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The Latest Front In Russian Infiltration: America’s Right-Wing Homeschooling Movement

Via Pat Hines, Think Progress: The group and its origins sound innocuous enough. But the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) — a right-wing group founded 36 years ago — has deepened connections between America’s religious right and Russians even as the latter have been sanctioned by the United States, according to a ThinkProgress investigation. By networking with Russians, the HSLDA — now America’s largest right-wing homeschooling association — has provided the Kremlin with a new avenu...
Tags: Politics, Russia, America, Ukraine, Military, United States, Moscow, Home Schooling, Lgbtq, Kremlin, St Petersburg, John Dewey, Horace Mann, Pat Hines, Home School Legal Defense Association HSLDA, HSLDA


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
Tags: Politics, Leadership, Iraq, India, Religion, Evil, Society, War, Chicago, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Palestine, Islam, Civil Rights, Manhattan


Lowered Standards In The Green Berets

Breitbart: Two Army Green Berets are fighting for their military careers after being associated with an anonymous email that accused their commanders of lowering standards to enable more soldiers — particularly female — to graduate from its prestigious Q-course. The anonymous email, signed, “A concerned Green Beret,” accused the leaders of the school of “moral cowardice” for lowering the standards, and weakening instructors’ ability to discipline students as they look to get further through the ...
Tags: Politics, Military, Army, Marine Corps, Breitbart, Parris Island, Two Army Green Berets, Special Forces Qualification Course SFQC


The Difficulty Of Language In The Interpretation Of Trump’s View Of Gun Rights

There is no shortage of Trump supporters, here on this blog or elsewhere.  And there is no shortage of Trump detractors.  It occurs to me that sometimes language is a barrier to communication rather than the vehicle for it. Trump might be engaging repeatedly in 3D chess, or he might not.  His art of the deal might be selling out your rights for his benefit, or it might not be. But in either case, it must be remembered that his predilections are those of a Northeastern progressive, with certain c...
Tags: Politics, Military, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra, AG, Barr, Donald Trump On Guns, Gordon H Clark, AG Trump


Redbridge mayor-elect withdraws over wife's GBH conviction

Variner Singh-Bola does not want wife’s criminal past to tarnish London borough’s mayoraltyThe mayor-elect of an east London council has withdrawn his nomination after it was revealed that his wife was involved in the killing of a TV executive.Variner Singh-Bola was announced last week as mayor-elect of the London borough of Redbridge. However, he said on Tuesday he would not assume the ceremonial role after his wife’s criminal past was reported in the media. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Crime, Society, UK News, Local Government, Redbridge, Variner Singh Bola


A London DJ's punishment sheds light on Singapore's caning shame | Kirsten Han

It’s a fearful time for Ye Ming Yuen. But Singapore sees foreign lobbying to end corporal punishment as a threat to sovereigntyAny day now, 29-year-old Ye Ming Yuen could be escorted out of his cell at Singapore’s Changi prison and whipped 24 times with a rattan cane. This comes on top of the 20-year sentence he’s already serving after being convicted of seven drug offences in a country that takes pride in its uncompromising approach when it comes to law-breaking. Related: Why the Singapore mo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Singapore, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Changi, Kirsten Han, Ye Ming Yuen


Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out, says Zoopla Tenants in London have saved as much as £1,800 in rent as a result of the Brexit referendum in 2016, according to an analysis of more than 100,000 rental properties listed on the Zoopla property website.Rent price growth in London is almost 3% lower than the projected rate of growth since the EU referendum announcement, leaving tenants with more money at the end of the month. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Money, Housing, Eu, European Union, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Property, Renting Property, Article 50, Brexit


MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office


Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family, UN body rules

Trio are related to UK-based Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has protested against kingdomBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Protest, Law, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Un, Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei


UK councils invest £566m in arms firms implicated in Saudi's Yemen campaign

Exclusive: workers’ pensions invested in five firms linked to conflict which has killed thousands of civilians More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly invested by local councils in arms companies implicated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict in which thousands of civilians have been killed.Council pension funds have sizeable shareholdings in BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, according to nearly 1...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Local Government, Airbus, Freedom Of Information, Yemen, Bae Systems, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems Airbus Lockheed Martin Raytheon


CPS to test three alleged harassment cases after Soubry abused outside parliament

Police confirm more officers deployed at Westminster following demonstrationsThree cases of alleged harassment outside parliament have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the MP Anna Soubry was repeatedly abused and blocked from entering parliament by pro-Brexit supporters earlier this week.The cases were sent to prosecutors to “test” whether the behaviour witnessed and filmed went beyond legitimate protest, the Metropolitan police said on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, Westminster, Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Cps


Scotland census: sex question changes 'may risk reliability of data'

Analysts suggest proposed switch in 2021 survey to non-binary sex question will make results harder to interpretProposed changes to a question about biological sex, asked in Scotland’s next census, risk undermining the reliability of the survey and set a difficult precedent for equalities protection, experts have said.The Scottish government is proposing to add two questions, posed on a voluntary basis, regarding gender identity and sexual orientation to the 2021 census, via the Census (Amendmen...
Tags: Gender, Politics, Law, Scotland, Society, UK News, Transgender, Sexuality, Scottish politics, Office For National Statistics, Equality Act 2010, Census


More On The Benghazi Coverup

Via David Codrea, see this post at Gateway Pundit.  It’s slam full of information, including why he deep state attacked General Michael Flynn.  I always told you it was a hit job. One of the allegations (I take to be true) is that there was weapons trafficking conducted on behalf of John McCain and The Clinton Foundation.  We already knew this, as there was not only weapons but precious gems, oil, money and children being trafficked due to the failed states in North Africa. The only thing I ques...
Tags: Politics, Military, John Mccain, Benghazi, Clinton, North Africa, Stevens, David Codrea, Michael Flynn


Stormy Daniels Will Fold Laundry in Her Underwear Tonight as Alternative to Trump’s Address

Do you think she'll be using the KonMari method?
Tags: Politics, Entertainment, Funny, Life, Society, History, Gallery, Trump, Intriguing


A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters

Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes Beverley NaidooThe news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe intends to go on hunger strike, to protest against denial of medical care in her Iranian prison, is heart-rending (Report, 4 January).It’s a desperate decision but one that may cause permanent, if not fatal, self-harm. Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in the segregated white women’s section of Pretoria Central Prison in apartheid South Af...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Human Rights, Law, US, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Amnesty International, Brexit, Trump, E-petitions, Amnesty International UK


France steps up efforts to prevent Channel crossings

French authorities to improve cooperation with UK and increase coastal surveillanceThe French authorities have set out plans to prevent people in small boats risking the dangerous Channel crossing to England.Measures being taken include improved cooperation between law enforcement agencies and more surveillance and security on beaches along the northern French coastline. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Military, Defence policy, Migration, Refugees, Royal Navy, Sajid Javid, England Measures


The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia’s jailed activists: let them go | Editorial

The Saudi regime locks up and tortures campaigners who advocate reforms it agrees with. This needs to stopSaudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom, civil liberties and women’s rights. This would not have changed much if the kingdom’s 82-year-old monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, seen as a conservative figure, was in charge. However, the king is decrepit and does not run the country. Since he ascended to the...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Women, World news, Canada, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Feminism, Harry, Istanbul, Mohammed, King Salman, Riyadh


Exculpatory Russia Evidence About Michael Flynn That U.S. Intelligence Kept Secret

The Hill: Before Flynn made his infamous December 2015 trip to Moscow — as a retired general and then-adviser to Donald Trump ’s presidential campaign — he alerted his former employer, the DIA. He then attended a “defensive” or “protective” briefing before he ever sat alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia Today (RT) dinner, or before he talked with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The briefing educated and sensitized Flynn to possible efforts by his Russian host t...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Military, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump, Flynn, DIA, Michael Flynn, Sergey Kislyak, James Kudla


Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism

Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell me so to my face. How can we still be friends? Part of the answer is that these friends and I are philosophers, and philosophers learn how to deal with positions on the edge of sanity. In addition, I explain and give arguments for my claims, and they patiently listen and reply with arguments of their own against my – and for their – stances. By excha...
Tags: Politics, Activism, Race, Society, Brain, Innovation, Philosophy, Morality, Extremism, Durham, Durham North Carolina, Ellis, Duke University, Socrates, Ku Klux, Atwater


Naval ship deployed to Channel to intercept refugee vessels

HMS Mersey’s mission follows request for military assistance from the home secretary, Sajid JavidThe Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey has been deployed to the Channel to help deal with people attempting to cross to the UK from France, ministers have confirmed.The move came after a formal request for military assistance from the home secretary, Sajid Javid. The deployment will be financed by the Home Office. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Military, Defence policy, Migration, Refugees, Sajid Javid, Home Office Continue, Gavin Williamson, Sajid JavidThe Royal Navy


Next stop: the village of profound isolation | Brief letters

Suma’s ethical food | Reading the Guardian for a longer life | A sweet tooth | Cultural deserts | Paris near Holmfirth | New Yorks and New Zealands in the UKThank you for shining a light on Suma (The firm that pays all of its workers the same wage, 1 January). I joined to get access to organic, ethical food soon after it started. I still get a thrill when the pantechnicon pulls up driven by little Rachel. We need many more companies with Suma co-operative ethics, starting with the care sector.Lo...
Tags: Politics, Money, Environment, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Ethical and green living, Yvette Cooper, Paris, Newcastle United, Sugar, Guardian Careers, Rachel, SUMA, Holmfirth, New Yorks


It's January, so it's time to settle in with the annual WELL State of the Union address, with special guest James Bridle!

For decades, the WELL has rung in the new year with a weeks-long public discussion led by Jon Lebkowsky and Bruce Sterling (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005, etc). This year's contributors include Tiffany Lee Brown and James "New Aesthetic" Bridle (previously). As you might expect from such an august panel, they're off to quite a start. Sterling has continued his tradition of declaring different countries to epitomize the year: this year, it's Ukraine, in "the EU-Russia shatt...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Politics, News, Law, Ukraine, Cyberpunk, Sterling, Bruce Sterling, The Well, Moore, Jon Lebkowsky, New Aesthetic, James New Aesthetic Bridle, EU Russia


Trump Says Stanley McChrystal Has A “Big, Dumb Mouth”

HuffPo: On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted to gripe about comments retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal made Sunday to ABC News. Asked whether he would work for the president, McChrystal, the former top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, explained why he would not, calling Trump “shady” and “immoral.” “It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said, suggesting that ...
Tags: Politics, Afghanistan, Military, Army, Donald Trump, Trump, LAYTON, Joyce, Stanley McChrystal, McChrystal, General McChrystal, Ganjgal, ABC News Asked, Rolling Stone But


Petitions to parliament in 2018 include Danny Dyer peerage request

Rejected petitions reveal interests from Brexit and Syria to veganism and dog welfareWhite chocolate Creme Eggs, a ban on the computer game Fortnite and a peerage for Danny Dyer were among the desires expressed in thousands of rejected petitions to parliament in 2018, revealing a unique picture of a nation’s thwarted desires.As well as Brexit, which was the single most frequent issue raised, topics on the nation’s mind included plastic pollution, war in Syria, dog welfare, vegan diets and bad la...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, Syria, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Wembley, Universal credit, Brexit, Danny Dyer, Fortnite


New BBC Radio 4 series shows bewilderment at Brexit outside the UK

In As Others See Us, Neil MacGregor hears the views of people from five countriesA new BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by the former British Museum director Neil MacGregor finds other nations dismayed and distressed by Britain’s “incomprehensible” decision to leave the EU.In As Others See Us, MacGregor talks to people from Nigeria, Canada, Egypt, Germany and India, some of whom are shocked at the public discourse around Brexit in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Media, India, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Bbc, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Radio 4, British Museum


Homeschooling Fight In Massachusetts

Zerohedge: A school system in Massachusetts is proving to be malicious, incompetent, or maybe both. Of course, we suspected that already. But the latest example comes from a lawsuit from a woman who pulled her 8-year-old son from Worcester Public Schools to homeschool him last January. Josilyn Goodall is suing the Worcester School Committee, Superintendent Maureen Binienda, and the state Department of Children and Families after police entered her home, handcuffed her, and arrested her over what...
Tags: Politics, Navy, Massachusetts, America, Military, Home Schooling, Charles, Worcester, Don, District, School Committee, Naval Academy, DCF, Worcester School Committee, Department of Children and Families, Maureen Binienda


Will Congress penalize colleges that increase tuition?

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa will serve as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee during the upcoming 115th Congress. Senator Grassley’s decision to lead the Finance Committee may have important consequences for the nation’s colleges and universities. Grassley, a Republican, has criticized increased tuition charges in the face of the pronounced, tax-free growth of many college endowments.In light of his prior statements and the current political environment, a Grassley-led Finance Committe...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Taxes, Education, Law, Congress, Senate, Tax, House, Iowa, Treasury, College Tuition, Tuition, Social Sciences, Vanguard


Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters

Homelessness and MPs | Mathew Law | Presidential visit | Donald Trump’s wall | Easter origins | Scotland’s MacedoniaNearly 600 homeless die on the streets (Report, 21 December). About the same number of MPs take two weeks’ leave to go back to their warm homes after a ridiculous PM’s questions; I cannot call it a debate. MPs must decide: Brexit circus – the most disastrous decision since the Iraq war – or education, housing and health. Two words sum it up: grow up.Joan LangrognatHarrow, Middlesex...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Scotland, Iraq, Life and style, Society, UK News, US news, Poverty, Homelessness, Jimmy Carter, House Of Commons, Newcastle, Pmqs, Donald Trump, Easter


SDF Podcast 24: Reading the runes for 2019

The SmallDataForum celebrated its third Christmas with a highly calorific and somewhat alcoholic Italian lunch, followed by post-prandial musings about high- and low-lights of 2018, and some crystal ball gazing for 2019. Our regular followers / listeners – or just about anybody with any interest in tech and communication – won’t be surprised by a list being topped by Facebook, and then some more Facebook. Followed by GDPR and other regulatory activities, mainly by the EU. And of cours...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Politics, London, Social Networks, China, Germany, Russia, Trust, Marketing, Communication, Public Relations, Unilever, Eu, Society



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