all the academics at all the colleges in the world.
The second man is brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. Jack and I researched together for several years. In 43 interviews (320 pages), Jack lays bare his experiences with patients, and how he discovered mechanisms of the mind that could be manipulatedor used to liberate the mind from its own traps and diversions and deeply ingrained habits.
Together, these two men showed me more about the Matrix than I had found in decades of investigation. Their insights are as much about liberation as they are about mind control.
The Matrix Revealed also contains my logic course, designed to immerse people with a high-school reading level in the first waves of rational thinking and analysis.
You can watch me briefly discuss The Matrix Revealed here:
And here are the full contents of my mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed:
* 250 megabytes of information.
* Over 1100 pages of text.
* Ten and a half hours of audio.
The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:
* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teachers manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.
* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the m...
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians distributed 10,000 turkeys in southern California as part of its annual Thanksgiving tradition.
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Last weekend, autonomists and anarchists organized a coat and clothes drive in the Downtown Modesto area, with hundreds of free items. The event was the end result of several days of organizing and collecting donations from the community including warm clothing as well as fresh apples, toothbrushes, and other free dental supplies.
The event itself was attended by over 50 people, and during the event we had numerous positive interactions with individuals who discussed everything from job loss to how to get involved in the future with upcoming events. We also put up a banner that read: Free Clothes in Spanish and in English, as well as the slogan, Community Mutual Aid with a circle (A), and flew a red and black flag. We did this to make clear that this event was not simply carried out as an act of charity, but instead to put forward a set of anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian ideas, reclaim public space, have fun, and also meet people in our community. Police drove by, but did not fuck with us.
In the past several years, attempts by the city, police, and developers to remake the Downtown core by driving out poor, homeless, youth, and the working class, have largely backfired. Many businesses have shut down, including the one grocery store in the Downtown area, cutting off access to the main supply of food for many elderly and impoverished people. But, there are signs that the gentrification machine will attempt to continue on the path ahead, especially in the wake of many stores shuttering, as we are seeing several new hip and swanky stores and bars openly in the Downtown. We can only assume that developers are hoping to accommodate displaced people from the bay area, while at the same time displacing us.
I can't tell you how many folks have emailed me or complained in
person about what they perceive as a sudden turn to darkness.
They feel depressed, tired and anxious. Daytime light helps
maintain our circadian rhythms and a number of people suffer from
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when the days grow short and
clouds fill the sky.
So what is the truth? How bad has it gotten? Let's check.
Here is the solar radiation reaching the surface in Seattle from the wonderful WSU AgWeaherNet collection of stations over the past six months (check below). During June and July, some days had nearly 30 MegaJoules per square meter (a Joule is a unit of energy), and even cloudy days had about 15. But recently, we have had days with 3-4 MegaJoules....way, way lower. And the last few days, had no real spike upward in radiation to provide relief.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and the producers of the critically-acclaimed Wind River film have cut ties with a prominent Hollywood executive who has been accused of numerous incidents of sexual assault.
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Police and FBI agents converged at the University of Pittsburgh on November 14th after a network of autonomous groups of students occupied the Cathedral of Learning and issued a set of demands and statements. While the occupation was ended that night by police, actions continued. Another rally is called for on Friday.
Rolling occupations happening now at Cathy! As soon as the first group got detained, another group popped up!
One year ago, Pitt police brutalized student protesters. Now, many student orgs are forming a united front and escalating all of their campaigns at once.
Filler will be publishing an analysis of the ongoing week of action later today!
Morgantown anarchists issued a statement in solidarity:
While the rivalry on the football field between WVU and Pitt is well known, on the streets we declare our comradely support. On Tuesday, November 14th a coalition of autonomous students occupied Pitts Cathedral of Learning. At the time that we release this document the occupation has been ongoing for 18 hours. Faced with federal, state, city, and university police intimidation, the occupiers face an uphill...
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With the approval of the 2018 Federation Expenditure Budget (PEF), the Chamber of Deputies showed their insensitivity and irresponsibility in dealing with the crisis left by the September 19 earthquake. They missed a historic opportunity to act in solidarity in the face of a national emergency of catastrophic proportions.
By means of mobilization, not by parliamentary will, a Reconstruction Fund (FONREC) of 2.5 billion pesos [roughly $130 million USD] was created. These resources are clearly insufficient for the reconstruction, repair, and reinforcement of the damaged dwellings and buildings.
This budget item, aside from expanding the Natural Disaster Fund, the Natural Disaster Prevention Fund, and the Capital City Fund, has no clear mechanisms nor rules to ensure that the resources land in the affected zones effectively and transparently.
Legislators who backed the 2018 PEF did not consider the situation of survivors as a priority. This is evident from their approval of 38 billion pesos [$1.98 billion USD] to continue bank bailout payments (Fobaproa).
At the same time, the federal representatives authorized a 200 million peso [$10.4 million USD] budget for the re-leveling of one of the buildings in San Lzaro [where Congress meets] that was damaged by the quake. It would seem that their sense of responsibility when faced with an event like that of September 19 only stretches as far as the walls of the Legislative Palace.
Furthermore, the Expenditure Budget maintains superfluous spending on perks, travel allowances, meals, and major medical expenses, for which it will designate 26 billion pesos [$1.35 billion USD], which could easily be used for reconstruction.
This disinterest compels us to strengthen our organizational efforts as survivors. Before our mobilization on November 9, a specific line item for reconstruction wasnt even being considered in the PEF. We had to carry out joint actions for our demands to be made visible.
Protesting in the streets, where weve been since the day of the earthquake, we realized that there are many citizens who have demonstrated their support for us and understand our problems. Just as in the rescue efforts, we ask the people of Mexico for their solidarity in our struggle for reconstruction and against the oblivion in which we find ourselves immersed.
We will continue to bring our demands to the respective agencies, federal and local: that public resources be increased in accordance with our needs and used for the tasks of reconstruction,...
You are weak! You are powerless! You dont control your own life!is what the powers-that-shouldnt-be want you to believe. In reality, the thing they are most afraid of is you discovering your own power and taking control of your life. And as a new study shows, even a small number of alternative, non-mainstream sources can 
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On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.
Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.
The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.
As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.
One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.
Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.
That didnt make any sen...
Sometimes theres danger in speaking out against perceived police misconduct.
Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become 
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For Americans concerned about Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing about a bordering nation of 130 million. It is not what most of us think it is. It is certainly not what the Loon Right would have us believe.
For many years, until 1910, Mexico was run by Europeans, lastly under Porfirio Diaz, for the benefit of Europeans. Literacy was extremely with economic conditions to match. The country was indeed, to borrow a favorite phrase of those hostile to Latin Americans, a Third-World hellhole. Many nations then were were, to include China.
In 1910 the Revolution broke out. It was godawful, as civil wars usually are. It ended in 1921, followed shortly by the Cristero religious war until 1929. This had the usual hideousness favored by religious wars.
It left the country devastated. It hadnt been much to start with, but now it was a wreck. Aldous Huxley, writing in 1934, saw no improvement. (Beyond the Mexique Bay) At least until 1940 much of Mexico was barely civilized, unlettered, lawless, and poor. Things were not all that swell in 1970.
Today, seventy-six years later (says the CIA Factbook), literacy is at 95%; the economy at $2.2 trillion, 12th in the world in PPP; median age, 28; population growth rate, 1.12%; mothers mean age at first birth, 21.3; total fertility, 2.24 children per woman; life expectancy at birth, 76 years.
Mexico today has a large number of universities (the Technolgico of Monterrey, a premier engineering school, has some thirty campuses in as many cities: Is that one university or thirty?) Mexico graduates well over 100,000 engineers a year, including 13,000 in software, and has a rapidly growing high-tech industry with centers in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Major American firms, to include IBM, Oracle, and Intel, come here to hire them.
And of course internet, airlines, computerized everything, and teenagers pecking at smartphones.
This is a lot of change in less than a mans lifetime. Those hostile to Latin Americans do not want to know this, and usually manage not to.
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In regards to the far-Right and the Alt-Right, Burley pulls from history to explain that similar splits as we are currently seeing have happened in the past over the same conditions and questions of violence, class, ideology, and organization. Lastly, we discuss ideas for growing and fostering a mass antiracist movement that can take on structural white supremacy as well as its auxiliary enforcers.
Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) November 13, 2017
We then turn towards the reactionary nihilism of some Trump supporters, as well as the snake-oil of both white nationalism and liberal identity politics. Shane touches on the need to reach out and build common bonds with people in rural areas, as well as the ways in which groups like the 3%ers already have a head start in building dual power in places like Oregon due to the lack of State services.
Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) November 2, 2017
We also discuss building strong movements beyond just focusing on countering marginal far-Right groups, talk about the reality of Nativists in the White House, as well as organizing against the Alt-Right on campus as a...
A new CNN investigation has uncovered a network of slave markets operating in warehouses in various cities across Libya six years after NATO-led intervention in the country toppled the government of Muammar Gaddafi in support of US and UK backed rebels. And not only did CNN confirm the presence of slave auctions where human beings are being sold for 
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We have enemies across the world that we ourselves have created. One only must look at the demonization of Russia to understand how United States makes an enemy. The United States needs an enemy to justify the amount of money spent on the military. We are all being sold a giant bill of goods.
Clearly the low back pain "biz" is not going away any time soon. Sadly, half of what the U.S. spends on back pain is likely wasted says Steven Brill.
Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a virtual currency. Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. Bitcoin Digits Coming 
He might not want his name on this one. It's Trump's towering re-do of America's tax law. And it's truly golden -- for the super-rich, that is. The plan reveals in hard numbers whom this presidency really serves: Not just the 1-percent, but the one-tenth of 1-percenters who are multimillionaires. People like Trump himself.
As hopes of crushing Yemens aspirations for independence with brute force have failed, a strategic recalculation may very well be taking place behind closed doors in Riyadh and Washington. From the moment that the Saudi-led onslaught against Yemen began, the USA has been solidly behind Riyadh. Yemen now faces a humanitarian crisis, yet the forces 
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A group called Resist Marxism is planning a rally on Boston Common for Nov. 18th with Free Speech Rally organizer John Medlar, along with far-right patriot groups the Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, and Joey Gibsons Patriot Prayer from the PNW. Based Stickman Kyle Chapman is also listed as a headlining speaker.
Historically, organized anti-communism and the opposing of perceived cultural Marxism have been dog-whistles for fascist activity. Alliances and collaboratio...
[UPDATE: And yet another woman has come forward.
Gene Richardson, 58, alleges Mr Moore called her at her high school to ask her out. She rebuffed his offer, but said she felt pressured to go out with him after he allegedly asked again at the Gadsden Mall, where she worked. She claims the date ended with a forceful kiss.
Becky Gray, who was 22 at the time, also worked at the mall and said she complained to her manager about Mr Moores behaviour. She alleges the manager told her it was not the first time he had a complaint about him hanging at the mall.
As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates
open, more and more people come forward with stories about the
perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were
alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening
with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that
Moore is a creepy guy.
Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moores law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.
In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.
Thorp said Moore asked her if shed go out with him sometime.
I just kind of said, Do you know how old I am?' she recalled.
And he said, Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.
Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.
Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.
Thorp knows one of Moores accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfmans story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.
Although Thorps story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.
Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his mo...
There will come a time when man and machine will merge into a zombified drone and we may be a lot closer to that reality than you think! Nanobots are now the norm as microscopic machines are now integrating themselves with our bodies turning humans beings into total slaves. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth shows you the latest in nano tech that can be swallowed and last for days collecting all sorts of data.
A peaceful Protest in front of the Capitol building today, sponsored by Moveon and others, featured two U.S. Senators as well as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and several of her colleagues. The bottom line was to reach the people with the news that HR 1 is a horror show in action that must die along with its Senate counterpart. The bill concerns this coming year's budget of course, courtesy of Trump's values system and its friends.
As the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany enters its second and final week, Dimitri Roussopoulos, author of Political Ecology: The Climate Crisis and a New Social Agenda (Black Rose Books, 2017), dismisses the conference as another example of the failure of governments to deal the world's environmental crisis.
"Yet again," Roussopoulos reflects, "the various State representatives sit around a table, debating over technical minutiae while the slow-motion climate Apocalypse continues. The whole exercise is useless. Insignificant progress has been made since the much-lauded Paris Accord in 2015, which even James Hansen lambasted as a 'fraud'. Our governments have failed us."
Eight months before recreational marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada, two former high-ranking police officers have launched a new company that connects patients with medical pot. Former OPP commissioner, MP
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Coming in over Iceland, I had turned my cell phone off and stowed it; I had a window seat over the wing so why bother?
We came in the eastern side of the island, through thick broken clouds and fog, right along the edge of the iceberg-spawning region on the coast. It was getting close to sunset so the light was coming in at a low angle, and everything looked dramatic, dark, and awesome. I immediately wanted a camera, but why bother?
This is what the bleeding edge of a glacier looks like:
I drove a lot to get there, and when I got there I was extremely unimpressed. I knew there was all kinds of cool stuff going on but it turns out that the wrong place to be on a glacier is at the front: its just dirty ice. Unless its falling off a cliff into water or something.
Unrelated but interesting: flying westward at sunset, I had an endless sunset from Iceland all the way to Labrador about 5hr. It was pretty cool because of various effects on the light as it bounced off water or diffracted through clouds. At one point, for about 45 minutes, there was a deep red glow-sunset as the light burrowed through thick clouds ahead.
By Derrick Broze Sworn testimony from a former FBI investigator claims the 9/11 Commission lied to the American public regarding the relationship between the hijackers...
The House of Representatives has reportedly used taxpayer funds to cover at least $15 million in sexual misconduct settlements in the last decade. (TFTP) As a host of sexual assault allegations target major actors, producers and directors in Hollywood, several politicians are also being called out, and one congresswoman has claimed that the U.S. House 
EAST AFRICA (INTELLIHUB) Nearly 200 people have already been killed in the Island Nation of Madagascar by the newest and most deadly strain of the pneumonic plague that has been seen by world health officials to date.
The entire capital city of Antananarivo has become stricken and has gone into full pandemic lockdown as authorities and medical personnel struggle to keep order in the region.
At least 10 other East African countries have enacted pandemic preparedness plans out of an abundance of caution after a medical worker told a local news crew that the virus can kill in three hours.
Immunization expert Dr. Matthew Avison inadvertently backed the medical workers claims up when he told the Daily Star Online that the new strain is totally resistant to antibiotics which he also said was extremely rare.
Moreover, a spokesman for the World Health Organization has already expressed his concern that Black Death could, in fact, become a global pandemic.
Paul Hunter, a disease expert, told the Daily Star Online:
This current outbreak is concerning given that it is different from previous cases we have seen and has been spreading to areas that are not used to seeing it.  We dont want a situation where the disease spreads so fast it gets out of control.  We are talking about it spreading in days rather than weeks.
An additional report claims that Black Death may have been spawned in Japan during WWII to unleash on the U.S. population which gives the impression that the outbreak may be some sort of bioweapon or contrived event as mentioned by others online.
OMG YOU GUYS GUESS WHAT?? The
Texas northern California shooter had a history of
Police said in the hours leading up to that moment, he had killed his wife and hidden her body before beginning a bloody rampage across this community about 135 miles north of Sacramento.
Authorities were looking for Neals wife, who has not been publicly named, concerned that something had happened to her. They found her body hidden under the floor of their homePolice believe Neal shot her several times on Monday.
During the investigation, neighbors told police they believed there was a domestic violence incident at the home on MondayThis episode was not reported to police at the time, he said, adding that such incidents were a very common thing with this couple.
This has never happened before! Its just a shame that virtually every mass shooter in recent times doesnt fit a profile like, say, violent entitled men who abuse women and children or something. Then it might be easier to do something to address it? We could maybe ensure such exemplars of American masculinity never have access to guns? Too bad, so sad that theyre each a Lone Wolf living in a cultural vacuum without any common behavior in their backgrounds to trigger an intervention.
Well. At least we have an endless supply of thoughts-n-prayers to offer the victims and their families.
As temperatures drop and the winter months near, the city of Chicago remains committed to ensuring homeless individuals are unable to erect Tent Cities in the Uptown area of the city near Lake Shore Drive. Authorities also contend the city has no obligation to offer alternative housing for homeless individuals.
The Chicago Police Department is prohibiting any protest tent encampments in Uptown and anyone who attempts to setup tents will be subject to arrest, as of September 19.
Such treatment of homeless people is typical of Alderman James Cappleman, whose ward includes Uptown. In his career as a politician, Cappleman has fought to ban low-rent cubicle hotels, introduced an ordinance to criminalize those at bus stops that are not waiting for buses, and ordered a Salvation Army food truck to stop providing food to homeless people. Cappleman also has overseen the loss of over 1,000 single-room occupancy units of affordable housing in the ward.
The actions of city officials have led to a federal lawsuit submitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On behalf of Uptown Tent City Organizers (UTCO) and one of its members, Andy Thayer, the Uptown Peoples Law Center alleges the city of Chicago has violated their First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights by denying the group any venue to establish their protest encampment, arresting and threatening to arrest those that do so, and threatening to seize plaintiffs.
People are in hiding literally because the city has, subsequent to the evictions, tossed out peoples tents and tossed out peoples tarps and done it in a patently illegal fashion, Thayer told Shadowproof. Parks Department workers about a week or so ago came upon a place [in Lincoln Park] where people were staying. It was during park open hours and yet they confiscated peoples stuff and threw it into the trash, threw it into a garbage truck.
Thayer said people are hiding on private property. They are hiding on public ways. At 35th and Federal on the south side, where people were at the viaducts, the police threatened them with arrest. A similar incident happened at the Chicago River by Fullerton Avenue.
Uptowns homeless population accounts for nearly ten percent of the homeless...
Resistance alone won't suffice to consolidate a governing majority, much less a mandate for the reforms this country desperately needs. That coalition can only be built if Democrats work to enlist working people across lines of race, reflect their anger at an economy rigged against them, challenge business as usual, and build a mandate for real change.
David Ignatius is an author and columnist at The Washington Post, and his newest espionage novel is The Quatum Spy. Ignatius is todays guest on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss writing, technology, Trumps Asia trip, and the turmoil in Saudi Arabia.
As journalists, we are now covering a world that is weirder than any spy novel Ive ever written, Ignatius said. I promise you people would say thats preposterousthats an unbelievable novel.
Is our growing distrust of government and institutions a global
trend, or only in America? Technology is empowering but it also
seems to increase divisions, he said. I think that that is
increasingly a global phenomenon.
Listen to their full conversation here:
Uh oh. US President Donald Trump who is somewhat famous for his relentless commentary on Twitter has offended the wrong leader. After tweeting, Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me old, when I would NEVER call him short and fat? Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend and maybe someday that will happen!, he not only offended Kim Jong-un, but the entire populace of North Korea.
According to the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, Trump hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership when he criticized Kim Jong-uns regime during his visit to South Korea. Because of this, he apparently deserves the death penalty. The editorial reads, The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared (to) malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.
The article went on to accuse Trump of canceling a visit to the country ruled by a dictatorship because he is too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops. In reality, the trip was called off due to inclement weather, according to the White House.
The entire purpose of Trumps tour through Asia was to unite the continents powers against Kim. The goal, reportedly, is to end the isolated nations nuclear weapons program. While he was in South Korea, the US President denounced the regime up nort...
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. Through sources and records requests, we have learned that the arrest of Madison County Sheriffs Office Investigator Roland Campos for the alleged sexual abuse might not
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PITTSBURGH A former Pittsburgh police sergeant will spend 27 months in prison for a fight with a fan outside Heinz Field two years ago. Sgt. Stephen Matakovich was in
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Ive made progress and Ive written a how to guide for curing cancer.
There isnt any magic in the process. In fact, Im using standard procedures that oncologists are already familiar with. The radiation protocol is the strangest part but its actually easier to configure than a standard treatment and is also safer. And it uses standard immunotherapy drugs.
The fact that Im alive and healthy right now is anecdotal evidence that it might be working.
What Im looking for is to get some attention on this process as a way of speeding up cancer solutions development. I am definitely onto something here and I encourage you to run this method past any oncologist to get their opinion. It will probably be year and a lot of testing before Im certified cancer free, if I am cancer free. But I decided that whether or not it works for me isnt the test if this is a great idea. So Im publishing it now in the hopes it will catch on and be improved. Sort of an Open Source cancer solution. I need more brains working on this because some time in the future I might need the improved version.
If you have a friend or relative with terminal cancer and you have run out of options you might want to pass this on to them. With this method the worse off they are the more likely it is to work. Any oncologist should be able to follow this guide easily and conclude its worth a try.
But Im looking for people who want to write
stories about this. I give great interviews. So feel free to
contact me if youre interested.
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Herman Bell has been to the New York state parole board 7 times and been denied 7 times. His next parole board appearance will be in February 2018, when he will be 70 years old. At this next appearance, we hope that Herman will have a better chance of being seriously considered and therefore released. New regulations governing parole hearings mandate that an applicants risk of recidivism be considered as a guiding principle of the hearing. Herman has the very lowest risk score, based on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervisions measures. In addition, six new parole commissioners were added to the Board and several, though not all, of the older, law-enforcement connected ones have been retired. The new commissioners are mostly from social service and reentry backgrounds. Personal letters of recommendation and community support can play an important role in Hermans next hearing.
On September 5th, Herman was brutally assaulted by a group of correctional officers at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. As is most often the case in these incidents, Herman was initially charged with assault on a guard. In fact, Herman had done nothing to provoke this attack and, furthermore, showed restraint, non-violence, and discipline in the face of brutality. In 95% of the cases in New York where a prisoner is charged with assaulting a guard, the prisoner is convicted and sentenced to box (Security Housing Unit) time. However, the charges against Herman were dropped within a few weeks, as letters of support poured in from all over the world. This is a stark reminder that, while Herman poses no danger to society, his continued imprisonment as an elder subjects him to extreme danger. He needs to come home.
Herman has accepted full responsibility for his part in the Black Liberation Movement. His years of excellent accomplishments in prison show that he has taken deep responsibility to the broad community and to creating a better, more peaceful society. He has paid a great price 44 years of imprisonment, thus far. He is going to the New York state parole board for the eighth time in February, 2018 and deserves to be paroled, to come home to his family and community.
1.) Your letter should accentuate the positive. Rather than pointing out the injustices of prior parole appearances, the letters should state that Herman Bell will be an asset to the community if released.
A Those who have met/know Herman should speak abo...
The article implies the existence of an ineffable Intelligent Designer (i.e. God, Allah, etc.) as possibly the only explanation for the many divine mysteries pervading the universe. It also implies that in the beginning was the word in the form of information, and that the information can only come from a mind (i.e. the Mind of God.) In short, Intelligence came first.
Huge Update: After 17 months incarcerated in isolation in a foreign mens prison, Kara had her trial in late September. Today, on November 14th, she was released from prison!
Kara and her support team would like to give a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who wrote to Kara, donated to her legal/commissary fund, and made the hellish existence of prison without a set release date a little more bearable.
Kara needs our financial support to reintegrate into world outside of the prison walls. Follow this link to donate to her freedom fund: ftp!!
Trump is a malignantly narcissistic real estate baron whose basic missions in life are to advance his own wealth and glorify his personal image and brand. He is venality and ego on steroids -- too commercial and selfish to be an actual fascist, but an ugly epitome of the worst excesses of the capitalist, plutocratic, racist, sexist, militaristic and ecocidal American system.
Incidents of hate crimes, particularly against African-Americans, Jews and Muslims, went up to 6,121 during 2016, seeing an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday (November 13).
Scorpio reminds us that death is an intimate part of life. Patriarchy hides from death, thereby creating more of it. We have to get back in touch with the natural cycle of life here on Earth so we begin to accept death not as something to be afraid of but as something to embrace when it's time. We can do this by accepting more gracefully those little deaths that occur everyday. 'Take Death as your advisor.'said don Juan.
How the combination of Virginia's Democratic victories and the wave of sexual allegations have rocked our USA Vote!
Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.Charles Marohn
In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.
Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.Listen to the episode
Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.Become a member of Strong Towns
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Today is the beginning of the J20 inauguration protester trials in DC. There are some important developments in the case, so we interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about whats going on and how to support the defendants.
We also interview a Polish anti-fascist from Warsaw about this weekends 60,000 person far-right march that was littered with Nazi slogans. The folks at the IRL squat in Chicago called us to talk about resisting their evictionand squatting as a window to a world outside of capitalism. Stay tuned until the end for exciting calls for upcoming action camps and decentralized days of action.
PASSAIC As an animal control officer for Bergen County, John Timmins says he knows what its like to have to capture an aggressive dog. You have to be careful, vigilant and
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After being brutally raped at the Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood actress Misty Upham went missing and found over a week later, having died from falling off a cliff.
A Louisiana man is scheduled to walk free Wednesday after spending nearly 50 years in prison for the rape and kidnapping of a nurse. A judge threw out the conviction of Wilbert
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Earth First! News is our quarterly newsletter that comes out between magazines to update you on environmental actions you might have missed. Shorter than our magazine and easier to copy, print, hand out, and table with, this 12-page edition of Earth First! News includes updates and actions from late June through September, 2017, a feature on Camp Makwa resisting the Line 3 pipeline project in Minnesota, updated political prisoner pages, and a directory of eco-action groups throughout the United Snakes.
As always, Earth First! News is free: Help us spread the eco-resistance in your areadistribute widely! And send copies to prisoners who dont have internet access to keep them in the loop.
this is not just an American problem. The deplorables are to be found in all populations -- more in some and less in others -- but never absent. In the U.S. Donald Trump is their leader. No doubt he also serves as a symbol of leadership for deplorables worldwide. As such President Trump and his following subvert our future -- luring us in the direction of barbarism.
By Dave Maass Step onto any city street and you may find yourself subject to numerous forms of police surveillancemany imperceptible to the human eye....
That politicians can be bought by rich people, businesses, and
lobbyists is no secret. What is surprising is how cheap they are.
Sometimes it seems like all you need to do is give them a vacation
or even just an expensive meal with plenty of alcohol to get them
to do your bidding. The latest example of this are the charges
brought against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his
wife Sara who seem to be
not only cheap to buy but extremely brazen about the fact that they
are for sale.
The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife.
But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to alleged testimony in an investigation into sleaze claims against Benjamin Netanyahu.
The claims, widely reported in the Israeli media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favours.
According to the reports, first carried by Israels Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.
While the Israeli prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favours.
The article goes on to list other items demanded by the Netanyahus.
The Netanyahus have already been criticized for living the high life and charging it to the taxpayers. They are true grifters. What keeps their abuses from getting too much coverage in the US and the UK is the Israel lobby that works behind the scenes in both countries to keep the coverage of that country positive. Jonathan Cook says that the recent resignation of a UK Minister Priti Patel over secret meetings with Israeli officials including Netanyahu has shone some light on the workings of the lobby and the power it wields over the Conservative party.
The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative...
By Jay Syrmopoulos With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information....
By Charles Hugh Smith Needless but highly profitable forced-upgrades are the bread and butter of the tech industry. One of the enduring mysteries in conventional...
The makers of the popular game Cards Against Humanity are no fans of Trump. This was confirmed once again when the company announced on its website and Twitter page that it has purchased a piece of land on the U.S.-Mexico border. The reason? To stop US President Donald Trump from building his proposed wall. According to KDVR, the company has already consulted with a law firm which specializes in eminent domain.
The makers of the popular game Cards Against Humanity are no fans of Trump. This was confirmed once again when the company announced on its website and Twitter page that it has purchased a piece of land on the U.S.-Mexico border. The reason? To stop US President Donald Trump from building his proposed wall. According to KDVR, the company has already consulted with a law firm which specializes in eminent domain.
The government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice we are going to save America and attempt to keep our brand relevant in 2017
Join in and for $15 well send you...
By Jake Anderson We tend to think of artificial intelligence entities as flawless intellects, early prototypes of the powerful artilects futurists imagine will one day...
Longtime activist and author Edward S. Herman was interviewed in Philadelphia on December 26, 2008. In this interview, Herman discusses the history of US influence in Latin America, and contextualizes this with what he says is an anti-democratic US policy throughout the Global South, designed to create a favorable investment climate for US corporations.
By Tony Cartalucci In an article by Thai PBS titled, US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia, its revealed that next years meager...
The Trump trip to Asia is a major inflection point for China hawks eager to put transactional diplomacy in the rearview mirror, pivot to an overtly adversarial China policy, and ignore and deny the fundamental changes in Asia that go hand in hand with both Chinas rise and Americas relative decline.
Trump and China bashing got an extensive workout in the Western press, and TPP 11 and the Quad made their debut on the world stage. A revolution in China containment? Or more of the same?
Im Peter Lee, and Im the nagging voice in your head that says, Hey, are we making another trillion dollar mistake in Asia?
The piece of stone may only be a little over 1.4 inches long (~3.5cm), but the meticulous detail of the carved scene featuring three warriors in hand-to-hand combat is a stunning display of ancient artistic skill and it may challenge our perceptions of naturalism in the Ancient Aegean era.
Jack Davis, who is one of the excavations co-leaders, suggests the find is unprecedented. What is fascinating is that the representation of the human body is at a level of detail and musculature that one doesnt find again until the classical period of Greek art 1,000 years later, Davis explained to UC Magazine. Its a spectacular find. Some of the details on this are only a half-millimeter big, he said. It seems that the Minoans were producing art of the sort that no one ever imagined they were capable of producing. It shows that their ability and interest in representational art, particularly movement and human anatomy, is beyond what it was imagined to be. Combined with the stylized features, that itself is just extraordinary.
The source for the battle scene may not be clear, but researche...
This year, we've been floored to hear from hundreds of Strong Towns members who are taking action to make their communities better as a result of their exposure to our mission and principles.
In fact, here's a map that gives you just a snapshot of some of the places where our members are making a difference. (The orange pins will link you to extended stories featured on our site while the blue pins indicate locations where one or more actions have taken place.)
Even in this small snapshot (we surveyed 116 of our members), we can see Strong Towns-related actions happening in over 30 states. That is truly an amazing impact! Especially for an organization operating on a tiny budget with only a handful of staff. It really gives you an idea of the enormous role our members are playing and the initiative they're taking.
We are a deeply member-driven movement. If you're inspired by this work and count yourself among those people who are working to build strong towns, it's time to make that official by becoming a member today.Join the movement
Now I'd like to highlight just a few specific ways that we've seen our members working to build strong towns this year:
1. Building safer streets.
This year, we saw tons of Strong Towns members taking action to make the streets in their neighborhoods safer as part of our #SlowtheCars campaign:
On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order.
By Makia Freeman Photo evidence and video evidence has been relied on in academia, science, courts of law and elsewhere to prove or refute facts...
Here we go again. Another murderous rampage: a gunman murdered his neighbors, then went driving through town, shooting at will. He attacked an elementary school, shot some children, and wandered around looking for more targets before he was killed himself. As usual, theres something in this guys history that isnt association with an Islamic terrorist group, or being black, or being crazy. He had a history of threatening, abusive behavior.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the shooter was facing charges of assaulting one of the feuding neighbors in January and that she had a restraining order against him.
Johnston did not comment on the shooters access to firearms.
Johnston declined to identify the shooter until his relatives were notified, but he confirmed the gunman was charged with assault in January and had a restraining order placed against him.
OK, this seems to be an obvious rule to me: if you cant play nicely with your toys, they get taken away from you.
Someone beats their spouse, threatens to kill their neighbors, waves a gun around to intimidate someone, engages in stalking, gets a restraining order against them, the first thing the police ought to do is show up at their house with a list of their registered weapons (and all of their weapons will, of course, be registered) and tell the abuser that they have to surrender them until they learn to be nice. The privilege of owning a dangerous tool that can kill people is suspended when you demonstrate an inclination to use it for violence. Zip zoom bam, its automatic and swift and is just part of the process of keeping the peace.
Notice: if youre one of those lawful gun owners we hear about, theres no problem for you. Youve got a handgun that you own under the illusion that it will help defend your home, you have a few rifles that you use for duck and deer hunting, theres no concern that youll lose them, unless youre the kind of assdumpling who likes to threaten people when you get drunk, or thinks smacking around your wife and kids is a right of your manhood. You get in fights? You cant be trusted with a deadly weapon.
I expect responsible gun owners will gladly support more severe laws requiring confiscation of weapons from individuals with a history of irresponsible gun use and violence against their fellow citizens. Right? Right? The NRA is probably drafting legislation for this simple improvement in our laws right now.
By Carey Wedler Nearly half of Americans favor mandatory military service for the countrys youth, according to a recent poll from Gallup. The polling organization surveyed 1,006...
What we're seeing in Saudi Arabia today is not an attempt to bring the country into modernity, nor is it enactment of a new anti-corruption policy, as the Saudis have claimed. Instead, it's a coup. Muhammad bin Salman, the king's son, deposed his cousin, Muhammad bin Nayif, and immediately began to put his personal imprimatur on the kingdom.
Heres what real US-Russian collusion looks like
by Jon Rappoport
November 15, 2017
The late great author and researcher, Antony Sutton (1925-2002), labored for many years to unearth US-Russian collusion at the highest levels. Thats why Sutton was censored by mainstream news and academic institutions.
The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (1986), and his three-volume classic, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, published between 1968 and 1973, exposed the deep historic relationship between US and Russian power players.
The recent Clinton Uranium One scandal, which gave Putin control over 20% of American uranium, should be viewed in the context of a much larger history.
Sutton meticulously documented the transfer of key technologies from the West to the USSR.
Why would the Rockefellers, Armand Hammer, and others take the lead in such a covert transfer program, over the course of decades? Because: money and profits, on one level.
On another level, bolstering the Russian Communist/Socialist State was part of the elite Rockefeller plan to expand socialism, in many forms, across countries all over the world.
Under the phony guise of helping the downtrodden establish a new and better world for all, the socialist goal was, as usual, top-down control. The theoretical foundation (Marx) was modern; the tyranny was as old as the hills.
Further, supplying Russia with vital technology it sorely lacked would eventually produce the Cold War. That mighty stand-off was a gigantic money maker. It was also created as a threat to Europe, which justified the rise of the European Unionanother major Rockefeller/CFR/Bilderberg plan to extend the covert agenda of Socialist Globalism. The EU IS a regional face of Globalism.
With this brief introduction in tow, here are key Antony Sutton quotes from his 1986 book, The Best Enemy Money Can Buy. The quotes were compiled by Rolf Kenneth Aristos, at http://www.rolfkenneth.no/NWO_review_Sutton_Soviet.html:
In Korea we have direct killing of Americans with Soviet weapons. The American casualty roll in the Korean War was 33,730 killed and 103,284 woundedThe 130,000-man North Korean Army, which crossed the South Korean border in June 1950, was trained, supported, and equipped by the Soviet Union, and included a brigade of Soviet T-34 medium tanks (with U.S. Christie suspensions). The artillery tractors were direct metric copies of Caterpillar tractors. The trucks came from the Henry Ford-Gorki plant or the ZIL plant. The North Korean Air F...
By Brandon Smith For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship,...
By Mac Slavo The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it. It will ensure that patients...
Red Shoes! Red Shoes! Illuminati! Squuuuaaaawk! Oh yes, uh, satanism, child abuse, child sex slaves, all that.
Making a second appearance on a program hosted by one-time Survivor contestant Anna Khait that was streamed on Mike Cernovichs Facebook page last Thursday, Liz Crokin continued on her mission to expose the supposed fact that leading government, entertainment and business leaders are involved in a massive satanic pedophile cult by linking Podestas choice of shoes to Illuminati mind-control.
Tony Podesta is obsessed with his red shoes, Crokin said. There is symbolism for red shoes in the occult and its also tied to satanic ritualistic abuse and the trafficking of children.
Or, you know, Mr. Podesta might really like the colour red, and he might really like those shoes. Perhaps your obsession with someone elses shoes isnt terribly healthy, Ms. Crokin. I have a fair number of red shoes mself. Whats not to love? Do blue suede shoes get in on this at all?
The Illuminati, the elites, they use The Wizard of Oz to mind control child slaves, she added. They use certain films to program children and part of the programming is having them watch these films
Uh huh. I did not like The Wizard of Oz in the least when I was sprog. Bored me silly. Whether or not sprogs like the film, its not at the level of oooOOOOOoooOOooo mind control. Now, out of this one movie, youre focusing on the ruby slippers? Really? Oh, you christian conservatives are so void of imagination. Theres a lot of material to work with there, and you go with shoes.
and they also sexually abuse them and they physically abuse them because the abuse splits their personality and creates different personalities, so then they are able to program them and control them and they virtually become MK-Ultra programming.
That one merits you one universe worth of Shut the Fuck Up and sit down, Ms. Crokin. A whole lot of kids suffer terrible abuse, and they do not end up with split personalities which make them ideal agents in one of your idiotic scenarios. You can leave all of us who have suffered abuse the hell alone. Ill add that christian conservatives are high up there when it comes to abusing children. Look to your own house, you vile bag of poison.
This is a known thing, Crokin insisted. They use The Wizard of Oz to mind control these child sex abuse victims. Well, what doe...
The House of Representatives has reportedly used taxpayer funds to cover at least $15 million in sexual misconduct settlements in the last decade.
The city of Longmont will pay $210,000 to resolve claims brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of four people who were subjected to warrantless drug-dog
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BOSTON A former Massachusetts police sergeant has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from several disabled veterans whose finances he was appointed to oversee. Federal prosecutors
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Two cops have been fired after they attacked a homeless man, beating him to the point of hospitalization, for sleeping outside a homeless shelter.
Ive been thinking about the recent surge of awareness of harassment, and wondering if Ive been as flawed as the people being accused. Theres been a bit of introspection going on here.
And my conclusion is no, Ive not taken advantage of womenor anyone, for that matter. Ive never casually fondled anyone, Ive never tried to pressure anyone into sex, Ive never threatened anyone into serving my whims, Ive sure as hell never raped anyone. Im not saying this to pretend to be some paragon I think Im pretty ordinary, and I suspect most guys consider respect for others autonomy to be the norm. But I also say this as someone who was born in the 1950s, so forget that bogus oh, thats just the way we were back then excuse. Ill also point out that, for example, when Roy Moore was haunting the Gadsden Mall, most people seemed to think that 30 year olds trying to pick up teenagers was awfully skeevy.
The common, petty failing was not participating in such behavior, but looking the other way. There was too much deference to male authority, which was given by default, and preserved an imbalance of power. We didnt do the kinds of things these horrible people have done, but we were at worst made uncomfortable about them, and our only action was to avoid confronting those people. Dont rock the boat. Dont confront the harasser, and dont meet the eyes of the woman who is being mistreated.
I remember my sins of omission. I was in the locker room when the high school jocks were bragging about the things they did to their girlfriends and casual hookups, and I just got dressed and left as quickly as I could. But I knew the people they were talking about, and I liked them as people, and I did not defend them. So that talk flourished.
Ive been oblivious. There have been several occasions where I blithely suggest that my wife just do some particular thing, and she looks at me like Im insane, and explains that I cant possibly expect her to walk alone in that dark parking garage late at night. There are many behaviors I take for granted as normal and safe that are exercises in reasonable fear for women. Thats a lack of empathy, an ongoing insensitivity that hinders my ability to see how the world works for others.
Ive been cavalier about some situations Ive been light-hearted and tried to be amusing about common sexual situations that, for men, are just opportunities for fun, but for women, are opportunities to be harmed. Its taken too long for me to realize that that little chuckle wasnt about my nice joke, but more an attempt to defuse a situation, or to conceal what they were really thinking, which was what an ass. I can at least say that Ive been getting better Im sure 20 year o...
We're well into a time period when the experts and scientific authorities are settling on the human being as a biological machine that can only respond to programming. That's their view and their default position. It's sheer madness, of course, but what else do you expect? We're in an intense technological age, and people are obsessed with making things run smoother.
As part of our reporting on changes to public access to public information, we took a look at three significant reductions in access to Web resources across three agencies during the Trump administration.
For each change, we first describe what happened and code it using our classification of Web content alterations and changes in access to Web resources, which details the ways in which websites can be changed.
We then provide additional context by referencing corresponding reporting by the news media or civil society groups, describing the agencys communication about the change, and elaborating on the broader significance of the change.
Since the start of the Trump administration, access to resources on environmental federal websites has been substantially reduced, undermining the publics understanding of government regulations and the regulatory process itself.
The way an agency implements a change can also cause confusion. In one case, changes to a government search engine, which were not proactively explained, spurred public and media confusion.
Federal websites change all the time, but the most significant classes of changes should be clearly documented so the public understands how access to information is being altered. In this post, we document:
Following in the steps of Baltimore and Philadelphia, New York City is establishing a committee to review deaths and severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, aiming to reduce their toll on expectant and new mothers in the nations largest metropolis.
Theres ample room for improvement: The citys maternal mortality rate is thought to be slightly above average for the U.S., which has the highest such rate in the industrialized world. Of the estimated 700 to 900 deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth nationwide each year, New York City accounts for about 30.
Moreover, the citys outcomes feature a worsening racial divide. Between 2006 and 2010, black women were 12 times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes, up from seven times more likely between 2001 and 2005.
The new committee will dig deeper into each maternal death than has previously been possible and, by mining their causes and circumstances, will guide efforts to prevent such tragedies, city health officials said.
We want to advocate for quality improvement, not just in the city [overall], but in all the hospitals in the community, said Dr. Lorraine Boyd, medical director of the city health departments Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health. We want to be able to say that the rates of maternal mortality, that the [racial] gap is closing and that weve put programs in place that are going to lead to that.
The panel (officially named the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee, but already nicknamed M3RC) is scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting in early December and convene four times a year thereafter.
It will have up to 45 members, including not only doctors and nurses, but also doulas, midwives and social workers people in the community, who can better reflect how women live their lives, Boyd observed.
Beyond examining maternal deaths, the panel will also compile and analyze data on severe complications experienced by expectant and new mothers. For every death, experts say there are dozens of cases of such complications, affecting more than 50,000 American women each year.
New York state has had a maternal mortality review committee since 2010 that examined cases statewide, including those in the city; the city has also had its own panel to assess death data in aggregate.
A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.
Caitlin Johnstone writes on Medium, The richest man in the world did not purchase the Washington Post because he believed newspapers were about to enjoy a lucrative resurgence, and he certainly didnt purchase it to ensure the production of high quality journalism. He bought it so that hed have a trusted mouthpiece through which to lie to you about what is happening in the world in a way that will benefit his empire.
Arguably TVs most culturally conservative voice has lost patience with Roy Moore. Will the controversial Senate candidate dropout after even more women have come forward claiming sexual advances at a young age?
Australias immigration policies are mirroring Trumps in the US. In some ways, theyre worse. Australias constitution prevents foreign nationals, as well as those with dual citizenship, from holding elected office unless they renounce their former citizenship. The provision was largely ignored until recently, with an uptick of diverse backgrounds in Australias elected leaders.
Trumps inauguration day featured many skirmishes between the DC police and anti-fascist protestors organized under the J20 banner. The investigation has been growing some time, including with the DOJs now-infamous move of requesting IP addresses that visited the J20 website. Now theres another strike against the protesters: the group investigating police actions has a history of siding with the police.
The trial of Alexei Wood begins today in DC. The defendant, a photojournalist who took pictures of anti-inaugural demonstrations in January, is accused of several felonies, incl...
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced today that Boomtown, Flood Town, a collaboration between ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, won an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in the online category. The story by Al Shaw from ProPublica, Kiah Coller from The Texas Tribune and Neena Satija from The Texas Tribune and Reveal exposes the risk that Houston residents face as major storms cause massive flooding. It specifically focuses on the impact of Houstons unmanaged development on increasing flood risks.
The team combined geographic data obtained from local governments, academic researchers, FEMA, USGS and the Houston-Galveston Area Council to create a series of interactive maps that explains how successively worse storms, sprawling development and the loss of coastal prairie endangers lower lying, often older parts of the city.
Rami Tzabar, awards judge and development editor for BBC Radio Science and World Service, called the story a forensic analysis of everything that is wrong with current (and past) attitudes to flooding, an innate misguided belief that every major event is a freak of nature and that we can engineer our way out of the problem whilst largely ignoring the cause.
See a list of all 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award winners here.
Icelandair, the original hippie express used to offer flights between the US and Europe for about half what the other air carriers charged. Their strategy was pretty cool they used less expensive jets with shorter range, and did a brief stopover to refuel at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.
Depending on the time of day, you usually get a great view of the southern tip of Greenland.
Greenland is pretty inhospitable-looking. From 5 miles up, my sense of scale gets messed with a bit obviously, those are big mountains. How big are those chunks of ice floating in the inlets? Probably about the size of the one the Titanic hit.
You can see the pattern of the wind and snow, which also makes the sense of scale get confused:
From 5 miles up, a glacier looks a lot like that spot on my driveway where the bank and the open field cause the snow to pile up, making it pack down and get impassible. I know its not the same thing, because the physics dont scale up and down perfectly symmetrically, but it looks like it. And, basically, yes, thats a big slush-mass heading for the road.
My iPhone camera had some trouble with that one, because of the lack of things to focus on, but thats a region in the central highlands of Greenland. Once you get past the edges, its just a solid wad of snow with occasional things sticking up above the surface. I assume that what were looking at here is a mountain-top. Look at the way the snow blows across and makes the same kind of forms that snow makes on a smaller-scale! If I put a snowball down in my driveway in the winter, it will soon look like that pattern in the upper right (except the prevailing winds go the opposite direction) however, I imagine that, if I were standing down there, its a huge snow-cliff that I have absolutely no desire to be anywhere near.
I see similar patterns when I fly across Ari...
It was October 1973 when Alex White Plumes cousin visited on a home-town recruiting tour with 'little bitty Private wings' on his uniform, garnering oohs and ahhs from everyone in the room.
He died on November 11, 2017 at the age of 92. He was emeritus
professor of finance at the Wharton School of Business at the
University of Pennsylvania. He was the co-author with Noam Chomsky
of that excellent book Manufacturing Consent: The Political
Economy of the Mass Media (1988) that I think should be
essential reading for anyone interested in politics and the media
and which I have referred to many times on this blog. His Wikipedia page
provides his biography.
Although less well famous than Chomsky, Herman was a prolific writer and analyst and sharp critic of the US media and foreign policy. He was a regular contributor to Z Magazine right up until his death where his passion for justice shone through in every sentence.
Here he is in an interview from five years ago deconstructing the concepts of humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect, both of which he argues are just covers for acts of imperialism and naked aggression by the US. You can see how much he cared about exposing wrongdoing at the age of 87. He never gave up the struggle.
Noun / Transitive Verb.
1: a throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
2: a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office.)
defenestrate, transitive verb.
[Origin: de + Latin fenestra window.]
Due to the limitations of early Krakau translation software, the first words broadcast to humanity by another sentient species, in Earth Year 2153 and at a volume of 104 decibels, were:
We come in harmony to defenestrate your dingo. Terminal Alliance, Jim C. Hines.
Defenestration is an act with a very long history, intimately intertwined with politics, and more than once, the start of a war.
The trial of Lincoln County Sheriffs Deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III on charges of sexual abuse of three underage girls, as well as giving drugs to two of those girls,
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WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) A list of a total of 1183 sealed indictments and their jurisdictions was posted to the Innerweb over the past few days and the number keeps growing.
The .xlsx file posted to Google Drive reveals as of Wednesday 172 of the sealed indictments are to be issued in the Central District of California, 108 are to be issued in the District of Colorado, 99 in the Northern District of California, 35 in the District of Columbia, and the list goes on.
Although the districts in which the indictments will be issued and the number of indictments in each district are listed in the file, the indictments remain sealed at this time so there is no way of telling who or what entity is being indicted and what the person or entity is being indicted for.
However, it is anticipated that the indictments revolve around the Russian investigation into 2016 election meddling and/or possibly the Uranium One scandal that was heavily exposed by Intellihub editor-in-chief Shepard Ambellas.
You can view the listings for all 1183 of the sealed indictments which were released in the following...
An Austin police officer has killed an unarmed man and beaten two innocent men, been sued for it, and somehow still has his job.
Here we go again. The Congress is hell bent on wrecking the Affordable Care Act.
A Texas police officer was placed on administrative leave on Friday after he reportedly used a Taser on a 76-year-old man after the suspect had already been forced to the
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Can somebody give me an updated count on post-military service service suicides? I've lost frigging count. The number is staggering.
Sergeant Melgars death is just the latest confirmation that the most celebrated and mysterious group of the U.S. military continues to function with minimal oversight and accountability producing a climate in which even other members of the U.S. military are not safe. After several months of investigation into the strangling of U.S. Army Green Beret 
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You need to see a client face to face without any delays. A commercial flight just wont do. Your best bet is to schedule a jet charter and get on the way as soon as you can finish packing. Along with speed, a charter flight offers a few other advantages you can put to good 
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Heres the state of the American government:
Louie Gohmert displayed that on the floor of congress an uninterpretable tangle of lines and random words and odd logos, all with the intent of somehow indicting Hillary Clinton in a non-scandal. This is where were at. Louie Gohmert, in the running for the dumbest person in congress. A bullshit chart. A ridiculous conspiracy theory. And were helpless we have no mechanism for prying the reins of power out of the hands of dangerous idiots.
The parents of a 39-year-old who died in a Christmas Eve confrontation with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2014 was awarded $5.5 million by a federal jury on Monday,
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The Winnebago Tribe is moving to take over management of the hospital on its reservation in Nebraska, more than two years after federal officials cut off key funding sources for the troubled facility.
By Derrick Broze President Trump has nominated a former lobbyist and executive of a major pharmaceutical company to be U.S. Health Secretary. On Monday, Trump...
Standing under a frigid spray of water might seem like the last thing you should do when getting ready to start your day, but we promise you, the practice results in numerous health benefits.
To begin with, you might be wondering, What, exactly, is a cold shower? Well, just like it sounds, a cold shower also referred to as the James Bond Shower is when you turn the water temperature down to freezing. It is frighteningly cold, yet deliciously awesome.
Not only does regularly taking a cold shower improve the quality of your skin and hair, it can stimulate weight loss and even speed up muscle soreness and recovery. Following are 7 reasons you should start taking cold showers. #4 is quite astonishing
1) Makes You More Alert
Lets be honest, it isnt easy getting ready for work in the morning. The last few minutes before you roll out of bed feel like the most precious in the world. And basking under a shower of hot water is certainly relaxing. But, it doesnt get you in the correct mindset to whoop some butt at the office.
This is why cold showers are so awesome. When you take a cold shower, you automatically start breathing deeper. This is a natural response to...
A Philadelphia cop has been arrested for allegedly masterminding a plot to sell drugs that were supposed to be submitted as evidence, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Eric Snell was cuffed by
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A gay man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the the Tulare County Sheriffs Office, accusing deputies of subjecting him to anti-homosexual slurs and severely beating him in
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We are failing our veterans. As a society, we are failing those who risked their lives to protect our freedoms. If you need evidence of this, look no further than the following story
An 82-year-old veteran known as George recently died just hours after he was evicted from a city center squat. The Mirror UK reports that though an autopsy has not yet been conducted, he is believed to have passed away from bronchial pneumonia a simple condition which could have been remedied, had he received help in time.
George had been living in an abandoned building in Manchester, along with 12 other homeless ex-servicemen. They were all evicted, however; this, in turn, forced them to brave the cold. Because George was in bad shape, his band of brothers walked with him to Salford Royal Hospital. It was there that he died, with four of him by his bedside.
To add insult to injury, George proudly wore his military service medals at all times. According to reports, he lived on the street for roughly 20 years.
Salford Armed Forces Veterans Network (SAFVN) did not know George personally, but condemned his unnecessary death nonetheless. The group said his death was a damning indictment on support services that are available for veterans who are homeless across the country. Chris Barwood, chairman of the SAFVN, added that George was a forgotten hero who served his country but had become invisible.
Barwood called for a national campaign to find homes for...
Amidst numerous unanswered question, the Las Vegas mass-shooting has curiously faded from the headlines. Is this a deliberate silence?
Love is a beautiful thing. Lasting relationships are not exempt from arguments and emotional roller-coasters. Researchers have confirmed that there are two basic traits that will generate prosperous relationships. Have you guessed it yet?
Given the fact that most marriages seem doomed for divorce, everybody wants to know what the secret is to a happy and long-lasting relationship. Psychologist John Gottman and Robert Levenson are two social psychologists that conducted a longitudinal study into how couples interact with each other and the impact this has on the longevity of their relationship.
Gottman and Levenson gathered newlywed couples and asked them questions about their relationship, major conflicts and positive memories. The subjects physiological responses were recorded, namely, heart rate, blood flow and perspiration. Using these recordings, Gottman separated the couples into two categories : Masters and Disasters.
When speaking about the Disasters, Gottman said their heart rates were quick, their sweat glands were active, and their blood flow was fast. These couples indicated a fight-or-flight response to the questions asked. However, the Masters were calm and connected, even when they were fighting. He explains that these couples created a climate of trust and intimacy that made both of th...
North Koreas state-run propaganda machine has seized on Donald Trumps aborted trip to the DMZ, calling him a coward for canceling his visit to the heavily fortified border. And just to make sure there is nothing lost in translation, state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmin said Trump deserves the death penalty for insulting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
An editorial in the ruling party newspaper focused its anger on Trump in a recent issue, criticizing him after he vowed to bring the North Korean regime to heel if it doesnt surrender its nuclear weapons and half its program of nuclear enrichment during a speech to South Korean lawmakers last week during the beginning of Trumps 12-day, five-nation tour across Asia which was intended to rally regional support for the USs push to force North Korea to disarm.
The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership, the editorial said.
He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people, it added.
Though Trump recently re-engaged in the verbal jousting last week when he tweeted that he would never call Kim short and fat apparently responding to a message broadcast on state TV. There has been no love lost between the two, who have traded insults since Trump took office in late January. However, in a sign that relations between the two long-time adversaries might be warming, the North has refrained from carrying out another missile test since its Sept 15. launch. Concerns about military action have abated since the summer when Trump swore to attack North Korea with fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen if Kim Jong Un continued to threaten Americans.
The Guardian pointed out that the members of the ruling Kim dynasty past and present enjoy near god-like status in North Korea. The editorial also took a dig at Trumps failure to tour the demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas a traditional stop-off for senior US officials visiting the South.
The editorial also took a dig at Trumps failure to tour the DMZ, which divides the two Koreas and is a traditional stop-off for senior US officials visiting the South.
Trumps helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather an explanation North Korea has dismissed as a cover for cowardice.
It wasnt the weather, the editorial said: He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.
(SP) The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.
Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.
Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.
The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.
This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.
When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.
I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.
Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also a...
To start your morning off right, we recommend taking a look at our Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information, which are newly updated with links to OpenGovData.org, our open data policy resources, and much more.
Elsewhere in today's edition, Jeff Sessions talks to the House Judiciary Committee, ProPublica unearths potential conflicts at the USDA, we join 108 other organizations in support of open data and evidence-based policymaking, Kenya's democracy hangs in the balance, and more.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed a number of topics with the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. The high profile hearing touched on issues including Russia, requests for a Clinton special counsel, email pseudonyms, and more:
By Aaron Kesel French politicians have revealed their hidden agenda to lower the age of consent in France to 13 years old. No you arent...
Everything going on around us; what we are aware of and unaware of all have their roots in Karma and all this karma has its roots in that conversation which took place in that waiting place on another plane, between the lifetimes. There are crusaders at work we are making up for being the violators 
By Brandon Turbeville After years of obvious collusion between the United States and ISIS, the U.S. continues to deny that America created and/or supports the...
In the past few days a number of notable liberals have decided to take allegations of sexual assault against former president Bill Clinton seriously. Lets just say that discarding the Clintons when theyre no longer politically useful to retroactively grab the higher moral ground isnt exactly an act of heroism. But if were going to re-litigate history, lets get it right.
That so many women have summoned the courage to make public their allegations against Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, and Bill OReillyor that many have come to reconsider some of the claims made against Bill Clintonrepresents a cultural passage, says David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker (my italics). It takes plenty of courage to face powerful men with sexual assault allegations. But how much courage needs to be summoned to reconsider Bill Clintons behavior now, more than 20 years after we first learned about it? Zero. Democrats pay no political price for going after the former president, nor will Clinton face any consequences.
In The New York Times, for example, Michelle Goldberg spends around 75 percent of her column titled I Believe Juanita rationalizing why it was okay not to believe Juanita Broaddrick, who credibly accused Bill Clinton of rape decades ago. You wont be surprised to learn that Goldberg claims the politics and conspiracy-mongering of conservatives provoked skepticism among liberals excuses that will be awfully familiar to anyone following the justification of Roy Moores supporters.
One of the problems with Goldbergs contention is that the Broaddrick allegation was uncovered by NBC News, not Richard Scaife. Well, specifically, it was uncovered by NBC News after the network sat on the story throughout the impeachment proceedings against the president. According to the network, the story had to be put through an arduous factchecking process that included figuring out where Clinton had been the day of the alleged rape something that had been worked out in a few days time.
Then again, the myth that most of the media was enthusiastic about uncovering damaging stories relating to Clintons background persists today. The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times,...
Given that a vanishingly small portion of Americans know anything about Uzbekistan, and that the country rarely appears in our news, most Americans will only remember Uzbeks if they were in the news for something bad in the past. Lo and behold, a number of commentators have perceptively noted that a strangely large number of people from Uzbekistan have been charged with terrorism-related offenses against the United States.
Oh, and, while there are no official figures for Uzbekistan, experts believe a substantial number of Uzbeks have joined ISIS, and its neighboring Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyz Republic all have elevated levels of ISIS recruitment. Indeed, many ISIS members from Kyrgyzstan may actually be ethnically Uzbek.
Given all of this, some Americans may think it prudent to have concerns about Uzbek immigrants. But media reports are a poor basis for determining national security policy. We shouldnt be making immigration or homeland security decisions based on the anecdotes news outlets provide, or in the hysteria surrounding potentially one-off events. Whether gun violence or terrorism, we need a rational, fact-based approach to cut through the media noise and determine where the real risks lie. It turns out, there is quite a bit of data available.
The New America Foundation produces a comprehensive list of individuals charged or convicted of terror-related offenses from 2001 to today. This list provides basic citizenship data, but, more importantly, it provides names and other identifying information that can be used, with the help of some googling, to look up even more detailed biographic data on each alleged terrorist. Most people concerned about imported terrorism threats are not only concerned with foreign passport-holders, but also the second or third generation descended...
After their member lunch Tuesday, Senate Republican leadership announced they would work to include a repeal of Obamacares individual mandate as part of tax reform. The Senate leaders also announced they would bring the Obamacare stability legislation written by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to the floor for a vote.
Repealing Obamacares tax on individuals who do not buy health coverage, and using the proceeds to reduce taxes overall, may represent sound tax policy. However, for several reasons, both the mandate repeal, and the stability legislation linked to it, represent unsound health policy.
Due to Senate procedural concerns, the tax reform bill cannot include legislative proposals within the purview of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee. These two committees would have jurisdiction over any actions to repeal, waive, or otherwise relax Obamacares onerous regulatory regime.
For these reasons, a tax reform bill repealing the individual mandate cannot repeal the regulations that caused premiums to more than double over the past four years, and necessitated the mandate in the first place. As I previously noted, repealing a penalty that encourages healthy people to purchase insurance, while retaining the regulations that have attracted a sicker-than-average population to Obamacares insurance exchanges, will raise premiumsthe only question is by how much.
The stability legislation would provide two years of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to health insurers, which reimburse them for the cost of discounting deductibles and co-payments to certain insurers. Three years ago, the House of Representatives sued the Obama administration challenging the constitutionality of these payments, which the House contended were being made without an explicit appropriation from Congress.
In May 2016, Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed. While she stayed her ruling stopping the payments while the Obama administration appealed, the Trump administration used her logicthat the payments lacked a constitutional appropriationto halt the payments unilaterally last mo...
It is fascinating and welcome to see liberals discovering their consciences on Bill Clintons alleged rapist tendencies. True, this moral revelation comes about two decades later than it should have, and at precisely the moment the Left can no longer reasonably ignore it and not a moment sooner.
Just the same, it is nice to finally see some honesty on this issue. It is nice to see liberals, having no more use for the Clintons, finally undertaking what MSNBC host Chris Hayes calls a real reckoning with the very real possibility that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick nearly 40 years ago.
And yet. One is tempted to believe were witnessing not a reckoning but a quick and guilty kind of moral shrug, a sort of Kansas City shuffle meant to absolve a bunch of deeply culpable people of their own deep and stinking culpability. For a real reckoning of American liberalisms wink-nod approach to Bill Clintons alleged sex crimes would implicate American liberalism itself, or at least the last few decades of it. That is understandably not something many liberals are willing to do.
A great example of this evasive genre can be found at The Atlantic, where Caitlin Flanagan has written an article titled, simply, Bill Clinton: A Reckoning. The article itself is actually not a reckoning of Bill Clinton or even an overture toward a reckoning.
Indeed, Flanagan only comes to the sexual assault allegations leveled at Clinton only about two-thirds of the way through, after bringing up Clarence Thomass alleged sexual harassment of Anita Hill. She places most of the blame for Clinton on machine feminism rather than Democratic opportunism, then lamely asserts Democrats need to come to terms with how they abandoned some of [their] central principles in their unthinking defense of Clinton.
At The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg offers a similar pastiche of self-serving pseudo-reflection. I Believe Juanita, her most recent column declares upfront. After that she spends a great deal of time grumbling about Breitbart, the rights evident bad faith, right-wing propaganda, the right-wing press, epistemological warfare, and various figures in conservative media. Only after six paragraphs do we get to Broaddrick, after which Goldberg quickly returns to the conservative-led blizzard of lies that led progressives to doubt Broaddri...
Last Friday, President Trumps Asia trip took him to Vietnam for a meeting with regional leaders. None other than Russias head of state Vladimir Putin was in Vietnam, too. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the president thought it would be a good idea to talk with Putin.
This makes sense, especially on the topic of North Korea. The United States, Russia, and China share the same interest of a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula. But North Korea is stalling on diplomacy until it has the bargaining power of a warhead that can hit America. Before this happens, the Trump administration needs Russia and China to apply enough pressure on North Korea, at least by not providing the Kim regime an escape route, so North Korea comes to the diplomatic table.
In the words of Stephen Hadley, a former national security advisor to George W. Bush, The more China squeezes North Korea, the more potential there is that the North Koreans turn toward Russia I dont think [Russia and the Trump administration] are on the same page at this point, and that is why I think it is important for Trump to see both [Chinese President] Xi and Putin.
Anonymous Trump administration officials, however, found it distasteful that President Trump would meet with Putin. This faction, which includes interventionists in both parties, seems to view Putin in moralistic terms. And President Trump has come under fierce scrutiny for daring to meet with Russias president earlier this year. Possibly bowing to pressure, Trump and Tillerson backed down from a formal meeting. Trump and Putin did chat informally, but the two leaders failed to sit down and hammer out the big issues due to scheduling conflicts.
This is a terrible mistake. Russia isnt the Soviet Union, and Putin is no Stalin. Either way, we talked to both the Soviet Union and the murderous Stalin. There is nothing wrong with talking to Russiaunless, of course, you think Trump is involved in a conspiracy with the Kremlin.
True to form, most of the American medias questions directed at President Trump after his Vietnam summit involved the moments he was seen chatting with Putin. When asked what the two lead...
For years, I researched and wrote about the State Longitudinal Database Systems (SLDS) here in Oklahoma and across the nation (here, here and here), warning that these ill-advised legislative efforts to codify transparency and accountability in public schools would end up creating what could only be considered a national database.
In 2013 I testified before our state legislature on the dangers of SLDS, which are a system of interconnected state data streams that flow into a giant federal data river collecting information starting when small humans enter the public school system. Sorry, but I dont happen to believe that lifelong surveillance and surveillance-based manipulation of my choices should be the price of a public education. Nobody needs his preschool discipline records following him for life because some data company in cahoots with the governmentwell beyond my controlwants to plunder education records to make a buck.
The arguments I used then remain valid today: there is no way to provide either the bureaucracy-driven transparency or accountability government officials now desire for public education without collecting countless data points of information on nearly every facet of a students life. Of course, that is exactly what schools do today: collect endless reams of data.
Sadly, states (including Oklahoma) have had only varying degrees of success stopping some of the unbelievable amounts of data being collected on public school students. When I say unbelievable amounts, I have actual screen shots from the National Center for Education Statistics National Education Data Model (no longer online, incidentally), which provided model data points to be collected from students for very important educational information like routine health care procedure required at school, number of teeth, orthodontic appliances, voting status, religious affiliation (these two being big no-nos in the world of data collection), weeks of gestation, and weight at birth.
The Common Education Data Standards, a one-stop A-Z data collecting shop where anyone can see the possible data collection titles populating public school SLDS, are still online....
In 2015, California passed a law forcing privately funded pro-life pregnancy centers to promote taxpayer-funded abortions, threatening crippling fines for noncompliance. That edict is now under review by the Supreme Court.
The Monday announcement that SCOTUS will hear pro-lifers challenge to the so-called Reproductive FACT Act comes just two weeks after a California superior court judge granted an injunction against the law on grounds that it violates the states Declaration of Rights.
Now, a long-fought battle to keep the Golden State from forcing its pro-life citizens to choose between obeying conscience or the law of the land is on its way to Washington DC for a final decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.
By Gods grace, we now have an opportunity to secure a win for free speech and freedom of conscience at the Supreme Court, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing NIFLA in the case, wrote in an email alert Monday morning. And a victory could protect pro-life pregnancy centers nationwide from becoming forced mouthpieces for Big Abortions message of death.
The law, which was pushed through on a strictly party-line vote from state Democrats and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, withstood the scrutiny of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last October. The Ninth Circuit, however, has a reputation as the nations most-reversed court, with as many as 86 percent of its cases overturned by the Supreme Court in a single year.
While it has only been enforced in one jurisdictionthe City of Los Angelesthe law has since served as a template for a 2017 mandate in Hawaii, which would likely be affected by the Supreme Courts forthcoming decision. In July, a judge in Illinois placed a statewide preliminary injunction on a 2016 law that would have forced medical professionalsincluding pro-life doctors, nurses, and pregnancy center personnelto refer patients to abortion businesses.
Californias threat to pro-life pregnancy care centers and medical clinics counts among the most flagrant violations of constitutional religious and free speech rights in the nation, Thomas Glessner, J.D., president of NIFLA, said in a statement Monday. The implications of the Supreme Courts decision in this case...
The contentious alliance between Republicans in Congress and the White House has been held together with pixie dust and the promise of tax reform. If the administration and congressional leaders dont go to bat for an improved child tax credit, theyll be forced to rely on Tinker Bell to keep the first half of the Trump presidency from ending in a stalemate and a political crackup.
With a tight window before the 2018 congressional campaigns begin in earnest, Republicans establishment and populist alikeneed to deliver a win. A plan that simply focuses on lower rates for business and high earners will not have the popular support to get across the finish line, nor should it deserve to. Ensuring that a substantial expansion of the child tax credit (CTC)not just in its dollar amount, but in the way it is appliedis a part of the final tax reform package should be a non-negotiable for conservatives of all stripes, ensuring that tax reform meaningfully helps middle-class American families.
As a quick refresher, the CTC is currently set at $1,000 per child and directly deducted from the amount a taxpayer owes. The CTC is partially refundable, and phases in after a taxpayer hits the minimum earnings threshold of $3,000. A family with two kids, for example, needs to make $16,333 in annual yearnings to receive the full $2,000 credit. The credit starts to fade out when adjusted gross income reaches $110,000 for married couples filing jointly.
The structure of the CTC make it an ideal way to target tax relief for low- and middle-income families. Its limitations can be easily adjusted to make it an even better tool for boosting the fortunes of working-class American parents and their children. In 2011, an estimated 29 percent of children under three were in families ineligible for the full CTC due to its limited refundability.
Its clear that the credits overall value should be raised. Inflation has eaten away nearly one-third of the credits value since it was set in 2001, and increasing it substantially would recognize the costs associated with raising a child and the importance of investing in Americas children. But absent other changes, merely increasing the total amount of credit will only benefit upper-middle income families who earn enough to capture the full amount of the credit....
During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.
With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.
Joe Biden says that the man who stopped the Texas church shooter should not have been armed. pic.twitter.com/pY3hBHPHuX
Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 14, 2017
Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.
Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.
The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.
If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.
Biden apparently doesnt think guns are useful for self-defense and protecting others, even though police and soldiers cant stop bad guys without guns, and neither can private citizens. Public records are replete with instances of private citizens enjoying protection against evil when armed.
Its just rational to say certain people shouldnt have guns, Biden insisted, however. The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they...
Sound the alarm! We must take immediate action before its too late. More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries around the world have issued a doomsday warning to humanity. Climate change, species extinction, deforestation and exponential human population growth are all threatening our very existence.
In 1992, more than 1,700 independent scientists penned the World Scientists Warning to Humanity. The second warning which was issued by the Alliance of World Scientists and published in the journal of Bioscience on the 13th November 2017, comes on the 25th anniversary. The paper outlines some of the worlds most pressing environmental concerns. Though progress has been made in some areas, such as cutting ozone-depleting chemicals, and increasing energy generated from renewable sources, the damaging trends far outweigh our efforts. The scientists highlight that almost all of the problems identified in the original warning have been exacerbated.
On the 25th anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data, the paper reads. Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastr...
In this nearly hour-long interview, WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker takes veteran podcaster Peter B. Collins through the details of Anthony Weiners fall and the effect it had on Hillary Clintons presidential race.
They go deep into the shadows where political traps are constructed.
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Sandhya Kambhampati, who came to ProPublica Illinois from Correctiv, an independent nonprofit newsroom in Berlin, enjoys sifting through datasets to find a story. But for her, data is more than data points and numbers. Its people who are getting affected. In the sixth of a series of Q&As with ProPublica Illinois staffers, Kambhampati talked with ProPublica Emerging Reporter Andrea Salcedo.
What inspired you to become a data reporter?
Ive always liked numbers and statistics. As a child, my dad played NPR in the car, we watched the nightly news and we watched 60 Minutes on Sundays. I actually wanted to be a 60 Minutes reporter when I was little.
The reason I liked that type of reporting was because it was document-based. They had to sift through lots of data and find the story. I wanted to find a way to do that kind of investigative reporting. So when I got to college, I heard about this class being offered called CAR (computer-assisted reporting). I saw that it was a senior-level course and I thought, Thats stupid. Why is it only senior level? I thought, OK. Ive got to take this class. I got into that class my sophomore year. That professor pretty much inspired me to continue on that path.
What are you interested in investigating with ProPublica Illinois?
Im interested in higher education data, taxes and transportation. Id like to dig into the systems in Illinois that people dont know much about and help put the data thats recorded or not recorded on these systems into context.
What are some underreported stories in Illinois that you wish would receive more coverage, especially after looking at so many datasets on a regular basis?
In general, hate crimes are not very well reported. Statistics on them are really bad and the record keeping is not consistently kept across police agencies.
How do you hope the stories that you help build at ProPublica Illinois will spark change?
For me, the most important thing i...
Volvox is a popular name. Add to the list of non-Chlorophyte uses Atelier Volvox (Volvox Workshop), a design studio in Switzerland. They seem to sell mainly accents and small furniture, such as Brderchen:
Please forgive my Google translation. 640 Swiss Francs (about the same in dollars) seems a bit steep to me, but what do I know; Im still sitting in my Pong. Not everything is that expensivethe Kerzenstnder is only 39 Francs:
Okay, I thought that was for the set. Its just the smallest one. The whole set would run you 137 Francs. So Atelier Volvox is not for plebs like me. Nice stuff, though. They do need a better picture of Volvox for their logo; maybe Ill offer them one.
So for the record, heres the list to date:
May invokes Russiagate!, Boris Johnson and the problematic Peshmerga, George H.W. Bush sex pest-ing, Creepy Joe Biden and more
UK Column anchor Mike Robinson is joined by guest host from 21WIRE, Patrick Henningsen, with this weeks top stories from the UK Column. Watch:
00:27 Theresa May speaks at Mansion House
06:10 Russia alleged meddling in Catalan vote
06:19 BBC: real news reporting at last?
09:21 Brexit chaos: backtracking Henry VIII powers
10:56 Boris: statement on Gov.uk website redacted
13:27 Myanmar: Rohingya crisis or fake news?
18:59 Middle East: Peshmerga peace treaty with ISIS?
22:11 RT asks questions but forced to register in USA
25:10 Sex scandal: George HW Bush accused
26:46 US Vice President Biden Creepy uncle Joe
30:36 Social Impact Investing: change agents disguised?
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Your pill spies on you
The pill reports when its taken
by Jon Rappoport
November 15, 2017
Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother.
Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill.
Achtung! Take your medication on time!
Theyre starting with Abilify, used to treat schizophrenia and depression. The patient signs up voluntarily to be monitored. The sensor in his pills will inform up to four designated people.
Its wonderful. Dont worry, be happy.
The Surveillance State has a new eyeball, and its in the patients mouth, throat, and stomach.
Otsuka manufactures the pill, and Proteus makes the sensor, which is composed of copper, magnesium, and silicon.
The pill reports when its taken.
The elderly, of course, are a main target in this new scheme. Theyll sign up for the program in drovesbecause theyre already drugged to the gills and they easily forget everyday details.
Wonderful! I want all my pills to have sensors in them, so I can be sure Im doing what my doctor wants me to.
Pharmaceutical slaves on parade.
The overriding principle here is: what starts out as a voluntary program eventually becomes mandatory, for the good of all. The voluntary phase is just the warm-up, to secure general acceptance. The whole vaccination schedule is a perfect example of the shift from voluntary to mandatory.
Eventually, youll hear something like this: Bob, are you still taking those pills without sensors? I didnt think they were even making them anymore. Whats wrong with you? Dont you want protection? Last month I forgot to take my antidepressant on time and thank God my smart phone alerted me. It could have been a disaster
Or how about this, someday: The governor of California has signed a bill mandating that all workers in the state who are prescribed bipolar medicines take them with embedded sensors. The governor said, There is a real danger to the community when people with bipolar are unmedicated or miss their dosing schedule. This new law will protect all our people.
Pharmaceutical slaves on parade.
Voters in central Arkansas 2nd District might, possibly, maybe experience something that doesnt happen that much in congressional races a real, contested campaign. Thats because national Democrats are targeting that race to try to unseat the Republican congressman, Rep. Read the rest
By Brandon Turbeville For years, the United States government stuck to its nonsensical claim that the Syrian government was the only party in Syria using...
When the North American families come together we hope they will acknowledge the roots of the Thanksgiving tradition, a truly indigenous gift to the world.
On August 10 earlier this year, I concluded that the weakly supported theory of autogynephilia (AGP) remains popular among a certain subset of sexologists because of its utility for dismissing trans women. A careful look at the methodology that produced the theory quickly demonstrates its fatal flaws, and yet the theory is, to this day, occasionally cited as a reason to dismiss a trans womans opinion as unreliable. In brief review, the theory posits that there are two (and only two) etiologies by which gender dysphoria is produced in trans women: The first, the bizarre and easily falsified notion that it is easier to be a trans woman than an effeminate gay man; the second, sexual arousal at the thought of oneself as possessing culturally female attributes. The former are confusingly named homosexual, (as in women attracted to men), the latter heterosexual (as in women attracted to women). Science!
Ray Blanchard was only able to propose this conclusion by ignoring vast portions of his data and framing his subjects as liars, thus rendering his theory unfalsifiable when tested with his own methodology. The theory, naturally, doesnt pan out when investigated by Blanchards peers.
The first is that Ray Blanchard never actually compared his results with a control group, which to anyone acquainted with the scientific method is a pretty egregious oversight. When Dr. Charles Moser did just that and posed Blanchards survey to cisgender women, he found that 93% of cisgender women classified as autogynephilic. If we were to accept AGP as a valid scientific theory, we would have to claim that 93% of cisgender women are suffering from a pandemic of erotic location errors. In other words, all Blanchard discovered was that most women pictured themselves with breasts and vulvae in their sexual fantasies, and are frequently aroused by the interactions they imagine with said characteristics. There is nothing specific to this that justifies singling out trans women the way Blanchards taxonomy does, unless you think women arent supposed to be sexual creatures and that the presence of sexual desire in trans women therefore deems us men. (One wonders where this puts all the allosexual and even some ace-spectrum women, who Im sure will be surprised to learn theyve been doing their sexual desire wrong all this time.)...
We can do better. This is not what a strong, successful America looks like.
Our cities are struggling financially. But culturally, we lack a common understanding to explain why this is, let alone decide what to do about it.
Many people want to believe were simply not paying enough taxes. Others believe that our tax rates are too high. We might have too little regulation, or not enough. Some say we need an active government, and some, more of a free market... But at Strong Towns, we dont see things in such binary ways.
Plenty of Americans wish we would listen to the experts and hand things over to the people who claim they know what needs to be done. Others believe we have too many experts, and that they know a lot less than they think they do... Were more nuanced here at Strong Towns; a little expertise combined with a lot of humility can be a powerful force for good.
One area where we have something approaching an American cultural consensus is our need to spend more money on infrastructure. Left, right, center... it seems most people can agree on this. But Strong Towns advocates think differently.
What we at Strong Towns have seen so clearly is that our cities struggle not from the lack of a cultural consensus, but because of one. Weve structured our economy around the principles of the Suburban Experiment, an approach to growth that provides lots of short-term rewards at the expense of our long-term strength and resiliency. Our cultural consensus on infrastructure spending is built on false statistics and short-term planning, but it lacks a common understanding about the root causes of financial failure and financial success.
If you believe in our mission and want to help us change American cities, towns and neighborhoods for the better, join the movement!Join the Strong Towns movement...
Can you imagine being constantly afraid for your life? That's what kids today will have to deal with as adults. Find out what you can do about it.
A mostly whimsical, but serious observation of theological doctrine, that most people are aware of, and, I think, will appreciate.
There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.
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With its dedication to every child suffering in war and quote from Anne Frank where theres hope theres life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again, this book from the girl whose tweets asked Donald Trump to start World War Three, is presented to the reader as the faithful account of a courageous and innocent child about her familys suffering through the siege of Aleppo, Syria.
Read how Bana Alabeds PR company deleted all Banas pro-war tweets: Banas Pro-War Tweets Hit by a Vanishing Spell Leading up to Book Launch
Presenting anyone with a childs alleged testimony engenders immediate sympathy and a sense of moral outrage and indignation at what war does to children. Despite this, Banas book fails to meet the brief for anyone with any passing understanding of the war in Syria. As the moderate FSA (Free Syrian Army) and other terror groups continue to pound ordinary civilians inside Syria with US coalition-supplied weapons and missiles, it is extremely difficult to feel anything but contempt for this egregious example of propaganda or for the Bana project in its entirety.
Bana Alabed may only now be eight years old- we see her blowing out candles on her birthday cake at the end of the book but she is also the daughter of criminals who, despite denials and claims of being innocent bystanders, were intimately connected with Al Nusra Front and affiliates in East Aleppo and lived in an apartment...
Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders stand to gain from energy development of their own lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Leaders of the Quapaw Tribe are calling for the resignation of Vice Chairman Thomas Mathews after he was accused of attempting to solicit sex from a minor.
and video evidence has been relied on in academia, science, courts of law and elsewhere to prove or refute facts and theories but those days are coming to an end. We live in an historic era. Technological advances in the realm of computers and AI are taking place so rapidly that our world is being changed overnight. Now, software has been written that allows computers to create new faces that look like normal unique people but which are actually composite amalgams; to literally create and fabricate objects (from a basic sketch) and render them so lifelike that you wont be able to tell the difference between the fabricated ones and the real ones; and to remove entire objects from video footage in real time, and render in the empty space so well that it is undetectable to the eye. The days of being able to trust photo evidence and video evidence are disappearing and the implications for hum...
In 1980, America rejected The Carter administration and embraced the pro-American, pro-responsibility policies of Ronald Reagan. It really was morning in America. In 1981, Bolingbrook decided to elect liberal Ed Rosenthal to be the mayor of Bolingbrook.
The residents of Bolingbrook supported his efforts to create transparency inside village hall. They were willing to buck the national trend to put the Pride Party and him in office.
Rosenthals election angered Babbler publisher John Olson so much, that he would use the Babbler to try to get Rosenthal recalled before his inauguration. He said that Bolingbrook needed to be saved from that, Peacenik hippy commie teacher! the Babbler, under protest from the editor, ran articles about Rosenthals numerous visitors with alien bankers and attacked his family. When the Babbler questioned his wifes administration of The Fountaindale Library and its Collection of cursed books, Rosenthal wrote a letter to the editor. When the Babbler claimed that his oldest daughter had a collection of voodoo dolls, he submitted a guest opinion.
When the Babbler wrote about his youngest daughter, Rosenthal marched into the Babblers new Barbers Corner office and barged into Olsons office. The two then had the loudest argument in the history of Bolingbrook. The argument was heard as far away as Downers Grove, and as far underground as Hell. They only calmed down when lawyers for both sides entered the room.
After the meeting, Olson announced that he was stepping down as the publisher of the Babbler. He added that the Babbler would retract its article about Rosenthals youngest daughter. To date, this is the only retraction in the Babblers history.
Rosenthal then agreed to his first interview with the Babbler as mayor, but stated that he be allowed to conclude our settlement there. Our reporter had no idea what he was getting into.
Mayor Rosie speaks to the Babbler!
Reporter: Hello your honor.
Rosenthal: Oh come in. You can call me Mayor. Well worry about calling me Ed or Rosie later once youve earned it.
Reporter: Um OK.
Rosenthal: You must be the bravest reporter at the Babbler.
Reporter: I drew the short straw.
Rosenthal: Ah. Well, have a seat. This wont hurt much.
Reporter: OK. Um, you seem calmer now compared to the last time I saw you....
A bill to end decades of gender-based discrimination against indigenous women is inching closer to passage in Canada.
On the evening of Friday, October 3, 2017 prisoners at Holman prison in Alabama began a work strike in protest to the suspension of weekend family visitation, the continued and ongoing of harassment by Alabama Department of Corrections CERT (riot squad) against prisoners, including physical assaults on prisoners, arbitrary shakedowns and the total disrespect CERT members show towards prisoners.
The CERT has been assigned to Holman October of 2016 after rebellious prisoners staged a number of work strikes, riots and the stabbings of warden Carter Davenport corrections officer Tait and the killing of corrections officer Bettis.
The work strike length is indefinite. Pass the word on and express your solidarity with the prison rebels held captive at Holman by demonstrating and direct action.
The overwhelming success of Broadway juggernaut Hamilton currently playing to sell-out crowds in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and soon London has producers wondering how to top it or at least capitalize on it. So, it is no wonder that Gerard Alessandrini, an impresario who has made his career spoofing musical theater, developed a show 
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by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, Nov 14, 2017
First Nations protesters have been ordered to vacate their camp on a fish farm near Midsummer Island for 30 days while they prepare for a court date on Marine Harvests application for an injunction that would see them permanently removed from the site.
Protesters from the Musgamagw and Namgis First Nations have been occupying a shelter attached to the fish farm, southeast of Port McNeill, since early September, demanding that Marine Harvest shut down operations in their traditional territories.
At the direction of the Supreme Court of B.C., the protesters now have three days to remove their structures from the farm.
This (adjournment) gives our hereditary and elected leadership more time to get legal action and negotiations organized to remove these farms from our waters legally and permanently, said Musgamagw protester Molina Dawson.
The local First Nations have asked the B.C. government not to renew leases on farm sites in the Broughton Archipelago when they expire next June.
We would have preferred to stay on Midsummer, she said. Our concern now is that Marine Harvest will use this time to restock the f...
A House Democrat demanded on Tuesday that a former pesticide lobbyist who was appointed to the Department of Agriculture by the Trump administration release all emails she has exchanged with lobbyists or other representatives from her former industry.
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey made the demand in a letter to the official, Rebeckah Adcock, after an investigation by The New York Times and ProPublica revealed that Adcock had met with her former industry allies despite a signed ethics agreement that limited such interactions.
Adcock took part in a meeting in May that included a lobbyist for her former employer, the industry trade group CropLife America, according to visitor logs at the Department of Agriculture. Participants in the meeting said that Adcock had discussed the effect of pesticides on water, a topic she previously lobbied on and was supposed to refrain from working on inside government.
The Agriculture Department, speaking on Adcocks behalf, has said her actions did not violate the agreement, citing a 2009 memo by the Office of Government Ethics. Others have disputed that interpretation of the memo. The department also denied that Adcock had discussed issues forbidden by her agreement.
Adcock leads the deregulation team at the Department of Agriculture. In February, President Trump ordered major federal agencies to set up deregulation teams to cut red tape for businesses, but critics have faulted their secrecy and accused them of having deep industry ties.
The Times and ProPublica reported Monday that Adcock had refused in September to release the names of her deregulation teammates to congressional aides. On Tuesday morning, before she testified to two subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about deregulation, the Department of Agriculture provided the committee with a full list of names, Watson Colemans letter said.Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman wrote the letter to Rebeckah Adcock....
Lauren Denitzio has long been a master of lived-in, personal-political songwriting. With Worriers, Denitzio creates melodic punk songs that weave stories and lessons out of hard-fought feminist wisdom. The stories are sometimes told through wordy, double-time sweet-sung verse, sometimes with a gruff deadpan that sounds weary but never cynical.
Worriers songs infrequently tackle the intricacies of capital-p politics. More often they reflect what happens to people emotionally because of sociopolitical environments: the way relationships strain under the weight of capitalism, how anxiety exacerbates isolation, and the problem with binaries.
That type of context has only bolstered the urgency of songs like 2015s anthemic anti-police brutality Yes All Cops (Sometimes silence is a loaded gun / in the hands of all of us, goes a chorus that stares you straight in the eye) and They / Them / Theirs, a reflection on non-binary identity (What if I dont want something that applies to me / What if theres no better word than just not saying anything, anything).
Denitzio said their most recent album Survival Pop was written while considering what types of songs their younger self would need. Listening to its punk rock poetry, one gets the sense that they might have revisited old diaries for this one, spending time in past lives to make sense of what was and what is and what could be.
Songs like Self Esteemed and No Thanks offer time and perspective on a radical picture book of navigating your twenties: leaving the group house, losing touch with friends, remembering the unrealized possibilitiesand the people who didnt believe in you, toowhile recognizing it is okay now.
What Were Up Against, the albums fifth track and most potent protest song, is planted right in the present. Its one of the most rough-edged cuts on the record, an urgent response to 2017.
Theyve got bigger flags, theyve got bigger bombs, but through all the noise, theres still more of us, Denitzio sings with urgency over a raw, pointillist punk riff.
When the pummeling chorus comes around again (Wait for history to count to ten then you can get us, come and get me / No ones waiting for this nightmare to end before we pick up, swing back, refuse what were up against), the album is less than halfway through but already living up to its title, Survival Pop.
Listen to What Were Up Against:
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Bitcoins meteoric rise [JP Morgan Involved] in price has been accompanied by a predictably parallel rise in the contorted lunacy we seem to witness in every irrational bubble, no matter what its origin. The Bitcoin bubble delusion has become so convincing to some people that they now believe Bitcoin is the new gold or better 
November 7 didn't justify business-as-usual for the Clinton-Obama establishment and its blend of liberal identity politics and coziness with the corporate elite. American economic growth is not a "rising tide that lifts all boats." What we have instead is a small fleet of yachts in a rising sea full of swimmers trying to stay afloat. We need radical measures, not just the usual bromides about "growing the economy" and "jobs."
Last week's victories offer only a temporary distraction from the Democratic Party's ongoing troubles. Voter approval of the party is at a 25-year low, down to 37 percent from March of this year. Perhaps even more significantly, approval is down markedly among nonwhites and young voters, two groups the party needs for long-term success.
The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday (November 13) allowed President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban 3.0 to go partially into effect, exempting persons with 'bona fide relationships' to the US.
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Earlier this morningNovember 14, 2017five water protectors took action in solidarity with frontline Indigenous resistance efforts at Camp Makwa in Northern Minnesota to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in. The activists locked down to each other with lockboxes and used their bodies to disrupt business as usual at Wells Fargo, one of the major financial players behind this genocidal, extractive fossil fuel project. Wells Fargo has $743 million invested in Enbridge, which funds many tar sands projects including their Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
This action is one of hundreds that have taken place across the globe to call for divestment from financial institutions invested in the destructive fossil fuel industry.
Wells Fargo is just another institution that continues to make blood money off of fossil fuels at a time when scientists are telling us that we must make a just transition to renewables. Another institution that continues to make blood money off of Indigenous genocide, said a spokesperson for Earth Defense Coalition.
The water protectors successfully disrupted Wells Fargo employees from parking for three hours while engaging with hundreds of other employees. We are proud to say that we have met all of our goals of standing in Solidarity with Makwabringing local attention to Line 3 and joining the global movement to pressure financial institutions to divest from fossil fuels. All five lockdowners were able to leave the lockdown site without arrest.
On February 4th, 2018 the Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis and the city is already busy preparing for this big event. For almost a year the city has been advertising how important this event will be not just for the Twin Cities but for the entire state of Minnesota. There is talk about new jobs being created, money from visitors and businesses supporting the Super Bowl flowing into communities all across the state and last but not least the new Stadium that was built especially for this occasion but that will be there for a long time to host all kinds of large events. The advertising makes it seem that the Super Bowl is truly like winning the lottery for this state, and everybody living here will see how much it benefits them.
That is not at all true. The organizers of the Super Bowl dont care at all about supporting the local population and making the city a better place for those who live here. The city government and the developers behind the Super Bowl are only interested in making money, and to do that that they have shown themselves willing to spend a lot of money first. Thats why there is a new stadium to make Minnesota is worthy of hosting the Super Bowl. Thats why there are endless new condos being built all across the Twin Cities with security gates, fancy rooftop swimming pools and rent so high most city residents cant even dream about living in one of them. In order to build these condos older houses that have affordable rent prices and cater to low income folks are destroyed, making it plain that poor people are not welcome in a city preparing to host the biggest sport event in the United States. These people have to go to make room for those who are welcome. Urban professionals, mostly white, who have the necessary wealth to afford the fancy condos, the hip restaurants and tickets for the new fancy stadium. Gentrification is nothing new, but the Super Bowl accelerates the process and makes large parts of the city unlivable for anybody who is not a white wealthy professional. Whats more, gentrification doesnt stop at new condo buildings and fancy restaurants that are unaffordable.
The cops are also preparing for the Super Bowl. In recent months the police presence, especially in Downtown Minneapolis, has increased. Cops specifically target people of color and houseless people and harass and arrest them in order to get these people out of downtown in time for the big game. To help them with this mission, the cops will be receiving $3.1 million from the Super Bowl Host Committee, a conglomerate of NFL representatives, developers, and politicians, that will go towards paying for overtime for MPD officers and those brought in from aroun...
(Anti Media) A Florida couple recently lost yet another battle with their local government in their efforts to protect their right to grow vegetables in their front yard. Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll grew 
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Yesterday, the government, represented by AUSA Jennifer Kerkhoff, reduced the charges of seven J20 defendants set to go to trial on December 11 in DC. Six felony and two misdemeanor counts are now only three misdemeanor charges: conspiracy to riot, engaging in a riot and one count of property destruction. Without explanation, Kerkhoff changed the charges for these defendants (and these defendants alone at the moment), reducing the total time they are facing from around 60 years to under 2.
This announcement indicates a positive development, but it is unclear how this will impact the case overall. It is welcome news that these seven defendants no longer face life-altering felonies, but the prosecution has not given any indication as to why these changes have come to this particular group. There has been no change in the charges of the 186 other defendants, particularly the group slated to begin trial this Wednesday, November 15th. They continue to face a maximum sentence of 60+ years in prison. As this blog entry is being posted, the N15 trial group is about to begin their final pre-trial hearing.
The three misdemeanors charged against these seven defendants does not change a chilling legal maneuver attempting to broadly define conspiracy and implement a problematic DC Riot Statute. The U.S. Attorneys Office not only seeks to put hundreds on the line for a few acts of vandalismthey are also attempting to criminalize political organizing and attending a protest as conspiracy. The majority of the prosecutions arguments in court for these first two trial blocks so far has been focused on developing a conspiracy theory based on clothing, texts and online activity. If they are successful in this effort, it will still set a legal basis for district courts nationwide to conduct similar dragnet prosecutions and target activists based on any perceived political affiliations or actions.
Most of the defendants continue to work in solidarity with each other and understand that this case is an act of political repression aimed at criminalizing resistance. From the overcharging to force plea agreements to the states effort to redefine basic acts of political organizing as conspiracy, this case intends to send a message that resistance of any kind will be met with aggressive prosecution.
We will continue to support each other through these charges and will not stop until every single charge is dropped or every trial ends in acquittal....
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Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 AM 2:00 PM PST
Inland Regional Center, 1365 S Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, California 92408
Social Media Event Here
We are calling for ALL community members and anti-fascists around the area to come stand together against the hate and bigotry that the organizers of anti-Sharia rally are bringing to our community by organizing their event. Last similar rally in San Bernardino attracted neo-Nazis, racists and xenophobes who used the tragic terrorist attack in San Bernardino as an excuse to express hate against all Muslims and to physically assault local population and activists who stood against them. We will defend our community by whatever means necessary!
We encourage attendees to wear masks, which is absolutely legal in California, as the opposition tends to take photos of us and post them on far-right websites. This is also done to avoid the repression of activists by the police state.
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Reflecting on 11-13-17 the 29th anniversary of the death of Mulugeta Seraw. For those that dont remember Mulugeta was brutally murdered by Nazi boneheads in SE Portland. Yesterday was the 29th anniversary of his death. Two sides of Portland came out in response. Patriot Prayer members and their allies including a Nazi bonehead marked this day by a banner drop equipped with the racist dog whistle phrase Its OK to be White also with at least one confederate flag, and a Nazi bonehead that was armed with a Nazi knife with a visible swastika. We are used to Patriot Prayer storming pride events, bringing Racist speakers to town, and allying with Nazis at rallies, but yesterday was a new low, even for them.
Connors (@jung_sisyphus_) November 14, 2017
Pic of the swastika on rauls knife pic.twitter.com/UbLvbsVBUz
Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) November 13, 2017
In contrast members of the Portland community came out to honor Mulugeta Seraw by holding a candle light vigil, and a peaceful march through the neighborhood with a marching band. A speaker reminding what happened to Mulugeta, a little about his life and who he was opened the vigil. Mulugeta Seraw and the countless others that have died at the hand of the festering hate is why we fight.
Portland antifascist groups march to remember blue collar man #MulugetaSeraw, murdered in 1988 by Nazi skinheads. Photos from...
(ANTIMEDIA) On Tuesday, the creators of the popular politically incorrect game, Cards Against Humanity, announced their strategy to foil President Trumps notorious plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Its 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against Humanity is going to save America, they wrote on the site announcing their new holiday promotion.
According to a promotional video in the form of a satirical historical mockumentary of current times:
In the early part of the 21st century, Donald Trump had just been elected president of the United States. The American empire was in decline. After decades of global supremacy, the people had become lazy and stupid.
According to the website they launched specifically for the promotion:
Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans. He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion-dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing.
So weve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.
According to the companys video, which channels Mike Judges cult classic film Idiocracy, everyone who contributes $15 to the promotion will receive a small plot of the land in addition to six surprises throughout the month of December.
On the first day of the campaign, Cards Against Humanity purchased acres of land on the US-Mexico border and didnt build a wall on it. They retained a law firm to fight the U.S. government and prevent them from ever building the wall, says a historian in the promo video.
Cards Against Humanity says they intend to fight injustice, lies, racism, the whole enchilada.
Despite the humor of the campaign, its unclear whether it will actually be effective or relevant. The federal government has already made it clear it intends to seize private property in order to move forward with construction, though the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection have......
A twelve-year-old girl with epilepsy is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Agency to legalize cannabis across the country. Alexis Bortell developed epilepsy at the age of seven, and FDA-approved medications failed to improve her condition. She suffered from multiple seizures per day, and doctors were considering brain surgery. Nothing 
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Theyve voted to allow same-sex marriage. Now maybe some of the homophobes will flee the country.
And so it begins, my worst fears have been realized. Militarized US police have begun patrolling indoor and outdoor venues. Yesterday, an article in CBS New York warned that the NYPD plans to have commando equipped police or their Strategic Response Group (SRG) patrolling indoor and outdoor venues. The NYPD will be rolling out additional security around Madison 
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Photo from the Miami Herald.
From all incoming information, Virginia and NC prisons r experiencing sporadic major disruptions and lockdowns. SC entire prison system is locked down due 2 major disruptions, like at Evans Prison. Waiting on call from comrade in VA to give update #rebellions
prison slavery 276 (@SlaveryPrison) November 9, 2017
After this was released 300 prisoners were moved out of McCormick https://t.co/219yDE0jl7
Jailhouse Lawyers (@JailLawSpeak) November 3, 2017
With hunger strikes, riots, and rebellions popping off all the time in prison, we wanted to know more about what was going down inside the prison walls. As luck would have it, we recently were lucky enough to have the incredible opportunity to conduct an interview with prisoners, with responses coming from inside a Florida maximum security unit. Uhuru, a Black prisoner who hails from Brooklyn originally, has been a part of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS), a group of incarcerated prisoner advocates, for around 4 years. We caught up with Uhuru about recent uprisings and revolutionary perspectives. It is truly exciting to share his words with all of you.
The most common protests in the streets that gets prisoners r...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos and maintenance worker Stephen Schuck were captured on video in mid-November being honored as a heroes by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their intervention in the Oct. 1 massacre.
Campos was reportedly shot in the leg by Stephen Paddock through his 32nd-floor hotel room door before Paddock fired into the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music festival that night.
Attendees of the ceremony clapped and cheered for both Campos and maintenance worker Stephen Schuck as they were honored.
Over the last month, numerous independent researchers have put together a startling amount of evidence that there were multiple shooters during the horrific Las Vegas Massacre, many of them pointing to the plethora of eyewitness reports that confirm this stunning fact.
Amazingly, eyewitnesses have not only reported the existence of multiple shooters near the Route 91 Music Festival, many have also noted that there were shooters at other hotels along the strip, including Hooters, MGM, The Bellagio, and The Delano.
Footage from these hotels (which is included in the video below) also points to attackers striking multiple places throughout the strip.
For their part, law enforcement authorities in both the Las Vegas Police Department and The FBI have actively covered up what actually happened during that fateful night, going out of their way to confuse the timeline and at one point even telling Americans to ignore independent news reports and even video footage that they could see with their own eyes.
We are clearly witnessing a massive coverup of one of the worst mass shootings in American history. At this point, one has to wonder if authorities were in on the attack themselves or if they are covering up the fact that a terror group such as ISIS actually hit Las Vegas?
The following video puts together the various eyewitness reports that prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that the authorities are lying about Stephen Paddock being the lone gunman who carried out the attack.
While over 40 minutes long, I encourage you to watch the entire report.
Via Daily Sheeple
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The satellite is the size of a milk carton and called the Space Kingdom of Asgardia. The creators lauded the launch as establishing the first nation to have all of its territory in space, though no countries have acknowledged its statehood.
For now, the primary benefit of citizenship is being able to store data on Asgardia-1 while its in orbit. Even so, the satellite nation has terms and conditions and is subject to Austrian copyright law, so it is not free of earthly constraints.
In fact, the creators intend to bring human forms of governance to the new space nation, noting on their website the virtues of democracy and promoting parliamentary elections. They also have a proposed constitution and laws and intend to elect 12 cabinet ministers and a head of state.
Only those who support the constitution will have the right to upload data to the satellite. Asgardia will have taxes, though only businesses will be forced to contribute. Individual taxes will apparently be voluntary. The website explains that people can decide what amount of tax they would like to pay.
The country will also have passports, IDs, a national bank, business regulations, and a cryptocurrency called SOLAR.
According to Asgardias website, the nation was created with three top goals in mind: to ensure the peaceful use of space, to protect the Earth from space hazards, and to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space.
It also seeks to create a mirror of humanity in space, but without Earthly division into states, religions, and nations, though its unclear how it will be free of states by esta...
We must take upon ourselves personal responsibility for the removal of Donald Trump and his entourage from power by all lawful means and with great urgency. We must remember that Trump's rise to power was largely fueled by U.S.-based cable and commercial news -- the same oracles who today assume ownership of prosecuting the charges against their own creation.
The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.
Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.
Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.
The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.
This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.
When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.
I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.
Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN and stated, WikiLeaks was basically a cutout. That is, everything that was exfiltrated from the DNC to the Clinton campaign was apparently passed on to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks put it out. So this...
A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.
The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development in the Interior Departments Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was appointed in June and his position did not require Senate confirmation.
At the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Clarkson supervised a program that provides loan guarantees to Indian businesses. As ProPublica reported, in his previous role as a businessman and academic, he had arranged financing and a $20 million guarantee, under the same program, for a loan that helped an Indian tribe buy a Wall Street brokerage.
The loan did not appear to meet the departments guidelines for a guarantee but one was approved anyway. The brokerage ultimately went bankrupt and the loan was defaulted on. The department is still fighting that liability in court. (Even though the loan went sour, Clarkson and his company were paid $327,500, according to a filing in a related lawsuit.)
The transaction was criticized by the Interior Departments internal watchdog in two separate reports this year. In a report this March, the inspector general found that the loan guarantee Clarkson arranged departed from guidelines and raised several red flags that made it particularly risky. The IG didnt find any criminal violations, and a related grand jury investigation did not return any indictments.
In a second report, which was released yesterday, the IG said the loan program lacked adequate controls.
Clarkson faced pressure to resign because he hadnt disclosed his role in the scandal, according to a department official.
A department spokeswoman declined to comment, and Clarkson didnt answer requests for comment.
Jermaine Reynolds, a prisoner being held at the Upstate Correction Facility in Malone, NY, is currently suffering in solitary confinement with injuries to his kidneys, head and leg after being beaten up by his chow escort on Oct 7, 2017. His wife, who reported the situation, has already contacted the NY Inspector General, and is requesting help from IWOC to keep her husband safe, and demand accountability from those responsible for his appalling treatment. She says:
[Jermaines] disposition is full of lies and inaccuracies [..] they charged him with assault to an officer but no correctional officer name is attached [..] He has had X-rays taken and his head has been hurting [..] his wounds just healed since Oct 7th [..] Other inmates witnessed his attack, and threats were made towards the other inmates. Those inmates were beaten for protecting him. It is hard to understand his guilty charge on his disposition. He was handcuffed with his hands behind him. So there is no way for him to have hit anyone with his hands.
We are calling for a comms zap to the Upstate Correctional Facility, demanding that the prison administrators remove Jermaine from the Secure Housing Unit, and launch a full investigation into his assault and subsequent hearing:
Mail: Upstate Correctional Facility, 309 Bare Hill Road, Malone,
Phone: (518) 483-6997 (Franklin County)
We are also requesting that folks file complaints with the Office of Special Investigations:
Online: Submit an online complaint
Mail: Using a standardized complaint form please mail the complaint to:
Office of Special Investigations Intake Unit
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
The Harriman State Office Campus
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Feel free to use your own words, but one suggested script that you could use might be:
I am contacting you about the case of Jermaine Reynolds, #16A4692, who was recently assaulted by staff at Upstate Correctional Facility. I understand that other inmates witnessed his attack, and threats were ma...
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Last week, we sabotaged 45 Relay bikes in Little 5 Points, Inman Park, and Old Fourth Ward.
The Relay bike project is a part of the overarching plan of the city and its partners to create a culture of connectivity for capitalists and high-income workers. These bikes are positioned all around the city, at 70 different stations, near the BeltLine developments. The plan to connect the different corridors of commerce and condos has devastated large areas of the city, as unprecedented real estate speculation and profiteering has commodified public space and lead to increased rents in every neighborhood.
We used simple razor blades to stab/slash the tires and tubes of these bikes. It took less than one hour accomplish our task and we encourage others to copy our methods and to do better than we did.
We should be traveling, not transporting
We should be wandering, not commuting
We should be adventurists, not urbanists
Dedicated to those lost in the shuffle.
WORTH CO., GA Governor Nathan Deal has appointed an interim sheriff for Worth County after Jeff Hobby was suspended. On Monday, Deal announced he suspended Hobby from office by Executive
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A group of U.S. leaders, including California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reaffirmed the country's commitment to its Paris agreement targets this weekend at the COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany.
(ANTIMEDIA) As the transition towards a blockchain based economy continues, the established financial powers are desperately trying to stay relevant. In an attempt to boost their credibility, analysts at Deutsche Bank are finally admitting that state-run fiat currencies are becoming obsolete. For years, blockchain entrepreneurs and other critics of central banking have been branded either conspiracy theorists or criminals. But recently, those controversial opinions about the inevitable changes coming to the worlds financial system are being echoed by mainstream pundits.
Deutsche Banks top strategist, Jim Reid, recently articulated a view on the economy that is shared by many but rarely talked about:
Central banks and governments which have dined out on the 35 year secular, structural decline in inflation are not able to prevent it rising as raising interest rates to suitable levels would risk serious economic contraction given the huge debt burden economies face. As such they are forced to prioritise low interest rates and nominal growth over inflation control which could herald in the beginning of the end of the global fiat currency system that begun with the abandonment of Bretton Woods back in 1971.
The most surprising part came when he acknowledged the crucial role cryptocurrencies may play in the move away from unbacked paper money.
Although the current speculative interest in cryptocurrencies is more to do with blockchain technology than a loss of faith in paper money, at some point there will likely be some median of exchange that becomes more universal and a competitor of paper money.
CORNING, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) A mad gunman opened fire through the windows of an elementary school and at six other locations killing four and wounding at least ten others.
The shooting at the elementary school reportedly happened around 8 a.m.
Undersheriff Phil Johnston told reporters that multiple shots were fired at multiple locations before law enforcement ultimately neutralized the shooter after a 25-30 minute spree.
According to the undersheriff, authorities knew of at least five scenes where the shooter had discharged his weapon early on but the number has since been updated to seven.
A number of students attending the Rancho Tehama School were airlifted to the hospital.CORNING, Calif. Rancho Tehama School (Screenshot via Google Street View)
A local market owner named Joe Garcia who was about a half mile away from the incident when it happened said that he heard a lot of shooting.
The gunman was a known felon who liked to harass his neighbors.
A neighbor of the deceased shooter told reporters that his roommate was shot and killed by the gunman who then stole his roommates truck.
So this is the roommate of one of the supposed #RanchoTehamaShooting victims. He appears to be struggling to recite a memorized story, if you ask me. But you be the judge. He sure doesn't come across as someone whose friend was just killed. #CrisisActors #CaliforniaShooting pic.twitter.com/EkdJaBGGDb
Steven Davis (@ssdavis75) November 14, 2017
The shooter was counted among the dead.
The population of Rancho Tehama is approximately 1,450 people.
(TFTP) Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.
The DHS press release notes:
The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack. Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.
The environmental assessment of the proposed low level outdoor release of inert chemical and biological simulant materials states that low concentrations of particles will be released at two buildings on the now-abandoned Chilocco campus.
According to a report by the Wichita Eagle:
For the particle test, the federal government plans to release titanium dioxide, which it describes as a white odorless powder that is chemically insoluble in water, nonreactive, nonflammable, and nonhazardous. It also plans to release urea powder mixed with a CL Fluorescent Brightener.
For the biological portion of the test, it plans to release genetic barcoded spores of a biological insecticide known as native Btk, which is sold under the trade name of Dipel. Dipel is not considered a hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency when handled appropriately, accor...
Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and "duck and cover" drills.
In this podcast on the second day of the Strong Towns Winter Member Drive, Chuck shares a bit about the history of Strong Towns and the wake up call he had while working as an engineer building the very roads and big box stores he now recognizes as harmful for our towns and cities.
To build stronger towns, we have to shift the cultural conversation in American. It's a big challenge but with your help, we know we can do it. Join the Strong Towns movement today.Listen to the Podcast
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Fourteen years after losing her arm and nearly dying in a shark attack, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is pregnant and teaching her two-year-old son how to surf.
A post shared by Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton) on Nov 13, 2017 at 3:34pm PST
In several photos she posted to Instagram last week, Hamilton is seen teaching her son, Tobias, how to stand up on a board and ride the waves.
The United States is experiencing a wide range of climate impacts from major hurricanes in the South to unprecedented numbers of wildfires in the West to crop-destroying drought in the Mid-West. We are past the time to make a major commitment to the transformation we need to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing
My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.
After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.
After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.
The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed.
We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.
If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.
Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.
Ben Jacobs, political reporter at The Guardian, discusses the allegations against Roy Moore, the latest on WikiLeaks, and tax reform, all on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour.
The people who really like Roy Moore, really like Roy Moore. The people who dont, really dont even within the Republican party. Hes divisive. Hes controversial, Jacobs said.
What are Julian Assanges intentions, and has he made an impact on American politics? Its been interesting to watch Assange going from this brave truth-teller to someone whose support has eroded away into the fringe, Jacobs said.
Listen to the full interview here:
Today, the Sunlight Foundation joined 108 other organizations and individuals committed to using data and evidence to improve outcomes for the public in a letter to Congressional leaders supporting of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEBPA) of 2017 (H.R. 4714, S. 2046).
The bipartisan, bicameral companion legislation was introduced on October 31 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Our support for the bill builds upon past coalition support for the Commission of Evidenced-Based Policy, including the enactment of the recommendations contained in the final report that it delivered...
Residents living in Newkirk, Oklahoma, and Kansas at the border are worried after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced plans to simulate the effects of biological weapons on buildings just outside their city under the DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) which will conduct a program called the Hazards of Dynamic Outdoor Releases 
On Saturday, Keurig announced they would no longer sponsor Sean Hannitys show after the Fox News host said things the coffee machine overlords did not like about the scandal Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has found himself in.
In response, lots of Hannitys fans decided to smash their Keurig machines to show support for their favorite media personality. On Monday, Hannity called a truce and urged his listeners and viewers to stop smashing their machines after the coffee machine companys CEO publicly apologized to the host.
I pulled an Office Space with my Keurig Would be a shame if everyone else joined me in the Keurig Smash Challenge #BoycottKeurig #IStandWithHannity #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/yEADeRC006 Angelo John Gage (@AngeloJohnGage) November 12, 2017
I fully support the Keurig boycott for reasons that have nothing to do with the allegations of sexual assault against Moore or Hannitys coverage of said allegations, but because Keurig machines make bad coffee.
There, I said it. I have never had a cup of coffee from a Keurig machine that was not watery or did not taste like chemicals from the plastic cartridge the grounds had been sitting in for God only knows how long. And its expensive! The machine itself is upwards of $200 for a decent model, a drastic increase from my $40 Black and Decker auto-drip machine that runs like a champ.
The individual cups are also pricey. Using K-cups can be five times more expensive than drinking coffee from a pot. In a 2015 interview with The Atlantic, John Sylvan, the founder of Keurig, admits he does not own a machine because it is too expensive. Sylvan also bemoaned inventing K-cups that were not recyclable, creating an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.
In 2014, enough K-Cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times, the narrator says in an ominous YouTube video Sylvan shows the reporter profiling him. Almost all of them ended up in landfills. They are not recyclable.
The water ta...
(ANTIMEDIA) We tend to think of artificial intelligence entities as flawless intellects, early prototypes of the powerful artilects futurists imagine will one day rule our world. We also tend to think of them as not being subject to unhappy thoughts or feelings. But one company has created an artificially intelligent machine-learning system that suffers from mental instability, or the AI equivalent, and the creators deliberately designed it to be unstable.
This tortured artist of an AI is called DABUS, short for device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified Sentience. It was created by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, who used a technique called generative adversarial networks to mimic the extreme fluctuations in thought and emotion experienced by humans who suffer from mental illness. His Missouri-based company, Imagination Engines, developed a two-module process: Imagitron infused digital noise into a neural network, causing DABUS to generate new ideas and content; then, a second neural network, Perceptron, was integrated to assess DABUSs output and provide feedback. Then they added their secret sauce.
This method of creating an echo chamber between neural networks is not new or unique. However, what Thaler and his company are using it for deliberately tweaking an AIs cognitive state to make its artistic output more experimental is. Their process triggers unhappy associations and fluctuations in rhythm. The result is an AI interface with symptoms of insanity.
At one end, we see all the characteristic symptoms of mental illness, hallucinations, attention deficit and mania, Thaler says, describing DABUSs faculties and temperament. At the other, we have reduced cognitive flow and depression.
Thaler believes that integrating human-like problem-solving and human-like flaws, such as mental illness may significantly enhance an AIs ability to create innovative artwork and subjective output. While everyone is familiar with the psychedelic and surreal canvases produced by Googles Deep Dream algorithm, they may be uniquely impressed by the more measured and meditative work of DABUS.
The late Eduardo Galeano's forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page -- each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum,...
A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative
journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the
Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the
existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the
church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still
shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau
describes some of the details revealed in the book.
[Nuzzi] provides horrific proof of widespread sexual abuse inside San Pio X, the pre-seminary boarding school where middle school and high school age boys who express interest in joining the priesthood are still sent today.
The boys of the institute, housed in the same majestic building where former Vatican secretary of State has a controversial penthouse apartment which was recently renovated with funds from the Vaticans childrens hospital, officially serve as altar boys at Vatican masses and choir boys for St. Peters basilica. But the author also alleges they are actually nothing short of play things for the Vatican priests who like sex with young boys.
The abuses detailed in the book are really disgusting.
The sainted Mother Teresa, who made friends with some of the worst despots in the world, turns out to be a secret member of the global plutocracy. She could have used her wealth to alleviate the conditions of the poor that she claimed to love so much, but did not. Instead she festishized the suffering of poor people and saw it as virtuous for its own sake, though when it came to her own life, she avoided suffering.
Nuzzi also sullies the legend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, made a saint by Francis in 2016. He has uncovered accounting slips from secret bank accounts, in dollars and Italian lire, that the austere nun kept in her charitys name in the troubled Vatican bank during the time when American archbishop Paul Marcinkus led the institution.
Nuzzi said her accounts were so flush that if she had withdrawn the money or transferred to a more legitimate institution, the bank risked default. The nun, whose net worth is thought to be in the billions in the name of her charity, was such a valued client that she was ushered in through a secret door so no one suspected she was the banks wealthiest patron at a time when most women were prohibited from having accounts in their own names.
If the Catholic Church were not a religious organization, it would have long ago been shut down as an organized crime syndicate dealing in sex trafficking and financial corruption.
Millions of souls -- Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans, Pakistanis, northern Africans, Central Asians, Persian Gulf nationals -- are being soothed via the massive, cathartic walk from Najaf to Karbala. A pilgrim captured the spell -- spiritual redemption merging with political statement -- as he told me, with the flicker of a smile, the walk is also "a protest against terrorism."
Natural News| Software billionaire Bill Gates, the worlds wealthiest globalist, is funding research into male birth control through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Although the international husband-and-wife charity that targets healthcare, family planning and poverty spends massively on a wide range of female contraception methods to prevent unintended pregnancies, the Microsoft founders organization devotes some resources ($600,000 in 2016) to the male equivalent.
The New York Times reported in November that the Gates Foundation has donated more than $1 billion for family planning efforts and will spend about $180 million more this year as part of its goal of providing birth control access to 120 million additional women pursuant to the Family Planning 2020 campaign, a United Nations-allied, public-private global partnership.
India recently cut ties with the vaccine-pushing Gates Foundation over an alleged conflict of interest with Big Pharma. The issue apparently revolved around dangerous HPV vaccines that reportedly bring with them extreme side effects.
In a 2010 Ted Talk, Bill Gates stated,
The world today has 6.8 billion people thats headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, healthcare, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.
Gates apparently never explained how vaccines in and of themselves would play a role in population reduction, however.
In their annual open letter to Gates Foundation endower and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda dont mention male contraceptives, but Bill does assert, ...
DETROIT Detroit police Chief James Craig said it was one of the most embarrassing moments of his career when two groups of undercover officers got into an altercation while
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The BBC has released a bombshell report confirming that the US and Syrian Defense Forces knowingly aided thousands of ISIS fighters.
Every single night when we go to sleep, we dream. Sometimes we remember our dreams and sometimes we dont, yet we have them nevertheless. But what is the purpose of dreaming, if there is one? Where do we go when we dream? Can we control them, and is there insight to be gained from them?
Theres no doubt about it: The world of dreaming is shrouded in mystery. Some people are able to analyze dreams and interpret the messages being offered, and many people, myself included, believe dreams hold significant meaning and can offer insights and guidance even during our waking life.
Ever since I stopped drinking, over a year ago now, Ive had a recurring dream where I decide to have a drink and then, still within the dream, take things too far and feel all the emotions that I would feel if this were to actually happen the shame, the guilt, the embarrassment and then I wake up, overwhelmed with relief to discover it was just a dream. So, why do I have these dreams? Are there still lessons I need to learn from these experiences? Are they serving as a reminder to stay strong and continue on the path of sobriety, or are they all random imprints and memories in my brain coming together to form a story? Im inclined to believe the former. Whether its true or not doesnt really matter, since it still serves as a powerful reminder to stay strong and continue on my chosen path.
Did you hear this as a child? Do you tell this to your own children? What we may not realize about this statement is that it instills t...
Every day in America, it seems, there is a new story about police brutality. Though the reality is downright frustrating and can even be depressing, it hasnt gotten Jennifer Jermany down. Thats probably because when she was recently pulled over in Houston, TX, the comedian was more concerned with how attractive the police officer was, rather than the offense she had committed.
Thanks to her friend (and fellow comedian) Brandy Adams, the entire ordeal was caught on film. The video shows Jermany fawning over the officer, saying: You are the hottest cop I have ever been pulled over [by]. The cop replies bashfully, Well I appreciate it! But oh no, Jermany wasnt done.
And you are so respectful and so nice, she continued. You came over, you communicated what you needed and then you were HOT. See if the police department hired more hot police officers, we wouldnt have violence anymore, cos all you would do is what you did, just walk over and say Hey, let me see your drivers license and ID, and do that smile right there
Sir, you could bring peace to the Middle East. And I just want you to know, as I thoroughly watch you walk to your car and back, I just want you to know, I could tell you work out and Im glad, she continued. I appreciate God helps you to work out and he did a great job on you.
(COMMONDREAMS) Nothing could be further from the truth was how Mike Pence, then Donald Trumps running mate, responded in October of 2016 to claims that members of Trumps presidential campaign were in contact with WikiLeaks in the run-up to the November election.
Late Monday, after The Atlantic reported that a member of Trumps presidential campaignthe presidents eldest son Donald Trump Jr.had, in fact, been in contact with WikiLeaks beginning in September of 2016, Pence was quick to deny that he had any knowledge of the communications.
The Vice President was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks, Pences office said in a statement. He first learned of this news from a published report earlier tonight.
As many were quick to point out, Pences denial of knowledge fits with a longstanding pattern that the vice president followed throughout the presidential campaign and during his short tenure in office.
Politicos Matthew Nusbaum summarizes:
Most famously, Pence said during the transition that Michael Flynn had not discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn had, in fact discussed those sanctions, as the Washington Post reported in February. The White House had previously been alerted that those conversations had been picked up by intelligence officials, though Pence said he learned about them from media reports. Flynn was fired as a result of misleading the vice president, Trump would later say.
Pence had also claimed the transition was not seeking a security clearance for Flynns son, Michael Flynn Jr., which also proved false.
While Pences office has maintained that the vice president had merely been speaking based on the information at his disposal, commentators were quick to express skepticism of his repeated denial of knowledge of campaign-related matters, given his close proximity to the president.
Boy, Pence sure does...
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If youre planning a trip through New Delhi, India, you might want to alter your travel plans. This is because toxic air has become a chronic condition in city of 22 million, with air pollution levels close to 30 times the World Health Organizations (WHO) limits. In some parts of the city, the air quality index (AQI) readings have hit 999. Thats the equivalent of smoking 45 cigarettes a day!
The AQI is based on measurements of PM 2.5, the tiny particulate matter pollution that is created through combustion. As Quartz reports, particulates are released by burning coal, running diesel engines, and the burning of crops and trash in neighboring states. The problem with PM 2.5 is that it is small enough to slip into the lungs and aggravate conditions, such as asthma. The particles can also contribute to a range of health effects and cause a shorter lifespan.
Local residents are well-aware of the air pollution epidemic. New Delhi businessman Nishank Dadu told the BBC: I feel breathless even inside my car. I cant keep the windows of my house open. Delhi has become a gas chamber and nobody seems to be doing anything to improve the situation.
The smog is so ...
As children, we were taught to abide by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As adults, we are now being instructed to not help people down who are down on their luck. What changed?
The question is relevant, as recently, the United Methodist Church in Malibu, Florida, was asked to stop feeding the homeless. Thanks to CBS Los Angeles, more details about the ordeal have been obtained.
Since 2014, workers at the church would serve free meals to the homeless every Wednesday. They estimate that theyve been able to assist approximately 100 people per day. Its a safe place, said Michael Johnson, who is homeless. And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. Its home-cooked. And theres TLC involved.
The church is very helpful, he added. They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When youre homeless, its very easy to slip off and become jaded.
But now, Johnson and others like him will be without the life-saving aid. This is because the city asked the food service to close down after Thanksgiving. According to...
(ZHE) At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS as long as they want to fight.
Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an ISIS 2.0 which he said the US would seek to prevent. The enemy hasnt declared that theyre done with the area yet, so well keep fighting as long as they want to fight, Mattis said. Were not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.
Mattis was referring to the stalled peace talks in Geneva which some analysts have described as a complete failure (especially as the Geneva process unrealistically stipulates the departure of Assad), as the future of Syria has of late been increasingly decided militarily on the battlefield, with the Syrian government now controlling the vast majority of the countrys most populated centers.
Ironically just as some degree of stability and normalcy has returned to many parts of the county now under government control, Mattis coupled the idea of a permanent US military presence with the goal of allowing Syrians to return to their homes. He said, You keep broadening them. Try to (demilitarize) one area then (demilitarize) another and just keep it going, try to do the things that will allow people to return to their homes.
Meanwhile Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base...
By Joseph Jankowski In 2012, the State of New Hampshire passed a measure that eased the states intervention into the operations of homeschooling families by...
By MassPrivateI And so it begins, my worst fears have been realized. Militarized US police have begun patrolling indoor and outdoor venues. Yesterday, an article...
A statement by the President: pic.twitter.com/SVDtqo1iD2
Real Press Sec. (@RealPressSecBot) November 12, 2017
The question of whether the personal or campaign social media accounts of elected officials are official statements has been debated for a decade now, with increasing relevance to our politics as more politicians and member of the public join. This week, federal government lawyers helped to put the debate to rest, at least for the presidency, when their filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stated that President Donald J. Trumps tweets at @realDonaldTrump are official statements of the President of the United States. (Hat tip National Law Journal)
This isnt the first time the question has come up: in June, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that statements the president makes on Twitter are official statements, but questions remain about transparency and accountability.
While White House lawyers assured the National Archives and Records Administration in April that the presidents tweets were being preserved under the Presidential Records Act, but have provided little public evidence or assurance of how they have done so subsequently. Our understanding is that the presidents direct messages and deleted tweets should be preserved as well under the law. President Trumps deleted tweets from his personal account and @POTUS are archived by Politwoops, which ProPublica now operates.
The federal governments determination that @realDonaldTrumps tweets are official statements by the president adds further weight to arguments that blocking American citizens from following him on Twitter based upon the viewpoints they express violates their First Amendment rights.
This issue has been the subject of a lawsuit...
(MEE) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at US and Russian intervention in Syria on Monday and said if the countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump said in a joint statement on Saturday they would continue to fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, while agreeing that there was no military solution to the countrys wider, six-year-old conflict.
I am having trouble understanding these comments, Erdogan told reporters before flying to Russia for talks with Putin. If a military solution is out of the question, then those who say this should pull their troops out.
Then a political method should be sought in Syria, ways to head into elections should be examined We will discuss these with Putin, he said.
Later, after more than four hours of talks with Putin in the southern Russian resort of Sochi, Erdogan said the two leaders had agreed to focus on a political solution to the conflict.
Putin said Russia would continue to work on Syria with Turkey and their efforts were yielding results. The level of violence has definitely been reduced, favourable conditions are being created for the progression of an inter-Syrian dialogue.
Neither leader went into more specific detail. Asked if the two discussed Erdogans earlier comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the talks were about more complex issues which could not be made public, according to RIA news agency.
The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didnt. The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently, he said.
He said the United States had 13 bases in Syria and Russia had five.
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