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The reasons Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Republicans should be natural allies

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September 16th, 2017. An unusual moment of reconciliation happened when pro-Donald Trump speakers allowed a Black Lives Matter activist to take the stage during the Mother of All Rallies in Washington D.C.
One of the big changes in our national consciousness, thanks to President Trump, is that many of us are starting to see politics in terms of "deals." We are also thinking about a growing economy. Compare that approach to the Obama/Bernie/Clinton worldview that is more about wealth transfer in a world of scarcity. For my purposes today, you don't need to decide which approach is better. I only make the claim that we are more focused on the Art of the Deal than at any time in American politics. This is one of the many ways President Trump is in our heads.

And the deal-making mindset, along with some lucky coincidences, has created the greatest opportunity for improvement that the African-American community has seen in decades. At the same time, Republicans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn a larger share of the black vote in 2018 and beyond. All we are missing is the right deal. Is there a potential deal that is good for President Trump and the GOP while also being good for BLM?

Yes. And it isn't even hard.

I'll get to that deal after some necessary context. (It's worth your time.)

Comment: As a Trump Supporter, I agree with Scott's position, with the caveats that in no way can any policies be race specific. If the race of the police officer or the victim is to appear in a report, it must always appear, and be accurate.

I agree, if these are the demands of BLM, then I support them, they are reasonable, and nothing like the Marxist clap-trap some other questionable "leaders" of BLM used to release. These changes wouldn't just help the Black Community, but all communities and America.


Break the internet! Massive movement takes shape this week to save net neutrality

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Major websites and social media platforms are teaming up for an "epic" online demonstration to show what the web would look like without net neutrality

In addition to making their voices heard in the streets, net neutrality defenders have planned a massive online demonstration this week ahead of the FCC's scheduled vote on chairman Ajit Pai's deeply unpopular plan to kill the open internet, which critics have denounced as "naked corporatism."

Slated to begin Tuesday-and continue through to the scheduled vote by the Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday-the "Break the Internet" protest is aimed at showing "the world what the web will look like without net neutrality."

The demonstrations will vary widely, depending on the platform. "Facebook and LinkedIn users will 'break' their profiles by changing their relationship status to 'Married' (to net neutrality) or adding a new 'job' of 'Defending Net Neutrality,'" Fight for the Future noted in a press release on Monday. "Websites and apps will participate by doing something to 'break' their platform and encourage their users to contact Congress."

Many major websites have been working in conjunction with activists to drive calls to Congress since the day Pai unveiled his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving. According to Battle for the Net, over 833,000 calls have been made since November 21.

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Saudi Crown Prince's liberalization? Saudi Arabia to finally open first cinemas in early 2018

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Cinemas will open to the public in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia in 2018, the kingdom's culture ministry has announced. The lifting of the ban follows several other steps by the Saudi Crown Prince touted as liberalization of the country.

"As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom," Minister of Culture and Information, Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad, said in a statement on Monday.

"We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018," he added as cited by Reuters.

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Criminal Mind: Retired priest sentenced to life in prison for 1960 rape & murder of schoolteacher & former beauty queen

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John Feit sits with his lawyer O. Rene Flore
A jury on Friday sentenced an 85-year-old former priest to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served.

The same jurors in Hidalgo County in South Texas found John Bernard Feit guilty of murder Thursday night. Prosecutors asked jurors Friday for a 57-year prison term - one year for each year he had walked free since killing Irene Garza after she went to him for confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas.

The 25-year-old Garza disappeared April 16, 1960. Her bludgeoned body was found days later. An autopsy revealed she had been raped while unconscious, and beaten and suffocated.


Japan under fire for "research" whaling in the Northwest Pacific

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Japan was under fire for its "research" whaling in the Northwest Pacific as a possible violation of an international treaty on endangered species, while Tokyo's ivory trading practice was also questioned.

During a five-day meeting of a standing committee on monitoring wildlife trade in Geneva through Friday, Japan drew criticism over its hunting of sei whales in the sea from anti-whaling countries, with Australia pointing out that the research whaling could be for commercial purposes.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES and also known as the Washington Convention, prohibits international trade of sei whales and effectively bans the catching of them in the open sea.

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Jordi Cuixart: We're in prison for defending Catalonia - Spain must free us immediately

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Jordi Cuixart is the president of Òmnium Cultural
Jailed Catalan political leaders are calling on the EU to stop looking the other way and to intervene to ensure that our rights are restored

I am a Catalan businessman, the son of labourers. My mother emigrated from Murcia, a Spanish province, and my father was born in Badalona, the third most populated city in Catalonia. We spoke both Catalan and Spanish at home, like the large majority of Catalans with Spanish roots. I am 41 years old, I live in Barcelona. I am married with a seven-month-old son and two other children (stepchildren) whom I love as if they were my own. I am the 10th president of Òmnium Cultural - an organisation set up to promote the Catalan language and spread the region's culture. It's a position I hold completely voluntarily. I have been in prison for 50 days now, without a trial, accused of sedition, along with Jordi Sànchez, former president of the Catalan National Assembly.

We are deprived of our freedom for having made use of our right to free expression and demonstration, for the simple act of publicly and democratically defending the right of Catalonia to decide its future as a people at the polls, like Quebec and Scotland did with the mutual agreement of the governments of Canada and the UK.


Computer technology is overpowering us - and many do not realize what's coming... (VIDEO)

Will you get lost in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Most people I asked don't even know what that is, but it's happening all around us right now. This system is about technological evolution... evolving us.

Comment: Advances in computing technology do NOT connote human progress in moral, ethical or spiritual terms. If anything, the video below demonstrates that greater advances in "connectivity" may be likened to a runaway freight train, where we are being driven to devolve at an ever increasing speed. And that's just how some of the pathological types in positions of power want it; under their control.

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Cop macing elderly man exposes departments history of corruption & violence in LA

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The results of an extensive LA Times investigation recently revealed the existence of a secret list within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department containing the names and crimes of hundreds of problem cops who are currently employed by the county. Blowing the bad apple theory completely out of the water, the list revealed over 300 deputies with histories of dishonesty, misconduct, and brutality-who all still have their jobs.

Despite the discovery of this list, however, the LA Times was unable to look at it and it remains a tight secret among the department's top brass. Not even prosecutors can access it-and this is a problem.

As the LA Times reports, amid growing public scrutiny over police misconduct, Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give the names on the list to prosecutors, who are required by law to tell criminal defendants about evidence that would damage the credibility of an officer called as a witness. But McDonnell's efforts have ignited a fierce legal battle with the union that represents rank-and-file deputies.


NYC terror suspect Akayed Ullah entered US as relative of 'visa lottery' immigrant

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The Bangladesh-born terror suspect who allegedly attempted to detonate a suicide-bomb in New York was able to enter the United States as a foreign relative of an immigrant, extended-family member who had won a visa to the U.S. under the Diversity Visa Lottery.

On Monday 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national, injured three individuals when he allegedly tried to detonate a suicide bomb in New York City in a planned terrorist attack.

Comment: Trump and supporters have been attacking the idea of the 'immigration lottery' by highlighting possible links to terrorism: While people are understandably on edge due to terrorist attacks, and while immigration policy is probably in urgent need of reform, identifying immigration as the cause of terrorism might be too simplistic.

It is expected that within a large pool of immigrants some will have extremist ideologies, and out of those, some may try to carry out attacks. But if the intent is to minimize both immigration and extremism, then a revision of foreign imperialistic policy and the debt-driven global economic system is in order. Less imperial adventures and interference in the Middle East and Asia means less wars, a higher standard of living for the locals and more space for secular and moderate governments.

Syria is a good example: Europe would not have seen a mass migration inflow from that country if NATO and the Gulf States had not supported so-called 'rebels' (mercenaries and yihadists) in their fight against Assad.

Update: The news has prompted Trump to re-affirm his call to end "chain migration". He issued a statement yesterday saying:
"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security," Trump said. "America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country."

"Congress must end chain migration," the president emphasized, referring to the program whereby immigrants enter the US through the sponsorship of relatives already established in the country.

Trump also called on Congress to "act on my Administration's other proposals to enhance domestic security, including increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers."

He stated that Congress needs to enhance "the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers" and end the "fraud and abuse in our immigration system."

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Moscow State University has become Russia's only college represented in first national academic rating's top 50

Ten more Russian higher educational institutions are found beyond the 100th spot

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Moscow State University has become the only Russian university represented at the first Moscow International University Ranking the results of which TASS has at its disposal.

Moscow State University (MSU) was listed as 25th. However, the top 100 also include Saint Petersburg State University (SPBU) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), they rank 72nd and 73rd, correspondingly.