Foreclosures spike 18%


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“Fake news” is now the dominant form of spreading disinformation in our marketplace. The banks are in control of media outlets — some created by the banks — that keep spewing out false data about the foreclosure crisis being over. It isn’t true. It never was true. We still have millions more to go and that doesn’t include the new “delinquencies” that will hit the shores as the race continues to move money through false claims of securitization.

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While most of the banking sector is claiming that the mortgage mess is over, the data shows that we (a) never hit any bottom and (b) that foreclosures are beginning to spike again.

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Trump`s Achilles Heel, the Weed.


You see America spoke, we decided on this, and Trump made certain promises. The Cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs is a FAIL

 

Western Colorado, most of the towns were dead, no real future for anyone, Legal Marijuana changed lives in places like De Beque Colorado for instance

 

 

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Trump is a FAIL


Spicer: Expect ‘Greater Enforcement’ of Marijuana Laws

 

 

 

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What I know about consciousness


 

Religious people are intrinsically Bigots because of an identification with a specific religion, as opposed to another, a religious preference, and therefore is without a tolerance for another religion. All religions must be abolished, for there to be a real peace amount humans. In my opinion, religious people are extrinsically ignorant to the facts of human and universal life and existence. Personally, I dislike associating with highly or sometimes mildly religious people, for some the above reasons.

Death does not exist, it is the relationship of the human body to this earth if death existed all life would cease, in the instant when a body stops functioning, another form of life takes it over the microbes spawn life, new life. Religion offers no answer to what happens in the transmission of separation of the body to life, no one wrote a book and no one came back to tell us what happens, millions of years passed. Life can never die, the universe is without a boundary, it is beyond infinite, no one has this extent of imagination or knowledge. The universe is inside every human. All formats of life are the exact same, the atom which composes the standard same elements of life, when divided has the same equal qualities, in never ending longevity. This is why religions did not work after so many thousands of years, a book and a dogma cannot describe infinity which is the building block of all life.

Religion cannot address consciousness, it is ignorant of it, this is what you refer too, you call it a soul, other religions call it by different names. There are questions where the answer are feelings, these feelings cannot be communicated to each the other. They must be felt, a book or dogma cannot deliver this answer, because paper and belief cannot understand feelings and cannot teach it. If someone is able to gain access to the life which is resident in every living being, the answer to eternal existence will be felt. A close examination of the atom shows a stunning similarity to every other atom in the known universe, life is abundant and it recreates itself perpetually forever, life is immortal. Religions are clubs, like political parties or a race.

On the other hand, the words I write are my personal experience, these are not found in books, go ahead and google any part of any of the sentences. I have long disassociated myself from all religion. I know it to be unpleasant and I also know it to be the cause of all wars and continued separation of humans, surely I can only speak for myself. I have no authority, right or want to teach anything to anyone, but I like to write my rants, just for practice. I can tell you something and I cannot prove it to you, but I have accessed the life force which resides inside my own body and I use it daily for many things, it is a secret I cannot describe I acquired it and I can state this quite egotistically with privilege. Admittingly and I agree that someone cannot fathom this sort of thinking in a flash, this could take several years of applied effort and those efforts are personal for the each person. I do not have all the answers and I do not think I need them all, but I do practise the death of mentality often sufficient to allow an understanding coming from an experience of personal experience. I admire your keen interest and I wish you good luck.

eminds me of an oral examination I had a few years ago, done by dental students. The student took a sample of blood from a tooth and under the microscope, I saw the white cells fighting with other cells and consuming them. I thought why is there a war happening in my body when I prefer peace and practice such?

I began to think that strife exists with all living entities on the planet, plants fight, my mother first brought this fact to my attention when I was little.

Since you know that your body would separate from yourself some day sooner or later I would think you may want to begin to practice this separation before that last event takes place, less it comes to you by surprise, this is the fear of immortality people have, humans, fear “death” because they fail to understand life and its inherent mortality by default.

This is the supreme challenge each individual posses and such is a decision that a person must decide on. I failed to understand why people did not consider that life is simple, you are born, you live and you pass on, there is no complication of these facts.

One day you will take your last breath and I am 100% certain that, that last breath will require every last bit of strength you have, and you will not de successful, because it may be a half breath or none at all.

Regardless what caused your demise of life, the breath is the last to leave the body. I will not ask you to believe me, but I saw my beloved dog die, in the instant, and I saw his energy leave his body, so much so I praised it, in that very instant.

I recognized life in departure and I called it out. If you are to evolve, and you should want this for yourself, you will need to find the answer to your question[s] or else you would have passed like the hundred of billions of humans who passed in ignorance or fallacy.

Consider the thought for a moment that you may lack the tools to uncover the life which you so love when you look at yourself in a mirror, you love yourself on the outside, but you continue to neglect the yearning you have had inside, for an answer you seem not to be able to find or you think you do.

This turns into a book every time, but it is so simple that you cannot talk about it, but with one or a few words, you have to love yourself, to find yourself, to touch it, you know atoms can communicate, and they change how things work in very simple but powerful ways.

One fact is for sure if you want something enough you will find it because life wants you more than you want it, it gave life, you did not knowingly ask and it gives you life while you look for it….the problem when we lose something, it normally is where we left it, we call it lost.

These Russian scientists use special cameras and they have demonstrated life ascending the body at a passing, the energy displays an array of myriad color. I recall blue and red but many colors, large gushes of energy I totally understand this to a limited extent. but these thoughts are passing the important subject matter. I know for a fact, that you can enjoy the love you can give yourself, more than anything you know, or have known, to me it is too simple, the magic of knowing life is real, to me it is, and I can say this all day and I sometimes do. I have never spoken to anyone at this length about this private subject in many years. I only address this when someone sparks an interest. I have no dog in the race to do anything or make any bets. I know love, the love that keeps me kind. I know my monsters and I control and destroy them as they impede my progress. If you found true love, hate is always at your door very close, the more love you find inside, the more I seem to have to protect, like having a lot of money, you have to guard it against the thief, so is life. With regard to the out of body stuff I had that when I used LSD, in my 20s I could see through walls and predict the next instant and shit, but the love is about life, in the body, you will leave the body, no rush. Try to stay in your body for now and try to find what makes you live, or want to live. I hold that birth is accidental, you are lucky to be alive and you are very fortunate to have questions or concerns, most people do not.

I use the double edge sword, it cuts in any direction, haha, am if you did not find it, you were not looking for it, and no one can help you, but if you wish to communicate with eternity, ask it when you are in that intimate moment of love when you are alone, the universe will hear you and it has great mercy, a very kind being, it protects you, makes you whole, you may have to completely change your life and lifestyle but the gift of eternal love will be yours as a just reward.

If you are sincere with eternity it opens all the doors for you, wow I cannot believe I am writing this, look, you can help yourself, but your mind will eventually destroy you if you fail or if you did not help yourself, if you try with failure you will pay, sorry to say that, but this is what I have seen personally, from my own history of the examples I have seen. Ammm you have the keen ability to succeed, we all do as humans, this is the privilege we have. It is a magic that you can control if you have the tools.

I do not have the answers, but I know myself and we are all the same I think..some people seem to evolve faster or more than others. I do not know. I make magic..and I passed the magic to my offspring, though they never quite know it.

I am very sure of myself and I chose the lifestyle which suited me best. I control my limits and decide on those limits. My friends add to the wisdom, some of us were lucky, I think and it worked for me. I can talk and write a lot I practice that, but in the end its quite as simple as, and is the breath, you have to figure out the riddle of life. Sometimes I get confused and contradictive of myself and all others.

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Happy 70th Birthday Neil Garfield!!!!!


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Dear Mr. Garfield,

For the last decade you have enlightened and educated millions of homeowners and helped countless others defend against fraudulent foreclosure.

Your willingness to explain complex legal theories and procedure have helped to level the playing field between homeowners and the banks.

We appreciate your sacrifices and believe that history will memorialize you as a mercenary who exposed the greatest financial crime ever perpetrated on the American public.  The Livinglies blog was ground-zero.

Happy Birthday!

Gratefully,

The Lending Lies Team & your devoted readers

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Houk v. PennyMAC CORP. | FL 2DCA – PennyMac failed to meet its burden of showing the nonexistence of a genuine issue of material fact regarding its entitlement to enforce the lost note.


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Hat tip to StopForeclosureFraud.com

See: http://stopforeclosurefraud.com/2017/02/16/houk-v-pennymac-corp-fl-2dca-pennymac-failed-to-meet-its-burden-of-showing-the-nonexistence-of-a-genuine-issue-of-material-fact-regarding-its-entitlement-to-enforce-the-lost-note/

LANE A. HOUK, Appellant,
v.
PENNYMAC CORP., substituted as party plaintiff for CitiMortgage, Inc.; SHANNON HOUK; BELLE MEADE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Appellees.

Case No. 2D15-2583.District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District.Opinion filed February 10, 2017.Appeal from the Circuit Court for Lee County; Thomas S. Reese, Senior Judge.

Mark P. Stopa of Stopa Law Firm, Tampa, for Appellant.

Nancy M. Wallace of Akerman LLP, Tallahassee; William P. Heller and Marc J. Gottlieb of Akerman LLP, Fort Lauderdale; and Kathryn B. Hoeck of Akerman LLP, Orlando, for Appellee, PennyMac Corp.

No appearance for remaining Appellees.

WALLACE, Judge.

Lane A. Houk challenges a final summary judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of PennyMac Corp., an entity that was substituted as the party plaintiff in place of CitiMortgage, Inc., during the pendency of the litigation in the circuit court…

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Death is the relationship of this body to the earth


Death is the relationship of this body to the earth, the body dies but life moves on and lives on, in this manner death does not exist. I have support for my feelings from personal experience, for instance, I know that to understand the meaning of life, certain attributes about a person must be made to die.

In the Caribbean, we say “two man-crabs cannot live in the same hole”, this holds true, as simple as it sounds.

In order for a person to understand and to come to realize the meaning of life, specific elements of the mind must be put to rest, this is no easy task. Stilling the mind long enough for the peace to rise in the human body, is an art, making the mind stop takes consistent practice, and is a lifelong endeavor.

Over the years I came to know the unknown factors of mental death and to a lesser part, I became in control, to a limit, of the mind. The is mind is a very difficult monster to tame, it is entrenched in all humans, past on from human to human and is also deeply entrenched in everyday life.

I know that most people are afraid of the unknown and since death is the ultimate event in a human`s life, which most people know nothing about, people fear death, after all, no one has come back to tell us what death is like.

I find it interesting that a dead body also springs new life, life cannot die, if life did die existance would cease to exist, so life is everlasting.

Everlasting life is more than a belief or a faith, but rather it is seated  on an irrefutable Knowledge.

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Immigrants Want You to See These Chilling Photos of US Detention Centers Tom Cahill | February 14, 2017


 

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Ken Ward With Wes Clark Jr. On The Young Turks


 

Published on Nov 16, 2016

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Redneck Revolt response to Alt-Right


Published on Feb 10, 2017

This is our response to a video spread by Milo Yiannopoulos: “Asian Trump Supporter Smashes Liberals and Identity Politics”.
Website: redneckrevolt.org
Facebook: @RedneckRevolt

What is Redneck Revolt?
The history of the white working class is one full of resistance, collectively and individually, against the rich elite that hold power over all of our lives. From massive armed uprisings like the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, to the resistance to coal mining in predominately white rural Appalachia today, white working people have been in conflict with those that uphold predatory economic, political, and social systems.
The history of the white working class is also one filled with collaboration with those same rich elite power holders. White working people have played the role of footsoldiers for the political and economic elite, participating in genocide, enslavement of other peoples, and overall protectors of the ruling class. White working class participation in state and paramilitary organizations and formations like the Ku Klux Klan, the Minutemen, the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Council of Conservative Citizens has undermined the struggle for freedom among all people.
It is with these conflicting histories in mind that the authors of this blog hope to incite a movement amongst white working people that works toward the total liberation of all working people, regardless of skin color, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or any other division that bosses and politicians have used to fragment movements for social, political, and economic freedom.
Why the term redneck?
The history of the term redneck is long and complex. One of the earliest recorded uses of the term comes from the 1890’s, and refers to rednecks as “poorer inhabitants of the rural districts…men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin burned red by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks”.
In 1921, the term became synonymous with armed insurrection against the state, as members of the United Mine Workers of America tied red bandanas around their necks during the Battle of Blair Mountain, a two week long armed labor uprising in the coalfields of West Virginia.
Today, the term redneck has taken on a demeaning connotation, primarily among upper class urban liberals who have gone out of their way to dehumanize white working class and poor people. Terms like “white trash” have come to signify the view among these same upper class liberals of poor rural whites.
To us, the term redneck is a term that signifies a pride in our class as well as a pride in resistance to bosses, politicians, and all those that protect domination and tyranny.
Why would whites be opposed to white supremacy?
White supremacy is a system of violence and power that ensures that political, economic, and social power is withheld from people who aren’t white.
As white working class people, we have all benefited to a certain extent from the system of white supremacy that exists within the United States. However, this same system, and our participation within it, have also ensured that white working class people will stay poor and also relatively powerless in this society.
The greatest threat to those that pull the political and economic strings in this society is a unified resistance movement among poor and working class people. The vast majority of those that live in the United States, have relatively no power over the decisions and conditions that affect our lives. The overwhelming majority of those that live in the U.S. are poor or working class. We are the ones that see our paychecks (if we happen to even get one) gutted, our pensions and benefits dry up, our communities destroyed by drug abuse and poverty related crimes, and our entire lives spent struggling to just survive.
At moments that white working people have looked beyond their skin color and have worked alongside movements of poor and working class people of other races, the power of the ruling elite has become the most threatened. It is when the white working class has started to view itself in terms of class and not race, that liberation has waited just around the corner.
White supremacy is a system that white working people have helped protect, but it is also a tool against us. Our allegiance to a politics of white racism has allowed the rich to continue to hold onto power.
If we, as white working class people, want to see a reality of political, social, and economic freedom, REAL freedom, then we must directly contribute to a struggle against all oppression, especially white supremacy.

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This Industry That Donated To Trump Sees Stocks Soar As ICE Raids Rip Apart Families


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This Industry That Donated To Trump Sees Stocks Soar As ICE Raids Rip Apart Families

Major Trump Donor Sees Windfall As ICE Raids Intensify

Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted immigration raids Thursday and Friday that were described as “large scale” and of “unusual intensity” in at least six states, the Washington Post reported. Even as the Republican president’s ban on immigration from 7 predominantly Muslim countries was slapped down by the 9th Circuit as lacking a logical reason for its haste, Donald Trump flexed his powers to round up immigrants by force.

Immigrants and activists noted several trends. ICE was targeting large cities with large immigrant communities, conducting traffic stops, raiding homes, arresting people who had no criminal record, going door-to-door demanding to see people’s papers, and arresting people who couldn’t produce documentation to prove citizenship. The raids marked the beginning of an apparent effort by the Republican administration to make good on Trump’s promise to deport upwards of 3 million people. Under President Barack Obama, immigration enforcement targeted those who had committed crimes, and didn’t seek to split apart law-abiding families or heavily target the so-called DREAMers, young people who knew no other home. Trump’s enforcement policy seems to have no plan to make any distinctions, and will likely result in profiling and detaining lots of people who have done nothing wrong, widespread 4th Amendment violations and other civil liberties nightmares.

The raids are guaranteed to split up families who have lived together in the US for a long time, since large scale roundups will net people who are undocumented but have young children who are American citizens, grandparents and extended relatives who came to join legal residents, etc. Many of the DREAMers were young children when they crossed into the US and have lived here for years or decades, and have known no other home. The inhumanity of deporting them and the inability to reconcile strict enforcement with birthright citizenship and a desire not to split up families as national policy is why previous administrations have not gone after these groups aggressively.

As terror and panic tore through large immigrant communities across the Untied States, one industry was having a field day in the stock market: private prisons.

GEO Group is one of the largest purveyors of private prisons in America. Its stock prices have been on a roller coaster since August. On August 18th, the Obama administration announced that the federal government would phase out use of private prisons after a large scale audit found they had widespread safety and security problems that were worse than government-run prisons. The company’s stocks immediately tanked. There was speculation that the private prison industry could collapse soon. The next day, August 19th, GEO Corrections made a $100,000 donation to Rebuilding America Now, a Super PAC supporting Trump, according to OpenSecrets. In total, GEO Group and affiliates donated at least $275,000 to Trump in the presidential campaign. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands it has donated to Republicans in Congress. Another large private prison contractor, CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, also made donations. Its stocks have followed a trajectory very similar to GEO Group’s.

Related: WATCH: Viral Documentary “Immigrants For Sale” Exposes Private Prison Horrors

GEO Group’s and CoreCivic’s stocks remained low until election day, when they skyrocketed as Trump narrowly clinched the electoral college while losing the popular vote by 3 million votes. They continued climbing, and they are soaring again now that Jeff Sessions has been sworn in as Attorney General, Trump signed executive orders calling for more aggressive policing, and widespread raids have begun.

There are likely several reasons why their stocks are soaring. Private prisons spend a small fortune on lobbying for new laws that would result in new categories of crimes, and therefore, more people being imprisoned. The Republican administration is planning to do that beyond GEO Group’s wildest dreams. If the administration goes ahead with a wholesale deportation regime, they will have to build detention facilities to house hundreds of thousands of people as they are being processed. The resistance to that process is likely to lead to widespread violent crackdowns by police. That will lead to more incarceration. Sessions has expressed a desire to reignite the drug war in earnest, which could also lead to increased detention on a large scale. Trump has expressed a desire to “send in the feds” to inner cities to police black communities even more heavily than they already are.

Despite the fact that the United States imprisons more of its people total and per capita than any other country, imprisonment is likely about to skyrocket. The logical conclusion of everything that this administration wishes to do is to create new categories of crimes, whole new categories of populations deemed “illegal” and the incarceration of potentially millions of people. As Keith Olbermann ominously explains, basic arithmetic dictates that what they are proposing to do will likely necessitate the construction of “concentration camps.”

Private prisons also invest in other industries, particularly agriculture, textiles and manufacturing. They use their prisoners for cheap labor, and turn a profit on the labor. As Trump detains hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants, they will be leaving vacancies in these kinds of labor markets. It’s entirely possible that ICE could raid a farm, incarcerate all the workers, and a private prison could send them back to the same kind of farm to do the same kind of work for almost no money. But now, Trump’s donors would be turning a profit on what is essentially slave labor.

We know that Trump ally Rudy Giuliani–who was instrumental in FBI Director James Comey’s 11th hour nonsensical intervention in the election–is invested in private prisons, and has lobbied for them. Since the Republican president has not released his taxes, we don’t know whether he is invested in private prisons. But during the campaign, Trump told Chris Matthews in a town hall interview, “I do think we can do a lot of privatizations and private prisons. It seems to work a lot better.” The idea that private prisons are “better” in any way than government-run prison is not supported by any facts. Private prisons cost taxpayers more, cause more people to be thrown in prison, violate the health and safety of prisoners more, and corrupt politicians more than publicly funded prisons. The scale of Trump’s secret holdings and the bonanza he’s creating for private prisons raises the question of whether he is directly profiting from his new role as America’s warden.

So this is where we are in America right now, an authoritarian regime is forming like a Voltron of the most inhumanely exploitative industries, ripping law-abiding families apart for profit, to yank us back to the kind of society that existed before the Civil War. When Trump said “Make America Great Again,” he was referring to the Confederacy.

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I am not a Buddhist by Mitch Ditkoff


I AM NOT A BUDDHIST. THEN AGAIN, NEITHER WAS BUDDHA A BUDDHIST. AND SO, IN HONOR OF THE WISE ONE WITHIN US ALL, BEYOND ANY “ISM” OR “SCHISM”, HERE ARE SOME WONDERFULLY RELEVANT QUOTES BY THE BUDDHA — AS RELEVANT TODAY AS THEY WERE 2,500 YEAR AGO, LONG BEFORE THE ASCENSION OF THE 45TH US PRESIDENT:

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”

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The Lesson of Nordstrom:Do Business with the Trumps or else…


A Nordstrom branch in Chicago. President Trump criticized the chain for dropping his daughter’s clothing line. Credit Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

It is a clear violation of federal ethics rules for White House staff members, or any other federal employees, to use their official positions for private gain. But what President Trump did on Wednesday in his Twitter attack on the Nordstrom department store chain, castigating it for dropping Ms. Trump’s line, was far worse.

In sum, Nordstrom made a business decision not to do business with the president’s daughter because her clothing line was not selling well, and the president used his official position to attack the company for this decision.

The president’s tweet — posted on his personal account and then re-sent from his White House account — is an act of intimidation. Nordstrom interacts with many executive branch agencies: the Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and others. Each one of these agencies will be headed by Trump appointees. Most will be staffed with other political appointees as well. The president is telling all of these people that he is very angry with Nordstrom. The message is clear, and it won’t take much for a political appointee in some agency to conceive of an ingenious way of ingratiating himself with the White House by making life difficult for the store chain.

Most important, regardless of whether such retaliation actually happens, Nordstrom and the handful of other companies that announced they, too, would drop the line have to live in fear of it for the rest of the Trump administration. And now every other department store knows that it had better not make a similar “business decision” that displeases the president. In other words, do business with the Trump family and help the Trump family promote its products, or else.

This is not the way free markets work, particularly in the United States. We fought a revolution in part against the mercantilism that prevailed in Britain, where the king and members of Parliament played favorites and people who wanted to ingratiate themselves with the government did business with companies in which powerful politicians had an interest (the South Sea Company and the East India Company were the two most notorious examples). Edmund Burke and Adam Smith railed against this type of corrupt relationship between business and government in Britain; similarly, the founders of our country did not want that type of abuse of power going on here.

The modern-day Tea Party movement arose in the aftermath of the Great Recession, a reaction to the perception that politicians were playing favorites in bailing out Wall Street banks and auto companies. The Republican Party for years has made a very strong case for an economy in which market actors make their own decisions free of government interference.

And now all of that — and indeed the bedrock principles of limited government power that go back to Thomas Jefferson — lies in shambles as a president seeks not only to use his official position to promote the business of the Trump family but also to retaliate against other businesses for the decisions they make in the marketplace.

Americans have worried about losing freedoms in the Trump administration, including freedom of religion and of the press, as well as the right to be heard by an independent judiciary. We learned this week that free markets are at risk as well.

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American University Washington DC


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MEMORANDUM
February 10, 2017

TO: Campus Community

FROM: Neil Kerwin, President

SUBJECT: Resources and Support for AU’s Undocumented Students

_____________________________________________

Since its founding, AU has been a place that welcomes students and faculty from around the world and studies and advances international service. We value diverse global perspectives that enrich our community. I joined other university and college presidents to express support for public policies consistent with these values, including endorsing responsible global engagement and the DACA program for undocumented immigrant students. I offered five specific commitments to support undocumented students at AU, and last week, I added American University to the list of educational institutions and associations encouraging the president to reconsider the recent executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Given the fear, confusion and uncertainty amidst changing immigration policies, the university has received petitions from faculty and students to do all we can to support undocumented students, if DACA is suspended or repealed. We will offer protection to the full extent allowed by law, guided by policies that guard the privacy and safety of every member of the university community. We reviewed these policies and practices after September 11, 2001 and have updated them in light of current concerns.

Be assured that AU will not disclose private information about our students, faculty, or staff to law enforcement officers unless presented with a warrant, subpoena, court order or other legal requirement. While our public safety department will comply with the law, it is not their practice to be an agent for or assist the federal government in immigration enforcement actions.

In addition, we will ensure that affected members of our community know where they can turn for guidance and support. On matters related to immigration, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will provide referrals to immigration attorneys and resources. For those experiencing stress and anxiety, our Counseling Center, Faculty Staff Assistance Program, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Kay Spiritual Life Center are available to offer support. In the event that the DACA program is suspended or ended and authorization to work is rescinded, the university will assist currently registered AU DACA students to find replacement resources.

With these actions, we are committing our university to the protection of our undocumented students. As I noted in a previous communication, there are calls from members of our community to declare American University is a “sanctuary.” I have concluded that the findings of many other universities and respected immigration attorneys are correct, in that asserting such a status would have no basis in the law. The institution does not have the authority to exempt itself from federal immigration law. I share the concerns of others that claiming such status could indeed be counterproductive and lead to greater risk for the very students we seek to protect.

As we work to advocate for national policies and immigration laws that reflect the values of global engagement and international exchange, we will respect the rule of law and use every legal means at our disposal to offer our support and protection. I welcome ideas from the community that are consistent with these values.

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WikiLeaks Top 10 Greatest Hits about Nuclear Issues


 

WikiLeaks Ten Year Anniversary

WikiLeaks Ten Year Anniversary

WikiLeaks Top 10 Greatest Hits about Nuclear Issues

What do we know about the nuclear industry and nuclear weapons thanks to WikiLeaks? A search on the WikiLeaks site for the word ‘nuclear’ brings up 284, 493 results. These documents traverse the nuclear fuel cycle – from uranium mining to nuclear waste – with many thousands exposing nuclear energy industry giants, and nuclear weapon threat assessments, numbers, doctrines and negotiations.

7 October 2016
Uranium One links with the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Campaign – As Russian Rosatom company Uranium One gained control of 1/5th of the US uranium production between 2009 – 2013, its chairman used his family foundation to make donations of over USD$ 2 million to the Clinton Foundation. Because uranium is a strategic asset, such a deal had to be approved by a Committee, whose decision was signed off by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Uranium One paid $20,000 to The Podesta Group to lobby the State Department for this deal, a lobbying firm founded by Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman, John Podesta.
5 February 2016
Western and Chinese companies expose workers in African uranium grab – WikiLeaks released a collection of documents that open up a corrupt multi-billion dollar war by Western and Chinese companies grab uranium and other mining rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and escape paying for the environmental consequences.  French giant Areva failed to protect miners from high levels of radiation who processed soil samples with no radiation protection, and neglected local employees when pulling out of a financially and politically disastrous venture in the CAR.
17 May 2015
Safety and security issues with the UK Trident nuclear weapon system – In an exclusive report to WikiLeaks, Trident nuclear weapons submariner, Royal Navy Able Seaman William McNeilly, aged 25, stated, “Please make sure this information is released. I don’t want to be in prison without anyone knowing the truth,” about the detailed nuclear safety problems he says he has been “gathering for over a year… This is bigger than me, it’s bigger than all of us. We are so close to a nuclear disaster it is shocking, and yet everybody is accepting the risk to the public… Our Nuclear weapon systems are the prime target and we are wide open to attack. We must unite globally in order to eliminate he biggest threat the world has ever seen.”
17 March 2011
The IAEA warned Japan about safety issues at nuclear plants in 2009 – In 2009, years before the Fukushima disaster, Japan was warned that its power plants could not withstand powerful earthquakes. The US was highly critical of Japan’s senior safety director at the International Atomic Energy Association “particularly with respect to confronting Japan’s own safety practices.”
18 March 2011
Cash payments were made to Indian MPs for support of US India nuclear deal WikiLeaks revealed a cable by US Charge d’Affaires Steven White dated 17 July 2008 that indicated that the ruling Congress Party in India had bought MPs a vote on the 2008 India-US nuclear deal. Nachiketa Kapur, a political aide to Congress leader Satish Sharma showed a U.S. Embassy employee “two chests containing cash” saying it was part of a bigger fund of Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 60 crore that the party had assembled to purchase the support of MPs. 
18 March 2011
Italian nuclear industry corruption. American diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks reveal how, “bribes could have a major impact on the future of the country’s energy industry,” in a four-year US campaign, which began in 2005, to encourage Italy to re-start a nuclear power program with a view to reducing its energy dependence on Russian gas and limiting the influence of the partnership between Italian energy company ENI and Russia’s Gazprom.
7 December 2010
180 confirmed US tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Europe – In advance of the nuclear posture review, a briefing was provided by U.S. Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Jim Miller to NATO in July 2009. Federation of American Scientists nuclear weapons expert Hans Kristensen stated, “Whether Miller was providing certified U.S. intelligence numbers or simply referenced good-enough nonofficial public estimates is less clear. But his use of a specific number (180) for Europe rather than a range suggests that it might an official number.”
16 July 2009
Serious nuclear accident lay behind Iranian nuke chief’s mystery resignation – WikiLeaks revealed that a source associated with Iran’s nuclear program confidentially told the organisation of a serious, recent, nuclear accident at Natanz. Natanz is the primary location of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and the site targeted with the Stuxnet worm that contained 4 zero days and was designed to slow down and speed up centrifuges enriching uranium. WikiLeaks had reason to believe the source was credible however contact with this source was lost.
25 January 2008
Footage of the 1995 disaster at the Japanese Monju nuclear reactor – Following the 2008 announcement that the Japanese Monju fast breeder nuclear reactor would be reopened, activists leaked the suppressed video footage of the sodium spill disaster that led to its closure in 1995. Named after the Buddhist divinity of wisdom, Monju, located in Japan’s Fukui prefecture, is Japan’s only fast-breeder reactor. Unlike conventional reactors, fast-breeder reactors, which “breed” plutonium, use sodium rather than water as a coolant. This type of coolant creates a potentially hazardous situation as sodium is highly corrosive and reacts violently with both water and air. On December 8th, 1995, 700 kg of molten sodium leaked from the secondary cooling circuit of the Monju reactor, resulting in a fire that did not result in a radiation leak, but the potential for catastrophe was played down the extent of damage at the reactor and denied the existence of a videotape showing the sodium spill. Further complicating the story, the deputy general manager of the general affairs department at the PNC, Shigeo Nishimura, 49, jumped to his death the day after a news conference where he and other officials revealed the extent of the cover-up.
11 January 2008
Chalk River nuclear reactor shut down – Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on Chalk River reactor – After the Chalk River nuclear reactor was shut down for routine maintenance on 18 November 2007, inspectors verified the reactor’s cooling systems had not been modified as required by an August 2006 licensing review. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) did not start the reactor but said upgrades could be done as part of maintenance while still operating safely. This impasse lasted a month, with the government intervening to grant an exemption to the reactor to allow its restart. The responsible Minister for Natural Resources, Gary Lunn MP, fired Linda Keen, the President of the Nuclear Safety Commission. Their exchange of letters revealed much about the safety standards and routine practices of the Canadian nuclear regulatory system, and particular problems with the ageing Chalk River reactor previously unknown to the public.
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It works!!!


 
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns abruptly from Trump’s Business Council as millions of Americans in less than a week deleted the apps and stop using Uber services which brought it down to its knees.
Let us do our humble part and see if Trump’s Administration continues with their arrogance…
This is a message which I for one will certainly pass on to everyone and I do hope that everyone here will do the same:
*Translation of a viral post circulating in English/Spanish/Dutch/Chinese/Thai/Arabic/Indian on social media:* *
So you voted to build a wall…
well my dear North Americans, although you don’t understand much about geography it’s important that before you lay the first brick you understand what you are leaving outside that wall.* *
On the outside there are 7 billion people – but since you don’t know much about those people, we will call them consumers.
There are 7 billion consumers willing to replace the iPhone with Samsung or Huawei.
They can replace Levi’s with Zara or Massimo Duti. We can stop buying Ford or Chevrolet because we also like Toyota and Volvo, and Renault and BMW.
Those 7 billion can also stop subscribing to Directv and we wouldn’t like it, but we can stop watching Hollywood movies.
Although it seems incredible, we don’t have to go to Disney: there are other destinations in South America, Asia and Europe. And believe it or not, there are better burgers than McDonalds.
We know there is Adidas and not just Nike. We know much more than you think; We know for example that if those 7 billion consumers do not buy your products, there will be unemployment and your economy – inside the wall – will collapse to the point where we will be asked to come knock it down.* *
We didn’t want to, but… you wanted a wall, you’re going to get a wall.* *
Cordially,* *
The rest of the world.* _*
Please resend this at least 12 times so somehow it reaches the deceived American people*_ (copy/paste or forward and consider yourselves reached)
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9/11 Mastermind’s Letter to Obama: Here’s Why We Attacked America


ama was still in office, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the perpetrators of the 9/11 terror attacks, penned a letter to him. Though a judge recently ruled that letter could be sent to the White House before the outgoing president left office, the contents were to be withheld from the public until a month later — until after President Trump had assumed power.

This week, the Miami Herald obtained and published the contents of the 18-page letter originally written in 2015 and titled “LETTER FROM THE CAPTIVE MUJAHID KHALID SHAIKH MOHAMMAD TO THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE, BARACK OBAMA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE COUNTRY OF OPPRESSION AND TYRANNY.” It contains the Kuwait-born Pakistani terrorist’s insights into why 9/11 occurred, as well as surprisingly accurate assessments of American politics.

One of the main reasons for 9/11, according to Mohammed, is one terrorists have referenced before: American foreign policy. His explanation is rooted both in history and in current affairs.

The American people were misled by the Johnson administration and the Pentagon into waging a war in Vietnam that cost 58,000 U.S. lives and millions of Vietnamese lives and ultimately led to a humiliating defeat,” he writes, correctly referencing Johnson’s false flag attack in the Gulf of Tonkin, which the Democratic president used to push the U.S. into a prolonged, messy, and ultimately failed war.

Mohammed also focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the Muslim world specifically, providing a long list of reasons why the “U.S. reaped what it sowed on 9/11.” One of those grievances was the U.S. government and CIA’s scheme to back and support  “the Indonesian dictator Suharto when his army-led massacres slaughtered hundreds of thousands of landless farmers” though his examples span the globe.

He cites America’s notorious desire for oil, referencing when the U.S. built “military bases in the Arabian Peninsula in Tabuk, Dhahran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and U.A.E – which is prohibited by Sharia laws – to secure a non-stop flood of oil to [their] country at the cheapest price.” He argues this was “to support the dictatorial rule of monarchial families and oppressive, corrupt, dynastic regimes and looting the wealth of the Muslim Ummah population; and to accomplish [U.S.] military objectives there.”

He references the CIA’s 1953 coup in Iran — conducted in conjunction with their British intelligence counterparts — to overthrow the country’s democratically elected leader and empower the “Shah of Iran and Safak, the brutal Iranian intelligence agency, for 40 years.”

Discussing Iraq in the 1990s, he references “when Anglo-Saxon crusaders imposed sanctions against the Iraqi people in a manner of collective punishment that resulted in the death of half a million civilians.” He later addresses former U.N. ambassador Madeleine Albright’s claim that the deaths of half a million children were “worth it.”

Mohammed also points out hypocrisies in American foreign policy, such as the American officials’ ties to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before they wanted to oust him. He also points out that before invading Iraq, the U.S. “supported Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War, even when he was using poison mustard gas against the Kurds…”

Mohammed discusses at length the centuries of Western attacks on Muslims and their countries, also noting the way Western countries broke up formerly Ottoman nations in the early 20th century, dividing them up and claiming control in the region.

He circles back to indict the whole of American foreign policy, noting the U.S. has escaped prosecution for their “brutal and savage massacres against the American Indian and [their] crimes in Vietnam, Korea, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, and Latin America; and for [their] support for the Chinese Dictator, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Mexico’s dictator, Santa Ana.”

You can keep your military bases in Japan, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere,” he writes, “but Muslim land will never accept infidels army bases in their land.” He credits Allah with helping them fight back against Western aggression, frequently weaving in religious sentiments as justification for further violence.

Though Mohammed focuses largely on U.S. imperialism, one of his main grievances is the U.S. government’s support for Israel throughout the decades. He argues America reaped what it sowed on 9/11 in part because of America’s backing of Israel “in the political arena, when you blocked resolutions in the United Nations Security Council more than 45 times to protect repeated Israeli crimes.” Mohammed cites the U.S.’ support for Israel’s invasions of Lebanon throughout the years, ultimately arguing that jihadists fight for all oppressed Muslims. He claims they represent Palestinians and others who have been crushed by Western influence and invasion (of course, it is impossible to prove all victimized Muslims support terrorism as recourse, making this claim rather grandiose).

He discusses Obama’s ongoing efforts to continue providing weaponry to Israel even as the former president openly questioned Israeli settlements. “While your children may play safely in the White House backyard, the entire world is watching your weapons kill Palestinian children at play on the Gaza beach during Holy Month of Ramadan or studying in their classrooms.”

Mohammed criticizes American politicians’ repeated claims that Israel “has a right to defend itself.”

Why can’t you or any American president before you say that the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves against Israeli crimes?” he wonders. “The answer is very clear but you can’t say it because your lords will be very angry.” Indeed, Israel wields significant influence over American policy.

The notion that American politicians are beholden to higher powers is echoed throughout the letter, but not just with regard to Israel’s influence through lobbying organization AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). With surprising accuracy, Mohammed details corporate influence throughout government. Early in the letter, he points out that politicians must serve their donors, whether they are in the healthcare industry, the prison industry, or “Blackwater, Halliburton, or any other arms industry of weapons firm.” He says the latter industry requires politicians “to push the DoD and U.S. soldiers into more wars…

He condemns American capitalism and the farce of democracy throughout the letter, referring to politicians as mercenaries working for their financiers. He asserts that “[i]n the end, this will lead the rich to grow richer and the poor to grow poorer. The country will sink into debt and finally the nation will die.

Mohammed also singles out Obama, citing his drone strikes, which killed countless innocent civilians and children. He condemns Obama’s assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial — followed by the killing of his 16-year-old son — as well as the president’s establishment of indefinite detention and his failure to close Guantanamo, where Mohammed has been imprisoned for years.

He calls out Western media, as well. “Don’t let Fox, CNN, BBC, or American and pro-Israeli channels cover your eyes because they never show the truth, their main task is brainwashing,” he argues. “They are experts at lying and distorting the facts to achieve their masters’ ends.

(Instead, he praises Al-Jazeera, which is, in fact, a news agency originally funded by the oil-rich Qatari government, an ally of the United States.)

Since 9/11, the political establishment’s narrative has asserted Islamic terrorists target the United States because they hate us for our freedom, because their religion is violent, and because they are hellbent on destroying anyone who disagrees with their ideology. While it’s indisputable that anyone who would seek to kill 3,000 civilians is a cold-blooded murderer, his explanation has been echoed by terrorists before; the Charlie Hebdo shooters, the Boston Marathon bombers, and the Orlando night club shooter all referenced violent, imperialistic American policy as reasons for their attacks.

Mohammed concludes:

If your government and public won’t tolerate 9/11, then how can you ask Muslims to tolerate your 60 years of crimes in Palestine, Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula and the whole Muslim World?

As former congressman and longtime non-interventionist Dr. Ron Paul warned in 1998 — long before 9/11:

“Far too often, the bombing of declared (or concocted) enemies, whether it’s the North Vietnamese, the Iraqis, the Libyans, the Sudanese, the Albanians, or the Afghans, produces precisely the opposite effect to what is sought. It kills innocent people, creates more hatred toward America, unifies and stimulates the growth of the extremist Islamic movement and makes them more determined than ever to strike back with their weapon of choice – terror.”


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