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Sharon Davies-Tight Threatened On WordPress with ransom demands

HWH COMMENT: A threat is a threat, regardless if it comes to you in the feedback section, comments or spam. Threats are real. They’re placed on your sites to terrorize you to act on their demands. Ransom they call it. Pay us or we’ll do A-Z to you and your sites, your bank accounts and your reputation.

For those who say, ‘why would you believe these terrorists demanding money?’, I’d have to say, because they’re demanding money.

Where do they come from? Do they have accounts on WordPress? Do they really have email addresses on yahoo? Are they WordPress employees? Years ago, WordPress claimed that everybody who worked for WordPress were volunteers. Why? A billion dollar company has to hire volunteers? These people have access to all your back doors, all your content.

Is the CIA or NSA conducting social experiments on WordPress like they do on Facebook? Why pose as terrorists demanding ransom money? Just to see how WordPress bloggers respond to such threats? Is that even legal?


On 16 May 2019 I wrote to WordPress regarding restoring domains deleted in error and added: OF INTEREST:

“Recently when attempting to pay my yearly fee for 2 of my domains, very close to renewal time, a banner popped up not allowing the action of renewal saying instead, 
This site is undergoing maintenance. Come back in 49 years.’ Justified or not, I felt a twinge of terror when I read that message when attempting to renew 2 of my most 
recent domain .coms”

“Even though I have an iMac with installed malware and am current on upgrades, and I also use chrome as my browser, hackers enter my systems through Safari, which is part of the hardware on Apple and cannot be removed. This happens daily, when I log into a bank, amazon, click on a WebMD, email, or often when I’m just working my sites on WordPress. “

“I don’t know if other bloggers are experiencing this. Sometimes the hackers commandeer the entire computer right in front of me and the only way to stop it is to unplug it, then restart and immediately clear browsing date, which is not easy to do when the screens are scrolling at such a fast rate.”

That the ransom demands occurred after reporting this to WordPress makes me wonder.




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2019/05/26 at 11:39 pm



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2019/05/27 at 10:44 pm




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FOREVER FALSELY ACCUSED

In America it’s against the law to falsely accuse somebody of a crime.

Yet, White Americans (mostly the poorer classes) have for decades been falsely accused of a slavery that they had no part in. Slavery had long been abolished before these white people, the cash cows for Black Americans, were even born.

Still, congress requires them to pay the entire race of black people, year after year, hush money through preferential benefits and treatment in all areas of living, to keep them from burning cities, that the white people will have to pay to rebuild.

Falsely accused = exempt from liability.






 

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The Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than Any Other Part of the US Gov’t.

 

The Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than Any Other Part of the US Gov’t.

Scientists and security analysts have warned for more than a decade that global warming is a potential national security concern.

They project that the consequences of global warming — rising seas, powerful storms, famine and diminished access to fresh water — may make regions of the world politically unstable and prompt mass migration and refugee crises.

Some worry that wars may follow.

Yet with few exceptions, the U.S. military’s significant contribution to climate change has received little attention. Although the Defense Department has significantly reduced its fossil fuel consumption since the early 2000s, it remains the world’s single largest consumer of oil — and as a result, one of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters.

I have studied war and peace for four decades. But I only focused on the scale of U.S. military greenhouse gas emissions when I began co-teaching a course on climate change and focused on the Pentagon’s response to global warming. Yet, the Department of Defense is the U.S. government’s largest fossil fuel consumer, accounting for between 77% and 80% of all federal government energy consumption since 2001.

In a newly released study published by Brown University’s Costs of War Project, I calculated U.S. military greenhouse gas emissions in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from 1975 through 2017.

Today China is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, followed by the United States. In 2017 the Pentagon’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled over 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. If it were a country, it would have been the world’s 55th largest greenhouse gas emitter, with emissions larger than Portugal, Sweden or Denmark.

The largest sources of military greenhouse gas emissions are buildings and fuel. The Defense Department maintains over 560,000 buildings at approximately 500 domestic and overseas military installations, which account for about 40% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The rest comes from operations. In fiscal year 2016, for instance, the Defense Department consumed about 86 million barrels of fuel for operational purposes.

Military weapons and equipment use so much fuel that the relevant measure for defense planners is frequently gallons per mile.

Aircraft are particularly thirsty. For example, the B-2 stealth bomber, which holds more than 25,600 gallons of jet fuel, burns 4.28 gallons per mile and emits more than 250 metric tons of greenhouse gas over a 6,000 nautical mile range. The KC-135R aerial refueling tanker consumes about 4.9 gallons per mile.

A single mission consumes enormous quantities of fuel. In January 2017, two B-2B bombers and 15 aerial refueling tankers traveled more than 12,000 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base to bomb ISIS targets in Libya, killing about 80 suspected ISIS militants. Not counting the tankers’ emissions, the B-2s emitted about 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Calculating the Defense Department’s greenhouse gas emissions isn’t easy. The Defense Logistics Agency tracks fuel purchases, but the Pentagon does not consistently report DOD fossil fuel consumption to Congress in its annual budget requests.

The Department of Energy publishes data on DOD energy production and fuel consumption, including for vehicles and equipment. Using fuel consumption data, I estimate that from 2001 through 2017, the DOD, including all service branches, emitted 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. That is the rough equivalent of driving of 255 million passenger vehicles over a year.

Of that total, I estimated that war-related emissions between 2001 and 2017, including “overseas contingency operations” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, generated over 400 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent — roughly equivalent to the greenhouse emissions of almost 85 million cars in one year.

The Pentagon’s core mission is to prepare for potential attacks by human adversaries. Analysts argue about the likelihood of war and the level of military preparation necessary to prevent it, but in my view, none of the United States’ adversaries — Russia, Iran, China and North Korea — are certain to attack the United States.

Nor is a large standing military the only way to reduce the threats these adversaries pose. Arms control and diplomacy can often de-escalate tensions and reduce threats. Economic sanctions can diminish the capacity of states and nonstate actors to threaten the security interests of the U.S. and its allies.

In contrast, climate change is not a potential risk. It has begun, with real consequences to the United States. Failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will make the nightmare scenarios strategists warn against — perhaps even “climate wars” — more likely.

Over the past last decade the Defense Department has reduced its fossil fuel consumption through actions that include using renewable energy, weatherizing buildings and reducing aircraft idling time on runways.

The DOD’s total annual emissions declined from a peak of 85 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2004 to 59 million metric tons in 2017. The goal, as then-General James Mattis put it, is to be “unleashed from the tether of fuel” by decreasing military dependence on oil and oil convoys that are vulnerable to attack in war zones.

Since 1979, the United States has placed a high priority on protecting access to the Persian Gulf. About one-fourth of military operational fuel use is for the U.S. Central Command, which covers the Persian Gulf region.

As national security scholars have argued, with dramatic growth in renewable energy and diminishing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, it is possible for Congress and the president to rethink our nation’s military missions and reduce the amount of energy the armed forces use to protect access to Middle East oil.

I agree with the military and national security experts who contend that climate change should be front and center in U.S. national security debates. Cutting Pentagon greenhouse gas emissions will help save lives in the United States, and could diminish the risk of climate conflict.

Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science and Department Chair, Boston University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article

Source: The Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than Any Other Part of the US Gov’t.






 

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Watchdog: Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

Auditors with the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office drilled down on episodes serious enough that the patient was taken straight from a nursing facility to a hospital emergency room. Scouring Medicare billing records, they estimated that in 2016 about 6,600 cases reflected potential neglect or abuse that was not reported as required. Nearly 6,200 patients were affected.

“Mandatory reporting is not always happening, and beneficiaries deserve to be better protected,” said Gloria Jarmon, head of the inspector general’s audit division.

Overall, unreported cases worked out to 18% of about 37,600 episodes in which a Medicare beneficiary was taken to the emergency room from a nursing facility in circumstances that raised red flags.

Responding to the report, Administrator Seema Verma said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not tolerate abuse and mistreatment and slaps significant fines on nursing homes that fail to report cases.

Verma said the agency, known as CMS, is already moving to improve supervision of nursing homes in critical areas such as abuse and neglect and care for patients with dementia.

CMS officially agreed with the inspector general’s recommendations, including clearer guidance to nursing facilities about what kinds of episodes must be reported, improved training for facility staff, and requirements that state nursing home inspectors record and track possible problems as well as incidents reported to law enforcement.

Neglect and abuse of elderly patients can be difficult to uncover. Investigators say many cases are not reported because vulnerable older people may be afraid to tell even friends and relatives much less the authorities. In some cases, neglect and abuse can be masked by medical conditions.

The report cited the example of a 65-year-old woman who arrived at the emergency room in critical condition. She was struggling to breathe, suffering from kidney failure and in a state of delirium. The patient turned out to have opioid poisoning, due to an error at the nursing facility. The report said a nurse made a mistake copying doctor’s orders, and the patient was getting much bigger doses of pain medication as a result. The woman was treated and sent back to the same nursing facility. The nurse got remedial training, but the facility did not report what happened. The report called it an example of neglect that should have been reported.

The American Health Care Association, which represents the nursing home industry, said in a statement from its vice president for quality, David Gifford, that it would “fully support more transparent reporting.” The group said Medicare’s current definition of neglect “is vague and creates confusion about what should be reported.”

The nursing facilities covered by the report provide skilled nursing and therapy services to Medicare patients recovering from surgeries or hospitalization. Many facilities play a dual role, combining a rehabilitation wing with long-term care nursing home beds.

Investigators said they faced a challenge scoping out the extent of unreported cases. It wasn’t like they could query a database and get a number, since they were looking for cases that weren’t being reported to state nursing home inspectors.

To get their estimate, auditors put together a list of Medicare billing codes that previous investigations had linked to potential neglect and abuse. Common problems were not on the list. Instead it included red flags such as fractures, head injuries, foreign objects swallowed by patients, gangrene and shock.

The investigators found a total of 37,600 records representing 34,800 patients. Auditors then pulled a sample of cases and asked state inspectors to tell them which ones should have been reported. Based on the expert judgment of state inspectors, federal auditors came up with their estimate of 6,600 unreported cases of potential neglect and abuse.

Medicare did not challenge the estimates but instead said that billing data comes with a built-in time lag and may not be useful for spotting problems in real time.

Separately, the report also flagged potential problems with state nursing home inspectors reporting documented cases of abuse or neglect to local law enforcement. Federal auditors pulled a sample of 69 cases across five states in which inspectors verified that nursing facility patients suffered neglect or abuse. Only two were reported to local law enforcement, although reporting is required.

In one case, a male resident was sitting in the facility’s dining room when an employee walked by and pushed the back of his head, then kept walking. The employee denied it, but his actions were captured on surveillance video. The report said state inspectors verified what happened but did not report it to local law enforcement.

Source: Watchdog: Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported


HWH: In any situation that lends itself to abuse, the actual cases are way under-reported. It’s the nature of the abuse beast. Nursing home facilities need more oversight. Not enough is being done. The owners are getting rich, while the patients suffer from lack of care. Members of the family practically have to be there everyday checking and participating in their loved ones care, and still it can happen.

Congress sits on their hands, while disrespecting the elderly. After all, they can’t vote if they’re in a nursing home, so they pass the problem onto somebody else. They care more about abortions than senior health care.






 

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White House asserts executive privilege in census fight

HWH Comment: Personally, I think it’s ludicrous to take a census and not be able to determine how many people living in the USA are not citizens or how many are on work visas or any other type of visa.

It’s shocking that the democrats talk about wanting to preserve the integrity of the census by essentially allowing people to lie, by not putting the citizen question on the census form. People who are not in the USA legally won’t participate whether the question is asked or not. However, if a household claims only two people on the census, then when applying for benefits, that number jumps to six, then that’s a red flag that needs to be addressed.

Why is it that nobody can lie to any government agency under threats of penalty, except those living here illegally? They are the only ones allowed to remain silent about their status.

Transparency is what this country needs, not hiding those living here illegally by not asking the appropriate and necessary questions about their citizenship status. It’s time the USA got a grip on the millions of people living here illegally, while collecting benefits under the guise of being legal.

It doesn’t matter what the census was originally designed to do. Guess what? The world changed, and now the census-taking has to change with it. The issue now is making sure every individual living in the USA is accounted for.



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to his administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

The claim comes as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over the subpoenaed documents. A contempt vote by the committee would be an escalation of Democratic efforts to use their House majority to aggressively investigate the inner workings of the Trump administration.

In a letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Justice Department asserted that the administration has “engaged in good-faith efforts” to satisfy the committee’s oversight needs and that the planned contempt vote was premature.

Democrats fear the question will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities. They say they want specific documents to determine why Ross added the citizenship question to the 2020 census and contend the administration has declined to provide them despite repeated requests.

The administration has turned over more than 17,000 of pages of documents and Ross testified for nearly seven hours. The Justice Department said two senior officials been interviewed by committee staff and that officials were working to produce tens of thousands of additional pages of relevant documents.

Cummings disputed the Justice Department’s account and said most of the documents turned over to the committee had already been made public.

“We must protect the integrity of the census and we must stand up for Congress’ authority under the Constitution to conduct meaningful oversight,” Cummings said.

The administration’s refusal to turn over requested documents “does not appear to be an effort to engage in good-faith negotiations or accommodations,” he said. “Instead, it appears to be another example of the administration’s blanket defiance of Congress’ constitutionally mandated responsibilities.”

Trump has pledged to “fight all the subpoenas” issued by Congress and says he won’t work on legislative priorities, such as infrastructure, until Congress halts investigations of his administration.

Cummings postponed a planned vote Wednesday morning to allow lawmakers time to read the Justice Department letters.

Ross told the committee the decision in March 2018 to add the question was based on a Justice Department request to help it enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Source: White House asserts executive privilege in census fight






 

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Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man.

The revelation put the freshman representative under more scrutiny from critics who have taken issue with her marital past. One tax expert said that if there is no criminal intent and the issue has been corrected, she’s unlikely to face any criminal consequences.

Some questions and answers about the tax issue:

Q: What did Omar do wrong?

A: The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Thursday that Omar and her husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015 — before they were actually married and while Omar was legally wed to another man. While some states allow for joint filing for “common law” marriages, Minnesota does not, and filing joint tax returns with someone who is not your legal spouse is against both federal and state law.

Q: How did this become public?

A: Last year, a Republican state representative accused Omar of misusing campaign funds, alleging among other things that she used $2,250 in campaign money to pay a lawyer for her divorce proceedings. The campaign finance board investigated and found she didn’t use the funds to pay for a divorce lawyer as alleged, but other irregularities were found. The board’s final report said “there was an issue with her tax returns that needed to be corrected” and that some campaign funds went to an accounting firm.

State officials ruled last week that Omar must repay her campaign committee nearly $3,500, including $1,500 for payments made to the accounting firm for services related to joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015. Omar must also pay a $500 penalty to the state.

Q: What has Omar said about this?

A: Very little. In response to questions from The Associated Press, her campaign sent an emailed statement saying, “All of Rep. Omar’s tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law.” The campaign did not make Omar available for an interview or answer specific questions from the AP. In response to the overall campaign finance investigation, she said in a statement last week that she will comply with the state board findings calling for her to repay money and pay a penalty.

Q: Hasn’t Omar faced criticism on other issues?…

FINISH UP: Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband






 

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Full Transcript Of Mueller Statement On Russia Probe

MUELLER STATEMENT ON RUSSIA PROBE

Full Transcript of Mueller’s Statement on Russia Investigation

By The Associated Press


The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, made his first public comments about the Russia investigation.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

By The New York Times

May 29, 2019


 

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, made his first public comments on Wednesday about the Russia investigation that he took over two years ago.

The following is a transcript of his remarks, as prepared by The New York Times.

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ROBERT S. MUELLER III, the special counsel: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for being here. Two years ago, the acting attorney general asked me to serve as special counsel and he created the special counsel’s office. The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

Now, I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking out today because our investigation is complete. The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public. We are formally closing the special counsel’s office, and as well, I’m resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life. I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself. Let me begin where the appointment order begins, and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system. The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks.

The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate. And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation, where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election. These indictments contain allegations, and we are not commenting on the guilt or the innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. And that is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office. That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of their government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts, addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate. The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the president.

The order appointing me special counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation, and we kept the office of the acting attorney general apprised of the progress of our work. And as set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.

The introduction to the Volume II of our report explains that decision. It explains that under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that, too, is prohibited. A special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. The department’s written opinion explaining the policy makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report, and I will describe two of them for you.

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting president, because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could be charged now.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. And beyond department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially — it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.

So that was Justice Department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated. And from them, we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president. We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations.

The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people. At one point in time, I requested that certain portions of the report be released and the attorney general preferred to make — preferred to make the entire report public all at once and we appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public. And I certainly do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision.

Now, I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter. There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress. In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I’ve said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress. And it’s for that reason I will not be taking questions today, as well.

Now, before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the F.B.I. agents, the analysts, the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals who spent nearly two years with the special counsel’s office were of the highest integrity. And I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American. Thank you. Thank you for being here today.






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Kim Jong-un vs DeWayne Craddock

Kim Jong-un Executed Top Officials After Failed Trump Summit

HWH COMMENTARY: So let’s just throw it out there and see if anybody shoots it down. That’s the going strategy in news organizations since the democrats lost the presidential race to the republicans. Where’s the integrity? Where’s the honor among journalists? Where’s their code of ethics of accuracy and non-biased reporting?

News outlets across the land lost whatever control they had over their impulses to make the news rather than break the news, when all hell broke loose over an election designed to win that lost. Life as they knew it disappeared from the landscape as they rummaged their way through the ruins of lost gains in a never never forever land of disbelief. A mortal lock, turned into a fallacy of fools.

Where’s the rock? Where’s the foundation? Where’s the intestinal fortitude to stick to your principles? It’s looking like you never had any that weren’t at the same time corruptible. Easily corruptible. On a whim?

Check and double check your sources. Why are you all so willing to embrace the worst of humanity. Why can’t you get along – with anyone – except those who think and act exactly as you think and act? From what model of decency do you operate?

‘That’s business’ you retort. Everything is fair in love, war and business?

Your business is not to spin the truth by accusing somebody of murder. That is not your business. And what friendly-to-America source made up that story that you so willingly jumped on? That’s a strategy most often used by Jews. Accuse and make them deny to find out the truth that they never believe anyway. It gets attention directed to where they want the world to focus – usually while they’re conducting a shameful operation elsewhere.

Did anybody else turn up dead halfway across the world? Oh yeah, a black man who overnight became colorless committed a terror attack in Virginia Beach 31 May 2019. I almost missed it, there was so much news about a murder that didn’t happen halfway across the world. Disgruntled employees with good jobs don’t plot and execute a massacre out of the blue. These days a massacre is a massacre unless it’s a black man doing it. Maybe he wasn’t black. The press hid his color for a long time – at least on the internet. You can be sure if it was a white man, the whole world would know it.

Since when is ‘murder’ called ‘purging’? Oh DeWayne Craddock just ‘purged’ a bunch of people over in Virginia Beach. It’s not up to the press to sanitize acts of violence, or to treat one group differently than another group. When a Jew commits an act of terror, he/she is deranged. When a black African does it, he/she is disgruntled. When a Muslim does it, that’s the real deal terrorist. I know I can’t be the only one seeing this biased reporting of the news depending on demographic affiliation.



Trump’s BFF Dictator Kim Jong-un Executed a Bunch of His Own Officials – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

The president has brushed off the supreme leader’s human rights abuses as “tough”

By RYAN BORT MAY 31, 2019 9:40AM ET

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observes a military test in North Korea.

Kim Jong-un is a brutal, murderous dictator who starves his own people and once blew up one of his generals with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep in a meeting. But as the saying goes, love is blind, and President Trump has done nothing but heap praise on North Korea’s supreme leader since the two first locked eyes last summer in Singapore. Sure, there’s been no indication Kim plans to denuclearize North Korea, as Trump promised, and the nation recently resumed testing missiles, but Trump’s faith in his friend hasn’t wavered.

Reality is trivial when stacked up against the “special bond” shared by the two autocrats. Trump will likely be asked to reassess his fondness for Kim in the wake of the news that five North Korean officials were recently executed, including Kim Hyok-chol, a special envoy to the United States who participated in Trump and Kim’s failed summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. Hyok-chol was killed by a firing squad in March, the South Korean paper Chosun Ilbo reported on Friday.

The paper also reported that two other officials, Kim Yong-chol and Kim Song-hye, both of whom visited the White House last year, were banished to do forced labor at a prison camp in one of North Korea’s northern provinces.

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked to respond earlier this month to reports that some of the officials he negotiated with in Hanoi may have been executed, he didn’t seem to take it very seriously.

When Pompeo was asked about the reported executions on Friday, he said the United States was looking into it. “We’re doing our best to check it out,” he told reporters in Berlin. “I don’t have anything else to add to that today.”Trump has yet to respond to the news. While we wait, here’s a small smattering of what he’s said about Kim since they first met in Sinapore last summer…

FINISH UP: Kim Jong-un Executed Top Officials After Failed Trump Summit – Rolling Stone


Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report






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‘Revolution’ in Poland as nation confronts priestly abuse

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — One victim spoke out, and then another, and another.

A statue of a pedophile priest was toppled in Gdansk, put back by his supporters, and finally dismantled for good.

A feature film about clerical abuse was a box office hit.

Poland thought it had started confronting the problem of clerical abuse and its cover-up by church authorities. Then a bombshell came: A documentary with victim testimony so harrowing it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with pedophile priests in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies.

Poland’s bishops acknowledged this week they face a crisis and made a rare admission that they have failed to protect the young. It’s also a crisis for the country’s conservative government, which is closely aligned with the Catholic Church, putting the ruling Law and Justice party on the defensive before Sunday’s European Parliament vote in Poland.

The documentary ”Tell No One ” was directed by journalist Tomasz Sekielski. Before its release on May 11, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski had described discussion about clerical abuse as a “brutal attack” on the church and portrayed the LGBT rights movement as the key threat to children in the country. But the revelations in the documentary have pushed the party to face up to the cleric abuse crisis. It has vowed stiffer penalties for pedophilia, although its leaders have avoided pointing a finger at the church specifically.

Across the country, the film has triggered soul searching and raised questions, including whether the same bishops who moved perpetrators from parish to parish for years will be capable of cleansing the church. Some wonder if Poland, which is already being reshaped by economic growth and secularization, could eventually follow Ireland, where the abuse crisis broke the Catholic Church’s hold on society.

Crowdfunded and free on YouTube, “Tell No One” has gotten more than 21 million views so far and has prompted a new wave of survivors to come forward. About 150 people have contacted a foundation helping victims of clerical abuse, “Have No Fear.” One was an 86-year-old man who was molested when he was 6 and had never told anyone until now.“

He finally understood that he is not alone,” said Anna Frankowska, a lawyer for the organization who took his call.“

A huge tsunami has come, and there is no way this issue can be swept under the rug now,” she said. “It has to be addressed.”Michal Wojciechowicz, a 54-year-old abused in his youth by a prominent Solidarity-era priest, the late Rev. Henryk Jankowski, sees a “revolution” whose time has come thanks to clerical sexual abuse revelations elsewhere as well as reforms by Pope Francis.

“The Catholic Church had power over people for centuries. We needed to wait for the right time, and this is the right time,” said Wojciechowicz, a writer. “The most important thing is that people are now willing to listen.”

The church has played an inspirational role in Poland, keeping its language and culture alive during a long era of occupation and foreign rule and supporting the anti-communist Solidarity movement in the 1980s. To generations, the church has been an advocate for freedom and a source of solace under hardship, and to many, Catholic faith and traditions are synonymous with Polishness itself.

A Polish pope who is now a saint, John Paul II, was a moral authority and a political hero for opposing communism, but even his legacy is now in question due to his failure to tackle clerical abuse.

Recognition of the problem came slowly at first. A book published six years ago by a Dutch journalist had the accounts of Polish victims and five years ago ”Have No Fear ” was founded to offer victims counseling and legal help. But the last eight months have brought the most dramatic milestones. A feature film about corrupt, abusive priests, “Clergy,” was a blockbuster after its September release.

Then in December, Barbara Borowiecka, 62, told Polish media about being abused when she was 11 by Jankowski, a prominent prelate in Lech Walesa’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in Gdansk, where a monument of him stood.

Borowiecka was encouraged to tell her story by another priest who brought her back to the church after a nearly five-decade break. Before his death in 2016, he made her promise to publicly name her aggressor when she was strong enough.

Shaken by Borowiecka’s story, three activists from Warsaw — Konrad Korzeniowski, Rafal Suszek i Michal Wojcieszczuk — traveled to Gdansk in February and in the middle of the night put a rope around the Jankowski monument and pulled it down.

“There was something in Borowiecka’s story that chilled me to the bone. It was shocking. The length of her isolation, the embarrassment she had to feel, that her own mother didn’t believe her,” said Korzeniowski, a computer programmer. “Even though I was aware of what is happening in the church with pedophilia, it put a face to it, and I was crying.”

They placed children’s underwear, shoes and white lace…

FINISH UP: ‘Revolution’ in Poland as nation confronts priestly abuse






 

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Full Transcript of Mueller’s Statement on Russia Investigation

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, made his first public comments about the Russia investigation.

By The New York Times

  • The following is a transcript of his remarks, as prepared by The New York Times.

ROBERT S. MUELLER III, the special counsel: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for being here. Two years ago, the acting attorney general asked me to serve as special counsel and he created the special counsel’s office. The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

Now, I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking out today because our investigation is complete. The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public. We are formally closing the special counsel’s office, and as well, I’m resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life. I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself. Let me begin where the appointment order begins, and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system. The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cybertechniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks.

The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate. And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation, where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election. These indictments contain allegations, and we are not commenting on the guilt or the innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. And that is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office. That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of their government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts, addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate. The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the president.

The order appointing me special counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation, and we kept the office of the acting attorney general apprised of the progress of our work. And as set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.

The introduction to the Volume II of our report explains that decision. It explains that under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that, too, is prohibited. A special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. The department’s written opinion explaining the policy makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report, and I will describe two of them for you.

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting president, because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could be charged now.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. And beyond department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially — it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.

So that was Justice Department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated. And from them, we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president. We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations.

The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people. At one point in time, I requested that certain portions of the report be released and the attorney general preferred to make — preferred to make the entire report public all at once and we appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public. And I certainly do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision.

Now, I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter. There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress. In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I’ve said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress. And it’s for that reason I will not be taking questions today, as well.

Now, before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the F.B.I. agents, the analysts, the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals who spent nearly two years with the special counsel’s office were of the highest integrity. And I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American. Thank you. Thank you for being here today.






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RE: File says Smollett couldn’t contact brothers after arrest

 

HWH Comment: In this instance, where there was so much media attention, and people hurt, by someone alleged to have made false accusations regarding a hate crime, that the public deserves to know the truth of the legal process that exonerated the accused.

Falsely reporting hate crimes – especially when premeditated and reeking with startling prejudicial symbolism – needs to have the light of everybody’s eyes shined on it. Otherwise, future victims will not come forward and/or will not be believed.

When a black judge dismisses a black person’s case then seals the process that led to her decision so the public can’t see it, that case should be scrutinized in the same way as when the judge is white and the accused is white. Bias is bias, no matter the color or gender. We must make every effort to eliminate it in the court system, otherwise our democracy will fail and our efforts to spread our system around the world will have no credibility.


Add-on: What’s with the gloved hand front and center in the photo? Staged? Coming from Jussie Smollet, probably so. “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

He obviously didn’t think the charade through to its conclusion. Yes, everybody remembers the ‘glove’ in the O.J. Simpson trial. And that may be enough to sway the black and the gay communities in Smollet’s favor.

O.J. Simpson’s glove found at the scene of a bloody dual-murder was soaked with blood then dried, which made it shrink due to it’s leather nature. So when he tried it on during trial and spread his fingers to make it look like the glove was too small to fit his hand, the jury bought it.

But as the photo shows here, the glove fits the hand of Jussie Smollet. I’m beginning to think Jussie Smollet is aiming for a Hollywood movie gig, where he plays himself as the persecuted black gay man accused of committing a hate crime against himself. That should get him the money and notoriety he craves.

Yeah, he has a secret to tell.



CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett’s conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago.

Besides that detail, the “Empire” actor’s criminal case file appears to contain little new information. The bulk of the more-than-250-page file centers on the legal battle between media organizations that wanted access to the file and Smollett’s attorneys who wanted it kept sealed.In his order for the file to be unsealed, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins said Smollett’s actions before and after his case was dismissed did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.

Smollett’s lawyers had argued that since the charges were dropped, the actor had “the right to be left alone.

”Watkins’ decision, which followed requests by The Associated Press and other media organizations to make the file public, said there were good arguments for keeping the file sealed but that Smollett forfeited his right to protect his privacy by talking to the media.

The actor had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when telling them that two masked men beat him in January in downtown Chicago, shouted slurs at him, doused him with a chemical substance and looped a rope around his neck. Police still insist Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary on the Fox TV show and wanted publicity.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges, though, with little explanation on March 26.

The judge on Thursday wrote that Smollett “voluntarily appeared on national television for an interview speaking about the incident in detail. After the March 26 dismissal, he voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case. On several occasions, attorneys for Defendant, presumably with his authorization, appeared on various media outlets speaking about the case.”

The judge added, “These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone.”

Natalie Spears, an attorney representing media organizations that wanted the file unsealed, applauded Watkins’ decision.

“This is about transparency and trust in the system and we believe the public has a right to know what the government did and why,” she said Thursday after the hearing.

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FINISH UP: File says Smollett couldn’t contact brothers after arrest






 

Posted in DONALD TRUMP, HWH COMMENTARY, POLITICS

Mossad Needs A History Lesson About Violating Freedoms Against USA Citizens

When Jews tell non-Jews that they need a history lesson, they’re not talking about books and classrooms; they’re talking about hauling you off for a holocaust treatment, never to be heard of again.

It makes me wonder how many missing persons around the globe were actually victims of the holocaust treatment?

After decades of hunting Nazis, when Jews talk about bringing only one Nazi to justice, to face criminal charges in an Israeli court, they want the world to know that all the other not-so-important supposed non-Jews were dealt with out of the public view.

These private death by torture operations were conducted with funds and resources provided by the USA government, at the USA taxpayer’s expense. Nazi Hunters they called themselves, operating with impunity wherever they went.

Members of Congress in the USA were fully aware that they were sanctioning and funding torture and assassination operations conducted by Israeli death squads within the USA and elsewhere.

People who want to lower the pain threshold of a nation by exploiting another nation for financial gain have sadistic and torture tendencies. I can see a lot of sadistic people in the democratic party grooming themselves for the highest office of the USA, preparing publicly for the inevitable private meetings with Israeli representatives.

That connection needs to end. The USA cannot continue to give comfort to the Jews for actions taken against them during World War II in Nazi-run factories in foreign countries, by allowing them to commit acts of torture and assassinations outside the law to avenge those conditions.

If Jews have evidence of war crimes against specific people then the international war crimes tribunal is the place to raise those concerns. Israel, however, has refused to participate in that court, so as to avoid charges by that court for war crimes they committed against specific Palestinians and against Palestinians as a group in the form of apartheid.

There needs to be a full scale investigation into the Mossad acting independently and without oversight on USA soil and the funds used to finance their decades-long actions of surveillance and operations plus the USA surveillance and law enforcement entities, agencies, bureaus and associations etc., etal that gave these Mossad members and their associates unfettered access without accountability to private USA citizens.

The sooner the better.

You just can’t keep killing everybody who doesn’t like you.

Maybe you’re giving them a reason.






 

Posted in DONALD TRUMP, HWH COMMENTARY

Iran Uses Drones To Bomb Saudi Arabian Oil Assets?

HWH COMMENTARY:

I don’t believe for a minute that the Iranian government bombed Saudi Arabian oil assets, nor sanctioned the bombing nor knew in advance that some other group or nation was going to bomb Saudi assets.

Israel is a friend to no nation. They seek to do business to benefit themselves. There is no quid pro quo in their business vocabulary or relationships.

What did the USA get via the Chief Deal Maker Donald Trump when he moved the USA embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem?

Nothing.

What did the USA get via the Chief Deal Maker Donald Trump when he publicly announced to the world that the USA supported Israel’s right to annex the Golan Heights?

Nothing. Oh, I almost forgot it was so small a concession.

Israel gave President Donald Trump a case of wine made in Israel. President Trump doesn’t drink alcohol beverages. What benefit did the American people get?

None.

Do you remember when Israeli soldiers were ordered to uproot all the olive trees in Palestine? Because the Palestinians were digging up their own trees, planting boxes of rapid fire rifles under the trees and then replanting them?

That was a lie. Grapes grow well where olives grow well. Growing grapes to make wine was on their minds – not rapid fire rifles.

What did the USA get via the Chief Deal Maker Donald Trump when the USA stood down and turned its blind eye to Benjamin Netanyahu once again decimating the infrastructure in Gaza?

Nothing.

Dictator Netanyahu finds an excuse every few years, when Gaza rebuilds from the previous decimation of their infrastructure, to bomb it all over again. The purpose is to forever keep the Palestinians in a state of despair, while they rebuild again, and again, and again.

If Saudi Arabia wants to go to war over fake charges against Iran, as a gift to Israel, keep the USA out of it.

I see Israeli sympathizers bombing those assets in my logical rearview backseat driver mirror.

Israel knows the friendship between the USA and Saudi Arabia.  Israel also knows they can’t ask the USA to bomb Iran. But maybe there’s a chance that the USA would bomb Iran on behalf of Saudi Arabia – the country that birthed Osama bin Laden.

Yeah I know the logic part doesn’t fit, but I put my Israeli logic hat on and that one fits.

The USA would really be doing it for Israel.

Now what will the USA get via the Chief Deal Maker Donald Trump for bombing the nuclear sites in Iran?

Nothing.

I rest my ‘NOTHING’ case.

Israelis are notorious for creating false documentation, since they have human assets all over the globe at every strategic venue, no matter how small.

Falsely generated reports is what got us into a war in Iraq. ISIS was born from that conflict.

DO NOT placate Israel.




By Marwa Rashad and Stephen KalinRIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court.

Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group. Two days earlier, four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.Iran has denied involvement in either operation, which come as Washington and the Islamic Republic spar over sanctions and the U.S. military presence in the region, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region nor does it seek that,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference.”It will do what it can to prevent this war and at the same time it reaffirms that in the event the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with all force and determination, and it will defend itself and its interests.”

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss implications of the attacks.

“The current critical circumstances entail a unified Arab and Gulf stance toward the besetting challenges and risks,” the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim ally the UAE has not blamed anyone for the tanker sabotage operation, pending an investigation. No-one has claimed responsibility, but two U.S. government sources said last week that U.S. officials believed Iran had encouraged the Houthi group or Iraq-based Shi’ite militias to carry it out.

The drone strike on oil pumping stations, which Riyadh said did not disrupt output or exports, was claimed by the Houthis, who have been battling a Saudi-led military coalition in a war in Yemen since 2015.

The head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, derided Riyadh’s call to convene Arab summits, saying in a Twitter post that they “only know how to support war and destruction”.

A Norwegian insurers’ report seen by Reuters said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were “highly likely” to have facilitated the attack on vessels near the UAE’s Fujairah emirate, a main bunkering hub lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz.

SAUDI PRINCE CALLS POMPEO…

FINISH UP: Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran’s court






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Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

HWH COMMENTARY:

I was just talking to Steve the other night about horse racing and the ethical problems associated with it regarding the treatment of horses, not just at the carnival level but all levels. Horses love to run and compete, so in order to save the sport for the horse’s sake, dump the riders.

Human runners in the Olympics are required to saddle up riders \ jockeys on their backs – are they??

Looks like somebody called Bodexpress heard the call to protest riders on their backs – with whips no less.

In my view Bodexpress won the race – even did a victory lap!!

Thank you Bodexpress. I love you!!


BALTIMORE (AP) — Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness.

Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one point appeared to be a contender in the 13-horse race.

“You’ve got to be careful because some of them try to win,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled race favorite Improbable. “I’ve had horses that try to win. They actually run a great race sometimes.”

From the moment the frisky 3-year-old hopped from the gate, ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, craziness ensued.

Running on his own in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Bodexpress began his obligatory trip around the track, driven either by instinct or the desire to be part of the crowd.

Fortunately, Velazquez quickly rose from the dirt and scooted off the track without injury.“

When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways,” Velazquez said. “I had my feet out of the irons so I lost my balance then, I went off.”

There was an indication that things weren’t going right when Bodexpress veered left from the post parade instead of right, along with the other horses.

“He was just not behaving good in the gate. He was not sitting really well,” Velazquez said. “He got me against the wall and the gate.”

Coming out of the nasty spill with his health was a positive, but the 47-year-old jockey won’t soon forget this (non) ride.

“When you come in here to a big race and then things like this happen with the horses, it’s disappointing,” Velazquez said.

An outrider tried to corral Bodexpress at the top of the stretch, but he wasn’t about to let the horseplay come to an end. The colt sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going.

In fact, he ran the entire track again before finally calling it a day — a veritable victory lap for the social media champion who was still trending on Twitter hours later.

Bodexpress, the Florida Derby runnerup in March, was placed last and officially gets a did-not-finish.

When has was finally done running, Bodexpress was fine. The son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and career non-winner was finally brought under control after taking another lap around the track.

Turns out, Bodexpress wasn’t the only horse getting antsy in the gate. The same applied to favored Improbable, whose pre-race dance turned into a sixth-place finish.

“He was acting pretty well and then he got fired up and then after that, when horses do that it just takes a lot of energy out,” said Baffert, who was denied a record-setting eighth Preakness win.

“He got in the gate, and when he did that, I knew that was it.”

Regarding Bodexpress, Baffert could sympathize with Velazquez and appreciate what the other riders (and horses) were thinking as the jockey-less horse strode by.

“There are so many things that can go wrong in a horse race,” Baffert said.

“It’s scarier for the horses that are in there because they’ve got to watch him the whole way.”

Although it doesn’t usually happen in a Triple Crown race, this isn’t the first time a horse has thrown his rider.

‘I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen that, yeah, of course,” Baffert said. “I had one that did it. I was a heavy favorite a while back that did it. I never had one before and it happened to me this year. I thought I’d seen everything.”

The good news is, Velazquez — winner of four Triple Crown races — emerged unscathed and said he won’t be seeing a doctor.

“He had that look of disappointment,” Baffert said. “It’s like a bull rider getting bucked off the first jump.”

Velazquez can take consolation in that Mark Casse, the trainer of Preakness winner War of Will , hopes the first-place finishing jockey, Tyler Gaffalione, can one day match the fallen jockey’s greatness.

“One ironic thing is,” Casse said, “I call Tyler the next Johnny Velazquez.”

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Source: Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish






 

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Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts.

Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its social media skills and ability to “change reality.”

Gleicher said Facebook could not speculate about Archimedes’ motives, which “may be commercial or political or for some other strategic goal.”

But he said Facebook discovered “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” with accounts posing on behalf of certain political candidates, smearing their opponents and presenting as local news organizations peddling supposedly leaked information.“

Our team assessed that because this group is primarily organized to conduct deceptive behavior, we are removing them from the platform and blocking them from coming back,” said Gleicher.

The activity appeared focused on Sub-Saharan African countries but was also scattered in parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America.

The fake pages, pushing a steady stream of political news, racked up 2.8 million followers. Thousands of people expressed interest in attending at least one of the nine events organized by those behind the pages.

Facebook could not confirm whether any of the events actually occurred. Some 5,000 accounts joined one or more of the fake groups.

Gleicher said the accounts primarily aimed to influence people in Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia.Facebook investigations revealed that Archimedes had spent some $800,000 on fake ads, paid for in Brazilian reals, Israeli shekels and U.S. dollars. He said the deceptive ads dated back to 2012, with the most recent activity occurring last month.

Facebook shared a few examples of the fake content, including one post mocking 2018 Congolese presidential candidate Martin Fayulu for crying foul play in the elections that vaulted Felix Tshisekedi to victory.

Many governments and watchdog groups condemned the elections as rigged and declared Fayulu the rightful winner.

Facebook has come under pressure to more aggressively and transparently tackle misinformation aimed at sowing division and confusion around elections, since the revelation that Russia used Facebook to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election…

FINISH UP: Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections






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Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction

Abstract

The oft-repeated claim that Earth’s biota is entering a sixth “mass extinction” depends on clearly demonstrating that current extinction rates are far above the “background” rates prevailing between the five previous mass extinctions.

Earlier estimates of extinction rates have been criticized for using assumptions that might overestimate the severity of the extinction crisis. We assess, using extremely conservative assumptions, whether human activities are causing a mass extinction.

First, we use a recent estimate of a background rate of 2 mammal extinctions per 10,000 species per 100 years (that is, 2 E/MSY), which is twice as high as widely used previous estimates.

We then compare this rate with the current rate of mammal and vertebrate extinctions. The latter is conservatively low because listing a species as extinct requires meeting stringent criteria.

Even under our assumptions, which would tend to minimize evidence of an incipient mass extinction, the average rate of vertebrate species loss over the last century is up to 100 times higher than the background rate.

[Others report: The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.]

Under the 2 E/MSY background rate, the number of species that have gone extinct in the last century would have taken, depending on the vertebrate taxon, between 800 and 10,000 years to disappear.

These estimates reveal an exceptionally rapid loss of biodiversity over the last few centuries, indicating that a sixth mass extinction is already under way.

Averting a dramatic decay of biodiversity and the subsequent loss of ecosystem services is still possible through intensified conservation efforts, but that window of opportunity is rapidly closing…

FINISH UP: Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction | Science Advances





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COLOR GETS YOU MONEY

That’s why Hispanics turned into brown people not that long ago.

They saw black people raking in the dough by exploiting their color.

White people pay.

Big rich white people pay so the blacks don’t ruin their businesses.

So sure. Hey man, we’re brown. Look at our skin. Forget all that Hispanic and Latino and south of the border mumbo jumbo.

WE ARE BROWN.

What’s the matter you don’t like our skin color? That’s HATE. That’s prejudice. I didn’t get that job because I’m brown. That’s discrimination.

PAY UP GRINGO. Why don’t you like brown people?






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Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta

HWH Comment: It appears now that human rights groups want the world to pity migrants who hijack ships on the open seas after they’re compassionately rescued, hold the crew members prisoners then redirect the ship on a course of their choosing. Do you think a better way could be found to freedom than risking landing in a foreign prison to be beaten, raped and tortured?

These aren’t desperate people; they’re opportunistic terrorists who would commit an international crime with no remorse or concern for the people who compassionately rescued them. They were rescued, then hijacked the ship anyway and then complained that several ships passed their rickety boat by before the ship they hijacked picked them up.


Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta

By STEPHEN CALLEJA and COLLEEN BARRY

3/28/2019

Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta, Thursday March 28, 2019.

A Maltese special operations team on Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea, and returned control to the captain, before escorting it to a Maltese port.

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese special operations team on Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea, and returned control to the captain before escorting it to a Maltese port.

Armed military personnel stood guard on the ship’s deck, and a dozen or so migrants were also visible, as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1 docked at Boiler Wharf in the city of Senglea. Several police vans were lined up on shore to take custody of the migrants for investigation, and four migrants were led off the ship in handcuffs.

Authorities in Italy and Malta on Wednesday said that the group had hijacked the vessel after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea, and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe.

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said the ship had rescued about 120 people and described what happened as “the first act of piracy on the high seas with migrants” as the alleged hijackers. Malta has put the number of migrants rescued at 108.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter that the nation’s armed forces had conducted a “sensitive operation on high seas.”

“We do not shirk responsibility despite our size,” he said, pledging to follow international rules.

The ship had been heading toward Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa and the island nation of Malta when Maltese forces intercepted it.

Maltese armed forces established communications with the captain while the ship was still 30 nautical miles off shore. The captain said he was not in control of the vessel “and that he and his crew were being forced and threatened by a number of migrants to proceed to Malta,” the armed forces said. No details were given of what force and threats were used.

The special team that restored control to the captain was backed by a patrol vessel, two fast interceptor craft and a helicopter.

There was no immediate word on the condition of El Hiblu 1′s crew.

Humanitarian organizations say that migrants are mistreated and even tortured in Libya, and have protested protocols to return migrants rescued offshore to the lawless northern African nation. Meanwhile, both Italy and Malta have refused to open their ports to humanitarian ships that rescue migrants at sea, which has created numerous standoffs as European governments haggle over which will take them in.

While Italy’s interior minister called the hijacking an act of piracy, the humanitarian group Sea Watch disputed that term, saying the actions “were in self-defense against the deadly consequences forced upon them by Europe’s inhumane border policy.”

A private group that operates a rescue ship and monitors how governments treat migrants, Mediterranea, urged compassion for the group on the hijacked vessel and said it hoped European countries would act “in the name of fundamental rights, remembering that we are dealing with human beings fleeing hell.”

Mass migration to Europe has dropped sharply since 2015, when the continent received 1 million refugees and migrants from countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The surge created a humanitarian crisis in which desperate travelers frequently drowned and leading arrival spots such as Italy and Greece struggled to house large numbers of asylum-seekers.

Along with the dangerous sea journey itself, those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean risk being stopped by Libya’s coast guard and held in Libyan detention centers that human rights groups have described as bleak places where migrants allegedly suffer routine abuse.

EU members “alert the Libyan coast guard when refugees and migrants are spotted at sea so they can be taken back to Libya, despite knowing that people there are arbitrarily detained and exposed to widespread torture, rape, killings and exploitation,” said Matteo de Bellis, an international migration researcher for Amnesty International.

European Union member countries, responding to domestic opposition to welcoming immigrants, have decided to significantly downscale an EU operation in the Mediterranean, and have decided in principle to withdraw their ships, which would mean continuing the mission with air surveillance only. A formal decision has to be made by Sunday, when the mission mandate expires.

“This shameful decision has nothing to do with the needs of people who risk their lives at sea, but everything to do with the inability of European governments to agree on a way to share responsibility for them,” de Bellis said.

Commercial ships have been increasingly caught between European governments hostile to taking in new migrants and the international maritime law’s obligation to save people at sea.

Last November, dozens of migrants of a variety of nationalities seized control of a container ship that had picked them up in the Mediterranean, barricading themselves inside and refusing to disembark in the Libyan port of Misrata. After 10 days, Libyan authorities forcibly removed them from the ship and brought them to a detention center.

During the standoff, several migrants on the vessel told the AP that six commercial ships had seen their rickety boat foundering but passed them by before they were picked up by the seventh.

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Barry reported from Milan. Lori Hinnant in Paris, Lorne Cooke in Brussels and Vanessa Gera in Rome also contributed.

Source: Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta






 

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Mosque shooter a white nationalist seeking revenge

SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was set off by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear.

He also, quite clearly, wanted attention.

Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman — whose name was not immediately released by police — left behind a 74-page document posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant in which he said he hoped to survive the attack to better spread his ideas in the media.

He also livestreamed to the world in graphic detail his assault on the worshippers at Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque.

That rampage killed at least 41 people, while an attack on a second mosque in the city not long after killed several more. Police did not say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings.

While his manifesto and video were an obvious and contemptuous ploy for infamy, they do contain important clues for a public trying to understand why anyone would target dozens of innocent people who were simply spending an afternoon engaged in prayer.

There could be no more perplexing a setting for a mass slaughter than New Zealand, a nation so placid and so isolated from the mass shootings that plague the U.S. that even police officers rarely carry guns.Yet the gunman himself highlighted New Zealand’s remoteness as a reason he chose it. He wrote that an attack in New Zealand would show that no place on earth was safe and that even a country as far away as New Zealand is subject to mass immigration.He said he grew up in a working-class Australian family, had a typical childhood and was a poor student. A woman who said she was a colleague of his when he worked as a personal trainer in the Australian city of Grafton said she was shocked by the allegations against him.

“I can’t … believe that somebody I’ve probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be able of something to this extreme,” Tracey Gray told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Beyond his white nationalistic ideals, he also considers himself an environmentalist and a fascist who believes China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values. He has contempt for the wealthiest 1 percent. And he singled out American conservative commentator Candace Owens as the person who had influenced him the most.In a tweet, Owens responded by saying that if the media portrayed her as the inspiration for the attack, it had better hire lawyers.

Throughout the manifesto, the theme he returns to most often is conflict between people of European descent and Muslims, often framing it in terms of the Crusades.

He wrote that the episode that pushed him toward violence took place in 2017 while he was touring through Western Europe. That was when an Uzbek man drove a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm, killing five. The Australian was particularly enraged by the death of an 11-year-old Swedish girl in the attack.

He said his desire for violence grew when he arrived in France, where he became enraged by the sight of immigrants in the cities and towns he visited.

And so he began to plot his attack. Three months ago, he started planning to target Christchurch. He claimed not to be a direct member of any organization or group, though he said he has donated to many nationalist groups. He also claimed he contacted an anti-immigration group called the reborn Knights Templar and got the blessing of Anders Breivik for the attack.

Breivik is a right-wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in Oslo and a nearby island in 2011. Breivik’s lawyer Oeystein Storrvik told Norway’s VG newspaper that his client, who is in prison, has “very limited contacts with the surrounding world, so it seems very unlikely that he has had contact” with the New Zealand gunman.

The gunman had a long wish list for what he hoped the attack would achieve. He hoped it would reduce immigration by intimidating immigrants. He hoped to drive a wedge between NATO and the Turkish people. He hoped to further polarize and destabilize the West. And he hoped to create more conflict over gun laws in the U.S., thus leading to a civil war that would ultimately result in a separation of races.

Though he claimed not to be a Nazi, in the video he livestreamed of the shooting the number 14 is seen on his rifle. That may be a reference to the “14 Words,” a white supremacist slogan attributed in part to Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also used the symbol of the Schwarze Sonne, or black sun, which “has become synonymous with myriad far-right groups who traffic in neo-Nazi,” according to the center.

His victims, he wrote, were chosen because he saw them as invaders who would replace the white race. He predicted he would feel no remorse for their deaths. And in the video he livestreamed of his shooting, no remorse can be seen or heard. Instead, he simply says: “Let’s get this party started.”

Then he picks up his gun, storms into the mosque, and cuts down one innocent life after another.

When it is over, he climbs back into his car, where he has left his music playing — the song “Fire” by the English rock band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. And right after the singer bellows, “I am the god of hellfire!” the gunman drives away.

Source: Mosque shooter a white nationalist seeking revenge – Associated Press


HWH Comment: How about instead of a news outlet telling us what he wrote and what it meant, let the public see what he wrote, and let each individual use their own brains to figure out what he meant. This article so far seems to be more about Jews wanting him to be a Nazi. If you’re not sure, then don’t put it out there.

I’ll be back to this with more information.





 

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Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East? Netanyahu’s comments have shattered that illusion 

…Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East?

Netanyahu’s comments have shattered that illusion.

His comments that the country belongs to ‘Jewish people alone’ strike to the heart of the nature of Israel.

Ben White The Independent Voices

Netanyahu is desperate, in the face of an electoral challenge from former military chiefs of staff as well as the looming indictments for corruption allegations ( EPA )

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was back in the headlines on Sunday, after declaring on social media that “Israel is not a state of all its citizens”. The Likud leader later doubled down, telling his cabinet that Israel is “the nation state not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people”.

Netanyahu’s comments are the latest grim episode in an election season that will see Israelis going to the polls on 9 April. Just last month, the prime minister helped engineer an election merger that could see far-right party Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) enter the Knesset.

That latter piece of realpolitik in particular prompted outrage from a number of Israeli politicians, analysts and even US-based groups better known for their Israel advocacy. According to the critics, Netanyahu’s boosting of the far-right and indulging of racist rhetoric endangers Israeli democracy.

Netanyahu is desperate, in the face of an electoral challenge from former military chiefs of staff as well as the looming indictments for corruption allegations. But recent developments are not just about motivating a right-wing base – the problem goes much deeper than an embattled demagogue.Netanyahu’s election manoeuvres offer an opportunity to shine a spotlight on an uncomfortable truth: namely that only under the most superficial definition can Israel be considered a democracy.

Consider the following:

Millions of Palestinians are subjected to a military regime which, for 52 years, has facilitated the establishment of illegal settlements. Settlers are Israeli citizens, and vote. The Palestinians they live among – whose land the settlers inhabit and colonise – are not.

The April elections will lead to the formation of Israel’s 35th government. Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip began during Israel’s 13th government.

Those Palestinians who do have Israeli citizenship, meanwhile, are very much second-class citizens – as Netanyahu has been at pains to emphasize.

Yes, the Jewish Nation-State law passed last year is significant in that regard, defining Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people”, and asserting that “the right to exercise national self-determination in the state of Israel is unique to the Jewish people”.

But the legislation was consistent with de jure and de facto discrimination going back to the very foundation of the state of Israel.As conflict studies scholar Nadim Rouhana wrote in 2010, “there are few honest observers in Israel who dispute that a Jewish state, by definition, privileges one group of citizens over another”.

This is an inequality “expressed in various ways, including in Israel’s Basic Laws and its laws of land control, immigration and resource distribution” – as documented by Palestinian citizens themselves, as well as international NGOs and human rights experts.

Finally – and this is regrettably rarely taken into account – there are millions of Palestinians who, expelled from their homes in the 1948 Nakba and prevented from returning ever since, are denied their rightful citizenship and thus suffrage…

FINISH READING: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East? Netanyahu’s comments have shattered that illusion | The Independent






 

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RE: Trump says he’ll issue order protecting campus free speech

By KEVIN FREKING

3.2.2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday he would soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources.

Trump is highlighting concerns from some conservatives that their voices were being censored, whether on social media or at the nation’s universities. He did not go into more detail about what the order would say, but his comments immediately drew scrutiny from those who noted that public research universities already have a constitutional obligation to protect free speech.

“An executive order is unnecessary as public research universities are already bound by the First Amendment, which they deeply respect and honor,” said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. “It is core to their academic mission.”

Trump invited Hayden Williams to join him Saturday while he addressed activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference. Williams was punched Feb. 19 while on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. He was recruiting for the conservative group Talking Points USA.Two men approached and one punched him during a confrontation captured on student cellphones. University of California, Berkeley police arrested a suspect, Zachary Greenberg, on Friday.Williams, who had a black eye, told Fox News that the men objected to a sign that said “Hate Crime Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims.”

Neither Williams nor Greenberg are affiliated with UC Berkeley.Trump told the audience Saturday that Williams “took a hard punch in the face for all of us.” Meanwhile, Williams said many conservative students face “discrimination, harassment or worse if they dare speak up on campus.”

Trump offered no details about what the executive order might say about what has become a thorny issue on college campuses…

FINISH READINGTrump says he’ll issue order protecting campus free speech


 

HWH COMMENT: It’s unfortunate that one would need to use an Executive Order to establish and maintain a climate of free speech in any institution in the USA. But that’s an example of how the Constitution is being trampled on by those who can’t and won’t tolerate opposing views. It happens all over social media. People are not only abused and intimidated but the perpetrators are encouraged by Facebook employees by turning a blind eye to offenders and in many cases Facebook employees are the perpetrators of hateful actions toward the people whose opinions they disagree with.

It appears that the very people who preach tolerance to everybody else are the most intolerant of everybody else’s views, unless they’re the same as theirs.

If they even suspect that someone is a Trump supporter or a supporter of any of his policies, the target gets brutally threatened, verbally assaulted and gutted by Facebook trolls. Facebook knows who these trolls are and lets them operate with impunity, siding with the bullies and the deniers of free speech, while punishing the victims with threats of hate crime prosecution when they defend themselves against the perpetrators.

When Facebook calls your response hate speech, which is a hate crime, that implies prosecutorial action, which suggests that Facebook is impersonating law enforcement to silence opposing views. Facebook should not have a view. It is not the place of Facebook computer programmers and workers to be punishing anybody for their political and social views – or any views – on anything.






 

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HAPPY WHITE HORSE

by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

Segment of A PLAN FOR THE PLANET

  • If you think everybody should like you because you’re gay, or black, or Jew etc., then when somebody doesn’t like you, you’ll blame your sexual orientation, color or religion, instead of looking to your own behavior as a possible or probable cause.
  • What seems prejudicial to one may not seem prejudicial to another.
  • You don’t have to admit to having a disease, disorder or disability; none of them are crimes.
  • I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen down the road, if I concern myself with what I’m doing right now.
  • If you can’t figure out what a sign means, and given that you think it’s a sign, don’t worry about it; God will find another way to sign to you. God does know all things, but not all things all at once. God makes mistakes, just as we do. I get a kick out of people who say the Pope is infallible. If God isn’t infallible, then neither is the Pope.
  • Dangling carrots you’ll never get, while beating you with sticks? No thank you Hillary. I don’t like to be beaten with carrots or sticks. The line of difference always blurs.
  • Strong individuals produce strong groups. However, the responsibility does not lie solely with the individual. It is the responsibility of the group dynamic to respect each individual’s right to develop at their own pace, using their unique talents and gifts to advance their own selves and the group in positive, forward moving ways. No one can be left out. 
  • Discipline is the key to all success, and corruption is the flaw that ultimately undermines that success, if not checked. 
  • Contribution cannot, nor should it, be measured or rated. A paralyzed person confined to a bed continues to make a contribution to all of the lives who encounter him or her. A brain dead person makes a contribution to all life by forcing us to demonstrate the compassion we feel, by compassionately being their bridge to a new life in the beyond.
  • Senator John McCain negated his own torture bill by inserting ‘reserving the right’ to do just that. Once again, the tortured became the torturer. It’s time for John McCain to return to the Senate and fight passionately for the cause he became destined to fight. On the other hand, maybe the one who has experienced torture isn’t the best one to be fighting against it. Why should he keep reliving the nightmare? Let others who haven’t been tortured do that. Romanticizing torture, making it a badge of honor, is not unlike the suicide bombers who become martyrs.
  • If three hundred million Americans are ready to sacrifice their lives for the tenuous state of Israel that was formed out of a holocaust against the Palestinian people, a holocaust that continues every day with no end in sight, a tenuous state that imprisons millions of people in Camp Gaza and Camp West Bank, then I say Israel already has a state and everybody living in it calls themselves Americans.
  • The American Jews need to stop acting oppressed when they’re not. The American Africans need to stop calling themselves slaves, when they’re not. Both groups dim the cries of other oppressed groups, and enslave a nation and a world by screaming about their own past that is over. Neither the NAACP nor the Anti-Defamation League engage in any meaningful long term efforts to facilitate the freedom of other groups or individuals. There’s no time like now to start.

Continue reading “HAPPY WHITE HORSE”

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DARK MATTER

DARK MATTER

Years ago I wrote a segment for a book titled A PLAN FOR THE PLANET.

The segment was called Little Big Thoughts.

After joining Word Press and publishing my books online – free to read – I decided that for each book and for the three segments of the first book, I would use a different theme. Word Press offers free themes, which are the basic structures used to organize your material on a website and/or blog.

To do that you have to pick a theme, assign it a url and title. As one of the urls I picked “Little Big Thoughts”. It was rejected by Word Press as already taken. I tried a number of other titles of books and segments of books on my site that I had written and they were also taken – all of them.

Being new to the online Publishing world I was shocked. How could somebody have the exact same titles that I have, when I wrote them all ?

This is what happens: People or machines troll Word Press, probably for new accounts, sift through their intellectual material and then copy titles, probably with the intent of selling the titles back to the person who wrote them. Ever search for a domain name and they’re mostly taken? Okay, somebody is selling the domain name. They scoop them up for the purpose of selling them. I don’t know how profitable that business is, but I’m pretty flexible with my art. You take a title of mine; I’ll develop a new one.

Individuals, groups, parties, politicians, nations, companies, corporations, industries, charities, foundations, think tanks, media groups, social groups, media outlets, Hollywood is a big offender, writers, artists, ethnic groups, racial groups, gender groups and on and on take segments of my work and put their name on it. They figure if it’s from God, it means their God, so God is free. Yeah, well, if God were free you wouldn’t be receiving a paycheck, since all life and non-life is God. You’d all be working for free.

What they didn’t count on is that I have in pristine condition never been opened original books – that I used as the catalyst for everything written online thereafter.


So, once my titles were all taken I had no choice but to keep trying new names until I found one I could live with and that Word Press would accept.

As I was scrolling through images of animals on Wix.com (another self-publishing platform), putting sunglasses on all of them I saw this zebra that was laying on the ground scratching his/her back and immediately I thought ‘happy white horse’. Of course it’s a zebra, and of course it’s black and white, but I wasn’t thinking race or about a politically correct horse or zebra. That was my impression, so that’s what I used to replace the title of LITTLE BIG THOUGHTS in the book A PLAN FOR THE PLANET.

A few years later, while searching for a domain name for something else, I decided to try that “LITTLE BIG THOUGHTS again, just for the heck of it. Whoever copied all my titles from wordwarriordavies-tight.com, threw them back, because now they were available. I, however, no longer wanted a separate theme for each book. Yet I did at least feel comfortable that I could keep my “Little Big Thoughts” title. After thinking on it though, I decided to alter the title to “LITTLE BEAR THOUGHTS” just in case somebody produced fake documents claiming the title to be theirs.

That’s where I stand today. Rather than spend the rest of my life suing the offenders I decided instead to let the universe handle it. The universe shows no mercy, because it doesn’t know what mercy is. Yeah, I can live with the laws of physics. Now if I tell you how those operate in a material Little-Big-Thought-related world, then I’d be giving away something meant for me.

Like ‘DARK MATTER’, some things require privacy to be effective. Those guilty know who I am and that I know what they did. My works are like kids to me; I can recognize them anywhere. Now you, the guilty, know the universe also knows. Why? Because I brought it to the attention of the BIG U.

How?

MEET THE WALL.






 

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“TRUMP MAKES US DO IT”

“Trump Makes Us Do It”

We do it because Trump does it. He makes us do it. We can’t help it. We do what he does. If he would tamp it down and stop tweeting we would too.

Who are you trying to kid? The CIA doesn’t want him tweeting. They’re a terrorist organization. Now the illegals and people breaching the border don’t either? Where the heck does that even come from?

So all you people coming from countries south of the border where dictators reign, even in fake democracies, did the same thing in your countries of origin? Of course you did. You did exactly what the dictators did, you couldn’t help yourselves. If only the dictators would stop dictating, then we would too. It’s that simple.

Come on. No one’s buying that the president of the USA or the dictator from your country of origin controls your behavior.

You mean you’re so weak and led by the nose, that you can only do what your elected or appointed or coup-driven leader does? Copy cat behavior? Monkey see monkey do behavior? That’s all you got??

Jesus, no wonder nobody wants you here. Can you blame them?

I’ll tell you one thing, nobody likes a con, and people like even less, being conned.

I’ll bet President Clinton wishes he had a Twitter account when he was president. He used to leave all the window curtains open in the oval office at night, when he worked late, concerned that his own government would try to kill him.

Immediate access to the outside world is a deterrent. I suggest President Trump keep tweeting.






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