The CIA Goes HBCU | Black Agenda Report

 

The Southern University System has opened its arms to the CIA with an agreement  to allow the agency to recruit operatives and shape classroom workshops and curriculum on the system’s five historically Black campuses in Louisiana. According to a press release featuring the smiling faces of Southern University president-chancellor Ray Belton and agency operatives, the super-spooks hope to “foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel” and gain access to “a qualified and diverse applicant pool.” University chief Benton — the “Spook Who Opened the Door,” not to be confused with “The Spook Who Sat by the Door ,” the Black insurrectionary novel  and movie – said the CIA connection enhances Southern’s “public-private partnerships portfolio.” He praised the “reputable stature” of the CIA as “an asset to the university, students and faculty.”

The Southern University-CIA collaboration is a gift from President Trump, the first of many in-plain-sight CIA infiltrations of Black higher education envisioned under his White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Defenders of hard-pressed HBCUs will doubtless offer an “any port in a storm” excuse for subjecting young Black minds and underpaid faculty to the enticements of global Murder Incorporated – the assassins of Patrice Lumumba and countless other freedom fighters, as well as the planet’s most accomplished psychological warfare specialists. Some Negroes are capable of excusing anything – and do.

“The super-spooks hope to ‘foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel’ and gain access to ‘a qualified and diverse applicant pool.’”

via The CIA Goes HBCU | Black Agenda Report

How the Matrix controls what people believe, hear and see.

California bans private prisons and immigration detention centers – Reuters

California bans private prisons and immigration detention centers – Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved to end the use of private, for-profit lockups in America’s largest state prison system as well as in federal immigration detention centers in the state under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

via California bans private prisons and immigration detention centers – Reuters

Hopefully, all other states will follow the example of California.

17 US Foreign Policy Facts That Billionaires, Globalist Corporations, Mass Media, Bought Off Politicians, And 18 US Spy Agencies Don’t Want You To Know About Endless Wars, Wasteful Spending, Debts, Government Tyranny, Currency Manipulation, Racism, Militarism, Capitalism | A Green Road Journal

Why is there always enough money to bail out huge corporations and foreign nations?

Why is there always enough money to wage illegal, never ending foreign wars?

Why is there always enough money to give huge tax breaks to billionaires and globalist corporations that hide their ill gotten gains overseas in foreign tax havens?

Why is there always enough money to give corporate welfare, social programs, and entitlements to billionaires who use divide and conquer tactics so that they can maintain control and power?

Why is there never enough money for the 99 percent, schools, infrastructure, social programs, the disabled, veterans, and seniors, who finance all of the above.

via 17 US Foreign Policy Facts That Billionaires, Globalist Corporations, Mass Media, Bought Off Politicians, And 18 US Spy Agencies Don’t Want You To Know About Endless Wars, Wasteful Spending, Debts, Government Tyranny, Currency Manipulation, Racism, Militarism, Capitalism | A Green Road Journal

Deutsche Bank Might Have Destroyed Physical Copies of Trump’s Tax Returns, Cleansed Servers, Claims Former Executive: Report

Deutsche Bank Might Have Destroyed Physical Copies of Trump’s Tax Returns, Cleansed Servers, Claims Former Executive: Report

David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, posted to Twitter a screenshot of his conversation with the unnamed executive in which they expressed surprise that Deutsche told a federal appeals court it did not have the president’s tax returns anymore.

“Holy f**k,” the executive wrote, per the screenshot. “The circumstance could be that they returned any physical copies or destroyed any physical copies under an agreement with a client and cleansed their servers. Not normal though.”

Deutsche Bank did not respond immediately to Newsweek’s request for comment.

via newsweek Deutsche Bank Might Have Destroyed Physical Copies of Trump’s Tax Returns, Cleansed Servers, Claims Former Executive: Report

If Trump has nothing to hide, why go to such great effort to hide his tax returns?

There must be something really BAD in there…

The Century’s Strongest Super-Typhoon Hagibis Is About To Hit Japan—1,600 Flights Canceled

The Century’s Strongest Super-Typhoon Hagibis Is About To Hit Japan—1,600 Flights Canceled

Storm Hagibis’ has a diameter that covers an immense 1,400km. Until the very last moment, no-one or nowhere in vast areas of Japan is safe from this expansive storm.

The Time Of The Month: This weekend is a full moon, meaning that sea levels are higher than average. With potential storm surge and waves being predicted to be up to 13m in some areas, coastal flooding could be devastating.

Force: With wind gusts predicted to be over 240km/h, and a direct hit to Tokyo looking increasingly likely over the next few hours, Typhoon Hagibis could be one of the strongest storms to hit Japan in decades.

via forbes The Century’s Strongest Super-Typhoon Hagibis Is About To Hit Japan—1,600 Flights Canceled

GaiaPortal 10-9-19… “Preliminaries finish”

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This GaiaPortal seems to indicate that we are close to some type of “breakout”. I do align with the idea that “The Light crystallizes the solution” (and the way my life path is currently going I definitely need that).

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Waters of fulfillment are ingested by the hu-manity collective

Preliminaries finish.

Intermediaries are incorporated into the reception of the Higher Cosmics at this time.

hu=manity begins the full surrender process.

Hue-manity rises to assist all.

The Light crystallizes the solution.

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Trump Says He ‘Doesn’t Know’ Indicted Giuliani Associates After Photo Shows Them Together

Trump Says He ‘Doesn’t Know’ Indicted Giuliani Associates After Photo Shows Them Together

President Trump said Thursday that he doesn’t know the two business associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who were arrested on campaign finance charges on Wednesday, but acknowledged he may have been photographed with them at some point.

“I don’t know those gentleman. Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

via theguardiansofdemocracy Trump Says He ‘Doesn’t Know’ Indicted Giuliani Associates After Photo Shows Them Together

Less Than 24 Hours After Saying ‘Time to Bring ‘Em Home,’ Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia | Common Dreams News

Less Than 24 Hours After Saying ‘Time to Bring ‘Em Home,’ Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia | Common Dreams News

Less than a day after President Donald Trump bragged to supporters at a campaign-style rally in Minnesota Thursday that he was working hard to bring U.S. soldiers home from foreign wars, the Pentagon announced Friday that 1,800 troops and advanced weapons systems have been ordered to Saudi Arabia—a move critics decried as both hypocritical and deeply dangerous.

“The combination of stationing USA troops in Saudi Arabia and greenlighting Turkey’s invasion of Syria (which could lead to imprisoned ISIS warriors being freed) could be explosive,” Heer said.

Historically, as the Daily Beast‘s Spencer Ackerman noted sarcastically, deploying U.S. troops to the Middle East has come with problems.

“Fun fact: the presence of U.S military personnel in Saudi Arabia prompted Osama bin Laden’s 1996 declaration of war,” said Ackerman.

The president’s words just don’t line up with reality, said Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

“Trump is only using the rhetoric of ending endless wars,” Parsi said. “In reality, he’s not ending anything.”

via Less Than 24 Hours After Saying ‘Time to Bring ‘Em Home,’ Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia | Common Dreams News

“I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.” Really! | Ralph Nader

“I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.” Really! | Ralph Nader

It is time for the House of Representatives to announce comprehensive articles of impeachment against the chronic outlaw and violator of the public trust—President Donald J. Trump who won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote.

Six House Committees have been investigating and assembling for months the necessary evidence. Mr. Trump himself has taunted the House to impeach him. He has openly and brazenly defied Congressional subpoenas for documents and block subpoenaed witnesses from testifying. This obstruction of Congress is an ongoing impeachable offense—a grave one in the opinions of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the other framers of our Constitution, who knew the importance of critical separation of powers.

These Committees are documenting his massive obstruction of justice, otherwise known as blocking law enforcement and the rule of law through intimidation, firings, and other forms of political coercion. They are filling in the details of the ten categories of obstruction described in the Mueller Report. They are cataloguing all the ways Trump is using his office to enrich his businesses—openly promoting his hotels before foreign governments and their agents.

via “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.” Really! | Ralph Nader

Trump’s disastrous impeachment polling sends shock waves through GOP

Trump’s disastrous impeachment polling sends shock waves through GOP

It didn’t matter which poll you looked at this week—they were all bad news for Donald Trump, as well as for GOP lawmakers seeking reelection in 2020. Public support for impeachment grew rapidly in every poll, with nearly all of them finding majority support for the inquiry and two finding 50% support or more for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

Rounding out the week, the NPR/Marist/PBS poll found 52% support for the impeachment inquiry in a survey that showed independent voters had flipped in mere weeks from majority opposition to the inquiry (50%-44%) to majority support for it (54%-41%). That’s a 19-point swing for independents from late September to now.

The poll also found that 61% of respondents don’t think Trump shares the moral values that most Americans try to live by. And with regard to a president asking a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, fully 68% of Americans said it was not acceptable ……

via Daily Kos Trump’s disastrous impeachment polling sends shock waves through GOP

8-year-old climbed over replica of Trump’s ‘impenetrable’ wall; an adult did it in 40 seconds

8-year-old climbed over replica of Trump’s ‘impenetrable’ wall; an adult did it in 40 seconds

Weber took the President’s claim as a challenge. He says he constructed his own replica of the wall, relying on the wall’s official dimensions as well as recent images of the structure. This weekend, Weber is planning to invite climbers attending the “Rocktoberfest” rock climbing festival at the nearby Red River Gorge canyon system in Kentucky to climb the model. Guests will be challenged to compete to climb up and over the wall in the fastest time.

Several people have already managed to climb up the wall replica, including 8-year-old Lucy Hancock. Hancock didn’t use any ropes or other tools to climb the wall, but wore a belay, a safety device designed to catch a falling climber. An adult climber, Erik Kloeker, was up and over the wall in about 40 seconds.

And there you have it. The very expensive wall that shut down the government, debased minorities, and divided the nation is totally useless.

Ha. Like you didn’t know that already.

via Daily Kos 8-year-old climbed over replica of Trump’s ‘impenetrable’ wall; an adult did it in 40 seconds

Turkish forces reportedly shell U.S. troops in Syria ‘by mistake’

Turkish forces reportedly shell U.S. troops in Syria ‘by mistake’

Turkish forces attacking targets in Syria appear to have fired on U.S. forces still in the country “by mistake.” Newsweek is reporting that a small number of troops, somewhere between 15 and 100 in number, came under artillery fire from advancing Turkish forces near the Kurdish city of Kobani. This appears to have happened even though Turkish officials were informed of the exact location of remaining U.S. troops as they are being withdrawn from Kurdish areas.

via Daily Kos Turkish forces reportedly shell U.S. troops in Syria ‘by mistake’

Trump faces 43 new ‘inappropriate’ behavior allegations, including sexual assault, in new book

Esquire reports that the book includes 43 new allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” It specifies that 26 of those 43 involved unwanted sexual contact.

Before the emergence of the book, we already knew that two dozen women had accused Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from groping to rape. Trump has denied all accusations and insulted numerous survivors who have come forward, brushing some off by saying they were “not his type.”

via Daily Kos Trump faces 43 new ‘inappropriate’ behavior allegations, including sexual assault, in new book

After tilting at Scottish windmills and losing, Trump refuses to pay legal bills

After tilting at Scottish windmills and losing, Trump refuses to pay legal bills

Severin Carrell reported yesterday in the Guardian that the Trump Organization is refusing to accept a legal bill of tens of thousands of pounds for the Scottish government’s court costs when it defended against Trump’s lawsuit over the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, an eleven-turbine windfarm in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. Trump had called the windfarm ‘’monstrous’’, claiming that it would ruin the view from his golf resort at Menie; the wind farm is about three miles away from the clubhouse and 2.4 miles from the course’s southern boundary.

Trump took his case to the courts and eventually lost in the UK supreme court in 2015, which awarded court costs to the Scottish government. Trump’s firm has refused to accept the bill for the costs, so the dispute over the legal bills is now before a court-appointed adjudicator.

via Daily Kos After tilting at Scottish windmills and losing, Trump refuses to pay legal bills

Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer and the Ukraine impeachment investigation were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

The charges Thursday relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested Wednesday trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.

via apnews Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Hypersonic Race to Hell | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Hypersonic Race to Hell | TomDispatch

We are, in other words, in a familiar place. Advances in technology have prepared the ground for a new phase of the arms race. Driving it, once again, is fear among the leading powers that their rivals will gain an advantage, this time in hypersonic weapons. What then? In a crisis, a state that gained such an advantage might, they warn, attack an adversary’s nuclear forces, military bases, airfields, warships, missile defenses, and command-and-control networks from great distances with stunning speed.

Such nightmarish scenario-building could simply be dismissed as wild-eyed speculation, but the more states think about, plan, and build weaponry along these lines, the greater the danger that a crisis could spiral into a hypersonic war once such weaponry was widely deployed. Imagine a crisis in the South China Sea in which the United States and China both have functional hypersonic weapons: China sees them as a means of blocking advancing American forces; the United States, as a means to destroy the very hypersonic arms China could use to achieve that objective. Both know this, so the decision of one or the other to fire first could come all too easily. Or, now that the INF Treaty has died, imagine a crisis in Europe involving the United States and Russia after both sides have deployed numerous intermediate-range hypersonic cruise missiles on the continent.

Some wonks say, in effect, Relax, hi-tech defenses against hypersonic weapons will be built, so crises like these won’t spin out of control. They seem to forget that defensive military innovations inevitably lead to offensive ones designed to negate them. Hypersonic weapons won’t prove to be the exception.

So, in a world of national (in)security, the new arms race is on. Buckle up

via Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Hypersonic Race to Hell | TomDispatch

Will Fed Make Trump A New Herbert Hoover? | New Eastern Outlook

Will Fed Make Trump A New Herbert Hoover? | New Eastern Outlook

The key to the US economy is debt and debt is at an all-time high for US Government, whose deficit is rising annually at more than $1 trillion, for corporations with record debt and for private households where home mortgage debt, student loan debt and car loan debt all are at record high levels. Student loan debt reached $1.46 trillion by January 2019, with serious delinquency rates much higher than any other debt type. Mortgage debt accounted for $9.12 trillion. Total private household debt was a record $13.5 trillion. If we add to this precarious economic debt the situation in American agriculture where farmers face the worst crisis since the early 1980’s, it is clear that the economic miracle of the Trump era is far from stable.

To wit, one of the most noted features of recent US economic growth, the US shale oil recovery of 2018 that made America the world’s largest oil producer, has all but flattened out this year as world oil prices fall sharply. The fall is threatening many US shale oil producers many of whom borrowed by issuing blow investment of high interest yield junk bonds in hopes of a recovery from the price collapse after 2014. Even an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure and threats of war in Iran and Venezuela have not stopped the price slide in oil in recent weeks. If oil prices continue to fall below $55 a barrel a new wave of bankruptcies and closings in the US energy sector will follow, most likely in 2020 just in time for the US elections.

From 1927 to 1929 the Fed deliberately created then burst a stock bubble using interest rates. Republican President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff act in 1930 to defend American industry, resulting in a trade war that was blamed along with Hoover for the Great Depression that was brought on by an economy bloated with debt and easy money during the Roarin’ Twenties boom. Hoover was blamed and lost re-election to Democrat FDR with his New Deal. Behind all were the actions of the Federal Reserve, the real power. Soon it will be clear if 2020 will be a modern era repeat of the Hoover script, this time with a Democrat whose “New Deal” will likely be green.

via Will Fed Make Trump A New Herbert Hoover? | New Eastern Outlook

A Few Informed Thoughts From a Veteran Cardio Rehab Nurse on Bernie’s Heart Attack | Common Dreams Views

A Few Informed Thoughts From a Veteran Cardio Rehab Nurse on Bernie’s Heart Attack | Common Dreams Views

So one day last week, I awoke to the news that Bernie Sanders had had “heart surgery.”  It turned out, not to be true, which is a very good thing, since actual heart surgery would have certainly meant the end of his presidential campaign.  Heart surgery is a very big deal indeed, generally involving a fairly arduous and months-long recovery.

“Honestly, the people who should be most worried right now are the campaign staff who will have to keep up with him now that the arteries are fully open.”
What he did have was a procedure to insert stents into a coronary artery.  This is something I know a fair bit about. I retired recently from a 36-year career as a Cardiac Rehab Nurse.  Cardiac Rehab is education and exercise for cardiac patients. About half the patients I saw were stent patients.  I explained the procedure to them before it was done, taught them about self-care before discharge, and supervised a longer-term exercise program to help them make a complete recovery and reduce the chance of recurrence.  This stuff was my life for 36 years.

My next question was: What had precipitated this?  The news said “chest discomfort.” A few days later, the somewhat more serious words “heart attack” were used.

Let me put this into context and give a little background.  Most heart disease in the developed world is what we call Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  This means fatty deposits that build up in the walls of the coronary arteries—the arteries that supply blood to the heart.  This build-up is a slow and gradual process that can go on for many years before it produces symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can be quite sudden, even though the process behind it has not been sudden at all.  Most people experience pain or pressure in the chest, often radiating to one or both arms, to the throat or to the upper back.

If the blockage is incomplete, we call the onset of symptoms “unstable angina.”  If the blockage is complete—a total cut-off of blood flow—we call that a “myocardial infarction”—or, more commonly, a heart attack.  In the old days, when I started my career, the difference was very consequential because a heart attack meant injury to the heart muscle that left a person permanently impaired.  Even today, people who don’t get quick care (often for lack of health insurance coverage!) still suffer that kind of permanent damage.

But, for those who do get quick care—as the Senator did—the difference matters a lot less.  We now have the technology to re-open a blocked artery and, if done quickly enough, eliminate the lasting damage that used to result from heart attacks.  The watchword of people in this business is “time is muscle” (heart muscle, that is). The sooner you can re-open the artery, the more heart function you save.  Soon enough, as appears to have been the case here, and you save it all.

So, what does this mean for the Senator’s campaign and fitness to be president?  Frankly, not much at all. While I don’t know all the details of what happened to Bernie, I know enough to say I would expect a return to full, unrestricted activity within two weeks after the event.  So I have no worries about his ability to return quickly to the campaign trail.

Remember, those arteries had been narrowed for a long time. Even with narrowed arteries the Senator has been keeping up a pace that most younger people couldn’t hope to match.  Now, they are wide open and he’s probably had no significant heart damage. We know from his high school track performances that he’s genetically designed for endurance. Honestly, the people who should be most worried right now are the campaign staff who will have to keep up with him now that the arteries are fully open.

via A Few Informed Thoughts From a Veteran Cardio Rehab Nurse on Bernie’s Heart Attack | Common Dreams Views

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies – Foreign Policy

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies – Foreign Policy

For sure, the United States is always frustrating for other countries to deal with: our political system is contentious and difficult to navigate, often surprising allies with congressional activism on trade and sanctions. Our public prefers simple explanations and clear-cut outcomes to the often unglamorous and elusive work of diplomacy and negotiation. We are impatient, demanding, and preachy. We often make problems worse and then cut our losses, leaving others to deal with the consequences. And we’re strong enough that we can absorb such losses, whereas other countries with smaller buffers are hugely affected by our choices.

Foreigners and friends abroad are right to question our promises. They are no longer even surprised by the contradictions rife in Obama administration foreign policy — when the State Department rings forth with a statement that the mass death sentences issued by Egyptian courts are “fundamentally incompatible with the basic precepts of human rights and democratic governance” the day after Secretary Kerry was in Cairo assuring our support to strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government.

via How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies – Foreign Policy

What is US foreign policy, other than doing what makes Trump richer?

Four Months After Threat To Seize Trump Towers Istanbul, Trump Gave In To Turkey’s Syria Troop Pullout Demand | Gagrule.net

Four Months After Threat To Seize Trump Towers Istanbul, Trump Gave In To Turkey’s Syria Troop Pullout Demand | Gagrule.net

So why did Trump accede to Erdogan’s demands for a U.S. pullout from Syria? The reasons remain unclear, but four months before Trump made his sudden decision, a major political party in Syria called for Erdogan’s government to seize the twin Trump Towers Istanbul skyscrapers, according to a report by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.

The call to seize the Trump Towers Istanbul came from Turkey’s İYİ Party — or “Good Party,” in English — which implored Erdogan to seize the buildings as retaliation for U.S. sanctions against two top officials in Erdogan’s regime, who were accused of human rights violations, according to an account in Britain’s Express newspaper.

via Four Months After Threat To Seize Trump Towers Istanbul, Trump Gave In To Turkey’s Syria Troop Pullout Demand | Gagrule.net

This is why a US politician or President should not own any assets or property or business.. Capitalists like Trump have their own interests in mind, not the interests of the US as a nation, nor it’s people.

There is hard data that shows that a centrist Democrat would be a losing candidate | Salon.com

There is hard data that shows that a centrist Democrat would be a losing candidate | Salon.com

The Republican Party has earned a reputation as the anti-science, anti-fact party — understandably, perhaps, given the GOP’s policy of ignoring the evidence for global climate change and insisting on  the efficacy of supply-side economics, despite all the research to the contrary. Yet ironically, it is now the Democratic Party that is wantonly ignoring mounds of social science data that suggests that promoting centrist candidates is a bad, losing strategy when it comes to winning elections. As the Democratic establishment and its pundit class starts to line up behind the centrist nominees for president — mainly, Joe Biden, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris — the party’s head-in-the-sand attitude is especially troubling.

via There is hard data that shows that a centrist Democrat would be a losing candidate | Salon.com

Trump ordered to turn over 8 years of tax returns after judge rules he has no immunity from criminal investigation | The Independent

Trump ordered to turn over 8 years of tax returns after judge rules he has no immunity from criminal investigation | The Independent

Donald Trump has been ordered to release his tax returns after a judge ruled that being president did not make him immune from investigation.

US district judge Victor Marrero said the claim of immunity was “extraordinary”, adding: “This court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

via Trump ordered to turn over 8 years of tax returns after judge rules he has no immunity from criminal investigation | The Independent

Do Americans Know How Much Trouble They’re In? – Eudaimonia and Co

America is at a crossroads. A point of no return. A democratic society cannot really survive the three assaults above, and go on being one. They may seem like just daily events in the ongoing sad saga of a troubled nation — but they are not just that. They contain great significance to history, which I feel American intellectuals are doing a poor job of interpreting and presenting to the American people. Let me take them one by one.
When a society has a leader who claims to not just be above the law — but to be the law — then such a society cannot be a democracy, or a constitutional republic, a res publica, the “public affair” of the classical Greeks. When a leader has absolute power, then rights cannot be said to exist, and there is no point to voting, representation, or legislation. If the will of the people, or their representatives, can be abrogated at any time, by a leader who can “pardon” anyone absolutely for anything, beginning with himself, then democracy ceases to matter in any way whatsoever — that is how you get to “90% of people vote for Putin!”, every single election.

Now, I am sure that you have had similar thoughts. But I want you to really understand it. When a society crosses this line, there is usually no going back. When Caesar crossed the Rubicon, Rome was finished. When the Sun King declared “l’etat, c’est moi”, “I am the state”, the French ancien regime was finished — the revolution was a foregone conclusion. And the same is true in America. If this line is crossed, there is likely to be no way back to democracy.

via Do Americans Know How Much Trouble They’re In? – Eudaimonia and Co

Trump accused of 26 new cases of ‘unwanted sexual contact’ | The Independent

Trump accused of 26 new cases of ‘unwanted sexual contact’ | The Independent

Donald Trump has been accused of another 26 incidents of “unwanted sexual contact” and 43 instances of inappropriate behaviour, including a claim he hid behind a tapestry to grope a woman at his Mar-a-Lago property.

The explosive allegations are featured in a new book, All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy, the first excerpt of which has been published by Esquire magazine.

via Trump accused of 26 new cases of ‘unwanted sexual contact’ | The Independent

Trump, Minneapolis Mayor Fight Over Who Should Pay for Trump’s Rally – Rolling Stone

Trump, Minneapolis Mayor Fight Over Who Should Pay for Trump’s Rally – Rolling Stone

The Trump campaign is indignant that it is being expected to help cover the cost of extra security for a rally planned in Minneapolis Thursday. According to the campaign, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is “attempting to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign by conjuring up a phony and outlandish bill for security.”

Let us pause here to acknowledge two facts. One: the Trump campaign reported it has raised, in the third quarter of this year alone, $125 million. And two: the Trump campaign has a left a trail of bad debts, some several years old at this point, in cities around the country.

via Trump, Minneapolis Mayor Fight Over Who Should Pay for Trump’s Rally – Rolling Stone

Trump refuses to rule out opponents being executed for treason: ‘They tried to take down the wrong person’ | The Independent

Trump refuses to rule out opponents being executed for treason: ‘They tried to take down the wrong person’ | The Independent

Mr Trump responded: “Well I think a number of people, and I think what (sic) you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.

“If you look at Comey, if you look at McCabe, if you look at probably people higher than that. If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover.

via Trump refuses to rule out opponents being executed for treason: ‘They tried to take down the wrong person’ | The Independent

Just like Hitler, who executed his political enemies…

Trump describes Kurds as ‘natural enemies’ with Turkey

Trump describes Kurds as ‘natural enemies’ with Turkey

President Trump defended his decision to pull armed forces out of Syria, saying he told Turkish President Erdogan there would be “big trouble” if any U.S. troops were hurt there. He also described Kurdish fighters as “natural enemies” with Turkey.

via nbcnews Trump describes Kurds as ‘natural enemies’ with Turkey

Trump Tariffs Are Costing Harley-Davidson A Fortune

Trump Tariffs Are Costing Harley-Davidson A Fortune

“Circle back to Trump’s comments when he met with Harley-Davidson in 2017. He said, ‘I think you’re going to even expand—I know your business is now doing very well.’ Nothing could be further from the truth as some manufacturing has been moved overseas, revenue and profits have declined, and the company’s market cap has fallen almost 20%.

Between the first half of 2018 and the first half of this year Harley-Davidson has seen its revenue, earnings and valuation metrics all fall. The declines may not be totally attributed to Trump’s tariffs and the EU’s reaction, but they probably accounted for a large portion of the reductions.

via labor411 Trump Tariffs Are Costing Harley-Davidson A Fortune

The dominoes are starting to lean and fall…

Olivia Newton John says medicinal cannabis is the key to her cancer recovery

Olivia Newton John says medicinal cannabis is the key to her cancer recovery

Now a cannabis convert, Newton-John is joining the fight for medicinal cannabis to be legalised. She and Easterling want Australians to have greater access to the plant, like they do in their home state of California – where both medicinal and recreational cannabis is legal.
She’s also hoping to break down the stigma surrounding cannabis use.
“It’s not a drug, it’s a herb and a plant,” she told Hayes.

via 9news Olivia Newton John says medicinal cannabis is the key to her cancer recovery

Federal Judge Rules Trump CAN BE Indicted While In Office | Deep Left Field

Federal Judge Rules Trump CAN BE Indicted While In Office | Deep Left Field

Judge Marrero wrote that such a notion was “repugnant” to the ideal put forth in the Constitution that no man — no matter his office or rank — is above the law:

“The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law with the text of the Constitution, the historical record, the relevant case law” or other authority.

“This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

via Federal Judge Rules Trump CAN BE Indicted While In Office | Deep Left Field

Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One. – Mother Jones

Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One. – Mother Jones

A report issued Thursday by some of the country’s leading election security experts found that voting machines used in dozens of state remain vulnerable to hacks and manipulations, warning that that without continued efforts to increase funding, upgrade technology, and adopt of voter-marked paper ballot systems, “we fear that the 2020 presidential elections will realize the worst fears only hinted at during the 2016 elections: insecure, attacked, and ultimately distrusted.”

“Participants were able to find new ways, or replicate previously published methods, of compromising every one of the devices.”
The 47-page report is the product of researchers who organized a shakedown of voting machines at the annual DefCon conference, one of world’s biggest information security gatherings frequented by hackers, government officials, and industry workers. First incorporated into DefCon in 2017 with the aim of improving voting machine security, this year’s version of the now-annual “Voting Machine Hacking Village” assembled over 100 machines and let hackers loose to find and exploit their vulnerabilities. While election officials have criticized the effort’s utility as a testing ground, deriding it as a “pseudo environment,” some have seen value in letting machines’ flaws become more known and potentially lead to security improvements.

via Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One. – Mother Jones

River Flows Are Falling Worldwide as Groundwater Is Depleted – Bloomberg

River Flows Are Falling Worldwide as Groundwater Is Depleted – Bloomberg

Another slow-motion, man-made environmental disaster has been discovered, and it’s underneath your feet.

About 70% of the water pumped out of underground aquifers worldwide is used for agriculture while much of the remainder quenches the thirst of cities. As industrial development spreads at a speedy clip, the rate at which those critical reservoirs are emptied is far outpacing the rate at which they are naturally replenished.

via River Flows Are Falling Worldwide as Groundwater Is Depleted – Bloomberg

Bernie Sanders speaks for first time after heart attack

Bernie Sanders speaks for first time after heart attack

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks on camera, for the first time since he was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, while on a walk with his wife in Burlington, Vermont

via CNN Bernie Sanders speaks for first time after heart attack

UK retail sales spooked by Brexit, as German factory orders slide – as it happened | Business | The Guardian

UK retail sales spooked by Brexit, as German factory orders slide – as it happened | Business | The Guardian

Germany’s factories have suffered badly from the US-China trade war, the slowdown in the eurozone, and economic problems at home.

via UK retail sales spooked by Brexit, as German factory orders slide – as it happened | Business | The Guardian

Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent Deforestation, Cure Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?

Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent Deforestation, Cure Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?

Hemp provides the fibre to make a durable paper – a far more sensible solution than the wasteful method of clear cutting old growth forests, or even the cultivation pine plantations that are ecologically speaking dead zones that take 20 years to mature before they can be harvested. Cannabis produces 4 times more fibre per acre and can be harvested several times per year. The first dollar bills were printed on hemp paper, your old family bible is probably printed on hemp paper and even the constitution itself was drafted on hemp paper.

Hemp has the strongest natural fibres, which can be used not just to produce rough cloth, such as sails or canvass, but also durable work clothes, like the original jeans. When the plants are grown closer together the fibre becomes shorter and finer, which allows for finer textiles. Today, there are some fashion designers that are experimenting with a wide range of textiles made from hemp for their stylish, trendy hemp lines, shirts, suits, bags, jeans and more. And, no- you can’t smoke them to get high!

Hemp fibres are also finding application as a modern building material, an application that has been spearheaded and exploited successfully in France. Hemp fibres can be blended with water and limestone to create an extremely tough, light-weight, natural cement that has not only excellent insulating properties, but also shows more flexibility than conventional concrete, which makes it particularly useful as a building material in earthquake prone areas.

via wakingtimes Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent Deforestation, Cure Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?

Mitch McConnell Plans To Rig Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Mitch McConnell Plans To Rig Trump’s Impeachment Trial

McConnell is going to rig the rules. Trump is going to claim that he was exonerated, and will run on the Senate not convicting him in 2020.

Impeachment is necessary due to Trump trying to get foreign countries to interfere for him in the 2020 election, but unless these Republicans do more than express concern, Trump’s impeachment trial will be a sham.

via politicususa Mitch McConnell Plans To Rig Trump’s Impeachment Trial

When the court, prosecutor, policians and judges are all bribed, and/or bought off, how can anyone get a fair Constitutional based trial?

Op-Ed: Christianity Is Not About Religion—It’s About A Personal Relationship With Donald Trump | The Babylon Bee

Op-Ed: Christianity Is Not About Religion—It’s About A Personal Relationship With Donald Trump | The Babylon Bee

Yet, sadly, sometimes we treat Christianity like a set of strict rules to follow. This is a deadly error. One of the worst things you can do in your spiritual walk with God is to equate your beliefs with cold, dead religion. Let me state this plainly: Christianity is not a religion.

Christianity is a personal relationship with President Donald Trump.

It’s not ritual, it’s not ceremony, it’s not going to church on the first day of the week and wearing your Sunday best. It’s not wearing shined-up shoes and polo shirts so everyone else at church will think you’re doing alright. It’s not cold, and it’s not dead. It is a living, active relationship with God’s chosen ruler of the United States.

Don’t measure your faith by how much stuff you do for God; measure your faith by how closely your life emulates that of our savior, Donald Trump. This simple paradigm shift will cause your spiritual growth to skyrocket as you shed the empty shell of false religion and connect on a personal level with Trump.

via Op-Ed: Christianity Is Not About Religion—It’s About A Personal Relationship With Donald Trump | The Babylon Bee

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The Movement Bernie Started Is Bigger Than Any One Person. Have Faith in That Movement, Not Just the Man | Common Dreams Views

The Movement Bernie Started Is Bigger Than Any One Person. Have Faith in That Movement, Not Just the Man | Common Dreams Views

The movement does not begin and end with Sanders. From the first day he steps into the Oval Office, the change begins, like a pebble thrown into the water, reverberating through the depths, rippling across the surface. Every individual within his administration will be a part of the revolution. Every person who chooses to stand at his side represents the ideals of integrity, honesty, humility, transparency, and responsibility to our environment, responsibility to those who are voiceless.

The reason people support Bernie Sanders is not because of the man; it is because of the ideals that he represents. He fights for the issues that are dear to us, and people trust him to fill his administration with those who will carry on in these fights. I have no doubt that his administration will be one of moral integrity. That every person appointed and hired will truly have these ideals at heart and will have the moral fortitude to stand up to corporate interests and lobbyists. A government for the people and by the people. And while I would love for Sanders to fill the role of president for four whole years, we would be blessed to have even one day because that’s all we truly need. For just a moment, someone to put their foot in the door, so the rest of us can gather the strength to get out of this sandpit, push open that door more fully, and allow in the integrity and compassion we’ve been missing.

Ultimately, the choice is his, but knowing Bernie, I believe that he’ll be fighting with every bit of his strength until his final days (may they be many years from now!), win or lose, rain or shine, because that is simply the type of person he is.

So, as selfish as it may be, I ask that he keep fighting for us. Just a little longer. I am willing to put my faith in the movement as a whole. I am putting my faith in every person that is a part of this. Keep pulling. Not me, us.

via The Movement Bernie Started Is Bigger Than Any One Person. Have Faith in That Movement, Not Just the Man | Common Dreams Views

Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment

Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment

At some point in 2019 (if not sooner) a Republican Senator may walk into the Oval Office and say to President Trump: “Mr. President, we don’t have the votes,” at which point the Trump presidency will end in a resignation or a conviction in the Senate.

This scenario actually occurred forty-three years ago this summer when Republican Senator Barry Goldwater walked into the Oval Office and told Republican President Richard Nixon that they didn’t have the votes in the Senate to save his presidency.

Following impeachment in the House, a trial takes place in the Senate. Conviction requires two-thirds of the Senate and by my count there are already twelve senators who have shown a willingness to take on the president when they believe he is in the wrong.

via Newsweek Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment

In Turkey Vs. Kurds Dispute, Trump Chooses The Side Where He Has A Condo Complex | HuffPost

In Turkey Vs. Kurds Dispute, Trump Chooses The Side Where He Has A Condo Complex | HuffPost

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s abandonment of one of the United States’ strongest allies in the fight against Islamic State terrorists also happens to reward the authoritarian ruler of Turkey, where the U.S. president personally profits from the Trump Towers in Istanbul.

via In Turkey Vs. Kurds Dispute, Trump Chooses The Side Where He Has A Condo Complex | HuffPost

Canadians Told to Stop Taking Aspirin Because Potential Harm Outweighs Benefits

Canadians Told to Stop Taking Aspirin Because Potential Harm Outweighs Benefits

If you’ve never had a heart attack or stroke, you likely should not be taking aspirin to prevent them, according to new research.

“This is the most significant practice-changing evidence to come out in the past year,” said Michael Kolber, a family medicine professor at the University of Alberta and co-author of a paper published in Canadian Family Physician, along with recent University of Calgary family medicine graduate Paul Fritsch.

Kolber and Fritsch reviewed three large, randomized, placebo-controlled studies published in 2018 that showed the risk of major internal bleeding associated with taking an aspirin a day is higher than any preventative benefits.

via Natural Blaze Canadians Told to Stop Taking Aspirin Because Potential Harm Outweighs Benefits

Donald Trump’s businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests | The Independent

Donald Trump’s businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests | The Independent

Donald Trump’s companies are almost $1.8 billion in debt to more than 150 institutions, a new report has suggested – raising fresh questions about potential conflicts of interests when the Republican takes office in January.

However, a new study by the Wall Street Journal claims an additional $1.5 billion is owed by companies that are partly owned by the billionaire.

via Donald Trump’s businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests | The Independent

Complete Human Genome DNA Found in Contaminated MMR Vaccine by Italian Researchers

Complete Human Genome DNA Found in Contaminated MMR Vaccine by Italian Researchers

Italian scientists from an organization called Corvelva have published results from their testing of the Priorix Tetra vaccine (Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella – MMRV) produced by GlaxoSmithKline.

Their report claims that DNA re-sequencing testing shows that the MMRV vaccine produced from cell line MRC-5 (of fetal origin) had an entire human genome with all the chromosomes of a male individual.

The human reference genome was found to be matched by 99.76% reads from vaccine DNA, that means nearly in all its entirety. The human fetal DNA presented in this vaccine is a single entire genome, that means the vaccine contains genomic DNA with all the chromosomes of a male individual (in fact MRC-5 originates from a male fetus).

The researchers claim that variants of this human genomic DNA that were found in the Priorix lot for the MMRV vaccine have been found in “genes involved in cancer.”

Injecting our children with human fetal DNA contaminants bears the risk of causing two well-established pathologies:

  1. Insertional mutagenesis: fetal human DNA incorporates into the child’s DNA causing mutations. Gene therapy using small fragment homologous recombination has demonstrated that as low as 1.9 ng/ml of DNA fragments results in insertion into the genome of stem cells in 100% of mice injected. The levels of human fetal DNA fragments in our children after vaccination with MMR, Varivax (chickenpox) or Hepatitis A containing vaccines reach levels beyond 1.9 ng/ml.
  2. Autoimmune disease: fetal human DNA triggers a child’s immune system to attack his/her own body.

via VaccineImpact Complete Human Genome DNA Found in Contaminated MMR Vaccine by Italian Researchers

Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”?

Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”?

The reason modern technology has not been able to pinpoint the killer influenza strain from this pandemic is because influenza was not the killer.
More soldiers died during WWI from disease than from bullets.
The pandemic was not flu. An estimated 95% (or higher) of the deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia, not influenza/a virus.
The pandemic was not Spanish. The first cases of bacterial pneumonia in 1918 trace back to a military base in Fort Riley, Kansas.
From January 21 – June 4, 1918, an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine cultured in horses by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York was injected into soldiers at Fort Riley.
During the remainder of 1918 as those soldiers – often living and traveling under poor sanitary conditions – were sent to Europe to fight, they spread bacteria at every stop between Kansas and the frontline trenches in France.
One study describes soldiers “with active infections (who) were aerosolizing the bacteria that colonized their noses and throats, while others—often, in the same “breathing spaces”—were profoundly susceptible to invasion of and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or others’ colonizing bacteria.” (1)
The “Spanish Flu” attacked healthy people in their prime.  Bacterial pneumonia attacks people in their prime. Flu attacks the young, old and immunocompromised.
When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent the antimeningococcic serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries, helping spread the epidemic worldwide.

via vaccineimpact Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”?

German workers win right to 28-hour working week

German workers win right to 28-hour working week

German metal workers have won the right to a 28-hour working week in a landmark deal between employers and Europe’s biggest union.

Under the deal, workers will be allowed to reduce their working week to just 28 hours for a temporary period of up to two years. Employers will not be able to block individual workers from taking up the offer.

Those who take advantage of the deal will only be paid for the hours worked and at the end of two years they will have to return to the current 35-hour working week.

via telegraph German workers win right to 28-hour working week

Maryland Pastor Claims ‘Demons’ Forced Him To Sexually Assault Underage Girl | Michael Stone

Maryland Pastor Claims ‘Demons’ Forced Him To Sexually Assault Underage Girl | Michael Stone

The Devil Made Him Do It: Octavio Cantarero, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Maryland, was arrested and charged with trying to rape an underage girl who was a member of his congregation.

Fox News reports:

A Maryland pastor was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to rape a young girl in January while she was a member of his congregation, according to police.

Octavio Cantarero, 42, of Gaithersburg, Md., allegedly told the minor that demons inside her had provoked him to commit the offense

via Maryland Pastor Claims ‘Demons’ Forced Him To Sexually Assault Underage Girl | Michael Stone

American troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria

American troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said American troops began pulling back Monday from positions along the border in northeast Syria ahead of an expected Turkish invasion that the Syrian Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State group.

The Syrian Kurdish fighters also accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies in the fight against ISIS. It’s a major shift in U.S. policy.

via  militarytimes American troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria

Hog News: Giant Pigs Size of Polar Bears Being Bred in China – Bloomberg

Hog News: Giant Pigs Size of Polar Bears Being Bred in China – Bloomberg

In a farm deep in the southern region of China lives a very big pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives

via Hog News: Giant Pigs Size of Polar Bears Being Bred in China – Bloomberg

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