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Beyond the nonstop infantile titillation of the Brave New Trump World, the dreadfulness of the orange-tinted Awful One may also help foster and deepen public cynicism and apathy and a related forlorn sense that government and the nation's political life are simply beyond redemption.
The torrent of reckless false accusations against Russia made by the US and its NATO allies is hitting warp speed. This week saw more baseless allegations of Russian cyber attacks on American elections and British industries. There were also crass claims by US officials that Russia was behind so-called sonic attacks on American diplomats in Cuba. Then a Dutch foreign minister was forced to 
(SP) Thirteen Russian nationals allegedly involved in an information warfare operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment [PDF] claims the Internet Research Agency engaged in a conspiracy from 2014 to the present that was funded by Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and companies he controlled, including Concord Management 
Former CIA chief James Woolsey appeared on Fox News to push the narrative of how dastardly dem Russkies are in their meddling with the sacred soul of Americas democracy. Woolsey did his patriotic deep-state-duty and proclaimed the evils of expansionist Russia and dropped facts like Russia has a larger cyber-army than its standing army, before 
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There is an ever-spreading idealistic, romantic, and superfluous tendency regarding the existence of a pristine, virgin, and idyllic nature that has never been touched by human beings and that must be preserved without having any contact with our species. There are many, many problems and shallow reflections regarding this stance about a pristine and virgin nature.
First of all, we must be aware of the context in which we are currently living: in the Anthropocene, an era in which the industrial human being has caused the greatest changes of the past 300 years. Climate change has disrupted all ecosystems in the world. That is to say, the industrial human being, by contaminating the water, earth, and air, has negatively disrupted all the planets biomes, that is, there is no pristine, untouched nature left in the entire world. All ecosystems have been touched by climate change.
Now, another issue originating from this Christian idealization and myopic romanticization of virgin nature is the belief that the human being in general, our species in its essence, is inherently ecocidal and destructive of nature, which is entirely false and erroneous.
The world with all its beautiful biodiversity is being destroyed not by the human being itself, but by a defined, identifiable and sick manifestation of humanity. That is, the destruction of life and ecosystems is due to the type of industrialized and modern human being that has existed for around 300 years, since the historical emergence of capitalism and modern industrial globalization.
Another conclusion can be drawn from the above: in the global techno-industrial society, not all industrialized human beings participate with equal importance and impact in the devastation of what the West calls nature. For example, an indigenous construction worker who migrated to the big city doesnt do the same damage to the biosphere as a modern soldier, nor does a baker in a middle-class neighborhood do the same damage as a Monsanto biotechnologist.
The large military and industrial corporations with their executives, politicians, scientists and generals (be they capitalists or not) are the ones killing people and ecosystems across the planet, not the human being itself. The ones responsible are those humans who have been sickened by dominating Otherness, those who rejuvenate, create, execute, and organize the imprisoning projects of society.
Humanity is neither good nor bad: it is vital! And this is as a result of its own evolution. But it happened that 5,000 years ago it created civilization...
"You ask when it will come to pass; it will come to pass, but first we have to go through the period of isolation." "What do you mean by isolation?" I asked him.
Source: Patheos Mic drop: Neil deGrasse Tyson drops a big fat truth bomb on the thoughts and prayers crowd after the Florida school shooting. After the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Neil 
Mandelblit is in an impossible position. The prime minister has been officially accused by the police on two counts of bribery. Now Mandelblit must decide whether to put him on trial. But Binyamin Netanyahu has been his benefactor for a long time, pushing his career to the top. Do you bite the hand that has fed you? Or do you shirk your duty? An awful choice.
We are not a race. We are not a creed. We are a conviction -- that all people are created equal, that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Yet the common good seems to have disappeared. The phrase is rarely uttered today, not even by commencement speakers and politicians.
The G Salvatore Fashion Showcase was a hit bringing exciting fitted and exclusive new designs from Gianni Salvatore. His fashions brought great style to the event that boasted stars, celebrities and top models from around the globe. The event was produced by Stevie Eagle E from Shlepp Entertainment and was meant to showcase more than 
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Yesterday I was going to cover the shootings in Florida on Politics Done Right with a show centralized on righteous indignation. I featured instead someone who had a more measured approach which believes there is a better way to get to sensible gun control.
(ZHE) The White House is probably regretting its decision not to show FBI Director Christopher Wray the door when he reportedly threatened to resign last year over the administrations push to oust now-former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe In what the bureau has called a failure of protocol, Wray admitted that the bureau had failed to follow up on an 
Being vegan, or if you prefer to not have the label but following a plant-based diet is no longer taboo or a laughing matter.
The results are in and more and more people across the globe are choosing an animal free diet. In the U.S. alone, veganism has risen by 600% since 2014. Why this has happened can be attributed to a number of different reasons.
An increased awareness towards the atrocities that are
taking place on factory farms.
Compassion towards animals.
A drive for increased personal health and wellness.
A growing concern towards the environmental destruction caused by meat eating.
A shift in consciousness within ourselves that leads to greater connection to the body, earth and animals.
One thing is for sure, as we shift and our awareness continues to grow, people are taking responsibility and making big changes in their lives.
According to the video below:
Veganism in the U.S. has increased by 600% in the past three years alone. Six percent of Americans identified as vegans in 2017, compared to only one percent in 2014. Non-dairy milk sales have also increased by 61% since 2012, which is causing traditional cow milk sales to decrease. According to data released by GrubHub, people chose vegan food 195% more in the first half of 2017 than the year before.
The trend is spreading gl...
Atlantis, the intriguing mystery that leaves many of us curious to learn more, and some of us skeptical and dismissive. What is it about this lost city that leaves so many of us questioning much of what we have been taught to believe? Is there some truth to the story of Atlantis that we inherently know, deep down inside that is true? Are we connected in some way to this mythical place from, perhaps our past lives?
These questions are fun to ponder, but we are unlikely to get any definite answers, at least not yet.
How much do you know about Atlantis? Where does this story even come from? From what we do know, the first known documentation of the story of Atlantis came from the Greek philosopher, Plato in two of his writings, Timaeus and Critias, both these books date back to about 360 BC. Within these books, Plato wrote that the Greek sage, Solon was given the story of Atlantis in Egypt by a priest and upon his arrival back to Greece, he shared the story with his relative, Dropides who passed it down to his son Critias, who then passed it down to his grandson also names Critias, who then finally shared it with the well-known Greek philosopher, Socrates.
So, given the above information, you can see that this was a story that was told, and passed down through many generations, therefore it should not be taken as fact. Des...
Pence flaunted his contempt for the Korean people by humiliating their leaders, shrugging off their hospitality, and scoffing at their joint efforts for peace. He acted like an arrogant proconsul who only deigns to visit his subjects in order to treat them with condescension and scorn.
Which is better for you cannabis or alcohol? We may finally have an answer to this question, thanks to research conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder.
According to the new study, alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis. The scientists also concluded that years of exposure to cannabis does not affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain. As The Daily Mail reports, the grey matter enables brain function whereas white matter controls communication.
Said Professor Kent Hutchison: While marijuana may also have some negative consequences, it definitely is nowhere near the negative consequences of alcohol. Hutchison added that research into cannabis mental effects are still very limited.
Particularly with marijuana use, there is still so much that we dont know about how it impacts the brain, said lead author Rachel Thayer. The team is eager to continue their research, as they believe there is no consistency across all of these studies. Said Hutchison, ...
This week, a Salvadoran woman was released from prison after serving 11 years of her 30 year murder charge. So, why am I mentioning that as any kind of victory at all, let alone a bitter sweet one? Was it self defense? Was she innocent of the charges? The facts are much more convoluted and depressing than that.
She was convicted of murder because she had a stillbirth, and the courts decided it was all her fault.
You are certainly aware that womens rights vary enormously across the globe, whether it be in regard to protections against violence, representation in government, or the right to bodily autonomy. In El Salvador, the abuse of women is reflected in the most draconian anti-abortion laws that can be conceived by man.
Not only is it illegal to get an abortion at any time and for any reason, but you will also be charged with murder not only if you seek an abortion, but even if you do not seek get enough prenatal care and have a stillbirth. I usually do not speak in black and white terms, but I literally cannot conceive of any way that they can make their anti-abortion laws even more extreme.
Luckily in the case of Teodora del Carmen Vsquez, she was not forced to serve the entirety of her sentence. I am happy that she is now free, but I am also deeply depressed as to the details surrounding her release, hence my description of the case.
A woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder after having a stillbirth has been freed in El Salvador in a case highlighting the dire consequences of the Central American countrys total ban on abortion.
Teodora del Carmen Vsquez, 34, was released on Thursday after serving almost 11 years for a crime she has always vehemently denied. Her sentence was commuted by the supreme court on the grounds that there was insufficient scientific evidence to determine that she had intentionally caused the stillbirth, but her conviction was not overturned.
She was not released because the government of El Salvador has budged an inch from their horrific laws regarding womens rights, but rather because they decided that she was convicted on insufficient evidence. Activists must and are still appealing these sentences on a case by case basis in order to try to counteract this gross violation of human rights....
Trumputin and those like him are criminally insane when it comes to (among so many other things) guns. That the slumlord-in-chief has issued a statement blaming the victims, and without mentioning gun control, is par for his course.
This morning winds are gusting to 40 mph and more around the
region (see max gust map below), with scattered power outages in
Seattle and vicinity.
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/16/18). It is becoming quite evident that things are intensifying. Events seem to hit the news one after the other, without even a thought given to previous stories 
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On February 16, the US Justice Department indicted more than a dozen Russian nationals for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign. It singled out a Russian company, the Internet Research Agency (also known as Glavset) based in Saint Petersburg, which is said to be responsible for influence operations on behalf of the Russian government.
The indictment, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, charges the defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates and engaged in operations to support the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The DOJ claims the activity had the stated goal of spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.
According to the indictment, the activity amounts to information warfare against the United States of America launched on social media, primarily on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. By 2016, the size of many [Internet Research Agency]-controlled groups on social media, primarily Facebook, had grown to hundreds of thousands of online followers.
Federal prosecutors said the influence operations began in 2014. They accused Russian trolls of posing as Americans on social media platforms. These groups and pages, which addressed divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by US activists when, in fact, they were controlled by defendants.
This alleged operation, however, pales in comparison to propaganda efforts initiated by the US government.
Programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks is viewed and listened to in more than a hundred countries in 61 languages. The propaganda effort covers a wide variety of political issues, including human rights abuses in Iran, human trafficking in Asia, self-immolation in Tibet, to name but a few.
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Sometimes, art can point to answers that the stuffy logic of policy wonks cannot. Those who have truly felt, even for a passing moment, the pain of seventy years of artificial national division, probably felt a stir in the pit of their hearts at seeing the ninety-year old North Korean statesmans rare display of emotion. The sense of excitement at the fleeting inter-Korean reunion, followed by pain and sorrow at not knowing when or if the two Koreas will ever meet again, is shared by Koreans on all sides of the division. And therein may be the answer to the perpetual and seemingly unresolvable conflict on the Korean peninsula. That shared sense of longing for reunification will ultimately prevail over threats of maximum pressure and a bloody nose strike.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. Theyre furious about political stonewalling, and most of them arent yet old enough to vote. Two days after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a nearby school, the students of South Broward High School protested in solidarity. Just a couple of dozen miles down the road in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was still sealed off as investigators pored over the horrors inside. About 50 teenagers gathered on the street Friday, rallying around the common causes of gun control and school safety two issues politicians continue to ignore even though polls show most Americans support them.
Robert Mueller discredited himself and his orchestrated Russiagate investigation today (Friday, February 16, 2018) with his charges that 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies plotted to use social media to influence the 2016 election. Their intent, Mueller says, was to sow discord in the US political system. What pathetic results to come from a 9 
(COMMONDREAMS) As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administrations recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a scam thats designed to keep the nation trapped in its dirty and destructive past, analysts are also warning the proposal will make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only 
U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that public reports showed Syria was using chemical weapons and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assads chemical weapons use is continuing, McMaster said at the annual Munich Security 
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Paul Volcker began his term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in August of 1979. In October, the S&P 500 index dropped 11% on its way to a 20% drop in 1980. Alan Greenspan was sworn in as Fed chairman in August 1987. On October 19, 1987 the markets suffered through Black 
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I first heard about William M. Shernoff in the mid-nineteen seventies when he was pioneering a field of law known as insurance bad faith litigation. That bad faith occurs is when insurance companies deny legitimate claims or try to use deceptive fine print clauses to escape policy coverage. He was starting to collect both compensation for his clients and large punitive damages when the evidence showed insurance companies were imposing these abuses on many thousands of their customers. One day I called Attorney Shernoff and said that if he would match my $25,000 donation, we could start the National Insurance Consumer Organization (NICO) headed by the former Federal Insurance Commissioner, J. Robert Hunter, the pro-consumer actuary who served under both Presidents Ford and Carter.
A tragedy of this magnitude will be felt in the Parkland community long after the news cameras leave and our attention is drawn elsewhere. It is hard to fathom the pain that students, educators, and families in Parkland are feeling right now, but our communities are familiar with the trauma, pain, and difficulty of navigating the healing processes that are needed to come together after inter-communal violence shakes a community to its core. We know that prioritizing comprehensive social, emotional, and mental health supports, trauma informed care and community building practices are necessary for rebuilding the sense of safety, love, and communal care that should be the foundation of our learning environments and neighborhoods.
Annapolis, Md. Those opposed to gas infrastructure in Maryland have stepped up their campaign to influence Gov. Larry Hogan, and he may be feeling the pressure. About 250 people rallied on Lawyers Mall in front of the Maryland Statehouse on the evening of February 15, then surrounded the Governors Mansion with signs, candles and light boards spelling out Hogan, No Potomac Pipeline. A bagpiper played and circled the mansion as protesters yelled, No Potomac Pipeline! Many rally speakers warned about dangers posed by TransCanadas Eastern Panhandle Expansionthe 3.3-mile pipeline that would traverse Maryland and bore underneath the Potomac Riverand the Mountaineer Gas pipeline it would connect to in West Virginia. One by one they called on Hogan to stop the project.
The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council members Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair against. For me, so much of this is about widening inequality and our fight against it, said Council Member Greg Casar, the author and lead proponent of the ordinance. The vote was greeted with thunderous applause and singing as the council adopted a compromise ordinance Casar offered Thursday that addressed many concerns brought forward by Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and others earlier this week.
Trump tax cuts and Trumps budget will exacerbate U.S. budget deficits and debt and cause the central bank to raise interest rates even faster and higher. Lies and misrepresentation of facts have become the hallmark of U.S. politics in recent years more than ever before. Not just lies of commission by U.S. President Donald Trump and his crew, but lies of omission by the mainstream media as well. In Trumps recent package of tax cuts for corporations, investors and millionaires, the lie is that the total cuts amount to US$1.5 trillion when the actual amount is more than US$5 trillion and likely even higher. And in his most recent announcement of budget deficits the amounts admitted are barely half of the actual deficits and consequent rise in U.S. national debt that will occur. Even his US$1.5 trillion so-called infrastructure spending plan, that Trump promised during his 2016 election campaign, and then throughout 2017, amounts to only US$200 billion.
In 2008 some of us had written to Barbara Stocking, then Oxfam chief executive, objecting to a report that it sponsored, Rule of Rapists in Haiti, which labelled Haitians as rapists while hiding rapes by occupying UN forces. The year before, 114 soldiers had been sent home for raping women and girls, some as young as 11. No one was prosecuted. We wrote: NGOs like Oxfam have known about rapes by UN forces, as well as by aid and charity workers, for decades. Its the pressure of victims, women and [children] in the most impoverished communities, who had the courage to speak out that finally won public acknowledgement. There was no reply. The latest revelations of sexual abuse by major charities (Report, 13 February), are but one facet of NGO corruption.
2017 was historical for cryptocurrencies in fact, I believe many will talk about it being the best year for the sector, but they would be wrong. The term If You Cant Swing, Dont Ring is a Latin expression. Apart from the fact that Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, inscribed it on the original Chicago mansion 
Speaking to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the Golan Heights forever part of Israel, irrespective of international law not recognizing it as Israeli territory. Israel occupied the Golan Heights militarily in 1967, and started building settlements there almost immediately. In 1981, Israel formally annexed Golan, though this is not 
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Anita Cameron remembers the Capitol Crawl like it was yesterday. It was the spring of 1990, and Congress was dragging its feet toward a vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark piece of legislation protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. To call attention to the bill and the accessibility challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis, Cameron and dozens of other activists left their wheelchairs and walkers at the steps of the Capitol building and crawled their way to the top before filling the rotunda with their chanting voices. Cameron and more than 100 others were arrested that day. The protest had an impact: President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law a few months later. However, the ADA has not been a magic bullet and is now under threat.
Two clauses stand out for their confident attribution of benevolent motives to US foreign policy. First, theres the idea that America stumbled into torture, rather than planned, plotted and spent over 15 years carrying out a policy of torture. This pretends that the USs massive global torture regimewhich involved drownings, beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, among other techniques, along with extraordinary rendition to allied countries for less refined torture methodswas something other than a deliberate policy initiative. As FAIR (6/22/17) noted last year, corporate media routinely assert that the US stumbles, slips or is dragged into war and other forms of organized violence, rather than planning deliberate acts of aggression.
GAZA (Analysis) Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gazas drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UNs local coordinator for humanitarian and development activities, has called the situation really very serious and stated that [w]e are falling far behind the demand for clean drinking water for Gazans.
This kind of mistreatment is part and parcel of an overall package of deprivation that continues to plague the Palestinian people. There are some 2 million residents in Gaza affected by this egregious policy, famously one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Gazas water resources are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is something that was provided for in the Oslo II Accord. However, despite the fact that under the Accord Israel is allocated four times the Palestinian portion of water resources, it has been revealed that Israel has been extracting 80 percent more water from the West Bank than it agreed to.
In 2009, the World Bank...
By Michael Maharrey Yesterday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law that puts limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by...
Theyre going to be flooded with donations.
Theyre also going to solve the school shooting problem by installing cabinets with emergency supplies in all schoolrooms.
Finkelstein explained that the cabinets would be installed in both elementary and high schools across all 50 states within the next two years, with plans to extend the scheme to college campuses at some point in the future. Each cabinet will contain a selection of thoughts and prayers from both politicians and pro-gun lobbyists, and each student will be provided with their own American flag to hide under whilst they wait to be murdered in what should be a place of safety. It is believed that some cabinets will also be fitted with speakers that will play the national anthem at a volume loud enough to drown out distant screams, but not so loud that it draws the attention of the shooter.
The Democrats might as well give up. No way theyre going to raise enough thoughts & prayers before the next election. We have a T&P gap.
This January, nine members of the humanitarian group No More Deaths went to court for aiding immigrants who had crossed one of the most unforgiving and treacherous parts of the U.S./Mexico border. They were charged with abandoning private property i.e. water jugs and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in a national wildlife refuge. The most recently charged, Scott Warren, committed the crimes of giving food and water and even wait for it even providing migrants with beds and clean clothes. In court, this translated to a charge of bringing in and harboring undocumented immigrants. And while members note that since Trumps election, there has been a sharp rise in the harassment and surveillance of organizations working with immigrant rights, a report released just before Warrens arrest outlines a long-term fight against do-gooders.
Want to live a long, healthy life? Ditch the processed, refined foods and instead, add more fruits, vegetables, legumes, leafy greens, and nuts and seeds to your diet. According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, there is an link between an increased risk of cancer and ultra-processed foods. These foods include sodas, mass-produced bread, instant noodles, candy, and ready meals.
For the study, scientists at the Sorbonne in Paris peered at the medical records and eating habits of over 105,000 middle-aged French people. The data helped them determine that a 10 percent increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in a persons diet is linked with a 12 percent higher risk of cancer.
The team noted that people who consumed the highest amount of ultra-processed foods were more likely to be smokers, had lower levels of education, were less physically active, and also consumed more calories. As IFLScience reports, the study was looking for a correlation not a causation. As a result, no foods that specifically cause cancer were listed....
(ANTIWAR.COM) Multiple reports emerged on Friday claiming that Turkish troops used shells containing poisonous gas in their attacks in Afrin, hitting the town of Aranda with such shells, and hospitalizing six civilians with breathing problems. Details are still scant, and there are no details on what chemical they were exposed to, but similar accounts have been made 
Are cryptocurrencies ruining the search for alien life? According to a handful of scientists, the answer is yes.
Dan Werthimer, chief scientists at the Berkeley Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) told the BBC: Wed like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units] and we cant get em. The reason why? Bitcoin mining.
GPUs are chips that are designed to process images, video and animations for the computer screen. They are increasingly being employed for non-graphic tasks that involve a lot of repetitive computing such as mining for cryptocurrencies or listening out for alien signals.
At Seti we want to look at as many frequency channels as we possibly can because we dont know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and we want to look for lots of different signal types is it AM or FM, what communication are they using? said Werthimer.
As you might imagine, Setis process takes up a lot of computing power. At Berkeley alone, there are approximately 100 GPUs sorting through various radio frequencies that are pa...
The Washington Post went from claiming that Russian bots were using alternative media outlets to spread "fake news" to admitting that they were actually sharing mainstream media stories that favored Trump.
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The Afghan Taliban has published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks.
Let's look at the Unimaginable This is the reality the government knows the predators it helped create and sustains through contract work has become. After, we'll look at unthinkable real-life situations where spies for hire show their true colors. By employing a lot of screenshots showing their own words, you can judge for yourself whether or not they are a clear and present danger to freedom and National Security.
if anyone deserves to die, it's Nikolas Cruz. But what kind of society executes a "broken child," possibly autistic, almost certainly emotionally damaged, absolutely wrecked by the recent death of his mother, his last surviving parent? How does killing a killer send the message that killing is wrong?
Illustrating his network's subservience to big pharma, FOX News' Sean Hannity blatantly cut off a reporter when she mentioned the fact that most mass shootings are linked to psychotropic drugs.
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(Natural News) Psychiatric drug use is on the rise in the U.S., with one out of every six Americans now taking some type of medication in this category. This is highly concerning given the scary side effects and poor effectiveness of many of these drugs, but there is one particularly disturbing aspect of this trend 
(Natural News) Nearly every mass shooting over the last 20 years has one thing in common and its not GUNS. Its actually psychiatric medications. And now, to no ones surprise, we are learning that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who killed 17 students and staff at a Florida high school, was reportedly taking mental health medications, 
I mentioned the fascinating
Science Caf talk on Deep Learning. At the very end, there was a
thought provoking question raised by an artist in the audience who
asked whether such machines could create works of art. The speaker
pondered the question and answered that in his opinion, the answer
is no. His reasoning was that in a work of art, the artist is
trying to convey something based on their life experiences and
emotions and a computer, however sophisticated and capable of
learning, would not be able to draw upon such resources.
A machine that uses deep learning may be able, using the many art works in its database, to know what a painting or sculpture should look like and produce something that is novel but it is not clear what meaning it is tying to convey. As an example, a computer that continually strings letters together randomly may, purely by accident, create the play Hamlet or what seems like an original play or novel. Would that be literature?
But while it is true that an artist is usually trying to convey some meaning through their work, there is also the view that once it leaves the artists hands, the person viewing the work creates their own meaning and that this meaning is on a par with the meaning that the artist was trying to convey and not subordinate to it. But this presupposes that the creator of the work had some meaning in mind, even if we are not told what it is.
Can the meaning of a work of art ever be completely disconnected from the intent of artist? It may well be that as a result of having a vast database of paintings of a particular genre that are labeled as such, say impressionism, one can give a computer the simple command to produce an impressionistic painting without any instructions as to meaning and it would produce an original one. But would we try to impute any meaning to it, if we knew that it had been generated by some algorithm that had large elements of randomness in the process?
Or suppose one encountered on a nature hike a piece of rock that had a beautiful smooth shape. If one thought that it had been molded by the elements, then it is unlikely that one would try to impute meaning to it but would just marvel at what nature can accidentally produce. But suppose someone later told you that the piece of rock had been carved by Henry Moore and placed there. Would that suddenly give the piece meaning that it previously lacked? In other words, if you are given what looks like a novel, play, painting or sculpture and did not know how it was created, would it matter if it were done by a human or a machine?
I definitely dont have an answer to this question and suspect that no answer will satisfy everyone. But the advent of Deep Lea...
(MEE) U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that public reports showed Syria was using chemical weapons and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assads chemical weapons use is continuing, McMaster said at the annual Munich Security 
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Mueller's charges say that the Russians' plan to sow discord began in 2014, before there was any notion that Trump would run for president in 2017. The link of the plot to Putin is reduced to the allegation that the plot was financed by a St. Petersburg restaurateur whose connection to Putin is that his business once catered official dinners between Russian officials and foreign dignitaries.
FBI under fire after revelations the bureau ignored a tip about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 when he opened fire on Valentines Day, Phil Keating reports.
Via Fox News/YouTube
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I have been covering the moral indifference and depravity of the Clintons for a very long time. However, Hillary never fails to shock and amaze me with her depraved indifference toward human life.
Hillary Clinton is politicizing the Florida tragedy for her own personal benefit and at the end of the day, this insensitive monster has suggested nothing that would save even one childs life. She could care less about the children who lost their lives and the families that are left in absolute emotional agony. All Clinton could say was that I hope the voters remember these feelings in November and VOTE.
Mass shootings are not inevitable. The majority of Americans support common sense gun reform. Though we feel a...
This is not a movie youll want to see, given that its being made by Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage. Not that theres much worry, it seems people dont have a great deal of enthusiasm for helping to make this project a reality. At least not the part with cold, hard cash enthusiasm.
One of the most horrific tragedies to befall our nation was the U.S. Supreme Courts infamous decision imposing abortion on the nation in the Roe v. Wade case. Some 60 million unborn children have died as a result of that monstrous decision.
What many people do not know is that the Roe decision is based on a pack of lies, manipulations and outright misrepresentations. Now we have an opportunity to bring the truth behind the Roe v. Wade decision to the attention of the American people with a full-length feature film starring Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin and Stacey Dash Roe v. Wade, the Movie.
Imposed? No, Roe was not imposed on anyone, it was simply allowed, legally. Fuck, I hate the way these fanatics twist language, making it sound as if legal terminations were somehow made mandatory. One thing is certain, their little movie will be a pack of lies, manipulations, and outright misrepresentations.
You can watch the trailer at the Indiegogo page, if you have the stomach for it. Right now, I dont. Its interesting, looking down the very long page of perks, which go up to $500,000. For that phenomenal sum, you get a speaking, lead role in the film, and you dont have to pony up for your own transportation cost! Amazing no one has grabbed that one yet. As of today, they have $105,205 out of a two million request, with 22 days left. Uh oh. The quote is from the nom blog, begging people for money.
PARKLAND, Fla. (INTELLIHUB) Stoneman Douglas H.S. Senior Brian Hogg told CBS News on Friday that he and his classmates were not only told prior to the code red that there was going to be an active shooter drill but they actually thought much of what happened yesterday was actually a drill.
We really thought this was a drill throughout much of it surprisingly because teachers and students had been talking about having a possible code red drill, which is an active shooter drill, for quite some time, the senior explained. Thats what we thought this was.
Hogg admits, he thought it was a drill until he and others started to see the headlines.
Once we started seeing the headlines we realized that this was anything but a drill, he explained. This was life or death.
Additionally, Hogg said that despite the fact his father is an FBI agent he is a pacifist who would like to see the issue of gun control brought to the political forefront.
Hogg is a student journalist.
Other students also said they thought the code red was a drill.
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A potentially deadly mass shooting in a church of 100 people was foiled this week by a hero citizen who then became the victim of trigger-happy cops who shot the wrong man.
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Trump Gunners are a class of classless politicians who are owned by Trump-touting corporations and the NRA. They are for sale to the highest bidder. They wear a fake religious facade, offering prayers not action. Their hearts are made of stone and self interest. They repeat lies. Please vote them out.
Trumps approach to the recent high school shootings is to condemn mental illness. The implication of this approach is that those of us with a mental illness must be dominated by his authoritarian powers, monitored and controlled. This is not the approach mental health advocates support. Trump has proven himself to be a broad category kind of guy; the variety of folks in the category of say, immigrant escape his awareness and are painted with his big brush of bigotry. He has proven to be unreliable when it comes to making the more refined distinctions involved in the discussion of something like mental illness.
The end result of having our bigotry-inclined president talking about mental illness with his lack of empathy is likely to have a frightening and devastating effect on the image of mental illness in the country. This is not the time to launch an assault on folks who look or act differently in school as his recent statements seem to suggest. Trump is a bully so his authoritarian permission to challenge the odd or unusual people is going to do more damage than good by encouraging other bullies.
Mental health is different from Trumps deformed bone spurs. Both are a condition of being human, they are examples of many maladies that affect us all. He used his particular malformation to get out of military service, but it didnt limit him with regard to golf, tennis, or walking around. Society doesnt cast aspersions upon bone-spurred folks the way it does the mentally ill. We sort out the severity of the circumstance and draw a line: soldiers march, so no bone spurs. It is a clear delineation between what is and what isnt a limitation. Mental health issues are far more difficult to define, diagnose and regulate. Physical problems like a broken bone can be quickly identified, reset and healed. Depression, anxiety or any other diagnosis in the massive DSM with all of their myriad permutations are highly subjective, so treatment is often trial and error and takes more than plaster and time to heal.
Body chemistry is difficult to understand especially with regard to the brain. Psychiatrist have become pill-pushers and no longer interact through talk therapy; counselors do the therapy but cant provide sufficient insight to the psychiatrists who spend minimal time deciding what to prescribe. Patients themselves may not be able to articulate the circumstance of their situation with clarity to the intercessory counselor who may not know the right questions to ask. It is hard enough to try to decipher an existing situation without the expectation...
In the Nordic countries, they have relatively few children in the lower class (and even fewer in the extreme lower class). They also have relatively few children in the upper class. But they have big middle classes. Around 65 percent of children in those countries have incomes that are 150% to 300% of the poverty line, which is equivalent to 75% to 150% of the median income. In the US, on the other hand, there is a big lower class that is even larger than the middle class (so defined). And then there is also a relatively large group of children with incomes well above the US median, i.e. rich kids. While the Nordic distribution looks like a bell curve with the overwhelming majority of kids clustered near the middle, the American distribution is a pyramid. If you want to fix this bizarre distribution, the way forward is pretty simple.
(MEMO) The mother of a Russian man who is believed to working as a military contractor in Syria said on Friday the Kremlin had abandoned her son and those fighting alongside him. Around 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked private military contractor were killed or injured in Syria last week, sources told Reuters, indicating Russia is more deeply involved in Syrias 
Two Christian preachers were arrested in West Windsor, New Jersey after preaching the Gospel without obtaining permission and for attempting to record the encounter with police.
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I have often asked myself, why there is an impression that some Western activists and pro-Palestinian organisations are working covertly, to divide and weaken the Palestinian cause. Before addressing the primary issue, a little has to be said about the Palestinian cause itself and how many prominent figures side-track real resolutions, with their own ideas as to how Palestinians should act in the face of their foreign occupier.
Whilst many choose to point out the progression of the Palestinian human rights cause in the West with groups such as the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement and others seeing success the movement at its most essential level, on the ground in Palestine, seems to be at its very weakest.
In order for the world to see a reality in which Palestinians are granted their full human rights, the most important place to see an emergence of change should surely be from within Palestine itself?
No amount of pro-Palestine advocacy from university students, nor rallies for human rights in the West, will result in direct evolution of the struggle on the ground for the Palestinians. It is the Palestinians themselves that will ultimately lead their own way to freedom. Whilst it is absolutely essential to have a strong solidarity movement overseas, this is not the Palestinian cause in its entirety.
The Israeli government have proceeded to massacre, destroy and dispossess the Palestinians for 70 years now and it is unrealistic to believe that they will simply stop what they are doing suddenly growing a conscience all because people in Western nations are mad at them.
The only way an apartheid regime such as Israel changes/falls, is when it is forced to do so. History has illustrated that there must be forceful...
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While police were conducting a welfare check on her neighbor, an innocent 84-year-old grandmother was savagely assaulted, thrown to the ground, and ended up in the hospital.
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Earlier this month, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell introduced a bill to make it a federal crime to physically attack a journalist. As a member of the minority party, Swalwell likely knows that his bill has little chance of passage and is more an exercise in virtue-signaling than legislating.
But the bill demonstrates two troubling trends: a lack of respect for the limits of federal power and a profound misunderstanding of the rights protected by the First Amendment. Swalwells bill, which has the Orwellian title of Journalist Protection Act, would for the first time define reporters as a protected class with special privileges. In the name of protecting reporters, the bill would degrade First Amendment freedoms for all Americans.
The most obvious flaw in the bill is that it would involve Congress exercising a power that the Constitution does not grant to the federal government. The section of the U.S. Code to which Swalwell would add his new law, Title 18, Section 7, deals mostly with assaults against federal officers, or assaults committed on federal property. The reason for this is simple: these are the only assaults the federal government has the power to punish.
Our Constitution created a federal government of limited powers. Although Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution provides a lengthy list of things over which Congress has the power to make laws, the list is intended to be exhaustive.
Enacting a criminal code for federal lands is easily encompassed within the grant of power to exercise exclusive Legislation over such District as may become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over [federally owned] Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings. Likewise, one could extrapolate a power to ban assaults on federal officers as being necessary and proper to carry out federal lawsfederal laws would not be obeyed very often if federal officers could be assaulted at will.
When the first federal Congress (which included some of the same men who wrote the Constitution) passed a crimes act, the act concerned crimes of uniquely federal jurisdiction, including treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. Where ordinary crimes like murder were banned in that act, it was only when they were committed in the sort of federal property or district the Constitution specifies.
There is a good reason that Congress did not seek to punish ordinary crimes committed outside of federal property: there was no grant of power in the Constitution to do so. Nor was ther...
If you need another example of scientific establishments deteriorating credibility since the election of Donald Trump, here it is: The worlds largest science organization is bestowing a top honor on a climate propagandist who spends lots of his time making hateful, inflammatory comments about the president, his family, his administration and GOP lawmakers on social media.
Michael Mann, a Penn State University professor and infamous author of the so-called hockey stick graph to show the planet is warming, will receive the 2018 Public Engagement with Science award by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this weekend. The award will recognize Manns tireless efforts to communicate the science of climate change to the media, public and policymakers.
Theres no question that Mann is the climate tribes most outspoken firebrand. He is the medias go-to source for a doomsday comment about anthropogenic global warming. Since the beginning of the month, Mann has been quoted in dozens of articlesnot necessarily about science, but to berate the Trump administration for reversing many of President Obamas climate change policies.
He is the Citizen Secretary of Science and Environment in the so-called Shadow Cabinet to troll Trump cabinet members. After Trump was elected, Mann warned how my colleagues and I are steeling ourselves for a renewed onslaught of intimidation, from inside and outside government. It would be bad for our work and bad for our planet.
Rather than offer thoughtful, persuasive arguments for why climate change is a legitimate threat, Mann instead excoriates anyone, including so-called climate deniers and fellow scientists, who does not conform to his ideological worldview.
The AAAS has sent quite a message to the public by giving a communications award to Michael Mann, who made multiple false claims about being a Nobel prize winner, including to a court of law, Steve Milloy, author of Scare Pollution and publisher of junkscience.com, told me. Mann has conspired with oth...
When news broke Wednesday of yet another horrific mass shooting on school grounds, this time in the upscale community of Parkland, Florida, the all too familiar shock and sorrow were soon replaced by a sense of resignation that nothing would change.
Nikolas Cruz, an expelled student, opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people, three of whom were faculty members. Fourteen teenagers will never go to prom or attend college, but somehow this chapter feels like just another chapter in Americas tragic narrative about gun control instead of a turning point.
Three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history have now occurred in the last five months. As with some other mass shootings, a trail of breadcrumbs led up to the Parkland massacre.
The FBI received a tip last September about an ominous YouTube comment from a user with the same full name as Cruz: Im going to be a professional school shooter. After admitting that it couldnt confidently identify the person behind the account, the bureau apologized Friday for failing to follow up on another tip it received in January from someone close to Cruz who was alarmed by his affinity for violence.
Cruzs social media account was another clue. It featured images of firearms and a slaughtered toad. In fact, his erratic, often violent behavior so alarmed teachers that they prohibited him from wearing a backpack on campus.
Many an op-ed will be devoted to speculating about the shooters motives, which may once again be rooted in psychological dysfunction. But the social and political circumstances that enabled Cruz to execute his plan have remained relatively unchanged in the last six years.
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IMAGE: One of many theatrical pictures of ISIS carefully designed for US and western media audiences.
Last week, the US said it was working to create alternative government authorities on Syrian territory. This latest move, aside from demonstrating once again that the US has no respect for Syrias territorial integrity, indicates we may be seeing more from that group of mercenaries known as Islamic State.
Thus, it seems to be an appropriate time to reflect upon a set of very strange circumstances that led to the rise of this loathsome terrorist group. Here are the top 10 reasons, in no particular order, as to why we should be very suspicious about this group.
10. Convenient Timing
In late August 2013, the United States was on the verge of initiating a massive attack on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad over a deadly chemical attack that had occurred in the town of Ghouta just days earlier. Although it would have made no sense for Assad to have resorted to such dirty tactics, Washington had found its casus belli. It should be noted that at this time the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was largely unknown. That would change soon enough.
Meanwhile, a terrible thing happened on the way to this jolly little war. UK Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a stunning defeat in the House of Commons, voting down his effort to join the Americans in Syria. Apparently the British were Americas obedient poodle no longer.
The setback had an apparent sobering effect on Barack Obama, who suddenly in a feigned nod to democratic procedure and all that called for Congress to decide whether or not to use military force against Syrian. Tellingly, that vote never materialized.
What did materialize, however, and with alarming speed and viciousness, was a terrorist group that rose up like a phoenix from the ashes of Iraq known as Islamic State (ISIS), with evil designs to create an Islamic caliphate across a wide swath of Iraq and Syria.
In other words, the perfect casus belli for the US in Syria that would require no need for a vote from Congress.
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This topic is effectively blacklisted from the US and European media and for good reason. It is off limits because it reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of the radical Zionist agenda which permeates Israeli society as well as the designs of radical Christian Zionists in the United States including many members of the US government.
Leading the way for this messianic extremist movement, is Likud Party in Israel, currently headed by embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also under investigation for multiple counts of corruption. Netanyahu views the extremist Zionist Right as a key component of his tenuous support base a political strategy predicated on conflict and maintaining Israels brutal brand apartheid. Zionist incitement of Muslims by threatening the holy Al Aqsa Mosque is a recipe for perpetual instability and something which the Likud coalition government requires to maintain its own grip on power in Israel.
Below is a summary of the extremist Zionist agenda to further marginalize the native Arab Palestinian population by desecrating one of the worlds most holy sites in order to re-establishment an arcane Biblical concept, before finally transforming Jerusalem from being a neutral city, into the global capital of a radical religious movement
The Dome of the Rock. (Photo: Mersiha Gadzo)
After failing to blow up the Dome of the Rock in 1984, Yehuda Etzion of the Jewish Underground messianic terrorist group realized his mistake while in prison.
Their plan to destroy the abomination, was appropriate; the only problem was that they acted ahead of their time, Etzion argued.
The generation was not ready, Etzion wrote in a letter while incarcerated.
On the afternoon of Mon. Feb. 12th, 2018, portraits of both Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which is a historic art museum located in Washington, D.C. However, upon further glance of these portraits, there are some deeper messages hidden right in plain sight.
Is it also a surprise or coincidence, considering how these portraits were shown to the public directly two days before the incident in Parkland, Florida, as of Wed. Feb. 14th, 2018? On the same day thats commonly known as Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day?
Not to mention how this portrait event also coincides with the release of Marvels newest film, Black Panther scheduled to be released on Fri. Feb. 16th, 2018. This film will also be released on the exact same date as the Chinese New Year this upcoming year being Year Of The Dog, and only weeks following the rare Super Blue Blood Moon that occurred back on Wed. Jan. 31st, 2018: an event that had not occurred for over 35 years.
With all of these events occurring so close together, along with the Illuminati symbolism depicted in the Obama portraits, is all of this a mere coincidence? Who are they REALLY depicting, and how could this all relate to the END TIMES?!
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Ill start by introducing the idea of a probability density function. Everyone is familiar with six-sided dice, yes? There are two ways to figure out the odds of rolling a specific face: manually roll the die multiple times and use the totals as a prediction, or invoke a bit of information theory. The latter sounds scary, but is actually quite intuitive. We know there are six faces and thus six possible outcomes, and only one of them will be chosen. We have no justification for thinking one is more likely than the other, so they must all be equally likely. Therefore they must each have 1/6th of the total probability, ergo the probability is 1/6. By wrapping this all into a program and then charting the output, we see that both methods come to the same conclusion.Yawn. Lets raise the difficulty a bit, then, and swap the six-sided die for the random number generator I used to simulate it. This creates a problem, as in theory there are now 232 possible outcomes instead of 6. We cant chart that many categories! Instead, we can group them together into bins and chart the number of values that fell into each bin. With the help of another program and another chart, we see a pattern emerge.
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TORONTO The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesnt understand why her son died.
In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.
What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed? Micheline Knapaysweet said. I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.
Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.
The provinces police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-c...
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by Jon Rappoport
February 17, 2018
Two aspects of my research I could write about for years involved: brilliant hypnotherapist Jack True, and the ancient Tibetan magicians.
Out of this research came my collection, Exit From The Matrix. It contains many exercises that increase the power and range of imagination.
Before the priest class moved in and took over in Tibet, there was an entire school of practice that focused on creative power. These hardy practitioners were artists of reality.
They knew, with unshakable certainty, that an individual had the unlimited capacity to invent reality at every level. They assembled their own exercises for that purpose. These Tibetans were unique in the history of the planet.
Jack True and I, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, worked over these exercises and adapted them for the modern student. After Jack passed away in the 1990s, I continued to develop the exercises and eventually included them in Exit From The Matrix.
As my readers know, I write much on the importance of the individual, and his power, in a world whose self-appointed leaders hail the primary status of The Group.
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The following is a recording of a presentation which features two founding members of the group, Anti-Racist Action (ARA), both of whom came up in Cincinnati, Ohio. The recording itself was produced by Solidarity and Defense of the Huron Valley in Ann Harbor, Michigan, and the talk features an in depth discussion about the history and hard lessons learned in the Midwest and beyond. Above all, the speakers talk about both what it means to fight, as well as to organize, as they chart the evolution of ARA out of the punk rock scene in the 1980s and into the late 1990s, which saw the creation of hundreds of ARA chapters across the US and the world.
The story of the creation of the Anti-Racist Action Network is a hard and bloody one. Many of the people involved in the organizing at the time came from poor and working class backgrounds; many were shot, stabbed, did prison time, and a few even paid the ultimate price, such as Lin Newborn and Daniel Shersty, both of whom were tortured and murdered by neo-Nazis in 1998, outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is video footage from a student present at the Parkland School in Florida after the apparent shooting.
Please note that I am not saying that people did not get shot or did not die.
So many people are purporting these types of events as hoaxes and completely discrediting the truth movement. That is why I prefer to call them false flag operations with an intended goal and agenda one where those involved, meaning intelligence agencies, do not care if people get hurt or killed just as long as their planned operation moves forward.
It is a Fact that there was a Fire Drill in the morning before the shooting on Wednesday, February 14th, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School outside Boca Raton, Florida. Fox News reported on this here.
It is also a Fact that Nikolas Cruz was well known to the intelligence community, the FBI.
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LISTEN Very Carefully To What This Student Said After The Parkland School Shooting In Florida
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The worlds top oil importer, China, is expected to launch its long-awaited and delayed yuan-denominated oil futures contract at the end of March, according to Reuters sources. The petroyuan is seen as Beijings challenge to the US dollar, the dominant global currency in oil contract settlements. The contract could reportedly be launched on March 26 
Today on the show, we take a look at the Trump administrations proposed budget (spoiler alert, were fucked), as well their new plan to cut the food stamp program and a bill that will roll back disability rights. Plus, we talk about the recent shooting in Florida, and why it represents all that is bad about America.
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This week William got the chance to speak to Bruno Renero-Hannan, who is an anarchist historical anthropologist from Mexico City, about their solidarity work around two of the original 250 Loxicha Prisoners in the state of Oaxaca.
This rebellion and imprisonment occurred almost simultaneously to the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas in the mid-late 90s with very different results. We talk about the long and complex history of this case, the similarities and differences between this uprising and that of the Zapatistas, the ongoing political repression of Alvaro Ramirez and Abraham Ramirez, and the economic solidarity push being organized by our guest, as well as some stark parallels between this case and that of the remaining 59 J20 defendants.
If you would like to see the 45 minute broadcast edit of this interview, you can go to The Final Straw Radio Collection on archive.org
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by Jason Renard Walker
As I explained in a previous piece, we prisoners at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, TX, have to drink discolored and contaminated water. Besides this, we are being forced to live, eat and congregate under conditions that are egregiously unsanitary. Every cell has a colony of roaches living in it.
Throughout this prison are many cellblocks. Each cellblock has a number of cells that remain closed while we are in the day room. Several times a day we are allowed to go in or out, but never long enough to wash our hands or use the bathroom.
In response, the dayroom toilet area is used rapidly and throughout the course of the day. For one reason or another, since my arrival to this prison on 11/1/17, our cellblock in particular has no sink or hand washing station in or near the dayroom bathroom. I tried to grieve this issue but nothing has been done.
This contradiction has caused prisoners and guards to use the drinking cooler as a place to wash their hands. Without the presence of soap, and with the water being cold, germs are being spread from the toilet area to the drinking area. This can make the passing of E.Coli and many other surface germs possible.
In fact, a bad throat virus is going from one guard and prisoner to another. There are no flu-like symptoms, only an uncontrollable cough and throat pain. I believe this has something to do with the cooler water being used as a sink. Given that the nozzle is broken, water runs down the outside of the cooler, then into our cup. In order for it to be refilled, this same area has to be touched.
During an audit in relation to a prisoners death, Lieutenant Joe M. Lopez was advised to have a sink installed pronto, which he has failed to do. He was also told to replace the cooler (which he did), but brought back the old one as soon as inspection was complete.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb 15, 2018) Yesterday, a Utah Senate committee passed a bill would expand raw milk sales in the state. Passage into law would take an important step toward rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Sen. David Hinkins (R-27) and Rep. Marc Roberts (R-67) introduced Senate Bill 108 (SB108) January 23. The 
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Detroit Eviction Defense is a coalition of homeowners, union members, faith-based activists, community advocates, and allied groups united in the struggle against foreclosure and eviction. We believe that affordable housing is a human right, the foundation of a viable community. In Metro Detroit, wounded by the multiple disasters of mass unemployment, predatory lending, and blight, we call for a halt to all foreclosures of occupied homes and for principal reduction to help hard-pressed homeowners
Its never too late to organize in defense of your home and your neighborhood, but no one should fight this fight alone. We support alternative legal strategies and non-profit finance to resist foreclosure, and we help defend families against eviction with direct and peaceful protest against banks and government agencies. Bring your issues and support to our open meetings, Thursdays at 6pm.
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Putin has made a huge investment in Trump, whose policies divide the American people and the democratic alliance, serving major strategic goals of Russian military doctrine. Trump and his allies in Congress continue aggressive attacks against the FBI, which is the enemy of Russian espionage against America.
Early Sunday morning, February 11th, Mark Daniels, a black man of the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was killed by police. This is the same city that had to be taken over by the U.S. Justice Department to stem a pattern of civil rights abuses; the same city that paralyzed Leon Ford, that killed Bruce Kelley Jr. The same police department that is facing its second corruption investigation in five years.
The police started stalking Mark after he left a convenience storewhy, exactly, the police have yet to say. Then, somebody shot a gun, police allege it was Mark shooting at them, while multiple witnesses in the neighborhood say it was unrelated fire away from the police. Regardless, the police shot Mark in the shoulder and he ran, likely fearing for his life. Mark arrived at the backdoor of a nearby house asking for a glass of water. Police followed him to the backdoor, threw him to the ground, and took him away. A half hour later he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
How could this happen? Mark was shot in the shoulder, a serious, but often survivable injury. After running down the block to ask for water, the woman who answered described him as alert and lucid. As the police were dragging Mark away, multiple witnesses say they saw officers beating him relentlessly. Officers contend that they were preforming CPR, but somehow no one seems to have seen this.
No gun was found at the scene, but after two days of putting the neighborhood on lock down and searching it with dogs, police did eventually turn up a .40 caliber hand gun. However, the coroner reports that there was no gun powder residue on Marks hands at the time of his death. And its unclear what caliber of gun was fired that night. So what does the discovered gun have to do with Mark?
As of this writing, Marks mother has yet to be allowed to view his body.
Mark was a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, and a friend to many. His absence has left a hole in his community. His family has requested that as many people as possible attend a police accountability meeting to hold the polices feet to the fire and raise questions.
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As promised, we are doing another block of presentations of our book, From Democracy to Freedom. If you would like to arrange something for us in your town, at your university, or in some other context, please contact us: email@example.com. Below are the details about our talks in Iceland and around the Midwest.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics are being held in South Korea for the first time in three decades. The special event has officially started in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. NBC, as well as its cable networks in different regions of the country, is airing traditional Olympian sports such as skiing and figure skating in 
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Trump's continued denial or downplaying of Putin's intervention is nothing but bunk. The indictment is a reminder that Trump won a tainted election, in which he was assisted by Russian skullduggery -- and that he has refused to come to terms with that.
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by IWW International Solidarity Commission
Dockworkers and members of the CNT, a revolutionary anarchist union in Spain, have won a complete victory after just 1 day on strike, forcing the company to rehire 3 workers it had attempted to fire.
"THIS IS HOW SOMEONE GETTING FIRED ENDS in the @portdebarcelona. Picture for the history books. Strike committee and fired workers (REINSTATED today) walk out with signed agreement." @cnt1910 @PortuariosCNT https://t.co/rKiKmExs71
ellisonfitz (@EllisonFitz) February 16, 2018
The CNT branch at the Port of Barcelona called for a 3-day strike beginning on February 15th in order to force the company to re-hire 3 of its members who had been fired for refusing to do work outside of their job description. After just 1 day on strike, they have forced the company to cave.
The company and the union had previously come to a preliminary agreement to reinstate these three workers, but during a meeting on February 12th, the company tore up the agreement without warning. The workers had warned the company that they would not back down, and they didnt. The union immediately walked out and gave the green light to a 3-day strike, which was ratified by a workplace assembly the next day.
I love the smell of victory for the working class in the morning,@SouthernWobbly @_IWW"AGREEMENT SIGNED!! Strike hereby called off. When they opened a disciplinary investigation we warned them on the co's walls. 15 days later, and after 1 day on strike, we've won. REINSTATEMENT!" https://t.co/a9oa68kqlk
Harold Kautz-Vella takes a deep dive into the many bizarre and novel symptoms surrounding the subjects of Morgellons syndrome and the effects of it on the human condition.These fibers came from my own body under a 60X magnification scope. Image: Julie Telgenhoff
Harold covers topics such as chemtrails, fungus, nanotechnology, cluster topology, pizeo electric nanocrystals, nanotags, spiritual attachments and many other subjects related to this scourge we have come to call Morgellons.
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Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can womens freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice. -Victoria Law
The Zapatista women will host the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico from March 7-11, 2018. A delegation of women from all walks of life, racial, social-economic, and cultural backgrounds strongly feel that we could learn much from our Zapatista sisters. Their indigenous perspectives and willingness to decolonize and reshape the political landscape into something that works for all people speaks to us as we look at the challenges we face in the US and Canada.
Here is an updated notice that the women of the Zapatista Movement put out- https://chiapas-support.org/2018/01/28/advances-in-the-zapatista-womens-struggle/
The desire to go to this gathering and to form this delegation came after much discussion regarding womens liberation and women voices after the January 20th, 2018 Cincinnati Womens March. The national theme and platform for Womens Marches across the United States was Hear Our Vote. Many of us were disappointed wi...
Shame on every single House and Senate member who each year takes millions in blood money as a political contribution from the National Rifle Association to ensure their reelection. Perhaps only when some of these lawmakers lose a child of their own will they begin to grasp the excruciating pain that parents bear when their telephones ring, only to be told that their child was just gunned down at school by a random shooter.
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In this episode we speak with two of our fellow co-producers about their recent trip to autonomous Zapatista communities in the highlands of the Mexican southeast. For more than 24 years, the Zapatistas have inspired countless struggles across the globe to build a world in which many worlds fit.
While the Zapatistas are not explicitly penal abolitionists, we reflect on how the Zapatista construction of autonomy may help us re-imagine the challenges and possibilities we face as Abolitionists.
(COMMONDREAMS) International Criminal Court (ICC) judges are weighing over one million statements from Afghans who allege they are victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by actors in the armed conflict there, including Afghan forces, the Taliban, the CIA, and the U.S. military. The victims began submitting their statements to the ICC judges in late November 
Source: Patheos Well said: Florida school shooting survivor demands action on guns while blasting GOP politicians for sending thoughts and prayers. A survivor of the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, 
From how Churchill somehow inadvertently came to power to why it is so difficult to get rid of Trump. And how to stop mass shootings altogether.
Congress has introduced legislation that flies in the face of the Tenth Amendment to weaken state and local agricultural laws that protect animals and our citizens.
Here is 'SECRETARY TILLERSON'S' Opening Remarks at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial: 'We are keenly aware of the legitimate security concerns of Turkey, our coalition partner, and NATO ally. We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS, and we stand by our NATO ally in its counterterrorism efforts.'
The 2018 midterm elections will occur on November 6th. Democrats have been predicting a "blue wave," but recently there's been an uptick of support for President Trump and, as a result, Democrats are nervous. Nonetheless, the eleven western states look positive for Dems.
In the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, CNN staff claimed on-air that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was too afraid to come on the air to talk about his record on gun policy.
At least 17 people were killed on Wednesday in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. In the hours and days following, the media has focused on gun control. CNNs Chris Cuomo blasted Cruz in a segment of New Day on Thursday morning, claiming the Texas senator and other top Republicans were unwilling to appear on his CNN show, but did interviews on Fox News about the tragedy earlier that day.
What are they afraid of? Cuomo asked. The network also aired a graphic posing the question with Cruzs face underneath.
Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 15, 2018
Cruz and his staff are saying CNNs claim that he was afraid to talk to CNN is a lie. Catherine Frazier, a senior communications advisor for the Texas senator, tweeted that New Day asked Cruz to come on the show at 8:11 a.m. on Thursday just 28 minutes before Cuomo accused Cruz of being too scared to talk to him, at 8:39 a.m.
Ill also note we weren't even invited on New Day until 8:11am, 39 minutes before the show ends. What a nice heads up before being gratuitously criticized on air.
Catherine Frazier (@catblackfrazier) February 15, 2018
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About 70 activists and community members surrounded and blocked an ICE van in front of LAs Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, February 15. The action was called for by the Koreatown Popular Assembly 24 hours prior as an emergency response to reports of ICE detaining over a 100 individuals across the city.
The mass escalation of raids by ICE are seen as part of the Trump regimes promised targeting of sanctuary cities as punishment for not cooperating with immigration authorities. This is why it is essential to organize a popular response and resistance to targeted raids which are intended to strike fear in and demobilize immigrant communities. Even the small act of blocking a single van with two officers inside shows that its possible to disrupt ICEs activity in Los Angeles and organizers are looking to expand this tactic.
We first discussed the Koreatown Popular Assembly in our piece Koreatown, LA Fights Back on 7-Eleven ICE Raid, which reported on the groups Rapid Response Network that mobilized together with other groups on January 18 to surround a neighborhood 7-Eleven and prevent ICE from returning to the neighborhood to obtain documents from the store manager. While the manager still met with agents elsewhere the mobilization successfully prevented ICE from entering the neighborhood as a form of community intimidation. This kind of mobilization is a form of counter intimidation to ICE and prevents collateral arrests, an increasingly common tactic whereby ICE will ostensibly target a specific business or individual but will question and detain any person they encounter. This is how targeted enforcement by ICE in reality becomes broad sweeps targeting a whole neighborhood, apartment building or workplace....
New U.S. policy on nuclear retaliatory strikes for cyber-attacks is raising concerns, with Russia claiming that it's already been blamed for a false-flag cyber-attack -- namely the election hacking allegations of 2016, explain Ray McGovern and William Binney.
(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL The FBI issued an official statement on Friday admitting their mishandling of a tip about Nikolas Cruz a month before he murdered 17 people on Valentines Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to the statement: On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBIs Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to 
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On the 15th of February, protesters opposing TransCanadas Eastern Panhandle Extension aka the Potomac Pipeline surrounded the Maryland Governors Mansion in Annapolis. After a starting rally on Lawyers Mall in front of the statehouse, protesters fanned out to surround the mansion.
The Potomac Pipeline would be brought to you by TransCanada, the people behind the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. It would deliver fracked gas from the gaslands of Pennsylvania to industries that do not yet exist in West Virginia.
Maryland would get nothing from the pipeline except the risk of pipeline explosions and increased contamination of the Potomac River from more fracking upstream in Pennsylvania. Fracking itself is illegal in Maryland, so protesters were asking Governor Hogan to, Keep your fracking promise! Looks like TransCanadas pipeline is about as popular as the puppy-killing ways of Huntington Life Sciences (now Envigo) would be in Maryland. Both bring protesters to the homes of those responsible. Not surprising, as water poisoned by gas fracking can be a stomach-churning proposition in your cup, and your tap water is not supposed to catch on fire.
The family of Korryn Gaines has just been awarded $36 million in a wrongful death lawsuit after a SWAT team killed her inside her home.
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Would you trust a Nazi to hold a needle to your neck? Would you pay them for the privilege? If you are one of countless customers who have patronized Tac Town Tattoo and Body Modifications in Tacoma, WA, you may have done just that!
Jason Gravy DiSimis, Ryan Irma Carr, and Ken Baughman are the owners and employees of this small Tacoma tattoo and piercing shop. They have also been years-long members and associates of the Northwest Hammerskins affiliated Crew 38, the most prominent outfit in the local White Power Skinhead Scene (for a more historic look at the Hammerskins, see this write-up from the ADL. While they have been known and carefully tracked by dedicated anti-fascist activists for months, it is time their neighbors and community were made aware of the violent racists in their backyard.
In recent years, the Northwest Hammerskins have been best known for their 2015 affiliations with the racists who attacked Black Lives Matter protesters in Olympia and for attempting to...
PARKLAND, Fla. (INTELLIHUB) Many credible sources, including students, parents, and teachers of the school have openly admitted on camera that they were told at one point or another prior to the Valentines Day shooting that a code red active shooter drill would be taking place.
Stoneman Douglas H.S. Freshman Kelsey Friend told CNN on Thursday, that she heard whispers from fellow classmates on the day of the shooting that police would be conducting an active shooter drill using fake guns.
We had rumors going around the school that police would do a fake code red with fake guns, not actual, but sounding real and I thought at the beginning that this just wasnt real and that this was just drills  until I saw my teacher dead on the floor.
The freshman said that she was hiding behind the teachers desk with 15-20 other students when her teacher was shot in the doorway of the classroom.
It seemed like it lasted five-years, she explained.
Friend, who seems traumatized, told CNN that her and her classmates were whisked to safety when SWAT made their entry and evacuated them over an hour later.
The SWAT team actually came and got us and said that it was all okay, she explained. Once we were escorted out of the classroom I did see Mr. Beagles body out the corner of my eyes through the stairwell and I did see blood and I saw two students, unfortunately, curled up in balls.
Going down the stairs I saw more blood, backpacks everywhere, she said. It was like a movie scene and there was gunpowder all over the floor.  It was just so real but felt so fake at the same time.
Another student told a Texas News station that she saw weird dust on the floor after shots were fired and admits that drills were being conducted on the day of the shooting.
It was pretty terrifying because they were all putting us through drills we thought this was a drill but it wasnt and then we just started hearing gunshots, another student told KPRC 2 shortly after the shooting.
And if thats not enough, the student said that there were three shooters and described one of them as...
What this little temper tantrum is more proof of is that Trump has no interest in making a deal. He's still insisting on his proposal, now in the House (which will mostly likely never get voted on). He wants to deport the Dreamers, and every move he's made since September when he cancelled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals demonstrates that.
Mike Brown is a transportation engineer and Strong Towns member. Today he shares a guest post proposing one way to tame dangerous stroads.
Everyone loves your design! Everyone except the citys engineer and accountant. A typical engineer might have at least five concerns, which can kill your vision if you dont address them. Im an engineer, so let me help you see what engineers see, and dont see.
First, they dont see that modest investments in walkability can attract development back to languishing corridors, saving money via #NoNewRoads at the fringe. They dont see that the stroad is likely a net liability while the people-oriented street when factoring in higher tax collections from development along it is likely a net positive. They dont see well that the forgiveness of slow speeds is safer than forgiving design at high speeds.
Heres what they think they see, which theyll explain to the Mayor in private:
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We are a group of citizens worried about recent news about the Nazi organizers entering our community. The attached flier will be mailed tomorrow morning to hundreds of the good people of Meigs County, Tenn.
In addition to notifying the community, we think its important to inform the professionals whove assisted the Meadows in building their compound. We know that theyve identified Chris Holmes of Crye-Leike in their attempts to purchase more property in order to expand.
We are worried about this and believe that Meigs County doesnt need Nazism to grow more. How many veterans of Decatur fought a war to ensure that this doesnt happen on American soil?
FriEnds & Neighbors Rising In Resistance
A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a Russian agency for attempting to meddle in the 2016 election, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Americans involved with the entities were deemed unwitting participants.
The Russians allegedly posed as U.S. citizens, created false personas, and operated on social media in an attempt to grow and influence U.S. audiences. They were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The jury was called by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russias election meddling and whether the Trump campaign might have colluded with the countrys government to win the presidency. The Russian nationals and the Internet Research Agency are accused of building a misleading online presence and staging rallies with the strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system. Some of them communicated with unwitting political activists and associates of the Trump campaign.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted in the announcement of the charges that no Americans were charged, and that no evidence was found that the Russians succeeded in altering the outcome of the election.
There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity, he said. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charge conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.
The charges are the first of Muellers investigation against Russians.
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong no collusion!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
David Shulkin, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, showed up to what he thought would be a routine Senate oversight hearing in January, only to discover it was an ambush.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was the sole holdout among members of the veterans affairs committee on a bill that would shape the future of the agency. The bipartisan bill had the support of 26 service groups representing millions of veterans. But Moran was pushing a rival piece of legislation, and it had the support of a White House aide who wields significant clout on veterans policy. Neither proposal could advance as long as there was any doubt about which President Donald Trump wanted to sign.
Moran blamed Shulkin for the impasse. In every instance, you led me to believe that you and I were on the same page, Moran said at the hearing. Our inability to reach an agreement is in significant part related to your ability to speak out of both sides of your mouth: double talk.
There were gasps in the hearing room. It was an astounding rebuke for a Trump appointee to receive from a Republican senator, especially for Shulkin, who was confirmed by the Senate unanimously.
Clearly ruffled, Shulkin hesitated before answering. I think it is grossly unfair to make the characterizations you have made of me, and Im disappointed that you would do that, he said. What I am trying to do is give you my best advice about how this works.
Moran dug in. I chose my words intentionally, he said. I think you tell me one thing and you tell others something else. And thats incompatible with our ability to reach an agreement and to work together. Moran then left the hearing for another appointment.
The exchange exposed tensions that had been brewing for months behind closed doors. A battle for the future of the VA has been raging between the White House and veterans groups, with Shulkin caught in the middle. The conflict erupted into national headlines this week as a result of a seemingly unrelated development: the release of a lacerating report on Shulkin that found serious derelictions in a taxpayer-funded European business trip in which he and his wife enjoyed free tickets to Wimbledon and more....
A former high-level official from within the UN has blown the whistle on a pedophilia network of massive proportions involving thousands of UN employees wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of innocent children. (TFTP) An outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official reveals that United Nations employees have carried out over 
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As one person in the United States I cannot offer you a representative reply on behalf of all of us. Nor can I use polls to tell you what my fellow Americans think, because, as far as I know, polling companies haven't asked the U.S. public about the war on your country in years. Possible explanations for this include:
Catholic churches all around the world have been accused of sex scandals, including the Vatican, which has allegedly paid an astonishing $4 billion since 1950 to settle sexual abuse claims. Far too often these stories involve priests taking advantage of their positions of authority in order to sexually abuse people, often children. More recently, the UK government and the 
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Shortly after noon on Friday, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts. In the indictment announced on Friday the first criminal case to accuse Russians of seeking to influence the outcome of 
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(ANTIMEDIA) Russia will have exclusive rights to produce oil and gas in Syria in accordance with an energy cooperation framework agreement signed in January, Oil Price reports. From Oil Price: Before the onset of the blood-drenched Civil War, Syrian oil production wavered around 380,000 barrels per day. It has declined for some time then, since its all-time peak production 
The FBI might have been able to stop Wednesdays Florida school shooting if the bureau had followed protocol when it received a tip about the shooter, the agency conceded Friday.
Someone close to Nikolas Cruz, who allegedly killed 17 people at a Florida high school this week, warned the FBI in January that Cruz owned a gun and might shoot up a school. The tipster told the bureau in a phone call that Cruz had a desire to kill people, and provided the FBI with information about his disturbing social media posts and erratic behavior.
The FBI released the details in a statement conceding their employees did not follow protocol to follow up on this tip. Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life, the statement said. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.
The tip was not forwarded to Miami, and no further investigation was conducted into Cruz.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said he is committed to getting to the bottom of what happened, and that members of the bureau deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.
Law enforcement protocols already in place also might have stopped the Texas church shooting in 2017, and the Charleston church shooting in 2015. The gunman who carried out the Texas massacre had a history of domestic violence that should have prevented him from legally buying a gun. But the Air Force conceded after the shooting it had failed to enter his name into the federal database that would have prevented his gun purchase.
Similarly, paperwork and communication fumbles between the FBI and local law enforcement resulted in a background check error that allowed Dylann Roof to buy a gun in South Carolina, which he later used to massacre congregants at a Charleston church.
Sure, climate change is happening at an allarming rate. Sure, for the first time ever, a gas tanker was able to cross the Arctic in witer without an icebreaker escort for the first time ever, but some scientists were able to find the tiniest of silver linings in such globally catastrophic events.
In July of last year, a gigantic piece of ice broke off of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. When I had heard of it, I felt enormously depressed. While scientists initially hesitated to link it directly and conclusively to climate change, I saw it is yet more proof that we are watching the devastating effects of climate change happen right before our eyes. If it collapses completely, it will simply be added to the list of irreversible consequences which will worsen our situation. I guess Im just not enterprising enough though, because other scientists saw it also as an opportunity.
This Delaware-sized chunk of ice, by breaking off, also happened to render an ecosystem which had been hidden for over 120,000 years accessible to researchers.
The calving of [iceberg] A-68 [from the Larsen C Ice Shelf] provides us with a unique opportunity to study marine life as it responds to a dramatic environmental change. Its important we get there quickly before the undersea environment changes as sunlight enters the water and new species begin to colonize, Katrin Linse, of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement.
As a Zoology major, I am ashamed that I had not thought of that possibility. While I of course would have chosen for the ice shelf to remain intact, if I had such power, once it breaks off, lets at least take the opportunity to add to our knowledge of our planet.
So, what could they find?
Scientists know little about the possibly alien-like life that has taken up residence beneath Antarcticas ice shelf.  n other icy realms around Antarctica, some bizarre creatures have turned up. For instance, a bristled marine worm that lives in the Southern Ocean, and Live Science previously reported as looking like a Christmas ornament from hell, has an extendable throat tipped with pointy teeth. And some creatures have made a living under extreme conditions, including a crustacean called...
Engineering scientists reportedly have invented what they call a new type of super wood. It is said to be 10 times stronger than regular wood, and is being promoted as an innovation that could be a practical replacement for steel and harder building materials.
They call it densified wood. To compress wood like this, a certain chemical treatment and then a heated process of compression occurs. The resulting chemical bonds make the wood strong enough to one day be used in buildings and vehicles, according to Science Alert. The research was published in the journal where everything is published, in Nature.
The engineers fired projectiles similiar to bullets at their densified wood, and report that the material causes the projectile to become lodged in it, rather than going straight through it. They suggest advancements in armor plating could arise from this.
Europe is rapidly embracing faux meats. According to a new report conducted by researchers working in the TRansition paths to sUstainable legume based systems in Europe (TRUE), citizens in Europe are enjoying legumes more and more, and are increasingly finding alternatives to meat.
TRUE found that products containing grain legumes, such as lentils, beans, and soybeans, were made up about 39 percent of the growth in Europe. Reportedly, Western Europeans are responsible for most of the growth.
Said Joo Ferreira, a student at Universidade Catlica Portuguesa (UCP): The most active region was the United Kingdom, with a share of 19 % of total new legume-inclusive product launches in Europe, followed by France (14 %) and Germany (13 %).
Pre-packaged meat alternatives were by far the most popular sector, boasting a growth of 451 percent. There was also 196 percent increase for vegan products and 73 percent for gluten-free products. Bean-based snacks experienced a growth of 128 percent and demand for pasta increased by 295 percent, explained...
New report suggests the government should give everyone under 55 10,000 regardless of employment status or current wealth.
The findings have come from The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) saying it could be the transition needed for everyone to eventually receive a state funded basic wage.
The idea proposes two seperate payments of 5,000 to be paid over a two year period. This would also result in other benefits and tax reliefs being removed.
RSA believe the incentive will support the way work and jobs will be changing during the 2020s as automation replaces many jobs, climate change hits and more people face balancing employment with social care.
The money would be taken from a British sovereign wealth fund, and applicants would only have to explain how they plan to use the money.
Director of the RSAs Action and Research Centre Anthony Painter has said: The simple fact is that too many households are highly vulnerable to a shock in a decade of disruption, with storm clouds on the horizon if automation, Brexit and an ageing population are mismanaged.
(ZHE) Shortly after noon on Friday, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts. In the indictment announced on Friday the first criminal case to accuse Russians of seeking to influence the outcome of 
A spiritual awakening can be a rollercoaster ride of up and down emotions, here is how you can ride the waves:
What is a spiritual awakening?
A spiritual awakening is the emergence of your essence (higher self), and/or a connection (or a glimpse of a connection) with the oneness that connects us all. We are born as this essence and as time passes we often lose a connection to this root existence. A spiritual awakening is us as an older being with a more developed (physical) mind and body reconnecting with this essence which can sometimes come as a shock.
What can cause your awakening?
Sometimes a singular event which breaks your current routine of thought- for example, going away on holiday could force you to reflect when you are usually busy. Meeting someone who has already had a spiritual awakening can trigger one in us. A new relationship or the ending of a relationship. A new job or the ending of a job. An experience with a mind altering substance, or an experience similar which could be induced through meditation, breathwork, dancing, singing, art or anything that gets you out of your head. A near death experience, or a miracle that cannot be explained rationally. All can cause what seems like a spontaneous awakening.
It can also be a series of events, such as synchronicities that continually show up leading you in a specific direction. At times like these it can feel as if the universe...
It wasnt bad not quite a great movie, the premises were too silly for that, but very entertaining and lovely to watch. OK, spectacular to watch. The whole esthetic was gorgeous and stimulating.
It was also good because it was one of Marvels more constrained, focused efforts, with nothing about a build-up to their upcoming blockbuster, Infinity War. I very much liked the fact that its about the people of this one African country struggling with decisions about their place in the world. It was a big but still manageable set of conflicts.
That it wasnt just a set-piece to lead to a bigger movie also allowed the ensemble cast to shine. This isnt just a movie about one super guy in a fancy costume. I left the theater wanting to see a heck of a lot more about Okoye and MBaku (lets see a movie wrapped around the Dora Milaje!), and all of the characters were interesting. Even the villain had realistic conflicts.
One thing that annoyed me: why is an enlightened, progressive country like Wakanda ruled by a hereditary monarchy? Why is kingship settled by a trial by combat? One minute Im thinking this looks like an awesome, wonderful place, and the next Im wondering what other ugly flaws are lurking to wreck this utopia.
Other than that you dont want to cross the Dora Milaje. Or is that a good thing?
Theres always a lot of emotion after a horrific school shooting, and thats completely understandable. There is also an immediate push for vague do-something gun-control legislation often wholly untethered from the incidents it is purporting to stop, which is less understandable. Worse, most of these efforts are bolstered by falsehoods and half-truths that make it virtually impossible to have a genuine discussion about the problem.
(ANTIMEDIA) Despite vehemently denying Russian personnel had even been present in the location recently struck by U.S. forces in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, reports have begun emerging that scores of wounded Russian mercenaries are now being treated at defense ministry hospitals. According to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), the wounded fighters were brought to military hospitals in Moscow and St. 
In the wake of the recent Parkland Florida school shooting in which an evil and disturbed young man opened fire on innocent, unarmed students and teachers, it shocks me to see people suggest that the best way to prevent these attacks is by disarming even more innocent people.
The reality is true. The solution to preventing these types of mass shooting attacks is to increase the likelihood that a deranged killer will be neutralized by a lawfully armed citizen before he can wreak havoc. With 17 of our own dead, now is not the time to punish law-abiding citizens by taking away even more of their rights and making them more defenseless. Now is the time to fight back, to protect our communities, and to make sure no evil coward will ever again be able to walk into a school believing that nobody will be able to shoot back at him.
I ache for the police and school resource officers across America who cant be everywhere at one time. They bravely patrol these schools, but its simply not feasible to expect one or two armed officers to be able to cover every inch of the premises at all times. So how can we prevent these tragedies? What can we do right now to prevent or at the very least mitigate these horrific attacks?
A coward who would enter a school and gun down innocents can be stopped. As a combat veteran whos been under fire, I know that the only answer is to go on offense. But in a school environment how can this be accomplished? The answer is simple: teachers, administrators, and office and support staff must have the right to be armed on campus, subject to certain conditions.
Heres how it could work. We already have teachers and staff members as well as parents who have concealed carry permits. Their states have already acknowledged their right to defend themselves and their families with force, if necessary. If they have been deemed by authorities to be responsible enough to defend themselves in a mall, at a restaurant, or a sporting event, there is no reason to deny them the ability to protect themselves and their community while theyre at work at a school.
The number and placement of licensed concealed carriers is key. Having just one more teacher who is switched on and trained could make a difference, but a better plan is to have as many licensed and trained teachers as possible who volunteer to attend specific training that addresses the best ways to respond to live shooter situations in educational environments. While a concealed carry license should be a prerequisite to legally carrying in a school, it should not be the only requirement.
Training these volunteers to not only shoot better but also giving them additional tools, tactics, practice, and communications advice directly related to a school shooting situation would drastically alter the calculus for a potential killer who wanted the mo...
With the collapse of civil liberty and the opportunity society, #MeToo is busy at work destroying the relationship between man and woman. It is difficult to imagine a worse crime. Will liberation come from the movement or only a change in who is harassed and a breakdown in the basic social relationship?
A former high-level official from within the UN has blown the whistle on a pedophilia network of massive proportions involving thousands of UN employees wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of innocent children.
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Im a creature of academia. I attended college starting in 1975, and essentially never left I went on to do graduate school, post-docs, and taught at a couple. Ive been at both the small liberal arts college (DePauw, UMM) and the great big state school (Universities of Washington, Oregon, and Utah, and Temple University). I talk to students and faculty and staff every day for decades now, and at worst you could say maybe Im a little too close to this environment, but you certainly cant argue that I know nothing about what goes on on college campuses.
But then I read these stories from outsiders about what its like to be on an American campus, mostly by people who havent been here in ages and probably had just a transient experience before leaving, and theyre all about as accurate as if I were trying to describe life on Mars. They are distinguished by their total lack of awareness of reality and the vehemence with which they condemn students.
Case in point: Andrew Sullivan. Its pure madness.
Over the last year, the most common rebuttal to my intermittent coverage of campus culture has been: Why does it matter? These are students, after all. Theyll grow up once they leave their cloistered, neo-Marxist safe spaces. The real world isnt like that. Youre exaggerating anyway. And so on. I certainly see the point. In the world beyond campus, few people use the term microaggressions without irony or an eye roll; claims of white supremacy, rape culture, or white privilege can seem like mere rhetorical flourishes; racial and gender segregation hasnt been perpetuated in the workplace yet; the campus Title IX sex tribunals where, under the Obama administration, the preponderance of evidence rather than the absence of a reasonable doubt could ruin a young mans life and future are just a product of a hothouse environment. And I can sometimes get carried away.
Ill give him a different rebuttal: youre clueless, Mr Sullivan. Your intermittent coverage of campus culture is so detached from reality, so thickly slathered with conservative bullshit, that it is an unrecognizable caricature.
What neo-Marxist safe spaces? Neo-Marxism, by the way, is an empty buzzword generally used by terrified neo-conservatives who are upset that students explore new ideas outside the conventional, capitalism-worshipping straitjackets conservatives would rather we brainwashed students into worshipping. We actually encourage students to think, rather than accept the received wisdom of hidebound old farts. We ask them to look at systems of thought with new eyes and a wider perspective, and we tell them its OK to question that system. That’...
Armed with a budget of over $700 billion for the coming year which will likely continue to grow over the course of Trumps Pentagon-controlled presidency the Pentagons dystopian vision for the future of the military is quickly becoming a question not of if but when. WASHINGTON While cyborg soldiers and fully automated weapons 
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To cap off my series on why grad school sucks, Id like to talk about some of the things I did, after all, like about the experience. This will be more personally focused, and may describe aspects of grad school that other people would miss out on, or dislike.
I can read papers
I started out this series by talking about how physics talks are really bad. Even now after finishing a PhD, I find that most talks are still incomprehensible. In contrast, I feel pretty good about my improved ability to read papers.
Note, the best way to understand more physics presentations, is to understand when a presentation is best skipped, and its the same way with papers. A lot of skill in reading technical papers comes from knowing when to skip a paper, or when to skip large sections of it. But also, as I got further in my Ph.D., there were fewer sections that I needed to skip, and I could return to old papers and understand them better. Some of my most satisfying experiences were going beyond mere reading, being able to critique papers in detail.
This ability extends beyond my own field of study, to other fields of physics, and to other disciplines entirely. Ive mentioned before, Ive read scholarly papers in math, psychology, sociology, gender studies, and law. Of course, some disciplines are more difficult than others.
Its too bad that the flexible hours in academia make them impossible to regulate, which means that on average people work 50-60 hours just to stay competitive. But the flexibility itself? Its a plus. Its nice to be able to come into work whenever I want, and take off days whenever I need to. I also had some flexibility in setting my overall pace.
Theres a difference between flexible hours and irregular hours. Some experiments had me working late at night for three days straight, and others had me working 24 hours straight. Its not entirely accurate to call this flexible because I didnt really have a choice in the matter. Id work for three days straight because thats how long a dewar of helium would last; Id work for 24 hours straight, because that was how long wed have access to a synchrotron light source. Irregular hours arent fun, but thankfully I didnt have to do it very often. Thats because
I didnt do much lab work
Speaking of false expectations of grad school, I i...
And so we go through this once again, where somebody
guns down a large number of people and
Republican politicians scramble to find any reason to blame
other than the one that stares them in the face and that is the
easy access to high-powered weapons. What is clear is that the
present system of background checks is utterly inadequate to
prevent such carnages because it takes only one person with just
one weapon to cause so many deaths.
One thing that has happened is that the politicians favored refuge statement offering thoughts and prayers to the victims is being increasingly mocked right to their faces as the evasive tactic it clearly is, as this video shows.
The Newtown murders a little over five years ago was for me the watershed moment because it revealed so clearly how these legislators had sold what can laughably be referred to as their souls to the gun lobby. If the murder of 20 white, middle class six-year olds (plus six teachers) was not going to get them to do something, it was clear that almost nothing will.
We have seen that mass deaths of white people, people of color, very young children, adolescents, middle class, and poor have all failed to sway the legislators to defy the gun lobby and institute reasonable limitations on gun ownership. There is only one class of people where mass deaths have not occurred, and that is rich and powerful people. And these are the only people who matter in America today.
It is clear that it does not matter in the least what happens to the country or to the people at large who live in it. As long as this narrow class of people is unaffected, it may as well have not happened. This cartoon by Bruce McKinnon gets it exactly right.
Jimmy Kimmel excor...
Take stock of how safe your streets are, not just for yourself, but also for people like this little guy. (Source: Todd Berenger)
For the last several weeks, we've been highlighting why it's so crucial that our cities and towns #slowthecars in the neighborhoods we care about most. So I'm going to assume that we and the decades worth of data and wisdom that we're drawing on have persuaded you that slowing down stroads and other high-speed thoroughfares through the places we live is one of the smartest things we can do if we want to make our cities safer, wealthier, better places to live.
So, what do you do now? You get the big picture. But what can you do to slow the cars in your specific town especially if you're not a planner, an elected leader, or a citizen activist who's comfortable throwing your weight around at city hall? What if you're just an average person who wants to do one, small thing to make your place better?
Here at Strong Towns, we believe that even the most powerful person needs to think and act small if they want to make meaningful, lasting change. Here are five simple things you can do to #slowthecars in your unique community right now.
One of the most important things you can do in your quest to #slowthecars is to slow yourself down first and really ask how accessible your streets are not just for the most dangerous modes of transportation, but for the most vulnerable (and incidentally, cutest) people on the road. I'm a huge fan of the Strong Towns Strength Test in general, but one of my favorite items on it is #6, which challenges you to ask not just how easily an adult might navigate your streets, but whether a child could possibly hope to make their way to school safely on bike or foot....
By Matt Agorist Parkland, FL One of the deadliest school shootings in American history took place this week in Parkland, Florida and the suspected...
An unarmed mentally ill man apparently wanted police to kill him, so they obliged his wishes by shooting him three times with an AR15.
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By John Vibes Baltimore, MD After a recent corruption trial exposed just how bad things were at the Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland state...
By Michael Maharrey Yesterday, an Oklahoma Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of...
The UN has offered their official accounting of Afghan civilian casualties in 2017 on Thursday, with more than 10,000 casualties including 3,438 killed, and 7,015 wounded. The overall toll was 9% lower than the previous year. The decrease was mostly the result of fewer civilian deaths in the course of ground combat, likely because the fighting 
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Scott Flanders was previously the CEO of Playboy Enterprises and Columbia House Records. He is now the CEO of eHealth, Inc, the leading online marketplace for individuals, families, and small businesses to find health insurance.
Flanders joins Ben Domenech on this episode of Federalist Radio to talk health insurance, Obamacare, magazines, and a disrupted media landscape.
Competing with digital media, I believe to be a losing proposition for any media that is not highly visual, Flanders said. The Atlantic, The New Yorkerthese are serious magazines but there is no benefit to having it in physical form.
Listen to their full interview here:
Some believe that with the United Nations plotting and worldwide jihad on the rise, the city of Jerusalem is a ticking time bomb. For over a 1,000 years, Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital. However, the fight against these claims has been a relentless brawl to the end. Today, the State of 
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Newly released autopsy reports reveal that Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock died more than 12 hours after police claim he committed suicide.
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We are about to enter the coldest period in over a year (since
December 2016 at least), with massive snow in the mountains and
lowland snow in "favored" areas such as Northwest Washington and
the northern slopes of the Olympics. Even Seattle might get a
dusting. I expect to break some daily low temperature records
before it is over.
And if you don't want to support your local plumber, disconnect your outdoor hoses and protect exposed pipes. And make sure your pets are warm. Seattle will have to deal with its large homeless population, many of whom will be exposed to below-freezing temperatures for several days.
Let's start by looking at the 72hr snowfall forecast from 4 PM last night until 4 PM Sunday by the highest resolution model we run at the UW. Two to three feet in the Cascade at the higher elevations of the Olympics. With a low freezing/snow level, Snoqualmie Pass will get bountiful snow. Just good news for skiers. This snowfall will guarantee the rest of the season.
Max Blumenthal takes a look under the hood of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the go-to pundits for mainstream reporters seeking expert opinions on Russian online meddling. ASD was cited by the New York Times as its source for the assertion that the widely popular #taketheknee Twitter hashtag that promoted NFL protests against racial injustice was, in fact, a Russian influence campaign spawned by Kremlin operatives.
Australia reformed its gun laws after a mass shooting 20 years ago, drastically reducing gun violence. Could similar laws work in the US?
The author writes, The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.
Many look at Germany as the lynchpin that holds the European Union together. This position of power, dependent on German domestic stability in the form of Angela Merkel, is on increasingly shaky ground.
As the media frantically attempts to use the mass shooting in Florida to discreetly push divide and political agendas, major revelations are being entirely ignored.
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(ZHE) In a bombshell New Yorker report from Ronan Farrow, who was the first reporter to expose Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein for his decades-long history of sexual assault, Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Model who first met President Trump in 2006 during a pool party at the Playboy mansion, shared details about her alleged relationship with the president, 
Candidate Trump boasted that he would double what his opponent Hillary Clinton said she'd spend on infrastructure. But the scheme released by the Trump administration this week not only fails to do that, it would rob vital and cherished social safety net programs to pay for a pittance of improvements. It is nothing but a con.
I have to say, this made me laugh. One of my great grandmothers had a great love of blood based dishes, but I never did develop a taste for them. Out of all these, I dont think Kyselo sounds bad at all, and thats coming from someone who is not a fan of cooked mushrooms.
While European food has a very positive international reputation, its not all steak frites and pasta. As the map above shows, the continent also has its fair share of disgusting dishes and culinary horrors.
You can see a linked list of all the foods in the map here, if youre looking for more culinary info. Interesting reading all the way around! One thing is absolutely certain there is absolutely nothing which would induce me to try maggot cheese. There are just some lines not to be crossed. :D
The photograph is, I think, tastefully provocative.
A female was placed in a 12,000 l display tank and the male was added 10 min later. The female weighed 18 kg and the male weighed 20 kg. The female was sitting motionless in a lower corner of the tank when the male was added. She was oriented horizontally, facing outward from the corner. As he swam to the bottom, the male inked. He jetted directly to the female and enveloped her with his web and arms. There was then an active intertwining of arms for 2 min. At the end of this period, the female was facing into the corner and the male was on top of her facing the same direction, with his dorsal arms wrapped around her head and mantle. The hectocotylized arm of the male was inserted into the right mantle opening of the female. He was a mottled gray/pink color with frontal and mantle white spots apparent. The mantle was papillose. The female was dull red and smooth. The males respiration rate was 5.9 sec/breath, and the volume was judged deep breathing.
At 78 min after first contact, there was an increase in the intensity of the mottling and the brightness of the white spots on the mantle of the male as he raised his body up off the female slightly and then settled onto her again, whereupon the intensity of the mottling and white spots dulled. This was likely an arch and pump. At 3 hr 43 min, the male removed the hectocotylized arm. He moved away from the female at 4 hr 1 min. At this point, he was smooth and bright red; she was smooth light pink.
After 17 min apart at the opposite corner of the tank, the male again approached the female. She was in the same corner facing outward. He mounted and grasped her as before and turned mottled and papillose with mantle and frontal white spots apparent. After 3 min, she turned toward the corner as before, so they were facing the same direction. He again held her with his dorsal arms. His hectocotylized arm was inserted into the mantle of the female. They maintained this position for another 4 hr 12 min. He then moved off...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Youtuber and investigative reporter John Cullen appeared on a live Periscope with Crowdsource the Truths Jason Goodman on Thursday, where he broke down details surrounding the helicopters that were airborne but not showing on radar during the 1 October shooting.
The well-spoken researcher also talked about three leaked autopsy reports which seem to support the helicopter theory.
Cullen maintains that the massacre was a Wahhabi Saudi-sponsored event.
All of this came about after Shepard Ambellas and a member of the intelligence community presented evidence of the air assault on The Alex Jones Show last Halloween.
You can watch the full broadcast via CrowdsourcetheTruth/Periscope here.
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(MEMO) Israeli protesters gathered in Tel Aviv today to urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases. Police said on Tuesday enough evidence had been found for Netanyahu to be charged, saddling the four-term premier with one of the biggest challenges to his long dominance 
In early 2017, James Comey took Apple to court, demanding that the company help the FBI hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist/murderer Syed Farook. Other officials have kept up a steady whine against strong encryption ever since. But now, CNN reports, the FBI and other US intelligence agencies are suddenly and ever so deeply concerned with preserving your smart phone privacy.
Brennan, who was hated by much of the CIA's rank-and-file during his tenure as director, does not have much of a reputation for truth-telling. Concerns that Brennan will represent the Agency's viewpoint on NBC News are largely irrelevant as the network should have instead considered his credibility and judgment before hiring him.
PARKLAND (INTELLIHUB) The troubled 19-year-old accused of murdering 17 people at a South Florida school on Wednesday, said that voices in his head told him how to carry out the bloody Valentines Day massacre.
Law enforcement sources said Nikolas Cruz described the voices as demons.
Hat tip: @Tabertronic on Twitter
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Baltimore cops have proven to be so corrupt and criminal that even lawmakers are kicking around the idea that firing every single cop is a plausible solution.
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Another Chinese New Year is right around the corner. Just like Thanksgiving in the U.S., people in China will travel miles to be with their families on Chinese New Year and feast on many delicious foods. My father often tells me that his favorite childhood memories are of Chinese New Year celebrations prior to 1949.
His favorite food is dumpling. Dumplings have been part of Chinese food culture for a long time. Their history can be traced all the way to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Back then, dumplings were not an everyday food. Chinese people ate dumplings only on special occasions, such as on Chinese New Year or before a loved one leaves for a trip.
These crescent-shaped dumplings with pleated edges are normally filled with pork and leeks. In the old days, one could tell a households wealth by the proportion of pork versus leeks inside a dumpling. The filling ingredients are enclosed in flour-based dough that is thicker than a wonton wrapper. A traditional custom is to put something special inside one of the dumplings. Whoever eats the dumpling with the special filling is said to be a lucky person who will have good fortune in the coming year. Some families will make a dumpling filled with candy. In my family, my grandmother would fill one dumpling with coins.
Besides food, Chinese New Year celebrations are full of traditional rituals, passed on from one generation to the next. On Chinese New Years Eve, my great-grandfather would put the family genealogy book on display in the center of the living room. A genealogy book () was the most valuable possession of a traditional Chinese family. Many families and clans have genealogy records that extend over several hundreds of years or more.
My father told me that the Zhou clans genealogy book covered 50 generations. Like other traditional genealogy books, it contained a generation poem. The poem had four lines, with five words in each line. The tradition was to use one word from the poem as the middle name for each generation. For example, all the members of my great-grandfathers generation shared the same middle nameDian (), which means palace. My fathers generation shares the middle name Yu (), which means jade.
After all the words in the generation poem were used, the next generation would start from the first word of the poem again. For a big clan like ours, it was not someones age but his middle name that told us his seniority. Our genealogy book was our closest connection to our ancestors. It also functioned like a thread: No matter where a clan member lived, he was always connected with his family through the genealogy book. The worst disgrace for a Chinese person, especially a man, was to be eliminated from his family genealogy book. It meant he was rootless and had no ties to anyone.
Because the genealogy book pla...
(TMU) According to a recent study from Credit Karma Tax, a very small percentage of the people who own cryptocurrency are actually reporting it to the IRS. Fewer than 100 of 250,000 federal tax returns prepared and filed so far this year through the company have reported cryptocurrency gains and losses, Credit Karma told CNBC on Tuesday. Generally, 
From David: Here are a few pix of a nice, snug, hideout, one where you a person can withdraw, yet observe, embrace the peace of the dark, yet still see the light, and one thats not too hard to get out of when it is time to embrace life again. What a magnificent tree, and a splendid hiding place. I love such places, they have a tangible magic and peace to them. Click for full size!
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The answer to Whats the purpose of college? is longer than the 280 characters Twitter allows per tweet. But you can at least start a conversation in that amount of space.
Such a conversation was started last week when Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, tweeted a picture of a University of Arkansas at Little Rock billboard featuring a dance major. Read the rest
(ANTIWAR.COM) The UN has offered their official accounting of Afghan civilian casualties in 2017 on Thursday, with more than 10,000 casualties including 3,438 killed, and 7,015 wounded. The overall toll was 9% lower than the previous year. The decrease was mostly the result of fewer civilian deaths in the course of ground combat, likely because the fighting 
Donald Trump is selling his proposal to dramatically cut immigration to the US as a necessary protection for the blue-collar workers of the US. Fewer immigrants would mean higher wages for American workers, and more opportunities for them to flourish, White House officials told reporters during a Feb. 14 call about the presidents plan. At least 120,000 workers are not buying that argument. Teamsters Joint Council 16, a union that represents workers in New York City and surrounding areas, has declared itself a sanctuary union to protect its undocumented members. Like some of the cities and states that have implemented sanctuary policies, it is refusing to cooperate with federal officials attempting to deport them, and will not collect any information that could be used for that purpose.
By Matt Agorist Parkland, FL Another tragic mass shooting has taken place on American soil in which a deranged coward opened fire on innocent...
It was with heavy hearts that we, as members of Witness Against Torture, listened to Trumps State of the Union address Tuesday evening. We heard him attempt to stoke fear in his listeners with wave after wave of references to terrorists and criminals. He began by linking terror to illegal immigrants, border walls, chain migration, and visa lotteries, before moving on to ISIS, Al Qaida, rogue regimes, unlawful enemy combatants and more. By the time he mentioned the prison at Guantanamo, he had already clearly connected the foreigner and the immigrant with the idea of danger in his listeners minds. He had already skillfully set the stage when he announced his executive order to keep open the detention facilities at Guantnamo Bay. In Guantanamo, he reassured his listeners, we would have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down.
HOUSTON, TX Dozens of high schoolers in Houston walked out of class on Wednesday in support of a classmate who was living in the United States illegally and was detained by federal immigration authorities following a fight at school. Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19-year-old student at Stephen F. Austin Senior High School in the Greater Eastwood neighborhood, was arrested on Jan. 30 on a charge he assaulted a student. Court documents allege Rivera-Sarmiento struck a female in the head with his fist, KTRK-TV reported. But the immigrant advocacy organization United We Dream says Rivera-Sarmiento was defending himself against bullies who were making fun of him over his immigration status. The group says the bullies even threw bottles at him.
Today, 59 million Americans with disabilities witnessed the U.S House of Representatives torpedo their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR620 was passed, and civil rights of disabled and older Americans went down in defeat. Over 27 years after passage of the worlds first comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability the business-backed House of the people chose profits over people. The House decided that the burden of getting justice for discrimination against people with disabilities lies with the victim. Where is the justice in that? Even though more than 500 disability organizations sent letters to Congress opposing the bill, the Representatives who voted for the bill decided that the people with disabilities are second class citizens whose rights do not matter.
Lincoln, NE Administrators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are facing mounting criticism over their choice to ignore safety issues posed by 23-year-old biochemistry major Dan Kleve. Anti-racists have been calling for Kleves expulsion from UNL since last summer, when images of him surfaced after the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville. Public pressure on administrators has been building again after the recent release of a video from a Google Hangouts session in which Dan Kleve describes himself as the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area and says I want to be violentreally violent. A similar video shows Kleve discussing his desire to murder a black man who asked him about his pagan tattoos. Kleves former roommate recently told Newsweek that the young man would keep an assault rifle in plain view and discussed wanting to kill black people...
February 15, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough. Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones Ive never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever numbers we use to represent decline shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the human toll...
Is be as badass as Red Gerard on your bucket list? No? Well, it should be.
The night before competing in the Olympic Games, the Colorado teenager stayed up late binge-watching episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with his roommate, Kyle Mack. As a result, he slept through his 6 am alarm the next morning.
After Mack eventually dragged Gerard out of his bed, the snowboarder realized he couldnt find his coat. So, he borrowed his friends and bolted out of the door an egg, ham, avocado and cheese sandwich in tow.
Like a boss, the 17-year-old proceeded to compete in the Olympics and won the United States first gold medal. Yahoo Sports! reports that Gerard scored 87.16 on his final run in the mens slopestyle, beating Canadas Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.
As soon as he saw his results, the Colorado teenager couldnt help but yell, Holy fuck! It happened so suddenly, it slipped through TV censors.
Its crazy, to be honest, I cannot believe it, said Gerard. Im ecstatic. I cant believe I got to land my run. Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is crazy.
Gerard is the first Winter Olympic medalist born this century.
When I first began, back in the 1980s to research the legitimacy of the claim that a cabal of central bankers were seeking to one day set up world governance and a one-world economic system that they controlled, I quickly discovered that the media would call investigators such as myself, mentally ill, for even asking the correct questions.
I can clearly recall that in 1980, after I read Patrick Woods book (c0-authored with the late Anthony Sutton), Trilaterals Over Washington, the mainstream media would not recognize the legitimacy of the claims. In fact, a data base search conducted in 1980 on the Trilateral Commission, eight years after its inception, revealed one article that appeared in The Alantic on the topic, in 1977. All other inquiries on this topic were treated as conspiracy theory nonsense. The standard line stated that there is no world government planned and there certainly will not be a one-world economic system came into prominence.
My of my how have things changed. The world is embroiled in a rise of populism in a collective effort by the awake and the aware on the planet who are pushing back against centrally controlled tyranny and the d...
The current president of the European Commission wants it. So did his predecessors. And now the whole EU is taking steps towards the creation of a unified European military, along with unified defence research. Since our vote to Leave, the EU establishment has moved rapidly towards setting up an EU army with a single central command, without any national, democratic controls. Given the EUs aggression in the past look at Kosovo, Ukraine, and the bellicose stance against Russia this is a dangerous development. It would give the EU, acting as a bloc, a free hand to beat the drums of war where it chooses in the world. Our governments act aggressively too, of course. But they are subject to control by the people, when we choose to exercise it. Brexit should bring increasing awareness and exercise of our power to do so.
Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a new formation of progressive scholars committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists on justice for all, especially those most vulnerable. We are clearly living in dangerous times with the election of Donald Trump and the empowerment of a set of rabidly right wing and racist forces. Trump, Pence and the Republicans have made it clear that not only will they usher in a radically conservative policy agenda threatening any incremental advances won under the Obama presidency, but more fundamentally reactionary right-wing supporters will directly target the rights, status and lives of people of color, Muslims, women, immigrants, LGBT communities, the poor, indigenous and differently-abled and all who have been forced to live on the margins in this country.
Valentines Day this year was, for most Americans, a day of stereotypical chocolate and flowers. For others, it was a day they saw another mass shooting on the news, tuned in for a few minutes, then went home to dinner without really thinking much of it. For some, their lives were changed forever, as the children they sent to school in the morning with heart-shaped balloons and valentines will never return home again.
This type of situation has become so common its almost jarring. Concerts, churches, schoolsnothing feels safe anymore. We barely have time to recover from one tragedy when another is thrust to the forefront of national news, each one receiving endless hot takes and ideas. We should reject this entire notion and, quite simply, stop nationally reporting mass shootings of this nature.
Yes, thats right. Stop letting these mass tragedies dominate the news cycle for entire weeks. Stop leveraging grief to try and force Congresss collective hand. Stop bickering, virtue-signaling, and trying to figure out conspiracy theories and details.
We have to honor the victims, you say. I could not agree more. We have to honor the victims by not shoving a camera in their faces or haranguing grieving parents to talk to reporters.
Of course, there is always going to be some level of invasion of privacy in journalism. A reporter barging into an emotional situation is often important to further public knowledge about an occurrence. But limiting reporting of mass shootingsat the very least ones involving childrento local news channels could be the primary way in which we cut down on their frequency.
Hear me out. I watched all major cable news channels for hours both the days of and after the Valentines shooting. Approximately 60 percent of that time has been on the shooters face. His name, his picture, footage of him getting arrested, videos of him at the jail, news of his court arraignmentI could go on. When his face isnt plastered on the screen, coverage loops between horrific video from childrens cellphones and pundits hot takes on the Second Amendment.
CNN reported in November that 2017 saw almost five mass shootings per week. The five deadliest mass shootings in the United States occurred over the past 10 years. There are more mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world.
While numbers for the news cycle are far harder to quantify, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik discussed the rise of the 24-hour news cycle during a 2005, attributing constant news coverage to a rise in journalistic interest. When crisis happens, they [cable news services] have the knowledge and ability to go places and to have voices of the place, not simply somebody in London narrating something t...
A new peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 328 studies performed over the past 50 years finds strong positive results for a style of teaching known as direct instruction. It was found to be effective across races, sexes, ages, family income levels, and subjects: all of the estimated effects were positive and all were statistically significant except results related to non-academic effects such as personality and feelings.
Its a particularly noteworthy finding because the field of education research is well-known for producing especially shoddy, ideology-driven, and therefore untrustworthy work. The social sciences replication crisis is particularly acute in education, meaning that when you hear research says in the context of schooling, nearly all of the time what follows is bunk.
That doesnt mean that there is no good education research. It means that simply tacking on research to some finding is not good enough to enhance its credibility. It means people need to examine the research themselves or find trustworthy sources of analysis before they start believing what the experts and a very gullible media promote. (Heres a good place to start, and another.)
For example, its very popular to believe that people have dominant learning styles such as visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. But cognitive scientists find no such thing. The man who came up with this theory, Howard Gardner, has made a huge career out of it and continues to be treated as a leader in his field, but academic reviewers say paying attention to him is a complete waste of time (and, quite often, taxpayer dollars for consultants, books, training, and more). Feels and fads trumping knowledge is endemic to schooling.
Back to direct instruction. What is this thing that has defied the odds and come out as an actually proven method of effective teaching? Heres a video showing and telling about it from a network of inexpensive U.S. private schools that use the method.
While thirty-year old rapper Meek Mill currently remains incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Chester, Pennsylvania, he may soon be released, thanks in part to an attorney of the judge who sentenced him to prison.
Mills attorneys have been fighting for his release since Nov. 7, when Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philadelphia native to between two and four years of prison for violating the terms of his probation. To date, his lawyers efforts havent fared well, but things are likely to start looking up for Mill. Heres what happened.
First, the backdrop: In January 2007, Mill was arrested and charged with drug possession, carrying a firearm without a license, and other related charges. Mill pleaded not guilty, but following an August 2008 bench trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Plea, state court Judge Genece Brinkley found Mill guilty of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a firearm in public in Philadelphia, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a loaded weapon, simple assault, possession with intent to deliver, and intentional possession of a controlled substance.
Brinkley sentenced Mill to 11 to 23 months incarceration, to be followed by five years of probation. He was paroled in June 2009, but in July 2014, Brinkley revoked his probation and sentenced him to three to six months of jail time, plus five years of probation. Mill was freed again in December 2014, when Brinkley granted his motion for early parole.
In December 2015, Brinkley found Mill again in violation of his probation. At a hearing on Feb. 5, 2016, to determine the sentence for that violation, at the request of Mill, Brinkley met in her chambers with Mill, his then-girlfriend Oneka Maraj, better known as Niki Manaj, Mills attorney, the assistant district attorney, and his probation officer. A court reporter recorded the discussions, but they were not transcribed. The court record noted the transcript of the in-chambers meeting was confidential and sealed by the court. (This in-chambers conversation proved significant later, as we will soon see).
Following this private discussion, the parties returned to open court, at which time Brinkley revoked Mills probation and resentenced him to six to twelve months of incarceration, plus six years probation, but she then immediately paroled him to house arrest with electronic monitoring.
That brings us to Mills most recent problems. As The Washington Post...
Liberalism is the operating system of the modern world, and its starting to crash. Our increasingly polarized politics and our ever-more divided society, the disquiet in the global economy and the anxiety that haunts the progress of technologythese are not glitches. They are the necessary consequences of the core programming of liberalism, hard-wired into modern politics, economy, society, and the U.S. Constitution, and its time for America and the world to start shopping around for a new computer.
This is the argument of Patrick Deneens newest book, Why Liberalism Failed, a sweeping work of political theory with a practical conclusion: Its time for us all to unplug from modern politics, markets, societies, and technology as much as possible and focus on living virtuous lives outside of liberalism. The way forward from liberalism consists in practices more than theories whats needed now is not to perfect our philosophy any further but to again do more honor to ourselves. Out of the fostering of new and better selves a better practice might arise, and from it, ultimately, a better theory than the failed project of liberalism. Later in the book, Deneen concludes: What we need today are practices fostered in local settings Not a better theory, but better practices.
Deneens scholarship is insightful and concise. His book is an eloquent and powerful contribution to political philosophy. But the theory of Why Liberalism Failed is ultimately insufficient to support its practical conclusion. Three big gaps in the argument undercut the conclusion that is time to give up on liberalism, and these gaps point the way to a better understanding of the liberal project.
After a brief introductory chapter, each of the six subsequent chapters attacks liberalism from a different angle, focusing on big subjects such as the state, pop culture, technology, the academy, class, and citizenship....
Everyone knows the production of Black Panther is tied up with black pride. Press enthusiasm about the movie knows it. The Black History Month release shows it. The release of a Black Panther album in advance of the film, curated by the proudest black musician in pop, Kendrick Lamar, proves it.
At first glance, the film appears to locate black pride in Africa. Indeed, the set and costume designs, as well as everything else from weaponry to language, aims to persuade you that the fictional setting of the nation of Wakanda is the fruit of a respectful education about Africa. This is cultural appropriation you can believe in.
But its as surely about America as you might expect from writer-director Ryan Cooglers respect for Ta-Nehisi Coatess writing of the comic Black Panther. And this is something to be grateful for. With no intent of any slight to any African country, the films priorities are domestic, not foreign. Americans need some cultural ways of talking about race that arent hysterically partisan. And its probably not against the intention of Black Panthers creators to understand the story in relation to the struggle for civil rights of American blacks. After all, its a 1960s comic.
To make sense of the story, you have to start from the central conflict between two black heroes, Black Panther and Erik Killmonger. One stands for a politics of moral discipline, the other for a politics of revenge. Both have claims to justice that lead them to violence, but one insists on helping the immiserated and the other on destroying the institutions that have heaped up such misery with such disdain for so long. Does this sound familiar?
Black Panther has also inherited the political responsibility of leading his people after his father was assassinated. Yes, America, this is a story about the legacy of black pride and the civil rights struggle after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. That death failed to answer the questions the mans great political activity raised, and to resolve the conflicts among blacks and among whites and between them as to what equality would demand.
The generations since have not solved this problem, and perhaps this is why finding some stories that can discuss race in light of human nature is now needful. We have seen that outside of film, conversations about race are invariably full of acrimony and bitterness. Their abstraction from urgent questions and a particular political situation allows film to work out a moral logic that makes a happy end imaginable.
This is not to say that the story is a parable about MLK or his legacy, or some kind of roman a clef. The story stands on its own and benefits from wr...
The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis. For the past couple of months, Democrats have loudly declared protecting so-called DREAMers children who entered this country illegally when younger than 18 is their top priority. President Trump has made it clear he will sign a bill that accomodates these young people, and many Republicans are willing and eager to put together a proposal that does just that. So why hasnt the Democratic Party gotten it done? The answer is simple: they dont actually care about DREAMers. Their fixation with these young people is political calculation.
On Thursday, not one, not two, but FOUR immigration reform proposals failed to pass the Senate after Trump made it clear he would not sign a bill unless it included funding for a border wall, end chain migration, and stopped the visa lottery system. Trump has been very vocal about what he will and wont sign its not like this is a secret. The leaders of the Democratic Party know what they will have to concede in order to create legal favors for these DREAMers, and they are simply unwilling to do it.
Immigration hardliner Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told The Washington Post there was broad agreement about how to solve this problem. But we wont succeed unless the Democrats stop this incessant virtue-signaling and start negotiating in good faith, he added.
Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held court with an eight-hour-long floor speech, during which she spoke out against a government spending bill that excluded accomodations for DREAMers. In meetings, Pelosi reportedly urged members of her party to stick together in their refusal to vote for the spending bill, which ultimately passed with the help of yes votes from 73 Democrats. After she failed to stop the bill from continuing to fund the government, she tried to walk back her eight-hour speech, telling reporters she was happy it passed.
We had a great bill; we got everything, she said, according to The New York Times. Republicans gave away the store.
This double-talk might seem contradictory, but this is a classic move from the party that purports to be all about the little guy....
Yesterday, under the guise of prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals, the American Civil Liberties Union held a conference call with a panel of experts and activists to preview upcoming state legislative and ballot measures. Over the course of the 30-minute update, the ACLU highlighted the main areas of concern from their perspective.
As Rose Saxe, the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project senior staff attorney explained, ACLU priorities include a number of bills seeking to expand religious exemptions, such as West Virginia and Iowas proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws. Saxe also condemned the provisions put forth in Oklahoma, Colorado, and other states that would allow child-placement agencies to keep foster-care and adoption placement decisions consistent with the organizations religious beliefs.
The bulk of the conference call, though, focused on what the ACLU branded anti-trans legislation. Chase Strangio, a LGBT & HIV Project staff attorney, explained that most of these anti-trans bills focus on protecting single-sex facilities. Strangio noted that in April residents in Anchorage, Alaska will vote on one such measureProposition 1and in November, a state-wide ballot measure will be before Massachusetts voters.
The ACLU then welcomed Lillian Lennon, a field organizer for Fair Anchorage and an opponent of Proposition 1. Lennon framed the proposition to preserve sex-specific facilities as an attempt to legalize discrimination against trans people. However, Proposition 1, and other similar single-sex facility laws do not legalize discrimination.
Rather, this citizen-introduced initiative, if adopted, would do two things: First, the law would require government-owned or -operated multiple occupancy restrooms and changing rooms, such as locker rooms or showers, to be single-sex. A municipality could, however, offer unisex single-occupancy restrooms and changing rooms. Second, Proposition 1 would allow private businesses to decide whether to maintain single-sex changing rooms and restrooms. In 2015 the Anchorage Assembly outlawed this by mandating that public accommodations open restrooms and changing rooms to members of the opposite sex based on their professed gender identity.
Proposition 1 does not treat transgender individuals any differently than it does other individuals. Access to multiple occupancy facilities is determined by sex for all individuals, whether transgender or not. There is no discrimination. Lennons real complaint, disguised behind the false flag of discrimination, is that Proposition 1 would not treat hi...
So much for the romance surrounding the famous scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington where the title character successfully filibusters a bill, rousing the public to his side. Politico claimed that similar tactics surrounding a budget agreement last week led to the dumbest shutdown ever. In reality, however, the brief lapse in appropriations had serious underlying causes, and the flip way its correspondents covered the incident led to arguably the dumbest headline in Politicos history.
To explain the shutdown in brief: Congressional leaders arrived at a budget agreement last week, just before the existing spending bill expired on Thursday at midnight. Having only introduced the bill hours previously, Senate leaders pushed to pass it Thursday afternoon, before the prior spending bill expired.
However, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), frustrated by both the higher levels of spending in the agreement and Senate leaders refusal to allow votes on his amendments to reduce that spending, prevented a vote on passing the agreement until early Friday morningcausing an all-night session of Congress, and a brief shutdown of the federal government until the spending bill was signed into law.
Pauls actions protested two important issues: Skyrocketing spending and deficits, and Congress passing massive spending bills without reading them or allowing anyone to offer amendments. But the Politico report by Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim trivialized the incident, calling it a spectacle, extraneous drama, and a sideshow full of absurdity. Their own phraseology amplified quotes such as those from an unnamed Republican aide, who called the floor drama even more stupid than the name of the new Kardashian baby.
Why would reporters take such a cavalier attitude toward otherwise weighty matters? Four possible reasons come to mind.
First, the natural inclination to blame the individual or individuals perceived as responsible for causing havoc with the schedule. Few politicians or reporters on Capitol Hill expected to spend Thursday evening and much of Friday morning covering all-night drama surrounding the appropriations bill. The missed flights, cancelled dinner plans, and other last-minute chaos largely redounded on Pauls head, even though Senate leaders could, and should, have avoided that drama by planning more than a few hours ahead.
Second, a desire to avoid antagonizing leadership officials who provide reporters valuable intelligence and gossip. Another Politi...
Feminists and the left pushing women to choose paid work over motherhood, and advocating for 50/50 gender equality achievement in the workforce, particularly in certain industries like media and politics. While this might sound progressive and a boon for feminism, working simply is not for everyone, despite their claims.
One thing progressives fail to address: If all the men and women work, who will care for the children? In fact, despite the push for this, real life seems to oppose this liberal narrative. Statistics show not only that motherhood is increasing, but also that millennials are choosing to stay at home with their children and work at home too.
Beyond encouraging women to join the workforce, theres a hard push from the left for 50/50 gender equality in all kinds of industries. Writer Jon Levine claims CNN lags behind other networks when it comes to gender equality. Levine quotes outspoken feminist Lauren Duca who takes it a step further and says, Women are grossly underrepresented across all the major networks, leading to a diminishment of the female perspective, if not outright sexism. Until women comprise 50 percent of both hosts and on-air guests, Fox, CNN and MSNBC have no right claiming to accurately depict the national conversation.
Duca is half-right. Few industries boast a gender ratio of 50/50. Shes also not alone in pushing for this idea. Many women go a step further and claim not only is this a progressive idea but also that its an idea women want to embrace, regardless of ideology. In a Forbes piece, entitled, We Need More Women In Leadership Positions, the author profiles Karen Quintos, the only woman on the executive team at Dell, currently serving as the companys Chief Customer Officer.
She writes: At a time when only 53% of tech companies have female executives in the C-suite, Quintos believes that the key to success for all women in the workplace is bringing more women up into leadership positions. Why? Because women at all levels of the organization need peers to look up to and to seek out.
Warning: This piece contains spoilers.
Mrs. Maisel is indeed marvelous. She may have been jilted by her husband of four years and left to raise their two kids while he plays house with his dimwitted secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous. She soon discovers she can not only take care of herself, but also effortlessly entertain a room full of strangers. In short, she triumphs. If ever there were a show in which the heroine made gourmet lemonade from the lemons dropped into her perfectly styled back story, its The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
It doesnt take much for Joel Maisel to leave his wife. One evening of flopping on-stage with a stolen comedy routine, and hes packing up Midges suitcase. Perhaps hes thought about leaving previously, but it comes as a complete surprise to her (and us).
The surprise for him is how much he misses her, and how much he loves her, that is after he leaves, and after shes refused his first half-hearted attempt at reconciliation. When Midge finally gives him the time of day at their sons birthday party in the final episode, Joel rises to the occasion. Hes had time to realize that being the man beside Midge might require work, but shes worth it.
Laughing is fun, but humor is also an ideal coping mechanism. Jewish humor which permeates the script tends toward the dark, having evolved over generations as a way to handle persecution. We laugh, because if we dont, we might cry, and who wants to cry all the time?
In one episode, Midge Maisels brother Noah tells her shes always been the funny one in her marriage. But she doesnt learn that for herself until Joel leaves. Faced with being a divorced 26-year-old mother of two in an era when divorce is still stigmatized, Midge downs a bottle of booze before doing her first ever stand-up set at her husbands favorite downtown club, and she kills it. Rather than curl up and cry, Midge turns her distress into jokes that land. Midge may have fallen, but filled with confidence and her natural wit, she gets up and keeps dancing through life.
In that first set, while Midge cracks wise about Joels leaving her for pathetic Penny the secretary, she involves a couple sitting by the stage....
The experience of three contestants who demonstrated a distinct lack of football knowledge on a recent episode of Jeopardy! prompted an obvious question: If these three game show participants dont qualify as the worst contestants in history (and they dont), who does?
While we cant claim an exhaustive list, herewith some potential nominees.
Even without the Saturday Night Live parody versions, Celebrity Jeopardy! has provided notable examples of audience amusement at the expense of prominent entertainers and luminaries. The first ever episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, which aired in October 1992, featured Regis Philbin faring poorlybut at least playing for laughs in the process.
Conversely, CNN broadcaster Wolf Blitzers second Celebrity Jeopardy! appearance, in September 2009, contained few such humorous notes. In an episode where comedian Andy Richter set a Celebrity Jeopardy! record of $68,000 (a record that still stands), Wolf finished the Double Jeopardy round with a score of -$4,600:
The lowlight for Blitzer: A clue that asked for this 5-letter word that refers to an economic crash and the fear-driven rush to sell. Wolfs response: What is a crash?
For those who have not attended a live Jeopardy! taping, clues remain up on the screen in the studio after Alex finishes reading them. That fact means Wolf was staring at an on-screen clue referencing the word crash even as he gave crash as his response to that clue.
Before she became Wheel of Fortunes co-host, Vanna White famously appeared on...
Comparing the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire with the rise and now decline of the British and now American empires has been something of an intellectual parlor game for now more than 200 years. But its fun to play because everybody has a slightly different collection of information and analysis to offer, and because people like predictions and patterns.
Consider the parallel ages of man dispute that has been going on for several thousand years the ancient Greek poets Hesiod and Ovid offered theirs (they counted five and four, respectively), so did Shakespeare (he counted seven), and today we have generation-based theories such as William Strauss and Neil Howes Fourth Turning.
I dont think any of us knows whether the United States has already passed peak awesome, and while my mind says Charles Murray is right that weve probably lost our country, my heart wont take that answer. I listened to the latest in our Hillsdale Western Heritage 101 lectures, on The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic with Dr. Ken Calvert, with all this in mind. Of course, even studying this for years will not generate a crystal ball, but the lecture did generate some data points to fuel another dinner table discussion.
Calvert says the Romans were a very religious, pious people who believed in honoring their ancestors and tradition. They also cherished courage, honesty, and duty, and their convictions, he says, were key to their rise as a culture. These virtues sound particularly like George Washington, whom contemporaries regularly compared to ancient Roman leaders, and today remains the American ideal of a leader.
Early Roman government was local, personal, interactive, Calvert says. The famed Alexis de Tocqueville found the same famously true of Americans, noting that whenever there was a local problem Americans got together and formed a club to take care of it.
As Rome expanded its power on the Italian peninsula and beyond, its military success began to threaten its culture by weakening that personal interaction between citizens that had helped make it great.
How does a republic founded on local rule, o...
Public schools are plagued by gangs and ghting, assault and battery, drug dealing, and other criminal behavior, including, in extreme instances, actual shoot-outs between students. All of these hard realities demand an active and alert police presence to maintain safety, order, and discipline. Schools must be safe havens for all kids, as well as for all school personnel. The good kids who want to learn and feel secure must be shielded from the actions of a minority of bad kids who get no discipline at home and have no respect for their classmates, the teacher, or learning itself. Suspending kids for bad behavior and sending them home may have made sense decades ago, but its no longer an adequate control: too often parents dont believe in strong management and probably arent home anyway because the mother may be working two jobs, and in many cases the father isnt home because he has left or is in prison.
To understand the plundering of Iraqs oil wealth, we have to look first at the original sin of the invasion itself. Blueprints showing how oil could help rebuild the country were drawn up post-Desert Storm in the 1990s and resurrected in 2003. It never happened.
Journalist Erin Banco explains why, as she talks to Jeff Schechtman in this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast. She laments the dashed hopes of the Kurds and the Iraqi people. She explains the hapless actions of the Bush and Obama administrations, the real role of big oil and the damage done by tribal rivalries in Iraq.
She tells the story of the Talibani and the Barzani families, and how they got rich along with oil company executives, government staffers and political parties. Meanwhile, the Iraqi people, who knew very little about what was happening, ended up with virtually nothing.
Banco says that for years Iraqi journalists have been killed in Iraq for even trying to report this story. Today, with entirely different players, the corruption and mismanagement goes on, and may be the keys to the Iraq elections scheduled for May.
Erin Banco is the author of Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraqs Oil Wealth (Columbia Global Reports, January 2018).
Whether the latest school shooters participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education. The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans. Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer. Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say)...
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Tonight on the show the Boiler gang is back, turning think tanks to stink tanks, asking the tough questions about the FL shooting and school shootings in general. Also the intriguing mystery of the man who went missing while skiing in New York and showed up in California six days later, still wearing his ski gear and having no ability to tell anyone what had happened to him between his disappearance and his arrival in California.
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Strong Towns President, Charles Marohn, spent several days this week in Bismarck, North Dakota, speaking at the Main Street ND Summit. It's part of a unique initiative created by the North Dakota state government focused on empowering local leaders and creating "vibrant cities poised to attract and retain a 21st century workforce, helping North Dakota compete and succeed in a global economy."
It's rare to find a state entity that's so dedicated to success at the local level, particularly for small towns like those in North Dakota, and Strong Towns is proud to be part of this movement. In addition to Charles Marohn, the Summit also featured prominent speakers like Governor Doug Burgum a long-time member of Strong Towns.
Local news outlets including radio, television and newspaper were keeping a close watch on the Main Street ND Summit and came out with several reflections on Marohn's presentations.
Minot Daily News' senior staff writer Jill Schramm recapped Strong Towns' key arguments in an article on February 13:
Marohn, a civil engineer and planner, explained why building slowly and incrementally from the citys core rather than spending millions on sprawl can be a more sustainable, resilient style of development that wont bankrupt cities.
He suggested cities look back in history to see how development had been done successfully for thousands of years, even without planners, engineers, zoning laws, grants or tax subsidies. The first change is to forget the line, build it and they will come, which works in the movies but is devastating as an economic development strategy, he said.
We are so desperate for growth, we will do anything to get it, he said. As a result, cities have fallen for an illusion and invested far more money than will ever be returned on projects that look good on the surface. [...]
The solution is not another $10 million business park but a $16,700 investment into a series of small changes, such as extending a sidewalk or painting a crosswalk. Marohn called for these least-risk investments that improve peoples lives so growth can happen incrementally and naturally.
Marohn was also featured on Prairie Public Radio in a short segment entitled "'Main Street' Presenter: Big isn't necessarily better," as well as spotlighted on West Dakota Fox N...
The post Portland, OR: Burgerville Singles Out One Worker for Retaliation Following Strike appeared first on It's Going Down.
Burgerville chose to celebrate Valentines Day yesterday by retaliating against a union leader. Michelle, a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville who participated in our historic three day long strike, was just suspended by management for allegedly taking a chicken patty without permission.
Though retaliation against union members under trumped up theft accusations is a pattern at Burgerville, Michelles suspension demonstrates a particularly disturbing underside to that pattern. Along with Arsenio and Canaan, Michelle is the third pro-union worker of color to be fired by Convention Center management in as many weeks, a management which remains entirely white despite the diversity of the crew.
In the targeting of union members of color at the Convention Center, to put it bluntly, we see not only union busting but outright racism. These attacks on our jobs and our families by Burgerville corporate are not just against Burgerville workers, but rather against the rights and power of the Portland community as a whole.
The BVWU does not take this lightly. In addition to Arsenio, Canaan, and Michelle, two other pro-union workers at stores that went on strike have been fired or suspended for similar charges within the last few months. Though Burgerville claims to be an ethical, locally minded fast food company, their wages keep workers in poverty, and when those workers try to better their lives, they are threatened with firing.
In Michelles suspension, we see Burgerville perpetuating an atmosphere of fear and racism in order to fight the union, and we are currently in talks with our allies around Portland as well as our legal counsel as to how to best proceed. Please stay tuned moments like these, when peoples jobs are on the line, are when we need our supporters the most.
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In what has become an all-too-familiar cycle, another fascist-sympathizing group has made Seattle a target of its hateful and bigoted message. Patriot Prayera far-right religious group based in Portland, Oregonhas been attacking women at Planned Parenthood locations in Washington. They were invited to speak at the University of Washington by the College Republicans (who also invited alt-right spokesman Milo Yiannopoulos to campus on J20 and who actively campaign with the Cascade Legion, a neo-Nazi group).
The rally, held on February 10, attracted other fascists to campus, including the Proud Boys and genuine neo-Nazis. Patriot Prayer was met by counter-protesters belonging to numerous student and community groups committed to anti-fascism, including the Seattle Wobblies and Seattle General Defense Committee. All told, the Patriot Prayer rally was easily outnumbered 4-to-1.
The rally was not without controversy. Before the event, UW President Ana Mari Cauce warned students to stay away from campus because organizations outside our university had presented credible threats of violence (ignoring that the College Republicans have, on numerous occasions, invited violent groups to campus and incited counter-protest).
Of course, Cauce was not referring to Patriot Prayer, but instead to counter-protesters, community members who believe that fascists have no right to invade the public space to call for violence against vulnerable communities. Cauce declined to cancel the event, even knowing that the speakers advocate ethnic cleansing, murder of LGBTQ people, and deportation of immigrant students.
UWs diversity webpage declares that it strive[s] to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote[s] access, opportunity and justice for all. If Cauce and UW were truly committed to fulfilling these idealistic goalsand if UW cared about its multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic student bodythen they would not have allowed Patriot Prayer and its fascist allies to hold a rally in the middle of the university.
More damningly, several UW student organizations cancelled their events over safety concerns. It seems that President Cauce would rather provide a safe space for fascists to preach than protect the rights of multi-cultural students on campus. Young, Gifted, & Black, a multi-cultural college recruiting group, cancelled an event for black high...
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On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fasciststo oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.
The rally was scheduled to happen from 1pm-4pm on Red Square, and attendees were spotted parking their cars in the surrounding neighborhood hours before the event. The police were well amassed for this gathering, they understood that counter-protesters would wish to swarm the rally and shut it down. Metal barricades were laid out throughout Red Square early into the morning, setting up multiple barriers preventing any counter-protest from physically reaching the so-called Freedom Rally. Signs were set up outside of Red Square alerting attendees and counter-protesters alike that weapons were prohibited from being taken any further. Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the UW administration, had sent out an email in the days leading up to the rally, declaring that the college administration was anticipating violence from groups outside of UWs community, and had canceled every other event happening on campus that day (including multiple Black history month events). It should be clear to the reader the iro...
Hi! Im David Eads, news apps developer at ProPublica Illinois. I want to tell you about a widget we released last week that tracks fundraising in the Illinois governors race.
The idea for the widget came from my previous life at NPR, where we embedded data graphics on sites across the public radio network. This worked very well for national stories, and I believe the technique has even more potential at the state and local level. News organizations, especially smaller outlets, cant compete on data plumbing and they often lack compelling visuals to go along with important reporting. We know that stories with strong data graphics and visuals are more likely to be seen, to be read to the end and to be shared by readers. By sharing these kinds of resources, we can make all the great reporting happening around Illinois more compelling.
The software I wrote grabs the latest fundraising data from the Illinois State Board of Elections every day. Then it downloads the data, processes it and dumps it into a database. It is then processed again into a simplified format that the widget uses. Finally, the widget gets updated with the latest information.
Anyone can include the widget on their website to display the latest fundraising figures. (If youre interested, heres how to do that.) Its the first of what we hope will be many experiments to reach our audience by complementing reporting with useful, data-driven visual journalism.
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Local community organizers from so-called Western North Carolina will be hosting a rural and urban direct action camp in the Smoky Mountain region April 26th-29th open to all trans and/or woman identified folks. This camp will serve as a safer-space for people of diverse gender identities who are systematically overshadowed by our cis-normative and androcentric radical movements in addition to the larger male-dominated society. SETWAC will happen during a time in our region where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline running through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, could potentially be under construction. Grassroots efforts have been aiming to halt the pipeline through varying methods and SETWAC hopes to hold a conversation about what resiliency through this struggle looks like.
SETWAC will focus on southern and Appalachian community building, healing through togetherness, and combating the patriarchy. We hope to incorporate and bring together a wide range of individuals from folks in rural appalachia to southern cities. The relationship between environmental movements and transformative racial and transgender justice is crucial and something that we hope to create discussion around. Being in the spring season, there will be an abundance of wild edibles and medicinals surrounding the camp area. This four-day camp will offer workshops on a wide range of topics such as earth skills, conflict resolution, botany, tree climbing, direct action, anti-racist organizing, indigenous caucus, black leadership training, prisoner support, security culture, herbalism and much, much more!
For security purposes, we will not announce the location of the event until some weeks before. To get registered: https://goo.gl/forms/zo2jquNqqwkq3G4l2. But we can say, that west of Asheville North Carolina is some beautiful mountains
More information will be announced in the coming months, stay tuned! If you have any questions feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By B.N. Frank Last month, CBSNews.com posted Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk. #3 on their list: Encouraging...
On Sunday, February 4th, 2018 the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and The Center for Political Education hosted Kali Akuno and Brandon King of Cooperation Jackson to discuss Cooperation Jackson's new book, JACKSON RISING: THE STRUGGLE FOR ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY AND BLACK SELF-DETERMINATION IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (Daraja Press). The conversation was joined by Najari Smith of
The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.
The post Blood, Red, MAGA: What We Know About the Parkland Shooting appeared first on It's Going Down.
Elliot rodger will not be forgotten. Nikolas Cruz
Photo collage from The Daily Beast
On Valentines Day, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, shot and killed 17 students in the affluent suburb of Parkland, Florida. According to ABC News, today police and FBI gathered outside of the house that Cruz was staying at with a friend and their family. Cruz was adopted, but his adoptive father had passed away in 2005 and his adoptive mother only several months ago, died a sudden, and very painful death from the flu. Friends and family that spoke to news outlets about Cruz, describe him as obsessed with guns, known to post racist and right-wing things online, and was abusive to his ex-girlfriend. According to numerous reports, Cruz had been expelled from the Parkland High School campus the year prior, and was reportedly not allowed on campus with a back pack. On social media accounts believed to be linked to Cruz, the alleged shooter made statements against Muslims and also claimed that he wanted to kill police and antifascist protesters.
Republic of Florida participated in online propaganda campaigns and encouraged members to track down "commies" and report them to the group. pic.twitter.com/e2j3xN6hC6
Official Alt-Left (@Kherman112) February 15, 2018
Most shocking of all however, is that allegation, not verified, that Cruz was connected to and trained with a whi...
The Matrix Revealed: Cartels That Run The World
by Jon Rappoport
February 16, 2018
The following information comes from insider interviews with Ellis Medavoy and Richard Bell, two people I interview extensively in my collection, The Matrix Revealed. This is just a brief taste of what they have to say
Major institutions on this planet that control Military, Money, Energy, Government, Medical, Corporate, Media, and Education are becoming, more and more, global cartels, horizontally integrated across national borders.
This is more than a top-down command process. Its organically evolving. Three steps forward, two steps back. There is a great deal of competition among the components of a given cartel, but there is also cooperation. And in the long run, the see-saw is tipping in the direction of cooperation, as these entities realize they may well have more to gain that way.
I cant stress too strongly this EVOLVING process. All attempts to merely assume twelve men in a room run the planet fall woefully short.
Instead, over time, people who lead a powerful institution (like Energy, for example) look out and recognize more major players, and in this recognition there is an impulse to compete and win and destroy, but there is also an impulse to build commonality and therefore monopolize the entire territory.
During one conversation with retired master propagandist Ellis Medavoy, I asked him about the extent of mutual cooperation in his given field, psychological warfare. He responded:
Twenty years ago, I would have said we were all operating separately and jealously. Each of us was mining his own contacts and building his false pictures of reality for the masses. But then things began to change. Globally. First of all, more of us were pushing the same holograms. And because communication and travel were speeding up so rapidly, we were working a lot of the same venues. We would run into each other more often. We began to share information. I mean, it was cautious. We werent gushing with unbridled love, I assure you. The competitive factor was still strong. And we had fights. But through all that, we began to see through the fog, so to speak. We began to understand the effectiveness of cooperating. We would test each other with privileged information, to see if we could trust each other to keep it private. A tidbit here, a tidbit there.
And you see, behind us, other groups were finding commonality, too. For exa...
This is very early on in the investigation, but something does not smell right.
Was Nikolas Cruz the actual shooter, a patsy???
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"The only right you have, I told him, is to make it home alive."
Source: Patheos Bible based misogyny: South Carolina State Senator Thomas Corbin insults a female colleague, claiming women are a lesser cut of meat because the Bible teaches Eve was created from Adams rib. During a working dinner with 
When we reached adulthood, each of us made an unspoken promise to the children of this country. We said we would protect them, support them, help them lead beautiful lives. Today, once again, that promise has been broken. America's rifle. America's promise. And America's childhood, a kingdom we've surrendered for no good reason at all.
In other news, I am not high. Or maybe the reason I dont have to smonk big weed is that I think stoner thoughts all the time. So. Feet are weird. Im doing a 3d art project for someone and when you think about us as the apes we are, our hind paws are extremely weird. What wild-ass ape decided to walk like this, got all her gente on board, and resulted in that wedge-shaped stiffened clumsy nonsense of an extremity?
I normally dont have a problem with feet the way they look and whatnot but I know a lot of people who dislike them. And we all know there are people with an erotic interest in them. Love or hate, theyre charged. What do you think about feet? Whatever you think, you gotta admit. Feet are weird.
Changing of the Guard in South Africa: Jacob Zuma Was Drawing Too Much Attention to How This Global Plutocratic Exploitive System Operates in Reality, and Needed to Step Down.
An interview by Dennis J. Bernstein with writer, activist and regional expert, Kay Jay Noh, about the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games now being held in South Korea.
We seem to have a president who could himself obtain a security clearance in only one way, by being elected president. He has already compromised our allies by giving classified information to Russians whom he invited to the White House. He has bypassed unobtainable security clearances for numerous friends and appointees, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Rob Porter to name a few...
In yet another extremely astute and open-minded episode of Reality Check Ben Swann breaks down the past statement made by Donald Trump, wherein he supposedly called Haiti a shit hole. Now regardless of your opinion on the veracity of that claim, Swann brings the conversation back to what it should be addressing, the reality of 
The post Ben Swann Exposes The Truth About US Foreign Aid And The Clinton Foundations Haitian Fraud appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
I knew I had to be there and did everything possible to attend. The donors made it happen.
By Graciela Tapia
Class of 2017
February 16, 2018
This has utterly changed my thinking about the Hitler that I grew up with, watched and read about, with extreme interest. David Irving, imo after watching this two hour video, has put me toward believing what this extraordinary intellect has to say, after his traipsing the world to get to get to original sources. Which as a scientific thinking person, I find hard to disbelive.
A panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., Thursday (February 15) declared Trump's Muslim ban (3.0) illegal and unconstitutional.
A diplomatic alternative should be the desired approach to dealing with North Korea. The Nixon administration accomplished normalization with China in 1972 and turned international diplomacy on its head.
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Parkland, FL There was mass casualty event at an American high school yesterday that took the lives of 17 students, and Im unfortunately not surprised at this point. Mass shootings have become commonplace in America as of late, and after every one of them, the political blame game spins round and round, even before we send 
I first began this Serialization, for OpEdNews, of my book "The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel," just about a year ago. I got through Chapter 6, Part 1 of the series. Then for a variety of reasons I brought a halt to the project. Now I am re-starting it, from the beginning, with the full intention of seeing through to the end, sometime in 2019.
(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL Yesterday, a local CBS News affiliate conducted an interview about Wednesdays school shooting with Alexa Miednik, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Miedniks account adds additional context to the narrative and raises some interesting questions. Heres what she told KHOU-TV reporter Matt Musil about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, on Valentines Day. #KHOU11 After shifting 
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether a series of financial deals improperly benefited the leaders of the Illinois Policy Institute the latest call for authorities to examine the influential conservative think tank.
In an open letter to the head of the IRS, Lipinski a Democrat who represents parts of Chicago and the western suburbs wrote that institute chairman and CEO John Tillman may have violated federal tax laws by channeling money from his nonprofits to for-profit companies Tillman owned or co-owned.
Lipinski cited an investigation by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Sun-Times that detailed the transactions.
Federal law provides tax benefits that help nonprofits pursue their agendas, including ideological agendas, Lipinski wrote to David Kautter, the acting commissioner of the IRS. What it does not allow, however, is for an individual to use a non-profit organization to inure excessive benefits to himself. I fear that is exactly what Mr. Tillman has done.
Neither Tillman nor a spokeswoman for the institute responded to a request for comment. But Tillman said previously the transactions were appropriate and properly disclosed in tax filings.
Obviously, these are all fully disclosed transactions, all at fair market value as they should be, Tillman wrote in response to questions.
But experts in nonprofit tax laws told ProPublica Illinois and the Sun-Times that some of the transactions raised ethical and legal concerns. Among the list of potential red flags: a zero-interest, $49,400 loan from Think Freely Media, a nonprofit Tillman founded and served as board president, to Crowdskout, a for-profit data and marketing firm owned by a company he controlled.
That loan was essentially a gift, experts said.
No loans are made on zero interest because you los...
Washington will need to invest in a much more sophisticated game if it is to compete economically against China. That would turn out to be the ideal trade and investment scenario which would profit Latin America the most. Public opinion seems to have made up its mind. Across Latin America, approval of US foreign policy has dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% last year. Approval of President Trump stands at a dismal 16%.
Public Relations is the art of using mass communication to change how people feel about politicians, celebrities, products, and especially entire corporations. One Spanish woman, Carla Forcada, felt she had the capacity to do this work quite well. The company where she applied to work, Impulsa Comunicacin, had other thoughts on the matter. Ever mindful of the benefits of Public Relations, Forcada screen capd their message to her and aided them in making it reach further than they ever imagined:
The important part of the message (at least the part important for our purposes) reads:
Gracias x tu CV justo en estos momentos estamos en un proceso de seleccin pero buscamos un chico porque las cuentas en las que trabajar son Carglass y Coca-Cola y creme, necesitan un hombre para aguantar el ritmo, las visitas, saber de produccin, etc.
Impulsa, for those not able to read Spanish, is saying Hi to Forcada, thanking her for the CV/resum, and proceeding to let her know that they are already in the selection process, but wont be considering her as a candidate because the big name clients like Carglass and Coca-Cola require a man definitely not a woman, like Forcada because their accounts require someone with the capacity to handle the pace of the work, manage clients during in-person meetings, and understand the ins & outs of running a business.
Well, the BBC reports that Forcada was eager to prove that she did know something about the public relations business, at least, and began a campaign of attaching her screenshot of Impulsas message to tweets that she sent to major corporations who use Impulsa and also generally attached them to the product-related twitter streams of those companies to make sure they got public exposure. And boy, howdy, did they ever!
Coca-Cola fired Impulsa and Carglass had to send out a public message condemning Impulsa and announcing publicly that they had already privately expressed their displeasure directly to the mar...
A cat cafe is opening in Minneapolis the grand opening of Cafe Meow is tomorrow. It sounds like a fine idea, especially that theyll be housing cats from a local shelter and will be encouraging adoptions. So, sure, if you like cats, you can get a bit of cuddling while drinking your morning coffee.
Its $10/hour to hang out with a cat. Im sorry, I go home at night and try to get some work done, and our cat will flop down in my lap and demand that I pet her, and that I dont move because she wants to take a nap, and if I do try to type while accommodating her, she will pop up and decide to stroll about the keyboard. She should be paying me.
If this cat ever sends me a bill, its gonna get ugly.
It's not the nuts who commit mass school shootings and other acts of mayhem who are to blame; it's the nuts who sell them assault rifles large clips and the nuts in Congress who refuse to ban these weapons of mass destruction, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.
Five people have been charged in connection with the murder of a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
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