10 Tips for Liberals to Fight Stigmatizing and Defamatory Comments Online

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In case those conservative haters are getting you down.  The equivalent of telling children to run and tattle to a teacher, the teachers in this case being the FBI and the ADL.

Tip # 1: If you feel physically threatened by an online comment, report it to your local FBI office.

I didn’t feel physically threatened, though I certainly felt the comment was intended to incite prejudice against me. I decided to report it to Facebook first.

Tip # 2: Report the incident to the platform in question via its designated channels.

On Facebook, to the right of a comment, there’s a small “x” that allows you to hide it. I clicked the “x” and was presented with an option to report the comment, which I did.

Tip # 3: Engage your community.

While I waited for a response, I shared my concerns with the other members of the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, many of whom were kind enough to also report the issue to Facebook. To our surprise, each of us received what looked like an automated response from Facebook stating the comment didn’t violate their Community Standards.

Tip # 4: Determine whether you’re using the right terminology.

I’d initially reported the comment to Facebook as harassment, but then I realized the terminology might be incorrect. Upon review of Facebook’s Community Standards, I learned they remove hate speech directed at private individuals and public figures. This begged the question: if the comment didn’t qualify as harassment, was it hate speech? Or was it defamation?

Some research into hate speech and defamation quickly showed the comment qualified as both. So despite being somewhat discouraged, I knew I had to follow through with the matter, this time using more appropriate terminology.

Tip # 5: Find other channels to communicate your concern.

There’s usually more than one way to connect with a company. Over the course of the next week, I contacted Facebook via their private messaging app, as well as through a number of email addresses I found online, requesting they reconsider their earlier decision and remove the comment. I also reached out to The Daily Dot via email and a direct message.

Tip # 6: Stay calm and focused.

As the days passed and the comment remained visible for all to see, I grew more upset and frustrated. But I realized I couldn’t let my frustration get in the way of looking at the situation objectively.

Tip # 7: Be patient.

Facebook has almost 1.5 billion users worldwide. The Daily Dot has had more than 23 million unique visitors to its website. With thousands of people contacting these companies each day, I knew it could take a while for my request to land on the right person’s desk.

Tip # 8: Seek expert advice.

After calm consideration, I decided it was time to ask the experts for help. And that’s when I had the good fortune of connecting with Norman Abbot, Assistant Regional Director at the New England Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

It proved to be a turning point. Norman encouraged me to keep reaching out to both The Daily Dot and Facebook. Together, we came up with the idea to email people in leadership positions about the matter.

Tip # 9: Determine who’s in a position to help you, and reach out to him or her in a positive, polite manner.

In a last-ditch effort to be heard, I wrote both to Facebook’s General Counsel, as well as Nicholas White, The Daily Dot’s Editor in Chief and CEO, once again explaining the situation and requesting they delete the comment.

To my relief, the very next day, Austin Powell, Managing Editor at The Daily Dot, emailed. He informed me that the comment was now hidden to everybody but the original poster; a strategy proven to be more effective than deleting comments or blocking users in this kind of situation.

Minutes later, Matt Silverman, Director of Audience at The Daily Dot, contacted me via a Facebook direct message, apologizing for the delay and explaining that my email had likely been overlooked among the deluge of messages his team receives every day. He also emphasized that this was exactly the kind of comment his team works to remove on a regular basis.

Finally, that same morning, Facebook ‘s legal department got back to me, saying they’d looked into the matter but by then, it had already been resolved.

Tip # 10: Make note of successful strategies, and share them with others.

Sharing successful strategies with others can be key in combatting online defamation and stigmatization.

Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, oh my!

Read more at the Huffington Post

The Suspect Arrested For Torching Black Churches Is …

Pastor David Triggs and his wife Charronda hold hands and take part in the outdoor service following a fire at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, one of a spate of church fires in the area in recent weeks.

via DailyKenn

Big shock (emphasis mine).

Police have made an arrest in connection with a two-week string of church arsons, most of which occurred at places of worship in black neighbourhoods, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned. The suspect is a black man in his 30s, according to a police source. . . .

. . . The variety of denominations and types of structures targeted included Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and non-denominational congregations — four on the north side of St. Louis and two in Jennings. They ranged from the relatively grandiose historic brick structures of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Ebenezer Lutheran Church to the modest storefront used by the New Testament Church of Christ.

The first six churches were within about five miles (eight kilometres) of each other, and sustained varying levels of damage from fires set at their front doors from Oct. 8 to 18. Mainly, the damage was contained. Police presumed they were the work of the same person or people.
The fires were small blazes set against the exterior doors, but in some cases spread.

Various organizations including the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, the state fire marshal’s office, the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed to a reward fund that topped $9,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Read more at the Toronto Star

Portugal Risks Becoming ‘Ungovernable’ As Conservative Government Set To Collapse After Just 11 Days

Prime minister Passos Coelho has over seen the country through its bail-out programme since 2011

via Free Republic

More clashes between pro-bailout servitude to banks and socialist spoiled brats who don’t want to pay their bills.

Portugal risks becoming “ungovernable” as Leftist forces prepare to topple the returning government of prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho after just 11 days, the country’s president has warned.

Mr Passos Coelho – whose pro-bail-out coalition presided over four years of austerity policies – was sworn into office on Friday after his ruling coalition finished first in recent elections, but lost its parliamentary majority.

The appointment was met with controversy after the country’s president vowed to block an alliance of Leftist, anti-EU parties from taking the reins of office. The coalition of Socialists, Communists and the radical Left have vowed to bring down the minority government when a parliamentary vote is held on November 10.

Read more at The Telegraph

 

Obama: Too Many Folks in Our Prisons

via Free Republic

Hi, everybody. Today, there are 2.2 million people behind bars in America and millions more on parole or probation. Every year, we spend $80 billion in taxpayer dollars to keep people incarcerated. Many are non-violent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences.

I can think of one more person who should be added to that 2.2 million.

I wonder if he’s got an evil plan for a mass pardon on his last day in office, like what Clinton did only large-scale. Pardon the prisoners and pardon the illegal aliens.

On a side note, I actually agree that we have too many people in prison in this country.  It seems like we have the technology to keep them under house arrest and force their relatives to care for them.  Prisons, after all, represent a meeting of the criminal minds.

Read more at Investors.com

Martin Luther Warned About Appeasing Islam 500 Years Ago

Martin Luther

Martin Luther wrote: “The Turk is the rod of the wrath of the Lord our God. … If the Turk’s god, the devil, is not beaten first, there is reason to fear that the Turk will not be so easy to beat. … Christian weapons and power must do it…”

Martin Luther continued: “(The fight against the Turks) must begin with repentance, and we must reform our lives, or we shall fight in vain. (The Church should) drive men to repentance by showing our great and numberless sins and our ingratitude, by which we have earned God’s wrath and disfavor, so that He justly gives us into the hands of the devil and the Turk.”

In an attempt to unite the Holy Roman Empire against the Ottoman Muslims, Charles V agreed to a truce recognizing the Protestants, as Eric W. Gritisch wrote in “Martin – God’s Court Jester: Luther in Retrospect” (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983, p. 69-70): “Afraid of losing the much-needed support of the German princes for the struggle against the Turkish threat from the south, Emperor Charles V agreed to a truce between Protestant and Catholic territories in Nuremberg in 1532. … Thus the Lutheran movement was, for the first time, officially tolerated and could enjoy a place in the political sun of the Holy Roman Empire.”

As the Islamic threat intensified, reformer John Calvin wrote to Philip Melanthon in 1543 (“Selected Works of John Calvin: Tracts & Letters,” I: 373): “I hear of the sad condition of your Germany! … The Turk again prepares to wage war with a larger force. Who will stand up to oppose his marching throughout the length and breadth of the land, at his mere will and pleasure?”

Read more at WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah – Romney Confirms: Independent News the Problem

Maybe it’s better that Romney lost. Right now, at least our people know that we have an enemy in the White House.

“There was a time when we all got the news with the same facts, if you will,” he said. “We had three networks we watched for the evening news. Most of us got newspapers. Everybody in the middle class got a newspaper, so we got the same facts whether we agreed or not with them.”

Romney bemoaned the fact that more people “get their news on the Web” and “they tend to read those things which they agree with.” He said people are “not seeing the other side” and “not even getting the same facts” while “we have commentators” on left-leaning and right-leaning cable news channels “who are hyperbolic in expressing their views on issues.”

“There are some in our party who think the best approach is throwing bombs,” he said. “The problem with bomb throwing so far is that most of the bombs have landed on our own team. That doesn’t help.”

It’s hardly surprising that Romney believes these things.

However, it’s worth noting to whom he made these admissions.

Who is David Axelrod?

He was Barack Obama’s chief political strategist in 2008 and 2012. After Obama won in 2008, Axelrod was appointed as senior adviser to the president. He left that post in 2011 to become senior strategist for Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. Today he is a senior political commentator for CNN.

Read more at WorldNetDaily

Hungarian PM Blames Soros For Fueling Refugee Crisis in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. © Bernadett Szabo

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that George Soros, an American billionaire and human rights advocate, was responsible for the ongoing refugee crisis. Soros belongs to a group of “activists” that encourages migrants to head to Europe and thus intentionally aggravates the situation, Orban said.

“His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle,” Orban said in an interview on public radio station Kossuth, according to Bloomberg. “These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”

Read more at RT.com

Clinton Interrupted By Black Lives Matter At ‘African Americans For Hillary’ Launch

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. © Tami Chappell

The Dems continue to have trouble keeping their pets under control.

After years and years of blind Democratic support with little to show for it, with years of leadership by supposedly one of their own, these outraged blacks want a greater presence at the seat of power, if not outright rule.

“I have some issues to discuss and proposals to make if our friends will allow me to do it. They may actually find them to their liking,” Clinton told the crowd, attempting to speak over the protesters’ rendition of “Hell You Talmbout,” a song by Janelle Monae dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Clinton supporters yelled, “let her talk!” to drown out the protest.

The protesters remained unmoved despite intervention from Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), a civil rights icon.

Eventually, security escorted them out where more discussions took place, including with R&B singer Usher and Clinton’s head of outreach to African-Americans, LaDavia Drane.

Usher told one of the protesters, “If you cannot hear, if you cannot ask the question, and use this power you have appropriately, you’ll never get the answer you’re looking for,” to which the protester replied, “The issue is the fact that Hillary never allowed that space to ask.”

“When it’s time to talk about black issues and real life on an American platform, she doesn’t. She’ll say black lives matter behind cameras, but, and she’ll say black lives matter to LaDavia, but she’ll say black lives matter to us behind cameras, but when it’s time for her to be real about black issues, she won’t tell white people about that, right,” Mckesson told a circle of Clinton staffers and supporters.

Read more at RT.com

Live Ammo & Molotovs: Dozens Of Palestinians Injured in Vicious Clashes With Israelis

An Israeli soldier fires a weapon towards Palestinian protesters during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 30, 2015. © Mohamad Torokman

Both the Jews and the Palestinians have claims to the land they are fighting over, and I don’t have a dog in this fight.  But it’s interesting that the neo-Cons claim these Palestinians are terrorists when all they can do is throw stones and gasoline bombs, or stab soldiers with knives.

I’m sure the Palestinians have terrorists among them, but this particular case is a clash between two nations: one with ruling authority and the other a mostly legitimate minority that is resisting the expansion of the ruling nation.  No doubt that, could they get away with it, each would gladly wipe the other from the face of the earth.

Intense clashes have engulfed West Bank and Gaza Strip resulting in almost a hundred of injuries and several deaths. Israeli forces used live rounds and tear gas to push back violent Palestinian youths who pelted the officers with stones and Molotov cocktails.

Vicious violence in the Gaza strip left at least 46 Palestinians injured after Israeli forces confronted the Molotov-cocktail propelling youth, a spokesperson for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an news agency.

At least 17 people were injured by live fire in the clashes near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. A medical worker was injured after Israeli forces targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in the al-Farrahin area in eastern Khan Younis.

Al-Qidra said that another 19 were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and burns from tear gas canisters. Another ten Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation. All of the injured are being treated at the hospital.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson told the Palestinian news agency that Israel had been forced to respond after hundreds of Palestinians attempted to “breach the security fence,” forcing the them to open fire “in order to stop infiltration that would gravely endanger the safety of communities nearby.”

Read more at RT.com

Coywolf: New Dog-Coyote-Wolf Hybrid Already Numbers In The Millions

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Dr. Kays estimates that there are millions of coywolves populating eastern North America, spreading southward from their original home in southern Ontario.

Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Javier Monzon, previously at Stony Brook University in New York, now at Pepperdine University in California, analyzed 437 coywolves’ DNA and found the genes to be about 65 percent wolf, 25 percent coyote and 10 percent dog.

The physical traits are impressive. Coywolves weigh twice that of a coyote, around 55lbs (25kg) or more. They’re able to, on their own, hunt deer, or among fellow travelers capture a moose, thanks to their enlarged jaws, increased muscle, and quickening legs. What’s spookier is their howl, or yip, since the sound is reminiscent of both wolves and coyotes.

Read more at RT.com

China Warns US Against ‘Minor’ Incidents That Could ‘Spark War’

China Warns US Against ‘Minor’ Incidents That Could ‘Spark War’

Via Infowars.com

The Chinese sound like they are trying to explain a very simple concept to a willful but not particularly bright teenager.  Obama’s government, in other words, might accidentally start something that the U.S. isn’t prepared to finish.

Addressing the issue of US intrusion on Thursday in a video teleconference, Admiral Wu Shengli warned the chief of US naval operations Admiral John Richardson to refrain from further “provocative acts”.

“If the United States continues with these kinds of dangerous, provocative acts, there could well be a seriously pressing situation between frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even a minor incident that sparks war,” Wu said, according to a Chinese naval statement.

“(I) hope the US side cherishes the good situation between the Chinese and US navies that has not come easily and avoids these kinds of incidents from happening again,” Wu added.

Commenting on the bilateral exchange during the teleconference, an American official told Reuters that both sides agreed to avoid clashes. The US and Chinese navies also decided to maintain dialogue and follow protocols stipulated under the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

Read more at RT.com

Kevin MacDonald – Why So Much Jewish Fear and Loathing of Donald Trump?

Jews fear Trump.  Pro-America = Anti-Jew, apparently.

Given this deep concern that Trump may imperil the project of dispossessing White America, it is not surprising that for some Jewish activists, even the most benign statements by Trump conjure up images of Hitler and National Socialism. An example also noted in Peter Brimlow’s article cited above is the statement by Ross Kaminsky writing in American Spectator that again focuses on Trump’s immigration plan:

His plan to require businesses to “hire American workers first” has the stench of xenophobia backed up by the fist of government. Perhaps as a Jew I’m overly sensitive, but when I hear Trump speak I can’t help but think of “Germany for the Germans.”

This is certainly outrageous on its face — isn’t it obvious that US immigration policy should be about the interests of Americans? But actually, it’s not obvious at all. Indeed, it reflects a deep reality—that Jewish attitudes on immigration have a long history of being explicitly unconcerned with the interests of America or its traditional majority population. Rather, the Jewish view is that immigration policy should be based on moral principles, not the interests of Americans. Immigration of all races is a sacred value, far more important than the qualities of the immigrants or what they can contribute to America.

Read more at the Occidental Observer

Carson’s Boardroom Support For Gay Rights Could Test His Base

A hit piece for Ben Carson, but I don’t think it will hurt his candidacy among his over-eager White see-I’m-not-a-racist supporters.

As many people say, I like and respect Carson as a man (from what I can see), but I doubt whether he would make a very good president.  Well-intentioned with poor results, probably.  In the past, before he thought to run for president, he spoke about his support for affirmative action, gun control, and apparently he only opposes homosexual marriage rather than homosexual normalization.  I wonder if, as president, he could think very far outside his ethnic box.

Fellow directors said they do not recall Carson opposing any of the initiatives presented to the board.

“Ben Carson never came into the boardroom with any kind of social policy commentary,” said Jeffrey Brotman, who chairs Costco’s board. Kellogg director Donald Knauss said he also remembers Carson went along with the policy changes. . . .

. . . In the interview, Carson acknowledged the stances he took as a director could be an issue for some conservative voters. But he said he has never strayed from his message. “As far as conservatives are concerned, I’ve made my position clear to them as well. I believe in traditional marriage. But I don’t have anything against the gay community.”

Carson joined the Kellogg board in 1997 and the Costco board in 1999 and left both boards in May of this year as he began to push for the Republican nomination.

Read more at Reuters

Wikipedia – Carly Fiorina

Curiosity’s sake continues. . . . I admit to a certain bias against Fiorina, but do we really want someone with a track record like this:

Layoffs

In January 2001, HP laid off 1,700 marketing employees.[92] In June 2001, Fiorina asked employees to either take pay cuts or use their allotted vacation time to cut additional costs, resulting in more than 80,000 people signing up and saving HP US$130 million.[93] Despite these efforts from employees, in July Fiorina announced that 6,000 jobs would be cut, the biggest reduction in the company’s 64-year history,[94][95] but those cuts would not actually occur until after the Compaq merger was announced.[96] In September 2001, Fiorina said she intended to cut an additional 15,000 jobs in the event of a merger with Compaq.[94][97]

In all, Fiorina laid off 30,000 U.S. employees.[16][17] According to PolitiFact, those 30,000 layoffs were “as a result of the merger with Compaq….”[17] By 2004 the number of HP employees was about the same as the pre-merger total of HP and Compaq combined, and that 2004 number included roughly 8,000 employees of other companies acquired by HP since 2001.[17][98][99] Altogether, under Fiorina’s leadership, HP had a net gain of employees, including employees from mergers as well as hires in countries outside the United States.[18]

In 1999, when Fiorina became CEO of HP, the company had 84,800 employees.[99] After the merger with Compaq, the company had a total of 145,000 employees worldwide.[100] At the time of her resignation in 2005, after HP had acquired several other companies, HP had about 150,000 employees.[17]

Forced resignation

HP’s revenue doubled and the rate of patent filings increased due to mergers with Compaq and other companies during Fiorina’s stint as CEO.[101][102] In addition, HP’s cash flow increased by 40%, to around $6.8 billion.[103][104] However, the company underperformed by a number of other metrics: there were no gains in HP’s net income despite a 70% gain in net income of the S&P 500 over this period;[101] the company’s debt rose from US$4.25 billion to US$6.75 billion;[101] and its stock price fell by 50%, exceeding declines in the S&P 500 Information Technology Sector index and the NASDAQ.[101][105] By contrast, stock prices for IBM and Dell fell by 27.5% and 3% respectively during this time.[105] The Compaq acquisition was not as transformative as Fiorina and the board had envisioned: in the merger proxy, they had forecasted that the PC division of the merged entities would generate an operating margin of 3.0% in 2003, while the actual figure was 0.1% in that year and 0.9% in 2004.[19]

In 2004, HP fell dramatically short of its predicted third-quarter earnings, and Fiorina fired three executives during a 5 AM telephone call.[55] In early January 2005, the Hewlett-Packard board of directors discussed with Fiorina a list of issues that the board had regarding the company’s performance and disappointing earning reports.[19][20][21] The board proposed a plan to shift her authority to HP division heads, which Fiorina resisted strongly.[21] A week after the meeting, the confidential plan was leaked to the Wall Street Journal.[106] According to BusinessWeek’s Ben Elgin, directors were also concerned about the board’s inability to work effectively with Fiorina.[107]

Read more at Wikipedia

HP Employees Won’t Give Carly Fiorina a Dime

CUPERTINO, UNITED STATES:  Carly Fiorina, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company address the media during the offical launch of the new company 07 May 2002 in Cupertino, California. Hewlett-Packard is ready to lead change in the high-tech industry now that it has taken over Compaq Computer, HP chief executive Carly Fiorina said 07 May. As Fiorina announced the formal launch of the combined firm following the 20 billion dollar tie-up between the technology giants, the company announced it would re-organize into four divisions and re-brand some of its products.                AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)

For curiosity’s sake, I found a hit piece from a month ago that describes how Fiorina’s former associates at HP don’t much like the thought of her winning the presidency. Admittedly a slanted article, but more fun than the last one.

The employees at Hewlett-Packard, where Carly Fiorina was CEO for six years, don’t seem interested in seeing their old boss become commander-in-chief.

Of the 302,000 employees at the company, not one has given a reportable amount to help Fiorina fund her 2016 presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filings, which lists all donations over $200. HP’s corporate leadership also doesn’t seem keen on the idea of Fiorina in the White House. Among the 12-member board of directors, just one, Ann Livermore, has given a donation above that threshold. . . .

. . . Interviews with HP employees during and after Fiorina’s leadership reveal a deep and simmering well of discontent 10 years after she left the company.

Dean Soderstrom, a sales operations manager at HP from 1999 until his retirement in 2015, said he saw feelings for Fiorina among rank-and-file employees sour quickly after she took over.

“Right from the get-go with Carly, it seemed like it was a two-class company. It was her and the rest of us,” Soderstrom said. “Many of her employees were very disenchanted by her. When she was let go, I think for the right reasons, there was a lot of singing ‘Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.’”

To Soderstrom’s point, Fiorina’s first year at HP not only included an immediate overhaul of the company’s famous corporate culture, widely known in Silicon Valley as “the HP Way,” but also instant celebrity status for Fiorina, who was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. She appeared on the cover of more than 40 magazine covers in her first year, had her portrait hung in the company’s Palo Alto lobby next to the founders, and bought a Gulfstream IV for her travels. The previous CEO, Lewis Platt, famously flew coach.

“I don’t care if she’s a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. I would not support her for president,” Soderstrom said. “I would not give her two cents.”

Read more at The Daily Beast

As a Boss, Carly Fiorina Was a Contradictory Figure at Hewlett-Packard

A fluff piece for Carly Fiorina by the New York Times. To keep her candidacy pumped up?

From the start, Mrs. Fiorina collided with the entrenched reality of a proud work force steeped in the philosophy and tradition of HP’s founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard: a decentralized, paternalistic and slow-moving culture that was nevertheless treasured for its autonomy and egalitarianism.

As the company’s first chief executive to be plucked from outside its management ranks, she went out of her way to convey sensitivity to the founders, reminding executives that she had read Mr. Packard’s book, “The HP Way,” five times. But her mandate, handed down from the board that hired her, was to shake up the company’s stodgy ethos, and she found it difficult to mask her distaste for the rhythms of the workplace she had taken over.

Just a year after arriving, in 2000, she offered a pointed critique of the company in an interview for the employee newsletter. “The list of negatives is too long,” Mrs. Fiorina said. “This is what customers tell us: HP is inflexible and hard to do business with. We don’t meet commitments. We don’t listen to our customers very well.”

In the end, poor financial results and disagreements with the board to which she answered undermined Mrs. Fiorina. But it was a recurring clash — between a leader determined to transform and a work force chafing at the scale and pace of change — that defined and ultimately consumed her at HP, according to interviews with 25 former colleagues, who described their interactions with Mrs. Fiorina and provided internal communications involving her. (She declined a request to be interviewed for this article.)

Read more at the New York Times

Senate Passes Debt and Spending Hike in Dead Of Night

via Infowars.com

Boehner’s mission is accomplished. Now he can make millions as a lobbyist.

“This deal represents the worst of Washington culture,” said Rep. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate who’d vowed to lead the filibuster, but who saw his efforts fall short to what he called an “unholy compromise between right and left.”
The bill cleared on a 64-35 vote, with just 18 Republicans joining all Democrats in backing the bill.

President Obama said the deal will “break the cycle of shutdowns and manufactured crises” that he and Congress have been through the last few years.

The debt increase, meanwhile, amounts to far more. Judging by recent borrowing, the 16-month debt holiday would work out to more than $1 trillion in new borrowing — or $13 billion for each hour Congress considered the bill.

Friday morning’s votes split the Republican presidential candidates, with Mr. Paul and Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz opposing it and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a prominent war hawk, backing it.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent who’s running for Democrats’ nomination, also voted for it.

Read more at the Washington Times

West Africa: Foreign Military Role in Ebola Crucial, Questions Over Future Use

So that’s what happened to those troops we sent to West Africa for the ebola outbreak.

Dakar — Foreign military personnel played a crucial role in stemming the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, researchers said on Monday, but warned against treating their intervention as a blueprint for future humanitarian crises.

Military help was required as health systems in Liberia and Sierra Leone were ill-equipped and many aid agencies withdrew staff and halted operations when the outbreak began, University of Sydney researchers said.

More than 5,000 troops from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Canada, France and Germany were deployed in 2014, mainly training local health workers and building Ebola treatment units, according to the Saving Lives report.

Yet poor coordination between governments, aid agencies and armed forces and a lack of understanding of their roles may have hindered the Ebola response, researcher Adam Kamradt-Scott said.

Read more at AllAfrica.com

UK Becomes First Country to Legalize Controversial 3-Parent Baby Procedure

UK Becomes First Country to Legalize Controversial 3-Parent Baby Procedure

More signs of the beautiful future we can look forward to.

The United Kingdom has become the first country to legalize a controversial procedure that allows for the creation of a baby from DNA of three parents.

Christian Today reports that the procedure uses DNA from two woman–one the baby’s actual mother–and one man–the baby’s father–to create a baby outside the womb.

The reason why the DNA of a female donor is used in addition to the DNA of the actual parents is due to the fact that this can reduce genetic health conditions for the child. Researchers at Newcastle University say this procedure could help around 2,500 families a year.

Although some view the new procedure as a scientific breakthrough, others are less than thrilled, and are questioning the ethics of the new procedure.

Read more at ChristianHeadlines.com

Israel Military Police Searched for Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers’ Right-Wing Messages

Most Israelis dislike and distrust their ulta-Orthodox brethren and treat them as second-class citizens.

Military Police investigators searched for “right-wing” messages on the cellphones of soldiers from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Netzah Yehuda battalion, a legal representation group said on Thursday.

The investigation centers on a group of combat soldiers who are under arrest for allegedly striking a Palestinian security suspect in the bathroom of an IDF base after he was arrested recently in Jenin.

Read more at the Jerusalem Post

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