Right-wing media outlets and personalities have been sending fundraising emails using the white nationalist trope that undocumented immigrants are invading the United States through its southern border. The emails have also said that “the Left has launched an all out war on America’s sovereignty,” claimed that undocumented immigration is “quintessentially barbarian,” and praised President Donald Trump for being the “only one standing up to do anything about it.”
The claim that undocumented immigrants are invading the United States has been a white nationalist trope for years. Its toxic use has escalated under Trump’s presidency and was recently echoed in the rhetoric of the alleged mass shooter who killed at least 22 people on August 3 in El Paso, TX.
Media Matters documented that Facebook allowed Trump’s reelection campaign to run over 2,000 ads that referred to immigration as an “invasion” between January and February of this year. Nine other Republican politicians have also run Facebook ads using the invasion rhetoric in the last year. Fox News personalities also frequently fearmonger about an immigrant “invasion” and push the white supremacist “great replacement” theory.
Parker explained that his military training provided him with the skills to “go into danger,” but said he felt lucky he and others didn’t try to get involved going after Mercer. “Luckily we made the choice not to get involved,” he explained. “We were quite a distance away from the building where this was happening. And we could have opened ourselves up to be potential targets ourselves, and not knowing where SWAT was, their response time, they wouldn’t know who we were. And if we had our guns ready to shoot, they could think that we were bad guys.” Parker noted that he was hustled into a classroom with other students by a professor who asked if anyone was armed. He said he raised his hand and said he would attempt to protect his fellow students if they came under attack.
Almost every country in the world agrees deal to cut plastic pollution – except US | The Independent
Almost every country in the world has signed up to a legally-binding plan to cut plastic waste – with the US a striking exception.
The United Nations announced that 186 countries reached an agreement on Friday which means they will have to monitor and track movements of plastic waste outside their borders.
Rolph Payet, of the UN Environment Programme, called the amendment to the Basel Convention “historic”.
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He said it would help create a better regulated global trade in plastic, which currently clutters pristine land, pollutes the oceans and entangles wildlife – sometimes with deadly results.
Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story
The claim that having more people walking around with concealed weapons is also belied by the broader evidence. Data has consistently shown that, the more guns a place has, the more homicides are likely to occur. And a recent study found that right-to-carry handgun laws actually lead to a significant increase in violent crime.
This accords with common sense. For every rare case in which a person with a concealed gun actually stops a potential mass shooter, how many more cases will there be where a misunderstanding leads to violence? Or a firearm is accidentally discharged? Or a gun is stolen? The more guns around, the more common these inevitabilities become. The fewer guns we have, the fewer people will die because of them.
Lest anyone get too comfortable believing that words don’t matter and Donald Trump’s nativist rhetoric is merely a political “nothing burger,” it is worth noting that the President of the United States has been directly cited as motivation for violent acts in at least six terrorist plots and 81 murders.
Not all of these incidents were successful, but the intent to harm was real for each and every one.
At a time when his rallies carry chants of “Send her back!” as Trump targets a sitting U.S. congresswoman, let us remember the people who took his words to heart and moved forward with action.
Koch Foods of Mississippi to pay $3.75 M to settle discrimination lawsuits
An eight-year legal fight has ended with a Mississippi poultry supplier agreeing to pay $3.75 million and other concessions to Hispanic workers to settle two discrimination lawsuits.
Then ICE came in and got rid of the ‘troublemakers’. Now Koch does not have to pay because those workers are all gone..
Neat how the world revolves around billionaires. (sarcasm)
Yes, Adolf Hitler Really Said He Would ‘Make Germany Great Again’
Neo-Nazis around the world have made it clear that they’re optimistic about what a Trump presidency will do for their cause. And while countless people have already pointed out just how dangerous Donald Trump’s rise to power has been, the historical parallels to other authoritarian regimes is still shocking. Take, for instance, this article from 1934. The author explains that Hitler was promising to make Germany “great” again.
The article was part of a series on “Modern Leaders of Men” and was syndicated in newspapers across the United States in 1934. It showed up in places like Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and Missouri. The screenshot above is from the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin.
My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US
We live in a culture where women and girls are reduced to sexual commodities, where sexual and domestic violence are not aberrations. For many of us, they are rites of passage, the training ground for internalizing our own oppression.
Child sex trafficking is part of this continuum of violence. It is rape for profit. The appearance of consent is merely a performance the child must enact to survive. Even if a child is actively trading sex for money, food or shelter to survive, this still qualifies as statutory rape. There is no such thing as a child sex worker or child prostitute. There is only child rape.
It is easy to blame those who profit from the exploitation of children — as well we should. But they are not the whole problem. In a country where one out of six American women are survivors of sexual assault and one out of four women are survivors of domestic violence, traffickers are simply monetizing a culture that normalizes violence against women and girls at epidemic rates. This brutal reality along with the pervasive cult of victim-blaming has created the perfect marketplace for the buying and selling of children.
via globalcitizen My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US
My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe’s Elite at Age 6
All survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking have my strength. Though I suffer from PTSD, and, for example, I still become nauseous whenever I hear a certain kind of airy, trippy music, I’ve become so mindful of triggers that they don’t control my everyday existence. It takes so much energy to survive not only the physical violence, but to endure the psychic drain of abuse — to carry the shame.
Just surviving daily life while trying to heal from child sexual abuse requires a thousand times the strength it would require for someone without awareness to pursue a successful career. And society still values the career person over the survivor.
Power addicts, world leaders, and corrupt politicians who abuse children are themselves like children who never grew up, driven to power to avoid ever feeling the humiliation of child abuse again, unconsciously seeking revenge from a place of hurt by recycling the abuse. They lack the courage to heal.
Those of us who have suffered sexual abuse, incest or sex trafficking need to learn to harness our survival strength on our own behalf, so we can heal our damaged ego, and channel that strength to lead the way towards a future in which former victims conquer by love, understanding and compassion for all.
via globalcitizen My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe’s Elite at Age 6
Christian Activist: When They Attack White Supremacy, They Attack Christianity | Michael Stone
As for the connection between Christianity and white supremacy, historically, racism and white supremacy has been a central theme in American Christianity.
In fact, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant body in the United States, was founded upon the notion that black slavery and white supremacy was integral to the Christian faith.
And the Ku Klux Klan has always been, and remains, an exclusively Christian organization dedicated to white supremacy.
Bottom line: Christian activist Sandy Rios equates white supremacy with Christianity, and claims that when the left criticizes white supremacy, they attack Christianity.
Former mobster says Bill Barr made a secret visit to jail before Epstein’s death: ‘Something’s not right there’ – Raw Story
A New York Post report on Sunday hinted that Attorney General Bill Barr may have visited the prison where Jeffrey Epstein was being held before he allegedly committed suicide.
Lewis Kasman, a former mobster and top associated of John Gotti Sr., told the Post that Barr made a secret visit to Metropolitan Correctional Center two weeks ago “about the time Epstein was found in his cell with bruises around his neck.”
A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism – CNNPolitics
(CNN)In recent years a number of Catholic bishops have denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and harsh rhetoric toward immigrants and people of color.
But one church leader went one step further, becoming likely the first Catholic bishop in the United States to publicly accuse Trump of racism.
Gustavo Garcia Siller, archbishop of San Antonio, USA, leaves the altar after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI, a woolen shawl symbolizing his bond to the Pope, in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
In a series of lacerating tweets, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Texas, called the President “a very poor man” and urged him to “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.”
Let’s focus on the many, many conspiracy theories, lies, and deceptive claims that the NRA, pro NRA politicians and gun owners use to keep people away from realizing the true root causes of gun violence, and mass shootings in the USA.
via 12 Gun Violence And Mass Shooting Myths, Conspiracy Theories And Deceptions (Video Games, Mental Health, Parents, Lack Of Prayer, Rap, Teachers) Are Promoted To Fool People Into Believing That Common Sense Gun Safety Laws Are Not A Solution, Despite Working In 22 Countries | A Green Road Journal
Jeffrey Epstein is dead by apparent suicide in federal jail, Justice Department investigating
Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, died by apparent suicide Saturday morning while in federal custody, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Epstein, 66, was in his federal jail cell in downtown Manhattan but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. He had apparently hanged himself, and was found unresponsive at around 6:30 a.m. ET.
Jeffrey Epstein ordered teen girl to have sex with powerful men, accuser says
Jeffrey Epstein and his close associate ordered a teenage girl to have sex with several high-powered men, including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, according to a deposition from the girl released Friday.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 36, claimed in the 2016 deposition that Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell also directed her to provide sexual services for modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel, money manager Glenn Dubin and the late MIT professor Marvin Minsky — as well as a “foreign president” and “a well-known prime minister.”
“There’s a whole bunch of them — it’s just hard for me to remember,” said Giuffre, according to the court filing. “My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy. Their whole lives revolved around sex.”
In the US currently there is a top down, 1 percent controlled hierarchy, controlled by a few billionaires, rich fundamentalist evangelical churches and CEO’s who pour an avalanche of money into elections, politicians pockets, via bribes and more. This 1 percent controls the entire US government.
What would be the solution for this fascism, which is defined as the control of government by billionaires and huge globalist corporations/organizations?
Rainbow Family gatherings, as in the Unprogrammed Quakers, believe in and practice Universalism. In Universalism, there are no official leaders or structure, and no hierarchy. The Rainbow Family gatherings, like Unprogrammed Quakers, offer a solution to the problems created by fascism and the corrupt 1 percent top down 1984 inspired MAGA plan, which is detailed below.
via How To Save The US Republic From MAGA Fascism – Rainbow Family Gathering – Teach Society Value Of Consensus, Unity, Harmony, Family, Peace, Love, Celebration, Intentional Community, Sustainability, Natural Healthcare – Quaker Universalism As Solution For Predatory Capitalism | A Green Road Journal
Trump Calls El Paso Gunman A ‘Coward’ For Giving Up Too Easily To Police: ‘He Just Gave Up, Just Gave Up’
During his visit to El Paso, Texas, four days after a horrifying mass shooting there killed 22 people and injured dozens more, President Trump appeared to criticize the accused killer for giving up too easily.
Trump told law enforcement personnel in El Paso on Wednesday that the alleged shooter was “a coward,” as quoted by BuzzFeed News reporter Claudia Koerner.
via theguardiansofdemocracy Trump Calls El Paso Gunman A ‘Coward’ For Giving Up Too Easily To Police: ‘He Just Gave Up, Just Gave Up’
After massacre, Walmart pulls violent video game displays. Firearms remain on sale.
Walmart is pulling violent video game displays from its stores in the wake of last weekend’s deadly shooting at one of its El Paso stores that killed at 22 people — but has also confirmed it still has no plans to stop selling firearms or ammunition.
The electronics section of Walmart stores have traditionally featured video game displays that feature sometimes-violent games. Walmart said that the company has provided guidance for its store managers to remove the displays because some shoppers could mistake the sounds created by the games for actual gunshots.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” Walmart spokesperson Tara House said.
Imprisonment, job loss and lawsuits: Charlottesville neo-Nazis have suffered miserably after infamous hate rally – Raw Story
It’s been two years since neo-Nazis marched with Tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a new report from the Anti-Defamation League has found that many of the marchers have not fared well since that fateful weekend in August 2017.
The ADL this week published a “Where Are They Now?” guide to the 2017 Charlottesville demonstrators and found that a good deal of them suffered from various repercussions for their actions, including “imprisonment, job loss, de-platforming — or banning users who violate their terms of service — on social media platforms, travel bans and rejection by friends and family.”
Hate via Nazis or white supremacists has a price and consequence.
People know instinctively that hate is wrong and react to it in many ways.
A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland’s Election Vendor. Now These Senators Are Questioning the Rules
The Maryland senators have been alarmed by a Russian oligarch’s investment connection to ByteGrid LLC, which handles the Old Line State’s voter registration database and candidate management operations.
Lawyer for MAGA-man who cracked boy’s skull during anthem says he was acting on Trump’s orders
Our pr*sident is a menace. Full stop.
Yesterday it was reported that a man slammed a 13-year-old boy to the ground so forcefully at a fairgrounds in Montana that he cracked the kid’s skull. The boy’s offense? He refused to take his hat off during the national anthem.
Now we’re getting some insight into the real culprit: Chaos Agent Donald J. Trump.
According to the man’s lawyer, the perpetrator, Curt Brockway, suffers from serious brain damage and interpreted Trump’s hyper-jingoistic rhetoric as a license to be a violent asshole.
Hours after ‘denouncing’ racism, Trump amplifies views of two other white supremacists
It took about six hours for Donald Trump to go from woodenly reading the words “We must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacism” off of a teleprompter to amplifying a white supremacist in a tweet. Actually, two white supremacists.
He tweeted out a Lou Dobbs (white supremacist No. 1) story about former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee (white supremacist No. 2), who is making the rounds of fringe media such as Fox News to claim that he has been discriminated against because he’s a conservative Trump supporter. Cernekee told Dobbs that Google executives “want to use all the power and all the resources that they have to control the flow of information to the public and make sure that Trump loses in 2020.” That really stuck with Trump; he went to bed thinking about it and then resumed tweeting about it through the morning.
Terrifying Technofascist Acts Against Health Freedom You’ll Probably Never Learn About
Simply put, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, owns pharmaceutical subsidiaries. In 2013, Google founded Calico, run by Arthur Levinson, former CEO of the biotechnology corporation Genentech (a subsidiary of Roche). Calico’s mission is to understand the biology that controls lifespan and to treat age-related diseases. Two years later, Alphabet founded Verily Life Sciences (previously Google Life Sciences). Both pharma companies are partnering with others and having babies of their own.
Verily joined forces with the European pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to form a new drug company, Galvani Bioelectronics. The $715-million collaboration aims to treat diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body, a novel field of medicine called “bioelectronics.” Incidentally, GlaxoSmithKline generates billions by manufacturing vaccines.
Next, in 2016, Sanofi SA and Verily partnered to address the diabetic epidemic, a condition that from a functional medicine point of view can be addressed without prescription drugs.
Meanwhile, Google’s peeps are also fraternizing with Big Pharma. For instance, in January 2019, BusinessWire reported that Mary Ellen Coe, Google’s president of Customer Solutions, was joining Merck’s Board of Directors. Merck is another huge vaccine producer.
But the real clincher is that GV, the venture capital arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has also invested in Vaccitech—a company described as “the future of mass vaccine production.”
Founded by scientists at Oxford University, Vaccitech’s end goal is to develop a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu.
Black Sites, Secret Prisons, Rendition: More British Complicity Exposed in Latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ Report – Global Research
In this sense, no case was more significant than UK support for the programme, and the absence of all mention of British involvement in the Committee Study is striking.
Although the CIA played the lead role, officials and personnel from a number of other states – including other powerful liberal democracies such as the United Kingdom – were deeply implicated in the abuses which took place, as were a number of private companies.
Although none of the official inquiries into Britain’s role in abuses have published full details of specific cases, documents obtained by Human Rights Watch from a government building in Tripoli in September 2011, in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Gaddafi regime, provide compelling evidence of British involvement in a number of these operations.
Once suspects were in secret detention, British intelligence and security agencies were, in many cases, intimately involved in the torture that took place, either by participating in the interrogations, by providing the intelligence that formed the basis of the torture, or by receiving intelligence gained through torture. The ISC found that, in at least 232 cases, UK officials supplied questions or intelligence to partners after they knew, or suspected, that mistreatment of the detainees in question was taking place.
The role played by the UK in the CIA torture programme is also highlighted by the degree to which British territory was used by CIA aircraft as refuelling stops while undertaking rendition operations. Collation and analysis of flight data associated with CIA rendition aircraft, and the correlation of this with data concerning prisoner transfers, has allowed us to establish that UK involvement in the rendition programme was much more extensive than previously thought. British territory was central to the rendition of at least 28 prisoners between secret prisons, some of whom were subjected to torture. Mainland UK was used to facilitate the rendition of so-called ‘high-value detainees’ to secret detention in Poland – others were rendered to proxy detention in Egypt, Jordan or Morocco on aircraft that used UK territory as a staging post.
European partners playing key logistical roles in the rendition network included the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and Cyprus.
Peace comes not only from an alignment with Source but also from recognizing yourself as a beloved part of all that is. If you can’t get there directly, use the foundational stepping stones of surrender, faith, flow, and trust, which opens the elements of acceptance and allowing, which will naturally lead you into the sense of peace you desire. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young
Study: Babies Born to Moms Who Refuse Flu Vaccine Fare Better than Babies Born to Mom’s Who Receive the Influenza Vaccine
Across all analyses, the percentages and rates of fetal death, preterm birth, low birth weight and small for gestational age birth were higher in the vaccine group than in the placebo group.
Couching their conclusions with caveats, the authors explain:
[W]e found a slight, though non-significant decrease in the birth weight of infants in the vaccinated group…as well as a non-significant increase in fetal deaths among [influenza]-vaccinated mothers. […] We point this out only as a cautionary word and suggest this observation be explored carefully in larger studies of vaccine safety data bases.
Samoa Seizes All MMR Vaccines After Two Infants Die Minutes After Receiving the Vaccine
What is so tragic, and has this island nation in such an uproar, is that the parents of the second child who died had reportedly already learned about the first infant’s death a couple hours earlier and declined to have their child receive the same vaccine. The mother reports that the nurse administered the MMR vaccine against her consent, leading to the child’s immediate death upon receiving the vaccine.
The second family from Safotu is still coming to grips with the loss of their 1-year-old son Lameko Siu. The parents Punipuao and Si’u Timua arrived at the Safotu hospital with their son Lameko on Friday within two hours of the death of the first child once they became aware of what had happend the mother refused to allow her son to be vaccinated.
The mother claims that the nurse on duty persisted and without her consent vaccinated her son administering the MMR vaccine and within a minute he was dead. (Source.)
After the second death, government authorities immediately confiscated all the remaining doses of the MMR vaccine, and dismissed the medical staff, not only to apparently conduct an investigation, but for their own safety from an outraged public.
Two Nurses Sentenced to Five Years for Manslaughter and Negligence in MMR Vaccine Deaths of Two Babies
Chief Justice of the Samoa Supreme Court Vui Clarence Nelson sentenced two nurses this week (August, 2019) convicted of negligence and manslaughter in the death of two infants who died immediately after receiving the MMR vaccine.
The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All | Common Dreams Views
Although self-defense is often cited to justify the people’s right to bear arms, research has shown that a gun kept in a home is 43 times more likely to kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder. The number of teenagers who die from gunshot wounds in the U.S. is greater than those who died from all other causes combined.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 saw more gun deaths in the U.S. than in any previous year in decades. Nearly 40,000 Americans who died of gun-related injuries in 2017 represent a 19 percent increase from 2012 and the highest annual total since the mid-1990s.
Although many Americans claim that guns are necessary for security, experiences such as in Japan and Australia show that this is not true. In Japan, which has adopted very strict gun-control laws and where –unlike in the U.S. – people who purchase guns have several background checks that include mental health, drug use, and a relative or a colleague’s perception of the applicant. A result of these policies is that there were 10 fatalities for a population of 128 million. Australia, which implemented a program against the use of firearms in 1996, saw the fatalities reduced by 40 percent.
Taylor presses nuclear button, as energy wars enter dangerous new phase | RenewEconomy
And as we have noted before, the same Coalition MPs that have been pushing for nuclear are the very same Coalition MPs pushing for new coal generation, and the very same Coalition MPs who reject the science of climate change, or make a mockery of the urgings of young people that they should take it seriously.
This is no co-incidence. This is not about carbon emissions, and it is certainly not about cheap energy. The common enemy of these people is wind and solar, and the shift from a centralised system based around “baseload” fossil fuel generators to a renewable system that is largely decentlralised (and democratised), and based around renewables, storage and demand management.
Australia is one of those regions – like Germany and California – that is at the forefront of this transition, and the fossil fuel industry view is that it cannot be allowed to succeed.
A Crash Course in Far-Right Symbols by The American Iron Front – Album on Imgur
Being able to identify your enemy is extremely important. Modern fascists won’t always make it easy to spot them, so learning the symbols and iconography behind which they hide their true colors is vital to opposing them.
Many people are not successful in school, much less college. Schools and colleges are great for those who ‘fit’ into the mental brain oriented courses that rely mainly on memorization, and then regurgitating those things back out. Schools and colleges commonly judge people based on this dynamic, in order to get a ‘grade’. Schools and colleges judge those who do not fit into this small box as failures and reject them. People who do not fit into this box are called ‘dropouts’.
What is the definition of success? Can a person be successful outside of school or college? Jackson Pollock serves as a role model, because he was successful despite dropping out of high school and never getting a college degree. He followed his heart and passion, and continued to persist no matter what, until success finally came to him, after many years of perfecting his ‘art’.
via Writing As Art, Activism, Education, Entertainment, Transformational Magic, Miracle Filled – Jackson Pollock Had Multiple Failures, Suffered From Addiction, Was A High School Drop Out – He Became A Huge Success Via Fractal Expressionism – Deep Writing Goes Beyond, Into Mysterious | A Green Road Journal
WPM Invitational | Word Play Masters
The Washington Post’s Mensa invitational once again asked readers to take
any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing
one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the 2009 winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright
ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign
of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
via washingtonpostsmensainvitational WPM Invitational | Word Play Masters
Humans begin to laugh at approximately 4 months of age. Children laugh, on average, 400 times a day; adults do so an average of only 5 times a day.8 In addition:
• Tickling a baby induces her (him) to laugh, which, in turn, makes the parent laugh; a social bond develops during this playful exercise. This response is probably mediated by 5-HT1A receptors, which, when stimulated, induces the release of oxytocin, which facilitates social bonding.9
• Potent stimulation of 5-HT1A receptors through ingestion of 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (Ecstasy) leads to uncontrollable laughter and mirth.10
• Lower species are also known to enjoy humor. Mice emit a chirping sound when tickled, and laughter is contagious among monkeys.11
The dam bursts….and I’m not talking about the one in Derbyshire | daryanenergyblog
In short, the oil industry has spent the last decade running faster to stand still. And they are about to get hit with a massive attack of cramp. Hence its entirely possible the current trends might not only continue but even accelerate. Oil production falls yet the oil price doesn’t go up much, so more investors pull out.
Which raises the question, how will it end? With a slow steady decline to obscurity? Or will the fossil fuel industry go out with a bang? While Blackrock and others might well be walking away, there’s still an awful lot of money tied up in the industry, so what happens if the bubble suddenly bursts? It could create the mother of all financial shocks.
Only time will tell. But I’ll have the popcorn ready just in case!
Fragments Of Hope Belize Wins UN Climate Solutions Award | reefdivers.io
Fragments of Hope, a small not-for-profit community organization based in Placencia, Belize is one of the UN Climate Solutions Award 2017 winners. Their work has focused on identifying and growing temperature tolerant corals for reef restoration.
To date they have outplanted more than 90,000 corals at three locations in southern Belize. The star site is Laughing Bird Caye National Park where restoration work was inspired after Hurricane Iris in 2001, and the work began in 2006.
Sub-site (super star site) 13 at LBCNP still looking great! Corals Outplanted December 2010 Photo: Fragments of Hope Belize
Coral cover there has been increased by over 35%, and the nursery-grown, outplanted corals are also spawning (reproducing on their own to re-seed reefs naturally). Based on these successes, the restoration work has expanded in Belize to South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.
Tucker Carlson Claims There’s No White Supremacy Problem: ‘This Is A Hoax’ | HuffPost
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left.
“The whole thing is a lie,” said Carlson, who has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points. “It’s actually not a real problem in America.”
ALTERED STATES: Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966 | RIELPOLITIK
First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. The nature of their exposure included parental suicide, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and/or severe bullying. The trauma was often a precursor to mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, thought disorders or suicidality.
Second, practically every mass shooter we studied had reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. They often had become angry and despondent because of a specific grievance. For workplace shooters, a change in job status was frequently the trigger. For shooters in other contexts, relationship rejection or loss often played a role. Such crises were, in many cases, communicated to others through a marked change in behavior, an expression of suicidal thoughts or plans, or specific threats of violence.
Third, most of the shooters had studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives. People in crisis have always existed. But in the age of 24-hour rolling news and social media, there are scripts to follow that promise notoriety in death. Societal fear and fascination with mass shootings partly drives the motivation to commit them. Hence, as we have seen in the last week, mass shootings tend to come in clusters. They are socially contagious. Perpetrators study other perpetrators and model their acts after previous shootings. Many are radicalized online in their search for validation from others that their will to murder is justified.
VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘Disaster Capitalism’, Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain | RIELPOLITIK
By way of introduction, it should be noted that the US economy is showing many signs of a classical bubble, starting with the incredibly over-valued US stock market. Only slightly more than a decade ago, at the peak of the real estate bubble, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) barely managed to clear the 14,000 mark, before staging a spectacular plunge almost to 7,000. Since then DJIA nearly quadrupled in value, as of mid-July 2019 hovering at above the 27,000 mark. Since the US economy as a whole has not quadrupled during the same time interval, there is a clear dissociation between “Wall Street” and “Main Street” that will at some point inevitably lead to serious economic and political problems in the United States, to the point of considerably remaking its political landscape. The proverbial $64,000 question, however, is when will the US financial house of cards come tumbling down the next time, and what will be the triggering event?
Stock markets finished yesterday with the worst drop this year as Asian markets also badly slipped. As investors look for places to hide, gold prices jumped, and Japanese yen and Swiss franc advanced. They retreated to the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond with a 1.725 percent return while the volatility index temporarily leaped to 30 percent. During the last two weeks, the Dow Jones, down for five consecutive points, fell over six percent since its high on July 15. All 30 Dow stocks and all 11 market sectors went down yesterday, and tech-heavy Nasdaq plummeted 3.47 percent for the fifth worst session ever.
“The losers are anybody with big exposure to China,” said Ivan Feinseth, chief investment officer at Tigress Financial Partners. After Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) said he would levy more tariffs on almost all Chinese goods, China responded by allowing the yuan to slump below to its lowest exchange…
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More than US$30 billion were illegally diverted from Venezuela in two months, the country’s communications and information minister has revealed, accusing the US of orchestrating the operation.
Around $1 billion of the stolen funds from national assets in international banks was transferred to the personal accounts of opposition leaders?
“They have resorted to stealing the assets that Venezuela holds in different banks. This money is being confiscated at the request of the [US President Donald] Trump administration. Over $30 billion has been stolen in the past couple of months,” Rodriguez said on Saturday as cited by VTV state television.
The scheme was allegedly coordinated by US-backed opposition leader and self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, as well as his key aids – Leopoldo Lopez, and the recently detained Roberto Marrero, among others. Information gathered from Marrero’s cell phone indicates that Venezuelan lawyer Juan Planchart received some part of the stolen…
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Walgreens to close 200 US stores
Retailers have already shuttered thousands of stores as foot traffic dwindles. Drugstores have so far been largely spared. That could change as the companies’ sales of convenience items shrink and people start buying prescription drugs online.
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Dow now set to open 300 points lower as global bond yields slide
It was unclear of the exact reason for the sliding stock futures but the move coincided with the 10-year Treasury yield sliding to its lowest level since 2016. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield traded at 1.63% after staring August above 2%. The move further narrowed the yield curve, a widely watched recession indicator. The spread between the 10-year rate and the 2-year yield fell to its lowest level since 2007 at less than 8 basis points.
Stocks have further to fall before selling subsides, say chart analysts
Several chart strategists are pointing out that while the market has dropped sharply over the past few days, it still has a long way to go before a sustainable bottom can be reached.
The S&P 500 has nose-dived more than 6% since reaching a record high last month as the U.S.-China trade war intensified.
U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn’t get planted at all, and tens of millions of other acres are going to yield a lot less than usual. Even without anything else happening, we were going to see farm bankruptcies soar to absolutely crazy levels, but now the Chinese government is essentially cutting off U.S. agricultural imports. This will greatly depress the prices that U.S. farmers get for their crops, and so many farmers that were still hoping to squeeze out a profit for this year will be hit with a loss instead. Ultimately, the truth is that 2019 is going to be a death blow for countless U.S. farmers that were barely hanging on financially after a string of really tough years. Many will leave the industry entirely and never go back to farming again, and our nation will be worse off because of it.
“This is a body blow to farmers and ranchers all across the country,” Dale Moore, executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau, told FOX Business. “That’s one of the things that we are feeling the effects of, and this is on top of a year when mother nature has been a terrible business partner in many parts of the country. It’s just a really tough, tough time for farmers and ranchers in this country.”
We have entered the time of “the perfect storm”, and things are definitely not going to get any easier in the months ahead.
via theeconomiccollapseblog “Worst Year Ever”: The Chinese Ban On U.S. Agricultural Products Will Be A Death Blow For Countless U.S. Farms
The sheer number of guns is part of the challenge. The United States has the largest civilian-owned stock of guns in the world. At the end of 2017, the Small Arms Survey reported that there were an estimated 393 million firearms in the United States – and that’s not even counting guns owned by the police and military. That represents 45.8% of the world’s civilian-owned guns.
Yemen has the second-highest rate of gun ownership per person in the world, with just 52.8 firearms per 100 residents.
More than 40% of U.S. adults live in a household with at least one gun. About half of all civilian-owned guns in the U.S. are owned by just 3% of U.S. adults. These gun owners have an average of 17 guns each. Most other gun owners average about three guns at home.
via theconversation Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?
The Sinister Legacy of the Second Amendment
Less easily recognized is the patrolling of America’s economic racial divide, from Trump employees marking “C” for “colored” on rental applications so people of color could be denied residence, to the rigorous application of property tax funding for schools to keep poor districts poor, millions of individual corporate actions and thousands of state and local laws still conspire to “patrol” people of color.
Like his presidential hero Andrew Jackson (nickname: “Indian Killer”), who owned enslaved people and bragged about murdering Native American women and children, Donald Trump speaks to an exclusively white audience, in this era via Twitter and a TV network that, judging from the ratings, programs exclusively to white people.
From “very fine people” who are literally Nazis and white supremacists, to “I’ll pay for your lawyer” calls for violence, to barely speaking in code with words like “invasion” and “infestation,” Trump has cranked up a new generation of white men who, in previous centuries on this continent, would have been enthusiastic members of the police state that protected slavery from rebellion.
The slave patrols never really went away. And the slave patrollers are finding in Trump the president they’ve been missing since Andrew Jackson passed away.
via truthdig The Sinister Legacy of the Second Amendment
More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry – Counter Information
So what did Lockheed do with those additional $13 billion taxpayer dollars? It would be reasonable to assume that it used some of that windfall (like those of previous years) to invest in growing its workforce. If you came to that conclusion, however, you would be sorely mistaken. From 2012 to 2018, overall employment at Lockheed actually fell from 120,000 to 105,000, according to the firm’s filings with the SEC and the company itself reported a slightly larger reduction of 16,350 jobs in the U.S. In other words, in the last six years Lockheed dramatically reduced its U.S. workforce, even as it hired more employees abroad and received more taxpayer dollars.
So where is all that additional taxpayer money actually going, if not job creation? At least part of the answer is contractor profits and soaring CEO salaries. In those six years, Lockheed’s stock price rose from $82 at the beginning of 2012 to $305 at the end of 2018, a nearly four-fold increase. In 2018, the company also reported a 9% ($590 million) rise in its profits, the best in the industry. And in those same years, the salary of its CEO increased by $1.4 million, again according to its SECfilings.
In short, since 2012 the number of taxpayer dollars going to Lockheed has expanded by billions, the value of its stock has nearly quadrupled, and its CEO’s salary went up 32%, even as it cut 14% of its American work force. Yet Lockheed continues to use job creation, as well as its employees’ present jobs, as political pawns to get yet more taxpayer money. The president himself has bought into the ruse in his race to funnel ever more money to the Pentagon and promote arms deals to countries like Saudi Arabia, even overthe nearly unified objections of an otherwise incredibly divided Congress.