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Prominent Chinese economist warns country's 'bad' debt becoming problem

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China's growing debt is affecting the country and the global economy, according to Charlene Chu, an influential China analyst.

"Everyone knows there's a credit problem in China, but I find that people often forget about the scale. It's important in global terms," Chu said in an interview with the Financial Times.

Chu, who made her name warning of the risks from China's credit binge, has predicted that by the end of the year, the country will accumulate $7.6 trillion worth of the so-called "bad" debt.


Cuomo orders Confederate busts removed from CUNY 'Hall of Fame'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will yank the busts of two Confederate generals from CUNY's Hall of Fame for Great Americans in the Bronx, he announced Wednesday night.

"Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed from the CUNY hall of great Americans because New York stands against racism," Cuomo tweeted. "There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers worthy of a spot in this great hall. These two confederates are not among them."



Canadian college responds to hosting panel on free speech by cancelling it

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Ryerson University canceled a panel Wednesday dedicated to discussing the silencing of free speech on college campuses, citing "campus safety."

The Canadian school canceled "The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses," an Aug. 22 panel featuring three doctors and a pro-free speech journalist, citing a prioritization of "campus safety" over free speech "in light of recent events," according to correspondence obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Social justice activists set up a Facebook page entitled "No Fascists in Our City!" to protest the event. The page's header image depicted a swastika crossed out.

"Fascists are planning to meet on August 22nd at Ryerson University to discuss how to avoid what they call 'SJW' Culture," the protest description reads. "Tickets are being sold for $20 and frankly it makes us virulently ill ... Considering the rise of Nationalism here and abroad we need to show these people and their guests that we will not tolerate their backward nonsense in our city."


All Florida prisons on indefinite lockdown to "ensure safety" after credible intelligence of planned uprisings

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More than 97,000 prisoners across the state of Florida will reportedly not be able to leave their dorms or have certain privileges, as a lockdown was ordered the day after officials canceled visitations to all facilities.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced visitation to all facilities across the state would be canceled over the weekend in order to "ensure safety."

The agency did not specify what led to the cancellation, only that they were responding to "credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt FDC operations and impact safety and security."

Officials said they planned on "resuming normal visitation as soon as possible." However, the Miami Herald reported Thursday that the entire Florida prison system would be on lockdown for an indefinite period of time.


GoDaddy tells white-supremacist site to find new home after Charlottesville victim derogatory remarks - UPDATE: Russian domain gives them the boot too

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GoDaddy said the Daily Stormer have 24 hours to find a new home.
Website The Daily Stormer must find a new home after publishing derogatory remarks about Heather Heyer, the victim of the Charlottesville car attack. Hosting company GoDaddy told the white-supremacist site to find a new provider within 24 hours.

"They have violated our terms of service," GoDaddy tweeted, warning that the site had "24 hours to move the domain to another provider."

The web-hosting company took the decision after complaints regarding an article on the site titled 'Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.'

Comment: See also: Update: The Daily Stormer moved to a Russian host. But that didn't work out too well, either. Ru-Center suspended their service after discovering they were a neo-Nazi site (Russians don't like neo-Nazis).
"The Daily Stormer website is propagating Neo-Nazi ideology, it is inciting racial, ethnic and other types of social strife. In connection with this Roskomnadzor has addressed the Ru-Center domain name registrar with a request to consider stopping providing domain name services to this site in the shortest time possible," a statement from Roskomnadzor's press service on Thursday reads.

The agency added in the statement that providing domain name services is done under article 5.7 of the rules of domain name registration in the domains .ru and .рф (the latter is for Cyrillic domain names).
On Wednesday, CNN reported that The Daily Stormer was registered again - this time in the .ru domain. A representative of Ru-Center said that domain name registration with their company is done automatically and that it could be reversed if the site's content violates Russian law.

Brick Wall

Police block off Durham, North Carolina courthouse ahead of rumored white supremacist protest

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11:40 a.m.: Police have blocked the road in front of the old Durham County Courthouse at 201 E. Main St. ahead of a rumored white supremacist protest.

11:35 a.m.: Several downtown Durham businesses, including Scratch Bakery and SunTrust bank, have closed early or not opened as rumors swirl of a planned white supremacist rally.

11:25 a.m.: In a recorded message to employees, Durham County closed office buildings and sent workers home early on Friday. All employees were instructed to leave for the day, take their belongings and avoid downtown.

Amid rumors that white supremacist groups plan to demonstrate in Durham, the Durham County Sheriff's Office on Friday issued a statement reminding citizens that protests require a legal permit and any demonstrators must abide by the law.

The statement reads, in full:
The Sheriff's Office is thoroughly researching the potential of several groups with opposing viewpoints holding demonstrations in Durham. This is partly why the Sheriff's Office continues to remind demonstrators to first obtain a permit and most importantly, abide by the law. I expect demonstrators to conduct themselves in such a manner that is legal and respectful of the Durham County community. Again, I call upon city and county leaders to establish rules for demonstrators.
After racially-charged protests and anti-protests turned violent last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., a group of people associated with the Workers World Party and others pulled down a Confederate statue outside the Durham County courthouse. Their actions were reflected in a rallies, protests and calls for the removal of Confederate symbols nationwide.


New poll reveals how most Americans want to keep Confederate statues

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A new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll shows that a majority of Americans think Confederate statues should be left alone in light of last weekend's terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A new poll released Thursday shows a majority of Americans want to keep Confederate statues in place to "honor" fallen leaders of the South.

According to an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll, which was conducted among 1,125 U.S. citizens by phone Aug. 14-15, the overwhelming majority - 62 percent - want the monuments to remain while a much smaller share of Americans - 27 percent - want them removed.

The polling comes as the national debate over whether such monuments to Confederate leaders should be left alone, be removed or be relocated. Last weekend's violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, was sparked by the city's effort to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

During the demonstration, a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer. Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash as they responded to the violence.

Comment: See also: No country for old monuments

Arrow Down

Chicago official blames Trump for 'disgraceful' vandalism of Lincoln statue

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A bust of President Abraham Lincoln in the predominantly-black Chicago neighborhood of West Englewood is the second monument of the 16th president to be vandalized in the US this week. And President Donald Trump is responsible, a Chicago alderman says.

The 91-year-old bust of Lincoln was found burnt and broken in Chicago, according to Alderman Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), who posted an image of the charred remains on his Facebook page Thursday.

"What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism," Lopez wrote in a post that has been shared nearly 10,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.

Comment: See also: No country for old monuments
A monument does not have to mean anything in particular, other than being a memory of what has passed. It neither blames nor supports, but gives testimony that something has ended. The war ended. Slavery ended. And so these monuments, and these stories are the bittersweet and tragic mementos of loss.

When we tear down these statues, or have them moved, we are disturbing the graves of vanquished ghosts. Can we not be satisfied in our victory over the living that we even pursue them into the earth? What right is claimed to violate the past I cannot fathom, what aim is sought I cannot imagine, but I know what gain is to be found there can only be diabolical.

Such a bold claim is made by the youth of today who have known no slavery, who lash out at the dead as if they are still alive. Tell me, shall we be here again in another 150 years? When will they have paid enough? Perhaps God knows, because I get the feeling these youth don't. So if it is a debt that can never be repaid, then who should acquiesce to even its interest? And if we are like Ahab to chase them round Perdition's flame, we should have a care, as all who seek vengeance should set aside some coin for our own grave digger as well.

These statues we deface are the headstones of a racist past, one defeated and entombed for posterity. If we dig them up we chance releasing what they restrain.


Busted!: Parents see through FBI plot to manipulate mentally ill son into becoming a right wing terrorist

The parents of a severely mentally disabled man are speaking out on how the FBI groomed him as a right wing terrorist, knowing he's paranoid schizophrenic.

It's become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they've foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who've been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.

While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

Through the hundreds of 'foiled terror plots' the FBI has 'busted' over the years, many of them have been focused on people of Middle Eastern descent or people associated with ISIS or Al Qaeda. This time, in the case of Jerry Drake Varnell, the 23-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic, accused of attempting to bomb a bank, the FBI fomented terror from a right wing dialogue.


1 US soldier killed and 11 wounded battling ISIS in Afghanistan

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One American soldier was killed and a combined 20 US and Afghan troops wounded during operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, as a number of senior Pentagon officials visited the country.

US and Afghan troops were hit by an explosion inside a building in Nangarhar Wednesday night, US military officials told Reuters.

The deceased US soldier was Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, according to the Department of Defense. He purportedly died after being injured by an improvised explosive device in a combat operation. The military is investigating the incident.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said Thursday that the one killed and eleven injured soldiers belonged to the Utah National Guard. They ran into an improvised explosive trap while clearing a building.