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In this episode of Radical People, Eamon talks with Malcom, who was one of the thirteen people who repelled off of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in order to blockade the icebreaker ship, the Fennica back in 2015. This was an effort to keep Shell Oil from being able to drill in the Arctic.
The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement New York City announces our first project: Support Through the Walls.
We recognize the prison industrial complex as the most draconian institution in the United States and due to its direct lineage from the chattel system we advocate and fight for its destruction. We want to offer our support as an act of solidarity, and a concrete way of building bridges to rebels inside connecting the abolitionist struggle inside and outside the walls.
While we intend for this project to expand to many different forms of support, our first project is a literature distro. We send catalogues of revolutionary, historical and abolitionist titles into prisons and ask people to request any title they would like to read. Our goal is to establish ongoing correspondence with people reading the literature and encourage a dialogue about the texts.
If you are in touch with anyone locked up who would like to receive a catalogue, you can download it from our website: https://ramnyc.org/projects/prisoner-zine-distro.html
If you would like to join this project and correspond with people inside, we will be holding our first public event and orientation Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00pm at the Base in Brooklyn. Check out the event details here.
RAM-NYC recognizes that the Civil War never abolished the system of slavery and we are positioning our political work within that framework. As revolutionary anarchists, we believe the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, as well as the abolition of contemporary slavery.
Join us in our mission and help us spread the ideas that will make prisons history!
Want to teach your children about the problem of parking minimums?
Strong Towns member Bridget Brown wrote a children's book that addresses this issue in a cute and compelling way. It's called Spot's Parking Lot and it follows the adventures of a little dog figuring out the many valuable things he could do with a single parking spot:
A cop in Dallas who reeked of alcohol strolled out of a Walmart one day ahead of Thanksgiving with more than $800 of unpaid groceries, police said. Officer Christopher Hankins,
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the sixth man who has claimed he was sexually assaulted by Dennis Hastert when he was a young boy. (TFTP) A judge has chosen to protect former U.S. House speaker and admitted child rapist, Dennis Hastert, by throwing out a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he 
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Two months after the Sept. 20 landfall of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico -- like the nearby Virgin Islands -- is still in a state of horrifying devastation. The help being offered by the Trump administration is thin to the point of being cruel and unusual.
Larry -- (see, it's personalized)I'm writing you today simply to say thank you.(blah-blah-blah) I cut some of the letter out to spare you.(back in 1890), My dad used to say to me, "Joey, we get knocked down, and then we get right back up."Folks, in 2017, we got right back up. We helped each other up. (I don't know how Joe figured that but he's always been a bit delusional)And here's what you showed me:Those with the courage to oppose hate still far outnumber those who promote it. (which is why President Trump won a landslide victory) It's by the power of our example, not the example of our power, that America leads the world. And this country will always belong to those who love it enough to change it for the better.I wish you all a relaxing Thanksgiving with those you love....
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Photo from Unicorn Riot
The demonstration on August 19th that got 45k people to march against fascists was led by the black organizers who, upon hearing that the fascists were coming back to Resist Marxism, organized the Fight Supremacy 2.0 counter demonstration this past Saturday Nov. 18th.
Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) November 18, 2017
After people saw through the free speech rhetoric for what it really was the far-Right, fascists, and white supremacists used Resisting Marxism and honouring veterans to justify themselves this time around. On the Resist Marxism website they claimed to be against local government suppressing free speech, and Marxist style groups such as ANTIFA and BLM. Anti-communism/marxism is a calling card for racists in America. Back during the civil rights movement there was a conspiracy that the movement was a communist backed movement to justify antagonizing civil rights. History repeats itself, huh?
Antifa brought over their own sound system to lend to the counterprotest, which just got wayyy louder. pic.twitter.com/eohHicWR1k
Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) November 18, 2017
Anyways, Fight Supremacy notified people and organizations via flyers, social media and networking. The event was intended to shut down the fascist rally. Then afterwards, healing and education workshops would be held at Emerson College/Massart. Despite BLM, Violence In Boston, and Fight Supremacy reserving the space weeks in advance they were denied the space and instead a smaller unconference took where white liberals would use the space to discuss equity and anti-racism. Their claim was that theyd discus...
Madison County, Alabama Sheriff is being sued for discrimination after members of the office allege multiple cases of sexual misconduct without consequence, one of which was caught on tape. According
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Continuing its years-long desecration and assault on Indigenous Peoples ways of life, ecological destruction, and threats to public health, Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from millions of gallons of 100% treated sewage today.
After being forced to delay its opening day twice due to lack of natural snowfall, the ski area opened one lift and one run to sparse attendance.
More than a dozen sacred sites protectors confronted Snowbowl employees and recreationists with a quarantine action in hazmat suits, with banners, caution tape, and chanting No Desecration for Recreation.
This is a clear example of continued colonialism. Whats happening is Dookooosiid a sacred mountain to many Indigenous Peoples in this area, is being desecrated by this Snowbowl company, stated Maile Hampton. These capitalists continue to come in and tear down all the trees and build this snow resort. Not only build that, but they fill it with 100% reclaimed sewage water. Would you want someone to dump literal sewer water onto your church lawn? This mountain is a church for Indigenous people. This mountain is sacred. This cannot continue to happen. This company is literally desecrating this sacred mountain for pure profit and recreation. We will continue to stand up and do anything we can to draw attention to this issue and wipeout Snowball as a whole. BOYCOTT SNOWBOWL!
The amount of disrespect for the land, and all people who inhabit it, is disgusting. Speaking to employees and patrons of Snowbowl who showed that they only cared about recreation, stated Mary Begay. They were mocking us and being openly sexist and racist. Some patrons tried to eat the treated sewage effluent with pharmaceutical drugs and hormones in it to prove a point only to spit it out immediately in our direction. We were there in a prayerful way to stop this destruction and desecration of our water, of our ecosystems and of our humanity.
Snowbowl patrons dont have the highest moral standard and they show no respect for those who wish to protest peacefully, stated Scott Begay. If the Snowbowl patrons showed this amount of disrespect on the opening day, I cannot imagine the rest of the year. Snowbowl allows and condones this vulgar display of colonialism, and something needs to be done about it.
The action initially blocked a section of the ski run but was moved as law enforcement agents threatened arrest.
Six law enforcement vehicles followed the resisters as they made their way from the u...
This weeks episode is packed with resistance news from across Turtle Island and beyond. Struggles led by water protectors against gas and oil infrastructure are happening, seemingly, everywhere. This past week, students have been busy, while prisoners have not. We have a brief update on the work stoppage and Holman Prison.
We also have interviews with a comrade at the anti-fracking blockade in Olympia, WA, and with a J20 supporter about the trials that have just begun. Stay tuned until the end for CrimethInc.s call for January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative. A Call to Expand Our Capacity.
Hope Hicks' time in the barrel may come soon. Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly aiming to interview the White House communications director as part of the Trump-Russia investigation. When he and his team of lawyers do so, they presumably will be mindful that the 29-year-old Hicks told one of the biggest whoppers of the 2016 campaign.
After the school failed to help this mother address her daughter's bully, the mom took action and now she's facing a felony and 5 years in prison.
Barack Obama was not the lesser evil president. He was always the more effective evil.
Eric Schmidt has made news with his latest announcement that Google is working on ways to derank Russian media in the search engines results. At this weekends Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and current executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., discussed Googles efforts to deal with the apparent rise of fake 
Ek Balam Mayan ruins in Temozn, Mexico. Dennis Jarvis via Wikimedia Commons. We dont usually associate turkeys with the Maya people, but maybe we should. This ancient Mesoamerican civilization flourished from 1850 B.C. to 250 A.D. and stretched from what is now southeastern Mexico all the way down to Honduras in Central America. They were incredibly 
A phenomenal discovery was recently made in Lake Van, located in Turkey. There, scientists believe they have found a 3,000-year-old castle referred to as the lost kingdom. Surprisingly, it appears to be in amazing condition. Archaeologists from the Van Yznc Yl University are now working with divers to explore the ruins further.
Science Alert reports that Tahsin Ceyland is the head of the diving team project. Reportedly, he first traveled to Turkey in search of the Lake Van Monster. Instead, he found a well-preserved lost city. There was a rumour that there might be something under the water but most archaeologists and museum officials told us that we wont find anything, h...
Breath deeply this morning.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is facing allegations that he violated the Child Soldiers Prevention Act over the summer by deliberately excluding multiple nations from the list of offenders, a move done to allow the US to keep providing military aid to them. The State Department had already publicly confirmed that all three nations, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 
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As part of this year's #BlackFridayParking event, which highlights the negative impacts of parking minimum laws in our towns, we also wanted to talk about what you could do with those parking lots if they weren't mandated as car storage.
The sky is kind of the limit when it comes to making better use of these spaces, but here are four specific examples of how towns across the country are transforming unused parking into more productive developments that offer true benefits to a community, not just temporary car storage:
Create homes for people, not cars.
Housing is a far more economically productive use of space, offering much more value for a community than a parking lot particularly in cities with increasing housing costs and shortages.
One example of turning a parking garage into housing comes from Redding, California. Community organizations in Redding have proposed demolishing a chronically underutilized downtown parking garage that is at the end of its lifespan and replacing it with a mixed use structure, primarily full of affordable housing, along with retail and some market rate apartments. This effort is happening in tandem with other downtown improvements to make the area more walkable and inviting.
"Right now we have a jobs to housing ratio in our central business district of about 9:1, which is very unbalanced," says Rachel Hatch, Program Officer for Community Vitality at the McConnell Foundation, which is part of this effort. "We really need this shift to happen in order to become a more vibrant place over all."...
A Maine sheriff admitted to CBS 13 he sent a sexually explicit photo while in office and in uniform. Sheriff Wayne Gallant on Tuesday night confirmed that the person in
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In an interview Lennon shares his intimate visit with ETs, in which he says bug faced aliens handed him a golden egg which he believes could be a ticket to another planet.
The interview with Uri Gellar took place in 1974 and started with Lennon sharing his belief in the existence of life on other planets and that he thought they were visiting us and could even be observing them in the moment the interview was taking place.
You believe in this stuff, right? he asked me. Well, you aint fin gonna believe this.
About six months ago, I was asleep in my bed, with Yoko, at home, in the Dakota Building. And suddenly, I wasnt asleep. Because there was this blazing light round the door. It was shining through the cracks and the keyhole, like someone was out there with searchlights, or the apartment was on fire.
That was what I thought intruders, or fire. I leapt out of bed, and Yoko wasnt awake at all, she was lying there like a stone, and I pulled open the door. There were these four people out there.
Fans? I asked him.
Well they didnt want my fin autograph. They were, like, little. Bug-like. Big bug eyes a...
Mike Hughes has built a steam-powered rocket, which is kind of cool. It takes some skill to assemble that kind of thing.
According to the AP, Hughes says he expects his new rocket to hurl him through the skies above the Mojave Desert ghost town of Amboy at up to 500 miles per hour for roughly one mile, attaining a peak altitude of 1,800 feet before it deploys two parachutes. Hughes is a proponent of the Flat Earth theory; the Research Flat Earth group is his main sponsor. Hughes does not believe in science, which he told the AP has no difference from science fiction.
Now that is a curious statement, because he claims to be doing this stunt in order to test a scientific claim, that the earth is round, which means he is purporting to do this for a scientific purpose. If he actually knew anything about how science works, though, hed be able to think this through and realize that launching himself 1800 feet in the air to snap a picture a) doesnt actually test his hypothesis that the earth is flat, and b) has been done safely and intelligently many, many times before. He could attach his camera to a weather balloon that could easily loft itself to 100,000 feet and take many pictures.
So this exercise makes no sense at all, and will probably get him killed. He launched himself before for a shorter distance and came out physically wrecked from the acceleration and the rough landing. Now hes pumping up his steam rocket for even more acceleration.
What an absurd way to commit suicide, for such a pointless purpose.
The process of creating reality never ends. It's the ongoing voyage. It's the reason things become new. It's the reason boredom loses. It's the reason you have no end. It's the reason you can't be stopped. It's the means by which you don't decline. It's the means by which you keep imagining something you haven't imagined before.
This video is a surprising history of those sea monkeys that you used to see advertised in comic books I raise them routinely and mundanely to feed to fish, and I was surprised by a couple of things. First, the instant life gimmick was faked they lied about the contents of the little packages you got when you ordered them (I never did that part, I get the eggs direct), and the other surprisewell, if you must know, skip ahead to around 11 minutes in the video.
Now Im just glad I never ordered them from the original company, and Braunhut never got a penny of my money.
President Donald Trump announced this week that he is placing North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. According to CNN, Trump announced the decision Monday during a public meeting with his cabinet at the White House and said further sanctions were on the way. Today the United States is designating the North Korea 
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Facebook, despite a recent pledge, is not properly policing housing ads, says ProPublica.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is being accused of ignoring that child soldiers are fighting for Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan. Ignoring violations of the rule against child soldiers makes it easier for the US to provide military assistance to these countries.
Not only does Trumps pick to lead the US Census Bureau, Thomas Brunell, have no government experience an apparent prerequisite for Trump employees he has defended anti-minority and pro-Republican gerrymandering. The census effectively counts who is a US citizen, something which has become hotly contested under Trump. Whats worse about the Brunell nomination is that it requires no congressional confirmation process.
Theres a crisis in Northern Ireland. Leading Sinn Fin member Gerry Adams recently resigned from his post in the government, putting the Good Friday accords which ended violence in North Ireland in question.
The author writes, President Donald Trumps top advisers are closer now to achieving what seemed unthinkable at the start of his presidency: Shipping millions of dollars of US weapons to Ukraines embattled military.
Unsealed court documents reveal that the firm behind the salacious 34-page Trump-Russia Dossier, Fusion GPS, was paid $523,000 by a Russian businessman convicted of tax fraud and money laundering, whose lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was a key figure in the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone. In short, D.C. opposition 
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As the director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover gets a lot of questions about Native Americans.
For more than two decades, John Rivera was the ideal of what most cops think a police union president should be: He lied constantly, threw tantrums at even the slightest
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FLINT TWP., MI Flint Township trustees will discuss paying $1.39 million to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot and killed by a
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In Rivers, Wings & Sky, showcased at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books, poet Norma C. Wilson and artist Nancy Losacker reveal a shared passion for protecting the natural heritage of the Northern Great Plains.
A veteran NSA official is exposing "Russiagate" as the operation of intentional deception backed by the military-intelligence industrial complex that it is.
ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio Jacob Goodwin began working as police officer in Newtown in 2010, only to resign in 2011 when told several disciplinary actions would soon result in his
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End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles warned that a recent Saturday Night Live skit in which three R&B singers begged Barack Obama to come back and be president again was really deep state propaganda designed to prepare Americans for the coming left-wing revolution.
Wiles and his co-hosts were aghast that SNL would make light of something as serious as throwing out the Constitution and insurrection.
Theyre prepping the public for the revolution, Wiles said. Were going to topple Donald Trump, were going to bring back Barack Obama, were going to throw out the Constitution and were going to start a new country.
It confirms what I said a year ago, he added. Barack Obama will run the country as a president in exile. All of this Resist Trump garbage is all being directed by Barack Hussein Obama.
No, Mr. Wiles, this does not confirm anything you said, and it certainly does not confirm your moronic conspiracy theories. Its a skit which represents a whole hell of a lot of wishful thinking going on, because of the twin disasters of the Tiny Tyrant and the grand ol party of sociopaths. People are tired, scared, sinking into poverty, and half dead of embarrassment. And youre all aghast that people long for the return of a competent and scandal-free administration? That people long for a president who is actually intelligent, thoughtful, and capable of empathy? That people are desperate for a leader who is capable of diplomacy and has better things to do than to spew shit and manufacture vendettas via Twitter?
Pulling off a revolution is not so easy; history would be your friend there. Perhaps you should go and read. Its always of interest to me, given how much you christian conservatives always have your nose up the ass of the founding fathers corpses, that you conveniently manage to forget it was a revolution which founded all you claim to love. Theres a quick lesson there revolutions happen when people simply cannot tolerate the existing situation anymore, they dont happen for no reason at all.
The Resistance is not garbage. Its necessary. And once again, not being directed by Pres. Obama. Seriously, if it was, I want my personally signed memo, dammit!
As we have seen, many evangelical Christians have closed ranks
behind Roy Moores candidacy for the US senate despite the many
credible reports that he repeatedly hit on teenage girls when he
was an assistant county district attorney in his thirties and his
creepy behavior was so well known that some girls at the local mall
set up an informal alert system to warn others when he was on the
prowl and his presence was monitored by security. There was even a
security watch to see that
he did not harass high school cheerleaders.
So how do religious people, even pastors, overcome their scruples and not only vote for such a person but even publicly endorse him? Some have even said that what we are seeing is a war on men and that women are the real predators who are getting away with it because of (you guessed it) political correctness.
Pastor Franklin Raddish of the Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries, a nationwide church, told AL.com from his South Carolina home that the spate of accusations against men in politics, Hollywood and elsewhere was a war on men.
More women are sexual predators than men, said Raddish. Women are chasing young boys up and down the road, but we dont hear about that because its not PC.
According to Yonat Shimron, this apparent disconnect with reality is because is evangelicals practice what is called presuppositionalism. What is that, you ask?
It holds that evangelicals should examine other peoples underlying suppositions before debating them. If those people or groups dont adhere to the right worldview one that accepts the Bible as the inerrant word of God they should not be trusted.
The argument, said Worthen, goes like this: When secular liberals say that the public square can be this neutral space, fair to all metaphysical beliefs, thats a lie, because folded into that it is a secular humanist worldview, a set of anti-Christian presuppositions that are now being foisted onto our public square. You, as conservative evangelicals, need to fight that, and you need to be savvy when they try to pull one over on you.
All that seems to be just a fancy rationalization for saying that evangelicals shut their ears to anyone who is not seen as one of their tribe. Here is one woman explaining...
21st Century Wire says
The Taylor Report speaks to Vanessa Beeley, associate editor at 21st Century Wire.
Peace Bloc vs. War Bloc emerging in Middle East
Even though the ISIS caliphate has been defeated in Iraq and Eastern Syria, Beeley points out that the war in Syria is not yet over. There are still pockets of terrorists in several places inside Syria, including a concentration of Al Qaeda inside Idlib province and ISIS along the Israeli border adjacent to the Golan Heights, occupied illegally by Israel since 1967.
Most important, she points out there has been a reshaping of the power structure in the Middle East into a peace bloc and a war bloc. The war bloc includes the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia. The growing peace bloc includes Russia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and Syria.
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the sixth man who has claimed he was sexually assaulted by Dennis Hastert when he was a young boy.
MERIDEN A former city police officer and son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette has settled an excessive force lawsuit filed six years ago by a prisoner who was shoved
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An Atlanta cop was fired after a horrific video showed him repeatedly stomp, punch, and kick a teen suspect who was not resisting.
Justice Scalia and Judge Roy Moore both try to cloak themselves in the Constitutional doctrine of "originalism." This column removes the cloak.
Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites and mostly losing. He blames what he calls The Rin Tin
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The Journey Jahmal Cole is a black male from North Chicago, Illinois. He had many challenges growing up, which drove him to attend Wayne State college in Nebraska. Cole gained more knowledge about how he could better his community. Here, he became passionate about service in under-served communities much like the one he group up in. Cole 
The Trimurti Lords (Erdogan, Putin, and Rouhani) are meeting to fight Kurdish people and the US interest in the Middle East and Part of Asia.
This is the 54 anniversary of the murder of JFK, one of our most beloved Presidents. I pray to the almighty that some journalist is not writing these words about Donald Trump 54 years from now. Trumps life is in extreme danger. Why? Because he is doing what he does best, winning. He has turned the tables on the Deep State. Soon, many of the Deep State minions and actual controllers are going to prison.
One of two things are going to happen: (1) There will be an assassination attempt on Trump; or, (2) The American people will be the victim of a Deep State planned, mass casualty event which will stop the rising tide of populism in its tracks.
This article will focus on the first possibility listed above.
To answer that question, I think it is prudent to take a look back at JFK and ask the same question.
I spent 25 years examining the JFK assassination and the reasons why he was assassinated and I arrived at the following conclusions:
Monarch Mountain Coffee, saved from the wrecking ball (Source: Google Maps)
I never thought about parking minimums until my favorite pizza place was getting knocked down. A local bank was building a new three-story headquarters across the street and the city of Sandpoint, Idahos parking laws required that the bank either provide around 200 additional parking spaces around their new building or pay $10,000 per space in lieu of providing them.
Weighing the options, it was actually cheaper for the bank to purchase the surrounding properties, kick out the existing businesses, knock down the structures, and build parking. So the small pizza stand with the best slices in town closed and was removed.
But that only accounted for a small portion of the parking the bank required. To satisfy the citys parking requirements, they were eyeing Monarch Mountain Coffee, a community gathering place next door to the new parking lot that was the former home of the pizza stand. Knocking down the local coffee shop, though, would still fall short of the citys parking requirements and the bank would further have to acquire and demolish multiple other neighboring buildings that were currently used for housing and other small businesses.
All of this was happening in the middle of Sandpoints historic downtown. The citys large public parking lot was only a block away! It was never completely full (not even on Black Friday).
In the middle of all of this, I was appointed to the Sandpoint City Council. It had become clear to me that something needed to be done and now it felt like I was the person that needed to be doing that something....
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Bernalillo Countys sheriff says his deputies will not wear body cameras because he cant trust the media. He claims reporters would misconstrue the footage to unfairly criticize
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Why the Army of Reality always needs more soldiers
by Jon Rappoport
November 22, 2017
What we call Reality is a hall of mirrors. It reflects itself back and forth and builds up a consensus.
People do the same thing. They confirm with one another that the reality they believe is real is, in fact, real.
And having established that, they live out their lives and make the best of it.
But what happens if you defect? What happens if youre not satisfied to live out the rest of your life inside the space of what everyone assumes is real?
More to the point, what happens if youre not satisfied to live out the rest of your life inside the space of what YOU assume is real?
This is where a lot of people get off the train. They assert, with great assurance, that what they have discovered is the ultimate frontier. Theyve broken through the illusion. Theyve found out who is running the show from behind the curtain.
And with those discoveries in their pocket, they will live out their lives, confident in the knowledge that they cant be fooled. Theyve won the prize.
Actually, peering behind the curtain and seeing whats there is step one. The journey has barely begun.
No matter what degree of truth one has found, living out the rest of a life in that truth is going to be disappointing. Its eventually going to be boring. Its eventually going to be insufferable.
You want to lift that curtain, and you should. You should find out everything you can about who and what is behind it, and how they operate. But how long before you stop patting yourself on the back?
How long before you decide to create, with great passion and commitment, your own reality, the one you profoundly desire?
The process of creating reality never ends. Its the ongoing voyage. Its the reason things become new. Its the reason boredom loses. Its the reason you have no end. Its the reason you cant be stopped.
Its the means by which you dont decline. Its the means by which you keep imagining something you havent imagined before.
Its the reason you dont live out your life.
Its the reason living out your life seems about the worst thing you can do.
No excuses will suffice to rationalize staying in one place. No complaints will make you feel better. No ultimate space or time is good enough, as it is, to convince you that you should just play out the string inside it.
Right now, we are witnessing tech giantsGoogle, Facebook,...
The Trump China brainspace is in play. Whos going to claim it? Xi Jinping? Or the China hawks?
In official Washington China containment is the flavor of the month, which means that the worlds China analysts, anti-Chicom advocates, milsec entrepreneurs, arms sales hustlers, and hustlers are flooding the Western media to get in their two cents, compete for the attention of the Trump White House, and make a buck.
This week on China Watch, we look at dams in South Asia, regime change in the Philippines, and of course, the Donald J. Trump circus. And head transplants.
CLEVELAND, Ohio A Cleveland police officer has been indicted on sexual battery and intimidation of a crime victim charges after authorities say she had sex with a 13-year-old boy
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Georgia State Trooper Dale Roberts sued his own son under the states new Grandparents Right law in a bid to gain custody of his sons daughter, WMAZ news reports. U
#FreeCyntoiaBrown has surfaced on social media in a push to free a young woman who was sentenced to life as a child for killing a man who bought her for sex.
By Steve Brawner
2017 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.
Problems are not hard to find, but theres also much good in the world if we look for it. In the spirit of this Thanksgiving season, lets do that for a change. Read the rest
Pierrick Bourrat has reviewed Scott Lidgard and Lynn Nyharts book Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
I wont rehash the review here; its fairly short and not behind a paywall, so anyone can read it: http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/biological-individuality-integrating-scientific-philosophical-and-historical-perspectives/. My overall impression is that its a fair review of a very disparate set of chapters from authors from completely different fields. Bourrat finds (and I dont disagree) the chapters that attempt to integrate all these perspectives most valuable, especially that by Alan Love and Ingo Brigandt.
The opening chapter by Lidgard and Nyhart is both an historical and theoretical synthesis of the notion of biological individuality. The concluding chapter by Alan C. Love and Ingo Brigandt is a philosophical analysis of the notion. Both chapters serve as glue that binds the collection together. Without them, as well as the commentary by James Elwick (Chapter 11) and Scott Gilbert (Chapter 12), the collection would have been much less successful in reaching its aim.
I do want to set the record straight on one minor point: Bourrat seems to credit me with developing the so-called 12-step framework for understanding the evolution of volvocine development:
Herron proposes a model in 12 steps for a transition from uni- to multi- cellularity.
I didnt develop the 12-step model; David Kirk did (Kirk DL. 2005. BioEssays 27: 299310). My chapter is an attempt to use the volvocine algae as a test case for understanding concepts of biological individuality, and it relies heavily on Kirks framework.
The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential threats posed by visa holders in the United States and conduct ongoing social media surveillance of those deemed high risk.
The comments provide the first clear blueprint for ICEs proposed augmentation of its visa-vetting program. The initial announcement of the plans this summer, viewed as part of President Donald Trumps calls for the extreme vetting of visitors from Muslim countries, stoked a public outcry from immigrants and civil liberties advocates. They argued that such a plan would discriminate against Muslim visitors and potentially place a huge number of individuals under watch.
ICE officials subsequently changed the programs name to Visa Lifecycle Vetting. But, according to the ICE presentation, the goal of the initiative enhanced monitoring of visa holders using social media remains the same.
Speaking to a room of information-technology contractors, hosted by the Government Technology & Services Coalition, Louis Rodi, deputy assistant director of ICE Homeland Security Investigations National Security Program, said the agency needs a tool equipped with risk-based matrices to predict dangers posed by visa holders, with the social media of those considered a threat under continuous surveillance throughout their stay in the U.S.
We have millions and millions and millions of people coming every year, and subsequently departing, so we have to be smart about it, said Rodi to a room of representatives from companies like Microsoft, Accenture, Deloitte and Motorola Solutions. And Im sure there are tools out there that can help.
For this targeted group of visa holders, ICEs online monitoring of public social media posts would be large-scale and non-stop. Everything were dealing with is in bulk, so we need batch-vetting capabilities for any of the processes that we have, said Rodi. Alysa Erichs, ICE Homeland Security Investigations acting deputy association director for information management, told attendees that ICE hopes to get automated notifications about any visa holders social media activity that could ping us as a potential alert.
ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell stressed to ProPublica that the Department of Homeland Security has not actually begun building any such program. The request for information on this initiative was simply that an opportu...
Im Andrea Salcedo, one of this years Emerging Reporters at ProPublica Illinois. Landing an academic-year fellowship with ProPublica during my last year as a multimedia journalism student at Columbia College Chicago was a young journalists dream.
When our editor-in-chief asked if Id be interested in interviewing our reporters and publishing short Q&As on our website, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did I think itd be a good way to introduce our staff to you, but I also thought itd be fun and a unique chance to meet the journalists and mentors whom I admire and whose knowledge I want to absorb. Who else gets to ask questions of their colleagues and call it work? As a journalist just starting my career and hoping that one day I will be working as a full-time investigative reporter in a newsroom like ProPublicas, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to be curious even nosy and ask these reporters everything I want to know about their lives and careers.Courtesy of Andrea Salcedo
Every other week, I sat in a booth near ProPublica Illinois newsroom and asked reporters as many questions as I could. Sometimes, we talked for so long that the deputy editor came to check if we were OK and if I was ready for the next interview. Other times, we continued the conversation after I had stopped recording and I forgot it was time to go home. Yes, the conversations were that engaging! Every one of them either taught me something new, challenged a preconceived belief or reinforced an idea about journalism.
And now Id like to share some of the lessons that stuck with me. But before I do, I want to extend the invitation to you, too. Why keep the fun all to myself? So ... as you read about what I learned by asking our reporters questions, I hope youll come up with some questions of your own. If youve got a question for a particular reporter, Id love to hear it. Well gather some o...
It is a big year for those interested in the mysteries that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on this day in 1963 still poses. WhoWhatWhy has been a leader on this subject and our team of experts will spend this day as it has so many others scouring the newly released documents for interesting information.
However, on this anniversary, we wanted to take a step back from the minutiae of CIA cables, FBI memos and other documents related to the assassination. Instead, we want to focus on what sometimes seems to get overlooked as people try to put together the puzzle: John F. Kennedy, the person and statesman the world lost that day.
As a way to remember JFK, we put together a collection of his own words. They show a man who would have been able to profoundly change the world if he had been allowed to live.
This article was originally published November 22, 2013.
These few excerpts display Kennedys wit, perception, and originality, and tell us something about the world at the time. The world was very different then and very much the same.
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Indochina (Transcript only)
But the speeches of President Eisenhower, Secretary Dulles, and others have left too much unsaid, in my opinion and what has been left unsaid is the heart of the problem that should concern every citizen. For if the American people are, for the fourth time in this century, to travel the long and tortuous road of war particularly a war which we now realize would threaten the survival of civilization then I believe we have a right a right which we should have hitherto exercised to inquire in detail into the nature of the struggle in which we may become engaged, and the alternative to such struggle. [Emphasis added.]
Whether we realize it or not, we all have an image of the first Thanksgiving thats more or less a cartoon we were taught in grade school. In the autumn of 1621, a plucky group of black-clad, buckle-shoed Pilgrims and stoic yet friendly Indians feasted together after a successful autumn harvest, heralding a promising new friendship between their two peoples.
The actual history of the first Thanksgiving is of course nothing like the grade-school storyits far more interesting and complex. While it undermines the bowdlerized, multicultural narrative of peaceful Indians and well-meaning Puritans living together in harmony, it also informs a radically more nuanced understanding of the world the Pilgrims found when they landed at Plymouth in December 1620.
Among the most compelling historical accounts of that world comes from Charles Manns intriguing 2005 book, 1491, a revisionist history of the pre-Columbian Americas that renders our storybook conception of the first Thanksgiving obsolete and, by comparison, rather boring. The truth is, the Pilgrims were able to survive and establish their colony because they were drawn into the political machinations of Massasoit, a shrewd and calculating Indian leader who was trying to figure out how to save his people from apocalypse.
Massasoit was the sachem, or political and military leader, of the Wampanoag confederation, a loose combination of villages in southeastern Massachusetts. About five years before the Pilgrims arrived, Massasoits people had been decimated by diseases brought by earlier European traders. Entire villages had been depopulatedincluding a Patuxet village that the newly arrived Pilgrims settled into and named New Plymouth.
As Mann explains, Massasoit was in a bind. The epidemic that had hit the Wampanoag hadnt touched their longtime enemies to the west, the Narragansett. Massasoit feared his weakened people would be overrun, so he decided to gamble and let the Pilgrims stay. European traders had been visiting New England for at least a century, but Indian leaders always forbid them from establishing permanent settlements. The relationship was strictly transactional. Far from seeing the Europeans as superior, writes Mann, the Indians had good reason to take advantage of these strange newcomers:
Shorter than the natives, oddly dressed, and often unbearably dirty, the pallid foreigners had peculiar blue eyes that peeped out of the masks of bristly, animal-like hair that encased their faces. They were irritatingly garrulous, prone to fits of chicanery, and often surprisingly incompetent at what seemed to Indians like basic tasks. But they also made useful and beautiful good...
With the release of Darkest Hour in theaters today, the larger-than-life personality and historical presence of Winston Churchill comes back to the forefront of the publics imagination. The film perhaps introduces one of the most consequential figures of the twentieth century to a younger generation for the first time.
The film centers around arguably the most dramatic and perilous period in a lifetime of drama and danger: when Great Britain stood alone against the seemingly unstoppable onslaught of Nazi Germany. France had surrendered, the Low Countries had fallen, Scandinavia was occupied or cowed in fear, and Eastern Europe lay pinned under Nazi and Soviet jackboots. To a contemporary observer, resistance to the Nazis seemed hopeless.
More than a few neutrals threw in their lot with the Nazis in hopes of sharing the spoils of conquest, while others, including many in the United Kingdom, believed the only recourse was suing for peace on Adolph Hitlers terms and praying a few precious scraps of freedom would remain to them. Churchill, almost alone, disagreed.
An anachronism even in his own day, Churchill clung to romantic notions of honor and imperial glory, which caused some of his peers embarrassment and would be mocked by many today. Although history now views him favorably for his foresight in predicting the Nazi threat, he was often on the wrong side of history, reluctant to embrace changes his countrymen viewed as inevitable.
Churchill was steadfastly against Indias independence, or of any diminishment of the British Empire. He long clung to the dream of his country maintaining its mantle as the worlds sole superpower and sole arbiter of peace. He was wrong, and history moved on with or without him. But whereas most of the rest of the free world believed the scourge of war had ended forever in 1919, Churchill knew there would always be new dragons to face.
While Churchill is best known for rallying the British people, and the free world, to a heroic stand against the Nazi war machine, his life prior to 1940 is worthy of admiration, emulation, and study. His biography often reads like an adventure story, laced with healthy doses of drama, tragedy, and comedy.
This man who belonged to another era came to be his countrys last hope and the savior the world from Nazi tyranny, even if it came at the cost of his beloved empire and a lost way of life. His death in 1965 marked the passing of a giant cursed to see the end of the world he had known and loved and condemned to a new one he didnt fully understand, but had paradoxically saved from destruction, or as William Manchester eloquently writes in his biography of the man:
Tragedy is the wasting shadow always cast, sooner or later, by to...
We live in an era where not only does every adult own a smartphone, but most teenagers and even young kids do as well. My ten year-old has been asking for one for at least two years and many of his friends, including those younger than him, come to play, smartphone in tow. Theyre asked to place it on the kitchen counter and can grab it again when they go home.
On the one hand, who can blame my son for wanting one, too? According to this Time magazine article, We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones, ten years old is the average age kids receive phones. On the other hand, despite pressure from other parents, him, and his friends, Im not giving him oneat least not yet. Heres why.
Mothers have an intuition. I cant speak for fathers, but Im sure many do as well. Ever since my sons friends started coming over to play at six years old with an Android, iPhone Touch, or any other battery-powered thing, I didnt like it.
Now, Im not an old-fashioned parent, although I do homeschool. Im a millennial, and I appreciate technology. But I could see right away 1) there was simply no need for my young son to have a phone yet and 2) it would only serve as a huge distraction. How do I know? Im a grownup and my own phone is a distraction from the daily tasks of regular life.
Fast-forward a few years later and loads of anecdotal and clinical research have only proved this mamas intuition right. I didnt need it, but data backs me up and only affirms the gut feeling I had and the choice I made to hold off on giving him a phone until there was a pressing need.
In an article in The Atlantic, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation, author and psychologist Jean M. Twenge writes she has been studying generational differences for 25 years and notes smartphones have adversely affected young people in a way few predicted: Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. Its not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.
Another reason I dont think my son needs a phone yet is because smartphones are distracting. They encourage lack of focus and self control, not only on the present moment but on real people. How do I know? They distract me and my friends. Have I mentioned yet were grownups?
Think about how many times you scroll Faceb...
On November 17, a police officer was killed during a routine traffic stop in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. His name was Brian Shaw, and he was only 25 years old.
According to reports, the suspect, 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt, fled his car after he was pulled over, and shot Shaw during the subsequent chase. Officials said Shaw did not appear to have fired his gun, while Holt fired at least six times, landing at least once in Shaws chest. Shaw lay in the street gasping for air before dying in a hospital that night. After several days on the lam, Holt was captured and arrested November 21 with Shaws handcuffs.
Kelly Brennan (@Kbrennan_WTAE) November 21, 2017
No NFL players kneeled on Sunday to protest the brutality that occurred to Shaw. No national cable channels dedicated expansive coverage of the incident, if some even included it at all. It required a Google search to learn about the kind-hearted residents who lined the streets of the small Pennsylvania town holding American flags while firefighters stood in uniform paying their respects during the funeral procession.
This young man received an outpouring of love from his neighbors and community, but he deserved respect from all of us, too. So many times, we hear about Black Lives Matter and other protesters advocating for young men like Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed in Louisiana last summer, or Philando Castile, who suffered the same fate when a Minnesota police officer shot him in July. These were tragic events that understandably reverberated and divided communities by raceespecially when the Caucasian officers in question were not charged and acquitted, respectively.
But the narrative that cops are always the bad guys, deserving condemnation and shame across the board, is simply not true. Some cops abuse their power. Others use it to do their duty. Like the five Dallas police officers killed in 2016, Shaw put on a uniform to serve and protect his community. Yet the NFL forbade the Cowboys from wearing special decals on their helmets to honor the fallen Dallas officers, while allowing its players to continue protesting law enforcement.
No superstar athlete has spoken out about Shaws murder, although he too was once a football player, at Slippery Rock University. Every Sunda...
Politico reports that the Trump administration is considering naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to head up the U.S. Census Bureau. Sounds good so far. But, according to Politico, Brunell, a political scientist, also happens to be a partisan who has testified in more than half a dozen lawsuits regarding congressional redistricting, and authored a 2008 book titled Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.
You cant make this up, says left-wing social media. The yuck could be heard throughout the Twitterverse. Can you imagine such a thing? A census director who believes the United States needs fewer competitive elections?
Cant make it up: The leading pick to run the Census Bureau is the author of a book called Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America. https://t.co/uERU1pifJD
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) November 21, 2017
Now, perhaps Brunells lack of experience makes him unfit for the job. Voting rights advocates argue that the country needs another (mythical) nonpartisan bureaucrat to run the office. Brunells book, though? The thesis is perfectly reasonable. The notion that every district in the country should be consumed by insufferable, perpetually divisive political campaigns is insanity.
Americans have every right to live in places where the views of the majority comport with their own. Yet its been a long-standing position among right-thinking people that competitive House races are healthy for democracy. Artificially creating political disharmony in districts where like-minded voters have already clustered together is an idea driven by political considerations. Advocates for redistricting, after all, arent concerned with rock-solid liberal districts, theyre concerned about suburban and rural districts that arent competitive for the Democratic Party. In the imagination of some, gerrymandering is the monopoly of the GOP.
The 2017 ATP World Tour recently wrapped up, and the biggest story of the season was also one of the more unlikely: Roger Federer had a remarkable year.
Entering the 2017 campaign, there wasnt much basis for thinking the elegant Swiss maestro was primed for a career renaissance. Yes, Federer is the greatest of all time in mens tennis (or way up there, anyway) and one of the most sublime athletes in all of modern sports, but heres where you dust off the clich about Father Times unblemished record.
From 2011-2016, as Federer was ripening into his thirties, he only won a single Grand Slam title (Wimbledon, 2012). That came after winning 16 such titles going back to 2003. Federer knocked on the door a few times in 14 and 15 but came away empty-handed at every turn. It seemed that the ATPs younger bucksRafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, etc.had permanently relegated Old Man Federer to the rearview.
Inevitably, injuries played a role. Federer dealt with a recurring back ailment and a knee issue that materialized while he was preparing a bath for his twin daughters (quite the way for a god-level athlete to be reminded that hes truly flesh and blood). The knee injury later forced Federer into a six-month rehab layoff that ended his 2016 season. On paper, the stage was decidedly not set for Federer to pull off a run of high-level success in 2017.
Then a strange thing happened: in January, Federer won the Australian Open. Not only did he win, he toppled his personal kryptonite, Rafa Nadal, in a thrilling five-set final. After that, it was off to the races. Refreshed and riding high, Federer just kept winning and winning.
He eventually rose to number two in the world rankings and compiled a 52-5 match record en route to seven titles, including the Slam Down Under and an eighth Wimbledon crown, which pushed him past Pete Sampras for most mens titles at the All England Club and increased his Grand Slam haul to 19 (compared to 16, currently, for Nadal). Federer made mincemeat of his competition at the hallowed grass-court tournament and essentially turned the Fortnight into an extended coronation ceremony. He didnt drop a single set, and even reduced Marin Cilic, his opponent in the final, to tears during the match once it had devolved into a thorough drubbing.
Federers triumph at his favorite tournament was one of the crowning achievements of his finest season in at least a decade. ESPNs Brad Gilbert even ventured to say that certain stretches of the year represented the best tennis Federer has ever played. Lest we forget, all of this happened during the calendar year in which he turned 36....
This article contains major plot spoilers.
Sometimes the law of man is not enough.Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz), Murder on the Orient Express (2017).
The most profound prose conceals its hero in a seemingly alternative narrative, awaiting that crucial moment to unmask his heroism. This complex story employs sleight of hand to distract the audience from its genuine thesis and climax until the very last moments.
Then the sheer perspicacity rushes upon you, unexpectedly. You at last understand. You understand that your hero is not merely one who defeats the evil in favor of the good, but one who willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of others.
Murder on the Orient Express is this kind of classic story, and it has found a new adaptation in theaters this month. Based on Agatha Christies novel, Kenneth Branagh (directing) and Michael Green (screen adaptation) not only display their directorial prowess, a star-studded cast, and Branaghs acting competence, but expose yet another generation to what it means to tell powerful stories. This tale is brazenly revelatory of the human condition.
The entire scenario begins obviously enough. It depicts a world-famous and impeccably flawless detective: Hercule Poirot, portrayed by Branagh. Even Poirots breakfast eggs must be the same size. Everything must be in its place. Everything must be in order. Everything can be resolved. In Poirot, we have our perfect hero.
Seemingly by happenstance, Poirot ends up on the Orient Express, a famous cross-Europe train. The journey originates in Jerusalem and finds its terminus in western Europe, and by extension, America. As if by some divine plan, this story mirrors the path of a major world religion: Christianity. This foreshadows the entirety of the plot.
Once the train is in motion, the obvious happens: The murder of one Edward Ratchett, portrayed by Johnny Depp. Ratchett is the epitome of evil. From the outset, the story makes it clear that this scoundrel is a gangster who traffics in counterfeit works of art. It later reveals that not only is he a huckster, but a murderer trading under a false name. All this signals that somehow the death of this demon was warranted.
Naturally, the incomparable Poirot is employed to unravel the mystery and find the killer. This is where Christie most brillian...
Recently, The New York Times published a column claiming that Facebook is ignoring fake news masquerading as pro-life articles and viewpoints. In it, Rossalyn Warren laments that the massive social media platform has not done more to weed out what she refers to as misinformation from pro-life news sites.
The major flaw in Warrens column is obvious from the beginning. From the outset to the conclusion, she does very little to successfully explain why any of the articles, examples, or pro-life news sites that she identifies actually qualify as fake news.
She begins by questioning an article circulated prior to the 2016 election about Hillary Clintons late-term abortion comments. Referring to the articles author, Warren says, She argues that a baby never needs to be aborted to save a mothers life but doesnt cite any sources or studies, and presents anecdotes and opinion as fact. The phrase late-term abortions does not have a specific definition, but given the original context of Clintons comments, we can see shes discussing late-second- and third-term abortions.
Warren neglects to address any of the arguments in the pre-election article, instead choosing to simply label the comments as false. She correctly notes that partial-birth abortions are illegal, but fails to explain how that disproves that late-term abortions are never necessary to save a mothers life. While its unclear why the partial-birth abortion procedure was referenced, the logic presented in the original article is still valid.
Late-term abortion, in this context, occurs during the time in gestation when a preborn child could survive on his or her own outside the womb. Thus, there is never a need to abort a preborn child after 24 weeks to save the life of his mother, because in any situation where the mothers life might be in danger, the preborn child could just be delivered (via C-section).
It does not take any sources or studies to come to this conclusion. Its obvious by simply following the logic. A person could still argue that women have a right to a late-term abortion, but its clear that late-term abortions are never necessary to save the life of the mother.
Warren continues: Evidence-based, credible articles about abortion from reputable news outlets like The New York Times an...
The morning was dark, and cold. Well before sunrise, before most of Washington had awoken, the crisp, chill January air held a solemn stillness. In the bleak mid-winter, who would roust themselves at such an hourand why?
At the White House press briefing Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters to name one thing theyre thankful for before asking their questionsa common ritual many families will repeat as they sit down to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
Expressing gratitude represents one true measure of human kindness. The old hymn sung at many church services Thursday reminds us that among the gifts to the Lord most pleasing are humble, thankful hearts.
But perhaps this most American of holidays inspires us to an even higher callingfocusing not just on thanks, but on giving. In the lesson of the ten lepers, Jesus praises the sole leper of the ten (a Samaritan) who returned to give thanks upon being cured. Lukes gospel ends the lesson with the lepers expression of thanks. But given the power of the gift bestowedboth to the leper and to usis a mere expression of thanks sufficient?
Nearly two years ago, I walked out into that January morning, at an hour when I, like most, would normally be availing myself of the comforts of my bed. I began my New Years resolution, one I kept for all of last year, and hopefully every year to come: To give back by volunteering regularly.
While I had volunteered in the past, I had gotten out of the habit, and recognized I needed to renew my involvement in my community. Moreover, as a conservative, I felt a responsibility to put my political principles into practice. I may not support a role for government in solving every social ill, but that does not mean I should not support other organizations that do.
Quite the contrary, in fact. Conservatives in particular should feel a strong sense of obligation to put our proverbial moneyand timewhere our mouth is in supporting charitable institutions.
Fortunately, a newfound commitment to volunteering quickly became a good habit, one I have no wish to give up any time soon. That good habit stems in no small part from the knowledge that one is helping others, and the gratitude that comes from them. Therein lies a paradox: The more time I spend giving back to others, the more I feel like I have received far more than I have given.
My volunteer work represents a welcome change of pace from my career. Serving breakfast at a soup kitchen requires no a...
Excerpt adapted from In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance (ARI Press, 2017).
When Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, his core message was that Americas greatest challenge was rising economic inequalityand the main villain in this narrative was Wall Street: the bankers, traders, and other financiers who make up Americas financial industry. The business model of Wall Street, he said, is fraud. It was one of the least controversial statements he made.
Throughout history, finance has always been viewed with skepticism if not outright hostility, whether it was the ancient Greeks and early Christians who condemned (and often punished) usurers, Franklin D. Roosevelt who insisted that the Great Depression was the product of greedy speculators, or Occupy Wall Street, which vilified the 1 percent.
And, to be sure, we have seen real problems concentrated in the financial industry, whether it be massive crises like the Great Depression, the Savings and Loan debacle, and the Great Recession, or scandals like Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme, the outcry over high frequency trading that occurred with the release of Michael Lewiss 2014 book Flash Boys, or the recent Wells Fargo phony account controversy.
But the fact is that our economic well-being depends on a vibrant and innovative financial industryand that we would all be far worse off but for the productive achievements of this maligned and vilified group of individuals. Even if one is outraged by the behavior of some bankers, to call every member of the industry a participant in fraud is a profound injustice.
Why then does no one speak up to defend finance? Why do statements like Sanders evoke a yawn rather than a protest? Because what Sanders said was only a crass variant of a belief shared by almost everyone in some form: that finance is immoral. Maybe not totally. Maybe it has some redeeming features. Maybe it is a necessary evil. But it is an evil nonetheless.
This belief in the immorality of finance cant be explained merely by the specific wrongs committed by specific financiers. Soldiers have committed atrocities without tarring the reputation of the military itself. The special ire directed at finance comes from the recognition that financiers are motivated by the selfish desire for profitand the belief that the profit motive leads financiers to take short-range, irrational, predatory actions to line their pockets at others expense.
In this regard, finance is not unique. This same view of the profit motive taints our evaluation of all businessmen. The reason finance gets singled out for special rebuk...
In anticipation of our upcoming #BlackFridayParking event I wanted to share a bit of a counterpoint, namely a few right-sized parking lots for some big name-brand box stores in my neighborhood in San Francisco.
Now, since I live in one of the denser cities in the country, I know many readers will be skeptical right off the bat that however parking may work here, it couldnt work that way anywhere else. But just to put things in context, I dont live in a high rise downtown and my neighborhood doesnt have subway or commuter rail access. My street looks mostly like this:
And thanks to San Franciscos over-zealous zoning, most of us who live west of the city live in strictly limited single-family zones with commercial development confined to a few strips here and there. In other words, its different, but not that different from a typical US suburban neighborhood.
So back to those parking lots I mentioned. Where exactly are they? Heres one:...
The Shooter and the Mastermind Behind the JFK Murder-The Final Word
Who killed JFK. Not only do I know the answer, I know the name of the hit man and the mastermind. You wont find this anywhere elese.
In the 2 following videos, I name the hitman and the mastermind related to the assassination of JFK
On this the 54th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy, it is important to take stock of the fact that RFK and MLK were all killed by the same forces and for many of the same reasons. DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO TAKE HEED OF THESE FACTS. HE IS A MARKED MAN AND HE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL TO NOT LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF.
The murders of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were all orchestrated by the same group. How can I be sure? I can be sure by a simple preponderance of circumstantial evidence which overwhelmingly connects the three most important and horrific assassinations in the 20th century.
All three men shared a similar goal of not becoming more deeply involved in the Vietnam War and they paid for it with their lives. John F. Kennedy sought to avoid the Vietnam War because he saw it as a military quagmire that would burn American resources, needlessly waste American lives and would ultimately hurt his legacy as a president who oversaw an unwinnable war.
Robert Kennedy was still reeling from his older brothers assassination for which the Vietnam War was a major factor which motivated the co-conspirators. RFK was determined to end the war in Vietnam. Robert also posed the threat of being able to reopen his brothers murder and Allan Dulles, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush and David Rockefeller had a lot to worry about if that were ever to happen. RFK had to be stopped with regard to his quest for the Presidency.
As Robert Kennedy sought the Democr...
Many do not know the real story behind PT-109 and JFKs winning of the Congressional Medal of Honor. There is intrigue, myster, a torrid affair and even a German spy involved, not to mention the Director of the FBI and an ambassador. The true story behind the fateful mission of PT-109 is in the following video.
Max Igan has it all figured out.
This man is genius .
Hes on board with everything I know is going on and whats to happen
I hope you will take the time to listen to this 25 minutes video.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato
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The Swinomish Tribe has turned a tragedy into triumph with the opening of a substance abuse treatment center in Washington.
While Media presstitutes are relentless in their desire to further brainwash their gullible audience, we have been given a gift by a CNN camera man who happened to capture something that the Crappy News Network wishes you didnt see.
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Justin Motlow made history as the first citizen of the Seminole Tribe to score a touchdown for Florida State University.
This is just one of the insidious covert ways our government deals with overpopulation. Its just one part of the genocide campaign theyve enacted on the public. This along with flouride, chemtrails, man made cancer, Rockefeller medical mafia system, GMOs, wars etc. are the methods that derive from Alternatives 1-4.
Back to landlines, folks, if we must. They know damn well cell phone towers are unsafe. Its the NWOs WHOLE IDEA!
Theyre EMFing and Microwaving the sh*t out of us.
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Guns are widely available in the United States as a result of early European dealings with Indian nations, according to an author of a law school casebook.
American hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and environmentalist Thomas " Tom" Steyer has mounted a $20 million campaign to remove Trump from office, and had just installed "Impeach Trump" billboards in Times Square. His petition is nearing 3 million signatories.
Social workers can only remove a child if they are in immediate danger
By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017
A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them.
Portia Larlee started her role in communities in north central B.C. in 2015 and said she lasted a year and a half before she quit out of frustration. She said most of her clients were Indigenous.
It was mostly neglect related to poverty that would put parents at risk of state intervention, she explained.
Truth. Thats all Im looking for, is truth, says activist Harrison Thunderchild
By Joelle Seal, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017
An Indigenous activist has launched a court application demanding transparency from his own First Nation.
Harrison Thunderchild went to Reginas Court of Queens Bench Tuesday demanding that Thunderchild First Nation disclose chief and council compensation, as well as basic financial documents as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
Truth. Thats all Im looking for, is truth. The process has gone on too long without the concepts of truth and transparency, and thats all Im after, said Thunderchild to reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday....
Nothing in the universe means anything except insofar as we give it meaning. There are cultural concepts we have that are useful and ones that are toxic baggage from the deep past. There are concepts that are very culturally specific, some found in the majority of human cultures, and a few that are universal. Some concepts should be more popular and some less so, at least most of us seem to feel that way right or left or otherwise.
All that nonsense is my disclaimer to the idea Im about to say something founded in fact. Im in the realm of principles and emotions, of value judgments. Im basing everything that follows on a few judgments that should be non-controversial, but are apparently loopy unrealistic ultra-leftist radicalism: One, that it would be desirable for more people to be happy and healthy, and for fewer to be sad sick or dying. Two, that theres a balance of justice in the world. That while justice is elusive, it exists as a concept to which we should strive. Rights should be upheld, wrongs should be minimized or eliminated when possible.
I believe that every living thing suffers from indignities by merit of being alive. We have to eat, we have to excrete, we have to messily grow and messily break down and die. The cell isnt a harmonious little clockwork humming away until it gradually winds down into peaceful oblivion. Its a writhing storm of lightning-fast chemical reactions and spiraling globs of goo slapping and twisting and bursting until it disorders into death and rot.
The fact were all born into this messy situation and are compelled to do something with it, this lends us an inherent dignity. The struggle to keep it together, from keeping our asses clean to ducking bullets, to be or not to be and the whole nine.
It isnt easy. We deserve every break we can get. I include non-human animals in that. If were going to kill animals and we will ideally we shouldnt torture them first, shouldnt do it for shitty reasons. Nourishing humans is a good reason. Weve been omnivorous a long time. Medical science is good too. Killing for fun? No, man. Fuck anyone who does that. Im including you, Jed. (Yes I know someone named Jed.) That was cool of you to go to the DAPL protest, but hunting? Thats some shit, and fuck you for it.
This article would be more powerful without the dissembling and sides, but I feel compelled. Sorry.
Human animals (and advanced social animals like dogs) have a struggle that other species escape: Self-valuation. We are biologically compelled to find our place among our kind, by ranking ourselves and others. When AmeriKKKas wig daddies wrote about the self-evident nature of our human rights, they didnt bother to notice that all around them there were people with bad self-esteem, for whom their own rights are not self...
A look at the new documentary by Thomas Huchon about how Trump captured the presidency with digital tools, dark money, and a network of players with common ideological goals.
Dropping individual tax rates for rich people does not lift average Americans. Neither does cutting corporate taxes, as long as there is a plentiful supply of jobless workers and few strong unions. Don't expect a big jump in real business investment when many companies already have more money than they know what to do with.
Editors Note: For those not familiar with my work and assume Im picking on The Trump Card and some kind of liberal, please note that I dont do politics, especially buying into the false left vs right psyop. Theyre all in bed together by now. The fact that humans still need to have someone reign over them is actually quite sad to me. Its completely against my spirits knowing. Power corrupts and will always be corrupted regardless of who is Selected as POTUS. Peace Out. A Sheep No More
President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly, Alex Azar, to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS).
Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders.
Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues.
As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Polings autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.
Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation....
LIE #3: The 1917 October Revolution in Russia was a "coup" staged by Lenin and the communists. They were power hungry and grabbed power for themselves. Fact: What made the October 1917 victory possible... what was decisive to building modern history's first society free from exploitation and oppression, was visionary, scientific leadership. That is the crime and example for which the imperialists hold Lenin responsible.
If the title of this article seems to you to be a little exaggerated, think again. It's hard to find more than a handful of Republicans these days who don't consider the Democrats' true agenda an ultimate pathway to socialism and anarchy...
Maybe it just took this long for these women to change the way they view their own civil rights and value as human beings. And for society to change as well. Today there are systems in place to report workplace abuse that didn't exist 30 years ago. And, at long last, attitudes about women's privacy rights have changed and been codified in law.
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Atlanta Food Not Bombs has been sharing free food with anyone who is hungry for over a decade. We believe that our need for sustenance cannot be voided by state power, and that no authority should be able to prevent anyone from fulfilling their need for nourishment.
Georgia State University Police has begun a campaign of harassment aimed at anyone who tries to share food with people in Hurt Park downtown. They claim that giving away food is illegal without a food service establishment license from the City. The cops legal claims are confusing, contradictory, and ultimately false. What it comes down to is that they dont want homeless people in the park, they want them to go somewhere else.
But if theyre forced out of the park, the homeless wont be going into a shelter, since the City finally won their years-long fight to shut down Atlantas largest shelter. And they certainly wont be going into housing, in a city where gentrification and speculation has created what many are calling an affordable housing crisis. Developers, university administrators, and city planners do not care that theres nowhere for poor people to go. As far as they are concerned, the homeless are a nuisance to be dealt with the same as rats and pigeons.
The cops have already charged one of our volunteers with this supposed crime, but we will not stop. If the state makes sharing illegal, then we have no choice but to be labeled as criminals. Not just because our conscience requires it, but because helping each other is the only way we will all survive. The state has to criminalize us; in a world of ever expanding prison walls and deepening exploitation to live out our lives as we see fit we will all be labeled as criminals.
We call on everyone who opposes this repression to stand against it directly: Come to Hurt Park next Sunday, November 26th, at 2:30 and occupy it with us. Bring anything you want to share: food, resources, services. Bring music, fun, and festivity. It is time to take back the commons from the ever encroaching university and show that all forms of public life will not be made a commodity. Lets show that a park full of people living a life worth living for each other is better than a park sanitized by police.
Source: AnonGroup When you first take a look at Gary Webb, theres nothing particularly intriguing about the guy. There are no indications that this seemingly ordinary human being carries with him an extraordinary message. No distinct 
Away from intractable war and peace issues, it's even more enlightening to observe how Turkey, Iran and Russia are playing their overlapping versions of Eurasia economic integration and/or BRI-related business.
US Debt Clock You could wrap $1 bills around the Earth 79,922 times with the debt amount! If you lay $1 bills on top of each other they would make a pile 2,242,204 km, or 1,393,241 miles high! Thats equivalent to 5.83 trips to the Moon! China Launching Petroyuan In Two Months 12/2017 U.S. Dollar Has 
We call our self a democratic nation. Are we? In this article, we have stated that our world politics is more feudal than democratic. It is the powerful landowners (corporations, banks) who rule the roost.
By Derrick Broze Eric Schmidt has made news with his latest announcement that Google is working on ways to derank Russian media in the search...
By Aaron Kesel Independent journalist Alexei Wood faces decades in prison for covering rioters (J20) as they protested President Donald Trumps inauguration in Washington, D.C.,...
Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story involving 
The technology exists right now for autonomous micro drones to carry out mass murder at the behest of a political whim, this needs to be stopped. (TFTP) Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision using autonomous microdrones and with no 
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By Vin Armani In this video, Vin Armani has a discussion with AV and CTRAFFIK of the libertarian hip hop group Freenauts about the return...
Fakery and trickery are not solutions; they are a form of self-delusional madness that destroys the nations ability to face reality squarely and choose real solutions, no matter how painful the choice and path might be. The nation has lost its common sense, its soul and its sanity. Can we summarize the source of this remarkably pervasive madness? Our efforts 
The FCC was charged in 1934 with the clear mission of protecting the "public interest" from profiteers and propagandists. That mission was enhanced and extended over time. It was threatened, as well -- but never so aggressively, nor so dramatically, as it is now threatened. It is dangerous. It threatens the discourse that sustains democracy at the local, state and national levels.
Floating cities sound like a concept out of a science-fiction film, but this is no longer the case. By 2020, the first floating city is expected to emerge in the Pacific Ocean, and life on it will be drastically different than life on land.
Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is presently developing the first floating city and has been since 2008. Recently, it reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin testing the proposed idea in its waters. Said Joe Quirk, the president of the Seasteading Institute,
If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people.
The New York Times reports that the community in question would consist of about a dozen structures. These would include homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. The buildings would also feature living roofs, be made using local wood, bamboo, and coconut fiber, and contain recycled metal and plastic.
Already, engineers and architects have visited an undisclosed location where the floating city is likely to emerge. Reportedly, the goal of the city is to liberate humanity from politicians, and to rewrite the rules that govern society.
Not surprising to some, the venture wont be cheap. The total cost of building the offshore utopia is estimated to be around $167 million. Still, it could prove a worthy undertaking especially if it frees humans from the rule of countries governments.
Governments just dont get better, said Quirk....
By Matt Agorist Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision...
Lindsey Port, a DFL candidate for office in 2016 who is running again for a House seat next year, said Schoen grabbed her buttocks at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis in 2015.
Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, said Schoen sent her a string of text messages when she was a candidate for office inviting her to drinks, including one not intended for her that read: I almost got her. Working on her pretty hard, but I almost got her.
A Senate employee said Schoen sent her an unsolicited photo of male genitalia.
What the fuck has been going on? Its about time these jerks got booted out of office, but now Im wondering where all these men who disrespect women came from, how they endured so long without exposure, and how they managed to get elected to office. Ive always felt a little uncomfortable just giving a friendly hug that women invite, even, and I cant quite imagine reaching out and grabbing the butt of a co-worker under any circumstances. I also cant imagine trying to get someone.
Never mind me. Im just an alien from planet Flooforb who accidentally stumbled through a one-way portal to your planet, and I havent adapted at all to your social politics yet.
Nor do I want to. Way too much involuntary manipulation and exchange of bodily fluids. Ick.
ATLANTA An Atlanta police officer was fired for using excessive force after he was caught on dashcam video repeatedly kicking and punching a teenage suspect after a police chase.
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The post Breaking: Monopod Blocks Tree Clearing and Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania appeared first on It's Going Down.
A monopod has been erected to block the heavy machinery that is currently clearing and chipping trees in South Central Pennsylvania to make way for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Mariner East 2 pipeline. The monopodwhich is made out of a tree that ETP cut down last yearis currently about 200 feet from the encroaching heavy equipment.
This action is being carried out by Camp White Pine in South Central Pennsylvania. Camp White Pine has been physically blocking pipeline construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline since February, and the Gerhart family, whose property the camp is on, has been resisting the pipeline project since 2015.
The treesits that activists have been occupying for months are located on the west end of the property, while this new monopod blockade is on the east end. This latest phase of cutting and clearing off the east end of the property began in late October and has been moving closer to the camp each day.
Help support this campaign by sharing this information and contributing to the camps legal and bail fund at fundrazr.com/CampWhitePine.
Syrias Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to express thanks for Moscows help in the fight against terrorism. At a meeting with President Putin, which began with an embrace, the leaders discussed the Syrian political settlement ahead of Moscows talks with Iran and Turkey. The visit by President Assad to the Black Sea 
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November 24-26 upcoming, the Liberal Party will meet up for Qubec City. These ferocious partisans of the extractivist economy are going to authorize a new reglementary regime for the hydrocarbon extraction that is already a bigger threat than ever before vis--vis the water, the planet, and everything that lives upon it. Their determination to privilege the oil capitalists and the mining magnates, despite increasingly loud opposition, demonstrates that only a social force of real consequence can interrupt their activities. It is in this sense that we in the Comits de dfense et de dcolonisation des territoires (committees for territorial defence and decolonisation) call for a week of actions from November 24 to December 2 so as to find each other in the struggle, maintain pressure, attack the infrastructure of the death economy.
Since the River Camp was set up, in Gaspsie, at the foot of the road leading to the wells of the Junex oil company, its been clear where the line is: on the one hand, those who want to protect territory; on the other, those who land subjugated by a logic of exploitation. Despite the threats of injunction, a renewal in the resistance movement has emerged from discussions, meetings, and the call for the formation of support committees. The proposal of linking Earth liberation and decolonization is making the rounds and engendering new possibilities. And just as much, it deals with some burning questions. Whats happening in Gaspsie is an inspiration for resistance everywhere, on top of teaching us hatred for colonial institutions.
We need to remember that, under pressure from the traditional Mikmaq council, the regionss band councils and the oil companies reached a temporary agreement about the the stoppage of works last August. Petrolia, however, has gotten a pass from these same councils to start seismic tests close to protected areas. All colonial institutions stand together in pursuit of their destructive oeuvre.
Thus the announcement of the Energy East project was only a short respite for those who wish to protect land. More than ever we must build upon our strength, forge a network of solidarity, and move on to action. This is why we a...
Partnership with ProPublica Makes 8,807 Meeting Records from the Executive Office of the President Searchable Online
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Washington, DC Property of the People, in partnership with ProPublica, published a searchable online database of 8,807 records today comprising meeting logs and calendar entries for...
Although the attack on the "nuclear reactor" occurred a decade ago, there are pressing lessons to be learned for those analyzing current events in Syria. The IAEA failed to disclose the fact that it was certain the building was not a nuclear plant, allowing the fabricated narrative to be spread unchallenged. It abandoned science to bow instead to political expediency.
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On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.
Posted by CrimethInc. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.
This follows up our earlier presentations,...
Is the Trump administration planning a military first strike on N. Korea? Apparently some in the administration are in favor while others are opposed. It would be an insane exercise. N. Korea would retaliate. Even w/ conventional weapons hundreds of thousands would die in N. Korea, Seoul but Japan as well. It's impossible to know what the unpredictable Trump will do. This is how precarious things have gotten in the world.
(Washington Times) At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the departments director for childrens programs, said in court documents.
Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, aid, meaning they were outside of government custody.
The numbers come as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit demanding the government provide illegal immigrant girls the same rights to access abortion that Americans have.
The ACLU already won the first skirmish last month over a 17-year-old girl identified only as J.D. or Jane Doe, whose case went all the way to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a deeply divided panel of judges ruled the government had to facilitate her abortion, even if it meant spending taxpayer money.
We are all familiar with the term mid-life crisis that signifies
a kind of panic that supposedly seizes people some time around
their forties when they worry about whether they have made correct
decisions concerning the major choices so far, if their lives have
any meaning, and whether they should change directions before they
get old and die. It is often the source of jokes, invoked when when
middle-aged people do something that is out of character, such as
buying an expensive sports car.
I had seen this as a western, middle-class indulgence, with most other people too busy actually living their lives to engage in this kind of navel-gazing. But now it seems that there is also something called a quarter life crisis that affects people in their twenties and thirties. I cam across an article that discussed this and typed that phrase into into a search engine and got a lot of hits with sites telling me what the signs are and what to do about it.
The media loves to take the normal progressions in life, a continuous process that brings with it new challenges as one goes through lifes changing phases, and discretize them, setting boundaries and markers around periods and giving each one of them labels, and then treat those as some kind of serious problem that needs to be solved, presumably with professional help.
I wonder how far this age-splitting process will be taken. Will we have three-quarter-life crises? One-eighth-life crises? One-sixteenth-life crises to denote the major transition as children get ready to start school?
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-A prisoner at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
They called the media, released a list of demands, and explained their actions as motivated by their conditions of confinement as well as the election of Donald Trump as President.
With the first trials for those arrested during the Trump inauguration on January 20th set to begin this week, we wanted to remind our readers of 18 others who fought the Trump regime from inside the walls of a Delaware state prison. On February 1st, 2017, inmates in the C-building at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Delaware took control of their unit and held staff hostage in an uprising that lasted over 18 hours. They called the media, released a list of demands, and explained their actions as motivated by their conditions of confinement as well as the election of Donald Trump as President. One prison guard, Steven Floyd, was killed by inmates during the uprising.
On February 1st, prisoners connected their daily struggles for humanity and survival to the broader political context we entered collectively as a nation. Much in the same way that hundreds of people took to the streets for deeply personal reasons on January 20th, using the inauguration of Trump as a way to highlight all those myriad reasons for resistance, the prisoners at Vaughn used the president and his policies as a means to highlight their own deeply personal struggles for liberation.
The uprising came after numerous nonviolent protests by prisoners had failed to lead to the prison addressing their grievances. In the aftermath of the uprising, corrections officers alleged that prisoners had been staging inmate-on-inmate fights in the prison yard to find vulnerabilities in the guards emergency response. On the day of the uprising,...
CN: Sexual Assault/Harassment/Misconduct
Despite our currently polarized nation, recent news has taught us that the Left and the Right have one thing in common: neither is immune to sexual misconduct. On the Right, theres Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore who, despite his facade of being a pure and holy fundamentalist Christian, has been accused by several women of being sexually aggressive towards them when he was in his 30s and they were just teenagers. As a proud member of the Secular Left, its easy for me to laugh at the hypocrisy of Moores holier-than-thou attitude and the number of Republicans who would still vote for him simply because hes not a pro-choice Democrat. Its easy to make fun of Moores attorney Trenton Garmons disastrous interview on MSNBC, along with the fact that he looks like Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? when he reveals hes a cartoon. Yet even a hardcore liberal like me has to face the fact that even the Left is not immune to sexual misconduct.
Last week radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden revealed that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO Tour. Franken has since publicly apologized, and Tweeden forgave him. Besides issuing a public apology, he also called for an ethics investigation of his past behavior to hold himself accountable. In the days following, many on the Left are debating whether or not Franken should resign. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic says yes, while New York Daily News Jonathan Zimmerman argues that, while Franken was wrong, hes not a predator like Moore. My friend Sydney offered a similar argument on my Facebook wall the...
A disturbing report released today by researchers at the prestigious Colegio de Mexico provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet Mexican ranching town less than an hours drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. The reports authors also repeatedly cite an investigation of the incident by ProPublica and National Geographic in calling for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to provide information about its role in triggering the killing spree.
Based on previously undisclosed Mexican law enforcement files, the report paints a chilling portrait of a powerful drug cartel run amok throughout the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, right across the Rio Grande from Texas. Numerous mayors offices and municipal police departments served at the will of the Zetas cartel, the report said. State and federal authorities were either complicit or indifferent, taking no action as the Zetas, one of the most violent drug cartels in the world, took control of a regional prison and used it for years to store drugs and weapons, hold and torture hostages, and dispose of the bodies.
Perhaps the most brazen display of the cartels impunity occurred in March 2011, when a convoy of dozens of heavily armed Zetas gunmen descended on Allende and towns nearby and began rounding up friends and relatives of Zetas operatives that the cartels leaders believed had betrayed them. Dozens of victims including some who had no connection to the cartel or the operatives were rounded up and taken to a ranch just outside Allende, where they were killed and incinerated. There is still no firm count of how many people are either missing or presumed dead. State authorities had estimated that there were about 28 victims while groups formed by victims relatives put the number closer to 300.
The new report suggests that victims relatives are right and sets the center of the mayhem even closer to the border in Piedras Negras, a grimy factory town within walking distance of Eagle Pass, Texas. Some 1,400 emergency calls came in from residents there during the initial days of the rampage, more than from any other place in the region, according to the report. Many of those calls were about shootings or fires at locations that were known, like the prison, as Zetas extermination sites.
No one likes being lied to. But we can all agree that some lies are bigger than others. With some only leaving a slight bruise to the ego, but the more extreme having worse consequences. We can say that everyone makes mistakes and that some mistakes are more costly than others. Spilling a cup of milk is less worrisome than, lets say, forgetting your child at the park.
However, when you make a mistake and lie or fail to inform the affected people about said mistake, things start turning from morally ambiguous to morally corrupt. When you are in a position where lives are at stake, it is imperative that you strive to minimize even eliminate mistakes and display complete honesty to anyone seeking your services. Sadly, this is not always the case with doctors and insurance companies. Medical malpractice suits in which a doctor, nurse, or pharmaceutical company make a mistake due to some form of negligence leading to the injury or even death of a patient are quite typical in the US.
In 1995, a man in Tampa Bay, FL, had the wrong leg amputated. Due to a series of errors from the surgeon and his team. Willie King went into surgery to have a diseased leg amputated only to wake up and find that they had amputated his healthy leg instead. As a result of the brazen ...
Across the globe we are undergoing a period of great transition. We are moving from one reality into another. From an ecological perspective we can see that we are moving into a paradigm of sustainability. To be successful in our transition its important we relate and behave towards the world, ourselves and each other differently to what we are presently accustomed to.
Our sustainable future depends on a collective shift in consciousness that sees us switch from external to internal yardsticks in our decision making. We become less concerned by materialism and are guided by a sense of inner rightness: does this seem right? Am I being true to myself? Is this in line with who I sense Im called to become? Am I being of service to the world?
The ultimate goal in life is not to be successful or loved, but to become the truest expression of ourselves. Life is seen as a collective unfolding toward our true nature. Instead of setting goals in our life, dictating what direction it should take, we learn to let go and listen to the life that wants to be lived through us.
This way of being is radically different to what we have grown up with and been socialised by. Education of a sustainable future has to account for this evolution in consciousness and being aiding individuals and groups, not just to evolve, but to be supported in their process of living and unfolding as well. From this point of view we see that formal structures, which presently exist, are too limited in their scope of support. They operate from a lower form of consciousness, which weve begun to outgrow and transcend.
Our thriving is dependent on our reconnection with village, not of place, but a village of relationships, interests and roles. Vill...
Mainstream, formal education moulds every person within it to become a compliant, consuming worker. We are taught (passive reception of knowledge deposited into our empty minds) to think, see, imagine and relate to the world in a very particular way. Mainstream, formal education does not concern itself with aiding our personal and collective evolution. Instead it intends to preserve the status quo which we all feel the effects of.
It will take large scale catastrophe and shock to alter formal educations current trajectory and aims. But until then, the work of guiding meaningful education falls upon the shoulders of NGOs, grassroots community activists, as well as charitable organisations such as The Eden Project.
Its easy to criticise, but another matter entirely to construct a working solution to education. Ive expressed the belief in the first blog of this series, that disconnection is at the heart of our unsustainable culture. Therefore, the primary purpose of an education system in a sustainable world is to connect:
A person with themselves
A person to their community
A person and community to nature
My favourite definition of sustainability is John Ehrenfelds the possibility tha...
When you cannot use these old small buildings that are perfectly good for being repurposed, the big developers going to come in. There is no room for the small local developers.Monte Anderson
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
In this podcast, Chuck Marohn interviews Monte Anderson, owner of Options Real Estate and founding member of the Incremental Development Alliance, based in the Dallas area. Monte discusses the challenges that parking minimum laws create for developers, and how these requirements especially exclude small-scale developers. He also discusses how to approach parking needs in a more auto-centric region of the country and how to find the right amount of parking that's truly necessary to serve a commercial or residential development.
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(Top photo source: Options Real Estate)
A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a "just solution" to the conflict, as is often propagated.
The crash of the dollar is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. In the face of these troubling times many people are wisely diversifying their portfolios but what are the best ways that one can ensure an outcome that will result in guaranteed gains? I mean we all understand it buy low, sell high. But its easier said than done. What if you buy low and then it goes lower? What if you buy low and it never goes back up? And what is it exactly? Food? Stocks? Bitcoin? Bonds? Gold? Silver? With gold and silver, you cant really lose, its been money for thousands of years. Of course, mining the precious metal doesnt always make sense. When it costs more to mine than the end-product is currently worth, theres no financial incentive. Which makes Keith Neumeyers story ideal for people looking to buy low and sell high. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Keith Neumeyer of First Mining Finance about the importance of holding gold and silver as a store of value and how one can secure these assets at the lowest possible prices as Keith has done time and time again leaving behind him a perfect track record of buying precious metals at the most opportune time.
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View columnist, debates school choice and school voucher programs with Federalist Managing Editor Joy Pullmann on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss the economics of education, as well as their Thanksgiving menus.
Listen to their full conversation here:
A team of SWAT officers destroyed an innocent man's house during a 19-hour standofffor the sake of arresting a man who was accused of shoplifting clothes.
South 6th Street is the north/south spine of my community. Its something of a grand boulevard, the entrance to the city of Brainerd, Minnesota that ends at our most beautiful park. In decades past, spots along South 6th were highly coveted and thus very expensive. These days, not so much.
Excess parking dominates Brainerd
Not only is South 6th a stroad where it is uncomfortable to walk and difficult to cross (major obstacles to success for a retail/office environment), it has a lot of gaps places where there should be buildings but instead there are only parking lots.
One gap in particular stands out because it is perhaps the prime location in the downtown as well as a case study in how we inflict the most damage on ourselves: the city hall parking lot. And because were doing this damage to ourselves, we have a golden opportunity to stop doing it. Right now.
City Hall's parking lot (Source: Chuck Marohn)
The site is ready for a substantial building, something with ground floor retail, office space and some residential options, something that complements the other two high-quality buildings at this intersection (and hopefully prompts the redevelopment of the third). At this site, such a building is the next increment.
This cant happen, though, because of parking. We need the parking. Never mind that the lot is typically half-empty during normal business hours and completely empty the rest of the time. Any conversation that mentions redevelopment of this prime property is cut short because city employe...
By Rob Howe, Truth Theory
Im about to rip into the education system. You may be asking,
Who is he to critique the education system?
Why should I care?
Well, professionally Im a qualified English Teacher and presently work in a school which is enforcing the dogma of Ofsted.
I dip in and out of teaching whenever I need an income to meet my living costs, but favour listening to the calls of my soul. Presently I am co-founding a charity, which aims to educate, meaning here to draw out from within ones truth and potential, rather than mould those who engage with it.
Ill share more about the moulding nature of education later on. But first, its important I start from the beginning.
Modernity is looking at life through an outdated lens. Collectively we are misdirected and were beginning to notice. Many of us have been building our lives upon a set of values which do not serve us. One could argue our misdirection is a result of social engineering. One need only read Edward Bernays to glimpse the truth in the claim.
The insanity of our modern lifestyles is beginning to manifest itself in the increasing deterioration of our personal and collective mental health, our addictions and isolation.
The challenge of our time and what we shall be remembered for by our c...
Geopolitics becomes a lot easier if we can discern repeating patterns. For example, the common thread through the crises in Ukraine, Libya and Syria is a clever but ruthless playbook of regime-change. This stratagem of toppling governments while appearing noble should perhaps be called the geopolitics of crocodile tears. There were times in history when 
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One of President Donald Trumps top cabinet officials has met with a long list of lobbyists, corporate executives and wealthy people with business interests before the government, according to calendars the Trump administration fought to keep secret.
The calendars for Mick Mulvaney, the former South Carolina congressman who now runs the White House Office of Management and Budget, offer a glimpse of who has access to the highest levels of the Trump administration.
Among those visiting Mulvaney: Trump friend and casino magnate Steve Wynn; a flurry of officials from the conservative Heritage Foundation; a string of health care and Wall Street CEOs; lobbyists for Koch Industries; a cryptocurrency evangelist; and a prominent member of the Catholic group Opus Dei.
The Trump administration fought in court to block public records requests by Property of the People, a Washington-based nonprofit transparency group, to release the calendars as well as visitor logs from several other White House offices. Lawyers for the group ultimately prevailed and provided the documents to ProPublica, which we are posting in a searchable format.
As OMB director, Mulvaney is the driving force behind the presidents budget and influences regulations and government procurement. Its been widely reported that he will become the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also has the ear of the president, who is reportedly a fan of Mulvaneys performances on the Sunday political shows. The calendars, which cover February to September, typically dont include details on what was discussed at the meetings. In some cases, the timing of contact with Mulvaney line up with OMB business.Mulvaney appeared on Meet the Press on Oct. 8. The president reportedly thinks Mulvaney does a good...
A strong civilian oversight board is needed for the Anaheim Police Department according to a new American Civil Liberties Union report released today detailing its disturbing patterns of deadly force.
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Are you looking to redesign your kitchen? If so, perhaps you should consider installing a gemstone countertop. Not only do gemstones have unique healing properties, as countertops, they turn ordinary kitchens into mesmerizing work spaces.
From countertops made with labradorite to quartz, it is clear gemstone countertops are the next hottest trend. Following are a variety of ideas to inspire your next kitchen remodel:
Labradorite is a stone of transformation, and tends to be a useful companion through change because it imparts strength and perseverance. At the same time, it balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Labradorite is also said to enhance psychic abilities.
As a gemstone countertop, the mineral adds an element of sparkle, even in the darkest of kitchens. As The Earth Child points out, the radiant stone easily integrates into designs the feature dark wood or contemporary metals.
Only 36 percent of Americans consider Saudi Arabia to be a friend or ally and little benefit has come from Americas special relationship with Saudi Arabia, However, U.S. leaders seem to be accountable elsewhere. The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that 
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In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit.
But our tests showed a significant lapse in the companys monitoring of the rental market.
Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.
All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Every single ad was approved within minutes.
The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters interested in Islam, Sunni Islam and Shia Islam. It was approved after 22 minutes.
Under its own policies, Facebook should have flagged these ads, and prevented the posting of some of them. Its failure to do so revives questions about whether the company is in compliance with federal fair housing rules, as well as about its ability and commitment to police discriminatory advertising on the worlds largest social network....
Heres a novel idea we hope catches on. Marijuana has done so much for the city of Aurora, Colorado, that $1.5 million which was generated from tax on recreational weed was used to support the homeless population. Though the news first made headlines mid-2016, we feel the development remains relevant, as cannabis is being legalized in the U.S. and elsewhere at a rapid pace.
The city made the announcement in September of 2016. Shortly after, a number of groups were designated to receive the funds. According to the Huffington Post, the city Council members will evaluate each groups progress before committing to renewing the funds after the first year.
The Colfax Community Network, a nonprofit that assists families living in motels, received $200,000 from the special funds. Two other groups the Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health received funds to buy vans to boost their homeless outreach efforts. Each van cost between $30,000 and $44,000.
$1.5 million is a lot of money, but it is a...
In the DARP program, prisoners work full-time jobs in factories and chicken processing plants, companies pay a discounted rate to the rehabs for the labor, and literally none of that money is passed on to the prisoners, either as salary or for counseling. It's slave labor. If they refuse to do the work, they are moved from the drug rehab to a state prison.
Go, Denver! The city is now the first in Colorado to pass legislation that bans the practice of declawing cats. The city Council passed the bill unanimously on Monday. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the legislation only applies to elective declawing, meaning the surgery for medical reasons is still allowed.
Since 2003, eight cities in California have banned declawing. In 2016, New Jersey became the first state to ban the controversial procedure. Now, Denver which has a population of 682,000 has banned declawing, as well.
Animal rights groups oppose the surgery for numerous reasons. First, they argue that clawing is natural and even healthy for cats. It maintains the condition of their nails and stretches their muscles. Second, removing a c...
By Inka Linda
I think it is about time we acknowledge that humanity needs to talk about sex.
Few words trigger the human mind as much as sex; our collective consciousness has been confronted with it from all angles- with the manic proliferation of the Internet, television, and advertising.
Most of us are aware of how sex is aggressively and excessively used to sell us ideas and merchandise that we dont actually need. The other day I was casually observing how sex is used to associate with the sale of burgers, perfume and to my own surprise, even funeral planning insurance.
With the rising headlines of pedophilia in Hollywood and evidence of a spiritual epidemic of rape culture with the #MeToo campaign, avoiding talking about sexual energy is no longer an option.
I want to talk about sex because of one simple fact: we deserve to remember the power of our sexual energy in service to the evolution of humanity, and we deserve to remember the power of our sexual energy in service to the healing of our planet.
For many of us, our introduction to our sexual energy was awkward as hell and reductionist; textbooks and class presentations on different pregnancy prevention methods and clinical diagrams do little to truly capture the cosmic complexity and beauty of what sexual energy truly is. In fact reducing it to biological terms is only a tiny part of the picture behind our sexual nature; yet because of the widesprea...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) The Truth Tracker YouTube channel has done an excellent job syncing videos from the night of the October 1 massacre with archived flight radar data to paint the ultimate three-dimensional picture of how it all went down.
Using surveillance camera footage posted to the 55 News YouTube channel, Truth Tracker was able to recreate the entire event and better establish a timeline.
However, I have identified something in Truth Trackers video that I would like to point out. Its a minor correction, nothing big and should not take away from the veracity of the video in any way.
In the video, the narrator explains that two unidentified helicopters departed from the vicinity of Maverick Helicopters just before they could be seen heading due north, overflying the two fuel tanks in the footage between 10:13 and 10:15 p.m. which is true. However, shortly after the two choppers become visible on the radar (from a more zoomed out position) and appear to be making a standard tour loop through the city.
I identified all seven choppers in my October 30 report titled Vegas flight records reveal well-planned air assault and elaborate getaway extraction all possible where I go over the entire helicopter theory.
As I reported, The N-numbers of the seven helicopters with active transponders at the time are as follows: N858MH, N853MH, N848MH, N868MH, N821MH, N854MH, and N816MH.
Based on the footage released by the 55 News YouTube channel a total of 7 helicopters overflew the fuel tanks at the following times:
This accounts for all seven of the aircraft.
You can see the full surveillance video from the night of the shooting here:
In 2008, Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico because of serious death threats. Ten years later, he faces imminent deportation.
You would think that President Donald Trump would understand the plight of Mexican journalists whose reporting on drug traffickers and government corruption have led them to flee for their lives. After all, he appears to understand that Mexico often can be a very dangerous place.
Yet neither the Trump nor the Obama White House seems to have understood the danger these reporters are in. Instead, immigration officials have been largely deaf to legitimate requests for asylum, even when journalists stories make it very clear which side they are on and why they must flee.
Consider the case of journalist Emilio Gutierrez. After living in limbo in the US for a decade, Gutierrez may be sent back to Mexico as soon as this week.
On November 16, Gutierrez was summoned to a meeting by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Officials threatened to deport him that day. On Friday, November 17, an immigration judge refused a request from his lawyer to stay the deportation order.
The rush to judgement on the Mexican journalist, after hes spent a decade in immigration limbo, seems suspicious.
NPC President (@NPCPresident) November 18, 2017
Just six weeks ago, Gutierrez was honored by the National Press Club with its Press Freedom Award, an honor he accepted for all Mexican journalists who are now, as he put it, immersed in a great darkness. Gutierrez also spoke out against the way US immigration authorities have treated him and his Mexican colleagues.
Mexican journalists have been held hostage by a violent drug war south of the border, as well as corruption in the Mexican military given the power to stop it a state of affairs the Mexican government has s...
Lawsuits say the practice severely penalizes those too poor to pay.
PRICHARD, Alabama (WKRG) The Mobile County Sheriffs Office confirms an investigation is underway into a fatal officer involved shooting in Prichard. Mobile Police says the it happened Saturday night
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Parents are outraged after finding out public schools are using Planned Parenthood to teach their children about abortion and sex.
Sometimes, things one sees on the internet constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and Liz Red Shoes Crokin is spreading one around. Prepare yourselves:
Some call him POTUS, others call him GEOTUS, I call him BATMAN!
Trump is a real life super hero!
No pedo is safe in Gotham anymore!
Photo via Yash Sharma.
:gag: I will never forgive Red Shoes for the image in my head of a massive team of people trying to stuff the Tiny Tyrant into a skin tight batsuit with built-in muscles and stuff.
A Stanislaus County sheriffs deputy is under a criminal investigation after video of him hitting a suspect during an arrest was posted online. In the video, which was recorded on
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It's that time of year, and like most of you I'm planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I'm also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I've found some. Here are a few that aren't about family, spiral cut ham and so forth ...
By MassPrivateI A recent Washington Times article, boasts that Texas law enforcement used predictive DNA imaging or Phenotyping to guess what a suspects physical characteristics...
The pattern has become familiar. Day after day we get new names
of well-known people accused of the behavior ranging from the gross
to the illegal, almost always by men of power and influence and
aimed at young women and men whose careers they could influence
positively or negatively. Their targets felt intimidated from
speaking out against them directly or complain to their superiors.
What has become clear is that these men behaved with impunity
because they felt that their position gave them immunity. Clearly,
if things are to change, people must realize that whoever they are,
if they abuse their power over people they will be exposed and
suffer the consequences.
But now comes the hard part. What should be the consequences?
This is not going to be easy to answer. For one thing, there is a whole range of offenses ranging from the downright illegal to those that are not illegal but utterly gross. Even for those actions that are illegal, the statue of limitations has passed for many. Even when they are still prosecutable, the cases are going to be tough because many of these predators were savvy enough to commit their offenses when there were no witnesses around. The case against them will be largely circumstantial, based on the sheer numbers of accusers willing to come forward publicly, the similarities of their stories, and if they recounted the events to others contemporaneously.
Other cases may not be illegal. Take for example TV broadcaster Charlie Rose. In addition to lewd phone calls and groping, he would apparently ask people to his home or hotel room to work and then excuse himself to take a shower. He would then emerge naked and walk around, seemingly oblivious to the discomfort of the co-worker. Apparently this behavior was so well-known to the cognoscenti that it was referred to by them as Roses shower trick. While there are usually laws against public nudity, I think that it is not illegal to walk around naked in ones own home or hotel room even if others are present, though I may be wrong.
Should there be a graded scale where offenses are punished based on the severity of the offense? The problem with the latter is that judging severity is highly contextual. Under certain circumstances, depending on the situation and the victims age and degree of vulnerability, what others might consider a minor offense could be quite traumatic. And who gets to decide what the punishment should be? And what compensation should the victims who suffered psychologically in addition to having their careers hindered or even destroyed, get and who should pay it?
This is a repost of an article I wrote in 2012. I dont always agree with stuff I wrote so long ago, but I mostly still agree with this one.
Earlier a commenter told me I should stop bashing religion. This left me wondering, where did they see me bashing religion? I feel like Ive mostly said neutral things about it lately. I should do more religion bashing!
The problem of evil asks: How can there be a all-powerful and all-good god if there is evil in the world? Obviously this only applies to religions with an all-powerful and all-good god, and I might as well say that Im thinking of Christianity in particular.
Im not sure Ive ever talked about the problem of evil before. I dont really like it, because theres no math involved. And the argument is too sprawling, with a multitude of rebuttals. In fact, we even have the word theodicy, which means a defense against the problem of evil.
Most theodicies are not very compelling, but thats not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about how theodicies, above and beyond being bad arguments, are also evil arguments. That is, many theodicies involve defending evil, or denying the existence of certain kinds of evils.
The free will defense says that evil exists in the world because of human free will. The obvious problem with the free will defense is that it ignores natural evils, like hurricanes and disease. But let me tell you about some of the other kinds of evils it ignores.
There is the kind of evil which is caused by ignorance of the consequences of a free action. To use a silly example, someone could open a door, not knowing someone was there to be smacked in the face. Or, someone could buy a diamond, not knowing that the money is used to fund a terrible war. Or if someone votes for X political party, not knowing that God truly endorses the opposing party (har har). This is evil not caused by free will, but by ignorance, which is arguably a hindrance to true freedom.
There are various kinds of responses to the problem of natural evil. One of them is that natural evil was released into the world by Adam and Eves original sin. Or, if youre Pat Robertson, natural evil was released into the world by modern actions such as homosexuality. Or if youre Alvin Plantinga, natural evil was caused by the free will of nonhuman beings, like angels or spirits. Presumably, the means of causation are magical (divine), but its kind of...
By Jon Rappoport Wikipedia: [MKULTRA was] the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by...
It is becoming one of the most dreaded days of the year: Starbucks announces the pattern on their holiday cardboard cups. Will it be Cthulhu, devouring the world? Will it be the heat death of the universe, captured in a dull gray pattern representative of the faint hiss of radiation from dying galaxies? Will it be a festive splatter of Jesuss blood as hes tortured, surrounded by gleeful legionnaires raising their cups of holiday cheer? You never know. It doesnt matter. Whatever it is, the wattles of the faithful will tremble with rage.
And here they are
This years hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones whoever they may be. We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations.
And with that, a few loons are off to the races. Its the GAY AGENDA, they squawk.
Oh, fuck it. Who cares? Go ahead, wax wroth over the pathetic imaginary enemies in your heads, you kooks.
When a man was harassed by police, he demanded to speak to a sergeant who admitted that he was targeted because he was sitting in his car in a parking lot.
The CIA documented long-range planning for a drugged and debilitated society: OPIOIDS ARE A PERFECT FIT
by Jon Rappoport
November 21, 2017
Note: Im reprinting a piece I wrote about a year ago. In it, youll see a CIA mind-control document that calls for drugs fulfilling certain specific requirements.
OPIOIDS SATISFY A NUMBER OF THESE REQUIREMENTS PERFECTLY.
Long ago, I interviewed John Marks, author of Search for the Manchurian Candidate, the book that exposed the CIAs MKULTRA mind-control program. He told me that in 1962, when MKULTRA supposedly ended, the CIA actually transferred the program to its Office of Research and Development, where it went completely dark. A CIA representative told Marks there were a hundred boxes of material on the new MKULTRA, and he, Marks, would never see any of it, no matter how many FOIA requests he made. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Plans for guiding the world can be formed and launched a long, long time before we see the results. Dont assume cause and effect are merely and only short-term. Thats an unwarranted idea. (The Underground)
Drugs to transform individualsand even, by implication, society.
Drug research going far beyond the usual brief descriptions of MKULTRA.
The intention is there, in the record.
A CIA document was included in the transcript of the 1977 US Senate Hearings on MKULTRA, the CIAs mind-control program.
The document is found in Appendix C, starting on page 166. Its simply labeled Draft, dated 5 May 1955.
It begins: A portion of the Research and Development Program of [CIAs] TSS/Chemical Division is devoted to the discovery of the following materials and methods:
What followed was a list of hoped-for drugs and their uses.
Im printing, below, the list of the 1955 intentions of the CIA regarding their own drug research. The range of those intentions is stunning. All statements are direct quotes from the Draft document.
Some of my comments gleaned from studying the list:
The CIA wanted to find substances which would promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness. Serious consideration should be given to the idea that psychiatric medications, food additives, pesticides, and industrial chemicals (like fluorides) would eventually satisfy that requirement. [OPIOIDS WORK FOR PART OF THIS AGENDA]
The CIA wanted to find chemicals that would produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way. This suggests many possibilities...
From Charly, who I think is being much too modest:
This is the first knife I have made with the help of my out-of-scraps built belt sander and my drill powered lathe. Because this was a learning exercise for me, I took a bunch of old worthless stuff a rusty file, rusty pipe, some old hinges, broken furniture legs and a piece of cow bone dug out of the ground in the garden. I have also deliberately used only the machines to do most of the work, including polishing I wanted to see what kind of fit and finish I will be able to get this way.
Because it was learning exercise and because the materials were of bad quality (the pipes were a bit too rusty, I sanded through them at a few places) the result is not something too great, but it is sharp, pointy and dangerous. The design is a sort of hybrid between the Fairbarn-Sykes and a medieval rondel dagger and I freehanded most of it, with almost no measurements.
Stats: overall lenght 33,5 cm, blade length 22 cm, work time approx 12 hours (not including curing of the paint)
I am not intending to stab anyone, but it is extremely good letter opener. Click for full size!
Charly, all rights reserved.
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
The following guest article demonstrates exactly why parking minimums are such a huge problem, using an example from Pocatello, Idaho that should prove relevant for towns across the country.
Old Town is probably Pocatello, Idahos most cherished neighborhood. It has its own challenges and its not the most affluent area of the city. But still, this older neighborhood of historic houses and storefronts squeezed between the railroad and the river is where we come to have our portraits taken. Its where we have our parade of lights at Christmas and hang flower baskets in the spring. We put pictures of it in our promotional materials and our comprehensive plan.
Mining closure is often called 'decommissioning.' I also call it an exit plan.
It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law. The USA 
The technology exists right now for autonomous micro drones to carry out mass murder at the behest of a political whim, this needs to be stopped.
From Lofty: The local parks and wildlife dept burnt a small reserve at the end of our road, and I took a few pictures a week later during our three day rainy patch, to see how the colours were progressing. Ill be keeping an eye out to see how the bush regenerates over the next few months. Bonus birdie in the last picture, a magpie looking for fried grubs I suppose. Click for full size!
Lofty, all rights reserved.
Many have observed the bullying behavior that comes out when people are given a badge, uniform, and told they have special rights over everyone else. But sometimes we catch that
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President Trump declared on Monday that the United States has re-designated North Korea as one of the State Sponsors of Terrorism. In his own words, President Trump called this something that should have happened a long time ago. He is right.
The United States will put countries that repeatedly support acts of international terrorism on the list of state sponsors of terrorism (SST), pursuant to three U.S. laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. There are serious, more than symbolic, implications for any country put on the list, including:
Prior to Trumps announcement, there were three countries on the SST list: Iran, Sudan, and Syria. North Korea was first put on this notorious list in 1987, after its agents planted a bomb on South Korean Airlines Flight 858 and killed all 115 on board on November 29th, 1987.
North Korea has also been known to persistently abduct South Korean and Japanese citizens for decades, especially during the 1970s and 80s. In 2002, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il openly acknowledged that his country kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens. Tokyo believes that as many as 800 missing Japanese could have been abducted by Pyongyang over the years.
Japan and South Korea are not the only two countries affected by North Koreas orchestrated kidnappings. A 2014 United Nations report on human rights estimates that North Korea has kidnapped as many as 100,000 people from other countries through decades.
In 2008, during George W. Bushs final year as president, his administration removed North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list to entice North Korea to return to nuclear weapon negotiations. As they say, the rest is history. North Korea used these negotiations to extract food and fuels from South Korea and the West, while secretly continuing to develop its nuclear weapo...
Lisa Iron Cloud was 33 years old when she started the Lakota Sewing Club in Wounded Knee, but she was just a child when she first felt the impact of that tradition.
Alma Deutscher is playful, spontaneous, and unself-conscious, with a belief in beauty and sensitivity to just about everything. At age 12, she has performed her own violin concerto and her own piano concerto, and her first opera has been produced in Viennam Tel Aviv, and San Jose.
Social media is engaging in unprecedented censorship when it comes to the American experience. Twitter is changing its rules to punish and ban anyone for not just what they publish on Twitter, but for what they say ANYWHERE. Within 90 days social media sites will be monitoring their users for their statements they make and the websites that they visit. To obtai that kind of information, the NSA would have to be involved and they are.
On an interview on last weeks The Common Sense Show, Pat Wood described a Chinese woman who made critical comments of the government. She was visited by the men-in-black and when they did not arrest her, she thought she was ok. However, the following week, the woman received an expulsion letter from her university. This was followed by her employment being terminate and this nightmare culminated with her eviction from state-owned housing. China controls Internet users through a point system and this woman lost all of her points for her post. This system was designed by Google. And it is coming here.
Social media sites, that the Independent Media (IM) uses to disseminate information, are cracking down on conservative, Christian viewpoints. At one time, the social media giants allowed the IM to use their sites without much interference because they could monitor public opinion and measure and calculate resistance to globalist programs. However, they miscalculated because they did not believe that the IM could have any real impact. Not only is the IM shaping public opinion, we got Donald Trump elected. Enough is enough, never again, the social media tyrants, controlled by allies of the Deep State and the New World Order, have decided to eliminate all electronic free speech that is not leftist, authoritarian, socialist and yes, Satanic!
George W. Bush is hardly the first disgraced Republican president and war criminal to worm his way back into American esteem. Richard Nixon remains the leader in that department. He spent his later years being celebrated as an elder statesman and a master of realpolitik in international relations. In the process, he managed to shake off the dust of Watergate.
The two hosts of the show, Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann, are also on the masthead of the alternative Trump-loving student paper, the Morris North Star. Heres what pissed off the station manager:
Everybody knows everybody here at Morris. Like, definitely, you see one tranny thats trying to punch someone, you know its automatically that one guy, that you know, Im talking about. I bet you know. Im not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like hes going to punch someone.
Like he says, we know everyone here at Morris, some better than others. I scarcely know any of the North Star clique and probably know the members of MOQSIE slightly better, and that rant made no sense at all. Im trying to picture who among our small transgender community would look like theyre wanting to punch anybody, and drawing a complete blank. They had events to celebrate coming out week a short while ago, I attended some, and the opposite is true: everyone in that group was actively trying to avoid the right-wing thugs. Those nasty people were actively scheduling their own counter-programming to protest the existence of sexual diversity on campus; MOQSIE put on an informational session on respecting gender differences, for instance, and the North Star scheduled a panel on the oppression olympics right afterwards (they concluded that the most oppressed group on campus was white men, of course).
Surprisingly, the entire encounter at the radio station was recorded on video.
The station manager overstepped their (by the way, the City Paper source did not use the correct pronoun for the station manager) bounds with the claim that tranny is prohibited by the FCC; it is not. It is still hate speech, and they were entirely within their bounds to appropriately shut down the use of campus facilities to broadcas...
A religious organization has been ordered by to pay $4,000 a day until it releases documents showing its leaders have protected a pedophile for decades.
The British government has been portraying the bill as a simple copy-and-paste job, to ensure a calm and orderly exit.' It paints anyone seeking amendments as a mutineer. Yet, according to The Independent, it is scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which includes digital privacy rights, the banning of eugenic practices, protections from workplace discrimination and abuse, and much more.
He ran against the Bush Dynasty. Now, hes hiring their people by the Bush-el.
The African country, notoriously known as a black hole for US presence, now has as many troops as it did during the 1993 disaster depicted in the movie Black Hawk Down.
The author writes, On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the courts Pre-Trial Chamber, [T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.'
These victims of sexual assault reported their cases and won. Then they were fired.
The Google CEO says the company is implementing new algorithms to so that news outlets RT and Sputnik will appear less prominently in their search engine results.
The author writes, Federal Communications Commission Chair...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A number of eyewitnesses who survived the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre reported seeing helicopters during the shooting but their reports were completely ignored by the mainstream media for no apparent reason and never got the attention they deserved.
Not to mention, Intellihub Editor-In-Chief Shepard Ambellas has conclusively proven that helicopters were airborne in the vicinity during the shooting in the Nov. 18 article titled Fact: Helicopters were airborne behind the Mandalay Bay during the Las Vegas Shooting.
The John E Hoover YouTube channel released a video Tuesday which better illustrates this fact.
Shepard Ambellas gives proof of the helicopters in the following video.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. More than seven months after the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorneys Office launched an investigation into the actions of an officer who was
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COACHELLA, Calif. When Cesar Garcia pulled the letter out of his mailbox, he immediately recognized the name of the law firm on the envelope Silver & Wright. Eighteen
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A family called 911 for help with their family member in a mental crisis. Instead of help, a cop unleashed fury and rage and then lied to cover it up.
CHICAGO A former Chicago police officer was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for using unreasonable force in an incident in which he unleashed a barrage of
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The Price of Salt and Spring Fire are both well known, especially Highsmiths Price of Salt. Spring Fire started the Lesbian pulp genre, and the author, Marijane Meaker, was always unhappy about the forced ending she had to do. As for Satan Was A Lesbian, people may not know the story, but its probably one of the best known pulp covers, which has been reproduced on all manner of goods.
Opioids are mind-control drugs: MKULTRA is alive and well
by Jon Rappoport
November 21, 2017
Wikipedia: [MKULTRA was] the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind controlMKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate peoples mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals
A worldwide population enslaved to mind-control drugsthis is a dream that exceeds the fantasies of the old CIA MKULTRA warriors. And its here.
A few adverse effects of opioids: sedation, psychological dependence, physical addiction, hallucinations, delirium, brain fog, lowered level of consciousness, and thus, increased suggestibility.
Opioid effects may not be as overtly dramatic as those of MKULTRA LSD, but the overall impact on the mind is just as severe.
As Ive shown in past articles, a major pipeline for opioids starts at the top of the food chain: pharma manufacturers like Purdue and Insys, who are traffickers. (note to reader: Opioid archive here.)
This follows the pattern of LSD, which in the 1960s was manufactured by Sandoz (and then obtained in large quantities by the CIA for MKULTRA). However, now, there is no need for the CIA. Huge shipments of opioids go directly to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics, who are lower level dealers, and then on to addicts.
Mind control has gone public in a huge wayfar beyond the reach of LSD in the 1960s and 70s.
In fact, Congress and former President Barack Obama have played a major role in protection of the pharmaceutical traffickers. This assist occurred in April of 2016, when a new law was passed and signed by Obama: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.
The whole thrust of that law was to create a much higher barrier, blocking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from freezing pharmas huge opioid shipments to lower level traffickers.
The Washington Post, which did a long piece on that law, reached out to Obama and his then Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, but both of them declined to comment. Well, enablers o...
The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.
This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.
A November 27 deadline is fast approaching to locate an estimated 17,000 Indian beneficiaries who are entitled to a share of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
A marijuana consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on a failed marijuana operation was sentenced in South Dakota for his role in the controversial case.
I call them Renfields after the vampires slave in Dracula. Theyre the weak, beglamoured, cowardly, venal, crippled, soul-dead followers of a master vampire: their sense of right or wrong is completely overruled and all thats left is fear of the masters displeasure.
Dracula is especially appropriate, because its also a story about rape, and the effect it has on everyone surrounding the assault its a morality tale about a socially privileged, rich, untouchable nobleman who inflicts his will on whomever he wishes hes a being of absolute selfishness. Bram Stoker gives Dracula the excuse of not being human anymore, and I think the story would be unbearable if it turned out that Dracula was just a normal, living, member of the power elite when the story comes to an end. In that view, we get echoes of Alan Moores extremely disturbing From Hell which posits that another great sexual murderer, Jack the Ripper, was a member of the establishment, whose embarrassed and terrified peers covered for him.
That stunning illustration, by the way, is from J. J. Muths exquisite Dracula: a Symphony of Moonlight and Nightmares, [amzn] Its beautiful and creepy and captivating. I was going to illustrate this with Tom Waits performance as Renfield in Coppolas Dracula but Waits Renfield manages to be almost a sympathetic character. His will is so broken beneath the boot of the vampire that he has no beliefs left to compromise.
Christopher Hitchens, a man whose beliefs eventually became problematic for me, once described Francois Mitterand as A man so corrupt he would gladly pay for the pleasure of selling himself. These are the kind of men that the master vampires want. Cruel Leonidas asks you to stand; I only ask that you kneel, says Frank Millers Xerxes in what is probably a calumny to Xerxes. But he captures the sentiment right.
Muths expression of Draculas offer to Renfield is beautifully put: you will see life through the eyes of centuries. Thats the appeal that is made to people that follow the powerful and aid and abet their crimes. In this time, when w...
Name It. Shame it. Call it out. Thus has actress Rose McGowan urged all those who have suffered sexual harassment and refrained from speaking out. With the #MeToo movement now in full throttle, individuals everywhere are coming out of the shadows to publicly humiliate sexual predators, no matter how high the pedestal upon which such harassers sit.
Shame, we are now told, is back in vogue, particularly if its directed towards those deemed a threat to sexual consent. The truth, however, is that the Left has been appropriating shame to serve its ideological objectives for generations. The focus on sexual harassment albeit long overdue is yet the latest manifestation of liberals unprincipled approach to morality.
Psychoanalyst Joseph Burgo, writing for the Washington Post, observes that the #MeToo movement is a bit ironic, given that shame has increasingly come to be viewed as a repressive force whose shackles must be thrown off. Indeed, the progressivist agenda counsels everyone to feel no shame, whether they be gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction.
Yet, Burgo argues, shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric. It sure can and it has. Although Burgo doesnt say it, the Left has engaged in aggressive public shaming programs for years.
Burgo continues: A fear of being publicly shamed encourages adherence to the rules and standards that enable us to live together in a civilized way. When we turn shame upon individuals who violate those standards, we press them to desist. Sound familiar? How about the decades-long public shaming of smokers?
I remember this ad from the 1990s that compared smokers to chimpanzees. Since then, surveys have found smokers to be considered outcasts, persecuted, lepers, under-class, and blacklisted. A 2008 survey in New York City found most respondents agreed that most people would not hire a smoker to take care of their children, and that most non-smokers would be reluctant to date someone who smokes. A significant minority of respondents even agreed that smoking was a sign of personal failure. In 2004, Huffington Post featured an article titled, Why Smokers Must B...
The iconic Thanksgiving holiday brings us extended family visits, the smell of roasting turkey, and the awkward silence when someone breaks the unspoken vow of silence regarding politics, religion, or the latest social concern of the day.
Thanksgiving with my family didnt quite fit this recipe. We didnt have a home filled with distant relatives. We didnt watch football or the Macys parade. My mom didnt roast a turkey, and for many years we didnt even eat at home. For more than a decade, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving at an Italian restaurant that served a delicious holiday meal, complete with the traditional turkey, potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie along with less traditional fare of lasagna, made-to-order pasta, and cannoli.
We would eat and eat some more, and laugh and have a handful of awkward silences, though tempered by a pricey and thoroughly tasty cocktail. Then wed all trudge along the sidewalks of the shopping district braving the winter chill to get our annual picture at the piga family picture with a large statue of a bronze boar.
The picture at the pig saw many configurations of family members. Some years we had all us kids. Others included various significant others. Later, the pictures featured spouses and our firstborn. Occasionally one of us kids would be missing, unable to make the trip home. Then there was the year my mom stood alone by the pig, because none of us could make it. Then the restaurant closed its doors, marking the final nail in the coffin for our beloved family tradition.
Such is the way of things, I suppose. Kids get older, move away, get married, have kids, and have to create their own family traditions. This can be harder than one would expect. When kids are young, its easy for plans to go undone or just go awry. Our best efforts to establish routine dont always go smoothly, especially if you have recently moved, and we may be left wondering what to do now. Here are five fresh ideas to help you and yours create new and lasting holiday traditions.
Living in one of the wealthiest nations in the world is a blessing none of us should take for granted. While many of us may be gorging on turkey and nibblingor freezingthe leftovers, many wont have a warm home and meal for the holiday. Find a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or food pantry in your area that could use your hands, feet, or donations.
We often moan and groan and write articles about how to suffer family who hold different views and opinions, but for the elderly loneliness and social isolation can negatively affect their health and well-being. Prior to the Thanksgiving...
The NFLs national anthem kneelers have fallen into liberalisms biggest trap, and finding Colin Kaepernick on the cover of GQ despite not having played a game in 324 days will not get them out.
The Left is inherently inclined to self-indulgent subjectivity that often alienates the majority they need to win over. Oblivious to this, NFL protestors have taken a knee on liberals most dangerous pitfall: Boring instead of persuading.
For an eleventh week, NFL players took to their knees during the national anthem. Although protests were down on Veterans Day weekend and have been decreasing, Thanksgiving offers a chance to reach a new and broader audience and perhaps reinvigorate an effort trending to rigor mortis. Perhaps the kneelers attention has followed Americas in wandering away. If so, they too have fallen victim to liberal activisms existential threat: Boredom.
Saul Alinsky was the godfather of American leftist activism. In his protest primer, Rules for Radicals, he describes the Lefts ultimate peril. I cannot repeat too often that a conflict that drags on too long becomes a dragAfter a period of time it becomes monotonous, repetitive, an emotional treadmill, and worse than anything else a bore. Forty years and 40 yard-lines later, the NFL kneelers have become a case study in Alinskys prescient warning.
The risk of boredom is inherent to liberal activism because of its subjective, self-centered approach. It is the Lefts nature to proclaim a problem, but never an endpoint for a solution. Liberals simply take it as given that the vast majority of America must accept the Lefts premise and wait patiently.
The conundrum manifests itself throughout liberals agenda. How do we know when the planet will have been saved? When will affirmative-action programs have fulfilled their mission? What exactly constitutes a living wage?
Liberals amorphous agenda-to-infinity often leads to a muddle of one protest morphing into another with none ever really ending. Any of the Lefts protests can supply evidence of this, inevitably attracting aggrieved comrades until it resembles a Woodstock of Woe. The resulting common perception is that the Left are only happy when they protest. For the majority of America, such constancy quickly appears as futility and then becomes boredom.
The NFL kneelers have capturedor rather, been captured bythis leftist predicament. Their muddle began at the beginning: Over what kneeling actually means. Kneelers currently say their action is not disrespectful. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated recently the action is not intended to be disrespectful to the flag. As he explained, the kneelers will state to you, and...
The responses on Twitter were swift. Boy, are those conservatives awful. We just knew it. Why cant they prioritize better in a world where people are dying? Conservatives are insane and hateful! Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was representative:
But the story itself did precisely nothing and I mean nothing to substantiate the tweets. The article was headlined Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again. The story does not support this headline.
Two years ago we were subjected to claims that Christians and conservatives were completely offended by the 2015 Starbucks Christmas cup. That was so false that it led me to write a piece headlined, ...
The Punisher has just appeared on Netflix, the latest product of its unstoppable Marvel division. This is a far more important development than it might seem. The Punisher is both a combat veteran and a blue-collar worker. The series starts with him working construction. He has unimpeachable moral integrity, the likes of which you dont find in prestige television and what Christopher Lasch called the moral realism of the lower classes.
Our society can produce prestige television and stories about heroes, but we exclude the working classes from this genre. They can be victims or bystanders or extras, but thats about it. In this story, however, you find veterans at the center, and some are quite vocal about how society has abandoned them.
Admittedly, theyre led in their group therapy by an Obama-style inspirational figure who is all about not being judgmental. In his defense, he doesnt spit in the faces of people who cling to God and guns. This is progress, but the group therapy proves worse than worthless.
Unfortunately, like much coming out of Hollywood, the show advertises its contempt for half of America. If you dont enjoy seeing the only guy with a National Rifle Association shirt and Second Amendment views start out as a fraud then turn into something evil, Netflix doesnt offer you much. If you want to see a gun rights guy turn terrorist, youre gonna love this!
The show is explicitly anti-gun control and defends armed self-defense, and the gun-control politician seems to be making his career on the back of a tragedy. Its complicated.
Of course, as we all enjoy liberal paranoid entertainment, there are evil CIA types and contractors and special forces operators. These guys are insanely efficient at their conspiracies, except when they have to deal with this one nobody then fail. That goes well with the typical TV show genius hacking into everything.
With such magical tech powers, you wonder that the wars didnt turn out better, but that is besides the point. You neednt think about the politics of the waryoure already being sold on the idea that corrupt influential types betrayed...
Thirty-some years ago, as co-editor in a crowded, attic-like room in Michigan State Universitys Morrill Hall, I argued successfully against publishing doggerel in the campus literary magazine. Months later, that same rejected poem appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.
I concluded that no matter how much Rolling Stone gussied up its image with the high-falutin language of former English majors and Annie Leibovitz glossies, it was still pretty much destined to remain in a midcult rut, the intellectual landscape where pretension is determined a fitting substitute for prose and verse that occasionally aspires but never attains true literary status.
Now, mind you, I can defend midcult all day long as a necessary enterprise to drag lowbrow America as far away from Jerry Springer as possible. However, the soft-core exploitation of the teeny-bopper heartthrobs depicted and a magazine audience eager to see celebrity naughty bits too often meant the magazine succumbed to Springer over Springsteen.
Readers will remember it was Rolling Stones Leibovitz who snapped the photo of the New Jersey bards butt in front of Old Glory for his Born in the U.S.A. album cover. Clearly, the cover was dual-purposed for those inclined to ogle a rock stars bum. Everyone else got the kiss-my-tuckus message that the American Dream, for Bruce Springsteen, eluded many of the countrys citizens. Images from that photo shoot found their way to an issue of Rolling Stone, including the cover. In the meantime, the raconteur running the magazine raked in the cash while attempting to shape the culture.
Thats how it goes in the world of the magazines editor and co-founder Jann Wenner. Favored artists received preferred coverage and positive reviews, and artists signed to labels that bought significant amounts of advertising typically wound up in some state of undress on the cover. As the father of two daughters in the 1990s, the skeezy photos of the magazines hot issues were too much, and I finally allowed my subscription to lapse.
Back in the day, however, I recall some great essays, reviews, and journalism percolating through the mire of Rolling Stones pages, which I read religiously for nearly 25 years from the mid-1970s to 2000. I also remember a particularly disturbing interview with Carly Simon wherein the author confesses jealousy not for the singers then-husband James Taylor in the mid-1970s but for their infant child. Just as embarrassing was the 10-year anniversary special broadcast on CBS in 1977, of which the less written the better.
By the 1990s, other magazines were competing with Rolling Stone, some admirably sticking primarily to music much like the lamented Trouser Press of the decade previous. Spin,...
The recent hysteria over sexual assault has resulted in some delicious comeuppance for some of the most self-righteous among us. The best example of this is Lena Dunham.
In August, Dunham tweeted: Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women dont lie about: rape. When someone responded, pointing out that 10 percent of all rape allegations are false, Dunham modified her claim, writing: The actual number, while hard to track, is much closer to 3%.
Dunhams claim is dangerously misleading, as the number of false accusations refer only to reports that have been filed with police and proven to be false. Seeing as its nearly impossible to prove a negative, this number is likely lower than it should be.
This percentage (whether you believe its 2 percent, 3 percent, or 10 percent) doesnt apply to accusations that cant be proven one way or the other. The same studies that found 2 percent (or 7 percent in the example Im using for the following numbers) or so to be proven false also find that another 8 percent are unfounded/baseless, meaning they dont meet the criminal level of offense or were improperly coded as sexual assault.
Another 18 percent are considered informational and dont meet the definition of a crime. Another 29 percent are labeled suspended because there wasnt enough evidence to say a crime occurred. Another 18 percent involve identifying a perpetrator but something beyond the control of law enforcement keeps them from making an arrest, such as a lack of victim cooperation.
A chart linked to the study I cited above breaks down what happens after an arrest is made. One-third of those cases are rejected by the prosecution, another 21 percent are dismissed with all charges dropped, and another 2 percent are dismissed without dropping the charges. Two percent went to trial and were found not guilty, a third resulted in a guilty plea, 6 percent went to trial and were found guilty, and another 3 percent were classified as other.
So using the same logic as Dunham and others who flaunt this statistic, one would only be able to say that a smaller or equal number of accusations turn out to be true (as in, someone pled guilty or was found guilty at trial). But Dunham and others imply that the statistics mean 98 percent of accusations are definitely true, thus we should never doubt one.
Those of us who follow the explosion of accusations on college campuses against young men have wondered what would happen if Dunham herself, or someone close to her, were accused of sexual assault. It turns out shed abandon that women dont lie cl...
With the release of Taylor Swifts latest album, Reputation comes an onslaught of reviews, opinions about the singer-songwriter, and of course the sheer glee of fansSwiftieseverywhere. Even though its been three years since she released her previous album, 1989, the singer proves with Reputations $1.2 million in album sales so far that the free market responds well to her particular brand of hard work, talent, and luck.
Her heart might be that of a romantic songwriter, but her head is more like a supply-side economist, who proves over and over she is a capitalist clairvoyant.
When Swift went quiet after 1989 we worried she was losing her edge. Even when Swift finally released Look What You Made Me Do, a song from her newest album Reputation, I wasnt sure I liked it and even thought, If thats the prologue to the album, surely shes hit her peak and heading downhill.
Boy, was I wrong. Reputation is a fantastic album musically. Dozens of reviewers from Billboard to Rolling Stone are gushing over it. No pop star of the modern era has communicated the contours of her disappointment with such emotional precision and melodic sophistication, writes Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Randy Lewis at The Los Angeles Times said Swifts talent remains intact on Reputation, her most focused, most cohesive album yet.
Swift has so many fans, and enough time had passed, theyd probably be thrilled with anything. But that wasnt good enough for Swift. Her standards for herself remain high despite Grammys and record-sales that could cause one to rest on her laurels. She successfully gives her fans the best of herself in her art. She eschews laziness, tries new sounds, and tests the limits of her ability to articulate her pain, heartache, and joy.
We, the public and the media, paraded her romantic flubs, mocking her publicly. So look what we made her do: Come back three years later with a professional, talented piece of art about which any capitalist-loving entrepreneur could boast.
Over time, Swift has learned to think like a shrewd businesswoman. Unlike many of her pop star counterparts, she appears to take the business side of her music as seriously as the artistic side. Her number one rule: Never give away your art for free. If thats not capitalism clairvoyance, I dont know what is.
She took Apple to task a couple years ago when the tech giant decided to offer a three-month trial to new subscribers without paying the artists, writers, or producers during that time. She wrote...
Thanks to the predator-outing campaign, there is a growing attempt to re-litigate Donald Trumps p*ssy-grabbing, Miss USA-leering behavior.
Trumps decision on Friday to blast Sen. Al Franken on Twitter only called more attention to the presidents own past misconduct.
But Im having none of it. This piece will be the only mention I make of Trumps personal peccadilloes and past sexual misconduct. Heres why.
When Trump first entered the Republican primary, I assumed, like many, it was a big publicity stunt. I was painfully reminded of this a few weeks ago when Kid Rock announced that, of course, he isnt running for the Senate: Who couldnt figure that out? Well, fool me once, and all that.
But once it became clear that Trump was in the primary for the long haul and had corralled a herd of supporters, I spoke out daily (several times a day) about his horrorsfrom his underlying liberalism, to his offensive treatment of women (and everyone else), to his narcotic personalitybut to no avail. He won both the primary and the presidency. What good comes now from a constant loop replaying Trumps misconduct?
Also, while the majority of the but Trump is a pig too crowd are likewise condemning Franken, color me skeptical of their sincerity. After all, photog...
Hyperkin is a company that sells videogame consoles and accessories. Instead of developing their own consoles and games like Nintendo, they create their own versions of classic consoles that play authentic cartridges.
The best-known of their products is the RetroN. Its many versions vary in price depending on how many types of games you would like them to be able to play. The RetroN that can play the most console games can run Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, the Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, Sega Master Drive, and Sega Master System.
So instead of having to find and buy all 10 of those classic consoles to play your games, you simply need one multi-function console, usually for about $150 or less. It comes with its own wireless controller, but has ports to use any of the original controllers as well.
Hyperkin is developing a product that brings classic videogames into the modern era. Its a device for your smartphone that allows you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games on your Android. This device, called the Smart Boy, slides on the bottom of your phone and has a space for the original cartridges on the back, just like the Game Boy we grew up with.
The Smart Boy adjusts its fit to cater to the many different sizes of smartphones. Its buttons activate sections on your screen that tell your phone which button is being pressed after a little bit of setup to tailor it on a wide range of screen sizes. The top of the phone will display the game.
David Eads, who came to ProPublica Illinois from National Public Radio, believes reporters should focus on stories that people are purposefully overlooking because if theres one thing journalism has taught him, its to find and examine regimes of not knowing. In the seventh of a series of Q&As with ProPublica Illinois staffers, Eads chatted with ProPublica Emerging Reporter Andrea Salcedo.
What inspired you to become a journalist and a news apps developer?
I consider myself a journalist first, but somebody who does it with coding, data and design.Courtesy of Ariel Zambelich
The first sort of news technology intervention I ever facilitated was probably in 1995 or 1996, when I built the website for my high school newspaper. But I got really serious about it after I moved to Chicago. I moved to Chicago to study physics in 1999, and in 2000 I met Jamie Kalven, who is a journalist. He broke the Laquan McDonald story. I worked with him on a project called The View from the Ground about public housing. We were working out of a squatted unit in public housing. That was the office. We didnt have a printing press, we didnt have a radio station, but the web was emerging. In a lot of ways, I taught myself a lot of what I know about coding out of necessity. The inspiration was: How do you have an impact without a lot of resources?
How would you explain your position as news apps developer at ProPublica Illinois to the general reader?
Ideally, I dont tell people anything. I show them. A significant part of my job is framing choices that are in technology. You have a story and you say, Which kind of social play is it? Is this a social play where we need to get a lot of momentum on Twitter? Is it Snapchat? Is it Instagram? Is it email and were trying to get in the inboxes of old-school politicians? Is it Facebook and we want to reach the masses? Its all these kinds of questions. You have to look at the content of the story, the design...
President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare.
Not that the public would know anything about it or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And thats by design.
The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them and where.
Think back when the US pursued the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Troops werent allowed to engage, but there was no prohibition on drones. The same thing is happening in Niger, even before the recent attacks on US troops stationed there.
The government has all but officially suppressed information coming out about US policy concerning drone warfare, Nick Mottern, veteran reporter and founder of the anti-drone activist site KnowDrones, told WhoWhatWhy.
Journalists and academics we spoke with for this article agree that information about the frequency, location and impact of drone strikes is being obfuscated.
When the Obama administration wanted to discuss drones, said Mottern, it used publicity (like press conferences) to provide information on attacks even if the numbers later proved to be inaccurate.
Perhaps as a result, while Obamas extensive drone program invited much criticism from left-leaning and mainstream publications during the last year of his presidency, Trumps actions have garnered much less attention. However, activists such as Mottern have learned how to look for clues in places where the relevant information cannot easily be hidden.
We can tell by examining defense budgets that increased funding is being poured into the drone program, he said. This is also obvious from blogs tracking drones leaving bases in Italy, Djibouti, and likely another in Africa.
Sarah Kreps, author of Drones: What We Need to Know and an associate professor of government at Cornell University, agreed that information concerning the US drone war has become murkier and that more drone strikes are probably occurring.
Drone warfare was already secretive Now its almost impossible to follow under Trump. One thing we do know is that, along with Trumps loosening engagement rules, the CIA wants to expand their program into Afghanistan, where already American advisers and Afghan...
Or so sayeth Dr. Chris Donaghue. Psychiatrys sordid history with pathologizing ordinary sexual behaviour sees its continuation with the term sex addiction, cited often by sociopaths attempting to justify their actions:
Last week Harvey Weinstein announced he was checking himself into rehab for sex addiction. His behavior is clearly problematic, but so is the use of the term sex addiction. And as a sex therapist, Ive been battling this misunderstood and misused term for over a decade.
Not only is calling someone a sex addict a convenient way to write off being a sexual predator and lacking empathy, but its also an attempt at trying to rehab a career. Sex addiction is not real.
In the media, sex addiction is a relatively new concept, and is used as a culturally sanctioned shaming mechanism for people whose sexuality makes others anxious and eager to eradicate. It allows us to avoid exploring why our partner cheated on us, why we no longer have sex, why we hate pornography, or why sex scares us. If our partner or friend has sex more frequently than we are comfortable with, or in ways that upset us, we can just call them a sex addict and make the problem about them.
Read more here.
All week long, we're talking about the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements and on Friday, you have the chance to highlight why they're so darn unnecessary in your town during our annual #BlackFridayParking event.
But what happens when you really need parking? I'm not talking about a perceived "need" for available parking spots at all times in all places. I'm talking about office buildings, apartments and grocery stores that exist in areas that aren't fully accessible by bike, transit or walking. Or museums and event venues that attract a lot of out of town visitors.
How can you build a reasonable amount of parking to accommodate these needs without overbuilding or destroying your city's tax base? Furthermore, is there a way to build parking that anticipates a time in the future when it won't be needed and allows the building to be adapted to other uses?
Here are three creative approaches to these questions:
1. Wrap parking in housing and businesses.Learn more
After parking minimum laws were removed in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, development company Kilbourne Group chose to build a new parking garage near the city center. Because they weren't bound by minimum requirements, Kilbourne Group was able to construct just enough parking to meet demand (with most of their spaces in use around the clock) and they were able to build it in a thoughtful manner, incorporating housing and commercial space into the area and wrapping this around the parking garage so as to improve, not detract, from street life. Read more about their story....
The next 48-hr will be stunning in a number of ways: very
heavy precipitation in the mountains, river flooding, and
temperatures that will reach record levels.
The forecast for today at 1 PM, shows the story, a strong plume of moisture from the south that is heading directly into the Northwest (blue and white colors indicate the largest values).
How do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for one's safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions? It's not going to happen overnight. Or with one day of thanksgiving.
The discouraging history of presidential impeachments and trials raises a number of questions. Waiting for the Independent Counsel's report might give us the needed "smoking gun."
Las Vegas In another strange twist to the largest mass-shooting in recent U.S. history, a damning report indicates that the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Resorts International, is paying crisis management firm Joele Frank to spread disinformation about the massacre online.
According to a bombshell report, published by Thomas Michael on Medium, the crisis management firm is deliberately spreading ridiculous conspiracy theories on social media in an attempt to discredit legitimate inquiry into the bizarre official narrativeand actively trying to muddy the water about events surrounding the mass-shooting.
The report details how MGM International hired Joele Frank to run damage control in the wake of the deadly attack that left 58 people dead on Oct. 1. Michaels report subsequently exposes ties between the crisis management firm and numerous Twitter accounts posting clearly bogus conspiracy theories about the mass-shooting, claiming the shooting was fake, there was no blood, no victims, crisis actors, the whole nine-yards.
The report goes on to explain how Michael discovered that a significant portion of the disinformation on Twitter concerning the Las Vegas massacre was originating from an account with the handle @DeepStvte.
Curiously, the @DeepStvte account is heavily connected with bots, which helped it spread nonsensical conspiracy theories about the shooting, according to GotNews.
Michael then made a...
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (commonly known as Caravaggio) revolutionized art with his highly influential style. His best efforts are a must-see on a trip to Rome. Now, three celebrated Caravaggio works that have never left Italy are on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, offering area residents and visitors 
Kerkhoff admitted that the state does not have any evidence to prove that any of these 6 defendants are themselves guilty of any acts of property destruction. Even so, Kerkhoff has pursued these politically motivated charges in order to crush dissent and pave the way for similar prosecutions to be used against any protesters anywhere.
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Trial began Monday, November 20th for 6 of the 194 protesters, journalists, medics, and legal observers arrested while protesting Trumps inauguration on January 20th who are still facing charges.
The defendants for this trial include a journalist and two defendants identified as medics, among others, who were kettled by the police on Inauguration Day. The lead prosecutor, Kerkhoff, started the trial with her opening arguments. These arguments focused on criminalizing typical protest items and actions, including: wearing similar clothing, arriving at a predetermined location for a public march, chanting, and covering faces with masks, goggles, and/or gas masks.
Kerkhoff admitted that the state does not have any evidence to prove that any of these 6 defendants are themselves guilty of any acts of property destruction. Even so, Kerkhoff has pursued these politically motivated charges in order to crush dissent and pave the way for similar prosecutions to be used against any protesters anywhere.
Some of the outlandish claims Kerkhoff made during her opening argument include asserting that a livestream video recorded by one defendant who is a journalist amounted to PR or public relations, for the alleged riot. Another outlandish claim is that the presence of medics is nefarious and implies a conspiracy, despite the clear evidence that medics attend to the safety of marchers. In addition, Kerkhoff argued that the arrest of defendants shows that they were in on the alleged conspiracy because they could have left the march, but chose not to. Not stopping at these blatant attacks on protest, Kerkhoff also focused on crafting a narrative that paints protesters as a sea of black masks that overpowered helpless police.
As expected and desired, the defense attorneys opening arguments attacked some key claims and premises that Kerkhoff relied on in her opening arguments. All of the attorneys stressed that one of the main problems with this case i...
After each one of these increasingly obvious manmade events, one thing is becoming abundantly clear. Local Government Officials are as clueless and oblivious to manmade weather reality, than the rest of the population is.
Having dealt extensively with controlled opposition and disinformation over the last 20 years, its pretty clear to me when someone is lying to cover-up the reality of manmade weather events, and when someone genuinely doesnt know the process exists at all. The 38-year-old newly elected mayor of Puerto Rico, is most definitely a member of the latter category.
The same goes for the man who inherited control of dilapidated Puerto Rico Power Grid.
Its vey clear that neither of these men understands how or why this corrupted power entity could go broke while charging five times the going rates, nor do they even seem aware that massive daily Water Vapor Generation that covers the entire island is being produced by these power plants that arent even providing power to 80% of the population.
Once again, this is prime example of this operation can exist in front of everyone on such a grand scale, while the population remains oblivious.
Just as the citizen population cant see past the boundaries of their own lives (and think their Universe is the whole Universe), so do the politicians that are equally at the mercy of this massive operation.
Clearly the mayor thinks the government and bureaucracy aspects of the problem he faces, are the entirety of the situation, while in reality they are really only distractions keeping him mired in nonsense and minutia which keeps him from recognizing the REAL clear and present threat that is DELIBERATELY keeping his island in a state of disaster and disarray.
Once again, this shows how nothing ever gets accomplished or understood.
Keeping the citizens believing that all of their government officials are in on it, while the local officials are convinced citizens questioning these events are tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, keeps the people...
Secretary Ryan Zinke is in charge of the Department of the Interior but he's blaming his predecessor for lapses in oversight.
According to Article Vl of the Constitution of the United States the supremacy clause states that any law, Act, or treaty passed by Congress that is not in accordance with the Constitution is null and void.
Storytelling is a great healing tool. I could sense the protagonists had unfinished business to solve and this journey could help them and that documenting and creating a story out of it would actually make it more powerful than just a journey without cameras. Usually, the issue of brotherhood or sisterhood in families with special needs is untouched. Our dream is that this film will be only the beginning of something bigger.
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Over the past several days, a blockade has sprung up in Olympia, Washington against the transport of fracking proppants. A similar blockade erupted around the exact same time last year, however this year has returned with more people and a stronger encampment. Already, several reports and communiques from the blockade have been published on IGD as well as Puget Sound Anarchists, a counter-information website in the Pacific Northwest. In this audio report, we talked with several people down at the blockade in Downtown Olympia about what they were seeing on the front lines.
One recent outreach flyer detailed the situation as such:
The Port of Olympia is full of fracking proppants, materials used for oil extraction across the country. Those proppants are shipped across the country to places like the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last year, a train bound for North Dakota, loaded with proppants, was blockaded in solidarity with Standing Rock, and against fossil fuel infrastructure. Now, one year year, we are blocking another train, also full of fracking proppants.
Last week, the Keystone XL pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Pipelines leak and poison water supplies; oil from pipelines poisons our atmosphere. We will not let this train through. While others petition representatives and sign agreements, we prefer a simpler, more direct approach: if something is killing the planet, get in its way. Trains and ports are a vulnerable part of the fossil fuel infrastructure; they are the arteries of capitalism. If the trains dont move, if the ports dont function, then they cant export the oil. If the ships dont move, the capitalists lose profits. Its that simple. Infrastructure is power; if we want to dethrone capitalists and mad presidents, go after their infrastructure. If we want to slow climate disaster, go after their infrastructure. Stop the trains. Block the port.
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He-haw! Looks like the National Policy Institute decided to take their trust fund blooded bodies back to the soil to have themselves a barn based Winter conference. Too bad for them, the staff kicked them to the fucking curb!
It wasnt always like this, was it Spency? Remember 2016, The Atlantic covering the National Policy Institute conference in Washington DC, all the cameras rolling as you shouted Hail Trump, while a large crowd of Matthew Forney look alike fan boys threw up neo-Nazi salutes? Those were the days, goys!
This year things were a bit different, as Spencer stood on stage not with white nationalist heavy weights like Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow of V-Dare, but instead with neo-Nazi podcast shock jock Mike Peinovich and Identity Evropa leader Eli Mosley, who only recently entered the movement after graduating from the Proud Boys.
The Nazis were literally meeting out in the cold.
They hadnt publicly announced their conference. They had been barred from meeting at the Ronald Reagan government building, an esteemed government venue in a central Washington DC location which had been their conference venue for the past two years, according to The New York Times. Building managers had barred the group because they didnt want to be at the center of a protest. The strategy of no-platforming, of removing the Nazis ability to meet however we can it worked.
In a photo tweeted by someone at the event, (great opsec @GoyToy88!), Richard Spencer can been seen on a small wooden stage with Peinovich and Mosley, who are sitting on standard issue metal folding chairs, speaking in front of a crowd that is wearing beanies and coats; there are holes and windows open to the outside, and in November the literal barn where the Winter NPI conference took place must have been very cold. That last time a member of the Spencer clan has been this close to a barn, daddys limo broke down and mommy had get out and ask for help!
(ZHE) Five days ago, Detective Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. 
In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers.
The U.S. accounts for more than half the worlds annual arms deals. Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting the Pentagon and State Department to more aggressively peddle the products of U.S. arms manufacturers. His administration also has proposals and plans in the works to make nuclear weapons more usable, with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon each working on prototypes of a delivery system for future nukes.
Trumps actions reinforce all the most profoundly disturbing aspects of Shadow World, a documentary based on Andrew Feinsteins book on the global arms trade that premiered on PBS at 9:30 pm ET.
Feinstein was once an African National Congress (ANC) member of South Africas Parliament. As he recounts in the film, Nelson Mandelas successor, Thabo Mbeki, spent $10 billion on weapons. Three hundred million dollars was spent on bribes to senior politicians, officials, and military officers. At the same time, Mbeki claimed there were no funds for developing life-saving medications for 6 million South Africans suffering from HIV/AIDS.
The financial oversight committee on which I was the ranking ANC member started to investigate the deal and the corruption. The ANC leadership instructed me to stop the investigation, Feinstein said in an interview with ITVS/Independent Lens interactive editor Craig Phillips. When I refused, they thwarted the investigation, including removing me from the committee and then forcing me out of Parliament.
As Feinstein wrote in his first book on corruption in South Africa, he took an interest in global defense contractors, especially how they were propped up by their own governments. He recognized there was no comprehensive book on the subject and developed the Shadow World project.
The film manages to cover quite a bit of history from President Ronald Reagan to President Barack Obama. Commentators featured in the film also reach back before to reference developments that happened with CIA covert operations in the 1950s to the 1970s. And President Richard Nixons disdain for diplomacy is highlighted through a clip of Nixon expressing the urge to use nuclear weapons.
Many of the key arguments in the film come from journalist Vijay Prashad, who condemns policymaking on the assum...
If reality is met head-on, if empire, external and its inner analog, is renounced and challenged, then a liberation staged by the heart's partisans can begin, thereby freeing up a great amount of acreage -- a fructifying landscape -- wherein both the earth's ecosystem and the architecture of human desire can begin to co-exist and cross-pollinate; thus a crucial re-visioning of oneself and the culture can begin.
We live in a somewhat unfashionably old house not old enough to be exotic, but old enough to be a bit, well, shabby. Thats exactly the right word for it. It was built in the late 1940s by the Wohler family, who were sort of a big deal in these parts, since they owned the most important bar in town, the Old #1. It was sold shortly afterwards to Ed LaFave, a banker, who was also one of the civic leaders who led the effort to get the University of Minnesota Morris built here, in the late 1950s and 60s. So anyway, were sort of connected to small town royalty through this house.
LaFave had bought it for his mother his home was across the street and she lived her for several decades, which means, of course, that our home is known as Granny LaFaves House to all the locals. Thats fine, none of the subsequent tenants, including us, have had her endurance, so she earned it. Unfortunately, while the interior was quite nice, the exterior had gotten a bit run down over the years. Heres what it looked like a few years ago.
Thered been a few poor attempts at tidying it up. One of the worst was that it was covered with nice cedar shakes, but they were painted over white, and that paint was flaking off, and some of the windows were in less than pristine shape, and there were those odd wooden strakes protruding over the windows (I think they used to have some kind of screening over them) that were simply falling off.
So this summer we hired a contractor to give it a complete make-over.
We had the old shakes stripped off and replaced with siding. New windows everywhere, with better insulation. The deck was resurfaced. Some of the stonework was patched up. Now it looks completely different!
Strangely, at the same time all this was going on, the county sent us a notice that theyd decided, for some obscure reason, to change our house number from 300 College Avenue to 209 College Avenue, so now we can pretend weve moved to a completely different house with none of the hassle of actually having to move the contents.
Oops. I just doxxed myself.
I made a brief video of walking around the house. Most of you wont care, but Im sending this to family this is the house where my youngest two kids grew up, so they might be cur...
Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri was detained by Saudi Arabia and forced to tender his resignation from public office as a matter of ultimatum. Hariri is a Saudi-sponsored Sunni politician who is antagonistic to Hezbollah and by extension, Iran. But apparently, he was not sufficiently hostile, in the view of his Saudi backers. He was summoned to Riyadh and ordered to resign on November 4.
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Its been one year since the Olympia railroad blockade of 2016 found itself growing for 7 rainy days and nights, prompted by solidarity actions with Standing Rock and eventually culminating in a fierce street fight with the police, while the baleful sound of the train whistle announced the resumption of business as usual. One year after this rupture, one revolution around the sun later, an assortment of the brave and the heartbroken, the tender and the enraged, are at it again. The hot, communal mess splayed across the train tracks has been resurrected, appearing again like a recurrent dream. Immediately, it feels like it never left us. Immediately we know that it never did.
This year, the festivity and rage happened to kick off on Nov.17th, at the same exact moment that the streets of Athens, Greece were erupting 6,000 miles away in fiery combat against the police, as anarchists and their friends observed (with riots) the 44th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic university uprising that shook the Greek military dictatorship of 1967-1974, further catalyzing its decline. That upheaval, nearly half a century away now, saw a tank crash through the gates of the school, its drivers and their superiors perhaps knowing but not wanting to believe that their time had come. It was this cycle of events launched the Greek anarchist movement pride and inspiration of anti-capitalist rebels the world over into the contemporary era, swelling and bursting again in the generalized Greek insurrection of December, 2008 after 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was murdered in cold blood by police in the Exarchia neighborhood. We send warm greetings to the comrades on Greek territory. These nights still belong to Alexis.
In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money -- roughly 3 percent of the state's voting-age population -- have been struck from voting rolls.
Ed Herman, who with colleague Noam Chomsky showed how the supposedly independent US media has become a propaganda vehicle of the US national security state, has died at the age of 92, writing media critiques to the end, writes TCBH! journalist and friend Dave Lindorff
Uppity women and patriarchy: a conversation about "HER-story" with author, Vicky Leon, reveals a little-known background of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Alabama contest meets the ethical standard, and the practical standard. A few wise Republicans recognize this. Asked last week if he would support a Democratic candidate over Moore, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake replied: "If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat -- the Democrat, no doubt."
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In the last week at the University of North Florida, Ken Parker, a former grand dragon of the Ku-Klux-Klan, and current member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US today, made violent threats against a campus organization through social media, which went viral. Parker was an attendee at the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and has well documented links to a variety of white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi organizations.
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According to a post on The Tab, which outed Parker:
Local bigot Ken Parker, who until recently was a leading figure in Americas most notorious hate group, is a Political Science major at the University of North Florida....
Moments ago, Chicago police officer Marco Proano was sentenced for dumping 16 rounds into a car occupied by six unarmed teens who posed no threat.
Ohio political news has been abuzz with salacious reports
following the resignation of a state legislator named Wes Goodman,
after he was reportedly found having sex with another man in his
office. Goodman had been described as an up and coming star in
Republican politics, which means of course that he campaigned on
the family values, evangelical Christian platform which means
espousing the anti-poor, anti-women anti-abortion, anti-gay,
anti-contraception agenda, because that is what family values has
come to mean.
But here is what I dont get. Goodman was a closeted, married, gay man. That is not unusual for someone who wants to advance in the Republican party in a conservative state. But you would expect such a person to be extremely discreet about the fact that his private sex life was very different from how he presented himself in public. What amazes me is that reports have emerged that he aggressively sought out other men for sex, even students and people he only casually met in person or online and even people who were heterosexual.
Goodman has a reputation of reaching out to those involved in politics via Facebook Messenger but things tend to quickly turn south, as he has been known to flirt with men, solicit sex, and even send pictures of his genitals, according to dozens of sources. The majority of the people he targets are between the ages of 18 and 24 and have had very little interaction with him personally.
The article details all manner of sexually explicit messages, photos, and videos that Goodman sent out.
What was he thinking? How could he not realize that such reckless behavior would become public knowledge? What is surprising is not that he has been exposed but that it did not occur sooner, given how widely and indiscriminately he threw his net.
There is a theory that says that people burdened with secret guilt will sometimes deliberately behave in reckless ways that result in the truth coming out. This may be one of those cases, unless the truth is simpler, that he is as stupid as a box of rocks.
The toils and troubles of Bitcoin continue but for some reason, the cryptocurrencys cultists continue trying to reinvent or, at a minimum reclassify a fake monetary system whose value has no ties to anything tangible. Now, some want to rebrand Bitcoin as digital gold in another desperate attempt to keep it relevant. Digital 
In perhaps the most intrusive move of social media platforms efforts signal as much virtue as possible and appease their potentially-regulating government overlords, Twitter has announced that it is cracking down on what it defines at hate-speech and not just by looking at its own site. In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, Mashables Kerry 
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It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.
And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?
The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.
How should we interact with the police?
Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender....
Five days ago, Detective Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. Suiter approached a man and was shot point blank in the head, in a summary execution. He was rushed to 
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Actually, the Rules for Gentlemen are the same as theyve always been, but unfortunately, there has been one major change: all the get-out-of-jail-free cards have been cancelled. Rendered null and void. Deleted. They arent making any more. If you try waving one, itll just make you look more corrupt what made you ever think you deserved an exemption?
So Im going to be specific. We dont get to make these excuses ever again.
The autistic/mentally ill exemption. Ugh. Gross. Do not ever pull a James Damore and blame your bad behavior and ignorance on autism. Autism doesnt turn you into an asshole. Neither does mental illness. You dont get to drag down a lot of innocent people with you and increase their stigma to save your butt.
We men are such lovable klutzes. Wrong. Pretending to be ignorant of the rules of normal human behavior isnt lovable at all. Especially since 5 minutes after you beg unawareness of how to do laundry and complain about the impossibility of navigating the complex social mores of interacting with feeemales, youre going to hop on the internet and brag about how your sex includes Alexander the Great, Gutenberg, and the guy who invented http among its members.
Its our Man Genes. Nope. There are no such things as Man Genes that dictate your behavior. From the raw material of our genetics, society constructed Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, and Nelson Mandela. People are complicated and your naive reductionism is noted and dismissed as stupid.
The she-was-a-slut excuse. The grossest. It doesnt matter if she posed for Playboy, had sex with the Philadelphia Eagles, and was standing naked in front of you coated in lube if she says no, if she doesnt give consent, you dont have an invitation to demand so much as a kiss. Her sexual history does not give you liberty to take liberties. I dont understand why, but this seems to be extraordinarily hard for some people to grasp.
But it was only once! Its never only once. But even if it was that...
Legal experts and federal prosecutors warned that a win for Menendez could essentially legalize public corruption and pay-to-play politics at a time when American faith in the political system is at a notable low. After a court battle lasting nearly two years, the bribery case against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has been declared a mistrial, when 
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by John Volpe, Times Colonist, November 19, 2017
The salmon-farm debate has come full circle with the recent escape of nearly 200,000 potentially invasive farmed Atlantic salmon 33 kilometres from B.C. waters in Washington state.
Over the years, public outrages associated with this industry have unfolded like so many layers of a rotten onion: sea lice, viruses, organic pollution, 10 times the carcinogens in the flesh of farmed salmon versus wild, legal shooting of seal and sea lion pests, whales entangled in nets and anchor lines and the list goes on. This is all unfolding against a backdrop of vehement objections from First Nations.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of ecological and social destruction, decision-makers in Victoria and Ottawa have remained shamefully silent for decades. Is it any wonder First Nations feel the only way to make their voices heard is through direct action with member...
Acclaimed author and WhoWhatWhy contributor Dick Russell recently spoke to RT Newss Watching the Hawks about the JFK assassination records that have been newly released by the National Archives. Russell talks about the true identity of Lee Harvey Oswald is there evidence he was a US intelligence asset posing as a fake defector to the USSR?
Who was the Mexico City mystery man that was apparently posing as Oswald in the months leading up to the assassination?
And despite President Donald Trump allowing these new documents to be released with significant redactions remaining at least for now what more can we learn? Watch the below video to find this out, and more.
Dick Russell is the author of many books, but he is perhaps best known for his thrilling, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Carroll & Graf, 2003). His other books include My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014); The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist (Arcade Publishing, 2013); On the Trail of the JFK Assassins: A Groundbreaking Look at Americas Most Infamous Conspiracy (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010); Striper Wars: An American Fish Story (Island Press, 2005); Black Genius and the American Experience (Carroll & Graf 1998)...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Mike Turber with the 5x5News YouTube channel released a video Sunday which reveals Stephen Paddocks body had been rolled over before crime scene photos were taken in his rented 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The analysis was conducted using computer software which separated the older bleed out area (presumably created when Paddock was face down) from the fresh bleed out area (where Paddock is pictured face-up.)
The body was found face down, Turber said. To take this picture he obviously had to be turned over.
Additionally, a streak can also be seen through the fresh pool of blood which likely emerged from the back of Paddocks head after he was rolled over.
Turber speculates that law enforcement may have kicked the gun away once they found the suspect lying face down upon entering the room but this does not explain the streak through the fresh pool of blood because the gun would have been kicked away early on when police found Paddock face down.
The following video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Rick Wiles. Again. Never shuts up, this one.
Citing the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, Wiles insisted that that sick, sick society had nothing on modern-day America.
I think, right now, if God sent angels to this country, homosexuals would attempt to rape them, Wiles said. I have read comments by homosexual rights activistsI dont even want to say the words, I cant even say it, what they want to do to our Lord, Jesus Christ. I have seen comments, its so wicked, so blasphemous I cant even say it. I dont want to even go there.
Im telling you, he continued, if angels arrived in some major cities in this country, men would seek to rape them. We have become that wicked.
Sigh. Im starting to think of evangelical conservatives as bullshit faucets, always on full spew. First, that moronic bible story is not at all what most christians think it is, and whatever the grievous sin of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, that will never be known, because although Jehovah mentions it, he never says what it is. One thing is clear, and thats Jehovahs plan to destroy all the people long before they get there. He lets Abraham in on his little secret, and Abraham, not being an idiot, inquires if all the good people will be destroyed, too. Then Abraham starts bargaining with Jehovah, from 50 to 10, that if he can identify 10 good people, Jehovah will have to stay his hand. Abraham is never given that opportunity, though. The whole damn story is nonsense, from start to finish. You can read a basic summary here. One thing which happens a lot in the bible is a whole towns worth of men always showing up when theres a new man in town, clamoring to have him come out for a spot of gang rape. In most cases, Jehovah doesnt seem to be terribly upset about it, so its hard to imagine everyone had to die for that one. You know a story christians dont like? The Levites Concubine. Thats a nasty one. And the town of Gibeah wasnt destroyed! Well, they werent looking to rape an angel. Maybe that makes the difference. Jehovah doesnt care if people are gan...
Today the Clinton scandals are getting a rehearing because of the revolution that is taking place in our mores, and in the structure of the patriarchy itself, due to the sexual harassment scandals that are felling powerful men. Many of these scandals mirror elements of the Clinton story.
This Friday is our annual #BlackFridayParking event a nationwide action drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people across North America are invited to snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants then upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Get more info about how to participate here.
The following article by our friend Josh McCarty who works at Urban Three (a consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property and retail tax analysis) uses concrete data to illustrate exactly why parking minimums are so harmful to the economic success of our towns.
What makes surface parking so destructive is that it consumes a finite resource (land) with virtually no direct financial benefit. Our pre-occupation at Urban Three is local finance. From that perspective, parking in particular the vast kind that adorns strip malls and box stores is dead weight. Local governments, be they in cities, towns, or counties, are all constrained by the land they can develop. What they do with that resource is thus, paramount to how well they can pay their bills. Tax revenue is but one of many resources squandered by each acre of land devoted to deactivated cars.
This year for #BlackFridayParking, Ill delve deeper into the pattern of tax productivity in Urban Three's 3D models to focus on the impact of surface parking. Those of you who are familiar with Urban Three will recognize the image below as the incredibly common pattern of property tax production per acre:
The low-lying green and yellow developments are those that produce a low amount of tax revenue, while the tall purple and red plots have a high tax value.
Whats fascinating about this model is that, without knowing the city or county, having no idea what the underlying development looks like, its nearly impossible not to find downtown. (The image is Des Moines, Iowa by the way.) Smaller satellite downtowns, ne...
If youve read the Earth First! Journal, the Earth First! Newswire, or the Earth First! Newsletter over the past decade or so, youve surely heard about the fight to protect the Mattole Forest. If reading about the trees, wild animals, and forest defenders risking their lives to protect them makes you itch to head westnows your chance!
A few weeks ago, allies in the Mattole Valley obtained written assurances that Humboldt Redwood company will not try to log, build roads, or spray herbicides in the Long Ridge area until next year. Consequently the forest defenders have removed the blockade and shifted attention to shoring up the defenses in other ways; like community outreach, organizing trainings, gathering data in the field to fight the companies misinformation campaign, and much more.
This summer the forest defenders mistakenly believed that the logging permits would begin expiring this year, five years after they had been approved. However, it turns out the permits can last for seven years now, which means the forest could remain under imminent threat until 2021, unless there is some kind of resolution. All the more reason to quit your job, abandon your lease, and head to the woods!
Preparations for next year will begin with a training camp for early January. Its still in the preliminary planning stages so we will announce the date and location once weve decided, but you can play a part in helping to make it happen.
The Save the Mattole Ancient Forest Campaign are putting out a call for passionate Earth lovers who are ready to join us out on the frontlines this winter and the rest of next year if need be.
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Correspondent Scott Pelley's segment, "When Food Is Used as a Weapon," employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabia's brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reporting -- and their viewers -- by stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States, entirely off the hook.
Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor. Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim 
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First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.
So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.
The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken...
When youre a child and visit the zoo, the experience can be magical as well as a bit confusing. This is because, the beasts (from lions and hyenas to elephants and flamingos) tend to behave differently than they do on television shows, such as the Discovery Channel.
Many zoo animals exhibit signs of zoochosis. Symptoms include rocking back and forth, hitting themselves and showing outward signs of depression. Sometimes, the animals are so frustrated by life in captivity, they even lash out.
In the following video, you can witness the latter. A young girl, rightly infatuated with the King of the Jungle, presses her nose against the glass and gives the big cat a kiss. At first, the lion just stares at her. Perhaps this is because zoo visitors are his only form of stimulation.
After a while, the mild entertainment fades and his animalistic side kicks in. In the blink of an eye, he becomes irritated and stands up on his hind legs as he claws exasperatingly at the glass. As OneGreenPlanet points out, the recorded incident is very similar to one which was documented last year. In that instance, a Silverback gorilla charged at (and broke) the glass in a Nebraska zoo after a young girl banged on her chest.
Like humans, the animals dont display their distress at all times. But that doesnt mean life in captivity takes its toll. At the end of the day, we all need to ask ourselves this question: No human wants to live life in a cage, so why do we inflict this punishment on other creatures?
The conservation argument is an old one that is easily dispelled. To begin with, only a fract...
Recently weve been watching ETPs heavy machinery prepare the sites for this destructive pipeline project on both sides of Camp White Pine. To the east along the ME2 easement, the work is closer than ever before and still closing in. In the days leading up to Halloween workers began clearing and chipping logs (along the easement where the trees had already been cut last year) to the east of camp, less than a mile away. Soon they were working on the ridge nearest to camp, and now they are in the small valley even closer to us, the machines clearly visible from the wetlands near the east edge of the Gerhart property. The first photo shows this area, with bulldozers perched on the top of the hill and two excavators partially visible moving logs in the valley. Clearly visible from the treesits, on and near the site for proposed HDD across the road, workers are active as the site changes from day to day.
Its been a long time since camp first formed in February. ETP, sometimes working through their infamous contractor Tigerswan, has come after us with a writ of possession, an injunction, smear campaigns and surveillance and harassment and threats. Still were here, continuing to build and survive in the face of oncoming winter and advancing machines. We can never be sure of when ETP will finally come and try to evict the treesits; weve thought they would come before, especially when the company made legal moves against camp. ETP could wait even longer as theyve pushed back their timeline for pipeline completion into later 2018 amid repeated drilling fluid spills and other unsafe practices. However the equipment they need to conduct the next phase of work on the land were defending clearing away and chipping the remaining logs as well as cutting the treesit trees to prepare to turn the hillside into an HDD pad and work site is close enough that it could reach us any day.
As confrontation (possibly) approaches imminently, we ask folks to please continue sharing and donating to camps legal and bail fund and spreading the word about the struggle against the Mariner East 2 and all extractive infrastructure projects.
A former Oklahoma cop will spend the next 15 years in prison for shooting his daughters teenage boyfriend to death over two years ago. Ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler claimed
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194 people are still facing 60 years in prison after being mass arrested by police at Trumps Inauguration and charged with multiple felonies. With the first trial starting on Monday, November 20th, we need supporters to light up the phones of the Mayors Office and the US Attorney. This is an important thing you can do to help keep up the pressure while supporting the 6 defendants going first in a long battle against unreasonable charges. It is our task to challenge the governments effort to re-animate the Riot Act and attach conspiracy charges to protest movements. There is an effort nationwide to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable protest, which includes never before seen felony charges for protest activities.
Call US Attorney Jessie Liu at 202-252-7566.
You can also send a letter to the Judiciary Center Building, 555 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20530.
Call Mayor Bowsers Office at 202-727-6263.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @mayorbowser.
Tell others you know to call on November 20th and 21st. We will have more call-in days in the future, and its easy to do whether in DC as a supporter or outside it, wanting to do something to help.
Make the below script your own. You want this to be a human interaction. If you live outside of DC, emphasize that people from all over the country came to DC to protes...
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