… Is It Finally Time? …

... to Begin Calling Trumpism Fascist? The 45th president during an inflammatory Ohio speech in June. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images One of the real quandaries of Trump-era politics has been how to describe the school of thought (or action) its central figure leads. The more it has become apparent that the 45th president and his … Continue reading … Is It Finally Time? …

… Guilty Parties …

Two entrepreneurs have built a business dredging up white women’s shame. Photo: Jesus Trillo Lago/Getty Images/iStockphoto Were White Fragility to be adapted as reality TV, the result might look something like this: A collection of affluent white women, equipped with varying degrees of vanity and self-delusion, gather at a well-appointed dinner table. There, they face … Continue reading … Guilty Parties …

… Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …

..to Make Weapons and Create a Private Army in Ukraine On the second night of his visit to Kyiv, Erik Prince had a dinner date on his agenda. A few of his Ukrainian associates had arranged to meet the American billionaire at the Vodka Grill that evening, Feb. 23, 2020. The choice of venue seemed … Continue reading … Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …

… ‘Rise of the Moors’ Standoff Shuts Down I-95 …

: Who Are They and What Do They Believe? Police arrested members of a Rhode Island–based militia after a lengthy standoff. The suspects are part of a group that believes that they are not bound by U.S. law. Police work in the area of an hours long standoff with a group of armed men that … Continue reading … ‘Rise of the Moors’ Standoff Shuts Down I-95 …

… Fourth of July thoughts …

America has been through a lot in the last two decades.   “Notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country.” — Frederick Douglass If the United States still exists in five years, our country will have existed for 250 years. If … Continue reading … Fourth of July thoughts …

… Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia …

Actual research shows that sex is anything but binary Antiscientific sentiment bombards our politics, or so says the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW). Chief among these antiscientific sentiments, the IDW cites the rising visibility of transgender civil rights demands. To the IDW, trans people and their advocates are destroying the pillars of our society with such … Continue reading … Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia …

… More Churches Up in Flames in Canada as Outrage Against Catholic Church Grows …

The incidents occur amid ongoing reports of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children found at former residential schools, with the latest site announced in B.C. on Wednesday.     A FIRE BURNS A CATHOLIC CHURCH   Another two Catholic Churches have been torched in Canada, as more Indigenous Nations have confirmed unmarked graves … Continue reading … More Churches Up in Flames in Canada as Outrage Against Catholic Church Grows …

… 2 Children Out Walking Get Caught Between a Gunman and His Target …

The harrowing scene in the Bronx, captured on surveillance video Gunfire erupts on a Bronx sidewalk, and several passers-by, including a 5-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister, rush toward a bodega’s entrance for shelter.     But the children collide with a man who is also racing for cover, and all three fall to the … Continue reading … 2 Children Out Walking Get Caught Between a Gunman and His Target …

…Can Biden Reverse Trump’s Damage to the State Department? …

Reeling from the leadership of Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, career officials wonder whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken can revitalize American diplomacy. Last year, in the early hours of October 27th, Philip Walton, an American citizen living and working as a farmer in southern Niger, was kidnapped in front of his family by armed … Continue reading …Can Biden Reverse Trump’s Damage to the State Department? …

… How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky …

Every time there is a major disease outbreak, one of the first questions scientists and the public ask is: “Where did this come from?” In order to predict and prevent future pandemics like COVID-19, researchers need to find the origin of the viruses that cause them. This is not a trivial task. Theorigin of HIV … Continue reading … How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky …

… Future-Proofing the Presidency …

  JIM LO SCALZO / EPA From the moment that Donald Trump took office, he began to profit personally from holding the office of the presidency. Here, President-elect Trump arrives to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington Jan. 20, 2017. A treasure map for an American tyrant Donald … Continue reading … Future-Proofing the Presidency …

… We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus …

... Here are 4 scenarios. Experts say that understanding how the virus first leapt from animals to humans is essential to preventing future pandemics. The search continues for the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19—and the pathway it took to leap from animals to humans, wreaking havoc across the globe, infecting more than 171 … Continue reading … We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus …

… What You Need To Know About Black Wall Street And The Tulsa Massacre …

by Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma race massacre known as the Tulsa Massacre, which resulted in the death of more than 300 Black Americans and the total destruction of 40 blocks of a Black residential neighborhood and business district called Greenwood and nicknamed Black Wall Street. And … Continue reading … What You Need To Know About Black Wall Street And The Tulsa Massacre …

… The Country Is on the Cusp of a New Era …

America is inching closer to a possibility it has never seen before: the indictment and trial of a former president. New York State’s attorney general, Letitia James, announced, “We have informed the Trump Organization that … We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity.” According to The New York Times, James … Continue reading … The Country Is on the Cusp of a New Era …

Alan Blueford

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Just after midnight on Saturday May 6th, Alan Blueford and two of his friends were waiting for some girls to pick them up on 90th Ave., in East Oakland, after the Floyd Mayweather fight. Not long after Alan had phoned his parents to check-in with them, a car slowly pulled up to them with its lights off. Alan ran. One officer gave chase. A few blocks later Alan was shot by OPD officer Miguel Masso. Masso also shot himself in the foot. Over a dozen witnesses all said that Alan had no weapon and posed no threat to the officer.

Why did the police approach Alan and his friends with their lights off? Why did they give chase when Alan had committed no crime and posed no threat to the officer? Why was Alan shot three times when he had no weapon? How did a trained officer shoot himself in…

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… Yahoo Answers, a haven for the confused, is shutting down …

At times on Yahoo Answers, the people asking questions of strangers lunged for the hallucinatory limits of human curiosity: What would a heaven for elephants be like? Should scientists give octopi bones? It helped people identify their sense of self: Why do people with baguettes think they are better than me? \Is being popular in … Continue reading … Yahoo Answers, a haven for the confused, is shutting down …

…The Deceit and Conflict behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers …

Fifty years ago this spring, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, a seven-thousand-page top-secret history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The study revealed systematic lying to the American people by four U.S. Presidents, from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson. The Nixon Administration tried to halt publication by the Times and the Washington Post, but was thwarted by the Supreme Court … Continue reading …The Deceit and Conflict behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers …

… Biden and the Blame Game at the Border…

The issues involved are nearly impossible to settle as long as policymakers regard decency as a political weakness rather than as a moral strength. During the past decade, three U.S. Presidents have each faced a humanitarian emergency at the southern border. Barack Obama did in 2014, when tens of thousands of children from Central America arrived, … Continue reading … Biden and the Blame Game at the Border…

… What’s at Stake in Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial …

The Republican Party isn’t ready to walk away from the former President, but the senators know how close the country came to catastrophe. Illustration by João Fazenda As President, Donald Trump often seemed surprised to discover what was and was not constitutional. His lawyers now seem intent on perpetuating that confusion at his impeachment trial. … Continue reading … What’s at Stake in Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial …

… January 6, 2021 – American Terrorists sack the Capitol … A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection …

Videos show Rachel Powell, seen here in a pink hat and sunglasses, using a battering ram to smash a window and a bullhorn to issue orders during the Capitol riot. How claims by Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones spurred a parent of eight to become one of the Capitol riot’s biggest mysteries, and a fugitive … Continue reading … January 6, 2021 – American Terrorists sack the Capitol … A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection …