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Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 13:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., in a joint statement.

Walden got $11,500 from Amgen, Inc., and $10,000 from Allergan and Novartis last year (among other health care companies donating).  Pallone is friendly with Phizer. I don’t expect them to get to that bottom any time soon.


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PIA19912: Mount Sharp

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 9:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken on September 9, 2015, by NASA’s Curiosity rover. In the foreground — about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the rover — is a long ridge teeming with hematite, an iron oxide. Just beyond is an undulating plain rich in clay minerals. And just beyond that are a multitude of rounded buttes, all high in sulfate minerals. The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. The Curiosity team hopes to be able to explore these diverse areas in the months and years ahead. Further back in the image are striking, light-toned cliffs in rock that may have formed in drier times and now is heavily eroded by winds.

The colors are adjusted so that rocks look approximately as they would if they were on Earth, to help geologists interpret the rocks. This “white balancing” to adjust for the lighting on Mars overly compensates for the absence of blue on Mars, making the sky appear light blue and sometimes giving dark, black rocks a blue cast.


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The NSA literally deleted ‘trust’ and ‘honesty’ from its core values

Posted on January 29th, 2018 at 20:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The National Security Agency — which as  whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed, hasn’t been truthful about how much data it collects on phone calls and internet traffic — just removed “honesty” from the core values listed on its website.

“Honesty” has been listed as a priority on the NSA’s website since at least May 3, 2016. But in an updated version on January 12, 2018, first spotted by The Intercept, the word was replaced with replaced with “Commitment to Service.”


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  1. Deleting truth and honesty from their written core values is the most truthful and honest thing they’ve done since their inception. So I’m ok with that…. I think.

Theresa May suggests NHS could be part of US trade deal

Posted on January 28th, 2018 at 11:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Theresa May has left the door open for the greater involvement of US corporations in British healthcare as she arrives in America to lay the groundwork for a future trade deal.

Ms May would only say that she was committed to a health service that is free at the point of delivery, but made no comment on whether the NHS would be off the table in any future talks.

 


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  1. This is like Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine. Fabricate a crisis, then make every attempt to capture even more public services for capitalists.

Don’t buy it.

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 11:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

But remember the time you didn’t buy it.


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A Zimbabwean Priest Who Attempted to “Walk on Water Like Jesus” is Eaten By Crocodiles

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A pastor in Zimbabwe who attempted to demonstrate the “Power of God” by walking on water has been by viciously attacked and killed by the crocodiles in the river he was walking across.

Jonathan Mthethwa was mauled by the three reptiles as he was carrying out a religious demonstration.

Stunned onlookers who witnessed the attack said the pastor had “prayed the whole week” before the demonstration took a fatal turn for the worse.


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  1. Oh, this plus the American snake guy in the same week! That God fella’s got a sense of humour, I’d say.

  2. In the books, Hannibal Lector would ‘collect’ religion-related natural disasters. I’d say Hannibal would include this one as well – Free-range rude, meeting reality.

  3. Actually it calls for joke number 522:

    Jesus is raised again after being crucified. He appears to His followers and, although his appearance has changed dramatically most of them gradually accept His return from the dead. Except for Doubting Thomas.

    Thomas says to Jesus, “Well, if you’re really Christ, you’ll be able to perform miracles like before?”

    “Yes,” says Jesus, “What do you want me to do to prove that I am God’s Son?”

    “OK, how about you walk over the Sea of Gallilee like you did previously?”

    “Right you are.” And Jesus goes down to the sea shore and starts to walk out. Unfortunately, he’s chosen a deep part and he sinks.

    Coming up, he’s pulled out by several of his congregation.

    “See,” said Thomas, “I was right to be skeptical. You aren’t Jesus at all!”

    “Yes, I am. Really. It’s just that I didn’t have these holes in my feet the last time I did this!”

Obama aide: ‘We would have been impeached’ for spending $24M to upgrade Air Force One fridge

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Defense One reported this week that two aging refrigerators on the aircraft will be replaced at a cost of almost $24 million.

The coolers on the aircraft need to have the capacity to store 3,000 meals onboard, and two out of the five are in need of replacement, according to the publication. The refrigerators have been in use on the plane since 1990.

Boeing was awarded a $23.7 million contract to replace the refrigerators, according to Defense One.


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Donald Trump Was the Inevitable Result of Republicanism

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In 1997, a California neurologist named Stanley Prusiner won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of prions and the role that prions play in a number of severe neurological ailments, including “mad cow” disease and kuru, a disease found among the tribes of New Guinea that is spread by cannibalism. Prions are infectious proteins and, at the time Prusiner first announced his findings, much of the scientific community expressed doubts that simple proteins could be infectious agents. A lot of very smart people scoffed at the notion of a prion disease.

It has long been a contention at this shebeen that the Republican Party – and the conservative movement, which is its only animating life force – acquired a prion disease when Ronald Reagan first fed it the monkeybrains of supply-side economics and Protestant splinter theology back in the early 1980s. Prion diseases, like kuru, are progressive. The early symptoms can be as inconspicuous as a patient’s halting gate, or a citizen’s voting against his interests. The disease progresses and the high functions are eaten away until the patient is paralyzed and dies. I think, with the election of the president*, the Republicans may have drifted into the terminal stage.


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  1. I hope a vaccine is being developed for all 3 diseases.

Donald Trump tells Theresa May he won’t visit the UK unless she bans protests

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Donald Trump is refusing to visit the UK unless Theresa May can ensure that he is not met with protests.

Bloomberg revealed that Trump complained in a phone call to May about the “negative coverage” he has received in the British press.

May told the US president that that was how the UK media operated and she could do little to change it.

Trump went on to say that he would not visit the UK unless there were guarantees that he would not be met with protests.

Advisers who had been listening to the phone call are reported to have been “astonished” at the demands.

I’d hardly call the UK a functioning democracy right now, but still…. May banning protests is the best way of starting protests in the UK. Although they would likely turn into riots very fast.


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  1. But shouldn’t Donald realize the same? He’s mind boggling.

White House asks for Van Gogh loan – but Guggenheim offers gold toilet instead

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Guggenheim Museum proposed lending Maurizio Cattelan’s America after turning down a request for Landscape With Snow


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Let’s Pause to Appreciate That Trump Thinks Mueller Is Biased Against Him Because of Golf Club Fees

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A stunning new development! The Washington Post weighs in with a late-breaking insider account of the alleged golf-money showdown that has transfixed a nation:

The dispute was hardly a dispute at all. According to a person familiar [with the] matter, Mueller had sent a letter requesting a dues refund in accordance with normal club practice and never heard back.

This is basically what I guessed, right?

This is the type of thing trump would hold a grudge over for decades, and he assumes everyone is as petty and small as he is. “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” – Titus 1:15


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  1. Donald will scrap for the littlest of change. Have you noticed? But only if he can spend it (someone else’s) or save it (his own pocket)

Burger King ad explains net neutrality with flame-grilled Whoppers

Posted on January 25th, 2018 at 18:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Burger King is delivering its own hot take on the net neutrality showdown that has enflamed the U.S., using flame-grilled Whoppers.

Burger King’s new ad has become a sensation, with more than a million views on YouTube and it’s lighting up Twitter.

In the ad, customers, who the restaurant says are real, are told they will be charged different prices for a Whopper based on speed, or MBPS (making burgers per second). Prices range from $5 to $26.

The customers grow increasingly furious in an art-imitating-life display that mocks new internet rules that have led to wide-scale protests and even death threats.


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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

 


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  1. Does he want to see the sex videos?

  2. Ok, this post is just hanging here at the top for days so I can’t resist any longer – “does he want to see the sex vidoes?” We all know he has seen them, they’re on a constant replay loop down in the sub basement lounge at the Vatican! Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, please tip your waitress…

  3. I’m just wondering what kind of evidence the Pope wants. He doesn’t appear to be willing to accept eye witness accounts just on “faith”.

  4. It suggests to me that there IS no evidence the church would accept. Given the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent in payments to abuse victims, for him to say this, tells me the church has simply decided that’s the cheaper way to go, not that anyone in the church thinks the complaints had any merit. The abuse has been going on for almost two thousand years, it’s been exposed for maybe 10? I’m guessing the only thing he regrets is saying what he said “out loud”.

  5. I’m going to throw out a wild guess and suggest that since the Pope is Argentine, maybe Barros is an old friend of his and he just can’t believe his old friend would do such a thing–or Barros has sworn to him and he can’t believe the man would lie.

GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims ISIS Behind Las Vegas Shooting

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Republican lawmaker on Thursday night claimed the so-called Islamic State was behind the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people in October. “I smell a rat like a lot of Americans. Nothing’s adding up,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Claiming to have what he “believes” is “credible evidence,” Perry cast doubt on investigators’ assertions that Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman in the attack and suggested a “terrorist nexus” was involved. He claimed to personally have information about “terrorist infiltration through the southern border.” “Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the U.S. they would attack Las Vegas… and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times. Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection.” When pressed to provide more details on what “evidence” he has to support this theory, Perry said he was “not able” to reveal anything.

I forgot – is a “terrorist nexus” better or worse than an “axis of evil”?

The fact that he specifies that “ISIS has infiltrated the southern border” is pretty indicative that this is a targeted statement. If there is any region in America that fear mongering based on religion and race is extremely effective on, its southern states. He’s speaking directly to these paranoid, brainwashed, misinformed constituents. And they don’t need evidence.


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  1. Back a few weeks ago (maybe days, maybe months—who knows) when the WH announced their immigrant/terrorist study…. did anyone else catch that 1200 people have been accused of terrorism by THIS WH in this nation (I would believe)? Does anyone know who those people are and if they’re rightly accused? Been wondering.

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

So true

 


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  1. Ha. True stuff. Better then fb though. That’s what I think. still be careful abt those replies. Big trouble could be around the corner.

Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 18:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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No.


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Bruce Lee Lightsabers Scene

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 15:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


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This university would rather give up $3 million than destroy its LGBT students group

Posted on January 17th, 2018 at 21:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Christian university has turned down $3 million in funding from a religious group which came on condition of shutting down an LGBT students group.
Samford University, which was founded by Alabama Baptists, rejected the hefty annual donation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
The university has seemingly chosen to support Samford Together, a group in which students can discuss topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, over the Christian group.
The Alabama Baptists had threatened to withdraw its contribution if when considering Samford Together, the university’s authorities “decide not to deny permanent recognition and revoke its provisional status”.
Instead of waiting to see if this threat would be fulfilled, Samford has preemptively rejected the donation.
Samford’s president, Andrew Westmoreland, said in a statement announcing the decision that all students must be respected.

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  1. Alabama Baptists must be evil to tie their contribution to hurting LGBT students. There is no other explaination.

Posted on January 17th, 2018 at 11:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Trump’s medical exam says he’s 6’3″ and 239 pounds. Albert Pujols is 6’3″ and 240 pounds. If the dementia tests are equally accurate, we are doomed.

 


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  1. Come on now. You must know half the Senate has dementia.

Donald Trump condemned by pastor during sermon while Mike Pence ‘sits in pews red-faced’

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 23:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A pastor has condemned Donald Trump during a sermon while Mike Pence reportedly sat in the church red-faced.

Maurice Watson, of the Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, Maryland, branded Mr Trump’s alleged “s***hole” remark to describe unspecified African nations as “dehumanising” and “ugly”.

This headline suggests Pence’s capability to feel shame when he proved the opposite over and over. He’s lived in shame, hiding his sexuality his whole life. He’s used to it.  It’s better to assume anger. That also helps with making sense with this public statement:

Mr Pence’s office denied he became embarrassed in an email to news agency The Associated Press.


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On Chile visit, Pope Francis apologizes for ‘irreparable damage’ by pedophile priests

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis has expressed his “pain and shame” for the “damage” caused by priests who sexually abused children in Chile. He said the Catholic Church was committed to “ensuring that such things don’t happen again.”

Pope Francis made no direct mention of Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious priest, who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011, to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for sexually molesting minors.

He also did not mention the fact that Kadima, the emeritus archbishop of Santiago, knew of complaints against Karadima – a charismatic and well-connected priest – but did not remove him from ministry.

I guess with “such things” he means “people finding out about it”…


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  1. Sigh…all the hysteria about Pope Frank and he’s still a Catholic! Who knew?

0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, new poll reveals

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation, according to a new poll. Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. 93.9% of Icelanders younger than 25 believed the world was created in the big bang, 6.1% either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means and 0.0% believed it had been created by God.


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  1. How did they avoid indocrination by the churches?

  2. Civilised countries do not allow that form of child abuse,

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Prosecutors generally prefer to interview witnesses before a grand jury when they believe they have information that the witnesses do not know or when they think they might catch the witnesses in a lie. It is much easier for a witness to stop the questioning or sidestep questions in an interview than during grand jury testimony, which is transcribed, and witnesses are required to answer every question.

It’s worth noting that, for a grand jury subpoena, the witness is not allowed to have an attorney in the room. They are allowed to have an attorney available outside the room to confer with, but not in the room as a part of the process. They are also not immediately entitled to the transcript.

Can you imagine Trump in a room with no one but Mueller’s team and the grand jurors?


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Fake news

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Four in 10 [or 42 percent of] Republicans consider accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light to always be “fake news.” [The corresponding figure for Democrats is 17 percent.]

It’s what worries me most about journalists these days – they seem to think “Fake news” is “factually incorrect news” and they look for ways to give people only factually correct items and filter out (at least the most blatant) lies. That’s misguided – the true definition of “fake news” is “news that doesn’t fit in my bubble” and they need to look at ways to get people to look outside their own bubble. Facebook isn’t quite helping there. Nor any other social media that’s based on getting as many clicks and eyeballs as possible


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Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 18:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A few months later, Lozman went to the microphone during open comment time at a City Council meeting; but when he mentioned “public corruption” in Palm Beach County (where the city is located), the presiding council member ordered a police officer to arrest him.

He was charged with “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest without violence,” but the local prosecutor dropped the charges, saying in essence that no reasonable person would believe them. Lozman then brought a federal lawsuit against the city for “First Amendment retaliation.” A federal judge agreed that Lozman had “compelling” evidence that he’d been arrested as punishment for his protected speech. But the judge then threw out the case, reasoning that he actually could have been charged with the obscure state offense of “willfully interrupt[ing] or disturb[ing] any school or any assembly of people met for the worship of God or for any lawful purpose.”

What this meant, the court decided, was that the officer who arrested Lozman would have had “probable cause” (a reasonable basis to believe a crime had been committed) to arrest him if he had known about “assembly of people” statute and wanted to enforce it. The fact that the officer didn’t know about it was irrelevant—and so was the city’s unconstitutional motive. As long as an officer could have arrested Lozman for something, in other words, the retaliatory motive didn’t matter. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed: The existence of probable cause for any offense is an “absolute bar” to a suit for retaliatory arrest, it said.

If you are not a lawyer, ask yourself: Can this possibly be right?  Did you by any chance violate, or do anything that might make someone think you had violated any statute, ordinance, or regulation—littering, speeding, failure to signal, improper parking, excessive use of car horn, leash-law or pet waste violation, soliciting beverage-container deposits on beverages bought out of stage, unlicensed cosmetology, unlicensed practice of geology, discharge into a storm drain, spitting on the sidewalk, barratry, champerty, maintenance, affray, seduction, or being a common scold—at any point today? Under the Eleventh Circuit’s rule (which some other circuits also use), police or officials can arrest and silence a Deyshia Hargrave when a politician wants to silence her—if, after the fact, some earnest lawyer can find a such a law, however obscure, that police at the time might have thought she was violating, even though they weren’t thinking about that.


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Norwegians suffer from desperate shortage of parking, will come to America in droves

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 18:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The President of the United States, discussing immigration, recently said “We should have more people from Norway.” This is a wonderful gesture; he must have been spending his executive time watching the shocking Streetfilms documentary Oslo: The Journey to Car-free and learned about the tragic destruction of parking spaces there.


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  1. Lack of parking should qualify them for refugee status. Can I move to Norway and get their free healthcare?

The 11 most anti-capitalist quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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While both parties attempt to claim Dr. King, the Republicans have a much harder time doing so without distorting history and the truth. But the truth is, most politicians would distance themselves from Dr. King’s stunning (and spot on) indictments of capitalism.


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The Age of Fire and Fury: Latest Der SPIEGEL Trump cover explained

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 14:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single person. The achievements of decades – the fight against a climate disaster, against the nuclear threat, for equality between men and women, between blacks and whites and so on and so on. Where is the world supposed to start again if it manages to survive Donald Trump?


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  1. So – will he be remembered as Nero, who watched as the empire burned, or as Romulus, who watched as the empire fell? Or will there be any sentient beings around to even care? Maybe the post nuclear cockroaches will have a chuckle at our expense.

  2. It’s worse than that. He will be remembered as Trump.

The Radical Dr. King

Posted on January 15th, 2018 at 22:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In fact, it was Harpham/s purchase of an unusual number of fishing weights that first drew the attention of authorities in the small, unincorporated area of Washington where Harpham lived. The bomb was rigged to kill and wound as many people as possible during Spokane’s annual parade celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. Harpham meant to kill and wound as many people as possible, and he meant to do it in dark tribute to the power of Dr. King’s true message.

… At 10 o’clock Monday morning, the Unity March in downtown Spokane went off as scheduled. Unity is a fine thing, but it cannot be a narcotic that swaddles the country in a haze that softens the reality of what the day actually represents, here in a dishonest era in which the President* of the United States speaks the unvarnished language of racism. Unity is a fine thing, but it is not an answer to the real questions of this day.

If Dr. King was a figure of anodyne unity, why did Kevin Harpham plant his bomb?

If Dr. King was a figure of saintly consensus, why did Kevin Harpham soak his fishing weights in rat poison?

If Dr. King wasn’t divisive, why in the hell did someone shoot him to death, fifty years ago this April?


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