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  • A Historical Perspective On Mass Violence [by Jason Kessler, UTR organizer]

    08/18/2017 5:53:52 PM PDT · by ETL · 50 replies
    A Historical Perspective On Mass Violence [by Jason Kessler] 12/6/2015 Here's a different kind of question I've often had about large scale tragedies like natural disasters, diseases & gun violence: We get so caught up in the emotion of the violence that we don't consider the long-term, historical consequences. To put it bluntly: the planet is overpopulated already. Maybe we shouldn't try to cure every disease, we shouldn't confiscate all the harmful drugs, etc. Perhaps we'd be happier if we made peace with the fact that rabid animals are going to dwindle the herd from time to time (as they...
  • Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason

    08/18/2017 4:14:31 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/18/17 | Sharyl Attkisson
    ....As journalists, we’re supposed to sort through press releases, talking points and propaganda, using them only to the extent they enlighten us as to what special interests want to believe: Is it true? Is it the whole story? Who wants you to think it and why? Are they trying to deflect attention from other facts or a more important story? Finding these answers is a basic part of our job. Instead, we’re willing repositories for all kinds of narratives. We report — as if news — press releases from the government, corporations, special interests or nonprofits (that are often undisclosed...
  • FLASHBACK 2011: Sarah Palin put the gun's crosshairs on Gabby Giffords [meanwhile...]

    08/18/2017 11:44:41 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    DailyKos.com ^ | Jan 08, 2011 | Neutron
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  • Perfect Eclipses: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

    08/17/2017 8:04:56 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 17, 2017 | Jay W. Richards
    Perfect Eclipses: Coincidence or Conspiracy? Jay W. Richards | @FreemarketJay August 17, 2017 On August 21, we Americans get to see a total solar eclipse. As I mentioned in a previous piece, we can see solar eclipses only because our planet, our Moon, and our Sun sometimes come together in a straight line in space. When the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, those in the Moon’s shadow see an eclipse. But the story doesn’t end there. A rare alignment of events allows Earthlings to witness not just solar eclipses, but what we might call perfect solar eclipses. Our...
  • Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

    08/17/2017 7:46:43 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 52 replies
    CNet ^ | August 16, 2017 | Alina Bradford
    Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen Things get a little weird during an eclipse. Here are six things to look for. While there are many superstitions about eclipses, there are also a lot of weird things that happen during an eclipse that are completely real -- and super cool. Here are six incredible things to look for during the eclipse on August 21.1. Animals getting confused "A totally eclipsed sun is 10,000 times fainter than one that is 99 percent covered by the moon," Meg Pickett, astrophysicist and a professor of physics at Lawrence University told...
  • Fascism/Antifa, what is it?

    08/17/2017 7:07:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 14 replies
    Word Origin and History for fascism n. 1922, originally used in English 1920 in its Italian form (see fascist ). Applied to similar groups in Germany from 1923; applied to everyone since the rise of the Internet. A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion....
  • Reliable news sources

    08/16/2017 6:40:44 AM PDT · by Samogon · 30 replies
    Need advice on news sources
  • The Revolutionary Communist Party launches new front group to protest President Trump and Pence

    08/15/2017 4:35:10 PM PDT · by ETL · 21 replies
    various sources (links provided) | Aug 15, 2017 | self
    The Revolutionary Communist Party just very recently launched a new front group called "Refuse Fascism". The group's organizer/spokesperson, Sunsara Taylor, has been with the Revolutionary Communist Party for over a decade.She's been on Fox News a number of times over the years, including with Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. Never once did either of them confront her with the fact of her belonging to the Revolutionary Communist Party, an organization which openly advocates the violent overthrow of the US government, or that the group she was on to represent was a front for the RCP. She of course would never come...
  • Solar Eclipses and Life

    08/15/2017 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 19 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 15, 2017 | Staff
    Solar Eclipses and Life Evolution News | @DiscoveryCSC August 15, 2017, 1:53 AM In previous posts in our solar eclipse series (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) we touched on safe viewing methods, the mechanics of solar eclipses, and a couple of surprising coincidences. We also explained why the solar eclipses we enjoy from earth’s surface are the best in the solar system. The solar eclipse coincidences have been noted by astronomers, but most have treated them as mere coincidences. Some scientists are troubled by them. The popular British science writer and astronomer John Gribbin comments on...
  • Who is the philosopher of American Progressivism?

    08/14/2017 4:13:48 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 25 replies
    In describing some of the history of American Progressivism, Dinesh D'Souza asks a very provocative question: Think about this: we know the name of the philosopher of capitalism, Adam Smith. We also know the name of the philosopher of Marxism, Karl Marx. So, quick, what is the name of the philosopher of fascism? Yes, exactly. You don’t know. Virtually no one knows. My point is that this is not because there were no foundational thinkers behind fascism – there were several – but rather that the left had to get rid of them in order to avoid confronting their unavoidable...
  • U.S. Army Tells Anti-Confederate Activists to Go to Hell

    08/14/2017 3:08:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 76 replies
    Several Brooklyn Democrat activists are smarting this week after a firm rebuke from the U.S. Army. The activists, who include Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and (sigh) the Rev. Al Sharpton, demanded that the Army rename two Brooklyn streets that are named after generals in the Confederate military. But General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive won’t be changing their names anytime soon because the Army has rejected their requests for, cough cough, social justice. Those streets at Fort Hamilton, said the Army in their letter, are named after men who are “an inextricable part of our military history.” As such, they...
  • Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

    08/14/2017 6:27:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    AFP ^ | 14 Aug 2017 | Staff
    Britain's much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell in a clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament. "Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project," Steve Jaggs, whose official title is "Keeper of the Great Clock", said in a parliament statement on Monday. "This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home -- the Elizabeth Tower," he said. It will be the longest period...
  • Media guide on how to report on murders

    08/13/2017 9:22:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
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  • Is changing the Constitution the only way to fix Washington?

    08/12/2017 8:52:52 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 82 replies
    PEW Charitable Trusts - research and analysis ^ | August 7, 2017 | Sophie Quinton
    Next month delegations of state lawmakers will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend what organizers say will be the first formal convention of states since the Civil War. They’ll gather at the capitol, inside the turquoise-carpeted House chamber, and draw up rules for a hoped-for future meeting: a convention to draft an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.No “amendment convention” has taken place since the Constitution was written over 200 years ago. But the idea is gaining steam now, stoked by groups on the left and right that say amendments drafted and ratified by states are the last, best hope for...
  • 1999: Trump speaks about North Korea on Meet the Press!

    08/12/2017 10:54:22 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    Incredible. Almost 20 years ago, Trump predicted the exact situation we have are in now with North Korea, and his own position is still consistent! I wish he would retweet this clip! Please share so it goes viral.
  • An Open Letter to My Colleagues (regarding life’s origin)

    08/11/2017 7:20:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Inference Review ^ | August 2, 2017 | James Tour
    An Open Letter to My Colleagues James TourLife should not exist. This much we know from chemistry. In contrast to the ubiquity of life on earth, the lifelessness of other planets makes far better chemical sense. Synthetic chemists know what it takes to build just one molecular compound. The compound must be designed, the stereochemistry controlled. Yield optimization, purification, and characterization are needed. An elaborate supply is required to control synthesis from start to finish. None of this is easy. Few researchers from other disciplines understand how molecules are synthesized. Synthetic constraints must be taken into account when considering the...
  • Melania, Ivanka and Ivana Trump Wear High Heels, a Symbol of Everything(tr)

    08/11/2017 5:50:25 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 80 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/10/17 | Nina Burleigh
    There’s been no rest for the wicked just a week into President Donald Trump’s 17-day vacation, what with our late-summer flirtation with nuclear war. But the women in the Trump clan seem to have been able to kick back. Given the dearth of photographic evidence otherwise, perhaps they have finally been able to put their feet up. This hiatus allows us to reflect on a minor Trumpian trend to which the nation has become accustomed since January: the ubiquitous stiletto pump. The vertiginous spike-heel shoe is not currently in fashion, but for Ivana, Ivanka, Melania and the Trump daughters-in-law, Carrie...
  • CNN ended its relationship with political commentator Jeffrey Lord

    08/10/2017 2:21:24 PM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 33 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 08/10/2017 | HuffPost
    CNN ended its relationship with political commentator Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted “Sieg Heil” on Thursday. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” 4h Angelo Carusone ✔ @GoAngelo Replying to @realJeffreyLord @amspectator Your headline has a mistake in it. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don't take yourself seriously. Follow Jeff Lord @realJeffreyLord Sieg Heil! 11:51 AM - Aug 10, 2017 364 364 Replies 66 66 Retweets 40 40 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Lord has been one of President Donald Trump’s...
  • What was it that Truman told the Japanese ? oh Yea Darn near the same thing Trump Told NORTH KOREA !

    08/09/2017 4:41:19 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Ib4wTq0jY ^ | August 6, 1945 | Truman/youtube/history
    President Harry S. Truman reads prepared speech after dropping of atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan during World War 2. US President Harry S. Truman delivers a speech following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2. President of the United States Harry S. Truman seated at desk in cabin of a ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean. He reads prepared speech on the atomic bomb. He states that an American aircraft dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. The Japanese began the war from air at Pearl Harbor. He states...
  • Remembering the Indian Soldiers Who Helped Liberate Jerusalem 100 Years Ago

    08/08/2017 5:32:42 AM PDT · by wtd · 2 replies
    Israel Daily Picture ^ | Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | former Israeli diplomat
    Remembering the Indian Soldiers Who Helped Liberate Jerusalem 100 Years Ago Indian Lancers guarding Turkish prisoners in Jerusalem in December 1917 Welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and thank you for the sacrifices made by your country’s soldiers who saved the Jews of the Land of Israel 100 years ago and eventually led to the Jewish state’s creation. An idyllic fenced park is located in the middle of the Talpiot neighborhood in Jerusalem, just a four-minute Waze-directed detour from Hebron Road. This cemetery, which I visited for the first time last week, is the burial site for 79 Indian soldiers...