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Pregnant, Starving Orangutan Clings to Tree as Bulldozers Destroy Rainforest Home For Palm Oil Plantation

Pregnant, Starving Orangutan Clings to Tree as Bulldozers Destroy Home

Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is extracted from the fruits and seeds of the oil palm—also known as the African palm—and is a common additive on supermarket shelves across the globe.

Oil extracted from the fruit of the palm is not only used in foods like instant noodles, yogurt, ice cream, and wine, but is also used in biofuel and a range of household products including laundry detergents, shampoo and cosmetic goods like lipstick.

Roughly 66 million tons of palm oil are produced each year, driving a trend that has seen forests burned and land robbed to make room for plantations, contributing greatly to global deforestation and the displacement of not only rural human populations, but local animal species endemic to the region.

via Pregnant, Starving Orangutan Clings to Tree as Bulldozers Destroy Home

Trump Personal Driver Noel Cintron Sues For Unpaid Labor – Bloomberg

Trump Personal Driver Noel Cintron Sues For Unpaid Labor – Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years says the billionaire real estate developer didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits.

Noel Cintron, who is listed in public records as a registered Republican, sued the Trump Organization for about 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years. He’s not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations.

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via Trump Personal Driver Noel Cintron Sues For Unpaid Labor – Bloomberg

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is the 3rd Trump administration member linked to Jeffrey Epstein or his circle

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is the 3rd Trump administration member linked to Jeffrey Epstein or his circle

Brunel reportedly disappeared from public view after Epstein’s suicide in August.

The Beast said Mnuchin was listed on the official documents as a “state point of contact” for Brunel’s Next Management Corporation, a company he formed in 1988 with his brother.

A state point of contact is responsible for liaising between a company and the New York Department of State, filing legal documents and receiving lawsuits and other legal information on a company’s behalf.

via yahoo Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is the 3rd Trump administration member linked to Jeffrey Epstein or his circle

Under Trump, Health Insurance With Less Coverage Floods Market – Bloomberg

Under Trump, Health Insurance With Less Coverage Floods Market – Bloomberg

Surrano saw insurers behaving badly long before Obamacare, but he credits the Trump administration with the abuses being perpetrated today. “Creating an exception to the requirements of Obamacare is what gave rise to this kind of stuff,” he says. “This is what you get—you get people like Mrs. Diaz and her family.”

Similar stories aren’t hard to find. Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission obtained by Businessweek via the Freedom of Information Act detail numerous cases of HIIQ customers buying medical insurance they believed was comprehensive, then having their claims rejected or barely paid out. “I feel me really dumb,” wrote one person who’d found out her ADHD medication wasn’t covered. Another customer said she was reminded of the John Grisham novel The Rainmaker, in which an insurance company has a policy of rejecting every claim. Trudy Slawson, a 65-year-old in Great Falls, Mont., who bought an HIIQ-administered plan in 2016, thought she had comprehensive coverage until getting a surprise bill for $60,000 after her husband’s emergency gallbladder removal. The insurer paid only $100. “I believed what they were telling me,” she says.

via Under Trump, Health Insurance With Less Coverage Floods Market – Bloomberg

The biggest con job in history and the biggest wealth transfer ever… all going to the 1 percent like Trump and his friends.

Trump To Block California From Setting Its Own Car Pollution Standards: Report | HuffPost

Trump To Block California From Setting Its Own Car Pollution Standards: Report | HuffPost

The move is the latest salvo in what some now call the Trump administration’s war on states’ rights, inverting a well-worn Republican talking point.

The conservative movement’s rhetoric on states’ rights took shape during the 1960s, when federalism became a euphemistic proxy for the fight over desegregation. But, particularly under Obama’s administration, Republicans seized on states’ rights to push back against efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

Yet for all the Trump administration’s talk of making states the “laboratories of democracy once again,” the EPA is putting aggressive curbs on states’ power to enact stricter pollution rules.

via Trump To Block California From Setting Its Own Car Pollution Standards: Report | HuffPost

Trump’s NLRB Just Made It Easier For Employers To Alter Contracts Without Asking Unions First

Trump’s NLRB Just Made It Easier For Employers To Alter Contracts Without Asking Unions First

The Trump Administration, via the NLRB, has once again sided on the side of employers at the cost of unions and their members.

Specifically, the test for whether an employer can unilaterally alter the provisions of a contract has become much easier for employers. Gone is the old “clear and unmistakable waiver” test. Replacing it is the “contract coverage” standard.

The NLRB has issued the following statement explaining the new development:

“In a decision issued today, the National Labor Relations Board adopted the “contract coverage” standard for determining whether a unionized employer’s unilateral change in a term or condition of employment violates the National Labor Relations Act. In doing so, the Board abandoned the ‘clear and unmistakable waiver’ standard, which has been rejected by several federal courts of appeals, notably including the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which has plenary jurisdiction to review Board rulings. The decision is M.V. Transportation, Inc. (28-CA-173726; 368 NLRB No. 66).

via Trump’s NLRB Just Made It Easier For Employers To Alter Contracts Without Asking Unions First

Fascism rising.. Trump led war on unions so that the billionaires can get even richer is ‘winning’. But Americans are LOSING.

Teamsters Join In Solidarity With UAW Strike, Refuse to Transport GM Vehicles

Teamsters Join In Solidarity With UAW Strike, Refuse to Transport GM Vehicles

Fox Business reports:

“The Teamsters won’t be transporting General Motors vehicles during the United Auto Workers’ strike.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said on Sunday that its members will stand in solidarity with the UAW and honor its picket lines as the union begins a strike against GM at midnight.

‘Teamsters and the UAW have a decades-long relationship of having each other’s back,’ Hoffa said.

via Teamsters Join In Solidarity With UAW Strike, Refuse to Transport GM Vehicles

GM, Which Made $8.1 Billion In Profit And Paid Its CEO $22 Million, Just Cancelled Health Benefits For 50,000 Workers

GM, Which Made $8.1 Billion In Profit And Paid Its CEO $22 Million, Just Cancelled Health Benefits For 50,000 Workers

GM has abruptly cancelled health benefits for striking workers. And to make matters worse, the cancellation takes effect immediately.

ABC affiliate, WXYZ reports:

“General Motors is playing hardball with striking UAW members.

The company is pulling the plug on the healthcare coverage effective Tuesday, Sept. 17. That means the tab will have to be picked up by the union for workers to continue coverage. The same fund that pays workers $250 a week strike pay.

via GM, Which Made $8.1 Billion In Profit And Paid Its CEO $22 Million, Just Cancelled Health Benefits For 50,000 Workers

Part of the Trump led war on unions..

Impact of Yemeni Attack on Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facilities

Impact of Yemeni Attack on Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facilities

PK: Of course, the Saudi military power is nothing without the full support and guidance, by weapons and technical and strategic advice directly from the Pentagon, CIA – and the European vassals, and – of course – from weapon manufacturers and weapon sales sharks, in the UK and in France.

The Saudis from day one – in October 2015 – were just launching a proxy war for the US against Yemen – Yemen has a key strategic location in the Gulf and Middle East, and also off-shore deep hydrocarbon deposits – and god forbid, may not be ruled by a people-friendly – a socialist leaning government. For the last 50-some years Yemen was ruled by a US puppet, or puppets – which was OK for the US, but once people get tired of injustice and corruption, they decided to dispose their nefarious regime and replace it with the popular Houthi movement.

When the Saudis agreed in the early 1970’s as head of OPEC and on behalf of OPEC, to sell crude only in US-dollars, the US Administration offered them in turn – “forever” military protection, in the form of multiple military bases in the Saudi territories. Without this protection, the Saudis would not have survived as long as they did with their horrendous discriminatory and corrupt government and, of course, without that protection, OPEC may not have stuck to the “dollar-only” rule to trade hydrocarbons. – We might be in another world today – but, we really don’t know how dynamics might have worked out.

via Impact of Yemeni Attack on Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facilities – Counter Information

US Rejects “Resolution” in All Its War Theaters

US Rejects “Resolution” in All Its War Theaters

US direct or proxy war on Iraq raged on and off intermittently since Jimmy Carter launched the Iran/Iraq war in September 1980 — nearly four decades of horrors inflicted on long-suffering Iraqis, continuing today.

US forces occupied the country in early 2003 with no intention of leaving, Iraqi puppet rule permitting it.

The same is true for Afghanistan, permanent occupation planned. Longstanding US policy aims to install pro-Western puppet rule in Iran, wanting control of Libya maintained the same way.

Transforming swords into plowshares is off the table in parts of the world where US wars rage — peace and stability considered anathema notions, equity and justice disdained the same way.

via US Rejects “Resolution” in All Its War Theaters – Counter Information

Never ending wars is what fascist dictator led nations do.. not democracies.

“Drone Attack” on Saudi Oil – Who Benefits?

“Drone Attack” on Saudi Oil – Who Benefits?

The war in Yemen was a result of US-backed regime change operations aimed at Yemen – along with Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Syria, and Egypt – starting in 2011.

Major hostilities began when the client regime installed by the US was ousted from power in 2015. Since then, the US and its Saudi allies have brutalized and ravaged Yemen triggering one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century.

The UN’s own news service in an article titled, “Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world, warns UN,” would admit:

An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned on Thursday. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

The cause of this catastrophe is the deliberate blockading of Yemen.

via “Drone Attack” on Saudi Oil – Who Benefits? – Astute News

‘You’re not going to stonewall me!’: Democrats press Lewandowski at fiery Hill hearing

‘You’re not going to stonewall me!’: Democrats press Lewandowski at fiery Hill hearing

“You’re not going to stonewall me and my questioning!” Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., told Lewandowski. Cicilline later suggested that lawmakers hold the former Trump aide in contempt of Congress. As the section of the hearing featuring member questions drew to a close, Nadler made the same threat, telling Lewandowski that his behavior Tuesday was “unacceptable.”

Nadler himself said as the hearing began that the White House’s effort to stop or limit former staff from speaking fully before Congress amounted to a “shocking and dangerous assertion of executive privilege and absolute immunity.”

“The White House is advancing a new dangerous theory of crony privilege. It makes absolute immunity look good by comparison. Where are the limits?” he asked at the hearing. “This is a cover-up, plain and simple.”

via NBC ‘You’re not going to stonewall me!’: Democrats press Lewandowski at fiery Hill hearing

Warning Signs – ALEXANDRA STEIN Ph.D. Understanding Cults and Extremist Groups

Warning Signs – ALEXANDRA STEIN Ph.D. Understanding Cults and Extremist Groups

8 Criteria for Totalism
From Robert Jay Lifton’s (1961) Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

1.  Milieu control. Control of environment, communication and information, isolating the person from outside world and from his or her own inner dialog. May include sleep, diet, schedule, living situation, etc.
2.  Mystical Manipulation. Deception is justified for the ‘higher purpose’ of the group. Certain experiences appear spontaneous to awe the recruit or cult member.
3. Demand For Purity. The world is viewed as black and white (us vs. them) and group members are constantly pushed to strive for perfection. Guilt and shame become powerful control devices.
4. The Cult Of Confession. Real or imagined ‘sins’ are to be confessed to the group.  Boundaries of personal privacy are confused.
5. The Sacred Science. The group’s doctrine (total ideology) is seen as the ‘Ultimate Truth’. No questions of this ‘Truth’ (and therefore, the group and leader) are allowed. Inhibits individual thought, imagination, creativity.
6. Loading The Language. Use of  jargon internal to – and only  understandable by – the group. Constricting the language constricts people’s capacity for independent thinking.
7. Doctrine Over Person. One’s personal experience is subordinated to the ‘Truth’ of the group. Contrary experiences are shoe-horned to fit the needs of the doctrine. The person’s sense of integrity is lost.
8. Dispensing Of Existence. The group determines who has the right to exist and who doesn’t. Us vs. Them. Non-believers are considered ‘evil’ or non-people.

via alexandrastein Warning Signs – ALEXANDRA STEIN Ph.D. Understanding Cults and Extremist Groups

NXIVM Cult, Jness, Society of Protectors, DOS or “Dominus Obsequious Sororium, Rainbow Cultural Garden Cult – Keith Raniere (co-founder, leader) Nancy Salzman (co-founder, president) – Illustrates The Danger Of Positivity Belief Systems, Denial That Darkness Exists, Ignore Warnings | A Green Road Journal

There is a danger in any group or business or religion that focuses only on positivity, joy, peace or happiness, while excluding everything else. There is a danger in a top down organization using positivity as their only focus.

Sociopaths and psychopaths are just as likely to be attracted and rise to the top of these organizations as they are the mob, political groups or religious institutions. Another danger with top down organizations of any kind is that the few people at the top are subject to the corruption that wealth and power brings with them.

Top Down Hierarchical Power Structures corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, even inside of organizations dedicated to peace, joy and happiness. Absolute power within any organization including positivity focused ones, can quickly devolve into sexual slavery, financial corruption, fraud, threats, intimidation, a mob like atmosphere, and worse.

Just about all rigid, hierarchical organizations with just one or several people ruling at the top have a Master/Slave relationship with their followers. Secrecy adds to the dangers of a cult developing, while transparency and leaders held accountable count.

Just because people involved are good looking, charming, positive, joyful, rich, powerful and/or famous, does not make it something other than a cult. Just because the goal of the group leader or followers is enlightenment, does not make it anything other than a cult.

via NXIVM Cult, Jness, Society of Protectors, DOS or “Dominus Obsequious Sororium, Rainbow Cultural Garden Cult – Keith Raniere (co-founder, leader) Nancy Salzman (co-founder, president) – Illustrates The Danger Of Positivity Belief Systems, Denial That Darkness Exists, Ignore Warnings | A Green Road Journal

Nxivm Former Member Sarah Edmondson: How She Recruited

In her new memoir, Scarred, Vancouver actress Sarah Edmondson tells the story of her time in the now infamous “sex slave cult” Nxivm. The group, which fronted as a personal development program, made headlines last year after the FBI arrested founder Keith Raniere and several well-known actresses, including Allison Mack and Kristen Kreuk, were exposed as current or former members. Raniere was found guilty of seven charges, including sex-trafficking, in June.
It was an outcome Edmondson never would have predicted when she signed on to take some courses in the early aughts. Over her decade plus with Nxivm, she rose to star recruiter, founder of the cult’s first and only Canadian chapter in Vancouver, and ultimately, to whistleblower. Here, she tells Refinery29 how cults hide the crazy and the pitch that brought in more than 2,000 new members.

via efinery29 Nxivm Former Member Sarah Edmondson: How She Recruited

6 Of The Last 8 U.S. Recessions Were Preceded By Oil Price Spikes – Damage To Saudi Oil Industry Could Take “Months” To Repair

6 Of The Last 8 U.S. Recessions Were Preceded By Oil Price Spikes – Damage To Saudi Oil Industry Could Take “Months” To Repair

One analyst quoted by Oilprice.com believes that we could soon see it hit $80 a barrel, and others believe that it could move up toward $100 a barrel not too long from now.

In the days ahead, global markets will be watching Saudi Arabia very carefully.  The longer it takes them to resume normal production levels, the higher the price of oil will go.

According to Bloomberg, one analyst is already publicly admitting that “full resumption could be weeks or even months away”…

All eyes are on how fast the kingdom can recover from the devastating strike, which knocked out roughly 5% of global supply and triggered a record surge in oil prices. Initially, it was said that significant volumes of crude could begin to flow again within days. While Aramco is still assessing the state of the plant and the scope of repairs, it currently believes less than half of the plant’s capacity can be restored quickly, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

via theeconomiccollapseblog 6 Of The Last 8 U.S. Recessions Were Preceded By Oil Price Spikes – Damage To Saudi Oil Industry Could Take “Months” To Repair

Billionaire’s son is hooker-loving drug addict who threatened shrink

Billionaire’s son is hooker-loving drug addict who threatened shrink

But at a closed-court hearing on Monday, Jay Schottenstein — the Columbus-based retail magnate and chairman of DSW and American Eagle Outfitters — was spotted by The Post entering the courtroom.

“Doe is every parent’s worst nightmare,” reads the Manhattan federal lawsuit filed by Conti against the 34-year-old John Doe.

“Clinically, he suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, including Borderline and Antisocial traits. His condition manifests itself in a variety of ways, including an addiction to Xanax, frequent cocaine use (often with prostitutes), thefts of money from his parents, multi-million-dollar gambling losses, as well as violent, abusive and threatening behavior.”

Conti said the family brought their son in to see him in 2016, as he was spiraling out of control and becoming increasingly erratic and destructive.

via nypost Billionaire’s son is hooker-loving drug addict who threatened shrink

Be happy you are not a billionaire. Their problems are much larger than the problems that the 99 percent have.

Why would Israel spy on Donald Trump?

Why would Israel spy on Donald Trump?

“The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates – though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful,” according to Politico.

What gives the Politico report added weight is that US officials were already suspicious of regular Israeli spying. For one thing, the Israelis often seemed to have detailed knowledge of internal and secret US deliberations.

“Sometimes it was sort of knowledge of our thinking,” an official said.

“Occasionally there were some turns of phrase like language that as far as we knew had only appeared in drafts of speeches and never been actually used publicly, and then some Israeli official would repeat it back to us and say, ‘This would be really problematic if you were to say X.’”

via Why would Israel spy on Donald Trump? – Counter Information

PressTV-Yemeni drones hit world’s largest refinery in Saudi Arabia

PressTV-Yemeni drones hit world’s largest refinery in Saudi Arabia

A spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said in a statement that the attacks targeted two Aramco factories in Abqaiq and Khurais.

The statement did not identify the source of the attacks, but Yemen’s Houthi movement later claimed responsibility in an announcement on Al Masirah TV.

The movement’s military spokesman General Yahya Sare’e said 10 drones were deployed against the sites in Abqaiq and Khurais, and pledged to widen the range of attacks on Saudi Arabia

via PressTV-Yemeni drones hit world’s largest refinery in Saudi Arabia

Yemen is hitting back at the dark oil underbelly of Saudi Arabia. If the oil money can be cut off, Saudis will be brought to their knees fairly quickly. This is an escalation from the one drone attacks of the past.

What happens when this escalates again, and more facilities like this are targeted, cutting off ALL oil from Saudi Arabia, instead of just 50 percent?

What Are The Energies Supporting For Me Today?

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Sunday September 15, 2019

Asking, “What are the energies supporting for me today?” and then honouring whatever that may be with your complete faith and trust is exactly how you become masterful at harnessing the full power and assistance of the flow. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Sunday September 15, 2019

Embodiment Process

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Monday September 16, 2019

The embodiment process you have been participating in, which is simply a process of coming Home to yourself and embracing your authentic power, was just the first step. Now the real fun can begin as you start to explore and create in the new energies. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Monday September 16, 2019

Sign petition: Homeless people need stable housing and resources, not Trump Camps

Sign the petition: Homeless people need stable housing and resources, not federal camps

As always, the cruelty is the point. Trump’s effort to “crack down” on homelessness is about invisibilizing people he deems to be a burden—and punishing Democratic policymakers in states with large homeless populations because of their “liberal policies.”

In order to make actual change, we must listen to what housing advocates have been saying for decades: affordable, stable housing is the solution to homelessness. The administration’s policies to cut food stamps, erode health care, and terrorize marginalized communities are just making it worse.

People experiencing homelessness need resources, but Trump’s plan doesn’t cut it. We need real solutions.

Sign the petition to the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Affairs: Homeless people need stable housing and resources, not federal camps.

via Daily Kos Sign the petition: Homeless people need stable housing and resources, not federal camps

60 Percent Of Americans Believe A Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Continue To Pile Up Debt At A Frightening Pace

60 Percent Of Americans Believe A Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Continue To Pile Up Debt At A Frightening Pace

Many Americans claim they simply don’t earn enough money to build any type of savings account or amass any meaningful financial assets. Now, a troubling study out of Oregon State University finds some definite statistical truth to these sentiments, concluding that over 63% of American children and 55% of Americans live in “asset poverty.”

In other words, most Americans are living right on the edge financially, and that is a very dangerous place to be.  If you are not familiar with the term “asset poverty”, the following is a pretty good definition…

Asset poverty means having few or no financial assets to fall back on in the event of a financial calamity, such as losing one’s job or encountering a medical crisis. Some examples of common financial assets are vehicles, houses, savings accounts, and investments. Without these assets, weathering a financial crisis is extremely difficult.

When you really don’t have any real wealth of your own, you are essentially living paycheck to paycheck, and a single major setback can be absolutely disastrous.

via theeconomiccollapseblog 60 Percent Of Americans Believe A Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Continue To Pile Up Debt At A Frightening Pace

Highest Mg Calcium Found in Herbs

Calcium in Spices and Herbs

2 basil, dried
Calcium: 1684mg

3 savory, ground
Calcium: 1567mg

4 Basil, fresh
Calcium: 1539mg

5 marjoram, dried
Calcium: 1469mg

6 dill weed, dried
Calcium: 1411mg

7 thyme, dried
Calcium: 1369mg

8 chervil, dried
Calcium: 1136mg

9 parsley, dried
Calcium: 1064mg

via nutritiondata Foods highest in Calcium in Spices and Herbs

Herbs High In Calcium

Culinary Herbs and Their Uses

A little booklet by the Natural Food Institute, “Powerhouse Plants,” (no date; published by the NFI, Box 185 WMB, Dudley, MA 01570, U.S.A.) provides data on many food plants including herbs.

Among the top 20 calcium sources: dried parsley (1468 milligrams per 100 grams), sesame seeds (975 mg/100g), chia seeds (529 mg/100g), boiled lamb’s quarters (258 mg/100g), sesame butter (tahini) (420 mg/100g), carob flour (352 mg/100g), and sunflower seed flour (114 mg/100g). Dried parsley had more calcium than even dolomite powder, a calcium mineral supplement. Fresh parsley has 203 mg/100g.

Other herbs and vegetables from the Richters catalogue with high calcium (100-300 mg/100g) are vegetable amaranth, cooked dandelion greens, mustard spinach, balsam pear, roselle, and watercress.

via richters Culinary Herbs and Their Uses

Chuck Grassley will seek farm bailout cash to offset Trump tariff losses

Chuck Grassley will seek farm bailout cash to offset Trump tariff losses

Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, also applied for federal money in October during the first round of federal farm bailouts, which totaled $12 billion. Zona did not answer a question about how much money Grassley received from that round of payments.

Zona said in a statement that Grassley participates in farm programs for which he is legally eligible and “receives no special treatment.”

“As a family farmer who experiences the same processes with the federal government after downturns like other farmers in Iowa, Sen. Grassley brings firsthand knowledge and experience on behalf of agriculture and rural America to the policy-making tables in Washington,” Zona said.

via desmoinesregister Chuck Grassley will seek farm bailout cash to offset Trump tariff losses

There are MANY Republicans at the public taxpayer trough, feeding like hogs, just like this one.

 

Emmett Till’s Memorial Sign Shot Up again 35 days after being replaced – Black News Alerts

Emmett Till’s Memorial Sign Shot Up again 35 days after being replaced – Black News Alerts

The Emmett Till memorial was put up by the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, and resides outside of Glendale, Mississippi. According to TIME Magazine, this is the third time that the sign has been vandalized.
To drive up and see it like that, I was sad,” said Patrick Weems, a founder of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Miss. “When we finally replaced it, it was an amazing feeling that this sign that had been obliterated was finally restored.”
The memorial was placed in honor of 14-year-old Till who was lynched, beaten and tortured by two white men, and then thrown in the Tallahatchie river. He was accused by a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, of whistling at her. The men where acquitted of his murder, and she recanted her story decades later after Till’s death.

via Emmett Till’s Memorial Sign Shot Up again 35 days after being replaced – Black News Alerts

Driving around in the country, it is amazing the number of bullet holes in signs along the highways.. Any sign of civilization is riddled with holes from shotguns, rifles and pistols, as if we are living in a war zone or third world country.

Israel furious at UN report detailing torture of Palestinian children – Telegraph

Israel furious at UN report detailing torture of Palestinian children – Telegraph

The Committee on the Rights of Children, a body of independent legal experts charged by the UN with the task of monitoring the protection of children’s rights in signatory states, has urged Israel to honour its responsibility to prevent the torture and ill-treatment of children.

“The Committee expresses its deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police, and about the State party’s failure to end these practices in spite of repeated concerns expressed by treaty bodies,” the investigative body stated in its periodic review of Israel’s child rights record, released on Thursday.

It continued: “[Palestinian children are] systematically subject to physical and verbal violence, humiliation, painful restraints, hooding of the head and face in a sack, threatened with death, physical violence, and sexual assault against themselves or members of their family, restricted access to toilet, food and water.

via Israel furious at UN report detailing torture of Palestinian children – Telegraph

Definition of Trump from a Brit – Take A Deeper Breath

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

Much more at; Definition of Trump from a Brit – Take A Deeper Breath

A Guide to Every Known Investigation of the NRA

A Guide to Every Known Investigation of the NRA

The National Rifle Association is caught up in a rapidly expanding tangle of investigations — eight launched this year alone. Investigators in the House, Senate, New York State, and D.C. are scrutinizing the gun group’s nonprofit status following alleged financial misconduct exposed by The Trace, while other probes have their sights on the NRA’s ties to Kremlin-linked Russians and to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as several potential campaign finance violations.

Because it’s challenging to keep track of these probes, we’ve rounded them up below. We included only investigations that directly involve the NRA or its staff. We’ll keep this post updated to reflect the latest developments, and will add new investigations to the list, should they arise.

joint House-Senate probe is investigating possible “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” made by the NRA to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and to several Republican Senate candidates. Sparked by The Trace’s reporting, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jamie Raskin have contacted NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and five campaign advertising vendors to request information about the groups’ relationships. “The evidence shows the NRA is moving money through a complex web of shell organizations to avoid campaign finance rules and boost candidates willing to carry their water,” Whitehouse told The Trace.

via thetrace A Guide to Every Known Investigation of the NRA

Israeli Spying On US Has Reached ‘Terrifying’ Levels – Business Insider

Israeli Spying On US Has Reached ‘Terrifying’ Levels – Business Insider

Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday.
The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.

Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony “very sobering … alarming … even terrifying”, and quoted another as saying the behavior was “damaging.”

via Israeli Spying On US Has Reached ‘Terrifying’ Levels – Business Insider

Fort Worth mayor, Texas police chiefs join national call for tighter gun restrictions

Fort Worth mayor, Texas police chiefs join national call for tighter gun restrictions

WASHINGTON — Texans joined a push on Capitol Hill with mayors and police chiefs from around the country asking for national legislation to tighten restrictions on firearm purchases, saying such laws would prevent mass shootings.

“The 911 calls don’t come into the Senate, they don’t come into the Congress, they come into the police chiefs and mayors,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, speaking at a U.S. Conference of Mayors news conference on Monday. “It’s not the Congress that shows up. By the time they get there, the blood has been cleaned up and the bodies have been removed.”

via dallasnews. Fort Worth mayor, Texas police chiefs join national call for tighter gun restrictions

Petition to Require a Warning on All Calcium Channel Blocking Drugs – Public Citizen

Petition to Require a Warning on All Calcium Channel Blocking Drugs – Public Citizen

The purpose of giving drugs to control high blood pressure is to prevent stroke, heart attack, heart failure and premature death, not simply to lower blood pressure. In addition, to alleviate symptoms the purpose of treating chest pain is to slow or halt progression of coronary artery disease and reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure or death.

2. No well controlled study has shown convincingly that calcium channel blockers can reduce stroke, heart attack, heart failure or prevent death.

3. The best available scientific evidence links calcium channel blockers to an increased risk of heart attack and death in people using these drugs for high blood pressure and chest pain.

4. The calcium channel blocking drugs are often prescribed for the life of the patient.

5. Although the calcium channel blockers are chemically different, they all share mechanisms of action.

via Petition to Require a Warning on All Calcium Channel Blocking Drugs – Public Citizen

Netanyahu, Not Obama, Has Been Spying On Trump

Netanyahu, Not Obama, Has Been Spying On Trump

The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

via politicususa Netanyahu, Not Obama, Has Been Spying On Trump

Sen. Rand Paul meets Russian senators in Moscow, invites them to the US – ABC News

Sen. Rand Paul meets Russian senators in Moscow, invites them to the US – ABC News

Paul led a small delegation of Americans in meetings with officials from Russia’s parliament and the Federation Council, the equivalent of the U.S. Senate, where he met with members of its international relations committee.

Speaking after the meeting with the senators that lasted about an hour, Paul said it had been “wonderful” and announced he had invited members of the Russian committee to meet with their counterparts in the U.S. from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he sits.

via ABC  Sen. Rand Paul meets Russian senators in Moscow, invites them to the US – ABC News

Conservative Christian Leader Says Women Should Be Banned From Being Leaders

Conservative Christian Leader Says Women Should Be Banned From Being Leaders

A prominent conservative Christian is calling for women to be prohibited from having any leadership roles in our society whatsoever.

American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer bellowed about the probability that a woman will be the leader of the United States during his show on Friday.

As usual, Fischer claimed that God specifically reserves leadership roles for men only, even in the home and used the Bible as proof.

via churchandstate Conservative Christian Leader Says Women Should Be Banned From Being Leaders

Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

“We have the cleanest water, the cleanest air that we’ve ever had in the history of our country, right now,” Trump falsely claimed.

As FactCheck.org pointed out last week:

The president twice referenced clean air and water in his list of purported facts, first claiming America has the “cleanest and safest air and water” and later implying that he is responsible for the accomplishment. This is one of Trump’s favorite environmental subjects, but by several metrics, the U.S. does not rank first in the world. And there is little evidence to suggest the administration has made air or water quality better.

As we’ve written previously, the 2018 Environmental Performance Index positions the U.S. 10th overall for best air quality and 29th for water and sanitation. On drinking water, America is ranked No. 1 along with nine other nations. But on water resources, or a measure of effective wastewater management, the U.S. comes in at No. 39, and on air pollution, a middling 83rd.

“And just for the press, because they’ll get me on that one, I’m thinking.  Let’s say the history of our country over the last 25 years,” he said. “I would say they probably had cleaner water, cleaner air because there was nobody here. So I have to be very accurate.”

via theguardiansofdemocracy Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

Another couple lies to add to the 10,000 plus lies he has told already.

Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

“We have the cleanest water, the cleanest air that we’ve ever had in the history of our country, right now,” Trump falsely claimed.

As FactCheck.org pointed out last week:

The president twice referenced clean air and water in his list of purported facts, first claiming America has the “cleanest and safest air and water” and later implying that he is responsible for the accomplishment. This is one of Trump’s favorite environmental subjects, but by several metrics, the U.S. does not rank first in the world. And there is little evidence to suggest the administration has made air or water quality better.

As we’ve written previously, the 2018 Environmental Performance Index positions the U.S. 10th overall for best air quality and 29th for water and sanitation. On drinking water, America is ranked No. 1 along with nine other nations. But on water resources, or a measure of effective wastewater management, the U.S. comes in at No. 39, and on air pollution, a middling 83rd.

“And just for the press, because they’ll get me on that one, I’m thinking.  Let’s say the history of our country over the last 25 years,” he said. “I would say they probably had cleaner water, cleaner air because there was nobody here. So I have to be very accurate.”

via Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’

Israeli doctor treating Syrians says snipers deliberately shoot children in the spine – Telegraph

Israeli doctor treating Syrians says snipers deliberately shoot children in the spine – Telegraph

A senior Israeli doctor treating child victims of the Syrian civil war has said that snipers in the war-town country are aiming for the spine to cause maximum trauma.

Dr Yoav Hoffman, a doctor at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, is one of many doctors who has been treating severely wounded Syrians at the Western Galilee Medical Centre in Nahariya, northern Israel.

Having examined the patients, 40 per cent of whom have been women and children, he came to a disturbing conclusion.

“I am sure that the snipers hit the spine on purpose,” he said this week after noticing the same gunshot wound “at this very same point” several times in the children he had treated.

via Israeli doctor treating Syrians says snipers deliberately shoot children in the spine – Telegraph

ABC News Has Covered Sanders for Only Seven Minutes in 2019

ABC News Has Covered Sanders for Only Seven Minutes in 2019

A new study from the Media Research Center finds Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has received only seven minutes of total coverage from ABC News in 2019.

The MRC study tallied the amount of time ABC News has spent covering each candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Former vice president Joe Biden received the most coverage with 68 minutes, nearly 10 times the amount Sanders received. Sanders is tied with South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with the fifth-most attention from ABC News out of the 2020 candidates, despite Sanders’s consistent top-three showing in early state and national primary polls.

via freebeacon ABC News Has Covered Sanders for Only Seven Minutes in 2019

Democratic debate: Joe Biden accidentally refers to Bernie Sanders as ‘the president’ in heated exchange | The Independent

Democratic debate: Joe Biden accidentally refers to Bernie Sanders as ‘the president’ in heated exchange | The Independent

Joe Biden accidentally referred to fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders as “the president”, as the two septuagenarians clashed during the debate in Houston.

As the two men, along with Elizabeth Warren, argued about their various plans for reforming America’s healthcare system, the former vice president incorrectly referred to Mr Sanders.

via Democratic debate: Joe Biden accidentally refers to Bernie Sanders as ‘the president’ in heated exchange | The Independent

Trump Censoring Climate Scientists, Banned Net Neutrality – Internet/Mass Media Censorship, Due To Trump Losing ‘His’ People , Just Like Under All Dictators, Despots, Fascist Leaders – EPA, NIH, USDA, CDC, Dept Of Interior Have All Been Hijacked, Muzzled And Censored – Trump Lifetime President | A Green Road Journal

Trump was ‘losing’ people because of the freedom of the Internet, where anyone can say what they want. The Internet used to be a push back place against corruption, lies and deception. Trump does not like people disagreeing with him, so he stated that his goal was to shut down the last place where people could organize, tell the truth and push back against his absolute power grab. Trump succeeded in eliminating net neutrality, and the next step is to install censorship on the Internet in various ways.

via Trump Censoring Climate Scientists, Banned Net Neutrality – Internet/Mass Media Censorship, Due To Trump Losing ‘His’ People , Just Like Under All Dictators, Despots, Fascist Leaders – EPA, NIH, USDA, CDC, Dept Of Interior Have All Been Hijacked, Muzzled And Censored – Trump Lifetime President | A Green Road Journal

Donald Trump’s “Inexpensive” Golf Habit Could Cost America $340 Million

Donald Trump’s “Inexpensive” Golf Habit Could Cost America $340 Million

The approach and landfall of Hurricane Dorian saw Trump hacking his way around one of his courses in Virginia at the weekend, but he defended his “inexpensive” hobby from accusations that he should probably have at least looked like he was working, and that new estimates from Trumpgolfcount.com say his golfing has cost the taxpayer $109 million so far.

If he carries on at this rate through a second term, that’d mean roughly $340 million down the toilet over his time in office, with most of the costs racked up from flying Air Force One all over the place.

via Donald Trump’s “Inexpensive” Golf Habit Could Cost America $340 Million

More E-Cigs Being Disguised As AR-15s To Avoid Ban | The Babylon Bee

More E-Cigs Being Disguised As AR-15s To Avoid Ban | The Babylon Bee

U.S.—According to a new report, more e-cigs are being disguised as AR-15s to avoid a looming White House ban on the devices.

Upon hearing that President Trump was looking to ban the devices, vaping companies quickly began looking for ways to circumvent the new regulations. Then, they came up with a solution: design the vapes to look like a hunting rifle.

The disguised devices include a switch for selecting a fire mode, from semi-auto and burst fire to “Sick Vape.” The devices are fully functional AR-15 rifles.

via More E-Cigs Being Disguised As AR-15s To Avoid Ban | The Babylon Bee

More Kids Died in ICE Custody Than From Vaping, Ex-GOP Chairman Says As Trump Plans E-Cigarettes Ban

More Kids Died in ICE Custody Than From Vaping, Ex-GOP Chairman Says As Trump Plans E-Cigarettes Ban

As the Trump administration prepares a ban on flavored e-cigarettes following at least six deaths from lung diseases linked to vaping, critics are hitting back by pointing out that more people have died in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under Trump’s watch.

via More Kids Died in ICE Custody Than From Vaping, Ex-GOP Chairman Says As Trump Plans E-Cigarettes Ban

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”? | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”? | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

On Monday night, during a meeting of the Brainerd School Board in Minnesota, a science teacher and an administrator overseeing teachers were asked why the district even bothers including evolution in the curriculum.

That question came from the president of the school board.

(Good luck, children. You’re going to need it.)

Board President Sue Kern didn’t get why they were teaching what she claimed was an unproven theory from more than a century ago. (The clip below, taken from the official video of the meeting, doesn’t show the people involved.)

via MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”? | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

$12.3 billion in Gaddafi’s frozen account in Belgium ‘disappears’ – Face2Face Africa

$12.3 billion in Gaddafi’s frozen account in Belgium ‘disappears’ – Face2Face Africa$12.3 billion in Gaddafi’s frozen account in Belgium ‘disappears’ – Face2Face Africa

Local Belgian media has revealed that about 10 billion euros ($12.3 billion) have disappeared from four frozen Euroclear Bank accounts belonging to two Libyan state agencies.
The accounts containing 16.1 billion euros of state funds were frozen since March 2011 in accordance with a United Nations resolution as part of sanctions against the late Muammar Gaddafi’s inner circle, reports weekly newspaper Le Vif.

via $12.3 billion in Gaddafi’s frozen account in Belgium ‘disappears’ – Face2Face Africa

13 arrested in record welfare fraud sweep

13 arrested in record welfare fraud sweep

Star L. Perrin, age 39, Massena, arrested on June 14, 2019 on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D felony and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class E felonies. The defendant is alleged to have received $31,573.94 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information.

– Lynn A. Ryan, age 46, Winthrop, arrested on June 14, 2019 on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D felony and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class E felonies. The defendant is alleged to have received $15,894.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information.

– Sherri A. Scott, age 51, Heuvelton, arraigned on June 14, 2019 in Canton Town Court on charges of Welfare Fraud. The defendant is alleged to have received $1,380.50 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information.

via nbc12 13 arrested in record welfare fraud sweep

All white women and US citizens, not illegal immigrants or foreigners as Trump and extreme right wing media claims.

MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace: Trump Appears Willing To Turn To “Criminal Conduct” To Win Re-Election | Video | RealClearPolitics

MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace: Trump Appears Willing To Turn To “Criminal Conduct” To Win Re-Election | Video | RealClearPolitics

“It would appear to me he would like to turn to criminality, to criminal conduct from U.S. federal government employees involved in the creation and enforcement of his immigration policies to win re-election,” she said. “That would seem to me to render the entire debate that has taken place around whether or not to commence with impeachment proceedings around abuse of power as quaint.”

via MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace: Trump Appears Willing To Turn To “Criminal Conduct” To Win Re-Election | Video | RealClearPolitics

US Opens Tent Courts At Border, Denying Access To Public And Media

US Opens Tent Courts At Border, Denying Access To Public And Media

LAREDO, Texas — Tent courts erected at the southern border to hear the cases of thousands of asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy opened for the first time Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public, including media, was denied access.

A Department of Homeland Security officer who wasn’t wearing a name tag and declined to provide his name said the hearings were not open to the public and that only law enforcement, attorneys with clients who had hearings that day, and government contractors would be allowed inside.

“It’s not a public hearing,” the officer told BuzzFeed News.

A DHS official said that while immigration court proceedings are generally open to the public, asylum hearings at the tent facilities were unique from other immigration courts because of “the law enforcement sensitive priorities” of the nearby official border crossings.

via buzzfeednews US Opens Tent Courts At Border, Denying Access To Public And Media

SECRET COURTS, SECRET TRIALS, NO PUBLIC JURIES

FASCISM RISING