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  • Two Guns Per Person

    10/14/2017 10:46:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Slate ^ | October 13, 2017 | Doug Pennington
    A simple, constitutional proposal that protects both Americans’ lives and liberty. The 27 words of the Second Amendment don’t say anything about how many guns someone can own in America. Neither do the other 7,564 words in the Constitution. Yes, this is a facile point to make. A lot of things—including rights, responsibilities, and government powers we take for granted—aren’t itemized in the Constitution. While saying you can’t find something doesn’t necessarily mean anything, conservatives use this trick all the time. Consider marriage equality, a precept protected by the Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses. That’s the case even...
  • We’re all racist. But racism by white people matters more

    10/14/2017 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 5, 2017 | Mona Chalabi
    We don’t live in a racially neutral society: from police officers to headteachers, all the gatekeepers in my life have been white. Yet we do have to acknowledge those who feel they lose out to ethnic minorities Most white people don’t see themselves as racist. They can comfortably reel off a list of people of colour they know, like, or maybe even love. They can’t think of a time when they’ve negatively discriminated against someone on the grounds of their race. And they don’t see, in a concrete way, how their own race has positively affected them. More than that,...
  • If Hillary Had Won, We Might All Be Getting Paid to Live in America

    10/12/2017 6:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | October 12, 2017 | Sam Becker
    Hillary Clinton gave consideration to a national basic income program in 2016. •The goal was to raise incomes using “the Alaska model.” •If the chips had fallen in the right places, it could have led to every American getting a monthly check from the government. Most Americans are sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton. Enough people didn’t trust her, didn’t like her, or couldn’t be persuaded to vote for her, which led to Donald Trump’s victory. After that, we expected her to fade away — to ride off into the sunset with Bill and enjoy retirement. She did fade away...
  • Kathy Griffin appears at comedy gig wearing Trump mask

    10/09/2017 4:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 9, 2017 | Naomi Lim
    Kathy Griffin donned a President Trump mask during a bold return to the U.S. comedy circuit after posing with a faux severed Trump head in May. "Hello gays! It's me, Kathy Griffin, a genuine comedy fugitive," Griffin said on Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Griffin opened the Aid for AIDS Best in Drag Show fundraiser by parading on stage in the mask, while giving the audience the middle finger. She was also wearing a blue dress similar to the one she was photographed in with the bloodied fake Trump head. "I know...
  • Reparations for Africans and Their Descendants Explained

    10/09/2017 8:00:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    teleSUR ^ | October 3, 2017
    David Comissiong, chairman of the Caribbean Pan-African Network, has penned a 12-point explainer outlining the campaign for reparations for the legacy of crimes against humanity perpetrated against the sons and daughters of Africa by European nations, the United States and other North American governments. During the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, the 12 points read as follows: No impunity; validation of our humanity; knowledge of our history; completion of the emancipation process; compensation must be proportionate to the crime; reparations must produce the just society; we Africans must exercise autonomy throughout the process; we...
  • Male Writers at Liberal Outlets Sent Misogynist Tips to Breitbart, Other News Women Need to Know

    10/09/2017 7:40:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Vogue ^ | October 8, 2017 | Mary Wang
    Dear women, We tried very hard to remain optimistic this week, but it’s time to admit that this wasn’t a great week for women. So, let’s start with the little good news we do have. The good news • The Norwegian FA has announced that it’s almost doubling the financial compensation female soccer players will receive from 3.1 million Norwegian kroner ($390,000) to 6 million kroner ($750,000). Even better news: Male players are paying for part of that out of their own fees. This new agreement will lead to men and women receiving equal compensation. Equal pay for men’s and...
  • Savage: Shooter 'Well-Trained,' Something Is Wrong There

    10/08/2017 11:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 2, 2017 | Solange Reyner
    The Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people and injured 515 in the largest mass shooting in American history Sunday night was "well-trained," talk show radio host Michael Savage said on his show Monday, per The Daily Caller. "This guy was well-trained, something is wrong with the picture," Savage said after questioning why it took 72 minutes for the police to arrive and shoot 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He added, "There's more questions than answers. This is a new 9/11 in America and the questions will grow all week – very embarrassing and very difficult questions we are now back to...
  • Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan

    10/08/2017 9:29:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    ekurd ^ | October 4, 2017 | Editorial Staff
    Iraq’s central bank eased financial restrictions imposed on Kurdistan over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks. The Iraqi central bank had informed the Kurdistan Government it would stop selling dollars to the four Kurdish banks, and would halt all foreign currency transfers.
  • How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

    10/07/2017 10:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Truth Out ^ | October 7, 2017 | Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog
    The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal. In May 2017, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world's best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years....
  • Massoud Barzani Kurdish president; the happiest day of my life.

    10/04/2017 8:35:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    ynetnews ^ | 02.10.17 | Bernard-Henri Lévy
    “I’ve been fighting for half a century. With my people I have been through mass killings, deportations, gassings. In 1991 after the first war against Saddam, the democracies came to our rescue but left the dictatorship in place, thus casting us back into the shadows. During those decades of resistance, of hopes dashed and reborn… never imagined that in my people would finally come together and express to the world their desire to be democratic and free. That day came; and it is the happiest day of my life. It’s as if everything I’ve done and dreamed of, all of...
  • Colbert asked Ta-Nehisi Coates if he has hope for America. Coates said no.

    10/04/2017 12:32:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Vox ^ | October 3, 2017 | Constance Grady
    One of the recurring ideas of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, is that he hates being asked to offer white people hope of a better future in which America might become a post-racial utopia. But when Coates appeared on The Late Show Monday night, Stephen Colbert asked him to offer that hope — and appeared to be almost offended when Coates refused. In his book, Coates writes that he hates being asked to talk about a future he doesn’t believe in, and he simply does not believe that America is going to “get over” racism....
  • Donald Has One Trump Card Left

    10/02/2017 5:56:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Money Morning ^ | October 3, 2017 | Ryan Dinse, Editor
    If Donald Trump was a start-up, he’d be the perfect disruptor. I spoke yesterday about his Twitter exploits. A tool he uses to great effect in this regard. And whatever you think about him and his policies, there’s no question he ran a brilliant election campaign. Of course, years of railing against the ‘Washington elite’ from the Republican Party sowed the seeds of voter discontent. Seeds Trump happily cultivated. Who can forget the images of enthusiastic crowds — complete with MAGA baseball caps — chanting ‘drain the swamp’ in unison? But the campaign was a lot smarter than a simple...
  • ANTIFA Planning a “Civil War” to Overthrow the US Government

    10/01/2017 9:12:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | October 1, 2017 | Paul Ebeling
    ANTIFA Planning a “Civil War” to Overthrow the US Government Antifa, a violent far-left group demands the Trump “regime be removed from power” Far-left militants plan to “gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country” in the hope of building momentum for civil unrest that leads to nothing less than domestic regime change. “Our protest must grow day after day and night after night—thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions—determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole...
  • FReeper vrs NFL War-Game

    10/01/2017 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvavida · 7 replies
    Vanity ^ | 01 October 2017 | Salvavida
    I wanted to design a table-top war-game for the current fight against the NFL. But alas, I could not make it work in the interface that FR offers. It will not work without a collaboration chat applet and the ability to choose teams. More importantly, FR doesn’t operationally own the ground troops and capability. Without that….there is no game. I tried writing it with FR heavily influencing events, but that is just a bridge too far. But to hasten the destruction of the NFL, I didn’t want to NOT post the war-game (like my double negative?). Some of the readers...
  • Antifa is dangerous because its ideology may deceive Black youth

    09/29/2017 11:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Amsterdam News ^ | September 14, 2017 | Brandon Terrell Hicks
    For many who want to #resist against the alt-right and white supremacy, Antifa has emerged as an acceptable counterweight to neo-Nazis. They were lauded by some after they stood up to Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., in August. This mostly white radicalism only concerns me in the ways in which it might affect Black people. My first and last priority is always what is in the best interest of Black people. Antifa has a mystique that is attractive to some of our sisters and brothers who are actively engaged in struggles for freedom and liberation. This mystique might grow as we...
  • Patriotism Is for White People

    09/29/2017 9:32:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Root ^ | September 25, 2017 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    The American flag, drenched in the blood of American Indians and enslaved Africans, has been romanticized as a symbol of guardianship for all citizens of this nation. One of the main centerpieces of patriotism encapsulated in the flag’s meaning is military service. Be it the Revolutionary or Civil War, World War I or II, or any other battle in which America has fought, the argument is that the men and women who fought for this country took on a sacred sacrifice to protect American liberty and freedom from foreign enemies that would dare to endanger it. That the American flag...
  • White Athletes Still Standing For The Anthem Are Standing For White Supremacy

    09/26/2017 7:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 25, 2017 | Jesse Benn
    This is the problem of privilege. It skews our ability to grasp what the world looks like outside our view. The absence of white athletes kneeling for the anthem Sunday was a particularly illustrative moment in white privilege. See, for white athletes the anthem and American flag do represent freedom, liberty and whatever other amorphous American values one might ascribe these symbols. So, from their view, kneeling would be disrespectful to the privileges a white supremacist nation affords them. We’ve all heard the typical argument against kneeling. “Kneeling during the anthem disrespects the flag and the soldiers who fought for...
  • Lena Dunham compares Donald Trump to Dylann Roof in tweet about NFL controversy

    09/25/2017 4:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2017
    A lot of celebrities have reacted to president Donald Trump’s recent comments against those in the National Football League who have been taking a knee during the National Anthem as an act of protest. One such celebrity is writer and actress Lena Dunham, who continued her streak of speaking out against the president on Twitter with some incredibly harsh words of her own. In response to a thread from comedian Travon Free on Twitter, Dunham lashed out at Trump and drew a comparison between him and Dylann Roof, the mass murderer who targeted and killed nine African Americans during a...
  • Why Hillary Clinton was right about white women – and their husbands (She means you ladies)

    09/25/2017 4:12:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 25, 2017 | Lucia Graves
    Hillary Clinton hoped to wear white on election night, a tribute to the suffragettes and the sweep of political history. Instead, as she wrote in her new book, the white suit stayed in her garment bag as she donned the gray and purple garment she had intended for her first trip to Washington as president-elect. Given the opportunity to make history by electing the first female president, women didn’t take it. And ironically, the women who bore the most resemblance to Clinton – white, heterosexual and married – were less likely to vote for her. Many had expected Clinton to...
  • Donald Trump's latest spat isn't about sport or patriotism, it's about race

    09/25/2017 2:08:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 26, 2017 | John Barron
    Make no mistake, President Donald Trump's spat with some of the most prominent sporting stars in America is not about patriotism, or even sport. Despite his protestations, it is about race. American football is essentially a game played by black men for the entertainment of white men: 70 per cent of the top tier NFL players are African-American, 83 per cent of NFL fans are white and two-thirds of them are men. None of the multi-millionaires and billionaires who own NFL franchises are black. And while most of those black NFL players are paid handsomely, it is becoming increasingly clear...