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Aug 08 09:36

On The Beach 2017: The Beckoning Of Nuclear War

The US submarine captain says: “We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

Aug 08 09:35

US consumer credit card debt balloons to all-time high

American consumers have accumulated $1.02 trillion of debt on their credit cards as of June, according to the US Federal Reserve. This is more than the record set just before the 2008 financial crisis.

US household debt balances were $12.73 trillion in March 2017, compared to the 2008 peak of $12.68 trillion.

Aug 08 09:33

British govt ‘squandering’ £1.6bn on ‘futile’ war on drugs

The audit, which has gone largely unnoticed, was published last month.

As the government released details of its new drug strategy, it also put out its evaluation of how the 2010-2016 plan went – hidden at the bottom of the page.

The report was not mentioned by any minister in a Home Office press release, or in the parliamentary debate the following week, or in any media coverage until the Times picked it up on Tuesday.

The report says the strategy to reduce illicit and harmful drug use, launched by Theresa May when she was home secretary, has largely failed.

Despite extensive resources being used to tackle drug use, consumption had remained stable since 2010, it said.

Aug 08 09:30

‘Brazen attack on media freedom’: Amnesty International blasts Israeli move to close Al Jazeera

Amnesty International’s regional director has hit out at Israel’s decision to close Al Jazeera’s office in Jerusalem and take the channel off the air as “a brazen attack on media freedom” and an attempt to silence critical voices.

“This is a brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The move sends a chilling message that the Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage,” the organization’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director, Magdalena Mughrabi, said.

Aug 08 09:27

Whiff of Reality at Crazy Super High-End Housing Market?

BS asking prices meet the ax.

Aug 08 09:25

Let Every Taboo Fall

I can never quite make up my mind whether politics is important or unimportant to me. I have only to read the latest headline to feel either a surge of rage or despair, moderated by a brief burst of bitter laughter. Is reality satire, or satire reality? It is difficult to say these days. I used sometimes to write in a satirical vein, but am now hesitant to do so just in case some policy maker draws inspiration from it for a later foray into the higher (and compulsory or enforced) absurdity.

Aug 08 09:25

New Privacy Laws Will Offer Brits ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ From Social Media

The government will soon give British citizens the ability to see what social media firms like Twitter and Facebook know about them and provide the right to demand that information is deleted.

Aug 08 09:24

Psychiatric association violates its own ethics, urges members to attack the mental health of Donald Trump … ANYTHING goes

Under the so-called Goldwater rule, it was previously considered an ethical violation for psychiatrists to offer an opinion about the mental health of a public figure that they had not personally examined and evaluated, and without that person’s consent.

In 1964, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Republican, lost the presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon Johnson in a landslide victory.

The Goldwater rule was adopted that same year, when psychiatrists responded to a survey about Goldwater’s psychological fitness to serve. About 50 percent of the respondents indicated that Goldwater, who was demonized by the media (sound familiar?) during the election campaign, was unfit to serve, without ever having examined him.

Fast-forward to 2017: Apparently many shrinks seem to be obsessed with Trump and apparently aren’t able to help themselves.

Aug 08 09:24

3 Prison Guards Trapped As Inmates Seize Area Of Arkansas Maximum Security Prison

Six inmates trapped three correctional officers inside an area of an Arkansas maximum security prison after they stole keys in the Tucker Unit and took over control of the doors.

The incident occurred at about 3:30pm in Arkansas’ Tucker Unit prison on Monday, according to Arkansas Department of Corrections public information officer Solomon Graves.

Aug 08 09:24

CNN Administration / Stars of David Graphic - NBC Version (large)

From /pol/.
Same as the CNN graphic. CNN and NBC are two of the least-diverse organizations in existence.

"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." (3.14) - Animal Farm, George Orwell

The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership. (3.2) - Animal Farm, George orwell

CNN Graphic (large)- https://ibb.co/iom5Ev

Aug 08 09:06

Corbyn 'Sad' At Lost Lives In Venezuela Violence

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has censured the “violence done by all sides” in Venezuela, expressing sorrow over the death of dozens of people in the wake of political and economic unrest in the Latin American country.

Aug 08 09:02

Video: As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures

In Detroit, a recent study found that one in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure between 2011.

Aug 08 09:01

Kept In The Fog: Gender Scapegoating In The Era Of US Decline

The rebellion of the conservative right continues. After throwing off the shackles of the GOP establishment, the traditional Republican base has placed its bets on Trump to fulfill the promises of the American Dream. This phenomenon has a contradictory character. On the one hand, joblessness and war drove millions to separate from the candidates of the established party.

Aug 08 08:50

WHY WE NEED FREE SPEECH

Aug 08 08:49

Russia & China Are Now Teaming Up To Counter The Deep State

Rand Paul is speaking out against civil asset forfeiture and how it violates the foundation of the constitution Michael Savage wants to know if we are on the verge of a civil breakdown.

Aug 08 08:46

Violent shooter video games really DO rot your brain: Frequent players have less gray matter, study reveals

Researchers at the University of Montreal got around 100 people to play a range of popular 'shooter' games such as Call Of Duty, Killzone and Borderlands 2 for a total of 90 hours.

They also gave them copes of non-violent games from the Super Mario series.

By the end of the study, they found that people who habitually played action games had fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory center in the brain.

However, those who played non-violent games ended the study with more essential gray matter in their brains.

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