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On August 12, Charlottesville fascist Jason Kessler attempted to hold the sequel to last years Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. It did not go well for him. In the end, 2000 police struggled to protect two dozen fascists from thousands of anti-fascists and other foes of tyranny. To get some perspective on these events, we spoke with David Thurstonarts director for No Justice No Pride, a member of the steering committee of the DMVs Movement for Black Lives, and a core organizer with Resist Thisand also with an anonymous anarchist involved in organizing the anti-fascist bloc, among other aspects of the mobilization. The interview follows our comments below.
The US government spent $2.6 million to force the fascist rally upon the people of Washington, DC. Lets do the math: thats over $100,000 per fascist for a rally that lasted at hour at most. Would the US spend anything like that to protect a rally organized by any other sector of the population? On the contrary, when anarchists and other advocates of liberation organize public events, the government usually invests millions of dollars in repressing us, even illegally. This shows what a farce the free speech defense of fascist recruiting drives isthis is not an abstract question of rights, but a concrete matter of the US government asymmetrically investing resources in promoting the spread of fascism.
To put a number on it, then, the kind of free speech that enabled Kessler and his like to recruit someone to murder Heather Heyer is worth $100,000 per hour per fascist to the US government. Thats your tax dollars at work.
We were especially inspired by the fierceness with which the black population of DC turned out to face down the police and fascists on August 12. We have some questions about whether it makes sense for anarchists to act separately in a distinct anti-fascist contingent when other sectors of the population are mobilizing so courageously and assertively. It might be more effective for some anarchists to seek to connect with other rebels on the street, in order to bring about an interchange of tactics and ideas. Ho...
Evil Cat and I are made for each other, I guess. She follows me all over the house, and during the day, she lurks in my office glaring at me. She likes to lounge about on the carpet, like so:
But heres the amusing part: she has those curved needle-like claws, like fish-hooks at the ends of her paws, and even though she must monitor me, that carpet snags her claws fiercely. She sometimes sits there, staring me down, and starts flexing those claws, in a hostile, intimidating way.
I wait for that and then leap out of my chair and stride purposefully from the room, as if I have something important to do, like opening a can of tuna, and she tries to follow, but shes hooked and then there follows lots of yowling and thrashing about as she tries to get free. Sometimes she rolls herself right up in the carpet with her struggles.
And I laugh, evilly.
See? Were a pair.
Stolen from a thief:
Given their age, I think FSM should be remanded to juvenile court.
Jehovah & Satan are scratching their heads, giving puzzled looks to each other at this point.
Jehovah: Youre sure hes not one of yours? Because I didnt make him.
Satan: Please. Give me some credit. Even I have some standards.
Jehovah: Buddha? Brahma? [Both shrug their shoulders.] Gaia?
Jehovah: Right, right. Sorry. Forgot about the pussy grabbing thing. Cthulhu?
Cthulhu: What kind of monster do you take me for? [Sips tea.]
Satan: Well somebody cooked him up.
Flying Spaghetti Monster:
Jehovah: Wait Theres no way you could
FSM: Look. It was my first time. I was a little drunk and someone asked for a Tangerine Dream so I thought
Satan: [Facepalm.] Fucking newbies.
Are you done with the monstrous, sick and perverted entertainment being pushed at our children and society by Hollywoods Music, Film and TV industry? Well, we dont know about you but we are. Here is an overview of the underbelly of the beast from Hollywoods Film, TV, and Music industry. Here also, are some suggested 
by Kevin D. Annett
A Trinity of Child Killers: Ninth Circle cult members Jorge Bergoglio (left) with World Council of Churches officials Olav Fykse Tveit and Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald of Canada
When facing imminent defeat, a Prince must present a public face of confidence and appear to be powerful in order to assure his wavering subjects and confound the hopes of his adversaries. - Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince
I pray every day for Bergoglio to die. He is the greatest threat to the Church in its history. - Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke to fellow Knights of Malta members, October 2017
After he came to office, Pope Francis realized how much he needed the Vatican money men to sustain his controversial rule. So he feigned an inquiry into the IOR (Vatican Bank) to conceal the extent of its looting and protect the usual gang of thieves under a smokescreen of liberal rhetoric. But the looting is massive. Even the Russian oligarchs have used the IOR to hide the billions they stole from their country. From Vladimir Putin on down, lots of people justifiably want Francis taken out. - Italian journalist to the author, June 19, 2018
Like a mythic curse, a violent madness has descended on my homeland. From the village of Knock to Dublins sprawl along the Liffey, Ireland is being militarized and regimented as if the civil war has returned. More than a thousand poor families and their children have been shoved into police prisons, roadways are being cordoned off and homes are being searched by the Gardai, and a terrorist watch network is harrassing suspected dissenters. Why? Apparently because a convicted criminal who thinks he is a god is coming to town, at a cost to an already-impoverished country of 32 million Euros. But the reason for the madness runs deeper.
The Pope Francis Road Show arrives in Ireland on August 25, with all the usual med...
by Kevin D. Annett
A Trinity of Child Killers: Ninth Circle cult members Jorge Bergoglio (left)
with World Council of Churches officials Olav Fykse Tveit and Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald of Canada
When facing imminent defeat, a Prince must present a public face of confidence and appear to be powerful in order to assure his wavering subjects and confound the hopes of his adversaries. - Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince
I pray every day for Bergoglio to die. He is the greatest threat to the Church in its history. - Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke to fellow Knights of Malta members, October 2017
After he came to office, Pope Francis realized how much he needed the Vatican money men to sustain his controversial rule. So he feigned an inquiry into the IOR (Vatican Bank) to conceal the extent of its looting and protect the usual gang of thieves under a smokescreen of liberal rhetoric. But the looting is massive. Even the Russian oligarchs have used the IOR to hide the billions they stole from their country. From Vladimir Putin on down, lots of people justifiably want Francis taken out. - Italian journalist to the author, June 19, 2018
Like a m...
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Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.
We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. Were glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at email@example.com.
This Aug. 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the murderous alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. The mainstream media have been bursting with commentary, but almost all of it misses the most important lesson from that infamous event: that it was a tremendous victory. A year later, the national fascist movement is greatly weakened. Its divided by infighting. It lacks an agreed-upon leader, let alone a program. This weekend in Charlottesville there were hundreds of anti-racists on the streets and virtually no fascists. The attempt to hold a rally in DC instead also failed miserably.
(ANTIMEDIA) Police in Chatsworth, Georgia, tasered an 87-year-old woman after an employee at the local Boys and Girls Club called them to complain that she was carrying a knife and looking to cut vegetation on their property. The caller said Martha al-Bishara did not appear to be a threat. Shes old so she cant get around too well, 
Let's begin with an editor's note:
We at Strong Towns are instinctively skeptical of large, top-down development projects, especially if public financing is involved. We have long argued that they are an inherently fragile approach to economic development, and prone to becoming expensive white-elephant relics if they fail. Our cities are littered with the detritus of previous generations' Hail Mary revitalization schemes: convention centers, entertainment districts, sports stadiums, and, of course, casinos.
But what's really the issue? Is failure intrinsic to the very idea of a "mega" project? Or is it more accurate to say that failure merely tends to follow large, top-down investments? And if so, are there large projects out there that would pass the Strong Towns litmus test in spite of their scale?
In our Cobb County series, we took a county in suburban Atlanta to task for its $400 million in public subsidy for a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves, approved with minimal transparency or democratic input.
Strong Towns founding member and frequent contributor Steven Shultis read this and thought immediately of his own city's mega-project: the MGM Springfield resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Shultis was on the Strong Towns podcast a few years ago to talk with Chuck Marohn about this very casino. Now, he's written a post arguing that if you're going to build a huge, silver-bullet project for placemaking and economic development purposes, the casino in Springfield is about the best you could do. As Shultis argues, several particular aspects of the casino serve to mitigate the risk and fragility that usually come with such endeavors: it is privately funded, in a location where very little new infrastructure is required, and situated in a walkable community where it can more easily produce spillover benefits instead of functioning as an island unto itself.
But it's still large-scale and thus not easily adaptable, still cedes a significant amount of power over the fate of one city's downtown to...
(Natural News) Mathurameha, also known as Mathura Meha, is a traditional herbal formula used as alternative treatment for people with diabetes in Thailand. In a study published at BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers from Mahidol University have esta...
The liberal bastion of Austin, Texas has a problem with free-speech.
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Implies president has incestuous tendencies.
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Could cement Indo-Pacific regional dominance
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Cakes: Hey, this is Cakes, they/them. The views expressed in this interview do not represent any organizations, including Knoxville Radical Alliance or Resist ICE Nashville.
TFN: Why was there a protest at CoreCivic?
Demonstrators are occupying the entrance to CoreCivic, a Nashville-based private prison operator that contracts with ICE. They've shut down multiple entrances, set up tents & replaced CCA/Tennessee flag with "No borders." Employees are just starting to arrive. pic.twitter.com/zPS2SpDTPG
Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) August 6, 2018
Cakes: CoreCivic was targeted because private, for-profit prisons are modern day slave traders. Companies like CoreCivic and Geo Group profit from human suffering. This suffering is experienced disproportionately by black, brown, indigenous, trans and economically disadvantaged folx. These companies lobby politicians to cage as many human beings as possible.
As of December 2016, CoreCivic estimated that it owned 58% of all prison beds, and managed 48% of all prison beds. Contracts with state and federal governments often guarantee minimum capacities of inmates. CoreCivic has even stated in its second quarter of 2018 earnings report to the SEC that immigration and prison reform are among the top future earnings risks (see Future-Looking Statements in report). CoreCivics cost cutting methods have also resulted in multiple deaths due to medical neglect. Th...
Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) issued their final demand to ISIS terrorists occupying the eastern countryside of Sweida, calling on them to either surrender or die in the Al-Safa Canyon.
ISIS terrorists now find themselves in their last hours of desperation, as they have failed for the third time in 24 hours to breakout of the canyon. The terrorists have wreaked havoc and horror on this community, and now it appears their time is up.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) For the third time in the last 24 hours, the Islamic State (ISIS) militants on the Al-Safa Canyon have attempted to breakout of this pocket that is completely surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
According to a military source in Sweida city, the Islamic State launched a big attack at the northern slope of the Al-Safa Canyon this morning in a bid to open a path to leave this large mountain in the Badiya Al-Sham region.
However, for the third time in the last 24 hours, the Islamic State failed to penetrate the Syrian Arab Army lines and was ultimately mowed down by the latters machine guns in the northeastern countryside of the Sweida Governorate this morning.
The Islamic State terrorists that attempted to breakout of the Al-Safa Canyon pocket were all reportedly killed or wounded during the attack.
The military source said that no Islamic State terrorists willing surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.
History remembers the day as the 'Direct Action Day" or the "The Week of Long Knives." On July 29, 1946, Muslim League leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah had made a call for "Direct Action"--a call to all Muslims in the country--to mark its rejection of the constituent assembly and to demonstrate to British and Congress that a separate nation called Pakistan alone could offer them security.
In San Pedro Tlanixcoa Nahua community located in the Mexican municipality of Tenango del Vallethe history of struggle in defense of territory has been long and complex. For decades, the community has faced all forms of dispossession, harassment and violence from local caciques and the three levels of government. But the people of Tlanixco have also shown the capacity to reorganize themselves to respond with dignity against each attack.
The principal object of dispute has been the waters of their Arroyo Grandethe Texcaltenco river, tributary of the Balsas water basin. Their waters, and the other nearby fresh-water springs, have been used historically for domestic use by the inhabitants of Tlanixco. The development of the flower industry in the neighboring municipality of Villa Guerrero was the source of conflict: the businessmen required large quantities of water to maintain their crops.
In 1999, the community of Tlanixco was granted use of four fresh-water springs: Bellotal, Puente de Trozo, Agua Bendita and Salitre. However, that same year, the businessmen of Villa Guerrero, led by Alejandro Isaak Basso, managed to receive authorization for the right to use of those same water sources.
Afterwards, the appeal 1740/2001, filed by the communitys lawyers, managed to suspend the extraction of water to serve Villa Guerrero. The flower growers of that municipality, businessmen linked to the administration of the then governor, Arturo Montiel, continued invading the territory of Tlanixco to provide themselves, illegally, with water for their crops.
It was during one of those illegal invasions in the ejidal territory of Tlanixco, that Alejandro Isaak Basso was confronted by a group from the community in a canyon. Surprised by the confrontation, Isaak Basso apparently had a nervous breakdown and fell down the slope of the canyon. Since then, an unprecedented wave of repression has been unleashed on the community. For years, the people have lived in fear: illegal raids, kidnappings, torture, six political prisons and two others persecuted have been some of the consequences.
But the people of Tlanixco have managed to re...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat running for re-election, declared to a shocked crowd on Wednesday that America was never that great.
Were not going to make America great again, Cuomo said, in an apparent reference to President Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign slogan. It was never that great. Members of the assembled crowd audibly gasped at Cuomos remarks.
Cuomos remarks slamming America starkly contrasted with those delivered by his father, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. In that address, Mario Cuomo praised America as the greatest country on earth and said he learned about Americas greatness by watching and learning from his parents, Andrew Cuomos grandparents, as they built their lives together in New York.
[My mother and father] were able to build a family and live in dignity and see one of their children go from behind their little grocery store in South Jamaica on the other side of the tracks where he was born, to occupy the highest seat, in the greatest State, in the greatest nation, in the only world we would know, is an ineffably beautiful tribute to the democratic process, Mario Cuomo said during the keynote address of the Democratic Partys 1984 presidential nominating convention.
The elder Cuomo concluded his remarks by referring to the United States as this great nation.
Americas status as a unique and great nation was a theme Mario Cuomo often emphasized. In a separate speech he delivered at the University of Notre Dame in September 1984, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo noted the desire of Americans of all faiths to make our already great democracy even stronger than it is.
In 1992, when he introduced then-Gov. Bill Clinton as the Democratic nominee for the presidency, Mario Cuomo once again described the United States as a great nation.
Remember, we became a great nation by making things and selling them to others for their marks and their yens, he...
Running a red light is a very dangerous thing to do. Red light cameras that photograph cars that do this are proliferating in many areas. They take a photo of offenders who are then cited and fined. But one study done in Houston finds that while they do reduce the number of people running red lights, they do not necessarily reduce the number of accidents.
During the past decade, over 438 U.S. municipalities, including 36 of the 50 most populous cities, have employed electronic monitoring programs in order to reduce the number of accidents. Red light camera programs specifically target drivers that run red lights.
Evidence clearly shows that camera programs are effective at decreasing the number of vehicles running red lights. In one study in Virginia, red light cameras reduced the number of total drivers running red lights by 67 percent.
However, cameras can have contradictory effects on traffic safety. Some drivers who would have otherwise continued to proceed through the intersection when the light is yellow or red will now attempt to stop. That means that the number of accidents caused by vehicles not stopping at a red light will likely decrease.
But the number of accidents from stopping at a red light such as rear-end accidents is likely to increase. Thats not an inconsequential side effect. Some drivers will attempt to stop, accepting a higher risk of a non-angle accident like getting rear-ended, in order to avoid the expected fine.
When the Houston cameras were removed, angle accidents increased by 26 percent. However, all other types of accidents decreased by 18 percent. Approximately one-third of all Houston intersection accidents are angle accidents. This suggests that the programs drawbacks canceled out its benefits.
What this study shows is that far too many people tailgate, i.e., drive too close to the car in front based on the speed. When I slow down to stop because of a yellow light, I usually look in the mirror to see if the car behind may hit me and sometimes I edge forward a bit to give them more time to stop. If tailgating were reduced, then red light cameras would result in reduced accidents. Also, rear-end collisions are less likely to cause serious injury than getting broadsided.
One of the things that I would like to see more of are those signs by the roadside that tell you how fast you are traveling. Whenever I see them, I instinctively check my speed to make sure that I am not going too fast. Placing one of those signs right next to speed limit signs may help reduce speeding, another cause o...
A mother has filed a federal lawsuit after she called 911 for help with her mentally ill son and cops showed up and killed him instead.
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Investigative journalist, Jen Moores body was found in a District of Columbia hotel room on Monday after she died from a reported seizure.
Apparently, authorities are diligently working the case after it was discovered Moore had filed paperwork with the federal government in regards to the matter.
True Pundit reports:
Police are closely investigating the cause of death after former FBI Agent Robyn Gritz, a friend of Moores, made inquiries with homicide detectives Monday afternoon in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Preliminary reports from police said the death was not the result of suicide.
Moores body was found by employees at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington, D.C. East in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy had not been scheduled as of late Monday.
Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by a 26-year-old man that as a young boy he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.
In fact, just four weeks before her death, Moore filed details of the alleged victims claims with the Department of Homeland Security, detailing the allegations against Clinton. Moore contacted Homeland Security beginning on July 6th through July 9th, records show. A week later, she contacted the FBI with identical details about the victim and the shocking allegations against Clinton.
FBI sources report no case has been opened on the evidence supplied by Moore. Homeland Security officials could not be reached for comment.
Was investigative journalist Jen Moore another victim of the Clinton body count?
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By Aaron Kesel Immigrant children in Virginia have been tortured by officials who work in the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center according to a federal lawsuit. ...
Air quality in western Washington is very poor right now.
Incredibly, in central Puget Sound it is probably the worst in the nearly two-decade observing record of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for any time of the year.
I have been here a long time and I have never seen anything this bad. The view from the Seattle SpaceNeedle Panocam is murky (see below)
According to Twitter, a tweet by Jones one day earlier was considered to be targeted harassment.
Ellison looks to have secured a comfortable majority of Democratic primary votes in a five-candidate field in which he had by far the most prominent public profile.
The Afghan went searching for a knife in the house of his cousin, also an asylum seeker, and stabbed the two men in the head and neck.
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"There is no question that there are powerful elements of the Democratic establishment who have been and are also beholden to the health care profiteers," "The challenge to win universal health care in this country is overcoming these stakeholders" which have spent enormous amount of energy and resources trying to undermine efforts for a universal health care system."
In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 50 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether 
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(MEMO) A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince 
An insight into the private conversations your friendly, neighborhood Crip Dyke has when shes away-from-blog:
Ah, Tomi. Will there ever be a day when you cease being so entertainingly wrong?
PS: I think Im gonna kick-start the OF trend. Crip Dyke OF has a nice ring to it.
Are President Trumps senior cabinet members working against him? Its hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the presidents stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons 
In a 15-page signing statement issued Monday night, President Trump revealed that he intends to ignore many of the myriad provisions of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $716 billion military spending bill. The signing statement singles out several provisions which Trump argues would restrict his control in ways he believes are needed for military 
Despite being led by one of the most erratic & least popular presidents in modern history, the Republican Party dominates U.S. politics. One of the main reasons for this awful state of affairs is that the opposition party -- which calls itself "Democratic" -- is led by vacillating, corporate-oriented politicians who seem to have one firm principle: that the party's progressive base must be repeatedly insulted, repressed...
I just cancelled Netflix. Its a good time to do it. A) They dont have anything good on. The recent seasons of their coolest shows were either disappointing or incoherent because they were trying to bump up the edge. B) Theyre promoting a new original show that is an eating-disorder-triggering fatphobic pile of trash. Its called Insatiable and that link goes to a response article by a fat activist.
Anyhow, if you care about any fat people or people of any size
who have eating disorders, cancel your Netflix and list that as the
reason why. Ill be your best friend forever if you do. Automatic
banning for anyone who drops health trolling or whatabouts in my
comments. Fuck diet industry propaganda, and fuck body policing
fascism in the form of conventional wisdom.
Last week the hemp industry in the United States faced a roadblock after the federal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to list cannabidiol or CBD as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Its worth pointing out that CBD has no psychoactive effects 
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Fascism is a disease, a delusion, a toxic worldview. It's encouraged and manipulated by propaganda. Its characteristics are numerous and to various degrees widespread and long-lasting. At what point their combination in sufficiently extreme degree rises to the level of fascism, as opposed to moderately fascistic tendencies I'm happy to leave to others to decide.
We operate - often unknowingly - via stories or beliefs regarding where we came from, who we are and where we are going. Given the state of the world, our species has a clear need for fresh, life-enhancing narratives (or assumptions). Alternative, inspiring stories are presented in this piece.
Mary Rice Hasson is the author of the new book, Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before Its Too Late. On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Joy Pullmann interviews Hasson about her argument that families of faith now need to protect their children from public schools.
Hasson said issues like gender identity and ideological curriculums will impact a childs character or intellect.
Theres been a renewed interest in civics education, but what has been brought into the schools under the label of civics education is often nothing more than progressive activism, she said.
Listen to the full interview here:
The one nation, indivisible referred to in the pledge is not only unconstitutional, its contrary to the entire idea of the America the Founders sought to create. (FEE) An Atlanta, Georgia, charter school announced last week its intention to discontinue the practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during its schoolwide morning meetings at 
Thank you to the 12 jurors who listened attentively and critically, during long days of testimony, then deliberated with care, and ultimately did the right thing. Thank you to the lawyers who invested countless hours in investigative work and trial preparation, and who argued rationally and intelligently on behalf of the plaintiff, science and ethics. Thank you to those media outlets and advocacy organizations who covered the case, pored over the Monsanto Papers and took seriously their obligation to inform the public. But most of all, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dewayne Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case. For his persistence in getting to the bottom of what caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
(MEE) Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts. Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof 
A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge. The initial reaction to these revelationsa firestorm of frantic denialaugured ill, and the time since has fulfilled ones worst expectations. One year later we live within an institutionalized proscription of proven reality. Our discourse consists of a series of fence posts and taboos. By any detached measure, this lands us in deep, serious trouble. The sprawl of what we call Russia-gate now brings our republic and its institutions to a moment of great perilthe gravest since the McCarthy years and possibly since the Civil War. No, I do not consider this hyperbole.
Today we are sharing a guest post by Christian Bergland. He is a Strong Towns reader who is from Blandford, Massachusetts. If the name Blandford rings a bell, it may be because we shared a news article on social media last week about the sudden resignation of the towns entire police force of four officers. Christian reached out to tell us that he thought our comment on the story missed the mark, and that the actual local context was both more complicated and more interesting. So we invited him to submit an article and set the record straight.
He came back with the following, which not only answers the question, Why did the police force quit? but also explores, through the context of Blandford, what it means for a small rural place to be a strong town.
My tiny Western Massachusetts hometown of Blandford population 1,233 made national news for the first and only time on July 30 when its entire police force suddenly resigned. This story was picked up by national publications, and seemingly offered something for every ideological bent. Was this a town that expressed its animosity toward the police at large by dramatically underfunding its police department? A liberal Massachusetts bastion that overspent on social programs and did not have enough left over for law enforcement? Or was it a cautionary tale of unfettered development, an example of what happens when you overbuild your infrastructure without a plan for how to pay for it, leaving you without basic municipal services?
Unfortunately for partisans on both sides of the aisle who thought this story fueled their respective narratives, the truth has more to do with the realities of funding a small town and less to do with ideological warfare. I am writing this piece in the hope that I can clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding this story, particularly those pertaining to issues covered by Strong Towns, while also highlighting what it means to be strong in the context of a very small, rural town.
Blandford would be a pretty typical rural town in most of the country. Politics skew very conservative, the gun ownership rate approaches 100%, and hunting is still common practice. Support for the police is generally very strong in both local terms and in the abstract, as you would expect in a town with the above attributes. Suffice it to say, local antipathy towards law enforcement was not a driver in the towns lack of financial support for its police department.
While reporting on this story generally made it sound like Blandford had a full-time police department, that was not the case. The four officers in question were actually splitting 40 hours per week between them, meaning that the town only had local police coverage roughly 25% of the time. How were these police officers living on roughly 10 hours per week at $15 an hour? They werent:......
SADAA, YEMEN Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school. The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners. A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children.
Whats likely to happen to depositors money in a major commercial bank in another 2008 crash? And for months, financial pundits and experts such as William Cohen have been warning an even bigger one is on its way because nothing has essentially changed. If its one of those giant too-big-to-fail types that caused that global catastrophe, chances are theyve been planning whats called a bail-in system to seize depositors moneytemporarily, of course. But whether depositors want to withdraw $50 from the ATM for the weekend, write a cheque at the supermarket, or cash in a CD, theyll be shut out by their banks. And when the furious confront those banks, theyll be told its an emergency and, until Monday, would they like to start procedures with the FDIC for a refund? Or accept the banks IOU (stocks) immediately for it?
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...
I took a look at the Minnesota primary election results. There werent really any surprises, although there was one disappointment.
The disappointment is that Tim Walz will be the DFL candidate running for governor in November. I despise Tim Walz hes a conservative Democrat who has been in the pocket of the NRA for years. Whats particularly galling about it is that I keep seeing people saying that they voted for Walz because he was most appealing to outstate (the obnoxious term people in the Twin Cities use for the region outside the Twin Cities) voters, so they were supporting the DFL candidate most likely to win over those Neandertals who dont reside in the metropolitan region.
I live in outstate Minnesota. Grrrr. Dont assume were all gun-totin rednecks out here.
The one bit of good news was the election turnout record numbers all around. Most importantly, there were 600,000 DFL voters and 300,000 Republican voters. Youve got to wonder how any Republicans ever get elected.
(Rhetorical question: its because of criminal levels of gerrymandering, and because in most elections voter apathy is high.)
I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. It was my daughters wedding day and I was pushing the wedding dresses in a wheelbarrow to the wedding hall. All of a sudden, for no obvious reason, I was just knocked to the ground. I never heard the bomb. . . I was about to get up when suddenly wood and debris fell from the sky and hit me on the head and back, so I stayed on the ground. . . . I couldnt even hear the wood falling. . . . When I did start to hear, it was an odd sound. I ran to a hill area where I could look down to the city. I couldnt believe my eyes. The whole city of Hiroshima was gone. And the noise I heard it was people...
By Michael Maharrey Efforts to encourage the use of cryptocurrency in Wyoming have already paid off. Earlier this month, crypto exchange Coinbase announced it will...
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is set to testify Thursday in front of a Senate oversight committee. He's certain to have to respond to questions while there about false statements he and some of his subordinates made to lawmakers about an incident last year in which the agency's computer systems got overwhelmed during the comment period for its then-ongoing net-neutrality proceeding. Pai has tried to distance himself from those false statements, blaming them on the agency's former chief information officer, David Bray. But lawmakers are sure to want to know when Pai knew the statements were false and why he didn't retract them earlier. Perhaps more importantly, lawmakers may well try to delve into the role the incident played in Pai's effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality rules.
We don't need "more government oversight" of social media. What we need is for it to be recognized, and treated, as a criminal abuse of power (and a violation of US Code Title 18 241 -- "conspiracy against rights") for government officials or employees to attempt to "oversee" or "manage" social media's content standards.
Nikki Haleys recent comments about the downside of the own the libs style of conservative activism which is heavy on mockery, insults, and other forms of Internet trolling touched off a certain amount of debate in conservative circles. Some agreed about the folly of pursuing the cheap satisfaction of a caustic putdown over actual persuasion, some thought mockery still has an important role in political debate, and the defenders of owning the libs admitted that they dont believe in political debate anyway, declaring that this is not about persuasion anymore. I would ask why they dont just pack it in and proceed straight to civil war, but it seems unethical to encourage people to get themselves killed doing something stupid.
As Ive been thinking it over, though, Ive realized the greater danger of the own the libs mentality. Its not just about your failure to persuade your opponents or, more likely, the uncommitted observer, which is who those debates are really aimed at. Its about your failure to hold your own side accountable.
But first lets look at Haleys comments.
Raise your hand if youve ever posted anything online to quote-unquote own the libs, Haley asked at the High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University. The vast majority raised their hands in response, and then erupted into spontaneous applause.
I know that its fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what youre accomplishing when you do this are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading? Haley asked. Weve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isnt leadership its the exact opposite.
Real leadership is about persuasion, its about movement, its bringing people around to your point of view, she added. Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.
This message is desperately needed. The Republican Party has been so seduced by the lure of pure partisan spite that it recently elected a president primarily because of his suitability for the task of owning the libs. But this terminology is an empty metaphor.
Owning in this context means nothing. It confers no influence or authority and is definitely not recogn...
This Thursday, August 16, the Senate's Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee will query FCC Commissioners about their oversight of issues related to wireless communications.
By Brandon Smith The mainstream news has been awash lately in talk over the danger of economic contagion, primarily due to lack of dollar liquidity...
UK Black pride 2018 was held on Sunday July 8 at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London. It was indeed a celebration of black LGBT1Q . The theme was Shades Of The Diaspora. I was there to celebrate all that is black and beautiful with my black LGBTIQ community and our allies. It was a protest and a party.
Hello from UK Black Pride, the party is rocking!
The party rocked! The vibrant, energetic performers on stage and the beautiful roaring crowd reminded me of what it is to be Black, Bold, Beautiful and Proud. Partying with my Black Lgbtiq community, I definitely felt like I belonged there.
Special thanks to the organisers for persistently organising UK Black pride despite all the negativity from these who seek to subjugate our spirit and never really make us feel belonged or truly included in the mainstream lgbt community. Also, a big shout out to all the volunteers and everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring us a fun, successful, UK Black Pride. Solidarity forever.
It was indeed the largest UK Black Pride ever. The crowd was huge from every corner and angle. So many beautiful people and a rich diversity of cultures. The talents on stage were great, the crowd was energetic and made me realised i need to brush up on my dance steps. So much twerking from all genders that I was reminded twerking is a black thing , and will always be.
Kudos to the organisers for another successful UK Black Pride. I am already looking forward to an even bigger, colourful UK Black Pride and a more inclusive Pride every corner of the globe.
To voiceless LGBTIQs who cannot afford to hold or attend a Pride, I say Stand Tall, you are not forgotten. Rainbow will always shine through the clouds. Stay positive and live your truth in pride. Love, always.
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Citizens of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are benefiting from a third round of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. That's why the letters are so formulaic. Over the years I've urged incumbents & candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having "time-raisers
As Facebook targets pages for removal who post politically charged content, a rapper who used their platform to upload child porn is reaching millions.
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No more separate restrooms for boys and girls, with rows of feet-showing stalls. The North Kansas City school district is going fully gender neutral at two new elementary schools, opening on Wednesday, as well as in a few renovated restrooms in North Kansas City High School and the sixth-grade centers.
The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.
A single sign on the wall outside displays both the male and female symbols.
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That the prison industry in the US is abusive towards its
inmates is well known. What is perhaps not so well known is how it
takes advantage of their captivity to squeeze even more money out
of them and their families. As Victoria Law
writes, one way they do that is by demanding that families can
only communicate with inmates through private companies that have
been granted monopoly rights to provide this service at exorbitant
rates. Since both prisoners and their families are desperate to
keep in touch with each other, they are ripe for exploitation. One
of the worst companies is called JPay.
In the outside world there are numerous companies offering free email accountsGmail, Yahoo Mail, Mail.combut inside prisons companies charge a fee, a token JPay calls a stamp, to send each message. Each stamp covers only one page of writing. Want to send photos of a nephews graduation, a nieces prom dress or a new baby? Each picture costs an additional stamp. A short video clip? Thatll be three stamps. With the postal service, stamp prices are fixed, but JPays stamp prices fluctuate. Shortly before Mothers Day, for instance, a stamp cost 35 cents; the price rose to 47 cents the following week. For a few hundred dollars, prisoners can skip kiosk lines by buying a tableta relatively expensive purchase that tends to lock them into JPays services.
Inside prisons, e-messaging companies are quietly building a money-making machine virtually unhindered by competitiona monopoly that would be intolerable in the outside world. Its based in a simple formula: Whatever it costs to send a message, prisoners and their loved ones will find a way to pay it. And, the more ways prisoners are cut off from communicating with their families, the better it is for business. Which means that stamp by stamp, companies like JPayand the prisons that accept a commission with each message are profiting from isolation of one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. And, with prisoners typically earning 20 cents to 95 cents an hour in jobs behind bars, the cost of keeping in touch most likely falls to family members and friends.
For many years, phone calls from jails and prisons were unregulated, allowing private telecommunications providers to charge as much as $1 a minute for a call. After years of organizing by prisoner rights advocates, the Federal Communications Commission voted in 2013 to cap the costs of interstate phone calls, calling it a first step toward ending the exorbitant costs of staying in contact. Two years later, the commission extended the cap to intrastate calls. But after five prison phone providers, including Securus, filed separate petitions challenging the FCCs decision, the ruling was overtur...
Who will be the next prime minister of Australia? Fraser Anning or Bob Katter? Anning made an open call to Australian racists, and as we Americans can tell you, thats politically potent.
Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katters Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.
Political opponents denounced his speech as disgraceful. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.
Final solution was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
In his speech, Mr Anning said the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote.
On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his racist hate speech, noting in particular his use of the phrase final solution, and his false, misleading and hurtful statements about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.
The Australians, Im sure, are torn between indignation and amusement that these two flaming nutters and their party have even a remote chance of taking over the government, but we were laughing at Trump ten years ago, too.
The disease is spreading. I know the racism has been there all along, but the plague in this case is that so many awful people now feel emboldened to preach it openly.
War is hell. War is often unnecessary, but through the evil in our hearts we let it be and we encourage it, we engage it in fantasy primarily through Hollywood and gamer culture while imposing its deathly reality on people far weaker than us. We in these United States rarely see the suffering, the death, the disease, the famine that we impose on other nations. That we imposed on those peoples who are original to this continent. In the eyes of popular culture the soldier is not a harbinger of death, but a youthful soul seeking adventure who toughens up through the grim reality of combat. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is death. War is hell on earth. In war we all die. Some of us physically, some of us mentally, some of us spiritually. In war, death is the only guarantee.
Perpetrators of genocide should never be forgotten, but they should not be celebrated either.
LOS ANGELESImmigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs. The little-known ruling addressed what might seem like a narrow procedural issue over how to properly provide notices to immigrants to appear in court for deportation proceedings. But it is having broader implications in immigration courts that are in charge of deciding whether hundreds of thousands of people should be allowed to stay in the United States. Since the decision was issued in June, immigration attorneys have been asking judges to throw out their clients cases.
Masterpiece Cakeshops Jack Phillips, who won a Supreme Court case in June, is once again being harangued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-LGBTQ message. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday night against the commission on his behalf, over the states second attempt to compel him to bake a cake with a message that violates his religious beliefs.
Two months ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Phillips ought not to have been forced to bake a cake with a pro-LGBT message for a same-sex couples wedding, because the court found that the commission was overtly hostile to the bakers religious beliefs.
Now, the commission is once again going after Phillips, this time to compel him to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.
On June 26, 2017 the same day the Supreme Court announced it would take up the cake baking case an attorney, who is identified in the court filings as Autumn Scardina, asked Phillips to bake a cake that is blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate his decision to live as if he were a woman. When Phillips declined, Scardina filed a complaint with the commission that July, alleging that he was unlawfully discriminated against.
Just weeks after Philips victory at the Supreme Court, the commission issued a probable cause determination, stating that there was enough evidence to back up Scardinas claim that Phillips had broken the law by declining the order for the custom cake.
Phillips is not backing down. Hes suing the commission for violating his constitutional right to live out his religious beliefs and his right to due process under the law.
The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs, ADFs Kristen Waggoner said in a statement. Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.
You can read more about his story here and details about the...
As the midterm elections approach, Republican state officials and lawmakers have stepped up efforts to block students from voting in their college towns. Republicans in Texas pushed through a law last year requiring voters to carry one of seven forms of photo identification, including handgun licenses but excluding student IDs. In June, the GOP-controlled legislature in North Carolina approved early voting guidelines that have already resulted in closing of polling locations at several colleges. And last month, New Hampshires Republican governor signed a law that prevents students from voting in the state unless they first register their cars and obtain drivers licenses there.
One nationally prominent Republican, however, once took the opposite stance on student voting. As an undergraduate at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee now White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sued to allow students to vote after being one of more than 900 purged from the countys rolls.
Its almost like taxation without representation, she said at the time. They thought that because we were young that they could walk all over us, but obviously thats not the case.
Illustrating the adage that politics makes strange bedfellows, the 2002 lawsuit paired a then-20-year-old Sanders with the American Civil Liberties Union. It began, as disputes over student voting often do, with a town-and-gown conflict. Reversing the usual pattern, a Democrat rather than a Republican instigated the student disenfranchisement.
For Sanders, the daughter of Arkansas then-governor Mike Huckabee, the little-known episode helped her carve out a niche as a political activist in her own right. It remains relevant today both because of her influential post in the Trump administration and because it suggests that Republican efforts to restrict student voting are largely pragmatic intended to maximize the partys electoral chances and could change as circumstances warrant. It also indicates that Democratic support for on-campus voting may similarly hinge on the expectation that most students lean to the left.
While the Trump administration hasn...
By Mac Slavo The FBI is warning of a worldwide mass hacking plot that could see millions withdrawn from bank accounts. The major operation has...
The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel known as BDS has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined. It has hindered the efforts of Arab states to fully break their own decades-old boycott in pursuit of increasingly overt cooperation with Israel. It has shamed the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah by denouncing its security and economic collaboration with Israels army and military administration. It has annoyed the Palestine Liberation Organization by encroaching on its position as the internationally recognised advocate and representative of Palestinians worldwide.
An encampment of protesters is resisting the crude oil industry, whose environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor and people of color.
Israels use of the technology to kill Palestinians, says the families attorney, raises many questions concerning human judgment, ethics, and compliance with international humanitarian law.
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Recent discussion about pickling and canning [stderr] reminded me that its time to more closely research the history of the technique. In its time, it was a tremendously important military technology.
Not only did Napoleon Bonaparte say an army marches on its stomach* he put his money where his mouth was the Bonaparte regime funded the development of canning. For reasons that ought to be obvious. [wik]
During the first years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a hefty cash award of 12,000 francs to any inventor who could devise a cheap and effective method of preserving large amounts of food. The larger armies of the period required increased and regular supplies of quality food. Limited food availability was among the factors limiting military campaigns to the summer and autumn months. In 1809, Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and brewer, observed that food cooked inside a jar did not spoil unless the seals leaked, and developed a method of sealing food in glass jars. Appert was awarded the prize in 1810 by Count Montelivert, a French minister of the interior. The reason for lack of spoilage was unknown at the time, since it would be another 50 years before Louis Pasteur demonstrated the role of microbes in food spoilage.
At that time, governments would often offer rewards for solving interesting problems, which was an idea that I wish would come back into vogue. The British crown had similar rewards for producing accurate clocks to allow better calculation of longitude for navigation and naval compasses.
Food preservation is a fascinating topic that I keep thinking I should learn more about that except every time I do, I get the eebie-jeebies really badly and tend to go on a diet. Hey, the eebie-jeebies diet could be a best-seller, what do you think? As you might imagine, canning and storing food also had its ups and downs dunking the interior of a can in molten tin (after first etching it with acid so the tin would stick) is why we have the term tin can instead of lead-soldered can which turned out to have some serious problems. Aluminum, which was more valuable than gold until the bauxite/electrical extraction method was devised, appears to be one of the ideal substances for can-making. And then theres plastic
One thing I learned years ago, after I was stuck at a dinner party next to a moonbeam who asserted that all chemical additives you know, BHA, BHT, guar gum, that......
A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono Oodham Nation.
Im going to make this short, because its Breitbart, theres hardly any point. Im only talking about it because a friend was quoted in it.
Recently, Breitbart posted an article titled Asexual is a Hot New Sexual Identity In the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than doing their own journalism, they basically copy content from Mercury News, and add insinuations that asexuality is a ridiculous trend that is confined only to recent times, and to the San Francisco Bay Area.
They also spoke to an expert from Israel, the author of The Truth: A Pathway to the Subconscious. She says:
My research shows that every person is divided into five different levels of being; the mental body, the feelings body, the emotional body, the spiritual body, and the sexual body.  The people who define themselves as asexual, most of them are activated from a conditioning that says sexuality equals delete.
At first it looked like Breitbart quoted an expert to invalidate asexuality, but on second glance I believe they were trying to find someone ridiculous to support asexuality, in order to make asexuality look ridiculous. But nobody in the ace community would take this woman seriously, and we can all see that it was Breitbart who thought she was worth talking to.
Breitbart also wrote about asexuality last year. What? I dont follow Breitbart, I get Google alerts, okay?
The author writes, As climate change-fueled wildfires ravage the West Coast, the Democratic National Committee voted 30-2 on Friday night in support of a proposal to welcome the longstanding and generous contributions of workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions or employers political action committees. The move seemingly reversed a ban passed in June pledging that the body would stop taking contributions from corporate PACs connected to the fossil fuel industry.
The author writes, Avoid scandal. Use euphemisms. Ask inadequate questions. Lock complaints away in a secret archive. Above all, dont tell the police. Those are some of the tactics that leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania used to conceal child sexual abuse by priests over a period of 70 years, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.
From the Real News Network: Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus. Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the US is not engaged in the civil war.
The author writes, Facebook has been on a cen...
Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist has made history by becoming the first transgender to win Vermont primary.
The former utility executive will go toe-to-toe against Governor Phil Scot (R-VT) in an all-out battle to take office.
Im going to tell you why were going to win in November, Hallquist told a crowd of blue wave supporters at a rally on Tuesday.
The Burlington Free Press reports:
Hallquists campaign platform is built on her 13 years as the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, where she says she proved its possible to address climate change without raising costs. She has pitched a plan to connect every Vermont home and business with high-speed internet access by relying on electric utilities to string fiber optic cable.
Its going to take a lot of work to get to every town in Vermont, Hallquist said Tuesday of her upcoming campaign, and its going to take twice the amount of work to knock on every door in Vermont, because theres a lot of areas of Vermont that we dont have internet to.
Its not known how the transgender will do now that she (he) is pitted against Scott.
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This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Partys Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the Peoples Republic of Chinas campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge 
It was just announced that over 300 Catholic priests have been accused of pedophilia with Catholic children. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and it is just the tip of the iceberg.
Hi Ho the Dar
Globalist insider, Queen Beatrix, according to four eyewitnesses who have consistently stated that when they were children they were forced to attend human child sex and subsequent hunting parties. At these events, children were raped, with several being murdered as well as the sexual body parts dismemberment.
The severed boys penises were displayed as trophies on a wall. Some hunting parties were hosted on the grounds of Belgium Queen Beatrixs Palace.
The following video, in which survivors of this horrific set of events, were interviewed, is very difficult to watch. However, it is a video that must be viewed as we must continue to raise awareness of the vile, satanic nature of the globalists.
Dutch therapist Toos Nijenhuis claimed that as a four year-old she was forced to witness murders of children that involved former Pope Ratzinger, a Dutch Catholic Cardinal, plus the father of Netherlands Belgium Queen Beatrix and Bilderberger Founder, Dutch Crown Prince Alfrink Bernhard. I saw the former Pope Joseph Ratzinger murder a little girl another witness confirmed. It was at a French chateau in the fall of 1987. It was ugly, horrible and didnt happen just once. Ratzinger and Bernhard were some of the more prominent men who took part.
There have been 34 mass grave sites found in Ireland, Spain and Canada and they have been linked to Ninth Circle activities. The Ninth Circle Satanic Cult, is a well-known a child sacrifice group composed of global elites that routinely engages in the horrific behaviors described in the video.
Many will say that this is just conspiracy nonsense. However, there is official r...
Omarosa Manigault Newsman Told MSNBC that Donald Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks would publish Hillary Clintons emails and that she is willing to participate if Special Counsel Robert Mueller needs her.
The reality TV star and former White House staffer said: There is a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House and Im going to blow the whistle on all of it.
When asked if Trump had any advance knowledge of the issue Omarosa replied: Absolutely. Yes. Yes.
Did former White House official Omarosa really have knowledge that Trump knew about the Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton's emails in advance or is she just a dirty "dog" like Trump claims?
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How about a feminist woman? They certainly can. All it seems to take is a power differential and sexual desire, and in the absence of restraint, along comes another case of sexual harassment. Read about the case of Avital Ronell, a famous feminist scholar, who took advantage of her position to be rather, umm, forward with her student, Nimrod Reitman. Its all documented in embarrassing emails.
Its all about hierarchies and power, so of course a woman can be guilty of harassment.
Reitman says he put up with this behavior because Ronell had power over him as his adviser, Greenberg reports. He also says that when he did complain to Ronell about her harassment, she retaliated by sabotaging his job prospects. Graduate students can be especially vulnerable to harassment by their advisers, who often wield enormous control over the direction of their careers.
Whats also shocking is how many other well-known feminists leapt to Ronells defense. Its a serious problem when justice is strongly skewed by differences in power.
We clearly need to foster more irreverence in our culture.
Investigative reporter John Solomon broke news last week of texts and emails between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele regarding the Russia investigation, and revealed the content of notes Ohr took during a December meeting with Steeles boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.
Solomons reporting confirmed the FBI used Ohr to continue gathering information from Steele, even after the former British spy was terminated as a source by the bureau because he leaked word of the investigation to the press. Ohrs role as a conduit allowed the FBI to continue to use Steele as an indirect source, even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.
Ohr lost his high-ranking slot at the Department of Justice in December 2017, when the Trump administration learned of his connection to Steele, and with it his office just doors away from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He briefly retained a high-ranking position as the director of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, but was demoted a second time in January 2018. He still works for the DOJ, but no longer holds a top leadership position.
Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), said last week Ohr is going to become more and more important to the investigation into the DOJs use of Steeles dossier on Trump to obtain permission to spy on his former campaign advisor, Carter Page. Thats the understatement of the year.
The details revealed in the emails and texts, in conjunction with previously released information, suggest DOJ and FBI employees operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court), and concealed evidence from congressional oversight committees. Lets review two key questions the revelations raise.
Rosenstein was Ohrs boss prior to his demotion, yet Rosenstein claims he knew nothing of Ohrs involvement in the Russia investigation. Rosenstein declared to Congress in a letter reviewed by Solomon that he was unaware of Ohrs activities with Steele, that Ohr was not assigned to the Russia investigation, and that Ohr was not in the chain of command. Rosenstein added, ......
Already missing from the news cycle is the story of Muslim leader Siraj Wahhaj, who alerted authorities to the squalid conditions in New Mexico in which his son, two daughters, another man and woman, and 11 children were living.
Authorities arrived at the compound to some of the most horrifying conditions they had ever seen, and prosecutors identified the makeshift home as a training ground for militant children, including in carrying out school shootings. The imams son had been wanted for kidnapping his own four-year-old child, who had severe disabilities. The body of a young child was recovered from the site, but authorities have yet to verify its identity.
Siraj claims his son and daughters had strayed from his teachings of Islam, had somehow become radicalized, and were possibly dealing with mental illness. He presented himself as a peaceful and well-respected imam, careful to distance himself from the terrorist conditions in which his family was found. But the facts on that count are doubtful.
Born Jeffrey Kearse in Brooklyn, Wahhaj converted to the Nation of Islam in 1969, and changed his name to Jeffrey X12. He became a leader in the community and regularly taught that white people are devils. By 1975, he reigned in his outspoken racism toward white people and converted to a more orthodox Sunni Muslim, changing his name to the Arabic Siraj Wahhaj.
He is the founder of and an imam at Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, and is well known and respected, attracting Muslims from all over the world to hear him speak. In 1991, Wahhaj became the first Muslim to lead a prayer at the start of a session of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In that same year, he said, As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You dont get involved in politics because its the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.
He appeared on a prosecutors list of possible co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, and was an unwavering defender of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who had been a worshipper at Wahhajs mosque. He is on record as referring to America as the Most wicked government on the face of planet Earth.
He has also stated, If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a...
Commentators keep on pointing out examples of the Lefts antagonism toward free speech as if this were inconsistent with its first principles. Its not. Leftism cannot be for free speech. Why? Because of what political philosopher Eric Voegelin recognized as the Gnostic character of its first principles.
Speech depends on the one-to-one correspondence between external realities and communicable concepts. Speech is realitys witness and herald. What happens when you deny the fabric of external reality, as Gnosticism does? Or when, as leftism believes, objective reality is the projection of psychic and systemic forces by retrograde powers?
What happens is speech becomes an instrument of perversity, oppression, or illusion, and the only proper way to engage it is to reject it violently and put something else in its place.
We could grab one of a thousand threads in the fabric of contemporary culture to unravel the underlying Gnosticism behind it. See a fuller treatment here.
Gnosticism is secular theology, a way to do religion after Gods death in lieu of Darwinism. Gods departure leaves an abyss whose nihilistic implications the human soul cant bear. Whether secularists like it or not, Darwinism has no preventatives for, and in fact offers an explanation for, racism, rape, and oppression. Gnosticism allows meaning and morality to sneak in through the back door.
Gnosticism grants meaning and morality within the self after Darwinism rendered the outside material world nothing more than a product of random chance, useless as a foundation for transcendent knowing. To avoid solipsism, Gnosticism projects the myth of a universal, collective truth outside the material cosmic order available to select awakened gnostic seekers.
This is the Gnostic Pleroma. Once woke to the oppression that is the default setting of the material cosmic realm, you tap into the Pleroma. The woke share this collective; the unwoke are stooges of this worlds gods, the evil demiurge and its archons.
For example, random evolutionary forces yield the male/female binary, which is manifestly only about reproduction. Tradition codifies this reality in religious dogmas and cultural mores. Gnosticism posits a higher reality, with a purposeful lack of any grounding in any material reality, that gender and sexuality have nothing to do with reproduction.
For the woke, reproduction is a tyranny over what gender and sexuality are really about, so much so that its evolution-prescribed results pregnancy should be violently overthrown....
British Conservative Member of Parliament Boris Johnson was criticized for a joke about burkas he made last week in a column on recent enforcement of Denmarks Burka Ban.
The law effectively bans women from wearing traditional Muslim head coverings in public, such as a burqa or niqab, by making it illegal to obscure ones face with a garment or accessory in public. Similar bans are already in place in other European countries, and Denmark passed this one in May, but enforced it for the first time last week, prompting Johnsons column in The Telegraph.
He spoke out strongly against the ban, but compared women in Muslim garb to bank robbers and letterboxes, and said its perfectly reasonable to expect them to remove the coverings in certain contexts.
What has happened, you may ask, to the Danish spirit of live and let live? he wrote, noting that it should be the right of a university lecturer, politician, or person of authority to ask a person to uncover their face so they could converse properly, and that business owners and private citizens should certainly have the right to refuse service or entry to a covered person. Johnson dismissed the idea of banning a Free-born adult woman from wearing a covering when simply minding her own business in public, but also joked they might be mistaken for bank robbers and letterboxes.
His joke about their clothing didnt land, although he was defending their right to wear the garb, and his comments were quickly condemned by many as racist, thoughtless, and harmful. One fan, however, immediately came to his defense.
Rowan Atkinson, an English comedian and actor best known for his roles in Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and Johnny English, defended Johnsons joke as quite good in a letter to The Times:
Sir, As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnsons joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one. An almost perfect visual simile and a joke that, whether Mr Johnson apologises for it or not, will stay in the public consciousness for some time to come. All jokes about religion cause offence, so its pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.
Atkinson has previously defended free expression in England. In 2012 he spoke on behalf of a campaign calling for reform of a law that gave police the power to arrest someone who may be insulting another person.
News broke Monday that the first openly gay character in a Disney film would be played by the very-not-gay actor Jack Whitehall. The outrage mob quickly gathered online to voice their displeasure:
If youre one of the people who doesnt see the big deal RE Jack Whitehall, a straight white male cast as the first openly gay Disney character then youre part of the problem
B!tH (@ClionaLou) August 13, 2018
Chris Salvatore (@CSalvatore) August 12, 2018
Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) August 13, 2018
Super excited about this huge moment for the LGBTQ+ family, and @jackwhitehall is amazing https://t.co/FwH4d7BZqZ BUT when so many gay actor friends of mine are turned down for straight roles because theres a whiff of gay, its frustrating to cast NonGay people in gay roles
Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet theres likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.
The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed.
The Hills John Solomon reported Ohrs notes indicate FBI officials told him in the meeting they may go back to Chris, apparently in reference to Steele, whom they had terminated as a source 20 days prior for leaking word of the investigation to the press. The day after this meeting, the FBI officially interviewed Ohr for the first of a dozen times, and Ohr relayed to the FBI the allegations of dirt Steele had compiled on the Trump campaign.
Ohrs notes from his meeting suggest the FBI was using Ohr as a conduit to work around Steeles termination as a source. This timing and number of interviews suggest the third unnamed agent had worked with Strzok and Page to devise a way to obtain intel from Steele, despite the fact the FBI had just ordered him not to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.
A second exchange highlighted in Solomons reporting likewise indicates that the FBI employed additional agents who were malleable to working behind the scenes with Steele after he was terminated as a source. Steele texted Ohr to see if he was OK after Trump fired Yates. If you end up out I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed, Steele stressed in the texts. Who were these other bureau people briefed on the situation whom Steele could trust if Ohr became a persona non grata?
In yet another exchange, on Aug. 8, 2017, Steele reached out to Ohr, asking for his help in accelerating his reengagement with the Bureau and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller. From Steeles frustration over the delay, it appears his efforts to return as a source for the FBI had been ongoing for some time. Ohr agreed to reach out to his contacts on Steeles behalf, and Steele noted he was doing so as well.
Who were these contacts? Were they working...
My scores are in! I exclaimed to my dad, The scores that will decide if Im a good teacher!
When did you take the test? he asked. I explained that I did not take the test my students did. Each spring, New Mexico students in grades 3-11 take an assessment produced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), a federally funded Common Core testing organization. Over two weeks, they are tested in math and language arts.
As fifth graders, my students had three sessions of math and three of language arts, all taken on a computer. Multiple choice answers were scored automatically, but the many written portions had to be evaluated by human graders before preliminary scores became available to teachers and administrators in late June. After being finalized, students results will be available for families to view, and factored into their teachers state evaluations, by about September. This is after the students have moved on to the next grade, even though PARCC was supposed to end that typical delay.
Some teachers argue that using student test scores as a measure of teacher effectiveness is unfair, because it does not consider many of the numerous factors that affect academic progress. At my school and many with similar demographics, most students live in poverty. When families are dealing with domestic abuse, foster care, immigration issues, and housing, education tends to take a lower priority. Students may miss school nearly once a week, amounting to numerous absences over the course of the school year. Some complete no homework all year.
Most of our students do not have parents who have been reading to them daily since they were born, nor school supplies and a quiet, safe study area at home and other seemingly basic advantages from which other children benefit. Despite all of this chaos, our state evaluations are based on the expectation that our students will make the same academic growth from year to year as students from privileged backgrounds usually do.
People dispute the validity of the test, suggesting that it is not an accurate representation of student knowledge and ability. A computer-based test cannot measure every component of a childs education, and results rely heavily on the assumption that the student was rested and healthy that day and tried his or her hardest.
Additionally, the test has many portions that require the student to input a written response. My students received instruction from our technology teacher in the computer lab for 45 minutes each week and used laptops and iPads frequently in the classroom, but still, the majority of their written work was handwritten in a notebook. The ability to type fluidly, remembering how to capitalize letters and where the punctuation keys are located, is no small task for students as young as third...
I dont like whining. Im not one to complain to a referee or umpire if Im losing a game, and I cant stand complaining without also trying to find a solution to a problem.
So anytime somebody jumps up to complain about shadow banning or some social media giant throttling their traffic because the Man just cant handle the truth, Im usually rolling my eyes. Get good, stop posting boring content, and youll do better on social media.
However, after the Facebook trending topics revelations and others, Ive become more open to considering these complaints. In July, Twitter responded to allegations the company was shadow banning conservative accounts by making their Twitter handles less discoverable when searched. Their blog post on the subject bluntly denied that Twitter engages in any banning based on ideological perspective.
However, they did clarify that Twitter ranks tweets lower from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation. How do they decide whos a bad-faith actor? They follow these three indicators:
Note my highlight. Number 1 and 2 make sense. Authentic tweets from real people who dont hide behind anonymity should be promoted, as should your activity on Twitter. However, Twitters third standard could be artificially docking conservatives because of many liberals actions on Twitter.
In 2014 a study from the Pew Research Journalism Project...
A young, female 20-something is looking to upset how things are done in Washington D.C. by defeating a long-entrenched incumbent. Shes the youngest person running for Congress in 2018. Shes not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Shes not even a Democrat. Morgan Murtaugh is running as a Republican for Democrat Rep. Susan Daviss seat in Californias 35th District. Davis has held the seat for 15 years.
The Federalist talked with Murtaugh about her platform and why she thinks she can turn this blue district red.
CA-53 has been blue ever since its creation in 2003. California has consistently voted for Democrats. What made you think that the district might want to shift red?
This district has been blue since its creation, yes, but thats because the same person has held the seat since its creation. What people dont realize is that San Diego County has consistently been a red county until only recently [when it] has begun to shift to purple. As someone who has been born and raised in this district, with family and friends on all ends of this district, who went to school, played sports, got baptized, and even had my first kiss in this district, I know it like the back of my hand.
I know the people here and I know that what we need is someone who is ready to take into consideration the wants and needs of the district over the wants and needs of special-interest groups. The truth is, in order to shift the blue tide in California we need to have the conversations everyone, especially our current leadership, avoids having. Thats what Im doing and thats why I think we have a good shot at winning this.
Youre a young, Latina woman running for Congress against a powerful incumbent. Your description is similar to the Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but only one of you is on Trevor Noahs show. Why do you think that is?
I had an interview with Marie Claire earlier and they made it clear to me that the reason AOC has been getting the attention versus me is because she already beat the incumbent, and because according to them, shes a shoe-in.
The sad part is, we got about the same amount of votes primary night. We turned out about the same amount of people. Im the youngest candidate in the nation running for Congress; however, Im on the Republican ticket, and I dont fit the narrative. I like being the underdog, though. I have a lot to gain and nothing to lose.
A Gallup poll just said that more Democrats identify with socialism than with capitalism. Many young people are spearheading this change. How do you feel about millennials embrace of socialism?
This to me is so terrif...
The professor, politico, and impresario Jordan Peterson is known for opposing transgender pronouns as compelled speech. From gotcha TV clips to animated YouTube videos compiling his messages, Peterson seems to be omnipresent.
But he didnt just appear out of thin air. Hes been talking about psychology online for decades. In fact, when I first stumbled upon Petersons YouTube page about two-and-a-half years ago, I didnt know anything about his political views because he rarely discussed them.
The Atlantics Caitlin Flanagan begins her recent article on Peterson, Why the Left is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson with an anecdote I share. Like her son, I too discovered Petersons class lectures on YouTube, before his channel boasted more than 1 million followers, and found his views about psychology, biblical interpretation, and psychotherapy plain fascinating.
While his political views burst onto the global scene due in part to him challenging transgender issues, social justice warriors, and other harmful aspects of liberal propaganda, his views as a psychology professor are as profound, if not more so. While this is by no means a comprehensive view of his lengthy career as a professor and clinician, here are a few YouTube clips worth watching to discover that, as one commenter quipped, Back then Jordan Peterson was a refreshing beer, now hes a fine wine.
Peterson is a father of two and because he has such insight into the human mind due to his academic training, he often weaves observations of parenting and psychology into a brilliant blend of how-does-it-work and how-to. Of course, one of his 12 points from his bestselling 12 Rules for Life is Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
To that end, there are several fantastic clips on how to discipline the strong-willed child, since, he says, his son was a tough little rat. He explains how to know what kids are thinking, and how to teach your child what no means.
For many exasperated parents of toddlers, even his advice on how to simply refuse to put up with and ignore a toddlers temper tantrums until the child can be pleasant is welcome.
Its that time of year: teachers are prepping their classrooms, writing preliminary lesson plans, and attending mandatory in-service training. More than three million Americans have chosen to return to the classroom and resume the noble profession of education. At the same time, according to the Learning Policy Institute, each year more than 200,000 teachers leave the profession, with nearly two out of three leaving for reasons other than retirement.
In both the United States and the United Kingdom, veteran teachers are considering leaving the classroom due to burnout, lack of job satisfaction, and concerns about ineffective administration. In the face of such concerns, why would one become a teacher?
The hours are never ending. A 40-hour week is a pipe dream, replaced instead by 55 hours as the norm, with occasional weekend events. The seriousness of the task is paralleled by those great satire websites like Bored Teachers, which put forth a plentiful stream of content that accurately satirizes the life of a teacher.
The pay is steady, but never as high as teachers would like, and those who love teaching are often torn between following their vocation and making ends meet as families grow. Parent emails, difficult administration, limited pay raise potential, the looming threat of strikes why would one choose to enter such a field?
Clearly no one plays this game for the money. Instead, teaching is a labor of love which, when done well, receives compensation in a variety of forms (that hopefully includes enough dollars to make ends meet). Veteran teachers of 20 or 30 years have a wealth of relationships and changed lives that return intangible yet priceless rewards over a lifetime. Teaching is ultimately about the people and, done right, a teacher does all of his work out of love for the students.
Paralleling the love for students is a love of learning. Spending time in worthwhile subjects nourishes the soul, and teachers begin with a certain content area, and spend years marinating in it....
This is the 23rd in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: A Measure Of Salvation And Hero here.
Battlestar Galactica is so filled with flashbacks that they occasionally seem like a writing crutch. Unfinished Business, however, requires them to move forward from the New Caprica storyline. As noted in prior recaps, Galacticas strength is its reliance on character. Unfinished Business has enough character to seem soapy, were it not for the subtlety of the performances.
The Passage is the story of Kats death. It is a tribute to the series that even tertiary characters are sufficiently explored to make this a story worth telling. The Passage is a star exit for Luciana Carro, though presumably an actress with a recurring series role might prefer to remain.
Boxing matches are the focus of the dance, during which Galacticas crew fights without issues of rank. Adm. Adama explains to Pres. Roslin the tradition lessens grudges.
At the outset, Apollo boxes with Helo, which seems motivated by Apollos continuing efforts to get back into shape. The event begins fulfilling its purpose when Adama sees Tyrol allowing a crewman to watch the fights before finishing his duties. Adama climbs into the ring, removes his tunic and challenges Tyrol to join him.
Adama unexpectedly scores a quick knockdown. Tyrol rises and eventually puts Adama on the ropes as the round ends. In his corner, a bloodied Adama tells Roslin and Dr. Cottle he intends to continue, but not win. During this match, Adama recalls he initially refused Tyrols request that he and Cally be allowed to settle on New Caprica in part because of Callys pregnancy, but mostly for military preparedness.
Adamas attitude softened while attending the New Caprica settlements groundbreaking ceremony. Adama spent the evening with Roslin, drinking, smoking and discussing her plan to build a cabin; the romantic tension was palpable. Afterward, Adama granted Tyrol and Cally permission to settle and build a new life.
In the ring, Tyrol puts Adama down for the count. When Tyrol and Tigh (as referee) help Adama to his feet, he tells the crowd he let his guard down and let the crew become too close to him; he will not permit laxity in the future. Adamas speech throws cold water on the spectators. Tigh announces the end of the dance, but there is an unanticipated main event.
Starbuck, after rebuffing another attempted reconciliation by Anders, arrives at the end of Apollos matc...
A Seattle cop has finally been held accountable after brutally raping and torturing his own daughters for years.
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CNBC: Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a new Gallup poll
To give you an idea of the deception inherent in socialism, here is a quote from none other than Andrew Carnegie, once one of the richest men in America:
I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the MillenniumThen men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors. (The New York Times, 1 January 1885, A Millionaire Socialist)
Carnegie, of course, like several of his ultra-rich compatriots, devised a method to give away his riches while keeping them: the non-profit foundation.
The last thing on Carnegies bloated mind was becoming equal with the great unwashed.
He was a liar of the first order. He recognized that, when you win the game of free enterprise, your most corrupt bet is to turn around and find every possible way to block others from winning. Then, you stand at the top of the heap, unchallenged.
That is exactly what he had in mind. Thats what socialism actually meant to him.
Lets see socialism for what it is. Not in the abstract, but in reality.
The taking of money (taxes) from some people who work for it and giving it to others who dont work for it. On a grand scale.
The vast expansion of freebies doled out by central government. In order to create and sustain dependence.
The government protection of favored persons and corporations, permitting them and aiding them to expand their fortunes without limit, regardless of what crimes they commit in the process. (Monsanto would be a fine example.)
The squeezing out of those who would compete with the favored persons and corporations.
The dictatorship by and for the very wealthy, pretending to be the servant of the masses.
The lie that the dictatorship is being run by the masses.
The gradual lowering of the standard of living for the overwhelming number of people.
The propaganda claiming socialism is the path to a better world for all.
In other words, socialism is a protection racket and a long con and a heartless system of elite control, posing as the greatest good.
A politician who called for stricter gun control laws has now been charged with murder and accused of shooting and killing her former campaign manager.
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It is believed the 29-year-old is a British citizen of Sudanese origin.
Five years ago, the Supreme Court handed states with a history of discrimination a blank check to make it more difficult for certain demographics to vote. Within 24 hours, they started to cash in. Polling locations closed and early voting windows shortened. No longer subject to federal oversight, state legislators implemented voter identification laws.
The courts landmark decision in Shelby County v. Eric Holder triggered a fundamental shift in managing discrimination at the ballot box. No longer a matter of federal authority, the responsibility to protect voters has shifted from institutions to individuals, who bear the expense and burden of proving that laws have discriminatory intent. As a result, casting a ballot has only grown more difficult.
When you take the pressure off the wound too soon, which is what the Supreme Court did in Shelby County, you start bleeding again.
It now takes lengthy court battles to reverse discriminatory election laws. Meanwhile, the laws remain in effect.
Essentially the [Shelby] decision was to say that we dont need extra safeguards, said Kareem Crayton, interim director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. What weve seen is the exact opposite of that.
Central to the debate in the Shelby decision was Congresss role in enforcing the 15th Amendment, which prohibits denying any citizens right to vote. Passed just after the Civil War, the law established federal oversight much to the dismay of many formerly Confederate states in the south. In response, these states enacted a number of laws designed to keep black people from voting. Among them, legislation authorizing poll taxes and literacy tests.
Shes out of credibility.
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Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces 305 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts.
Manafort would not be facing 305 years in prison if not for his association with Donald Trump.
The corrupt Obama-appointed judge Amy Berman Jackson threw Manafort into solitary confinement while he awaited his trial even though he posted an $11.65 million bail packagethats right, a non-violent 69-year-old man was thrown into prison before his trial.
This is happening in the United States while Americans watch in horror.
Muslim Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested
earlier this month at a terrorist compound in New
Wahhaj was training children to commit mass shootings at US schools.
Siraj ibn Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
New Mexico police entered a dangerous I...
By Dale Onofrey
Hello. If you have been a long time reader of the Babbler, then youll remember that I used to write the Skeptical of Skeptics column. Today, were part of the Freethought Blogs network, and the skeptical movement is just a fraction of the threat it used to be to open-mindedness. So I dont need to write that column anymore. Instead, the editor was kind enough to let me stay on as a political pundit. Thanks, Sara Langston.
For my first political column, I decided to see where Bolingbrooks residents stand on the upcoming 2019 Board election. Yes, were still dealing with the 2018 election, but who says we cant look ahead to next year? So heres the result of our first Babbler poll in nearly 20 years:
Which political party do you want to win the 2019 Bolingbrook Trustee Election?
Bolingbrook United: 40%
The Roger Claar Party: 20%
The Art Bell Party: 20%
Bolingbrook Pride Reborn: 20%
Bolingbrook First: 0%
The Zero Tax Party: 0%
The Skepchick Party: 0%
Based on this poll, it looks like Bolingbrook United is in a strong position heading into the election. Bolingbrook Pride Reborn is going strong considering they havent run a candidate since the 1980s. If they can get on the ballot, its possible they could form an alliance with Bolingbrook United and take over the village board.
Despite the name, The Roger Claar party isnt affiliated with Mayor Roger Claar. Usually, Claar kicks them off the ballot, and the courts affirm his decision. If they get on the ballot for 2019, then they could take at least one seat from Bolingbrook First. We could end up with a Board meeting where these two parties debate which is the most supportive of Claar. Thats probably why Claar has raised over $300,000 for his campaign fund He knows he will need that much to support the Bolingbrook First party...
Im pedaling along the street near my house, headed to a friends apartment for dinner on a relaxing Friday evening. A couple blocks into my ride, though, I hit a busy area and immediately feel cars on my tail, revving their engines, drivers no doubt angrily fuming behind the wheel and wondering why theyre stuck behind this silly cyclist.
If youve ever ridden a bike in the street, I bet youve had this experience. When bike riders end up in car traffic, the vehicles behind them inevitably have to slow down because of the basic fact that bikes are slower than cars. Drivers become frustrated with the delay and bike riders feel threatened by the close proximity of fast-moving cars. Its a bad situation for everyone.
In the last month, two people close to me have been hit by drivers while biking. These instances both happened in broad daylight, to experienced riders who were traveling within the flow of car traffic. Also in the last month, Ive gotten back on my bike after several months of infrequent riding. Every trip reminds me how perilous this mode of transportation is when coupled with fast-moving vehicle traffic.
The addition of a bike lane shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of drivers. Quite the opposite. (Source: PeopleforBikes)
But every trip also reminds me how practical and affordable bike riding is. Each minute on my bike is a minute Im not using up gas and incurring wear-and-tear on our familys car. Each time I lock my bike at a new destination, Ive saved myself $1.75 in bus fare. Each pump of the pedal is time spent in practical exercise, not at a gym that costs me $40 a month to utilize.
More significantly, every time I ride my bike, Im saving my city money by riding a lightweight vehicle that doesnt damage the road and rack up maintenance costs for which my local government has likely not budgeted.
What Ive realized, as someone who both bikes and drives, is that drivers benefit a ton from bike lanes; they just might not realize it. The average drivers reaction to a bike lane being installed in their neighborhood or along their commuting route is anger that precious road space has been taken away from cars and given over to bikes.
Here are thr...
Youve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time likely, a point in our very near future when advances in artificial intelligence lead to the creation of a machine (a technological form of life?) smarter than humans.
If Ray Kurzweil is to be believed, the singularity will happen in 2045. If we throw our hats in with Louis Rosenberg, then the day will be arriving a little sooner, likely sometime in 2030. MITs Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweils prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.
But what difference does it make? We are talking about a difference of just 15 years. The real question is, is the singularity actually on its way?
At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jrgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the father of artificial intelligence to find out.
He is confident that the singularity will happen, and rather soon. Schmidhuber says it is just 3...
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On the 25th July 2018 over 140 civilians were massacred by ISIS suicide bomb attacks in Sweida in southern Syria. Over 170 were injured and dozens of women and children were kidnapped and are currently being held for ransom. The following description of events is taken from the Facebook Page of Ibrahim Muhammad:
In this bloody day we had to suffer the lost of 240 martyrs with over 170 wounded .. moons have ascended from the land of Sweida to the sky, another pure souls from our beautiful country, another innocent lives were taken brutally on the hands of the most odious monsters in the world. ISIS terrorists were hidden in the western desert of the Al Tanf area (under the noses of the U.S military base), have launched a massive attack with more than 600 terrorists at 3:50 am.
The attack was carried out on several villages in the eastern countryside of Sweida province in conjunction with four suicide bombers who exploded themselves in a building under construction, a vegetable market and two public squares. The Popular Armed Committees manged to stop the 5th bomber and capture him to be hanged later that afternoon in front of the National Hospital (...
We know that the rules protecting people with disabilities are facing government scrutiny. Late last year, for example, the Justice Department scrapped guidelines that help builders, architects and business owners keep compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What we dont know is what thats meant for people. What has it meant for people with disabilities whose rights the ADA guarantees? What has it meant for the small business owners who risk costly lawsuits and Justice Department scrutiny if their establishments arent accessible to people with disabilities? What has it meant for commercial architects and construction contractors? What has it meant for caregivers?
Were asking for your help to understand that part of the story.
Its a story thats gone under-examined, we think, in part because it doesnt fit the simple, predictable narrative Republicans rolling back laws to benefit business interests. House Democrats co-sponsored legislation earlier this year meant to curb ADA lawsuits, and several of the guidelines scuttled by the Justice Department benefited business owners as much as they did people with disabilities.
Were also interested in hearing from folks who have seen firsthand how disability rights issues are being handled on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Justice Department.
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Perhaps nobody has doggedly defended the moderate rebel narrative with greater dedication than Atlantic Council/Brookings Institute protegee, Charles Lister. This brilliant video report by Syrian analyst and journalist, Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis, exposes Lister for the NATO stooge he really is using his range of platforms to foment consent for the regime change war in Syria with deadly consequences for the Syrian people.
The self-proclaimed expert on Syria, Charles Lister played an instrumental role in whitewashing Islamist terror groups and prolonging the war in Syria. This video exposes Lister in an attempt to stop the nonsense that he publishes, which is creating more bloodshed in Syria. ~ Syriana Analysis
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Across the country, the recent fascist and far-Right rallies have been overwhelmingly out-numbered by anti-fascists in the community who refuse to allow space for white supremacist organizing. The only thing that has stopped the fascists from being swept completely off the streets is large and often violent police protection.
In Austin, the community is gearing up to continue this trend on August 18 and shut down the far-Right March Against Far-Left Violencea thinly veiled celebration of their own racist violence that has attracted attention and support the most violent sections of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, the Patriot/militia movement, and the Alt-Lite, including groups like Patriot Front and the Proud Boys.
Heres what you need to know:
What should I bring?
Water. Lots of it. Its going to be 98 degrees! Bring extra to share if you can.
Hat with a brim or even an umbrella. Keep that burning sun off your beautiful face!
(CD) In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether 
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Welcome, to This Is America, August 14th, 2018.
In todays episode, were going to tackle the headlines, look at struggles popping off across North America, and were also going to speak to someone that was on the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday. This will prove to be an important interview, as since the massive turnout against Unite the Right on Sunday, the Centrist press has been in an uproar predictably against antifascists, claiming that they mindlessly attacked journalists and the police.
But first, lets get to the news.
Ex-aide to the President who was in charge of outreach to the African-American community Omarosa, has released a new tell all book in which she claims that there is a tape recording of Trump saying the n-word, and produced a different tape in which various campaign officials in 2016 discuss how to spin the tape if it eventually comes to light.
The Turkish economy has fallen by another 10 percent, as other markets in Europe, Asia, and the US dipped for fear of being contaminated by Turkey. As one report wrote, the lira currency:
has lost 45 percent of its value over the course of this year, driving up the cost of imports and feeding an inflation rate that has topped 15 percent, steadily eroding the living standards of the Turkish working class.
According to Think Progress, ICE agents have begun setting up fake meetings with migrants in order to entrap them. Meanwhile, top aide Stephen Miller, who attended university alongside Richard Spencer where the two organized events for a variety of far-Right figures on campus, is currently pushing even more immigration reforms. A long with two Senators, Miller is attempt to slash the number of immigrants allowed into the country from 1,00,000 to 500,000 in the next ten years....
The Keepseagle settlement has created the largest philanthropic organization in Indian Country.
(TT) Even as federal officials were supposed to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents, the number of children in Texas privately run shelters fell by only 88 between July 13 and August 7. The Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused zero tolerance policy, but new data shows the number of 
(PP) The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work. The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will 
(Natural News) The ongoing effort to detect and disarm for...
Says Trump reversing years of bad trade deals
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Pro-Trump Netanyahu making enemies with the elite.
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Here are the facts, you be the judge.
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(ZHE) The TSA has broken its silence to defend its alarming domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies which allows the agency to use teams of armed Air Marshals to follow, track and surveil virtually anyone. TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS news in a recent interview that the program makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at 
(ANTIWAR.COM) US officials at a UN conference expressed deep suspicion of Russia for its advancement in the creation of space weapons. Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russias developments disturbing. Russian officials dismissed the claims as unfounded and slanderous, saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a 
Ilhan Omar is the second person this year to win a Democratic Party nomination for Congress in a Democratic Party district with a platform advocating peace in a way not seen inside the Beltway. The first was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City, whose advocacy for peace I wrote about. Ilhan Omar has just won the nomination from Minnesota's Fifth District.
We are very pleased to now have a two screen theater here in Morris it means that first-run movies dont clog up the sole screen for weeks and weeks, so well get a more regular roll-over of movies. Most importantly, it means that that horrible Mission Impossible crap has already been shunted off to the mini-theater, and we get a brand new shiny horrible piece of crap already.
This week, we get The Equalizer 2. I have fond memories of the old TV series from the late 1980s, in which Robert McCall, played by Edward Woodward with a bit of class, would take on the problems that the police wouldnt and thered be some twisty little plot where hed use his vast sums of money, his network of talented characters, his mysterious background as a spy, and a clever scheme to cunningly give the bad guys their comeuppance. My wife was particularly fond of the show, probably because the protagonist was a handsome distinguished older gentleman with a nice English accent.
This movie is a little different.
In this one, Robert McCall, played by Denzel Washington, uses his mysterious background as a spy to track down the bad guys and brutally, bloodily murder them to death with his bare hands, or sometimes a wicked little knife. The movie opens with an irrelevant side plot in Turkey, in which McCall slaughters four big bruisers in a train car, and then we go off to Belgium, where a woman is being murdered in front of her husband, and then her husbands brains getting blown out, and it kind of takes off from there bones are broken, faces are punched, women are brutalized (but they fight back ferociouslyI dont think that makes it OK), bombs go off, a guy gets shot in the face with a harpoon gun, another guy gets his guts blown out with a cleverly made bomb in a bakery, one more guy gets slashed multiple times and bleeds to death slowly, and another one gets a similar slashing, but he gets off easy because he then falls from a great height and goes splat on some rocks. Lots of blood. Lots of nasty sound effects. Not quite what I expected. The talented Melissa Leo is totally wasted in her role, but I was surprised to see the ancient Orson Bean is still alive and played a significant part in the movie. He wasnt any good at it, but it was impressive tha...
The strength of the US economy is found in the reorganization of the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank and Wall St.
In 1974 Republicans put country before party and forced their president to resign. They did what was right. In 2002 Democrats, many against their better judgment, did the popular thing not the right thing by supporting the invasion of Iraq. Today's spineless Republicans are doing what the Democrats did in 2002 by not standing for what is right. They will pay for it at the polls in November or we, as a country are doomed!!
More scientific studies prove the climate-change situation is worse. Yet Trump not only refuses to do anything but wants to increase the use of coal ... as does Congress.
In two parts, this article proposes creating a retaliatory system that does not include "launch on warning" and a nuclear-devices policy that does not allow bullying. These changes would lead to a much safer world and a scaling back of the imperial presidency.
Illinois lawmakers Tuesday heard testimony from nearly a dozen doctors and child welfare advocates describing circumstances facing children who languish in psychiatric hospitals even after they had been cleared for discharge circumstances so harrowing that some children chose jail over another night at a psychiatric facility.
State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Democrat from Deerfield, called for the Senate Human Services Committee hearing following a ProPublica Illinois investigation that revealed that hundreds of children in care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spent weeks or months at a time locked in psychiatric hospitals after doctors had cleared them for release.
The investigation, published in June, found that children in DCFS care were trapped inside psychiatric hospitals between 2015 and 2017 for a total of more than 27,000 days beyond what was medically necessary. During that time, the state spent nearly $7 million on unnecessary psychiatric care for children as young as 4.
And the problem, ProPublica Illinois found, has only been getting worse. In 2014, only 88 psychiatric admissions were not medically needed compared with 301 last year.
Children who stay in psychiatric hospitals after they have been cleared to leave is a symptom of a larger problem, said Danielle...
As the Minnesota Department of Corrections ends its lockdown at all prisons except Stillwater, prisoners there are speaking out against human rights abuses and calling for the lockdown to end.
According to Carlos Smith, a prisoner at Stillwater, we are currently without any basic humane treatment here We still have not received any showers nor are we any closer to seeing any end to this nonsense. Stillwater has been locked down since a lone prisoner killed a guard on July 18. When facilities are on lockdown, prisoners receive no more than one hour a day outside their cells.
Smith says prisoners are being held hostage in a struggle between the DOC and AFSCME prison guards, some of whom are calling for the resignation of the commissioner.
Beyond the lack of laundry and showers, the 1600 men inside Stillwater are facing humiliation during the lockdown. They took two sections, about sixty of us, handcuffed together, naked. Then we sat like that in the gym for an hour and a half while they ransacked our cells, Smith reports.
AFSCME, the prison guard union is looking for a bigger budget for staffing but David Boehnke of the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee doesnt believe staffing alone will reduce violence. If you dont give respect, you wont get it. Overcrowding means reduced programming and inhuman conditions violence which begets violence, Boehnke says. The solution is there. Release the thousands of people locked up for petty parole violations and reinvest that money into improving conditions.
A 2017 study from California prisons notes a robust relationship between reducing overcrowding and lowering prison violence....
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I saw a New York Times article titled What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist is Accused? The answer, it turns out, is that academics close ranks and defend their own.
The article is about an NYU professor of literature, Avital Ronell, who was found by a Title IX investigation to have sexually harassed a former grad student, Nimrod Reitman. Some professors circulated a letter in support of Ronell, and a draft of the letter leaked. The letter appears to take the ludicrous position that Ronell should be judged on the quality of her scholarship, rather than the substance of the investigation.
The kicker is that the first signatory of the letter is Judith Butler.
Now I did a bit of research, and I found a small mitigating factor that I thought I should mention first before going into how terrible this is. Apparently, the signatories of the letter were given false information about the investigation. There was another leak of the letter soliciting professors for signatures in defense of Ronell. Signatories were told that Ronell had undergone a long investigation, which had cleared her of sexual harassment, and was moving on to non-sexual harassment charges. Ronell was apparently worried that she would be fired even if found innocent, and the letter was intended to support her under those circumstances.
One can hope that Judith Butler et al. will retract their defense of Ronell once they learn the findings of the investigation. But even if they do, for shame. These professors should know better than to lend their support to some professor under investigation for sexual harassment, when they know little about the case.
As for Ronell herself, the reports of her behavior are disgusting. Even if we stick to just the absolutely indisputable bitswhat she said in e-mails to Nimrodthis is indefensible.
Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as my most adored one, Sweet cuddly Baby, cock-er spaniel, and my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.
I woke up with a slight fever and sore throat, she wrote in an email on June 16, 2012, after the Paris trip. I will try very hard not to kiss you until the throat situation receives security clearance. This is not an easy deferral!
Nimrod also describes multiple instances of sexual assault, which Ronell denies, but look, shes talking about kissing him in her e-mails! I...
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 (8/14/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth 
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing over 300 clergyman accused of misconduct over 70 years, including abuses against at least 1,000 children. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during a press conference that the report shows a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, the Washington Post reported. The abuse 
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Vanessa Beeley joins me to discuss the truth about the conflict in Yemen and the real agenda behind the genocide being committed. We discuss the recent events that have taken place, in particular the bombing of a school bus that took the lives of 50 children, and the bomb fragments that were found at the 
Chilean authorities are raiding the headquarters of the Catholic Churchs Episcopal Conference as part of a wide-ranging probe into clerical sex abuse in the South American country. The Tuesday raids are occurring in the most important building of the Chilean church in the capital of Santiago, say prosecutors. Authorities recently summoned the archbishop of Santiago, 
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Im not counting the days I spent on a monopod on that Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) access road anymore. Now Im left wondering what the blockade did, and what comes next.
MVP is driving up that road again. They cut the trees on the top of the mountain the oaks that stayed standing for so long after pipeline fighters first took to the trees this winter. Im walking across the ground again, rebuilding my own strength, and reconnecting with old friends. Im wondering if in a few months Ill be sitting around woodland campfires with people I love, telling stories about something that helped spark an upsurge in direct action against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or if Ill just be remembering a brief moment of opposition before another pipeline started carrying fracked gas. Its too soon to tell.
So much has been changing on the mountain, along the MVP route, among the trees and animals and waterways growing into the heat of summer even as the pipelines continue to threaten them. Weve seen three more blockades end and this campaigns first few lockdowns. MVP and state forces have been escalating their efforts against us, trying to make us go away, and in doing so theyve underlined how now more than ever is our time to escalate, expand, and confront the pipeline company on new fronts.
Here we go again. As announced by Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a grand jury has released a report on the child-raping pedophiles employed by the Catholic church as priests.
The nearly 1,400-page reports introduction makes clear that few criminal cases may result from the massive investigation.
As a consequence of the coverup, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted, it reads.
We subpoenaed, and reviewed, half a million pages of internal diocesan documents. They contained credible allegations against over three hundred predator priests. Over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the churchs own records. We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands.
Some details and names that might reveal the clergy listed have been redacted from the report. Legal challenges by clergy delayed the reports release, after some said it is a violation of their constitutional rights. Shapiro said they will work to remove every redaction.
Its indefensible, but thenthe actions of the Catholic church have always been repellent and indefensible, but they just keep on keepin on. So I got to wondering what that ardent and reactionary defender of the Holy Mother Church, Bill Donohue, had to say. Easy: its a conspiracy.
So if no one can be prosecuted, and there is no investigation of the clergy from other religions, to say nothing of the widespread sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, why is Shapiro presiding over the grand jury report on priests? Its not exactly hard to figure out: he wants to stick it to the Catholic Church.
The goal is obvious: the release of the most graphic accounts of molestation is being done to embarrass the Church. Why? So it will weaken its moral authority. That is what Salacious Shapiro wants to do.
Donohue has two excuses. The first is that other religions are doing it, and theyre getting away with it, so why pick on the Catholic church? I think most of us learned by kindergarten that somebody else doing a bad thing doesnt mean you get to do it, too. This part is basically an admission that there are child-rapers in the Catholic clergy, its just that its unfair to only pick on Catholics.
But then his second excuse is that releasing stories of child mol...
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Comrades in Chicago have done three actions in the past two days attempting to spread the word of the strike into the local carceral facilities. On Sunday, a large sound system and banner was brought to La Villita park, immediately facing the rec yard of Cook County Jail, and an announcement about the strike was played, as a large orange banner was unfurled. Dozens of prisoners playing basketball cheered and shouted in reply, eventually causing the guards to bring everyone inside.
Folks then went to the roof of the parking garage opposite the juvenile prison facility at Ogden & Roosevelt, where the announcement was played and the banner was dropped.
Then last night, folks went to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, the federal prison facility downtown. On the roof of the parking garage facing the cell blocks, a generator was pulled out of the back of a car, and a projection announcing the strike was made on a wall of the opposing office building. Inmates in almost every single cell began banging on windows, cheering, flashing their ceiling lights on and off, and waving. Fireworks were set off and a large banner was dropped off the parking garage building, before security came and kicked people out. No arrests were made.
This dog clearly believes in that maxim and quickly spirits its cat friend away from a fight with another cat.
good boy doesn't let a fight break out pic.twitter.com/Vb0h0OKJ6H
Gaml .y (@m_yosry2012) August 10, 2018
(Natural News) When SHTF and civilization collapses, you will need to bug out of the now-dangerous city. That means traveling during a time of chaos when anything can happen and everyone else is out for himself. An article on Survival Blog presented a few tips on how to safely make it to your safe house
Swedish officials are demanding even more migrants because recent immigrants lack proper qualifications for the Swedish labor market.
Despite enormous high immigration to Sweden, the country lacks the right skills,...
Problem reaction solution is the name of the game. The modus operandi for the global puppet strings pullers is to provide order out of chaosbut what happens when there is no chaos per say? In the absence of policy changing events the current powers that ought not to be use false flag attacks as a way to covertly attack their political enemies. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth discuses the recent downing of the infowars website while looking at the claim that this may be a premeditated move on the part of the global elite in an effort to control the narrative of an UPCOMING false flag attack.
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A year after the original Unite the Right rally, anti-fascists and people of good conscience from all over the country arrived in Washington D.C. to oppose Jason Kesslers second attempt at organizing a white supremacist rally. Kessler billed this years convening as a white civil rights rally which was clearly a thinly-veiled effort to make his hateful platform appear more palatable to the public. Despite the rebranding attempt, the fact that David Duke avowed white supremacist and founder of the Louisiana-based chapter of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan was slated to speak should speak volumes. When August 12th finally rolled around, only about 30 Unite the Right demonstrators showed up for the rally, a dismal crowd compared to the nearly 500 white supremacists that marched in Charlottesville the year previous. The laughable showing at Unite the Right 2 can only be attributed to the organizing efforts of anti-fascists who are committed to de-platforming white supremacists at every step through a diversity of tactics.
the only reason that white supremacists feel comfortable marching openly is because of the protection that they receive from the police and the State.
Following the Unite the Right rally in 2017, many media outlets claimed that anti-fascist organizing tactics such as doxxing or the black bloc were detrimental and would only embolden the Alt-Right. In the aftermath of Unite the Right 2, one can clearly see that anti-fascist organizing undoubtedly discourages white supremacist activity; in fact, the only reason that white supremacists feel comfortable marching openly is because of the protection that they receive from the police and the State.
Accommodations have been made for white supremacists every step of the way from the DC Metro providing private subway cars for the attendees to the DC police bringing out hundreds of cops and spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to protect white supremacists. Let this be said clearly: the white supremacist movement in the United States could not and would not exist without the promise of police protection.
Richard Spencer tells me tonight after Unite the...
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) The Syrian Arab Army issued their final demand to the terrorists off the Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern countryside of Sweida, calling on their forces to either surrender the Al-Safa Canyon or die.
The Islamic State is fully besieged at the strategic Al-Safa Canyon and all of their attempts to break out of this region have failed.
Earlier today, several Islamic State militants attempted to evade capture by fleeing the Al-Safa Canyon; however, they were spotted by the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces.
Making matters more complicated, the Islamic State terrorists are believed to be holding the 30+civilians that were kidnapped from the Sweida Governoratee on July 25th.
The Islamic State has asked for a large sum of money in exchange for the release of these civilians, but this was two weeks ago when they still controlled severall towns in the Yarmouk Basin region.
The Syrian government is committed to securing the release of these captives and they have already warned the Islamic State that if anything happens to these civilians, they will face a very severe reprisal.
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When you want to change something about the world, there's a particular sort of magical thinking that it's easy to slip into. You become convinced that your vision for how things ought to be is so compelling, so self-evidently good that you need not bother yourself with the details of how you're going to get from here to there. In your desire to be an evangelist for the future you want to see, those questions about process become inconvenientespecially if the path to get there might involve making things worse before they get a lot better.
I've been thinking about this with regard to what happens to be my personal change-the-world project: undoing the Suburban Experiment and bringing our cities back to a saner pattern of development and land use. So I'm writing a two-part series. Today I'm going to discuss some thoughts I have about what this process might require. And in the second part, on Thursday, I'm going to dig into two specific, controversial development proposals on the table in my own city, and what I think we can learn from them.
I'm a dyed-in-the-wool urbanist. I went years without owning a car, still walk and bike whenever I can, and wholeheartedly believe that places where you can go about much of your life on foot are the best sorts of places. They're healthier, safer, more lively, and more conducive to local entrepreneurship and community building. They produce more local wealth and make far more efficient use of land.
But I live in a pretty suburban, car-dependent community, and one that's growing rapidly. So in my placeSarasota, FLI frequently find myself trying to change minds, and in particular, singing the praises of walkable development to people who might not have already joined the choir. In particular, I think it's very important that we channel the momentum of our growth into locations and development types that will make the place I live a stronger, more sustainable place. But that's not always an easy sell.
Right now, Sarasota is a place that is growing on the surface, but is undoubtedly suffering all the ills of the suburban experiment. The pedestrian death and injury rate from vehicle crashes is appalling10th worst in the nation according to a recent study. (Florida dominates the top ten.) Accessibility to jobs and necessities is abysmal for those who don't or can't drive.
And as in much of the United States, our development pattern is bankrupting us. Friend and freque...
(SP) President Donald Trump signed a $717 billion military spending bill on August 14. What made headlines was not the size of the bill or what is in the bill. Rather, most were upset that Trump did not thank Senator John McCain, whose name was put on the bill by his colleagues in Congress to honor 
Is the U.S. government evil? You tell me. This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once theyve outgrown their usefulness. This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and 
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On June 4th of 2017, during a so-called Free Speech Rally hosted by a mob of loosely affiliated nationalist groups, an antifascist protester was chased down and assaulted by a member of the Oath Keeper militia, one Tusitala Tiny Toese. The blackshirt in question captured the protester and threw them to the ground. Police closed in on the altercation and, with a calmness that should have terrified onlookers, cooperated with Tiny to complete the arrest, even allowing the vigilante to use their zip-tie handcuffs . They thanked him for his help afterwards. This was before the public knew how closely law enforcement was already working with fascists, and our primary concern was the rapid development of right-wing paramilitary groups. We had not yet seen the abject corruption of the J20 trial, nor had it yet come to light that after the 2016 Sacramento riot, police reached out to the neo-Nazi attackers to hunt down antifascists afterward. But it is one year later, and the American government is deepening its symbiotic relationship with violent fascist gangs.
Video shows when @PortlandPolice unloaded munitions, apparently unprovoked, into the anti-racist protest march yesterday while they were protecting #PatriotPrayer and #ProudBoys.
In order of shots fired, shooters were Officers Flippo & Caler #AllOutPDXhttps://t.co/E1raAbOi60 pic.twitter.com/L0C3Jw5HGF
Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 5, 2018
Last week, we witnessed the other half of this paramilitary partnership in action. During incursions of fascist gangs into Portland and Berkeley, when the blackshirt goons were outnumbered by community defenders and revolutionaries, police took the offensive and blatantly acted on behalf of the reactionaries. The minute-by-minute account of both protests...
Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Posts Silicon Valley correspondent, has been following the issues tech companies are facing with free speech and how users view their platforms. Dwoskin and Domenech discuss shadow banning, Alex Jones, and how the government might try to regulate the digital world.
Its a really hard question, how history will judge these powerful technologies and the kind of expression that they enable, Dwoskin said. You cant turn the clock back on the fact that anybody can broadcast and what that has done.
Listen to the full interview here:
Accused priests face church-imposed prayer and penance, but not courts.
In a segment Tuesday morning, CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin said President Trump is racist for calling disgruntled ex-White House employee Omarosa Manigault Newman a low life and a dog.
Omarosa, who was fired from the White House last year for reportedly abusing car service privileges, among other things, has been leveraging what she says are audio recordings of conversations she had with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and the president himself to get airtime and promote her tell-all book about her brief tenure at the White House.
Some fear that Omarosa may have used a pen with an attached recording device to record snippets of audio in secure White House locations, including the situation room, that prohibit the use of any recording devices or cell phones in those locations. For several days, Trump has been tweeting disparaging things about his former employee to discredit her claims.
President Trump tweeted Thursday: Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog! in reference to Omarosa.
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didnt work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
In response, CNN contributors and guests had a meltdown and claimed that Trump was a racist for calling her a dog an insult hes used for many people of all different skin colors.
Lets not also forget about Omarosa, shes an African-American woman, Toobin said. Who does the president attack on Twitter constantly? African Americans.
"Who does the President attack on Twitter constantly? It's always black people The entire basis for Donald Trump's political career is his racist attack on Barack Obama The tweet today calling Omarosa a 'dog' is just part of that story" @JeffreyToobin pic.twitter.com/o4OaGKo3M0
New Day (@NewDay) August 14, 2018
Whether its the UCLA basketball team, whether its the NFL football players, whether its our colle...
It looks like the recent purging of Infowars content from social media was not enough as the powers-that-be have now taken down Infowars.com altogether in what appears to be an outright attack.
Infowars.com was throwing an error 521 message on Tuesday which means the web server is down.
At 1:20 pm central time a diagram a diagram can still be seen displayed when readers visit Infowars.com which alludes to a host issue.
Sometime around 1:30 pm central time a new message was posted to Infowars.com which read: Infowars is under attack! Please visit our other channels now.
This comes after Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) put out a call to ban Infowars altogether.
On Monday, Chris Murphy tweeted: Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.
Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.
Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT)...
(ANTIMEDIA) On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing over 300 clergyman accused of misconduct over 70 years, including abuses against at least 1,000 children. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during a press conference that the report shows a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, the Washington 
American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they've accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It's hard to imagine things getting much worse -- or better, if you happen to be an arms trader -- but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through.
By Aaron Kesel The leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned holding any direct talks with the United States, as tension between the U.S....
Even though researchers found a total of $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development over an 18-year span, the war machine continues on with Trump authorizing the Defense Department to invest around $717 billion into military strategies that will target Russia and China.
Press TV reports:
Trump approved the massive budget on Monday during a signing ceremony at Fort Drum, a US Army base which is home to the Armys 10th Mountain Division and has deployed the most troops to US wars abroad since the 9/11 attacks.
We believe our war fighters deserve the tools, the equipment, and resources they have earned with their blood, sweat, and tears, Trump said. This authorization will give Americas war fighters the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively.
The new act allows the Pentagon to spend $639.1 billion in base funding, while earmarking another $69 billion to fund wars overseas and some $8.9 billion for obligatory military expenditures.US President Donald Trump (L) watches an air assault exercise with Army Major General Walter Piatt at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Trump said the budget was aimed at revitalizing the US military, one of his key campaign promises.
Hopefully, well never have to use it, but if we do, no one stands a chance, Trump said of the US military prowess.
Under the new law, troops will get 2.6 percent pay rise, their first pay raise in around a decade.
More importantly, the act identifies emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, space and counter-space capabilities, cyber attacks, foreign influence operations, and hypersonic weapons as threats.
It also singles out Russia, North Korea, China and Iran as adversaries that need to be countered.
Countering Russian aggression
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Asheville resident and TWP scumbucket, Cesar Armando Arvelo Santos, has actively been in National Socialist and white supremacist circles for many years, including working in conjunction with various KKK chapters, all Nationalist Front (NF) affiliated organizations, and the now defunct Traditionalist Workers Party. Hes been living in Asheville for the past few years, though hes flown largely under the radar and evaded being pin-pointed by using various aliases and working behind the scenes. Most recently Santos coordinated logistics for the TWP for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA last August. Before TWP had their hilarious implosion a few months ago, Cesar was the Region 2 Commander, overseeing memberships across several states across the southeast.
By Michael Snyder We havent seen emerging market currencies crash like this in over a decade, and analysts are warning that if this continues we...
A network of 187 organizations has come together to urge a mass protest against the military parade in November called for by President Trump. The military parade is widely opposed. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea. The national consensus is there should not be a military parade. The organizations signed on to a letter that calls for the parade to be stopped...
By John W. Whitehead It takes a remarkable force to keep nearly a million people quietly indoors for an entire day, home from work and...
Things have gotten quiet over here, due to SIGGRAPH. Picture a giant box of computer graphics nerds, crossed with a shit-tonne of cash, and you get the basic idea. And the papers! A lot of it is complicated and math-heavy or detailing speculative hardware, sprinkled with the slightly strange. Some of it, though, is fairly accessible.
This panel on colour, in particular, was a treat. Ive been fascinated by colour and visual perception for years, and was even lucky enough to do two lectures on the subject. Its a ridiculously complicated subject! For instance, purple isnt a real colour.
Ok ok, its definitely real in the sense that you can have the sensation of it, but there is no single wavelength of light associated with it. To make the colour, you have to combine both red-ish and blue-ish light. That might seem strange; isnt there a purple-ish section at the back of the rainbow labeled violet? Since all the colours of the rainbow are real in the single-wavelength sense, a red-blue single wavelength must be real too.
It turns out thats all a trick of the eye. We detect colour through one of three cone-shaped photoreceptors, dubbed long, medium, and short. These vary in what sort of light theyre sensitive to, and overlap a surprising amount.
By B.N. Frank The Wireless Information Network Wif19.org is an online hub that provides access to the resources of non-profit organizations working to...
In Finian Cunningham's latest article,"War or Peace" he surmises "the American regime be abolished or replaced w/ something truly democratic. If not disaster could be our fate." Peace is problematic considering the tentacles of the military/industrial/political complex reach deep into every significant institution in America, where people's livelihoods are dependent on them being complicit w/that complex.
Some say we are approaching a "me too" moment in which public figures' love of animal violence will be no different than their abusing a partner or committing rape. It will no longer be ignored or condoned as "boys will be boys."
This article culminates what I've learned about the hack-leak and the Information Operation surrounding this. It presents a much different perspective. There were multiple DNC hacks. The group I previously identified as Fancy Bear were given password privleges at the DNC.
(GPA Op-ed) Read any article about the Russian hacking or U.S. election interference and you will likely see some reference to the United States own long history of election interference. Yet most of these articles defend the U.S. by claiming that such interference campaigns dropped off significantly since the end of the Cold War. This assumption, 
Facebook is using a NATO think tank, the Atlantic Council, which is also funded by the US government and foreign governments, to help it determine which posts are authentic and which are fake. The Atlantic Council is hardly an unbiased judge, however. It is extremely hawkish and has even encouraged US military strikes against Russian 
Dr. Guy McPherson is accused of being a con man and a grifter, along with basing his presentations on non-scientific and faulty information, for nefarious purposes. This is a nine minute video of that accusation in a crowd of people that Guy was speaking to, during the Q and A period, along with Guy's response.
The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work.
The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will examine whether the departments practices are legal, and whether the contractors charged with handling dangerous materials often close to the public have proper oversight.
Robust oversight of these contractors is essential for protecting the health and well-being of all who work and live near these installations, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire wrote to ProPublica in an email. But it is clear that this oversight did not take place.
Last year, a ProPublica investigation into military pollution revealed that the Department of Defense continues to burn hazardous explosives at more than 60 sites across the country despite readily available alternatives, longstanding environmental laws banning the practice for most other industries and a pattern of concern in communities that the pollution from the burning was c...
By MassPrivateI A recent article in KSFY revealed that the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office is training citizens to act like cops. Because that is what...
The YPGs participation in the upcoming Idlib offensive on the side of the Syrian government would essentially cement its realignment in the Syrian conflict, greatly weakening the U.S. justification for its continued military presence in Syria, while also potentially provoking an increasingly unpredictable Turkey. ALEPPO, SYRIA With military forces from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 
Only the weak hit the fly with a hammer. Bangambiki Habyarimana
Anyone who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S. tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant.
In the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge Analytica (stuff that had been going on for years) could finally be linked to the Trump campaign. It was at this point that powerful and nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the companys gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own ends. Rather than hold executives to account and break up the company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the platform. This is where we stand today.
Lets not whitewash history though. These tech companies have been compliant, out of control government snitches for a long time. Thanks to Edward Snowden, were aware of the deep and longstanding cooperation between these lackeys and U.S. intelligence agencies in the realm of mass surveillance. As such, the most recent transformation of these companies into full-fledged information gatekeepers should be seen in its proper context; merely as a dangerous continuation and expansion of an already entrenched reality.
But its all out in the open now. Facebook isnt even hiding the fact that its outsourcing much of its fake news analysis to the Atlantic Council, a think tank funded by NATO, Gulf States and defense contractors. As reported by Reuters:
Facebook began looking for outside help amid criticism for failing to rein in Russian propaganda ahead of the 2016 presidential elections
With scores of its own cybersecurity professionals and $40 billion in annual revenue in 2017, Facebook might not seem in need of outside help.
It doesnt need outside help, it needs political cover, which is the real driver behind this.
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Here, Cortright takes New York City to task for missing the point when it comes to traffic congestion by moving to restrict the growth of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Singling out ride-hailing apps for blame may be easy and popular. But it takes the focus away from the real cause of congestion: the fact that no driver pays what they should to use New York streets.
New Yorks City Council is moving ahead with a package of measures designed to cap the number of ride-hailed vehicles, like Uber and Lyft, as a way of addressing the citys growing congestion problem.
This is both a mistake and a blown opportunity. Just a few months ago, New York seem poised to do the one thing that we know would address congestion: price the use of its streets. That measure foundered, due in part to the ongoing feud between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Instead, local leaders are taking the politically expedient (but wrong-headed) position that ride-hailed vehicles alone are responsible for congestion, and that taxing them or capping their numbers will somehow resolve congestion problems.
In some respects, this recapitulates the historical evolution of taxis in New York. Initially, taxis were unregulated, and they flooded city streets. That led the city to implement the medallion system which strictly limited taxi numbers for decades, and which led to medallion owners reaping huge profits from the limited supply. The entry of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services effectively evaded the medallion cap, providing vastly more service (including to underserved areas of the city) and caused medallion prices to collapse. Not surprisingly, yellow taxi owners and operators have been urging the city to limit the number of ride-hailed vehicles.
While the medallion system was explicit about who had the right to operate in the city, we don't know exactly how the city plans to allocate permission to operate ride hailed vehicles. Will existing license holders be grandfathered? Like medallions, will their licensees capture the value associated with operating in the city?
Its clear that ride hailed companies are being made the whipping boy of those alarmed about growing traffic congestion. But thats wrong, as Robin Chase,...
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has become a significant menace against the West despite the fall of the groups caliphate in Iraq and Syria, a top American commander warned this week.
In June, Brig. Gen. Lance R. Bunch, the top U.S. air commander in Afghanistan, noted that the ISIS wing has attempted to establish its own caliphate twice this year alone in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar along the Pakistan border, considered the groups primary stronghold in the region.
U.S.-NATO-assisted Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have so far managed to thwart the ISIS attempt to establish a caliphate in Afghanistan, Gen. Bunch declared.
Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), charged with overseeing the war in Afghanistan, warned Pentagon reporters on Wednesday the American military is concerned ISIS in Afghanistan intends to attack the West.
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The national movement for improved Medicare for All is gaining momentum, which means that we have the real potential to win a national universal public health insurance and means that our opponents will double down on preventing this. We speak with Dr. Carol Paris, outgoing president of Physicians for a National Health Program, about how the single payer healthcare movement has changed in the Trump era and where it needs to go. We also cover recent news, including the successful anti-racist actions in DC, the recent verdict against Monsanto and an update on the UPS worker fight for a contract.
Beinart is a Zionist Jewish writer who has become more and more critical of Israel in the last 10 years, and his detention is causing alarm in American Zionist circles about the political culture of the country they love. "This is crazy,"writes a prominent neoconservative. J Street says the Beinart treatment is part of an Israeli government pattern of targeting American Jews, which is politically dangerous for Zionism.
Aretha Franklin is seriously ill and is receiving hospice care in her home, according to a source close to the family. Franklin in 76 years old and has suffered with health problems for several years. Vladimir Duthiers, with CBS News, has been reporting from Detroit, the hometown of Franklin. It was in Detroit that the 
Lost in the primary news from last week was one item. You may
recall me writing about Arthur Jones,
described as an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist
anti-Semite and white supremacist, who is now the Republican
nominee for a US Congressional seat in Illinois. He ran unopposed
in a district that is strongly Democratic and the Republican party
did not think it worthwhile to run someone against him in the
primary, since the winner was likely to lose in the general
I felt that this was a bad mistake on the part of the Republican party because while they have been blowing racist and anti-Semitic dog whistles for the longest time, having as their official candidate someone espousing these views on the campaign trail was something else again. I was shocked that they could not find someone who was willing to take one for the team and run against Jones even if they later got trounced in the general election, just so as to avoid this embarrassment.
But now we find that someone named Steve West won the primary for a Missouri house seat, handily beating three other candidates by almost 25 points. And he is a real piece of work.
On his Monday morning radio show, Steve West promotes fanatical conspiracies about Jewish cabals that are harvesting baby parts through Planned Parenthood, that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party.
Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it, West said on a show on KCXL radio on Jan. 23, 2017.
West won the 15th District nomination in a four-candidate race. Besides his radio show, he also has a YouTube channel and a website. Donning a wig and fake beard and calling himself Jack Justice, he has unleashed an array of bigotry including homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and outright racism.
Naturally, the Republican party is shocked, just shocked, that someone like West is not only a member of their party but that party members like him so much that he won so easily.
The Missouri Republican Party late Thursday afternoon issued a statement about Wests disgusting comments:
Steve Wests shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. Wests abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely n...
Putin has won another surprise meeting with a Western leader. This time its German chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are set to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and the natural gas pipeline that President Trump claimed made Germany captive to Russia.
Think you deserve lower taxes? Apple is leading a years-long effort to recoup millions of dollars paid in taxes for equipment they say is overvalued.
Will Turkeys financial trouble, which has worsened since the US recently passed more sanctions, affect other regional markets? The answer is definitely maybe.
The author writes, The data collection is invisible to those being watched. Using sensors in your phone or code on websites, companies can gather thousands of data points, known as behavioral biometrics, to help prove whether a digital user is actually the person she claims to be.
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You fall for a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt.
Wardin Rosewater (@cynicsanonymous) August 13, 2018
The guy is a gun nut named Dan Roberts, and is considering suing Baron Cohen for tricking him into doing something humiliating.
If I were in such a situation, Id be arguing with the guy and refusing to go along, and I think that might be the difference. Its not whether youre conservative or stupid, its about how willing one is to submit to authority.
For eons, the global elite has been able to afford almost anything they ever wanted but now that technology has come so far advanced a new door has opened in which the ultra-wealthy are now having their brains frozen in order to come back to life at a date hundreds of years into the future.
From Michael Snyder via End of the American Dream:
If you could live forever, would you do it? Throughout history, money has allowed the elite to buy just about anything they want except an escape from death. Many super-rich individuals are deeply haunted by the knowledge that they have spent their lives working incredibly hard to accumulate vast amounts of wealth but they only have a very limited amount of time in which to enjoy it. As a result, many of them are absolutely obsessed with finding a way to cheat death. The quest for eternal life is very much alive today especially in tech hotbeds such as Silicon Valley. As technology continues to increase at an exponential rate, many among the elite are absolutely convinced that eternal life will be possible someday, and they are determined to stick around long enough to be a part of that revolution.
One way that some ultra-wealthy people are attempting to extend their lifespans into the future is through the emerging science of cryogenics. Some are having their entire bodies frozen, and others are having just their brains frozen, but it is very expensive
The super-rich are having their brains frozen for 80,000 ($100,000) in the hope of being re-born in as little as 200 years time.
Cryogenics, which involves deep freezing the body to -196C (-321F), is increasingly being seen as a way to beat death.
There are several companies that currently perform this kind of service around the world right now. In total, several hundred people have already been frozen, and a few thousand more have signed up and are waiting to die.
And even though nobody has ever been successfully brought back, there is a very fervent belief that someday in the future it will be possible to return to the land of the living and...
President blasts former aide as a crazed, crying lowlife
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35 children successfully penetrate voting website simulations
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Swedish cities were rocked by a series of firebombings and arson attacks last night in what many believe was an organized onslaught.
Over 100 cars were set alight by masked gangs in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malm, Uppsala, Helsingborg, and surr...
Two years ago, major media outlets started to pay attention to a group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members demonstrating along the Cannonball River located in North Dakota. They were demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) construction of the 1,880 km Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on their territory. The tribe said they were never consulted on the pipeline's re-route from Bismarck into their sovereign and sacred lands. The Standing Rock feared the line would leak crude into their main aquifer, Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River. From March 2016 the Sioux, who would be joined by over 300 other Indigenous 'water protectors' and international allies, set up camp on the North Dakota prairie to resist the pipeline despite government food blockades, massive arrests, police dog and water cannon attacks well into the frigid Midwest winter of that year.
A great-grandmother who was out cutting dandelions with a knife was tasered by police and arrested because she couldn't understand what they were saying.
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Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard. The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washingtons unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies Chinas New Silk Road arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century and overall Eurasia integration. The Trump administrations maneuvers are a testament to how Chinas New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.
This week is the fourth anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests that spread across the nation after that tragedy. In the years since Ferguson placed police behavior under the national microscope, confidence in the police has risen and plummeted. Overall mistrust in some communities is a constant, especially among African-Americans. And recent incidents of white people calling the police on black people for simply living their lives havent helped the situation. Our nation is in the midst of a volatile moment, and its crucial literally a matter of life and death that we identify how we got here and how we can get out. Im a former Salt Lake City police chief. I believe we should start with the officers. In the last four years, weve learned an undeniable truth: Americas police departments do not always hire and retain the best officers.
During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook." Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Irony as Youtube gives strike to channel that was defending their censorship.
ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA A group of refugees from Central America, who faced beatings and abuse while detained at a California detention center last year, are pursuing legal action in hopes of drawing attention to the systematic abuse of migrants who are being confined in a growing network of concentration camp-style facilities across the United States. The civil rights lawsuit alleges that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, for-profit prison operator GEO Group, and the City of Adelanto are responsible for considerable damages inflicted on the group of eight asylum-seekers, one of whom remains imprisoned. The notorious GEO Group a multinational for-profit prison operator with nearly 150 prisons across the globe, and one of the largest contractors for ICE has long been accused by human rights monitors of utterly neglecting the well-being of their detainees as they rake in billions in revenue.
This article will challenge a relatively recent group of Skeptics that identify themselves as the advocates of Science-Based Medicine (SBM), which is not to be confused with the widely accepted approach to decision-making in medical practice known as Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Although SBM's most vocal leaders are physicians and medical researchers, the group's origin is more properly found in the Skepticism movement
The rising sun this morning in Seattle has that other worldly
red-yellow color and a thick haze lays over western Washington.
The reason? Massive amounts of smoke has made its was southward from the wildfires in British Columbia and westward from the several fires in eastern Washington.
|Seattle at 6:23 AM Tuesday. Can you see the sun?|
Omarosa Manigault Newman's greatest public service is her damning revelations of Trump's stunningly naked bigotry that comes from someone who sat by his side for years. The revelations come rapid fire in Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.
The frustrated assassination attempt against President Nicols Maduro Moros on August 4 in Caracas will decisively strengthen the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and make it invincible. It would seem that such a crime was all that was left for the Venezuelan counter-revolution to completely lose the credibility it has enjoyed among the few sectors of the population that have been supporting it. They are interested in recovering the privileges they enjoyed before the Chvez revolution. They also want to win over those who had been won over by the siren songs of Washington, whose endless capitalist propaganda about the possibility of maintaining the social benefits recently achieved by the revolution in a more just, but still unequal, society in which they could already be part of a less poor class.
If youre waiting for someone to save you from the tidal wave of corporate censorship, government authoritarianism and deranged left-wing violence, youre following a mirage. No one is coming to save you. If you want to live as a free person in a free world, youre going to have to demand it, fight for it and secure it.
Tech giants, for example, absolutely will not stop their censorship unless they are forced to stop.
Tyrannical government will never shrink its own size and power unless it is forced to shrink.
There are no saviors running for office.
There are no angels running tech companies.
And God is not going to intervene and stop evil people from destroying our world.
No one is coming to save us.
Were going to have to fight this (metaphorical) battle ourselves. Its time we all owned up to this reality and started taking action to protect our basic human rights in the face of unrestrained tyranny. Destroying the tech giants censorship stranglehold on humanity is now a matter of self-defense.
While we're mired in President Trump's "historical" tweets every day we forget what awaits us down the road.
Leaders of the two Koreas will have their third summit in North Korea's capital next month, representatives of the two countries said in a joint press statement Monday. "South Korea and North Korea agreed to hold the summit in September in Pyongyang," the statement said, although the exact date was not mentioned. The agreement was made during a ministerial-level meeting at the request of North Korea held on the North's side of Panmunjeom within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). "During the meeting, the two Koreas discussed issues that need to be actively dealt with. They also talked on how to implement follow-up measures to the Panmunjeom Declaration," said the statement. In a media briefing, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who led the South's delegation, said the North reaffirmed its commitment for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and explained its denuclearization measures.
Cops raided a family's home as they ate dinner, held a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old at gunpoint, while telling the innocent father they were going to shoot him.
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Newly released declassified documents prove once and for all that CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw torture in Thailand, which the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee knew all along. Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA Black Site simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspels confirmation hearing. Burr allowed her to classify her own direct role in waterboarding and other torture techniques so that it could be kept from the public and secure her confirmation-further proof that this Senate oversight committee has instead become an overlook committee.
Like a distressed child, America is now in need of the healing power of voting mothers electing women.
In the next 12 years Americans who are 65 years and older will double. Millions will need long term care and yet most have no plan or no knowledge of how the long term care system actually works. What will Medicare do for you? How about Medicaid? Should I buy a long term care policy? Could I self fund? What is "asset based long term care?" This article is a great opening discussion for aging Americans.
If you can't go to church, go to Sunday School: Sunday School for Buddhist Socialism. This is a meetup.com group for Brandon, FL. Starting a local meetup.com group is a fairly inexpensive way for readers and writers at OpEdNews to share the important ideas that the world needs to hear.
Native American communities are trying to grow their agriculture presence even larger to preserve their culture and traditions.
An unknown number of hoodlums firebombed hundreds of vehicles overnight in four major Swedish cities and a number of others in what officials are saying was a massive coordinated attack by troubled youths.
The cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, and Uppsala were the main focus of the fiery rampage in which bystanders watched in horror as masked attackers dressed in all black wreaked havoc into the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lfven was furious.
My question to these people is what the f**k are you doing? The PM asked on a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.
Youre ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighborhoods, he explained.
Additionally, the PM pointed out that the attack looked very coordinated almost like a military operation.
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After our grassroots economy was crushed in 2007 by the greed of too-big-to-fail Wall Street banksters, officials bailed out the villainous banks at taxpayer expense -- and deliberately made them bigger, more powerful, and more dangerous than ever. Today, just five banks control nearly half of all financial assets in the United States.
Preeclampsia, a dangerous form of hypertension that can develop during pregnancy or in the days and weeks after childbirth, is one of the most common causes of maternal death and severe complications in the U.S. The large majority of deaths occur after delivery, often from strokes.
But youd never know it from the incomplete, imprecise, outdated and sometimes misleading information published by some of the most trusted consumer health sites in the country.
Instead, you might come away with the impression that, as Harvard Health Publishing says, preeclampsia occurs only during pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy, and usually only after the 20th week. A woman with preeclampsia develops high blood pressure and protein in her urine, and she often has swelling (edema) of the legs, hands, face, or entire body. When preeclampsia becomes severe, it can cause dangerous complications for the mother and the fetus. One of these complications is eclampsia, the name for seizures that are associated with severe preeclampsia.
From an article on the government-affiliated site MedlinePlus, you might conclude that the cure for preeclampsia is delivering the baby. Until this weekend, the Mayo Clinics site said the same thing. In reality, said Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, even after delivery, it can still take a while for the mother to get better, and some mothers get worse before they get better. If treatment is delayed because people believe the danger is in the past, mothers can die.
Preeclampsia has been back in the news, thanks to Beyoncs Vogue interview discussing her recent experience with the condition. Thats led to a spike in Google searches of symptoms, preventive measures and treatments. Many of those readers are going to health websites that regularly make Top 10 lists for trustworthiness, and journalists are linking to the same highly regarded sites in their stories. Yet the information on some of those sites especially about the risks of preeclampsia in the postpartum period has been bad or misleading, Tsigas said, something she called really distu...
An article asks, Reaching the stars: is human hibernation really possible? Its not very deep and it seems to not understand that hibernation is a physiological state of reduced metabolism, rather than a kind of freezing and it seems to shift the goalposts a couple of times. It also seems to think that therapeutic hypothermia is a practical way to fly to Mars.
A few years ago, SpaceWorks Enterprises delivered a report to NASA on how they could use this therapeutic hypothermia for long duration spaceflight within the Solar System.
Currently, a trip to Mars takes about 6-9 months. And during that time, the human passengers are going to be using up precious air, water and food. But in this torpor state, SpaceWorks estimates that the crew will a reduction in their metabolic rate of 50 to 70%. Less metabolism, less resources needed. Less cargo that needs to be sent to Mars.
Whoa. Therapeutic hypothermia is a technique to reduce cerebral metabolic demand when the cranial circulatory system has been compromised. As the article notes, its been used for as long as two weeks, with intermittent arousals. Would a healthy astronaut be willing to undergo this procedure? Doesnt sound wise to me. And do I really want to go on a trip where the bean-counters have figured out that they can pack half as much oxygen for me by rendering me unconscious in an ice bath for half a year?
A 50% reduction in metabolism also isnt going to get anyone to even the nearest star, sorry.
But even worse therapeutic hypothermia isnt trivial. Heres a review of the medical consequences of therapeutic hypothermia.
Treated patients in this trial reached target temperature to 34C quickly but adverse events included periorbital emphysema, epistaxis, perioral bleeding, and nasal discolorations.
Not too bad, right? Air around the eyeballs, nosebleeds, small hemorrhages around the mouth, and bruised noses. I suppose thats manageable. But then theres this:
Adverse events associated with endovascular cooling include pneumonia, cardiac arrhythmia, thrombocytopenia, and vascular dissection.
Id definitely want a doctor attending my awakening. Unfortunately, the doctor mig...
The Trump administration's attempt to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to fall flat.
I was watching this video in which Chrisiousity takes apart a lecture by Gad Saad. Saad, as you may know, is one of those regressive types, an adherent of the cult of evolutionary psychology, who is the darling of all those conservative gentlemen who want to believe that traditional values are the best values, scientifically. Hes not exactly someone I think is worth listening to, but Chrisiousity does a fine job of questioning his claims, so that was worthwhile.
Heres the opening of the Freedom Budget, which clearly lays out the purpose and goals of the plan.
We, the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College, seek to eradicate systems of oppression as they affect marginalized communities on this campus. These systemswhich include racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableismare deployed at Dartmouth and beyond as forms of institutional violence. We demand that Dartmouth challenge these systems by redistributing power and resources in a way that is radically equitable. We believe that dialogue and resistance are both legitimate and necessary ways of disturbing the status quo and forcing parties to deal with the roots of the issues.
For our resistance, we have chosen to invoke The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement because Dartmouth claims to celebrate both the man and the movement with month-long programming. Prior to his death, Dr. King had been working with the larger movement to produce a Freedom Budget. This Freedom Budget focused on redistributing power and restoring justice for communities who suffered economic oppression at the hands of rich, white power structures. This budget was not a proposal for better interpersonal interactions, but a proposal to transform oppressive structures. Dartmouth epitomizes power being isolated to rich, white males. As such, there is no better place than this campus to campaign for a Freedom Budget that will address the consequences of white male patriarchy today.
Yes. We need to stop shrugging our shoulders, retreating to the excuse that this is just the way it is, and make changes to enable better representation. Really, you cant just appease white guilt and say we...
Facebook removes footage prior to upcoming election
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If Mueller does not ask a grand jury to indict Trump, he could request that they name the president as an unindicted co-conspirator if the special counsel files an indictment against others, such as Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort. Ultimately, if Trump can't be indicted, he may not be able to refuse a subpoena to testify before a grand jury by claiming the privilege against self-incrimination.
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users' location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isn't.
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#SanctionsAreWar #EndVenezuelaSanctions As part of the campaign to end the sanctions against Venezuela groups from the United States and Canada are calling for International Solidarity against war and sanctions. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 marks the first anniversary of the Trump Administrations expansion of sanctions against Venezuela. On this day, people across North America opposed to the economic war 
It was, in my opinion, something planned and something very sinister.
We truly are in a perilous time for our republic
A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle
What do you define as a friend?
Take a moment to think about your answer.
Once upon a time people described true friendship as a connection between two fiercely loyal people who would give their lives for each others well-being. A true friend used to be thought of as a person who would stick with us through thick and thin; an alter-ego of sorts who we could confide in about anything and everything, and trust completely.
These days the meaning of friendship has been somewhat diminished as we assign our drinking buddies, neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances with the friendship status (dont get me wrong, some of these people can be true friends, but usually not). We even reward the strangers and distant associates on our social networking account friend lists with the devalued title, as though the word friend is nothing more than a worthless, futile word that can be tossed around and pinned onto anyone with a face.
While it is great that we are open enough to assign anyone in our lives as friends, our ignorance of what a true friend is and what being a true friend means contributes to a great sense of isolation and loneliness in our lives. We have even turned friend into doublespeak with the m...
The American destiny
The creative force at the dawn of a new future
by Jon Rappoport
August 14, 2018
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Whenever a breakthrough occurs for the individual, there is a stepping back, a retrenching, a delay, an attempt to reset the clock and push the breakthrough away. This delay tactic can last a week, a month, or, historically, a hundred years.
We are in the middle of such a delay, after serial revelations that erupted in the latter part of the 19th century.
Individual artists (and a few philosophers) became aware that: imagination gives birth to ideas that in turn shape personal reality.
Therefore, reality is very elastic and changeable.
Americaand indeed, the worldstood on the brink of a great internal revolution.
The creative IS the spiritual.
Americas love affair with the idea of individuals reinventing themselves was about more than immigrants becoming American. It was about imagination as the core of transforming self and future.
Such a radical realization was too much for many people to absorb, so a backing away occurred. The wave was stilled for a hundred years or sobut now it is beginning to move again.
The attempt to take over America, by Globalist forces, on a behalf of a controlled world order, is really an attempt to quell the individual creative force. That is the secret inside the master plan. And that Globalist effort is in trouble. More and more people are realizing it is a massive fraud based on instituting an imprisoned Collectivist Hive Mind.
Whereas the promise of America was always the intensely creative individual. And what does he do? He takes frozen realities and injects life into them so they move and shed their encrusted energies.
He rejects all formulas that instruct people about how they must live their lives and guard their words and fit in.
On a spiritual level, America was and is about transformation of energy into greater living shapes and forms and flows, through imagination.
It is about building a new and higher plane of experience, so to speak.
The fact that this aim has been sidelined and throttled to a significant degree doesnt change one iota of Americas destiny. Its still there, and the individual is the core.
He is the shape...
Despite finding 11 emaciated children, one dead child's body, and plots to carry out school shootings in the United States, a group of terror suspects was ordered to be released.
Newman claimed in her new book that a tape of the president existed that featured him saying the n-word.
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Pedestrians and cyclists struck by the car before it hit barriers with huge bang at up to 50mph.
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Mike Adams and several others in the Independent Media has postulated that a major false flag will following the silencing of the Independent Media. I believe there will be a false flag to silence the alt right media. There will be another series of false flags to justify gun confiscation so the people can be rendered defenseless. And there will be the mother of all false flags to reduce the population and eliminate all forms of populism on the planet that is presently serving to threaten the New World Order.
Here is what Mike Adams had to say on this matter:
The radical Left is escalating its violence across America, and the tech giants are dramatically escalating their censorship actions to silence all independent voices that might question any official narrative. It all points to something big about to come down something so big that only the official narrative can be allowed to be heard or spoken.
We are living under an Orwellian totalitarian regime beyond any horrific imagination. Google, Apple, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants are engaged in the most criminal, malicious racketeering and tyranny imaginable. This is not sheer coincidence. Theyve all been ordered to censor the independent media in preparation for whats coming next. As I explain in this video, the most likely false flag assault to be staged by the Left might be a mass shooting at CNN or another media giant, all staged with impressive theatrics to augment the real violence with a false narrative
My academic background is rooted in sociology, history and primarily psychology. However, in my later years in academia, I concentrated heavily on teaching statistics and research methods. In fact, for five years I focused heavily on helping graduate students perfect their use of research techniques and protocols on their dissertations. In other words, I am rooted almost exclusively in a left-brained, logical cognitive approach to my thought processes. My writing reflects a logical and pragmatic approach to the mo...
All punches are not equal.
Controversial changes to a program that helps tribal citizens obtain telephone, cell phone and internet service are on hold thanks to court action.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student and champion swimmer who violently sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in 2015, and was infamously given an unusually lenient sentence by a judge who was later recalled because of that sentence, lost his appeal last week.
No one would bat an eye if they were white and Christian.
An otherwise entirely innocent man was assaulted, thrown to the ground and arrested by cops after he used his free speech and said "motherf*****" to a police officer.
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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee secretly bought and paid for an information campaign alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to steal an election belonging to Clinton.
The campaign was run by Fusion GPS, which specializes in spreading information into the media. Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson and British ex-spy-for-hire Christopher Steele secretly met with myriad media companies during the campaign and after the election to spread their dramatic tales claiming that Trump campaign affiliates were working hand-in-hand with Russian operatives, and that the Russians had compromising information on President Trump.
They also got the information which they claimed came from Kremlin operatives and other Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin into the U.S. government to secure widespread spying on the Trump campaign.
Literally nothing of significance alleged in the information campaign has been proven to be true. Yes, Russia is a country with Putin as a leader, and yes Carter Page visited Russia, but two years into one of the most thoroughly investigated issues of our time, no evidence has been provided to come even remotely close to proving Page is a mastermind spy who secretly coordinated with Russian officials to bring down Americas next president. Or that Michael Cohen went to Prague to make arrangements with the Russian officials. Despite the dramatic claims of Paul Manaforts involvement in this Russian plot, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told the court that nothing in Manaforts money-laundering trial will touch on this claim.
Still, that weaponized information campaign was so successful that it spawned widespread spying on the Trump campaign followed up by a special counsel investigation without limits. At best, the media fell for the information campaign hook, line, and sinker. At worst, they were complicit in spreading information they knew to be false. Rather than admitting any gullibility or error, many media figures are absolutely desperate to save face.
The only way the country knows that the Russia conspiracy theory was a Clinton campaign operation that was weaponized and subsidized by the countrys law enforcement and intelligence agencies is thanks to congressional oversight. Two committees in particular have done actual work to uncover facts in the face of media misinfor...
In The Atlantic on Thursday, contributing editor Caitlin Flanagan wrote of her liberal son and peers fascination with Canadian psychologist and auditorium-packing internet sensation Jordan Peterson.
They began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson, she writes. The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.
In this insightful counter-narrative essay attempting to explain Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson, she notes Petersons listeners are not largely the alt-right types often held up to him during hostile media interviews: the audience is made up of people who are busy with their lives folding laundry, driving commercial trucks on long hauls, sitting in traffic from cubicle to home, exercising. Flanagan also memorably writes that these listeners are pursuing a parallel curriculum.
A parallel culture of ideas has emerged to replace a corrupted system, she writes later. Whats the corrupted system? The political and cultural left that currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable. Identity politics, she says, are one evidence and cause of this corruption.
Flanagan does not delve into why identity politics is a cause and result of corruption, but I have a suggestion. Its because identity politics, and so much else of what passes for politics and culture today, is largely an elaborate system of virtue signaling. Indeed, scholar William Voegeli has shown in great detail that the lefts entire political program is wasteful, utterly ineffective virtue signaling.
Virtue signaling, of course, is essentially to present the appearance of virtue without its substance. Its a dressy lie, a form of self-corruption. Its polar opposite is dangerous competence, and it is this that Peterson preaches. Its deadly to the left because the left is anti-comptetence, and pro-corruption. Identity politics is merely the most visible proof of this reality.
In Aaron Renns...
In three articles for The Hill last week, investigative journalist John Solomon revealed previously undisclosed text and email discussions between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and former MI6 agent and Spygate dossier author Christopher Steele. Solomons reporting also uncovered notes Ohr took summarizing discussions he had with Steeles boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, about the Russia collusion investigation.
In isolation, the details revealed in Solomons must-read exposs are troubling. But when considered in conjunction with information related to the Russia investigation the government previously released, this new information is potentially devastating, because it indicates that, notwithstanding claims to the contrary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched operation Crossfire Hurricane based on Steeles Clinton-funded opposition research.
This conclusion flows from an email exchange revealed in Solomons first article, which established that Ohr met with Steele on July 30, 2016, in Washington DC. Ohr brought his wife Nellie to the breakfast gathering. Nellie, as has long been reported, worked at Fusion GPS, also on the Trump opposition-research project.
That end-of-July meeting followed emails exchanged earlier in the month, in which Steele told Ohr: There is something separate I wanted to discuss with you informally and separately. It concerns our favourite business tycoon!
An apparent reference to Trump, Solomon explained, noting that Steeles reaching out to Ohr came just days before Steele met with an FBI agent stationed in Rome to relay still-unproven allegations that Trump had an improper relationship with Russia, including possible efforts to hijack the presidential election.
While we do not know the details discussed at the July 30, 2016, tte--tte, the morning meeting with the Ohrs appears related to Steeles request to chat about their favourite business tycoon. Significantly, as Solomon reported, That meeting occurred exactly one day before FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok formally opened an investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, into whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow to steal the election.
This meeting raises serious questions concerning whether S...
The DC Unite the Right rally resurfaced the silly Whos the real racist? game. When liberals call conservatives or conservative opinions racist, conservatives respond: No, you are the real racist! But conservatives dont seem to understand that liberals use that term in a different way. Worse, conservatives damage conservatism by arguing. If they are going to play the game, conservatives should do so with open eyes.
Let me start by acknowledging the obvious: racism is bad. The game isnt silly because the response is wrong; people on the left really are racist. Of course I am generalizing, but it isnt far off. Does anyone on the left not embrace identity politics, which is about judging people by their group identity as defined by race, sex, and queerness? This seems pretty racist by any textbook definition of racism.
The silliness of the game stems from the fact that the two sides mean different things by racism. To people on the right, a racist is someone who judges another person by his race. The problem is that racism denies all men are created equal. To people on the left, who already deny men are created equal, a racist is a member of the oppressor class. Most people on the left know this and most people on the right dont. That is why both sides play the game.
The Left understands racism this way because they see everything in terms of group identity and power. A case in point: Laura Ingraham made some fairly common-sense observations recently, and even made sure to emphasize she was not talking about race. Ingraham talked about consent, the rule of law, and immigration; she didnt say a thing about power. Yet CNNs Brian Stelter cannot see it any other way, claiming Ingraham was pandering to white, Christian Americas fear of losing power and is a racist.
To the contemporary left, everything comes down to a didactic world groups that have power and that groups that do not. Every group is either an oppressor or the oppressed, those with privilege and those without.
We hear lots about privilege, so this should come as no surprise. We dont use the term underprivileged or disadvantaged as much. Instead we describe the oppressed as marginalized, minorities, or people of color (or brown people as a throwback to the 1960s that we hear sometimes today).
Racism, they say, is not simply prejudice. It is now ...
Since his 2013 bid to become New York Citys mayor, Bill de Blasio has taken well in excess of half a million dollars in campaign contributions from the citys taxi cab industry. Now, as the mayor prepares to sign into law a restriction on the number of ride-sharing cars, that industry is getting a return on its massive investment in him. In a move worthy of Tammany Hall, de Blasio is preparing to harm the taxi industrys needed competition in order to protect his political patrons.
The overwhelmingly Democratic City Council has placed on the mayors desk a bill that would cap the number of ride-share cars licensed in New York. These app-based companies have hurt the traditional taxi industry badly, sending once highly valued taxi medallions into a value plummet.
As with all market advancements, there are winners Uber drivers and citizens who love Uber and losers: the taxi industry. In classic socialist style, de Blasio is punishing the majority of people who benefit from an open market by rewarding political friends who want a monopoly on services.
There are two reasons New York Democrats think ride-sharing apps have to be cut back: depressed wages and profits for taxi workers and companies, and traffic congestion in the city. Both of these supposed problems, however, come with gaping caveats.
As Joe Borelli, one of a handful of Republicans in City Council, put it, Solving one genuine problem for one group of people by causing a new problem for a separate group of people, all while making transportation more difficult and costly for the public, is not a win. This wont solve Manhattans traffic woes, especially when we have had two mayors in a row turn needed traffic lanes into bike lanes, docking stations, and pedestrian plazas.
It is useful to unpack these issues one at a time to see if it really makes sense for the city to drastically cut back the number of car services available to its citizens. First, to the question of depressed wages for drivers. The mayor and the taxi industry have pointed out a human toll in drivers faced with mounting losses who have gone so far as to commit suicide. At least one specifically cited ride-sharing apps as a reason.
As Borelli points out, sinking profits for traditional taxis is a problem for a large group of taxi workers in New York. But the fact of the matter is, this is how capitalism works. With the rise of the digital camera, Eastman Kodak went from one of the worlds richest corporations to bankruptcy within a decade. The government could have banned or capped digital cameras to save the company, its employees, and shareholders, but obviously such restriction of progress would have been bad for pretty much everyone else.
In surveying the number of elections that took place around the globe this year, its worth noting that despots have been successfully using rigged elections to hold on to power.
On July 30, Zimbabwe held its first general election since long-time dictator Robert Mugabe was ousted from power last year. Mugabe ruined his country, but he won every election during his 37-year rule. Although Mugabe is gone, the ruling Zanu-PF party Mugabe once led and its nominee, Mugabes long-time deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, easily won the election.
International observers report that Mnanagagwa deployed political intimidation and coercion tactics perfected during the Mugabe era to ensure his win. So when the election was over, Zimbabweans merely traded one despot for another.
In Cambodia, Hun Sen, who has been prime minister since 1985, claimed he won a decisive victory in the latest election on July 30. He will be Cambodias Lord Prince and Supreme Defender for another five years, and his Cambodian Peoples Party won more than 80 percent of parliaments seats. Thats an impressive win until you realize that late last year, Sen shut down an independent newspaper, jailed the opposition leader Kem Sokha with a cooked up charge of treason, and coerced the Cambodia Supreme Court to dissolve the opposition party led by Sokha, Cambodia N...
A whole new cohort of college freshmen is starting classes, adding to an ever-increasing number of students who borrow to pay for college. If past statistics are any indication, three-quarters of these students will leave college with debt.
Student loan growth has outpaced the value of credit card debt, home equity loans, and even auto loans. Altogether, about 44 million American student borrowers currently hold a shocking $1.48 trillion in student debt.
Some claim, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, that national politicians urgently need to address this problem. They bid us understand this cumulative debt as a crisis and opinion pieces regularly tow the narrative that monthly student loan payments are crushing, squeezing budgets and inhibiting larger purchases, such as homes.
But I know from personal experience that student debt doesnt have to feel crushing, nor did it postpone my American dream for very long. My husband and I paid off the entirety of our student loans, $55,000, within 20 months. One of those loans was a Parent Plus Loan with a 13 percent interest rate in my husbands parents name, which he paid himself.
We did this while bringing in an average income for two young full-time workers with bachelors degrees. Even before our student loan debt was fully paid off, we were able to secure a mortgage in a rural town a mere three years after graduation.
Most adult Americans do not have student loan debt, and for those that do, the typical (median) outstanding debt is $13,000. Seventy-five percent of borrowers carry less than $29,000 in student loans, and only 3 percent of households that owed on any student loans comprised the highly publicized media horror stories of bearing six-figure loads. Most households with student loans spend nearly as much on entertainment as they do on their monthly student loan payment.
A third of college students graduate with no debt. Of the 69 percent who do graduate with debt, the average amount owed at graduation is $29,000. Thats a little greater than my husband and I had, but still not overly burdensome. For perspective, its about $17,000 less than an entry-level salary for a college graduate in humanities or the social s...
Did disgraced Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, hatch the plan to use former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr as their go-between with Christopher Steele?
Notes Ohr took during a November 2016 meeting with Strzok and Page and first revealed last week at The Hill in an article by investigative journalist John Solomon strongly suggest the couple helped devise the work-around necessitated by Steeles leaking of the anti-Trump dossier to Mother Jones and others.
Steeles leaks to Mother Jones and Yahoo News in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election broke the terms of his Confidential Human Source (CHS) agreement with the FBI. Steeles breach of confidentiality led the bureau to inform the former MI6 spy on Nov. 1, 2016, that he was not to operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI. The FBI later terminated Steele as a CHS.
Steele, however, continued to feed the FBI dirt on Trump, by passing intelligence to Ohr, whom the FBI then interviewed. Congress got wind of the FBIs use of Ohr as a conduit for Steele, prompting Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley to demand the bureau turn over to the oversight committee any pertinent documents detailing the relationship and communications between Ohr, Steele, and Fusion GPS, which commissioned Steeles opposition research against Donald Trump on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The FBI, however, would only allow an in-camera review of the material by select members of Congress.
Grassley later wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting the documents be declassified. In that letter, Grassley also summarized the information gleaned to date, citing Numerous FD-302s demonstrating that Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr continued to pass along allegations from Mr. Steele to the FBI after the FBI suspended its formal relationship with Mr. Steele for unauthorized contact with the media, and demonstrating that Mr. Ohr otherwise funneled allegations from Fusion GPS and Mr. Steele to the FBI.
Grassleys letter also included the dates on which the FBI had interviewed Ohr about Ohrs conversations with Steele. Those interviews occurred as follows:
Seventy years ago this month, Washington politicians were trying to sort out a case involving dodgy characters and Russian collusion. One man involved described it as a tragedy of history (Following Marxs maxim, Paul Manaforts trial would be the farce). Like today, it was a time of growing sympathy for harder leftist ideology, one that provides some clarity to our own socialist moment.
In early August 1948, a senior editor of Time magazine was subpoenaed for testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. That editor was Whittaker Chambers, a former member of the Communist underground who had coordinated the infiltration of various government agencies by Soviet sympathizers in the mid-1930s.
Among others, his testimony unmasked Alger Hiss, a former senior State Department official. Their subsequent legal showdown, recorded by Chambers in his 1952 memoir, Witness, would become a classic saga of the Cold War, a minor epic in the larger struggle between the United States and Soviet Russia.
At first glance, in the eyes of this millenial born six months after Mikhail Gorbachevs resignation dissolved the U.S.S.R., Witness appears dusty. On my copy, Regnery brands the book a Cold War Classic, a true, if limiting, title. Part of the appeal of Witness is undoubtedly historical: Chambers drops us into a world of fedoras and smoke-filled rooms. On cold nights, the oblivious drivers of Ford Model-Ts pass plotting Soviet agents tramping in the rain between Manhattan street lamps, and the voice of a relatively unknown congressman from California, 35-year-old Richard Nixon, crackles with mid-century professionalism in packed and sweltering D.C. court rooms.
Just barely predating Ian Flemings first Bond novel, Chambers story shows us 1930s Soviet espionage unpolluted by either cliche or nostalgia. Anyone who has seen the recent film The Death of Stalin will identify similar beats in the low-comedy of Communist infighting and bureaucratic power struggles, no less deadly for their pettiness and banality.
Chambers managed a small cell of Communists and fellow travelers working covertly in the United States government. Most notably, this group included Hiss, an assistant to the assistant secretary of state. Years after Chambers severed ties with Communism, Hiss joined the United States delegation at the Yalta Conference, a meeting between the Allied premiers that determined the international order after World War II. At first, the cells goal was simply infiltration and recruitment. Later, it began stealing secrets.
Hiss and the others would feed copies of government documents to Chambers, who forwarded them to his contact, who sent them to the Soviets. Disillusioned by Stalins purges (now known to history as the Great Terror), Chambers defected and took his family into hidin...
Liberals have cited California as the prototypical Obamacare success story for years now, but a new study puts that assertion very much in doubt. Five years ago, even before Obamacares exchanges went live, The New York Times Paul Krugman claimed California would prove that a program designed to help a lot of people can, strange to say, end up helping a lot of people especially when government officials actually try to make it work.
Reporters have chimed in with similar stories about Obamacares supposed success in California. During the presidential campaign in 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that California is emerging as a clear illustration of what the law can achieve. The article quoted several insurers saying the state did it right, and had created stable insurance markets.
Whether explicit or implicit, these and articles like them have presented a consistent theme: Absent Republican sabotage less present in a Democratic-dominated state like California Obamacare would have delivered on its promises much more effectively. These make a study published last week casting doubt on whether California has delivered on one of its central promises of particular note.
The study, conducted by the California Health Care Foundation, examined emergency department usage over the ten years from 2006 to 2016. While the report, perhaps quite deliberately, didnt highlight this conclusion it mentioned Obamacare once, and only in passing the data indicate that emergency department usage since Obamacare has not only not decreased, it has accelerated, rising at a faster rate than in prior years.
One chart tells the tale:
The chart shows a trend line of generally increasing ER usage throughout the decade. But examining the numbers at the bottom of the chart, which track visits per 1,000 individuals a metric that adjusts for changes in the states population demonstrates the impact of Obamacare. In the four years from 2013, the year before Obamacares full implementation, through 2016, ER visits rose by 39 per 1,000 patients. By comparison, in the six years from 2008 through 2013 a period coinciding with the Great Recession, which saw...
In the battle over what qualifies as a human right, health care, a job and education have gained the most attention. But many increasingly view as entitlements a different category of intangibles, such as pursing aspirations, personal dreams, and creative ambitions, particularly among younger generations and the progressive left.
The result is a push for policies that enable people to pursue their desires without the burden of caring for their own responsibilities such as health care, education, or saving for retirement. This distorts our understanding of an integral driver of innovation and prosperity: risk-taking.
Many have come to see risk as an individual taking steps to realize a personal goal such as a business venture, a charitable initiative, or a personal dream without having to suffer the full effects of failure. But the downside of risk suffering the consequences of loss also plays an important role in channeling progress, while minimizing wasteful tinkering. Government-supported safety nets that distort risk by softening the repercussions of failure destroy this important factor in innovation and entrepreneurship, undermining societal progress.
While there is always a temptation to blame the coddled and entitled millennials, this shift has top-down origins from the progressive left. In making the case for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated: Imagine an economy where people could change jobs, start businesses, become self-employed, whether to pursue their artistic aspirations or be entrepreneurial and start new businesses, if they were not job-locked because [of] constraints that having health care or not having health care places on an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Obama White House propagated this poor logic with false data by promising ACA would have the benefit of encouraging job mobility and entrepreneurship. The document, issued four years after the ACA passed, admits that while the empirical evidence on the magnitude of these types of responses is incomplete (and in some cases mixed), there is no doubt that job lock presents an economic challenge.
However, evidence to contradict this assumption does exist. For example, CNNMoney reported: Only 452,835 firms were born in 2014, according to U.S. C...
It is believed about 10 vehicles were involved when a 200m (650ft) section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed during a sudden and violent storm.
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Channeling Donald Trump, Italys new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has proclaimed a zero-landing Mediterranean, where no one fleeing war, persecution, or famine will be allowed to reach Europe by sea.
In defiance of international law, he suddenly (with a tweet) closed Italys ports on June 10 to humanitarian rescue ships carrying refugees and migrants saved from drowning, many of them women and children. Since then, Italys anti-migrant naval blockade has sent shock waves across Europe.
According to the UN agency that tracks migration, deaths or disappearances at sea have soared: 629 people died crossing the central Mediterranean in June, the month Salvini took office. In May the number was only 48.
Salvini has also vowed to start the mass deportation of a half million unauthorized migrants already living in Italy. With fewer foreigners, he recently told supporters at a rally on Italys east coast, we will once again be the most beautiful country in the world.
Italys most openly racist politician, Salvini is threatening to reshape the future of Europe, beginning with migration policies that resemble Trumps.
The trouble with the European Union, writes Wolfgang Mnchau in the Financial Times, is that its stability depends on the likes of Mr. Salvini and Mr. Trump never coming to power.
Turning away rescue boats fu...
The NATO-backed @DFRLab is currently assisting FBs purge. This is deeply disturbing.
If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies c...
So who OWNS Trump? Does Putin? Does the Christian Right? Do Both?
In cities throughout America, traffic studies are conducted to determine the Level of Service (LOS) for cars. This scientific-sounding metric basically looks at the busiest 15 minutes of the busiest hour of the day, and determines how well auto traffic flows through a given intersection.
If it's only an "F" for a few minutes a day, you're wasting a lot of street capacity. Graphic by Jeffrey Tumlin
Traffic engineers use this data to justify road expansion projects. Its a bit like showing up during that one holiday meal when youre hosting every leaf on your family tree, and declaring that the dining room is cramped, so you should add a second story to your house.
Despite its limitations, LOS remains popular because its simple. When a street is clogged with traffic during peak use (i.e. supply equals demand), it earns an LOS grade of F. When theres not another car between you and the horizon? Congratulations! You get an A!
Nicely put. Graphic by Jeffrey Tumlin
By overemphasizing LOS, we justify expensive, overbuilt streets that are dangerously inhospitable to peoplejust so folks who use the least efficient form of transportation (single-occupancy cars) wont be inconvenienced during peak travel times. In doing so, we ignore the many variables that influence the transportation system as a whole: land use and zoning, pedestrian comfort, bike safety, viable transit, trip generation, etc.
But what a...
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In the heat of struggleand with the demands of security and safetyits very common that we dont stop and record the actions, marches and political events occurring around us. Social movement historians often interview activists years after the fact, after nostalgia, popular sentiment and sectarian interpretations of the movement have hardened. As a result, we rarely get day by day accounts of movements until they can be reconstructed through official records, and thus have difficulty assessing the ebb and flow of tactics, escalations and direct actions that shape campaigns as they are ongoing.
It is with that in mind that we present this timeline of actions in and around OccupyICE Philadelphia that led to a major victory: the end of official data-sharing between ICE and the Philadelphia Police Department.
July 2nd: After weeks of planning, a coalition of radical groups in Philadelphia hold a rally outside City Hall. Hundreds show up, and march to ICE offices at 8th and Cherry, where an occupation is spontaneously set up. At first the streets around the building are barricaded, but organizers negotiate with police to take down barricades and remain on the sidewalk, blocking the doors and driveways. This moment, in which activists in high-visibility vests are seen taking down the barricades at police demandand an altercation between organizers afterwardswill be the source of ongoing tensions in the activist scenes of Philadelphia. Nevertheless, the space is bravely held and an occupation with tents and umbrellas is set up blocking ICE.
July 3rd: Police attack the encampment, arresting 29 protestors who link arms and stay in formation as they are arrested. PPD clears the main driveway and takes down all the structures. In defiance, protestors immediately rebuild, setting up umbrellas, tents and chairs in the intersection of 8th and Cherry Street. Jail support mobilizes. All arrested are released with citations.
July 4th: A vacation atmosphere pervades in camp as numbers swell with peopl...
Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.
A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is on the hook for almost $58 million in federal taxes after losing a treaty rights case.
For Native peoples, spirituality is often the core of who we are and our way of life. To have our spirit attacked is as personal as an attack can get.
It occurs to me, in light of the comment on my latest bird article, some might imagine me depressed. Worry not, dear readers. Im not. I only ever feel bad to the extent that it would be reasonable to feel bad in any given situation, and my situation is not as bad as many other blogadores y blogadoras on this internet. (Especially on The Orbit. Support The Orbit yall.) Ive got that depressive realism, but without the clinical depression, its just a pretentious arty flavor in my thought.
The world is rough and keeps getting rougher. And as a quiet cat in the corner with eyes open, you can see the fires burning with clarity. I didnt call the exact date of the subprime mortgage collapse. But I was that impoverished minimum wage fucko on the bus, looking at ads for home ownership none of us could afford, wondering how long it would be before predatory lending on that scale had consequences.
Its grim, but through it all I just dont feel as bad as I could. Seeing people around that have it worse than I do, getting to know some of them personally, I know what mental health is. My mind heals well. Im probably the poorest person on this network, but aside from that source of stress, Im one of the most fortunate in the neurochemical department.
When I talk about some grim stuff, I dont need reassurance. Im
hella OK. Just waxing lyrical.
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Like the unsustainable logic of capitalism itself, Mexico City, one of the largest urban metropolises in the world, seeks to continually grow. The interests driving and directing this growth are not those of the ordinary people, but rather those of the system of capital accumulation, its owners, executives, administrators and managers. Throughout the country, Indigenous and campesino communities are coercively forced from their land, migrating to national and international urban centers. Their traditional territories are opened up to extractive industries for the plunder of natural resources or organized as spaces of tourism attractive to the cultured or environmentally conscious international traveler. The effect on Indigenous and campesino peoples is territorial dispossession, cultural commodification, exploitation and forced migration.
One principal destination of this migration is Mexico City. There, migrant communities often live and work in extremely marginalized conditions, helping construct the city of the future, the Mexico suitable for the modern world. In Mexico City, the stark differences in class interests are evident. There, we are witnessing the ongoing construction and reconstruction, organization and reorganization, of a landscape conducive to the logic of capital accumulation. The interests being pursued are the investment and development of national and international capital. The ordinary people, those of below, are seen as mere objects, to be structured, controlled and exploited according to those very interests.
The New International Airport of Mexico City is one such project, aimed at better facilitating the movement and accumulation of capital in Mexico, Latin America and the world. On October 22nd, 2001, then-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, proposed the new airport in the location of the former Lake of Texcoco, in the Valley of Mexico, seeking the expropriation of campesino lands in the municipalities of Texcoco, San Salvador Atenco and Chimalhuacn. For Indigenous and campesino...
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On August ninth, after a planned info night about the August 21st prison strike, attendees helped paint banners and dropped them around the area. Here are a few photos sent we collected of the banners. We hope this is just the beginning of autonomous and creative actions taken in solidarity with the strike.
Food stamps have been drastically cut in Georgia this year. Trump is hoping to cut even further, leaving more people in a position of choosing between paying rent and buying groceries.
Traditional religious and NGO charities are finding themselves overwhelmed by growing poverty, unable to keep pace as the government abandons social welfare programs.
One that doesnt depend on unreliable government grants or foundation money. One that cant be eliminated by Trump or any other politician signing a bill. We need survival programs: networks of ordinary people organized to collect and distribute food. The powerful may abandon us, but we can help each other.
We are helping to build this network in Atlanta! A loosely organized collection of farmers, restaurant and grocery workers, neighbors, activists, volunteers and organizations like Food Not Bombs and the South Bend Commons are cooperating to distribute approximately 1.5 tons of food to hungry people throughout Atlanta every week.
This food makes a major dif...
U.S. Congressional candidate Sharice Davids had trouble finding housing when she lived and worked on the Pine Ridge Reservation a few years ago.
(Natural News) A good nights sleep isnt just relaxing, its absolutely essential. Missing just an hour of sleep can do a serious number on your person. From impacting your appetite to potentially making you more accident...
Spike Lee Takes on the Klan in his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. Lee uses the true story of a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Colorado in the 1970s to once again grapple with American racial terrorism. Ron Stallworths book, Black Klansman journals his experience as a rising member of a 
(ANTIMEDIA) A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIAs controversial MKUltra program. John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was 
Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida have killed sea life and is threatening the health of the public. The current red tide is one of the longest lasting outbreaks in Florida history. The red tide is caused by Karenia brevis. The algae produce toxins called brevetoxins. They cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems when ingested. This 
(ZHE) This is not at all comforting: during a week that witnessed Alex Jones social media accounts taken down by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google, and what appears to be a growing crackdown against alternative media figures including several prominent Libertarians, notably the Ron Paul Institute director, and the Scott Horton Show, who found their Twitter accounts suspended we learn that the Atlantic Council is 
The post Atlanta, GA: Antifascists Expose White Nationalist Organizing Hub and Alt-Right Gentrifiers appeared first on It's Going Down.
On the night of August 12, 2018 one year since a white supremacist murdered Heather Heyer at the bloody Unite the Right racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia anti-fascists placed dozens of posters in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.Anti-racist poster in Peachtree Hills, Buckhead, Atlanta
The posters warned of a house on Ridgeland Way which is a hub for white nationalist organizing both locally and nationally. The house is owned by Sam Dickson, a lawyer who has been active for decades in the white power movement. Dickson is linked to a plethora of racist and far-Right organizations, such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, the Charles Martel Society, and the Holocaust-denying Barnes Review. As a lawyer, Dickson represented Klansmen, but he made his fortune on the Atlanta property market, where...
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As the 2018 National Prison Strike quickly approaches, we have news of hunger and work strikes already underway. We have updates on the successful, 108 day hunger strike of Mapuche Shaman Celestino Cordova, who had been denied access to his ceremonial altar while in Chilean prison. We also get updates from Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Greg Curry on the hunger and work strikes happening at the Ohio State Prison.
Also in this episode, we give a broad overview of the 2016 National Prison Strike and its impacts on the prisoners who participated, and the ways various prisoners chose to be involved in it, which at the time was the broadest and longest-running prison strike in U.S. History.
Seventeen years of sacrificing young people to a counter-productive effort is far too long. (FEE) On September 11 of this year, those who werent yet born at the time of the 9/11 attacks will finally be old enough to fight in the war on terror. In 2012, U.S. Marines killed Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for 
(MEE) Jeremy Corbyn attended a wreath laying ceremony in 2014 for the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack, the UK Labour leader said on Monday, but added that he did not actively participate in laying a wreath down himself. I was present when it was laid. I dont think I was actually involved in it, 
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They say that you meet people for a reason. While this has been said time and again, Dr. Michael Shannon and paramedic Chris Trokey never realized how intertwined their lives were. They were simply doing their jobs, but one did meant more to the other than he realized. It all started in June 1986.
It seemed like an ordinary day for anyone, but little did they know that this was the day that connected them in the most wonderful way possible.
Mike and Dee Trokey were expecting a baby, but the due date was still weeks away, or so they thought. Dees water broke and the soon-to-be parents were rushed to the hospital at the University of California in Irvine via the ambulance.
(CD) During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has 
One of a parents biggest fears is the possibility that something bad will happen to their child. So when the mother of 5-year old Timothy Wiltsey had to live out this fear, it was going to be the worst day ever. Her son would go missing after spending some time in a carnival that was held in New Jersey where they lived, until they found his remains around a year later. Unfortunately, the case would grow cold over a span of 25 years, until police figured out that the person responsible for Timothys death was indeed, his own mom.
Read about Timothys story here and how his mysterious disappearance and death has finally been brought to the light.
Michelle Lodzinksi gave birth to her adorable baby boy Timothy on August 6, 1985. The boy, who was nicknamed Timmy, was being raised by his mom all alone, while his father, George Wiltsey, was not a part of his life. He was living in Iowa and didnt see his young son at all. The mother-son duo seemed to be making things work despite being on their own. That was, at least, until the day Timmy went missing.
(ANTIWAR.COM) A new report from the United Nations on ISIS estimates that despite the defeat of the group in both Iraq and Syria, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters remain in the two countries, roughly half of them in each. Having lost all towns and cities, ISIS has mostly sent its fighters into the deserts along 
We've been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them.
ABC made a TV show off Marvels comic Cloak & Dagger, and shit it out onto their new streaming service called Freeform. The concept was and is problematic (black teen boy with powers of dark hungry void, white teen girl with magical powers of light), but the execution even in the comic days was pretty progressive, humanist, not shabby.
The show could be better, could be worse. The kids are alright. One thing sucked tremendous though: It ended in zombies. Really boring shitty nonsense zombies. Can we be done with zombies yet? I heard Walking Dead has flushed all its good will with fans straight down the terlet. Can that be done? Can everything zombie be done?
The worst thing though? ABC Freeform. The only things of any
interest at all on there are Cloak & Dagger and re-runs of The
Nanny. I kid, I kid, I mean, I could watch Paul Blart on there too,
what am I complaining about? Everybody cancel your streaming
services of choice and hit it up.
Hazardous conditions undermine the benefits of early work release.
Public urinals that offer almost no privacy are now in Paris to combat the citys public peeing problem.
Reportedly four urinals have been installed and a fifth one is on the way, according to the districts mayor, Ariel Weil.
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Fellow Workers from the Seattle IWW Industrial Union local 650 (IU650) at Grassroots Campaigns (GCI) are facing an illegal office closure by the GCI bosses in retaliation for an Unfair Labor Practice Strike action protesting egregious labor violations. Just under a week after the office closed, Wobblies at the Seattle GCI job branch called for a National Day of Action on Friday, August 10th. Wobblies in other GCI offices around the country are starting to face increased heat from managements aggressive union busting. Most are fighting back and winning. Heres a quick roundup from each of the seven actions.
Action in Seattle focused on the national legal strategy against GCI. Wobblies have served multiple small claims notices for stolen wages and filed suits with multiple Washington State agencies. Seattle also participated in the nationwide phone zap that helped paralyze the GCI Central Office. GCI is trying to cut and run, but they cannot hide for long.
The Seattle IU650 Wobblies also received a dubious parting gift from GCI management earlier in the week. Multiple Fellow Workers found that travel reimbursement checks paid out by GCI on August 3 bounced, and the money was directly removed from their bank accounts. GCIs legendary pettiness and vindictiveness tasted particularly bitter when we discovered multiple Wobblies bank accounts over drafted thanks to GCI. For folks barely getting by due to the boss repression, that $30 means a lot.
The NYC Wobblies stepped up big time in solidarity with IU650. They held a large picket outside the office and gave the canvassers flyers. According to the NYC Wobs, they talked to hordes of workers. Workers told the picketing Wobblies how furious the director was with this action.
Last week, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a groundskeeper who repeatedly used glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, while working at a school. The man, Dewayne Johnson, developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which is linked to glyphosate exposure according to three expert scientists who testified in the case, and the jury found the widely 
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nail at the top of your program of action the demand for a public bank in your community, to take the control of credit out of the hands of speculators and use it for the welfare of the people. Make it your first provision that every dollar of public money shall be deposited in this bank and every detail of public financing handled by this bank; make it your second provision that the purpose of this bank shall be to put all p
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isnt. Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if theyve turned off Location History on their devices. After all, the 
August 2018 His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian Authority Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Presidential Office, Ramallah, the State of Palestine Dear President Mahmoud Abbas: As you are wisely aware, the battle that is currently being waged in Gaza, Palestine and 
Washington, D.C. One year after the deadly Unite The Right rally brought hundreds of violent white supremacists to Charlottesville, Virginia, Jason Kessler, the rallys organizer held an anniversary event with a fraction of the originals attendance. While many white supremacist and neo-nazi groups are still active in the United States, most have disavowed Jason Kessler and avoided his attempt to organize Unite The Right 2, a Charlottesville anniversary event.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, Kessler and a few dozen of his supporters first met up at the Vienna Metro station outside of D.C. in Virginia, where a large contingent of police was on standby as the white supremacists were ushered into a train marked special. The Metro transit authority had previously stated they would not provide racists-only train cars for Unite The Right 2 after the plan was leaked and denounced by the Amalgamated Transit Union.
After riding their private train, Kesslers group arrived at the Foggy Bottom metro station around 2 PM. Escorted by at least 100 police, they marched at a quick pace for about a half dozen blocks to Lafayette Park, followed by hundreds of angry counter-protesters who yelled, screamed and threw objects.
Ill have my HD footage of everything that went down online later, but in the meantime: something that stood out to me was the enormous police protection for #UTR2 at every point.
See the moment they first faced counterprotesters in DC: pic.twitter.com/N9jakstmwg
Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 12, 2018
Once the small Unite The Right group reached Lafayette, they made a few speeches but ended up leaving before the events scheduled start time, reportedly due to the rainstorm that moved in later in the afternoon. A crowd of about a thousand counter-protesters, including many antifascists dressed in black as well as a large Black Lives Matter contingent, amassed outside the police checkpoint as another large, permitted counter-rally also took place in another area of Lafayette Park.
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From Sacramento Antifa:
Tomorrow will mark one year since Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, VA opposing the far right Unite the Right rally. Its also the three year anniversary of the death of Hugo Pinell, an imprisoned revolutionary who was murdered by white supremacists at Folsom Prison. We dropped this banner today in remembrance of Heather, Hugo, and all others who have lost their lives to white supremacy, and in solidarity with anti-fascists in Washington, D.C. who are preparing to oppose the second Unite the Right. White supremacy kills. Its time to fight back!
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a groundskeeper who repeatedly used glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, while working at a school. The man, Dewayne Johnson, developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which is linked to glyphosate exposure according to three expert scientists who testified in the case, and the jury found the 
The trial judge has twice criticized the prosecutors, asking them on one occasion if they had any evidence of successful fraud. In other words, the judge can tell the difference between actual fraud and a failed attempt at fraud, a distinction the prosecutors don't want the jury to consider.
.. To slap a cop in the face, and get away with it?
Its a slap in the face, Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin told the Miami Herald on Saturday. We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. Its not just a slap in the face to our military past and present but to all law enforcement officers across the country. As long as the protest continues, we will protest our attendance at the Dolphins games and continue to stay away from the NFL and its products.
Remember when unions used to be predominantly progressive organizations, that stood between the workers and the establishment? Well, the police chose sides long ago.
I wish it were possible to stay away from the police union and its products.
Yes, I know the protests are about police abuse, not slapping the military in the face. Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin is Trump-competent at deflection, isnt he?
I leave town for a few days, and crackpots start dunning the universitys lawyers for petty information. Comma has been at it again. This email went to the university board of regents and general counsel.
Demand For Administrative Investigation Into Willful Refusal To Comply With MGDPA Over PZ Meyers Data, Fraudulent Bills, And Informed Consent Form Of Nemmers Subject Data
David J. McMillan, Chair U of M Board of Regents (612) 625-6300 & Douglas R. Peterson, U of M General Counsel (612) 624-7569:
Chapter 13 data request Please email/file share me the following readily available, free, electronic, public data in its original searchable pdf format pursuant to 13.03 Subd 3(e):
1. I am demanding an administrative investigation into the University of Minnesotas willful refusal to comply with my Chapter 13 data requests. Ive attached the UMs fraudulent bills (UM_Fraudulent_Bills.pdf) for readily available readily available, free, electronic, public data. I have reason to suspect the motive is to prevent your Class of 1985 UMM graduate from receiving damning facts about the corrupt UM and the corrupt UMM and their corrupt personnel. The fraudulent bill is for a tape of the University of Minnesota-Morris police during interviews in regard to the vandalism and the theft Northstar newspapers. First of all, I never requested an audio tape but the original DSS file. I have reason to suspect that the audio files have been tampered with prior to being placed onto the audio tape. Second, Ive attached a March 22, 2011 bill for the UMMs contract with Stevens County Sheriff for Law Enforcement Technology Group Computer Aided Dispatch and Electronic Records Management software which allows for the electronic transfer of DSS files but not audio cassettes. Second, the data that I received was not in the required searchablable format but had been maliciously converted to scanned pdf format. Third, Ive included to BCAs software deployment report that indicates that your corrupt UMM Police have been electronically transmitting DSS audio files since 2011.
[This is a bone he wont drop: I was accused of stealing newspapers, with no evidence. The police asked me if Id done it, I said no. Thats as far as it can go.]
2. Im also making a data request for all my subject data from 06-24-2014 until todays date. See attached signed informed consent form.
3. Ive attached my 03-12-17 Chapter 13 data request entitled: Chapter 13 data request personnel data grants for The Aurora Center. This data is currently being illegally withheld from your Class of 1985 UMM graduate. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.09...
Why is anyone surprised anymore that so many people who work for Fox News are straight-up racists, so much so that even prominent members of the KKK like David Duke praise them? Racism is the Fox News brand. It is what they know that much of their audience wants and loves.
Ingraham later tried to distance herself from Duke and his support for her by referring to him thusly: A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention: You do not have my support. You dont represent my views. And you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear.
Really? As one commenter pointed out, you cant distance yourself from racists freaks when you yourself are one.
Sen. Warrens recent statement tarnished us all says Mass. police chief.
The post Taking it to Their Doorstep: Recaps from Recent Protests Against ICE Agents in South Puget Sound Area appeared first on It's Going Down.
We take the movement to the doorsteps of the ICE family separators. When ICE deports a parent from a household, it often destroys the family structure by the shock of losing a parent to prison and eventual deportation. The remaining family loses not only a loved one, but an emotional and economic provider. In many cases, the family may never reunite.
For this reason, we will not allow ICE family separators to rest comfortably in their homes enjoying their familys presence. Their job is to kick people out of the country and destroy countless amounts of lives in the process. La Migra (ICE) operatives are only subjected to a minor inconvenience being exposed to their neighbors while we make noise in their neighborhood in comparison to their mission of destruction, detention and deportation.
While in detention, people are subject to lack of adequate medical care, sexual harassment and abuse from prison guards, outbreaks of illnesses and even death in some cases. It is important for the neighbors of Migra agents to know who is living among them, particularly if there are undocumented immigrants in the area. If your neighbor wanted to destroy your life and kick you out of the country, wouldnt you want to know? Just as ICE harasses people in their homes and does not allow people to rest comfortably with loved ones, let us return the same unwanted attention right to their doorstep.
We call for the immediate reunification of all immigrant families. We call for an end to the detentions and deportations of immigrants in this country. We call for the abolishment of ICE.
We will stop these home demonstrations immediately as soon as the inhumane practice of deportation end. Chinga La Migra.
Flyering In Olympia/Lacey, WA: In mid-June the neighborhoods of two local ICE agents. Leaflets detailing the fundamentally inhuman functions of I.C.E. and the na...
By Andrea Germanos (CD) Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if theyve turned off Location...
We may not know for years the extent we're unprotected -- until the next financial collapse, next public health crisis, next upsurge in fraud, or next floods or droughts because the EPA failed to do what it could to slow and reverse climate change. Trump's attack on regulation is just another form of trickle-down economics -- where the gains go the top, and the risks and losses trickle down.
Another example of government failure.
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Local residents and feminists attacking no-privacy urinals
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By Luke Miller,
Many of us think of happiness as an elusive and unreachable place. Yet the map to both happiness and unhappiness is the same. This article shares why we are unhappy and the simple way you can resolve it.
When we wake up the decisions we make from that moment are the cause that creates the preceding effect, which makes up the rest of our day. This is the way it works on a smaller scale, however as time goes by these consistent causes become hardwired and the effect will start to dominate the cause and you can get stuck in this repetitive pattern.
Dr Joe Dispenza says that: 95% of who we are by the time we are 35 years old is a memorised set of behaviours, emotional reactions, unconscious habits, hardwired attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that function like a computer programme. Meaning that which we repeat becomes hardwired in our specific programme.
The memories of someone who repeats these patterns are created from a highly emotional experience. This triggers the same feeling again and again When we are unhappy- we are often not unhappy about the current situation, but reliving an event.
Dr Joe says: If you allow that emotional reaction (called t...
This is draining the swamp.
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Blue light harms our vision by damaging the eyes retina, says researcher
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Unions not only boost the pay of the workers they represent, but they have been the backbone of most major progressive economic initiatives, including Social Security, Medicare, the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, and recent efforts to raise the minimum wage and require paid family leave and sick days.
The post Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in July 2018 appeared first on It's Going Down.
We encourage you to print these zines out and read them away from a screen (maybe in the woods?). Use them to have discussions, as catalysts for new projects, as tools to sharpen your analysis, etc. Weve heard that people use these posts to print zines to table at events with, to make packages to send to prisoners, and as fodder for those Little Free Library boxes that have become popular over the past several years.
This issue of the regular Montreal Counter-Information publication features reports and communiques from a number of recent actions in the Montreal area. The recent G7 summit held in June in Quebec City looms large this issue, with a statement from the Popular Expression Zone, a report of anti-G7 sabotage, and a banner drop. There are also reports on anti-fascist and anti-prison organizing. This publication gives a good overview of what seems to be a vibrant and confrontational anarchist space.
This zine collects writings from Plain Words an anarchist publication out of Bloomington, Indiana around the broad subject of technology. In assembling these pieces, the editors write:
Rather than shame people for using their smartphones in public, these writings are meant to demonstrate what we have to gain by fighting against the techno-nightmare. Specifically, they describe how these technologies impoverish our relationships, and dull our capacity for combative social struggle.
The editors explain that much of the theoretical writing in Plain Words has been about technology, so a collection critiquing technology seemed appropriate.
A triumvirate of SoS/vote fixers are wielding disproportionate power over political interests. As usual, both Democrats and democrats lose. Don't give up the fight, or we'll give up fighting.
For twenty years direct action has been the tactic of choice for small bands of forest defenders in Humboldt Countys Mattole forest. In this episode of Radical People, High Wire gives a glimpse into what life is like on the ground for those who fight the timber company HRC, and what has gone down in the forest away from the eyes of the public as rag tag activists did whatever it took to keep the old growth standing.
Do you like our vision of bottom-up, incremental, grassroots action to make your city or region more financially strong and resilient?
Are you eager to connect with other #StrongCitizens in your city or region who are working to make that vision a reality?
Would you like to explore in depth how Strong Towns principles apply to the place you liveor a region you don't call home but still care deeply about?
Strong Towns member Marielle Brown led participants in a hands-on traffic calming workshop at our transportation summit in Tulsa, OK in 2017.
The regional gatherings are for all Strong Towns enthusiaststhat means you!from longtime supporters to those who have just discovered us. They are an opportunity to convene, share experiences and inspiration, and leave feeling empowered to take action to better your communities. We will be hosting four of them around the United States, beginning this fall and continuing throughout 2019.
We've hosted national get-togethers before. This time, we opted for a set of regional gatherings because we know that, although the Strong Towns principles of fiscal resilience and building prosperity from the bottom up are universal, each city and region has its own unique challenges and circumstances. We're excited to give you the chance to hone in on how Strong Towns can make your specific place stronger, with others who care about that place as much as you do.
The first Strong Towns Regional Gathering is being held October 3rd-5th, 2018, in Plano, Texas. You do not have to be from Texas to attend. However, please be aware that the speakers and issues discussed will have a regional focus on North Texas.
Trump has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as psychological warfare, saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn.
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