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          Out Mayor Pete Buttigieg Gets Some Traction Following CNN Town Hall      Cache   Translate Page      

Openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, appears to be building some momentum in his bid to become the Democratic candidate for president in 2020.

This past weekend, Buttigieg took part in a CNN town hall at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Also taking solo turns on the stage were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland.

But by many accounts, it was Mayor Pete who found the most traction.

While he isn't out-polling former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg showed he knew how to make the most of an opportunity.

Veteran political expert and chief strategist for the Obama campaigns, David Axelrod, gave Buttigieg high marks and predicted an uptick in his standing among the other candidates.



During his hour onstage, the 37-year-old displayed impressive poise and composure while throwing some shade on the Trump/Pence administration, including his now infamous “cheerleader for the porn star presidency” description of Vice President Mike Pence.

The former Navy intelligence officer and Afghanistan war veteran also took aim at Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, who has defended the invasion of Iraq for years.

Referencing Bolton’s suggestion that the U.S. use military force in the current conflict in Venezuela, Buttigieg replied, “I don’t understand how somebody leading us into the Iraq War is allowed near that situation.”

He also addressed some issues specific to the LGBTQ community.

The two-term mayor reaffirmed his support for the Equality Act, which would bring uniform civil rights protections to LGBTQs across the nation by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil righs laws.

He also called for an end to the “war on trans Americans.”

“For a transgender teen to get the signal from the White House that the highest officials in the land can’t tell the difference between her and a predator and make it harder for her to go to the bathroom shows you just how out of whack the climate is in our country right now. We've got to end the war on trans Americans and we need a federal Equality Act that would say that you cannot be fired just because of who you are or just because you love.”


There was also a fairly innocuous but human moment that occurred when CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to clarify how to pronounce the mayor’s last name.

Noting that Buttigieg’s husband has indicated a slightly different pronunciation (“I don’t want to get in the middle of a marital squabble, but…”), Tapper asked the mayor for the definitive answer.

Buttigieg said his name quickly (which sounded like ‘Booda-judge’) but added that either option worked, and at home, he just goes by "Mayor Pete."

The day when reporters blithely ask a presidential candidate about daily interactions with his husband has come.


Clearly sensing the appearance had gone well, Buttigieg was the only participant in the town hall to make a direct appeal from the stage for donations to his campaign.

According to CNN, Buttigieg had the single biggest fundraising day of his 2020 campaign after his appearance raising more than $600,000 from over 22,200 donations in the 24 hours after the event televised on CNN.

(h/t CNN)

          War Criminals Are Popular, This Century      Cache   Translate Page      
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Jason R… Jason Ross: Barack Obama Most Admired Man for 11th Straight Year: Gallup: Rayn: War criminals are real popular this century!
          Two plus two: why did Ilhan Omar post an audio that disproved the claim she was trying to make?      Cache   Translate Page      
Scott Johnson writes: In her interview with Tim Alberta for “The Democrats’ dilemma,” Omar disparaged the sainted Barack Obama by asserting that in critical respects he was as bad as Trump is. She then denied the accuracy of the quote Continue reading →
          Comment on Greene: Here’s how race played out in one of Colorado’s three capital convictions by Dudley Sharp      Cache   Translate Page      
Quite an interview, revealing much about the reporter and Dubler. I suspect the ignorance and stereotypes that Greene is referring to, is this: Dubler: “Most everything I know about black people is bad news: crime, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancies and absentee fathers, more young men in jail than in college." As many reporters and more folks know, these have been well known social realities for decades, routinely, seen in media reports, with blacks, disproportionately, affected I am not sure what the "uglier ignorance" Greene is alluding to. Can you tell us? Dubler's only, questionable reference is to blacks incarcerated population vs in college. The data was that such was true in 2000 and 2001, but not since. However, we have this: A Washington Post editorial published in June referenced a 2007 quote from then-Senator Barack Obama. In this quote, Obama stated that “we have more black men in prison than we have in our colleges.” Both, easily found. Hard to blame Dubler anymore than President Obama. No "uglier ignorance", here.  The ignorance would be, in fact, to reject what Dubler has stated, as Greene appears to do. The question is "Can a well informed person serve on a jury?  Generally, the answer is yes.  In this case, as in many, the question  is "Can "ugly stereotypes" be removed within jury deliberations?". The "ugly stereotype" is, correctly, used, by Greene. One may have accurate data on many social issues, but those cannot be applied to a defendant, or any other persons, when deliberating in cases. One must deal, only, with the law and the facts in that case and deal with issues, individually, not part of a group. Dubler: “I do not feel any racism in my heart. Yet I have to admit that when I would encounter a black man on the street, my pace would quicken, and I would go on a heightened sense of alert.” Look at that, in this context: Jesse Jackson:"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.... After all we have been through. Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating." (1). "Ugly stereotypes" by Dubler, Jackson and Obama, are what Ray's counsel are concerned with, not in the public square, but, specifically, within the context of jury deliberation. Those concerns will be weighed by the judiciary, all of whom know that all jurors and potential jurors, as all of us,  have biases, life experiences with different perspectives which, by themselves, do not, necessarily, keep one from serving on a jury, as long as that potential  juror can deliberate in a fair, impartial fashion, considering only the facts of the case and the law applied, thereto. Dubler asserts he had no racial bias in deliberations and with Greene knowing that Dubler's facts were accurate, not "uglier ignorance", and that many reporters and potential jurors share that same knowledge, should they all be excluded from jury duty? Greene writes: "In the meantime, concerns about how the death penalty is pursued in Colorado have grown with a University of Denver Law School study showing that defendants of color are five times more likely to face capital prosecution than those who are white. Of the 22 capital cases tried from 1999 to 2010, the research found, only two were against white defendants." Sharp: Does that 11:1 ratio surprise Greene? Probably. But only because of ignorance. If fact checking/vetting was present, the national data shows this: For the White–Black comparisons, the Black level is 12.7 times greater than the White level for homicide, 15.6 times greater for robbery, 6.7 times greater for rape, and 4.5 times greater for aggravated assault (2) As robbery/murder is, by far, the most common death penalty eligible murder, the multiples will/may be even greater. No one would be surprised by a 11:1 ratio.  With the crimes of  robbery with injury, blacks are 21 times more likely to be involved in such crimes as are whites. This 21:1 ratio represents 1.4 million black offender(s)/white victim vs. 68,000 white offender(s)/black victim for robbery with injury crimes (Sharp, using BJS, 1977-84 data). (2) Statistically, there will be an equal ratio  of those injured who will die, meaning the same ration, 21:1, will represent the most common capital murder, robbery/murders.  No one would be surprised by an 11:1 ratio.
          Is income inequality fair?      Cache   Translate Page      

Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” tweeted, “My goal for this year is to get a moderator […]

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          El instructor de tenis de Michelle Obama y sus hijas, entre los acusados en el escándalo de sobornos      Cache   Translate Page      
Gordon Ernst recibió más de USD 2 millones para facilitar el ingreso de estudiantes a la Universidad de Georgetown
          Girl, Bye! Roseanne Barr Tries To Blame Michelle Obama For Getting Fired From ABC      Cache   Translate Page      
The disgraced comedian really loves to slander Black women, while taking no accountability for her own irreprehensible behavior.
          Náš program vymýšlí příliš uvěřitelné texty, tvrdí vědci. Zatím je tajný      Cache   Translate Page      
Počítačový algoritmus GPT-2 umí generovat texty na prakticky jakékoli téma. Poznali byste z předložených ukázek, že jde o článek smyšlený neuronovou sítí? Tvůrci z OpenAI byli sami překvapeni, jak uvěřitelné texty z programu padají. Proto zatím program nezveřejní a chtějí rozpoutat celospolečenskou debatu.
          A Centrist Perspective: Makers and Takers, Obamacare, and the Path Forward      Cache   Translate Page      
Below, a guest post from Stephen Reid, Managing Partner at Pharmspective, a market research firm that provides advisory services to healthcare and pharmaceutical companies on strategic issues including the Affordable Care Act. (ACA) I don’t  agree with Reid on every … Continue reading
          Obama Says No One Should Be Forced to Sign up For Insurance; Edwards Says If You Don’t, He’ll Garnish Your Wages—Who is Right?      Cache   Translate Page      
John Edwards’ declaration that under his health reform proposal anyone who refuses to sign up for health insurance will be subject to having their wages garnished has led to a blogstorm of often confusing debates.  Under national health reform, should … Continue reading
          Commenti su Obama mette il veto sulle sabbie bituminose di LAZZARO      Cache   Translate Page      
Purtoppo il nuovo presidente degli Stati Uniti, Donald Trump, ha firmato il decreto per l'avvio del progetto che Obama aveva bloccato. Sono infuriato per questa decisione che porterà a grossi problemi di inquinamento ambientale sul pianeta.
          Lindgren, Sendak : les saines lectures de Michelle Obama à ses filles      Cache   Translate Page      
Bonne mère et ex-première Dame des États-Unis, Michelle Obama poursuit son effort d’évangélisation en faveur de la lecture. Elle qui a publié ses mémoires, Becoming, avec un succès commercial mondial, était invitée à se dévoiler. Et plus encore, à confier ses habitudes de lecture et les ouvrages qu’elle a pu lire à ses filles...


Dans l’émission Open Book with Jenna Bush Hager, Michelle Obama n’a rien caché : son tout premier souvenir de jeune lectrice, ce fut Fifi Brindacier, la jeune rouquine imaginée par l’auteure suédoise Astrid Lindgren. « J’étais vraiment fascinée par cette petite fille, forte, qui était au centre du monde et semblait quasiment magique », se souvient Michelle.

« Elle était plus forte que n’importe qui, dotée d’une force surhumaine, et j’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir avec ses aventures. »

En décembre dernier, elle avait déjà raconté que sa propre fille cadette avait eu un coup de cœur pour cette héroïne. Mais c’est aussi la lecture de ces livres qui lui a donné l’envie, quand elle serait mère, de trouver des personnages qui puissent inspirer ses filles. 

Et le livre d’Erza Jack Keats, The Snowy Day (Jour de neige, trad. Catherine Bonhomme), devint rapidement l’un des livres favoris à la maison. 

Plus simplement, elle aurait pris n’importe quel livre du Dr Seuss, assure-t-elle, ou ceux de Margaret Wise Brown, comme Goodnight Moon. 

Barack Obama, lui, avait été particulièrement marqué par Where the Wild Things Are (Max et les Maximonstres, trad. Bernard Noël), de Maurice Sendak. Peu surprenant toutefois : le couple présidentiel, à l’occasion de la soirée de Pâques à la Maison blanche, en avait fait des lectures. 

via Huffingthon Post

          What happens when a treaty that's working is cancelled: The Insanity of a Hypersonic Nuclear Cruise Missile Arms Race      Cache   Translate Page      
Americans (and the people of the world) are paying for three presidents' decision (Bush II, Obama and Trump) to renege on promises made and treaties signed. Now we're in a hypersonic nuclear cruise missile rage that nobody wins and eveyone loses. Time for diplomacy and sanity writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
          U.S. minorities consume less but suffer more from pollution: study      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air pollution is disproportionately caused by white consumers, while African-Americans and Hispanics are burdened most by the emissions, a peer-reviewed study showed on Monday.

On average, African-Americans are exposed to about 56 percent more fine particulate matter pollution than is caused by their consumption of goods and services, said the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Hispanics, on average, bear a burden of 63 percent excess exposure, it said.

Whites, on the other hand, experience a "pollution advantage," meaning they are exposed to 17 percent less pollution than is caused by their consumption.

"What surprised me the most was the magnitude of the discrepancy," said Jason Hill, a biosytems engineering professor at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study. "It's surprisingly large."

The study was the first to quantify what it called "pollution inequity" and to track it over time.

Particulate matter pollution has a wide variety of sources including coal-fired power plants, agriculture, road dust and industry. Blacks and Hispanics bear a higher proportion of the pollution because of where most of them live, compared with where most white people live, said the study, which tapped census data.

The problem occurs across the country, not just in industrial areas alongside major cities like Houston and New York, it said.

The study was paid for in part by a five-year grant that included money from federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and was launched when Barack Obama was president. The grant has continued to be funded by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Both racial minorities and whites have benefited from clean air regulations, the study found, with fine particulate pollution falling about 50 percent on average between 2003 and 2015.

But the pollution inequity remains stubborn, it said. Public-health advocates and environmentalists say the Trump administration's push to unravel regulations on power plants, industry and vehicles while pursuing increased drilling and mining will make air pollution worse.

The study found that fine particulate pollution from domestic sources caused about 102,000 premature U.S. deaths a year from heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and other diseases.

Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, said its approach could be extended to other pollutants.

"When it comes to determining who causes air pollution, and who breathes that pollution, this research is just the beginning."


(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Peter Cooney)

          Fox Condemns Pirro for Asking if Omar is Pro-Sharia      Cache   Translate Page      

Breitbart reported Monday that the Fox News Channel “condemned host Jeanine Pirro’s remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) use of a hijab and said the issue has been dealt with directly.” Sounds serious. But what Pirro actually said was something Fox should have been applauding, if it hadn’t already become just another establishment network.

Pirro said: “Think about this: She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Predictably, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Fox to fire Pirro. Like a shark, CAIR can smell blood in the water: instead of defending Pirro for asking a perfectly legitimate question, Fox immediately reacted as if Pirro had stolen Barack Obama’s parking space, denouncing Pirro’s words with stern self-righteousness: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

Pirro, issued a clarification, to little effect: “I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

Fox is increasingly slipping into the Leftist echo chamber. It is terrified of discussing these issues. A few years ago, Jeanine Pirro contacted me and was going to have me as a featured guest on a special show about Sharia. She was very excited about it, and all the arrangements were made to fly me in and get me set up in the studio. Then at the last minute, everything was canceled — it was clear that Fox executives had told her she was venturing into forbidden territory. They willingly kowtow to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s defamation campaign targeting foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others. But last night, Pirro ventured off the reservation again, daring to suggest that Ilhan Omar’s hijab showed her to be Sharia-compliant.

There is so much confusion on this issue, even among people who should know better. Media critic John Nolte tweeted: “Does a Jewish man who covers his head put the Torah above the Constitution? Does a Catholic woman who covers head put the Pope above the Constitution? What a stupid thing to say.”

No in both cases, because in both cases the headwear in question is not part of a larger system that is incompatible with Constitutional rule. However, the hijab is part of such a system, and that’s all Pirro was saying. Fox should not have rebuked her, but this is the age of pandemic cowardice, so it was likely unrealistic to expect anything else.

Ilhan Omar herself, not surprisingly, was happier with Fox News than she has probably ever been, and tweeted: “Thank you, @FoxNews. No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.”

But that wasn’t really what Pirro did. Pirro suggested that Omar’s anti-Semitism came from Sharia. And indeed, Sharia is indeed inveterately anti-Semitic: the Qur’an demonizes the Jews in numerous ways. It depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

Sharia also mandates that women cover their heads:

“And tell the believing women to reduce their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (Qur’an 24:31)

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 33:59)

“Narrated `Aisha (the wife of the Prophet): `Umar bin Al-Khattab used to say to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) “Let your wives be veiled” But he did not do so. The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) used to go out to answer the call of nature at night only at Al-Manasi.’ Once Sauda, the daughter of Zam`a went out and she was a tall woman. `Umar bin Al-Khattab saw her while he was in a gathering, and said, ‘I have recognized you, O Sauda!’ He (`Umar) said so as he was anxious for some Divine orders regarding the veil (the veiling of women.) So Allah revealed the Verse of veiling. (Al-Hijab; a complete body cover excluding the eyes).” (Bukhari 79.14.6420)

Wearing hijab is a sign that one accepts these imperatives. That is not necessarily true, as lots of women of all perspectives wear headscarves, but when a Muslim woman wears hijab, it’s reasonable to surmise that she accepts the Qur’an and Sunnah, the sources of Sharia. Sharia denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the equality of rights of women, and the equality of rights of non-Muslims. Wearing hijab is a sign of adherence to Sharia.

So what did Judge Jeanine Pirro say that was wrong about Ilhan Omar? She asked questions that need to be asked. Fox should be apologizing to Pirro, not Omar.

          David Horowitz Exposes the Left's Dark Agenda      Cache   Translate Page      

This article was originally posted at American Thinker

To order David Horowitz's new book, "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America," CLICK HERE.

David Horowitz has always been a writer whose work I've appreciated since his compelling political biography, Radical Son, which related the author's break from his communist upbringing after Black Panther associates murdered his bookkeeper friend Betty Van Patter.  But brevity and crisp linkage of multiple intellectual threads were never characteristic of Horowitz's brilliant, often voluminous, exposés of leftist thought and practice.  By contrast, Dark Agenda is a concise, chilling book brimming with evidence that links numerous cultural depredations to one overriding theme:  The left's attack on Christian America's founding in the name of "cultural Marxism." 

"Christian America" is the novel component in Horowitz's analysis, a term that acknowledges the historical fact that America, at its founding, was 98 percent Protestant.  Protestantism, in turn, was intimately linked to the doctrine of "the priesthood of all believers" and to the more broadly Christian idea that all people are created by God.  In view of these beliefs and the fact that Protestant groups were living side by side, it followed that in America there would be no institutional or governmental mediator between the individual and God.  It also meant that each individual's rights were endowed solely by their Creator and that freedom of conscience and speech would be hallmarks of the new republic. 

"Cultural Marxism," by contrast, represents the application of its "oppressor versus oppressed" vision of society to various victim groups:  blacks, "people of color," women, native Americans, homosexuals, transsexuals, and any other group claiming victimhood.  For Marxists what stands between these oppressed groups and a world in which "social justice" and equality is fully realized are the oppressors, those who supposedly establish the laws and mores that keep them in power.  Thus, failure or success isn't the result of individual choices but the inevitable outcome of a system designed to unfairly help one group (white, Christian, males) and harm the others.  Accordingly, what matters politically is destroying the patriarchal Christian system itself with its emphasis on individual moral and economic choices and replacing it with a group-focused system that, in my own words, oppresses the oppressors.  Put quite simply, "Christian doctrines were foundational to the American Republic, which the left despises."

After reading the last two paragraphs, one might think Dark Agenda is highly philosophical and abstract.  This impression couldn't be further from the truth, as these core ideas are given clear expression and development via an array of examples, many of which are doubtless unknown to even the most politically-astute readers.  Who knew, for example, that the $621 million U.S. Capitol Visitor Center that opened in 2008 "is less a monument to the nation's founding and institutions than it is to the antireligious left's vision for America.  When it opened, all references to God and faith had been carefully, deliberately edited out of its photos and historical displays."  For example, the national motto was said to be "E Pluribus Unum" when, in fact, it is "In God We Trust."  Among other historical travesties, a large "image of the Constitution was photoshopped to remove the worlds 'in the Year of our Lord' above the signatures of the signers." Similarly, the "table on which President Lincoln placed his Bible during his second inauguration is on display — just the table, not the Bible."

These examples are picayune compared to the spiteful governmental coercion that's been employed to force The Little Sisters of the Poor, among others, to violate their consciences thanks to Obamacare abortion provisions.  The Supreme Court has been the giant secular lever employed by leftists to fundamentally transform "Christian America" into a state hostile even to a school-girl who joined hands with classmates to give thanks for her food. These politically-motivated  "lawyers," as Horowitz contemptuously labels the high court, began their anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional mission with the expulsion of prayer from public schools in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale).  That assault on the free exercise of religion now extends beyond commencement ceremonies and football fields to a bakery that was  embroiled in legal battles for years for refusing to provide a celebratory cake for a gay ceremony billed as a wedding — a "crime" made possible by Court rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act and in favor of redefining marriage.  

The case of Roe v. Wade (1972), which awakened religious conservatives to the fundamental attack on Christian America, is cogently dissected in Dark Agenda, both from a constitutional perspective as well as through the eyes of Norma McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" who was intentionally deceived and reduced to a legal prop to secure the Supreme Court's "right to privacy" abortion ruling.  (As Horowitz notes, in Marxist thought it's the grand arc of history and oppressed groups that matter, not mere individuals.)  That ruling officially brought about the cultural civil war that for the anti-Christian left involves not simply a virulent hatred of President Trump but also hatred directed toward his supporters who are regularly vilified as Nazis, sexists, racists, homophobes, and "deplorables" who are rightly denied freedom of speech and conscience.  Trump's Oval Office predecessor did his best to stoke these emotions as Horowitz's litany of anti-Christian comments and actions by President Obama illustrate — from avoiding religious references during a traditional Thanksgiving ceremony to pursuit of a foreign policy that led to the annihilation of the ancient Christian community in Syria.

Among the sidebars accompanying Horowitz's central narrative are insights into the abusive and mendacious character of atheist Madelyn Murray.  For example, in 1960 Murray "set out with her two sons . . . intending to renounce her American citizenship and defect to the Soviet Union." Her repeated attempts at emigration were rebuffed by the Soviets who were probably aware of her emotional instability and violent outbursts.  Murray's revolutionary predecessor, Margaret Sanger, was also a communist sympathizer and racist.  A 1930 article in The New Yorker about Ms. Sanger noted that her monthly newspaper, Woman Rebel, "mixed its birth-control propaganda with a good deal of red-flag-waving, and perorations of the 'Workers of the World, Arise!' variety." The author also observed that she "composed an editorial declaring: 'Even if dynamite were to serve no other purpose than to call forth the spirit of revolutionary solidarity and loyalty, it would prove its great value.'"  

Horowitz ends Dark Agenda with this chilling paragraph reminiscent of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "A nation divided by such fundamental ideas — individual freedom on one side and group identity on the other — cannot long endure, any more than could a nation that was half slave and half free.  The urgency that drew the religious right into politics fifty years ago is now an urgency of the nation itself."  Even individuals well aware of the cultural Civil War that now rages in America would do well do arm themselves with the insights in this book — insights that both explain the ideological roots of the conflict and document a host of grievous wounds that "Christian America" has already suffered.  Horowitz, an honest agnostic, is doing his best to prevent those wounds from becoming mortal.

Richard Kirk is a freelance writer living in Southern California whose book Moral Illiteracy: "Who's to Say?" is available on Kindle.

Photo from U.S. Capitol from Wikimedia Commons

          Campus Anti-Semitism Comes to Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar both graduated from college in 2011.  In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from campus to Congress.

2011 was a banner year for campus anti-Semitism in alliance with its progressive leftist allies.

Last year, the Trump administration reopened an investigation into campus anti-Semitism at Rutgers University in 2011 that had been shut down by Obama officials back in 2014. The shutdown of the investigation, like the similar shutdowns of terrorism investigations, were part of a pattern.  

The investigation was reopened by Kenneth Marcus, the new Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights, a Jewish civil rights leader whose appointment Senate Democrats had stalled for 8 months, and whose confirmation every single Senate Democrat voted against.  

“We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office." The Marcus confirmation battle had become infamous for a senior aide to Senator Patty Murray declaring. "We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians.”

The intersectional values of campus politics were being used to block the fight against anti-Semitism.

Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren took the lead in attacking Marcus. Warren would make her own headlines, defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism by accusing Jews of faking anti-Semitism.

"Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse," Warren ranted.

Even as the Democrats tried to change the topic, Marcus’ nomination was a referendum on campus anti-Semitism. Reopening the Rutgers investigation was exactly what Senate Dems had tried to block.

The years in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar were on campus saw the mass normalization of campus anti-Semitism led by hate groups like the Muslim Students Association.

Omar served as MSA president at North Dakota State University.

Boston University, Cortez’s alma mater, had become notorious for its anti-Israel campus activism.

Omar’s congressional anti-Semitism mirrors traditional MSA and other campus hate group tactics of provoking Jewish students with anti-Semitic harassment and then riding the backlash by claiming to be “people of color” who have fallen victim to a pro-Israel lobby trying to silence criticism of Israel.

Omar’s anti-Semitism brought campus politics to congress.

The House debate mirrored previous campus debates about anti-Semitism with a coalition of leftist and identity politics groups, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, defending anti-Semitism, and leaving Speaker Pelosi cast in the role of the hapless college administrator. Like so many college administrators, Pelosi inevitably dismissed Jewish complaints and bowed to the radicals.

The precedent for these tactics had been set on college campuses. Cortez and Omar just exported campus pressure tactics to congress. And, from her very first protest against Pelosi, a sit-in at the Speaker’s office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made it abundantly clear that her playbook came from the college campus, not the adult world of politics. And Pelosi had the same vulnerability as college administrators, a fear that radical protests would cut her off from her billionaire leftist backers.

Speaker Pelosi, like college administrators, has chosen to pick her battles with the socialist selfie club. That means defending her priorities, her office and the agendas of her special interests, not Jews. The average college administrator won’t pick a fight that might force him out of his cushy job over anti-Semitism. Neither will Speaker Pelosi who wants to move on to the big issues. Not anti-Semitism.

Faced with a coordinated assault by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and anti-Israel leftists across the media, she did what so many administrators have done, offer a generic condemnation of bigotry without focusing on the specific anti-Semitism or naming names.

The 2020 candidates, at best split the difference, and at worst, like Warren, attacked the Jews.

In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from congress to campus. In a year, it might make the leap from campus BDS groups all the way to the White House.

Why did Senator Elizabeth Warren turn to anti-Semitism? 2020 Democrat primary demographics break down into three groups: minorities, elderly lefties, young lefties. Warren performs decently with elderly lefties, abysmally with minorities and poorly with young lefties. Her main competition is Bernie Sanders who had formerly been the most anti-Israel voice in the 2020 race. And he had quickly defended Omar.

Warren doesn’t seriously expect to make any headway with minorities. Black people don’t like either Bernie or Warren. There are already African-American candidates in the race. And the only white candidate who might make inroads with the minority vote is Joe Biden. Warren’s only play was going after the campus radicals who love Bernie. And she did it by allying with anti-Semites.

Campus politics are not only transforming the House, but they’re paving the way to the White House.

No Democrat candidate for the White House has been willing to express clear support for Israel. They, like Pelosi, have become subservient to an anti-Semitic campus lobby whose backing they want.

Conservatives and pro-Israel activists have been concerned about campus anti-Semitism, but they have spent too long thinking of it as a campus problem. The campus is the incubator for tomorrow’s leaders. And, for anyone who dismissed campus crybullies and their narcissistic safe space tantrums, Cortez and Omar are warning signs that campus politics is well on its way to defining our national politics.

 If we lose the battle for the college campus, we will be fighting the same battles in Washington D.C.

The college campus is where most of tomorrow’s elected officials get their first taste of politics. It’s where they learn what works and what doesn’t. Previous generations had leaders who were forged in the molten crucible of war. The closest thing that most of today’s Democrats have to a conflict is student politics. It sets the pattern of their views and their tactics as they climb the ranks of our political system.

Jewish Democrats who failed to confront campus anti-Semitism in the previous decade now find that they are losing to it in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and, eventually, the White House.

The same organizations that spoke out against the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s aggressive campaigns against campus anti-Semitism now wring their hands helplessly over Rep. Omar. Their statements indicate that they have absolutely failed to understand the lessons of the last decade.

The alliance of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, the coalition of Islamists and leftists that defined so much of campus life for Jewish students, is defining national politics. Jewish organizations that failed to stand up to either one are now losing out to both.

The SJP-MSA coalition had claimed that its anti-Semitic tactics, everything from disrupting Holocaust memorials to harassing Jewish students and spreading anti-Semitic materials, was just criticism of Israel. And that any effort to oppose it was really a conspiracy to muzzle any criticism of Israel.

Rep. Omar and her political allies have deployed that same argument nationally. And the Jewish Democrats did in the House exactly what they had done on campus, they offered some token protests. And then they folded, accepted a meaningless gesture from the boss, and learned their lesson.

Rep. Omar was able to get away with the anti-Semitic bullying of other House members in the same way that Jewish representatives and candidates were bullied out of student government. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s next target will be Rep. Elliot Engel and assorted other Jewish elected officials.

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ran for office, her donors included Hatem Bazian, the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Bazian, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, had started out allegedly harassing Jewish students at San Francisco State University: including blocking a Jewish student from a spot on the Student Judicial Council. Bazian’s hateful politics have now gone national via Omar’s anti-Semitism.

The launch of Jexodus has occasioned sneers and smears from establishment organizations. But Jewish Democrats may want to consider what their future in a party defined by BDS supporters and anti-Semites who play the identity politics card while trafficking in anti-Semitism, looks like.

We are all on campus now.

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Tucker Carlson: New audio reveals Fox News host calling Iraqis 'semi-literate monkeys' and using homophobic slurNew audio recordings have emerged purporting to show Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling Iraqis “semi-literate, primitive monkeys” and questioning Barack Obama’s identity as a black man. The Tucker Carlson Tonight presenter can be heard saying white men deserve credit for “creating civilisation” and using a homophobic slur while joking with radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Media Matters for America (MMFA), a self-declared watchdog of “conservative misinformation”, said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011.

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When President Obama was in office,'s editorial mission was to spin employment numbers by focusing on irrelevant metrics like labor force participation rate while downplaying how millions of jobs were created, with the goal of making Obama look as bad as possible. Under President Trump, it's the opposite: CNS gushes over Trump no matter how dubious the employment news.

So it is with February's employment numbers. Only 20,000 jobs were created, which is a dismal number. Susan Jones' main story did acknowledge that in her opening paragraph, then spins it away:

The economy added a meager 20,000 jobs in February, well below the 180,000 that analysts were expecting, and among the lowest job-creation numbers of the Trump administration.

But the number of employed Americans grew by 255,000 in February to a record 156,949,000, the 18th record-breaker of the Trump era.

The unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent from last month's 4.0 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

And the labor force participation rate stayed at last month's 63.2 percent, also a Trump-era high.

Needless to say, CNS didn't put that bad job-creation number in the headline, though it would have unquestionably done so if the president was a Democrat. Instead, the headline blared: "156,949,000: Number of Employed Americans Sets 18th Record of Trump Era."

CNS also served up its full complement of sidebars: Terry Jeffrey touting higher manufacturing jobs (though only a mere 4,000 were created) and lower government jobs (though tere was no drop at the federal level), and Craig Bannister highlighting lower Hispanic unemployment (since Hispanics are more politically exploitable for conservatives than blacks).

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Min..) (Sreenshot) The difference between President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama is that “one is human” and the other isn’t, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) declared Monday.
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This is the first of a series on illegal immigration at the southern border, highlighting speeches delivered at a meeting Saturday in Deming, N.M. 

 Excerpts from Ed Ashurst's presentation as reported by Huey Freeman

Ashurst, 67, an Arizona native from a pioneer family who has lived on ranches near the border for more than 20 years, said one of the main problems behind the massive influx of illegal immigration is that Border Patrol agents are mostly stationed miles north of the border. “There are large sections of the international border, 60 to 70 miles in length, with no federal presence,” Ashurst said. This is an element of an “in-depth strategy” implemented by the Border Patrol, largely attributed to Richard Aguilar, who served as the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of Border Patrol, during the Obama administration. Aguilar was credited with publicly pronouncing that the border was not a specific line, but a “third country” between the United States and Mexico. “Have you ever been notified where the capital of this third country is, so I can send my taxes to it?” Ashurst said, sparking much laughter from a crowd which included many people living in the Borderland. In 2010, Lt. Col. (retired) Oliver North visited the ranch where Ashurst lives. He was working on documentaries called “War Stories.” He was accompanied by Chuck Holton, a freelance war correspondent and former U.S. Army Ranger who has worked with North on his films and books. When the caravans of illegal immigrants began forming last year in southern Mexico, Holton was sent there to report on them. Ashurst shared some of the information he received from Holton. The migrants are not being paid to join the caravans, but they are being supported and encouraged to join by opposition political elements within Honduras, who are supported by the Venezuelan government, Holton said in his report. Many of the people joining the caravans said they saw the advertising for it on social media and heard about it on local news in Honduras. The Mexican government, which is complicit in facilitating the passage of thousands of illegal immigrants, was passing out pamphlets in southern Mexico, telling the caravan riders of seven sanctuary cities which were the best places for them to go to receive free services. They are being organized by a consortium of left-wing pro-immigration groups including the U.N. International Organization for Migration, and the International Migration Institute, a (billionaire George) Soros-funded organization, said a report written by Holton. Although the Honduran government officially discourages the caravans, the nation will benefit by letting citizens migrate to the United States, because illegal immigrants here will send money back to that impoverished nation, Ashurst said. Money sent to Honduras from Hondurans in America accounts for 20 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Probably hundreds or more of the illegal immigrants in these caravans have been deported at least once, which would make them felons, the Holton report said. Two of the illegal immigrants told the correspondent they had each been deported four times.

The vast majority of those who are joining the caravans from Honduras would not qualify for asylum in America if they applied through normal channels. Every migrant to whom Holton spoke said he was going to America for economic reasons. 

 Illegal immigrants who join the caravans are coached to check the box that they are seeking asylum for “reasonable fear of persecution or torture,” in order to receive a notice to appear at a hearing in the United States. Then almost all of them fail to appear in court for their hearings. Holton reported that caravans that were assembling in Tapachula, Mexico, included Somalis, Bangladeshis, Indians, Nepalese, Eritreans, Pakistanis and citizens from other nations. One group of citizens of India told Holton they flew into Mexico to take advantage of the caravans. There are “international observers” traveling with the caravans, who claim that they are impartial observers. But Holton wrote that he saw them intervene with Mexican officials on behalf of the caravans. One of the “observers” was a Mexican from a group called voces mesoamericanas, two were Spaniards from the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation.

READ MORE to find out what Ashurst learns from University Professor Mark Hager.
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Philip Hammond to promise action on plan to tackle Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple

A fresh bid to curb the market power of US tech giants will be signalled by Philip Hammond on Wednesday when he welcomes the findings of an independent review calling for government action to ensure companies including Google, Facebook and Apple face stiffer competition.

The chancellor will use his annual spring statement to promise action after a review conducted for the Treasury by Jason Furman, Barack Obama’s chief economic adviser, concluded that the dominance of the big digital players was curbing innovation and reducing consumer choice.

Related: Google must be broken up due to its 'overwhelming' power, News Corp says

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          Mitt Romney's unusual technique for blowing out birthday candles is puzzling the internet      Cache   Translate Page      

Mitt Romney's unusual technique for blowing out birthday candles is puzzling the internetIt's Mitt Romney's party, and he can blow out his candles however he wants to. Senator Mitt Romney posted a video on Twitter showing his staffers surprising him with a cake for his birthday on Tuesday made out of his favorite snacks, Twinkies. Now, we're not going to unpack Romney's favorite food opinions, but the rest of the video seems like a fairly normal birthday surprise. They sing "Happy Birthday," he jokes about eating the whole cake, and then things get, uh, interesting. > My team surprised me with a cake made out of my favorite snack--twinkies! Looking forward to all this year has in store.> > -- Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 12, 2019SEE ALSO: Barack Obama tweets inspiring thread to celebrate International Women's DayRomney displays an unusual technique to blowing out the candles. Instead of just blowing them out in one go, he plucks them off the cake and proceeds to blow them out individually, one by one. The whole process takes an only slightly awkward 30 seconds. Just like the candles on the cake, Twitter was ablaze with opinions. > Basement office. Drop ceiling. No art on the walls. "Cake" really just Stonehenged Twinkies. Is he being held hostage? Is this some role-playing thing that got out of hand?> > -- jeff (@fittedsweats) March 12, 2019> He's holding 11 candles, upright, at the same time!!> > -- Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) March 12, 2019>> > -- Blame Truth (@RealBlameTruth) March 12, 2019> In a movie this is how you'd learn that the person you thought was your friend was actually an alien who'd invaded your friend's body.> > -- Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) March 12, 2019> Everyone else in the room> > -- Mike Gragg (@mdgrogg32) March 12, 2019> the footages of mitt romney "blowing" "out" "his" "candles"> > -- hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 12, 2019> I wish there had been like, 20 more candles on that cake.> > -- Zack Harold (@ZackHarold) March 12, 2019Although some on Twitter soon jumped to his defense, arguing that he was going for the more sanitary route. > Gotta say, though. I admire avoiding the whole "spit all over the cake" technique.> > -- The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) March 12, 2019> Dude it's still flu season. Respect for Mitt's odd candle technique... sorry but I gotta defend here.> > -- Susie Felber (@susiefelber) March 12, 2019> I'd be the first to knock Romney, but it's flu season and blowing out candles is basically sneezing on the cake.> > -- Joey Pittsburgh (@joey_pittsburgh) March 12, 2019And they may have a point -- scientifically speaking, blowing out birthday candles may actually increase cake bacteria by up to 1,400 percent. Yum.UPDATE: March 12, 2019, 4:57 p.m. EDT TMZ caught up with Mitt Romney and asked him about his candle-blowing technique -- he ultimately confirmed Twitter's theory, stating "I have a bit of a cold and I didn't want to spray my germs all over the twinkies for everybody else to eat!" Mystery solved!  WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving Twitter classes to fellow Democrats

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What was supposed to be a relaxed conversation between Vice President Pence and former Vice President Dick Cheney quickly turned into a argument over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering last weekend, according to a report from LMTOnline

The gathering was a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia. At the meeting, Cheney "respectfully but repeatedly" pressed Pence on concerns like President Trump taking a hard line towards NATO and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria "during the middle of a phone call".

Cheney also said to Pence, "we're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us," according to a Washington Post transcript.

The comments from the gathering were supposed to be "off the record", but a transcript leaked from a person who was "not authorized to share material" from the event. 

"I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan," the former Vice President continued.

The critique of Pence from former VP Cheney highlights one of the many debates currently ongoing in the GOP party. Many former GOP "hawks", like Cheney have been at odds with Trump's engagement of autocrats like Kim Jong Un and his non-interventionist style in the middle easy. 

Pence reportedly "shrugged off most of Cheney's anxieties" and praised Trump as a "candid and transformational leader."

What was supposed to be a chat at AEI's annual world forum between Pence and Cheney turned into a nearly full blown "academic exercise" with Cheney questioning Pence while the current VP did his best to retort with force. The conversation surprised the conference attendees and caused murmurs in the room throughout the talk. 

After pleasantries were exchanged, Cheney immediately went after Trump, expressing concern about reports that he "supposedly doesn't spend that much time with the intel people, or doesn't agree with them, frequently." He also immediately expressed concern with suspending military activities with South Korea and Trump's handling of North Korea. 

"I don't know, that sounded like a New York State real estate deal to me," Cheney said of Trump's pursuit of a policy to have the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for U.S. deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.

"It's a lot more complicated than just, 'Here's the bottom line. Write the check,'" Cheney continued. 

Pence retorted:

"We're going to continue [to] train. We're going to continue to work closely with South Korea. We have a tremendous alliance there. I think there is a tendency by critics of the president and our administration to conflate the demand that our allies live up to their word and their commitments and an erosion in our commitment to the post-World War II order."

The current VP continued, "But we think it's possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations and, at the same time, reaffirm our strong commitment - whether it be to the trans-Atlantic Alliance or to our allies across the Indo-Pacific."

Cheney again took exception to lack of troop deployments in certain areas and VP Pence finished by assuring the former VP that the Trump administration shared their devotion to defending the country. 

"When the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world," Pence stated. "And they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world? But, you know, it should come as no surprise to anyone: This President is skeptical of foreign deployments, and only wants American forces where they need to be."

Pence concluded: "But you can be confident, as one of my favorite hawks, we're going to continue to stand strong for a strong national defense with President Trump in the White House."

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Still dancing at 110 years old—happy birthday, Virginia! — Michelle
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Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jahana Hayes Women Shaping the Future of America. Can you imagine the future of our country after these idiots are giving the chance to re-shape the USA, + MOOOOsheel hussien Obama to lead them. And we thought that Barry was screwed up.
          Donald Trump Proclaimed Greatest Golfer Ever, By Donald Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

Just in case anyone was wondering, Donald Trump is one excellent golfer, even though he promised he'd give up golf so he wouldn't be like that lazybones golf addict Barack Obama, NO WAY. But since Trump nevertheless finds a little bit of time to golf -- always while conducting the nation's business, mind you -- it should be no surprise he managed to win his own golf resort's 2018 Champion Best Golfer award for bestness. Golf magazine explains how this wonder came to be: Trump cheated. Wait, we are giving away the secret surprise ending, naughty Dok Zoom, bad Dok Zoom, that is not how a "teaser" works!

Here, enjoy Golf's not-at-all skeptical recounting of the Great Man's golf prowess:

The president's official USGA handicap index is listed as 2.8, though he seldom posts scores. Any visitor to the ornate men's locker room at his club here , Trump International Golf Club [in West Palm Beach, since every Trump resort is Trump International Fuckadoody -- Dok], can see small rectangular brass plaques on his locker, recognizing him as the 1999, 2001 and 2009 club champion, and the 2012 and 2013 senior champion.

And now there's a new plaque on his locker, screwed into its stained wood with two small Phillips head screws, to commemorate his latest title. It reads:


They even have a picture!

We're looking forward to the follow-up story when Trump orders the execution, by anti-aircraft gun, of whoever got that little brass plaque on there unevenly. And of course, Sean Hannity's insistence that the malefactor got off too easy.

Donald Trump's achievement -- best golfer of 2018, while being "president" even! -- easily outshines the golf greatness of his nearest rival, Kim Jong Il, who scored 11 holes-in-one the first time he ever golfed. No one would be so foolish as to question it, since it's right there, with plenty of brass.

And yet, those lying fake news enemies of the people at Golf do exactly that, explaining that technically, the 2018 club champion at the Trump International Golf And Pimp-Access Parlor was a dude named

Ted Virtue, the 58-year-old CEO of a New York investment firm called MidOcean Partners, [who] had the 2018 club championship title all to himself.

Virtue got the title after winning a "series of matches" at the club, which is how people generally win that sort of thing. For all Trump's love of golf, he didn't play often enough to actually win the club championship outright. But you see, Virtue was not able to have his own reward:

After Virtue won the championship, Trump ran into him at the club, according to multiple sources who recounted the story. Having some fun with him, Trump said something like, "The only reason you won is because I couldn't play." The president cited the demands of his job, although he was able to make 20 visits to the club in 2018, according to Trump then proposed a nine-hole challenge match to Virtue, winner-takes-the-title.

And wouldn't you know it, Trump WON! At least Virtue and Trump both say he did, fair and square:

They played match play (each hole as its own contest) and straight up (no shots were given). As in nearly all amateur golf rounds, no rules official was on hand. Golf's tradition calls for players to police themselves and, if necessary, one another.

Surely no one questions this gentlemanly agreement to play fair. And since Trump beat the champion, that made HIM the 2018 champion, although he very generously told Virtue something akin to "This isn't fair — we'll be co-champions." Which is how the 2018 club championship is

reportedly listed on a large club-championship plaque on a clubhouse wall, as co-champions. That would mean Trump's name is now on that plaque four times. Or five, if you include the appearance of his surname on the gold crest at its top.

Those Golf guys, such kidders! They add there was "no immediate word on the president's plans, if any, to defend the championship he co-owns." Well of course he will. And he has already won, just ask him!

We can hardly wait for Sarah Sanders to be asked about this, assuming she ever holds a press briefing again.

[Golf / ESPN]

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          Trump Budget Dude: THANKS OBAMA      Cache   Translate Page      

Yesterday's great big dipshit presser was the actual press briefing in more than 40 days, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders got most of the attention for saying you'll have to ask Democrats whether Donald Trump thinks Dems hate Jews. (Answer from a Democrat, me: He definitely thinks so if it gets applause.) But the presser started off with a pitch by Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought, proclaiming that Donald Trump had met all his campaign promises by submitting a budget that, if enacted by Congress, will make the federal budget disappear eventually by slashing everything but the military. So please, nobody mention the debt-'sploding Big Fat Tax Cuts for Rich Fuckwads, OK -- they would pay for themselves, but Barack Obama and Congress -- controlled up to two months ago by Republicans -- eated all the money.

Here's the whole gory mess. We like Vought's big grin at "Happy Budget Day," since it may someday be the illustrative photo for "Death's-Head Rictus."

Live: White House Press Briefing - 3/11

But wait, Mr. Vought, what about Donald Trump's promise to eliminate the debt in eight years, not that anyone but idiots believed him?

As Salon notes, there's a bit of an economics problem with the accusation that Obama "doubled the national debt." Deficit spending was necessary to get us out of the Great Recession and keep the economy from going into a full-blown depression. Oh yes, and Vought is doing a little sleight of the Invisible Hand when he says Trump's first budget would have "balanced the budget" within 10 years (through massive cuts to everything except the military and giveaways to the rich). That would mean an end to the annual budget deficit, not the debt. And just a reminder: Republicans only pretend to give a shit about debt when they want to cut social programs. When the debt balloons because of tax cuts or military spending, it's wonderful!

Hell, Vought even defends deficit spending himself in the clip, except of course it's good and necessary when Trump does it, but it was terrible when Obama did. When the reporter notes the tax cuts and increased military spending added $2 trillion-with-a-t to the debt, Vought patiently explains that, for a few seconds at least, he's a Keynesian:

[Trump] also came into office and had an economic recovery that was needed, to put people back to work and get the economy going, and to rebuild the military, and had historic levels of military...

Why, yes, that is all a lie. Dude is literally claiming there was a recession when Trump took office -- that's the only thing that a "recovery" follows. We also like all that Congress-blaming, because damn that spendy Republican Congress, huh?

Then another reporter asked Vought how he could say "promises made, promises kept" when Trump's budget slashes Medicare by 10 percent (not that Congress will do that anyway). Surprise, just as we predicted, there are NO "CUTS" to Medicare in this budget, merely reductions in "waste, fraud, and abuse," and also magically lower prescription drug costs. OK, and cuts to the rates paid to hospitals, which aren't cuts, they're efficiencies, you know.

And going back to that bit about the need to stimulate the economy: Hey, if the economy is roaring along under Trump, why did he need to kick-start it with tax cuts that didn't decrease the deficit, and also didn't result in a bejillion new jobs? WHAR MASSIVE GROWTH? Well duh, of course the trickle-down magic only works if Congress slashes spending on anything that's not loved by Republicans, and next year we'll go through this whole stupid supply-side kindergarten pageant again.

[Salon / CBSN on Youtube / Aaron Rupar on Twitter]

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          Child Rape Apologist Tucker Carlson Also Said Some Racist Sh*t. In Other News, Sky Blue.      Cache   Translate Page      

On Monday night, Media Matters released a second set of recordings from Tucker Carlson's appearances on the Bubba the Love Sponge show, all of which were incredibly racist and would be very shocking, had they been said by almost anyone who wasn't Tucker Carlson. (The child-rape defenses were covered the day before.) There is a reason why all the neo-Nazis swoon over Tucker Carlson, and it's not because of his fashion sense. It is because he says the exact same things they do, every weeknight on national television.

In this second set of recordings, Carlson shared his feelings on a variety of subjects. On immigration, he said that all immigrants should be required to be "hot" or "smart," because "picking lettuce" won't help us build a stronger country years from now. Tucker Carlson, of course, would not be shit if it hadn't been for people working on farms -- he owes everything to the fact that his stepmommy was the Swanson frozen dinners heiress.

He also noted that white men "created civilization," a popular white supremacist talking point (and lie), called Iraqis "semiliterate primitive monkeys" whom he does not care about because they don't use "toilet paper" or "forks," claimed that the Congressional Black Caucus exists to unfairly "blame the white man" for everything, and shared a variety of incredibly racist thoughts about Barack and Michelle Obama.

Let's go to the tape, shall we?

Tucker Carlson makes racist statements in unearthed audio

As these new recordings were being released last night, Carlson was busy giving a little speech on air about how he won't be apologizing for anything he's said, that Fox News is standing by him, and that together, they will never "bow to the mob."

"Since the day we went on the air, they've been working hard to kill this show. We haven't said much about it in public. It seemed too self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now it's obvious to everybody. There's no pretending that it's not happening. It is happening. And so going forward, we'll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet," Carlson explained on Monday night, in a bizarre monologue in which he suggested that he is the true victim here. After all, what kind of monsters would quote someone verbatim in order to highlight their actual views on things? It's just so cruel.

"Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what," he added, because hey -- if you're going to defend a child rapist and lie about said child rapist never raping a child on the radio, where people can hear you, that's something you want to stand by, forever.

And many others are standing by Carlson as well, particularly the white supremacists in the comments on the most recent Media Matters video excitedly referring to him as "/our guy/" -- their special term for people they believe share their worldview. And, as Ben "Facts Only Care About My Feelings" Shapiro pointed out yesterday, the people who are appalled by Carlson's statements are not his nightly viewers. Because, duh, they probably agree with all of the things he said, and also think Warren Jeffs is a political prisoner of some kind.

Of course, advertisers may not be so eager to stand by Carlson after this. Pacific Life left his ass after he said that immigrants were making the country "poorer" and "dirtier." It is not hard to imagine that other advertisers may not want to be associated with America's #1 Warren Jeffs Superfan. I know I won't be buying any dish soap that is A-OK with child rape.

But hey! They've always got the MyPillow guy -- and at this rate, I'm sure Carlson's show will catch the eye of some bedsheet manufacturers as well.

[Media Matters]

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          Neil 'The Grifty One' Bush Asked Chinese Dudes For Illegal Campaign Money? That Can't Be Right.      Cache   Translate Page      

We are shocked, shocked to learn that Neil Bush was involved in scammy campaign financing in the 2016 election, oh golly. The Federal Election Commission hit "Right to Rise," the super-PAC that fluffed his brother Jeb's campaign, with a record-setting fine after Neil solicited donations from Chinese nationals Neil was in business with. Mother Jones has the deets on the illegal campaign donation:

Neil Bush, who has extensive business dealings in China, solicited the $1.3 million contribution from American Pacific International Capital (APIC), an international investment holding company where Neil is a board member. Although the contribution to Jeb's super-PAC came from the American arm of APIC, the company's owners are Chinese, and Neil Bush initially solicited the money from two Chinese nationals -- Gordon Tang, the chair of APIC, and Huaidan Chen, a board member. The FEC has fined APIC $550,000 and Right to Rise $390,000.

The total fine, $940,000, is the biggest campaign fine in a single case since the Supremes opened the way to unlimited corporate spending on super-PACs in the Citizens United case. Haha, remember when Barack Obama said at the 2010 State of the Union that decision would "open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limits in our elections," and Samuel Alito angrily shook his head and muttered "not true"? Clearly, Obama owes an apology to Alito: In this case, a foreign company did direct an assload of money at a US campaign, but it got caught this time, so there's no problem!

The donation was the subject of a complaint from those meddling good-government watchdogs at the Campaign Legal Center. The CLC's Brendan Fischer said APIC's

"illegal $1.3 million [donation] is a direct result of Citizens United," Fischer says, since before that 2010 Supreme Court decision, companies could not donate unlimited amounts of money to super-PACs.

It certainly comes as one great big surprise that Neil Bush somehow got caught up in a grifty illegal campaign donation scheme, since he's led such an otherwise blameless life. Wonkette's Ken Layne wrote one of the all-time best summaries of the shady exploits of the often-overlooked Fredo of the Bush boys in 2006, and we're still amazed that "Neil Bush" has somehow never been as notorious a name as "Billy Carter" or "Roger Clinton." Not only did Neil run a crooked savings and loan where he "shuffled millions of dollars to his own oil-exploration front company in Texas while approving hundreds of millions in 'loans' to the S&L;'s other executives," he also managed to walk away from it all without getting prosecuted. Certainly couldn't have anything to do with his daddy being VP at the time of the scandal. That would be an awfully cynical view.

Neil followed up with a whole string of big business deals that traded on the family name (and Poppy Bush's time as US ambassador in China), but just as often failed. And we'd somehow managed to forget the Asian sex tourism that came to light during his 2003 divorce. Well heck, you should NEVER forget the Asian sex tourism! Which apparently happened without Neil even knowing he was a sex tourist, of course:

He admitted in the deposition that he previously had sex with several other women while on trips to Thailand and Hong Kong at least five years ago.

The women, he said, simply knocked on the door of his hotel room, entered and had sex with him. He said he did not know if they were prostitutes because they never asked for money and he did not pay them.

"Mr. Bush, you have to admit it's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her," Brown said.

"It was very unusual," Bush said.

We suppose Bush might have tried to argue something similar happened with donations to his brother's US super-PAC, from his Chinese business partners, except that, as MoJo details, Bush actually made the ask in an email. He may have thought he was following the very careful steps that would make a donation from the US subsidiary of a Chinese company legal, but hey, it's Neil Bush, so his conversations with Tang -- in Singapore -- and emails to Huaidan Chen actually documented that the donations were in fact illegally solicited from foreigns. (An American in the US division of APIC was also included in the email solicitation, but that didn't make it legal.)

Which gets to the bigger picture here: Since Citizens United opened the door to unlimited corporate spending on elections, the FEC's punishment of this one instance of foreign money in the 2016 campaign -- helpfully documented by Neil Bush's emails -- may be a fluke:

"Corporations being able to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections opens the door to foreign influence," Fischer says. "If the actors were a little more sophisticated, they could have avoided an FEC investigation. There's every indication that this is the tip of the iceberg, that foreign money is coming into our elections through nonprofits and corporations, but without any detection."

Got that, would-be campaign scammers? Don't be Neil Bush: Hide your tracks better. Just say the foreign money knocked on your door, walked right in, and had its way with you without you even knowing what was happening, leaving you pleasantly surprised.

The solution to all this is really quite obvious: Since it's really hard to document where exactly campaign money comes from, the Supremes will just have to allow EVERYTHING. It's the American way.

[Mother Jones / Reuters (via CNN)

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          Bye Bye Love. Wonkagenda For Tues., March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

There's so much fuckery in Trump's $4.75 trillion budget, we don't have nearly enough time to go through everything. Politico has a list of some of the winners and losers, the former being his golf buddies and Betsy DeVos, and the latter being poor people, the sick, and the elderly (thanks to massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid previously sold as TrumpCare). WaPo notes that the administration is living in a complete fantasy believing that the economy is doing fine, counter to the analysis from every math geek who's ever used an abacus. Yesterday, OMB Director Russ Vought told reporters that it wasn't actually the Trump tax cuts (for the super rich) that ballooned the national debt, it was Obama. Earlier in the day, Vought appeared on CNBC to bitch and moan about the Mexican-Muslim taco truck invasion of the southern border, arguing that WALL was more important than sick, old, and/or poor people, and stated, "We're tired of being right." US TOO, BUDDY. Meanwhile, the GOP revolt over Trump's border wall has flipped Congress on its head as members consider measures ranging from overriding Trump's national emergency declaration, to limiting the presidential power to declare national emergencies.

In a bigass profile in WaPo, Nancy Pelosi finally said what's been hinted at for two years -- that she doesn't want to impeach Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan ... because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it." Some Democrats pushed back strongly on Pelosi's remarks, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noting Trump met "the Lindsey Graham standard" for impeachment "multiple times." In speaking with Politico, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings called impeachment a "political process," and added, "You've got to have bipartisanship. Right now you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this."

Dick Cheney ripped Mike Pence a new asshole at a private meeting in Georgia over the weekend at a forum for a conservative think tank, according to a leaked transcript of the event. The war hawk criticized the Trump administration's foreign policy as being more limpwristed than Obama, complaining that Trump's idea to demand protection money from allies "sounded like a new York state real estate deal." Pence responded by reportedly asking, "Who wrote these softball questions?"

In a rare showing of bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have invited the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Washington to address a joint session of Congress later this spring. The invite comes as Trump moves to charge US allies protection money to the tune of "cost plus 50."

Massachusetts Democratic Senator and 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren suddenly found her ads calling for Facebook to be broken up taken down by Facebook. Facebook issued a statement saying the ads violated their policy of using its logos in advertising. Though the ads were later restored, they kind of proved Warren's point that Facebook is too goddamn big. Politico is stirring the pot this morning with a story about Warren taking money from Silicon Valley employees and selling her books on Amazon ... over the last decade.

Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley say they plan introduce a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The bill would reportedly extend protections of children up to 15-years-old, and bar platforms from targeting ads at kids under 13. Roll Call notes it's unlikely to become a law even though multiple states and the EU have already moved forward with strict data privacy regulations aimed at keeping companies from fiddling with kids' heads. Here's an example of COPPA laws in action.

Democrats have chosen Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their 2020 nominating convention. In a tweet, the party stated Milwaukee was "more than equipped."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says her office was "thorough and professional" when it "thoroughly and appropriately" investigated sexual harassment allegations from a female staffer against Gillibrand's longtime driver and military adviser. In a brief scrum with reporters, Gillibrand said she has full confidence about the "professional and thorough" investigation that was now "thorough and complete." He must be a good man, and thorough.

Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is headed to Iowa to help state Senate candidate Eric Giddens in a special election while simultaneously reaching out to former Obama people and courting activists. Beto hasn't announced #HesRunning (yet), but political wizards think it's just a matter of time.

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams clarified remarks she made at SXSW stating she hadn't decided if #ShesRunning in 2020, and said the possibility was "on the table." Abrams's initial remarks were that she kept a spreadsheet with gigs she wanted, and 2028 would have been the earliest she would run for president.

According to court records, a Roy Moore supporter pleaded the Fifth 65 TIMES when asked if he had tried to bribe the lawyer representing one of Moore's accusers to drop the client and issue a damning statement to Breitbart. What initially started as a defamation suit has grown to engulf Steve Bannon's rightwing shit rag. SCANDAL!

Those rascally radicals in antifa have dug up racist and anti-Semitic chat logs from from Bennet Bressman, the statewide field director for Nebraska's uber rich Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The 22-year-old Bressman says the logs, which date back to last year, were from a long time ago and no longer reflect who he is as a person, though screenshots of Bressman's social media accounts show him teaching people about "chad nationalism," joking about running down Black Lives Matter activists with his white car, dropping n-bombs and racial stereotypes, as well as old fashioned gay-hatin'. [Logs]

Current Florida man and former Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage started cold calling radio shows (again) to say those damn dirty Democrats get all their money from the JEEWWZZ, and that Rep. Ilhan Omar "completely vindicated" his long history of hate mongering. [Audio]

As British Prime Minister Theresa May faces the rapidly approaching zero for a "no-deal" Brexit scenario, the EU and UK agreed to a changes over the Irish backstop and permanent customs union. HOWEVER, the EU signaled the changes are by no means an end to negotiations just as a number of British MPs sounded off about their reluctance to support May's deal. If you're confused, don't worry, so is everyone else.

A new UN report says North Korea is cleverly avoiding oil, coal, and weapons sanctions, and hacking foreign banks to make some quick cash -- and that's on top of all the shady weapons testing programs they've quietly started back up. The report even includes photos of North Korean ships disguised as trading vessels illegally transferring energy and materials on the high seas, as well as the regime's smuggling of weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, possible gold-mining in the Republic of Congo, and supplying Uganda with military training and weapons.

Lawyers for Roger Stone say they "clumsily" tried to tell the court about Roger Stone's book, and that they'd like to "move ahead without further ado," HOWEVER emails from Stone to his publisher show Stone bitching about a gag order interfering with his book sales, arguing for more money, and demanding fewer copies of the book be printed.

The Senate Intel Committee met with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, to ask about her old boss, ALLEGED Russian spy Joseph Mifsud. Mangiante told WaPo that she was "happy to provide information," emphatically adding, "Definitely not because I am a Russian spy." [No, she said that!]

Tucker Carlson refused to apologize for sexist and misogynist comments made to a shock jock's radio show unearthed by Media Matters. Tucker likened the campaign to have him and Jeanine Pirro "You're Fired" to a "mob" in a defiant monologue, and stated he planned to "fight it" while crying on the shoulder of Sean Hannity. Media Matters later released MORE damning audio of Tucker where he claims "white men" were responsible for "creating civilization," waxes philosophical about THE BLACKNESS of the Obamas, and whines that Iraqi people aren't "human beings" because they "don't use toilet paper or forks," and that they're actually, "semiliterate primitive monkeys," Shortly after Tucker's monologue, Fox News host Brit Hume tweeted, "Doing well is the best revenge," and linked to Tucker's TV ratings. Meanwhile, Variety's Brian Steinberg noted Tucker didn't have many ads during his show, and that's not a good sign (for him).

Two of the most prominent NRA board members tell the New York Times that NRATV's hard-right turn into fear mongering of apocalyptic race riots, ALLEGED grift, and shady Russian fuckery has forced them to reconsider what the hell they're all doing. Apparently Dana Loesch putting Thomas the Tank in a KKK hood was a little too much, even for gun fetishists chumming red meat.

After the Westboro Baptist Church decided to take a field trip to the Virginia state capitol and protest the state's first and only openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, the lead singer of heavy metal band Lamb of God organized a counter-protest with free kazoos. Several hundred people turned out in support of Roem, who herself fronts a local heavy metal band, and chased out the hate group out within 30 minutes.

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          Huntington Theatre Company Announces 2019 Breaking Ground Festival      Cache   Translate Page      

The Huntington Theatre Company's 2019 Breaking Ground festival of new plays will be held April 12 - 14, 2019 at the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The festival is a vital part of the Huntington's new play development efforts and highlights the work of locally-based Huntington Playwriting Fellows and national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last decade, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally.

Readings are free and open to the public, though not to reviewing members of the press. Advance reservation is required. RSVP at

The three-day festival will include:

Saturday, April 13 at 8pm; South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

  • Deal Me Out written by MJ Halberstadt, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
    Sunday, April 14 at 7pm; South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Of this year's festival, Huntington Theatre Company's Director of New Work, Charles Haugland says, "The new plays in this year's Breaking Ground festival each highlight their playwright's distinct voice - from Brenda Withers' riotous and insightful send-up, to MJ Halberstadt's clever and surprising comedy, to Maurice Parent and Melinda Lopez's arresting look at education and identity. We look forward to showcasing these brilliant writers from the Boston community and to spending an evening in the company of each of their plays."

Breaking Ground is supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund, and the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.


The Kritik

Written by Brenda Withers

Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Friday, April 12 at 8pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


In an imagined corner of 19th century Russia, a provincial theatre critic struggles to write his first honest review. A send-up and celebration of the theatre, the truth, and all things Chekhovian, The Kritik joyfully examines how candor, corruption, and community affect the creative process.

Brenda Withers is a playwright, actor, and founding member of the Harbor Stage Company on Cape Cod. Her plays include The Deer and the Antelope, Northside Hollow (with Jonathan Fielding), The Ding Dongs, and String Around My Finger, and have been developed and presented at places such as Portland Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Urbanite Theatre, Amphibian Stage, and Gloucester Stage. Onstage she has appeared at theatres including Actors Theatre of Louisville, McCarter Theater Center, PS122, the Folger, and Hartford Stage. Her work has been awarded an Edgerton Award and the Clauder Prize, and she's enjoyed playwriting residencies with New Georges and the Camargo Foundation. She studied drama and religion at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Parent

Written by Melinda Lopez & Maurice E. Parent

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Saturday, April 13 at 8pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


When an actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, he learns that it's less of a job and more of a constant, visceral reminder of one's own success and/or failure. Mr. Parent is a hilarious, joyful, and heartbreakingly honest peek into the kids, adults, and systems of the Boston Public Schools. Based on the real-life adventures of favorite Boston actor Maurice Parent, Mr. Parent asks, "What does it mean to show up for our kids - and ourselves?"

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company, a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, and is currently working on a new translation of Yerma to be produced by the Huntington May 31 - June 30, 2019. She is also developing a radio drama, Mariel, set in 2018 and 1980, during the Mariel Boatlift. She is the author of Mala, (ArtsEmerson, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, Arts Impulse Award for Best Solo Performance: Emerson Stage) now available on Audible; Back the NIght (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company, North Coast Rep); and Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award, Huntington Theatre Company, and many others). Ser Cuba and Sonia Se Fue are available in Spanish translation and were presented at the 2018 National Theatre Festival in Camaguey, Cuba.

Ms. Lopez is one of the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residents (at the Huntington) and a Mass Cultural Council Fellow in Dramatic Writing (2019), and is also an actress. She is active in providing humanitarian aid for the people of Cuba and was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016. Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared October 29, 2016 "Melinda Lopez Day in the city of Boston" in her honor.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent is a Boston-based actor, director, educator, and arts administrator with nearly 20 years of experience. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a professional, black-led theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theatre. As an actor, Mr. Parent has performed across the nation and overseas, working with artists such as Leslie Uggams, Jonathan Groff, and director Liesl Tommy. In Boston he's performed on nearly every professional theatrical stage, winning two Elliot Norton Awards, three Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE), and one Arts Impulse Award. Mr. Parent's directorial debut Breath and Imagination was recently nominated for a 2019 IRNE Award. He has been an educator for 14 years, having spent nearly six years as a performing arts specialist in the Boston Public School system. Mr. Parent is currently a professor at Tufts University and Boston University, and is the 2018-2019 Monan Professor in Theatre Arts for Boston College.

Deal Me Out

Written by MJ Halberstadt

Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw

Sunday, April 14 at 7pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


Before beginning their longstanding weekly board game night, a group of social outcasts sets out to kick out the friend who has been grating on their nerves. A play about what happens when friendships are at odds with firmly held beliefs, Deal Me Out has the risky conversations people are afraid of having.

MJ Halberstadt is a playwright and teacher, and can usually be found knitting geometric patterns on his couch in Brookline, MA. His work seeks humor within social commentary, often as it relates to LGBTQ stories and privilege. He is a 2017-19 Huntington Playwriting Fellow, recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (The Launch Prize), commissioned playwright at SpeakEasy Stage, and adjunct professor of screenwriting at Emerson College. His work has been produced by Arctic Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Fresh Ink Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Pingree School, and others. He has received support from Assets 4 Artists, BU's Creative Writing Global Fellowship, Company One's PlayLab, Flat Earth Theatre, KCACTF, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Museum of Science Boston, and NOMTI. He is a Playmaker Emeritus of Bridge Repertory Theater, alumnus of Emerson College (BA) and Boston University (MFA), and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Learn more at


The Huntington Theatre Company is a national leader in the development of new plays and has produced 120 world, American, or New England premieres. The cornerstone of activity is the Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program, a two-year fellowship for selected local writers. A three-year, $245,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation adds local playwright Melinda Lopez to the Huntington's full-time staff as playwright-in-residence. The annual two-week Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground Festival of new plays allows selected HPFs and national writers to develop their plays in two and three dimensions.

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program creates relationships between a local community of writers and a nationally prominent producing theatre, forges those bonds through authentic conversation and artistic collaboration, and encourages dialogue between local artists. Huntington productions of plays by HPFs include Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba, and Mala by Melinda Lopez; Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge; A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban; The Atheist, Brendan, and The Second Girl by Ronan Noone; Stick Fly and Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond; Ryan Landry's "M" and Psyched by Ryan Landry; Before I Leave You by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro; The Cry of the Reed by Sinan Ünel; and Shakespeare's Actresses in America by Rebekah Maggor.

Since 2003, the HPF program has invited writers to participate in two-year residencies, during which playwrights receive a modest honorarium, join in a biweekly writers' collective with artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the annual Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground festival of new plays.

The primary focus of the program is creating relationships with writers at all stages of their careers, from emerging talent to established professionals. The program provides a framework for an in-depth, two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. The Summer Workshop, which began in 2012, was developed from conversations at convenings with HPFs past and present to solicit ideas about how to improve and expand the program.

Since 2009, the Huntington has instituted an open application process with submissions from any writer primarily based within commuting distance of Boston; applications are currently solicited every 18 months. The theatre selects two to three writers whose terms overlap with adjacent cohorts.

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form.

For more information, visit

          Roseanne Blames Michelle Obama for Cancellation of ABC Sitcom      Cache   Translate Page      

Months after being fired from ABC following racist tweets, Roseanne believes Michelle Obama is to blame.

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          Bill would give "Dreamers" a path to citizenship      Cache   Translate Page      
Colorado has more than 17,000 "Dreamers" — people who entered the country illegally as children — who've received temporary protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since it was implemented in 2012 through an executive order by President Barack Obama.

They account for about 1.9 percent of the country's Dreamers with DACA status, all of whom have been left in limbo since then.

While several court injunctions remain in place to require the federal government to keep processing DACA renewals — necessary every two years — the administration of President Donald Trump halted new applications in September of 2017, and sought to terminate the program altogether.

A piece of legislation championed by House Democrats would provide Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship, though it has almost zero possibility of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate or of being signed into law by Trump.

The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, introduced March 12, would provide up to 10 years of conditional permanent residence status for Dreamers who met certain criteria. It would also grant lawful permanent residence to people with Temporary Protected Status (2,900 in Colorado alone, according to the Immigration Hub) and Deferred Enforced Departure designations, meaning they cannot return to their countries due to unsafe conditions.

Among the bill's other objectives, according to a fact sheet from the Immigration Hub, an advocacy organization:

• Cancel deportation proceedings for Dreamers who meet certain requirements and background checks.
• Grant lawful permanent residence to Dreamers who pursue higher education, join the military or meet employment requirements.
• Allow Dreamers to receive federal financial aid, as well as professional, commercial and business licenses.
• Allow certain Dreamers deported under the Trump administration to apply for relief from abroad.
• Cancel deportation proceedings for people with TPS and DED status who have been in the U.S. at least three years, for people who had TPS or were eligible on Sept. 25, 2016, and for people who had DED status on Sept. 28, 2016.

If this bill has no chance of becoming law, why is it important?…
          Girl, Bye! Roseanne Barr Tries To Blame Michelle Obama For Getting Fired From ABC      Cache   Translate Page      
The disgraced comedian really loves to slander Black women, while taking no accountability for her own irreprehensible behavior.
          Otra precuela del 'Gran Apagón': la tormenta solar que sacudió el mundo el 660 a.C. hoy tendría consecuencias gravísimas      Cache   Translate Page      

Otra precuela del 'Gran Apagón': la tormenta solar que sacudió el mundo el 660 a.C. hoy tendría consecuencias gravísimas#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Las auroras iluminaron América desde el norte de Canadá hasta Colombia, "el mar se convirtió en sangre" y las piedras de la playa, reflejando esa luz terrorífica, parecían ascuas en una hoguera. Si aquella semana de abril 1859, cuando ya sabíamos tanto sobre la naturaleza y sus misterios, muchos pensaron que había llegado el fin del mundo, no quiero imaginar el terror que sacudió el planeta durante la gran tormenta del 660 antes de Cristo.

En 2017, un grupo de investigadores identificaron un pico repentino de carbono-14 en varios árboles milenarios. Según sus conclusiones iniciales, algo había ocurrido en torno a ese año. Pero la evidencia era elusiva, encajaba con varios escenarios desde las señales de una supernova a una enorme tormenta solar.

Como seguro que habéis deducido, era esto último. Y de qué manera. "Si esa tormenta solar hubiera ocurrido hoy, habría tenido gravísimos efectos en nuestra sociedad tecnológica", explicaba Raimund Muscheler, profesor de Geología de la Universidad de Lund y autor principal de la investigación.

La gran tormenta del 660

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Muscheler tiene experiencia en estos temas, ya había colaborado en los trabajos para identificar la existencia de otras dos megatormentas solares sucedidas en los años 775 y 994 (después de Cristo). Así que, para darle sentido a ese pico de carbono-14, el equipo analizó unos enormes núcleos de hielo en Groenlandia con hielo formado durante los últimos 100.000 años.

Hemos hablado muchas veces de este tipo de eventos. El Sol emite de forma habitual gran cantidad de partículas cargadas, pero nuestro campo magnético nos protege de la mayor parte de ellas. A veces, cuando una tormenta supera cierto límite, el campo terrestre no es suficiente.

Es entonces cuando aparecen los picos de carbono-14 en los anillos de los árboles y cuando los bloques de hielo acumulan grandes cantidades de berilio-10 y de cloro-36. Por eso, Muscheler y su equipo estudiaron el hielo virgen groenlandés

¿Estamos preparados?

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Allí, en las profundidades del hielo nórdico, encontraron efectivamente picos de berilio-10 y cloro-36 datados hacia la misma época que los picos de carbono-14. Es más, según sus conclusiones, se trata de una de las mayores tormentas solares de las que tenemos noticia: diez veces más potente que la de 1953, la única que hemos podido registrar con instrumentos modernos.

Es justo ahí cuando empieza la preocupación. En primer lugar, porque no está muy claro cómo de habituales son estos eventos. Y en segundo lugar porque ahora somos especialmente vulnerables a ellos. No solo es que nuestra tecnología pueda deshacerse ante una tormenta lo suficientemente grande, es que toda nuestra sociedad está construida sobre ella y cada vez tenemos menos sistemas de respaldo.

Cuando en 2008, la Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Estados Unidos estudió las consecuencias de un evento mucho menor que este del que hablamos, las conclusiones fueron bastante siniestras: conllevaría una interrupción sin precedentes en el metabolismo social, político y económico del mundo. Ahí es nada.

En los últimos años tanto EEUU como la Unión Europea han iniciado programas para evitar la catástrofe ante un "cisne negro" como este, pero estudios como el de Muscheler nos ponen de nuevo ante el espejo y nos obligan a reconocer que aún no hemos hecho lo suficiente.



Eclipse Solar del 21 de agosto de 2017: Cómo, dónde y a qué hora ver el evento astronómico del año

Gasolina, diésel, híbrido… Cómo acertar con la propulsión

Todo lo que sabemos sobre el fallo de la Soyuz: la tripulación estaba preparada para esto; la Estación Espacial Internacional, no

- Otra precuela del 'Gran Apagón': la tormenta solar que sacudió el mundo el 660 a.C. hoy tendría consecuencias gravísimas por Javier Jiménez .

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Authored by Marshall Auerback via,

In the aftermath of the greatest financial calamity since the Great Depression, then–chief of staff for the Obama administration Rahm Emanuel made the call for aggressive action to prevent a recurrence of the meltdown of 2008.

Although the U.S. government’s system of checks and balances typically produces incremental reform, Emanuel suggested that during times of financial upheaval, the traditional levers of powers are often scrambled, thereby creating unique conditions whereby legislators could be pushed in the direction of more radical reform. That’s why he suggested that we should never let a crisis go to waste. Ironically, that might be the only pearl of wisdom we ever got from the soon-to-be ex-mayor of Chicago, one of those figures who otherwise embodied the worst Wall Street-centric instincts of the Democratic Party. But give Rahm props for this one useful insight.

But we did let the crisis of 2008 go to waste. Rather than reconstructing a new foundation out of the wreckage, we simply restored the status quo ante, and left the world’s elite financial engineers with a relatively free hand to create a wide range of new destructive financial instruments.

To cite some examples, consider the case of the UK, where England’s local councils have taken on significant risk via structural financial products known as “LOBO loans” (lender option borrower option). Financial blogger Rob Carver explains how they work:

“[Let’s] say I offer to lend you £40 and charge you 3% interest for 5 years. Some other guy comes along and offers you the same deal; but the twist is he will have the option to ask for his money back whenever he likes.

“You wouldn’t borrow money from him because it’s clearly a worse deal. …

“Suppose he sticks to his guns but as a concession he will lend you the money at only 2.9% interest. Would you take that? What about 2.5%? 2%?”

What Carver is describing here is the so-called “teaser”: a seductively low starting interest rate that is sufficiently attractive to induce the buyer to take on the LOBO in the first place. It’s designed to entice someone away from fixed interest rate borrowing (which at least has the virtue of being constant and therefore more readily predictable). The seductive quality of the teaser is that one’s borrowing costs might appear “cheaper” than the higher initial fixed-rate costs offered by the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), a wing of the government. But the troubles become more apparent with the passage of time.

What happens if and when rates unexpectedly move up? In general, as Carver notes, having to suddenly repay your loan when interest rates have risen to 4 percent is the worst possible time for you. It’s akin to taking away the umbrella the minute it starts to pour. Worse, the authority is likely locked into a contract that typically has a lifespan of 40-70 years. (And who can forecast with any degree of certainty the trend of interest rates over that sort of time span? It makes the whole notion of buying an instrument on that premise to be speculative in the extreme.) Banks have the option of raising rates at their discretion, and although the councils are able to opt out of their contract, they will pay huge penalties if they seek to renegotiate or exercise that option to opt out.

So there’s a huge negotiating imbalance built into the contract, and the likely upshot is that the local council ends up paying more in interest charges over the course of the loan. How much more? According to an activist group, #NoLOBOs (created to help housing authorities combat the impact of these instruments), “a substantial number of housing councils are facing 7-9 % interest rates, which is more than twice the current rate of lending at the PWLB.” And in many instances, the municipalities have been burdened with these higher borrowing costs at a time when additional funding from the national government has been cut back, so they are confronted with a double whammy on both sides of the balance sheet.

What was initially sold as a means to manage risk, then, ultimately metamorphoses into a recipe for financial fragility, especially when it occurs at the municipal level with institutions that don’t have the capacity to create new currency (as a federal authority can do). The “teaser” becomes a poison pill. This means a local authority (or level of government that is a user, rather than issuer, of currency) can go bust.

To give some sense of the magnitude of the market, the Independent notes:

“There is around £18bn worth of private sector loans on councils’ books, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government. … [A]round £15bn of these are Lobos.

“Annual sales to local authorities regularly topped £1bn in the run-up to the financial crisis and peaked at £1.5bn in 2007, before crashing to £600m a year later and then dwindling to nothing in 2012.”

Their revival since 2012 has resulted in hundreds of millions of pounds being skimmed from struggling town hall budgets, which were hit by the double whammy of these toxic instruments, along with austerity-imposed cutbacks from the national government. One particularly egregious example was the cash-strapped town of Newham, which had £398m of exposure to LOBOs back in 2014. Faced as well with cutbacks from the national Tory government, the local council was forced to remove financial support from a homeless hostel, “leading to the eviction of a group of single mothers to save £41,000,” reported British publication Private Eye.

Needless to say, banks and brokers have profited handsomely from the whole exercise, pocketing hundreds of millions of pounds in profits.

Here’s another disaster waiting to happen: Globally, financial markets today are seeing a rebirth of “collateralized loan obligations” (CLOs), instruments broadly similar to the “collateralized debt obligations” (CDOs), which helped to blow up the financial system in 2008. CDOs were asset-backed instruments, a “blended” security comprised of risky mortgage-backed bonds and much of the rest from theoretically safer tranches. The theory underlying them was that the lower the investment quality, the higher the compensating yield, but in reality most turned out to be toxic junk. What distinguishes CLOs from their CDO “cousin” is that instead of repackaging mortgages, subprime and otherwise, CLOs repackage corporate loans, and consumer credit, such as car loans.

Unfortunately, in yet another instance of lessons unlearned from 2008, the collateralized loan obligations, like the CDOs, have virtually non-existent investor protection, “with over 70 percent lacking any covenants that would allow monitoring of financial condition and early intervention to manage problem borrowers. This exacerbates the risk of higher losses,” argues Satyajit Das, a former banker who first identified the risks to financial stability posed by these kinds of instruments back in 2008. In fact, Das elaborates, “relative to mortgages, [CLOs] typically are made up of fewer and larger loans, which increases concentration risk. Leveraged loans are highly sensitive to economic conditions and defaults may be correlated, with many loans experiencing problems simultaneously.” Which intuitively makes total sense: during a slowdown, virtually all economic activity slows down, whether that be housing, car sales, or consumer borrowing. Diversification of risk is therefore more apparent than real.

In an environment of prevailing low interest rates (and, hence, lower yields from conventional instruments), debt investors have been told (again) that they can enhance their portfolio returns, through these higher-yielding CLOs, while mitigating risk simply by diversifying. In theory, the risk is dispersed, but in practice, as Das has pointed out, if you’re simply diversifying different kinds of financial excrement, the end result is more likely to be insolvency for the whole instrument. A common theme is that in spite of the disastrous performance of these instruments during the market crash, many of the underlying loans today still lack standard provisions to protect lenders, such as reporting and requirements to maintain certain income and asset levels. Consequently, more toxic junk is being passed around the system like a hot potato. Last one holding the potato loses.

Given the scale of issuance, all major financial institutions are likely to be left holding these bags. CLOs, notes Das, have been growing at a rate of around $100bn a year for the past decade, and total levels outstanding now approach the size that existed in the CDO market by the time of the 2008 crisis. As the cycle has matured, the quality of the assets of the loans has diminished, and the borrowers have become increasingly leveraged.

This follows a classic pattern of a typical borrowing cycle, as credit structures move from relatively stable “hedge financing” (where the underlying units can meet payment commitments out of income flow) to “Ponzi” finance (borrowing simply to pay interest on the interest), a process originally outlined by the economist Hyman Minsky. Based on the relatively benign conditions of the recent past, both borrowers and lenders are lulled into a false sense of security and increase their respective risk profiles accordingly. Minsky was by no means the only economist whose work has become associated with manias, panic and crash. He built his analysis on the shoulders of analysts of the Great Depression, such as Irving Fisher, John Maynard Keynes, and John Kenneth Galbraith. But what distinguishes Minsky’s scholarship is that he focused it on the “upward” source of the financial instability, as opposed to its disastrous denouement. In relation to today’s CLO market, the parallel is that the decade-long period of stability in the aftermath of 2008 (in reality, faux stability achieved through the injection of trillions of dollars in public sector bailouts) has again given the users a stream of data providing the illusion that leverage is safe.

Rather than respond to each financial meltdown by seeking to curb the activities that led to the crisis in the first place, the sheer ongoing dominance of our financial sector has ensured that policy has merely worked to bail out the big players, and do everything to keep the rigged casino of the economy in their favor. Thus, financial institutions continue to concoct increasingly esoteric and opaque financial instruments that they market to less financially sophisticated counterparties.

Let’s roll back the tape to a few financial crises ago, from the early 1990s. At that time, Bob Citron, the Orange County treasurer, bankrupted his county via leveraged investments he made in structured notes (i.e., customized notes designed to fit the investment wishes and opinions of particular institutional buyers). If you tailor an exotic instrument to fit your investment outlook, you’d better know what you’re doing and appreciate the downside risks. Customization entails a level of financial expertise that Citron later conceded he did not fully possess. He was a sitting duck in a sea of sharks (to mix metaphors). Citron made a bet on the direction of interest rates (he bet they would stay low, which was wrong). As a result of his miscalculation, by 1994 Orange County’s investment portfolio began hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars, ultimately going broke. Without conceding any liability, ultimately Merrill Lynch paid out $400m in penalties to settle the case.

That was an early warning signal, which unfortunately remained unheeded, as it was followed in quick succession by the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the bankruptcy of Long-Term Capital Management and the concomitant Russian debt default in 1998, the bust, and finally the complete seizure of the global financial system by 2008. Each time, a common foolhardy notion was the idea that higher levels of reward could be achieved without any corresponding increase in risk. All of this occurred against a backdrop of deregulation, minimal transparency and inadequate market supervision.

If you thought the near-breakdown of the global economy in 2008 was enough to make global policymakers and regulators rethink their persistent accommodation of financial innovation and deregulation, think again. Regulators have continued to accommodate this complexity, rather than minimizing it. Complex financial systems beget yet more complex (and ultimately ineffective) regulation. It is better to simplify the system in order to improve the quality of the regulation and the ease of oversight (which the complexity is designed to avoid).

Unfortunately, that’s not what our policymakers have done. Instead of redesigning the system, the monetary authorities have simply inserted themselves in the chain of intermediation that included an ever-evolving variety of books of business without actually considering whether there were too many weak links in the credit chain in the first place. Rather than shorten or redesign the economy’s credit structures, and curb the risks accordingly, central banks instead have simply acted as the ultimate guarantors in a supply chain from money-like instruments to longer-term and riskier credit. Absent any kind of sanction for undertaking more systemically dangerous activities, our policymakers have therefore made the same mistakes that were made in the early 2000s: they are establishing perverse ongoing incentives that increase risk, punishing the timid (prudent?) with low returns. It’s a classic illustration of Gresham’s Law, whereby bad money drives out good.

So here we go again. No less a figure than Claudio Borio, the chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements central, who warned of the dangers of a synchronized housing bubble well before the 2008 crisis, is again sounding the alarm about a recurrence. The crash gave us a chance to downsize finance and restrict its ability to wreak comparable havoc on the economy going forward. Instead, we let the crisis go to waste, which almost certainly means a nasty sequel to 2008 facing us in the near future.

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

          Ocasio-Cortez: Wells Fargo 'Involved' In Caging Children; Thinks Banks Should Assume Borrowers' Liabilities      Cache   Translate Page      

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested that Wells Fargo was "involved" in the caging of migrant children because the bank used to finance private prison companies CoreCivic and Geo Group. 

"Mr. Sloan, why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?" the freshman House Democrat and economics major asked Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan. 

"Uh, I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t," Sloan replied. 

"Uh, so in finance — you, you were financing and involved in financing of debt of CoreCivic and Geo Group, correct?" she shot back. 

To which Sloan replied: "For a period of time, we were involved in financing one of the firms — we’re not anymore and the other. I’m not familiar with the specific assertion that you’re making, but we weren’t directly involved in that."

"OK, so these companies run private detention facilities run by ICE, which is involved in caging children, but I’ll move on," AOC retorted. 

Of note, Wells Fargo was prominently featured in a November 2016 report along with nine other banks for lending CoreCivic and GEO Group $444 million and $450 million respectively during the Obama administration - the same period of time during which a a photo of caged children misattributed to the Trump administration was taken. 

Wells Fargo and other banks have decided to reevaluate their lending activities to private prisons amid controversy over the Trump administration's immigration policies. 

Ultimate liability

AOC then shifted gears, asking Sloan if Wells Fargo should be involved in paying for environmental cleanup if a bank-financed oil project such as the Dakota Pipeline were to leak

"So hypothetically, if there was a leak from the Dakota Access Pipeline, why shouldn’t Wells Fargo pay for the cleanup of it, since it paid for the construction of the pipeline itself?" asked AOC - suggesting that the pipeline is "widely seen to be environmentally unstable." 

Sloan looked a bit puzzled, replying: "Again the reason we were one of the 17 or 19 banks that financed that is because our team reviewed the environmental impact and we concluded that it was a risk that we were willing to take." 

The responses to AOC's line of questioning have been entertaining to say the least.  

          The Obama legacy in the age of Trump, with former White House staffer Jesse Lee      Cache   Translate Page      

Our good friend, and longtime colleague, Jesse Lee — current Vice President of Communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, former progressive outreach director for Speaker Pelosi (during her first tenure as speaker), and former special assistant to President Obama — joins us to talk about the Obama legacy in the age of […]

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The 2020 budget proposal that the White House sent to Congress includes the full $3.3 billion aid in the MOU signed by President Obama.
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At a recent closed-door event, former vice-president Dick Cheney pressed Mike Pence on Donald Trump's foreign policy decisions, comparing the President's approach to Barack Obama.
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Guest Speaker: Romy Titus She advocates for children's rights through her organization "Babies Behind Bars' which earned her a spot in the Mandela Washington Fellowship initiated by President Barack Obama, a Community Leader Award from Elizabeth Arden, and recognition by Independent Newspapers as one of 100 Young Leaders. In addition, she is an Ubuntu Award […]

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          Huge Win in Senate: Oil and Gas Industry's Attempt to Gut Methane Rules Fails      Cache   Translate Page      
From:  EcoWatch

by EarthJustice 

In a win Wednesday for oil and gas-patch communities and taxpayers, a procedural vote failed in the Senate, preventing a Congressional Review Act resolution from nullifying the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane Waste Rule. The vote to proceed to debate on the resolution failed, 49–51. This rule is a common sense standard to limit wasteful methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands.
The Congressional Review Act is a controversial and anti-democratic tactic that anti-environmental extremists in Congress attempted to use to push this pro-polluter agenda item forward.
"Just when we thought all hope was lost, common sense prevailed today in the United States Congress," Jessica Ennis, Earthjustice senior legislative representative, said.
"By preserving this win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time, Congress is managing to slowly rebuild its credibility as an institution that can serve as a check against powerful corporate interests."  MORE

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An example of this crassly disrespectful behavior was manifested in the comments by one of Congress's newest and most controversial figures, Rep. Ilhan Omar, when she was asked by a reporter with Fox News about her recent unkind words for Barack Obama.
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Gene Sperling, former national economic advisor and director of The National Economic Council for Obama and Clinton, joins "Squawk on the Street" to discuss Trump's proposed 2020 budget which includes $8.6 billion in border wall funding and cuts to Medicare.
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Roseanne Barr blames Michelle Obama for getting her fired from her sitcom Roseanne. ABC cancelled the reboot of her hit sitcom and fired Barr last May after she tweeted a racial insult about Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former U.S. president Barack...
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A Senate committee has revived a bill designed to ensure access to medical insurance for people with pre-existing conditions after voting the proposal down.

In a rare maneuver, Democratic Sen. Clemente ...

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'We had multiple conversations with the Justice Department'
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Virginia McLaurin, the woman who won hearts after dancing with the Obamas in 2016, just received a a Happy Birthday shout out from former first lady Michelle Obama.
          Biden Is Back From St Croix-- Ready For The Status Quo Ante      Cache   Translate Page      
Very rare photo of what Joe Biden looks like in the 21st Century

Mike Allen reported yesterday that Biden's lifelong lust for the presidency-- an end-goal rather than a wish to accomplish something for the country-- is about to manifest itself with a final "decision", imminently. (Anyone notice that the media always uses photos of Biden that were taken in the 1980s and 1990s rather than more recent ones. I wonder what they're trying to hide. Supposedly the trip to St Croix this past weekend resulted in the whole family being "on board," hilarious bullshit from 2020's most inauthentic, phony-baloney candidate. "If Biden decides to go for it," wrote Allen, "he'll start pressing political allies and potential staff members for firm commitments to join him. That will be the true 'tell,' advisers say, and will quickly become widely known. Biden himself has been telling friends about a possible early April launch, and has been saying he has a 95% chance of running. 'With some people, he's going a little bit higher than that,' the insider said."

You may have detected a hint that Biden's in DWT's least favorite Democraptic candidate-- along with the other arch-opportunist, Kirsten Gillibrand-- this cycle. Monday morning Bloomberg published a piece by Jonathan Bernstein, Joe Biden’s Ahead in the Polls. Does It Matter?, urging readers to not read too much into early surveys." My theory has always been that once voters start seeing Biden's record-- beyond the fact that Obama used him as a ticket balancer-- they will abandon him en masse (just like they did when he tried running in the past). Bernstein wrote that "The Democratic nomination field continues to narrow, and continues to be unusually large. I had originally counted 32 people who were doing the things that presidential candidates do a year or more before the Iowa caucuses. With the exits last week of Michael Bloomberg, Sherrod Brown, Eric Holder and Jeff Merkley, we’re down to 18 by my count-- a dozen who have formally announced in some way, and six who haven’t. As of now, Joe Biden leads in nationwide polls; Bernie Sanders leads in at least one betting market; Kamala Harris seems to be first or second in most pundit rankings; and Harris and Cory Booker are the early leaders in endorsements, with Amy Klobuchar not too far behind."
With polls showing Biden and Sanders on top-- not just nationwide, but in the early-voting states as well-- I’ve seen a few pundits wondering whether the contest is less open than it once seemed. I think that’s a mistake. Yes, it’s better to have good poll numbers than bad. But we’ve already seen one candidate, Beto O'Rourke, have a polling surge. We’re almost certain to see others. If history tells us anything, it’s that almost any candidate can have at least a temporary surge, usually accompanied by a round of media attention. Many of those surges eventually collapse, but sometimes-- think Barack Obama in 2008, or Sanders in 2016-- they persist.

John Sides and Lynn Vavreck wrote about this phenomenon in their book on the 2012 election. Although we still don’t have a systematic explanation for why candidates surge, I suspect that party support is important. Candidates with strong backing from party actors will be more likely to spark the media’s interest in the first place, and more likely to get positive coverage for longer. That’s not always true, as the massive counterexample of Donald Trump demonstrated in 2016. But overall, it’s probably the case.

At any rate, all that’s in the future. Right now, only a tiny number of party actors and political junkies are paying close attention to the race. Most Democrats will tell you they like the candidates they’ve heard of so far, because Democratic voters tend to start off with positive feelings toward little-known Democratic politicians (just as Republican voters do for candidates of their party).

When it comes to congressional elections, political scientists have found that name recognition and even incumbency may turn out to be proxies for whether a voter knows anything he or she likes about a politician. If the same is true of presidential elections, then learning a few positive things about a candidate could make a difference very quickly for voters who are lost in the large field. Much of politics-- debates, advertising, electioneering-- amounts to candidates trying to teach voters a few good things about themselves, with most voters paying little attention until the election is just around the corner.

In other words: Yes, it’s very possible that Biden, Sanders or both will still be in the lead on caucus night in Iowa-- but don’t count on it, and certainly don’t assume that polling leads at this point are stable. 
From Norman Solomon's CounterPunch post yesterday, Biden on the Relaunch Pad: He’s Worse Than You Thought: "On the verge of relaunching, Joe Biden is poised to come to the rescue of the corporate political establishment-- at a time when, in the words of the Times, 'the sharp left turn in the Democratic Party and the rise of progressive presidential candidates are unnerving moderate Democrats.' After 36 years in the Senate and eight as vice president, Biden is by far the most seasoned servant of corporate power with a prayer of becoming the next president... The direct prey of Biden’s five-decade 'association with bankers'” include millions of current and former college students now struggling under avalanches of debt; they can thank Biden for his prodigious services to the lending industry... In typical Biden style, the former vice president is eager to stake out the middle of the road, between ultra-predatory capitalism and solidarity with working-class people. At an October 2017 gathering in Alabama, he said: 'Guys, the wealthy are as patriotic as the poor. I know Bernie doesn’t like me saying that, but they are.' Later, Biden elaborated on the theme when he told an audience at the Brookings Institution, 'I don’t think five hundred billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. The folks at the top aren’t bad guys.'"

Of course they're not; they're his donors. But as Solomon concluded, "Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how many voters don’t know much about his actual record."

          Cheney confronts Pence over Trump's foreign policy: 'It's a lot more like Obama than Reagan'      Cache   Translate Page      
The man credited for orchestrating the bloody and costly Iraq War criticised the president for his decision to pull troops from Syria
          Dick Cheney confronts Pence about administration's foreign policy      Cache   Translate Page      
Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy -- even likening his policies to those of President Barack Obama -- during a confrontational discussion with current Vice President Mike Pence, the Washington Post reported.

          A&E Biopic "Divide and Conquer" Helps Explain Roger Ailes, Fox News And The Rise Of Donald Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

About Roger Ailes And His Biggest Creation: Fox News

A few nights ago, I watched the documentary entitled Divide And Conquer: The Story Of Roger Ailes on the A and E cable channel. For those who do not know, Roger Ailes is the guy who started the “Fox News” cable network.  Prior to that, he started the “America’s Talking” cable channel that eventually became MSNBC, and before that he was a media consultant for Republican politicians such as such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Yes, the late Roger Ailes was about as Conservative as one might imagine. 

In addition to giving lots of information about who Roger Ailes was, how he lived his life, and what he achieved, the “Divide and Conquer” biopic also actually explains what powered both the rise of Fox News and Donald Trump. Some of the things that I learned about both Roger Ailes and his largest creation, Fox News, made perfect sense and did not surprise me at all. However, what did surprise me was when I learned that when Fox News was started, their main goal was not just to be a Conservative news network that helped the Republican party. Sure, both Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire who funded the starting of the Fox News channel, were hardcore Conservatives, but they both knew that a television channel would not be successful if it did not get ratings, so getting big ratings was their first and main goal. 

So, what was the main way that Fox News got good ratings for their television shows?  As one former Fox News employee put it in the documentary, it was by “stirring up the crazies”.  Fox News found that the more they put outrageous stories on the air that made people angry, the more that those people who had watched those stories would come back to watch the cable channel to see what happened next.  Now, the standard target of the ire that Fox News generated was, of course, those people on the political Left, because both Murdoch and Ailes hated them, but the “stirring up the crazies” technique was not done so much to help Republicans as to help ratings. Helping Republicans was just a nice side benefit to people like Ailes and Murdoch.

In taking this approach, Fox News was following in the footsteps of Talk Radio trash talkers like Conservative Rush Limbaugh, who loved finding ways of getting outraged at the Left, and Conservative television host Morton Downey Jr., who loved getting Progressives on his show so that he could berate them. Conservative Talk radio had been successful for a long time at getting ratings because they had learned that what was important was “finding” big stories that warned of the evil plans that Democrats had to ruin America. This usually meant finding something a Democrat said or did, and distorting it all out of proportion. You see, in order to generate outrage on a regular basis, the truth had to be sacrificed. 

This is why “Fox News” has no loyalty to the truth whatsoever.  It is impossible to both generate outrage over and over again and tell the truth because the truth is generally not as outrageous as the people who run Fox News want it to be.  This is why you had Conservatives outraged when Barack Obama wore a tan suit, even though Reagan also wore a tan suit—because organizations like Fox News want its viewers to be outraged. In Conservative media, outrage is the coin of the realm.

Hosts on Fox News lied and said it was not Presidential to wear a tan suit. They deliberately neglected to mention that Reagan had done the same thing.  So, across America, the results were that Conservatives became outraged that Obama had worn a tan suit. The Conservatives really got into “Outrage Politics” in 2009 after Barack Obama became President and the “Tea Party" movement was born.  One of the things that members of the Tea Party did was attend the meetings that members of Congress had in their own districts and scream and yell about how awful Obamacare was—in other words, they got outraged— and they did it because they were told to get outraged by a "Government takeover” of their health insurance by the rich Conservatives who funded the Conservative Tea Party movement.

OK, But What About Donald Trump?

When Donald Trump ran for President, he watched Fox News all of the time and merely echoed the outrage-inducing programming that Fox had been doing for years. Trump fans were amazed at how well Trump “got” his fans. Well, Fox News had been teaching the rank and file Conservatives what to get angry about for years. When Trump spoke at his rallies and sounded just like the Fox News hosts, he was like George Wallace speaking to a group of white men that had been secretly attending Ku Klux Klan rallies for years and had been hiding those racist beliefs from the public.  “At last”, they must have thought, “we can say out loud how much we hate illegal aliens!”. This also explains the big uptick in racist acts since Donald Trump became President. Conservative talk radio had been fanning the flames of racism that lived in Conservative hearts even before September 11, 2001.  After 9/11, Conservative media fanned the flames twice as hard, especially about anyone who could be considered “brown”—Muslims, people from the Middle East, Mexicans, and anyone who looked Mexican.

This is why Donald Trump achieved great success by being outrageous at his political rallies, especially with regard to race, religion, and national origin, because Fox News, and Conservative Media in general, has been outrageous for decades, and Fox News and others have been teaching its viewers to adore Outrage Media. Not only did Fox News and other Conservative outlets teach Republicans to tolerate Outrage Media, but they also taught Republicans to crave it, and then demand it. If you think that racism has actually gotten worse among a lot of Conservatives the past few years, you would be correct. If you think misogyny has gotten worse the last few years among many Conservatives, you would be correct. If you think that the attitude that only Americans matter in the world has grown among Conservatives, you would be right about that too. 

This is where the massive amount of racism, misogyny, and nationalism has come from in the Republican Party.  It has come from Outrage Media, like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, and In their world, the Liberals are always ready to take away all of their guns, to lock Conservatives up in FEMA re-education camps, to take over their Health Care, and to run sex rings out of the basements of Pizza shops.  In this world, the truth never matters. The only thing that matters is that one feeds the base more things to get angry about.

This is why insane conspiracy theorist movements like Q-Anon have been so successful among so many Conservatives—because Conservatives no longer care that much if something is true—just that it is outrageous and feeds their desire for Outrage media. Many Conservatives are addicted to Outrage Media, and places like Fox News are only too willing to give them all their next fix.

OK, But Does Your Article Talk About Nazis?

There are some scary parallels between how Conservative Media, which can now also be called Outrage Media, has demonized various groups, such as Progressives and Illegal Immigrants,  and what happened in the 1930s in Nazi Germany. To me, Outrage Media most closely resembles the propaganda machine that Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, invoked on the German People from 1932 to 1945. The only reason that the Outrage Media of Fox News does not seem even more like Nazi propaganda is that Trump has decided to mostly leave the Jewish people out of his personal wave of outrage against people who are not straight, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Apparently, he does this primarily because both his daughter and her husband are Jewish.

However, the white supremacist/white nationalist/Nazis that Trump refuses to disavow do not make that distinction. Trump may not come out himself and say anything negative about the Jewish people, but his fans are more than willing to make up the difference. Many Trump fans are ready to worship him while at the same time plan violence against the Jewish people. Make no mistake about it, just because Donald Trump likes to throw an occasional bone to Israel and the Jewish people does not mean that those who both love Trump and hate the Jewish people have lessened their anti-Semitism one iota. In fact, since businesses like Fox News have spent decades teaching Republicans to invoke their political outrage reflex on cue, I suspect anti-Semitism among Republicans may only have gone dormant among a few, while still remaining quite active among many others. 

According to his ex-wife, Donald Trump used to keep a book of Hitler's speeches on his nightstand.  Likewise, Roger Ailes used movies of Hitler's rallies to create a Nixon Presidential Campaign media event. Donald Trump may claim that "Democrats hate the Jewish People" as he did recently; however, it seems that whenever one scratches the surface enough of many Republicans, one often finds the same thing: an admiration of both the beliefs commonly held by the Nazis and the of the Nazi technique of propaganda and outrage. 

The Democrats currently have thirty-eight Jewish people in Congress, while the Republicans only have two. The Democrats ran the only Jewish candidate ever on a U.S. Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket in 2000 with Joe Lieberman in the Vice President slot. When it comes to supporting the Jewish people, actions speak a hell of a lot louder than words, and the Democratic party has done far more to advanced oppressed groups, including Jews, Native Americans, Women, LGBTQIA+ people, African Americans, and Latinos than the Republicans ever have.

However, the truth was never the point of Donald Trump saying that Democrats hate the Jewish people.  It was, once again, all about the outrage. I am sure that Roger Ailes would have gladly thanked Donald Trump for the ratings boost that his fake outrage provided Fox News if Ailes were still here.

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The new bill to spend tens of millions of sanctions against North Korea 12 U. S. house of Representatives passed to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea’s bill. So far, the bill was passed in both houses of Congress and signed by President Obama. In Munich, Germany, China and the United States met with foreign […]
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          Experts See Washington’s 'Big Deal' Approach to Denuclearizing N. Korea Facing Rejection      Cache   Translate Page      
Pyongyang is likely to reject Washington’s “big deal” approach toward denuclearizing North Korea as indicated by signals the country has been sending through missile launch preparations, said experts. U.S. Special Representative Steve Biegun laid out President Donald Trump’s approach toward denuclearizing North Korea at a conference held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Monday, saying, “We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally.” Biegun also said sanctions imposed on North Korea will not be lifted until North Korea achieves complete denuclearization.  Washington took an all-or-nothing approach or “big deal” approach toward North Korea’s denuclearization when it began its negotiations last year but gradually shifted to a phased, incremental approach, which is favored by Pyongyang, until the Hanoi summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And weeks before the Hanoi summit, Biegun seemed to suggest in a speech at Stanford University that the U.S. would pursue a step-by-step approach toward achieving agreements made at the Singapore summit last June. ​Now, the U.S. has resumed its initial “big deal” position, and Biegun said last month’s Hanoi summit faltered because North Korea asked the U.S. to lift “basically all the sanctions” while offering to dismantle “a portion of their nuclear program.” Scott Snyder, director of the U.S.-Korea policy program at the Council of Foreign Relations, said the Hanoi summit revealed the U.S. has reverted to its original position. “It turns out that going for a ‘big deal’ almost brought the U.S. back to its initial negotiating position,” said Snyder. “And it raised the bar in terms of what both the U.S. was willing to give to Kim Jong Un, but also in terms of what the U.S. was expecting from Kim Jong Un.” Biegun also said that North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons “would be unacceptable” at the Carnegie conference. Robert Manning, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not accept the U.S. position. “Kim has been clear and consistent from his first meeting with (Chinese President) Xi (Jinping) in Beijing that North Korea wants to move forward in a ‘phased synchronous process,’” said Manning. The leaders first met in March 2018 before the first inter-Korean summit was held in April. ​“Pyongyang will not accept the idea they give up everything, trust the U.S. and then they get some benefit,” Manning said. “It is too asymmetrical.” Evans Revere, acting assistant secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs during the George W. Bush administration, said, “Pyongyang will reject U.S. efforts to pursue a ‘big deal’ requiring North Korea to give up the entirety of its nuclear weapons and related weapons of mass destruction program” because it considers them “the key to the survival of the regime.” Revere said North Korea will consider giving up its nuclear weapons only when the current level of pressure increases to an “existentially overwhelming array of sanctions and pressure.”  He continued, “The current sanctions and other measures have not reached the level necessary to compel the shift we seek. It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will be able to muster the diplomatic, political and moral leadership necessary to achieve the end it seeks.” Since the Hanoi summit breakdown, movements have been detected around North Korea’s missile facilities suggesting the country is not living up to its commitments made at the first summit and possibly preparing to launch a missile.  Commercial satellite images showed North Korea rebuilding the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri, which Pyongyang began to dismantle after the first summit with the U.S. in Singapore. ​There were also movements around the Samundong facility that suggest preparations may be underway for a test missile launch.  Experts see these activities as North Korea signaling its refusal to accept the U.S. position. “Kim Jong Un is sending a warning to Washington that he’s prepared to resume satellite launches if there’s no agreement on lifting sanctions in exchange for some measures toward denuclearization,” said Gary Samore, the White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction during the Obama administration. Robert Gallucci, chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, said North Korea is expressing “its unhappiness over the position taken by the U.S. at the Hanoi summit” which was rejecting its offer to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for receiving sanctions relief from the U.S.  Christopher Hill, a chief negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said he would be surprised if North Korea would fire a missile, but because “all the president’s men are getting less patient,” firing a missile would be “the end of this diplomatic phase.” Lee Jo-eun, Ahn So-young contributed to this report which originated with the VOA Korean Service. 
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          2046 - Trump's Budget, Biden's Record To Haunt 2020       Cache   Translate Page      

On today's show: New app to help Trump supporters find MAGA-friendly restaurants. Larry Kudlow explains that cuts to entitlements are necessary. OMB acting director claims that budget is not cutting Medicare or Medicaid spending. Joe Biden says he'd stay away, but he saw Trump's budget proposal. Some things you should know about Biden's record. A new fun half song is debuted.

In the fun half: John from San Antonio on Bernie's promising numbers. "Jesse Lee Peterson" calls into the show. A depressing story about insurance company monopolies. Trump promotes "Jexodus" after Fox and Friends segment. Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says most Democratic money comes from Jews. Does neoliberal ideology conflict with MMT? Charles Payne compares Facebook removing Warren ads to kid taking off a "kick me" sign. Arkansas lawmaker enraged by rushed through stand your ground legislation. Spy master Evan McMullin figures out DSA is socialist. Ilhan Omar denies equating Obama and Trump: "one is human, the other is really not." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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  3. Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants  The Guardian
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The Obama family’s personal tennis coach was among the dozens of people charged Tuesday in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme. Gordon Ernst — who once taught former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha — was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering when he was the tennis coach at Georgetown University....
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Ranting that he'd never give in to "the mob," Fox News' Tucker Carlson last night angrily responded to recently unearthed audio clips of him uttering jaw-dropping, hateful commentary during radio interviews that he regularly gave over a five-year period.

Deeply homophobic, xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic, Carlson sounded more like a white nationalist podcaster than the host of a popular cable television channel that he is today. Aside from appearing to defend a child-rapist and underage marriage, Carlson belittled Iraq as “crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys,” and mocked Barack Obama's heritage: “I don’t know how black he is, but I’m sure he’s a good basketball player—he says he is, anyway.”

Tucker often appeared on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show between 2006 and 2011. The tapes have sparked the latest uproar over Carlson's Fox News show, which is known for its racist and hateful content—and now, advertisers are taking note. On Monday, the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca became the first major advertiser to announce it's dropping Carlson’s show following the release of the old radio recordings. Pressure will mount from activists for other advertisers to follow.

We've definitely seen this scenario play out before. Sometimes Fox News hosts survive the boycotts, as Laura Ingraham did last year after she sparked nationwide fury when she took to Twitter to mock a Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor for not getting accepted into his top-choice colleges. (Who does that?) But sometimes hosts don't survive, like former Fox News stars Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. Both talkers and their highly rated shows were canceled when the network could no longer monetize their ratings after so many advertisers had fled.

As of right now, Carlson may be heading for the Beck/O'Reilly dustbin of cable news history, and here's why.

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The call came Sunday afternoon. "Can you come to the White House?" I was still wearing running pants and had my hair up in a plastic scrunchy, but figured there wasn't time to change. I was called to the office of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who had me leave my purse and cellphone outside before sitting down. This was sensitive. The president would be going to Iraq, leaving late Christmas night. I would be one of 13 pool journalists along for the surprise trip. For security reasons, it had to stay quiet. I could tell only my husband and one editor. And only in person, not over the phone, text or email. The secrecy around it was similar to how previous White House staffs had handled surprise trips by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to Iraq and Afghanistan. President Trump had been hinting for some time that he would make a visit to a combat zone. He had taken heat for making it so far into his presidency without visiting troops deployed in Afghanistan or
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Trump’s budget more than doubles the war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson interviewed by Paul Jay.

The ugly numbers: 

  • Trump's budget calls for $750 billion in military spending for FY2020, a nearly 5% increase, which exceeds even what the Pentagon requested
  • Trump’s budget calls for cutting $845 billion from Medicare (health care for the elderly)
  • Trump’s budget calls for cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicaid (health care for the poor)
  • Trump’s budget calls for cutting $25 billion from the Social Security retirement program
  • Trump’s budget calls for cutting $1.7 billion from child nutrition and eliminate food assistance for millions
  • Trump's budget calls for cutting $1 billion from the National Science Foundation (The NSF provides about one-quarter of all federal research grants and covers fields such as engineering, mathematics, computer science and social sciences. It also funds the purchase of large-scale scientific equipment.)
  •  And many more social & environmental programs would be cut and destroyed by the Trump budget
It's not just Trump's budget,
it was Obama's budget,
it was Bush's budget,
it was Clinton's budget,
it was Bush's budget,
it was Reagan's budget,
it was Carter's budget.

It is the budget of corporations and politicians who continue to exploit the working class.

    Now is the time for the American people to rattle their chains and demand that Congress CUT THE BLOATED AND WASTEFUL PENTAGON BUDGET!

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    How important a health problem is excessive weight gain in America? It is so important that First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her number one goal to end childhood obesity in one generation. One third of all American children and adolescents are obese. One third of all American adults are also obese, weighing 25% more than their ideal weight, while two thirds are overweight. It is clear that excessive weight gain has become America’s new epidemic.
    A behavior similar to taking drugs, smoking tobacco, or drinking alcohol, excessive eating is an addictive behavior that shortens life spans and is difficult to stop by force of will. Obesity increases a person's risk of developing several serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and diabetes. Every extra pound over your ideal weight may take time from your life.
    Why do people tend to overeat even if they know all about the harmful effects of being overweight?
    The hypothalamus contains several groups of nerve cells, which have the ability to impact emotions, regulate body temperature, and control thirst, along with the feeling of fullness and salt cravings. Body weight is controlled by the hypothalamus through modifying metabolism. The activities of the hypothalamus are influenced by stress, light, steroids, insulin, pleasant food smells, and invading microorganisms. This explains why we tend to overeat when we are stressed out because the hypothalamus produces more hormones to stimulate the pituitary to produce more cortisol-releasing hormones. The sharp increase in cortisol stimulates the appetite, especially for junk food. Further when daylight time becomes shortened in the winter and when we smell something good, the hypothalamus changes its activity, so our appetite also changes.
    When menopause comes, the imbalance of estrogen, progesterone, GABA, serotonin and dopamine profoundly influences the neuronal activity of the hypothalamus, which can cause women to be more emotional, to crave sweets and salty food, and to have insomnia, hot flushes and night sweats. Many women tell me that they cannot stop eating even though they know they are not supposed to eat too much of a certain kind of food. In this scenario, if they eat the wrong kind of food such as cookies or ice cream, or drink too much coffee, their stomachs will not receive a signal for fullness. They can keep eating until they damage the majority of their nerves and blood vessels. We have trillions of neurons and blood vessels; if we destroy 60% of them, our body can still compensate. Once the majority of the nerves and blood vessels are damaged, it is too late to change. When we consume sugary foods , our reward center lights up, our body releases dopamine and we feel happier for a moment. The problem is that our body's function is not improved by eating junk food. We have to continue eating those rewarding foods to maintain our happiness. If we instead exercise, take herbs or have acupuncture treatments to produce more dopamine, we can reap the benefits but not pay the cost. On the other hand, if we just put a piece of chocolate into our mouth, we will do damage to our nerves and blood vessels. Simple sugar is even worse than alcohol or tobacco because you can eat sugar any time in any amount without getting drunk or being punished. On the other hand you can only drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes at certain times and places. On the positive side, when people eat sugary foods, they become friendlier and more sociable during that moment. Most men eat one piece of chocolate, then stop, while women have to eat ten pieces, because women's estrogen levels fluctuate each month from 10 to 100 while men do not have these big hormone changes unless they are alcoholics or drug addicts. Furthermore, women have a very sensitive rewarding center, and they can have sudden increased levels of dopamine, while men receive a much less extreme response from eating rewarding food.
    How we can control our appetite by optimizing the activity of hypothalamus?
    Q. Wei et al.’s research on obese rats found that tryptophan and serotonin levels were decreased in certain areas of the brains in the obese group as compared to the control. Acupuncture could produce weight reduction by optimizing the serotonin (5-HT) level. Serotonin not only makes people relax and feel good, but also enhances intestinal motility to help discharge toxic materials that could produce food stagnation and internal heat. Internal heat, from a Chinese medical perspective, leads to increased appetite and more craving for food. In Western medicine, if food cannot be properly absorbed and converted into blood sugar to provide energy, it will be stored instead as fat in the body. Then, the person feels hungry all the time and must eat constantly to maintain his or her blood sugar level. It can quickly become a vicious cycle.
    Acupuncture, herbs, meditation, Tai Ji, Qi Gong and other relaxing treatments help redirect energy and blood flow to the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovaries and adrenal gland, so the above glands can produce balanced hormones. On the other hand, acupuncture can reduce stress instantly. By reducing stress, acupuncture improves your entire body function. The balance of all the relaxing and stimulating hormones is the key factor for keeping healthy weight and eating habits. When you have balanced hormones, you do not crave sweets or other junk foods.
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              House Judiciary Ranking Member Congressman Doug Collins Announces The Release of Lisa Page’s Closed Door Testimony      Cache   Translate Page      
    Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member House Judiciary Committee, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about preparing to release the transcripts of the closed door testimony given by Lisa Page to the House Judiciary Committee, why he doesn't believe Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she is not interested in impeaching President Trump, and why all Republicans who are about to vote against President Trump's authority to declare an emergency declaration at the border need to think long and hard before they disapprove of the President's declaration. Watch here: BRIAN KILMEADE: Joining us now is somebody who probably thinks that's good news, but like me wonders how long they're actually going to wait before they actually try to impeach, Congressmen Doug Collins. Congressman, welcome back. REP. DOUG COLLINS (R-GA), JUDICIARY RANKING MEMBER: Brian, it's always good to be with you. KILMEADE: Hey, Congressmen, what was your reaction to the Speaker telling "The Washington Post" she is not perusing impeachment? COLLINS: Although it wasn't the flags in the covers (ph), you've got a great meeting for members. It was just said - what (inaudible) said about the members who were elected in Trump district. We have a lot of people out there who realize this has been just a farce going after this President for two years, even four years sworn in on this impeachment eal, but now she's got a large part of her caucus who have said that we need to impeach no matter what and you're exactly right. They're going to push her, but she tried to get some push back. What was funny is that they were watching her caucus run to the camera, say oh no, we're still going to impeach we're still going to impeach. Again, she tried a political move. It's when you have no policy, you go to bad politics and that's what she's up to right now. KILMEADE: Well I mean she's lost control. It went from look at the strength of the Speaker to where is the Speaker? Evidentially she left a meeting of her own caucus in anger because no one would listen to her. COLLINS: It is pretty amazing. I mean I asked the question a couple weeks ago. I didn't realize that AOC had become the co-speaker, but that's exactly what seems to have happened here and the protection of Ms. Omar and Tlaib and the group that they seem to be driving the ship here. I found it really funny when Steny Hoyer actually had the - he's the majority leader - actually said he had to tell reporters, we have 60 something new members, we're not just putting new members. And I thought - I said we'll that's nice except three new members are laying out your entire agenda. They're running the show and you're having to react to it. KILMEADE: So a couple of things going on now. Now it's not really exactly your area but you certainly have an opinion. The Southern District in New York let it be known that they want to see the bid that President Trump put under when he was a businessman to buy the Buffalo Bills. They want to see if he lied about insurance claims of when a hurricane hit Mar-a-Lago. They want to know about the Trump organizations and Deutsche Bank. They also want to know about the Trump Foundation. What's going on here? What does this have to do with being President? COLLINS: Well it's just an attack on the President. They're going to try everything that they can. I mean look, we had a convicted liar here two weeks ago with - in front of a committee and by the way, he needed an attorney with him. He didn't need a production agent and Lanny Davis, in my mind, has failed that clearly because it does appear and even Democrats are agreeing he lied again to Congress. So if he just wants more time in jail then that's probably what he's going to get. So all of this just goes back around to an attack on this Mr. President, an attack on what's going on, and again, simply I've determined this. I thought for a while it might not, but when you have a Democratic agenda that is bankrupt - when it is completely socialist when you've let it be hijacked by the fringes of your party you have nothing else to do then you're going to try and attack the one that they're been attacking since November 26th and we're seeing that. You're seeing it through the court system. You're seeing it through people coming out. Look, if Ms. Pelosi was true about not wanting to do impeachment, she would have said to Jerry Nadler, Jerry don't send 81 letters on a fishing expedition, she would have said we're done with this, we're going to go back governing. They have no intent on going. KILMEADE: Well, it's kind of sad because there's so much to do especially when it comes to what's happening at the border. When you talk to people Congressman Collins offline they know it's a humanitarian crisis and just statistically they know that there's some bad actors who have woven into these families that are crossing the border. Does anything change from when the President first demanded the wall to the numbers that are released by the border patrol about how overwhelming it's been? COLLINS: The pressure on the democrats who actually are not willing to just buy the line, hook, line and sinker, that the border is OK and that ICE agents are terrible people and border patrol agents are the actual criminals here. But the part of their party that actually understand that we do have crisis down there, for those who do understand we need border protection. You know, this is - the more and more they see they don't know how to answer it. And we've told them the problem that we need, not only the wall that needs to be built and the security that needs to be built up but we have a perverse incentive for people to come across. And they've found in three ways and everybody needs to be talking about this, the border's decision which violates, even President Obama tried to over turn, this is where you have - you can't keep (inaudible) longer than 20 days. You have an asylum problem and you have a victims problem, every victim that has a problem where parents are actually paying coyotes to bring their kids across because once they get to the border the government, the federal government, is actually completing the transaction because if the parent is here, even illegally, they get the child. So when we look at it, if those are three policy errors and the President was talking about this, those are things we can look at but democrats are squirming because they realize that the American people are getting this and their trying to figure out what to do about it. KILMEADE: I just wish we would take action and understand that even if the President prevails in this or doesn't no one's going to remember by 2020 because I do think you have an obligation for the men and women at the border to give them the tools necessary to stop the flow, including a barrier. And if they want certain areas when it comes to vaulting up the ports of entry, go do it, there's a deal to be had. But Congressman I want to go back for a second and just ask you Elijah Cummings, I watched while you questioned but your committee came out and questioned Michael Cohen. And Elijah Cummings said, I told you if you lie to me I will nail you to the cross. He lied about wanting a job at the White House, not a big consequence but it wasn't the truth and he lied about asking for a pardon, not a huge consequence but it wasn't the truth, is there pressure on Cummings will you ask him to bring charges, additional charges, against Cohen? COLLINS: Yes, Jim Jordan and (Mark Meadows) and the folks at OGR committee are doing that, in fact I saw an interview just the other day with Katie Hill and some of the others who are democratic members who are reminding Mr. Cummins of the same thing. So, he's under pressure to bring these forward and I think you're going to see that more and more. Let me go back to one thing as you said on the border issue and I agree with you completely and that's what we've been fighting for. I would just say, I normally don't talk about my brother across the aisle but I will say this, when the resolution comes up with disapproval in the Senate, I think republicans need to take a long hard look before they vote against the President on this because they know what the situation is, they know the crisis and to take a cheap political vote because this is legal. He can do what he is doing, I've been a voice on this from day one on the House side, there is nothing illegal, in fact if you want to change this policy, democrats don't like it or republicans don't like it, change the law. Don't go after a President who is actually following what the law actually says, this President is doing that and I would encourage all the Senators over there to think long and hard before you vote to disapprove of this money because the President is actually doing something and I think we need to support that as we go forward. KILMEADE: And by the way, John Demers often is critical of the President but he's a former deputy assistant attorney general under President Bush, here's what he said last night, cut 36. (BEGIN AUDIO CLIP) JOHN DEMERS: I think what they want is a different kind of law to apply to President Trump than has been applied to all previous Presidents because what they are doing is trying to claim that a statute, not a constitutional power. President Trump is exercising a power under a statute to declare an emergency and then to transfer money to military construction projects to the wall. Congress gave that power to the President and Congress can always take it back. But what Congress really shouldn't be doing is second guessing a President's decision that the national emergency is there in the first place. (END AUDIO CLIP) KILMEADE: And he's not just doing generic bulk - building up of the military which was the campaign promise. He's dealing with a crisis. COLLINS: I couldn't agree more with that announcement, we've be saying that for two months and I'm glad to hear that announcement because that is the truth. What we get into Brian, up here, so many time is Congress wants gripe, moan, complain, go on media, talk about everything, when actuality is we change the laws. And I think this is the issue I have, instead of talking about stuff if you really want to do something then engage in hard core of legislating. If you want to fix the border and you think the technology and you think that laws (inaudible), then let's get together and let's take an accurate review. There's a deal to be had here and the President is the one who is open to the deal. KILMEADE: Yes... COLLINS: We've got to be able to get democrats to understand that. KILMEADE: I'd go see - you've got to get republicans to understand that, Lamar Alexander, Rand Paul, they're out, Collins, Murkowski, they're out. So, Marco Rubio is out on this, you know, it's just Jeff Flake, I hate the President, Jeff Flake just hates the President but these guys don't hate the President. They say constitutionally they're worried about the precedent, do you worry about the precedent? COLLINS: No, that (inaudible), you see things that now republicans are like - yes the republicans are using the precedent line that Ms. Pelosi started and that's just - this is false. You look at title (inaudible), almost is 2808 which is where the section fellows from the statute, it doesn't allow for a gun emergency, it doesn't allow for (inaudible) emergency, it doesn't allow that. It's very specific here and I think that's the part - and I'm sort of tired of the grand standing, I'm sort of tired of the fact that you want, some of these folks have wanted from a more open border perspective, not dealing with the issues down there. And when we deal with those things that I brought to you earlier, and I talk about flores, I'm tired of democrats basically demo docking this issue because President Obama's administration sued to overturn the flores decision. This is not a republican issue this only (inaudible) in this sense became a reporter, became a partisan issue when President Trump was elected. This became - remember just a few years ago President Obama said there's a crisis on the border with unaccompanied minors coming across and what did we do? We procrastinated(ph) money for it, we put it down there, no body denied that, now the same things happening and I agree with what was said just recently, when you have that issue of different laws for President Trump, that's exactly what they want. KILMEADE: All right, so Congressman you're fired up today, I got to get you to something else you did. You decided on your own, I believe, to release the transcript of Bruce Ohr's testimony behind closed doors. Why did you do it? What did it reveal? COLLINS: What it revealed - well we decided to do it because I estimated it to making sure that an investigation started in the previous Congress was never forgotten. Our democratic friends want to talk about all of these presumed things and everything with Mueller and saying away and they're going on few sectors, well let's actually go back to what we're saying is an actual problem. Where you have the corrupt trial and obstruct page in McCabe, all going back to earlier, to before the President was the President and going forward. So, what we said was we're going to start releasing these and by the way for your listeners and for you as well, in about 40 minutes I'd happen to watch (inaudible) on Twitter you're going to see something else being released today. KILMEADE: Whoa, what are you, whoa, whoa, what are you going to release? COLLINS: Get ready, I'll let you know then, we're going to release another transcript at five this morning in about 40 minutes, so it'll be another issue with one of the ones that we've just been talking about, but it's also (ph) to the fact. And the reason we released the Bruce Ohr transcript was the fact that it actually showed Adam Schiff, who has become completely comprised as chairman of the Intelligence Committee and needs to recues himself from this. You know when he put out his answer to (inaudible) report on Intel he made comments about Bruce Ohr didn't talk to these folks until after the Election. We know that to be false by Bruce Ohr's own testimony that it was earlier in the summer. It was showed that as we look ahead, Glen Simpson actually lied as well about the time... KILMEADE: And you know what, just so people who aren't as read in as you and I are and you more then everybody because you're in the middle of it. Bruce Ohr is - what the significance of that is he said that he met with Glen Simpson in the summer. Simpson said he didn't met with him until after the election. Why does that matter? COLLINS: It matters because of the time frame and when you go back and you look at when the investigation started. You deal (ph) with the Russia investigation. Remember also Bruce Ohr is the conduit with Christopher Steele for the information on the dossier, which has been - Comey said (inaudible). Per (ph) Ohr's credit he told them that. He said, we're not sure about some of that. That goes to show that they were hell bent, basically on going forward in a path against the (inaudible) Canada Trump and then onto President Trump, but what we're trying to show is when we were made fun of for going after this for over two years after these interviews from going back to the (inaudible) e-mail in the investigation report (ph) has not been forgotten. We're going to make sure of that. And also from the side that the new Attorney General Bill Barr said in his confirmation that he was willing to look at this o the (inaudible) issue and others that Lindsey Graham had asked him about. We're just simply saying we agree with you, Attorney General here's what we've been finding. We're all for you moving forward and finding out the (inaudible) everybody needs to be able to trust the DOJ, not just Democrats or Republicans. Everybody needs to have a blind eye of justice when it comes to the working of that department. KILMEADE: And you (inaudible) impacting information up against the break, but Bruce Ohr whose wife worked for Simpson... COLLINS: Nellie. KILMEADE: ... Nellie - worked for a GPS run by Glen Simpson who hired Steele to go find out what the President was doing with Russia to secondary sources they tell Steele information who funnels it back to the FBI and they claim they weren't looking until after the election. We found out they were actually looking at it in the summer and everybody including Bruce Ohr knew it was unverified because Steele didn't even know it was verified and it turns out not to be true and even Michael Cohen backed it up last week. I hope I didn't lose everyone but Congressmen we need another (ph) hour and within 40 minutes we're going to get more information. We'll check your Twitter feed, Congressmen Doug Collins. Thanks so much. COLLINS: Yes. Appreciate it, take care. Bye.
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    New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    • New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better-known than most of the highest-ranking lawmakers and most powerful cabinet secretaries in Washington, according to a new INSIDER poll. 
    • After just over two months in office, Ocasio-Cortez is more than 15 times as well-known as the longest-serving congressional Republican, Rep. Don Young. 
    • Among top lawmakers in Washington polled by INSIDER, just three — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — are more well-known than Ocasio-Cortez. 

    New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better-known than some of the highest-ranking lawmakers and most powerful cabinet secretaries in Washington, according to a new INSIDER poll conducted on SurveyMonkey audience this past weekend.

    Nearly 53% of Americans said they're familiar with the 29-year-old democratic socialist — more than twice the number who are familiar with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the top-ranking House Republican. 

    After just over two months in office, Ocasio-Cortez is also more than twice as well-known as Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat in Congress, and more than 15 times as well-known as the longest-serving Republican in Congress, Alaska Rep. Don Young. 

    Meanwhile, the Bronx native is better known than four of the most powerful cabinet secretaries. 

    About 47% of Americans are familiar with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, about 26% are aware of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, about 10% are familiar with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, and just under 5% are familiar with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. Overall, those four individuals oversee some of the largest bureaucracies in the US government. 

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    Of the people included on the survey, just three top lawmakers in Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer  — are better known than Ocasio-Cortez.

    Pelosi is best known — around three-quarters of Americans are familiar with her, while about 58% know who McConnell is and 56% are familiar with Schumer.

    13% of Americans said they did not recognize any of the names on INSIDER's list.

    Ocasio-Cortez became an overnight celebrity when she stunned the political world last June by beating veteran Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary. The millennial political newcomer continued to build her fame with her active social media presence. Her Twitter following has ballooned from 60,000 on the day of her June 26 primary to 3.5 million by early March.

    A mural depicting the face of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is displayed on a wall in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in February 2019.

    The freshman lawmaker's name recognition is likely also a result of the outsize attention she's received from the media. In particular, Ocasio-Cortez has quickly caught up to Pelosi as one of the main subjects of articles from conservative media outlets, including Fox News and the Daily Caller. 

    Other polling this year found similar results concerning Ocasio-Cortez's name recognition. 

    An early February CNN poll found that nearly 60% of Americans had an opinion about Ocasio-Cortez — 27% viewed her positively while 32% viewed her negatively.

    And a January Morning Consult/Politico survey found that Ocasio-Cortez was better known than several likely 2020 presidential candidates, including Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke. The poll found that conservatives formed opinions about Ocasio-Cortez more quickly than Democrats and independents did. 

    In order to get a sense of Ocasio-Cortez's relative popularity, INSIDER asked Americans whether they had heard of a handful of high-ranking politicians and cabinet members. The list included the House and Senate leaderships for both parties, the longest-serving member in each chamber, and four of President Donald Trump's cabinet members who oversee large parts of the federal bureaucracy.

    For comparison, we also included Rep. Jim Jordan, an outspoken Republican who helps lead the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and recently drew headlines during former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's hearing. 15% of those surveyed said they were familiar with Jordan.

    SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,082 respondents collected March 10, 2019, a margin of error plus or minus 3.12 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

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    Andrew Yang

    • Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
    • He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
    • Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

    Andrew Yang is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president on a platform built on giving every American a universal basic income — which he called a "freedom dividend" — of $1,000 a month. His website outlines an unusually robust and specific set of policies on everything from healthcare to marijuana legalization to paying NCAA athletes.

    Yang, 44, is an entrepreneur most notable for founding Venture for America, a fellowship program that matches recent college graduates with startups across the country. He's also the author of "The War on Normal People: The Truth about America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future."

    Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

    Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. You can watch a portion of it on "Business Insider Today."

    Anthony Fisher: There's a number of high-profile Democratic candidates who are getting immediate, widespread media attention. How do you plan to compete with them?

    Andrew Yang: The truth is most Americans are not paying any attention to the 2020 election right now. If they see anything, they just see a graphic with a whole crowd of faces on the TV screen. So people are going to start tuning in in earnest when the debates start, and I'm going to be there. And the great thing is this campaign's growing organically all the time, and we're going to peak when it's most important.

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    Fisher: How do you plan on getting on the debate stage?

    Yang: The Democratic National Committee has already announced that criteria to make the debate stage. We're going to meet both of them, and you only need to meet one.

    The first criteria is polling at 1% either nationally or in the early states, and we're already polling at 1% nationally, according to Monmouth. And the second criteria is getting 65,000 individual contributors by May 15. We're at about 46,000. We're getting another 1,500 a day and should be past the 65,000-donor threshold in about a month.

    So I'm going to be on the debate stage in June and July.

    Andrew Yang 2020

    Fisher: What's the one issue that you'd like to be known for?

    Yang: We're in the midst of automating away the most common jobs in our economy. And the reason why Donald Trump's our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states. And we're about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call-center jobs, fast-food jobs, truck-driving jobs, and on and on.

    So my signature policy proposal's that every American should receive $1,000 a month in a freedom dividend to be able to make adjustments for the future and manage this transition.

    Fisher: So that's universal basic income. Why do you think that would be better than, say, a jobs guarantee?

    Yang: Well, a universal basic income is much, much easier to administer and much more powerful and effective to getting resources into people's hands.

    Let's say tomorrow the federal government said, "We're going to administer a jobs guarantee." Does that mean millions of Americans will wake up and say, "Oh, I know where I'm going: I'm going to go to that job." Of course not. You'd have to set up this massive bureaucracy and infrastructure. What are the jobs? What if someone doesn't like their job? What if someone's not working out? Is this really the way we want Americans to have to be able to feed themselves?

    So if you're going to make a move and you're going to make it actually work on a reasonable timeframe, a universal basic income is a much more powerful and effective way to go.

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    Fisher: You've proposed several initiatives built around massive cash infusions for journalism, especially local journalism. Can you talk a little bit about that?

    Yang: Over 1,200 local newspapers have gone out of business in the past number of years because they relied upon classified ads that now no longer exist in the age of Craigslist. So the local papers die and then democracy does not function as well, because if you have no idea what's happening in your town, how can you vote? Studies have shown that in those situations voters tend to go more towards extremes, and democracy suffers. So if you believe in democracy, then you have to believe in local journalism.

    Local journalism does not have any market support right now. We as a country should come together and say, "We need to find a new business model" — let's say a public-private partnership that's operating in conjunction with local organizations, perhaps the local library, perhaps some of the local businesses or the municipal government.

    If we think journalism is important — if we think democracy's important — we should come up with a new sustainable runway for these newspapers.

    Fisher: You've also proposed the creation of a Federal Communications Commission ombudsman that would punish news outlets for running "fake news." Can you talk a little bit about that?

    Yang: If you look at the threats to our democracy, one of them is rampant misinformation.

    It's one thing to make a mistake — we all make mistakes — but it's another thing to purposely try and misinform a segment of the American public to undermine our democracy. And right now, foreign actors are doing that. We know that the Russians have tens of thousands of bots that are just spreading various rumors.

    We can't just throw up our hands and say, "Well, I guess that's just the way it's going to be." You need to have some sort of penalty for purposely spreading false information. The British already do this: They already have an ombudsman who comes and says, "This stuff was untrue, and you knew it was untrue," and then there's some sort of penalty associated with that.

    Fisher: The FCC inherently has a political tilt. It has five commissioners, and whichever party the president is in, three will be from that party. What would you say to someone concerned about the idea of an FCC ombudsman being subject to political interests and biases?

    Yang: You have to gauge various risk-reward scenarios. What's the greater risk at this point: that we just aren't sure what's true, or that there's going to be some government agency that somehow becomes overly politicized to a point where it somehow washes out all objective journalism? I suggest the first one is a much more real concern right now. And at this point with the internet, it'd be very, very hard for any government agency to do more than just nibble at the edges of a particular set of political viewpoints.

    Fisher: Even under a Trump administration which regularly disparages legitimate news outlets as fake news? If Trump had an ombudsman available to him, would there be the possibility of abusing that authority?

    Yang: I struggle to see it. Let's say that this ombudsman then went and said, "Hey, New York Times, you reported on this," and The New York Times was like, "It's actually true." It's not that there's no process involved — as long as you can present the facts and say, "Our reporting is objective," then it's not like you're just going to be arbitrarily punished. As you said, it's not perfect.

    Fisher: There was a BuzzFeed News story earlier this year that seemed to implicate the president in impeachable crimes. Then Robert Mueller's office took the extraordinary step of saying the story is not accurate. If Trump had the power to say that is fake news, again, could an FCC ombudsman for fake news be something that could be abused by a bad actor in office?

    Yang: I think that the potential for that sort of abuse is much lower than people imagine. This is not an age where there are three or four TV networks — at this point, there are tens of thousands of news outlets, and it would be virtually impossible for the government to meaningfully suppress journalism.

    Fisher: You've proposed sunsetting old laws. Can you talk a little bit about why this issue is important to you?

    Yang: America's legal code is filled with laws that are written and then never go away. Some of these laws stopped making sense years ago, but there's just no mechanism to reexamine them and say, "Does this regulation still make sense? Does it still serve a useful public purpose?"

    So if laws are important, then they would be renewed. But if a law has outlived its usefulness, then there should be some kind of mechanism for us to examine it and say, "This law shouldn't be on the books anymore because it doesn't make any sense."

    Fisher: You're for "Medicare for All," but you've also described the ideal system as one that provides "holistic care." Can you explain what that is?

    Yang: We're in the worst of all situations, where we're spending twice as much as other countries on healthcare for the worst results.

    As a CEO and business owner, I know our healthcare system makes it harder to hire. It makes it harder to treat people as full-time employees, because you always want to just treat them as contractors. It makes it harder to start a business. It makes it harder for people to switch jobs.

    Right now it's this massive impediment on our economy, and it's immoral, the fact that if we get sick or injured we're more stressed out about trying to navigate the system than we are with getting well. We need to move to a single-payer system, particularly because right now 94% of new jobs are temporary gig or contract jobs — they don't have healthcare benefits. So tying healthcare to employment makes less and less sense.

    In terms of holistic medicine, there are different approaches to getting well. And it's not that there's any one discipline that has all the answers. So if someone wants to seek care from a practitioner or a discipline that may work for them, they should have the freedom to do so.

    Fisher: To touch on foreign policy: We still have a military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as a small presence in Syria. As president, how would you manage the military in these hotspots?

    Yang: I think we have to examine each of them, and if we have forces there, we ask, "What are they accomplishing? What is the timeframe? How does it improve upon our ability to achieve certain goals?" And then if you reach a conclusion that we are not actually going to further our goals, then you pull them out to the extent possible.

    In the big picture, the US has deluded itself into thinking it could get things done in various parts of the world that have ended up costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of civilian lives, sometimes to very unclear benefits. So one of my big ideas is going to try to be more restrained and judicious in our foreign policy.

    I think our foreign policy actually reflects how we're doing at home, and we're not doing well at home. If you look at our numbers domestically, our life expectancy is declining for the last three years because of a surge in suicides and drug overdoses — like, the depths of despair, mental-health crises. We're falling apart and disintegrating at home. And so our foreign policy ends up seeming unreliable and erratic to many of our long-standing allies, and those things are very much connected.

    To me, the way we become stronger abroad and have a more sustained foreign-policy agenda is if we're more strong and whole at home.

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    Fisher: Another foreign-policy hotspot that is becoming an issue for quite a few 2020 candidates is the crisis in Venezuela. As president, would you recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

    Yang: My goal as president would be to help assist the Venezuelan people in any way we can — any sort of humanitarian intervention that would help ease the suffering.

    I do not think it's the US's place to engage in regime change. Our track record on making decisions for other countries is very, very uneven at best. So certainly if there's anything we can do to support on a humanitarian level, I'd be eager to do it, but I don't think we should be choosing other nations' leaders.

    Fisher: To be clear, the National Assembly, which is basically the last legitimately democratically elected body in Venezuela, decided that Guaidó is the legitimate leader of the country. And the United States, along with about 50 other countries, have agreed to recognize him as such. As US president, would you recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

    Yang: Yes, I'd recognize him. I just wouldn't militarily intervene to depose Nicolás Maduro and insert him.

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    Fisher: Most Americans aren't familiar with you at this point. What do you want them to know about you as a person?

    Yang: I think the main thing is that I'm a parent. I'm running for office because I see what's happening to our country in terms of artificial intelligence's near-term impact on American workers, and I don't want to raise my kids in a country that is falling apart — I want to raise them in a country that I'm still excited about and proud of, that resembles the country I grew up in myself and the country my parents came here to form a better life for myself and my brother.

    The big theme of this era is that if we continue to see ourselves as inputs into a machine of capital efficiency, we're going to lose on an epic, historic, catastrophic scale to artificial intelligence, software, robots, and things that can do things much more cheaply and efficiently than any of us can. It's not that a radiologist was somehow bad at school; it's just that artificial intelligence can see shades of gray that human eyes cannot and can reference millions of films.

    So we're in a race right now that we cannot win, and our only path forward is to start reshaping our economy around us — make it so that the economy serves us instead of us being inputs into the machine.

    If we succeed in this, then we can give rise to a human-centered economy, a trickle-up economy, from people, families, and communities up. It would be an immense catalyst to entrepreneurship and arts and creativity and service and humanities and nurturing and everything else — if we were just to start valuing ourselves intrinsically and declare a dividend for all Americans of $1,000 a month.

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              Multiple incidents of plagiarism helped doom Joe Biden's first presidential run in 1988      Cache   Translate Page      

    Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), right, walks with his wife Jill after announcing his candidacy for president, Tuesday, June 9, 1987, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    • Former Vice President Joe Biden mounted an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1988.
    • When incidents of plagiarism in campaign speeches and during his time in law school came to light, his campaign was soon suspended.
    • "My intent was not to deceive anyone,'' Biden wrote at the time. ''For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.''
    • Biden is mulling another run at president in 2020, of which an announcement could come this month.

    Before Joe Biden was vice president during the Barack Obama administration, and before he bowed out of the 2008 presidential race, the longtime senator from Delaware unsuccessfully ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

    Incidents of plagiarism both on the campaign trail and during his time at the Syracuse University College of Law became some of the final issues that dogged Biden before he ultimately suspended his floundering campaign.

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    During his failed 1988 run, Biden lifted portions of a speech by United Kingdom Labour MP and Margaret Thatcher challenger Neil Kinnock.

    New York Times reporter Maureen Dowd reported on the fiasco in September 1987.

    During an event at the Iowa State Fair, Biden mimicked entire portions of Kinnock's speech from earlier in the year. At one moment, Biden repeated the line that he was the first "in a thousand generations" to graduate from college, gesturing to his wife in the exact same way Kinnock did, while also saying the same line about her education and lineage.

    Biden would later acknowledge that he in fact did have relatives who attended college, directly contrasting the Kinnock lines. 

    As Dowd reported, Biden's staffers were defensive about the allegations of blatant plagiarism. Nevertheless, Biden dropped out of the race by the end of the month. 

    According to another 1987 article in The Times, Biden acknowledged plagiarizing a law review journal for a paper during law school, and asked school administrators not to be expelled. But Biden also said he made a mistake in the citation process.

    "My intent was not to deceive anyone,'' Biden wrote at the time. ''For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.''

    The scandal erupted at the same time Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was overseeing the infamously partisan confirmation process of the failed-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

    Biden's plagiarism became a hot campaign issue which his 1988 Democratic rival, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, used in a video attack ad that was passed around to several media outlets, according to a Washington Post article in 1987.

    At the time, Biden dismissed the distribution of the video by other campaigns as dirty politics.

    "Look, I'm a big boy,'' he said. ''I've been in politics for 15 years. This is not my style. If they want to do it this way, so be it."

    Dukakis — who would go on to win the nomination but lose the general election to the late-President George HW Bush — ultimately fired his political director Paul Tully and campaign manager John Sasso over the ad.

    In a telling moment demonstrating how much more collegial primary battles were just three decades ago, Dukakis even held a news conference where he apologized to Biden, "his family and his friends for what happened and for the involvement of my campaign in this whole situation," The Times reported in 1987.

    Biden reiterated that he was wrong, but did not deliberately intend to plagiarize while in law school.

    "I was wrong, but I was not malevolent in any way,'' he said. ''I did not intentionally move to mislead anybody. And I didn't. To this day I didn't."

    ''When I was at Syracuse,'' Biden added, ''I was married, I was in law school, I wore sports coats. You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am. I'm not big on flak jackets and tie-dyed shirts. You know, that's not me.''

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              Dear Jewish-American Leftists: It’s Time For a Talk      Cache   Translate Page      

    From one Jew to another. From one parent/grandparent to another. From one who utters “Never Again!” to another. From one witnessing the vile anti-Semitic floats in Belgian parades to another. From one in horror watching the U.K. descend into 100 monthly anti-Semitic incidents to another. And from one seeing, in disbelief, the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. to another. We may not agree on much else, but this outrage we have in common.

    You are the resounding 72-74% majority of the 5.4 Million American Jewry who have backed the Democratic Party since the sun has risen in the East. We get it; you’re for minority rights because you will forever identify as a minority. You’re forever for JFK , even though his brand of liberalism is long gone and has actually morphed into modern conservatism. You’re forever for FDR, even though it was the Republican Ronald Reagan who delivered approximately 3,000,000 Soviet Jews from bondage of Anti-Semitic leftist oppression.

    The Democratic Party of the 1950s was the party of the underdog, and you’re forever the underdog, in your mind, in your memory and by virtue of our tiny demographic. Your parents and grandparents have been married to the Democratic party since before you were born, and you can’t let go of what has been engrained in you with mother’s milk. Understandable.

    Today is 2019, not the 1950s. And after the devastating failure of your Party to stand with you (as Jews) unequivocally against the rabid Nazi-era anti-Semitism of Democratic Congresswoman Omar, you stand in the final hour of a critical decision, depleted of all excuses for your political loyalty. And you know it.

    We’re in the Situation Room of the 11th hour. Let’s connect all the dots together.

    First, your history:

    • At the UN, your favorite President Barack Obama, famously called for Israel to return to 1967 Borders. You said nothing and continued to exalt his virtue. 
    • The same man orchestrated UN’s resolution #2334, de facto proclaiming most of Israel illegitimate in Jewish hands. You said nothing and continued to exalt his virtue. 
    • On his way out of office, the same Democratic POTUS released a whopping $150 Billion to the mullahs of Iran who have a single clearly stated goal; washing Israel out to sea with their nukes. You said nothing and continued to sing the 44th praises. 
    • You watched as Obama whispered to French President Sarkozy “…You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day.”, mocking PM Benjamin Netenyahu of Israel. You said nothing and continued to applaud Obama. 
    • You watched the spiraling souring of America-Israel relations under Obama’s leadership. You said nothing and continued the love affair with Obama. 
    • You knew of Obama’s $350,000 interference in Israel’s national election to subvert the democratic process. You looked the other way and said nothing. 
    • You never once heard the word “Jihad” leave Obama’s lips when describing Islamic terror attacks against Jews in France. You said nothing and continued to praise him in your liberal synagogues.

    …Because Obama is your guy. Because he had the visible color of the underdog. Because the Democratic party is the perceived home of your ancestors.

    Those ancestors are dead, but here is your record:

    • President Donald Trump, by virtue of the American Embassy move, underscores Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. You instantly end your supine silence and find your voice in loud opposition to the most logical, lawful, courageous and Israel-loving politic. With trembling knees, you proclaim “he’s angering the Arabs” in your posturing speeches on Shul Bimahs, in schools, social media and in endless editorials. When WW3 failed to occur, you retreat back to your silence, having sufficiently defamed the President. 
    • President Trump reaffirms a record-setting annual budget of $4 Billion to Israel, including a $200M increase in 2019, for the next 10 years for a total of $40 Billion. What do you do? You bash the President in choir with CNN. 
    • President Trump defunds Israel-denying UNRWA. You continue to bash the President.
    • President Trump defunds murderous Mahmoud Abbas to the tune of $250 Million per year. You continue to bash the President. 
    • You watch Trump’s appointee Nikki Haley staunchly defend Israel at the UN, time and time again. Speaking against UN’s anti-Israel biases & infinite resolutions of condemnation, like no one has ever before, Trump’s envoy to the UN stuns the world with her courage. Yet you continue to bash the President. 
    • President Trump stands alone against feckless Europe in ending the disastrous Obama era of Nuclear Appeasement with Iran, undoing the damage done by the your favorite ex-President. Ignoring this courageous unpopular move and Iran’s devotion to the annihilation of the Jewish people as its number one cause, you continue to bash the President. 
    • In every State of the Union and UN address, you hear President Trump exalt Israel, condemn the Holocaust, and explicitdly exclaim the non-negotiated American support for Israel under his administration. Backed not by his words, but by his deeds! ….You? You continue to bash the President. 
    Holocaust Survivors and American religious Jewry unreservedly embrace the President with warm support and voter presence. Speaking at Trump’s commemorations of Jewish events & important dates, celebrating Hannukah with singing and candle lighting by Trump grandchildren and children, in full view to the world from the White House. First occurrences ever in history! And you? You continue to bash the President. 
    • You know of Trump Family long-standing personal financial support for Israel, Fred Trump’s designation of NY buildings for subsidization of Post-Holocaust Jews, complete with a funded synagogue inside. But you continue to bash the President. 
    • In August of 2015, Donald Trump's own private jet carried a critically ill 3-year-old Jewish boy from California to New York for medical treatment, when commercial airline refused to fly him. You? You continue to bash the President. 
    • You’ve even watched the First Daughter, The First observantly Jewish Daughter of the Oval Office (another first in history!) pray at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, along with her father, the grandfather of this, de facto, First Jewish Family that every Friday night observes Shabbat. Amazingly, you continue to bash the President to the sound of the CNN drum. 
    • You, the liberal Jews of America, continue to bash the man who has never once said, let alone done, anything remotely anti-Semitic. You go as far as partaking in discussions and events that compare Trump to Hitler and the KKK. You sign petitions and you echo the cherry-picked sound-bytes of MSNBC’s three-year smear campaign.

    How you vote and what you do:

    • You vote for the party of Louis Farrakhan, who only months ago called you “termites”! 
    • You vote for the party whose elected politicians announce that you have duel loyalty, the oldest most vilifying anti-Semitic charge of genocidal racism.
    • You vote for the party that can’t remove a repeatedly outspoken rabid anti-Semite from membership in the Foreign Affairs Committee, which sets policy with Israel and its friendly neighbors. 
    • You vote for the party that dilutes and shoves its unhinged pre-Holocaust brand of anti-Semitism under the table, unable to pass a simple resolution against their hate of YOU. 
    • While chanting anti-Trump slogans, you march with anti-Israel activitist Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, women who rub shoulders with Farakkhan & Al Sharpton, men who proclaim your children to be “Satanic Jews”. 
    • You vote for the party of Bernie Sanders, the man who defends Omar’s anti-Semitism and Palestinian militancy against Israel’s citizens. The same Socialist Sanders who once falsely accused Israel of a 10,000 dead-Palestinians genocide. The same Sanders who thinks your children “standing in queues for food is a good idea”. 
    • Astonishingly, you lend your vote to the party of BDS advocacy against Israel...!
    • You stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who praises Jeremy Corbyn, accuses Israel of occupation, and now stands in official support of Congresswoman Omar. 
    • You even vote for the party whose elected officials tell you (the Jews) that you and your ilk have “hypnotized the world”...! 
    • You vote with the party whose elected official may be in violation of a federal statute for fundraising for two Muslim Brotherhood charities and its affiliates. Same officials who participate as keynote speakers at events for the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups IRUSA and CAIR. 
    • You vote for the party whose loyal College Campus Academia ubiquitously advances anti-Israel positions & Israel Apartheid weeks, and writes endless editorial pages against Israel’s “aggression”. The piously liberal Academia that prevents Israeli speakers from speaking on campuses. The Academia that poisonously convinced your children that bashing Israel does not amount to anti-Semitism. 
    • You vote for the party that morally equates Israel to terror groups and Islamic countries of horrendous human rights abuses. 
    • You vote for the party whose right arm, the media, exalts the Palestinian cause vis-à-vis Hamas terror on Israeli borders and streets. 
    • You vote “democrat” alongside anti-Israel groups like Jewish Voices for Peace, J-Street and George Soros. 
    • You vote for the party, whose members tried to shamelessly tie the Pittsburgh murders to President Trump and even tried to prevent him from visiting the aftermath. 
    • You voted for Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential for 2016, who by her own admission, was mentored by KKK member Senator Byrd. Photographed and videoed kissing the man while he was alive and proudly eulogizing him at his funeral. 
    • You vote for the party that gave us the KKK, David Duke and white supremacy. All the while, relentlessly brainwashing the public to tie this Democrat evil to the Republicans. 
    • You vote for the party that continues to ridicule and defame President Trump in order to keep the hate in you alive. 
    • You vote for the party that unanimously voted against Lincoln’s abolishment of slavery, championed by the Republicans. 
    • You vote for the party that stood against the 1964 Act for Civil Rights aimed to benefit American blacks. 
    • You vote against the party (GOP) who elected first ever African American Senators. 
    • You vote against the Republican Party that just championed and passed the anti-BDS measure with notable Democrats in dissent.

    Going back to its Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow days, the beloved Democrat Party of your ancestors has always been a hotbed of antisemitism — a party that has, for decades, tolerated and feted Louis Farrakhan while embracing Rev. Al Sharpton. A Party that is now in the firm grip of Congresswomen Tlaib, Omar and AOC. A party that is breaking free from the hiding of its genetic antisemitism.

    So it isn’t the disenfranchised, marginalized-by-all 10,000 white supremacists (your party’s own embryo) you should be worried about. It’s the sweeping reach of the politically “correct” anti-Semitic Democratic Party into our collective psyche, our culture, our schools, our social norms, and our public opinion you should be disturbed about. Millions of malleable minds ingesting normalized anti-Semitism is a far greater threat to your children’s future than a one-time march of a unanimously hated group of thugs.

    Your Party has failed you. It failed everyone it pretends to champion with its empty but loud rhetoric: the middle class, the minorities and the poor. It has conditioned you to see yourself not as proud Jews, but as underdogs only, indoctrinated to believe in the Democratic Party’s deliverance, irrespective of its dismal track record. Like you, this is the brainwash much of Soviet Jewish citizenry under the Proletariat of the old Soviet Union bought into, only a few decades earlier.

    “Divisive” is not the work of the most Jewish President U.S. of A. has ever elected, but the push of Democratic Party’s agenda that thrives on three wings of hate: “Blame it on the Evangelicals”, “Blame it on the Russians” and “Blame it on Trump”. The party which now officially and proudly adds the 4th wing of hate to their platform, the one that you can’t run from or double-talk against; “Blame it on the Jews”.

    Your visceral hate has been meticulously cultivated by the daily brainwash of the Democratic Party’s liberal media. In 2016, the Democratic Party received a total donation of $1,020,816, given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks (NBC, CBS, ABC), while the Republican Party received only $142,863 via 193 donations from employees of these same organizations. And that's before we mention CNN and its boss who is toying with the idea of running for Democratic leadership. Are we tying the dots yet?

    You stand with the party that has exhumed every hatred & division across racial & identity lines known to man. All to secure your loyalty and obedience as the perpetual underdog.

    Today, in March 2019, you stand with the party that’s incapable of taking the smallest symbolic stand against anti-Semitism, let alone eradicate it from its ranks.

    You stand with the party that stands against you.

    You stand with the party that continues to elect Islamic and anti-Semitic politicians who propagate anti-Semitism proudly, even though your voter ballots are too few to matter to them in any election.

    Yet, you stand against the party who takes up your cause and shows unequivocal support for Israel, and whose President wakes up to daily abuse for his pro-Israel, pro-Jewish stance, all despite your hate of him and your utterly insignificant voter power.

    You’ve been duped. But believing a lie is easier than admitting you’ve been lied to. There’s no longer any ambiguity or defensibility of the Democratic Party and we all know it. They have sold you out, because your numbers are insignificant in the voting booth. And because another minority they can’t upset provides them with a much bigger voting block. You have a choice to continue on this path of self-desecration, dragging the rest of us to 1930s Germany with you, or you can walk away now, before the next election.

    Your other option, to comfortably retreat right back into the lazy boy of your trembling Jewish knees and once again vote Democrat in 2020, still remains. Telling yourself the same old lie “Everyone is anti-Semitic. Why change?”

    Just remember this; When you’re no longer at the dinner table, you’re on the menu. And you’re certainly no longer at the dinner table with the Democratic Party, Islam is.

    What legacy are you leaving your grandchildren? The legacy of the new but all-too-familiar German Jews with heads in the sand? Or the legacy of the 21st Century American Maccabees? Your clock is running out.

    As the majority block of the collective American Jewish vote, you have the power to determine how history and all our children judge us. Make the right choice.

              Half the 2020 Female Democrat Candidates Covered Up Sexual Harassment      Cache   Translate Page      

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism

    It’s no secret that the top ranks of the Democrat 2020 field have a #MeToo problem.

    Joe Biden is a walking #MeToo outrage. And one of his presidential campaign leftovers was recently dumped by Schumer’s office for “inappropriate encounters”. Bernie Sanders once wrote, "A woman enjoys intercourse with her man as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously." His campaign was a swamp of sexism, sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by staffers and political allies.

    And Beto O’Rourke’s former political outreach director has been accused of rape.

    That kind of behavior inspires Democrat activists to insist that we need more women running things. But the only woman that the Democrats picked for the White House had a career record of covering up the sexual harassment and possible sexual assaults that were being committed by her husband.

    The victim of Beto O’Rourke’s former director was fired by her boss, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. The rapist was working at the congresswoman’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Leadership Institute.

    Women are just as likely to cover for sexual harassment by a trusted male employee or aide.

    Or even more likely.

    Of the top 2020 candidates with a #MeToo scandal in their office, 2 out of 3 are female. Biden and Beto’s staffers disgraced their former bosses in #MeToo scandals after they had moved on.

    Half of the top rank of 2020 female candidates had a #MeToo scandal happen on their watch.

    That’s a worse statistical track record than even the male candidates.

    The only 2020 candidates that had #MeToo scandals in their offices are Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. While the sexual harassment scandals in the offices of the two female senators were no match for the sheer scale of the complaints in Bernie’s campaign, there was a pattern.

    Both Gillibrand and Harris had close male aides, Abbas Malik in Gillibrand’s office and Larry Wallace in Harris’ office, who maintained very close relationships with their female bosses while allegedly sexually harassing other women in the office. The relationships between Malik and Gillibrand, and Wallace and Harris, appeared to cross professional lines with both men maintaining a personal relationship.

    Malik was officially Gillibrand’s military adviser, but actually worked as her driver and gofer. In between the alleged incidents of inappropriate office behavior, Malik had the keys to Gillibrand’s house and was known in her circle as “the keeper of the purse”. Despite his lack of obvious qualifications, Malik may have come to Gillibrand’s attention while complaining that he couldn’t get hired as a security guard, he was on track for a promotion even though he was really working as Gillibrand’s driver.

    Wallace had also built a close relationship with Kamala Harris. He had spent fourteen years as her deputy chief when she was working as a DA. Somewhere along the way their relationship had deepened and when she won her senate race, Wallace became her senior advisor. The Sacramento Bee described Wallace as her “close friend” and “closest confidante”. Former employees called Kamala Harris and the alleged harasser “incredibly close”. Wallace managed the future senator’s security team resulting in the two of them spending a great deal of time together. His duties appeared to be light, traveling only five times on official business, while earning a $90,000 salary as her liaison to law enforcement.

    When Kamala Harris published her campaign bio, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, it contained a photo of Harris and Wallace, and praise for her longtime aide’s “leadership”.

    Wallace and Malik had backgrounds in law enforcement and the military, they were officially serving as advisers on these issues, but in practice were being kept around because they had an emotional connection to a senator, and possibly received positions and rewards based on that relationship.

    Underlying the dubious positions of Wallace and Malik were the dubious positions of Harris and Gillibrand. Kamala Harris had climbed the ladder through a relationship with Willie Brown. The former San Francisco mayor had appointed her to positions she was unqualified for and linked her up with his donor network. Brown had also gifted the much younger woman he was having an affair with a BMW.

    Kirsten Gillibrand’s appointment to a Senate seat remains one of the more baffling developments in New York politics. Obama had hoped to turn Hillary Clinton’s seat over to Caroline Kennedy. Instead Caroline had to settle for a disastrous ambassadorship in Japan while Gillibrand, a complete unknown representing a conservative area in upstate New York, joined the Senate. Gillibrand had previously only made it into the House because her Republican opponent had been accused of beating his wife.

    Gillibrand was selected for the seat by former Governor Paterson, a corrupt politician who would later be accused of witness tampering in a domestic abuse case involving his own staffer. Gillibrand’s grandmother had allegedly built power through an adulterous affair with Albany mayor Erastus Corning II. Her appointment to a prestigious office remains a mystery. The New York Times and other papers had inveighed against it at the time before agreeing to let it go and accept Gillibrand as a Senate member.

    Both Harris and Gillibrand got their start in politics through dubious means that potentially blurred the lines between the personal and the political. And once in the Senate, it appeared that the lines continued to blur within their own offices and inner circles. Both powerful women appeared to form personal relationships with their advisors while ignoring the allegations of sexual misconduct.

    Were Malik and Wallace able to get away with their alleged harassment because of their close relationships with female bosses who had built their brands around fighting sexual harassment?

    Who would believe that senators so dedicated to fighting for #MeToo had a #MeToo problem?

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, more than any other politician, had used the #MeToo movement as her platform. Senator Kamala Harris followed close behind her. The hypocrisy was stunning because Gillibrand’s staffer ended up trapped by a mediation requirement that her boss had publicly opposed. Harris’ staffer was silenced by a Non-Disclosure Agreement that her boss had publicly opposed in sexual harassment cases.

    The very reforms that Harris and Gillibrand were campaigning for were off-limits to their employees.

    Riding the coattails of the #MeToo movement, Gillibrand and Harris claimed that victims should be believed. Instead they chose not to believe the victims when they were accusing their aides.

    Malik and Wallace were only forced out when their cases went public. The feminist establishment that promised to protect women, instead did everything possible to protect their sexual harassers.

    At Variety’s Power of Women luncheon, Gillibrand had touted #MeToo and warned, “For too many institutions, their actions speak louder than words.”

    That proved to be true of Gillibrand, who talked endlessly about the evils of sexual harassment while turning a blind eye to it in her own office.

    Senator Gillibrand’s solution to sexual harassment was more women like her in the Senate.

    “Imagine the day when we have 51% of women in congress. We only have 22 in the U.S. Senate, only 18% in the House of Representatives,” Gillibrand had ranted. “Do you think this U.S. Senate would still be doing nothing to change the sexual harassment system.”

    And then Gillibrand demonstrated that having more women in the Senate would not prevent sexual harassment. No gender has a monopoly on misbehavior. Women may be less likely to sexually harass, but they are as likely, and 2020 statistics suggest perhaps even more likely, to turn a blind eye to it.

    Gender diversity doesn’t fix sexual harassment. Ethics and values do.

    Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris convinced women to vote for them by playing on the myth of sisterhood, telling other women that they could count on their support because they were women. But the women working for them quickly found out that the senators put their relationships with men first.

    Leftist feminism is built on the same lie of gender solidarity. Diversity insists that only women can be trusted to treat women fairly, and only black people can be trusted to treat other black people fairly. And Congress makes a mockery out of the myth of solidarity through diversity every other week.

    Decency has no gender and no race. Ethics has no identity. And diversity is no substitute for decency.

              Medicare Cuts      Cache   Translate Page      
    In Defying the Odds, we discuss the tax issue in the 2016 campaign.  The 2017 tax legislation is greatingly expand the deficit, which puts social security and Medicare at risk The update  -- just published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.

    Toluse Olorunnipa and Sean Sullivan at WP:
    A new proposal by President Trump to slash Medicare spending puts Republicans in a political bind ahead of the 2020 election as Democrats are pitching an expansion of the popular health-care program for all Americans.
    Trump’s 10-year budget unveiled Monday calls for more than $845 billion in reductions for Medicare, aiming to cut “waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal program that gives insurance to older Americans. It’s part of a broader proposed belt-tightening effort after deficits soared during the president’s first two years in office in part due to massive tax cuts for the wealthy.
    The move immediately tees up a potential messaging battle between Democratic proposals for Medicare-for-all — castigated by Republicans as a socialist boondoggle — and a kind of Medicare-for-less approach. focused on cutting back on spending, from the GOP.
    Democrats, including some seeking to challenge Trump in 2020, seized on the proposed Medicare cuts Monday as an example of the GOP seeking to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and the poor after giving broad tax breaks to the wealthy.
    “Make no mistake about it: Trump’s budget is a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in America,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a Monday tweet that highlighted Medicare cuts.
    During his 2016 campaign, Trump broke from Republican orthodoxy by promising not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. His budget, by contrast, calls for scaling back all three programs.

              3/13/2019: WORLD: Working America is where votes are      Cache   Translate Page      
    An absurd debate is taking place in the Democratic Party: to beat Donald Trump in 2020, do we motivate our base or do we try appealing to the Obama-Trump voters who won him the Rust Belt? To win a presidential election, you don’t choose between your...
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    Hello Donald, Thank you for your comment. Wow, you really touched a lot of bases in your comment. I'd like to explore them all with you, but with my health problems I'll only be able to cover a couple, at this time. I believed that too, at one time. But the more I researched it for my chronic pain problems the more I found there were many bogus "studies". At the opposite extreme our Government even produced bogus videos and studies to scare people into believing weed was much worse than it is, back in the 60s and 70s. We used to laugh at those flawed attempts. Then came all these studies going completely to the other extreme. It's totally safe, no harm, etc. Many of these"studies" were underwritten by those seeking to make a profit from pot. And politicians are going along because they want the tax revenues to waste on anything they think will get them elected. Plus payoffs from wealthy investors in pot production. I was brought up a Democrat. But the 1950s Dems would be considered conservative Republicans today. In fact my hero, JFK, was more conservative than most of today's conservative Republicans! "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." And he had his flaws, including being a womanizer. Not all politicians are bad 🙅. Some are trying to help people. But you'll never hear about them on any major network. (That's why I watch CBN. It's a Christian program but you see the real news 📰 that's happening. Not the gossip and opinions passed on as facts.) As bad as they were, I miss the news stations from the 50s. At least they were more balanced. For example this Prez has raised workers incomes, cut stupid government regulations, cut taxes, and tons more stuff. All to help ALL Americans. Both sides of the aisle fought against him, because they want their gravy train 🚄 that we taxpayers are paying for. When Obamacare was passed, did you notice how many politicians and judges opted into getting it? If you said Zero, you're right. We, the people, must vote the "Swamp rats" out of office and get people in that will DO good for the country and the citizens. No more believing their endless promises, no more scare stories, no more handouts! (Nothing's free) Government needs to get smaller Not bigger. But we, the people, must act. Sometimes we'll have to tighten our belts, but in the long run we'll be better off. Re: Socialism My friends from Canada come down here to get their operations. They're not rich. It's just that it takes so awful long to schedule for even a simple operation. Same with the UK. Anyway, come again. There's a lot more we can discuss. Have a good day! 😊 ---ed
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    O Papa Francisco foi destituído do poder como parte de um acordo negociado entre os Illuminati Gnósticos e as 13 linhagens dominantes, segundo duas fontes, uma da Realeza Europeia e outra do Pentágono. Os dois centros de poder Ocidentais, um baseado na meritocracia, o outro no domínio histórico, concordaram em organizar um jubileu e uma campanha massiva para “salvar o planeta”, dizem as fontes.

    Os Illuminati Gnósticos, mais fortes no complexo militar-industrial e as linhagens, que controlam as finanças e a mídia, concordaram em fazer concessões porque têm que apresentar uma frente Ocidental unida para fazer um acordo com a Ásia ressurgente, disseram eles.

    Francisco, que pode permanecer como um figurante, foi destituído do poder por causa do fiasco do pedófilo condenado, o cardeal Pell, que dirigia o Banco do Vaticano, disseram as fontes. O Vaticano e o Banco do Vaticano, com seus 6.000 relatos de suborno dos chamados “líderes mundiais”, agora são dirigidos por “uma troica de cardeais”, diz a fonte do Pentágono.

    Publicamente, esta mudança fundamental pode ser vista no fato de que dez cardeais foram recentemente removidos. O mais recente foi o cardeal francês Philippe Barbarin, condenado na semana passada por encobrir a pedofilia.

    Eis o que o representante das 13 linhagens de sangue tem a dizer sobre a situação: “O caso do Cardeal Pell foi uma admissão e aceitação das Práticas Satânicas às nossas ordens”. Ele acrescentou que os outros cardeais foram removidos como parte de um processo de “desmamá-los” das práticas satânicas. O “Papa Francisco foi destituído, porque era muito conhecido no National Cyber Security Center. Sua vida passada na Argentina voltou para assombrá-lo. Ninguém – ninguém no mundo exterior, pode ocupar cargos se não puder e ser controlado por seu compromisso”, disse a fonte.

    Além disso, hoje (11 de Março de 2019) é o oitavo aniversário do ataque e assassinato em massa contra Fukushima, Japão e o acordo está sendo alcançado, em parte, porque as linhagens foram ameaçadas de retaliação por esse ataque, a menos que chegassem a um acordo, dizem fontes da Sociedade Secreta Asiática.

    Além disso, fontes da Sociedade Secreta Asiática dizem que o Ocidente precisa terminar a limpeza, antes que um acordo final sobre salvar o planeta possa ser alcançado.

    Nesta frente, um ataque sustentado contra o Sionismo, a principal fonte do mal Ocidental é um bom sinal. “As palavras verdadeiras do representante Ilhan Omar sobre a influência Sionista sobre o Congresso dos EUA (não baseado em votos – existem apenas nove milhões de eleitores judeus – mas em suborno, chantagem e mentiras) lançaram o Partido Democrata numa crise que pode levar a sua morte. Fontes da CIA e do Pentágono dizem que Jared Kushner e John Bolton serão demitidos da Casa Branca, em breve, e que o presidente Trump divulgará a verdade do 11 de Setembro, de modo a acabar com a influência Sionista sobre a economia, o governo e a sociedade dos EUA”, descreveu a situação o ex-oficial de operações da CIA, Robert David Steele.

    Uma fonte do Pentágono concordou, dizendo que “o Sionismo está morto. Seu lobby foi neutralizado quando a Câmara aprovou uma resolução de 407 a 23, pela não repreensão de Ilhan Omar, mas que enfraqueceu o antissemitismo e a Presidente da Câmara, Nancy Pelosi, demitiu seu chefe de gabinete, Judeu Danny Weiss.

    Agora, a Síria advertiu formalmente a Israel para se retirar das colinas de Golan ou enfrentar a guerra.

    A Síria fez isso porque tem o apoio da Turquia, Rússia e Irã para forçar Israel a respeitar a lei internacional, enquanto os militares dos EUA deixaram claro que não irão lutar por Israel, segundo o Pentágono e outras fontes.

    A família real e fontes do Pentágono confirmaram que o arsenal nuclear de Israel – sua “opção de Sansão”– foi neutralizada e é por isso que esse estado desonesto, agora, pode ser forçado a cessar seu comportamento antissocial messiânico. Se acham que Deus queria que eles matassem mais de 100 milhões de pessoas para que pudessem reconstruir um templo antigo, está muito claro que não entendem Deus.

    Enquanto isso, nos EUA, assassinatos seletivos de pessoas importantes vêm ocorrendo num ritmo acelerado, a fim de restaurar a democracia e o estado de direito, disseram fontes da CIA. “O martelo está prestes a cair, pois o procurador-geral Bill Barr reconheceu John Huber antes da retirada de sigilo e das prisões em massa da FISA”, observou uma fonte do Pentágono. A fonte estava se referindo ao fato de que Huber está sendo forçado a, finalmente, tomar medidas contra Hillary Clinton, Obama, etc... por causa do Uranium One, etc.

    A indústria farmacêutica, também, está “sob ataque, uma vez que  a Eli Lilly foi forçada a introduzir insulina genérica pela metade do preço, enquanto o diretor da FDA e especialista em Big Farma, Scott Gottlieb foi demitido por pressionar os estados a cancelarem as isenções sobre vacinas”, observam as fontes do Pentágono. Essa medida para tornar as vacinas obrigatórias foi uma desesperada tentativa da máfia khazariana de usar vacinas tóxicas para assassinar uma grande porcentagem da população, numa tentativa de se safar da justiça, observam fontes da CIA.

    Uma enorme guerra secreta também está sendo travada pela máfia khazariana para tomar o controle dos recursos da África, numa tentativa desesperada de evitar a falência da United States Corporation, sediada em Washington, DC, dizem fontes do Mossad e da CIA. A África, é quase duas vezes maior do que a Rússia e maior que o Canadá e maior que a China mais os EUA combinados. A última coisa que a máfia khazariana quer é que os africanos recuperem o controle de seus próprios recursos.

    O movimento recente mais visível nesta guerra secreta, foi a queda, no domingo, de um Boeing 737 da Etiópia. Fontes do Mossad disseram que a aeronave foi sequestrada remotamente e que seus passageiros, incluindo 19 funcionários da ONU, foram mortos como parte de uma tentativa de interromper uma conferência da ONU que visa acabar com a pobreza e a destruição ambiental na África.

    No entanto, o sequestro remoto desta aeronave parece ter sido uma ação realmente estúpida dos khazarianos e que, provavelmente, levará à falência da Boeing Corporation. Isso porque é a segunda vez em quatro meses que uma aeronave Boeing é assumida por controle remoto pela máfia khazariana. A China, a Ethiopian Air (a maior companhia aérea da África) e as Ilhas Cayman estão mantendo no solo todos os Boeing 737, procedimento que outras companhias aéreas e países certamente seguirão, até que os sequestradores de controle remoto sejam retirados do controle da Boeing.

    Certamente, não é coincidência que depois que todos os oficiais militares deixaram o regime de Trump, um executivo da Boeing, Patrick Shanahan, fosse nomeado Secretário de Defesa dos EUA. Shanahan não tem poder real sobre os militares norte-americanos, porque eles não mais obedecem ao falido governo corporativo, baseado em Washington, D.C., dizem fontes do Pentágono. Aqui está o que uma fonte de arquivos X tinha a dizer sobre a situação: “Muitas das famílias de lagartos têm ações na Boeing e a Boeing também está ligada à Lockheed Marciana (Martian) [sic]”.

    De qualquer forma, a batalha secreta pela África continua em outras frentes, especialmente no controle dos recursos minerais. Sugestões desta guerra podem ser vistas em várias manchetes recentes. O mais bizarro foi a história sobre o bilionário de diamantes, Ehud Lanaido ter morrido “durante uma cirurgia de aumento de pênis”.

    De fato, “ele foi levado a uma clínica particular na Avenue des Champs-Elysées, em Paris, tarde da noite, muito depois da clínica estar fechada”, disse uma fonte do Mossad. “Ele era um concorrente direto de Benny Steinmetz que, até poucos meses atrás estava fugindo de vários governos, incluindo Bélgica e África, por bilhões de dólares supostamente devidos em impostos atrasados em compras ilegais e vendas de diamantes brutos e polidos contrabandeados de Angola e Serra Leoa há muitos anos”, continuou a fonte.

    “Esses dois negociantes de diamantes, foram os que atingiram o topo entre os maiores do mundo no comércio de diamantes. Um foi removido e um foi colocado de volta em seu pedestal como rei dos negócios. Observe quão perto está a hora da ascensão e queda dos dois titãs”, observou a fonte.

    Aqui está a segunda manchete, a qual ele estava se referindo: “Bilionário da mineração acaba com a disputa da Guiné Bitter, depois de meses de negociações secretas”.

    Lendo o artigo, pode-se ver que Steinmetz foi ajudado por alguem da máfia sionista khazariana, incluindo George Soros (ou assemelhado), Tony Blair e Nicholas Sarkozy.

    Também relacionado a isso foi a notícia de que o magnata indiano de diamantes Nirov Modi será extraditado. Modi supostamente fugiu com mais de 2 bilhões de dólares de bancos indianos. “Disseram que será pego e se tornará o ‘garoto-propaganda’ do sistema legal, para mostrar ao mundo que ninguém pode escapar do longo braço da justiça”, disse a fonte do Mossad. “Não se esqueçam, ele não é um dos garotos de dentro  – linhagem errada e, portanto, descartável neste Game of Thrones com os sionistas khazarianos”, acrescentou.

    Outros desenvolvimentos relacionados com a atual tomada de recursos africanos são vistos numa carta ao editor, enviada pelos povos Khoi-San, que advertiram sobre o um falso rei, numa tentativa de roubar suas terras e recursos.

    A máfia khazariana também está tentando agarrar recursos similares na América do Sul. Lá, o último movimento foi o uso de armas cibernéticas e energéticas para sabotar a rede de energia da Venezuela.

    O resto do mundo concordou em continuar a financiar os militares dos EUA e transformá-los numa força de proteção planetária benevolente. Eles podem começar a ganhar dinheiro juntando todos esses criminosos,  colocando-os na cadeia ou matando-os.

    Autor: Benjamin Fulford 
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    Compiled 13 March 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces: the biography of Jenny Hill.”As a young child Jenny was tortured by a CIA Operative and forced to witness a child sacrifice: Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult:

    Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophilia to help us Save the Children.

    Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world. In all your giving, please don’t forget exploited children.

    Judy Note - in my opinion nothing has changed since yesterday:

    1. Reno received notice of the payment codes on Sun. March 10.

    2. The payment codes were released to payers on Mon. March 11.

    3. That same Mon. March 11 XI Ping was at Maralago signing papers with President Trump.

    4. President Trump then released the codes for the “doors to open” on Tues. March 12.

    5. Geopolitical issues have been handled behind the scenes and were not released to news outlets.

    6. Some have said that we would receive information to set our appointments by Fri. March 15.

    A. Apparent Global Currency Reset/GESARA Schedule:

    Fri. March 1: The new USTNs were made live Fri. March 1 at 3pm EST.

    Sat. midnight March 2: The debt ceiling was hit, the AIIB ended their fiat credit to the Federal Reserve and US Taxpayer monies were sent to the new US Treasury in Reno.

    Mon. March 4: Zimbabwe demonetized their Zim Bond Notes, released them on Tues. March 5, at 1 pm EST - the same time that the green light was issued for payments to buyers and payers at the new US Treasury in Reno (Zim Bonds were backing the entire Global Currency Reset and they had just been demonetized for the RV).

    Wed. March 6 at 8:15 pm EST some fines, penalties and a group known as the Big Boys were paid out. It was rumored that by Thurs. March 7 the Cherokee Nation had been paid and that by Sat. March 9 five Indian Nations had been paid out. Farm Claims and F&Ps were to be paid out the evening of Sat. March 9.

    Friday March 8 intel behind the now over 82,324 sealed indictments began to be revealed when Hannity on Fox News broke the story on the Deep State FISA Conspiracy to Commit Fraud on a Court by the DNC, Clinton Campaign and FBI. Although other mainstream news outlets have yet to pick up the story, according to Pentagon sources, "The Ides of March should bring 85,000 sealed indictments and many arrests in the U.S.”

    This Week: The European exit (Brexit) from the Euro would take away the Cabal’s last bastion of rule over the global financial system by closing the Queen’s Bank of London, though Brexit wouldn’t be made official until March 29.

    Mon. March 11: Rumor was that on March 11 XI Ping was at Maralago with President Trump and that the codes had been released.

    March 13: Zimbabwe to make gold announcement.

    Fri. March 15: We should be able to obtain our appointments by Fri. March 15.

    Fri. March 15: Back on Oct. 1 2018 the NY Stock Market lost all gains for the year and for the last six months has been on the brink of collapse, with no revival in sight. The Stock Market plummet would be a distraction to hide the RV, along with the Mueller report due out by the Ides of March 15.

    March 19: Q tweeted that big things were happening on March 19.

    March 20: Military Tribunals began in various secret locations on Jan. 2 and the 9/11 Tribunal began at GITMO on Jan. 28. The FISA Warrant Tribunal was set to begin on March 20. FISA Warrant declassification was expected to expose that the FBI, Justice Department, Obama, Clinton campaign and Democrats were in cahoots to take down duly elected US President Trump – an act of Treason.

    March 20: According to a March 6 2019 Institute of Physics of the Earth Report sent to Prime Minister Putin, around March 20 the western coasts of the US, Mexico, Central and South America was set to experience a catastrophic 9 mega-earthquake that would unleash a deadly tsunami with 30 metric-high waves. Scientists were warning leaders to prepare the general population.

    March 29: Some say that the Bank of International Settlements planned to announce the gold/asset- backed currency standard on March 29. Others say the new global asset-backed currency system would be announced on Aug. 1 and put in force Jan. 1 2020.

    April 1: The transition into the new Quantum Financial System.

    August 1: All countries were expected to be GESARA compliant by Aug. 1 2019.

    Oct. 2019: The Federal Reserve and IRS would close their books in Oct. 2019. US Taxpayer monies were being sent from the Federal Reserve/IRS to the new US Treasury in Reno as of Sat. midnight March 2.

    B. March 12 2019 The Big Call, Bruce: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

    1. Iraqi Dinar was supposed to be pre-traded by Sun. March 10 at a $6.73 start.

    2. Dong started pre-trading Mon. morning March 11. Supposed to be within 5% of the Dinar.

    3. Iranian Rial should come in close to the Dinar.

    4. Dinar would be available at the new rate Thurs. morning March 14.

    5. Native American claims have been settled. Farm claims have been notified. CMX settle out tonight. The core groups may go overnight tonight March 12.

    6. The 800#s may go right after the core groups go.

    7. Prosperity Packages have been paid out to those trustees so they can pay them to the recipients.

    8. Paymasters were liquid, have release codes.

    9. We should be there by the end of the week.

    C. March 12 2019 8:48 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for March 12, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

    1. The entire world was waiting on Brexit to be passed as it would mark the end of the remaining Cabal structure.

    2. Trump was expected to start making moves on removing the Fed after Brexit was passed.

    3. The Fed was connected to the City of London and Brexit would relinquish the City of London from Cabal control.

    4. This explained why the EU was doing everything in their power to prevent Brexit from being voted on. The EU continued to make profits from the City of London as they delayed Brexit. These profits were being used to fund the last Cabal/Deep State remnants.

    5. If Brexit was not passed, the Alliance was prepared to temporarily crash European markets to force the EU to collapse.

    6. Brexit was inevitable and it would happen either way, whether through a democratic process or a total collapse of the EU.

    7. The fall of the City of London meant no more funding for the Cabal (in the EU) and the Deep State (in the US). This was the Cabal's last stand.

    8. Sources expected everything to be settled (total GESARA compliance) by August.

    9. The RV was expected to occur this month of March (after Brexit was voted on).

    D. March 12 2019 Bluwolf:

    1. We are about to receive a GO message in a short while (minutes, hours, days) for there is nothing out there obstructing or delaying this or anything.

    2. The rates will be satisfying to all involved and things pertaining to the exchange will be as it was accorded with both banks elected or chosen for this important RV event.

    3. All things expected of Iraq has been 100 % covered, written off in there Gazette and accepted by all governments involved.

    4. The voice in charge of awarding the banks the GO permission to open up there envelopes which contains the 800 # they are all in agreement that we are finally heading to the desire end.

    5. The PLAN has had a lot of obstacles by the money rich and the corrupted government individuals but according to those in charge that has been dealt with.

    6. The system for this exchange has been tested and APPROVED 100% secure and safe with no flaws whatsoever.

    E. March 12 2019 1:36 pm EST Update March 12: Restored Republic via a GCR as of the Morning of March 12, 2019

    F. One Unknown Family Rules the World; Two Dueling Branches; w/ Dr. Dave Janda Pt 1 - YouTube

    G. Q Decode NXIVM - What MSM isn't Reporting The Cult out of Clifton Park NY has a million connections that the mainstream media are ignoring. In this vid I first introduce the cult & a few of its practices, then I go over how the Clintons have a cozy relationship with a lot of NXIVM's members. Q mentioned NXIVM by name a week ago, but human trafficking has been a theme throughout the Q.

    H. International Child Trafficking:


    Rachel Vaughan's testimony highlights the 1966 "Disappearance of the Beaumont Children" case in South Australia, unresolved after half a century. It also raises serious concerns regarding the Mullighan Report, (a 600-page Royal Commission report of sex abuse against Australia's children in state care over four decades).

    The Child Abuse Cover Up: A Police Whistleblower Speaks...

    In a courageous and explosive audio interview with UK Column "Despatches from the Front", a Metropolitan Police Detective Constable child protection specialist takes the lid off the scale of child abuse, trafficking and prostitution in London and UK. This criminal conspiracy seeks to deceive the public.

    Hollywood's Satanic Roots - The Movie - Reloaded // Jason Cooley

    A Sound the Battle Cry Production: Hollywood's Satanic Roots - The Movie, Reloaded

    Ireland's forgotten mixed-race child abuse victims

    Rosemary Adaser was one of many mixed-race children considered illegitimate who was brought up in institutions run by the Catholic Church in Ireland between the 1950s and 1970s. She tells of the abuse and racist treatment she suffered, and returns to her school in Kilkenny.

    How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children | Times Documentaries

    Ireland wanted to forget, but the dead don't always stay buried. One woman made it her mission to unearth the truth.

    We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage Read the full investigation:

    This is the haunting story of children who survived horrors in American orphanages, and their fight to make the world believe them.

    Documentary Nuns Abuse & Crimes against Thousands of Women Revealed

    Documentary Nuns Abuse & Crimes against Thousands of Women Revealed

    Human Trafficking Survivor Story: Dellena, California

    In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers.


    Answers from Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, David Gergen, Rush Limbuagh, Bill Richardson, Richard Nixon, and Larwrence O'donnel on the Bohemian club.

    The Devil Of Little St. James: The True Jeffrey Epstein Story (Full Documentary 2017)

    Jeffrey Edward Epstein is a billionaire American financier and registered Level 3 sex offender. The Palm Beach Police Department investigated the cases of over 30 underage females who had been sexually abused and/or commercially exploited by Epstein for the purposes of sex trafficking. To this day Epstein has been convicted of a single count.

    TTB w/ @LizCrokin * The Hollywood Cesspool

    EXCLUSIVE Interview With Former Employee of Bohemian Grove

    Bohemian Grove, the place where the richest and most powerful MEN in the world go to dress up as women and poo and pee all over each other. Those that go fervently deny its existence but today we have an EXCLUSIVE interview with someone who was there in 2007 to witness all the hi-jinks and lo-jinks.

    Updates for the week prior:

    Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 12, 2019

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    Dinar Chronicles is not a registered investment adviser, broker dealer, banker or currency dealer and as such, no information on the website should be construed as investment advice. We do not intend to and are not providing financial, legal, tax, political or any other advice to readers of this website.

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    Forget about Warren, Harris, Booker, Gabbard, Inslee, and the others. President Trump will be on the debate stage in 2020 against Democrat Socialist Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden. Claim Your Free Trump 2020 Hat – Just Cover Shipping It’s really that simple. Bernie has already declared his candidacy. Now, it appears Biden’s presence in the race is all but a formality. From Breitbart: A senior House Democrat said that former Vice President Joe Biden will run for president, according to a report released Tuesday. Former Vice President Biden will run for president against President Donald Trump, according

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    The FBI wanted to charge Hillary Clinton with “gross negligence” in 2016. The Department of Justice said, nope. Claim Your Free Trump 2020 Hat – Just Cover Shipping Remind me again…who was president in 2016? From Washington Examiner: Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice Department shut them down. Newly released transcripts from Page’s private testimony in front of a joint task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in July 2018 sheds new light

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    The woman who attacked Israel and the Jewish community is now dehumanizing President Trump stating that he is not human. On Monday, congresswoman Ilhan Omar was asked by Guerin Hays of Fox News about her comments she made in an interview with Politico where she stated that former President Obama was a murderer. NATIONWIDE POLL: Should Trump CUT Pensions For Former Presidents? Check out what the Daily Wire reported: Omar came out after the interview was published and claimed that Politico was lying about the interview and that she did not make those comments. Omar tweeted an audio clip of

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    “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.”

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              There’s no difference between Fox’s so-called “news” and “opinion” sides on anti-abortion misinformation      Cache   Translate Page      

    Melissa Joskow / Media Matters

    There are many reasons that Fox News’ false dichotomy between the network’s so-called “news” and “opinion” divisions is laughable, but there is perhaps no clearer indication than the sheer amount of anti-abortion misinformation spread by both "opinion" and “straight news” personalities alike.

    After the Democratic National Committee announced that Fox News would not be hosting any of this year’s Democratic presidential primary debates, backlash from Fox’s senior leadership was swift, with officials imploring the DNC to “reconsider its decision” on account of the “ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism” reportedly shown by some of the network’s hosts. As Variety previously reported, the network had already rolled out a messaging campaign to reassure wary advertisers about the outlet’s legitimacy, extolling the virtues of the network’s news hosts. This messaging campaign is merely a repackaging of the same inaccurate story Fox has been telling for years: Viewers and critics shouldn’t hold the blatant xenophobia, sexism, racism, and lies of the opinion side against the allegedly objective news team. But this recycled talking point further falls apart when it comes to anti-abortion misinformation spread by the network’s hosts.

    In January, abortion rights measures in New York and Virginia sent Fox News and broader conservative media into a frenzy. Although both measures were attempts to protect abortion access should the Supreme Court overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, Fox News hosts across the network’s news and opinion programs seized on the opportunity to spread sensationalized misinformation and attack Democrats for allegedly supporting “infanticide” or so-called abortions “up until birth.” Despite these inaccurate characterizations, Fox News devoted over six and half hours of coverage before the 2019 State of the Union address to falsely claiming that these state measures allowed “infanticide” -- a talking point that ultimately appeared in President Donald Trump’s remarks. In fact, Trump and Republican lawmakers are reportedly banking on using anti-abortion extremism to rally voters for the 2020 elections -- a strategy that was on full display during the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference.

    It’s no secret that Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity -- each a part of Fox’s volatile and increasingly bad-for-business prime-time lineup -- are all frequent anti-abortion misinformers. Although Fox has attempted to distinguish the work of Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Shannon Bream, and Chris Wallace from their colleagues, these "news"-side hosts have all pushed their share of lies, distortions, and misinformation about abortion and reproductive rights.

    Bret Baier

    Although Fox clearly has a profit motive in portraying Baier as a straight news host, there is little to distinguish him from his colleagues on the opinion side when it comes to his abortion-related reporting. In Media Matters’ annual study of abortion-related coverage on evening prime-time cable news programs, Baier and his program Special Report have consistently been dominated by anti-choice talking points and inaccurate statements about abortion and reproductive rights.

    Notably, Baier hosted a 2016 town hall with Democratic presidential candidates and used the platform to recycle misleading right-wing anti-abortion talking points. On his program, in the same year, Baier inaccurately described a common abortion procedure as “dismemberment abortion” and misled viewers that a Supreme Court case involving access to contraceptives was actually about abortion rights. Baier previously invoked a longstanding right-wing media talking point comparing legally operating abortion providers to convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell. In 2009, Baier even went so far as to falsely assert that the Obama administration would allow doctors to be jailed for refusing to perform abortions. 

    Martha MacCallum

    Beyond frequently hosting anti-choice guests such as Live Action founder Lila Rose and Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, MacCallum seemingly makes little secret of her personal views on abortion and will often use sensationalized rhetoric when discussing the topic.

    Even before MacCallum became a staple of Fox’s evening lineup, she was already a serial anti-abortion misinformer. In 2015, MacCallum attacked Planned Parenthood for allegedly using taxpayer money to support abortion care (the organization does not, as the Hyde Amendment bars the use of federal funds for abortion services). Like Baier, MacCallum also used a 2016 presidential primary forum as an opportunity to spread anti-abortion misinformation sourced from the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress’ (CMP) deceptive videos attacking Planned Parenthood. Since MacCallum began hosting her own program, she has consistently promoted anti-abortion talking points about later abortion and Planned Parenthood. In 2017, MacCallum pushed several myths about the existence of so-called “sex-selective” abortion practices, even demanding a guest on her program explain whether it was acceptable “for someone to decide because they don’t like the sex of their baby to abort it at eight months.”

    Shannon Bream

    Whether appearing as a correspondent on Special Report or hosting her own program, Fox News @ Night, Bream has been a frequent source of anti-abortion misinformation on Fox. Despite representing the network’s so-called “straight news” contingent, Bream’s promotion to host her own program was celebrated by anti-abortion leaders.

    Bream was a frequent promoter of CMP’s deceptive videos, even hosting the Fox News “special” promoting the group’s claims in 2015. In 2016, Bream touted “exclusively obtained” copies of letters from a House investigation based on CMP’s allegations -- letters received a full day before they were publicly released or shared with Democratic members of the investigative panel, in direct violation of congressional rules. Since then, Bream has repeatedly signal-boosted anti-abortion talking points and myths by spreading misinformation about abortion safety, letting guests make inaccurate allegations about Planned Parenthood without pushback, and citing polls commissioned by anti-abortion groups without necessary context to suggest a lack of public support for abortion. If there’s a talking point circulating around anti-abortion media and personalities online, it’s more likely than not that it will eventually surface on Bream’s program.

    Chris Wallace

    Although Chris Wallace does not discuss abortion as frequently as some of his Fox colleagues, his invocation of so-called “partial-birth” abortion during the final debate of the 2016 presidential election is more than enough to disqualify the anchor from consideration as a fair and balanced voice on abortion-related issues. Wallace’s inaccurate and sensationalized question was then picked up by other right-wing media outlets and has since re-emerged in Trump’s current talking points about abortion. Wallace has also shown a propensity for repeating right-wing smears against Planned Parenthood, citing anti-choice videos attacking the organization well before CMP’s campaign of deception began.

    It doesn’t matter whether viewers watch so-called "news" or "opinion" programming: Both are likely to contain sensationalism, outright lies, and harmful characterizations about abortion patients, providers, and procedures -- seemingly no matter the potential consequences.

              Jeanine Pirro’s history of anti-Muslim attacks       Cache   Translate Page      

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    During her March 9 show, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro suggested to viewers that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) hijab was "indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution." Amid widespread criticism of her hateful remarks, Fox News responded that the network “strongly condemn[s] Jeanine Pirro's comments,” but took no further public action. Pirro herself claimed that her “intention was to ask a question and start a debate" and that “of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution.” But this isn’t the first time Pirro has made hateful and extremist comments about Muslims while appearing on Fox News.

    Here are some of Pirro’s prior attacks on Muslims:

    Just last month, Pirro suggested that Omar should be grateful to be in the United States because “she is an empowered Muslim woman, while many Muslim women aren't allowed to be educated and they just started driving.” From the February 16 edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine

    JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): And the amazing part is she’s a freshman congresswoman, and I believe she came to the United States as a refugee, and now she’s in our Congress claiming that the Jewish state -- that Israel and Jews are what? Evil?

    PIRRO: Have you heard that anyone who is going to move to remove her from Foreign --

    QANTA AHMED (CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST): No. And I think this presents a dilemma for the left. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, just like American Muslims have a liability in this woman, they have a liability in this congresswoman. She is showing the marriage of left-wing politics in the Democrats with Islamism. Bernie Sanders congratulated her and said he stands with his Muslim brothers and sisters. To me, he stands with Islamists, and they do not distinguish between the two. It's very problematic. The Islamism only succeeds by portraying itself as a victim and left-wing politics thrives on victimization, victim ideology. She's no victim, as you said. She came as an asylum seeker. She's moved to one of the highest offices in the land within 23 years. What other country gives a refugee that opportunity?

    PIRRO: She is an empowered Muslim woman, while many Muslim women aren't allowed to be educated and they just started driving.

    During an unhinged rant in 2015 about “radical Muslim terrorists,” Pirro repeatedly fearmongered about Islam and Muslims. She claimed that “this Islamic cancer metastasizes throughout the world” and argued that Muslims “have conquered us through immigration” and “through interfaith dialogue.” In the same screed, she claimed “there is a reverse crusade in progress” and said that “there will be efforts to limit our First Amendment, our free speech, to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws.” From the January 10, 2015 edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine

    JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): We need to kill them. We need to kill them. The radical Muslim terrorists hellbent on killing us. You’re in danger, I’m in danger. We’re at war and this is not going to stop. After this week’s brutal terror attacks in France, hopefully everybody now gets it. And there’s only one group that can stop this war: the Muslims themselves. Our job is to arm those Muslims to the teeth, give them everything they need to take out these Islamic fanatics. Let them do the job. Let them have at it. And as they do, we need to simply look the other way. It is time for this to be over, and stop sending American dollars to any Arab country that does not support this mission. Pakistan at the top of the list. Force Arab nations to choose: They’re either with us or they’re against us. And stop with this nuclear negotiation nonsense. They don’t operate the way we do. You can’t negotiate, you can’t mediate, and you can’t bargain. You can’t even reason with these people.

    Now I’ve been telling you for a year that they’re coming for us. That there is a reverse crusade in progress -- a Christian genocide. Hundreds of thousands of innocents killed in the Middle East. Seven months ago, I said that we need to bomb ISIS, as it began its steamroll through Iraq -- bomb them, bomb them, and bomb them again -- for which I was roundly criticized. Our country’s response to this threat? The FBI destroys tens of thousands of documents deemed offensive to Islam. The CIA removes the word “Islamic” before “terrorist” in those Benghazi talking points. The Fort Hood massacre, the Oklahoma beheading? Both “workplace violence.” Are we morons?

    And as we cower to these Islamic fanatics, our president and former Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton say they will prosecute the man who made the video, free speech be damned. They call murders accompanied by “Allah akbar,” “workplace violence.” This surender is nothing more than a coward's response to the fear of this fanatical terrorism. And this political correctness will be the death of us. They can kill us but we can’t hurt their feelings? I’m surprised the president hasn’t signed a new executive order that simply says, “Don’t offend Muslims.” And make no mistake -- as sure as I’m talking to you, there will be efforts to limit our First Amendment, our free speech, to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws which call for death to those who slander the Prophet Muhammad.

    Our government’s response to the terror threat is to have an interfaith dialogue to try to understand and empathize with the enemy. And when they want to shut us up, they call us Islamophobes. Muslim groups like CAIR and the Nation of Islam have been integrated into our society, Muslims invited to worship at our National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. We’re directed by a political correctness that is so bizarre, so disconnected from reality that it does nothing but assist our enemy in our own destruction. They have conquered us through immigration, they have conquered us through interfaith dialogue, and they have conquered us by co-opting our leaders into a position of embarrassment.

    As this Islamic cancer metastasizes throughout the world -- Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in Somalia, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, Al Qaeda, ISIS -- and as it goes through Europe, it is headed our way.

    "Stop defending Islam, start protecting Americans": After Obama noted violence carried out in the name of religion isn't limited to Islam, Pirro furiously listed off violent attacks by Muslim perpetrators. Pirro cited violent incidents by Muslim perpetrators (while ignoring that right-wing terror was considered the main terrorist threat in the U.S.), asking, “Mr. President, please identify what other violence is being committed against Americans in the name of any other religion -- or is it just a coincidence?”

    JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): Mr. President, what’s most interesting is that with the crusaders you so easily identify them as Christians. Why is it so hard for you to identify today’s jihadi terrorists as Muslim? Throw a rock at Christians, no problem, but never speak of Islamic terrorists. Mr. President, aside from the obvious that was then and this is now, the Quran is interpreted by some as demanding jihad, the taxing or killing of nonbelievers, and a worldwide caliphate. And surprise -- today’s terrorists are beheading, imposing that same jizya tax, and in their march to create an even bigger Islamic State. Stop apologizing and stop pussyfooting around with this language dance. We get it -- not all Muslims are terrorists. It was Egypt, a country of 90 percent Muslim that rose up against the jihadists who were also Muslim.

    Consider this: The first World Trade center attack in 1993 -- by Muslims. The USS Cole bombers were Muslim. The Fort Hood shooter was Muslim. The shoe bomber was Muslim. The underwear bomber was Muslim. The Boston bombers were Muslim. The September 11 hijackers were Muslim. Mr. President, please identify what other violence is being committed against Americans in the name of any other religion -- or is it just coincidence?

    You identify terrible deeds in the name of the Christ. Why not identify terrible deeds in the name of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam? Calling Fort Hood “workplace violence” is a joke. People can’t believe that that’s how you characterize it. But then again, your administration erases words out of reports identifying terrorists as Islamic. Stop defending Islam, start protecting Americans. Stop saying what Islam doesn’t stand for, and start saying what you as our president intend to do about this.

    During a 2016 appearance on Fox’s Hannity, Pirro suggested Middle Eastern refugees were violent and couldn’t assimilate. She said this about Middle Eastern refugees: “We've got these guys beating their wives, you've got domestic violence, you've got them hating gays, and we are bringing them to this country. We think they're going to assimilate. They are not.” She also agreed with host Sean Hannity that “this is a clash of cultures.” From the September 20, 2016 edition of Fox News' Hannity

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I honestly think that the issue of not saying "radical Islam," Jay -- and there's such a difference between Hillary and Donald Trump -- the issue of vetting refugees and allowing people that come from cultures that clash -- directly clash with our Constitution, that Americans fundamentally understand that we have to know if they're coming here to become American and assimilate or do they want to proselytize and bring their value system, which is the opposite of ours, with them?

    JEANINE PIRRO: It is insane. It's insanity. But when we've got these guys beating their wives, you've got domestic violence, you've got them hating gays, and we are bringing them to this country. We think they're going to assimilate. They are not. And what we've got to do, they've got to move their citizenship --

    HANNITY: This is a clash of cultures.

    PIRRO: Exactly.

    During another appearance on Hannity, Pirro claimed the United States needs to know if refugees or immigrants “believe in Sharia law,” arguing that if they do, “that means it is inconsistent with the Constitution. You do not believe in free speech, you do not believe in women's rights, you do not believe in gay rights.” From the May 24, 2017 edition of Fox News' Hannity

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): How is it that if somebody comes from a country with what I call a clash of cultures -- where they literally believe men should tell women how to dress, and men should tell women if they can go on an airplane and travel or leave the house without a male relative, where gays and lesbians are killed, where Christians and Jews are persecuted -- I'm trying to fully and completely understand why, if you come from that country, we need to know -- do you believe that? Do you want to proselytize us or do you want to join our family?

    JEANINE PIRRO: You know, Sean, that is exactly the issue. Do you believe in Sharia law, and if you believe in that, that means it is inconsistent with the Constitution. You do not believe in free speech, you do not believe in women's rights, you do not believe in gay rights. All the things that they would trash you and me for if, God forbid, we didn't believe in those rights, we are willing to allow people that we know are individuals -- actually, we don't know who they are -- to come here, stick to their own rules, and then say, “Gee, if they kill us, well, we have to make sure that nobody commits a crime of hate.” This is hogwash, Sean. And what is happening in the U.K. --

    HANNITY: See, you're xenophobic, you're homophobic, you're a racist.

    PIRRO: I am not.

    HANNITY: Well, that's what the left says.

    PIRRO: I am none of those things.

    HANNITY: Neither am I.

    PIRRO: And I'll tell you why, Sean, and neither are you. The problem is that we expect these people to integrate. And one of the issues is -- and assimilate. One of the issues is they don't want to. And now we've got people in Congress saying because they are de facto segregated from the rest of us that we have to understand that they’re angry with us. We let them in the country.

    In 2016, Pirro argued that “we’ve got to start having a conversation about surveillance in mosques” and said she agreed with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich that the United States should “test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.” From the July 15, 2016 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

    JEANINE PIRRO: I agree with [Newt Gingrich]. I totally agree with him. We have a president who is an apologist. Look, I'm an amateur and in June of 2014 when I first heard about ISIS, I said bomb them, bomb them, and then bomb them again. I took some heat, but I was right. They were the JV team then. If we had done something, if this president would stop apologizing for what we do, what we are, and stop saying, “You Christians, it's your turn,” as he did at a prayer breakfast, then maybe America would be united in a way where we understand that they're coming. They're here, we're next. I've got to tell you I'm as aggravated as everyone who sat in this chair today. If we've got people standing in the blood of innocent victims when they go for an innocent celebration, then we've got to recognize that we've got a problem at the top of this country.

    Our president didn’t want to support [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi. Thirty-five million Egyptians stood up and said, "We don't want the Muslim Brotherhood. We are Muslims, we don't want the Muslim Brotherhood." And this president would prefer to give tanks and airplanes to [former Egyptian President Mohamed] Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, forget that. Right now, they are here, they're going to kill us. Women, children, it doesn't matter. We have got to declare war on them. We've got to start having a conversation about surveillance in mosques. We've got to make sure that in the jails these imams are going in and radicalizing people, they just want to kill us. I mean, how dumb are we? And Newt is right. We're sheep saying, “Why are the wolves killing us?” Or, “Be nice to the wolves, not all wolves are bad.” Baloney!

    While guest hosting on Hannity, Pirro asked an imam if “Muslims here in America need to speak out more to try to prevent [terrorist] attacks from happening?” and then cut him off and told another guest that “the Muslim community is not coming forward.” From the December 27, 2016 edition of Fox News' Hannity

    JEANINE PIRRO (GUEST HOST): That was President-elect [Donald Trump] during his recent thank you tour vowing to fight radical Islam. After the latest terror attack in Europe and the radical Islamist threat growing around the world, do Muslims here in America need to speak out more to help to try to prevent these attacks from happening?

    PIRRO: We have got this Islamic threat. You don't deny that?

    IMAM MOHAMMAD ALI ELAHI: Well, judge, before I start --

    PIRRO: That's a yes or no. Let’s start with a premise, there is an Islamic threat facing the United States, correct? Yes or no?

    ELAHI: Well, let me answer this way. First of all --

    PIRRO: No.

    ELAHI: I'm going to answer your question. But let me first of all say, I mean, to the Pope Francis prayer for peace in Christmas ceremony --

    PIRRO: I'm happy for the Pope.

    ELAHI: Peace for Syria, peace for Yemen, peace for Iraq, peace for Holy Land, for Africa. And also peace for America, an America free of racism and hatred and intimidation and violence and crimes, and everything.

    PIRRO: What’s your point?

    ELAHI: My point is that first of all the expression of “Islamic radical” is kind of hijacking the identity of the Muslims.

    PIRRO: OK, all right, you don't like the term. You don't like the term.

    ELAHI: It is like somebody --

    PIRRO: Can I ask you a question? Who is responsible for the World Trade Center? Who is responsible for San Bernardino? Orlando? Paris? All right, Imam, you know what, you got all your time.

    PIRRO: Brigitte, the Muslim community is not coming forward. So Imam, I'm going to give you another chance, I'm going to give you another chance. Otherwise we're going to finish totally with Brigitte. All right, here is the chance. Should the family of the San Bernardino attackers, who saw the weapons, who saw all of the instruments that they used, should they have said something and why didn’t they?

    In 2017, Pirro claimed that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is targeted at “Joe Schmo Muhammad,” who is from a country where “they promised to send in individuals and jihadists to kill us.” From the February 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

    JEANINE PIRRO: This is -- and let me make one thing perfectly clear: If you are not a citizen of the United States of America, you do not have the right to come to the United States, period, end of the story. The president has a plenary authority, the power to determine who comes into this country. And all this talk about constitutional rights -- if you are from Somalia, I got a news flash, you do not have constitutional rights in this country. And Congress has agreed with the plenary power authority of the president in terms of national security and immigration with, what is it, 8 U.S.C., what is it, 1182-F. When they said that the president at any time can make a decision to block an alien from coming to this country. So it's not about people with green cards. It's about Joe Schmo Muhammad, who doesn't have any vetting from another country that -- where they promised to send in individuals and jihadists to kill us.

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              Espresso Coworking – terza “nonConferenza” nazionale di coworking e lavoro      Cache   Translate Page      
    Espresso Coworking – terza “nonConferenza”
    nazionale di coworking e lavoro
    Cambiare le città con il lavoro collaborativo
    6 e 7 dicembre – Firenze
    Il mondo sta cambiando, le città stanno cambiando, il modo in cui si lavora è già cambiato.
    Negli USA finisce l’epoca di Obama e in Italia il Job Act trasformerà il mercato del lavoro; la propensione alla condivisione e all’economia collaborativa degli italiani è al 44 %, la più alta d’Europa (Cit. 1) e a Milano con l’Expo che si avvicina, la città avvia una consultazione pubblica sulla sharing economy; la disoccupazione in Italia resta ai massimi storici del 12,6 % per il 2014 e con la stessa previsione nel 2015  (Cit. 2) mentre la crescita delle imprese innovative e start up è del 120% (Cit. 3).
    Alla “nonConferenza” Espresso Coworking che si terrà il 6 e il 7 dicembre a Firenze, si scatterà una fotografia sullo stato dell’arte dell’evoluzione del mondo del lavoro, con l’intento di individuare come coniugare i bisogni professionali e personali delle persone con le esigenze del mercato.
    Organizzata dai centri di coworking lab121 di Alessandria e dai coworking fiorentini Combo Project, Impact Hub e Multiverso, si svolgerà in due intense giornate, ricche di testimonianze e di ospiti del calibro di Cristina Tajani (Assessore alle politiche del lavoro e sviluppo economico del Comune di Milano), Michele Vianello (esperto smart cities), Alex Giordano (co-fondatore di NinjaMarketing), Ivana Pais (docente di sociologia economica) e dei coworking manager fondatori del movimento del coworking in Italia, tutti insieme per individuare nuovi modelli di  lavoro e di impatto sul territorio, attraverso le pratiche collaborative.
    L’obiettivo principale di Espresso Coworking è di capire come la Pubblica Amministrazione, le imprese e i freelance stessi, possano trovare nei centri di coworking eco-sistemi di incontro di professionalità, crescita di competenze, sviluppo di progetti di rilancio economico e professionale.
    Da anni è consolidata l’esperienza che i centri di coworking, oltre ad offrire un ufficio in condivisione, portino come valore aggiunto intrinseco la possibilità per i liberi professionisti di incontrarsi, collaborare e “fare rete” anche sul territorio di riferimento. 
    Le industrie delle linee di assemblaggio, così come le intendeva Ford, stanno attraversando una profonda crisi in Italia e con loro pian piano svaniscono anche i luoghi dove i lavoratori si possono riunire, i coworking 
    già sono riconosciuti come i fulcri di incontro per il confronto, la crescita e l’unione del lavoratori atipici, una sorta di Camere del lavoro dei cosiddetti lavoratori nomadi.
    Durante Espresso Coworking si scoprirà quindi se i centri di coworking sono una risposta per una svolta economica del Paese, lo si scoprirà dai freelance e dalle start-up che li hanno scelti come luoghi di lavoro abituale e dall’esperienza di giovani che hanno aperto nel 2014 un centro di coworking. 
    Coworker e coworking manager saranno infatti le voci autorevoli che si ascolteranno durante la “nonConferenza”, grazie alle call a loro dedicate, per far emergere quali progetti innovativi sono nati in seno ai centri di coworking (Invio dei progetti entro il 21 novembre compilando il form sul sito
    Dopo la prima edizione organizzata da lab121 ad Alessandria, lo scorso anno la Espresso Coworking si è svolto a Roma e per questa edizione si terrà, non a caso, in Toscana, la regione che da poco meno di due mesi ha avviato una sperimentazione per la costruzione di un elenco qualificato di soggetti fornitori di coworking e per l'assegnazione di voucher a favore di giovani toscani, che desiderano entrare in uno dei coworking presenti nell'elenco. (Cit. 4)
    Le sedi saranno due realtà fiorentine con una forte identità: Impact Hub focalizzato sui progetti di innovazione sociale, con sede in via Panciatichi, 14 e Multiverso, rete di coworking del centro Italia, la cui sede fiorentina si trova via Campo d’Arrigo 40/42 Rosso. 
    La realizzazione di Espresso Coworking è possibile grazie alla Regione Toscana, agli sponsor e Gruppo Unipol, oltre che ai partner tecnici Hosting Sostenibile, Proteina – la funzione vitale della collaborazione e Nserta.
    L’organizzazione è curata dalla nutrita community 
    multi-professionale di lab121 che conta oltre 500 coworker ad Alessandria, dall’innovativo  progetto di filiera 2.0 di Combo Project, dall’innovazione sociale rappresentata da Impact Hub e dalla rete di coworking del centro Italia affiliati al network Multiverso, con la collaborazione di molti coworking italiani. 
    I posti sono limitati e l’acquisto del biglietto entro il 20 novembre prevede una riduzione sull’ingresso.
    L’evento si potrà seguire anche online e sui social network @espressocowo - #EC14 – gruppo facebook  
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    IMPACT HUB FIRENZE – Progetti di innovazione sociale  
    LAB121 – Comunità di oltre 500 coworker ad Alessandria 
    MULTIVERSO – rete toscana di coworking  
    CAMPIONIOMAGGIO.IT -  la prima community italiana che raccoglie tutte le offerte di campionatura gratuita  
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    The economy has been red hot 
    since President Donald J. Trump took office. That’s great news on its own. But even better is that not all booms are created equal—and the blue-collar Trump Economy is paying off for exactly the working Americans who need it most.

    Last year, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett reported that blue-collar jobs grew at their fastest pace since 1984. And now, “after years of job losses, U.S. manufacturing employment has risen for 18 straight months among those holding production or nonsupervisory jobs, the longest stretch of gains since the mid-1990s,” The Wall Street Journal wrote this month.

    More good news today: “Real wages for American families are soaring,” the White House Council of Economic Advisers reported this morning. Hourly earnings rose by 1.9 percent in the past 12 months—far exceeding even last year’s pace.

    Complementing those rising wages is a significant drop in prices. American families are paying less at the pump as gasoline prices fell 9.1 percent during the past year. And in keeping with a major promise from President Trump, last month saw the biggest year-over-year decline in prescription drug costs since 1972.

    February’s jobs report, released Friday, revealed that the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent last month, remaining near a 50-year low.

    Behind these numbers is a renewal of hope among working-class families and blue-collar communities across the heartland. Nearly 70 percent of Americans told Gallup they expect their personal financial situation to be even better next year. Their employers are optimistic, too. On average, a stunning 91.8 percent of manufacturers feel positive about their companies’ future growth under President Trump, compared with an average of 68.6 percent during the last two years of the Obama Administration.

    Americans credit President Trump as the economy continues to soar

    The latest: February jobs report shows wage growth is the fastest since 2009

    The First Lady takes “Be Best” across America

    First Lady Melania Trump made a three-state swing last week, taking her “Be Best” message for child well-being to Oklahoma, Washington state, and Nevada.

    The first stop was Dove School of Discovery in Tulsa, one of five public charter schools that aims to provide a character-development curriculum in every classroom from pre-K to the 12th grade. The First Lady participated in an activity with pre-K children that encouraged young students to think about ways they can show kindness in their lives.

    On the topic of online safety, the First Lady visited Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, seeing firsthand how Microsoft is taking the lead on promoting online safety for children and parents. “The technology being designed not only includes safety features but also accessibility for all – a very exciting and new opportunity for many with limited mobility,” Mrs. Trump said.

    In Las Vegas, Nevada, the First Lady took her message of fighting opioid addiction into her second town hall with Eric Bolling. “This campaign will give a voice to those affected by the opioid crisis by allowing them to share their stories and Eric Bolling was one of the first to share his family’s story, inspiring hundreds more who have followed his lead,” the First Lady said.

    See First Lady Melania Trump visit the Dove School of Discovery

    Video of the Day

    First Lady Melania Trump Attends an Opioid Town Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Tweet (Borzou Daragahi):
    "Amazing. Remember the young woman who was duped into spraying the half brother of North Korea's ruler with fatal nerve gas by being told it was part of a reality TV show? She's been suddenly released from prison at request of Indonesia."
    "Syria Notifies Israel It Will Attack If IDF Doesn't Leave Golan Heights" (Durden).

    Is it even legal for the JYT to publish something that is true?  I mean, how does that even work? I can't get my head around it.  "Two Weeks After Daily Stormer Said It, NYT Admits Maduro Burning Aid Trucks is a Hoax" (Anglin) (see also Greenwald on CNN's outright lying, and Johnson on an earlier example of a correction).  The fact that the JYT is debunking an Assholian deep state conspiracy, based on the 'analysis' of Bellingcat (!!!), means that the American IC/MIC is deeply conflicted about how Guido is being run.  Somebody didn't do their homework, and didn't realize that the relationship between the Venezuelan government and the Venezuelan army is such that this kind of regime change stunting won't work in Venezuela.  We've simultaneously reached the point - made even clearer by the recent Warsaw debacle in which even the Eurotrash, the most spineless group of people in human history, wouldn't comply with Pompeo's direct and unambiguous orders - where the Assholian Empire simply can't afford any more failures.  Empires can't be seen as consistently ordering things to happen, and then having them not happen.  Piling on with stunt moves like killing patients in hospital beds by shutting off the electricity just makes the Empire look weaker.

    This isn't really a correction.  A correction is when you make a factual mistake, and set the record straight.  What this is a rejigging of the lying, based on a new propaganda need.

    Tweet (Mark Ames):
    "Trump's Venezuela regime-change plan hasn't even bothered updating this old 1963 CIA plan for Cuba regime-change, which calls for using harsh economic sanctions + electricity sabotage + fomenting military rebellion. US Empire as stagnant as it is cruel "
    "Wow, Marco Rubio Is Dumb" (Boddiger). Tweet (bernardo canto)"
    "Puerto Rico was out of power for 11 months you psychopath"
    This is the Barry that Omar was talking about:  tweet (Nathan J Robinson):
    "I find this quote from Obama's deputy immigration policy director really disturbing. We separated families like crazy and Republicans wouldn't give us any credit! We ruined countless lives to show we were tough and nobody praised us! Yeah maybe you shouldn't have done that."
    "Nancy Pelosi Says That If America’s Capitol Collapses, We’ll Still Send Billions to Israel" (Anglin):
    "Just think of all of these important things that Israel does for us.

    It’s too many to even count.

    For starters, they’re the only democracy in the Middle East. And one of the most important things for America is that there is a democracy in the Middle East. Just imagine what would happen if there was no democracy in the Middle East?

    For another thing, they’re our greatest ally. If we lost our greatest ally, then what?

    So really, when Nancy Pelosi talks about how if Washington, DC was destroyed in some kind of a war or other catastrophe, our number one priority would be figuring out how to send money to Israel, she is really just talking about a practical matter.

    Also, it is really the fault of Christians that Jews are using the American government to send billions upon billions of dollars to Israel. After all, the real Israeli lobby is all Christians. Even if it is actually all Jews doing it, it is somehow the fault of Christians who watch John Hagee.

    The important thing to remember is that there is a way to criticize Israel’s relationship to the United States, but the way to do that is not to say that the Israeli lobby exists. You have to start from a position where you don’t say it exists."
     Tweet (Ann Coutler):
    "If Sen. McSally had a sense of humor, she'd name her rapist as Alan Dershowitz."

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    Tweets (Tulsi Gabbard). She is literally the only sane choice from either party.

    "Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates" (Martin/Ember) (((('donors'))) and their employees are terrified, not that a progressive Democrat will lose, but that she or he might win):
    "And about the Republican strategy, led by Mr. Trump himself, to pin the “socialism” label on the Democrats in 2020?

    Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said it was mostly just his party’s elite “donor class” that had anything to fear from a sweeping, progressive agenda.

    Well, them and the arbiters of conventional political wisdom, he added.

    “What we’ve learned from last two presidential elections is that nobody knows anything,” Mr. Schatz said of the election of former President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump. “The people who write op-eds and stroke their chins and tell us how to win are the people who have been getting it wrong for almost two decades now.”"
    "Power Failure and Blackout: An Update on the Situation in Venezuela" (Strether).  "Venezuela Denounces US Participation in Electric Sabotage".  Little Marco knew more about the details than he should have known, and also seemed able to predict that this would happen.  "The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People" (Nimmo).

    Speaking of Albright:  two devils: tweet (William Owen):
    "500,000 dead Iraqi children and a coup in Venezuela "
    "Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?" (Ciccariello-Maher) (Guido's a big bust, and is now more valuable to the CIA as the short end of a false flag):
    "On Monday, Guaidó made a less-than-triumphant return to Venezuela and, despite his violation of a travel ban, the government has opted not to arrest him for now. If anything, Maduro will protect him at all costs: Amid threats on Guaidó’s life, the Lima Group has warned of dire consequences should anything happen to him. If Guaidó were to be killed, however, it would almost certainly be at the hands of a Venezuelan right-wing eager to provoke military intervention (the government has dismantled similar plots in the past)."
    "Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al: “Informed Consent” and the Political Contempt for Human Life" (Deutsch).  Bolsonaro, Guido, Trudeau, peas in a pod and the statesmen of our time.  "The hidden key to the SNC-Lavalin scandal" (Garossano).

    "Macron Calls for “European Renaissance” in Controversial Alt-Right Pivot" (Durocher).  "Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state" (Lantier).  "Algeria: The Iceberg That Could Sink Emmanuel Macron" (McConnell). It is useful for people to see what a Khazarocracy looks like:  "Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas (VIDEO)".  Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
    "Meet the unarmed protesters who have been mutilated by Putin’s thugs. Oh no wait... These are demonstrators disfigured by Macron’s police in France. Nothing to see here. "
    "Rouhani and Imran Khan Discussion Action Against al Qaeda":
    "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take “decisive” action against the al-Qaeda* linked Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group which claimed responsibility for the deadly 13 February terror attack against IRGC forces on a highway in eastern Iran near the Pakistani border.

    ‘We are awaiting your decisive action against these terrorists,” Rouhani told Khan in a phone call on Saturday, as quoted by Press TV.

    The Iranian leader added that Iran was “fully ready to cooperate with the Pakistani Army and government to eradicate these terrorists, whose presence is not in favour of us, you or the region.”

    “We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to us both,” Rouhani stressed.

    Tehran earlier accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States of facilitating terrorist violence against Iran.

    Khan reportedly responded that Pakistani forces had closed in on the terrorists’ hideouts, and that there would soon be “good news” for Iran.

    “It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” the Pakistani prime minister said, according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency."
    "Mueller's Manafort Scam: 4 Years In The Slammer For Helping Ukraine Against Russia!"(McCarthy).  It can't be repeated enough that there is wrongdoing, but it all involves Ukrainians, the people who have set up much of #Russiagate.  The short sentence reflects the fact that what Manafort did is standard, bipartisan, operating procedure in Washington, done by all these political camp followers peddling influence, and the only reason Manafort ended up in a courtroom was the need to find somebody to take the fall for #Russiagate, simply to prove that it exists in some form, so the Democrats could maintain their precious ((('donor'))) model of grifting.  He's a terrible fellow, and indubitably a crook, but also a victim.

    "Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Two" (Armstrong).  It remains unclear if Trump, what with all those circumcised dicks in his mouth, has completely given up on MAGA and decided to take a break from sanity to collect more shekels, or whether the most recent round of nonsensical behavior is just some kind of head fake before he returns to electioneering mode.  Despite everything, he still hasn't crossed any Rubicons.

    Yank and Yang and dine:  tweets (Daniel Schulman). Trump consistently invites the local human trafficker/pimp to dine with him and his fancy pals, and the pimp sets up an office to sell seats at the same table.  This strikes as more of a real scandal than the entirety of #Russiagate.

    "The Trump-Yang Voter Explained" (Wallace).  "Andrew Yang Rejects Support From White Nationalists" (Wallace).  There are two big elephants in the room - the Anthropocene, and the massive job losses which are going to occur very soon due to various forms of automation.  It is striking that both are completely ignored by most of the political classes, and Yang is the only one even mentioning the massive social effects of the job losses.

    "Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel" (Magnier).  It would be hilarious if Israel reached its inevitable ignoble end as a result of some desperation Bibi campaign stunt.

    The English language has an expression 'if the shoe fits', and the Khazars, as part of their Jewish pseudoscience of psychoanalysis, have the concept of projection.  "Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?" (Perkins).  "The Shameful Attack that Backfired" (Zogby).  Tweet (Roosh):
    "PornHub employee appears on Reddit AMA criticizing their forced incest porn trend to say that it is "antisemitic rhetoric." Thing is, no one brought up the Jews. She quickly edited her comment. "
    It is not uncommon for the guilty to misinterpret what they hear as an accusation that in fact has not been made.  Omar has in fact been extremely careful throughout in what she says, as devastating as it has turned out to be, because the Khazars and their beshekeled stooges consistently rushed to fill in the blanks.  It is interesting that the things that she didn't say, the words they put in her mouth to make a better story - largely as bait to the Americans who see a visible Muslim - the quintessential elements of 'anti-Semitism', are actually 100% true.  Note from the Mandel tweet that he actually admits everything, but claims it is just self-defense for the poor universal victims buying a little respite from the haters (and a series of wars which have ruined the lives of millions of people).

    More 'emperor's new clothes' truth, and gleeful responses to finally hearing it:  "Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama For "Caging Of Kids" Along Border, 'Getting Away With Murder' Overseas" (Durden).

    "Meghan McCain Ridiculed After Accusing Jewish Cartoonist Of Anti-Semitic Cartoon Of Her" (Scarce).

    "More Power to You Miss Omar" (Margolis) (such a 'nice' people!):
    "The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

    So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950’s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined."
    "If US sanctions Turkey, can India be far behind?" (Bhadrakumar) (but was it really Melania?):
    "The Turks harbour the suspicion that the failed coup in July 2016, which was masterminded by the Turkish Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen living in Pennsylvania in exile for the past two decades, had covert American support.

    Last week, incidentally, US First Lady Melania Trump visited a pre-kindergarten class in Oklahoma, which Ankara believes is linked to supporters of Gulen. Turks believe that the White House was taunting Erdogan."
    "“Canada’s Dershowitz”, Apologist for Israeli War Crimes, nominated for Peace Prize" (Engler). Cotler.  A total monster, a man so evil that most of us can't even comprehend it.  Blood pours from his fangs, so he is a perfect winner.

    Although it is not, of course, in the (((media))), the fish-in-a-barrel murder tactics of the 'nice' people - I just can't get over how consistently 'nice' they are! - continues, week by week:  tweets (Billy):
    "My former doctor, a wonderful human being from London, Ontario, Canada, was shot by Israeli security forces. He was there to treat casualties and conduct research on 3D printed tourniquets. He never approached the fence."
    "Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?" (Walsh).  Both alleged 'victims' have separately been completely debunked.  Oprah Winfrey is working overtime to sell this drivel, and she is essentially an employee of David Geffen, with this movie part of the massive Geffen-protection racket of distraction.  Geffen is infamous for being the big 'Hollywood' pedo ringleader, and the strategy - which includes the Atlantic take-down of Singer (also guilty as hell, but a relatively small fish) - has been very successful, with Geffen never mentioned except on the gossip sites.  The same (((people))) are still finding ways to make money off poor Michael.
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    "The Trump Challenge: How Many Circumcised Cocks Can You Fit in Your Mouth?" (Anglin):
    I can handle a little bit of kikesucking. But this is now officially out of control. It has become unreasonable."
    "Has Trump Gone Full Neocon??" (Whitney).  Note how Bolton was supposed to be in Canberra but managed to muscle his way to Hanoi:  "Bolton’s Act of Sabotage" (Macilwain).

    "Dual Loyalty as Racism" (Mykytyn).  One of these things is was not like the others:  "bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty".  "Transgender Prof: Excluding Men From Women's Sports Is Like Excluding Black Women".  A lot of this is starting to sound like an reductio ad absurdum trick to undermine identity politics.

    "Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘pretty face’ who got ‘away with murder’" (Fredericks).  She's fearless, and has reached the point of just taunting them with a never-ending stream of truth bombs.

    It was striking, and clarifying, how the Khazars went automatically to their bastion of bullying power, the Holocaust, in their dirty attacks on truth.  You'd think they might have just a smidgen of shame, but they don't:  "Oh, Here We Go Again, or, “The Holocaust”: Bringing White People to Heel Since 1967".  The idea that 'dual loyalty' charges are impossible now because the Nazis might have made similar charges in the 1930s is ridiculous, all the more so when such charges are so obviously true (much more so now with the existence of Israel).  (((Their))) loyalties, and the shameless way (((they))) flaunt them, are actually quite amusing:  "If he fails in his bid to serve as government chief, Farhi plans to return to Israel, he told Ynet News."

    "Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela" (Roberts).

    Sabotaging the power grid in Venezuela is the kind of useless trouble making that you would expect from punks like Abrams and Bolton.

    "Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria " (Cartalucci):
    ". . . the world is witnessing a 21st century rendition of the British Empire's withdrawal from around the globe, stubbornly being thrown out of one corner of its realm after the other until relegated as Washington's subordinate. For Washington, there is no other Western power for it to hand the torch of Western imperialism over to. Once it is evicted from around the globe, it will struggle to find a relevant or more constructive role to play in these regions ever again.

    By virtue of Washington's shortsightedness and its inability to adapt to the world as it really is versus how Washington desires it to be - Washington has proven itself unfit to lead the "international order" it presumes dominion over.

    In a global order predicated on "might makes right," Washington is now faced with the reality of no longer being mightiest, and thus no longer "right.""
    "Pentagon Gives Erdogan An Ultimatum: Don't Expect Our F-35s If You Buy Russian S-400s" (Durden).  So the threat is you can't have our pilot-killing joke of a plane leaving you free to buy far superior tech from the Russians?

    "On Int’l Women’s Day, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Assault Women of the Wailing Wall".  It is always going to be amazing that Israel is one of the most profoundly hateful places on the planet but solely through Khazar control of the (((media))) manages to pinkwash itself into some kind of world beacon of intersectional love and understanding.

    "Did secret nuclear talks with Donald Trump trigger the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Security expert's claim gives a chilling explanation for Saudi activist's shocking slaughter" ('Owen Wilson').  These are the real impeachable offenses of Trump and his boss, President Jared.

    "Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince" (Pecquet).

    "Cover-up in India’s 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed" (Miller).  Might have to wait for Corbyn to get the information.

    "Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy " (Durden):
    "Interestingly, Merkel's stance wasn't based on any principled desire to promoted peace or prevent needless provocations which could potentially spark regional war between Ukraine and Russia and western allies, but out of concern it essentially "wasn't enough"."
    "Over 30 New York scholars and activists spied on by former Mossad agents".  The amount of effort put into this kind of thing is amazing, and has completely failed, even backfired.

    "Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About Wikileaks" (Durden). MI6 gloatingBackground.

    "Zuckerberg Has 70+ Personal Guards, Spends $10 Million Each Year in Security While He Shills For Open Borders" (Pomidor Quixote).  "Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State" (Agorist).

    (((They))) are going after Winstanley now:  tweet:
    "Comrades, friends, well wishers: I'm inundated and I can't keep up with all the outraged texts, calls and emails sending solidarity. Please be patient a little while longer: the truth will be revealed soon."
    Tweet (Wedaddy):
    "🇩🇿 Algeria: based on the massive turnout today, it's no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of peaceful homegrown civic uprising against the clan & the Algerian deep state "
    Tweet (Savvy and Realistic Democrat):
    "Who says Realistic Democrats aren't ambitious? My policy agenda: • (means-tested) • Trope Police, to sniff out hurtful tropes against military aid packages • Rehab programs for ALL imprisoned parents of truant children (means-tested) • "

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    Tutti gli anniversari 2019: dalla caduta del Muro di Berlino al primo uomo sulla Luna. Dai vent’anni dal trionfo agli Oscar de La vita è bella di Roberto Benigni ai sessanta dalla prima edizione dei Grammy Awards. Ecco tutti gli anniversari “tondi” di questo 2019.
    Anniversari 2019: 10 anni da…

    Il 20 gennaio 2009 Barack Obama diventava il 44esimo Presidente [...]

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    ¿Que es lo primero que se te cruza por el marote cuando escuchas la palabra Harlem? ¿negros? ¿peligro? ¿drogas? ¿pobreza? ... bueno, lamentablemente eso es lo que piensa la mayoria (te aplaudo si no lo hiciste!), pero esta parte de la isla tiene tanta historia, tan interesante y es tanto mas que estos preconceptos que aun hoy nos siguen metiendo en la cabeza que te pido te olvides, por un rato, de la Nueva York de Sex & the City y me acompañes a pasear por sus calles.

      East Harlem - Spanish Harlem 
    El Barrio

    [Mural "The Spirit of East Harlem" by Manny Vega]

    Te aseguro que no te vas a arrepentir (siempre podes apretar el boton de next blog). Ah, y subi el volumen que, en definitiva, la vida es un carnaval!

    [Como diria Celia: azucar! (dedicado a mi cubana preferida, Yoky)]

    Primero, y como es habitual en mi, los dormire un poco con una especie de amansadora introductoria de este singular barrio.

    El Harlem no es uno, sino tres (o dos, segun a quien le pregunten). El West Harlem -oeste de la Ave. St Nicholas y norte de la calle 123- El Central Harlem -este no hace falta explicar (abri algun mapa) el centro es el centro aca, alla y en la luna- y por ultimo el que nos compete hoy: el East Harlem o si te pinta el Spanish Harlem o, mejor aun, El Barrio.

    [Puerto Rico en NYC]

    La historia del Harlem tampoco es una sola. Si bien la parte oeste y central  esta mayormente habitada por poblacion negra ('Harlem negro': temon para otra entrada), la parte este del vecindario es casi completamente latina.

     [¿En donde sino un nombre como este?!]

    El Harlem es una muestra mas del crisol de razas que es, en si, los estados unidos de america. ¿Su historia? Uh, podria remontarme a la epoca de los primeros colonos (holandeses) y seguir con la invasion Britanica, la matanza de indigenas, la llegada de inmigrantes alemanes, italianos, irlandeses,  judios (del este europeo) y mas. Podria contarles como esta region de la isla fue poblandose cada año un poco mas hasta llegar a ser lo que es hoy en dia.  Tambien podria escribir sobre como y porque los negros o miles de puertorriqueños encontraron su 'hogar' por aca. Nada fue casual. O quizas compartirles, cuantas veces cayo, reboto y volvio a levantarse esta parte de la isla, que por decadas y decadas fue  testigo del olvido, de la desproteccion, del aislamiento, de sangre derramada por culpa de esa estrechez humana que tanto nos caracteriza. Podria... pero  todo esto me llevaria una vida, asique si tienen alguna inquietud agarren un libro (jajajja!)

    He leido que el Harlem fue considerado el slum (villa miseria) mas grande de todo el pais. He visto videos de los años 80 (gracias youtube) que reflejan calles y calles de desolacion, ruina  y  tristeza. Pero como dije por alla arriba, el Harlem es tanto mas que esto. 

    El Harlem es un microcosmos dentro de este pais, dentro de esta ciudad. Un microcosmos de una nación que ha crecido tanto y al mismo tiempo, superado o intentado superar las diferencias culturales, que miren ustedes, hoy en dia una minoria es su presidente.

    Pero el Harlem español tiene su historia particular. Esta parte del Harlem fue hogar para muchas etnias. Harlem aleman, Harlem irlandes, Harlem judio, Harlem italiano y hoy dia, EL BARRIO. No se ustedes, pero yo alucino con el solo hecho de pensar que comunidades enteras hicieron su hogar aca por años, para luego ser desplazados y sustituidos por otra 'comunidad/pueblo'.  Esto no es historia, esto sigue pasando hoy. Y me pregunto: esa gente, ¿a donde va?  
    El Barrio fue la casa lejos de casa de los primeros puertorriqueños emigrados. Unos pocos llegaron despues de la primera guerra mundial, y se fueron instalando en lo que hasta ese entonces era el Harlem Italiano.  La gran ola de boricuas llego a NY luego de la segunda guerra mundial. Fue en ese entonces cuando esta parte del Harlem, empezo a llamarse 'El Barrio'. ¿Los tanos? No se, supongo que al mejorar su nivel socio-economico se rajaron para otros barrios. Años mas tarde, caribeños, sudamericanos, mexicanos, turcos y algunos mas, que seguro me estoy olvidando, empezaron a echar raices por aca.

    [Bandera grafiteada]

    Desde hace algunos años atras, segun lo que vi-lei-escuche o invente, mucho blanquito se esta mudando para aca. Hasta el hartazgo se escucha la frase 'up and coming' (¿pujante?)  en relacion a este barrio. Se estan renovando un monton de brownstones hechos pomada para convertirlos en departamentos de alquiler. Hace poco inauguraron, en una ex fabrica,  un mega centro comercial con un Best Buy, un Target, un Marshalls, un Costco y etceteras. Y  con solo caminar por sus calles se nota un cierto aire de aburguesamiento o gentrificacion (tomen la palabra que menos escozor les de). Demas esta decir, que el pibe (llamese pibe al puertorriqueño que vive aca desde hace mas de 50 años y que no quiere pagar el doble de alquiler cuando el Harlem 'mejore')  del barrio esta intentando evitar esto y verse, en unos años, de patitas en la calle, buscando un nuevo barrio para jugar al domino y tomarse un ron con sus compañeros de cuadra.

    [parte del Mural "The Spirit of East Harlem"]

    La idea del paseo empezo siendo una y terminamos haciendo cualquiera.  Logicamente, lo que yo queria ver nunca lo encontre (eso me pasa por no averiguar antes). Resultado: nos perdimos por ahi y esto es algo de lo que vimos pateando el barrio:

    sus calles ... 

     sus casas...

    su gente...

    su comunidad...
    (y sus cientos de iglesias!, ¿una por cuadra?, y casi...)

    [jardin comunitario, Plant-a-lot]

    [haciendo politica ... curioso cartelito a la izq., mister Obama y Gasparin a la derecha]

    [¿y porque no?, no todo es salsa, bomba, plena y mariachis por el barrio]

    [y empezaron las iglesias]

    ['Iglesia del Buen Vecino'... alucine con esta]

    ['East Harlem Fellowship'. Empezo como un cafecito para la comunidad y entre charla y charla formaron una iglesia]

    [mi casa... tu iglesia]

    [y tambien, El centro cultural islamico de New York]

    sus murales...

    [en donde cada piedra es arte]

    Esto son solo algunos de los cientos de murales que invaden las paredes de este barrio. Al turista de tour que viene al Harlem en bus lo llevan al 'Graffiti Hall of Fame', pero como yo soy rebelde, no fui.  En este blog se intenta evitar el turismo de libro... a veces falla, claro.  

    Lo que no fallo es la comilona que nos mandamos al final del paseo. Esta parte nunca, pero nunca falla. 

    [Joy Burger Bar]

    [y yo, como estoy a dieta estricta, me pedi unos chicken fingers y una batatas fritas]

    Vamos loco despiertense que ya termino ...

    El Harlem me gusta, y me gusta mucho. Por que es un fiel reflejo de la realidad de este pais.  Uno se puede olvidar que existe esto, uno puede elegir no pasar de la calle 96 y quedarse calentito en su sillon, mirando alguno de los 567 canales de TV donde pasan Football, American Idol (¿sigue?) y reality shows de chicas con tetas de plastico y  vidas de mentira. O pueden elegir salir a caminar y descubrir los mil mundos que se esconden por esta ciudad.

    Tenia preparada otro tipo de reflexion al mejor estilo Peperino Pómoro, pero no me puedo arriesgar a que me cierren el blog!

    pd: me estoy riendo tanto tanto tanto que por favor les pido, no dejen de leer a Peperino Pomoro (gente argentina sobretodo) en wikipedia. Hace rato que no me reia de esta manera.

    Ahora si, me rajo. 

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    Me digne a aparecer nomas. La mudanza parte primera termino. Ahora estamos con domari en un hotel-depto de papel y tan perfecto que uno esta cada 10 segundos pidiendo excuse mes al aire mismo. El 1 de Ocubre, si todos los astros, planetas y dioses escandinavos lo permiten, se viene mudanza parte segunda. Y cambiamos de barrio y de vida, eso es lo que le anda diciendo mi mente a mi cuerpo ... quien sabe y quien sabra?

    Tengo tanta cosa atrasada (no no estoy embarazada) y con la lentitud que me carateriza es claro que nunca llegare a poner todo aca ...pero a quien le importa? Al fin y al cabo es un experimento y lo que no cuento se cuela igual por alguna parte.  

    Hace un tiempo vino una amiga, muy amiga, muy desde chiquita, muy grosa ella. Tan linda que se tomo 5 dias de vacaciones (sola) para venir a visitarme. Ya conocia NY asique obviamos los paseos clasicos y la lleve por ahi a ver que decubriamos juntas.

    Un dia fuimos a pasear por Chelsea y el Meatpacking District. Al barrio de Chelsea y a su mercado  lo dejo en stand by, para una futura entrada. Estan pegaditos, como todo en esta isla. Mi amiga se copo con el Chelsea Market (quizas haya algo interesante que contar ahi... cliche cliche cliche me grita esa vocecita en mi cabeza), almorzamos en el mercado, sentadas en unas piedras en forma de banco o ¿era un banco en forma de piedra? no se ... A panza llena seguimos camino al rio y al barrio carnicero y muy cool para algunos  (a la noche el Meatpacking District se transforma en un fashion zoo imperdible - fui a cenar ahi el mismo dia en  que empezo la Fashion Week aca (pura casualidad) y les prometo que era como estar dentro de una Vogue ( solo que nosotros eramos los que manejan el camion y reparten las revistas en los kioscos) Abri tanto parentesis  que me perdi ... perdon. Sigo. Si te gusta caretear y pagar mucho en un restaurante y comer mal, este es tu barrio. Si te gusta patear y ver que cosa nueva descubris durante el dia por aca, este tambien es tu barrio.  Y asi fue como encontramos esta exposicion de arte, de ¿arte?, si, de arte.

     [Artista: Mr Brainwash A.K.A Thierry Guetta]

    Parece que no llegue tan tarde con la info sobre esta exposicion. La extendieron y estara abierta al publico hasta fines de Septiembre. Se inauguro en Febrero de 2010. Coordenadas:  415 W 13th St. - la 13 y Washington- Meatpacking District. El lugar es enorme y parece ser que es una warehouse (deposito) abandonada y la usan para este tipo de cosas ... tendre que volver en Octubre  para ver que hay de nuevo, no? Cuando entramos estaba vacio, habia dos cheibons en unas sillas charlando y ni bola nos dieron. Les preguntamos si tenian algo de info de esta muestra y si se podia sacar fotos. No a lo primero, si a lo segundo. Ya empezo raro el tema este... no tienen informacion y te dejan sacar fotos?!?! ¿donde visto? Excitadisimas las dos, atacamos la camara de fotos como si fuera el ultimo dia, e ignorantes de la historia que habia detras del artista y de su obra, empezamos a hilar teorias y a descubrir los personajes detras de las obras.

    Iconos ... claro, miren nomas y saquen sus propias conclusiones (no dejen por el camino, el humor y la ironia, eso si)

    [quiero vivir en un lugar con estas ventanas y si me dejan el poster de Woody no me quejo, eh]

    [claro Mr y Mr, claro ... si son taaaan faciles de lograr estas dos cosas!]

    [explotame esta]

    [tapa del disco Celebration de la reina del pop creado por Mr Brainwash]

    [Kiss me John
    esa luz mala NO es mi flash, es la mala iluminacion de esta muestra]

    [flor de icono agringolado este]

    [Jim, Madonna y el Tylenol. 3 IconoZASOs de la eeuucultura)

    [y si esta la Reina del Pop, no podia faltar -QEPD- el rey supremo]

    Como ya sabran, me fascina no tener idea de que trata algo y asi poder imaginar, sin ningun tipo de estructura y prejuicio, que clase de personaje esta detras de aquello que llamo mi atencion. Me gusta pasear por donde sea y solo despues leer e investigar sobre ese lugar. Me gusta ver una exposicion, sin saber nada de nada sobre el artista. Si lo que veo me gusta, pregunto, investigo y leo. Si no, no. Pero cuando empece a buscar info sobre este señor lavacerebros, oh sorpresa! no habia nada certero, no habia  ninguna reseña biografica de nadie llamado Thierry Guetta. En su pagina no hay contactos, no hay direccion de emails, no hay telefonos. Empece a leer cientos de articulos de diarios y revistas y me di cuenta que nadie sabia nada sobre este artista. Para hacerla simple, hay sospechas de que este Mister no existe.  Bueno, SI existe un pibe que se hace pasar por este artista, pero "se dice" que es todo un acto, al mejor estilo Joaquin Phoenix (!?) y que en realidad este señorito que se hace llamar Mr Brainwash no es nada menos que ...

    [que julepe eh? no OBAMA no...]

    A pesar de que para muchos Obama es un lavacerebros no creo que tenga mucho tiempo para autoretratarse  como superman ... Dicen las malas lenguas que Mr Brainwash no es mas ni nada menos que el famoso y siempre polemico artista britanico: BANKSY.

    Oh casualidad! nadie conoce a Banksy tampoco. Es un anonimo caminando entre nosotros. Por favor no dejen de entrar a su pagina y ver lo que este artista hace. Les va a volar la cabeza, pero mal. Es groso, grosisimo. Yo sigo con los ojos como platos y con una alegria inmensa en el corazon por haber descubierto a este flor de artista. Y cuando entren a su pagina y vean sus obras (las de 'outdoors': graffiti y las 'indoors') no dejen de observar la cantidad de semejanzas que hay entre Banksy y Mr Brainwash.

    Aca mas fotos de la muestra:

     [Dali, Pollock, Warhol, Frida, y todos los grandes que se les ocurran ...
    y escrito sobre ellos esta frase:
    ' If everyone thought the same, nothing would ever change']

    [Warhol-like ...]

    [...hasta en la sopa!]

    [ya adivinaron quien es?]

    [y si, Jim Morisson...  todo se recicla para este artista, hasta los discos viejos!]

    [Kiss reciclado]

    [el laburante Carlos]

    [no te metas con Ali...]

    [¿sera asi Alberto?]

    [ese silla/sillon era una maravilla hecha comodidad ... no se que opinara Kate]

    [este collage nos entretuvo una buena parte de la tarde ... mucha cara conocida por ahi]

    [en eeuu todo es tamaño FAMILIAR, hasta el aerosol]

    [si no encontras Taxi un dia de lluvia, ya sabes... aca tenes uno]

    [y ya nos estamos yendo ...]

    [y nos despide un gran newyorker...]

    Aja y hay algo que me olvidaba y que es muy importante.  Banksy hizo un documental Exit Through the Gift Shop. Se estreno en Enero de 2010 en el Sundace Festival y creo que salio en cines por aca en  Abril (yo no lo vi aun)  Y para seguir con los que  parece real pero no lo es: este documental parece ser que es un mockumentary (def: parece un documental de verdad pero es ficcion ... una onda Borat] Lo curioso del caso es que esta peli relata la vida de un artista obsesionado con el arte callejero, y este artista no es otro que Thierry Guetta a.k.a Mr Brainwash.  

    Algunos acusan a Mr Brainwash de ser un trucho caradura que se copia de otros artistas. Yo no se cual sera la verdad, ni tampoco me importa mucho. Se que sus obras se venden (y no son nada baratas) y que al pibe no le importa nada lo que dicen de el. A mi me hizo pasar un dia esplendido con amiga viajera y  conocer a Banksy. Asi que Mr. B, si sos Banksy, GRACIAS.  Y si sos un trucho copion tambien te digo GRACIAS, gracias por todo.

    Aca unos links por si quieren leer/ver algo mas:

    Entrevistas con Mr Brainwash 

    Video de Mr Brainwash (con acento frances y todo)

    Y mas Banksy

    pdi: Amiga visitadora: ¿che vos te esperabas que todos estos murales y frascos de aerosol rosas escondian todo esto?   Y ni te cuento si lees todo lo que dicen del cheibon verdadero ... hay un periodista que le esta siguiendo el rastro desde hace años, como ave de rapiña, esperando que cometa un error y zas .. lo manda al frente.  Nada, eso ... si todos pudieramos hacer carne el 'vivir y dejar vivir', ¿no? 

    pdii: mi cabeza sigue entre cajas y tramites y la vida misma ... por eso esta entrada esta tan desordenada y confusa (o entendieron?) Nada mas por hoy. Me retiro a la cucha.  

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    Hartos, cansados, hastiados del tema que por estos dias parece ocupar 100 % nuestra cabeza: la inminente mudanza, y tratando de evitar que la misma explote; el sabado pasado, nos rajamos un rato a NY.  El rato se convirtio en horas, las horas en un cafecito y una cerveza por ahi, el cafe y la birra en charlas ajenas a cajas, departamentos y estimados de mudadoras ... y las horas del dia dieron paso a la noche y a un Sushi hecho en casa  y a una pelicula Israeli hermosa y muy recomendable.  Fue un sabado como los que describe Clarice Lispector en una de sus cronicas: "[ ...] el sabado era la rosa de nuestra insipida semana"  

    Y alla nos dirijimos nomas, a una parte de Manhattan que es una especia de 'rosa' pero con alguna que otra espina en su tallo. Y son, justamente, esas espinas lo que la hacen singular y un SI bien grande en mi lista de + de esta ciudad: 

    [nada de Lost en esta isla. Se me ubican por favor]

    La ciudad abecedario es parte del East Village (Lower East Side).  Aunque haya gente que lo niegue (no se quienes seran ... pero siempre hay gente que niega todo) Coordenadas: desde la Avenida A a la D; desde la Houston (fonetica niuyorkina: hauston, no hiuston!) hasta la 14th. Las avenidas (a b c d) son lo que le dieron el nombre a esta  zona. Lo interesante, es el sobrenombre o, mejor dicho, el nombre alternativo y aggiornado a las costumbres de sus habitantes, que se le dio a este pedacito de la isla: "Loisaida".

    [Alphabet City o Loisaida]

    Este nombre me costo un poco mas deducirlo. A decir verdad,  crei que era un apellido de algun ilustre boricua asentado en esta parte de la isla hace ya tiempo ... pero para mi grata sorpresa, no, nada de nombres propios para esta avenida. La palabra Loisaida es una especie de adaptacion al Spanglish de 'Lower East Side'No me pregunten ¿como? Dirijanse al diccionario de dudas y misterios del spanglish o llamen pa' atras a algun friend.

    [deli, delicioso]

    De toda esta zona, la avenida C, hasta ahora casi desconocida en mis paseos manhatienses, es la que mas me gusta.  Es la C, el limite (aun) entre la todavia rasposa y oscura Avenida D y la conocida como 'zona boutique' que comprenden las Ave. A y B.  ¿Recuerdan, por ejemplo,  el Flea Market Cafe?, ¿ese lindo lugar para un sabroso y asequible brunch?  esta en la Ave A y St Mark's Pl.,  pleno east village y arbores de la alphabet city. 

    Tanto el East Village como Alphabet City no eran, en decadas pasadas, los barrios que conocemos hoy en dia. Eran zonas prohibidas por 'peligrosas' , y si, de pronto, eras valiente, y tomabas un taxi para llegar aca, el taxista ni la propina esperaba y te dejaba envuelto en tierra urbana de lo rapido que se las tomaba.  Era una zona famosa por la violencia, las drogas, las pandillas y mucha, muchisima pobreza. Hoy en dia, organizaciones como Loisaida Inc. y otras agrupaciones estan ayudando, mediante programas de desarrollo y liderazgo para jovenes y adultos, a limpiar poco a poca la negra imagen que todavia nubla a esta parte de la ciudad.

    Alphabet city, es una zona tan rica por su diversidad que no bastaria descripcion alguna.  Hay de todo y para todos los gustos (bueno, para todos todos no, pero uds. me entienden) Se mezclan bares con mucha onda, otros que no se sabe bien a que van; restaurantes con cocinas confiables y otras que mejor no asomar la nariz; una cerveceria alemana y al lado un comedero brasilero/sudamericano con musica a todo lo que da; negocios de usados; bicicleterias; peluquerias para perros; heladerias para perros; gente jugando al domino en la vereda; gente mirando gente; algun 'sin techo' pidiendote un cigarro; alguna chica modelo sacada de la vogue; turistas sentados en un cafe con mapa en mano; graffiti que, parecer ser, son todos del mismo artista: 'by Chico'; jardines o parques comunales donde uno puede: a) sentarse a leer b) sentarse y ya  c) plantar albahaca y espinaca y comer organico y barato d)  hacer yoga  con Buda de testigo y... puedo seguir  hasta la z , pero mejor les muestro lo que a  mis ojos (que no fueron dos, sino cuatro esta vez) mas le gusto: 

    [unico en sus colores - Ave B y la 4th]

    [y aca empiezan los graffiti]

    [de una que este es Obama, pero ...]

     [... ¿ y este? ¿sera un Bush achinado?]

    [ai algun alma caritativa lectora de este, mi humildeblog, sabe algo de interpretacion de Graffiti, expliquenme este... por que yo entiendo algo que NO quisiera que sea verdad]  

    (subi el volumen y revole a a a a a]  

    [hasta las bicis tienen onda en este barrio!]

    [por esta esquina, un poco de europa]

    [por esta otra, sudamerica y sus vibrantes colores]

    [y tambien Cuba ¿por que no?, la proxima te comparto un mojito]

    [la vaca voladooooora ... no me acuerdo el nombre. Pero la vaca es arte]

    Y ahora, una seguidilla con gente(s) varias: por que, al fin y al cabo, es su gente lo que hace de un barrio, un GRAN barrio!!

    [haciendo esquina]

    [acortinadas por el willow tree] 

    [la lectora secreta]
    [los bici-voladores, parte I]

    [Notese: delantal con tiras de la chica del bolso azul (me gusto). Notese los tacos de la bici-voladora, parte II (¿por que?]

    [Raul y los timberos]

    [turistas, me atrevo a decir que son ingleses (o de algun lado de la UK) 1:el acento 2: el parecido del de la muscu blanca -que se esta zampando el 8avo cuba libre de la tarde- con Ricky Gervais]

    [ la cara de satisfaccion de ese perro, es tipica de alguien que tomo, como minimo, un 1/4 de helado]

    [al ritmo de los tambores...]

    [... los muchachos juegan al pelota-pared]

    [y, por ultimo, no podia faltar, la parejita que hace buen uso de todo espacio publico]

    Unas postales mas del rrioba:

    Me quedaron en el tintero ( tuve una maestra del primario que usaba esa frase cada 'dos por tres') varios temas y fotos y cosas muy copantes de este barrio. Seguira en los proximos capitulos ... 

    La de yapa: 

    [esta bici tiene HISTORIA ... ]

    Nos vemos pronto ... o no. 
    Nunca se sabe. 

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    Former President Barack Obama has kept a low profile since he left office. It was just a coincidence that the man who so inspires Democrats made one of his rare public appearances in Beverly Hills on Thursday night during what has been a mostly dispiriting week for members of his party. With Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement Wednesday, Democrats have had to face the fact that President Trump will get a second appointment to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the high court this week ruled against unions and upheld Trump's ban on travelers from several countries that are predominantly Muslim. And the outcry over the separation of migrant families at the border continued with no end in sight. So for a couple hundred well-heeled Democrats, Obama's Southern California visit couldn't have been more timely. They gathered in the garden of two major Democratic donors. There were really only two items on the agenda: soaking up that Obama inspiration and donating some major dough to
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    Now that both the House and the Senate have passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), and as it awaits President Obama’s signature, let’s take a look at what we actually ended up with. I’m going to break this post down into several parts addressing: the newly created category of emerging growth companies; the new research […]
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    တိုင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာ ေျဖ႐ွင္းရ ဘာ့ေၾကာင့္ခက္

    ဒီတပတ္ ျမန္မာ့မ်က္ေမွာက္ေရးရာ ေဆြးေႏြးခန္းမွာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္အတြက္ အခက္ခဲဆံုးျဖစ္တဲ႔ တိုင္းရင္းျပႆနာအေပၚ လက္႐ွိအစိုးရ ကိုင္တြယ္ေျဖ႐ွင္းေနေပမယ္႔ ရလာဒ္ မေတြ႔ရေသးဘူးလို႔ ပါေမာကၡ David Steinberg ကဆိုပါတယ္။ ဒီတိုင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာ ေျဖ႐ွင္းရတာ ဘာေၾကာင့္ ခက္ခဲရသလဲဆိုတာကို ျမန္မာ႔အေရးကၽြမ္းက်င္သူ ပါေမာကၡ Steinberg နဲ႔ ဦးေက်ာ္ဇံသာတို႔ ေဆြးေႏြးသံုးသပ္ထားပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ တုိင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ဳိးစုေတြရဲ ႔ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအသိ Ethnic Nationalism ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ႀကီးထြားလာတယ္လို႔ က်ေနာ္ ထင္ျမင္မိပါတယ္။ အဲဒါ မွန္ပါလား။ မွန္တယ္ဆိုရင္ ဘာေၾကာင့္ ဒီလုိျဖစ္လာရတယ္ဆိုတာကို သံုးသပ္ျပပါ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဒါဟာ ေလာကနိယာမတရပ္လို႔ေတာ့ မေျပာခ်င္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကမာၻနဲ႔အဝွမ္း ေတြ႔ေနရပါတယ္။ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စု အပါအဝင္ပါပဲ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္အတြက္ ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ စိုးရိမ္ရတာက တိုင္းရင္းသားအုပ္စုတခ်ဳိ ႔နဲ႔ ဗမာေတြၾကား အတိတ္က စစ္ပြဲေတြ ရိွခဲ့တာေတြ၊ အျမင္မၾကည္လင္မႈေတြ ရိွေနလို႔ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေတြေၾကာင့္ အေျခအေနေတြ ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ဆိုးေနပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ျဖစ္ထြန္းလာေတာ့ အရာရာကို လူသိရွင္ၾကား လူထုေရွ ႔ေမာက္ ျငင္းခုန္ရတာေတြ ျဖစ္လာခဲ့ပါတယ္။
    တကယ္ေတာ့ ေစ့စပ္ညိွႏိႈင္းမႈေတြဆုိတာ လူထုေရွ ႔မေရာက္ဘဲ၊ အခ်င္းခ်င္းပဲ သီးျခားလုပ္ရတာက ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ထိေရာက္ႏုိင္တာပါ။ အခ်င္းခ်င္းညိွႏိႈင္းလို႔ သေဘာတူညီမႈေတြရေတာ့မွ လူထုရဲ ႔ လက္ခံအတည္ျပဳမႈကို ရယူရတာပါ။ လူထုရဲ ႔ လက္ခံအတည္ျပဳမႈကို ရယူရမွာပါ။ အဆင့္တုိင္းမွာ လူထုေရွ ႔ေရာက္ေအာင္ တင္ျပညိွႏိႈင္းတာ အေတာ္ခက္ခဲပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ ဒီတုိင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ဳိးေရး ျပႆနာ ေျပလည္ေရးအတြက္ အခုလက္ရိွ NLD အစိုးရရဲ ႔ အားထုတ္မႈေတြအေပၚ ဘယ္လုိသံုးသပ္လိုပါလဲ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ တိုင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာဟာ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ ႔ အဓိကအက်ဆံုးျပႆနာလို႔ က်ေနာ္ အၿမဲတမ္း ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါဟာ လြတ္လပ္ေရး ရခဲ့ကတည္းပါ။ ဒါကို စစ္တပ္က ပိုၿပီးဆိုးေအာင္ လုပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဦးႏုအရပ္သားအစိုးရကလည္း မေျဖရွင္းႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အဖို႔ကေတာ့ ဒီျပႆနာ ေျပလည္ေအာင္ လုပ္ကိုလုပ္ရမွာပါ။ ဒါဟာ တိိုင္းျပည္အတြက္ အေရးႀကီးတဲ့ျပႆနာ ျဖစ္ေနရံုတင္မကပါဘူး၊ ပင္လံုသေဘာတူညီခ်က္ ရရိွေရးမွာ သူ႔ဖခင္ကိုယ္တိုင္ အဓိကဦးေဆာင္ပါဝင္ခဲ့တာလည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ဟာ ဒီကိစၥကို တကယ္ကိုင္တြယ္လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့လဲ ရလဒ္ထြက္ေပၚလာတာကို မေတြ႔ရေသးပါဘူး။
    ေမး ။ ။ အဲဒီလို ရလဒ္ ထြက္ေပၚမလာႏိုင္တာ ဘာေၾကာင့္ပါလဲ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ အေရးႀကီးတဲ့အခ်က္ေတြ ရိွပါတယ္။ ဘယ္ဟာက ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ အေရးႀကီးတာ မဟုတ္ဘဲ၊ ေရတြက္ရမယ္ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ (၁) စစ္တပ္က ေဖာ္ထုတ္ေျပာဆိုေနတဲ့ သူတုိ႔ရဲ ႔ အဓိကပန္းတိုင္က အမ်ဳိးသားစည္းလံုးညီညႊတ္ေရး ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တိုင္းရင္းသားတခ်ဳိ ႔ထဲက အဖြဲ႔အစည္းတခ်ဳိ ႔ဟာ အစတုန္းက လြတ္လပ္ေရး ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့တယ္။ အခုေတာ့ လြတ္လပ္ေရး မဟုတ္ေတာ့ဘူး၊ ဖယ္ဒရယ္ပံုစံတမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိး ေတာင္းဆိုေနၾကတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဘယ္သူကမွ အဓိပၸါယ္မဖြင့္ၾကပါဘူး။ ဖယ္ဒရယ္စနစ္ကေတာ့ သင့္ေတာ္္တယ္လို႔ က်ေနာ္ ထင္ပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လိုပံုစံျဖစ္မယ္၊ ကိုယ္ပိုင္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ခြင့္ကို ဘယ္အတိုင္းအတာအထိ ရယူမယ္ဆိုတာကို သတ္မွတ္ေျပာဆိုတာကို မေတြ႔ရေသးပါဘူး။ သေဘာကြဲလြဲမႈေတြကိုပဲ ေတြ႔ေနရပါတယ္။ ဒီအေပၚမွာ စစ္တပ္က လြန္စြာသံသယ ရိွေနပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ တိုင္းရင္းသားအင္အားစုေတြ ယူဆထားတာကေတာ့ စစ္တပ္ဟာ သူတုိ႔ကို လက္နက္စြန္႔ဖို႔သာ အဓိက လိုလားေနတယ္လို႔ ေျပာေနၾကပါတယ္။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ စစ္တပ္ကေတာ့ ဖြဲ႔စည္းပံု အေျခခံဥပေဒအရ တပ္မေတာ္တခုတည္း ရိွရမယ္။ ဒါဟာ ငါတုိ႔ပဲလို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဆိုေတာ့ မင္းတို႔က ငါတုိ႔အထဲကို ဝင္ရမယ္။ လက္နက္ခ်၊ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ လက္နက္စြန္႔၊ ၿပီးေနာက္ ငါတုိ႔နဲ႔အတူ ေဆြးေႏြးရမယ္လို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုေျပာေနတာ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးလမ္းစ မဟုတ္ဘူးလို႔ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြဘက္က ေျပာေနတာ က်ေနာ္ လံုးဝသေဘာတူပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ တကယ္လုပ္သင့္တာက ႏုိင္ငံေရးေဆြးေႏြးပြဲေတြကို အရင္လုပ္။ သေဘာတူညီမႈရမွ လက္နက္စြန္႔ဆိုမယ့္သေဘာေပါ့။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ အဲဒီေနာက္ လုပ္ရမွာက ဒီတုိင္းရင္းသားအင္အားစုေတြကို တိုင္းျပည္ရဲ ႔ စစ္တပ္ထဲ ဘယ္လိုေပါင္းစည္းထည့္သြင္းမလဲဆိုတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါဟာ ခက္ခဲတဲ့ကိစၥပါ။ စိတ္ေကာင္းေစတနာေကာင္းနဲ႔ လုပ္ရင္ေတာ့ အဆင္ေျပႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စုမွာဆိုရင္ ျပည္နယ္တခုခ်င္းဆီမွာ National Guards ဆိုတာ ရိွပါတယ္။ ျပည္ေထာင္စုစစ္တပ္က လုိအပ္ရင္ သူတိုိ႔ကို ဆင့္ေခၚႏိုင္သလို၊ သူတို႔ေဒသအတြင္း လုပ္ငန္းတာဝန္ေတြလည္း ရိွပါတယ္။ ေရႀကီးတာ၊ ငလ်င္လႈပ္တာ၊ ဟာရီကိန္းမုန္တိုင္းဝင္တာ စတဲ့ သဘာဝေဘးအႏၱရာယ္ေတြအတြက္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ရပါတယ္။ လက္နက္အင္အား အေတာ္အသင့္ရိွၿပီးေတာ့ ဒါဟာ ျပည္နယ္အားလံုးစည္းလံုးညီညႊတ္ေရးအတြက္ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္မႈ မရိွေစရပါဘူး။ ဒီျပည္နယ္တပ္ဖြဲ႔ေတြဟာ ျပည္တြင္းစစ္မတိုင္ခင္ကတည္းက ရိွလာခဲ့တာပါ။ ဒါမ်ဳိး ျဖစ္ႏိုင္ပါ့မလားဆိုတာ ျမန္မာေတြ စဥ္းစားသင့္ပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ ေနာက္တခု က်ေနာ္ေမးခ်င္တာက တိုင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာနဲ႔ တရုတ္ရဲ ႔ အခန္းက႑ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ တုိင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာ ေျပလည္ေရးမွာ တရုတ္အခန္းက႑ ဘယ္ေလာက္အေရးႀကီးသလဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ တရုတ္ကေတာ့ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေနတဲ့ နယ္စပ္ေဒသေတြ ရိွေနေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ နယ္စပ္ေဒသေတြပဲလား။ တႏိုင္ငံလံုး ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး မဟုတ္ဘူးလား။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ေသခ်ာပါတယ္။ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းတဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စုျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ျဖစ္ထြန္းဖို႔ တရုတ္က လုိလားပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အၿမဲတမ္း သူတုိ႔ ဦးစားေပးေနတာက နယ္စပ္ေဒသပါ။ ၿပီးေတာ့ အဲဒီနယ္စပ္မွာ အေမရိကန္ေတြ ရိွေနမွာကိုလည္း သူတုိ႔ မလိုလားပါဘူး။ ဒါဟာ တရုတ္အတြက္ သိပ္ၿပီးေတာ့ အေရးႀကီးပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ တရုတ္က နယ္စပ္ေဒသ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေစခ်င္တယ္။ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းတဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စုျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ ျဖစ္ေစခ်င္တယ္ဆိုရင္ ဘာျဖစ္လုိ႔ UWSA ဝတပ္ဖြဲ႔ကို အဆင့္ျမင့္လက္နက္ေတြ ေထာက္ပံ့ေနရတာလဲ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဒါက သိပ္ေမးသင့္တဲ့ ေမးခြန္းပါ။ ဝေတြကို ဟိုတုန္းက ဗမာျပည္ကြန္ျမဴနစ္ပါတီက သိမ္းသြင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ ဝတို႔ဟာ တရုတ္အတြက္ အထူးကိစၥရပ္တရပ္လည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ နံပတ္တစ္ တိုင္းရင္းသားအဖြဲ႔ေတြထဲမွာ ဝတပ္ဖြဲ႔ဟာ အင္အားအေကာင္းဆံုး ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ နံပတ္ႏွစ္ ဝေတြဟာ စီးပြားေရး၊ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ၊ အေျခခံအားျဖင့္ ယူနန္နဲ႔ ခြဲျခားလို႔ မရပါဘူး။ ဆက္ႏႊယ္မႈ၊ ရင္းႏီွးျမဳပ္ႏံွမႈ၊ ေက်ာင္းေတြကအစ ဘာသာစကား သင္ၾကားပို႔ခ်မႈေတြမွာ တရုတ္ဘာသာစကားကပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ သူတုိ႔ဟာ သီးျခားျပည္နယ္လုိခ်င္ၾကတာပါ။ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ရဲ ႔ အစိတ္အပိုင္းလည္း မျဖစ္ခ်င္ၾကပါဘူး။ တရုတ္ႏုိင္ငံရဲ ႔ အစိတ္အပိုင္းလည္း မျဖစ္ခ်င္ၾကပါဘူး။ ေနာက္သိထားသင့္တဲ့ အခ်က္တခ်က္ကေတာ့ ဒီနယ္္စပ္က လူမ်ဳိးစုေတြဟာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံထဲက လူဦးေရအတိုင္းပဲ တရုတ္ဘက္မွာ ရိွေနၾကပါတယ္။ သူတုိ႔ဟာ နယ္စပ္တဘက္တခ်က္ ဥဒဟို ဝင္ထြက္သြားလာလႈပ္ရွားေနၾကတာပါ။
    ေမး ။ ။ ဆိုရင္ တရုတ္က သူတုိ႔ကို ဘာေၾကာင့္ လက္နက္တပ္ဆင္ေပးရသလဲ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဝကို တရုတ္လက္နက္တပ္ဆင္တာ က်ေနာ္ မလိုလားပါဘူး။ ဘယ္အဖြဲ႔အစည္းကိုမွ တရုတ္က လက္နက္တပ္ဆင္တာကို မလိုလားပါဘူး။ တကယ္တမ္း ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ ႔ တုိင္းရင္းသားျပႆနာကို ေျဖရွင္းဖို႔ တာဝန္ရိွတာက ျမန္မာျပည္သားေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တရုတ္လည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ အေမရိကန္လည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ခက္ေတာ့ သိပ္ခက္ခဲပါလိမ့္မယ္။ အခ်ိန္ယူရပါလိမ့္မယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ တရုတ္က ဒီ ဝေတြကို ကူညီေထာက္ပံ့ေနတာဟာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရအေပၚ အေပးအယူလုပ္၊ ေစ်းဆစ္ဖုိ႔ Bargining Chip အေနနဲ႔ သံုးတယ္လုိ႔ တခ်ဳိ ႔က တြက္ၾကပါတယ္။ ဟုတ္ပါသလား။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဘာအတြက္ ေစ်းဆစ္ရမွာလဲ။
    ေမး ။ ။ သူတို႔ရဲ ႔ အက်ဳိးစီးပြား ဘာညာေပါ့။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဒီအတြက္က မလုိအပ္ဘူး ထင္ပါတယ္။ သူတုိ႔က အက်ပ္ကိုင္ေစ်းဆစ္စရာ မလိုေတာ့ပါဘူး။ ျမန္မာဘက္က ေငြေၾကးအေျမာက္အျမား လိုအပ္ေနပါတယ္။ တရုတ္က ဒီေငြေတြကို ေခ်းႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ အထူးသျဖင့္ တရုတ္ဖြင့္ထားတဲ့ အေျခခံအေဆာက္အဦးဘဏ္ေတြ ရိွေနပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ တဆက္တည္း ေမးခ်င္တာက အေမရိကန္သမၼတ Donald Trump က Obama လက္ထက္က ထားရိွခဲ့တဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ မူဝါဒကို အခု စြန္႔လႊတ္လိုက္ၿပီလုိ႔ ဆိုရမလား။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ Trump အစိုးရက Obama အစိုးရ လုပ္ခဲ့သမွ် တခုမက်န္ ဖ်က္ဆီးခ်င္ေနတာပါ။
    ေအာင္ျမင္မႈ မွန္သမွ်လည္း ဖ်က္မွာပါ။ သူေျပာတဲ့မိန္႔ခြန္းေတြမွလည္း ေတြ႔ရပါတယ္။
    ေမး ။ ။ တရုတ္က ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံကို သံုးၿပီးေတာ့ အိႏိၵသမုဒၵရာကို ႀကီးဆိုးလာႏုိင္တယ္ဆိုတဲ့ မဟာဗ်ဴဟာ ျပႆနာေပါ့။ ဒါကို Trump အစိုးရက ဂရုမစိုက္ဘူးဆိုတဲ့ သေဘာလား။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ တရုတ္က အိႏိၵယသမုဒၵရာဘက္ ထြက္ေပါက္လိုခ်င္ေနတာ က်ေနာ္ နားလည္ပါတယ္။ Trump က ဒါေတြကို မသိပါဘူး။ သူ႔အစိုးရအဖြဲ႔က ဒါေတြကို သိနားလည္သူေတြ ေျပာေနတာကိုလည္း သူနားမေထာင္ပါဘူး။ Scot Marciel က သိပ္ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ Derek Mitchellကလည္း သိပ္ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ သူတုိ႔ဟာ ဒီကိစၥအတြက္ ေရရွည္မူဝါဒ ခ်မွတ္တဲ့ေနရာမွာ လႊမ္းမိုးမႈ လံုးဝမရိွပါဘူး။ ဘာမွမတတ္ႏိုင္ပါဘူး။ ဒါဟာ ဝမ္းနည္းစရာေကာင္းတဲ့ ကိစၥပါ။
    ေမး ။ ။ ျပည္တြင္းကို ျပန္ၾကည့္ရင္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံမွာ တိုင္းရင္းသားလက္နက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႔ေတြ ရိွေနသမွ် စစ္တပ္က အာဏာခ်ဳပ္ကိုင္ေနအံုးမွာပဲေပါ့။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ စစ္တပ္က အေၾကာင္းျပေနစရာ မလုိေတာ့ပါဘူး။ အခုလည္း သူတုိ႔က အာဏာခ်ဳပ္ကိုင္ထားတာပါပဲ။ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ရဲ ႔ အရပ္သားအစိုးရအဖို႔ အကန္႔အသတ္ေတြ အဆမတန္ ရိွေနတာပါ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ စစ္တပ္ရဲ ႔ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္မႈ ယုတ္ေလ်ာ့သြားႏို္င္တဲ့ အေျခအေနေတြ ရိွပါတယ္။ တိုင္းရင္းသားလက္နက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႔ေတြ မိုက္မိုက္ရူးရူးနဲ႔ မဟုတ္တာတခုခု လုပ္မလာရင္ - ဥပမာ လြတ္လပ္ေရး ယူတာမ်ဳိး။ ေနာက္တခ်က္က ျမန္မာလူအဖြဲ႔အစည္းအတြင္းမွာ အာဏာတက္လမ္းကို စစ္တပ္ကႀကီးပဲ မခ်ဳပ္ကိုင္ဘဲ က်န္တဲ့ျပည္သူတိုင္းရင္းသားေတြအတြက္ပါ လမ္းဖြင့္ေပးေနတာနဲ႔အမွ် ေျပာင္းလဲလာႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ပြင့္လင္းလာတဲ့ လူ႔အဖြဲ႔အစည္း ျဖစ္လာဖုိ႔လည္း လိုအပ္ပါတယ္။ အခုေလာေလာဆယ္မွာေတာ့ သိပ္မေတြ႔ရေသးပါဘူး။
    ေမး ။ ။ ေနာက္ဆံုးေမးခ်င္တာတခုကေတာ့ တိုင္းရင္းသားလက္နက္ကိုင္ ျပႆနာသည္ စီးပြားေရးနဲ႔သာ ပတ္သက္တယ္။ ဒီေဒသေတြ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္လာၿပီဆိုရင္ ဘယ္သူမွ လက္နက္စြန္႔ၿပီးဆိုရင္ ဘယ္သူမွ အသက္စြန္႔ၿပီး လက္နက္ကိုင္ တိုက္ေတာ့မွာ မဟုတ္ဘူးဆိုတဲ့ အယူအဆ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဆရာႀကီး ဘယ္လိုသေဘာရပါသလဲ။
    ေျဖ ။ ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီလိုဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေအာင္ လုပ္ဖို႔က ဖြဲ႔စည္းပံုအေျခခံဥပေဒကို အရင္ဆံုး ျပင္ရပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ေဒသအာဏာပိုင္ေတြ သူတုိ႔ေဒသနဲ႔ဆိုင္တဲ့ အခြန္အေကာက္ေတြကို သံုးစြဲႏိုင္ခြင့္ ေပးရပါမယ္။ ေဒသဥပေဒျပဳ လႊတ္ေတာ္ေတြကို ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ အာဏာအပ္ႏွင္းရပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ဥပေဒျပဳခြင့္၊ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ခြင့္ေတြ ေပးရပါမယ္။ အဲဒါမွ ဆူပူေသာင္းက်န္းမႈေတြ က်ဆင္းသြားပါလိမ့္မယ္။

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    "What We Can Do?"
     by Eric Peters

    "Until enough people’s minds are changed about coercion and collectivism, resistance is futile. The debate will continue to be about how much should be stolen from whom and for what purpose – rather than about whether anything should be stolen by anyone for any purpose. As things are, many people believe it is ok to steal from others – provided the stealing is done on their behalf by other people (these are called “tax collectors”) and the stolen goods are called by pleasant but intellectually dishonest, morally evasive names (examples include Social Security, welfare, foreign aid, grants and so on).

    Using this technique of doublethink, people are able to do things to other people – or urge they be done to other people, on their behalf – without feeling ashamed or guilty, as they would if they were to do these things themselves, personally. This “surgical excision” of the psychologically normal human revulsion for other-than-defensive violence and for the use of violence to take things from others is the keystone of the coercive collectivist system. Dislodge it and the whole edifice collapses.

    It is that simple – and that hard. Simple, because the moral principle is already established. Excluding psychological defectives – the relatively small population in every society that does not feel ashamed or guilty about the use of violence (these people are called “criminals”) most people do feel ashamed and guilty when they steal or resort to violence. And hence, most people do not steal or resort to violence.

    It is a broadly accepted moral principle that theft and violence are wrong things; that those who steal and threaten to harm others in order to get what they want are not good people. This is half the battle, already won.

    The problem is the disconnect which occurs once you transcend from the individual to the group. For some reason, most people – who are good people, basically – are able to not feel shame or guilt when the very things they understand instinctively as well as intellectually to be wrong when they do them on their own are done by people acting in some “official” capacity.

    Theft becomes not-theft by the same method that Orwell’s character O’Brien in the novel "1984" used to persuade Winston Smith that the four fingers he was holding up were really five – with the difference being cognitive dissonance on a mass rather than an individual scale, inculcated from youth by a kind of warping of the critical faculty rather than by crude torture, as in the book.

    The same person who would never threaten or assault his neighbor in order to take his property or dictate to him how he will be allowed to us his property (even if he had the physical power to do so) refrains from doing so because of the internal “check” of the guilt/shame mechanism about doing violence to others and stealing; yet this same person will feel good about going to the ballot box on election day and pulling a lever that will empower a proxy to do precisely the same things.

    He will proudly wear an “I voted” sticker – and gladly accept the stolen goods he receives via proxy theft. He will advocate and defend this, even to the extent of considering his receipt of stolen goods an entitlement (as for instance “my” Social Security). The ends are immaterial; the means are always the same.

    So long as it is called anything but what it actually is. So long as the violence necessary to obtain it is obscured from sight – and thought –  much in the same manner that one encounters a steak, neatly wrapped, without thinking about the cow that was killed to provide it.

    The horror is camouflaged by verbiage. Social Security. Obamacare. Aid to whomever. All the numerous form of government “help.” All of it comes – obviously enough, if one thinks about it honestly – not from the government but from our neighbors, taken from them against their will in exactly the same way that an ordinary thief takes their property. Only it is called something else and so considered – somehow – to be a normal, acceptable thing. The “price we pay for civilization.”

    Organized, codified, legalized thievery without even the self-aware honesty of the street mugger. Could anything be less “civilized”? It is exceptionally odd.

    These same people also accept the idea that a man wearing a certain kind of costume (i.e., a “law enforcer”) may assault them, effectively at will. And worse, they approve such assaults upon others whose personal activities do not affect them in any way – yet somehow offend their sensibilities. And then object when the same sort of thing is done to them by others, whose sensibilities are also offended, but for different reasons. Liberals vs. conservatives. Democrats vs. Republicans. It is a battle over means – but the ends are always the same.

    Deconditioning these essentially good but horribly misled people is the first – admittedly gigantic – step away from coercive collectivism. It will be the hardest part, in part because these people are to some degree unconscious. A conscious mind knows that theft is theft in the same way and for the same reason that a chicken is a chicken and not a Labrador Retriever or a pile of wood.

    This is self-evident to the conscious mind. It is what Aristotle had in mind when he talked about “A is A” – a thing is what it is and cannot simultaneously be something else. Government schools very deliberately tamp down the critical faculty in favor of repetition exercises – each thing treated as a separate and unrelated thing. Linguistic falsehood being one of the fathers of moral relativism and the grandfather of the much worse things which always proceed from that.

    But get people awake... get them to see... and the unconscious acceptance of generations can be dissipated in a moment. It is that easy to change the world – by changing the words. By demanding that words be used precisely; that language not be used to obfuscate but to clarify.

    Thomas Paine understood this power – and used it to greater effect than the armies of the British Empire at its very peak. He changed people’s minds about a doctrine which had been accepted as not only normal but reasonable by most people – by good people – for  generations: The “divine right” of kings. Paine’s clear, concise language rendered this not merely ridiculous but obnoxious. The idea that a man in an ermine robe with a tiara on his head was somehow special, set apart from other men and entitled to rule over them. Kings suddenly became what they always were in fact: Men who trampled upon the rights of other men. Only now – courtesy of Paine – people saw it.

    It will be the same, some day, with coercive collectivism – whether practiced by Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. One day, it will also be seen for what it is – and regarded as both ridiculous and obnoxious.

    The world can change in an instant. It begins with a thought."

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