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This is the inevitable next step on the whole "remove the monuments to racism" movement. I've got news for you. It simply will not happen. Not any more than Andrew Jacksons statue will be taken down in New Orleans. We only take down statues of racists who lost the Civil War, the ones which reside in the parks and on the campuses of the South. You can decide for yourself if this is indicative of some kind of double standard. To me , it points up the idiocy of the whole silly movement.

Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

August 16, 2017 10:13 AM


CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.

A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.

“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”

The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson’s name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

Dukes said he’s not trying to erase history. He said black people should be able to decide who is and is not honored in their communities.

“I think we should be able to identify and decide who we declare heroes in or communities, because we have to tell the stories to our children of who these persons are,” he said.

He said parks, statues, or other monuments honoring Presidents Washington and Jackson might be appropriate elsewhere, but not in black neighborhoods.

“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner.

Dukes said he has sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District asking them to change the names of Washington and Jackson parks. He shared the letter on Facebook.


“I am feeling ambivalent that I would have to walk my child, attend a parade or enjoy a game of softball in a park that commemorates the memory of a slave owner,” he wrote. “Therefore, I call on the immediate removal of President George Washington and President Andrew Jackson names from the parks located on the southeast side of Chicago. They should not have the distinct honor of being held as heroes when they actively participated in the slave trade.”

Representatives for the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Chicago Park District spokeswoman pointed to the city’s formal process for renaming parks, which allows anyone to submit a request to the superintendent. The Park District board may vote on any such request after a 45-day public comment period.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/08/16/jackson-washington-park-protest-presidents-slave-owners/

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Environment / Extraordinary White Moose Takes a Dip in a Swedish Lake
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 09:49:37 AM »
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Knarfs Knewz / Defacing statues and memorials will only escalate the hate
« Last post by knarf on Today at 09:49:36 AM »
This seems to be an escalation of the hatred the left has for the right (alt-right) and it will only make them escalate their tendency for violent revenge. We ( america ) is starting to split down the seams in a hurry.
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History / It’s Time To Blow Up Mount Rushmore
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 09:43:36 AM »
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/15/its-time-to-blow-up-mount-rushmore/


The violence in Charlottesville has renewed efforts by the Left to tear down all Confederate monuments.

The alt-right rally that took place over the weekend was premised on opposing the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the Virginia town. Now, with the notion that these site are magnets for neo-Nazis firmly planted in the minds of leftists, other monuments are being targeted for removal.

Seemingly to preempt any violent demonstrations, Lexington, Kentucky, announced Sunday that it was speeding up its removal of Confederate statues in the city.

On Monday, Durham, North Carolina let random demonstrators take a statue dedicated to boys who died fighting for the South. In a scene reminiscent of the Bolsheviks, a leftist mob pulled down the statue and then proceeded to kick it, spit on it and flip it off. (RELATED: Protesters Topple Confederate Statue In North Carolina)

Georgia Democrats renewed their call to blow up the face of Stone Mountain that depicts Confederate generals. There is a precedent for these kinds of removal, as the Taliban blew up colossal Buddhas carved into cliffs in Afghanistan during its reign.

The desire to purge the past puts you in great company.

Many liberals cheered on the illegal razing as a heroic act against white supremacy, indicating they want more mob topplings to continue unimpeded.

Besides saying these monuments should be removed that their tributes to white supremacy, those on the Left also smugly claim that they’re celebrations of traitors. But considering that many of these protesters brandish the red flag of communism and honor black nationalist cop killers like Assata Shakur, it appears the treason angle isn’t actually articulated in good faith.

If fighting against the United States government makes one unworthy of public monuments, then one has to explain why we continue to honor Native American war chiefs who killed thousands of Americans.

The reason for erecting monuments to these Native chieftains is the same reason the South does for Confederate generals — it’s about honoring heritage.

But it appears that Southerners aren’t allowed to honor their heritage, unlike Native Americans.

There’s one thing that is very certain in this situation: they are not going to stop with tearing down Confederate monuments. Any American hero who owned slaves or held views that would be considered bigoted today will likely be up for erasure.

President Trump pointed out this likelihood at his raucous press conference Tuesday, to the shrieking of his press critics. Trump’s foes couldn’t believe anyone would suggest that the angry leftists would go after Thomas Jefferson or George Washington next. (RELATED: Trump: Should Statues Of Slave Owner George Washington Be Torn Down, Too?)

Already, statues to Jefferson — the third president and author of the Declaration of Independence —
have warranted demands for removal from college campuses. (RELATED: Jefferson Statue Smeared With ‘Blood’ At William & Mary)

Why not go after the Jefferson Monument in Washington, D.C.? Or the namesake for our very capital. What makes Washington exempt from erasure?

If the Left takes follows the course of its own logic, then there’s one landmark they should want to blow up ASAP — besides Stone Mountain.

It’s Mount Rushmore.

All four presidents carved into stone on the mountain would be called white supremacists today. So it would make sense for our progressive nation to wipe them from the face of the landmark.

Let’s start with Washington. He owned slaves. He approved the Naturalization Act of 1790 that restricted citizenship to “free white men.” He also earned the nickname “Town Destroyer” from the Iroquois for he fought against Indian tribes.

Jefferson has a more damning record, according to the Left. He also owned slaves and is widely believed to have had a relationship with one of the women he kept as property. That relationship is considered by many liberals to have amounted to rape.

Besides his personal behavior, the third president considered blacks were inherently inferior to whites. Jefferson also opposed granting citizenship to African-Americans and thought that America couldn’t survive as a multiracial democracy.

Additionally, he described Native Americans as “merciless Indian savages” in the Declaration.

Abraham Lincoln may be the Great Emancipator and one of the greatest presidents in American history, but that can’t erase his racial views. For nearly all of his political career, Lincoln supported colonization for free blacks instead of granting them citizenship and there’s still historical debate over whether he ever gave up the idea.

In the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, the future president argued against the idea that blacks and whites were equal. He also stated in one of the debates, “There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”

Theodore Roosevelt, like Lincoln, did not own slaves, but he also did not believe in the equality of races. Roosevelt supported imperialism on the basis that the “civilized” races should hold sway over the world and was a vocal advocate for eugenics.

Additionally, he wrote the famed “The Winning of the West” that celebrated the conquest of Indian land — a historical event that is now considered shameful by modern progressives.

However, all of these figures are undoubtedly great Americans and worthy of emulation, regardless of their opinions on race. But the views of these men described above would make them targets of the crowd wanting to denigrate American heritage. They would naturally earn the label of a white supremacist, which makes them a monster in the eyes of the Left.

Why continue to honor them with carved facades on the side of a mountain?

The anti-statue movement is not just dedicated to tearing down the Confederacy, it wants to eliminate all vestiges of America’s past that do not align with progressive values. Honoring ancestors who fought for the Confederacy is bad because that regime is “American Nazism,” as MSNBC host Chris Hayes put it. Your heritage be damned.

Same goes with Andrew Jackson, even though he fought heroically under the American flag and prevented secession as president. You can’t call him a traitor, but you can call him a racist — which is even worse.

The men on Mount Rushmore may have shaped in America and ensured its survival. In the case of Washington and Jefferson, they helped create the nation.

But those qualities won’t matter if we start to define all American history prior to 1965 as that of a vile white supremacist society.

The stone facades of great Americans will no longer be seen as such. They’ll just be a bunch of dead white males who deserve dynamite, not veneration.
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http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/08/15/4-popular-companies-medical-treatments-diseases-products-cause/

Waking Times

Cameron S. Bigger, Contributor
Waking Times

Listed below are four lethal connections between Big Pharma and some of our most popular consumer products, of which all consumers deserve to be made aware.
Nestlé and Prometheus Therapeutics & Diagnostics

Nestlé is the world’s largest food & beverage corporation, owning more than 2,000 brands in 191 countries. The vast majority of Nestlé’s profits come from dairy-centric products. Some of their most popular brands include Gerber Baby, Nesquik Chocolate Milk, Toll House, Kit Kat, Crunch Bar, Hot Pockets, DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Dreyer’s Ice Cream.

Nestlé also owns the pharmaceutical company Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, whose message to doctors is: “Prometheus is your partner in helping patients with chronic digestive disorders live active, healthy lives.”

Celiac disease is one of today’s most prevalent and lucrative digestive disorders, estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Prometheus has its very own celiac disease website, which heavily warns against gluten intake, but doesn’t mention that a patient’s symptomatology could be caused by lactose intolerance, even though the symptoms of the two diseases are very similar, and it’s well recognized that celiac patients have a proven high chance of lactose intolerance. In fact, regarding the global rise in celiac disease prevalence, prominent celiac researcher Dr. Detlef Schuppan declared: “The amount of gluten ingested does not explain it.”

When a corporation so heavily profits from the commercial use of dairy, a well-known digestive irritant, while also profiting from prescribing treatments for the side effects of improper digestion, that is a major conflict of interest. If we continue to pay Nestlé $92.3B per year, watch celiac cases continue to skyrocket—even amidst all the new gluten-free options.
Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals

The main ingredient of Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) baby powder is talcum powder, or talc. Several studies have linked frequent usage of talc in the genital region to pelvic inflammation and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

JNJ also owns Janssen Pharmaceuticals, who manufactures one of the top ovarian cancer chemotherapy drugs: Doxil. Doxil costs $2,758 per every 25ml. Ovarian cancer patients are recommended to have 50ml injected once a month for at least 4 monthly cycles. So, 50ml of Doxil, the monthly dosage, costs $5,516, and if repeated for 4 monthly cycles, as recommended, the total cost of Doxil treatment is $22,064.

In 2017, about 22,000 women in the U.S. will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and about 14,000 U.S. women will die from ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is ranked 5th among all cancer deaths in women, making it the most lethal form of cancer of the female reproductive system. Today, an American woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer during her lifetime is around 1 in 75, and her chances of dying from ovarian cancer is around 1 in 100.

When we multiply the 22,000 thousand new U.S. cases of ovarian cancer per year by the $22,000 cost of a round of Doxil chemo, this comes out to a $484 million per year opportunity for JNJ. It should now be evident why Johnson & Johnson shouldn’t be allowed to sell talcum-laced baby powder while also selling ovarian cancer chemo treatments.
Merisant Sweeteners and vTv Therapeutics

Merisant is a top global manufacturer of artificial sweetener brands whose products are currently being sold in over 90 countries. Equal Zero Calorie Sweetener is Merisant’s flagship product, which produced sales of $36.2 million in 2014.

Merisant is owned by MacAndrews and Forbes, who also own vTv Therapeutics. vTv Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the clinical-stage discovery and invention of treatments, primarily for Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as central nervous system diseases, metabolic disorders, inflammation, and cancer.

Now, one of Equal Sweetener’s main ingredients is aspartame. Human research has already proven aspartame’s connection to memory loss and learning impairment, and there is promising animal research indicating both aspartame’s role in promoting obesity by blocking gut enzyme activity and that aspartame induces significant increases in lymphomas and leukaemias at doses very near to those at which humans can be exposed.

Should we really continue to allow the people who so massively profit from selling aspartame-laced Equal Sweetener the opportunity to also own and sell the pharmaceuticals that deal with the side-effects of aspartame consumption?
Hearthside Food Solutions and 21st Century Oncology

Hearthside Food Solutions is the United States’ largest independent bakery, and the global food industry’s leader in the full-service contract manufacturing of processed grain-based foods and snacks, including baked goods, granola bars, snack bars, energy bars, cookies, crackers, pretzels, croutons, and breadcrumbs.

Hearthside is owned by Vestar Capital Partners, who also own 21st Century Oncology.

21st Century Oncology is a leading cancer-care service provider across multiple modalities, including colorectal, breast, uterine, and testicular cancers, and was also named the world’s largest radiation oncology provider, operating 179 global radiation centers, including 143 locations in 17 U.S. states.

While most people already know that eating processed grains is unhealthy, some might not be aware of the high correlation between the consumption of processed, simple carbs with certain types of cancer development, such as prostate, colorectal and uterine cancers, while on the contrary, choosing healthy, complex carbs like legumes and leafy greens is correlated with a significant reduction in the risk for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

Even the ultra-conservative American Cancer Society states on its website that “Food processing may alter foods in ways that might affect cancer risk. An example is the refining of grains, which greatly lowers the amount of fiber and other compounds that may reduce cancer risk.”

Should we really continue to allow the global leaders of processed grain-based foods and snacks the ability to also own the world’s largest tumor radiation company?

Corporations are the real cancer, undoubtedly. I love that they make people sick and then sell them treatment. Someday somebody is going to figure out how diabetes and Coca-cola fit together. I wonder if Coke owns any stake in making insulin, or if RJ Reynolds secretly owns Cancer Centers of America? Sheesh.
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Environment / Re: Crazy Weather
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 09:05:26 AM »
2017-08-14 - New study - 'Super heat waves' of 131F coming if global warming continues unchecked:
http://www.fasterthanexpected.com/2017/08/14/new-study-super-heat-waves-of-131f-coming-if-global-warming-continues-unchecked/
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Environment / Re: The Oceans are Coming? BFD, I got other Worries.
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 09:03:59 AM »
2017-08-14 - Rising sea level already driving people from their homes around the world:
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/11/climate-change-refugees-grapple-with-effects-of-rising-seas.html

Quote: "Increasingly, the phenomenon of rising sea levels has amplified fears over climate refugees — individuals forced to leave their homes due to changing environmental conditions in their respective homelands. Climate watchers estimate that at least 26 million people around the world have already been displaced, and that figure could balloon to 150 million by 2050, according to the Worldwatch Institute."
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Agelbert Newz / Re: XYT — Simplifying EVs
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 09:01:34 AM »
XYT — Simplifying EVs   

August 13th, 2017 by The Beam

SNIPPET:

The global race to cater to the growing electric car market is intensifying every day. All of the major car manufacturers are now pushing in this direction, and Tesla is constantly making headlines for its relentless advancement and ambitions to popularise electric vehicles. And amongst all of this largesse, there are smaller, more niche manufacturers breaking through and trying to find their own space in the industry.

We recently reported on the new Sion prototype, the first car to make use of external solar panels to give the vehicle extra charging capability for increased range, and now we’re introducing the unique electric vehicles from French manufacturer XYT.

It’s first car is made of just 580 pieces.


Aside from simplicity, what separates these cars from other cars is their modular and customisable design. Instead of the one-size-fits-all type of offering delivered by other manufacturers, the XYT gives the option of customizing and changing the vehicle based on your needs and desires.

Full article with a video:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/13/xyt-simplifying-evs/

I read a Consumer Reports review of the the new Volt last night. All electric, not a hybrid, 200-plus miles on a charge. The only negative is that you need a dedicated 240V charging station, and even then it takes 10 hours to fully charge from a fully discharged condition. There is some kind of rapid charge option. Not sure if that's something you can do at home, doubtful.

But the reviewers loved it, and the price is cheaper than the new Tesla, and performance is comparable, apparently.

My next car, most likely.
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