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  • Google Images algorithm linkss Donald Trump to conspiracy website

    03/28/2017 2:41:33 PM PDT · by Rod Rammer
    Google Images ^ | March 28, 2017 | anonymous
    Is a "Google Images" search algorithm purposefully programmed to link Donald Trump to controversial Pizzagate conspiracy website?
  • A case for a special election for the President of the United States (Grasping at straws)

    03/25/2017 11:44:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | March 26, 2017 | Professor Chris Edelson
    After just two months, there is no question that the Donald Trump presidency is an unmitigated disaster. The FBI is conducting an investigation to determine whether members of the Trump campaign cooperated with Russian efforts to help elect Donald Trump last year. This by itself is extraordinary and unprecedented. As Republicans noted last year, it is very difficult to have a presidential administration under FBI investigation. No one knows what the investigation will find, but what we already know is bad enough. Senior Trump advisors lied about their contacts with Russian officials; one, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign from...
  • Dear White People: Lara Witt (@Femmefeministe) Hates You

    03/25/2017 8:50:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | March 25, 2017 | Robert Stacy McCain
    (TWEETS-AT-LINK) There is nothing surprising about feminist writer Lara Witt’s declaration: “Also white people are evil. Whiteness is evil.” Democrats hate white people. Everybody knows this by now. The #BlackLivesMatter movement was funded by Democrat donors to incite hatred against white people and law enforcement officers, as a way to motivate black voters to turn out for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The feminist movement is also now an anti-white movement. The end of the Obama era, and the defeat of Hillary Clinton — in an election where exit polls showed 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump...
  • Calculating Reparations: $1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S.

    03/25/2017 3:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Black Agenda Report ^ | January 22, 2013 | Denis Rancourt
    For some descendants of persons held in U.S. chattel bondage, no monetary sum can compensate for the enslavement of their ancestors. However, for those looking for a number, there are various ways to calculate the value of involuntary servitude. Here’s one of them. Calculating Reparations: $1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S. by Denis Rancourt This article previously appeared on Mr. Rancourt’s web site, Activist Teacher. “This calculation includes only the money due to ancestors and their descendants, in terms of the stolen actual labor counted in person-hours.” It is not difficult to calculate a MINIMUM amount of...
  • Portland’s Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey on activism in the Trump era

    03/24/2017 9:00:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Log ^ | March 24, 2017 | Cameron Crowell
    In the wake of the Trump election, Portland’s Resistance aims to connect the new anti-Trump movement with those who have already been working towards social justice. Beginning as a Facebook page created by Lewis & Clark Law student Gregory McKelvey two days after the election, Portland’s Resistance (now with upwards of 20,600 likes) was borne out of several days of anti-Trump protests that happened in across America’s cities. I met McKelvey in a Miller classroom. Students passed by, leaving their early evening classes as I nervously scrolled through his Twitter. McKelvey walked down the stairs wearing a suit and bow...
  • $2.5 Million EPA Grant to Improve Air Quality in Cache Valley, Idaho

    03/21/2017 7:24:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    newsroomamerica ^ | March 13, 2017 | Suzanne Skadowski
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that $2.5 million in Clean Air Act Targeted Airshed grant funds will be awarded to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to help improve air quality in southeastern Idaho's Cache Valley… to reduce air pollution caused by wood stoves, road dust and motor vehicles in the valley. said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “We’re pleased that Targeted Airshed grant funds will be available to help support the community's ability to take action on air quality issues and develop meaningful local solutions.”
  • FALSE: Jeff Foxworthy — 'You May Be a Muslim'

    03/20/2017 10:04:45 PM PDT · by Rabin · 21 replies
    http://www.snopes.com ^ | 3/19/17 | Staff
    Jeff Foxworthy follow on .. 1. If you grow and refine heroin for a living, but morally object to the use of liquor, You may be a Muslim. 2. If you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but can’t afford shoes, You may be a Muslim. 3. If you have more wives than teeth, You may be a Muslim. 4. If you wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon to be unclean, You may be a Muslim. 5. If you think vests come in two styles, Bullet-proof and suicide, You may be a...
  • Nazis Are Taking Over. It’s Time For Liberals To Start Buying Guns (Here we go)

    03/20/2017 3:15:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Modern Liberals ^ | March 19, 2017 | Manny Schewitz
    Guns have been a problem for the left for many years. Our country has a long history with firearms, and much of it has been troubling. We have had many mass shootings, and the NRA has pushed guns down our throats for years. They wanted you to believe that President Clinton and President Obama were going to take your weapons away as part of some vast conspiracy to round people up and put them in communist Muslim reeducation camps. Things have changed. We now have a president who is friendly with the authoritarian regime in Russia, and who winks at...
  • FBI Identifies Man Arrested Over Seizure-Inducing Tweet to Dallas Journalist Kurt Eichenwald

    03/17/2017 6:16:02 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 114 replies
    Dallas News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Liz Farmer and Tom Steele
    The FBI has arrested a man accused of sending Dallas reporter Kurt Eichenwald a tweet that triggered an epileptic seizure. The agency announced that John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Md., was arrested Friday morning in Maryland on a cyberstalking charge. Eichenwald tweeted that the man who "assaulted" him also is expected to be indicted by the Dallas district attorney on different charges in the next few days. Eichenwald's attorney, Steven Liberman, told Newsweek that "What Mr. Rivello did with his Twitter message was no different from someone sending a bomb in the mail or sending an envelope filled with...
  • The 1.6 Billion Dollar Hoax (Leftards will believe anything negative about Trump)

    03/15/2017 2:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 15, 2017 | Ken Bensinger, Jason Leopold, Craig Silverman and Megha Rajagopalan in Beijing
    An elaborate hoax based on forged documents escalates the phenomenon of “fake news” and reveals an audience on the left that seems willing to believe virtually any claim that could damage Trump. In the third week of January, an Israeli named Yoni Ariel flew from Tel Aviv to Rome carrying $9,000 in cash on a secret mission to bring down Donald Trump. There, he met with an Italian businessman. Seated at a table toward the rear of a café, away from the street where they might attract unwanted attention, Ariel recalled, he handed over the cash. In exchange he was...
  • U.S. Bishops indicate to Sec of State Tillerson Global Warming is their top foreign-policy priority

    03/13/2017 5:41:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 72 replies
    Chris Manion ^ | March 13, 2017 | Chris Manion
    Following is the text from a revealing March 2nd podcast by Chris Manion of the Population Research Institute. March 13, 2017 (Population Research Institute) – Shortly after Rex Tillerson was confirmed as Secretary of State, senior officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services wrote him an impassioned plea. It was their way of introducing themselves to the foreign policy community of the new administration, so the Secretary undoubtedly considered their letter to be a statement describing the highest foreign-policy priorities of Catholics in America. Is that what it was? Well, we report – you...
  • Focus On Trump The Russian Spy, Not Bernie’s Revolution! DNC’s Jedi Mind Trick

    03/12/2017 4:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 6, 2017 | H. A. Goodman, Contributor
    My latest Counter Propa article explains the DNC’s “Jedi Mind Trick” pertaining to Russia, Trump and Bernie Sanders. Are Democrats focusing on breaking up Too Big to Fail Banks like Bernie Sanders in 2016? Or Elizabeth Warren in 2015? No. If you care about the dangers of climate change, does the Democratic Party have any bold strategies to tackle climate change, other than regulating the use of fossil fuels? No. Sadly, there’s no date circled on the calendar for Democratic voters to say “Finally, our economy runs almost entirely on renewable energy!” The DNC raises more money complaining about Trump...
  • Talking to 11 NYC women (and one man) on Women’s Day about striking, Trump, and why capitalism sucks

    03/10/2017 1:11:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 9, 2017 | Katie McDonough and Molly Osberg
    On March 8, American women were called upon to withhold their paid and unpaid labor in honor of International Women’s Day. In New York, thousands rallied in multiple locations to protest myriad injustices, from the basic tenants of capitalism to the anti-immigrant policies of Donald Trump. Throughout the day, we asked those women—and one man who was inexplicably around—what they were striking for. Full names, ages, and locations are listed as provided. Mariana Poyares, 30, New York Why strike? We all have solid, structural reasons to be striking today. The main idea is to start building a feminism for the...
  • Free To Not Be Around You

    03/09/2017 1:21:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Z Man ^ | March 8, 2017
    Talk to a real estate agent, who deals in mid-sized suburban properties, and they will tell you that the local schools sit atop their client’s list of concerns. A great house in a bad neighborhood usually means bad schools and no one will choose that on purpose. Instead, families will pay extra for a not so nice house in a great neighborhood because that means good schools. You can fix up your house, but you cannot make the local school better, if it is full of misbehaving knuckleheads or headed that way because of the neighborhood. People instinctively understand a...
  • Women's March Organizers Arrested at 'Day Without a Woman' Protest Outside Trump Hotel

    03/08/2017 2:24:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 8, 2017 | Charlotte Alter
    The four main organizers of the Women's March were among the protesters arrested during a New York City rally on International Women's Day. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland were arrested early Wednesday afternoon after a day of loud but orderly protests for "A Day Without a Woman," a strike the group organized to mark IWD. The organizers, as well as several other protesters, had been sitting in the street near the Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle, disrupting traffic. A representative for the four activists confirmed the arrests. (TWEET-AT-LINK) At least a thousand women gathered at 5th...
  • This Mom Quit Porn to Become a Preacher

    03/08/2017 11:40:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 8, 2017 | Natalie Musumeci
    This New York mom has gone from porn star to the pulpit. Crystal Bassette, 33, ditched her lucrative career in the porn industry and her lavish Los Angeles lifestyle to become a church pastor in the small town of Fulton, New York. “It is definitely the ultimate change. It’s going from one extreme to the next. I had to get away from this whole life,” Bassette told Barcoft Media, referring to her 10-year stint doing porn.
  • Trio of non-binary gender changes granted in SF (Further down the drain)

    03/07/2017 6:33:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Bay Area Reporter ^ | March 2, 2017 | Seth Hemmelgarn
    A trio of San Franciscans have changed their gender to non-binary, becoming the first in the city to do so. The three people's petitions, which were filed in December, were granted February 16 without hearings. David Strachan, 69, said he made the change because he has "an intersex condition," and both his "sexual body" and his gender are neither male nor female. "I have a non-binary DNA makeup, and it just makes sense to have a non-binary gender on top of it," said Strachan, who identifies as "a non-binary, intersex person who's in a relationship with a man." Strachan added,...
  • The Russian Hack Absolutely Affected The Outcome of The 2016 Election (Laff riot)

    03/07/2017 2:25:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 16, 2016 | Richard Greene
    Donald Trump won The 2016 Election by 22,748 votes in Wisconsin 44,312 votes in Pennsylvania 9,528 votes in Michigan. Out of 135,657,507 Americans voting, Donald Trump won the Presidency by 76,588 votes, or 0.056% of those voting. In Michigan, for example, out of 4,799,284 votes cast, a margin of victory of 9,528 represents 0.19% of the vote. To put that into context, that means that in a representative room full of 1,000 Michigan voters, 501 would have voted for Trump and 499 would have voted for Hillary Clinton. In other words, if only 2 out of 1,000 voters had liked...
  • The ACLU’s Next Endeavor: Organizing the People’s Power to Resist

    03/06/2017 4:36:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The ACLU ^ | February 24, 2017 | Faiz Shakir, National Political Director
    In the weeks following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, we have seen the harms that his policies cause people around the world and the danger his actions represent for our civil liberties. Trump’s use of executive power has prompted the protest and defiance of millions, echoing the voices of many who know that our basic American values are being tested by our president. The ACLU will continue to defend our basic freedoms and hold this administration accountable for every unlawful or unconstitutional measure they propose. We will use the courts as one avenue to aggressively advance our agenda, but we cannot...
  • 3 Reasons Trump’ll Be President for 8 Years Unless White Liberals Grow a Spine...

    03/05/2017 8:45:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Root ^ | March 5, 2017 | Clarkisha Kent
    As a black femme living under the United States’ first Orange administration, every piece of “breaking news” makes me feel like I’m living in Groundhog Day. You know, that movie with Bill Murray? Yeah, that one. Not a day goes by when you wake up in the morning and don’t hear that the Orange has done something despotic, or someone from his team has been caught in coitus with Russia (again). White liberals talk trash about resisting. They don’t resist. They congratulate Trump for doing something normal. Rinse, repeat. This pattern was compounded Tuesday night when he gave his first...
  • Life’s Distractions Have Hindered the Black Liberation Movement

    03/04/2017 4:07:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Milwaukee Courier ^ | March 3, 2017 | Rahim Islam
    Many of us keep asking ourselves why the Black community in America hasn’t made more social and economic progress. Sure, we’ve made individual progress, but as a Black group, we’re really struggling. This isn’t some academic exercise, this is real. By any and every measurement that you want to examine (i.e. wealth, ownership, business rates, marriages, health, incarceration, education attainment, etc.) we are in serious decline, and the decline is moving faster in the negative. If our community was an airplane, we would be falling fast out of the air and near a great crash on the ground that would...
  • The Media’s Rapid Retreat (A blast from Bizarro World)

    03/03/2017 6:10:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Bill Moyers and Company ^ | March 3, 2017 | Neal Gabler
    Tuesday provided a vivid demonstration that we are in this all by ourselves. The media won’t come to America’s rescue. Oh, how optimistic, naďve and ultimately foolish we were! When Donald Trump bulldozed his way through his first five weeks of his presidency, leaving wreckage in his wake, we knew the mainstream media couldn’t pretend this was business as usual. And they didn’t. And when Trump performed at his first presser as if he were, to put it charitably, deranged, we knew the media couldn’t pretend otherwise. And they didn’t. And when Trump decided to lash out at the mainstream...
  • A black Muslim teen was just found hanging from a tree outside Seattle

    03/02/2017 8:29:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Resistance Report ^ | March 2, 2017
    Ben Keita, an 18-year-old black Muslim, was missing for months. His body, which was found hanging from a tree, hints at a possible hate crime. Keita was first reported missing in November, just months prior to his graduation from Lake Stevens High School, where he dreamed of working in the medical field, according to his father, Ibrahima Keita. Roughly a month after he disappeared without having taken his car, wallet, or phone, his body was found in the woods near his home, hanging from a tree. KUOW reports that Keita’s death was initially ruled a suicide, but the cause of...
  • Police Seize Anti-Trans Campaign Bus Declaring 'Boys Have XXXXXXX'

    03/01/2017 10:25:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 1 March 2017 | Fiona Govan
    Madrid council ordered the seizure of a campaign bus launched by an ultra-conservative group that was emblazoned with the slogan: "Boys have penises. Girls have vaginas. Don’t be fooled." The bus, paid for by ultra-right group Hazte Oir, began touring the Spanish capital this week before planned visits to other cities across Spain, with its campaign against transgender awareness and swiftly provoked outrage. The message on the bright orange bus reads: "Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Don’t let them fool you. If you’re born a man, you’re a man. If you’re a woman, you will continue to be a...
  • Bill Maher Snarls: War Widow Let Herself Be Trump's ‘Prop’

    03/01/2017 12:21:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 1, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    Far-left comedian Bill Maher on Tuesday derided war widow Carryn Owens for allowing herself to be Donald Trump’s “prop” in his speech to Congress. Three separate MSNBC guests called her that within an hour. Regarding the wife of the Navy SEAL, Maher sneered, “First of all, I wish she hadn't allowed herself to be used as his prop like that. And I don't see any great courage here. Where is the courage?” Appearing on a special 12am edition of Hardball, he whined, “Who wouldn't stand and applaud for a war widow?” Getting warmed up, the comic snarled, “It's all fun...
  • Study shows value of undocumented immigrants [fake news]

    02/25/2017 3:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | February 25, 2017 | Bill Cummings
    As President Donald Trump prepares to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally, a new national study shows undocumented workers pump billions of dollars into Connecticut’s economy each year. The New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders who support “sensible” immigration reform, found that the nearly 130,000 undocumented Connecticut residents pay $397 million in annual federal, state and local taxes, account for $3.1 billion in household income and represent $2.7 billion in spending power. “This research proves what we’ve known for years: Immigrants are a boom to our local economy and in every community in America,”...
  • What Would It Take to Stop the Ice Raids? (New Left-wing strategy?)

    02/19/2017 2:28:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 17, 2017
    Over the past week, nearly 700 people have been rounded up in a wave of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps across the US. In response, people have blockaded roads and ICE vans and organized massive demonstrations. But what would it take to stop the raids altogether? The Assault In some parts of the US, the ICE assault involved brutal militarized raids in which officers smashed windows and set off flashbang grenades inside residential homes. In other places, everything happened so quietly as to go virtually unnoticed: here a bureaucratic change in the status of a prisoner, there the transfer...
  • Deported Arizona mom's lawyer: Trump order 'declaration of war' on immigrants

    02/13/2017 9:53:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2017 | Germania Rodriguez
    The lawyer for an Arizona woman who was deported last week says President Donald Trump's recent executive orders are "a declaration of war" on the immigrant community. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was deported to Mexico Thursday following a routine check-in with a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix. She was required to check in yearly after being convicted in 2009 of using a false Social Security number and had done so with no repercussions until now. "This is a declaration of war, these executive orders, are a declaration of war on the immigrant community," Ray Maldonado, Garcia de...
  • To Bork or Not to Bork? The Old Fight That Shows Democrats Why, and How, to Stop Gorsuch

    02/13/2017 2:29:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Zelizer
    Trump, like Reagan, squandered his chance to offer a unifying pick to satisfy his most conservative supporters. Thirty years ago, Democrats gave the Supreme Court confirmation process a bad name. When they killed the nomination of President Ronald Reagan’s first nominee to fill a vacancy, a new term was invented: “To Bork.” The term meant to kill a nomination through character assassination, slander, and ideological attacks regardless of the competence of the person who was being considered. Today Judge Neil Gorsuch’s supporters are warning that the Democrats should not “Bork” President Trump’s nominee. Given Gorsuch’s stellar professional record, his competence...
  • Why I'm Skipping The Women's March on Washington [OPINION]

    02/12/2017 10:08:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Colorlines ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jamilah Lemieux
    I don’t know that I serve my own mental health needs by putting my body on the line to feign solidarity with women who by and large didn’t have my back prior to November. I’ve never felt any thing remotely resembling sisterhood with White women. Friendship, affinity, fondness, love—sure. Sisterhood? Nah. That sense of loyalty, interconnectedness, accountability and shared struggle simply isn’t there. That lack of sisterhood haunted me at times during the 2016 election season. As Election Day approached and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged as the frontrunner, I waited to feel something. Some sort of connection between her...
  • Pretending Clinton was Progressive Alienated the Left

    02/11/2017 7:02:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Progressive Army ^ | February 11, 2017 | David A Hill Jr.
    You’ve heard the memes: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton voted together 93% of the time. This was a common refrain from the Clinton camp intended to paint Clinton as ideologically similar to Bernie Sanders, in an effort to minimize criticisms of Clinton’s policies and record. The numbers themselves have a few figures to poke through, for example, Clinton missed some 31.5% of her possible Senate votes, so those don’t count against the statistic. But that’s not what this piece about. This piece is about how pretending Clinton was a progressive champion ultimately alienated some potential support from the left because...
  • JUDGE WHO WILL RULE ON TRUMP TRAVEL ORDER WON ACLU ‘LGBT AWARD’

    02/09/2017 8:46:14 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com | ^ | February 8, 2017 | staff
    Friedland won the State Bar of California's 2013 President's Pro Bono Service Award, and the 2009 ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Award,” reported the Times. The ACLU honored her for her representation of a gay-rights group in a state challenge of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage... represented Equality California in Pickup v. Brown, successfully defending a California law that bans state-licensed mental health professionals from using ‘gay conversion’ therapy (or ‘sexual orientation change efforts’) on minors,” said the backgrounder.
  • Trump denounced nuclear arms treaty in phone call with Putin

    02/09/2017 7:38:52 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 February 2017 | Julian Borger
    Thomas Countryman, former assistant secretary of state raised the possibility of New Start’s extension last month …Steven Pifer, former senior state department official, argued that if the US walked out of New Start now, it would give Russia a strategic advantage… James Jay Carafano, under the existing “New Start” Russia now has functioning production lines producing new nuclear weapons to replace the old...New Start really got the US nothing while it allowed Russia free space to upgrade”
  • Central American migrants say Trump's border wall "can't stop us from coming"

    02/09/2017 1:46:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    America - The Jesuit Review ^ | February 8, 2017 | Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico City correspondent
    In the scorching afternoon heat of Mexico’s southeastern gulf coast, three men wash their clothes in former oil barrels. They laugh when asked about the border wall planned by U.S. President Donald J. Trump. “It can’t stop us from coming,” Hunley Salgado, a 24-year-old Nicaraguan, says. “We’ll just climb over it. If they make it too high, we’ll tunnel under it.” Willie Rodríguez, a tall and skinny 42-year-old Honduran, nods as he hides from the sun in the shadow of a wall across the street. “The whole point of us making this journey is that we’re trying to realize a...
  • Beating Milo: How Berkeley Defeated the Alt-Right’s Biggest Troll (They think they won!)

    02/07/2017 11:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 7, 2017 | Anonymous Contributor
    If you were involved last night, thank you. I’ve never felt safer on campus than I did when you walked in! It felt so affirming for someone to stand up against misogyny on a campus that blames rape victims not perpetrators, and protects sexual harassers. If the antifas hadn’t come, Milo would have endangered my undocumented students, so I am so grateful! – PhD candidate / Graduate Instructor at UC Berkeley (name withheld) ****** On February 1, Milo Yiannopoulos was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) to perform in UC Berkeley’s Pauley Ballroom at 8pm. Since December 2016, hundreds...
  • What I Saw at the Anti-Milo, UC Berkeley Riots!

    02/06/2017 12:08:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Being Libertarian ^ | February 5, 2017 | Nima Mahdjour
    Ticket screening was supposed to begin at 7:00 pm, so at around 6:15 pm I started walking up Telegraph Avenue towards the event at the Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley campus. On my way there, I was already seeing ubiquitous anti-Milo Yiannopoulos signs calling this gay, Jewish, immigrant (who predominantly dates black men) a “Nazi”, a “fascist”, and many other unoriginal epithets sufficient to excite the decently large “low information” crowd around here.(MAP-AT-LINK) I continued on through Sather Road coming closer to the Ballroom venue. I briefly walked into the supposed ticketing area, by the Amazon store, to get...
  • People Are Honoring Trayvon Martin's Birthday On Social Media

    02/05/2017 8:53:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | February 5, 2017 | De Elizabeth
    Almost five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a "neighborhood watch" member as he walked home from a convenience store where he had purchased a juice drink and a package of Skittles. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon, believed him to be "possibly dangerous" because of his race and the fact that he was wearing a hoodie. Trayvon's murder – and Zimmerman's eventual acquittal – incited nation-wide outrage and was part of launching the powerful Black Lives Matter movement. To this day, Trayvon's name serves as a reminder of the progress that is necessary in...
  • AREVA AND NORTHSTAR JOINT VENTURE, FOR DECOMMISSIONING ACQUIRED NUCLEAR FACILITIES

    02/04/2017 9:10:42 PM PST · by Rabin
    areva ^ | February 01, 2017 | Staff
    Washington, D.C., February 1, 2017 – ADP is designed to contain all decommission U.S. nuclear energy sites … to accelerate decommissioning of shutdown nuclear power facilities through a complete and permanent transfer of ownership of the asset, including used nuclear fuel, from utility owners to an entity who is an expert in decommissioning and used fuel management, Sam Shakir, CEO of AREVA Nuclear Materials. //Back-snip// http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/239819-new-questions-about-clinton-foundation-russian-nuclear Clinton Foundation donors sold one of the largest uranium mining companies in America to a Russian nuclear agency in a deal signed off by the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of...
  • Who Are the Anarchists?: Why Resistance Is Coming from Below

    02/04/2017 4:40:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 4, 2017
    America is in the throes of crisis. Polling as the least popular starting President in history, Donald Trump has taken the reins and intends to force his agenda on the world by brute force. Alongside him, outright white supremacists are coming out of the woodwork, convinced that their time has arrived. Millions who once counted on the Democratic Party are losing faith in the entire political system. Can anything be done to halt the rise of tyranny? This is the context in which anarchists are once again returning to the stage of history and the front page of the New...
  • Helpline for Muslim women flooded with calls following Trump ban, Quebec shooting

    02/03/2017 6:20:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | February 3, 2017 | Michelle Ghoussoub
    A Surrey, B.C.-based helpline for Muslim women has been flooded with calls following President Trump's executive order on immigration, and a shooting in a Quebec city mosque. Nisa, an Arabic word for women, is a free, confidential helpline offering counseling services to Muslim women all across Canada and the U.S. Director Tanweer Ebrahim said this week has been particularly difficult for the Muslim community. ​"People are scared of the repercussions the ban will bring, and also after the Quebec shooting, people are frightened," she said. She said Muslim women can feel particularly vulnerable in public places. "Muslim women can easily...
  • Open Call For Muslims To Run For Office

    02/02/2017 4:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    JETPAC ^ | February 2, 2017 | Nimblebot
    CAMBRIDGE, MA—This “open call” for American Muslims to immerse themselves in local politics is the product of twelve months of organizing by startup nonprofit Jetpac Inc., who are leading the drive for an increase in civic education for American Muslim communities across the United States. Jetpac was founded by Nadeem Mazen, Massachusetts’ first Muslim City Councillor, and Shaun Kennedy, former Deputy Campaign Manager for Mazen’s landslide 2015 Cambridge City Council win. President and Executive Director respectively, their team has already been training American Muslim community leaders, coordinating group workshops, and organizing civic education programs in what they describe as “America’s...
  • Resist!: An Antifascist Fashion Show & Radical Bake Sale

    02/02/2017 12:56:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hoodline ^ | February 1, 2017
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 8pm - Friday, Feb. 10, 12am | El Rio From the organizer Look, things are rough right now. We're organizing, resisting, fighting back. But we also need to take some time to have a little fun, right? Well, enjoy a little r&r while also enjoying some revolution with this radical bake sale and antifasc fashion show presented by local gender queer feminist art collective The Degenderettes! Door: $5-20 sliding scale, all $ goes towards #TheResistance, NOTAFLOF (and paying that bit more makes it easier for us to support this for others, so thank you in advance! ♥)...
  • Exclusive: Black Lives Matter releases statement on Trump's Muslim ban

    02/01/2017 1:17:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mic ^ | January 31, 2017 | Aaron Morrison
    On Tuesday, the Black Lives Matter Global Network issued a statement on President Donald Trump's executive order concerning immigration restrictions and refugee resettlement program suspension. The statement, shared exclusively with Mic, follows the mass protests that erupted nationwide Saturday and Sunday. The demonstrations included participation from several chapters of BLM at airports in Los Angeles, Boston and New York City, as well as activists from organizations in the Movement for Black Lives collective. Mic explored those efforts in an article also published Tuesday. Below is the statement in its entirety: The Black Lives Matter Global Network and movement could not...
  • Mothers of the Movement share what they'd rather be doing with their loved ones (Trayvon biography?)

    01/31/2017 11:07:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mic ^ | January 31, 2017 | Jamilah King
    What do you call a mother whose child has been brutally and irrevocably snatched away from her? Usually, we call her an "advocate." And that's what Sybrina Fulton describes in her new book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a biography of her slain son, which was released on Tuesday. An "advocate" is the modern characterization you can give a woman like Mamie Till, who in 1955 insisted that her 14-year-old son, Emmett, be buried in an open casket. Emmett had been lynched by two white men in Mississippi and, as the world had clocked to the...
  • Letter of global exec meeting Trump

    01/31/2017 2:02:54 AM PST · by lavaroise · 5 replies
    Johnson&Johnson ^ | 1-30-2017 | Alex Gorsky
    I am inspired every time I hear one of you share the deeply held belief that we have an obligation, as Johnson & Johnson, to marshal our resources and help leaders around the world address the greatest healthcare challenges of today. The work we continue to do around the Zika vaccine is a terrific example of this collaborative approach in action. Since the founding of our company in 1886, Johnson & Johnson has worked with 24 U.S. Presidents. We find common ground to address public health challenges and find wins for our patients, consumers and healthcare providers in every era....
  • This Government is An Existential Threat to Every Single One of Us (Rant-of-the-week)

    01/27/2017 5:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Flavorwire ^ | January 27, 2017 | Tom Hawking
    It gets harder and harder to keep track of every single piece of terrible news coming out of Washington these days, so much so that amongst the litany of despair from the last 36 hours or so — the prospective implementation of Donald Trump’s ban on the acceptance of refugees and on immigration from several Muslim countries, the possible death of net neutrality, the ridiculous ongoing smokescreen about “electoral fraud”, etc etc etc etc — it was easy to miss the news with perhaps the most dramatic ramifications for the future of this planet: the continuing efforts to silence the...
  • Chicago improv performer to play Barron Trump in new comedy show

    01/27/2017 4:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2017 | Nina Metz
    Chicago improviser and stand-up comedian Shannon Noll will play the title character in the new stage show "Barron Trump: Up Past Bedtime," opening Saturday at The Revival in Hyde Park. "It's a variety show in the style of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' and it's basically Barron Trump getting read a bedtime story, and then deciding to stay up past his bedtime and play with his imaginary friends," Noll said Friday....
  • German Newspaper Editor: Assassination Easiest Way To End ‘Trump Catastrophe’ [VIDEO]

    01/27/2017 1:59:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jacob Bojesson, foreign correspondent
    Josef Joffe, the editor-publisher of German weekly Die Zeit, suggests the easiest way to end the “Trump catastrophe” is to murder the president in the White House. Joffe joined panel show ARD-Presseclub to answer questions from the public. A viewer called in to ask if it was possible to impeach President Donald Trump and end the “catastrophe.” “There has to be a qualified two-thirds majority of the Senate in order for a removal of office to take place,” a female panelist responded. “These are politically and legally pretty high hurdles, a lot would have to happen for it, we’re far...
  • Protesters Decry Trump Immigration Orders at Washington Square Park Rally (CAIR organized)

    01/25/2017 4:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    DNA Info ^ | January 25, 2017 | Danielle Tcholakian
    GREENWICH VILLAGE — Crowds gathered at Washington Square Park Wednesday evening to protest President Donald Trump's recent executive orders. The president moved this week to restrict people from select countries with large Muslim populations from entering the United States, to build a wall along the border of Mexico and to cut federal funds to "sanctuary cities" like New York that don't cooperate with deportations and other federal actions against undocumented immigrants. "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here," the crowd chanted. (TWEETS-AT-LINK) The protest was organized quickly by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic...
  • Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

    01/24/2017 2:18:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Antidote Zine ^ | January 22, 2017 | Ed Sutton
    Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method of analyzing people’s behavior down to the minutest detail by looking at their Facebook activity—thus helping Donald Trump to victory. On November 9th, around 8:30 in the morning, Michal Kosinski awoke in his hotel room in Zurich. The 34-year-old had traveled here to give a presentation to the Risk Center at the ETH [Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich] at a conference on the dangers of Big Data and the so-called digital revolution. Kosinski gives such presentations all over the world. He is a leading expert on psychometrics, a data-driven offshoot...