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  • Another mass public shooting in Florida, another gun-free zone: Parkland, Florida school shooting

    02/14/2018 5:32:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 4, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    When will there be a serious discussion of the dangers of gun-free zones? When will the media point out in their discussions of the guns used or how the guns were obtained that another attack occurred in a gun-free zone? After listening to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) push for more gun control on Shepard Smith’s show on Fox News this afternoon, we decided to put up this post. Video above of when Senator Nelson made very similar comments later on during Special Report shortly after 6 PM EST. Here is a listing of mass public shootings in Florida where at...
  • 'Declaration of war': liberals divided as California mulls housing push

    02/14/2018 10:14:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 14, 2018 | by Erin McCormick
    Proposal aimed at keeping up with population growth would limit cities’ power over housing, handing more control to state. The mayor of Berkeley, California, has called it “a declaration of war”. A neighborhood group in Los Angeles said it would be akin to forcing Native Americans from their land. Amid a desperate housing crisis, legislators in the Golden State have prompted an outcry with new proposals that threaten to take the rulebook that governs American city planning and throw it out the window. Their proposition: reducing cities’ power to decide what gets built and putting more control into state hands....
  • Flashback: Yuri N. Afanasyev, Historian Who Warned Against Putin, Repudiated Communism, Dies at 81

    02/10/2018 3:28:27 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2015 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    Yuri N. Afanasyev, a Russian historian and former Communist loyalist who became a leading democratic politician in the late Soviet era ...died Sept. 14. He was 81. In 1989, Mr. Afanasyev helped found Memorial, an organization dedicated to exposing Stalin’s atrocities and commemorating the victims. That year he also joined the Soviet Union’s first freely elected parliamentary body, the Congress of People’s Deputies, which was created under Mr. Gorbachev’s reforms. But he grew disenchanted, doubting that its unwieldy mix of Stalinists, democrats and Communist Party functionaries could bring about change, and denouncing both its “aggressively obedient majority” and Mr. Gorbachev....
  • Climate Change Isn’t Just About the Planet

    02/08/2018 7:23:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    The Nation ^ | February 8, 2018 | By Leehi Yona
    ... Climate change isn’t just about the planet. It’s about justice: racial, social, socioeconomic, reproductive, and environmental. It’s about immigration reform, LGBTQIA+ rights, and religious freedom. I know this interconnectedness, and fervently believed in it when I wrote my initial essay submission last year. However, in this moment, I find myself unable to think of climate change on its own. When Trump’s policy is climate destruction, it doesn’t take place in silos. If anything has changed in my mind since last year, it is that my connection to so many struggles for social justice are even more strongly at the...
  • Antifa Disrupts LGBT Parade; Claims Gay People Are Offensive To Muslims

    02/07/2018 8:53:25 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 46 replies
    Squawker.org ^ | 2/6/2018 | Alisha Sherron
    Whether we agree with their beliefs or not, Gay Pride Parades (for the most part) are well… gay. Happy. Bright. Enthusiastic and peaceful. They march around with rainbow flags, wear really weird clothing, and tell everybody how proud they are to be gay. Annoying? Most certainly, especially if you feel as though they’re shoving an agenda down your throat. But these marches tend to keep it fairly peaceful. When you start putting Sweden, Muslims, and Antifa into the mix, however, you have a recipe for disaster. Recently in Stockholm Sweden, a Gay pride event was held that caused a bit...
  • Fidel Castro Jr. Commits Suicide, Trump Blamed [semi-satire]

    02/06/2018 9:19:05 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, the 68-year-old son of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro committed suicide. Though communism enabled his famous father to amass a billion dollar personal fortune, “Fidelito” was said by friends to have become depressed upon realizing “that Yankee bastard is right. My country is a sh*thole.” Long-time compadre, Vacio Cabeza professed himself “mystified. He wanted for nothing. We lived like kings. Admittedly, life is kind of tough for the average Cuban, but what does that matter to men like us? Why should we care what Trump said about Cuba?” Reminded that Trump did not explicitly include Cuba in...
  • Left panics on Russia as China buys influence over U.S.

    02/05/2018 6:10:18 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/4/18 | Not attributed
    Establishment media have insisted Russia is the greatest threat to the United States and alleges the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton. But a far more powerful country is extending its influence in academia, government and corporate America – communist China. Chinese corporations, which are massively subsidized and in some cases directly owned by the government of the People’s Republic, are purchasing a number of companies which will give China a great deal of leverage over the United States. The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, the technology company Motorola Mobility, and the information technology...
  • Tillerson says US considers Venezuela oil sale restrictions

    02/04/2018 3:03:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/4/18 | LUIS ANDRES HENAO
    <p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the U.S. is still considering restricting the sale of oil from crisis-torn Venezuela.</p> <p>Tillerson said in Argentina's capital that the U.S. wants "free, fair, and verifiable elections" in Venezuela, and wants to apply enough pressure to end the crisis in the South American country. The government there has faced widespread criticism over its decision to push up presidential elections under conditions that opponents say overwhelmingly favor President Nicolas Maduro.</p>
  • Belief in the underdog: Four million-dollar bets placed on Eagles in Super Bowl LII

    02/04/2018 5:58:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 3, 2018 | David Purdum
    With a day to go before kickoff, four reported million-dollar bets have already been placed on Super Bowl LII -- all on the underdog Philadelphia Eagles. A bettor on Friday at William Hill placed a $1 million money-line bet on the Eagles at +155 odds. If Philadelphia pulls the upset over the New England Patriots, the unnamed bettor would net a $1,550,000 profit.
  • China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist President

    02/03/2018 11:49:02 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Nov 2017 | Kate Shellnut
    Thousands of Christian villagers in China have been told to take down displays of Jesus, crosses, and gospel passages from their homes as part of a government propaganda effort to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.” The news comes weeks after the CPC held its national congress, where Xi continued to consolidate party power and passed a historic measure to write his political philosophy into its constitution. SCMP called Xi “the country’s most powerful leader since Mao” Zedong, who also developed a personality cult through portraits in Chinese homes. The news outlet also noted Xi’s efforts to...
  • Strobe Talbott's Fifth Estate (5th Column, more like)

    02/03/2018 10:35:39 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 14 replies
    "To have found himself in such high clover -- Friend of Bill Clinton, Keeper of the Secrets, Defender of the Middle Path -- is surely to feel a little giddy, a little wonderful. In 22 years of diplomatic reporting for Time magazine he had allowed himself only one Walter Mitty fantasy, and that was to be ambassador to Moscow. Now he is the number two man at State. Now there is not only Russia to deal with, but Bosnia and Haiti. Already he has learned to strike the note of cautious optimism ("We have faced up to Bosnia in a...
  • Russian Communists Assault Moscow Deputies Over Lenin Statue

    02/02/2018 7:59:54 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 40 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Feb 2, 2018
    A fight erupted between communist party members and local municipal politicians in Moscow this week over a proposal to move a statue of Vladimir Lenin. "It was a special unscheduled meeting, we didn’t invite anyone and were very surprised that a whole horde of them had gathered," the RBC business portal cited local council member Dmitry Maksimov as saying. Maksimov reportedly filed a police complaint after suffering a head wound in the incident. The Communist leader Suraikin denied attacking the deputy and accused local authorities of "attempting to insult the entire Soviet past." Footage on state-run television showed Suraikin gesticulating...
  • Putinism with Chinese Characteristics: Xi Jinping’s Cult of Personality

    02/02/2018 12:22:42 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | Dec 2017 | Kevin Carrico
    Since 2012, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping has consolidated more power than any Chinese leader since at least Deng Xiaoping. This consolidation of power has coincided with a growing cult of personality, which portrays Xi as “the right leader at the right time” for China. Analyses of this cult often make comparisons to that of Mao Zedong...A reexamination of the evolution of the cult of personality around Xi, however, suggests that a far more appropriate point of comparison is with a more recent figure: Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Tellingly, during a meeting between the two leaders in 2013, Xi...
  • Tiananmen Square Birthed China's Unbalanced Economics and Politics

    01/30/2018 10:48:26 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Time ^ | 2014 | Zheng Wang
    Twenty-five years is long enough to reflect on the real impact and consequences of an event. Unfortunately, for the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a major event that changed the country’s direction, one won’t find any discussion or reflection in the Chinese media. The Chinese people have a very strong historical consciousness, but their historical memory is always selective. I have given lectures and taught courses at several universities in China where, to my surprise, Chinese students from elite universities knew very little about this incident...However, they cannot be blamed, as there is no access to open resources for them...
  • Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials

    01/28/2018 12:32:58 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 67 replies
    The Red Army's defeat of Nazi German forces on Polish soil in 1944-1945 remains a thorny issue in Russian-Polish relations. Many Poles viewed the Red Army as an occupation force, not as liberators, as the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact had carved up Poland between two dictatorships. Poland updated its "de-communisation" legislation, banning "totalitarian" symbols, which would include Soviet propaganda monuments. The Russian foreign ministry condemned the new Polish "de-communisation" law as "an outrageous provocation", and warned of unspecified "consequences". "The USSR paid the highest price to liberate Poland - on that country's soil, in battles with the enemy, more than 600,000...
  • Milos Zeman, bold *ex-Communist* is elected new Czech president

    Zeman joined the Communist Party during the 1968 Prague Spring reforms. The short-lived period of greater freedom was brutally crushed by a Soviet invasion. Two years later he was purged from the party. Zeman joined the left-leaning Social Democratic party after communism fell, taking its helm in 1993. Five years later, he formed a minority government largely responsible for talks in the run-up to Czech EU accession in 2004. His failed attempt to replace Havel as president in 2003 -- in a vote won by Klaus -- led him to reconsider his priorities and retreat to a countryside house far...
  • Putin Calls for a 'Revival' of Islamic Education in Russia

    01/26/2018 12:31:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Yegor Aleyev
    President Vladimir Putin has promised government backing for Islamic religious education in Russia, in a bid to stave extremism and cater to Russia’s large Muslim community. Up to 20 million Muslims make up Russia’s second-largest religious minority. Thousands of young radicalized Russians have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist fighters in recent years, making the country the largest source of foreign fighters in the war-torn region. At a meeting with Islamic religious figures on Wednesday, Russia’s president pledged “undoubted support” for a "revival of Islamic education in Russia," the state-run TASS news agency reported. “Traditional Islam is an...
  • COMMUNIST LEADER [ANGELA DAVIS] GIVES MLK DAY SPEECH AT FLORIDA STATE

    01/25/2018 4:45:39 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 41 replies
    Former Communist Party USA member and prominent political activist Angela Davis appeared at Florida State University Tuesday to deliver a speech trashing the Trump administration. Davis, speaking to a packed crowd that erupted into applause when she entered the auditorium, kicked off the start of the school’s weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., using the opportunity to express the disdain she believes King would have had for President Trump. “I bet Dr. King would be turning in his grave to know that Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Who would’ve thought that 30 years after his...
  • German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

    01/24/2018 7:50:40 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 1/24/2018 | Holly Ellyatt
    German leader Angela Merkel said that multilateralism was under threat and said that protectionism is not the answer to the world's problems. "Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. And polarization is something that we see in our country as well, which we haven't had for decades," Merkel said. She attributed increasing populism and polarization to both the euro zone crisis and migration crisis seen in Europe over the last few years following an influx of refugees, but said Germany would not shrink from the world stage. "Germany wishes to...
  • Venezuela's presidential election begins, Maduro leads the race

    01/24/2018 7:59:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 24, 2018 | by Reuters
    CARACAS - Venezuela's presidential election race was underway on Wednesday, with favorite and incumbent Nicolas Maduro signaling an "anti-Trump" platform while demoralized foes scrambled for a candidate and feared an unfair vote. Foes say Maduro, 55, a former bus driver who succeeded Hugo Chavez in 2013, has ruined a once-prosperous oil economy, turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and skewed the election system to perpetuate power for his Socialist Party. Officials say they are fighting a U.S.-led right-wing conspiracy determined to end socialism in Latin America, hobble Venezuela's economy, and steal its oil wealth. "Donald Trump is not the boss of...