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Israel: Silencing the last voices attempting to prevent abuse of Palestinians

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Israeli soldier headlocks Palestinian boy (with a cast on his arm)
It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank - little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967.

The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media.

One shows a Palestinian father in the West Bank city of Hebron leading his son by the hand to kindergarten. The pair are stopped by two heavily armed soldiers, there to help enforce the rule of a few hundred illegal Jewish settlers over the city's Palestinian population.

The soldiers scream at the father, repeatedly and violently push him and then grab his throat as they accuse his small son of throwing stones. As the father tries to shield his son from the frightening confrontation, one soldier pulls out his rifle and sticks it in the father's face.

TV

MSM news makes Dems mad as hell, but they just come back for more, poll indicates

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Every day, Democrats are driven to madness by the news they watch, read and listen to. Even their beloved CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times make them hopping mad, a new poll has found.

'Trump derangement syndrome' is a phrase coined by the president's supporters to describe the rage that the mere mention of Donald Trump's name evokes in liberals. However, in the age of Trump, a new poll has found that the news really is driving Democrats batty with rage.

Seventy percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic told Axios that they read or hear something in the news that makes them angry once a day or more. Compared to five years ago, 74 percent say they're more angry about news than before.

This anger doesn't stop them tuning out, as 48 percent of Democrats say they watch news coverage about politics more often than they did five years ago, compared to 38 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of independents. What's more, 78 percent of them tune in once a day or more to get their fix, even if it infuriates them.

Comment: Pattern Recognition! How to disguise the coup to regime-change America: dumb down its constituents with MSM, pit sides against each other, agitate and foment, then sit back and watch it implode. Have we not learned anything from all the instigated uprisings and theoretical 'leadership beheadings' that are reaching critical mass around the world? There is a global revolution going on. Wake up, America. This includes YOU! The opportunity to reverse course and reunite as a country may already be lost.


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Trump fired, demoted or suspended more than 8K veterans affairs employees since taking office

Vet Affairs Dept
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Veterans Affairs Department, Washington D.C.
President Donald Trump has relieved over 8,000 Veterans Affairs employees for failing their duty since becoming the president, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

"The standard is if you don't live up to your oath if you don't live up to the standards that our veterans expect, that you will be asked to leave," Wilkie told reporters in a press conference on Friday. "This is a transformational moment in our history."

Wilkie said accountability was a signature promise from President Trump, particularly after the Veterans Affairs scandals in Phoenix in 2014 and 2015. Under Trump, he said, VA employees as high as network directors down to the lowest employees were removed for not performing their job to the proper standards.

"This is, I think, one of the strongest statements that we can make: That it is a new day at VA," Wilkie said.

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Is the 'Mother of all Bubbles' about to pop?

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When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing (repo) markets (the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other) in September, they said this would only be necessary for a few weeks. Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed's initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market.

The New York Fed continues these emergency interventions to ensure "cash shortages" among banks don't ever again cause interest rates for overnight loans to rise to over 10 percent, well above the Fed's target rate.

The Federal Reserve's bailout operations have increased its balance sheet by over 200 billion dollars since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento describes the Fed's recent actions as Quantitative Easing (QE) "on steroids."

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GLAAD: We want '20% of series regular characters' to be 'LGBTQ by 2025'

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On Thursday, GLAAD published its annual "Where We Are on TV" report, which examines the number of LGBTQ characters on television.

In the opening paragraphs of the report, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis states that television plays a crucial role in our culture when it comes to "changing hearts and minds." She adds that according to a study, "less than one-quarter of Americans have a close friend or family member who is transgender," which means many Americans "learn about trans people from what they see in television, movies, and news."

Due to this statistic, Ellis says, the casting of trans actor Brian Michael Smith in Fox's "9-1-1: Lone Star" is important.

Comment: The fact that an organization such as GLAAD would waste their time niggling over quotas of TV characters says a lot about where they place their values. While the gay rights movement started as a noble cry for equality, it's morphed into a demand for open celebration of their lifestyle. Harvey Milk is turning in his grave.

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For millions of Americans in the middle of the country, it feels like an economic depression has already occurred

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What do you do when you have lost all hope that things will ever turn around? It may still feel like "the economy is booming" for those at the top end of the economic food chain in big coastal cities such as New York and San Francisco, but for millions of hard working Americans in the middle of the country, talk of a "coming recession" is absolutely ludicrous because it already feels like a severe economic depression is happening right now. In America's heartland, bankruptcies are surging, debt burdens are becoming overwhelming, and suicide rates are spiking to unprecedented levels. We have not seen economic despair this extreme since the last recession, and I am about to share a story with you that will absolutely break your heart.

At one time, South Dakota farmers Chris and Amber Dykshorn looked toward the future with great optimism. But mounting debts and several years of disastrous weather changed all that, and in June their community was shocked when Chris took his own life...
Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.

It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof - pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.

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The IDF kills another unarmed young Palestinian 'for no reason' in Hebron refugee camp

al-Badawi
© Mosab Shawer/APA
Mourners surround al-Badawi's body at his home in al-Arroub on Monday, November 11, 2019
Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

A video, published by Quds News Network, shows al-Badawi slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.

But just as he approached the street, a shot is fired and al-Badawi falls to the ground in front of several journalists who had been recording the clashes.

Screams can be heard coming from al-Badawi's house, while al-Badawi rolls around on the ground gripping his abdomen, covered in blood.

The video ends just after journalists and bystanders load al-Badawi into a civilian vehicle. Reports indicated that he was transported to a Hebron hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Family

A new chain of Christian pregnancy centers will provide a controversial service: Contraception

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© Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post
Danielle Dirkse, 24, attends a “parenting hacks” class with her daughter last month at the Austin-based Source pregnancy center.
When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she's treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she might go to a Christian pregnancy center, where she is counseled to carry a pregnancy to term.

But some Christians now see an opening for a third way to reach women — before they become pregnant — that also enables them to compete for federal money Planned Parenthood has decided to relinquish.

Eight independent Texas-based pregnancy centers merged earlier this year to form a chain called The Source. With Christian women's health centers in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, the nonprofit organization plans to offer a full array of medical services, to include testing for sexually transmitted diseases, first-trimester prenatal care and contraception choices.

Comment: It sounds like there's an opening in the market which the Source has noted and is filling it. Honestly, anything would be better than Planned Parenthood.

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'Europe is dying!' Tens of thousands of far-righters march in 'independence' parade calling for 'Polish Intifada'

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Tens of thousands of Polish nationalists took to the streets of Warsaw for an annual far-right march commemorating the country's independence, with many displaying white power symbols and waving red flares and tiki torches.

Marchers carried Polish flags and chanted "No to the European Union" and "God, honor, homeland!" among other ultra-nationalist slogans. Black-hooded demonstrators held up banners calling for a "Polish Intifada" and denouncing zionism.

The marchers were out in force to commemorate the 1918 establishment of the second Polish republic, formed in the aftermath of World War I from parts of Germany, Austria and Russia.

Comment: A return to family values, traditional morals and an end to mass migration are issues that a significant majority of the voting public, throughout Europe, agree with, and mainstream political parties ignore these legitimate concerns at their peril.

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Afghan government to swap top militants for American and Australian captives

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Anas Haqqani, a senior leader of the Haqqani network, is expected to be part of an exchange of captives for an American and Australian teacher held by the Taliban.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government is ready to release three key Taliban prisoners including Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajjuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, in exchange for two professors of the American University of Afgahnistan in Kabul.

The prisoners are currently held at Bagram prison, Ghani said in a live press conference on November 12.

The prisoners will only be freed if the Taliban in turn releases American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who were abducted by the militants in August 2016, Ghani said.

"Our joint effort in tracing the two professors gave no result, and information suggests that their health and safety while being held by the kidnapping terrorists have deteriorated," he said.

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