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CNN and its allies in the media are trying defend the network in a dispute with a Florida school shooting survivor who refused to attend the town hall this week, because he said it was scripted. The defense isnt making the network look any better.
Colton Haab, the student CNN is calling a liar, is one of the heroes of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Haab is a Junior ROTC enlistee who led dozens of students into a more secure classroom during the shooting and then set up Kevlar screens to shield them from bullets. He and another student then armed themselves with a two-by-four and a fire extinguisher and guarded the door to the classroom.
Haab was planning to participate in a town hall event for survivors CNN hosted this week, but says he decided not to attend when a producer rejected his planned statements and questions and instead gave him a scripted question. CNN released a statement disputing his account the next morning, and then doubled down after President Trump publicly took his side and other outlets picked up the story. There is absolutely no truth to this, the network has said repeatedly.
Haab elaborated on his story in a follow up interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. He said a CNN producer reached out to him ahead of the town hall and asked him to write a speech. I felt like it would be the right thing to do, he said. Be able to speak my part as well as open eyes to a few things that I thought can make this situation a little better.
The producer responded to his speech with a request for more questions, so he wrote less of a speech and submitted a few questions he wanted to ask at the town hall. The next day she wanted more questions, so he sent in more ideas. Then he reached out to the producer, and she provided him with what he described as a question written out for him by the network.
They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about and they actually wrote the question for me, he told Carlson, who interrupted: But not with your words, I mean they put their own words into your question?
Absolutely, Haab replied, adding: She had actually said over the phone that I needed to stick to the script.
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In this episode, we share a phone call and three short essays from Timothy Smith. Smith spoke to us from inside Cook County Jail, the most recent place he has been held over ten years in custody. Timothy has been at a several institutions around Illinois, and describes entering prison and specifically Menard Correctional Center. He describes solitary confinement and repercussions for acting out in prison- specifically in response to racist behavior from other inmates and guards. For instance, youll hear him describe a moment where a correctional officer made monkey sounds over the intercom, or a neighboring prisoner giving him a copy of Mein Kampf both prompting a reaction from Smith.
As we heard in the past two episodes, which covered the rise of the Nation of Islam in prisons during and after the Civil Rights Movement, prison is often a space for politicization. Smith describes his own political evolution, including telling us about time he first came across a zine, which was written by a prisoner in a different facility, and how that affected him.
We end with three short essays that Smith wrote and sent to us. As someone who is clearly affected by the power of others words, it feels appropriate to close the episode with things Smith himself has written while on the inside. Well hear more from Smith in future episodes, as he describes conditions in Cook County Jail and other issues he has faced during his time on the inside.
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Despite some cosmetic and strategic differences both parties are basically center-right organizations (political parties that lean to the right of the left--right political spectrum, but are closer to the center than other right-wing variants).
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In this episode of Solecast I sit down with Stephanie Syson from Biodynamic Botanicals/ Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Stephanie is a permaculturist, educator, gardener, & herbalist. She also hosts a show on Colorado Public Radio called Living Permaculture. In this interview we talk about herbalism, plants, permaculture and all the basics you need to get started with planting & cultivating your own medicine garden.
Growing Avocados & tropical fruit in the Rockies w/ climate
Herb Spirals (a permaculture design for planting perennial herbs)
Human evolution & our co-evolution with plants
Some comments on invasive species vs native plants
Plants Stephanie discusses & recommends :
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By Aaron Kesel In light of the recent Florida shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and injured 14, the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times...
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These are hard times for those pursuing a so-called higher education. All around the world, state and regional governments continue to implement strict neoliberal austerity policies aimed at slashing social spending and transferring more and more public wealth to the rich. As a result, the burden of financing educational institutions has increasingly fallen on students themselves often in the form of rising tuition fees and skyrocketing levels of personal debt. In societies with entrenched levels of social and economic inequality, these high tuition costs bar large segments of the population from accessing these institutions altogether which in turn helps to cement preexisting divisions based on class, race and gender. Meanwhile, those who are able to scale the walls of the ivory tower are increasingly graduating into economies with paper degrees that do little to secure them well-paying careers. Instead, these students often find themselves forced into hyper-exploitative internships, or precarious jobs where they must toil for decades to pay off their student loans.
In this months edition of Trouble, the second in a two-part series marking the 50th anniversary of the student-led uprisings of 1968, sub.Media continues to shine a light on contemporary student struggles from around the world. This episode features interviews with current and former student organizers from Mexico, South Africa and the United States, as they share their personal experiences of participating in campus occupations, student strikes, and insurrectionary attacks against the capitalist and colonial education systems that shape their collective present and seek to determine their shared future.
(ANTIMEDIA) In response to last weeks shooting at a Florida high school, the states governor recently released his plans to make schools safer. Many of his proposals will indisputably serve to further turn schools into prisons, a trend that has been on the rise for years. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Governor Rick Scotts proposals include: $450 
According to a global survey of 66,000 people conducted across 68 countries by the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WINMR) and Gallup International at the end of 2013, Earth's people see the United States as the leading threat to peace on the planet. The U.S. was voted top threat by a wide margin.
Approximately 800 workers would be using the camp if Coastal GasLink pipeline built.
Interior News, Feb. 19, 2018
TransCanadas Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline is preparing to set up a work camp near Houston that would accommodate approximately 800 workers to support pipeline construction needs.
The Huckleberry Camp would be located approximately 28 kilometres south of Houston.
According to Jacquelynn Benson, a spokesperson for Coastal GasLink, the Huckleberry Camp will reflect construction workforce standards, including separate quarters for men and women, telecommunications, games rooms, laundry facilities and exercise facilities.
Some additional services will require workers to travel into Houston occasionally but many of the amenities can be found on site, including camp catering and medical services, she said. We are still finalizing all details for the water and waste management process, but those will comply with all regulatory requirements.
Coastal GasLink will set out clear rules and guidelines that will be enforced by camp management and by employers.
As we know, Florida senator Marco Rubio got an earful from a stadium full of people outraged by his abject subservience to the NRA. Stephen Colbert has a telling segment about one moment during the event and how many in the media commented on the fact of his showing up for it.
The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 23, 2018
It is clear that some are taken aback by the passion and articulateness of the high school students. Why they are so surprised I dont know since students at that age have been like that from time immemorial. Fox News host Laura Ingraham patronizingly chided one of them, Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School junior Sarah Chadwick, for being disrespectful to the adult Rubio because Chadwick had tweeted that, We should change the names of AR-15 to Marco Rubio because they are so easy to buy.
But Chadwick was having none of it and shot back at Ingraham Someone said Laura Ingraham was a discount Ann Coulter, and I havent stopped thinking about that since and to add on to this I also read that Marco Rubio is just three 8 year olds in a trench coat.
In fact, Kevin Drum points out that teenagers today are much better behaved than in Ingrahams generation, in all the right ways.
The Census Bureau is scrambling to respond to a last-minute request by the Justice Department to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census, according to hundreds of pages of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The emails show that the DOJs December request set off a flurry of activity in the bureau as career Census officials hurried to research the history of how citizenship has been handled in past surveys, raced to come up with alternatives to the DOJ request and vented their frustration over public outrage on the issue.
Erielle Davidson is a Federalist contributor and an economic research assistant at the Hoover Institution. Davidson joins Mary Katharine Ham on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss this weeks gun debate and the Parkland students response on gun laws.
Davidson also describes the medias spin on the CPAC panel she participated in on foreign policy. Its appalling that [TIME Magazine] took that pejorative term that I used in a diminutive way to see it translated as Russia has a special place in our hearts and thats why I dont want to talk about it.
Later in the hour, they also discuss the revival of the Jersey Shore and Kylie Jenners baby.
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In response to the Florida school massacre, the White House had President Donald Trump participate in an unusual, media-filmed listening session with mourning parents and students.
Trump listened how could he not? He is being pressured to do something about gun violence in America. This most recent slaughter, and the remarkable public response to it, led by young people, is creating a potentially inexorable emotional wave.
So he proposed a solution.
Yup! Trump thinks the way we can stop the murderous wave that has overtaken America is by putting weapons into the hands of amateur sheriffs who, he insists, will stop the marauders in their tracks.
On Twitter yesterday morning, Trump declared that A gun free school is a magnet for bad people.
What we need, he says, is to have some adults at the schools not security guards, but teachers, administrators, and others carrying concealed weapons.
I never said give teachers guns like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
.immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A gun free school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
.History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Lawrence Krauss was scheduled to speak at an event with Harris and Dillahunty tonight: Krauss has withdrawn from it, which is rather interesting. This is part of a series of events assembled by this impresario I never heard of before named Travis Pangburn, who mainly seems to be focused on pandering to the old guard regressive atheists, pushing Sam Harris at every opportunity, so youd think this would have been the friendliest possible venue for Krauss to push back. I guess he doesnt think he can.
It is nice to see someone lose status within the atheist movement for being an asshole to women. Its usually the other way around.
Also note that the American Humanists have spoken out.
As humanists, we positively affirm a womans bodily autonomy and support those women who speak up and hold men accountable for misogyny and bad behavior. We encourage women to be empowered, said Rebecca Hale, president of the AHA. Sexual misconduct violates humanist concerns for equality and compassion.
Many have voiced concern that there will be little response to these allegations within our movement, and I want to assure them as a leader of the humanist community, that the AHA will not ignore these assertions, said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of AHA.
The AHA works actively for gender equality and against harassment through its advocacy programs and with a special emphasis from the AHAs Feminist Humanist Alliance. Men benefit from a patriarchal culture that encourages male entitlement and predatory behavior, said Sincere Kirabo, social justice coordinator at AHA. Atheists arent exempt. Its our job to work against this programming, to divest from it, and to actively challenge it.
Thats the right tone. Now lets see it applied to all the abusers.
It is 1 PM and snow is heading towards Puget Sound during the
next few hours.
Weather radar (at 1:05 PM) shows a modest front, with associated precipitation, approaching the coast (see image).
Besides being illegal, a preemptive strike on North Korea would be catastrophic. Nevertheless, Trump continues his provocative threats against Pyongyang. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in October that Trump's dangerous threats could put the United States "on a path to World War III."
(ZHE) The latest embarrassing blow to CNNs (already tattered) credibility emerged last night when Colton Haab, the student who first exposed CNN for pushing him to ask a scripted question during Wednesday nights town hall, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer even more shocking details about CNNs conduct. Yesterday, we noted that Haab, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas 
Im working on First Reaction, and every time I use this one pencil, and it freaks me out a bit, because I keep seeing it crooked. Its very easy to see pencils crooked though, you can make them all wavy on purpose. I finally paid attention and looked at the pencil, and its not me, damn thing is crooked. :D
The news that a school security guard chose to wait outside while an active shooter killed students inside has shocked many, but he is not the first in his position to harm students instead of helping them.
The post The Florida Officer Is Not Alone5 Times School Cops Hurt KidsWhile Refusing to Help Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
(ANTIMEDIA) One of the creepiest parts of the film Jurassic Park is when the velociraptor uses his witch-like claws to manipulate the door handle and enter the room where the children are hiding. Now imagine a headless dog robot doing that and being extremely persistent at it for 30 minutes. Thats what the latest video by Boston Dynamics demonstrates 
I just registered to attend this one-day conference to be held
in Washington DC on Saturday, April 7, 2018 under the auspices of
the American Humanist Association. I am looking forward to hearing
from people who are not household names on the lecture circuit but
are doing serious work on social justice issues. As the conference website says:
As a continuation of the legacy started with Secular Social Justice 2016, Secular Social Justice 2018 will be held April 7th in Washington DC at All Souls Church to emphasize the connection between secular humanist values and social justice activism. This conference was developed as a direct response to pervasive complacency within the secular community that considers considerable focus on matters of social justice issues unnecessary or a distraction.
Secular Social Justice is a platform for activists of color to address the ravaging effects of systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, transantagonism, colonialism, and white supremacy through workshops, discussions, and coalition-building.
Registration costs $35 and another $10 gets you lunch. You can see the agenda and descriptions of the speakers at the above link.
If any of this blogs readers are going to be there, I would enjoy meeting up with you.
Voters want leaders who will work for change. While this agenda was not designed as a litmus test, it certainly represents a platform that activists can use to assess political candidates. Conversely, candidates can use it to drum up support, knowing that it is backed by strong policy analysis and good politics.
Despite evidence showing the Russian troll farm had zero impact on the 2016 election, Democrats are not ready to give it up. The click-bait operation, according to Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, is the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor. He told MSNBCs Chris Hayes the Russians are destroying our democratic process.
While Nadlers assertions are entirely laughable, they should be taken seriously. If Democrats take back the House later this year, Nadler could very well become head of the House Judiciary Committee. This would likely keep the idiotic Russian election hack allegations alive, as well as move forward an effort to impeach Donald Trump.
The corporate media is taking the Justice Departments indictment of the Russian Internet Research Agency seriously despite the admission it had no influence on the election. As the Moon of Alabama blog detailed on February 17, the so-called influence operation was in fact a click-bait scheme designed to make money.
There was no political point to what the Russian company did. Whatever political slogans one of the company's sock-puppets posted had only one aim: to increase the number of followers for that sock-puppet. The sole point of creating a diverse army of sock-puppets with large following crowds was to sell the 'eyeballs' of the followers to the paying customers of the marketing company.
The whole Russian influence storm is based on a misunderstanding of commercial activities of a Russian marketing company in U.S. social networks, the Moon of Alabama explains. This effort was exploited by Democrats for political purpose after Hillary Clinton lost the election, which took the establishment by surprise.
All of this needs to be put into perspective. The masters of flipping elections are not Russian, theyre American.
Not only has the US meddled in dozens of elections over the last centuryin Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, and many other countriesit has also assassinated disfavored leaders and orchestrated the murder...
Presidential NRA puppet Donald Trump, echoing NRA talking points, has called for arming teachers. He says it will dissuade shooters from attacking gun-free zone schools. He says that having teachers and janitors armed will cut the time it takes to respond, since it takes six or seven minutes for first responders to arrive. Here are some reasons its a bad, stupid, dangerous, democracy threatening idea.
Oxfam. Im wondering if I should warn this is not for the faint of heart, or say dont read on an empty stomach. If so, hereby. I know I found it hard. The first and foremost thing the BBC last week felt its audience should know about the sleaziest scandal to come out of Britain in 
We can regulate and pass laws on virtually every activity, object and substance under the sun, even if none of these laws can completely stop these elements from sometimes being misused for sinister purposes. But again, this universally applied principle seems to have only one exception in minds of our modern conservatives: guns.
In the United States, there are one million children under the age of six on psychiatric drugs. This number is particularly disturbing, considering the horrifying side effects and ineffectiveness of a good number of these types of harmful drugs. One in six Americans overall regularly take some type of medication in this category. However, children are now being swept up in 
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Everyday we produce waste, in our current society, its almost impossible not to. Many of us make an effort to recycle our recyclables, but unfortunately much of that still ends up in the trash. There are also a lot of countries that dont recycle at all so all of the waste all of that 
By Jack Burns In their alleged attempt to control the narrative on the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, CNN has been accused of...
(MEE) The United States plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 14 May, the 70th anniversary of Israels independence, a US official confirmed on Friday. In December, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital, and signaled Washingtons intention to relocate its embassy. The move infuriated many of Washingtons Arab allies and dismayed Palestinians 
As Gen Z heads into their twenties in the 2020s, the "Generations" authors predicted they'll be challenged to respond to some major American crisis. If the young Floridians who stood up to establishmentarian right-wingers Senator Marco Rubio and President Trump are any indication, they've just begun to fight -- and we'll be in good hands.
Have you been inspired to help make streets safer in your town as a result of something you read on Strong Towns? Did this article about how three different towns are slowing down cars encourage you to talk to your city council person about narrowing lanes on a busy street in your neighborhood? Did this piece about forgiving design encourage you to take a closer look at the design of your local streets? Or maybe you're an elected leader who is working to make your downtown more walkable after learning about the economic benefits it will provide...
If our encouragement to #SlowtheCars has pushed you to take any action from starting to see things in your city differently to actively redesigning the streets in your town we'd love to hear about!
Fill out this form to tell us about the big and small ways in which you're making streets safer in your town.
A second Florida man, whose daughter survived the latest school shooting, has come forward alleging CNN was attempting to control the narrative on school violence by getting people to speak out against guns.
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When you think about it what does government really mean? Government is defined as "the governing body of a nation, state, or community" or "the relation between a governed and a governing word". But do people really want to be "governed" or do they really seek protection. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth sits down with G. Edward Griffin to discus what the roll of a government is vs what it should actually be!
Yesterday, CNN staged a fake, scripted town hall on the Florida shooting, and to no ones surprise, the entire event was scripted as elaborate media theater to push the Lefts radical gun control agenda.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday nights town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a scripted question, quashing one he wrote himself, reports Real Clear Politics. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards.
CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab said to a local reporter. Though Parkland student Colton Haab is being recognized nationally as a hero, CNN opted to leave him out of Wednesdays town-hall event on Wednesday evening seemingly because his perspective does not fit the narrative they have been peddling, reports The Gateway Pundit.
CNN is, of course, the same discredited fake news network that routinely uses plants in the audience and secretly gives debate questions to Democrat candidates in advance of the debates. CNN has previously been caught staging focus groups to make sure participants are nearly 100% pro-Clinton, and Hillary Clinton the darling of CNN has been repeatedly caught using child actors to plant scripted questions.
CNN has a long history of allowing political plants to flourish in its public forums, warns Michelle Malkin in the New York Post:
At the cable stations Democratic debate in Las Vegas in 2007, moderator Wolf Blitzer introduced several citizen questioners as ordinary people, undecided voters. But they later turned out to include a former Arkansas Democratic directo...
Instead of bans or legislation which has proven to be entirely ineffective at preventing school shootings, a high school entrepreneur has invented a device that will save lives without violence.
The post Innovative Teen Invents Device to Stop Mass Shooters in Their TracksWithout the Police State appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
(ANTIMEDIA) In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people lost their lives and another 14 were injured, one conscientious gun owner decided to make a statement. In a video uploaded to Facebook, Scott-Dani Pappalardo cut through the barrel of his AR-15 with a saw, declaring there was now one less of the weapon that could potentially 
The second longest bull market in stocks was brutally interrupted in early February 2018 with some serious volatility, including the largest single day point drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. I mean, why would something like that happen if the economy is otherwise doing so well, investors are so clearly exuberant, unemployment is so very, very low, and the Fed, Treasury and President Trump are guiding things along so firmly? Tongue firmly in cheek
When actual economic fundamentals are weighed with some data sobriety, this recent volatility could be seen as a warning of further corrections and a deep recession to come. Yet that said, such a wider downturn isnt necessarily due to natural market forces, just like the disingenuously long 9-year-old bull market in equities hasnt been due purely to theoretical supply and demand, either. So, what all is going on behind the ticker tape? What are the true stakes, real numbers at play, and possible ends for which another large systematic financial crisis could serve as means to?
In this episode of Money & Fear, and in the shows Show Notes, well look at the interplay between the bond and stock markets, probe possible financial shenanigans meant to speed a wider correction along, and bring some monetary history into it all, as always. Details not shared, let alone analyzed, by mainstream corporate business press and its sponsors, all of whom prefer that you not think critically about economics or finance, but rather just listen to prescribed numbers, guidance and sound advice otherwise.
If youre not a Newsbud member yet, please join and tell others. It costs practically nothing, yet gives you information youre not supposed to know, thus empowering you to stay ahead of the herd and think like Establishment planners think.
By Matt Agorist In the States relentless pursuit to scrutinize and control every citizen, including monitoring, tracking, and especially taxing their income, untraceable physical cash...
article that appeared yesterday about Lawrence Krauss has
brought out into the open things that had been just whispered about
over the years. As we have seen with so many cases in these past
few weeks, the pattern is distressingly familiar. A star-struck
young person (usually but not always a woman) is flattered by the
attention paid to them by a celebrity or powerful person (usually
but not always a man) who proceeds to try and take sexual advantage
of their admiration. The behavior described is at best gross and
demeaning to the young person and at worst criminal.
In 1993 Krauss was hired by Case Western Reserve University as chair of the physics department where I worked. We had cordial relations and he was supportive of my work. I left the department to become head of the universitys teaching center in 2000 and he left the university in 2008 to take up a position at Arizona State University. After I left the department, I had heard rumors that concerns had been raised by students about his behavior but nothing definite. I had not been aware, until the Buzzfeed article, that they were so serious that the university administration had essentially forbidden him to come to the campus except with prior permission.
The articles headline The Unbeliever: He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct highlights Krausss atheist activism but the real emphasis in the text of the article is about the power of celebrity. I do not think that atheists have any greater claim to good behavior than non-believers and there may well be no correlation. But the atheist community already has a bad reputation for being an unwelcoming place for women and these revelations are not going to help.
The rise of online movements such as #MeToo has increasingly divided the skeptics into two camps: those who campaign for social justice and those who rail against identity politics. Several women and men interviewed by BuzzFeed News said they have stopped attending skeptic events because of this hostility.
Ive just become so disappointed and disillusioned with a group of people who I thought at one point were exemplars of clear thinking, of openness to new evidence, and maybe most importantly, being curious, philosopher Phil Torres told BuzzFeed News. This movement has tragically failed to live up to its own very high moral and epistemic standards.
Whats particularly infuriating, said Lydia Allan, the former cohost of the Dogma Debatepodcast, is when male skeptics ask how they could draw more women into their circles. I dont know, maybe not put your...
By Brandon Turbeville Perception management has long been a facet of the dominant minority (aka Deep State) that controls the military, political, financial, and industrial...
The revelation that the police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned under investigation for failing to enter the building while a shooter killed 17 people is the latest shock in this tragic story. Those outraged may wonder whether the survivors might be able to sue the former officer or the Sheriffs office.
The answer, even after an investigation establishes a fuller picture of what occurred during the shooting, is unclear. And one reason for that murkiness is something called the public duty doctrine, which limits the governments responsibility to protect individual citizens.
The public duty rule is grounded in the principle that the duty of the government entity to preserve the well-being of the community is owed to the public at large rather than to specific members of the community. As a result, the doctrine holds local government entities owe no duty to individual members of the general public to provide adequate government services, such as police and fire protection.
To the layperson, this might sound like sovereign immunity, the idea that the King can do no wrong. Indeed, it is not difficult to find cases where courts (including Florida courts) have confused them. But they are historically and conceptually different.
Consider a typical negligence lawsuit, such as a medical malpractice case. To establish negligence, a plaintiff must show the defendant, maybe a doctor, owed the plaintiff a legal duty, such as a reasonable standard of health care under the circumstances, and that the failure to meet that standard caused damages to the plaintiff.
So the the plaintiff has to prove a special duty some sort of relationship between the plaintiff and
When considering such a claim against a government officer or agency, the public duty doctrine establishes that the plaintiff must prove a special duty. In the case of the Parkland shooting, that would mean the school would have to prove the officer assigned owed the students and faculty there a special duty, above and beyond what the government owes the public generally.
The doctrine may seem more reasonable if you consider situations other than this particular school shooting. For example, if I am mugged, can I sue the police for failing to catch the mugger for the value of what was stolen? Or if the local police all respond to a report of a school shooting and someone across town makes a 911 call regarding a home invasion, can she sue the police if she is raped due to their failure to respond?
Given these types of concerns, the public duty doctrine is the prevailing law in the vast majority of states, although its not followed in jurisdictions of seven states Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kansas.
The Florida Supreme...
(ANTIWAR.COM) Mehdi Aker, a top figure in Turkeys ruling AKP party, issued a statement Thursday accusing the Kurdish YPG of having released all the ISIS fighters they had captured in Syria, on condition that they carry out terror attacks against targets of Turkish interest. Aker and other officials claimed there is an ongoing roundup along the Turkey-Syria border 
We have never been a perfect union; our finest moments have been when we sought to become more perfect than we had been. We can help restore the common good by striving for it and showing others it's worth the effort.
People catching a flight at the airport in Las Vegas can now get rid of any leftover weed before taking to the skies thanks to metal receptacles installed outside the facility.
Thirteen green metal containers have been set up at McCarran International Airport in response to county officials banning marijuana possession and advertising at the facility last year. They plan on adding seven more boxes.
The receptacles commonly referred to as amnesty boxes are bolted to the ground and designed so that marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, but not taken out.
First batch of marijuana and prescription drugs drop-off boxes have been installed at McCarran Airport. It is illegal to possess or advertise marijuana products on Clark County Dept of Aviation properties. That includes Henderson and North Las Vegas airport. @KTNV pic.twitter.com/dDOfpeABvw
Nina Porciuncula (@NinaReports) February 22, 2018
Via KTNV 13
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(INTELLIHUB) Tyler from Secure Team recently posted a video to YouTube which reveals a 13,000-mile long contrail spanning from Antarctica to the north pole.
Interestingly enough, the contrail shows little to no side to side distortion from either and wind which begs the question: Was the trail formed in a matter of seconds or minutes?
You be the judge. Please comment below and share!
Trump's nomination for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors is an outspoken proponent for putting magnetic strips in physical cash so the government can track its movement and tax it.
With the arrival of the Su-57s (and additional warplanes in general), it appears that Moscow is expecting major escalations in Syria during 2018 Russian warplanes have gone all-out over the skies of Damascus East Ghouta region for another night, carrying out consecutive relay bombings against militant targets for hours on end. According to military-affiliated sources, 
I asked my Facebook page which high school teacher they'd least like to have had a gun in their desk. Go read their answers. I'd elect those people over any recent president or any current member of Congress.
What obstacles stand in the way of America achieving true greatness when, once again, it would be highly respected, greatly admired, and looked upon for leadership in world affairs? What must the U.S. government and the people of America do to restore that distinction?
The most fluid arena in the modern world-system, which is in structural crisis, is arguably the geopolitical arena. No country comes even near to dominating this arena. The last hegemonic power, the United States, has long acted like a helpless giant. It is able to destroy but not to control the situation. It still proclaims rules that others are expected to follow, but it can be and is ignored. There is now a long list of countries that act as they deem fit despite pressures from other countries to perform in specified ways. A look around the globe will readily confirm the inability of the United States to get its way. The two countries other than the United States that have the strongest military power are Russia and China. Once, they had to move carefully to avoid the reprimand of the United States.
If we learnt anything in 2017 in the aftermath of Trumps election shock, it was that the face of resistance to todays autocrats would be that of a woman. Women were the first to take to the streets the day after Trump was inaugurated in the largest street march in US history and have since been at the forefront of resistance to his toxic politics of racist fear-mongering and corporate cronyism. Women have similarly changed the entire conversation on sexual abuse, not just in the US but also in Asia and in Latin America, most recently through the #niunamenos (not one woman less) campaign. Women everywhere are leading struggles against corporate crimes and defending their communities and the dignity of all people, risking their lives in the process. To introduce TNIs State of Power 2018 report on counter-power, we interviewed three women activists who have displayed incredible courage...
On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a televised town hall meeting in Sunrise, FL, that focused on last weeks shooting. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted, Colton Haab, 
There's no evidence at all that people will turn out to be lazy. Most people are inherently creative, and want to do something with their lives. Today's jobs don't channel this creative energy into productivity--they force people to do work they know is meaningless, and they gradually suffocate. When people's income is provided without requiring work, work will become vastly more usefully productive.
The Center for American Progress proposed a plan for government-run health care Thursday, which the liberal think tank calls Medicare Extra.
Unlike Bernie Sanders single-payer system, which would abolish virtually all other forms of insurance, the plan would not ban employer coverage outright at least not yet. In broad strokes, CAP would combine Medicaid and the individual insurance market into Medicare Extra, and allow individuals with other coverage, such as employer plans, traditional Medicare or VA coverage, to enroll in Medicare Extra instead.
Page 4 of the proposal makes it clear this plan is not moderate, and it would shift the health care market firmly into the governments control: Newborns and individuals turning age 65 would be automatically enrolled in Medicare Extra. This auto-enrollment ensures that Medicare Extra would continue to increase in enrollment over time. [Emphasis mine.]
The goal of CAPs plan is to grow government, and to grow dependence on government. The paper omits many important policies, such as how to pay for the new spending. Here are some of the major objectives and concerns.
After attacking Republicans for wanting to taking away health insurance from millions, CAP would take away health insurance from millions. The plan would effectively eliminate Obamacares insurance exchanges, and all individual health insurance: With the exception of employer-sponsored insurance, private insurance companies would be prohibited from duplicating Medicare Extra benefits, but they could offer complementary benefits during an open enrollment period.
Other sections of the plan (discussed further below) suggest that private insurers could offer Medicare Choice coverage as one element of Medicare Extra. CAP indicates that persons purchasing coverage on the individual market would have a choice of plans. But didnt Obamacare promise that already and hows that working out? For that matter, what happened to that whole If you like your plan, you can keep it concept?
Moreover, the plan would also integrate Medicaid into Medicare Extra, with the federal government paying the costs. CAP provides few details on how exactly that integration would work, but suffice it to say that the able-bodied adults cove...
On February 1, Margaret Flowers posted Which Path to National Improved Medicare for All?, which argued that states cannot enact single payer health systems and that a state-by-state approach will not lead to National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA). The article was intended to stimulate debate about strategies to win NIMA. Kip Sullivan, a single payer activist in Minnesota, responded to some of the points in the article. His arguments were discussed by the Health Over Profit for Everyone steering committee. Below are summaries of Sullivans responses and our rebuttals (Sullivans full response and the rebuttals are provided at the bottom). Please use the comment section and our Facebook page to keep this discussion going.
Ill start with FUCK. THAT. NOISE. ^ because its easier than the intimate stuff. Thisthing is on the wall of the exit hall leading out of all the oncology exam rooms. I hate to say, but this is far from the worst. The whole place is soaked in crap like this, and worse, deep catholic sentiments (quotes from motherfucking saint Theresa* and the like), and the rest is all brave! hope! courage! faith! positivepositivepositive!. Its enough to make a person puke and not stop. So, Be Brave with a cutesy arrow. Obviously, no one thought that one over very much. Implicit bigotry is always there, and obviously the, er, person who did this didnt think at all. I could never in my life call the person who did this utter piece of shite an artist. Ugly, tacky, racist. It should be burnt, along with all the rest of such crap.
What does such an admonition do for someone who is almost catatonic with fear? How in the fuckety fuck does such a thing help that person? It doesnt. Its yet another scalding burden to place on the shoulders of that person, that something is terribly wrong with them; that they should not feel fear, no. They should square those shoulders, jut that stiff upper lip, be brave. Fear and anxiety are perfectly fucking normal when you get to hear Its CANCER. Each person is different, and even those who manage to take the news with equanimity do not need to see such shit. We do not need to be told we should be brave! hope! courage! faith! positivepositivepositive!. We should not have to confront such crap at every turn. Sure, there are people who might love seeing fucking Theresa quotes, but you know what? You can get such shit at home and your place of worship, if thats your thing. And once again, those of us who are godless are not even considered when all this littering of religious crap is being done. People of other religious beliefs are not considered either, no, its all christian crap. The people responsible for picking this absolute shit out need to be taken out behind the woodshed and given one hell of a good smack.
There is so little thought when it comes to cancer decor, and yeah, thats a fucking thing. Theres zero honesty in any of it, its just open your mouth and swallow the bullshit, honey, and if you arent brave and hopeful and full of faith, well thats on you. YOUR FAULT. There is no recognition of all the actual emotions threatening to boil over. No anguished why. No fear. No anxiety. No head full of thoughts and questions about how you will manage anything. No anger. No FUCK. No spectre of death. The ot...
At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner dont have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to complications from childbirth. Our country spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still holds the worst record for maternal mortality in the developed world. This maternal health crisis is driven by the high rates of African-American women who die while pregnant or within one year of the end of a pregnancy. Black mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers due to pregnancy-related complications. While existing health disparities can add to the risk, one recent study found that racism is a major driver of the gap.
(Naturalhealth365) More than ever, the American population is plagued by debilitating health problems like, Lymes disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, cancer and dementia that were virtually unheard of just a few generations ago. Why? Some say its genetics; some say its environmental pollution; while others say its due to the current (ever-growing) vaccine schedule. 
TAMPA, FLA.In a fluorescent lit classroom with handmade posters covering one wall, approximately 15 high school students are chanting the words of black revolutionary Assata Shakur: It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and we must support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains. With some embarrassed giggling, they recite it once, twice, three times, led by their visiting speaker, Pamela Gomez of the Hillsborough Community Protection Coalition, an alliance of local progressive groups. These students are some of the 40-odd members of the Blake High School chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). The Tampa high school has 1,697 students, a majority of them black or Latino, and the YDSA chapter reflects that. The chapter also has a high concentration of LGBTQ students, the clubs biggest demographic bloc.
With the recent escalation by the Trump administration of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria and threats to North Korea and Venezuela; huge increases in military spending and the threats of nuclear war; as well as increasing attacks on the rights of workers and communities of color and the dangerous growth of white supremacist forces, the time is now to return to the street to make our voices heard. Join us on April 14-15for united, nationally coordinated, regional mobilizations to challenge the war makers and defend humanity.
The crisis of social democracy is being debated throughout Europe. Several of the historically strong labour parties have almost been wiped out in elections while others seem unable to recover from defeat. In the last few years, a number of social democratic parties have ended up with only one-digit election results (Greece, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, France), while others have experienced major setbacks. The Norwegian Labour Party, for example, has experienced two of its worst elections 2001 and 2017 since the 1920s. Significant parts of the trade union movement believe that the party made serious blunders in what should have been an easy victory during last years parliamentary elections. There is no doubt that social democracy is in a deep international crisis, although conditions vary widely between different countries.
Parkland, FL (TFTP) Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, during a press conference on Thursday, announced that he has suspended the deputy who was responsible for protecting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after surveillance video showed that he cowered outside of the building instead of using his weapon to engage the shooter. The deputy in question, Scot 
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It was late into the night that I drank a mixture of what appeared to be pulverized herbs.
The haunting sounds of a song suddenly appeared around me, intensifying my feelings of being utterly lost in an alien universe. The sounds that kept drawing me in, had a pleading quality that made me want to weep with sorrow.
As I started singing, I realized my song was inviting the spirit of the herb to move into my body. I wanted it to stop, to be over but in that moment I knew it was too late, I had left this reality.
I was canoeing through the infinite stream of the unconscious mind, and the song was my solitary paddle. It was up to me to avoid the rapids and control the currents by making the song more beautiful, by begging the Spirit of the herb to guide and heal me.
This was my initiation into shamanism. But before this experience, I had to first understand and identify the signs of my shamanic calling.
At its most basic level, shamanism can be understood as a collection of ancient techniques that help to awaken and expand consciousness, as...
In 2017, a team of scientists made a controversial breakthrough, they experimented with pig embryos and injected it with human cells. The embryos were not allowed to develop past 28 days of age but it did move scientists one step closer to growing human organs for medical transplants. Today, a team of scientists from Stanford University have chosen to merge human stem cells with sheep embryos. The research hasnt officially been published, but the experiment was announced at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting which took place over the weekend. The scientists chose sheep because the animals organs specifically the heart and lungs are similar to ours. Its important to note that the contribution of human cells is very small. About one in 10,000 cells in these sheep embryos are human, said Dr Pablo Ross from the University of California, Davis, who is part of the team working towards growing human organs in other species. For a pig we typically transfer 50 embryos to one recipient, he said. With the sheep we transfer four embryos to one recipient.
As it stands, the team are only allowed to let the embryos develop for 28 days, however, Dr Hiro Nakauchi of Stanford University, who is part of the team, said a longer experiment, perhaps up to 70 days, could garner better results. Of course, there are some ethical concerns, whi...
"Those who claim to be objective, like the BBC or The New York Times, are actually the most professional propagandists for the Western Empire."
Long before we knew that it would be called Signal, we knew what we wanted it to be. Instead of teaching the rest of the world cryptography, we wanted to see if we could develop cryptography that worked for the rest of the world. At the time, the industry consensus was largely that encryption and cryptography would remain unusable, but we started Signal with the idea that private communication could be simple. Since then, weve made some progress. Weve built a service used by millions, and software used by billions. The stories that make it back to us and keep us going are the stories of people discovering each other in moments where they found they could speak freely over Signal, of people falling in love over Signal, of people organizing ambitious plans over Signal.
You can fail at what you dont love, so you might as well do what you love. There is really no choice to be made. Jim Carrey
We currently have an epidemic of depression, all time high rates of prescription drug abuse and nearly 50% of people admitting they hate their jobs. The latter is actually being celebrated as a good thing in a recent article from Fortune. The results are in and I think it is clear to see, that something is really wrong with our society.
We should spend around 8 hours a night sleeping. The entire education system is structured to have us working 8 hours a day. This leaves 8 spare hours, much of which is often taken up with travel to and from work, and day to day things we need to to maintain our lives. This leaves a very small window for us to do things outside of work. This is not the life I personally prescribe to or recommend, however, it is the average day to day reality for most people.
Currently we have a system that is built off the back of compliance from a group which for the most part resents complying, and this is the only reason w...
On May 4, 1970, students gathered on the Kent State University campus to protest the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia. As NPR reports, the National Guard was also present, as it had been ordered to maintain order at the Ohio-based university following an attack on it ROTC building.
Not long after, the character of the protest
changed from anti-war to anti-Guard. And then, about twelve oclock,
the Guard moved out against the students,
recalled professor Jerry Lewis. He
continued that by the end of the day, a total of 28 Guardsmen fired
between 61 and 67 rounds over 13 seconds.
Four students died that day, and many more were injured. The Kent State Shooting became the focal point of a nation deeply divided by the Vietnam war.
My deeply moving experience was to see the Washington Mall filled with African-American and other activists living in poverty conditions. They were on the ground in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. The cold rains and action turned the ground into deep mud. My memory is strong of the mud and walking on planks to the makeshift and somewhat dismal clinic. Now, many years later, the Poor Peoples Campaign is being resurrected. Another attempt is flinging itself at the government, the churches, and the entire American society -- still divided by class. Poverty has largely become normalized in America. The minds of most have become inured to inadequate food, housing and health care for millions of us. We certainly must have not only a national call, but also national change -- to be morally revived and eliminate systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.
On February 16th, the Justice Department unveiled the first of four pillars of the Mueller investigation into interference in the 2016 election: the indictment of 13 Russians for Internet-based meddling. This should end Trump claims the Mueller investigation is a "hoax." The DOJ announcement suggests that we should expect many more indictments as a product of the remaining three pillars of the probe.
Ted Cruz pronounced that when it comes to protecting gun rights (and making sure rethuglican pockets are full of filthy NRA dollars), the republican party is proudly the party of Homer Simpson. This is an accidental honesty so full of irony, there wont be a good irony meter left anywhere in Amerikka. Of all the characters you might wish to never identify with, it would be Homer. The perfect characterisation of a dumbfuck who manages to stumble by, somehow.
Conservative commentator Ben Domenech said that the current debate over gun rights was aptly summed up by an episode of The Simpsons in which Lisa asserted that the Second Amendment is just a remnant from revolutionary days [and] has no meaning today, while Homer insisted that the Constitution guarantees him a right to own a gun because otherwise the king of England could just walk in here any time he wants and start shoving you around.
There hasnt been a king in England for quite a long time now, just in case thats news to you fucking idiots, and Im pretty sure the queen has no interest in shoving all you fucking idiots around. To continue taking this all too seriously, is whipping out a gun a reasonable response to a verbal shoving around? No, it isnt. Guns are not a solution, they are the problem, writ large.
I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson, Cruz responded, and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.
Uh huh. Did you actually watch the episode, Mr. Cruz? Because Marge and the kids moved out because Homer wouldnt give up the gun. They were vehemently opposed. Leave it to a rethuglican to get an episode of The Simpsons wrong.
Theres video at RWW.
Entrepreneur Richard Branson says there will be no question of artificial intelligence increasingly eliminating jobs, and that basic minimum earnings will be required to avoid legions of people sleeping on the streets.
For Amazon, good times are here to stay.
Robert Rapier oil and gas industry engineer and investor says bottlenecks in infrastructure and investment will bring the USs spike in production growth to a halt soon.
The author writes, Sheriffs deputies who patrol schools in the Florida county where 17 people were killed last week in a campus shooting were ordered Wednesday to start carrying AR-15s, the same model of gun used to carry out the attack.
Even though net neutrality rules were officially repealed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the fight goes on. From Congress down to state governors, there have been various court cases to fight the repeal. While fights on the congressional level may not amount to much, Democrats hope to pressure Republicans to detail their stance on the repeal which could make a difference in midterm elections.
Public schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits. According to Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, teachers in all of the states 55 counties are participating in the planned two-day walk-out, and a group will march Thursday morning to the capitol building in Charleston. Organizers expect thousands of teachers to participate. The work stoppage comes after Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation late Wednesday night granting teachers a 2% pay increase starting in July, followed by 1% pay increases over the next two years. But union officials have said thats not a sufficient fix. Teachers are also requesting better healthcare and benefits packages. We need to keep our kids and teachers in the classroom, Justice said in a statement after signing the pay raise bill.
Higher Ground / Playing For Change / Song Around the World. If you want to know who and where, you have to watch!
The Matrix Revealed: The collective experiment on planet Earth
by Jon Rappoport
February 23, 2018
When all obsessive group-consciousness on Earth is finished, exhausted, when it admits defeat, then a different era will emerge. But for now, we are in the middle of the collective experiment.
High-flying cloying sentiment, profound dependence on others, covert repressionthese are the order of the day.
How long until the collective age is over? A hundred years? A thousand years? The answer is, as long as it takes for every human to realize that the experiment has failed, and why.
The why is clearthe individual has been overlooked. He has been demeaned. He has been grabbed up and drafted into groups. His creative power has been compromised in order to fit in.
The majority of the world still believes in this approach, as if from good groups will flow the ultimate and final solutions we have all been seeking.
This is sheer mind control, because good groups morph into evil, and vice versa, in the ongoing stage play called reality.
Ideals are twisted, infiltrators subvert plans, lessons are ignored, and the whole sorry mess repeats itself again.
What constituted a triumph of good over evil at one moment is guided into yet another collective, whose aims are a better kind of control.
The most deluded among us believe we are always on the cusp of a final breakthrough.
But there is no we to make the breakthrough.
It comes to every person on his own. And it does not arrive as the thrust of an external force, but from ones own struggle, accompanied by insights for which there is no outside agency to lend confirmation.
If indeed it will take a thousand years to bring this collective illusion to a close, that is no cause for despondent reaction.
On the contrary, it is simply an understanding that all experiments come to an end, as does the method of thought on which they are based.
One or ten or a hundred collapses of civilization, and the resultant rebuilding, are not enough.
The pattern endures.
It can only dissolve when overwhelming numbers of individuals, each in his own way, absent self-deception, sees its bankruptcy.
The we and the us are merely postponements and cover stories splashed on the front pages of the mind.
Fighting for what is right, here and now, is vital. But it does not preclude the knowledge that, as long as people are fixated on groups as the Answer, th...
Racial segregation has probably done more to shape American cities than any other factor. The Guardian [guard] has a thoughtful and very deep article about the structural effects of inequality on some cities including Baltimore, Maryland, where I grew up.
I was a kid, and I went everywhere on my bicycle. That did two things: it constrained where I went to the easy paths with smooth pavement, and it led me to take shortcuts off the path where motorists usually went. Id fly through some parts of the city, taking the bridges over the railroad tracks and staying on the broad avenues where I was less likely to be hit by a car, but I had time to look down off the bridge into the neighborhoods that seemed strangely hard to get to; there were railroad tracks and fences and razor wire I assumed to keep kids from playing on the tracks but some neighborhoods were shabby and houses were burned out shells, brick skulls with their teeth knocked out.
The roads with the overpass bridges seemed to make sense, but they didnt make it easy to get anywhere except where the traffic was designed to flow. I assumed the neighborhoods were dying because of the economy; I didnt understand that the economy also means that the mayor was giving prime real estate to developers along with tax breaks to attract high-spending suburbanites to zoom into the city for dinner, and turn around and go home. They really left nothing for the local economy because they didnt stop at the shabby stores, which got shabbier and shabbier and finally closed. I understood none of this but I remember being sad when they shuttered the hat store where all the cool black men used to buy their hats. I thought it was just economics.
I was stupid.
Please read the article at The Guardian, but dont ruin your day wait for a time when you can feel your blood boil, and feel like you want to cry at the same time. Im not sure why The Guardian decided to write such a perceptive piece about America, right now, but its devastatingly clear.
West Oakland in California is a typical example of a redlined neighbourhood. Historically a working-class community of immigrants and African Americans, it stagnated after being redlined. By the 1950s and 60s, during the interstate building boom, West Oakland was in a prime position to be carved up...
It suddenly sunk in with all this talk about arming school teachers to prevent mass shootings hey, thats me! I teach! What kind of gun do I get? A big one? I want something intimidating, you know, like that monster handgun Dirty Harry waves around.
Then I want to know the rules of engagement here. Do I get to shoot students for just carrying a gun, or do I have to wait for them to kill someone first? Do I get the same benefit of the doubt that cops get like, if I see a student reach inside their coat, or move their hand down towards their belt, is it OK if I shoot them? Just in case?
Also important: if I aim to shoot a suspicious-looking student, and miss and kill some other student in the crowd, I wont be blamed for it, will I? Its just collateral damage to protect our precious students, these things happen, its just part of the cost of maintaining the peace.
If I murder a student while teaching, I would like to have at least 30 days paid leave, so that I can recover from the emotional trauma. A medal for bravery would be nice, too. I think we should add a section to our yearly tenure and promotion review in which we tally up our confirmed kills, and all the faculty applaud our brave teachers who have shot someone in the performance of their teaching duties.
You can trust me! For sure, I wouldnt be like that Utah teacher who shot herself by accident. Id be safe. Id have the safety on at all time, and no bullets in the chamber, until, that is, it was time for me to intentionally shoot a student, a responsibility I would take very, very seriously.
I am concerned, though, that we have a 14:1 student:faculty ratio here, and I see a lot of my colleagues in the community spaces with students milling about. Theres going to be some intense competition to bag students, and Im going to have to be quick on the draw if I want to be first. Maybe I need a bigger gun? Or two guns? Or maybe a hand grenade? I wouldnt want the chemistry department to get a higher score than the biology department, you know.
I have written many times in the past, that if the government was ever foolish enough to attack the Second Amendment, there would be open rebellion. Some have snickered at this suggestion. However, we now are beginning to acquire some data that shows that Americans will never up their guns unless the gun is taken from the cold, dead hand of the gun owner.
Massachusetts is that first foolish state to move on the Second Amendment, but certainly will not be the last state to ban bump stocks for firearms.
History has spoken on this issue, and American politicians are not listening to the lessons previously learned.
The bimp stock confiscation law went into effect almost three weeks ago. Have the police had to hire new employees who are needed to assist in the collection of these now banned accessories? Not exactly, because after three weeks, the police cannot believe the fact that only four, countem, FOUR people have turned in their bump stock.
In case the readers do not know, bump stocks, can be substituted for a rifles standard stock. This permits the gun owner to fire a gun that is more like an automatic weapon than a standard issue rifle. This recent law went into effect after it was announced that the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas Massacre, Stephen Paddock, had a dozen rifles...
Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution, Monika Bickert, head of Facebooks global policy management, said in a statement on Friday evening.
President Barack Obama and state attorneys general, as well as gun control activist groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns backed by billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had been urging the worlds top social media website to crack down on private gun sales, USA Today reported.V
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The last time Facebook took gun-related action was in March of 2014, when it blocked posts involving gun transactions to minors and required user-controlled pages to adopt wording telling others to obey local and federal laws and regulations. The site already bans arranging sales of marijuana, pharmaceuti...
Thats because the Legislature last year voted to require school districts to choose between holding elections to coincide either with the May primaries or the November general elections. Read the rest
My uncle John is a retired Los Angeles police officer. He doesnt like to talk about it, but if I buy him enough drinks, hell tell how he captured an armed bad guy on the streets of LA, although my uncle was off-duty and unarmed.
The story involves car chases, foot chases, and a shotgunand the guy holding it wasnt my uncle. Fortunately, everything worked out that day, and a dangerous criminal was off the streets because my uncle risked his lifeoff the clock.
I think about my Uncle John every time I read an all-too-frequent report like this one: The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside [all emphasis added] with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.
Most Americans are astonished and outraged to hear this. How can a police officerhow can any personstand around listening to innocent kids being shot?
Most Americans dont know this happens all the time. Remember the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando?
As the largest mass shooting [at that time] in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect. But three hours passed before one of the nations most revered SWAT teams stormed the building and brought the attack that left 49 people and the gunman dead to an end.
The ISIS-wannabe was in a shoot-out with a cop before he even got in the building. But for some reason, the cop didnt follow him in. Shots fired inside. Nothing. Then SWAT waited outside, even as shots rang out from inside the building.
Remember Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut? Newtown officers arrived at the school while the gunman was still shooting but did not enter the building for more than five minutes, according to a prosecutors report. The state police conducted a comprehensive review of events that day, but didnt interview any Newtown police officers who were the first responders on the scene. Newtown police didnt do their own after-action report, either. Whats to review, right?
This list goes on and on. Up in Canada during the 1898 massacres at Ecole Polytechnique: As officers...
The traditional American notion of almost absolute freedom of speech may have run its course.
Journalist and academic Damon Linker says some Americans may be having second thoughts about what weve come to accept as free speech. In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, he talks to Jeff Schechtman about his recent analysis that found free speech is under siege from all sides.
Linker notes whats happening on college campuses, where arguments over diversity are polarizing students and faculty, and, on the political right, where state power is being marshaled to suppress unpatriotic speech. The result, according to Linker, is a potential constriction of public dialogue and a clear decline in democratic values.
Civics classes once taught that untrammeled freedom of speech would allow the truth to triumph. But does this work when propaganda, multiplied many fold by social media, drowns out other voices in a blare of noise?
In his conversation with Schechtman, Linker digs deep into the many complexities of the issue and what the current situation portends for the future of democracy.
The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida got a little bit worse yesterday as news emerged that the armed school resource officer on duty, Scot Peterson, failed to even enter the building as the shooting was taking place. Faced with a potential suspension over his lack of action, Peterson resigned his post this week. At a press conference at which Sheriff Scott Israel disclosed the armed guards failure, he said that Peterson should have, Gone in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.
Social media erupted on Thursday night with condemnation of Petersons cowardice. Although he may have been under no legal obligation to put his life at risk to stop the shooting, given the heroism of students and teachers who died protecting others, his failure didnt look very good. There is no doubt that Peterson will suffer from demons of that day with or without external criticism. He has his own cross to bear now. But the more important question is how his failure fits into a broader picture of incompetence before and during the mass killing.
Serious questions arise about how fit Peterson was for his job, and whether anybody bothered to find out. Had Peterson received sufficient training to know how to respond to this kind of incident? Were specific protocols in place that he was to follow? An internal investigation is now being launched to hopefully answer these questions.
In addition to the news about Peterson, on Thursday we learned that police, upon arriving on the scene, went to view security cameras and believed for some time that they were watching a live feed, when in fact it had been rewound by 20 minutes. Confused police thought the gunman was still on the second floor of the school, when in fact he was on his way to Wal-Mart to buy a soda.
According to the Sun Sentinel, at 2:54 pm police watched tape of the suspect, believing it was live, even though the perpetrator had left the building long before. The sheriffs office described this as a communications failure. The same security camera system eventually identified the inaction of officer Peterson. The more we learn about the local police preparation and response to the shooting, the more it seems like a shambolic effort, rife with mistakes and carelessness.
The natural question that arises is whether anything could have been done to increase the competence and preparedness of the Broward County police force before this kind of school shooting. At a CNN town hall Wednesday night, Israel all but berated National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch for daring to suggest that law enforcement dropped the ball. Rather than taking some blame and talking about how to do better, he claimed innocence, even though he likely knew of Petersons actions, or lack ther...
Its a fair question that I and millions of my fellow conservatives have been asked repeatedly since the Florida school shooting Why do conservatives care so much about their guns?
Most liberals who have asked me have done so out of sincere confusion, justifiable anger even, about the senseless deaths at the hands of school shooters since Columbine. Theyre asking in good faith and a sincere desire to prevent future mass shootings.
Colleagues of mine have done an excellent job responding to the arguments about whether or not gun control would be effective, what it might legislatively look like, whether its constitutional, and answering a variety of political questions, and still the debate rages on. And it will continue to rage, so long as these kinds of horrific acts of violence continue to happen.
But I want to answer the more fundamental question. Why do conservatives care so much about our guns?
Liberals seem to think we care because its our right or merely because of the Second Amendment, but this isnt the primary driver behind our thinking. If it were, liberals might reasonably conclude that we dont care, and rightly feel they hold the moral high ground. Their position is that safe schools should be valued over my gun. But this isnt just about my right to keep and bear arms, whatever you may think that phrase written into the Constitution in 1791 means in 2018.
Fundamentally, this is about the governments responsibility to prove I have committed a crime before taking away my rights. Let me explain.
The Second Amendment must be read in context of the entire law and the acknowledgement in the Declaration of Independence that our rights are pre-political, that our rights predate the Constitution and are therefore not granted by government as mere privileges bestowed upon worthy individuals who satisfy some kind of government standard.
Our government does not have rights. Our government has limited powers carefully and specifically granted through the Constitution for the sole purpose of preserving and protecting all of the rights of the individual. What can the government constitutionally presume about me if I want to to own a firearm? Whose burden is it to show that I should or should not be able to possess a firearm?
This is why the ...
Leftisms cult of youth is coming out in glorious display by showcasing Stoneman Douglas High School students and their pending movement for severe gun control measures. Yes, cult perfectly suits a media rendered awe-stricken and rationally stunted by the shrieks of children. They share a psychological profile with historic cultists, from Adolph Hitlers Nuremberg crowds to Jim Jones flock: the mind shuts down and rewires itself to make rationalin a democracy!such Manichaean claims like Youre either with us or youre against us.
But so much of leftism makes sense when you realize its a species of Christian heresy, gnostic millenarianism to be exact, that perverts so many of orthodox Christianitys fundamental teachings. In this case, its Jesus teaching, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Christians have never taken Jesus words to mean children should govern the church, administer pastoral oversight, do theology, or conduct worship. His attention to childrens faith is more about their complete dependency and passive reception of his gifts. Still, this hasnt stopped errant Christians and their leftist kin from granting to youth an angelic, untarnished, innocent wisdom.
In the church, this errancy takes the form of youth services or the like, those annual events in which titillated adults grant raw authenticity to the nervous pleas of confused youth awkwardly on display in the sanctuary. Always its the same message: You old-timers are complacent and hypocritical! Church for you is just a social club and dead rituals! You have to change!
The sly among the adults will chuckle and foresee Miss Impassioned Teen 20 years hence, with coifed hair, a clique of friends, and forced smile after a weary week of mothering, looking complacent, social clubby, and awfully hypocritical while she mouths her hymns. And the beat goes on, a perverted ritual marking Christianitys own present demise into gnostic millenarianism.
Leftism, as a species of Christian heresy, retains this same cultish regard of youth, but freed from any pretense of being Christian, takes it to the extreme. What explains it, and how do we parse it?
Ground zero for the claim that leftism is a species of Christian heresy is eighteenth-century political philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel feared what English Enlightenment thinking would do for Christianitys ethical claims on the western mind. He feared English empiricism, with its materialism...
Pennsylvanias legislature gained a third chamber over the weekend. No one can quite say how it happened.
Usually, such as sweeping constitutional alteration would require an amendment, if not a state convention. The change would have been deliberated and argued about in newspapers and on television. There would be op-eds and blog posts, ads on the radio, chatter in the streets. Instead, this one arose by other means. Organically, you might say, in the way that cancer is organic. This mutation in the weakened body politic metastasized, leaving an unseemly growth on the state constitution, one that threatens to kill the whole patient.
The change took the people of the Keystone State unawares. While we dozed through a rainy three-day weekend, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared itself a lawmaking body, one over which the real legislators have no veto. They did so for all the usual reasons tyrants do what they do. Fairness. Equity. Justice. All things that, in a persons own mind, he and he alone represents. They had a good story to tell, one that the mainstream media was apt to believe. The only thing they lacked was the law. But no matter. Courts do not need such things in Pennsylvania anymore.
The courts Democratic majority would deny that any such change took place. They would say they were doing their job, interpreting the law, not making it up out of whole cloth. But not long after inventing a new requirement for congressional districting, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invented the map, too. Rather than judging the legislatures efforts against the legal standard (a standard they pulled out of thin air, but a standard, at least) they took the pencil out of the legislatures hands and said well just write the thing ourselves.
In other countries, in other times, we would call that a coup dtat. Here, its just another day in the life of a country where the people have forgotten that the legislature is the branch that is supposed to write laws. Want to change the laws? Change the legislature. Win an election. Or, if you cant do that, apparently, just run to court and get someone to override the peoples will.
The power-grab had three stages. The courts majority carried out the first step in January when they issued an order striking down the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 (the act that created the congressional districts for the next five elections based on the 2010 census). The timing alone raises an eyebrow. How did a law passed in 2011 meet constitutional requirements then, but get struck down seven years later in January 2018? What changed in those seven years to push the law from constitutional to unconstitutional?
Nothing changed with the law, which admittedly created the most bizarrely shaped Ho...
Rev. Billy Graham fell asleep in the loving embrace of Jesus on February 21, 2018. His name conjures up so many images for so many different people. Obviously he was best known as the dignified everyman evangelist who led numerous crusades. This was a man who could fill a sports arena to get people to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ, a subject most of us would feel timidity about bringing up at the water cooler.
He was also the moral conscience of this nation in more ways than one. Three days after the darkest hour in modern U.S. history, Graham was asked to address our entire country from the Washington National Cathedral. On September 14, 2001, he said these words:
We come together today to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may be. The Bible says that He is the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troublesThe Bible says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
But how do we understand something like this? Why does God allow evil like this to take place? Perhaps that is what you are asking. You may even be angry at God. I want to assure you that God understands these feelings that you may have. Weve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest. What are some of the lessons we can learn?
First, we are reminded of the mystery and reality of evil. I have been asked hundreds of times why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I do not know the answer. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and that He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of sufferingThe lesson of this event is not only about the mystery of iniquity and evil, but, second, its a lesson about our need for each other.
What an example New York and Washington have been to the world these past few days! None of us will forget the pictures of our courageous firefighters and police, or the hundreds of people standing patiently in line to donate blood. A tragedy like this could have torn our country apart, but instead it has united us.
So those perpetrators who took this on to tear us apart, it has worked the other wayit has backlashed. We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder and sang, God Bless America. Finally, difficult as it may be for us to see right now, this event can give a message of hopehope for the present and hope for the future.
The anti-religious often claim that clergy peddl...
If Iran is the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism in the world, can its president be called a centrist? What about if under that president Iran has become the worlds leading executioner of all people per capita, and of women and children on an absolute basis?
Does a president termed the Diplomatic Sheikh, a man who brags about deceiving the West in negotiations to buy time to advance Irans nuclear program; who describes such diplomatic engagement as jihad; and who calls for still more jihad and resistance against Israel while pointing 250,000 rockets at it, strike you as centrist?
If that president served for 40 years at the highest levels of the Islamic revolutionary regime as the first official following the overthrow of the shah who, standing steadfast at Ayatollah Khomeinis side, called for public executions to chill opponents of the revolution, can he rightly be called a centrist? And how, pray tell, are we to distinguish between this supposedly centrist president and the Khomeinist regime under which he serves in the first place?
In Iran, hardliner supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini is truly supreme. Khameini blesses or directs every aspect of national policy. The president is constitutionally subordinate. Further, the supreme leader has power direct and indirect over the Guardian Council, which is responsible for vetting and approving all presidential candidates, not to mention ratifying all legislation parliament passes.
Stated simply: The president serves at the pleasure of the supreme leader and his cronies. The national security and foreign policy establishment nevertheless would have us believe otherwise. Witness the intelligence communitys (IC) newly released assessment of worldwide threats. In the ICs estimation:
Iranian centrist and hardline politicians increasingly will...
The #MeToo movement shows no sign of slowing its glacial roll of accusations of sexual misconduct against men in positions of power across American society, despite growing unease and cautionary words from some critics. The most recent man firmly positioned in the front lines of this trial by media is Clarence Thomas, whose accusers are now calling for his impeachment.
The prominent media stories of women who want Thomas removed from the Supreme Court and disciplined are filled with details and emotions, but they lack proper attention to the right of due process in our nation. Due process isnt some arcane legal doctrine, inaccessible to all but the most well versed lawyers and legal scholars. Due process is a basic legal premise for all Americans meant to ensure that every citizen receives fair treatment in the judicial process.
Only one right is specifically detailed twice in the Constitution, and that is the right to due process, which appears first in the Fifth Amendment, where people can not be: deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, and again in the Fourteenth Amendment, where the Due Process Clause includes those exact same words.
Any attempt to impose harsh consequences on people without legal process passively erodes the due process right enshrined in the Constitution, and Americans should take notice and defend their right. Emotionally, it may seem fair or even just when people with lots of seemingly credible accusations against them lose their jobs or livelihoods, but theres more at stake than one persons job or a personal sense of justice here.
All of this circles back to the current climate around accusations, and how and where they should be made, when a well placed narrative story can ruin a reputation as soon as it goes viral. Its in this culture that these accusations have resurfaced against Thomas, and the publications running them know theyll shape the national conversation and the legacies of all involved.
None of this is to say that the women involved should be silenced, or that speaking out against abuse is the wrong thing to do. The opposite is true. If misconduct has occurred, it does need to see the light of the day and be investigated. But it needs to be inves...
Colton Haab, a JROTC Cadet at Stoneman Douglas High School, appeared on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight to explain how a CNN producer scrapped his own thoughts and rewrote his questions for the CNN town hall event on Wednesday night.
Originally, I had thought that it was going to be more of my own question and my own say and then it turned out to be more of just a script, Haab said. She had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script.
Haab described how he had emailed CNN Producer Carrie Stevenson his thoughts, as she had asked, only to get multiple emails back asking for his thoughts in a different format, then with different words altogether.
What they had actually done was wrote out a question for me, he said.
On a previous interview Haab did with CNN, he shared his thoughts on arming teachers and allowing those who are willing to carry on campus. Haab said he absolutely thought that CNN producers rewrote questions for his classmates who participated in the event.
It was a little piece of paper cut out. And I know for a fact that nobody cut their own paper out and wrote their own question. Especially when they were all based off the same topic. So, to me, it from right there it showed this isnt correct. Why do they all have the same size piece of paper with a short little question on it?
Haab said it was because of this that he decided not to attend the event. To me it was a total waste of my time, honestly.
A recent Pew Research poll found 51 percent of millennials have a negative view of capitalism, which is not at all surprising when you consider a 2017 Harvard University poll that reveals 54 percent of millennials identify as Democrats. I work with such a woman.
Sarah silkscreens phrases like America was never great and Capitalism Sucks onto T-shirts and sells them online for between $30 to $50 apiece. Its her way of resisting, and it nets her $1,500 a month. She wont call it a business, because in her mind business is a consortium of rapacious swindlers, so she calls it a site.
We work in a restaurant together and frequently talk while setting up for service. Im old enough to be her father and, although we disagree on just about everything, I love our conversations. Its a lot like talking to my younger selfthe same enthusiastic, rebellious spirit; the same fears.
I was an art school student from a Democrat household at her age. I shopped at thrift stores and dabbled in photography. I made zines at Kinkos. I lived off credit cards and threw away the bills. I smoked cheap weed and listened to Bob Dylan sing Forget the debts youve left, they will not follow you.
As a young man my entire worldview was an attempt to justify my lack of restraint and discipline. I did things that were easy. I could rationalize hitting the bars instead of the books because I was an artist. You see, I was gaining valuable life experience that would add texture to my subtle, nuanced poetry about how beauty only reveals itself to the destitute. Remember that ridiculous plastic bag scene in American Beauty? I loved it.
It required nothing of me to hate on the wealthy except my own arrogant belief that financial success was only possible through theft or exploitation. I didnt have to understand economics to know that the people on the commuter train had deliberately bought in to a false knowledge, and they deserved to be chained to their briefcases and neckties for joining the business class in their grotesque parade of greed.
Im pretty sure I would have loved Bernie Sanders, just like my friend Sarah does. Id probably be joining the chorus of people equating a tax cut to mass murder, telling Second Amendment supporters theyre murderers, or calling attempts to pass health-care legislation attempted mass murder because that, too, is easy.
Its easier to count your unfulfilled wishes than your blessings. Our way of life feels so natural that its easy to forget how truly unique it is, especially during a time when outrage and victimhood are held in higher esteem than commerce and manufacturing.
Dana Loesch described on The Federalist Radio Hour podcast what happened behind the scenes of Wednesdays CNNs televised town hall event titled, Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action. Loesch, representing the National Rifle Association as their national spokesperson, said she wasnt informed until hours before of the events format or that students would be asking questions.
I had nothing in advance. I didnt know how the setup was going to be. I didnt know it was going to be in a giant arena where it was 360 all the way around. I had no clue, she said. But I wanted to go and represent the people that I was representing, and also because Im a parent tooI have kids and my oldest child is just a couple of years younger than these students.
The audience had already filled the arena and the event had started two hours before the cameras were even turned on, Loesch said.
They had music that was playing. They had montages that they were flashing across the screen. They had a number of speakers from the school and from the community. They had the sheriff go up and speak. He mentioned special interest groups, referring to the membership of the NRA.
Then they brought the politicians outand that was the first hour. After all of this was already happening, after emotions were already running high, and after CNN put everyone together and cranked up, really trying to wind people up even more.
I had no questions in advance. It was even weird the way they had us walk out because it was like entering like you were a boxer or like WWE. You were walking up to the stage and they had music playing. You had to walk in aisles with all these people screaming and you had to walk toward the stage. Thats how you entered.
As Loesch and her security detail walked toward the stage, audience members shouted at her phrases like, murderer, child killer, and burn her. Jake Tapper, CNNs chief washington correspondent and anchor of The Lead, was the event moderator.
I know Jake, and it might strike a nerve, me saying this, but I think he lost control, Loesch said.
I dont know if he lost control or if that was CNNs intention, because [CNN President] Jeff Zucker was there. When we were backstage getting ready to go out, Jeff Zucker came in. He doesnt just show up for nothing. This is not a day at the ballpark. It was weird.
There was no control. It just went on forever and ever. At some point, youre just desensitized, because where is the moderation? This is where a moderator drives this. Youre a moderator, you have to make sure pe...
An indie game currently in development, Phantom Block, is changing up videogaming conventions: the level editor is also the actual game.
Phantom Block is a 2D side-scroll game, like classic Mario games, where you have to not only progress through the level, but edit the level in order as you progress before the screen catches up with you. The game is aesthetically retro, and the music pays homage to the classic 8- and 64-bit tunes.
You play as the character Boomer, and guide him in his quest to collect coins, travel the world, and defeat mischievous Ballums, enemies that resemble gelatinous blobs. You take advantage of the mysterious Phantom Blocks that can be used to travel through walls, bounce extra high, or stick to walls.
There are already more than 30 levels in game, but you can also create your own and play ones that others have created, like a level-building inception. There are also hidden levels to unlock depending on how you do in the level.
Level-building aspects of games have been around for a while, but rarely as a center point of a game. Level-building gained tremendous spotlight with the release of Mario Maker in 2015, which critics and fans, young and old, loved. Mario Maker allows you to create your own levels, unlocking new features as you go along, and play not only the levels created by you and your friends, but with players all over the world.
In the first month Mario Maker sold 500,000 copies in America, getting to 1 million copies sold by January. Eight months after the release, players all over the world had made 7 million courses, and the game had been played more than 600 million times. The levels showcase fans humor, ingenuity, and creativity. Countless YouTubers and Lets-Players had a field day with Mario Maker, playing everything from entertaining levels to ones that seem actually impossible (with success rates of 0.01 percent for some levels).
Alhough Phantom Block is currently in development, you can download the demo of the game on their website. Some gamers are very excited about the concept: Nice spin on the Mario-style platformer! I love the different ways you can move in the game! commented user Finneshim.
Steam user Jesala added, At first, I just thought meh, just another platformer. The graphics and style are just so understated. But as the trailer continued I became more and more interested. The gameplay is sharp and inventive. I cant wait.
This game is another demonstration of how developers are always seeking to make games fresh and new by expanding the boundaries of possibility in our fast-changing world. Though many games never make it past development into completion, especially indie games, it has sparked gamers interest and hopefull...
Mesa police have released body cam footage showing their officers slam an 84-year-old grandmother to the ground. They deliberately blurred the entire video, however, their abuse is clearly visible.
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Natural News| Psychiatric drug use is on the rise in the U.S., with one out of every six Americans now taking some type of medication in this category. This is highly concerning given the scary side effects and poor effectiveness of many of these drugs, but there is one particularly disturbing aspect of this trend that seems to get glossed over, and that is the extraordinary number of children who are taking such drugs.
Mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights is drawing attention to the concerning fact that more than a million kids younger than six in our nation are currently taking psychiatric drugs.
While around half of these children are four to five years old, an incredible 274,804 of them are younger than a year old. Thats right: babies are being given psychiatric drugs. The number rises for toddlers aged two to three, with 370,778 kids in this category taking psychiatric drugs overall.
Data from IMS Health shows that the situation only gets worse as kids get older, with 4,130,340 kids aged 6 to 12 taking some type of psychiatric drug.
You might be forgiven for assuming that most of these statistics are made up by kids taking ADHD drugs given how common that approach seems to be nowadays, but it really only accounts for a small portion of it, with 1,422 of those younger than a year old and just over 181,000 of those aged four to five taking ADHD drugs.
Antidepressants and antipsychotics put forth some surprising figures, but the biggest category of psychotic drugs given to children appears to be anti-anxiety drugs. Just over 227,132 babies under one and nearly 248,000 of those aged four to five take these medications.
These numbers are even more shocking when you consider the fact that experts believe these estimates are far too low and the real numbers are actually much higher, due in part to the tendency for some doctors to hand out psychiatric medications for...
Alex Baca is a Strong Towns member and writer who's sharing a guest article today about the need for safer, slower streets.
We build roads for the act of driving. As a result, we rarely build streets, which are meant for people. (More on the difference between a road and a street here.)
When the easiest way for people to get to where they need to go is to drive in their personal vehicle, the places we live suffer. It is not physically or geometrically possible to create space to accommodate the moving and the parking of a car for everyone, all of the time, and so our towns and cities spread out, making us and the cities we live in poorer. Furthermore, speeding is aided by the act of driving and abetted by the design of our roads. Both are at odds with safety: Theres a 15 percent crash risk and 5 percent fatality risk when driving at 20-25 miles per hour. That jumps to a 55 percent crash risk and 45 percent fatality risk when driving at 30-35 miles per hour. Fast-moving cars are the problem and thats why we have to slow them down.
A Complete Street design with designated spaces for bike users, cars, pedestrians and transit (Source: Crandall Arambula)
One way to slow cars down is to design a complete street. When we talk about complete streets, we usually mean Complete Streets the proper-noun version, of which Smart Growth America and its in-house National Complete Street Coalition can be generally regarded as the progenitor. Complete Streets, the proper-noun version, includes both the design of a street itself to equitably accommodate all users pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and driver...
We told you two weeks ago that we were headed to Toulon as part of our collaboration with Free Street Theater. The aim of this project is to visit with people around Illinois and bring them together to talk about their relationship to the news and information in and about their communities not in a boring panel way, but in a way that's fun, genuine, collaborative and interactive. In a way that helps people talk to each other (and to us) across differences.
We are interested in what people have to say about their communities: what is special, what is misunderstood and what needs change. And we want to work with people to tell their own stories.
What exactly does that look like? Well, we dont have a formula yet. The workshops will be adapted to each host city, to the people and the news of each place.
How did we pick these places? It was sort of easy. We were invited. We introduced our project and said we needed some help figuring out where to go. As a relatively new media organization in Illinois based in Chicago, we wanted to make sure we leave our bubble and travel the state.
We chose the locations based on the details of the invitation, as well as the diversity in urban, suburban and rural locations. And while these are the first batch of locations, we still want to know whats up in your town. So please keep sending these invitations. Whether for this project or another, we want to visit you.
So, heres where were going, in addition to Toulon:
Before we hit the road, we thought itd only make sense to test out the idea in Chicago since ProPublica Illinois and Free Street are both based there. And Fr...
Late last month, ProPublica reported that the California man accused of killing a gay and Jewish University of Pennsylvania student was an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of Atomwaffen Division, one of the countrys most notorious extremist groups.
The news about the murder suspect, Samuel Woodward, spread quickly throughout the U.S., and abroad. Woodward was accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein and burying his body in an Orange County park.
The report, it turns out, was also taken up in the secretive online chats conducted by members of Atomwaffen Division, a white supremacist group that celebrates both Hitler and Charles Manson.
I love this, one member wrote of the killing, according to copies of the online chats obtained by ProPublica. Another called Woodward a one man gay Jew wrecking crew.
More soon joined in.
What I really want to know is who leaked that shit about Sam to the media, a third member wrote.
At least one member wanted to punish the person who had revealed Woodwards affiliation with Atomwaffen.
Rats and traitors get the rope first.
Encrypted chat logs obtained by ProPublica some 250,000 messages spanning more than six months offer a rare window into Atomwaffen Division that goes well beyond what has surfaced elsewhere about a group whose members have been implicated in a string of violent crimes. Like many white supremacist organizations, Atomwaffen Division uses Discord, an online chat service designed for video gamers, to engage in its confidential online discussions.
In a matter of months, people associated with the group, including Woodward, have been charged in five murders; another group member pleaded guilty to possession of explosives after authorities uncovered a possible plot to blow up a nuclear facility near Miami.Lucas Waldron/ProPublica
The groups propaganda makes clear that Atomwaffen the word means nuclear weapons in German embraces Third Reich ideology and preaches hatred of minorities, gays and Jews. Atomwaffen produces YouTube videos showing members firing weapons and has filmed members burning the U.S. Constitution and setting fire to the American flag. But the organization, by and la...
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Uranium the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons is having a moment in the spotlight.
From the Conclave of the American Intelligence Media
I read through our most recent Conclave post, entitled Internet of Things: Fascism by Another Name. Powered by 5G and found it a well-written warning and one that I would like to elaborate on in this post. This seems necessary today to wake up the sleeping majority who are sleeping through this global subliminal attack.
Ive read estimates of the percentage of the population with EHS as high as 10%, especially since it remains undiagnosed in a lot of people who arent clear why they are suffering. The bill Ohio passed stripping local government authority to resist 5G antennas placement is being challenged by a lawsuit from approximately 80 cities and counties. It will be interesting to see how effective that challenge is.
You have a pretty comprehensive list of wireless health impacts and some of their causes, but you could perhaps expand that a little bit. A more specific study found RFR exposure activates voltage-gated calcium channels. This leads to increased calcium levels within cells, which leads to the production of peroxynitrite. Peroxynitrite is at the root of most inflammatory diseases, including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, migraines, and allergies.
M. Pall, Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, 6-26-2013.
Studies also have found that RFR exposure can remove calcium ions (positively charged calcium ions) from cell membranes in the brain. Loss of calcium ions destabilizes the membrane and can have serious metabolic and neurological consequences. The brain may become hyperactive and overloaded, leading to loss of concentration, ADHD, damage to DNA (causing loss of fertility and increased risk of cancer), and digestive enzymes from lysosomes. Membrane leakage can also open the blood-brain barrier and other protective barriers, leading to Alzheimers, dementia, asthma, allergies, and various autoimmune disorders.
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Which is exactly why TPTB are so relentless about imposing draconian gun control laws; its war and chaos that they want
in order to create their New World Order out of the chaos and after the destruction.
They know the American people stand as a major obstacle to global domination via their One World Government.
Everyone saw how the NWO globalist cabal engineered the Syrian Civil War. They committed their war crimes in broad daylight as the whole world watched them create and arm ISIS. It eventually became common knowledge that the Daesh terrorists were funded and trained by the Pentagon, C.I.A., MOSSAD and MI6. Even the de facto leader of the Islamic States terrorist army was trained by the ISRAELI SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE (aka ISIS).
Syria wasnt really a civil war; rather, it was a meticulously manufactured conflict designed to advance the Greater Israel project, turn the European Union into a cauldron of tension and chaos, among many other sinister purposes.
Whats the point?
The very same forces behind that ongoing cataclysm in the Northern Levant are now fomenting civil war in the United States. For the uninitiated, international criminal and bankster George Soros is merely the frontman for this civilization-destroying enterprise and One World Government scheme. GEORGE SOROS: The Back Story No One Talks About
The decision-maker perps at the top of the food chain know that they cannot advance their New World Order agenda until the American Republic is no more.
The NWO cabal also knows that the America people cannot be conquered by a for...
We havent had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow.
Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington. But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well. In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of all American adults are currently in debt
Its no secret that America is a nation that runs on debt, but it may surprise you to learn that the overwhelming majority of U.S. adults owe money in some way, shape, or form. According to new data from Comet, heres how many Americans have debt at present:
- 80.9% of Baby Boomers
- 79.9% of Gen Xers
- 81.5% of Millennials
For most of us, it starts very early. We were told that going into debt to get a college education would not be a problem because we would be able to pay those loans off with the good jobs we would get after graduation.
Unfortunately, those good jobs never really materialized for many of us, and now millions of former college students are absolutely drowning in debt
A study released Friday by the Brookings Institution finds that most borrowers who left school owing at least $50,000 in student loans in 2010 had failed to pay down any of their debt four years later. Instead, their balances had on average risen by 5% as interest accrued on their debt....
The Crown had argued that Cormier convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecutions case had left reasonable doubt.
WINNIPEGA not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe.
A jury acquitted Raymond Cormier, 56, of the second-degree murder of Tina Fontaine after 11 hours of deliberation.
Tinas body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg eight days after she was reported missing in August 2014. Cormier was charged more than a year later.
The girls death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
ZeroHedge| A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday nights town hall, but declined after the network gave him a scripted question instead of allowing him to ask his own question.
Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded students while shots rang out, Local 10 news that he was going to ask a question about hiring veterans as armed security guards.
CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told WPLG-TV. I dont think that its going get anything accomplished. Its not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.
ROTC student Colton Haab, who shielded students from the school gunman, says CNN scripted the entire townhall event and censored him from asking the questions that he wanted to ask.
CNN is pure propaganda. pic.twitter.com/AD1e7uGMV9
Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 22, 2018
CNN conducted the town hall on the Florida school shooting with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), along with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and the NRAs Dana Loesch. Students and parents took turns asking questions about gun control and ensuring school safety.
I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions, Haab said.
Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded classmates in the midst of terror says he did not get to share his experience, WPLGs Janine Stanwood explained.
Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards...
Celebrated Inuk singer says person who assaulted her has hurt many others in Rankin Inlet
By Randi Beers, CBC News, Feb 22, 2018
Susan Aglukark ended the Rankin Inlet hearing for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women by addressing the man she says sexually abused her when she was eight years old.
Norman Ford, she said on Thursday afternoon.
You didnt win. Not now, not ever. Now the community knows what you have done. This room could be filled by your victims alone.
Her testimony in Nunavut, in the final day of the hearings, was the first time the celebrated Inuk singer had revisited the abuse she suffered since she testified in court against the man.
The assault happened in the 1980s, about five years before the young teenager would eventually be asked to testify.
Aglukark said he lived across the street from her...
I watch The Killer movie at least once every year. During the Reagan presidency I watched it more often than that. No matter how rotten the Real World became, because of the miracle of videotape, I could watch Lee Marvin shoot Ronald Reagan whenever I needed a little morale booster. There is justice somewhere in the world, even if it's only in the movies.
Early voting for the primaries began yesterday here in the Lone Star State, and, turns out, Democrats turned out. From The Texas Tribune:
On Tuesday, more Democrats cast primary ballots than Republicans on the first day of early voting in the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters. That hasnt happened since 2008.
Heres hoping we see that sort of turn out in November. Its quite a mix of candidates, and the primary race for governor includes a number of promising candidates. Heres a list from North Texas NPR affiliate KERA.
Perhaps things arent so bleak as they seemed back in August, when the field of Democrats was far more sparse and far less well funded than the incumbent. Still, Novembers turn out is the key here. Well see if the Democrats maintain their momentum.
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Talk of a statewide strike by West Virginia teachers has been simmering for weeks. After several one day walk-outs by teachers to attend rallies and lobby state legislators in the state capital of Charleston, strike balloting in 53 of West Virginias 55 counties has returned greater than 70% approval for the teachers unions to call a strike that will begin on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
Its in many ways a repeat of the illegal 1990 West Virginia teachers strike:
West Virginia last had a widespread teacher strike in 1990. The walkout lasted 11 days and shut down schools in 47 of the states 55 counties. It ended on March 17th when Governor Gaston Caperton, legislative leaders and union representatives announced a settlement.
Its worth noting that the 1990 strike was illegal. Then-Attorney General Roger Tompkins, in an opinion delivered to then-State School Superintendent Hank Marockie, said that There is no right to strike against the state. Thus, any strike or concerted work stoppage by public teachers of this state is illegal.
Tompkins opinion was based on a series of previous rulings by the Attorney Generals Office, as well as court decisions. He cited a 1970 federal court decision supporting Governor Arch Moores decision to fire striking State Road Commission employees.
The court ruled that to permit a strike by public employees at any level is inconsistent with the orderly process and sovereignty of government.
Due to the peculiarities of the material situation of West Virginia teachers and public employees generally, they simply cant be...
Florida Republicans know they can ignore young people's demands, or patronize them, because when they look past the latest wave of outrage and protests, the historic pattern is this slice of the electorate largely doesn't turn out and vote -- especially during non-presidential years like 2018.
(ANTIMEDIA) Broward County, FL An armed officer on campus during last weeks mass shooting in Florida never went in the building to confront the killer, the Broward County Sheriff told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, the resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, opted instead to take up 
A planned influx of people from Bangladesh into India's north-eastern region is underway as part of a proxy war being waged by Pakistan, with support from China, to keep the area disturbed, said Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday (Feb 21).
All of the mainstream Western news sources dealing with the war on Syria have been discredited. This helps to explain why the mainstream news stories amount to criminal war propaganda.
By Carey Wedler On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a...
By Darius Shahtahmasebi As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has...
You remember where you were when you heard the news about the 9/11 attacks? Do you remember the terrible feeling of shock in your guts that innocent people were suffering? How about what you were doing when the first bombs hit at the beginning of the Iraq invasion? Do you remember that one? Or did 
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The new rules of racism give cover to racist russiophobes.
Billy Graham has died. He is being remembered as a friend and confessor to presidents, one who gave them guidance and moral fortification. But just as much, Graham was a willing tool of politicians who used him and his supposed pipeline to divine authority to win over the electorate.
The role of spiritual leaders in cynically playing the public is both important and largely ignored. But it is well illustrated in this chapter from WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Bakers book, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7
George W. Bush and his handlers knew that his behavior before becoming governor his partying, his womanizing, and in particular his military service problems posed a serious threat to his presidential ambitions. Their solution was to wipe the slate clean through a religious transformation.
In 1985 Poppy invited Reverend Graham to join the Bushes at their summer retreat in Kennebunkport. Though the Bush family was Episcopal and Graham Southern Baptist, Graham had for years been widely recognized as the religious leader in residence for the White House. Just associating publicly with him bestowed a certain moral legitimacy in the eyes of untold voters.
The beauty of the religious right as a political bloc was that it provided a large pool of voters that often acted in unison, based on a narrow set of issues that had relatively little to do with actual governance and did not inconvenience the corporate interests that finance the Republican Party. By and large, the things that mattered most to these voters mattered least in the Oval Office.
The Graham invite was likely part of an effort to build support for Poppy among self-identified Christian voters. But it included a bonus, because W. got his own path to validation too. According to a story that would later be repeated widely in the media, Gra...
Parkland, FL Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, during a press conference on Thursday, announced that he has suspended the deputy who was responsible for protecting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after surveillance video showed that he cowered outside of the building instead of using his weapon to engage the shooter. The deputy in question, Scot 
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Dana Loesch, nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author, sits down with Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour the day after the CNN Town Hall on event on guns.
Loesch describes how CNN lost control of the crowd and the debate.
It was like entering like you were a boxer or WWE, Loesch said. I think that [Jake Tapper] lost control. I dont know if he lost control or if that was CNNs intention because Jeff Zucker was there. He doesnt just show up for nothing.
She discusses what she wants to communicate to students and gun control activists about background checks, mental health, gun laws and more.
It was only a matter of time. Dark pools, which are notorious for their anonymous transactions, are making their presence felt in cryptocurrency markets. According to a WSJ report, Republic Protocol, which describes itself as a decentralized dark pool for atomic trading of bitcoin, ether, and ERC20 tokens, has raised 35,000 ether ($33.8 million) from crypto 
As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has evaded public scrutiny. The United States Department of Defense recently released its summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) with little fanfare. The first thing to note is how little media coverage the NDS 
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Via David Pescovitz, I came across this fascinating gif. Somehow the looping has been made to look like zooming into a fractal pattern of a coastline. Very well done but utterly puzzling to me as to how the effect was achieved.
This is the most frustrating gif I've ever seen in my life pic.twitter.com/eTzcg4LJfq
Casanova (@KRUZAA_) February 18, 2018
The bipartisan support Muellers appointment received is even more telling given that he is the definition of a Washington insider. The power elites across the political spectrum seemed to trust him to, above all, protect their position at the head of the table. WASHINGTON Last Friday, depending on which side of the partisan divide one 
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Source: FYDK CNNs footage that was recently revealed shook the world. Eight hundred, says the auctioneer. 900 1,000 1,100 SOLD. For 1,200 Libyan dinars the equivalent of $800. This is what you can hear 
Missouri governor Eric Greitens has been indicted and taken into custody for felony invasion of privacy. I am shocked. I thought it was OK if youre a Republican.
Lock him up! Lock him up!
In other cheerful news, Oregon just passed a bill prohibiting domestic violence perpetrators from owning a gun. Hooray!
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has evaded public scrutiny. The United States Department of Defense recently released its summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) with little fanfare. The first thing to note is how little media coverage the NDS 
The post Countering Fascism in Black Metal in Olympia: An Analysis appeared first on It's Going Down.
When you see misdeeds speak out against them, and give your enemies no peace.
For those unaware black metal has always had a neo-Nazi problem. Extreme music attracted people with an affinity for extreme politics. It being infused with macho bullshit and with the boom of neo-Nazi music outside of Oi around 90s black metal and other dark esoteric scenes became a hot bed for esoteric neo-Nazi activity. With neo-Nazis being forced out of the punk scene they retreated into noise, goth, martial industrial, neo-folk, and black metal scenes. Often the main differences between black metal and other genres like grindcore have to do with instrumentation in a small part, but largely have to do with aesthetics and themes. Another appeal of Nazi imagery is the dangerous aesthetic and since the Nazi project and other fascist projects have been in part the aestheticization of politics it only makes sense that where the aesthetic lives so does the ideology.
Likewise heathen pagan circles and esoteric/occult/satanic circles have had a Nazi-sympathizing problem dating back to Julius Evola, Ragnar Redbeard, Aleister Crowley, Charles Manson, and event Anton LaVey. Its most horrid incarnations being satanist neo-Nazi groups like the Order of the Nine Angels (some of whom are rumoured active in Vancouver BC), Aryan supremacist pagans like PNW local Thorfinn Odinson, and Evolian fash-sympathizing spiritualists who are increasingly common in this era.
Ever since I first moved to Olympia Occupied Coast Salish, Nisqually, and Squaxin Land Ive been wary of the dark bar a.k.a. Cryptatropa or the Crypt. Burzum and other racist black metal and goth bands were readily available on the jukebox there, it employed sketchwads affiliated with more esoteric fash-sympathizing, and bands Ive seen loading up gear there were rocking NSBM(Nazi Black Metal). Like many black metal or goth scenes with sketchy elements it seemed like a bunch of willfully ignorant liberals and some more clever fash-sympathizing elements.
In 2015 tensions seemed to come to a head with the bar and the intersection of liberalism and neo-Nazi apologism seemed to bare some especially bitter fruit. Neo-Nazis were out in bigger numbers in Olympia and a worker at the bar had taken down some antifa fliers while making all sorts of excuses for their Ur-Fascist friends. At one point in time a fri...
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Emergent Goods is a bunch of weirdos who share the beautiful idea that our lives should be ours. We desire to express, share, and spread that idea. We will design and screen print apparel and tote bags as well as stickers and enamel pins. We will produce original theory, practical guides for the actualization of anarchist desires, and distribute neglected works. All of our materials will be available online as well as at events.
We feel excited about making things and distributing them to old friends and new comrades alike but our aim is much broader than the marketplace. We hope to establish long term infrastructure and resources to expand our production capabilities, make money to feed bail funds and solidarity networks, share ideas, make new friends, and support each other in projects we havent even imagined yet. By working to establish networks of resources, Emergent hopes to expand and share our power outside and against the state and capital.
At the moment we have the in-house capacity to produce beautiful zines, posters, and screen-printed goods. But our skills and capacities are much greater, and a little extra support will allow us to dramatically increase our output. We have a risograph duplicator that needs fixing, screen printing equipment that needs organizing, and a book binder that needs to be moved a thousand miles. Past these logistical obstac...
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Wheeling is known as the Friendly City, friendly that is if you own property. In recent weeks we have witnessed several police raids against homeless encampments. Using the police and inmate work crews, authorities have seized clothing, tents, personal items and even identification from the homeless, leaving their property in bright orange bags on the side of the road, like some sort of sick monument to middle-class sensibilities.
Needless to say, this pissed us off, and we decided to do something about it. After some group discussion, we assembled a list of demands for the city:
To the City of Wheeling, we make the following demands:
1. Fully investigate the recent incidents in which homeless persons were evicted from their camp and had property seized, and that any City official(s) guilty of malice or gross negligence be held accountable.
2. That the City compensate all victims of this eviction for (1) loss of property and (2) harassment from law enforcement.
3. That the City immediately use its resources to provide humane and adequate housing to all homeless persons living in Wheeling, either by using City property or acquiring housing through purchase or eminent domain.
One good thing about this city is the network of soup kitchens and homeless advocates. One of our friends told us, Youll never go hungry in Wheeling. We tried reaching out to them, requesting support for our protest. We got some love from those on the front lines. The Catholic Workers, who run a cooperative shelter, gave us advice and support, as well as their blessing. One of our members walked into the soup kitchen out of the blue and asked to speak with the director. Once we explained our agenda, the director immediately stopped dinner and asked everybody to listen to what we had to say. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the patrons. They even shared some of their stories and struggles with us, even though we had just met.
Our protest received no support fr...
It's past time to show the real horror of shootings, and especially mass shootings in America. No more hiding the photographic images of slaughter, writes artist/writer Andy Myer in ThisCantBeHappening.net Let American's see what easy gun access is doing to us and our kids.
When it comes to blockchain tech decentralization is key moving forward. In this new age of digital currencies competing in an open market governments and bankers alike are scrambling to gain control of this new medium of exchange that is changing the way we interact with them! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Mike Maloney host of "Hidden Secrets Of Money" about the potential that blockchain tech has to move us "towards the liberation of mankind"
In an interview on CPACs main stage Thursday afternoon, Federalist publisher Ben Domenech interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and asked about guns, health care, and freedom.
In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last week, numerous lawmakers and activists have called for more gun control, which Cruz said doesnt reduce violent crime.
CPAC 2018 (@CPAC) February 22, 2018
The Lefts answer is always, always, always: strip the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, Cruz said. Heres the problem: it just doesnt work. If you look at the jurisdictions with the toughest gun control laws, cities like Chicago, cities like Washington DC, they often have among the highest murder rates and crime rates.
You want to see crime take off? he asked. Disarm the law-abiding citizens. The criminals love it when law-abiding citizens cant defend themselves. If you actually wanna to stop crimes, what does work is targeting violent criminals. Going after them like a ton of bricks putting felons and criminals in jail. Thats what we ought to be doing and thats what we ought to do.
Ben asked Cruz about his dust-up with CNNs Chris Cuomo, who deceptively claimed Cruz was afraid to appear on his show and answer questions about guns.
Im quite certain in the history of the universe, no one has been afraid of Chris Cuomo, Cruz quipped.
After Cruz called Obamacare repeal the biggest unfinished commitment for the first all-Republican Congress and presidency in a decade and detailed Obamacares failures, he said, Its what led Bill Clinton to call Obamacare one of the craziest things in the world. About the only time I ever agreed with Bill Clinton well, other than about Hillary.
He followed with, Im going to get in trouble for that one.
Ben asked the Texas senator about a message he had for young people who face criticisms on campus and from members of the media for their beliefs.
I call young people generation fr...
Bob M writes: In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the high school students at that school and across the country are calling for a walkout on March 24 and again on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999. The students are calling for national leaders to listen to them, but as of yet they do not have demands other than getting AR-15s "out of the hands of people who should not have them." Many radicals still hold strong to the important point that de-arming must start with the cops, military, and not take away self-defense from oppressed communities.
World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We've run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way.
President Trump's first year in office proved to be just as racially divisive as his campaign -- but even more consequential, says the Southern Poverty Law Center report released on Wednesday (February 21).
Teen survivors from the school shooting in Florida are standing up and marching on Washington D.C. demanding change. They are determined to make sure this is the last mass shooting. These teens have had enough with the debate on gun control and believe that now is the time to end the argument and make a difference. 
(TMU) Rising rent prices and low wages have resulted in thousands of people across the city of Los Angeles becoming homeless, many of them now living in cars and RVs if they were able to keep it together that well. According to the most recent counts by the KPCC, there are at least 7,000 people live in their 
Update: Google imagery suggests the shot to the road sign
may have been fired prior to the massacre on a date unknown. Never
the less, the bullet strike on the garage door is very
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) If you are already an avid Intellihub reader than you likely are aware the 1 October massacre was conducted via an air assault but now there may be some physical evidence supporting the case.
Intellihub Founder and Director Shepard Ambellas recently did a major investigation at the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival where last years massacre took place, and what he found may shock you.
While analyzing a Dead End road sign on the corner of Ali Baba Ln. and Giles St. Ambellas discovered a bullet strike which did not originate from ground level.
In fact, the strike appears to be almost nearly head-on with the sign from an elevated position, presumably originating from the airspace between the Luxor and the Delano Hotel.
Although there is no way to determine when the shot was fired, Ambellas believes the shot was not a ricochet and was likely fired from an elevated position approximately 2,300 feet away.Google Maps
Ladies and gentlemen, I have to say, I can see the angle of the bulge and the angle that that bullet is coming from and I can tell you that its not coming from the Mandalay Bay but rather, it is actually coming from the airspace between the Luxor and the Delano, Ambellas explained. I can actually tell that by basically doing a forensic analysis of it, its not even rocket science.
Ambellas is considered a hands-on firearm expert and marksman who has trained on and has fire...
(ANTIMEDIA) On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a televised town hall meeting in Sunrise, FL, that focused on last weeks shooting. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted, Colton 
In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the 
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Its hard to find any information at all on a one Hendricus G. Loos, despite the fact that hes filed multiple patent applications, with success, for apparatuses that deal with the manipulation of the human nervous system via a computer screen or a television monitor. In the abstract, he explains the following: Physiological effects have been 
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A dramatic video of a police officer pepper spraying and then body slamming a small teen girl has sparked a backlash against police by people claiming the officer went too far.
The post WATCH: Cop Pepper Sprays Teen Girl, Slams Her Into ConcreteNearly Sparking a Riot appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
A sign of the growing fear among the British elites about Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyns increasing popularity are the attempts to
smear him. Robert Mackey
writes about one such attempt by the right-wing British tabloid
press led by Rupert Murdoch to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of having been
a spy for the Czechoslovakian secret service during the Cold War.
This was taken up by Conservative prime minister Theresa May and
some of her cabinet members but the attempt failed miserably.
So the prime minister presumably thought it would be good politics to joke on Wednesday in the House of Commons about a smear campaign launched by the tabloids on Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour party. Referring to a recent barrage of poorly sourced stories in the Sun and the Mail accusing Corbyn of having helped Czechoslovakia spy on Britain during the Cold War, May introduced a tortured pun about the Labour leader wanting her to sign a blank Czech.
Corbyns response, a theatrical yawn, delighted his supporters.
EL4C (@EL4JC) February 21, 2018
A more potent sign that the attacks had failed was how quickly other members of Mays party retreated when the allegations about Corbyn were thoroughly debunked by former British spies and records available in the archives of the Czech secret service.
Faced with overwhelming evidence that their effort to tie Corbyn to Czech intelligence had failed, reporters for the far-right tabloids moved on to loudly demanding that the Labour leader permit the release of a supposed file on him compiled by the East German secret service, the Stasi. That effort also fell flat when German officials who oversee the Stasi archive announced that they had found no documents at all on Corbyn.
Corbyn's Stasi file is so secret that even the Stasi doesn't know about it. That's top notch secret servicing.
heartbeeps (@hrtbps) February 21, 2018...
[cn: sexual violence, including rape]
So last month, I talked a bit about sexual violence. And when most people think about this topic, they imagine male perpetrators and female victims. But since my personal experience is in gay male contexts, I tend to think of male victims first. And male victims, well isnt that a thing? You have all the usual myths about sexual violence, and problems with how we treat victims after the fact; but on top of that, you have even more issues that are specific to male victims.
In this post, Ill discuss three disparate topics related to male victims. First, Ill talk about some male-specific misconceptions. Second, Ill talk about prevalence statistics, and complain about how people have collected these statistics. Third, Ill talk about feminism.
MaleSurvivor.org has a great list of facts about male victims, debunking common misconceptions. Im not going to reinvent the wheel, Ill just highlight a few points for readers who dont click that link. Yes, men can be victims of sexual violence. Their perpetrators can have any gender/orientation combination. No, survivors are not more likely to become sexual abusers.
One particularly insidious misconception, is that erection equals consent. The one reference I saw suggests that about half of male victims of rape maintain their erections through the incident. That means if you believe the misconception, you could easily erase a significant fraction of male rape victims. This misconception is commonly believed by both perpetrators and victims, with tragic consequences. Ally Fogg has a great post talking about this, including the aforementioned reference. I feel gratified to discover that one of the best resources on this topic is someone on my blogging network.
Theres an issue with statistics of rape of men. Rape is defined by several institutions to only include incidents where the victim is penetrated, and not incidents where the victim is made to penetrate the perpetrator. To save space, Im going to take it for granted that you, the reader, agree with me that this is nonsense, and that rape should obviously include the category of being made to penetrate. From this perspective, you basically cant trust any statistics of rape, without looking closely at the details.
According to the......
Italian elections are always complex affairs, but the upcoming Mar. 4 vote is one of the most bewildering in several decades: the right is resurgent, the left embattled, and the issue drawing the greatest fire and fury has little to do with the economic malaise that has gripped the country since the great economic crash of 2008.
By Matt Agorist The new law will create inflation whenever the trusts want inflation. From now on depressions will be scientifically created. ~Congressman Charles A....
(TFC Opinion) As the subject of the Second Amendment reenters the public discourse, the question of whether or not the right to keep and bears arms is an effective deterrent against tyranny must be examined. In the days of drones, fighters, and tanks, what good is a semi-automatic rifle? This question is typically posed by those who 
We already sensed that, with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House, the attacks would mean war. But like the rest of the world, we didn't yet have the faintest idea how long that war would last. And 16 years on, we still don't know.
In my home state of Iowa, a discussion is moving forward on widening Interstate 380 between North Liberty and Cedar Rapids into three lanes in each direction. .
I-380 is a spur from I-80 west of Iowa City, bending at Cedar Rapids towards Waterloo
As I wrote two years ago, the impetus for widening the highway is understandable population in Linn and Johnson counties has increased; their combined population in the 2016 census estimate is 368,208, up 7.63 percent since 2010 and 39.0 percent since 1990, both faster than the United States as a whole. Intercity commuting has increased with population average daily traffic counts at the county line increased by about 50 percent between 1998 (38,200) and 2014 (55,600) and drivers can at times feel trapped in traffic without an extra lane to set them free. The region and the state have sunk their investments into highway transportation, and citizens seem to approve. It seems easier to build on that than to try to create alternatives from nothing.
The arguments against the project remain as strong as they did two years ago. First, widening the highway does not merely set existing traffic free. It encourages more traffic along the highway. Increased highway capacity encourages more people to commute and existing commuters to drive more. This has been shown in numerous studies. Here are some cited by Tom Vanderbilt (Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), Knopf, 2008) and Edward Humes (Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, Harper, 2016):
In its near decimation of North Korea, the United States tried to spread diseases like bubonic plague, dropped 32,500 tons of napalm, and killed nearly 3 million people. Its sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived 
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By B.N. Frank On February 9, 2018, Dr. Oz included a segment on his program about Americans who are concerned about untested 5G small cell...
I knew this was coming; in fact, I was interviewed several times for this article about misconduct by Lawrence Krauss. I had to tell the journalist that at most Id gotten some second-hand echoes from the whisper network, but that I knew nothing directly about any accusations against him. But then, Im a guy I wasnt at risk for being groped, so no one was going to pull me aside and warn me. Also, as a guy who was hanging out with Krauss now and then, there was no way to trust me not to spread the word to the accusedand whoa, but a lot of women were terrified of being alone with him, and of the effect he could have on their career.
Go read their stories. I believe them.
Its a shame, too, because in theory, hes an ally. He just seems to fall short in practice.
But Krauss says his movement is getting more diverse, not less. He is politically liberal, decrying sexism, racism, and the fear of people who are different, and is a vocal critic of Donald Trump. And yet, hes not always politically correct, whether saying that religion drives xenophobia, dismissing burka-clad Muslims as women in bags, announcing that a statue looks like Jesus on the toilet, or tweeting articles arguing that #MeToo has gone too far.
And in his private life, according to a number of women in his orbit, Krauss exhibits some of the sexist behavior that he denounces in public. Now that these accusations are coming out in the open, some women have doubts that the skeptics will acknowledge the body of evidence about his behavior, and confront their own preconceived beliefs.
Once again, skeptics are afflicted with a curious blindness. Theres a psychology study waiting to happen here.
Skeptics and atheists like to think they are above human foibles like celebrity worship, Rebecca Watson, a prominent feminist skeptic, told BuzzFeed News. In a way, that makes them particularly susceptible to being abused by their heroes. I think we see that over and over again.
Women at skeptics meetings would often warn each other to avoid Krauss, she added, but conference organizers seemed reluctant to act. He was a popular speaker, Watson said. None of them were interested in doing anything about what was happening.
Krauss hasnt done himself any favors, either.
But Krausss reputation took a hit in April 2011, after he publicly defended Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier who was convicted of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl and spe...
Trump's conflicts of interest, his narcissism, his sort of inability to understand that there is something called America that is greater and more important than flag salutes and standing for a national anthem or securing the borders, is symptomatic of something that is much deeper that's gone wrong in America.
By Matt Agorist If there is one thing consistent about president Donald Trump, it is his inconsistencies. Since he was elected, Trump has reneged on...
A new draft for managing mass migration was introduced by the United Nations about a month ago and is expected to be adopted by most of its member states later this year. The draft is called ''global compact for migration'', and if you think it's about restricting the phenomenon, you are wrong. Quite the opposite.
In fact, the global compact for migration seeks to expand even more mass migration and actually legitimize it by blurring the legal status between refugees and migrants, or in the words of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres himself, ''put in place more legal pathways for migration, removing the incentives for individuals to break the rules'' and find ''more credible pathways for migrants who do not qualify for international refugee protection''.
In other words, instead of implementing the existing international laws, let's create new ones to bypass them. No restrictions, no rules to break, no one is illegal, no problem. Genius.
This is a tactic that Kelly Greenhill described in her book entitled ''Weapons of Mass Migration'', where she writes that ''when German Jews were interned on the Isle of Man, British newspapers blurred the distinctions between refugee, alien and enemy, so today, according to Alasdair Mackenzie, coordinator of [UK] Asylum Aid, Theres general confusion in many newspapers between an asylum seeker and someone from abroadeveryone gets tarred with the same brush.'''
Greenhill defines ''coercive engineered migration'' as ''those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states''. The difference with the new draft from the UN is that it transforms Greenhill's ''target states'' into something much bigger: the whole planet.
This is a giant practical step towards globalisation, and of course it's not happening for the sake of ''humanity''.
In an astonishing admission, a spokesman from the International Organisation for Migration...
By Carey Wedler In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the Internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary...
In a highly illegal practice, breaking several national and state laws against jailing people over private debts, thousands of people are being kidnapped and caged after being turned over to collection agencies.
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CNN hosted an anti-gun rally townhall yesterday featuring freshly grieving children and parents from Parkland High who aimed their ire at the NRA, politicians who are peripherally associated with the NRA and anyone who didnt say exactly what they wanted to hear. It was an event where a Parkland student could compare Marco Rubio to a mass murderer and question whether NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch truly cares about her children without ever being challenged.
I hope CNN got the rating it was looking for, because its almost guaranteed that NRA membership and gun sales are about to spike.
Between all the demonizing, heckling, sophistry, gaslighting, platitudes and emotional appeals, members of the crowd people who should never be the target of conspiracy theories or ad hominem attacks, but who shouldnt be exempted from a real debate, either booed a rape survivors story and cheered at the idea of banning every semiautomatic rifle in America. Maybe someone will ask them if they support banning every semiautomatic in America, period, since the latter is responsible for the preponderance of gun homicides. One death is too many, after all.
Whatever the case, these young people are about to be hit by a harsh reality, because banning semiautomatic rifles or handguns is not only impractical (there are probably over 5 million AR-15s in circulation alone; and semiautomatics constitute the majority of modern guns) and not only likely unconstitutional (the Supreme Court has found that weapons in common use by law-abiding citizens are protected) but, for many millions of Americans who worry about the Second Amendment, also highly undesirable.
Yet a star-studded line-up of liberals, many of whom are funding the activism of Parkland students with big checks, cheered with them. Do they all agree that every semiautomatic rifle in America should be banned? Do they agree that anyone who supports legal semiautomatic rifles has blood on their hands? Someone with access should ask.
What we do know is that the entire liberal political class couldnt stop praising the activism and lack of cynicism displayed by these kids (a selective admiration reserved for those who coincidentally align with their positions.) The kids were indeed earnest, even if they were generally uneducated about gun laws, legal process, and the underpinning of the Second Amendment which is...
The captain of the Mesa High School basketball team started the protest on Snapchat. A 15-year-old sophomore merged the social media brainstorming into a solid plan.
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coinruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness. In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.
A hero student from the shooting in Parkland, Florida has come forward explaining how CNN wouldn't let him ask his own questions and, instead, handed him a script to readhe politely refused to participate in their propaganda.
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February 18, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. Thats the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios. Ultimately, its about American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Russia and China are prime targets for this global assault. The three unfolding war scenarios are seen in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. These are not disparate, disassociated conflicts. They are inter-related expressions of the American war plans. War plans which involve the moving of strategic military power into position. Last weeks massacre of over 100 Syrian government forces by American warplanes near Deir ez-Zor was an audacious overt assault by the US on the Syrian state.
Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection
by Jon Rappoport
February 22, 2018
Ive been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.
The drugs arent the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping upin schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.
Here are excerpts from my 1999 report
The massacre at Columbine High School took place on April 20, 1999. Astonishingly, for eight days after the tragedy, during thousands of hours of prime-time television coverage, virtually no one mentioned the word drugs. Then the issue was opened. Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug.
The NY Times of April 29, 1999, and other papers reported that Harris was rejected from enlisting in the Marines for medical reasons. A friend of the family told the Times that Harris was being treated by a psychiatrist. And then several sources told the Washington Post that the drug prescribed as treatment was Luvox, manufactured by Solvay.
In two more days, the drug-issue was gone.
Luvox is of the same class as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil. They are labeled SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They attempt to alleviate depression by changing brain-levels of the natural substance serotonin. Luvox has a slightly different chemical configuration from Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and it was approved by the FDA for obsessive-compulsive disorder, although many doctors apparently prescribe it for depression.
Prozac is the wildly popular Eli Lilly antidepressant which has been linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. It is now given to young children. Again, its chemical composition is very close to Luvox, the drug that Harris took.
Dr. Peter Breggin, the eminent psychiatrist and author (Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin), told me, With Luvox there is some evidence of a four-percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals, could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis.
Dr. Joseph Tarantolo is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington DC. He is the president of the Washington chapter of the American Society of Psyc...
During the 2016 election, the narrative that interference from the Russians had an impact on Donald Trumps success was alive and well, and it was pushed heavily by the Washington Post. However, the Post is now claiming that the propaganda it accused Russian bots of spreading was actually American, and it was factually accurate.
In a new story titled Russia used mainstream media to manipulate American voters, the Post admittedthat instead of creating and spreading fake news, the accounts it claimed were controlled by Russians actually focused on sharing stories from American mainstream media outlets, and one of their most used sources just happened to be The Washington Post.
Citing an analysis by Columbia University social-media researcher Jonathan Albright, the Post noted that the majority of the Russian propaganda spread by these accounts was made up of factually accurate stories from American sources:
Some well-chronicled hoaxes reached large audiences. But Russian-controlled Twitter accounts, Albright said, were far more likely to share stories produced by widely read sources of American news and political commentary. The stories themselves were generally factually accurate, but the Russian accounts carefully curated the overall flow to highlight themes and developments that bolstered Republican Donald Trump and undermined his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Among the tweets Albright studied...
Every 53.3 days, the NASA probe Juno passes Jupiter in its orbit. This magnificent feat allows for some beautiful snaps of the great gas giant, and the latest to be released by NASA are no disappointment.
On February 7, the Juno probe passed jupiter for the 11th time. As the $1 billion machine flew through space at an estimated 130,000 miles an hour, it took some truly breathtaking images of the planet.
It takes days (often a little longer) for data to reach our planet, however the pictures are certainly worth the wait. Business Insider reports, the data is posted to a special website where we can take a look, and those who have the photoshop skills can take the black-and-white files and turn them to beautiful pictures. The pics can then be uploaded for all to see.
I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four types of power: military, economic, political, and ideological. In Incoherent Empire, Mann used the same framework to examine what he called the U.S.s new imperialism after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He predicted that, The American Empire will turn out to be a military giant; a back-seat economic driver; a political schizophrenic; and an ideological phantom. What struck me most forcefully as I reread Incoherent Empire was that absolutely nothing has changed in the incoherence of U.S. imperialism.
Argentinas main worker unions, social movements and human rights groups have planned a massive protest in Buenos Aires to oppose President Mauricio Macris economic policies, layoffs, the recent pension reforms, judicial persecution of social leaders, and other intended labor reforms. A series of actions and mobilizations against the austerity measures started on Feb. 15. The various groups, including the General Confederation of Labor (3 million members) and the Argentine Workers Central Union (1.5 million members) and the Association of State Workers (roughly 250,000 members) will arrive downtown at noon on Wednesday. Transport union leader Hugo Moyano, will address the crowd. The union called Camioneros (or truckers) has roughly 200,000 members and is reported to have the capacity to paralyze the country.
Amid all the turmoil associated with the recent high school massacre of students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, two things stood out in stark contrast to the response of NRA sponsored politicians and lobbyists, the bravery of so many victims and the honesty of so many survivors. It is doubtful that either of these qualities will impress or even register with the majority of the Florida State House and Senate...
The first domino is falling in the direction of eventual worldwide bans of Neurotoxic food additives; it can't be propped up by corporate bribes, threats, or lawsuits, thanks to the courageous health ministers in Punjab, Sindh, and now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, representing 92% of Pakistan's population. I think this will inevitably lead to Pakistan's banning of Ajinomoto's other neurotoxic carcinogenic poison, Aspartame.
CNNs Jake Tapper was thrown off kilter during an anti-gun town hall Wednesday night when a student went off script and attacked a Democrat senator instead of a spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The student had prepared a question she was supposed to ask Dana Loesch, who spoke at the town hall on behalf of the NRA, but aimed her question at Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) instead.
I had a question for Ms. Loesch but shes not here yet, so, for her and the NRA, which shes probably watching, and all of you puppet politicians that they are backing: was the the blood of my classmates and my teachers worth your blood money?
Rather than chide the questioner for such a dishonest, partisan screed, Tapper immediately jumped to Nelsons defense.
Senator Nelson, you dont have to answer that question, he said. Lets move on to the next question.
The crowd jeered, and the student was not happy. Excuse me? Im a student. I should
I understand that, Tapper interrupted. But your question, I thought you were going to ask Senator Nelson a question. Your question sounds like you want to ask Dana Loesch a question in the next segment. And Im happy to do that, if you want.
The reaction of both Tapper and Nelson indicates that the scripted event went awry, as Tapper was clearly expecting an approved question for Nelson, not a premature rant aimed at a woman who had not even been brought on stage by the network yet.
Colton Haab, one of the students who survived last weeks mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, told the media he chose not to attend the town hall, because CNN tried to give him written questions to ask at the event. Haab is a Junior ROTC enlistee who personally helped dozens of students stay safe during the shooting by moving them to a more secure classroom and setting up Kevlar screens to shield students from bullets.
CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, he told a local news outlet. I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions.
Pennsylvania's GOP gambled and lost in its effort to preserve its supermajority House delegation, but that doesn't mean they are going quietly into the night. They are cornered and desperate and are trying everything to delay implementing the state's new congressional map until 2020.
Here are some numbers to start. In 2014, 64 percent of bottled water was, essentially, filtered tap water -- up from 51.8 percent in 2009. From 2010 to 2014, total federal funding for public water infrastructure fell from $6.9 billion to around $4.4 billion. In other words: as funding for safe public water fell 37 percent, bottled water companies were able to increase sales of what was basically just tap water under the guise that it was safer. Even though the U.S. government requires stricter safety monitoring of tap water than for bottled water. When Congress doesn't fund water infrastructure, Nestl wins. And this is something they spend millions doing. The International Bottled Water Association, Nestl Waters NA, Nestl USA and Coca-Cola lobbied Congress on issues including bottled water, water infrastructure...
I am usually optimistic about politics, that however bleak
things look at the moment for the causes of equality and justice
(and boy are they bleak right now) over time things will improve.
But there is one issue where I felt where things would not improve
and that is with gun control. My pessimism on that particular issue
was sealed with the murders of twenty first grade children in
Newton, an event that did not lead to any movement to limit the
easy availability of high-powered weapons that pretty much anyone
could get with no difficulty. It seemed like the political class
was not going to interfere with the ability of any individual to
buy unlimited numbers of weapons and ammunition to kill as many
people as they can.
If such a horrific event did not produce any action, what would? Or so my thinking went. But Alec MacGillis warns that my kind of cynicism is playing right into the hands of the gun extremists in the NRA and congress, who are trying to create this sense of pessimism.
For one thing, such pessimism demoralizes, and dismisses, those who are motivated to fight against gun violence, such as the network of angry moms that sprung up after the Sandy Hook massacre and the organization led by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, which have managed to achieve a series of state-level successes even as reform stalls at the national level.
For another thing, it lets off the hook those who are opposed to stronger gun laws. Declaring preemptively that any new effort at gun-law reform is doomed spares opponents from even having to make their arguments for protecting the gun lobby.
Most importantly, liberal fatalism on gun control overstates the strength of the opposition. The National Rifle Associations influence depends heavily on the perception of its power. By building up the gun lobby as an indomitable force, pessimists are playing directly into its hands.
Bottom line, the widespread fatalism on guns is self-fulfilling. It inflates the power of the opposition, undermines activists, and gives off the air of defeat, never a good thing in a country that prizes winners.
But now a new generation may be showing a different way. A remarkable wave of student outrage and activism is spreading from Parkland, serving as a rebuke not only to conservatives who have blocked gun-law reform, but also to liberals who had given up the fight.
When weve had our say with the government and maybe the adults have gotten used to saying it is what it is, but if us students have learned anything, its that if you dont study, you will fail, declared Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland student, in a spe...
How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.
This is yet another propaganda alert coming straight from one of the survivors of the Florida school shooting. He says CNN gave him a scripted question after denying him the right to ask about armed guards.
According to Real Clear Politics, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday nights town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a scripted question, and quashing the one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards.
That doesnt fit CNNs narrative, however, so they disallowed Haab from simply asking his question. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told WPLG-TV. I dont think that its going get anything accomplished. Its not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.
I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions, Haab said.
Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded classmates in the midst of terror says he did not get to share his experience, WPLGs Janine Stanwood explained. Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards but claims CNN wanted him to ask a scripted question instead so he decided not to go, Stanwood reported.
In Great Britain, midwives deliver half of all babies, including Kate Middletons first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In Sweden, Norway and France, midwives oversee most expectant and new mothers, enabling obstetricians to concentrate on high-risk births. In Canada and New Zealand, midwives are so highly valued that theyre brought in to manage complex cases that need special attention.
All of those countries have much lower rates of maternal and infant mortality than the U.S. Here, severe maternal complications have more than doubled in the past 20 years. Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties dont have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, and in rural areas, the number of hospitals offering obstetric services has fallen more than 16 percent since 2004. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries, attending around 10 percent of births, and the extent to which they can legally participate in patient care varies widely from one state to the next.
Now a groundbreaking study, the first systematic look at what midwives can and cant do in the states where they practice, offers new evidence that empowering them could significantly boost maternal and infant health. The five-year effort by researchers in Canada and the U.S., published Wednesday, found that states that have done the most to integrate midwives into their health care systems, including Washington, New Mexico and Oregon, have some of the best outcomes for mothers and babies. Conversely, states with some of the most restrictive midwife laws and practices including Alabama, Ohio and Mississippi tend to do significantly worse on key indicators of maternal and neonatal well-being.
We have been able to establish that midwifery care is strongly associa...
Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.
This is the end result of all that biohacking, you know.
While the students who survived a school shooting in Florida have been vocal in their protest against the inanimate object that was used in the attack, they have ignored the failures of the FBI and local police to prevent it.
District Attorney Roger Echols announced Tuesday afternoon that he is dropping the charges against the five remaining people accused of destroying a Confederate statue in downtown Durham last summer. The announcement follows a long day in District Court Monday in which a judge acquitted one defendant, Raul Mauro Jimenez, and dismissed the charges against two others, Peter Gilbert and Dante Strobino, after an assistant district attorney presented all her evidence. The judge said the prosecution failed to prove the defendants were guilty of three misdemeanors: injury to real property, defacing a public building or monument and conspiracy to deface a public building or monument. Prosecutors presented all of the admissible evidence available, Echols said. Since his office planned to present the same evidence against the remaining defendants, it no longer made sense to prosecute the case...
Since the vast majority of mass murders of the 1930s were accomplished with fully automatic weapons, tightly regulating who could buy and own them pretty much removed mass murders from the streets of America. It's time for the NRA to get out of the way, or for American politicians to gather together the courage to stop taking the NRA's money.
As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration's recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a "scam" that's designed to keep the nation trapped in its "dirty and destructive past," analysts are also warning the proposal will "make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement" to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only fast-track the construction of more pipelines across the U.S., but also to limit "the legal options available to lawyers at environmental groups opposed to new fossil fuel infrastructure" in part by changing "the standard under which a pipeline project could be temporarily halted by a judge," as Dino Gradoni explains in a Washington Post piece published Friday.
My guest for today is Camille Beredjick. Shes a journalist who blogs about LGBTQ rights on the blogs GayWrites and Friendly Atheist. She has a new book out called Queer Disbelief that explains why atheists should care about LGBTQ rights. Today we talk about her back story, her work, and the new book.
This week on Act Out! big oil and gas pay a small fine so they can keep on polluting. Next up, YOUR solidarity is needed in an upcoming week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not in the bayous? Well, you don't need to be. This affects us all. Finally, the impact of dirty energy on black and brown communities plus community organizer Maurice Cook joins us to talk white supremacy, the importance of battling racism, of recognizing black history and how to organize TOGETHER in our place and time.
Last nights CNN town hall amounted to a massive in-kind donation to the National Rifle Association. It was absolutely astounding. The problem wasnt the poor students on stage though a few of them were, as young people are, overwhelmed by the moment and engaged in disrespectful behavior toward the guests the problem was a crowd that would cheer anything and everything anti-gun, including in one of the more extreme moments shouting Youre a murderer at NRA representative Dana Loesch. One Parkland High School JROTC member refused to participate after being told he couldnt ask his question about having armed guards in school. The crowd even booed when Loesch brought up a rape survivor who is pro-gun. That was the level of intelligence put on screen, to the point that at varied junctures Jake Tapper attempted to quiet the crowd or ask for respect, to no avail.
The attendees openly cheered for seizing roughly half the guns in the country, even as politicians from both parties presented these ideas as ridiculous.
Multiple times during the town hall the crowd erupted with cheering at the idea of a ban on all semi-automatic weapons every time it was brought up. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was booed all night long and the NRA was painted as a domestic terrorist organization by people who blamed them for the shooting despite the fact that they had nothing to do with it.
The first such instance came when Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson mentioned banning AR-15s. The second instance came when Rubio underscored the fact that a ban on semi-automatic firearms means a ban on every semi-automatic rifle sold in America The event got so out of hand that left-leaning CNN anchor and host of the town hall, Jake Tapper, had to tell people to tone it down and be respectful because they werent even giving Rubio a chance to talk.
Here was Loeschs response to student Emma Gonzalez
I dont believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm, ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon. Thats number one.
This individual was nuts and I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization, that Im here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.
And, we have been, for over 20 years, and I have been screaming about this, which is why Im here, because I have kids and Im not just fighting...
Playing For Change Stand By Me. If you do nothing else today, take 5 minutes out of your day to listen and watch all these wonderful musicians and singers, from all over the world. Youll find out who and where as you go along. Makes me feel good about people, this.
(CN) Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely extending the Afghan wars record as the longest in U.S. history. Hes 
Many of us are interested in self-care to optimize our personal health and extend our lives. But the best thing we can do for ourselves isn't focused on self--it's connection to family and community.
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, former executive director of the Detroit Health Department, is promoting single-payer healthcare and is not taking corporate PAC money. Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield feel strongly that El-Sayeds opponent Gretchen Whitmer will be a great leader for Michigan.
Were told states like West Virginia and Iowa are the heart of Trump country. Which is code for: white and rural. Well, that isnt the whole story.
Thom Hartmann breaks down two common-sense gun regulations that would save lives.
Officially, the US military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating an incoherent policy, as Jonathan Marshall notes.
North Korean and Chinese accusations of US biological warfare during the Korean conflict, as well as confessions of captured US airmen, were dismissed by the US government as propaganda and false confessions. But a long-suppressed report on the subject raises questions about what really happened.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a target of liberal ire not only because of the 2016 election, but now also in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Many wonder how attorney Melinda Taylor can justify defending an alleged rapist, who they say played a key role in preventing the first woman from becoming president.
Finally got a couple shots of the Infusion Center with my ancient coolpix. First is the station across from me, I waited until that person was done and had left. Its like this all the way down, both sides. The nursess station is to the side of this chair. Second photo is my chair, got a bit of work done, and took this while I was still hooked up, but close to done. Click for full size. The worst effect of this cycle so far? My tea now tastes like a combination of soap & vomit. This might be a world ending event.
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Unicorn Riot obtained confidential Department of Homeland Security manuals showing how DHSs largest investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, advised its agents to conduct their operations. Part 2 of the Icebreaker series covers the HSI Search and Seizure and Asset Forfeiture handbooks.
Some of the material presented here has been obtained in court proceedings but is otherwise not generally available. Since the documents were created, new court cases would have forced these manuals to be replaced and updated.
Icebreaker Part 1 covered the Denaturalization Investigations Handbook of DHS-HSI. The two manuals, provided by an anonymous source and released today, never before published in this complete form, consist of 138 pages total.
Update 2/23: Based on this release, see also, how this search and seizure manual helps ICE avoid Constitutional challenges by Eoin Higgins in The Intercept.
According to a table of contents for 2016 vintage HSI Special Agent Handbooks, Asset Forfeiture Handbook HB 10-04, issued May 30, 2010, was still current, having been the primary policy guide for six years. The Intercept obtained an identical manual and published a report on it Oct. 13, 2017. Ryan Deveraux and Spencer Woodman wrote about the significance of the document:
[Asset Forfeiture Handbook] offers an unprecedented window into ICEs wide-ranging asset forfeiture operations and the premium the agency places on seizing valuable property. Forfeiture proceeds can bolster ICEs partnerships with local police departments, which are now the subject of heightened debate given the Trump administrations hard-line immigration agenda. At that time ICE confirmed to The Intercept that the handbook reflects the agencys most up-to-date guidance on asset forfeiture. 
Much of the handbook is devoted to describing the process of seizing real estate homes, farms, and businesses and it is in these pages that the dual priorities of financial gain and law enforcement objectives become most apparent. While the handbook contains little discussion on how to utilize asset forfeiture to maximize crime-fighting outcomes, there is extensive discussion of how agents should painstakingly determine whether a property is valuable enough to make seizure worthwhile. ...
(MEMO) Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Crown Prince Mohamed Bin 
Hate solves nothing, but as it fails, its proponents can only respond by escalating the hatred.
LBC (@LBC) February 22, 2018
Just to add the cherry on top, theres Marco Rubio pretending he hasnt been bought.
Then the student closed in. So, Senator Rubio, he said casually, can you tell me you wont be accepting a single penny from the NRA?
The crowd cheered like it was a slam dunkfest.
People buy into my agenda, insisted Rubio, ignoring the public disgust with buying and selling politics.
So you wont take more NRA money? Kasky pressed on.
Thats the wrong way to look at it, Rubio said. People buy into my agenda.
OK, Rubio, so your agenda aligns with that of a radical terrorist organization, the NRA.
Billy Graham innovated the world of evangelism. As a preacher during the post-war era traveled near and far-spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. As Grahams ministry developed, he focused on outreach. Seeking to reach more people and broaden the base, he often crossed lines of partisanship and doctrinal alignment. Graham died this morning at 
(ANTIWAR.COM) Three unnamed senior Trump Administration officials told reporters on Wednesday that they are advancing through the process of considering new rounds of sanctions against Russia, rejecting criticism that they werent sanctioning Russia often enough. The officials said that the review process is slow and arduous, and that as a result the administration isnt able to impose 
I believe that the University of Minnesota, Morris is an ideal learning environment: small classes, good teachers, a real commitment to education. But I also have to be honest and tell you that it has one flaw location. We really are on the edge of nowhere. I suppose I could spin it and say it has a kind of monastic atmosphere, free of distractions, but I often pine for a place that is a little closer to a real airport, maybe has some public transportation that can take me to someplace other than a grocery store, and has some of the amenities of a larger city.
Now I discover there is a solution. Invent a place! Alireza Heidari is an amazingly prolific scientist who has published hundreds of papers and is on the editorial board of countless journals, and he does it all from his institution, California South University.
What? Youve never heard of it? Its just down the road from UC Irvine; it takes up 50 city blocks, has 39,000 students, and is one of the top 50 universities in the United States! I dont know how you missed it.
Well, actually, Heidari has carried out the most extreme job of rsum padding ever. He invented a whole fictitious university, and built an entire web site to document its existence. Although, really, he simply stole the University of Albertas website, and through the power of search and replace, changed Canada to the US, and Edmonton to southern California. Its a good trick. Im sure Edmontonians are confused and uncertain whether to celebrate the better climate or be horrified to find themselves under President Trump.
Im going to suggest to the administration that we edit our web page to say were the University of Hawaii, Morris, and relocate the campus to Kauai. Im tired of being so cold all the time, and we could also fix up our ocean beach deficit at the same time.
Some light snow is falling over Seattle now, as a weak upper
level disturbance moves though. Perhaps a half-inch on the
ground in North Seattle.
But in general, Seattle has been left out of the bounty, even though we are cold enough to snow. More snow north, south, east and west of us. But why are we being short changed?
There IS a reason.
Let's start by showing the distribution of snow depth tonight at 10 PM from the NOAA National Snow Analysis. On the left, is last night and on the right, 10 days ago.
Quite a bit more over the west lowlands, particular south of Olympia, and east of the Cascade crest. Very light amounts over Seattle and south King County.
Safe driving is now a reason for police to pull you over, check the inside of your car, demand your papers, and stomp what is left of the 4th Amendment into the ground.
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I did my student teaching at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. Do you think I am sensitive to the topic of school shootings? Once upon a time, I was very proficient in martial arts and various forms of self-defense and I have taught classes to individuals and groups. Individuals like myself and Bob Griswold and myself have a degree of situational awareness that most in our society do not have. Anyone with any degree of training in self-defense will tell you, that our present level of self-defense practiced in our schools is criminally negligent.
Do not blame the teachers, the administrators or even the school boards. They are overwhelmed by mindlessfederal and state government liberal bureaucrats that believe that the designation gun-free-zones somehow makes our students safer. What a joke! Such a declaration is a message of open season on defenseless students and teachers.
The liberal morons who run much of our society dont even give a second thought to protecting the targets of a would-be-mass-murderer. Their only response is to seize the guns which is an exercise in futility. There are over 300 million guns in America. No amount of registration and even gun confiscation can even make a dent. Why? Because they FBI tells us that 90% of the gun used in a crime are stolen, thats why! Ron Paul put out a statement where decries the illogic of such a move.
We have George Soros inspired and funded young people who just magically organized themselves into organized protest rallies promoting gun confiscation, like a teenager would know the first thing about organizing such a movement. This is the definition of an orchestrated event.
There is an objective, from the liberal left, on why they want all the guns and they are willing to exploit school shootings to achieve their objective, but that is another topic for another day. For the p...
Culture wars: a childs medical right to change gender in the Brave New World
Wikipedia: Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the dysphoria (distress) a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.
by Jon Rappoport
February 21, 2018
Technocracy is shaping a new world based on twisting morality into pseudoscientific facts that demand compliance. Its a hoax on a grand scale. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Government programs to teach the issue of gender in schools are gaining steam. Fluid-gender is the artificial construct used to promote these programs.
For years, Ive been warning about the fabricated use of medical labels as a pretext for protecting the rights of the child.
The op goes this way:
Shift a decision about morality into a decision about the right to obtain medical treatment. For example, claim there is a disorder called Gender Dysphoria. Claim many children suffer from it.
State that gender reassignment is the treatment that cures the disorder.
State that every child has the right to choose the treatmentAND parents who oppose it are illegally restricting their children.
Breitbart reports on a current case: Parents of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her wish for transgender medical treatments.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her grandparents who support her medical transition allowing them to make decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.
The parents reportedly continued to call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents refusal to accept that she wanted to transition to a male.
We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will make this sort of decision best for the child, said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed guardian ad litem. The parents have clearly indicated that theyre not open to it.
According to the news st...
Robert Weaver, President Donald Trumps failed pick to lead the Indian Health Service, is lashing out after the White House abandoned his nomination without so much as an explanation.
In 1953, when I was a nine-year-old growing up in Georgia, I saw an ad in the back of a magazine by Golden State Arms, a mail-order firearms dealer in California. It announced the sale of surplus Russian Mosin-Nagant 7.62 mm bolt-action rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition for just $9.99 each.
Wow! The rifle shown in the tiny ad looked cool, and the price was right. So, after robbing my piggy bank and without parental consultation, I sent a postal money order to California and waited.
A month later, a Railway Express driver appeared at our front door with a long narrow box. I hadnt known that the Mosin-Nagant was more than 48 inches long. So I immediately confronted a tactical problem. The package was almost longer than I was tall, and it had arrived on a Saturday when my father was home. My hastily improvised plan was to sneak my new rifle into the basement and figure things out from there.
I wrestled the package through the living room and dining room. The door leading to the basement stairs was within reach. The plan was working!
But then, my father appeared out of nowhere and fixed me with a cold gaze.
Son, what have you got there?
Nothing, sir. For some reason, he didnt seem convinced.
Well, then, he replied, lets open up that package and see what nothing looks like.
Deflated, I watched as he withdrew my new rifle and a flimsy cardboard box containing 50 rounds of ammunition. Hefting the rifle, he expertly worked the bolt back and forth and pulled the trigger. He wasnt a big gun owner, but he knew firearms and kept a .22 rifle for home defense. Then he removed the bolt and handed me the rifle.
Here you go. Have fun.
But, daddy, the gun wont shoot without the bolt! I protested.
My, he smiled benignly, youre such a bright little fellow. Now get along.
That was my introduction to gun control.
Even though my Mosin-Nagant never fired a round, plenty of other working firearms were readily available to the boys in our neighborhood. Along with knives, homemade explosives, fireworks, chemistry sets, full-contact football without pads, bicycles without helmets, fist fights, and so on, we occupied ourselves with daily activities that would today result in our parents arrest by the child-rearing experts from Children and Youth Services.
Somehow we managed to reach adulthood pretty much unscathed. As for all those readily available firearms, we used them for plinking, target practice, hunting, and competitive shooting. In those long-ago days, this was considered normal.
In adolescence, some of us joined our high sc...
Gayle Myrick, a 68-year-old grandmother of three, loved her job as a magistrate in North Carolina. For almost five years, she set bonds, issued warrants, and granted protective orders to domestic violence victims, all while offering a message of hope to individuals in a tough spot.
You can start over every day, Gayle would tell the Americans who came before her. You dont have to be in this situation forever. Theres plenty of people that want to help you.
She especially loved presiding over marriage ceremonies.
Presiding over two people committing their lives to each other filled me with so much joy that I routinely stepped in for other magistrates who didnt like performing that task, she wrote in a column published in The Washington Post.
But all of that changed in October, 2014, when same-sex marriage was made legal in North Carolina. As a Christian, Gayle could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, since Christianity reserves sex exclusively to a married man and woman. Yet she also didnt want to prevent anyone from getting married, nor to feel he or she was treated differently.
After praying and thinking, she and her supervisor came up with a solution: they would alter Gayles schedule so she wouldnt perform any marriages. The judge that supervises her office rejected this plan, and Gayle was forced to resign just two months shy of being eligible for retirement.
I lost it all, she said.
Throughout our phone conversations totaling 90 minutes, its clear Gayles identity is deeply rooted in her family and faith. She says she inherited her strong convictions and a willingness to stand up for her beliefs from her father, an extremely hard worker and honest man. He worked as a welder and farmed on the side, working from three oclock in the morning until six or seven oclock at night each day.
He was going to do what was right and the consequences did not matter to him, she said of her father, who passed away 2005. He showed them we can agree to disagree . . . without back-biting. . . Thats the way he is remembered to this day. He is just a person who stood for what he believed.
Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, which entailed a lot more back then than it does now, Gayle tells me. She cooked, cleaned, sewed her familys clothes, gardened, and taught Gayle about her faith.
You stand up for your convictions at any cost, she said. And youre...
Washington DC public schools are facing yet another round of scandals. By now, its probably time to stop calling that unceasing reality news. Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday after it was revealed he pulled strings to get his daughter into a better public school rather than resigning her fate to the districts lottery assignment system. Thats only the tip of the iceberg.
This year, the FBI began investigating the school system after it was revealed that the district fraudulently awarded high school diplomas to a third of last years graduates. Last year, the Washington Post found the previous school chancellor also helped connected parents get their kids into better public schools without having to use the lottery system, and that DC schools were lying about their suspension rates.
Should be noted that there has been a consistent abuse of the lottery system and transfer rules dating back to Fenty and Rhee. Heres my WaPo colleague @mikedebonis in his City Paper days after Id left DC mayoral beat: https://t.co/ImrwKKZkTf
David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) February 17, 2018
Theres more: Last year, only 178 out of 2,307 graduates from all DCPS high schools had satisfactory attendance. Almost half of DCPS students who missed more than half of the school year graduated last year, notes Max Eden (emphasis added). This is disgusting. How can someone truly earn a diploma without actually being present in school to do the work?
Corruption is endemic to DC public schools and has been for decades. The famed Michelle Rhee came in as chancellor in 2007 after the districts school board was stripped of powers due to gross mismanagement over the previous four decades, including financial corruption, nepotism, and union heads going to ja...
The facts of life are stubborn things. No matter how many times we try to modify or ignore them, there they are. It turns out to be true even if youre rich, famous, or a progressive feminist in good standing. Just ask Lena Dunham and Jill Filipovic.
Dunham recently took to Vogue to discuss her hysterectomy at age 31 and foreclosing the possibility of ever bearing her own biological children. Meanwhile, Filipovic wrote on changing her mind about marriage for Cosmopolitan. For those who havent heard, Filipovic is now Mrs. McCormick (at least, traditionally speaking).
What was so striking about both personal essays wasnt the content, per se. Marriage and motherhood are BIG things. Theyre life changing things that countless people have reflected on in essays and book-length treatments. Its also common for people to feel ambivalent about both of them, especially before taking either plunge.
No, what was fascinating was how both women outspoken feminists, if ever there were found themselves attracted by elements of the traditional life script seemingly at odds with Filipovics writings and Dunhams public image.
Now to be fair, marriage and parenthood arent inherently partisan, but in todays culture, both can feel politicized. Filipovic has tweeted and written in favor of child-free living. For her part, Dunham has described attending a wedding ceremony and finding it patronizing, outdated, and terrifying. So, presumably these women would agree they are both coloring outside certain feminist lines.
Each essay chronicles a seismic shift in the writers life. Filipovic, in particular, appears to struggle with her life-changing choice. Her discomfort with the institution of marriage is palpable. Filipovic explains, my own cynicism, bolstered by feminist theory put me squarely in the marriage-free camp throughout my 20s. She watches women pair off before age 30 and considers them child brides. She watches women pair off after 30 and worries they are settling for the sake of stability.
Filipovic writes that not only did she not want to wed until same-sex marriage became legal (like Dunham), but she also worried marriage couldnt be egalitarian and about the perceived s...
Gun owners know firearm laws. We must. The slightest slip-up can result in serious consequences. This is why gun owners eyes roll when firearm ignoramuses talk about gun policy. It doesnt take long to tell whether a gun control bill was written by someone who understands firearm laws and regulations.
One of the most basic rules that law-abiding gun owners must follow is dont turn your gun into a machine gun. The consequences for breaking this rule are serious.
To help make sure innocent people dont accidentally become felons, a machine gun has a very simple definition: when you pull the trigger, more than one bullet is fired. If you cannot make your gun fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull, then you dont have a machine gun.
When I read President Donald Trumps memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, my eyes rolled before I even made it past the memos subject line: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to Bump Fire Stocks and Other Similar Devices
The real eye-rolling really kicked in a little further down the page: Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.
That is already illegal. It is illegal for anyone without the proper permits and licenses to modify their semi-automatic weapon to fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull.
I own multiple bump stocks. One of them I 3D printed myself, just to prove that modern technology makes banning them pointless. I did not manufacture a machine gun. I manufactured a stock that moves freely along a rifles buffer tube.
The buffer tube is the piece of aluminum that an AR-15s stock attaches to. The buffer tube has deliberately drilled holes that allow a shooter to collapse their butt stock to change the rifles length of pull. That allows for an AR-15s stock to be pinned into place, either permanently in states with assault weapon bans or temporarily in the case of collapsible stocks.
A bump fire stock, at its core, is nothing but a thumbhole stock (where the pistol grip and stock are one piece) that is not pinned in place on a rifles buffer tube. The bump fire stock moves forward and backward on the buffer tube as the rifle is fired, allowing the shooter to harness the rifles recoil to reset the trigger faster than their trigger finger muscles could on their own.
A bump stock does not change the mechanics of the rifle in any way, shape, or form. It does not turn a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun. Trumps memos in...
Womens alienation from STEM jobs is causing major pains among the more extreme equity feminists and their elite culture allies. When women are under-represented in a particular field of employment, these folks auto-default to the conclusion that women are kept out because of sexism and traditionalist expectations.
Of course, prejudice against women does happen in the workplace, but it is certainly not the cause of all such employment differences. Sometimes it merely comes down to womens own freely chosen preferences. Most women just dont desire to work in certain male-dominated fields, so they make other choices. They do so with complete clarity and full knowledge of what they are doing.
Very robust research has shown for some time what most of us simple folk already knew. A brand new study published this month in Psychological Science explains the supposed inequity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is not a function of social prejudice, but mere personal preference. An analysis of womens academic choices in 67 diverse countries and regions, it reports that women consistently register lower interest in STEM education and careers compared to men. This fact has remained stable over the decades, despite most developed countries taking considerable efforts toward understanding and changing this pattern, explain these scholars.
This has remained true even as women are far outpacing men in earning bachelors and masters degrees and largely neck-and-neck with them in earned doctoral degrees. Starker even still is in countries where women enjoy greater political, social, and economic freedom, they are less likely to seek degrees and hold careers in science, engineering, and technology. The studys authors explain that the most gender-equitable countries in the world, as measured by the World Economic Forums Global Gender Gap Index, tend to have the largest gaps between men and women in the STEM fields.
While Finland is one of the most gender-equitable countries, Finland has one of the worlds largest gender gaps in college degrees in STEM fields, and Norway and Sweden, also leading the gender-equity rankings, are not far behind. Fewer than 25 percent of STEM grads in these countries are women. These scholars pronounce a clear correlation: the greater a countrys gender equality rating, the greater its gender gap in STEM degrees and employment. As gender equity increases, STEM parity declines.
In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, America is searching for the cause of this senseless attack on innocent children. Gun laws, a broken mental health system, and toxic masculinity are just a few of suggested causes of our nations epidemic of mass gun violence. Id like to focus on the third topic. Toxic masculinity is not plaguing our society a lack of masculinity is.
Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach at Parkland High School and the father of a young daughter, stepped in front of a hail of bullets fired at children by a coward, sacrificing his life to save theirs. Feis could have run, rationalizing his flight because others depended on him back home, but instead he used his body as a shield and absorbed an attack meant for those more vulnerable than he was. He shielded two kids from being shot. He took the bullets himself,' student Julien Decoste, told NBC News. As I was being escorted out of the building, I had to step over him.
There were two males in that hallway in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon one behaved like a man, the other did the opposite.
I am not linking any policy or cultural trend to the specifics of this instance or this particular shooter (whose name is not worth mentioning), and it would be simplistic to blame a single cause for the crisis we see today. The copycat factor fueled by wall-to-wall coverage of mass shooters, for instance, likely plays a role to some extent. Nevertheless, any discussion of this crisis must include the cultural rot of masculinity. Since Columbine, a disproportionate number of mass shootings have been committed by males under thirty years old.
In an insightful essay titled The Revenge of the Lost Boys, Tom Nichols profiled the men who have committed some of societys worst crimes over the past decade and a half. From traitors like Edward Snowden and Bowe Bergdahl to racist mass murders like the Charleston church shooter, these Man-Boys have many traits in common: social isolation, delusions of grandeur, and perpetual adolescence. Failed attempts at military service is another theme. In short, they are not men in any sense of the word that connotes responsibility, restraint, self-discipline, or the other traditional masculine virtues.
How did we get here? No single factor is to blame,...
At their best, our universities are a haven for the life of the mind. At their worst, they are incubators for mindless intolerance. Boise State University, where I teach, is not Berkeley or Middlebury, but my wellpublicized treatment there has been instructive, and unsettling.
An academic career afforded me the opportunity to study the most challenging and profound thinkers about what it means for a life to be well lived. Part of the package has been the opportunity to inspire students to think about the elements of a good life and good society. Whether the twenty-first-century university facilitates or impedes such research and teaching in no longer clear.
In summer 2017 I published Sex, Gender, and the Origins of the Culture War for the Heritage Foundation. The report traces the feminist movement through its leading theorists: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, and Shulamith Firestone. Feminism, I argued, separated sex, anatomically defined, from gender, socially defined roles for men and women.
The fully realized sexual revolution, Millett wrote in Sexual Politics (1970), would have three main aspects. First, it would seek to eliminate the different ways boys and girls are socialized, so men and women would have the same status, roles, and temperaments in later life and all segregation and disparity between the sexes would disappear. Second, it would seek to cultivate complete economic and emotional independence of women and children from the family. Third, it would seek an end to traditional sexual inhibitions and taboos involving sexual activity.
In other words, feminism has no obvious end point. Abolition of marriage and the family, the sweeping change some feminists advocate, is just an opening skirmish in this rolling sexual revolution.
Transgender theory is a logical part of the struggle. The works of Judith Butler, in particular, show how transgenderism breaks down traditional socialization sexual taboos.
It also cultivates the complete independence of children from the family, as I argued in a follow-up article in Heritages Daily Signal, Transgender Activists Seek to Undermine Parental Rights. If a boy tells his teacher, I...
In an essay about Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell agreed with 1930s-era critics that Kipling was a jingo imperialist and reactionary. Yet, Orwell noted, Kipling has lasted as a literary figure, while other more politically correct writers had not.
This same longevity occurs with Winston Churchill, the subject of the film The Darkest Hour, which has nabbed nine Academy Award nominations. For the Left and even his fellow conservatives in the 1930s, Churchill was an unapologetic imperialist, much of which was true. He defended British control of India. At wars end, Churchill cut an imperialist deal with Joseph Stalin: in exchange for no Russian interference against the British military forces in Greece, Churchill promised to look the other way at Soviet behavior in Eastern Europe.
Yet still he stands. The reason is Churchills uncompromising defiance of Adolf Hitler upon assuming the role of prime minister in 1940, the subject of the Oscar-nominated film starring an astonishing Gary Oldman. To understand just how courageous it was of Churchill to push back against Hitler, one should consider the conditions of 1940, particularly the one month covered in the filmfrom May to June 1940.
By May 1940, all of Western Europe, save a neutral Spain, was under Hitlers control. With France fallen, the Nazis were within invasion distance of England, and had begun their relentless blitzkrieg of England. England was truly alone in this fight. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was blocked from any military participation by the isolationist mood in Congress and the public at large. Meanwhile Stalin, who had previously demanded an anti-fascist security front against Hitler, was now a military partner of Nazi Germany, and was carving up Eastern Europe while the Luftwaffe was bombarding the British people night and day.
The atmosphere was indeed dire. Citizens militias were springing up (Orwell, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, was among them) and were given shotguns for the anticipated house-to-house warfare when Germany invaded. But not everyone in the government was willing to use such desperate measures. Neville Chamberlain, that dogged appeaser, sought to broker a deal to spare England the coming slaughter by negotiating with Hitler via Italys Benito Mussolini, and King George VI backed this for a time.
Hitlers blitzkrieg of the British did not move the populace to such ideas, however. When the bulk of the British army was pinned down on the benches of Dunkirk, ordinary citizens manned boats to get them off. And the British airmen who flew night and day to defend England from Hitlers bombers truly were the gallant few.
The irony of this situation was that Churchill, that blu...
He graduated from Hollywood Upstairs Medical College, thinks choc-o-tastic qualifies as a food group, and has a strange habit of jumping out of windows when called to the coroners office. Hes also an animated character, for what its worth. So what does Dr. Nick Riviera, Springfields resident quack on The Simpsons, have to do with Obamacare?
As it happens, plenty. Dr. Nick provides a humorous example of what may happen in future years, as cascading reductions in reimbursements due to Obamacare wreak havoc on our health care systemand could make doctors like Dr. Nick the only access option for some patients.
Most economists consider health care a superior good. That is, as income rises, people want more of it. Moreover, in many cases patients equate price with quality. People generally want the most, and best, health care money can buy, even if the most expensive care does not always equate to the best care. In Springfield, that high-cost care gets provided by giggling physician Dr. Julius Hibbert.
Obamacare included several major changes to reimbursement systems that attempted to change this drive for more, and more expensive, care, but also included arbitrary payment reductions that will lead to abysmally low payment levels. Most notably, the law included so-called productivity adjustments to the Medicare formula for hospitals and other providers, reducing the growth of their payments every year.
The CEO of a major hospital trade association admitted back in 2010 that this trade-offa one-time increase in insured patients for hospitals in exchange for lower payments from Medicare foreverprobably didnt amount to a great deal for his industry in the longer term. Nonpartisan budget experts agree.
The Congressional Budget Office in September 2016 released an analysis showing the Obamacare pr...
Its been nearly 17 years since hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Its been 15 years since Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the alleged 9/11 planners, was captured in Pakistan. And its been 10 years since he was arraigned in a military court in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. Yet Mohammed, whom the government characterizes as the mastermind of that horrific attack, has yet to stand trial.
According to Mohammeds lead defense attorney, David Nevin, the delay stems in part from the prosecutions efforts to hide details of torture the accused suffered at the hands of the US government.
The government has made it clear: It will not reveal even to the defense team (who have top secret security clearances) who did exactly what, and exactly when and where [the torture] was done, Nevin told WhoWhatWhy. The defense team argues that it is their professional obligation to investigate what role torture might have played in the governments case against their client.
The defense team alleges that prosecutors have threatened them with prosecution if they attempt to independently investigate the details of their clients torture.
Recent moves by the Trump administration have made the nature of any future trial even more uncertain. The Miami Herald reported earlier this month that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had suddenly fired the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing the military tribunals at Guantnamo the so-called convening authority Harvey Rishikof, and his legal advisor Gary Brown.
According to anonymous sources cited by the New York Times, Rishikof and Brown had been in the midst of trying to negotiate plea deals with the 9/11 defendants. A Pentagon spokesperson did not respond to the Timess inquiry of whether the firings were related to any plea deals.
Plea deals would finally bring an end to the protracted legal battle by sidestepping the thorny issue of torture. But such deals would also preclude the governments efforts to sentence the defendants to death. Insistence on the death penalty, on the other hand, aligns with President Donald Trumps bellicose rhetoric about how to deal with those accused of terrorism.
But the firing of the convening authority officials could backfire if Mattis or others in the Trump administration are found to have run afoul of military commiss...
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This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author whos written about gun control.
There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end!
Curious about the relationship between financial productivity and walkability, our friend Josh McCarty at Urban3 took data from Walk Score a site that calculates the walk-friendliness of locations all over the world and combined it with data on tax value per acre in Durham, NC.
In the video below, Josh walks us through the results with a three-dimensional visualization showing that the most walkable places also tend to be the most financially productive, and he discusses the implications of this with Chuck Marohn. Josh also overlays other data like street maps, parking lot coverage and city age with WalkScore data to further illustrate the concept.
Want to see tax value or Walk Score visualized and assessed in your town? Contact Urban3 to get started.
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For the time being, the street presence of the neo-fascist movement has been decimated. What remains of the horde that invaded the Berkeley campus in April of 2017 has burnt itself out through a combination of ineptitude, infighting, and an inability to match the speed and reach of antifascist organizing. When the tattered remnants of the Alt-Right showed up to Chicano Park on February 3rd to protest murals, they were nothing more than a fly on the shoulder of the all-out party being enjoyed by the parks occupants.
However, this raises the question: after the failure of Charlottesville and the winding down of public fascist mobilization, where did all of that early inertia go? Unsurprisingly, the revanchist political faction that fueled the Trump campaign has not vanished simply because the pugilistic boneheads have temporarily hung up their white laces. Rather, the fascist undercurrent of America has retreated to those spaces where it cannot be directly attacked, safely camouflaged by the far-right ecosystem which still holds legitimacy in the media, newspapers, podcasts, and most importantly, college campuses. While outright neo-Nazi propaganda is typically frowned upon by society, media figures like Tucker Carlson have tapped into the frustrated ethos of the white nationalist movement, reformatting their talking points for mass appeal. The rhetoric of fascism, hypernationalism, and xenophobia has unavoidably seeped into public discourse, and that is a point of no return.
Tucker Carlson wishes someone would let him know what a white nationalist is and how he qualifies. I gave it a shot: pic.twitter.com/BzW7iYBiBp
Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 24, 2018
But rhetoric alone cannot sustain a subculture, and what the neo-fascist movement needs most is fresh recruits. Winnowed by their constant failures, and overpowered by antifascist uprisings, white nationalists and their politically-adjacent sister movements have accelerated their recruitment drive on college campuses, in order to refill their dwindling ranks. The New Right organizations that acted as a vehicle for neo-fascism in 2016 have continued their offensive...
P. S. Flushed with success, the Swedes then went to war with Russia and were handed their hats. Then they became a less than great power once again.In the Syrian Civil War, Syria's enemies, Israel and the US (the little and big satan, respectively) are winning because they're staying out of the fighting. The US is present in the area because it showed up to defeat ISIS under President Trump's leadership, but that doesn't extend to the Civil War in any significant extent.
Visitors especially those from Indian Country are often surprised to see how much new development has taken place on the Winnebago Reservation.
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Over the past year, there has been something of a resurgence in anarchist activity in Ottawa, a vibrant community has begun to form, and it feels like the conditions are right for rapid growth in the radical milieu of our city. That is why we say: Resistance is Fertile!
Most visibly, for the first time since the shuttering of Exile Infoshop over 7 years ago, Ottawa now has a anarchist social center that is not also a punk house. This social center, known as the Garden Spot (or G-Spot for short) is near Carleton University, and is already serving to bring together radical and leftist students from Carleton, the University of Ottawa, high schools, and the broader community. To build on the current momentum, we decided to hold a series of events of interest to comrades and newcomers alike.
You can find the Facebook event for the week of activities here.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday: DOUBLE WHAMMY
Anarchist Community Organizing (G-Spot)
This event is for people who are currently involved in anarchist projects in Ottawa please request an invite if you would like to attend.
Saturday: DOUBLE WHAMMY
Garlic is back in the picture again, along with two other herbs. This time to help you to protect yourself against the chemtrails, and against the heavy metals you find in food, water, air, and virtually omnipresent throughout the home. In truth, we face a toxic array of chemicals: a labyrinth that is difficult to find an exit from. These herbs are the clew to give you a good start.
First, what is chelation therapy? It is a little-known and often misunderstood arena of holistic health care. It is a simple concept. Chelants are organic substances that (through the activity of ions) manage to bind themselves to metal ions, termed chelation; in so binding, chelation makes it possible for the metal to be excreted from the body.
Studies too numerous to count have found that chemtrails (those lovely, wispy, cloudlike-trails in the sky) produced by jet contrails) contain excessive chemicals and metals, especially Aluminum and Magnesium among others. These metals (when inhaled or ingested, such as when they settle on crops and fresh produce or penetrate the water supply) cause many different ailments in the body, such as Alzheimers Disease, and other associated degenerative disorders of the brain and its neuron complex.
Were going to cover three herbs you can use to start out your medicinal arsenal to battle the intake of these metals, from whatever source they originate. Lets do it!
Russian Central Bank Gold Reserves Rise to 1,857 Tons in January, Passing Peoples Bank of Chinas 1,843 Ton Gold Hoard.
The Central Bank of Russia ended 2016 with 1838.21 tonnes of gold on their balance sheet.
Central Bank of Russia added 7.2 Million ounces (approximately 223.945 tonnes) in 2017.
The chart below shows the Central Bank of Russias Gold Reserves by month with tonnage rounded to the nearest metric ton.
Editors Note: I am not claiming that all the surviving students of this horrific operation are fake or that Dave Hogg is some crisis actor. However, he is connected to the FBI via his father, Kevin Hogg, a retired FBI agent and that in itself should be suspect along with the reported alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, being well-known by the FBI.
INFOWARS: Anti-gun activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student David Hogg interviewed classmates about gun control during what was believed to be the actual shooting.
However, unedited video shows Hogg saying hes recording the interview at 9:32 on February 14th, 2018, almost 4 hours before the shooting took place.
Scroll to 0:57
This is Alex View, this recording is taken at 9:32 on February 14th 2018, Hogg says. Alex, are you ok with me recording this?
Yes, I am ok with you recording this, Alex responds.
I personally have rallied for gun rights and less control, not necessarily less control but this experience has definitely changed my viewpoint, she says.
What experience? The shooting drill, or the actual shooting that hasnt happened yet?
I wanted to be a junior NRA member, I wanted to learn how to hunt, I was always fascinated by guns as a young girl, but this experience was so traumatizing to the point where now I cant even fathom the idea of a gun in my house.
If that isnt strange enough, theres more that corroborate...
Citizens of the Peoria Tribe will go to the polls on March 3 to choose a leader.
After being abandoned by the Trump administration, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are taking their homelands case to the nation's highest court.
L. Jace Killsback has returned to office as president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe amid political and legal drama.
Its funny, if you look back over my blog posts on Steven Pinker, youll notice a progression.
Ignoring social justice concerns in biomedical research led to things like the Tuskegee experiment. The scientific establishment has since tried to correct that by making it a critical part. Pinker would be wise to study the history a bit more carefully, here.
Setting aside your ignorance of the evidence for undercounting in the FBIs data, you can look at your own graph and see a decline?
When Sargon of Arkkad tried and failed to discuss sexual assault statistics, he at least had the excuse of never having gotten a higher education, never studying up on the social sciences. I wonder what Steven Pinkers excuse is.
Ooooh, I get it. This essay is just an excuse for Pinker to whine about progressives who want to improve other peoples lives. He thought he could hide his complaints behind science, to make them look more digestible to himself and others, but in reality just demonstrated he understands physics worse than most creationists. What a crank.
Youll also notice a bit of a pattern, too, one that apparently carries on into Pinkers book about the Enlightenment.
It is curious, then, to find Pinker breezily insisting that Enlightenment thinkers used reason to repudiate a belief in an anthropomorphic God and sought a secular foundation for morality. Locke clearly represents the opposite impulse (leaving aside the question of whether anyone in period believed in a strictly anthropomorphic deity).
So, too, Kant. While the Prussian philosopher certainly had little use for the traditional arguments for Gods existence neither did the exceptionally pious Blaise Pascal, if it comes to that this was because Kant regarded them as stretching reason beyond its proper limits. Nevertheless, practical reason requires belief in God, immorality and a post-mortem existence that offers some recompense for injustices suffered in the present world.
Thats from Peter Harrison, a professional historian. Even I was aware of this, though I am guilty of a lie of omission. Ive brought up the Cult of Reason before, which was a pseudo-cult set up during the F...
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We came, we saw, fascists took over Knoxville. Not literally of course, and their victory was not won in our preferred arena. Well take our wins there. Now is the time for increased action.
The Holler Network welcomed us back for the second time in less than a month to join them and drive TWP back out by any means necessary. The TWP cant and wont beat us with force. They win through laws, politics, and hiding behind cops. It has become abundantly clear that law enforcement will not only fulfill their legal obligations to protect Nazis and fascists, but they will do so willingly and joyfully.
In a recent post and call to action, we predicted that Heimbach and the TWP would:
pull into a parking structure where they are greeted by their police escort. They will discuss the minutes of previous meetings between them and the local police department where plans for security and details of the day will be laid out. They will leave the parking structure under the protection of law enforcement and proceed to their destination. They will be guarded as they safely park and leave their vehicles and make their way to their pre-arranged location with police and sheriffs watching for anti-fascists who will likely show up to do whatever is necessary to make it as hard for them to speak as possible.
That is exactly what happened, again, on February 17th at UT. It keeps happening. We will never get another Charlottesville. We will never get the chance again to openly engage racists in physical street combat on that level without police intervening to save the Nazis from antifa. Not anytime soon. We knew we were facing a situation without any real optimal planning choices.
We had just been to Knoxville in January for the Womens March, where Heimbach marched again into town under police protection to protest feminism and promote segregation and racism. Meanwhile, anti-racist organizers are pinpointed, followed and monitored by fascists and pigs at the same time. Actively collaborating and communicating with each other. This was a repeat of what we witnessed in...
The creators of a new map envision equitable distribution of land and resources through 'people-to-people' reparations.
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Burgerville has had the weekend to reflect on their aggressive union busting, but corporate still hasnt done the right thing and reinstated Michelle. Lets keep up the calls to tell them to immediately end their racist union busting. An injury to one is an injury to all!
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Our neighbors here at Freethought Blogs love to blog about Evolutionary Psychology. HJ Hornbeck has the latest on a new EvoPsych paper.
Im not a fan of EvoPsych. It manages the feat of misunderstanding both evolution and psychology, its researchers are prone to wild misrepresentation of fields they clearly dont understand, and it has all the trappings of a pseudo-science. Nonetheless, Ive always thought they had enough sense to avoid promoting scientific racism, at least openly.
[CONTENT WARNING: Some of them dont.]
Its a great post, though it probably means that if he ever visits Bolingbrook, well have to keep him away from the EvoPsych house.
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Over the long weekend flyers were delivered to Michael and Marsha Laxs neighbours in their Bathurst and Sheppard-area neighborhood. More flyers appeared in the area of Bnei Akiva schools where Michael Lax sits on the Board of Directors.
These are some of the #Parkdale families and pensioners in the #1251KingRentStrike now being evicted by #MichaleLax and #MarshaLax. #MichaelLax and #MarshaLax: stop evicting Parkdale families! Drop the AGI and do the repairs now! @BASToronto pic.twitter.com/m30pXK49qr
Parkdale Organize (@ParkdaleOrg) February 21, 2018
Having tied themselves to the Zionists, the orchestra leadership will not be able to react rationally to the charge that they are aiding and abetting apartheid. In a certain sense the orchestra, as an institution, has sold its cultural soul for donor silver. Perhaps some of the musicians will preserve their own cultural integrity by deciding to stay home.
The American people -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- want tougher rules on big banks, not weaker ones. It's time to hold Republican AND Democratic Senators who support this bill accountable for siding with their big bank donors instead of working families.
Billy Graham left behind a United States government in which religion plays a far greater role than before he intruded into politics in the 1950s. The shift from secular governance to "In God We Trust" can be laid squarely at this minister's feet.
An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.
Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.
The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.
The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...
Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards
CBC News, Feb 20, 2018
Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.
The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.
All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.
We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.
The community of about 5,000 pe...
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/21/18). Just as I warned, and as we have seen so many times in the past, the recent shooting has completely eclipsed all else. The faint idea of 
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The great majority of Americans are still unaware of the enormity and villainy of what's been done to them by the property supremacists and their political enablers. It's important to note that the Koch coup has been pieced together with the full complicity of practically all GOP officials, and it's also been condoned or actively abetted by corporate Democrats.
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To the media
To national and international public opinion
To social and human rights organizations
To the indigenous peoples of Mexico and the world
Rebellious people walk towards freedom;
submissive people march towards slavery.
Last Friday, armed and masked individuals traveling in a black Ford Lobo extended cab pickup truck burned a bus belonging to the AU line that was rented by our organization, near the community of Alcomunga in the Sierra Negra of Ajalpan.
The AU drivers were returning from dropping off our compaeros in the municipality of Tlacotepec de Daz after participating in mobilizations and protests in Mexico City against the Ministry of Energy (SENER), demanding the definitive cancellation of the Coyolapa Atzala Hydroelectric Project, a property that Autln Mining is seeking to build in the lower part of the mountain.
The attackers blocked the road outside the community mentioned above. The drivers were handcuffed and violently removed and threatened. Later they sprayed gasoline and set the bus on fire, indicating that it was a warning for us.
We denounce Cirilo Trujillo Lezama, mayor of Tlacotepec de Daz, as the material author of this criminal act of intimidation. Gunmen at his and his brother Marcels command pointed their weapons at the drivers and set fire to the bus. Behind these acts of violence and intimidation one will find, of course, Autln Mining.
This is not the first time that Trujillo Lezama turned to violence as his modus operandi. On November 24, 2016, two armed gunmen contracted by him and his brother attacked Radio Tleyole, The Voices of the Corn, an independent and community station that belongs to our movement. This attack left announcer Gerardo Rivera Juarez wounded by a 9mm bullet, a crime that remains unpunished.
The same thing has happened with Fermn Gonzlez Len, the mayor of Zoquitlan. He, his family and relatives have repeatedly resorted to threats and physical attacks...
Amazon is going to make a movie of Iain Banks Consider Phlebas. Thats going to be tough. Not only would I consider much of it impossible to film, but The Culture isnt exactly capitalism-friendly, and it will be interesting to see how a mega-corp can develop a movie that is counter to its own ethos without mangling it.
Also, its kind of a downer of a story, dont you know? There isnt going to be a sequel or a series with the cocky, devil-may-care hero, and I dont think theyll sell many t-shirts or video games of Bora Horza Gobuchul.
At least theyre not trying to make Use of Weapons. I dont think that one would be popular with the happy-clappy space hero crowd.
(ANTIMEDIA) In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the 
In what can only be called the highly unethical exploitation of dead and traumatized children to push a radical, left-wing anti-gun narrative, CNN has reached a whole new low in fake news.
The backlash against CNN is growing, even as the discredited fake news network desperately coaches high school children to parrot left-wing talking points designed to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm law-abiding Americans. The latest tactic of the mob rule Left is to puppeteer high school students, parading them in front of cameras as experts on gun control and the Second Amendment, all while rehearsing scripted talking points with them to make sure they stay on point, I reminded readers yesterday at NewsTarget.com.
Today, John Nolte from Breitbart News has put together a more detailed list of journalists, publishers and authors who are widely condemning CNN for its exploitation and mental abuse of traumatized children. There is no low thats too low for CNN, it seems, when their propaganda parade is desperately trying to dismantle this Constitutional Republic and replace it with a radical, left-wing totalitarian regime.
Heres the full article from John Nolte at Breitbart. (Original source link.)
Already a number of the children, those who witnessed last weeks shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have made countless appearances on the anti-Trump cable network. In furtherance of its anti-gun propaganda push, CNNs anti-Trump pundit, Jake Tapper, will host a town hall Wednesday night featuring these children.
Many, however, see CNNs use of these minors as an act of partisan exploitation that is not only immoral, but also not good for the mental health of children so soon after they have witnessed such a traumatic event.
Appearing on Fox News, the Federalists Mollie Hemingway said, Theres been unfortunate media handling of these traumatized children. Theyve used them as ways to...
President Donald J. Trump has been right about one thing all along: The American Pravda media is the biggest threat to our way of life and form of government in the history of our republic.
The latest evidence of this is the disgusting manner in which the establishment press is turning some students who survived the Florida school shootings into media stars and Left-wing darlings, all to you guessed it bash the president.
As The Gateway Pundit reported:
In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two students who quickly became media stars of the Parkland, Florida school shootings are now media obsessed to the point they say they are snubbing an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump this Wednesday in favor of appearing on a televised town hall with CNNs Jake Tapper.
One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting. Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators.
Wow, that was quick wasnt it?
It sure was, but theres a reason why young Hogg who is being exploited by American Pravda media thugs as the latest weapon with which to undermine Trump, by the way was so articulate in his Trump attacks.
It seems his father is a retired FBI agent and he was likely coached in his responses. The Gateway Pundit noted further:
Adding to the credibility of Hogg, in a recently uncovered early cut from one of his interviews it appears he was heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script. Frequently seen in the footage mouthing the lines he should be reciting. Hogg becomes flustered multiple times, is seen apologizing, and asking for re-takes.
And naturally, the disgusting media whores never mentioned it.
Two survivors of the Florida school shooting slam politicians' responses to the massacre, calling them "disgusting"...
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. insinuated Wednesday that student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting were being manipulated by Democratic billionaire George Soros to organize for gun control.
In a tweet, the former Wisconsin sheriff wrote that media appearances and an activism campaign from students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School against gun violence had George Soros fingerprints all over it.
The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS FINGERPRINTS all over it. It is similar to how he hijacked and exploited black peoples emotion regarding police use of force incidents into the COP HATING Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/XDZ3bcwF6F
David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 20, 2018
Via The Hill
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The Navy has deployed the guided-missile destroyer Carney to join the destroyer Ross in the Black Sea in a move that U.S. military officials told CNN is intended to desensitize Russia to the presence of American military assets in the strategically important region.
The deployment of the Carney marks the first time in four years that two American destroyers have operated in the Black Sea outside of scheduled exercises. The move comes as Russia continues to militarize Crimea, the peninsula it seized from Ukraine in 2014.
In recent years, the U.S. and NATO have accused Russia of sending troops and military hardware to Crimea, and there are now reports that submarines have been added to the mix.
Nevertheless, U.S. and NATO officials have insisted that they are not playing tit-for-tat with the Russians.
Via Military Times
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(TIM) On February 19th, CNN host Chris Cuomo retweeted an article, written by Cody Davis and published by The Tab, which bore the headline I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. In the 2-year-old article, Davis described a visit to a Virginia gun shop. He wrote that he approached an employee for assistance in picking 
Source: Patheos After refusing to even consider a ban on assault rifles the Florida House declares pornography to be a public health risk. Only days after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida 
Its becoming clear that most mainstream media news is nothing more than globalist propaganda. CNNs Chris Cuomo proved that when he pushed a story about a lying kid who said he purchased an AR-15 without an ID. But Cuomo was busted, then continued to deflect from the fact that he pushed a fake story.
CNNs Chris Cuomo retweeted the account of one @usaphotodude quoting a reporter named Cody Davis on Tuesday. The tweet read, I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. Im 20 and my ID is expired. Theres only one problem: that never happened. The article itself states, After [the sales representative] walked me through the paperwork, all five pages of it, I told him I changed my mind and wanted to think more before I bought an AR-15. He told me it wasnt a problem and listed the store hours if I wanted to come back. I then said thank you and walked back to my car.
The tweet actually says that the gut never filled out paperwork, a necessary step to purchasing a gun, which would then be run through the background check system. But Cuomo obviously didnt read that part or didnt care. And then deflected the conversation and lied further.
Hey, @ChrisCuomo from CNN. Saw the article you retweeted: I WAS ABLE TO BUY AN AR-15 IN 5 MINUTES
Did you see the part where he admits to neither filling out the necessary paperwork (which would initiate the background check) NOR purchasing the AR-15? Weird. pic.twitter.com/wLfaiKCqaM
Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) February 21, 2018
According to the Daily Wire, when called on it, Cuomo tweeted, Isnt the point that the kids age and lack of ID wasnt a deterrent? and this isnt all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than the law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point is the system should be better.
Which, of course, is not the point. The point is that Cuomo tweeted out false information. National Reviews Charles Cooke pointed that out:
This isnt a response. This is a straw man that has nothing to do with what I said to you, and nothing to do with the...
Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality - Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests" or else.
This piece is written by a couple people who have been engaged in anti-prison, prisoner justice, and prisoner support organizing for almost ten years. We are not academics, nor are we ex-prisoners. However, much of the information compiled within this text comes to us from people who have done a lot of time and a lot of research and we are grateful to them for sharing their stories and their research. We consider this to be a working document, and welcome your feedback at: email@example.com
This text started off as a presentation for Americans on the Canadian prison movement. It also covers our relationship to the prison movement from our perspectives in Kingston, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.
Most of this article focuses on the situation in federally ru...
By Catherine J. Frompovich We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead...
Robert Weaver, President Donald Trumps embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.
Cherokee Nation Health Services offers our citizens some of the best care available in Indian Country.
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