Is American Democracy Doomed?

It won’t be doomed, because We the People won’t make the same mistake a second time. Bernie has won the last two democratic caucuses. The tides are turning against tRumple Dumple and his ilk.

WHAT IF...?

In the earliest days of Donald Trump’s occupation of the White House, Steve Bannon, Trump’s bloated, bloviating
“Fixer”, and the man some referred to as ‘the author of the Apocalypse’, spoke freely
about the plan to dismantle American Democracy.
The hiring of incompetents to head all Cabinet posts was merely Step One
of the Bannon agenda. (Step One: Check).
Steve Bannon’s Wet Dream envisioned destabilizing the very pillars of American
governance, then confiscating all he deemed worthy of owning and selling all
the rest (all buyers welcome, regardless
of political or national affiliation). Steve
Bannon may be gone from the West Wing, but his agenda lives on, and what we
have witnessed for these past two-plus years, is the systematic implementation
of his despicable plan.

Is it already too late to save America? There are so many questions we should all be asking. Questions including, but certainly not limited to:…

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You Don’t Have a Lizard Brain

Just shows how easy it is for junk science to become canonized.

Daniel Toker

Despite our best intentions, scientists sometimes make a very basic mistake: we look for what makes humans unique.

Certainly, humans are not just unique, but extraordinary. Nothing else in the known universe has produced art, science, technology, or civilization. But, our history of searching for how, precisely, we came to be exceptional has often led to bad science – and to popular acceptance of bad science. Nowhere is that clearer than in the hugely popular – and entirely wrong – theory called the Triune Brain Hypothesis. 

You may have heard of it as the proposal that we have “lizard brains.”

The triune brain hypothesis, developed by the neuroscientist Paul MacLean between the 1960s and 1990s and widely popularized by the astronomer Carl Sagan, asserts that we have a “lizard brain” under our “mammal brain,” and that our “mammal brain” is itself under our primate/human brain. Under this…

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On #NoDAPL and Paying Attention: They Sicced Dogs On My People Today

Transformative Spaces

14232544_10208616269138580_3157349067699097161_n-2Dakota Access, LLC has declared war on my people — Native People — by attempting to snake an unwanted pipeline through Native land, drinking water and sacred sites. Today, this corporate force confronted peaceful Water Protecters with vicious dogs and pepper spray.

This is where we are now.

At least six Water Protectors were bitten by corporate attack dogs. Witnesses described some of the injuries incurred as “serious.” Dozens of protesters were treated for pepper spray exposure, and a horse was reportedly wounded in the attack.

But corporate violence was unable to beat back the gathering Water Protectors, and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was once again brought to a halt.

Your awareness raising has been crucial and will continue to be. We are slowly, collectively forcing the mainstream media’s hand, and visibility is so key in this profound and dangerous moment. Please keep helping in whatever ways you can. I truly believe that this battle has the potential…

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Sexually, Are We Becoming Wilder or More Conservative?

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Native American Woman Who Spoken Out About South Dakota Foster Care Arrested

RED POWER MEDIA

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, Janice Howe exits the elevator at the courthouse after a hearing, in Pierre, S.D. Howe, who lived for more than a decade with an outstanding arrest warrant, has pleaded guilty to a felony for violating election law. (Phu Nguyen /Capital Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, Janice Howe exits the elevator at the courthouse after a hearing, in Pierre, S.D. (Phu Nguyen /Capital Journal via AP)

Associated Press

South Dakota — Family members of a Crow Creek Sioux Tribe woman who has spoken out against South Dakota’s handling of Native American children in foster care are questioning whether her arrest on a 13-year-old charge was politically motivated.

But Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, said Wednesday that the arrest of 54-year-old Janice Howe, of Harrold, is simply a case of authorities finally catching up with someone who has been able to evade an old warrant.

“There’s nothing politically motivated here,” she said.

Howe pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of perjury related to petition signatures she gathered in 1999 for a proposed constitutional amendment. In exchange for prosecutors dropping several similar…

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Mapping the United Swears of America

Strong Language

Swearing varies a lot from place to place, even within the same country, in the same language. But how do we know who swears what, where, in the big picture? We turn to data – damn big data. With great computing power comes great cartography.

Jack Grieve, lecturer in forensic linguistics at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, has created a detailed set of maps of the US showing strong regional patterns of swearing preferences. The maps are based on an 8.9-billion-word corpus of geo-coded tweets collected by Diansheng Guo in 2013–14 and funded by Digging into Data. Here’s fuck:

Jack Grieve swear map of USA GI z-score FUCK

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The Dirty Little Tricks CPS Doesn’t Want You to Know

How Child Protection Services Buys and Sells Our Children

THE LITTLE KNOWN “DIRTY TRICKS” OF DCFS/CPS/DSS THAT ARE HIDDEN FROM VIEW
(Resource…Gregory A. Hession, attorney and Creator of Web Site Mass Outrage)

You will not find this “DIRTY TRICK” section in any DCFS/CPS/DSS manual, but it ought to be. These tricks are well known by all DCFS/CPS/DSS agents and they use them and pass them on as oral tradition. Forget the law and regulations. They do! Their tactics are questionable and they have all the power. They don’t fear the law and DCFS has everyone, even the judges and lawyers, scared of that power. DCFS/CPS/DSS doesn’t seem to know the difference between “actual abuse” and “minor harm.”

The code of ethics visited upon the foster caretakers is far different than those enforced for biological parents. True…there are those few foster homes that practice abuse to the children they serve and it is agreed that these homes should be closed…

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“Medical Child Abuse”—Be Careful What You Post

On Shaken Baby

bubby&familypngWhat started out as a feel-good story about the kindness of strangers has turned into a CPS nightmare for a family in the Pacific northwest, where doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital have accused Thomas Everson and his wife Brandi McNerny Everson of exaggerating their son’s disabilities and subjecting him to unnecessary medical care. The diagnosis has several names, including “medical child abuse” and “caretaker-inflicted illness.”

The tale started in February, when the family issued an on-line request asking people to send their special-needs son “Bubby” a card for his ninth birthday, maybe with some stickers inside, because Bubby loves opening mail, especially when he finds stickers inside. Bubby lives with both physical and mental impairments, the long-term effects of a virus he contracted in utero, which makes it congenital Cytomegalovirus or CMV.

Cartoonists joined the fun Cartoonists joined the fun

The family’s request for mail went viral and Bubby received thousands of birthday cards, a development that led to even…

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EVERYONE needs to care about THIS!

A Miracle for US

speakFrom MedicalKidnap.com:  Illinois Gags Grandmother from Exposing Chicago’s Lurie Children’s   medicalkidnap.com/…/illinois-gags-grandmother-from-exposing-chicagos- lurie-childrens-hospital-in-medical-kidnapping/ Team Isaiah

(Please also see what Illinois has done to the Rider family! Isaiah Rider speaks out on DCFS )

tannaFrom baby Malik’s grandmother, Lakisha Tanna (Malik is hereafter known as “Baby M” for Mrs. Tanna’s protection). They are trying to silence her. This is how Child Protective Services has gotten away with so much injustice for so long, in so many places – LACK OF TRANSPARENCY! There are good people who care, even in the system, just like there are good obstetrician and good cops. But the secrecy that shrouds the Family Court System endangers families everywhere. Where there is such secrecy, corruption is free to breed. Where parents are silenced, evil is allowed to continue. If their deeds are exposed to the light, then they have to actually follow the Constitution and the law. This is the…

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Clayton Co Pound Conducts Mass Killing

YesBiscuit!

A dog reportedly killed by the Clayton Co pound on June 1, as posted on Facebook. A dog reportedly killed by the Clayton Co pound on June 1, as posted on Facebook.

Two of the dogs killed by the Clayton Co pound, as posted on Facebook. Two of the dogs reportedly killed by the Clayton Co pound on June 1, as posted on Facebook.

Captain Andre Jackson is in charge of the Clayton Co pound in GA where approximately 60 dogs were killed on Monday after some dogs sneezed:

CBS46 asked Clayton County animal control officials what kind of contagious illness prompted the latest action.

Jackson said, “We can’t determine at this time, but we had an increase in animals that came into the shelter, and they began to exhibit some signs of runny nose, coughing, and sneezing.”

Interestingly, when the reporter tried to press for answers, he was told he’d have to file a FOIA request, which he did.  So basically they don’t know what the sneezing was about or if they do, they aren’t going…

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