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June 25, 2019

Jun 25 10:13

Schools named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee face crisis. What about Bruce Lee Elementary instead?

Schools across the South have been grappling with the names of Confederate generals and Civil War stalwarts affixed to their buildings amid a wave of reflection and reexamining as to whether or not having such names on a building used for public education sends the wrong message.

Jun 25 10:13

No More ‘Great White Hopes’: Study Reports Women and Men of Color Are Just as Electable as White Men

It’s a word that trails women and people of color like a stray dog: “electability”—a word that’s become a catch-all code for nebulous concerns that certain candidates just don’t (or can’t) inspire voters to turn out at the polls as much as others. But, as a new study suggests, if those concerns are tethered to a candidate’s race or gender, they ought not to be.

Jun 25 09:53

ETHIOPIA’S FAILED COUP ATTEMPT ALMOST PUSHED THE COUNTRY TO THE EDGE OF COLLAPSE

A coup attempt in the historic Ethiopian core region of Amhara was narrowly thwarted even though the state chief was killed and the country’s top military leader was assassinated in a related incident that later took place in the capital, with the failure of this regional regime change effort saving Africa’s second most populous country from civil war and subsequent collapse, at least for now.


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Jun 25 09:52

RETAILERS ARE JUDGING CONSUMERS BY USING SECRET "SURVEILLANCE SCORES"

China isn’t the only country with a draconian “social credit score” system — there’s one quite a bit like it operating in the U.S. Except that it’s being run by American businesses, not the government. There’s plenty of evidence that retailers have been using a technique called “surveillance scoring” for decades in which consumers are given a secret score by an algorithm to give them a different price — but for the same goods and services.

Jun 25 09:42

Bombshell: Traitor Maxine Waters Just Publicly Sided with Iran

Rep. Maxine Waters has gone from treating Trump supporters like the enemy to taking a real enemy’s side.
The California Democrat has previously been best known for incessantly chanting “impeachment” when it comes to President Donald Trump and urging her supporters to confront Trump’s officials wherever possible.


Jun 25 09:40

After AOC Rant, Holocaust Museum Speaks Out: ‘Unequivocally Rejects’ Holocaust Analogies

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York recently comparedAmerica’s migrant detention centers to the Nazi-run concentration camps where millions of Jews died during the Holocaust.

Jun 25 09:28

Stunned Anderson Cooper Cuts CNN Interview After Trump Accuser Calls Rape "Sexy"

Less than 48 hours after columnist (and soon to be book author) E. Jean Carroll accused (in a New York Magazine article) Donald Trump of raping her in a dressing room in high-end department store, Bergdorf Goodman, in the 1990's, CNN had gleefully invited the accuser on to discuss the details of this horrific act from her past.

Things did not go according to plan for CNN... and we suspect for Ms. Carroll's book sales.

While President Trump has vehemently denied the rape took place, a sensitive Anderson Cooper welcomed the woman on to his CNN show... then things went 'full awkward'.

Cooper asked Carroll, "you don't feel like a victim?" after she suggested that was the case, and things went downhill fast.

The seemingly unstable Carroll replied, "I was not flung to the floor."

Cooper retorted, "I think most people think of rape as a violent assault..."

To which Carrol replied, stunning the CNN anchor, "I think most people think of rape as being sexy..."


Jun 25 09:28

State Dept Looks to Create Anti-Iran Coalition

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he intends to build a global coalition against Iran, starting Sunday with his visit to Saudi Arabia. This appears to be the latest push since the collapse of an attempt to build an “Arab NATO,” though Pompeo intends to recruit nations from Europe and Asia as well.

While Pompeo emphasized the new coalition being anti-Iran, other State Department officials described it as primarily about maritime security. They said it would be intended to patrol and protect shipping lanes.

This reflects the conflicting interests of Pompeo and President Trump. Pompeo is very keen to get something started against Iran, and remains among the main advocates for that. Trump, on the other hand, says he wants other nations to protect their own ships instead of expecting the US to do it, this isn’t necessarily an Iran-centric issue.

Jun 25 09:27

Russia Warns US Buildup Risks Repeat of Cuban Missile Crisis

The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty is raising concerns in Russia that it would lead to the deployment of land-based US missiles along their borders in Eastern Europe. Russian officials warn this could create a crisis comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

This is not a totally unfounded concern. The INF treaty’s dissolution, and the expansion of NATO all the way to Russia’s border indeed would create such a possibility. Russian officials have made clear they would respond to try to maintain deterrence, and prevent NATO having an overwhelming nuclear advantage. Though there are no formal plans for such deployments by NATO announced publicly yet, the Eastern European members are overwhelmingly hostile to Russia, and would endorse such deployments.

Jun 25 09:26

No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One

After a week of high drama in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated the Trump administration was preparing for war with Iran, President Trump sought to end the war crisis, at least for now, by declining to retaliate against Iran over what he called “very minor” attacks.

Trump canceled a retaliatory strike on Iran in the early hours on Friday, at least in part because he was not certain that the drone or a Navy spy plane following it had not strayed into Iran’s airspace in Strait of Hormuz, according to the New York Times.

But the evident determination of Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton to get Trump to carry out a military strike against Iran – combined with Trump’s “maximum pressure” strategy, which has already prompted Iranian pushback – mean that such crises are bound to continue until either war comes or U.S. policy fundamentally changes.


Jun 25 09:25

No evidence Russia influenced Brexit via Facebook, says Clegg

There is “absolutely no evidence” that outside forces such as Russia used Facebook to target users and influence Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the world’s biggest social network said on Monday.

Nick Clegg, head of global affairs at Facebook and Britain’s former deputy prime minister, said the network had run two full analyses of its data held in the run up to the 2016 referendum and found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces to influence the outcome.

Opponents of Brexit have repeatedly questioned whether the Kremlin played a role in the vote by promoting stories online on issues such as immigration in a bid to sway opinion. Britain has said it found no evidence that Russia interfered in the vote and Moscow has repeatedly denied even trying.

Jun 25 09:25

Another military service member securing border found dead in southern AZ

Authorities say another military service member assigned to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border has died in southern Arizona.

Officials at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said in a statement that the military service member with the Southwest Border Support Mission was found dead Sunday near Ajo, Arizona.

They say the incident is under investigation, but foul play isn’t suspected.

The name of the military service member wasn’t released.

It’s the second such death this month.

Jun 25 09:24

Israel will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do "everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official.

"Israel will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.

He was speaking alongside Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Moscow's powerful security council, whose visit followed weeks of simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.

Jun 25 09:23

Texas sending another 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will send another 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border while accusing Congress of failing to take action on the growing humanitarian crisis.

The governor said at an afternoon press conference among Republican leaders and Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris that additional Guard members will assist at new detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso and at ports of entry.

It brings the total number of Guard members on the Texas border to more than 2,000, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said. There are also 1,400 active-duty soldiers who remain on the border, according to an Army spokesman.


Jun 25 09:22

Violence escalates at Honduras student protests amid molotov cocktails & police fire (VIDEOS)

Honduran military police opened fire at protesters outside the national university, injuring five people. Authorities said live ammunition was used in response to molotov cocktails which injured officers.

Protests demanding the resignation of the country's president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, have intensified in recent weeks as momentum gathers against privatization and austerity measures targeting the health and education sectors.

Jun 25 09:21

SHE LIED! Ilhan Omar’s Estranged Husband and Brother Is Located in Kenya Working for Her Sister (VIDEO) Featured

Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar refuses to satisfactorily answer questions about her marriage to a man who appears to be her own brother.

In early June Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was ordered to pay a $500 civil fine for violating campaign finance law.

Omar had to pay an additional $3,469 fine for improperly used campaign funds.

But the investigation into Ilhan Omar and the findings released by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board revealed something even more serious.

It appears Ilhan Omar may have filed fraudulent federal and state tax returns.

Jun 25 09:21

Trump Slams Iran's "Ignorant, Insulting" Statement, Warns Any Further Attacks Will Mean "Obliteration"

After Iran unceremoniously slammed the door on diplomacy, President Trump has decided to tweet his perspective on what happens next.

Trump began by going after the statement from Iranian leadership, blasting that they don't "understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have," adding some threats: "Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone..."

Jun 25 09:20

Who is seeking a war with Iran?



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Jun 25 09:20

Blain: "We're Nearing The Moment When Everyone Tries To Exit The Bond Market At The Same Time - It Will Be 2007 Again"

These are thin and dangerous markets… We are marking time ahead of Friday’s G20 meeting. Then it will be summer. By then we will be anxious about Europe, Iran or whatever the next thing is. Traders have too much to worry about and too little to do. The geopolitical strains, fretting what Trump might tweet next (yesterday’s all-out assault on the Fed and calling it a “stubborn child” was sublime), or this week’s trade meeting at the G20 – which I expect will seriously under-deliver on market hopes. Remember – Hope is never a Strategy!

I do think we need to think a little more about the Trump effect on stability. The US ain’t doing so bad around 2.5% growth (3.1% Q1). Only an idiot would mistake a soar-away stock market with economic stability. A Dow a couple of “thousands points higher” would be massively overbought, and just a higher number to correct, and if “the Fed doesn’t know what its doing”.. well who does? Trump is noise. Get over it.

Jun 25 09:19

NATO Tells Russia To Destroy New Missile Or Face Consequences

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding "We will need to respond."

While he declined to go into further detail, diplomats have said their defense ministers will consider allowing more flights over Europe by nuclear-capable US warplanes, as well as more military training and the strategic repositioning of US sea-based missiles.

Jun 25 09:18

Russian Warship Docks In Havana As Kremlin Sees New Cuban Missile Crisis

At the very moment a Russian warship has docked in Cuba — a mere one hundred miles off the American coast, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has slammed US build-up of its weapons systems in Europe by invoking comparisons to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Ryabkov made his comments early Monday, the same day the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, armed with Kalibr missiles, entered the port of Havana.

Jun 25 09:16

US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

The causes of wars are complex. In some instances nations other than the U.S. may have been responsible for more deaths, but if the involvement of our nation appeared to have been a necessary cause of a war or conflict it was considered responsible for the deaths in it. In other words they probably would not have taken place if the U.S. had not used the heavy hand of its power. The military and economic power of the United States was crucial.


Jun 25 09:15

New health alert over antidepressants as study finds a 'rare but serious' risk of suicide for patients on pills

Taking antidepressants raises the risk of suicide, a study suggests.

Experts last night warned that patients should be told of the dangers before they start taking the pills.

The research found depressed people on the drugs were more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as similar patients who were not taking them.

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Jun 25 09:14

Survey: Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday.

Student loan debt, which has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, was the No. 1 regret among workers with college degrees. About 27% of survey respondents listed student loans as their top misgiving, PayScale said.

Jun 25 09:08

SpaceX's Latest Launch Ends With Fiery Crash

The company’s third Falcon Heavy rocket launch was deemed its "most difficult launch ever," given the multitude of satellites, deployments and 'moving parts' involved. Everything was going well, with full deployment of its payload and the safe landing of both side booster rockets. But then the mission hit an expensive snag.

Jun 25 09:06

Weekly Update --- Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

Jun 25 09:04

In the Donald Trump Era, People Ages 18-34 Are Less Accepting of LGBTQ Community, GLAAD Finds

Conventional wisdom goes: The young will lead when it comes to matters of tolerance and acceptance regardless of race, color, creed—or sexual orientation. But according to GLAAD, that conventional wisdom has been turned on its head, and Donald Trump is to blame.



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Jun 25 09:03

Jordan Peterson’s radical ‘anti-censorship’ platform promises free speech – but can it deliver?

Jun 25 09:03

WATCH: Chicago Police Release Footage Of Jussie Smollett Post-'Attack' With Prop Noose

On Monday, the Chicago Police Department released bizarre footage of actor Jussie Smollett that was taken in the hours following his report that he was attacked by two Trump supporters for being gay and black in the streets of Chicago. That claim was eventually dismissed by Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson as an “orchestrated" attack.

Jun 25 09:01

Even Lib Bill Maher Is Hopeless over 2020 Dems, Rips Candidates Apart in Brutal Routine

What a difference four years make.
Not so long ago, one of America’s snarkiest talking heads openly mocked the idea that Donald Trump could win the White House.
Now, that same person just acknowledged there might not be any candidate who can stop him in 2020.

Jun 25 09:01

15,000 Mexican Troops Just Showed Up at the US Border

When President Donald Trump announced in late May that he would impose economically crippling tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico unless that nation did more to address the illegal immigration crisis at its shared border with the U.S., the threat was summarily dismissed by Democrats and the predominately liberal establishment media.


Jun 25 08:55

Dollar Doomsday Looms as Refineries Go Boom

Jun 25 08:26

Market Mania Bets the Cash Registers Go Xi Ching!


Jun 25 08:26

Debt-Free by 2024! Gee, Thanks, Mister!

Jun 25 07:54

Senior policy adviser to Bernie Sanders admits she’s $180,000 in debt (but she has her Ph.D.)



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Jun 25 07:47

Property Prices Growth Around The World

Jun 25 07:34

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

ProPublica

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.

A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: “StressedVoice detected.”...

Jun 25 07:32

The ECB’s Renewed Attack on Free Markets

Jun 25 07:28

Poll Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran

By Jason Ditz

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While officials have denied that there was any political component to the US not attacking Iran on Thursday, a newly released poll from Hill-HarrisX, taken over the weekend, shows that a strong majority of American voters oppose such an attack...

Jun 25 07:19

Gillette Stadium’s Facial Recognition Can Identify Fans Before They Enter The Stadium

By MassPrivateI

One of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the New England Patriots is using “Evolve Edge” millimeter wave/facial recognition scanners to identify fans before they enter Gillette Stadium.

According to Evolv Edge’s brochure, their scanners use facial recognition to identify everyone...

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