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The only congressional races to use ranked choice voting are
those in Maine and the first time it was used was in last months
elections and it produced a result in the second Congressional
district that illustrated how it works. When the first choice votes
were counted, the Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin came in first
and the Democrat Jared Golden came second but none of the four
candidates got the required 50%+1 votes. So the second choices of
those voted for the candidates who came in third and fourth were
then tabulated and Golden emerged the winner.
So naturally Poliquin sued in federal court, saying that the ranked-choice voting system was unconstitutional and that the plurality system should have prevailed. He must have been encouraged by the fact that the case would be heard by a Trump-appointed judge Lance Walker. But today, the judge threw out his challenge.
The judge said he failed to see how Maines candidate-ranking system undercut voters First Amendment rights in any fashion. He said the system was motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable their supporters to express support, without producing the spoiler effect.
The new method of voting actually encourages First Amendment expression, without discriminating against any voter based on viewpoint, faction or other invalid criteria, said Walker, a judge with U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Maine only uses this method for primaries and federal elections because the state constitution apparently requires only a plurality to win. Poliquin may well appeal the verdict bit it is hard to see him winning since the US constitution is silent on this issue.
I hope more states adopt the ranked-choice method. It provides a much better gauge of voter preferences than the plurality method.
Tijuana, Mexico After fourteen days of an ongoing hunger strike to bring attention to human rights violations against the migrant caravan, members of Pueblos Sin Fronteras met with Mexican officials at the National Institute of Migration (INM). They also met with U.S. Officials at
The DOJ wiped text messages between former FBI employees, Lisa Page and Peter Strozk, before the Office of the Inspector General could review them.
I know the perspective is wonky is this photo, but it was taken with my phone camera which I really dont know how to use. Unfortunately, its the only camera I have right now because Ive lost the charger for my real camera, making it more of a paperweight than a camera. The charger is a biggish thing that should be easy to find, but its hiding somewhere in the chaos that is my house right now. Ive been scatter-brained lately so it could be anywhere and my short-term memory sucks at the best of times so it may be a few days before I find it, but find it I will. Predictably, it will be in the last place I look.
Trump's one hope is for prosecutors to decide he can't be charged while president. Then, if he wins a second term, the statute of limitations will run out on his 2016 crimes. Trump's been getting away with things for a very long time. It isn't clear if he can talk his way clear of this one. But don't underestimate him.
Across the country this spring, three-day training sessions will be taking place to help heal the condition of whiteness.
Scalawags like Manafort, Flynn, Cohen et al, may have fancy stories to tell, and very damaging to Trump to boot. And there may be files, and even audio to back them up. But it's still going to be one person, or several people, that you have never heard of before, and never will again, who will finally drop the hammer on Trump's fat, empty head.
For places that are currently riding a sugar high of economic growthan influx of new residents, plenty of good jobs being created, and shiny and new infrastructure that hasnt started to crumble yetthe Strong Towns message often translates as a cautionary tale. Ask the hard questions, we urge those cities and towns. Are you setting yourself up for long-term, sustainable prosperity, or are you mortgaging your future to pay for the things youre building now?
But what about for places where the sugar high has long since ended? We believe the message we deliver is deeply relevant in the post-industrial Midwest and Rust Beltplaces that have lost population, that have lost major employers, and that have huge backlogs of unfunded maintenance needs. But its relevant in a different way. To demonstrate that this year, with support from the Knight Foundation, weve turned a spotlight on Akron, Ohio, hosting events and publishing regular content (much of it by writers local to the Akron area) intended to showcase the ways in which civic leaders and a multitude of strong citizens are making positive change happen from the ground up.
To places like Akron, we believe we offer a hopeful insight: that you dont need to wait for a savior. You dont need a silver bulleta new corporate headquarters, a massive transit project, a huge catalytic redevelopmentto start reversing decline. Places that have fallen on hard times are, in fact, brimming with potential, because there are so many modest but pressing needs to be met. The key is to get out there, roll up your sleeves, and identify the small but high-returning investments that will start turning a place around, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Often, the hardest barrier to overcome is psychological: a critical mass of people need to believe that their towns future will be better than its recent past. This essay by Rachel Quednau, part of our Best of 2018 series, discusses the Psychology of Decline and how to combat it. Strong Towns Staff.
Who's heard any of the following things said about their city or neighborhood?
Growing up here, I loved this neighborhood. But we're never going to get back to that place now.
Our city is in trouble, but we can't change that.
Our leaders aren't invested and the money has dried up. Nothing we do is going to make a difference.
People here just don't care...
These aren't merely off-hand co...
(Natural News) Olive wine, a byproduct of olive mill wastewater, contains plenty of antioxidants that make it a potentially good treatment for diseases caused by oxidative stress, according to one study. Apart from increasing the number of options available for people suffering from oxidative damage-induced conditions, the findings also promise a brilliant way to solve
House rep who thinks islands can capsize is confronted about Google censorship
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He has told people close to him in recent days that he is alarmed.
Infowars founder enters the swamp.
Priests directed to bless transgenders
By Lorraine Chow via Eco Watch
The plant-based rings will be piloted in Tulum, MexicoCoronas homelandat the beginning of 2019.
The beach is an important part of Coronas DNA and we have been working with Parley to address the issue on the frontlines where plastic is physically accumulating, Corona Better World Director Evan Ellman said in the press release. We also recognize the influence a global brand like Corona can have on the industry, and with the support of Parley, are pursuing scalable solutions like plastic-free six pack rings that can become a new standard to avoid plastic for good.
Corona is testing its rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials, the press release said. If littered, they break down...
Iraq, which in the years of Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) lived a long period of prosperity and social stability, then recognized by the UN as one of the Arab countries that most respected religious diversity, has now become one of the
For the first time since 1973, the United States now leads the world in terms of oil production. And according to reports, we have the ground underneath Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico to thank.
A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that untapped regions of whats known as the Delaware Basin, a component of the greater Permian Basin, contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids an amount two times larger than what was estimated in a 2016 assessment of just the Wolfcamp shale play in Permians Midland Basin.
These estimates take into account access to continuous, unconventional oil comprised of undisclosed but technically recoverable resources, according to the USGS. This means that such resources are accessible using methods like slant drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Christmas came a few weeks early this year, stated U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, about the unexpected discovery. American strength flows from American energy, and as it turns out, we have a lot of American energy.
Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States. Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.
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This news comes at the same time that President Donald Trump has announced that, for the first time, the U.S. is now exporting more crude oil than its importing.
This makes the U.S. more robust in terms of energy independence than even Middle Eastern energy powerhouses like Saudi Arabia, which is known for its oil production.
According to the official numbers, the U.S. exported a net of 211,000 barrels of oil during the week that ended on November 30, 2018. Based on historical records provided by the Energy Department, this is the first time this has ever happened since the numbers first started getting tracked back in 1973.
So when does the U.S. send a delegate to OPEC meetings? joked Kyle Cooper, a consultant at ION Energy in Houston, as quoted by Reuters. Its really quite amazing. I do think that will occur more and more often in the coming years.
The election of a record number of women to Congress is significant in that Congresswomen are more likely to focus on socio-economic and gender-based issues that have largely been either ignored or resisted by a predominantly male Congress.
The once unimaginable the end of GM Oshawa seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. If there is any lesson to be learned here it is that overturning this imposed reality cant be achieved by traditional
All over Europe, the First World War had brought about a potentially revolutionary situation as early as 1917. In countries where the authorities continued to represent the traditional elite, exactly as had been the case in 1914, they aimed to
Sudans proposal to have Russian companies help construct the East-West and North-South Trans-African Railways could reshape African geopolitics if Moscow succeeds in leveraging its possibly newfound strategic position in this sphere to balance between the two emerging blocs in the
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Today, Google Doodle will take viewers on a short, astronomical journey that demonstrates how the combination of a distant space rock, the Sun, and Earths atmosphere manage to provide an incredible natural light show. Currently, the Earth is traveling through the dust and rubble that has come from a strange space rock called 3200 Phaethon, 
It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university
The post Australia: Principles of Academic Freedom in Jeopardy appeared first on Global Research.
The Acting Cook County Public Guardian filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday on behalf of hundreds of children and teenagers in state care who have been held in psychiatric hospitals after they had been cleared by doctors for release, calling the practice inhumane and unconstitutional.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has a constitutional responsibility to ensure that children in the departments care, whose lives are already marked by trauma, are not unnecessarily held in psychiatric hospitals, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Chicago.
The effects of holding children (beyond medical necessity) are heartbreaking at an individual level and staggering when multiplied among all the children who have been subjected to the practice, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit follows a ProPublica Illinois investigation in June that found nearly 30 percent of children in DCFS care who were sent to psychiatric hospitals between 2015 and 2017 were held there after doctors had cleared them for discharge. The children were hospitalized for a collective total of more than 27,000 days, or nearly 75 years.
The unnecessary hospitalizations cost the state millions of dollars.
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The girls were forced to be part of a WhatsApp group called Purim an apparent reference to the Jewish holiday where they were pressured and intimidated as well as summoned to areas frequented by Israeli tourists.
The post Police Dismantle Massive Child Sex Slavery Ring Run By Israelis, Fmr IDF SoldierMSM Silent appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears to be one step closer to forcible removal from Ecuadors London Embassy, most likely to be extradited to the US to face charges in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, which is commonly known as
We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.
We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to
The post A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars. Wars by Proxy appeared first on Global Research.
In a matter of a few months the ruling African National Congress of South Africa (ANC) will test its political support through national elections.
It has been a quarter-century since the national liberation movement turned political party won a substantial
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On April 10, 2018 the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry submitted a legal petition to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for a Grand Jury to examine the evidence for the destruction of the World Trade
Of all the anniversaries that punctuate Palestines tragic modern history, the one on 11 December may be the most important.
On that day 70 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 194 by a majority of 35 out of
Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club.
The former Ukrainian
The post Ukraine Has the Capabilities to Develop Nuclear Weapons: How will Russia React? appeared first on Global Research.
As leaders from all around the world gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of a war meant to end all wars, the aftermath of the bloody conflict nevertheless continue to resonate in many parts of the globe
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By Kerry McDonald Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: In fact, the whole...
A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.
Hollywood star Natalie Portman raps Israels nation-state law as mistake and racist by Press TV, Tehran [ Editors Note: Portman takes the Zionists head on and is still walking, with no moves to crush her career as has happened to so many others. In Hollywood, to do such a thing is considered career suicide. 
Megan Molteni has an
article in Wired discussing an old problem: What do
you do with scientific information that was obtained unethically?
This is an old problem that has been seen in stark forms with Nazi
scientists experimenting on Jewish captives prior to and during
World War II and the US government experimenting on black people
for four decades in the infamous
Tuskegee experiments.Molteni brings this up in the context of
genetic modification done on two human embryos using the CRISPR
technology. As Molteni
On the one hand, you might want to learn from such a persons work; to have a full and open dissection of everything that went wrong. Because, spoiler, there was a lot that went wrong in the case in question. But rewarding such abhorrent behavior, as one scientist put it, with a publicationthe currency of the scientific worldwould send a message that ethical rules only exist to be broken.
Scientists denounced the work with near-unanimous condemnation, citing its technical failures as well as its deep breaches of ethical (and possibly legal) lines. Whats much less certain is what should happen to the work, now that its been done.
But He, who made his announcement over YouTube, has so far produced no manuscript for public consumption. A paper describing this work is reportedly under peer review, and a second one about additional Crispr experiments in human embryos was rejected by an international journal over ethical and scientific concerns, STAT reported Monday morning.
During the Hong Kong summit, an audience member asked He if he would be willing to post his work to a public forum, such as the biology preprint server bioRxiv, so the scientific community could have access to the data. He said that the journal considering his manuscript had advised against posting anything to bioRxiv until the paper had passed peer review. He did not specify which journal. Nor did He return WIREDs requests for comment. But scientists who have seen the manuscript doubt it will pass peer review any time soon, if ever.
It was a very shoddy paper, very incomplete. What I saw wouldnt pass any journal, says Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute who reviewed Hes manuscript for the Associated Press. Other scientists have also denounced the experiment as a technic...
A bipartisan coalition is forming to overthrow Trump's corrupt business alliance with Bin Salman.
By Carey Wedler California routinely makes national headlines for its big government policies. This week is no different, as bureaucrats move to impose a texting...
As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet. If the global economy really is booming, as many politicians claim, why are leaders and their parties around the world continuing to get booted out of office in such a sweeping fashion?
A Florida state court judge rejected a new trial for a man convicted of physically abusing his son, and harshly criticized the testimony offered on his behalf by two doctors who have served as expert witnesses for hundreds of people accused of child abuse.
In denying James Duncans bid for another trial, Circuit Judge Michael Andrews found that the doctors David Ayoub and Marvin Miller promoted a fringe opinion, offered theories that were not believable and have never in hundreds of cases attributed a childs injuries to abuse.
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This Court is challenged to believe that any jury, presented with these revelations, would believe that either doctors opinions are credible, Andrews wrote in his 26-page ruling Tuesday.
Ayoubs work as an expert witness was the focus of a story published last month by ProPublica and The New Yorker. The Springfield, Illinois, radiologist used to be active in the anti-vaccination movement before switching his attention to child abuse allegations.
Ayoub believes that many c...
By MassPrivateI Americans no longer have to worry about the TSA (DHS) using facial recognition to spy on you and your family. Because private corporations...
Hiding the provision in a Farm Bill, the House passed an insidious piece of legislation that will facilitate perpetual war and genocide in Yemen.
By Joseph Jankowski Frances Finance Minister is warning that the tax relief and subsidy acceleration promised by President Emmanuel Macron under the weight of nationwide protests...
By B.N. Frank For several months, the media has been referring to the Telecom Industry as Big Wireless and comparing them to Big Tobacco and...
By Matt Agorist The default sentiment among those who cannot think outside of the government is that people in need will starve if the government...
In communities throughout the United States, law enforcement agencies are choosing to send officers to Israel on exchange programs to share violent practices of surveillance and repression. But as communities learn of these trips and their content, they are quickly backing out. Just last week, the Vermont State Police and Northampton Massachusetts Police Department pulled officers from a recent trip sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a self-proclaimed civil rights organization. Yet, in the face of community outrage and criticism, the ADL continues to stand by these deadly exchanges.
The mainstream press is tipping its glasses in exultation over the latest regulatory conviction in the anti-Trump, anti-Russia brouhaha. This one comes in form of a upcoming guilty plea by a 28-year-old Russian woman named Marina Boutina. Her crime? Failing
The post Celebrating Another Regulatory Conviction in the Anti-Russia Brouhaha appeared first on Global Research.
Vietnam claims that Israels SPYDER surface-to-air missiles malfunction in tropical environments such as its own and importantly arent compatible with its majority-Russian-provided military wares, auguring quite negatively for the self-proclaimed Jewish States ambitions to expand its influence across the wider
The post Vietnam Has Buyers Remorse after Purchasing Israeli Anti-Air Missiles appeared first on Global Research.
CFO Meng Wan Zhou was arrested supposedly for violating Iran sanction. This has to be the most grotesque distortion of justice. After all, the United States was the country which unilaterally pulled out in VIOLATION of an agreement they had solemnly signed with Iran alongside multiple nations under UN auspices earlier! In other words, the guy who broke a solemn promise made, violated the agreement; then made sanction an American domestic law, and is now force-feeding this draconian law arbitrarily upon the rest of the world by arresting someone who refuses to violate a UN-endorsed agreement!
A high-profile report trumpeted by arch-Brexiteers including David Davis, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg as their alternative to Theresa Mays Chequers plan has been withdrawn, after a Charity Commission investigation.
The Plan A+ report was published by the Institute of
Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria.
During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) will launch
The post Video: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria with New Operation appeared first on Global Research.
On Tuesday, the day after French President Macrons national address in response to weeks of Yellow Vest protests for social justice he opposes, offering woefully inadequate concessions, suspicious shootings occurred in Strasbourg, France.
The Macron regime alone benefits from what
In his efforts to uncover the Iran-Contra plot and the machinations surrounding Russia-gate, Bob Parry was in the forefront of journalists exposing the inner workings of the Deep State, recalls Ray McGovern during our Winter Fund Drive.
The author writes, In neighborhoods across Philadelphia, the city sells homes that owe back taxes, or have fallen into foreclosure. But the sales in Vazquezs neighborhood were different.
The author writes, The Los Angeles Timesformer publisher and editor, Davan Maharaj, reportedly received a $2.5-million settlement following his exit from Tribune Publishing Co. after revealing to a mediator he had recorded anti-Semitic comments allegedly made by the companys largest shareholder, Michael Ferro.
The author writes, The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War.
From Politico: The National Enquirers parent company has agreed to tell prosecutors everything it knows about Donald Trump and it might know a lot.
The author ...
Poroshenko is getting ready to go on the offensive. The Ukrainians are so confident of US Support the reinstalled Nazi murderer Stepan Bandera as a hero of Ukraine.
The tragic circumstances at the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting demonstrate the fatal flaw in the NRA's alternative to passing gun control.
We can't broker any more dithering when it comes to the climate. Cries of "We can't afford a Green New Deal!" are not only ridiculous; they're hypocritical. If we can afford handing the wealthy and corporations a $1.5 trillion permanent tax cut, we can afford an FDR New Deal-style economic overhaul that will transform our energy grids away from fossil fuels.
"New Mexicans and other border state residents who experience border issues first hand want border security, but overwhelmingly reject the construction of the wall." "Unfortunately, the President has yet to turn back these indefensible policies. However, I remain committed to advocating for their dismantlement and to seeking comprehensive immigration reform consistent with our long-standing values as a nation."
The context of the arrest matters enormously. The US requested that Canada arrest Meng in the Vancouver airport en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, and then extradite her to the US. Such a move is almost a US declaration of war on Chinas business community. Nearly unprecedented, it puts American businesspeople traveling abroad at much greater risk of such actions by other countries. The US rarely arrests senior businesspeople, US or foreign, for alleged crimes committed by their companies. Corporate managers are usually arrested for their alleged personal crimes (such as embezzlement, bribery, or violence) rather than their companys alleged malfeasance. Yes, corporate managers should be held to account for their companys malfeasance, up to and including criminal charges; but to start this practice with a leading Chinese businessperson, rather than the dozens of culpable US CEOs and CFOs, is a stunning provocation to the Chinese government, business community, and public.
by Jon Rappoport
December 13, 2018
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In light of this development, I am re-posting this article of mine from July 2015. July 2015 was seemingly the last time a Congressman took a stance on this issue and did so on the House floor in order to get claims of fraud into the Congressional record.
Lets take a walk down memory lane
Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents
the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. (William Thompson, CDC researcher)
On July 29, 2015, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.
No connection to autism was the lie.
Congressman Posey read a statement from long-time CDC researcher William Thompson, one of the authors of th...
Im quite used to seeing beautiful flowers in our inbox from DavidinOz so this not-floral submission by him caught me by surprise and made me smile out loud. Thanks, David.
In addition to roses, David Ruston also collected cars. Here are a couple of oddities.
The pink tractor, Betty Boobs, is used at functions / events raising money for breast cancer research and support.
The Yella Fella is a Lightburn Zeta, designed and build in Adelaide by a company best known for washing machines and cement mixers. Fewer than 400 were sold as it hist the market at the same time the Morris Mini arrived in Australia and mini mania took hold.
Lpez Obradors $20 billion development plan gives Washington a chance to help rectify the historic damage its done to the living conditions of people in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesnt get his wall, its good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S. The day after Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador took office as Mexicos president on Dec. 1, his foreign minister flew to Washington to propose a $20 billion development plan to make Central America a place for people to stay rather than flee.
Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. Its in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society.
Ive seen this a thousand times before, and I know what will follow. Sullivan is going to give us his own, personal, idiosyncratic definition of religion that he has made so broad and nebulous that he can assign it to everyone, no matter how godless they might be, and hes going to rely on general human properties that he can then interpret as religious.
By the way, no genes for religion have been identified. Not one. Hes lying, unsurprisingly for someone who liked The Bell Curve. He links to a book by some guy named Dominic Johnson, who does have a degree in evolutionary biology, and from what I can see relies entirely on bullshit evolutionary psychology to make his claims.
Here comes his redefinition:
By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying Truth or God (or gods).
I see that he has also redefined the word specific, because that is broadly vapid nonsense, not specific at all. A practice? So is writing garbage for NYMag his religion? Appearing on Bill Mahers show is a religion? Except that it is specifically not a theory, but at the same time it requires a transcendant value that gives meaning. This is such a muddled mess of contradictions and immeasurable assertions that it in itself gives the lie to the idea that it could be based on something as concrete as a gene. He really wants us to believe that this wobbly bullshit is a load-bearing pillarof jello. And its all set up to support this groaner of a familiar assertion by theist...
An Indian Health Service hospital that serves urban Indians is the subject of a tug-of-war in South Dakota.
By Luke Miller
While there is debate about what is causing our climate to change, one thing cannot be denied- it is changing. Many studies are showing that the planet could very well be on the brink of self-destruction when the side effects of this global warming kick in with full force.
This month a study from Stanford University warned that if we continue with our current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, by 2030 the earths climate will be hurled back into the state it was 3 million years ago. During this time, the temperature on earth was higher by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius, with sea levels reaching around 20 meters higher than today.
Whatever is happening, behavior needs to change, pollution needs to stop and the planet needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. We are literally at a point in time when we are destroying all life and this has consequences. A recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that despite accounting for just 0.01% of all living creatures, humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild animals and 50% of plants. It is also thought we are in the middle of the 6th Mass Extinction.
One Reddit user geeves_007 posted an interesting question about what wou...
"It may seem like a lot of money to you. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras." A month after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of being granted asylum in the U.S, about 100 refugees from Honduras marched to the U.S. Consulate in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday to tell officials that they will return to homebut only if the country that's refused to observe their right to asylum pays them reparations for the destruction and destabilization its foreign policy has caused in their home country and throughout Central America.
The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. Theyre billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about fake news. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. That didnt last too long at all before the company announced that it wasnt comfortable deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a world with so much division. We all could have told them that, couldnt we?
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.
The deletion of events that dont fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As I inhabited this abode, flicking between sports and cable news, a political crisis of the state was unfolding in one of the worlds richest and most powerful states. France was gripped by an historic working- and middle-class uprising. In the biggest popular unrest seen there since May of 1968, many hundreds of thousands of Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) took to French roadways and other public space in their fourth straight week of explosive mass protests.
Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home. On the one-month anniversary of their arrival into Tijuana, caravan members are pressing the United States to take action but they are dwindling in numbers since more than 6,000 first arrived to the citys shelters. Approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.
By Amanda Froelich
Oftentimes, when someone is down on their luck, their only thought is of winning a bundle of money. But, this wasnt the case for Kevin Booth, a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington. After finding $17,000 in cash in front of a local food bank, Booth decided to turn it in versus reward himself.
GoodNewsNetwork reports that Booth had stopped by his local food bank for a meal early one August morning. He recalled that the Sumner Food Bank often leaves baked goods in front outside for people to take when the facility is closed.
As he neared the establishments front doors, he saw a brown paper bag sitting outside the locked entrance. Booth thought it held food, so he looked inside. To his surprise, he discovered that it contained stacks of $20 bills. Later, it was determined that the bag contained $17,000 in cash.
The money could have dramatically improved Booths situation, but he knew it would serve more people if it was donated to the food bank. So, the good Samaritan waited until volunteer Anita Miller arrived to open up the facility. Needless to say, she was stunned.
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A special episode dedicated to the most militarized land in the world one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place and these people are calling out for recognition for basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.
By Luke Miller
Ory Lab is the new startup which has found a genius way to use robot technology to employ paralyzed people as waiters.
This month a Dawn Ver Beta cafe opened in Tokyo, Japan for a two week period. It used Orly Labs robot waiters as servers for their customers and while robot technology is not new, Ory Lab has a twist to the usual use. Ory Lab employ severely disabled people to remotely control the robots, helping them to gain more independence.
For stopping on the side of the road to help the occupants of a deadly car crash, a good Samaritan was detained and his car stolen by police.
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Questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a recent speaking engagement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that his office is considering offering clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Tennessees outgoing governor gave a speech on Monday at the Nashville Public Library on the importance of education. During the question-and-answer part of the event, Justin Lang, described as a higher-education professional and member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, stepped up to the mic and asked the governor about Cyntoia Browns plight...
Culturally responsive services are vital to our existence, preservation of our heritage, tribal identity and the strengthening of our families.
Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. According to Ocasio-Cortez, the plan aims to eliminate poverty, bring down greenhouse gas emissions...
The RSA Conference is the biggest computer security trade-show held annually in San Francisco.
It used to be pretty bad; there were booth babes and strippers the venture-backed California code-bro culture that James Damore was so eagerly defending. My company used to send me every year, and Id do interviews and started to get increasingly sarcastic, until finally I was relieved of the duty when I threatened to do booth duty wearing stripper heels and a knife-pleated skirt. [ranum]
Last year there were 4 or 5 booths that had some kind of ludicrously expensive sports car, or a flock of young women showing a great deal of spandex and curves. I suppose if a vendor has absolutely no real marketing message, thats a substitute, but I suspect that even the most out-of-touch customer is not going to mistake a firewall (or whatever it is) speeds and feeds for that Ferraris top speed. How does dollars spent, length of inseam, or miles per hour, correlate to telling us something useful about:
The quality of the product?
How well it meets customers needs?
How easy the product is to use?
The companys ability to innovate?
Actually it tells me quite a lot. It tells me Im looking at a company that has a marketing organization thats as out of touch as the management team that approved that booth set-up. Heres a good idea: replace the Ferrari with a cardboard cut-out of a Ferrari and use the money you just saved to hire a new marketing team.
I truly do not understand how I got a reputation for disliking marketing people. I hate the culture, not the individuals.
This summer someone Ive done a lot of work for, in the past, asked me if they could put me on a panel they were proposing, and I said OK, so now Im going to be going to RSA one more time next year. I love Yank Sing and theres an amazing place in Oakland that makes hand-pulled noodles, so, why not?...
Our current rate of warming will quickly lead us back to a climate that predates the evolution of modern humans, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That kind of rapid change has no direct comparison in all of Earths multi-billion year history. The only thing that comes to mind is a meteorite impact, says co-author Jack Williams, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers analyzed the current, near-past, and near-future climates for every part of the planet, and then compared them to what likely existed during similar warming periods of the distant past. The results were shocking, even to Williams.
from SouthFront Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria. During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) will launch an operation east of the Euphrates in a few days to save it 
The Hill reported as late as December 6, 2018, that prosecutors working for a private investigative firm that also has been looking into the Clinton Foundation and their potential crimes. The firm, MDA Analytics LLC, reportedly has contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBIs Little Rock office with evidence from its own investigation. The Hill also reported that a whistleblower report handed over to the FBI and IRS in August 2017 included internal legal reviews, related to mingling of private and charity funds related to the Clinton Foundation activities conducted between 2008 and 2011. Those whistleblower reports raised serious legal issues related to compliance to IRS charity law and the exploits of the Clinton Foundation. However, this investigation has opened up a can of worms. After reviewing the following evidence, the readers will be forced to answer two questions:
The CSS was contacted by an inside source which stated that Bill Clinton flagrantly comingled Bill Clintons party funds with the so-called charity endeavors of the Clinton Foundation and that some of the comingling was related to Bill Clintons excursions to Epstein Island in which it is rumored that a child brothel is maintained for the use and pleasure of the elite traveling to the Island. Does that sound far-fetched? Please consider the following from...
A new poll's findings upset the narrative that Americans so highly support government leave that Republicans should get into the game so Democrats don't net all the political points from it.
Voting alone isnt enough. Someone has to make sure the votes are counted correctly. But not all election administrators double-check their work. Post-election audits, despite their ability to identify mistakes within hours of the polls closing, are far from routine.
A growing set of academics, experts, advocates, and election officials are out to change that. Many convened at the Election Audit Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Election Lab this past weekend. The event was an open forum and featured critical conversations about how to balance the expectations of academics, experts, and election officials mired in the nuts and bolts of running elections.
The engineering and science community and the election administration community dont always see eye to eye, Dr. Charles Stewart III, professor of political science at MIT, told WhoWhatWhy.
The Summit arrived amid growing interest in election audits. In September, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on securing elections, in which audits figure prominently. The US Election Assistance Committee has published literature of its own. Several states have passed provisions for audits in recent years, but the specifics vary widely. Advocates have been working tirelessly throughout.
Without ballots to check against as was the case in Georgia, which uses paperless DRE machines an audit is impossible.
The interest in audits reflect the growing questions regarding the integrity of the election system as a whole. The 2016 presidential election and 2018 midterm elections laid bare the vulnerability of election infrastructure and administration on national and local levels. Foreign interference looms as officials and voters alike prepare for 2020. But the threat of hack...
The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynns questioning, which may indicate theyre hiding the truth.
The online conspiracy theory about the Parkland kids was ugly, but it wasn't the most significant lie of the year.
Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision into the deal that will allow them to silence conservative voices.
A popular vote is based on a distorted expectation about government and rewards the wrong kind of leaders -- urban demagogues.
A belief that all attacks are personaland that opponents invariably represent an evil with which there can be no compromiseis not politics at all.
If we didnt need a free and independent media, it would be comical how they all yap this same talking point in perfect harmony.
On Tuesday, a critical mass of at least 48 MPs filed letters of no confidence in Mays leadership of the Conservative Party.
We feel, almost instinctively, that it is wrong to meddle with the DNA of an unborn human being, but we dont know why we feel that way, nor can we articulate it.
China wants to create a sphere of global influence and improve their defense capabilities via exploring space. We can't sit back and let them dominate.
What better way to bring 2018 to a close than by watching people mock, deliberately misinterpret, or demonstrate that theyre just plain ignorant about religion?
After throwing the audience a curve with Man-Bat in the series pilot, the creative team turns to the best-known member of Batman's rogues gallery.
At the end of each of the past few years, Ive published a list of top books that Ive read over the course of the year. I used to write a lot of book reviews, but have gotten away from that, so this is my attempt to answer a question I get a lot: What would you recommend I read? Reading lists are deeply personal, and I wouldnt respect anyone who merely copied mine, but if youre looking for ideas, Ive got plenty.
I always have a few people surprised that I dont read more planning-related books. Why? Jeff Specks Walkable City Rules is fantastic and Ive bought numerous copies for friends (you should too), but reading for me is about exploring ideas where Im desperately in need of insight. Or where Im gnawing on a topic that I have urgent need to know better. Planning or urbanism-focused books are generally not that.
Theres very little said today that wasnt already said better by Jane Jacobs or Lewis Mumford. Theres a little, but youve really got to dig. I think our greatest insights lie elsewhere.
There are a lot of technical books I skim for knowledge, and they dont make this list. Speed-reading a couple chapters is not really reading a book, but I find myself doing that often. I just bought a book called Understanding Chimpanzees because I want to skim the notes. Ive gotten to the point where I can have a one-way relationship with a book.
Along those lines, Ive shared my thoughts on sticking with books, but it bears repeating. I typically get through about 50 books per year, mostly non-fiction. Im 45 years old, and if I can keep up this pace until Im 95, then Ive got only 2,500 books left to read. That seems such an unfair number; I could fit that many in my house! So instead of pretending I have 10,000 left to read, Ive accepted the 2,500 number, and Ive subsequently become quicker to abandon books that are not worthy of being one of my remaining 2,500. Most of those abandoned books are not on this list either, although I should probably perform a public service and track them too.
So, with that understanding, here are the books I read this year that gave me the most to think about.
By Ethan Huff
For the first time since 1973, the United States now leads the world in terms of oil production. And according to reports, we have the ground underneath Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico to thank.
A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that untapped regions of whats known as the Delaware Basin, a component of the greater Permian Basin, contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids an amount two times larger than what was estimated in a 2016 assessment of just the Wolfcamp shale play in Permians Midland Basin.
These estimates take into account access to continuous, unconventional oil comprised of undisclosed but technically recoverable resources, according to the USGS. This means that such resources are accessible using methods like slant drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Christmas came a few weeks early this year, stated U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, about the unexpected discovery. American strength flows from American energy, and as it turns out, we have a lot of American energy.
Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States. Now, I know for a f...
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Undoubtedly, there is a policy of regime change for Venezuela which is being acted on by Washingtons neoconservative cabal which has taken over large parts of Donald Trumps foreign policy portfolio. In fact, Trump has openly stated that in addition to the current economic warfare which the US is waging against the South American country, that he would also considered the use of military intervention against Venezuela.
For the hawks in Washington, this has been an ongoing policy concern. Back in 2002, the US made a play for regime change in Venezuelan, targeting then president Hugo Chavez in a failed coup. Interestingly, the current leaders of the opposition were not only involved in the 2002 failed coup, they are documented to have received political and financial support from the US government ever since.
Enter the current cycle. Based on even more recent events, Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro is understandably worried for his own personal safety as well as the future of his country, particularly as the US have now enlisted the help of Venezuelas neighbor Colombia which is a perennial recipient of US military aid.
RT International reports
John Bolton is leading the plan to unleash violence and conduct a coup to introduce a transitional government in Venezuela, Maduro said at a press-conference, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page.
Bolton is preparing a plan for my assassination.
Trumps national security adviser has organized the training of mercenaries and paramilitary units in various places to be used against Venezuela, he said.
Maduro claimed that more than 730 armed thugs are ready to launch provocations and to attack military bases in Venezuela.
According to the Venezuelan leader, Boltons plot is being carried out with the heavy involvement of Colombia, with its pre...
The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. A key component of this system are smart meters that are connected to smart appliances in houses located in smart cities. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Jerry Day from the EMF Help Center about the dangers of smart meters, the internet of things, where this is all heading and most importantly what you as an individual can do to protect yourself and your family moving forward.
The Alameda County Sheriffs Office had drones on the scene for many high-profile protests in Berkeley and on the University of California Berkeley campus throughout 2017, at the request of the Berkeley and UC police departments. The Contra Costa County Sheriff deployed drones over immigrant rights rallies outside the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, which houses detainees for ICE.
Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, in northern British Columbia.
(Natural News) There is no doubt that the hectic pace and demands of mod...
If you want a picture that sums up America in 2018, its this: a sign has been put up by a private out-of-state security company, Bronsan that reads NO DONATIONS, and is hung directly above a car that bears the message, written on its back window in soap: CAMP FIRE EVACUEES. The future war is not one of globalism vs nationalism but of capitalist civilization vs autonomy. If you want a preview, you need only peep the parking lot.
A car with CAMP FIRE EVACUEES written on it sits next to a sign telling people not to bring donations to Wallywood, a self-organized encampment set up outside of Walmart in Chico following the Camp Fire.
Its my second day at the Wallywood encampment and the NO DONATIONS sign is the first physical expression, besides the huge security SUVs and trucks which roll by literally ever 5 minutes, that shows outside forces are directly trying to shut down Wallywood, a collection of almost 100 tents resting on several acres of land that sits adjacent to a Walmart parking lot. In the aftermath of the Camp Fire that destroyed thousands of homes in nearby towns like Paradise, hundreds of people were killed in a matter of minutes and tens of thousands we...
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 (12/12/18). The House of Representatives voted today on whether to proceed with the latest Farm Bill. Tucked inside of it is a resolution that would suspend the War Powers 
First published in October 2018
Britain will be unequivocally pro-business after it leaves the European Union, Theresa May has promised American investors. To neoliberal politicians, this was always the endgame.
The prime minister told the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in
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(Natural News) A doctor from Cairo, Egypt, has adopted a unique and unusual approach to healing that involves using bee stings rather than man-made chemicals and surgical equipment to help his patients overcome disease. While most...
(Natural News) These days, more people are going for vegan and plant-based diets and although these have their fair share of advantages, they are also causing people to become deficient in essential nutrients. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional disorder. According to the World Health Organization, it affects more than 30 percent of the worlds
United States has just designated Pakistan as one of the countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for its violation of religious freedoms but has waived sanctions that go with the tag. This is a half-measure. The new designation will not serve intended purpose in forcing Pakistan to give a better deal to minorities and to yield to US pressure on Afghan peace process.
First published on November 15, 2018
On June 23, 2016, majority UK voters supported leaving the EU what Western Europe countries never should have agreed to in the first place subordinating their sovereignty to America.
The European Union
It's one thing to oppose Donald Trump because you don't like his policy toward Iran or Cuba, or to disagree with him on education or his refusal to recognize the problem of climate change. It's an entirely different thing, however, to once again pit Americans against each other because of the color of their skin or because of one's own feelings of racial superiority.
Power outages and other emergencies are unexpected. While they can happen anytime, they are likely during winter storms. Taking the time to plan ahead can make the difference between being comfortable or suffering. Families need essentials like drinking water, food, medication, first aid, staying warm and dry. Additionally, a device for communicating with the outside 
"We must develop an international movement that takes on the greed and ideology of the billionaire class and leads us to a world of economic, social and environmental justice," Senator Sanders noted earlier this year. "Will this be an easy struggle? Certainly not. But it is a fight that we cannot avoid."
The United State Senate has voted to end President Donald Trumps support for the Saudi war on Yemen. The senators voted 60-39 Wednesday to advance a resolution for further debate and a later vote in the chamber.
"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so." We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN." But -- Tariffs are paid by American consumers. Trump has made Americans poorer.
Remember this moment to understand how truly corrupt the government can be.
Allegations made are quite explosive, says Rep. Mark Meadows.
POTUS schooled two top Dems in the Oval Office.
I am for those who have never been mastered, the sworn poet of every dauntless rebel Walt Whitman
By Steve Brawner, 2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.
How powerful can a short video be? Powerful enough to change a boys life and a familys.
In March 2015, Chrystal and Adam Baker were living a normal life in Alexander. Read the rest
In a segment on CNN Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Ted Lieu lamented that fact that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating speech.
For the last 20 years, ever since then speaker of the House of
Representatives Newt Gingrich shut down the government by refusing
to pass funding bills as part of a power play with then president
Bill Clinton, we have had basically budget gridlock with the usual
process of passing appropriation bills being sidelined and replaced
by stop-gap Continuing Resolutions (CR) being passed. The only
exceptions seem to be appropriations for the military and tax cuts
for the wealthy, both of which seem to have no problems being
The threats of shutdowns are now raised on a regular basis, sometimes several times a year, depending on the length of the time the previous CR specified. But Gingrich suffered for his shutdown and ever since then the two parties have tried to pin the blame for it on the other side. The next deadline for a shutdown is on Friday, December 21. In his meeting with the two Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer yesterday, Trump got baited into declaring that he would be happy to take responsibility for the next shutdown that he said he would order if he did not get more funding for his precious border wall.
Given the very public stances taken at this very testy meeting, it is hard to see what face-saving deal can be arrived at to avoid a shutdown. Stephen Colbert reviewed the ridiculous meeting at which Trump made contradictory statements about the wall and Pelosi taunted Trump that he did not have the votes to pass funding for the wall even in the current Republican majority house. (Thanks to DonDueed for the Colbert link.)
The Prime Minister took the decision to bomb Syria under the full knowledge that her husbands investment firm would make a financial killing from the resultant bloodbath.
Democrats are most able to effectively and deceptively pose as a popular opposition party and to claim that the solution to the nation's problems is to vote them into power. They expose their corporatism when they hold key elected positions and reveal themselves as entirely inadequate to the task of representing the people.
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Volume 4 Issue 11 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)
Volume 4 Issue 11 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)
In this issue:
We are conditioned to think that our selves and our precious memories, built over a lifetime, are all dependent on this fragile, perishable body. Most crucial is the brain, because that is where we imagine that we live.
Mitch McConnells Senate has quietly passed juvenile justice legislation that would ban states from holding children in adult jails.
First published December 10, 2018, updated December 12, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
It looked like a happy holiday reunion: A 4-year-old boy wearing a Spider-Man baseball shirt sprinted across an airport baggage claim area in Austin, Texas, late Tuesday night and flung himself into his fathers arms, then immediately pulled toys out of his bag as if trying to catch his father up on all that was new in his life.
He had a Woody doll from Toy Story, a coloring book and stickers. There were a lot more toys in his suitcase, the boy squealed, between hugs and kisses. And, he announced, his eyes widening at the sight of a couple of fake reindeer displayed on baggage carousel 1, hed seen reindeer for real. Some of them have horns, the boy giggled, poking his index fingers from each side of his head.
This reunion wasnt about the holidays, however. It was the bittersweet homecoming of a father and son from El Salvador whod been separated for more than 11 weeks and 1,800 miles for reasons the United States government still has not made entirely clear. Brayan and his father, Julio, are among a small, new wave of family separations that immigration lawyers and advocates say signal an unofficial continuation of the Trump administrations controversial zero-tolerance policy.
Brayan, with striking reddish-blond hair, and his 27-year-old father came to the U.S. seeking refuge from gang violence in September but were separated at a border detention facility in Texas. Brayan was sent to temporary foster care in New York, Julio to an immigration detention facility outside San Antonio. ProPublica is not using their last name because the family is worried that Julios wife and stepson could face gang threats in El Salvador.
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Notwithstanding deeply entrenched US support for Saudi Arabia, outrage over the Saudis' torturous murder of Khashoggi, as well as campaigns by several progressive groups, have galvanized congressional opposition to US assistance for Saudi killing in Yemen.
Bre Payton and Inez Stepman discuss the need for honesty about women's careers, relationships, and desires to start families.
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Now more than ever, universities are in a state of crisis.
American students are facing down gruesome levels of debt profiteering and escalating right-wing attacks against public higher ed and thats just the tip of the iceberg.
As the nationwide turn towards fascism advances, campus climates have worsened accordingly. The feds have deported DACA-protected Americans, rolled back standards for sexual violence on campuses, and equipped racist college police departments with military weaponry. Campus-contracted pigs pepper-spray demonstrators at point-blank range and harass student organizers, turning campuses into active sites of class warfare. A system of higher-ed that was designed to deserve the elite in the first place has laid bare it sharpest fangs.
While student movements in the U.S. have and will continue to organize against the neoliberal status-quo, their efforts remain a shell of the student revolts seen in France. Evoking the spirit of 1968, university activism there has re-embraced its militant roots in the wake of strongman Emmanuel Macrons rise to power. Students have resisted the Macronian austerity agenda by blockading entire campuses, battling university-contracted fascist militias, and even initiating disruptive nationwide strikes alongside left-wing trade-unions. As the low cost and open-access principles of French higher education dissolve, so does complacency among the working-class students caught in the crosshairs.
In a serious blow to Macrons flailing bid to tame the crisis, Frances future its youth blockaded up to 300 middle and high schools in a week-long stand-off with riot police. In addition to airing their concerns over Macrons unpopular changes to Baccalaureate exams, these young militants publicly echoed the tax, wage, and labor-related concerns fueling the larger publics growing resentment of the Macronian project.
The birth of Frances Yellow Vest struggle has given further lifeblood to militant university activism against state repression. When the self-styled emperor Macron acceded to Yellow Vest tax demands in an attempt to curb wide-scale rioting, he effectively confirmed that large-scale direct action is an effective means of putting the brakes on his maniacal drive to starve and kill off the working class.
Emboldened by this...
Movement for the Freedom of the Defenders of Water and Life of San Pedro Tlanixco
To the People of Mexico and the World
To the Media
The history of Indigenous peoples can be different. Each community cares for and uses their natural resources according to their necessities, times and manners. Each community organizes, struggles and resists but also each community receives the beating in their territories from one or more heads of the capitalist hydra. Although not all of us are beaten in the same way and at the same time, all Indigenous peoples, not only us, have suffered violations, exploitation, repression, and hatred from those that seek to own our territory, resources and that have little by little taken away our culture. Today we are here as a consequence of that commonality: two Indigenous communities, although we are very distant geographically, our hearts are united due to the pain and rage of having our compaerxs kidnapped by the state.
Our history, the history of San Pedro Tlanixco in its struggle for water and now for freedom, began more than 20 years ago. The Indigenous Nahua community of San Pedro Tlanixco is located in the foothills of the mountain of Toluca, which because of its location has fresh water springs, rivers, forests and resources that have always been cared for and used by the community. However, at the end of the 1980s in the face of the intensification of the neoliberal system and the flower industry in the municipality of Villa Guerrero, the history of our community took a turn and we began to struggle in defense of water against the voracity of the flower businessmen.
The businessmen of Villa Guerrero, neighbors to the south of the community, began their aberration to dispossess us of our fresh water springs to use them in their own interest. They did so with the complicity of the state government, forcing the community to sign an agreement to stop using the water in exchange for a well.
The flower businessmen led by their representative Alejandro Isaac Basso, claimed to have a title of concession for the river. However, in the year 2000, the community obtained a title of concession in favor of four fresh water springs. When the flower businessmen found out they were not...
The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migrationThe Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief Antnio Guterres as the creation of a roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth breaks down her coverage of the Ottawa rally against the migration compact while explaining why Canadians (and people of the world) should be concerned with the hidden agenda when it comes to global migration.
The conservative columnist Ross Douthat published a column titled "The Return of Paganism" in the New York Times (dated December 12, 2018). But the biblical scholar Paula Fredriksen contextualizes the Apostle Paul in the context of first-century paganism in her timely book Paul: The Pagans' Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017). From what she says about first-century paganism, it does not seem to me that paganism is returning.
Should William Barr serve as the highest law enforcement official of the country?
For a presidential administration whose mandate was the eradication of corruption, the draining of the swamp, and the restoration of law?
With the nomination of William Barr
Considering the hyper-sonic speed, trajectory changeability and massive power of Russian nuclear weapons, war with Russia will result in nothing whatsoever being left of the US and its vassals, who sold out European peoples for Washington's money.
Doctor says theyre using phones in an altered state of consciousness
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The RNC and GOP are out of touch with reality.
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One of our favorite posts of this year, and one well be referring readers back to for a long time to come, was this one from longtime guest contributor Andrew Price. Andrew has a remarkable knack for taking concepts that would be abstract and academic in other hands, and illustrating them clearly in terms you need no special education or background to understand. In this case, we mean literally illustrating.
Incremental development is a key Strong Towns principle. We believe that relying on small, incremental investments in improving a placesuch that you get feedback and can pivot, adapt, and learn from experienceis a more resilient strategy for growth and prosperity than big, silver-bullet projects. But its often hard to communicate just what this looks like on the ground. Weve been asked, Do you mean slower development? Or less development? Or smaller buildings? Not necessarily is the answer to all three.
We asked Andrew to make a little visual guide to building incrementally, and we love what he came up with. Here it is, re-featured as part of our Best of 2018 series. Strong Towns Staff.
Strong Towns talks a lot about incremental change as opposed to sudden change. But what exactly does it mean? Let's explore a few different forms that incrementalism can take, accompanied by hand drawn diagrams.
Land-use patterns change over time. In the diagram below, we have a block of detached single family homes, and there is growing demand to accommodate more people.
On the left, we see incremental intensification: each lot is allowed to redevelop as its owner sees fit. Some of the single family homes turn into duplexes. Some time later, the least intensified lots (the single family homes) might turn into small apartment buildings. The remaining single family homes and duplexes turn into mid-rise apartment buildings.
On the right, we see sudden intensification, of a type that often occurs when the lot-by-lot conversions described above are either illegal according to the zoning code, or infeasible for one reason or another. The only practical action for homeowners is to hold on to...
Donald Trump is flailing around trying to find someone to serve
as his chief of staff. As I
wrote earlier, the position will only attract grifters because
Trump, his family, and his close associates are all grifters and no
one who has any sense of self-respect or integrity would take on
the job. So it is no surprise at all that odious Piers Morgan is
publicly applying for the job and has
given 10 reasons why he should get it. His reason #10 is
actually correct: You need someone whose reputation wont be
remotely tarnished by working with you and who wont mind in the
slightest if you suddenly fire him. Morgans reputation is that of
being an annoying and stupid person and there is no way that even
Trump could tarnish it even more.
Of course, Morgans so-called application is just a stunt by a publicity-seeking buffoon. But given Trumps penchant for hiring people because he has seen them on TV (like Larry Kudlow as his economic advisor and Heather Nauert as his nominee for ambassador to the UN), he may actually take the offer seriously. Of course, since Morgan is not a US citizen (as far as I am aware) he would thus not be eligible to receive the kind of security clearances the job needs.
But Morgan is exactly the kind of sycophantic clown whom Trump would consider to be perfect for the job, a kiss up-kick down kind of person. Morgans application itself is an example of the combination of preening boastfulness and fawning obsequiousness that anyone who applies for this job needs to emulate if they are to have any hope of getting it.
[T]he key thing is to have someone at your side that understands you, has known you a long time, likes you and commands your respect.
When you made me your first Celebrity Apprentice a decade ago, you told me in the live NBC finale: Piers, youre a vicious guy. Ive seen it. Youre tough. Youre smart. Youre probably brilliant, Im not sure. Youre certainly not diplomatic. But you did an amazing job and you beat the hell out of everybody youre my Celebrity Apprentice.
Lets be honest, what more could you possibly want from your Chief of Staff? You could have been talking about yourself!
These two were made for each other.
Reading time: 4,280 words, 10 pages, 10 to 17 minutes.
If you havent read the first two introductory pages in Part 1, I recommend you do so. Among the things I wrote was that Selco is the most credible source for prepping and survival advice that I have ever read. He survived the Balkan war of the 90s and one year in a besieged city with no electricity, water, sewage, food distribution, medical system, police, etc. I arranged Selcos lessons in alphabetical order to make it easier to search and review because Selco provides such an abundance of experience.
If you havent read it, here is Part 2.
CONTENTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER Part 3 G to L
GOLD & SILVER
GUNS see FIREARMS Part 2
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
HELP THE DYING
HOPE IS DANGEROUS
INFECTIONS see MEDICINE Part 4
KNIVES see WEAPONS Part 5
GANGS were a major problem. After the SHTF, gangs formed quickly. Ordinary people joined gangs because it was easier to steal than acquire honestly. Gang leaders were the worst kind of people. If they want what we have, theyll eventually get it, so we need to be invisible or part of a group so tough and well-armed it wasnt worth the gang attacking us. If you expecting some kind of fair fight or honor in SHTF, forget it right now. Selco also said that gangs even had their own prisons, houses for fun, sometimes they abducted people for ransom, sometimes just for fun, there was no rule.
At first, gangs will look for traditional valuables like money, jewelry, etc. and if we make it difficult, theyll likely look elsewhere. Later, once they realize the SHTF, theyll look for food, water, ammo, etc. and theyll be more desperate and wont let obstacles stop them. Well organized gangs will control the looting and the food supply.
Gangs will go for the easiest targets so; we stand a better chance of surviving if we make it difficult for them. This requires manpower, guns, ammo, and training. The larger our group, the better are our chances for survival. See LONE WOLF below.
Gangs, either drunk or high on drugs, usually attacked early in the morning around 3:00 or 4:00. It was tough resisting 10 or 20 armed g...
A Women's March PR flack tried to spin Tablet Magazine's expose detailing anti-Semitism and shady financial practices within the organization. She failed.
Jim W. Dean - A lame duck Republican Congress was obviously paying homage to the Deep State with this weird reasoning that it wanted to sanction the Nord Stream 2 builders to save the EU from Russian energy blackmail in the future, and yet the US is doing right now.
Okinawa is heading for a crisis. After decades of delays, the Japanese Defence Ministry is poised to begin dumping earth into the pristine coral garden of Okinawas Oura Bay to build a super base for the US Marines. The Prefectural Government opposes it, the grassroots vigil at the construction site has continued for more than 5000 days, the actual sit-in (blocking construction vehicles) over 1000 days. The Okinawa Chapter of Veterans For Peace is launching a campaign to persuade the US Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation of this flawed project, which, with a nudge from Congress, they just might do.
The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, thinking he was meeting an old professional acquaintance, admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and
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By trying to expel me over anti-war statements, University of Sydney Provost Stephen Garton has widened the free speech debate and deepened on campus fears. Since the main criterion for his attack on me was public comments considered offensive, more
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When Ed Windbigler was suspended last month as the police chief in Elkhart, Indiana, his No. 2, Todd Thayer, became the Police Departments public face, appearing at a town hall meeting, before a civilian oversight commission and on the radio.
In each setting, Thayer defended the department the thin blue line protecting law-abiding citizens from predators and all the other garbage and attacked the media, with references to tabloid journalism and ambush reporting.
On Monday, Windbigler resigned under pressure from Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese, who said he wants new leadership after reports by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica about how Windbigler minimized the beating of a handcuffed man. The news organizations have also reported that Windbigler repeatedly promoted officers with disciplinary histories. Efforts to reach Windbigler for comment have been unsuccessful.
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By Aaron Kesel U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has...
By Patricia Burke If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there...
On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called Guardianswho have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths.
Times editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time,
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps former personal attorney and consigliere, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. The judge has also imposed nearly $2 million in fines, forfeitures and restitution.
Cohen had previously pled guilty to tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.
The prosecutors had called for a substantial sentence, saying that while Cohen cooperated up to a point, he declined to be fully candid about the extent of illegalities with which he might have been involved.
For an inkling of those, see this investigative piece we published in 2017. Some lead to interesting places in the former USSR.
However, both Cohen and his attorney Lanny Davis indicated that Trumps former right-hand man might be ready to reveal a lot more about the president down the road.
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn all members of President Donald Trumps inner circle past and present have been scrutinized by the media, and their various Russia ties are being investigated by the press and Special Counsel Robert Muellers team. One figure, however, managed to fly largely under the radar until very recently: Michael Cohen, Trumps former right-hand man and in-house attorney.
Cohen, who came out of nowhere to occupy a prominent spot in Trumps orbit, has his own unique links to Russia and Ukraine. In fact, he might be one of the missing links that ties the president to shady figures and shady money from the former Soviet Union (familiarly known as FSU).
The following story, in documented detail, lays bare Cohens dealings, his ties to the FSU, and how he could trigger a world of trouble for the president if he ever decided to reveal what he knows about Trumps business empire.
Among the points illustrated below:
Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, two key figures in Trumps businesses in recent years, both have backgrounds tied to the FSU
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If youve been paying attention to whats happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, youve likely heard the term the Sixth Extinction. If not, look it up. After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert
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No longer content to tinker with the genetic design of crops and humans, scientists at the behest of the U.S. Military are now turning their attention to the worlds oceans. As reported by Defense One, the Pentagon is looking at various ways in which to genetically engineer marine microorganisms into living surveillance equipment capable of detecting enemy submarines, divers and other suspicious underwater traffic.
The Military is also looking at using genetic engineering to create living camouflage in which creatures react to their surroundings to avoid detection, along with a host of other potentially nefarious applications.
While such modifications might appear to offer benefits to national security endeavors, there will be a price to pay as is always the case when scientists interfere with genetic design. What will the effects of mass genetic pollution be on our oceans, and what irreversible and devastating results may be unleashed? (Related: First GMO ever produced by genetic engineering poisoned thousands of Americans.)
Military officials, who insist that this type of research is still in its infancy, are being supported in their endeavors by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
Defense One explained the research in more detail:
You take an abundant sea organism, like Marinobacter, and change its genetic makeup to react to certain substances left by enemy vessels, divers, or equipment. These could be metals, fuel exhaust, human DNA, or some molecule thats not found naturally in the ocean but is associated with, say, diesel-powered submarines. The reaction could take the form of electron loss, which could be detectable to friendly sub drones.
In an engineered context, we might take the ability of the microbes to give up electrons, then use [those electrons] to talk to something like an autonomous vehicle, explained NRL researcher, Sarah Glaven, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Johns Hopkins Universitys Applied Physics Lab. Then you can start imagining that you can create an electrical signal when the bacteria encounters some molecule in their environment.
Researchers have already proven, in a laboratory environment, that the genes of E. Coli bacteria can be manipulated to exhibit properties that could prove useful...
The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia. On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for illegally occupying a massive zone in southwest Syriasurrounding the 
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Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom have submitted various 
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By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by...
By Brittany Hunter Philadelphia may be the birthplace of our Constitution, but its civil asset forfeiture program is anything but constitutional. The program has become...
Lamont Hills critics tried to make his support for Palestine about anti-Semitism unacceptable in any circumstances rather than a political critique of Israel and its apartheid policies. The pro-Israel lobbys ongoing efforts to weaponize anti-Semitism has been dealt a major blow after a prestigious American university refused to sack one of its professors 
Christmas season is here and with it another slate of holiday controversies. Should people say, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas and the usual Xmas controversial saga? Although December 25 is not the actual day Christ was born, Christians will fight to the end to claim ownership of this date. Truth is, other holidays also occur 
A late November Gallop poll has 75% of Americans believing the US "has a special responsibility to be a leading nation in world affairs". What does this mean? Leading how? A "leading" nation initiating coups, wars, overthrowing legitimately elected gov'ts? Are 75% of Americans ignorant of what its gov't has done in in its name in world affairs?
Its always interesting to read the comments on a post that tries to get to the truth about 9/11. Comments ridiculing these efforts as conspiracy theory are still popping up, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans and global citizens believe that something fishy happened that day and that an adequate explanation as to what happened 
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By Meadow Clark More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly....
By B.N. Frank Unfortunately, decades of research has already proven that exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is NOT HARMLESS...
In 2014, DJ Mashdup released Jus the Groove musicology mix on Biggroove Records, which specializes in House Music. Additionally, DJ Mashdup presented shows for Party Vibe Radio and Tranzsista Radio. His music has been played on DJ sets by Boy George and David Guettas vocalist Tara McDonald. Making music is his main love, but he 
There was a bit of bad news when Jack saw the vet yesterday. It turns out that Larry the Lump was not a lipoma (fatty cyst), but instead is something called a spindle cell tumor. Its a benign type of tumor so theres no chance it will spread, but it will regrow. How fast it will regrow is anyones guess. It took about 5 years to reach its removal size of 10 cm. so we may need to deal with it again in a few years. I hope not. Jack is 10 now and is already a young senior citizen even though he thinks hes still a puppy.
There was good news too, though. The incision has healed perfectly and the Dr. removed exactly the right amount of skin to allow totally free movement of the joint and not sag. She says that Jack and I may resume our adventures. Hooray! Here is the boy blissfully scenting the air at our local park.
Its the holiday season. Today when I pick my kids up from school, the younger daughter and I are going shopping for Mom. Stella knows what she wants to get her momhas known for a whilebut the place we would have gone for it is no more. Herbergers has closed after a rather long and feeble wind-down of weirdly non-discounted prices. That had a lot of (cheapskate) locals waiting for the real deals to emerge so they could scrounge the carcass for overlooked goodies.
The local paper reported that Herbergers was coming back and people went nuts. Turns out, its returned as a modern retailer, which means it has a website. Hard to argue with that strategy, but it does leave us with this half-empty building. And buying jewelry for Mom just isnt the same online. The kid is old-fashioned.
As we ponder a world in which the countrys largest city feels the need to subsidize the countrys largest retailerto the tune of billions of dollarsits hard to know what comes next for retail. I made the argument here that we need to be prepared to walk away from this stuff as it fails, to re-embrace our core downtowns as economic ecosystems, not just quaint shopping areas for tourists. Is Stella getting her old-fashioned nature from me? Are our cities destined to be coffee shops, gas stations, and online everything else?
Time will tell. What I do know is that we dont control our own destiny, and that was our choice. We are free at any time to choose otherwise. Will we?
In high school, when I took my girlfriend (now my wife) to the Christmas Ball, I bought my clothes at the nicer of the two clothiers in town: Herberger's. The other JC Penny is where I bought most of my regular school clothes. That was life in a small town in the early 1990's. Still is.
At least until the last year. It was thirteen months ago that we found out that the JC Penney was going to close. It had moved from its old location in the East Brainerd Mall (where it had moved from its original location in downtown Brainerd) to the Highway 371 bypass strip the "classic case" of transportation investment success, according to one of our most respected policy advocates but even that wasn't enough to save it.
Last week we found out we were going to lose our other big store. With the forced liquidation of Bon-Ton, parent company of Herberger's, the last major retailer in my hometown is gone. Here's....
Congress moved a big step closer on Tuesday toward addressing one of the most fundamental problems underlying the maternal mortality crisis in the United States: the shortage of reliable data about what kills American mothers.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, to help states improve how they track and investigate deaths of expectant and new mothers.
The bipartisan bill authorizes $12 million a year in new funds for five years an unprecedented level of federal support for states to create review committees tasked with identifying maternal deaths, analyzing the factors that contributed to those deaths and translating the lessons into policy changes. Roughly two-thirds of states have such panels, but the legislation specifically allocates federal funds for the first time and sets out guidelines they must meet to receive those grants.
Were going to investigate every single [death] because these moms are worth it, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., the lead sponsor, testified at a hearing in September. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, called the legislation a landmark.
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Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a persons diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.
We took extra care in including only studies that took age, sex, income, body size, general health, smoking and physical activity into account in their analyses. That way we could be sure that the associations between diet and the risk of depression are independent of these factors.
We aggregated the results of several studies and found a clear pattern that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help prevent depression. Of the 41 studies in our review, four specifically looked at the link between a traditional Mediterranean diet and depression over time on 36,556 adults. We found that people with a more Mediterranean-like diet had a 33% lower risk of developing depression than people whose diet least resembled a Mediterranean diet.
Following a traditional Mediterranean diet, that is avoiding processed foods and foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar (pro-inflammatory foods) and favouring foods rich in omega-...
Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth's history is already (or not quite yet) underway may still be debatable, but it's clear enough that something's going on, something that may prove even more devastating than a mass of species extinctions: the full-scale winnowing of vast populations of the planet's invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.
Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers. Social medias small edge over print emerged after years of steady declines in newspaper circulation and modest increases in the portion of Americans who use social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.
Life would be beautiful if politics was not the reflection of the fallen nature of the human race. All of history irrefutably proves that escaping the political conflict is impossible. Most refuse to admit this fact of existence. The vast hordes of spineless slaves that refuse to confront the immorality of the global power structure attempt to avoid politics as too distasteful and bothersome to participate. Even more worrisome are the gullible who erroneously believe that the planet can be converted into an earthly paradise if only a progressive secular society can be imposed upon every culture and governmental institution. For these desperate libtards, destroying Western Civilization is necessary in order to eradicate the dangerous values of individual freedom and national liberty.
The essence of the character and substance of the political condition embodies the metaphysics of human interaction. No reputable historian would deny that the North American continent was settled by Europeans which replaced the native indigenous population with Christian mores as practiced primarily by Great Britain, France and Spain. Each of these cultures was based upon a religious belief reflected in the Old Testament Bible and Gospels of Jesus Christ.
The prophecy of the Tribulation during the last days is foretold in both the old and new testaments. While many modern-day apostates from the Christendom tradition view this revelation in a religious context, most ignore the political component that is an integral part of the chaos that defines the upheaval.
Empirical evidence traces and confirms that with the dissolution in a belief and submission to divine authority societies gravitate into an abyss of relativism and meaningless purpose. The United States ceased to be a legitimate Republic long ago. The psychotic notion that substituting a Democracy for lawful constitutional, based on natural rights, has a preordained outcome.
The Satanists, who celebrate that for them, God is dead, relish in the exhilaration of his demise. Now there is no impediment for opening the gates of Hades so that the pernicious establishment can overtly exterminate the last remnants of the original heritage which was based upon limited government, self-governing independence and intrinsic natural law.
Since most of the public is inept and historically challenged, it comes as no surprise that they are oblivious to the loss of their inalienable rights....
Amid the George HW Bush imperial death-orgy, the endless saga of Midtown Mussolinis daily news cycle, the seemingly unprecedented political upsurge in France, and countless other show-stopping news stories, you likely missed three very sad, yet revealing, incidents out of the Sahel region of West-Central Africa. First, on November 18th, a massive offensive against a Nigerian military base by a faction of the Boko Haram terror group known as the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) killed upwards of 100 soldiers. The surprise attack came at a time when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who famously (and repeatedly) has declared victory against Boko Haram and terrorism...
By Aaron Kesel A senior Chinese military official, Dai Xu (), has threatened U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should...
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger exemplified by the collapse of arms control and disarmament agreements, vast nuclear modernization programs by the United States and other nuclear powers, and reckless threats of nuclear war has stirred remarkably little public protest and even less public debate during the recent U.S. midterm elections.
He had to steer his electric wheelchair half a mile in subfreezing temperatures to get to a homeless shelter.
There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual lifethe writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With an almost superhuman will, Cone clawed his way up from the Arkansas cotton fields to implode theological studies in the United States with his withering critique of the white supremacy and racism inherent within the white, liberal Christian church.
[UPDATE: May survived the no-confidence vote within her own party by a margin of 200-117. This is hardly a ringing show of support and was arrived at only after she reportedly promised that she would step aside before 2022, when the next general election is due.]
British prime minister Theresa May is facing a vote of
no-confidence within her own party to be held later today, that was
triggered by at least 48 members of her party calling for one.
At this point, it may be well to recall the key figure that set in
motion the current chaotic state of affairs and that is her
predecessor as prime minister David Cameron who created a mess and
walked away, leaving others to deal with it.
Cameron led his party to a surprising majority when he called an election back in May 2015, after having led the country as part of a coalition with the Liberal party from 2010. That was the high point in his career. One of his campaign promises had been to hold a referendum on continued UK membership in the EU that has now come to be known as Brexit. Losing that referendum (i.e., having Brexit pass) in June 2016 set in motion the sequence of events that led to the current predicament that May finds herself in.
Cameron is not a lawyer by training or he might have benefited from the advice given to lawyers that in arguing a case, it is advisable only to ask questions of a witness to which you already know the answer or for which you are prepared for any answer. In the case of the Brexit referendum, it seems clear that he was confident that the vote would be to remain. Why call for the vote at all? There had long been whining within the Conservative party by those who wanted to leave the EU and it may have seemed like a good idea to call for the referendum. Then when the country voted to remain, he could tell the whiners that the people had spoken and they should shut the hell up. He may have hoped to solve an internal party problem by getting the nation involved and it backfired badly when the country voted to leave.
Cameron then resigned the prime ministership (and his seat in parliament) and May succeeded him, inheriting the mess. But while she inherited a bad hand, she has undoubtedly managed to make things worse by her ineptness and by making promises that she could not keep. Not the least of her missteps was her ill-fated decision to call for a general election in June 2017 that resulted in her party losing its comfortable majority and being forced to depend upon a hardline Northern Ireland party for its survival. Today, she faces a reckoning. It is unlikely that she will not be a...
Way to go girl! For those who have been living in a hole for awhile, Mike Pompeo, our former almost worst ever CIA director and now really screwed up Secretary of State, continues to lie and deflect over how MBS ordered a hit on an American based journalist who was a political enemy of Donald 
Before presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even appeared at her office to hear from young Americans who had traveled from all over the country to urge her to back a Green New Deal, Capitol police arrived Monday and arrested more than 60 of the protesters. As of this writing, at least 143 demonstrators had been arrested as they lobbied in 50 congressional offices. More than 1,000 young people and allies flooded the Capitol Hill hallways and offices of Democratic representatives to demand that elected officials listen to their youngest constituents as well as some of the worlds top scientists and back the bold proposal to shift the U.S. to a zero-carbon energy system by 2050 in order to save the planet from an irreversible climate catastrophe.
Going out into the world.
Lets move to 1997. Im nominally an adult and for the first time I travel alone, i.e. without my parents or teachers. To make it even more exciting, its literally the first time I travel by plane and leave Europe to participate in a festival in Cuba. As you can imagine this was an extremely exciting occasion and it gets 2 songs.
1: Ricky Martin: Mara
Mara was censored or banned in many Latin American countries, because it was thought to promote drugs. With lyrics claiming that shes white as the day the hot cold like poison and that you would want her even if you were going to die that idea isnt exactly far fetched.
Anyway, it sounded up and down the streets of Havana and Pinar del Ro and I fell in love with Cuba, and the Spanish language. Thanks, Ricky.
The second one is Meredith Brooks: Bitch
For some reason, the plane had a 45 minutes playlist for a 10 hours flight and one of the songs was this one. To me, its still an anthem. Back then I was of course progressive and pro women, but I was also 18 and had that women can be everything idea many young women have before reality hits them. But Meredith said it, Im a Bitch and thats ok and if you cant take it thats your problem.
World War 2 continued by other means
by Jon Rappoport
December 12, 2018
This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyesif we would see it.
Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.
The author of The Devils Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.
The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They arent only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.
This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.
This is a political goal. It facilitates control.
IG Farbens main component companies, at the outbreak of World War 2, were Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. They were chemical and drug companies. Farben put Hitler over the top in Germany as head of State, and the war was designed to lead to a united Europe that would be dominated by the Farben nexus.
The loss of the war didnt derail that plan. It was shifted into an economic blueprint, which became, eventually, the European Union.
The European Commissions first president was Walter Hallstein, the Nazi lawyer who, during the war, had been in charge of post-war legal planning for the new Europe.
As the Rath Foundation reports: In 1939, on the brink of the war, Hallstein had stated, The creation of the New Law [of the Nazis] is ONLY the task of the law-makers!
In 1957, with his reputation sanitized, Hallstein spoke the words in this manner: The European Commission has full and unlimited power for all decisions related to the architecture of this European community.
Post-war, IG Farben was broken up into separate companies, but those companies (Bayer, Hoechst...
Once again, confidential details concerning the alleged perpetrator of this terrorist attack were first disclosed by Israelis.
by George Galloway for Russia Today George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator. Its cold in Auchtermuchty. Few people know it exists except as a Scottish tongue-twister involving Ecclefechan and Milngavie. 
Youre being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location.
These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder.
Now, before I get the predictable chorus of people telling me theyd never ever use a smartphone and that if they did have one they wouldnt enable location data on it, I can call BS (baloney sandwiches) on at least 44% of you becausewellGoogle tells me this. I get emails from Google every week telling me from what type of devices people access my website. I did not sign up to ask for this information this is what Google does.
So while many of you are not using a mobile device, many of you are.
Everyone looks like dots on a map to the smartphone apps, but the information that can be put together is positively chilling. Heres what a day looks like for one of these dots on a map:
Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her.
An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrins identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.
The app tracked her as she went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to her dermatologists office for a minor procedure. It followed her hiking with her dog and staying at her ex-boyfriends home, information she found disturbing.
Its the thought of people finding out those intimate details that you dont want people to know, said Ms. Magrin, who allowed The Times to review her location data. (source)
One company, creepily called Reveal Mobile, has location-gathering code embedded into more than 500 apps, many of which provide local news.
Some estimates say that location targeting is going to be worth $21 billion this year.
By Nauman Sadiq, VT Paksitan On Tuesday evening, a brazen terror attack occurred in the French city of Strasbourg, claiming three lives and injuring a dozen, six of whom are said to be in critical condition. The suspect was known to police as an Islamic extremist and has been identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. The 
But without government, who would provide charity to those in need? Anarchists, that's who.
By B.N. Frank On December 10, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson reported a huge buzz-kill for moderate drinkers, the Alcohol Industry, the National Institutes of...
Op-Ed by Chloe Anagnos Technology has made everybodys lives better, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in medicine, manufacturing, and any other field you can imagine. But...
The initiative of creating a European Army actually is in the air of the European Union. Both French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel declared this month that they support the need to create a joint European army. By the way these two countries are the strongest EU member states from economic and political points of view. Their words are not just "air shaking" but the subject to think it over.
By Federico Pieraccini The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabias growing difficulties...
By Joseph Jankowski The Yellow Vest protesters have been partially successful in having the government bend to their will. Now that theyve shown the world...
the West is not interested in improving and stabilizing the humanitarian situation in long-suffering war-torn Syria. The US reluctance to help the Syrians has already led to the death of innocent people. Thanks to the tough stance of the Syrian government and its main ally in the face of the Russian AF, the issue of delivering food, water and medicine was resolved positively.
Democrats' big gains in the House won't stop from consolidating his own power by dominating the Senate and attacking the judiciary, the FBI, the Fed, the press and other institutions. He'll continue in that mode unless/until a compelling leader emerges who can stoke some outrage over the damage his tactics are doing to democracy.
By Charles Hugh Smith The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their...
Sweden is back in the world Cup for the first time since 2006
when they made it to the round of 16 in Germany. There is such an
air of excitement among the Swedes as they look to go one better in
Russia, with heavy expectations lying on the shoulders of Coach
Janne Andersson and 
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Haaretz reported Tuesday that the Birthright program has seen a sharp drop in participation rates this winter season, mainly among Jews from the U.S., the country that provides by far the largest number of participants. Birthright is a free 10-day trip offered to young Jews ages 18 to 26 (now raised to age 32). It has brought hundreds of thousands of Jewish youth from around the world to Israel with the goal of increasing their identification with the Jewish State. Haaretz says the plummeting numbers are unprecedented, and although the program has seen dips before, it has never experienced a downturn of this magnitude, unrelated to any security situation.
The risk of environmental disaster from drilling at the mouth of the river is just too great, said the countrys environmental regulator.
William Blum who produced, and contributed to, exposs in books and other media about what he called misdeeds by the United States at home and abroad that were carried out in the name of national security died Sunday in Virginia.
From the Atlantic: The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives and what we can do about it.
The author writes, The Washington Post has published a curious op-ed written by 44 former Senators who vaguely warn of an impending threat to American democracy.
The author writes, The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists details how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his minions have in the space of two years turned Interior from a steward of public lands and natural resources into a...
The Guardian is of course the closest thing that the UK has to a mainstream progressive newspaper, and it had, until relatively recently, a rich history of quality investigative reporting. In the 1970s its coverage of Latin America, with writers the calibre of Richard Gott, was responsible for fixing stories like that of Chiles in the public consciousness, and with that fuelling solidarity movements for the regions oppressed peoples, suffering under sub-fascist imperial rule. It continues to host important and talented writers, and publish valuable material, particularly in its comment is free section.
In his brilliant book about the history of Latin America Las Venas Abiertas de Amrica Latina, (The Open Veins of South America) originally published in 1971 Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) starts by writing that the international division of work consists of defining that some countries specialise in winning and others in losing. Galeano describes a history of the region that is made by its own People, a history that does not depend on the greatness and the richness of the Country. A system where development deepened inequalities and popular sovereignty had to be bonded because There Is No Alternative. Its a problem of mindsets, would declare the canny eurocrat after reading Galeanos introduction.
The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trumps announcement that he recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by
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Sixty percent of U.S. waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administrations announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans drinking water and all the
1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of
President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, reports CNN.
Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion
The US is again warning its allies about the risks of using telecom equipment made by Chinas Huawei. American officials have briefed their counterparts in countries like Germany, Italy, and Japan about what they argue are potential cybersecurity risks, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). This follows previous warnings, such as a claim earlier this year that American citizens shouldnt use Huaweis phones. The US may be concerned about Chinese government influence embedded in Huaweis technology because Americas spy agencies have done the same thing in the past. Western governments have long been wary of Huawei, which was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former Peoples Liberation Army soldier.
Previously, I have shown how we could be close to major financial crisis with the monetary system at the center. The following chart that shows the ratio of gold to the monetary base was used:
The chart shows
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Arresting and detaining Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on December 1 by Canadian authorities was flagrantly illegal and offensive.
Done on orders from the Trump regime, it was all about the US wanting Chinas aim to become
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York City went through a devastating financial crisis. Buildings in neighborhoods across the city were essentially abandoned by their landlords. In some cases, tenants banded together to take over managing their buildings. Clusters of such buildings emerged in some neighborhoods, including Manhattans Lower East Side, East Village, and Harlem. The city created the Housing Development Fund Corporation program, offering reduced property taxes to cooperatively-owned buildings reserved for low- and moderate-income residents, known as limited-equity cooperatives.
Whether you consider yourself already well educated on the U.S. empire or are looking for a starting place, How the US Creates Sh*thole Countries is a strong read. Cynthia McKinney has gathered together a series of essays examining features of
Minneapolis just took a huge step toward becoming a stronger city by passing an ambitious new housing reform. What particularly excites us is that Minneapolis has just become the first major U.S. city to move toward what Strong Towns has been urging cities to do about their housing policy for years: allowing every neighborhood to evolve gradually to the next increment of development.
Duplexes and triplexes will now be allowed in every neighborhood citywide, most of which were formerly reserved for nothing but single-family houses.
Streets with frequent public transit service will also allow greater building height and intensity, up to 4 stories in many locations and 6 stories closer to the city center. This will allow those areas, too, to grow to the next increment of intensity, and to make more productive use of transit investments by making it possible for more people to live in walking distance of transit.
This change is part of the city's required, once-a-decade update to its comprehensive plan, an overarching blueprint for policy priorities that, over the coming year or two, will make their way into finer-grained things like city ordinances and the zoning code. The new comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040, passed the city council on Friday, December 7th by a 12-1 vote.
The 2040 plan does a lot of things, but the residential zoning reforms have drawn the most local and national attention. You can read some of those national takes here:
Curbed outlines the plan's ambitious goals: "Heres what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like."
Slate frames it in context of the historical relationship between apartment bans and racial segregation: "Minneapolis Just Passed the Most Important Housing Reform in America"
CityLab interviews mayor Jacob Frey: "Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History"
The big takeaway we have to add is that Minneapolis's plan, if it works, will distribute both the benefits and the costs of growth and neighborhood change across the city in a way that is pretty unprecedented in the U.S. in the last half century.
A key Strong Towns tenet on neighborhood growth and change can be summed up in the following pair of statementsthe first of which...
The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced 36 former agents of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for their participation in the forced disappearance of hundreds of opposition leaders during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). At least 32 former agents of Pinochet's secret police were sentenced Monday to 10 years and one day in prison for their involvement in the disappearance of hundreds of members of the Communist Party, the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) and activists of the Christian community of Villa Francia de Santiago. All of them are already serving prison sentences for other state crimes.
Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry 70 percent of the population, a 15 percent increase from last year and for the first time 250,000 are facing catastrophe, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.
Mark Lowcock, who
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Leonardo DiCaprio was presented with Marlon Brandos 1954 Oscar for Best Actor in On the Waterfront by Malaysian financier Jho Low. The Oscar was purchased by Low at an auction for $600,000. According to The New York Times, Low is accused of committing fraud against an investment fund for billions of dollars. Additionally, The New 
During the summer, the BBC was forced into issuing a written defence of its Brexit coverage after columnist Nick Cohen accused the corporation of journalistic cowardice in its reporting of the EU Referendum and its aftermath.
Cohen said the BBCs
Yesterday we saw Part 1 of Nightjars quest to find mushrooms as a Tree Tuesday post. Today, the mushrooms have been found and Nightjars photos of them are so wonderfully evocative that I can almost smell that earthy forest scent.
... and here are the mushrooms! The yellow Tricholoma equestre were the ones we were searching for, and we did find enough for a meal. And then there were some pretty ones of unknown edibility (to us). There were more, but the mosquitoes make photography a very difficult task.
Thanks for braving the mosquitoes to get these photos, Nightjar, and thanks for sharing.
They also rigged their search algorithms in the Democrats favor.
The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabias growing difficulties and the growing influence of the Russian Federation in the OPEC+ mechanism.
In a surprising statement, Qatari energy
The current exhibition of Eugne Delacroix (1798-1863) at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art the first of its kind to be mounted in North America is indeed an extraordinary revelation. Delacroix was one of the great creative minds
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This is the question that is dominating social media right now. Should it be banned? But thats censorship! And then the usual free-speech babble is combined with terrible in depth, word by word analyses of the lyrics to show the interpretation is malleable, depending on the views of the analyzer. I hate it all. I hate the song.
The only fair thing to do is ban all Christmas carols. Use objective methods to measure the frequency of play of certain songs, and if they show an unusual annual peak, no matter when, they are clearly not good enough to be enjoyed except in very narrow contexts, and therefore are abominations that should be prohibited. If you dont want to hear it in July, why do radio stations think its desirable to inflict them on us in December? Just kill all the mediocre music.
Im also considering a prohibition on all media that has cold in the title, which seems to be a cause of serious conflict. This would have the benefit of also abolishing all those endless arguments about Tom Godwins The Cold Equations, which used to take over certain nerd conversations, once upon a time.
What transpired last month is without question the greatest step forward the 9/11 Truth Movement has ever taken toward bringing about a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.
In a letter dated November 7, 2018, the U.S.
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A bill that would breathe new life into food sovereignty efforts and expand agricultural and economic development opportunities in Indian Country is almost across the finish line
In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work
from SouthFront 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for the return of 
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A father in Nevada was left paralyzed and blind after he got the flu shot last month after the vaccine caused him to contract Guillain-Barr Syndrome.
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I recently wrote an article in which I asserted that the American citizenry consists of 3 groups: (1) Godless Liberals, who comprise 20% of the population, who are fanatically dedicated to the demise of the rule of law and the abandonment of any sense of nationalism and patriotism; (2) Conservatives, who make up 30% of the population, who are dedicated to the tenets of the Constitution and rule of law as well as the rejection of globalism; and, (3) The slugs who make up about 50% of the population and they are generally clueless about the world they live in and how close they are to losing everything. Oh, they will eventually riot like the French when their entertainment is interfered with, but they will not riot until it is too late to make any significant changes.
There are many liberal influences that controls the minds and ultimately the perceptions of the majority of people in the United States. Over 98% of the mainstream media is controlled by 6 people, all liberals, who have expressed disdain for the average person. Yes, Fox appears to be conservative, but make no mistake about it, Fox is the controlled opposition. That leaves 2% of the media to tell the country the truth about what is REALLY happening to our freedoms, and ultimately our final fate under the intentions of globalist rule. At the forefront of the propaganda that keeps America paralyzed is Google. Google has moved passed Monsanto (ie Monsatan) as the most evil corporation in the world. Google is an active participant in Chinese genocide against their conservative social class with the installation of the Google-created Chinese Social Credit System that sends average citizens to prison and ultimately their demise for expressed populist opinions as detected by the Google technology. And that technology is being implemented in America as I write these words. The...
Terrorist shouted Allahu Akbar during attack.
The stuff youre talking about is peanut stuff.
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When I was making Jazzlets breadknife, [stderr] I originally specd it as quite a bit larger. This is how it came out.
Perhaps, eventually, Ill need a piece of metal thats about that size/shape, and if I do I know where it is. The aesthetics of this thing are all wrong; it looks like something for harpooning a whale.
Most of the knifemakers I know have big stacks of failures lying around, so if someone says Hey, I would like to commission a damasteel tactical spork! [you know that will happen] you can rummage around and pull up some stock. I have known a few artists who never recycle from themselves they throw everything away but thats not me; Im happy with looks cool.
For example, someone in The Commentariat(tm) had mentioned straight-edge razors and, since the oven was hot and I had some chunks of fail lying around, I decided to see if I could hammer out an anti neck-beard device. Mostly it was an excuse to do another radical hollow-grind; I really like them.
It feels pretty good in my hand, but it doesnt look right I dislike the transition between the back and the handle, and I should have thought about how to attach a swinging cover to it. Now that Ive quenched it, I cant make holes in it unless I want to chew up a couple of end-mills. Its pretty sharp, though it still needs some detail shaping and I havent seriously tried to sharpen it at all. Gangsta!
Heres another fail:
There is a fail-window between when you quench a blade, and you temper it. Quenching it hardens the steel and crystallizes it, and tempering relaxes the steel but leaves it mostly hard while increasing its flexibility and resistance to shock. If you quench the bread-knife youre making, leave it on the anvil, and knock it onto the floor, it can do this: -klink-
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Pelosi told the media that she was the mom of the meeting and bizarrely described it as a tinkle contest.
President Ronald Reagan introduced a range of myths about Americas social safety net, led by his images of welfare queens and the implication that most recipients of public aid were African American. President Bill Clinton pledged to end welfare as we know it, and over the objections of many progressives, he signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act in 1996.
Our guests in this WhoWhatWhy podcast were centrally involved in the policy debates and political battles that signaled the end of President Lyndon Johnsons War on Poverty and reduced the Democratic Partys focus on Americas poor. Former Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a one-time welfare mother elected to the House in 1992, shares insights and anecdotes, and laments that Clintons framing of the issues continues to this day with little change. While she has great affection for President Barack Obama, Woolsey says he never focused much on the poor and the social safety net.
Felicia Kornbluh has studied the issues for decades, and offers informed criticism from a feminist perspective. She reveals the collaboration between Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose Contract with America allowed Republicans to take control of the House in 1994. She makes a strong case that Clintons vision of the New Democrats was driven by a desire to attract wealthy and corporate donors to fund his center/right makeover of the party.
Woolsey, who represented a northern California district for 20 years starting in 1993, speaks candidly about raising three children as a single mom and relying on welfare for several years. Kornbluh is associate professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Womens Studies at the University of Vermont and co-author of the new book Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective. Her co-author is Gwendolyn Mink, who served as an adviser to her mother, Rep. Patsy Mink, who was a forceful opponent of Clintons reforms.
As public schools begin to enforce rigid transgender policies, the trans movement is becoming more mainstream and less tolerant.
On Christmas Eve, 1968, the Apollo 8 crew got to address the world via the most-watched television broadcast at the time. They read Genesis.
What they were able to do to the Constitution implicitly through the courts, many progressives are now calling to be done externally at the expense of the judiciarys independence.
The lefts young radicals will be no more forgiving to the liberal elites than the populists will. In the end, they too will turn on those who led them to ruin.
Fantasy film wizard Peter Jackson co-wrote the screenplay of this dazzling mishmash of a movie, but don't expect another epic for the ages here.
Here are a few ways we could streamline our health care system, increase competition, and help deliver quality care to those who need it most.
Typically when socialites air their disagreements on national TV, its for a 'Real Housewives' reunion. But on Tuesday, it was for an Oval Office meeting.
Yes, the Christmas song asks a rhetorical question, but while communicating well-known truths about Jesus and his glory. It's actually better than a lot of other favorites.
Progressive religious writer Nadia Bolz-Weber maintains the evangelical purity culture she hates but flips the identification of the pure and the impure. She redefines sin and reassigns shame.
Historically, young Democratic candidates have done well on the national stage. Why wouldn't Democrats pay attention to this when fielding a 2020 candidate?
Mark Twain rejected the simplistic, good-guys-always-win type of Sunday school stories with overtly moral themes that he was raised on.
Ive been fairly outspoken about my support for open access publishing (On paywalls, F paywalls), so you might think that I would naturally be at odds with probably the most prominent critic of (paid) open access publishing, Jeffrey Beall. Im not, though. I despise scammers of all stripes (This should be interesting, What good is a washing machine on Arrakis?, I think Tina/Nora has given up on me), and I think predatory open access publishers are loathsome parasites.
Did Beall miss the mark with his criticism of Frontiers publishing? I think he did. I THINK he did. I hope he did, because I recently agreed to serve as a review editor for Frontiers in Plant Science [thats my full disclosure, folks]. From everything I can tell, they are completely above-board. If someone can convince me otherwise (and I AM listening), I will turn on them like Trump on Cohen. That said, Beall only ever claimed to have identified potential, possible, or probable predatory publishers. I think his website was a valuable resource, and I miss it (Say it aint so! Bealls list shuts down).
Bealls list is archived at https://beallslist.weebly.com/, but of course its not maintained, which is crucial given the rate at which predatory publishers spawn. I was looking for that the other day in response to a colleagues question, and I thought, Ill just check to make sure the original site is still down. Im glad I did, because I came across one of the most egregious (and hilarious) examples of cybersquatting Ive ever seen.
Bealls list was hosted at scholarlyoa.com, so it wouldnt be terribly surprising if someone accidentally navigated to scholarlyoa.net, as I did. And ho-ly shit, did I strike gold.
Theres a lot here; Im only going to hit the highlights:
Beall has maliciously discredited many Open access journals and demanded ransom in exchange for the removal of them from his hit list. This academic crime must end. We have added Jeffrey Beall to our list as a potential, possible, probable, predatory Blogger....
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Its official: the mainstream intelligensia have lost the plot, and yes, its definitely Trumps fault. With each passing day, its becoming more obvious that truth is not the only casualty here, so is irony.
To understand the depth of the irony at play, you should recall the uber-fashionable mainstream pronouncement that we in the valiant West are now living in a post-truth world. The irony of the Establishments appropriation of this term was lost on most people, not least of all the liberal intelligensia and champagne socialites who took so much pride in parroting their new etymological creation. For those who consider themselves aligned with the great and the good, the idea of post-truth is meant to depict the unholy scourge of fake news on social media which they firmly believe was engineered by the Kremlin to deceived the vulnerable hordes of uneducated, red hat-wearing deplorables, thus helping Donald J. Trump sweep into power in 2016. As ridiculous as that proposition might sound to the educated and informed person, members of the anti-Trump Resistance still believe this to be true and their confidence is derived not from any preponderance of evidence of Russian Interference or Collusion (to date, there is none), but rather because these narratives have been repeated incessantly over the last two years on outlets like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and The Guardian. The real irony is that it that they have constructed their own post-truth reality, constantly reinforced by narratives which remain devoid of any actual evidence to substantiate the central charge of Trump-Russia Collusion. Their unshakable faith in this narrative is held firmly in place by a confirmation bias resembling religious dogma. The medias beatification of Robert Mueller III reaffirms this phenomenon.
So its the Establishment, led by their cluster of highly-pa...
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On August 24, 2018, Olympia Parks, Recreation and Arts Director, Paul Simmons made the dramatic and near unilateral decision to shutter the Artesian Commons Park. The park is small, asphalt-covered, devoid of green space and features tables, a basketball hoop and the Artesian Well, a natural spring (which remains open). Most notably, and notoriously, the park is an important hangout for street youth and is most illustrative of the crises of homelessness and poverty afflicting Olympia. The Artesian Commons closure decision was issued on the unusual basis that threats from park users had been directed against city staff. The absurdity of such a basis is abundantly clear in the lack of any obvious parallels; sidewalks arent closed when muggings, public intoxication, or street harassment are reported, for example.
The decision to close the Artesian Park was informed by class and the political pressures of gentrification. In fact, in a follow-up to his original statement, Simmons claimed, with astounding honesty for a bureaucrat, that, Our parks are supposed to enhance the quality of life for people around them. Its supposed to make businesses better, its supposed to make property values increase. Unfortunately the challenges surrounding this one are doing the opposite.
A few weeks later on September 22nd, protesters cut locks, tore down the fence and over 100 people subsequently occupied the Commons. Street kids, activists, anarchists, and other community members played basketball, shared a meal from Food Not Bombs, hung banners and streamers and chalked the concrete. In just a few hours this festive and joyful expression of defiance was juxtaposed with riot cops, arrests, pepper balls and concussion grenades. Although obviously outflanked, protesters temporarily re-opened the Commons a second time following initial expulsion and police failed to fully disperse the crowd for hours. Three people were arrested during the protest, a few more would be picked up in its aftermath; others sustained injuries from concussion grenade shrapnel....
Illinois regulators have launched an investigation into a prominent former University of Illinois at Chicago psychiatrist whose research into children with bipolar disorder was shut down because of her misconduct.
The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued three subpoenas to UIC seeking records related to Dr. Mani Pavuluri, who resigned from the university in June amid controversy. She has since opened her own medical practice, the Brain and Wellness Institute, in Lincoln Park.
The subpoenas were issued by the IDFPR division that evaluates and grants doctors licenses. One was from the states medical disciplinary board, which reviews complaints about Illinois doctors and decides if discipline is appropriate. The board approved issuing the subpoena at a September meeting; it ordered UIC to provide records related to a clinical trial that Pavuluri oversaw studying the effects of the powerful drug lithium on children and teenagers.
ProPublica Illinois revealed in April that, in a rare rebuke, the National Institute of Mental Health ordered the university to repay $3.1 million in grant money it had received for the study.
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People freed by Oregon officials after being found criminally insane are charged with new felonies more often than convicted criminals released from state prison, with family members and first responders often the targets of violence, a new analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica shows.
All told, 23 percent of people freed by the states Psychiatric Security Review Board are charged with felonies within three years of their release, compared with 16 percent of those released from Oregon prisons.
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The recidivism rate is higher than has been previously reported and reflects new data released by the Psychiatric Security Review Board to the Enterprise and ProPublica. The new figures also show the risk to the public is greater than previously understood, with more than 300 people attacked by those who were released over the last decade.
In November, the Enterprise and ProPublica reported that the rate of new criminal charges was roughly similar among those released from oversight by the board and those freed from prison. That was based on data officials provided this year when the Enterprise requested the names of everyone freed by the board in the last decade and searched public records to establish how many had been arrested....
When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her familys taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she was pregnant with their second child, so there were plenty of extra expenses ahead.
Since Smick, who is taking classes toward a bachelors degree, and her husband, a chef, together earned around $33,000 in 2017, about $2,000 of that refund would come from the earned income tax credit. Its among the governments largest anti-poverty programs, sending more than $60 billion every year to families like Smicks: people who have jobs but are struggling to get by. Last year, 28 million households claimed the EITC.
Smick, who lives outside Los Angeles, thought shed get her refund in a month or so, as she had the year before. But no refund came. Instead, she got a letter from the IRS saying it was conducting a thorough review of her return. She didnt need to do anything, it said. Smick waited as patiently as she could. She called the IRS and was told to wait some more.
It wasnt until four months later, in July, that she got her next letter. The IRS informed her that she was being audited. She had 30 days to provide supporting documentation for basically everything. As she understood it, she needed to prove that she and her husband had earned what theyd earned and that her child was her child.
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ProPublica named 14 newsrooms and local reporters on Wednesday who will participate in the second year of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, a program aimed at supporting investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations. Seven of the projects will focus on state government, while the rest will cover a broad range of subjects.
Through the program, participating reporters collaborate with ProPublica senior editors Charles Ornstein and Marilyn W. Thompson as they embark on investigative journalism within their communities. Two of the projects, based in Illinois, also will work with the staff of ProPublica Illinois. ProPublica reimburses one years salary and benefits for each of the participating reporters and also supports projects with its expertise in data, research and engagement elements of the work.
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The ProPublica Local Reporting Network kicked off in January 2018 with projects at seven news organizations across the country. In August, ProPublica announced the expansion of the Local Reporting Network, with a focus on investigative journalism on state governments or state politics. This expansion is an effort to help stanch the decline in statehouse and state government coverage nationwide, as fewer outlets have the resources to hold accountable tho...
Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.
Court filings by prosecutors last week shined a light on the business lives of two men who worked get Donald Trump elected president: former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
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Here in Seattle it was extraordinarily dark
yesterday. The darkest day in years.
The total radiation on Tuesday on top of the roof of the atmospheric sciences building was .54 Megajoules (MJ) per meter squared (a joule is a unit of energy).
To give you some perspective, here is a table of the lowest daily radiation amounts since 2004 at the UW, provided by UW Research Meteorologist Mark Albright. The date of lowest radiation is also noted. As you can see, yesterday was the darkest since 2015, where the total dropped to .44 MJ per meter squared on December 7th.
Year Date Amount of solar radiation
President Trump said he will own a government shutdown in a theatrical meeting with Democratic leaders.
After months of meetings, progress toward a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY agrees to present new evidence of 9/11 events to a Grand Jury, as demanded by counter-narrative 9/11 organization.
Both sides in the battle over Indian health care in Rapid City, South Dakota, are accusing the other of spreading misinformation.
US tax dollars are supporting Saudi Arabias war in Yemen, which has already claimed the lives of some 85,000 children, and 12 million more people are likely on the brink of starvation. As Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New
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In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a
(Natural News) For a long time, people have been told that foods...
The executive director of the National Congress of American Indians remains on leave as the organization continues to experience employee turnover.
I am for those who have never been mastered, the sworn poet of every dauntless rebel Walt Whitman
Twenty-five Commonly Misspelled Words by Richard Nordquist/ThoughtCo In each of the following pairs, only one is a word; the other is a common misspelling of that word. Guided by the brief definition, see if you can identify the correctly spelled word in each set. Then compare your answers to those on the bottom of the page. Commonly 
CMS Says Health Spending Growth Has Slowed and Azar Speaks By Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today WASHINGTON Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said Medicare for All will never work because physicians wont participate. And in other news, health spending topped $3.5 trillion last year, but growth is still slower than the previous 
Governments in North America are largely totalitarian already. Its a covert form of totalitarianism best described as inverted totalitarianism. One result is that people in North America for the most part have no appreciation of substantive geopolitical issues.
What the Pentagon has in mind is a massive, long-lasting war effort against revisionist powers, or more precisely China and Russia. The report recommends to thoroughly retool the US economy and to prepare for a great power conflict scenario
Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the
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The Soviet Union was the scene of the battle that changed the course of World War II...
The caravans of thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America are small numbers compared to those the United States took in and gave refugee status in 1975 from Vietnam and other Indochina countries.
China s re-emergence as a world economic power raises important questions about what we can learn from its previous rise and fall and about the external and internal threats confronting this emerging economic superpower for the immediate future.
The post China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power appeared first on Global Research.
Under pressure from the Pentagon and US Intelligence, the USA took the decision to forbid the use of Smart phones and telecommunications infrastructures from the Chinese company Huawei, warning that they may potentially be used for espionage, and pressured their allies to do the same.
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It was shocking what ISIS did to the Yazidi community -- the capture of women who were then forced to be sex slaves, the rape of thousands. It is what catapulted Nadia Murad to the headlines, her bravery moving her from being a survivor of horrific violence to being a brave spokesperson for justice and against war.
Tonight, Dec. 10, 2018, Tucker Carlson of Fox News compared the hush payments Donald Trump paid to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to the slush fund maintained and managed by Congress that pays similar hush funds. CNN reported that since the creation of the congressional fund in the 1990s, the fund has paid out $17 
This article was originally published in March 2014. What has been the role of Monsanto in the loss of of the global honeybee population.
It is only recently that this issue has been the object of mainstream media coverage.
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The post Trumpism, Fascism, & Algorithms: Talking with Cody Johnston of Some More News appeared first on It's Going Down.
In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we talked with comedian Cody Johnston who along with Katy Stoll is behind both the podcast and online show, Some More News. Every week, the pair along with their wider team produce a hysterical take on mainstream news, while also diving deep into broader political topics. We here at Its Going Down first started paying attention to SMN after they put out a fantastic series on fascism and Trumpism. The series looked at fascism historically as well as the ways in which it attempts to appeal to the public, and in doing so SMN created both a damning indictment of Trumpism as well as a useful introduction to fascism in general.
The larger theme which comes up several times, is what does it mean to produce online especially video content on platforms like YouTube in an age where the Alt-Right and reactionary MRA forces already have both a head start and an advantage on the field of algorithms. While coming to no final conclusions, Johnston reiterates the power of humor in not only the pursuit of a better understanding of the world, but also as a weapon against the forces of reaction.
Joining me today is Brian from High Impact Flix, a channel that was removed with an unjustified act of censorship, and the loss of over 500,000 subscribers. His new channel is now called High Impact Vlogs, and is about to be censored yet again, with over 100,000 subscribers, as it currently lingers on the edge 
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The majority of people in the United States are in a position of wage slavery, in which they depend on their boss for the ability to survive, but it has been so normalized that many do not question this arrangement. We bring back an interview with John Curl, author of "For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements and Communalism in America." He writes about the long history, that isn't often taught, of people who created cooperative structures to counter the power of industry and finance. Cooperative movements often parallel social movements. We discuss why this matters today.
Infowars founder storms DC to face his accusers.
Congressman Jerry Nadler labeled Big Tech bias against conservatives a right wing conspiracy.
Doesnt support a border wall under any circumstances
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Says gov did not listen
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Dem leaders fume as Trump refuses to budge on border wall funding.
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An asylum center in Bamberg, Germany, was placed on lockdown during a riot in which paving stones were thrown at security officers and a fire broke out,...
These big rocks form a breakwater protecting railway tracks that run alongside the beach for miles. Its not the prettiest breakwater Ive ever seen, but that bright orange lichen on the rocks makes it one of the most interesting. Its been there as long as my husband can remember and it never seems to change. That colour is fairly true if it looks like Cheetos on your screen and it stays that bright in all seasons and temperatures. I think it looks like paint splotches and it makes a great foil for all the blues that like to blend at the beach.
Dogs were field operational and controlled by human beings.
Study blasted Amazon-owned chain for high levels of fluorine
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The post Montreal: IWW Pickets Continue Postal Strike Blockades appeared first on It's Going Down.
Montreal, December 10th Protesters are currently blocking all the main entrances to the main Canada Post International Mail Processing Center near Montreals Trudeau International Airport (at 555 McArthur in Ville St-Laurent). At present, dozens of trucks are backed up at the main entrances, where three groups of protesters are using banners to block entrances. No trucks are able to leave the facility.
The direct action is in support of postal workers, and in opposition to the repressive back-to-work legislation passed by the Canadian government on November 26, 2018. The anti-worker law effectively prevents the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from continuing their strike.
Todays protest is the first direct action in support of postal workers in Quebec since the back-to-work law passed, joining protests that have already happened across Canada, including in Halifax, Sydney, Fredericton, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton,Edmonton, Whitehorse and Vancouver. Recently, picketers were arrested in both Halifax and Ottawa for their blockades. Comrades in Montreal were expressing solidarity with similar pickets and blockades that have happened elsewhere, including for arrested protesters.
Todays action is organized by IWW Montreal, with the support of retired postal workers and community members. The public press release for the action is available here:...
It is well known that people in the US pay more and get worse
internet services than people in most other developed countries.
Why? Because the major internet companies have pretty much carved
up the country into regions that are dominated by one or a couple
of companies, thus killing competition, and the government
regulators have let them do it. But some communities are going
their own way, such as the small town of Charlemont, Massachusetts
that has just 1300 residents and covers an area of 26 square
Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.
The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network, the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015.
Town officials estimate that building a municipal fiber network reaching 100 percent of homes would cost $1,466,972 plus interest over 20 years.
An increase in property taxes would cover the construction cost. But the town would also bring in revenue from selling broadband service and potentially break even, making the project less expensive than Comcasts offer.
With 59 percent of households taking broadband service, the tax hike would be 29 cents [per $1,000 of assessed home value], similar to that for Comcast, a Recorder article last month said. But if 72 percent or more of households subscribe to the municipal-owned network, there is no tax impact, because subscriber fees would pay for it.
More municipalities should follow this model though you can be sure that the big cable companies will fight it all the way. Because the major feature of capitalism in the US is that the big companies hate competition and hate public ownership of important services even more.
The post Hamilton: Stoney Creek Towers Tenants Pause Rent Strike and Call for Negotiations appeared first on It's Going Down.
On the morning of Monday November 19, striking tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers assembled and filed into the office at 40 Grandville to pay back their rental arrears, effectively bringing an end to their seven month rent strike. Or at the very least putting it on pause. Since May 1, when tenants first began withholding rent, they have made two demands of their landlord, InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): 1) Drop the proposed Above Guideline [rent] Increase (AGI); and 2) Make long-standing repairs to tenants units.
InterRents proposed AGI, when combined with the standard annual Ontario guideline increases, would total nearly 10% over two years an additional $70 or $80 per month for most tenants. For working-class residents already struggling to survive on minimum wage, social assistance, disability benefits or pensions, this increase is simply unaffordable. It would foreseeably lead to them being priced out of their homes and displaced from the neighbourhood they love. In their internal investor reports, InterRent callously refers to this process as repositioning. Instead of even bothering to feign sympathy for their tenants concerns, InterRent has done their best to ignore the strike altogether, opting instead to wait out the conflict until their AGI application could be heard at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).
This hearing took place on November 1 and 2, 2018. InterRent and their entourage of lawyers and paralegals were confident of an easy victory. And for good reason. The LTB is widely understood by tenants to be a rubber-stamping facility for landlord applications, and particularly so when it comes to AGIs. The creation of the AGI loophole, through the ironically-named Tenant Protection Act in 1997, was a gift to the landlord industry by Ontarios conservative Premier Mike Harris. It has been a central cornerstone of REITs insatiable pursuit of profits ever since. Unfortunately for InterRent and their lawyers, the hearing was not concluded by the end of the assigned two-day period, and has now been rescheduled for early 2019....
The post Guards Continue to Attack Prison Reporter Jason Walker with Trumped up Charges appeared first on It's Going Down.
Introduction: Jason is urgently requesting help in beating this attempted frame-up. Below is a suggested script that you can use to make complaints to the TDCJ Ombudsman, as well as the Ellis Unit warden Kelly Strong, Regional Director Wayne Brewer, TDCJ Director Bryan Collier, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Contact details are:
TDCJ Ombudsman: firstname.lastname@example.org and 936-437-4927
Kelly Strong: 936-295-5756 (**010) or email@example.com
Regional Director Wayne Brewer: Wayne.Brewer@tdcj.texas.gov or 936-437-1770
TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier: firstname.lastname@example.org Bryan.Collier@tdcj.texas.gov (936) 437-2101 / (936) 437-2123
Attorney General Ken Paxton: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us-online-form 512-463-2100
To the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Ombudsman Coordinator,
I am writing on behalf of Jason Renard Walker, #1532092. Im contacting you to alert you of the uniquely inhumane and unconstitutional disciplinary hearing process and repeated violent treatment of Jason at Ellis Unit by staff at the prison. As a part of one of the most recent violations of his person, Jason reports that he was attacked on Nov. 23 at 3:10 am by guards, which he believes, on the basis of prior experience and overheard comments, to be in response to articles and exposs that Jason had written to be published in the San Fransisco Bayview about a previous hearing which was conducted with tampered evidence and without a tape recorder. In the most recent assault against him by staff, he reports that he was beaten and attempts were made to blind him, crush his spine and jaw, break his left hand and prevent him from breathing. He was then accused of assaulting a guard, an accusation that denies, and insists that a full review of the videotape evidence will show that he never delivered any blows in response to the violence he faced, and that the violence was instigated by staff. Now he reports that he is in solitary confinement, denied medical care including prescribed PTSD medication, and has faced difficulties in even attending his own di...
The post Baltimore, MD: Certain Days Calendar Launch & Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party appeared first on It's Going Down.
Join us for our annual holiday card writing event plus the Certain Days 2019 Calendar launch party! Well be sending dozens of holiday cards and birthday cards to political prisoners in time for the end of the year a time of year that can be particularly lonely for those on the inside. Please join us to send some love through the walls.
Were also celebrating the launch of the 2019 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar! The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York and Baltimore, in partnership with a political prisoner being held in maximum-security prison in New York State, David Gilbert.
This years theme is Health/Care, and features art and writings by David Gilbert, Bec Young, RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment, Aviva Stahl, Debbie, Mike and Chuck Africa, Roger Peet, Addameer, Leah Jo Carnine, Suzy Subways, Farha Najah, Ashanti Alston, Alec Dunn, Barbara Zeller, Hikaru Ikeda, Giselle Dias, Micah Bazant, Alisha Walker, Fernando Marti, Sins Invalid, Tom Manning, Dave George, Laura Whitehorn, Frizz Kid, Abolitionist Law Center, Cindy Milstein, and more.
The proceeds from the Certain Days 2019 calendar will be divided among these groups: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Palestine), Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) and other groups in need.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7-8:30pm @ Red Emmas
1225 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
RSVP on Facebook for this event
The post Portland, OR: Bash Back Against PSUs Violent Killing Spree appeared first on It's Going Down.
On 11/22, four PSU campus security officers approached Richard Barry as he was running through the street crying for help. They called for back up and Portland Police responded with two officers. The six officers wrestled with Barry, who was clearly in a state of mental duress at the time, and then sent him to the hospital where he eventually died. Today, 12/10, the medical examiner blamed Richard Barrys death on a drug overdose. They waited over two weeks to release this info, and they refuse to release the autopsy report, as well as the toxicology report. We call bullshit.
In solidarity with the actions taken by other comrades, some anarchists armed with liberated spray paint took to the campus of PSU to do some redecorating. Cops killed Richard Barry, just as they killed Patrick Kimmons and Jason Washington. One night of sloganeering across campus wont bring them back, but it will make it harder for PSU to sweep under the rug. We hope others will do their part to beautify the campus and let them know that we will always remember.
Some people on campus are calling to disarm the police. Fuck that! We demand an abolition of the police altogether. We are tired of holding vigils for our neighbors and community members. Were tired of being told what is an acceptable response to their murder at the hands of the State. Were tired of being fed the bullshit narrative of American pacifism by those who only desire not to agitate the State. This is only the beginning. We call on all anarchists in so-called Portland and across Turtle Island to become ungovernable, to drive the police out of our comm...
Attention neti pot users! This popular nasal cleanse could be deadly if it is done the wrong way. Recently, a woman died from a brain-eating amoeba after she used filtered tap water to clear her sinuses. This has many people wondering how to safely use their neti pots. The 69-year-old woman was using filtered tap 
Vaccination is the primary method for preventing influenza and its complications and getting an annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. by Wesley P. Elliott for Military Health System SAN ANTONIO The recent Influenza Awareness Week, Dec. 2-8 educates military personnel about the potential impacts 
Being a Strong Towns staffer and advocate influences almost
everything about the way I interact with my city, but the corner of
my life where that impact is most visible is almost certainly in my
side job as a small-scale housing developer. When I started working
at Strong Towns, my partner and I owned a duplex, mostly to offset
the cost of our mortgage and put a house with a backyard in our
favorite neighborhood within our financial reach. But after a year
of me working for this organization and bringing the conversations
I have here home to my partner, wed come to see our little
landlording project as less about our personal finances (and our
desire for an eventual dog) and more about investing more of our
money into the kind of incremental neighborhood development we
believed in, rather than shoving all of it into the stock market
and calling it a day. And eventually, that shift inspired our
search for a second multi-familythis time, in a neighborhood that
needed a lot more love.
This three-part series, which Im humbled to say ended up among our most popular and most discussed stories of 2018, tells the story of that searchand in many ways, how we learned first hand just how expensive and sometimes downright impossible it can be to pull even a single building out of the cycle of decline, even when the neighborhood is bursting with great buildings and wonderful neighbors. Our answer (spoiler) was to invest in a slightly more established neighborhoodthough not by much, and that certainly hasnt been the easiest road, either. Look out for another series from me in 2019 on the challenges of managing quality affordable housing, long after the final renovations are done.-Kea Wilson.
"Think about that one block in your city that if it just got a little bit of love could turn into something really special. Maybe there are a few boarded up windows, or the streets have a few potholes that need to be filled. The houses are old, the schools nearby arent doing so hot, and it takes a little too long for the the fire department to show up when someone calls. Certainly your local governments not spending a lot of money to help the residents out either because they dont ha...
In a 21st century unpredictable world loaded with strife and overflowing with ill will, we think about how delicate our wellbeing is, with worldwide fighting at its crest, as the previous couple of years has seen a hazardous acceleration in fundamentalism.
The insanity runs deep in Washington but it has also briefly surfaced at Simi Valley in California at the Reagan National Defense Forum, which ran through last weekend. United States Secretary of Defense James Mad Dog Mattis was the keynote speaker on Saturday. He had a few interesting things to say, the most remarkable of which was the assertion that Russia had again sought to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, which were completed last month.
Mattis, a Marine general who is sometimes considered to be the only adult in the room when the White House national security team meets, claimed that the bilateral relationship between Washington and Moscow had no doubt deteriorated still further due to the Russian activity, which he described as the Kremlin try[ing] again to muck around around in our elections last month, and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines with Russian President Vladimir Putin making continued efforts to try to subvert democratic processes that must be defended. Well do whatever is necessary to defend them.
Mattis did not address President Donald Trumps cancellation of a meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a move which he reportedly supported. The cancellation was reportedly based on what has been described as an act of aggression committed by the Russian military against three Ukrainian naval vessels seeking to transit the Kerch Strait, which is since the annexation of Crimea been completely controlled by Moscow. The Ukrainians were aware of the Russian protocols for transiting through the area and chose to ignore them to create an incident, possibly as part of a plan to disrupt the Trump-Putin discussions. If that is so, they were successful.
Mattis was somewhat taciturn relating to his accusation regarding Moscows meddling. He provided absolutely no evidence that Russia had been interfering in the latest election and there have been no suggestions from either federal or state authorities that there were any irregularities involving foreigners. There was, however, considerable concern over po...
As The Greatest Living American Writer, I accept TIME's Person Of The Year Award on behalf of all writers, journalists, and writers who write about journalism,
By Press For Truth The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is planning to dramatically increase taxes on carbon emissions to combat climate changehe plans...
The Central Intelligence Agency made six remote-controlled dogs as a part of their MKULTRA behavior modification or mind control program. Using brain surgery, newly requested documents show that the dogs were field operational and controlled by human beings. The CIA marked the 65th anniversary of the launch of Project MKULTRA. And the public is finally getting a more 
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Trump backs away from calling spending levels crazy a week ago. On Monday, President Trump seemed to be positioning himself against Pentagon calls for spending increases, saying that the spending levels are already crazy and that he didnt envision the 2020 military budget should exceed $700 billion, despite Pentagon presumptions it would be $733 billion. Having met 
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Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Dec. 11, 2018, that he will bring a criminal justice bill up for a vote as early as the end of this week. The legislation initiated by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and The New York Times reports the bill will reverse some of the tough-on-crime federal policies of the 1980s and 1990s that incarcerated 
IMAGE: Ukrainian soldier on the front lines in the eastern region.
Source: South Front
Ukrainian military commanders have started executing by shooting their own troops, who refuse to fight in the region of Donbass, Head of the Press Service of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) Danil Bezsonov stated on December 10.
According to Bezsonov, one of the incidents took place on positions of the 1st Mountain Assault Battalion of the 128th brigade in the area of Bogdanvla.
The DPR official said that a soldier, A. Kolomiec (year of birth 1989), was shot and killed as a result of the conflict with his commander. Kolomiec was against participation of this unit in a new stage of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Quoting the DPR intelligence, Bezsonov also saida that a similar situation took place in Berdyansk, Zaporojie region, where another soldier was shot and killed by his commander during a propaganda campaign in support of military actions in the region of Donbass. The death of this soldier was described as a suicide.
Bezsonov emphasized that the introduction of martial law in 10 Ukrainian regions gave free rein to commanders oof the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis. What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people--and those who represent them--about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.
Please consider this article based upon interviews with HIV positive transgender people, first doctor who began HIV care in India when first case got diagnosed, global HIV prevention expert, among others. Universal Health Coverage is key to health security but we are not on track,
Charlottesville, VA James Alex Fields, who charged his car into a group of counter-protesters after the Unite The Right rally, received a recommended multiple life sentence from a jury today. Last week, James Fields was found guilty on all charges, including first degree murder.
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A simple way to understand what civilization has done to the Earth's climate and what to do about it. The only solution to Climate Change. Written so anyone can talk about what is happening and why. No Denial here. No good news here. Nothing simple easy or done.
Before we start with the Politico article and others from the New York Times, Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle, and the Washington Post, please take ten minutes and watch this fascinating and quite brilliant Electoral College analysis of a potential race between Beto and Donald Trump. This fellow, Ethan Kelly, presents nothing in this video that I am able to find fault with in terms of his cut-and-dried electoral mathematics.
According to Dr. John Turner, his nurses are drinking alkaline water and stating they are feeling better. Naturally, he was curious. Turner began to investigate the alkaline water trend. There are multiple water fads currently, but alkaline water seems to be one of the biggest. He wondered if it was the fountain of youth or 
By Luke Miller,
Time magazine has shortlisted a group of journalists who have all been targeted for their work.
Time magazine has labeled this years shortlist for Person of the Year as the The Guardians. They are the journalists who have been targeted for their work. Currently, there is a war on freedom of speech which has subtly gone under the radar. Many Facebook pages in what many would consider alternative media have been targeted and those with voices which go against the agreed upon narrative are being silenced under the guise of fake news.
This is a global affair and a theme for Times Person of the Year 2018.
Trump now stands accused of what is, by historical definition, an impeachable offense. To deny this fact is to deny the reality and the intent of the Constitution to which members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate will swear their fealty when the 116th Congress is constituted in January.
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