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This 'redneck' may have just started a white revolution against racism

Dixon D. White, who describes himself as "a simple southern guy, who was raised in a small country town in the south," posted a video rant on YouTube, which he titled I'm a redneck and I love America. It's not the video's title that gained the attention of the internet, however; it's the subject of White's rant - racism.

If you were to judge the video just from the title, you'd probably never watch it. When we think of America-loving rednecks, we've seen enough videos from confederate flag waving, NRA supporting, card carrying KKK members, who upload YouTube videos complaining about how poor white people, like themselves, are the real victims in racist America. But don't judge White's video by the title alone.

The content is hard-hitting, and surprisingly honest. So honest, that it may even make you cry.


TV

Why Rod Serling still matters

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Rod Serling.
I doubt there's anyone born in the age of television syndication who doesn't have a haunting, dream-intruding memory of a Twilight Zone episode. We all know them: ventriloquist dummies who talk on their own, gremlins on airplane wings, neighbors who are space aliens or -- worse still -- who accuse us of being aliens. The visuals of The Twilight Zone form a kind of collective generational nightmare.

The remarkable thing about the man who created many of these episodes from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling, is that the writer-presenter learned his craft not in the visual era but in the age of radio drama. It has been observed that Serling, whose characters routinely launched into long (and often enrapturing) moralistic jeremiads, wrote more for the ear than the eye. And it was Serling's sense of moral outrage -- against conformity, scapegoating, war as a first resort, commercialism above quality -- that brought posterity to his scripts and stories, and that served to marry speculative writing and filmmaking, perhaps permanently, to some kind of ethical position-taking.

Heart - Black

Female psychopath: Texas veterinarian fired after bragging online about killing a cat with a bow and arrow

A veterinarian in Brenham, Texas lost her job and has allegedly received death threats after posting a picture online of herself with a cat she killed with a bow and arrow, KBTX-TV reported on Friday.
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Officials at the Washington Animal Clinic terminated Kristen Lindsey's employment after the picture from her Facebook page surfaced on Thursday. Lindsey can be seen holding the arrow, which is stuck inside the animal's head.

"My first bow kill, lol," she wrote. "The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's [sic] head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."

Lindsey took down her page after criticism began flooding in, but at one point she bragged that she would not lose her job over killing the cat, stating, "Like someone would get rid of me. I'm awesome!"

Instead, her name was covered up on the facility's sign by Friday afternoon. The clinic reportedly received more than 500 phone calls denouncing Lindsey's actions.

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Sheriff

'Phoenix shooting leaves 5 dead in suspected family dispute'

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Police used a megaphone to try to speak with the relatives during a standoff at the scene of a domestic shooting in Arizona
Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home after a shooting Thursday in a suspected dispute about the family's business, police said.

The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released. But police said the three men were brothers and the dead women apparently were the men's mother and a spouse of one of the brothers.

Two other women and two children managed to escape the home unharmed, according to police.

Comment: Time will tell as more details unfold as to why this unnecessary shooting took place. Sad day in this Phoenix neighborhood for sure.


Heart - Black

Goldman Sachs banker celebrates his birthday by raping a woman


Jason Lee
A married investment banker with Goldman Sachs raped a woman because he said that he wanted to have sex on his birthday and "was going to do whatever he had to do to get it."

Jason Lee was celebrating his 37th birthday in his extravagant Hamptons, New York rental property in 2013, when according to his accuser, he forced himself into a bathroom with her, pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.

The woman, who was 20-years-old at the time of the assault, met the banker at a New York nightclub while visiting her brother and a friend from Ireland. The trio, along with Mr Lee, then took the party to his Hamptons mansion after the last call was made at the club.

Comment: Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims


Heart - Black

Boy defends medical marijuana in class, cops charge his mother with possession and remove him from home


Screenshot featuring Shona Banda from a video by MedicalMarijuana411.com.
Most Americans who attended school after the year 1983 are likely familiar with D.A.R.E., a privately and federally funded anti-drug program notorious for using exaggerated facts, falsified science, and fear tactics to scare kids into "just saying no". Not only is their approach to drug prevention laughable (at best), it is a complete and utter failure.

As if spreading misinformation to children isn't despicable enough, it would appear that they are willing to ruin lives to protect their propaganda.

Brick Wall

Texas moves to block cities from instituting local fracking bans

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The Texas state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block cities in Texas from banning the controversial oil and gas exploration method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

After an overwhelming vote of 122-18, the proposal - House Bill 40 - advanced to the state Senate, where lawmakers have not taken up the bill just yet. The bill featured 70 co-sponsors and had the support of the oil and gas industry.

The House vote comes just a few months after voters in a small Texas town called Denton approved a measure that banned fracking in the area. Denton was the first Texas city or county to ban the practice, the oil industry has already filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the prohibition.

On Friday, Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), who introduced the bill, said the ban on banning fracking was needed to ensure that cities didn't implement different regulations that harm the state's economy.

"In the absence of this bill, a statewide patchwork of oil and gas regulation is likely," Darby said to the Houston Chronicle.

Comment: If there was any question as to just how much influence the Oil & Gas industry wields, this should remove all doubts. Citizens concerned about the many dangers to their health and the environment will have even fewer abilities to protect themselves. And this is what we call democracy?


Info

Heirs of Holocaust victims sue French train company over death camp deportations

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Holocaust descendants have launched a class-action suit in a US federal court in Chicago against France's biggest national rail company SNCF, to get compensation for confiscated and sold personal property of those deported to death camps.

They also want compensation for the fact the SNCF billed the Nazis for third-class train tickets, while the Holocaust victims were taken to concentration camps in cattle cars.

"SNCF committed, conspired to commit and aided and abetted others who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Acting with full knowledge, SNCF was complicit in the commission of genocide," the suit launched on Thursday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, alleges.

Comment: Getting compensation is one thing but clearly not enough to stop the continuing abuses of human rights and crimes against humanity.


Propaganda

How the mainstream media distorts the news about Ukraine

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How Reliable Is Reuters?

People see their own nation, and foreign nations, through the filter of the press that's available to them; so, if that filter is systematically distorting (distorting in ways that most of the others similarly do), then democracy cannot function, public opinion can be manipulated and warped; and wars might even start that shouldn't — something Americans have tragically been experiencing lots of, during recent decades, such as when we invaded Iraq in 2003 (just to cite the most famous of many examples).

A typical Reuters 'news' report will be examined here, in order to determine how high the journalistic standards of the Reuters 'news' organization actually are. Reuters is an internationally respected 'news' organization, as reliable as any major 'news' organization in the U.S. and Europe — thus, it's a good source to provide a case-example.

The particular report, dated Thursday, April 16th, is titled "Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine."

Comment: One can just imagine the head honchos at Reuters, AP, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major western news outlets instructing their staff on their company's editorial line:

"... and above all else, just repeat the charge of 'Russian aggression' folks!! Doesn't matter what Putin or his folks are saying - doesn't matter what some journalist in Italy says - and it doesn't matter what the friggin' bloggers come up with - just keep repeating 'Russian aggression, Russian aggression'! Its gotta stick in people's minds: when people think of 'Russia,' that stupid country's name has to seem incomplete without the word 'aggression' coming right after it! Got it?!"

And the press whores respond in near unison:

"Yeah, boss."



People

Europe wide protesters march against controversial trade deal between EU & US

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Consumer rights activists hold banners and flags as they protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) during a demonstration in Brussels, April 18, 2015.
People across Europe have kicked off a day of action against an emerging free trade pact with the US. They fear it could see corporate interests undermine worker's rights and consumer protection.

Crowds have gathered in London, Munich, Brussels and other major European cities to march against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and similar secretive international trade deals.

Comment: This public outcry is good but will it be enough to stop the capitalists?