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Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story

Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story

The claim that having more people walking around with concealed weapons is also belied by the broader evidence. Data has consistently shown that, the more guns a place has, the more homicides are likely to occur. And a recent study found that right-to-carry handgun laws actually lead to a significant increase in violent crime.

This accords with common sense. For every rare case in which a person with a concealed gun actually stops a potential mass shooter, how many more cases will there be where a misunderstanding leads to violence? Or a firearm is accidentally discharged? Or a gun is stolen? The more guns around, the more common these inevitabilities become. The fewer guns we have, the fewer people will die because of them.

via Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story

Update: Trump Cited As A Motivating Factor In 81 Murders And 6 Terrorist Plots – The Intellectualist

Lest anyone get too comfortable believing that words don’t matter and Donald Trump’s nativist rhetoric is merely a political “nothing burger,” it is worth noting that the President of the United States has been directly cited as motivation for violent acts in at least six terrorist plots and 81 murders.

Not all of these incidents were successful, but the intent to harm was real for each and every one.

At a time when his rallies carry chants of “Send her back!” as Trump targets a sitting U.S. congresswoman, let us remember the people who took his words to heart and moved forward with action.

New Zealand Attack

Coast Guard Shooter

MAGA Bomber

Waffle House Shooting

Quebec Mosque Attack

El Paso Walmart Massacre

via Update: Trump Cited As A Motivating Factor In 81 Murders And 6 Terrorist Plots – The Intellectualist

Koch Foods of Mississippi to pay $3.75 M to settle discrimination lawsuits

Koch Foods of Mississippi to pay $3.75 M to settle discrimination lawsuits

An eight-year legal fight has ended with a Mississippi poultry supplier agreeing to pay $3.75 million and other concessions to Hispanic workers to settle two discrimination lawsuits.

via clarionledger Koch Foods of Mississippi to pay $3.75 M to settle discrimination lawsuits

Then ICE came in and got rid of the ‘troublemakers’. Now Koch does not have to pay because those workers are all gone..

Neat how the world revolves around billionaires. (sarcasm)

Yes, Adolf Hitler Really Said He Would ‘Make Germany Great Again’

Yes, Adolf Hitler Really Said He Would ‘Make Germany Great Again’

Neo-Nazis around the world have made it clear that they’re optimistic about what a Trump presidency will do for their cause. And while countless people have already pointed out just how dangerous Donald Trump’s rise to power has been, the historical parallels to other authoritarian regimes is still shocking. Take, for instance, this article from 1934. The author explains that Hitler was promising to make Germany “great” again.

The article was part of a series on “Modern Leaders of Men” and was syndicated in newspapers across the United States in 1934. It showed up in places like Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and Missouri. The screenshot above is from the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin.

via paleofuture Yes, Adolf Hitler Really Said He Would ‘Make Germany Great Again’

My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US

My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US

We live in a culture where women and girls are reduced to sexual commodities, where sexual and domestic violence are not aberrations. For many of us, they are rites of passage, the training ground for internalizing our own oppression.

Child sex trafficking is part of this continuum of violence. It is rape for profit. The appearance of consent is merely a performance the child must enact to survive. Even if a child is actively trading sex for money, food or shelter to survive, this still qualifies as statutory rape. There is no such thing as a child sex worker or child prostitute. There is only child rape.

It is easy to blame those who profit from the exploitation of children — as well we should. But they are not the whole problem. In a country where one out of six American women are survivors of sexual assault and one out of four women are survivors of domestic violence, traffickers are simply monetizing a culture that normalizes violence against women and girls at epidemic rates. This brutal reality along with the pervasive cult of victim-blaming has created the perfect marketplace for the buying and selling of children.

via globalcitizen My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US

My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe’s Elite at Age 6

My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe’s Elite at Age 6

All survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking have my strength. Though I suffer from PTSD, and, for example, I still become nauseous whenever I hear a certain kind of airy, trippy music, I’ve become so mindful of triggers that they don’t control my everyday existence. It takes so much energy to survive not only the physical violence, but to endure the psychic drain of abuse — to carry the shame.

Just surviving daily life while trying to heal from child sexual abuse requires a thousand times the strength it would require for someone without awareness to pursue a successful career. And society still values the career person over the survivor.

Power addicts, world leaders, and corrupt politicians who abuse children are themselves like children who never grew up, driven to power to avoid ever feeling the humiliation of child abuse again, unconsciously seeking revenge from a place of hurt by recycling the abuse. They lack the courage to heal.

Those of us who have suffered sexual abuse, incest or sex trafficking need to learn to harness our survival strength on our own behalf, so we can heal our damaged ego, and channel that strength to lead the way towards a future in which former victims conquer by love, understanding and compassion for all.

via globalcitizen My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe’s Elite at Age 6

Christian Activist: When They Attack White Supremacy, They Attack Christianity | Michael Stone

Christian Activist: When They Attack White Supremacy, They Attack Christianity | Michael Stone

As for the connection between Christianity and white supremacy, historically, racism and white supremacy has been a central theme in American Christianity.
In fact, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant body in the United States, was founded upon the notion that black slavery and white supremacy was integral to the Christian faith.

And the Ku Klux Klan has always been, and remains, an exclusively Christian organization dedicated to white supremacy.

Bottom line: Christian activist Sandy Rios equates white supremacy with Christianity, and claims that when the left criticizes white supremacy, they attack Christianity.

via Christian Activist: When They Attack White Supremacy, They Attack Christianity | Michael Stone

Former mobster says Bill Barr made a secret visit to jail before Epstein’s death: ‘Something’s not right there’ – Raw Story

Former mobster says Bill Barr made a secret visit to jail before Epstein’s death: ‘Something’s not right there’ – Raw Story

A New York Post report on Sunday hinted that Attorney General Bill Barr may have visited the prison where Jeffrey Epstein was being held before he allegedly committed suicide.

Lewis Kasman, a former mobster and top associated of John Gotti Sr., told the Post that Barr made a secret visit to Metropolitan Correctional Center two weeks ago “about the time Epstein was found in his cell with bruises around his neck.”

via Former mobster says Bill Barr made a secret visit to jail before Epstein’s death: ‘Something’s not right there’ – Raw Story

A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism – CNNPolitics

A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism – CNNPolitics

(CNN)In recent years a number of Catholic bishops have denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and harsh rhetoric toward immigrants and people of color.

But one church leader went one step further, becoming likely the first Catholic bishop in the United States to publicly accuse Trump of racism.

Gustavo Garcia Siller, archbishop of San Antonio, USA, leaves the altar after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI, a woolen shawl symbolizing his bond to the Pope, in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
In a series of lacerating tweets, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Texas, called the President “a very poor man” and urged him to “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.”

via A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism – CNNPolitics

12 Gun Violence And Mass Shooting Myths, Conspiracy Theories And Deceptions (Video Games, Mental Health, Parents, Lack Of Prayer, Rap, Teachers) Are Promoted To Fool People Into Believing That Common Sense Gun Safety Laws Are Not A Solution, Despite Working In 22 Countries | A Green Road Journal

Let’s focus on the many, many conspiracy theories, lies, and deceptive claims that the NRA, pro NRA politicians and gun owners use to keep people away from realizing the true root causes of gun violence, and mass shootings in the USA.

via 12 Gun Violence And Mass Shooting Myths, Conspiracy Theories And Deceptions (Video Games, Mental Health, Parents, Lack Of Prayer, Rap, Teachers) Are Promoted To Fool People Into Believing That Common Sense Gun Safety Laws Are Not A Solution, Despite Working In 22 Countries | A Green Road Journal

Jeffrey Epstein is dead by apparent suicide in federal jail, Justice Department investigating

Jeffrey Epstein is dead by apparent suicide in federal jail, Justice Department investigating

Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, died by apparent suicide Saturday morning while in federal custody, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Epstein, 66, was in his federal jail cell in downtown Manhattan but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. He had apparently hanged himself, and was found unresponsive at around 6:30 a.m. ET.

via NBC Jeffrey Epstein is dead by apparent suicide in federal jail, Justice Department investigating

Jeffrey Epstein ordered teen girl to have sex with powerful men, accuser says

Jeffrey Epstein ordered teen girl to have sex with powerful men, accuser says

Jeffrey Epstein and his close associate ordered a teenage girl to have sex with several high-powered men, including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, according to a deposition from the girl released Friday.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 36, claimed in the 2016 deposition that Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell also directed her to provide sexual services for modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel, money manager Glenn Dubin and the late MIT professor Marvin Minsky — as well as a “foreign president” and “a well-known prime minister.”

“There’s a whole bunch of them — it’s just hard for me to remember,” said Giuffre, according to the court filing. “My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy. Their whole lives revolved around sex.”

via  nbcnews Jeffrey Epstein ordered teen girl to have sex with powerful men, accuser says

How To Save The US Republic From MAGA Fascism – Rainbow Family Gathering – Teach Society Value Of Consensus, Unity, Harmony, Family, Peace, Love, Celebration, Intentional Community, Sustainability, Natural Healthcare – Quaker Universalism As Solution For Predatory Capitalism | A Green Road Journal

In the US currently there is a top down, 1 percent controlled hierarchy, controlled by a few billionaires, rich fundamentalist evangelical churches and CEO’s who pour an avalanche of money into elections, politicians pockets, via bribes and more. This 1 percent controls the entire US government.

What would be the solution for this fascism, which is defined as the control of government by billionaires and huge globalist corporations/organizations?

Rainbow Family gatherings, as in the Unprogrammed Quakers, believe in and practice Universalism. In Universalism, there are no official leaders or structure, and no hierarchy. The Rainbow Family gatherings, like Unprogrammed Quakers, offer a solution to the problems created by fascism and the corrupt 1 percent top down 1984 inspired MAGA plan, which is detailed below.

via How To Save The US Republic From MAGA Fascism – Rainbow Family Gathering – Teach Society Value Of Consensus, Unity, Harmony, Family, Peace, Love, Celebration, Intentional Community, Sustainability, Natural Healthcare – Quaker Universalism As Solution For Predatory Capitalism | A Green Road Journal

Trump Calls El Paso Gunman A ‘Coward’ For Giving Up Too Easily To Police: ‘He Just Gave Up, Just Gave Up’

Trump Calls El Paso Gunman A ‘Coward’ For Giving Up Too Easily To Police: ‘He Just Gave Up, Just Gave Up’

During his visit to El Paso, Texas, four days after a horrifying mass shooting there killed 22 people and injured dozens more, President Trump appeared to criticize the accused killer for giving up too easily.

Trump told law enforcement personnel in El Paso on Wednesday that the alleged shooter was “a coward,” as quoted by BuzzFeed News reporter Claudia Koerner.

via theguardiansofdemocracy Trump Calls El Paso Gunman A ‘Coward’ For Giving Up Too Easily To Police: ‘He Just Gave Up, Just Gave Up’

After massacre, Walmart pulls violent video game displays. Firearms remain on sale.

After massacre, Walmart pulls violent video game displays. Firearms remain on sale.

Walmart is pulling violent video game displays from its stores in the wake of last weekend’s deadly shooting at one of its El Paso stores that killed at 22 people — but has also confirmed it still has no plans to stop selling firearms or ammunition.

The electronics section of Walmart stores have traditionally featured video game displays that feature sometimes-violent games. Walmart said that the company has provided guidance for its store managers to remove the displays because some shoppers could mistake the sounds created by the games for actual gunshots.

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” Walmart spokesperson Tara House said.

via nbcnews After massacre, Walmart pulls violent video game displays. Firearms remain on sale.

Imprisonment, job loss and lawsuits: Charlottesville neo-Nazis have suffered miserably after infamous hate rally – Raw Story

Imprisonment, job loss and lawsuits: Charlottesville neo-Nazis have suffered miserably after infamous hate rally – Raw Story

It’s been two years since neo-Nazis marched with Tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a new report from the Anti-Defamation League has found that many of the marchers have not fared well since that fateful weekend in August 2017.

The ADL this week published a “Where Are They Now?” guide to the 2017 Charlottesville demonstrators and found that a good deal of them suffered from various repercussions for their actions, including “imprisonment, job loss, de-platforming — or banning users who violate their terms of service — on social media platforms, travel bans and rejection by friends and family.”

via Imprisonment, job loss and lawsuits: Charlottesville neo-Nazis have suffered miserably after infamous hate rally – Raw Story

Hate via Nazis or white supremacists has a price and consequence.

People know instinctively that hate is wrong and react to it in many ways.

 

A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland’s Election Vendor. Now These Senators Are Questioning the Rules

A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland’s Election Vendor. Now These Senators Are Questioning the Rules

The Maryland senators have been alarmed by a Russian oligarch’s investment connection to ByteGrid LLC, which handles the Old Line State’s voter registration database and candidate management operations.

via rollcall A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland’s Election Vendor. Now These Senators Are Questioning the Rules

Lawyer for MAGA-man who cracked boy’s skull during anthem says he was acting on Trump’s orders

Lawyer for MAGA-man who cracked boy’s skull during anthem says he was acting on Trump’s orders

Our pr*sident is a menace. Full stop.

Yesterday it was reported that a man slammed a 13-year-old boy to the ground so forcefully at a fairgrounds in Montana that he cracked the kid’s skull. The boy’s offense? He refused to take his hat off during the national anthem.

Now we’re getting some insight into the real culprit: Chaos Agent Donald J. Trump.

According to the man’s lawyer, the perpetrator, Curt Brockway, suffers from serious brain damage and interpreted Trump’s hyper-jingoistic rhetoric as a license to be a violent asshole.

via Daily Kos Lawyer for MAGA-man who cracked boy’s skull during anthem says he was acting on Trump’s orders

Hours after ‘denouncing’ racism, Trump amplifies views of two other white supremacists

Hours after ‘denouncing’ racism, Trump amplifies views of two other white supremacists

It took about six hours for Donald Trump to go from woodenly reading the words “We must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacism” off of a teleprompter to amplifying a white supremacist in a tweet. Actually, two white supremacists.

He tweeted out a Lou Dobbs (white supremacist No. 1) story about former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee (white supremacist No. 2), who is making the rounds of fringe media such as Fox News to claim that he has been discriminated against because he’s a conservative Trump supporter. Cernekee told Dobbs that Google executives “want to use all the power and all the resources that they have to control the flow of information to the public and make sure that Trump loses in 2020.” That really stuck with Trump; he went to bed thinking about it and then resumed tweeting about it through the morning.

via Daily Kos Hours after ‘denouncing’ racism, Trump amplifies views of two other white supremacists

Terrifying Technofascist Acts Against Health Freedom You’ll Probably Never Learn About

Terrifying Technofascist Acts Against Health Freedom You’ll Probably Never Learn About

Simply put, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, owns pharmaceutical subsidiaries. In 2013, Google founded Calico, run by Arthur Levinson, former CEO of the biotechnology corporation Genentech (a subsidiary of Roche). Calico’s mission is to understand the biology that controls lifespan and to treat age-related diseases. Two years later, Alphabet founded Verily Life Sciences (previously Google Life Sciences). Both pharma companies are partnering with others and having babies of their own.

Verily joined forces with the European pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to form a new drug company, Galvani Bioelectronics. The $715-million collaboration aims to treat diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body, a novel field of medicine called “bioelectronics.” Incidentally, GlaxoSmithKline generates billions by manufacturing vaccines.

Next, in 2016, Sanofi SA and Verily partnered to address the diabetic epidemic, a condition that from a functional medicine point of view can be addressed without prescription drugs.

Meanwhile, Google’s peeps are also fraternizing with Big Pharma. For instance, in January 2019, BusinessWire reported that Mary Ellen Coe, Google’s president of Customer Solutions, was joining Merck’s Board of Directors. Merck is another huge vaccine producer.

But the real clincher is that GV, the venture capital arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has also invested in Vaccitech—a company described as “the future of mass vaccine production.”

Founded by scientists at Oxford University, Vaccitech’s end goal is to develop a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu.

Mic drop.

via organicconsumers Terrifying Technofascist Acts Against Health Freedom You’ll Probably Never Learn About

Black Sites, Secret Prisons, Rendition: More British Complicity Exposed in Latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ Report – Global Research

Black Sites, Secret Prisons, Rendition: More British Complicity Exposed in Latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ Report – Global Research

In this sense, no case was more significant than UK support for the programme, and the absence of all mention of British involvement in the Committee Study is striking.

Although the CIA played the lead role, officials and personnel from a number of other states – including other powerful liberal democracies such as the United Kingdom – were deeply implicated in the abuses which took place, as were a number of private companies.

Although none of the official inquiries into Britain’s role in abuses have published full details of specific cases, documents obtained by Human Rights Watch from a government building in Tripoli in September 2011, in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Gaddafi regime, provide compelling evidence of British involvement in a number of these operations.

Once suspects were in secret detention, British intelligence and security agencies were, in many cases, intimately involved in the torture that took place, either by participating in the interrogations, by providing the intelligence that formed the basis of the torture, or by receiving intelligence gained through torture. The ISC found that, in at least 232 cases, UK officials supplied questions or intelligence to partners after they knew, or suspected, that mistreatment of the detainees in question was taking place.

The role played by the UK in the CIA torture programme is also highlighted by the degree to which British territory was used by CIA aircraft as refuelling stops while undertaking rendition operations. Collation and analysis of flight data associated with CIA rendition aircraft, and the correlation of this with data concerning prisoner transfers, has allowed us to establish that UK involvement in the rendition programme was much more extensive than previously thought. British territory was central to the rendition of at least 28 prisoners between secret prisons, some of whom were subjected to torture. Mainland UK was used to facilitate the rendition of so-called ‘high-value detainees’ to secret detention in Poland – others were rendered to proxy detention in Egypt, Jordan or Morocco on aircraft that used UK territory as a staging post.

European partners playing key logistical roles in the rendition network included the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and Cyprus.

via Black Sites, Secret Prisons, Rendition: More British Complicity Exposed in Latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ Report – Global Research

Peace

Peace comes not only from an alignment with Source but also from recognizing yourself as a beloved part of all that is. If you can’t get there directly, use the foundational stepping stones of surrender, faith, flow, and trust, which opens the elements of acceptance and allowing, which will naturally lead you into the sense of peace you desire. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Thursday August 8, 2019

Study: Babies Born to Moms Who Refuse Flu Vaccine Fare Better than Babies Born to Mom’s Who Receive the Influenza Vaccine

Study: Babies Born to Moms Who Refuse Flu Vaccine Fare Better than Babies Born to Mom’s Who Receive the Influenza Vaccine

Across all analyses, the percentages and rates of fetal death, preterm birth, low birth weight and small for gestational age birth were higher in the vaccine group than in the placebo group.

Couching their conclusions with caveats, the authors explain:

[W]e found a slight, though non-significant decrease in the birth weight of infants in the vaccinated group…as well as a non-significant increase in fetal deaths among [influenza]-vaccinated mothers. […] We point this out only as a cautionary word and suggest this observation be explored carefully in larger studies of vaccine safety data bases.

via VaccineImpact Study: Babies Born to Moms Who Refuse Flu Vaccine Fare Better than Babies Born to Mom’s Who Receive the Influenza Vaccine

Samoa Seizes All MMR Vaccines After Two Infants Die Minutes After Receiving the Vaccine

Samoa Seizes All MMR Vaccines After Two Infants Die Minutes After Receiving the Vaccine

What is so tragic, and has this island nation in such an uproar, is that the parents of the second child who died had reportedly already learned about the first infant’s death a couple hours earlier and declined to have their child receive the same vaccine. The mother reports that the nurse administered the MMR vaccine against her consent, leading to the child’s immediate death upon receiving the vaccine.

The second family from Safotu is still coming to grips with the loss of their 1-year-old son Lameko Siu. The parents Punipuao and Si’u Timua arrived at the Safotu hospital with their son Lameko on Friday within two hours of the death of the first child once they became aware of what had happend the mother refused to allow her son to be vaccinated.

The mother claims that the nurse on duty persisted and without her consent vaccinated her son administering the MMR vaccine and within a minute he was dead. (Source.)

After the second death, government authorities immediately confiscated all the remaining doses of the MMR vaccine, and dismissed the medical staff, not only to apparently conduct an investigation, but for their own safety from an outraged public.

via VaccineImpact Samoa Seizes All MMR Vaccines After Two Infants Die Minutes After Receiving the Vaccine

Two Nurses Sentenced to Five Years for Manslaughter and Negligence in MMR Vaccine Deaths of Two Babies

Two Nurses Sentenced to Five Years for Manslaughter and Negligence in MMR Vaccine Deaths of Two Babies

Chief Justice of the Samoa Supreme Court Vui Clarence Nelson sentenced two nurses this week (August, 2019) convicted of negligence and manslaughter in the death of two infants who died immediately after receiving the MMR vaccine.

via vaccineimpact Two Nurses Sentenced to Five Years for Manslaughter and Negligence in MMR Vaccine Deaths of Two Babies

The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All | Common Dreams Views

The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All | Common Dreams Views

Although self-defense is often cited to justify the people’s right to bear arms, research has shown that a gun kept in a home is 43 times more likely to kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder. The number of teenagers who die from gunshot wounds in the U.S. is greater than those who died from all other causes combined.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 saw more gun deaths in the U.S. than in any previous year in decades. Nearly 40,000 Americans who died of gun-related injuries in 2017 represent a 19 percent increase from 2012 and the highest annual total since the mid-1990s.

Although many Americans claim that guns are necessary for security, experiences such as in Japan and Australia show that this is not true. In Japan, which has adopted very strict gun-control laws and where –unlike in the U.S. – people who purchase guns have several background checks that include mental health, drug use, and a relative or a colleague’s perception of the applicant. A result of these policies is that there were 10 fatalities for a population of 128 million. Australia, which implemented a program against the use of firearms in 1996, saw the fatalities reduced by 40 percent.

via The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All | Common Dreams Views

Taylor presses nuclear button, as energy wars enter dangerous new phase | RenewEconomy

Taylor presses nuclear button, as energy wars enter dangerous new phase | RenewEconomy

And as we have noted before, the same Coalition MPs that have been pushing for nuclear are the very same Coalition MPs pushing for new coal generation, and the very same Coalition MPs who reject the science of climate change, or make a mockery of the urgings of young people that they should take it seriously.

This is no co-incidence. This is not about carbon emissions, and it is certainly not about cheap energy. The common enemy of these people is wind and solar, and the shift from a centralised system based around “baseload” fossil fuel generators to a renewable system that is largely decentlralised (and democratised), and based around renewables, storage and demand management.

Australia is one of those regions – like Germany and California – that is at the forefront of this transition, and the fossil fuel industry view is that it cannot be allowed to succeed.

via Taylor presses nuclear button, as energy wars enter dangerous new phase | RenewEconomy

A Crash Course in Far-Right Symbols by The American Iron Front – Album on Imgur

A Crash Course in Far-Right Symbols by The American Iron Front – Album on Imgur

Being able to identify your enemy is extremely important. Modern fascists won’t always make it easy to spot them, so learning the symbols and iconography behind which they hide their true colors is vital to opposing them.

via A Crash Course in Far-Right Symbols by The American Iron Front – Album on Imgur

Writing As Art, Activism, Education, Entertainment, Transformational Magic, Miracle Filled – Jackson Pollock Had Multiple Failures, Suffered From Addiction, Was A High School Drop Out – He Became A Huge Success Via Fractal Expressionism – Deep Writing Goes Beyond, Into Mysterious | A Green Road Journal

Many people are not successful in school, much less college. Schools and colleges are great for those who ‘fit’ into the mental brain oriented courses that rely mainly on memorization, and then regurgitating those things back out. Schools and colleges commonly judge people based on this dynamic, in order to get a ‘grade’. Schools and colleges judge those who do not fit into this small box as failures and reject them. People who do not fit into this box are called ‘dropouts’.

What is the definition of success? Can a person be successful outside of school or college? Jackson Pollock serves as a role model, because he was successful despite dropping out of high school and never getting a college degree. He followed his heart and passion, and continued to persist no matter what, until success finally came to him, after many years of perfecting his ‘art’.

via Writing As Art, Activism, Education, Entertainment, Transformational Magic, Miracle Filled – Jackson Pollock Had Multiple Failures, Suffered From Addiction, Was A High School Drop Out – He Became A Huge Success Via Fractal Expressionism – Deep Writing Goes Beyond, Into Mysterious | A Green Road Journal

WPM Invitational | Word Play Masters

WPM Invitational | Word Play Masters

The Washington Post’s Mensa invitational once again asked readers to take
any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing
one letter, and supply a new definition.   Here are the 2009 winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright
ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign
of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
getting laid.

via washingtonpostsmensainvitational WPM Invitational | Word Play Masters

No laughing matter: Laughter is good psychiatric medicine | MDedge Psychiatry

Humans begin to laugh at approximately 4 months of age. Children laugh, on average, 400 times a day; adults do so an average of only 5 times a day.8 In addition:

• Tickling a baby induces her (him) to laugh, which, in turn, makes the parent laugh; a social bond develops during this playful exercise. This response is probably mediated by 5-HT1A receptors, which, when stimulated, induces the release of oxytocin, which facilitates social bonding.9

• Potent stimulation of 5-HT1A receptors through ingestion of 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (Ecstasy) leads to uncontrollable laughter and mirth.10

• Lower species are also known to enjoy humor. Mice emit a chirping sound when tickled, and laughter is contagious among monkeys.11

via No laughing matter: Laughter is good psychiatric medicine | MDedge Psychiatry

The fossil fuel dam bursts….and I’m not talking about the one in Derbyshire

The dam bursts….and I’m not talking about the one in Derbyshire | daryanenergyblog

In short, the oil industry has spent the last decade running faster to stand still. And they are about to get hit with a massive attack of cramp. Hence its entirely possible the current trends might not only continue but even accelerate. Oil production falls yet the oil price doesn’t go up much, so more investors pull out.

Which raises the question, how will it end? With a slow steady decline to obscurity? Or will the fossil fuel industry go out with a bang? While Blackrock and others might well be walking away, there’s still an awful lot of money tied up in the industry, so what happens if the bubble suddenly bursts? It could create the mother of all financial shocks.

Only time will tell. But I’ll have the popcorn ready just in case!

via The dam bursts….and I’m not talking about the one in Derbyshire | daryanenergyblog

Fragments Of Hope Belize Wins UN Climate Solutions Award | reefdivers.io

Fragments Of Hope Belize Wins UN Climate Solutions Award | reefdivers.io

Fragments of Hope, a small not-for-profit community organization based in Placencia, Belize is one of the UN Climate Solutions Award 2017 winners. Their work has focused on identifying and growing temperature tolerant corals for reef restoration.

To date they have outplanted more than 90,000 corals at three locations in southern Belize. The star site is Laughing Bird Caye National Park where restoration work was inspired after Hurricane Iris in 2001, and the work began in 2006.

Sub-site (super star site) 13 at LBCNP still looking great! Corals Outplanted December 2010 Photo: Fragments of Hope Belize
Coral cover there has been increased by over 35%, and the nursery-grown, outplanted corals are also spawning (reproducing on their own to re-seed reefs naturally). Based on these successes, the restoration work has expanded in Belize to South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.

via Fragments Of Hope Belize Wins UN Climate Solutions Award | reefdivers.io

Tucker Carlson Claims There’s No White Supremacy Problem: ‘This Is A Hoax’ | HuffPost

Tucker Carlson Claims There’s No White Supremacy Problem: ‘This Is A Hoax’ | HuffPost

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left.

“The whole thing is a lie,” said Carlson, who has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points. “It’s actually not a real problem in America.”

via Tucker Carlson Claims There’s No White Supremacy Problem: ‘This Is A Hoax’ | HuffPost

ALTERED STATES: Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966 | RIELPOLITIK

ALTERED STATES: Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966 | RIELPOLITIK

First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. The nature of their exposure included parental suicide, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and/or severe bullying. The trauma was often a precursor to mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, thought disorders or suicidality.

Second, practically every mass shooter we studied had reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. They often had become angry and despondent because of a specific grievance. For workplace shooters, a change in job status was frequently the trigger. For shooters in other contexts, relationship rejection or loss often played a role. Such crises were, in many cases, communicated to others through a marked change in behavior, an expression of suicidal thoughts or plans, or specific threats of violence.

Third, most of the shooters had studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives. People in crisis have always existed. But in the age of 24-hour rolling news and social media, there are scripts to follow that promise notoriety in death. Societal fear and fascination with mass shootings partly drives the motivation to commit them. Hence, as we have seen in the last week, mass shootings tend to come in clusters. They are socially contagious. Perpetrators study other perpetrators and model their acts after previous shootings. Many are radicalized online in their search for validation from others that their will to murder is justified.

via ALTERED STATES: Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966 | RIELPOLITIK

VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘Disaster Capitalism’, Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain | RIELPOLITIK

VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘Disaster Capitalism’, Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain | RIELPOLITIK

By way of introduction, it should be noted that the US economy is showing many signs of a classical bubble, starting with the incredibly over-valued US stock market. Only slightly more than a decade ago, at the peak of the real estate bubble, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) barely managed to clear the 14,000 mark, before staging a spectacular plunge almost to 7,000. Since then DJIA nearly quadrupled in value, as of mid-July 2019 hovering at above the 27,000 mark. Since the US economy as a whole has not quadrupled during the same time interval, there is a clear dissociation between “Wall Street” and “Main Street” that will at some point inevitably lead to serious economic and political problems in the United States, to the point of considerably remaking its political landscape. The proverbial $64,000 question, however, is when will the US financial house of cards come tumbling down the next time, and what will be the triggering event?

via VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘Disaster Capitalism’, Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain | RIELPOLITIK

Walgreens to close 200 US stores

Walgreens to close 200 US stores

Retailers have already shuttered thousands of stores as foot traffic dwindles. Drugstores have so far been largely spared. That could change as the companies’ sales of convenience items shrink and people start buying prescription drugs online.

via CNBC Walgreens to close 200 US stores

Dow now set to open 300 points lower as global bond yields slide

Dow now set to open 300 points lower as global bond yields slide

It was unclear of the exact reason for the sliding stock futures but the move coincided with the 10-year Treasury yield sliding to its lowest level since 2016. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield traded at 1.63% after staring August above 2%. The move further narrowed the yield curve, a widely watched recession indicator. The spread between the 10-year rate and the 2-year yield fell to its lowest level since 2007 at less than 8 basis points.

via CNBC Dow now set to open 300 points lower as global bond yields slide

Stocks have further to fall before selling subsides, say chart analysts

Stocks have further to fall before selling subsides, say chart analysts

Several chart strategists are pointing out that while the market has dropped sharply over the past few days, it still has a long way to go before a sustainable bottom can be reached.
The S&P 500 has nose-dived more than 6% since reaching a record high last month as the U.S.-China trade war intensified.

via CNBC Stocks have further to fall before selling subsides, say chart analysts

“Worst Year Ever”: The Chinese Ban On U.S. Agricultural Products Will Be A Death Blow For Countless U.S. Farms

U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this.  During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems.  As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn’t get planted at all, and tens of millions of other acres are going to yield a lot less than usual.  Even without anything else happening, we were going to see farm bankruptcies soar to absolutely crazy levels, but now the Chinese government is essentially cutting off U.S. agricultural imports.  This will greatly depress the prices that U.S. farmers get for their crops, and so many farmers that were still hoping to squeeze out a profit for this year will be hit with a loss instead.  Ultimately, the truth is that 2019 is going to be a death blow for countless U.S. farmers that were barely hanging on financially after a string of really tough years.  Many will leave the industry entirely and never go back to farming again, and our nation will be worse off because of it.

“This is a body blow to farmers and ranchers all across the country,” Dale Moore, executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau, told FOX Business. “That’s one of the things that we are feeling the effects of, and this is on top of a year when mother nature has been a terrible business partner in many parts of the country. It’s just a really tough, tough time for farmers and ranchers in this country.”

We have entered the time of “the perfect storm”, and things are definitely not going to get any easier in the months ahead.

via theeconomiccollapseblog “Worst Year Ever”: The Chinese Ban On U.S. Agricultural Products Will Be A Death Blow For Countless U.S. Farms

Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

The sheer number of guns is part of the challenge. The United States has the largest civilian-owned stock of guns in the world. At the end of 2017, the Small Arms Survey reported that there were an estimated 393 million firearms in the United States – and that’s not even counting guns owned by the police and military. That represents 45.8% of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

Yemen has the second-highest rate of gun ownership per person in the world, with just 52.8 firearms per 100 residents.

More than 40% of U.S. adults live in a household with at least one gun. About half of all civilian-owned guns in the U.S. are owned by just 3% of U.S. adults. These gun owners have an average of 17 guns each. Most other gun owners average about three guns at home.

via theconversation Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

The Sinister Legacy of the Second Amendment, Slave Patrols Never Went Away

The Sinister Legacy of the Second Amendment

Less easily recognized is the patrolling of America’s economic racial divide, from Trump employees marking “C” for “colored” on rental applications so people of color could be denied residence, to the rigorous application of property tax funding for schools to keep poor districts poor, millions of individual corporate actions and thousands of state and local laws still conspire to “patrol” people of color.

Like his presidential hero Andrew Jackson (nickname: “Indian Killer”), who owned enslaved people and bragged about murdering Native American women and children, Donald Trump speaks to an exclusively white audience, in this era via Twitter and a TV network that, judging from the ratings, programs exclusively to white people.

From “very fine people” who are literally Nazis and white supremacists, to “I’ll pay for your lawyer” calls for violence, to barely speaking in code with words like “invasion” and “infestation,” Trump has cranked up a new generation of white men who, in previous centuries on this continent, would have been enthusiastic members of the police state that protected slavery from rebellion.

The slave patrols never really went away. And the slave patrollers are finding in Trump the president they’ve been missing since Andrew Jackson passed away.

via truthdig The Sinister Legacy of the Second Amendment

More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry – Counter Information

More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry – Counter Information

So what did Lockheed do with those additional $13 billion taxpayer dollars?  It would be reasonable to assume that it used some of that windfall (like those of previous years) to invest in growing its workforce. If you came to that conclusion, however, you would be sorely mistaken. From 2012 to 2018, overall employment at Lockheed actually fell from 120,000 to 105,000, according to the firm’s filings with the SEC and the company itself reported a slightly larger reduction of 16,350 jobs in the U.S. In other words, in the last six years Lockheed dramatically reduced its U.S. workforce, even as it hired more employees abroad and received more taxpayer dollars.

So where is all that additional taxpayer money actually going, if not job creation? At least part of the answer is contractor profits and soaring CEO salaries. In those six years, Lockheed’s stock price rose from $82 at the beginning of 2012 to $305 at the end of 2018, a nearly four-fold increase. In 2018, the company also reported a 9% ($590 million) rise in its profits, the best in the industry. And in those same years, the salary of its CEO increased by $1.4 million, again according to its SECfilings.

In short, since 2012 the number of taxpayer dollars going to Lockheed has expanded by billions, the value of its stock has nearly quadrupled, and its CEO’s salary went up 32%, even as it cut 14% of its American work force. Yet Lockheed continues to use job creation, as well as its employees’ present jobs, as political pawns to get yet more taxpayer money. The president himself has bought into the ruse in his race to funnel ever more money to the Pentagon and promote arms deals to countries like Saudi Arabia, even overthe nearly unified objections of an otherwise incredibly divided Congress.

via More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry – Counter Information

Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003 – Counter Information

Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003 – Counter Information

The Pentagon’s 2001 Nuclear Posture Review envisaged so-called “contingency plans” for an offensive “first strike use” of nuclear weapons, not only against “axis of evil” countries (including Iran and North Korea) but also against Russia and China.2

The adoption of the NPR by the US Congress in late 2002 provided a green light for carrying out the Pentagon’s pre-emptive nuclear war doctrine, both in terms of military planning as well as defense procurement and production. Congress not only rolled back its prohibition on low yield nuclear weapons, it also provided funding “to pursue work on so-called mini-nukes”. The financing was allocated to bunker buster (earth penetrator) tactical nuclear weapons as well as to the development of new nuclear weapons.3

Remember Hiroshima: No Danger of Nuclear War? The Pentagon’s Plan to Blow up the Planet
Hiroshima Day 2003: Secret Meeting at Strategic Command Headquarters

On August 6, 2003, on Hiroshima Day, commemorating when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima (August 6 1945), a secret meeting was held behind closed doors at Strategic Command Headquarters at the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Senior executives from the nuclear industry and the military industrial complex were in attendance. This mingling of defense contractors, scientists and policy-makers was not intended to commemorate Hiroshima. The meeting was intended to set the stage for the development of a new generation of “smaller”, “safer” and “more usable” nuclear weapons, to be used in the “in-theater nuclear wars” of the 21st Century.

In a cruel irony, the participants to this secret meeting, which excluded members of Congress, arrived on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing and departed on the anniversary of the attack on Nagasaki. More than 150 military contractors, scientists from the weapons labs, and other government officials gathered at the headquarters of the US Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska to plot and plan for the possibility of “full-scale nuclear war”, calling for the production of a new generation of nuclear weapons – more “usable” so-called “mini-nukes” and earth penetrating “bunker busters” armed with atomic warheads.4

via Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003 – Counter Information

Here are the top politicians getting cash from the NRA and standing in the way of gun law reforms

Here are the top politicians getting cash from the NRA and standing in the way of gun law reforms

The price of sitting on one’s hands while children are murdered and families destroyed continues to be relatively cheap. And while some of these names no longer count as elected officials, MarketWatch points out that 98% of gun groups and the NRA’s targeted candidate money continues to go to Republicans.

So here is a top 20 list of congressional representatives taking the most money in recent years from the gun lobby, according to OpenSecrets.Org. These are numbers from the 2017-2018 election cycle and while some of these folks are no longer in office (in italics), the damage they’ve done in the name of blood money endures.

via Daily Kos Here are the top politicians getting cash from the NRA and standing in the way of gun law reforms

Police officer who went undercover in prison leaves the force to sell cars after his experience

Police officer who went undercover in prison leaves the force to sell cars after his experience

A police officer from Texas named Alan spent eight weeks undercover in a jail as part of “60 Days In,” the A&E documentary series that sent nine law-abiding citizens to go undercover at Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail.

And when he got out, he said, he quit the force and became a car salesman.

“I couldn’t go to bed at night knowing that if I stopped somebody with a little dime bag of weed, I were to arrest them and put them in a place like that — I wouldn’t be able to live with myself,” he said.

That’s stark analysis of what our drug laws mean to people who end up incarcerated as a result of them. It’s also an environment that creates and reinforces the white supremacist, aggressive, oppressive, dead-end relationships that people who are disenfranchised experience in the real world—the very reason they are in prison in the first place.

via Daily Kos Police officer who went undercover in prison leaves the force to sell cars after his experience

Secret ID Of Q Revealed – 8Chan Kicked Off Cloud Service Provider, Owner/Developer Of 8CHan Thanks Them For Closing It Down – QANON Issues Conspiracy Theory; All Mass Shootings Are Nothing But False Flag Attacks By Deep State, 8Chan Was Shut Down By ‘Deep State’ | A Green Road Journal

The online message board 8chan was effectively knocked offline Monday after two companies cut off vital technical services following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas , whose perpetrator was linked to the site. 8chan is known for trafficking in anonymous hate speech and incitement of hate crimes.

A racist “manifesto” posted to the site is believed to have been written by the suspect in a Saturday’s killing of 22 people in El Paso, Texas. If it was, it would be the third known instance of a shooter posting to the site before going on a rampage, following mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques in the spring, and another at a California synagogue.

via Secret ID Of Q Revealed – 8Chan Kicked Off Cloud Service Provider, Owner/Developer Of 8CHan Thanks Them For Closing It Down – QANON Issues Conspiracy Theory; All Mass Shootings Are Nothing But False Flag Attacks By Deep State, 8Chan Was Shut Down By ‘Deep State’ | A Green Road Journal

Trump Revoked Obama Gun Check For Mentally Ill, Despite 300+ Mass Shootings Per Year In USA – Sanders And Democrats Get Blamed For All Mass Shootings – 30,000 Gun Deaths Per Year In USA – GOP Whip Scalise, 4 Others Were Injured By Mass Shooter – Trump Blames Theatre Performance | A Green Road Journal

If mental illness is really the cause of all mass murders committed by mostly racist, white supremacist young males, then why did Trump cancel the law that enhanced the gun background checks put in place by Obama, to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns?

Got cognitive dissonance and denial?

via Trump Revoked Obama Gun Check For Mentally Ill, Despite 300+ Mass Shootings Per Year In USA – Sanders And Democrats Get Blamed For All Mass Shootings – 30,000 Gun Deaths Per Year In USA – GOP Whip Scalise, 4 Others Were Injured By Mass Shooter – Trump Blames Theatre Performance | A Green Road Journal

Dayton shooting: Candice Keller blames mass shootings on Obama

Dayton shooting: Candice Keller blames mass shootings on Obama

A Southwest Ohio politician has stirred anger for a Sunday post on social media in which she blamed mass shootings on “drag queen advocates,” “homosexual marriage,” open borders and even former President Barack Obama.

In the Facebook post, Ohio Rep. Candice Keller complained about liberals playing the “blame game” after every shooting and asked why not place the blame where it belongs. The Republican lives in Middletown, about 30 miles south of Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people early Sunday.

via USAToday Dayton shooting: Candice Keller blames mass shootings on Obama

Just don’t blame the guns.. Nope, they have nothing to do with the mass murder of 30K US citizens each year. (sarcasm)

Talk about terminal denial… 😦

Watch: McConnell drowned out by ‘Moscow Mitch’ chant at Kentucky public speaking appearance – Alternet.org

Watch: McConnell drowned out by ‘Moscow Mitch’ chant at Kentucky public speaking appearance – Alternet.org

In a video posted to Twitter, the embattled Republican can be heard attempting to address the crowd loudly chants “Moscow Mitch” in reference to his decision to shut down two Senate bills aimed at slowing down Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

via Watch: McConnell drowned out by ‘Moscow Mitch’ chant at Kentucky public speaking appearance – Alternet.org