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Under the Radar, Trump Is Still Packing the Federal Judiciary With Right-Wingers
« Reply #8490 on: October 11, 2017, 04:23:15 PM »
On October 7, HuffPost reported the advancement of Donald Trump's appointees to the Federal Bench:

Thursday was a good day for Amy Coney Barrett. A Senate committee voted to advance her nomination to be a federal judge.

It wasn’t a pretty vote. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee opposed her nomination. They scrutinized her past writings on abortion, which include her questioning the precedent of Roe v. Wade and condemning the birth control benefit underthe Affordable Care Act as“a grave infringement on religious liberty.” One Democrat, Al Franken (Minn.), called her out for taking a speaking fee from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit that’s defended forced sterilization for transgender people and has been dubbed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But Republicans don’t need Democrats’ votes, and now Barrett, a 45-year-old law professor at the University of Notre Dame, is all but certain to be confirmed to a lifetime post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit — a court one level below the Supreme Court.

Barrett is the model judicial candidate for this White House: young, conservative, and opposed to abortion and LGBTQ rights.

And there were more horrifying new judges coming down the pipeline, as HuffPost noted:

Consider John Bush. The Senate confirmed him in July, on a party-line vote, to a lifetime post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Bush, 52, has compared abortion to slavery and referred to them as “the two greatest tragedies in our country.” He has also said he strongly disagrees with same-sex marriage, mocked climate change and proclaimed “the witch is dead” when he thought the Affordable Care Act might not be enacted.

The Senate also confirmed Kevin Newsom, 44, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in August. He wrote a 2000 law review article equating the rationale of Roe v. Wade to Dred Scott v. Sandford, the 1857 decision upholding slavery.

Business Insider reminds us that these appointments are not just temporary; they're for life:

On the federal bench, virtually all the vacancies Trump has been rushing to fill are lifetime appointments.

"This will be the single most important legacy of the Trump administration," Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Business Insider. "They will quickly be able to put judges on circuit courts all over the country, district courts all over the country, that will, given their youth and conservatism, will have a significant impact on the shape and trajectory of American law for decades.

"Trump is moving at a breakneck pace" in nominating judges, according to Business Insider.

In August, The Daily Signal reported,

President Donald Trump has moved quickly in trying to fill federal court vacancies, outpacing his immediate predecessors during the first 200 days in office in circuit and district court appointments.

To date, Trump has nominated 44 federal judges and scored eight confirmations, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Eleven of the president’s nominations are to circuit courts and 23 are to district courts. The nine others are to specialty courts such as the Court of Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Tax Court.

In short, the Trump administration is moving at a rapid pace to install judges who are inclined to end abortion, roll back laws that protect marginalized Americans, and rule against measures that would reduce climate change, among other destructive actions. Trump has had a clear path for his objectionable nominees, because they are supported by the Republicans in the Senate. Furthermore, under the Democrats during the Obama administration, Senate rules were changed so that only 51 votes are now needed for federal judges to be confirmed. Given that the GOP controls the Senate, the judges Trump nominates are extremely likely to be the ones that will be seated.

This is a profoundly destructive leveling of social, economic and personal justice that flies below the radar because the courts are not widely covered by the media on a daily basis. Even many of their larger decisions have a short media shelf -- though they impact society in a long-lasting way.

Last month, I wrote that "under the radar, Trump is packing the federal judiciary with right-wingers," and he continues to do so unabated. When it comes to the judiciary, the Republicans appear to be playing the long game, while the Democrats try to make tenuous deals with Trump. The GOP knows that the "lifers" appointed to the federal bench will have a longer-term impact on the ongoing shaping of the law than Trump will. In fact, one established GOP strategy is to pick younger nominees, so they will serve on the bench for many years.

Compare the fate of Merrick Garland, who never even got a committee hearing, to the fast-tracking of Trump nominees to all levels of the bench. Republicans have a long-term plan for the judiciary, and it will have a pernicious impact on this country for decades -- if not generations -- to come.

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/trump-fills-the-federal-bench-with-reactionary-judges
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This Isn’t ‘the New Normal’ for Climate Change — That Will Be Worse
« Reply #8491 on: October 11, 2017, 04:27:33 PM »

A Fountaingrove Village homeowner surveys her destroyed home she and her husband have owned for four years, on October 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California.

It’s been a terrifying season for what we used to call natural disasters. For the first time in recorded history, three hurricanes arose simultaneously in the Caribbean. Harvey and Irma ravaged a series of islands then turned north and hit the U.S. mainland. Days later came Maria, the third storm this season to register among the top-four most devastating hurricanes in dollar terms to ever make landfall in the U.S. (Maria seems likely to be remembered as among the worst humanitarian disasters America has ever seen, with 40 percent of Puerto Rico still without running water, power out for likely six months, and native agriculture devastated for a full year.) For years, we’ve conceived of climate change in terms of sea level, meaning it was often possible to believe its devastating impacts would be felt mostly by those living elsewhere, on the coasts; extreme weather seems poised to break that delusion, beginning with hurricanes. And then the unprecedented California wildfires broke out over the weekend, fueled by the Diablo Winds, killing 17 already and burning through 115,000 acres across several counties by Wednesday, casting even the sky above Disneyland in an eerie postapocalyptic orange glow and lighting up satellite images with flames visible from space. The smoke was visible from there, too.

It is tempting to look at this string of disasters and think, Climate change is here. Both hurricanes and wildfires are made worse by warming, with as much as 30 percent of the strength of hurricanes like Harvey and Maria attributable to climate change, and wildfire season both extended and exacerbated by it. As the journalist Malcolm Harris put it blithely on Twitter, “There didn’t used to be a major natural disaster every single day.”

But the truth is actually far scarier than “welcome to the new normal.” The climate system we have been observing since August, the one that has pummeled the planet again and again and exposed even the world’s wealthiest country as unable (or at least unwilling) to properly respond to its destruction, is not our bleak future. It is, by definition, a beyond-best-case scenario for warming and all the climate disasters that will bring. Even if, miraculously, the planet immediately ceased emitting carbon into the atmosphere, we’d still be due for some additional warming, and therefore some climate-disaster shakeout, from just the stuff we’ve put into the air already. But of course we’re very far from zeroing out on carbon, and therefore very far from stalling climate change. A recent debate has centered around the question of whether it is even conceivably possible for the planet to pull up short of one-point-five degrees Celsius of warming, which means, at the absolute very least, we have 50 percent more warming to go (since we’re at about one degree already). But even most optimistic experts expect we’ll at least hit two degrees, and possibly two-point-five or even three. That means as much as 200 percent more warming ahead of us. And what that means for extreme weather and climate disasters is horrifying.

Of course, there is also an enormous variance in weather, and we shouldn’t expect, say, that next year’s hurricane season will be necessarily as bad as this one, or worse, or that next year’s wildfire season will be as bad as this one, or worse, even as the planet continues to warm. We are probably dealing with a lot of bad luck in 2017 (and that’s not even counting the earthquakes, unrelated to climate, that shook Mexico last month, reducing whole neighborhoods to rubble). But, over time, the trend lines are inarguable: Climate change will give us more devastating hurricanes than we have now, and more horrible wildfires, as well as more tornadoes and droughts and heat waves and floods.

What that means is that we have not, at all, arrived at a new normal. It is more like we’ve taken one step out on the plank off a pirate ship. Perhaps because of the exhausting false debate about whether climate change is “real,” too many of us have developed a misleading impression that its effects are binary. But global warming is not “yes” or “no,” it is a function that gets worse over time as long as we continue to produce greenhouse gas. And so the experience of life in a climate transformed by human activity is not just a matter of stepping from one stable environment into another, somewhat worse one, no matter how degraded or destructive the transformed climate is. The effects will grow and build as the planet continues to warm: from one degree to one-point-five to almost certainly two degrees and beyond. The last few months of climate disasters may look like about as much as the planet can take. But things are only going to get worse.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/10/why-this-isnt-the-new-normal-for-climate-change.html
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Re: 'Mindfulness' Is a Meaningless Word With Shoddy Science Behind It
« Reply #8492 on: October 12, 2017, 04:10:52 AM »



Indeed, we studied Meditation with a quantum microscope, and we've concluded that "mindfulness," as a state of mind, may in fact not exist at all!  As evidence, we give you the Corporatocracy of Idiocracy that we all inhabit.  If mindfulness were in fact a state of mind, than how could one explain the Idiocracy that we inhabit? 

No, the fact remains, Mindfulness as a virtue, and as a state of mind, is unequivocally false news!

With this new finding, the USDA, FDA, EPA, DHS, FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA, and Big Brother have all declared a ban on this supposed state of "mindfulness."  The newly formed "Anti-Mindfulness Departmnet Of Prosperity", or AMDOP, has come out and declared mindfulness to be not only misleading, but harmful to ones peace and prosperity.  To combat this egregious crime against the well being of the citizens of our Idiocracy, the FDA has just released a new drug.  This drug, IwanaBearetard is free to every citizen who willingly undergoes a lobotomy.  Said lobotomy will be paid for by AMDOP. 

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Re: 'Mindfulness' Is a Meaningless Word With Shoddy Science Behind It
« Reply #8493 on: October 12, 2017, 04:20:02 AM »
The benefits of meditation may have been seriously overhyped, a group of psychologists, neuroscientists, Buddhist scholars and mindfulness teachers warn—and the evidence to support mindfulness as a treatment certainly has been.

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The authors also lay the blame for overstating the benefits of meditation on the media. “You go into Whole Foods today, and there will be three magazines with some beautiful blonde meditating on the cover," Vago said. "And they're labeled ‘Mindfulness, the New Science and Benefits’ in some shape or form.”

http://www.newsweek.com/mindfulness-meaningless-word-shoddy-science-behind-it-682008

Indeed, we studied Meditation with a quantum microscope, and we've concluded that "mindfulness," as a state of mind, may in fact not exist at all!  As evidence, we give you the Corporatocracy of Idiocracy that we all inhabit.  If mindfulness were in fact a state of mind, than how could one explain the Idiocracy that we inhabit? 

No, the fact remains, Mindfulness as a virtue, and as a state of mind, is unequivocally false news!

With this new finding, the USDA, FDA, EPA, DHS, FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA, and Big Brother have all declared a ban on this supposed state of "mindfulness."  The newly formed "Anti-Mindfulness Departmnet Of Prosperity", or AMDOP, has come out and declared mindfulness to be not only misleading, but harmful to ones peace and prosperity.  To combat this egregious crime against the well being of the citizens of our Idiocracy, the FDA has just released a new drug.  This drug, IwanaBearetard is free to every citizen who willingly undergoes a lobotomy.  Said lobotomy will be paid for by AMDOP. 

God Bless Merika!   :icon_sunny:

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Re: 'Mindfulness' Is a Meaningless Word With Shoddy Science Behind It
« Reply #8494 on: October 12, 2017, 04:28:28 AM »
Mindfulness is the enemy of profit. Hence, the assault on it.
The bidness of 'Murika is bidness.

Mindfulness is GREAT bidness!  They can sell a TON of Headphones!


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What you need to know about Trump and the Iran deal
« Reply #8495 on: October 12, 2017, 04:48:44 AM »
US President Donald Trump is expected to refuse to certify Iran's compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement between world powers and Tehran aimed at limiting the latter's nuclear programme to non-military purposes.

The move comes despite thinly-veiled criticisms from US allies in Europe who have developed burgeoning commercial and political ties with Iran.
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Why do Trump's threats on the Iran nuclear deal matter?

Trump's withdrawal of endorsement means US lawmakers can vote to introduce new sanctions against Iran, which Iranian leaders say could lead to their country's partial or complete withdrawal from the deal.

Al Jazeera answers some of the most important questions regarding the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and Trump's expected decision.
What is JCPOA?

Often abbreviated to "the Iran deal" or "Iran nuclear deal", JCPOA is an agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU to ensure its nuclear programme is limited to civilian use.

The deal, which was signed in October 2015 and implemented at the start of 2016, followed years of negotiation between the US, represented by then-Secretary of State John Kerry, and Iran, represented by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The agreement requires Iran to completely eliminate stockpiles of medium-enriched uranium and drastically reduce reserves of low-enriched uranium.

The material in its high-enriched form is required to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies that it has ever had the aim of producing a nuclear weapon.

Iran also agreed to reduce the number of centrifuges capable of enriching uranium.

In return, UN sanctions related to Iran's nuclear programme were lifted, as were some EU sanctions.

The US ended some secondary sanctions against non-US businesses and individuals who engaged in commercial activity with Iran.

Frozen Iranian assets, valued at over $100bn, were also released back to Tehran.
Who ensures Iran abides by its side of the deal?

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal.
Why does Trump need to certify Iran's compliance with JCPOA?

The Obama administration faced heavy criticism from Republicans, as well as from some members of his own Democratic Party for signing up to the deal, which they saw as excessively compromising.

Opponents of the then-US president passed legislation requiring US presidents to certify Iran's compliance with the deal every 90 days.

The Trump administration declared that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal in May and July, but threatened more sanctions for breaching the "spirit' of the agreement.

The deadline for certification is October 15, but it is believed that Trump will announce his decision sooner.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this week that the president "has reached a decision on an overall Iran strategy".

Trump has repeatedly called the agreement the "worst deal ever" and had promised to tear it up even before he was elected.
What will happen if Trump refuses to certify the Iran nuclear deal?

If Trump refuses to certify, the issue goes to Congress.

Lawmakers will have a non-binding 60 day period to debate the deal.

Congress can decide to introduce or restore sanctions.

It remains to be seen whether that will actually happen as several prominent Republicans are undecided on the issue or do not want the deal to unravel.
Would Trump be violating the nuclear deal?

Not certifying the deal would not be a violation of JCPOA in itself, however, it does pave the way for Congress to introduce new sanctions, which could be in breach of US commitments under the agreement.

The onus on breaching the deal would, therefore, be with US lawmakers.
Would it be easy to introduce new sanctions?

While opposition to the Iran deal as it stands is strong, any attempt to scrap it would face resistance from members of the minority Democratic Party, as well as some Republicans, such as Senator Lindsay Graham, who has called on Trump to renegotiate parts of the agreement instead of scrapping it entirely.
How has Iran reacted?

Foreign Minister Zarif has threatened to partially or fully withdraw from the deal in the event of new US sanctions on Tehran.

Analysts say hardliners in Iran will be empowered by any US violation of the deal and would use it as an opportunity to block any further rapprochement with Washington.

"If anything Iran has gone out of its way to show it is compliant with the nuclear deal but what it will do is put pressure on the European countries to stand up for the deal for them to keep up with their part of the bargain," Durham University's Professor Anoush Ehteshami told Al Jazeera.

How have US allies reacted?

European leaders have taken the unusual step of publicly calling on the US to abide by the deal and have affirmed that Iran is upholding its commitments under JCPOA.

On Friday, the British embassy in Washington, DC took the unusual step of posting an animation on Twitter showing how Iran was complying with the deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron has told the US that not honouring its side of the deal could push Iran into producing a nuclear weapon in the future.

European states have enjoyed burgeoning trade ties with Iran since the deal came into force and experts say US breaches of the deal would damage its reputation as a reliable partner.

"Europe and the rest of the world would perceive the US as an international troublemaker and unreliable partner," Arshin Adib-Moghaddam of the School of African and Oriental Studies said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/trump-iran-deal-171011140146595.html
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Suicide attack targets police HQ in Damascus
« Reply #8496 on: October 12, 2017, 04:51:51 AM »
At least two people have been killed and six others wounded after attackers blew themselves up near the police command centre in the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to state media.

Suicide bombers tried to storm the main police headquarters building and clashed with guards before detonating their explosive devices outside on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

Other reports quoting Syria's official news agency said two bombers detonated their suicide belts outside the police station on Khaled bin al-Walid Street, while a third bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a clothes market on the same street.

"Our investigations are ongoing to find out where they came from and how," Mohammad Kheir Ismail, Damascus police chief, told state TV from outside the headquarters. "The issue has been controlled."

Amaq, the propaganda unit of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, reported the news without claiming outright responsibility.

However, in a statement via the Telegram messaging app, ISIL, also known as ISIS, said three of its fighters with explosive belts carried out the raid.

Wednesday's attack was the second such incident this month after armed men targeted a police station in Damascus' al-Midan district on October 2.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said September was the deadliest month of the conflict this year, with at least 3,000 people, including 955 civilians, killed.

"More than 70 percent of the civilians were killed in regime and Russian air raids, or in air raids of the international coalition" battling ISIL, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, SOHR head.

The number of people killed in September was higher due to increased fighting and "intensified air raids of the international coalition and Russia against jihadist bastions in the north and east of Syria, but also due to increased Russian and regime strikes on rebel-held areas", Abdel Rahman said.

Backed by Russian air raids, the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are waging a battle to retake areas in the eastern province of Deir Az Zor controlled by ISIL.

A US-led international coalition has been providing air support to a Kurdish-Arab alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), also fighting ISIL in its former northern bastion of Raqqa city and Deir Az Zor.



http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/suicide-attack-targets-police-hq-damascus-171011132824326.html
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Spain takes step towards suspending Catalonia autonomy
« Reply #8497 on: October 12, 2017, 04:54:28 AM »
Spain's prime minister has demanded Catalan leaders clarify whether they have formally declared independence before he invokes a constitutional article that would strip the region of its autonomy.

Addressing deputies in parliament on Wednesday, Mariano Rajoy said Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont's response would determine "future events".

"The cabinet has agreed to formally require the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared independence or not," Rajoy said in the address, which was televised and posted on his Twitter account.

"This call precedes the measures that the government may adopt under article 155 of our constitution and seeks to offer clarity and security that a question of such importance requires," he added.

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution allows the central government in Madrid to take direct control of regions, if they fail to comply with their legal obligations.

The previous evening, Puigdemont's said Catalonia has a mandate to declare independence but would suspend it pending the outcome of talks with Spain.

"By being the president, I assume my responsibility to declare that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic," he told a meeting of the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Madrid has dismissed the idea of holding talks with Catalan leaders and has opposed the decision to hold the referendum from the outset.

When Catalonia proceeded with the referendum anyway on October 1, the central government sent police to forcibly stop it from taking place, resulting in incidents of ballot papers being confiscated and voters being dragged away from polling stations.

The independence movement won the vote with 92 percent of voters in favour but the referendum was largely boycotted by unionists and turnout stood at just 43 percent.

Spanish courts have also ruled in Madrid's favour, declaring the push for independence illegal.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría has accused the Catalan leadership of causing a "breakdown in social cohesion" and said it was up to "democrats to restore serenity and sanity".

"There is no dialogue after the imposition [of the referendum result], laws are changed in parliament and through democracy," she said.

However, not all anti-independence voices in Spain are opposed to talks.

Spanish MP Enric Bataller I Ruiz from the centre-left Compromis party told Al Jazeera that many Spaniards fear both the idea of Catalonia's independence and the withdrawal of its autonomy in response to its separatist push.

"I think Mariano Rajoy should try to hold the hand of [dialogue]," he said, adding "it is political negotiation that is needed now in Catalonia ... and some kind of mediation to resolve the problem."

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/spain-takes-step-suspending-catalonia-autonomy-171011104701935.html
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Katabatic winds fan California's wildfires
« Reply #8498 on: October 12, 2017, 04:57:21 AM »
Wildfires are a fact of life in California. At the end of a long, hot, dry summer, vegetation is tinder dry.

Thunderstorms, camp fires and arson all contribute to the starting of fires across the state. But the worst of these fires usually occur in September and October as this is the time of year when strong winds are most likely.

These winds are known as katabatic winds. Katabatic derives from the Greek word "katabasis" which means descending.

These winds are the result of cool, dense air from a higher elevation descending due to gravity.

In extreme cases, katabatic winds can reach hurricane strength, but more typically they are less than 20km per hour (km/h).

This particular wind, which has been fanning the flames in Northern California, is known as the Santa Ana wind in the south of the state, and the Diablo in the north.

The Santa Ana begins as a high-pressure system settles over the Great Basin.

Winds blowing around the "high" descend towards the coastal strip, having been warmed and dried by its descent off the plateau.

At the same time, these winds are driven through the Traverse Range which separates the coast of Southern California from the desert.

The air, taking the path of least resistance, is driven through gorges and canyons, thereby increasing the wind speeds close to gale force.

The combination of dry vegetation and strong dry winds can result in wildfires which can spread at a dramatic rate.

Severe "firestorms" occurred in 2007 and 2003, with the worst such storm, fanned by a diablo, hitting Oakland and Berkeley in 1991. 25 people were killed and 2,900 structures destroyed.

Katabatic winds are present in many other parts of the world. The cold air which builds up over the interior plateaus of Greenland and Antarctica results in some of the strongest winds anywhere on Earth.

Winds of 300km/h in some of the valleys of Antarctica are enough to scour them free of ice and snow.
Similar winds exist in Alaska and the Fuegian Archipelago of South America.

Here, the katabatic is known as a "williwaw" and winds of 220km/h are not unusual.

The Bora wind is another katabatic, which blows from the north or northeast in the Adriatic Sea. This largely winter wind can reach speeds of 200km/h.

Why no mention of the Fohn of Chinook winds?

Well, these winds do have a gravity component, but they are what is known as "rain shadow winds"; air is driven up one side of a hill or mountain range, where it drops its moisture as rain or snow, and then descends on the leeward considerably warmer and drier.

The current Santa Ana winds across Southern California look to be easing as a cold front moving in from the west helps to displace the area of high pressure around which the winds are flowing.

Hopefully, this change in weather conditions will help firefighter gain the upper hand in their battle with the wildfires.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/katabatic-winds-fan-californias-wildfires-171011090822651.html
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British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones 'killed by drone'
« Reply #8499 on: October 12, 2017, 05:00:18 AM »


Jones, from Chatham in Kent, joined so-called Islamic State after converting to Islam and travelling to Syria in 2013.

Her death was first reported by The Sun.

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said Jones had been a useful propaganda agent for IS on social media and her death would be "significant".

Whitehall officials have declined to comment publicly. However, they have not denied the story, and US sources are confident she was killed in an unmanned drone strike in June, our correspondent added.
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She was reportedly killed close to the border between Syria and Iraq by a US Air Force strike.
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Jones, 48 - who had no previous military training - had been married to the jihadist Junaid Hussain, who was killed in 2015 in a drone strike.

Previously a punk musician, she had been used to recruit western girls to the group and posted threatening messages to Christians in the UK.

Jones, who was born in Greenwich, London, also encouraged individuals to carry out attacks in Britain, offering guidance on how to construct home-made bombs.

She used her Twitter account to provide practical advice on how to travel to Syria and shared pictures of herself posing with weapons.
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By BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner

The death of Sally-Anne Jones, if confirmed, will make little or no tactical difference to the military fortunes of so-called Islamic State on the battlefield.

Despite posing online variously with a Kalashnikov and a pistol, and reportedly "leading a battalion of jihadist women", her value to the group was iconic rather than military.

But in this role she was definitely judged to be dangerous.

Along with her late husband, Junaid Hussain, she maintained a stream of hostile online propaganda aimed at the West.

This included luring western female recruits to the self-declared IS caliphate, encouraging attacks in the West and threatening to kill non-Muslims.

She is believed to have been involved in planning previous attacks in the West, including a plot to assassinate the Queen and Prince Philip in 2015.

There appears to have been no reaction to Jones's reported death from Arabic-speaking online supporters of IS, according to BBC Monitoring, which observes media worldwide. But it said this was typical in such cases.

IS never publicly acknowledged Jones - also known as Umm Hussein al-Britaniyah - as a member.

Women occasionally feature in IS's official propaganda and only as authors of articles in its monthly publications, BBC Monitoring added.
Fears for young son

Jones's husband was a computer hacker for IS and was regarded as a "high value target" before his death.

In 2015 the then Prime Minister David Cameron said Junaid Hussain had been planning "barbaric attacks against the West", including terror plots targeting "high profile public commemorations".

News of Jones's death has not previously been made public amid fears that her 12-year-old son, Jojo, may also have been killed in the June strike, according to The Sun.

BBC correspondent Richard Lister said it was assumed the boy had been killed.

Maj Gen Chip Chapman, former MoD head of counter terror, said under UN Charters the boy would be too young to be classed as a soldier and would not have been targeted, "even if he got up to really bad things".

"We don't know for sure whether he was with her or not," he added.

Azadeh Moaveni, a journalist and author of the book Lipstick Jihad, told the BBC that Jones had been one of the most "iconic" recruiters for IS because she helped the group to project the idea it could "get into the very reaches of British society".

The BBC's Frank Gardner said although it was "very likely" Jones has been killed, it was difficult to be certain because that would require sending a special forces team to gather DNA.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on matters of national security."

Other high-profile British jihadists killed in air strikes include Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, who appeared in beheading videos for IS.

He was killed in a US drone strike in November 2015.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41593659
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Re: 'Mindfulness' Is a Meaningless Word With Shoddy Science Behind It
« Reply #8500 on: October 12, 2017, 05:02:16 AM »
The benefits of meditation may have been seriously overhyped, a group of psychologists, neuroscientists, Buddhist scholars and mindfulness teachers warn—and the evidence to support mindfulness as a treatment certainly has been.

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The authors also lay the blame for overstating the benefits of meditation on the media. “You go into Whole Foods today, and there will be three magazines with some beautiful blonde meditating on the cover," Vago said. "And they're labeled ‘Mindfulness, the New Science and Benefits’ in some shape or form.”

http://www.newsweek.com/mindfulness-meaningless-word-shoddy-science-behind-it-682008

Indeed, we studied Meditation with a quantum microscope, and we've concluded that "mindfulness," as a state of mind, may in fact not exist at all!  As evidence, we give you the Corporatocracy of Idiocracy that we all inhabit.  If mindfulness were in fact a state of mind, than how could one explain the Idiocracy that we inhabit? 

No, the fact remains, Mindfulness as a virtue, and as a state of mind, is unequivocally false news!

With this new finding, the USDA, FDA, EPA, DHS, FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA, and Big Brother have all declared a ban on this supposed state of "mindfulness."  The newly formed "Anti-Mindfulness Departmnet Of Prosperity", or AMDOP, has come out and declared mindfulness to be not only misleading, but harmful to ones peace and prosperity.  To combat this egregious crime against the well being of the citizens of our Idiocracy, the FDA has just released a new drug.  This drug, IwanaBearetard is free to every citizen who willingly undergoes a lobotomy.  Said lobotomy will be paid for by AMDOP. 

God Bless Merika!   :icon_sunny:

Mindfulness is the enemy of profit. Hence, the assault on it.
The bidness of 'Murika is bidness.


The dark side is relentless.

Last week it was the "Return of Reefer Madness"
Smear campaign on cannabis.

This week it's a smear campaign on the journey inward.

And of course the BIGGIE of all BIGGIE'S "Flat Earth"

God Bless the aMeriKan fuck-tards....

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Ben Affleck dubbed 'Buttman' as more groping allegations emerge
« Reply #8501 on: October 12, 2017, 05:11:48 AM »


Ben Affleck has become the subject of shame and mockery after more allegations of groping emerged this week. Affleck, who is about to appear as Batman for the second time in DC's big-budget superhero film Justice League, has been called "Buttman" on social media since make-up artist Annamarie Tendler became the second woman to allege that he touched her.

Days after condemning the actions of his former colleague Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of three incidents of rape and countless accounts of sexual assault of young female stars, Affleck publicly apologised for touching actress Hilarie Burton live on camera in 2003.

The apology came after Burton admitted that she had not forgotten the incident:

    Shanice Brim @ShaniceBrim
    Replying to @naimaism

    He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.

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    I didn't forget.
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Ben Affleck

@BenAffleck

I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
12:26 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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However, Burton's claim was followed up by Tendler, who explained that Affleck had touched her inappropriately during a Golden Globes party three years ago:

Annamarie Tendler

@amtendler

I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.
3:18 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Annamarie Tendler

@amtendler
Replying to @amtendler

He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack.
3:21 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Annamarie Tendler

@amtendler
Replying to @amtendler

I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back?
3:23 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Annamarie Tendler

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Like most women in these situations I didn't say anything but I have thought a lot about what I'd say if I ever saw him again.
3:25 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Affleck is yet to respond to Tendler's claims. However, another woman, comedy writer Jen Starkey, said that "multiple women" endured similar experiences to Tendler at the same event:

Jen Statsky

@jenstatsky

I was also at this party and *multiple* friends had this same exact experience. https://twitter.com/amtendler/status/918209320977911808
3:39 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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The revelation has caused people to joke that Affleck's actions should earn him a new nickname:

Robert Zuccaro @robzuc1997
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He is Buttman.
8:01 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Nail Horribly 👹😈👻 @Nooli68

He must have been getting in character as Buttman https://twitter.com/amtendler/status/918209320977911808
2:00 AM - Oct 12, 2017

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CalBlueTahoe @CalblueRene
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BUTTMAN!!!
11:19 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Cameron JM Clark @CameronJMClark
Replying to @amtendler

Batman? or Buttman!#BenAffleck#JusticeLeague
10:12 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Thomas Thorne @DrThomasThorne
Replying to @NolteNC

Can we start calling him Buttman?
10:06 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Ross @apnea_breath
Replying to @joelcomm

The new Buttman and his Robin sidekick is Weinstein
8:59 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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Jason Kessler @TheMadDimension

Batman? More like Buttman, am I right? https://twitter.com/amtendler/status/918209320977911808
6:39 PM - Oct 11, 2017

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/10/12/ben-affleck-dubbed-buttman-groping-allegations-emerge/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em


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Edible marijuana made me punch out flight attendants
« Reply #8502 on: October 12, 2017, 05:14:45 AM »
TAMPA — A Tampa man says edible marijuana caused him to try to exit a plane mid-flight and then assault passengers and crew in July.

Joseph Hudek IV was on a Delta flight from Seattle to Beijing when he tried to open a door and then punched an attendant and passenger who were helping to subdue him.

In an affidavit, Hudek said he ingested the drugs in Seattle just before getting on the plane.

"My understanding is that it was legal to buy and consume marijuana in the state," he wrote. "After purchasing the edible marijuana, I ate it."

That was enough for a federal magistrate judge Tuesday to let him out of jail until his trial, which is scheduled for February.

Prosecutors indicted Hudek on four assault charges and a charge of interference with a flight crew. He faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

But now Hudek, a Plant High School graduate, can pass the time before his trial at his mother's South Tampa home — as long as he doesn't fly there. The judge said he must travel from Seattle by train or car.

In the affidavit, Hudek also promised to steer clear of any use of marijuana. He will have to take regular drug tests.

According to court documents, Hudek texted several friends before the July 6 flight with pictures of "two or three bags of marijuana edibles." The friends told investigators he has a history of regular marijuana use, and has used cocaine at least once.

His mother, Linda Hudek, told investigators he purchased marijuana-laced candy that day but did not have a history of mental health issues or substance abuse.

"I have never had a remotely similar incident in all my times of flying on an airplane," Joseph Hudek said in the affidavit.

The incident happened about an hour after the evening flight took off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Hudek was riding in first class, according to court documents, using a ticket that he got free from Delta, where his mother works.

He drank a beer on the plane just before takeoff but no other alcohol. An hour in, he went to the bathroom, exited, returned and then came out again, this time shirtless. He grabbed the handle and tried to open the exit door, shouting, "I want to get out!"

The plane began turning around and flight attendants tried to stop him. Hudek pushed them out of the way, punching one several times. He also punched a passenger in the face and hit him in the back of the head with a wine bottle. Eventually, the passenger and others restrained him.

Since the flight, his legal team has collected and submitted hundreds of pages of testimonials from Hudek's family, friends and former baseball teammates, who all said that "Jojo" was not a violent person.

One endorsement came from Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, D-Tampa. Cruz wrote on office letterhead that Hudek grew up across the street from her and that she considered him an "honorable and caring" young man.

Another came from his uncle, former All-Star major league pitcher John Hudek, who wrote that the incident "is something that I have never seen from Jojo."

Hudek's physician, Dr. Joe Whitaker of Tampa, filed an affidavit claiming "paranoia, confusion, hallucinations and combativeness" are adverse effects of orally-ingested cannibinoids.

Two other doctors, who were both friends of the Hudeks, said they also believed the drug caused his outburst.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who take marijuana and alcohol together "can react with panic, anxiety or paranoia." The combination can also "increase the risk of psychotic symptoms" like hallucinations.

Attempts to reach Hudek by phone and at his parents' Tampa homes Wednesday were unsuccessful.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/tampa-man-edible-marijuana-made-me-punch-out-flight-attendants/2340761
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Gucci Drops Fur as Luxury Responds to Animal-Rights Concerns
« Reply #8503 on: October 12, 2017, 05:19:20 AM »


Italian fashion house Gucci plans to drop animal fur from its collections, showing how concerns about responsible business practices that originated with the Birkenstock brigade have galvanized an industry known for its celebration of excess.

The Milan-based maker of $1,000 fur-lined slippers, part of French luxury conglomerate Kering, will sell its remaining fur items in a charity auction, the company said in a statement Thursday, citing the “deprivation and cruelty suffered by fur-bearing animals.”

The move, effective next spring, comes as high-end brands join consumer-goods giants like Unilever and Nestle SA in responding to growing ethical, environmental and social awareness among consumers, especially millennials. The luxury industry’s use of animal skins has become a touchstone of these concerns for protesters who have flocked to fashion shows around the world.

Gucci’s move to drop fur follows increased scrutiny of its behind-the-scenes practices, ranging from factory conditions to the treatment of runway models. Kering and Paris-based rival LVMH last month agreed to curb the use of ultraskinny and underage models.

Gucci follows other Italian companies, like Giorgio Armani SpA and luxury e-commerce platform Yoox Net-a-Porter Group SpA, in dropping fur. LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods maker, is aiming to get almost one-third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the company announced last month.

Kering, whose Stella McCartney brand has long advocated the use of synthetic leather in footwear, has said it wants to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020 and make sure all of its leather, gold and diamonds can be traced to company-approved sources by 2025.

In 2015, actress Jane Birkin asked Hermes International to remove her name from its iconic handbags after videos of alleged mistreatment surfaced from a crocodile farm in Texas that supplies the company. She later dropped the request.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/gucci-drops-fur-as-luxury-responds-to-animal-rights-concerns
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Eminem's Trump Rap Lyrics
« Reply #8504 on: October 12, 2017, 07:18:06 AM »
"It's the calm before the storm right here

Wait, how was I gonna start this off?
I forgot... oh, yeah
That's an awfully hot coffee pot
Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Probably not
But that's all I got 'til I come up with a solid plot
Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it
Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk
Imma walk inside a mosque on Ramadan
And say a prayer that every time Melania talks
She gets a mou... Ahh, Imma stop
But we better give Obama props
'Cause what we got in office now's a kamikaze
That'll probably cause a nuclear holocaust
And while the drama pops
And he waits for s**t to quiet down, he'll just gas his plane up and fly around 'til the bombing stops
Intensities heightened, tensions are risin'
Trump, when it comes to giving a s**t, you're stingy as I am
Except when it comes to having the b***s to go against me, you hide 'em
'Cause you don't got the f**king n**s like an empty asylum
Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for
'Cause that's how he gets his f**king rocks off and he's orange
Yeah, sick tan
That's why he wants us to disband
'Cause he cannot withstand
The fact we're not afraid of Trump
F**k walkin' on egg shells, I came to stomp
That's why he keeps screamin' 'Drain the swamp'
'Cause he's in quicksand
It's like we take a step forwards, then backwards
But this is his form of distraction
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction
When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that
Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he's bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers
Then says he wants to lower our taxes
Then who's gonna pay for his extravagant trips
Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?
Same s**t that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered
Then does it more
From his endorsement of Bannon
Support for the Klansmen
Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that's black
And comes home from Iraq
And is still told to go back to Africa
Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa
Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors
Now if you're a black athlete, you're a spoiled little brat for
Tryina use your platform or your stature
To try to give those a voice who don't have one
He says, 'You're spittin' in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards!'
Unless you're a POW who's tortured and battered
'Cause to him you're zeros
'Cause he don't like his war heroes captured
That's not disrespecting the military
F**k that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist!
And keep that s**t balled like Donald the b**ch!
'He's gonna get rid of all immigrants!'
'He's gonna build that thang up taller than this!'
Well, if he does build it, I hope it's rock solid with bricks
'Cause like him in politics, I'm using all of his tricks
'Cause I'm throwin' that piece of s**t against the wall 'til it sticks
And any fan of mine who's a supporter of his
I'm drawing in the sand a line: you're either for or against
And if you can't decide who you like more and you're split
On who you should stand beside, I'll do it for you with this:
F**k you!
The rest of America stand up
We love our military, and we love our country
But we f**king hate Trump"
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