Sep 17

USDA rules will allow chicken factories to conduct their own inspections

(NaturalNews) Apparently overburdened with having to police the filthy factory farm industry in accordance with the law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to simply hand over the inspection reigns to processing plants themselves, according to new reports. Updated…

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Sep 17

Study links processed table salt to autoimmune disease

(NaturalNews) Processed foods and the loads of nutrient-stripped salt that they typically contain could be a leading cause of autoimmune disease, according to new research. Scientists from Yale University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany found that excess consumption…

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Sep 17

Ebola conspiracy theories abound: GMO bioweapon? DoD experiment gone wrong? Five incredible theories explored

(NaturalNews) History has proven that conspiracy theory often turns out to be conspiracy fact. A “conspiracy” is merely when two or more people secretly plot to carry out some nefarious act, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice has proven that U.S. drug companies, for example, routinely…

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Sep 17

US Military and Boeing develop ‘Hel MD’, a high powered laser to shoot down drones

The U.S. military is now one step closer to having a laser gun that can shoot down enemy drones in the blink of an eye.

Boeing recently announced that its mobile laser weapon, dubbed the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), successfully shot down more than 150 drones, rockets and other mock enemy targets in a third round of tests. The trials prove that the laser weapon is reliable and capable of consistently “acquiring, tracking and engaging a variety of targets in different environments,” according to Boeing.

The most recent demonstration of the 10-kilowatt, high-energy laser took place at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The laser was installed on a military vehicle, making it the first mobile, high-energy laser built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army, according to Boeing.

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Sep 17

New Documentary, ‘Take Me To The River,’ Looks At Memphis Soul [VIDEO]

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Al Bell Co-Owner of Stax Records, Frayser Boy and Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell joined Roland Martin Wednesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the new documentary “Take Me To The River.” The film celebrates music coming out of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta during the ’60s and ’70s. Listen to their entire conversation below.

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Sep 17

House Passes Bill To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Evidence of ISIS Ties

Paul Lawrance
Activist Post

In a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill which approved of President Barrack Obama’s $500 million plan to arm and train Syrian rebel forces.

The bill is expected to pass the Senate when it arrives there on Thursday to solidify the President’s goal of dismantling the ISIS “threat.”…

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Sep 17

Shining secret that makes silver precious for your health

As shown in more than a thousand medical studies, silver has powerful antiseptic and wound-healing properties. So just what are the health secrets of this precious metal?

‘Research has shown that silver is a powerful antimicrobial agent that is non-irritating and non-toxic,’ says Valerie Edwards Jones, professor of microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. ‘Recent studies have shown that silver can kill up to 650 species of pathogenic microbes.

‘The metal consists of thousands of tiny silver ions,’ she says. ‘These prevent bacteria, viruses and fungi from spreading by entering the cell and deactivating proteins. The microbes cannot reproduce and die, so the spread of infection is prevented.’

There has been a resurgence of medical interest in silver, according to Prof Edwards Jones, because it effectively kills antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA.

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Sep 17

Catalan Demonstration for Independence

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Sep 17

NWLN Investigative Report: Cover-up in Flathead County, Montana

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When one moves to a quiet region like the Flathead Valley, Montana, you would expect that the crimes that bigger community suffers would pass you by or be present in a much smaller way. This fact is normally true as it pertains to violent crimes, but crimes from government players seems to be deeply rooted in this quiet, western valley.

If you find yourself at the wrong end of a criminal case, one would expect to have the fairest, fastest and most transparent legal system in the world in which to resolve their matter, despite the charges against you. In America, one should be able to feel a certain assurance that he will be treated and judged fairly and honestly. After all, we have the best legal system in the world, right?

But, what if things are not that fair after all in the criminal justice system? What if your local prosecutor is just another “good ole’ boy” called by a legal name? What do you do when those who play the game get promoted and those who oppose the game get demoted? How does one lone defendant stand against the full weight of the State while being threatened by a police officer or prosecutor? Well, in one case in Flathead County, Montana, the victims have decided to protect themselves from government coercion by recording what these officers and prosecutors are threatening against them, despite the potential criminal actions that they could be charged with.

In the audio-video transcript below, you will hear evidence of a police officer who coerced a defendant and his wife to fire his attorney, Tim Baldwin, so the government could get rid of him. Why? Because Tim Baldwin challenged the prosecutor’s case against the defendant and forced the prosecutor to comply with the law. But the recording more than suggests that the officer was not the sole boot being pressed upon the defendant and his wife.

The officer repeatedly states that what he is telling the defendant’s wife is not coming from him alone but from the County Attorney’s Office. In fact, the officer plainly states that if the defendant does not fire his attorney, the entire County Attorney’s office would “go against” him and his family. For 27 minutes, the officer makes it clear that if the defendant does not fire Tim Baldwin and hire another attorney who “gets along” with the County Attorney’s Office, it will be bad news for him.

This is not a case of some “lone wolf” leaving the pack. Rather, it is a case of a pack of wolves devouring justice. The “alpha” wolf in this case appears to be Kenneth “Rusty” Park of the Flathead County Attorney’s Office. The officer, McKeag Johns, makes many references to “Rusty” and the control he has over the officer and the defendant. The officer alludes to the fact that he is doing the bidding of Rusty Park, such as, “I am passing too much along”, “I have semi-gotten in trouble,” and “it is over my head and out of my control,” more than suggesting that Rusty Park of the Flathead County Attorney’s Office is using the officer to manipulate and control the defendant and his wife to ensure that they fire Tim Baldwin, who, according to the officer, causes too many problems for Rusty Park and the County Attorney’s Office.

Listen closely to the audio-video below and notice how many times the officer belittles Tim Baldwin and attempts to get the defendant’s wife to fire him as her husband’s attorney. And notice how often the officer attacks Tim Baldwin’s reputation and work as a defense attorney in effort to remove him from the picture, because as the officer says, all of the other attorneys “get along” with “them” (meaning, the officers and the prosecutor) but Tim Baldwin “pushes” too hard for his client.

What is clear throughout this recording is that the government agents do not want attorney Tim Baldwin in the picture. They will do or say anything to make their jobs of criminal prosecution easier, which in this case means removing an attorney who does his job and vigorously defends the rights of his clients.

If you are a defendant who has a “get along” attorney, beware!

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Sep 17

Tonight on The Independents: Obama Waffling, Benghazi Paneling, V.A. Stonewalling, Scottish Secession, Millennial Couch-Surfing, Biden Shylocking, Private Space-Taxis, and Anthony Fisher on ISIS Propaganda!

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Tonight’s
episode of The
Independents
(Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT,
with re-airs three hours later) begins with President Barack
Obama’s latest
mixed-up messaging
regarding the War on ISIS. Party Panelists
Guy Benson
(Townhall Political Editor) and Rick Ungar (Forbes
columnist
) will deconstruct that, along with the
surprisingly sober
Day One of the Benghazi Select Committee
hearings. Later in the show, the pair will discuss why Millennials
are missing out on
important life milestones
, and whether Vice President Joe Biden
should feel remorse for using the insult “shylock.”

With all the noisy hearings today on Capitol Hill, it’s easy to
lose sight of the
latest
on the injurious Veterans Administration scandal, but
Concerned Veterans for America Issue’s Dan Caldwell will keep our
eye on the prize of real reform. The co-hosts will take on
Scottish independence
and
space taxis
, and beloved Reason TV writer/producer (as well as
former Independents stalwart) Anthony L.
Fisher
will make his maiden voyage on the program, talking
about the production values of ISIS’s
latest propaganda video
.

Follow The Independents on Facebook at facebook.com/IndependentsFBN,
follow on Twitter @ independentsFBN, and
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Sep 17

To ‘Get It Right,’ Vikings Put Peterson On Leave

Adrian Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

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This time, he could be gone for the season.

“We made a mistake,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, “and we needed to get this right.”

Vikings executives emerged Wednesday from a late-night deliberation to voice regret of their initial decision to let Peterson play this week after sitting him for a game once he was charged with injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch. Now Peterson is back on paid leave through a special roster exemption granted by the NFL, the same protocol cited by the Carolina Panthers as they sat defensive end Greg Hardy a few hours later while he deals with his own domestic violence case.

“We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe this is the right decision,” said Wilf, the team’s co-owner with younger brother Mark Wilf.

During a 17-minute news conference at Vikings headquarters, the word “right” was used a total of 34 times by the Wilfs, vice president Kevin Warren and general manager Rick Spielman. They expressed concern about child welfare, recognized their role as public figures and reminded the audience of the community service work done regularly by players.

The most emphatic responses, though, came to questions from reporters about external pressure.

Did the NFL strong-arm the decision? Did the loss of sponsorships drive it?

“Absolutely not,” Mark Wilf, the team president, said on both subjects.

He added: “We appreciate our fans, men and women alike, our sponsors and the community. We hear their input.”

Backlash was swift to the announcement Monday that Peterson would rejoin the Vikings after being held out Sunday. The Radisson hotel chain suspended its team sponsorship. Prominent NFL advertisers, including Anheuser-Busch, raised concern about recent off-the-field problems. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called for Peterson’s suspension.

Picked for six Pro Bowls in his first seven seasons, Peterson’s popularity took a huge hit. He was dropped this week from several of his endorsement deals. Shoe giant Nike suspended its sponsorship deal, saying it “in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL.”

“It is important to always listen to our fans and the community and our sponsors,” Zygi Wilf said, at least vaguely contradicting his brother’s denial that revenue had an impact on the decision to reverse course.

US Bank spokesman Dana Ripley said the company, a strong candidate for naming rights on the Vikings new stadium set to open in 2016, agreed with the decision to put Peterson on hiatus.

“We have been in close communication with the Vikings organization for the past couple of days firmly expressing our perspective,” Ripley said.

Peterson’s case remains under review per the league’s personal conduct policy, spokesman Greg Aiello said, so a suspension could still be possible once resolution in court is reached. That’s not expected until 2015. Peterson has an Oct. 8 court appearance scheduled in Montgomery County, outside of Houston.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the case “will be up to a judge and jury to decide, which is the way it should be,” indicating a plea deal was not in the works.

The 29-year-old Peterson said he was administering the same type of discipline he experienced growing up and didn’t meant to hurt his son. Peterson also said he’s met with a psychologist and acknowledged alternatives “that may be more appropriate” than corporal punishment.

His mother, Bonita Jackson, told the Houston Chronicle that she and his father used switches and belts to occasionally spank all of their children.

“Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes,” said Jackson, who has not returned messages from The Associated Press. “But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world. When you whip those you love, it’s not about abuse, but love.”

The exempt list, which allows the Vikings to fill Peterson’s spot on the 53-man roster while retaining his rights, is available “only in unusual circumstances,” according to NFL policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell has the sole authority to grant the exemption – or lift it.

The NFL Players Association characterized Peterson’s status as “voluntary leave,” in issuing a statement of support. His agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press the decision was “the best possible outcome given the circumstances.”

But the team wanted to make clear it made the call.

“The Minnesota Vikings are the ones that initiated this process,” Warren said.

Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said an NFL official asked Monday for any investigative documents in the Peterson case. Grant said he offered the grand jury indictment that was made public Saturday but did not share any other items such as photos, interviews or police reports. Warren, the team’s chief administrative officer, said he personally reviewed evidence in the case and that the Vikings are “in a perpetual state of gathering as much information” as possible.

Spielman didn’t directly answer questions about whether releasing Peterson was considered or if he would play for the Vikings again. Peterson’s salary for 2014 is $11.75 million. His contract doesn’t expire until after the 2017 season, but the Vikings could cut him for a minimal salary-cap hit or at least restructure the deal.

“We are going to let the legal process and his personal matters take care of themselves, and he will remain on this exempt list until that is accomplished,” said Spielman, who spent time with Peterson on Tuesday.

“Adrian is an unselfish person and saw all of the light that was coming on this, and he felt … that by him stepping back it would give our football team and opportunity to focus on football,” Spielman said.

Peterson’s teammates and coaches tried to focus on preparations for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, though one player called the decision unfair.

“I think he should be able to play. He hasn’t been convicted of anything,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said.

The Vikings will have to put those feelings aside for now.

“I love Adrian Peterson. I feel for him that he’s going through this because I think that he’s one of my guys,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “I believe in this situation where everything is, this is the right way to go.”

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Sep 17

Obama insists ground troops will not join ISIS fight, US military less sure

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry continue to insist that American ground troops will not be involved in the fight against Islamic State militants – a pledge that has been called into question by US Army generals.
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Sep 17

Russian billionaire accused of money laundering is placed under house arrest

The main stockholder in the Russian conglomerate AFK Sistema and the country’s 15th richest man according to Forbes, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, has been placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering.

The billionaire is accused of acquiring shares in oil producer Bashneft, in the Russian province of Bashkiria, by “criminal means.”

“Investigators have reasonable grounds to believe that Sistema Board Chairman Vladimir Yevtushenkov is involved in the legalization of property acquired by criminal means. Today he was accused of money laundering,” the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.

The alleged crime carries a possible penalty of seven years in prison and a fine of one million rubles (US$26,000).

Yevtushenkov must stay under house arrest until November 16. His lawyers have three days to appeal against the Moscow Court decision.

The accusations against Yevtushenkov follow months of investigation.

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Sep 17

People Power: Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people’s student loan debt

Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it.

In total, the group spent a little more than $100,000 to purchase the $3.8 million in debt.

While the group is unable to purchase the majority of the country’s $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt because it is backed by the federal government,private student debt is fair game.

This debt Occupy bought belonged to 2,700 people who had taken out private student loans to attend Everest College, which is run byCorinthian Colleges. Occupy zeroed in on Everest because Corinthian Colleges is one of the country’s largest for-profit education companies and has been in serious legal hot water lately.

Following a number of federal investigations, the college told investors this summer that it plans to sell or close its 107 campuses due to financial problems — potentially leaving its 74,000 students in a lurch.

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Sep 17

People Power: Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people’s student loan debt

Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it.

In total, the group spent a little more than $100,000 to purchase the $3.8 million in debt.

While the group is unable to purchase the majority of the country’s $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt because it is backed by the federal government,private student debt is fair game.

This debt Occupy bought belonged to 2,700 people who had taken out private student loans to attend Everest College, which is run byCorinthian Colleges. Occupy zeroed in on Everest because Corinthian Colleges is one of the country’s largest for-profit education companies and has been in serious legal hot water lately.

Following a number of federal investigations, the college told investors this summer that it plans to sell or close its 107 campuses due to financial problems — potentially leaving its 74,000 students in a lurch.

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Sep 17

Deputy Tases Handcuffed Man Repeatedly: “You Wanna Do This The Hard Way?”

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By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another example of brazen police brutality, a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy has been videotaped repeatedly tasing a handcuffed man. The video also shows the deputy verbally rubbing it in to his victim that he was being tased for not obeying the commands that were barked at him.

The scene is disturbing not only because of the fact that the Deputy uses such physical and dangerous force on an unarmed and clearly subdued man but also because of the officer’s crazed demeanor after the tasing took place.

The video, which lasts a little over seven minutes long, shows the entire tasing incident, beginning with the officer, who has not surprisingly remained unidentified, barking orders at Charles James Lang Jr., the victim.

Lang is clearly handcuffed and is leaning against the hood of the Deputy’s car. The Deputy can be seen and heard barking orders for Lang to “put his face on the hood of [the] car.” The Deputy can be heard to say “If you don’t put your face on the hood of my car, you are getting tased. Last warning.”

Lang does not comply with the demands and the Deputy shoots Lang with the taser. Lang immediately falls to the ground.

While Lang is lying face down on the ground, still in handcuffs and visibly stunned from the tasering, the Deputy screams, “Now, You wanna do this the hard way???”

The Deputy then leans down in front of Lang’s face and screams “You can stay right there!!!”

As Lang lifts his head up, the Deputy screams “Stay right there!! Don’t you move!!” Lang then begins to roll over onto his back slowly when the Deputy once again yells, “Don’t you move!!.”

The Deputy then tases Lang again.

Lang can be heard saying “I’m not moving man.” The Deputy responds, “Good! Don’t move!!” Lang repeats that he is not moving and the Deputy once again shouts “DO. NOT. MOVE!!”

The Deputy then begins pointing at Lang and saying “You are making this hard for yourself. You are making this hard for yourself!!”

Lang continues to try and reason with the Deputy but the cop will hear none of it. “All I asked you for was your name. . . . It’s over now. You are going to jail.”

A second deputy arrives shortly thereafter and, after a brief discussion between the two, the video ends.

Lt. Curtis Wilson, the spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, stated that the Deputy “followed proper procedure” in the videotaped incident.

You can watch the video for yourself here:

While it is not entirely clear what caused the incident to take place to begin with, what is overwhelmingly clear is that Lang was entirely subdued. He was not a threat nor was he a flight risk. The Deputy simply used his taser as a cattle prod to force Lang into “compliance.” At least, the first jolt was for “compliance.” The second was sadism and torture.

After Lang was on the ground, even more subdued and even less of a flight risk than he was before, the Deputy tased him for simply rolling over on his back.

Yet what is even more disturbing than the actual act in the video is the Deputy’s crazed, power-hungry, and sadistic demeanor. One can clearly see that the Deputy is drunk with the power he believes his badge grants him, particularly over Lang, whose helplessness only makes the psychopathic Deputy hate the victim even more.

The Deputy’s behavior echoes something seen commonly in places like Auschwitz, Russian Gulags, and Chinese labor camps; in other words, the desire to exercise outright power over another with the combined desire to express that power in the form of pain and humiliation. In every police state, it is this specific type of individual that rises to the top of society as well as the type that staffs the bottom rung of enforcement.

It should also be noted that, while the details of what provoked Lang’s encounter with his attacker are still murky, the Deputy states that all he was asking for was Lang’s name, indicating that there is the distinct possibility that Lang had committed no actual crime except for accidentally being in the path of a feral cop. In addition, there is fact that Lang was arrested for “disorderly conduct,” the famous charge levied against uppity citizens who are under the false assumption that they have rights when no other charge will do.

Lang’s prior arrest history is by no means flattering but there is no justification for the way that he was treated by the Richland County Deputy.

Lang was also charged with resisting arrest; yet, if this is the only official charge, one must ask how a man can be charged for resisting arrest when there is no cause to arrest him to being with? At this time, we are still waiting on the official charges against Lang. We are under no illusions that the Deputy will be found guilty of anything but having “acted appropriately.”

In fact, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department wishes to justify this moment of psychopathy and torture as “proper procedure.” The RCSD also wishes to justify the use of a taser as a cattle prod as official department policy. This should not be lost on the citizens of Richland County or American citizens as a whole.

The fact that the RCSD considers torture and shocking citizens into following orders as official policy and procedure of domestic police should tell Americans and Richland County residents just how the police view them in reality.

Unfortunately, while Americans go weak in the knees with fear over “tyrants” across the world, they will continue to ignore the tyrants operating daily in their own back yard. They will continue to stay glued to the television set that tells them that Russia wants to invade them, Assad kills his own people, and that ISIS will kill them all if they do not support war overseas and an even greater police state at home.

But America is already occupied. One need only to drive the highways or walk through any city in the country to see that an internal army has been created to keep them in line and fully aware that they are indeed slaves to the world oligarchy.

No other nation need invade America if their wish is to enslave the American people.

We have done that well enough on our own.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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Sep 17

FIRE to Colleges: Happy Constitution Day! Now Respect Free Speech Already

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The Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education celebrated Constitution Day by mailing letters
to 300 different colleges warning them that they are violating the
First Amendment—and could face lawsuits if they don’t reform
soon.

According to
FIRE
:

Colleges that wish to bring their policies into compliance with
the First Amendment are urged to contact FIRE. FIRE offers
resources such as its guidebook for college administrators,Correcting
Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies
, a
bound version of which is included in every certified letter sent
today. All consultations and resources are provided to colleges
free of charge, in keeping with FIRE’s charitable mission. …

As the letter details, lawsuits will be filed against public
colleges maintaining unconstitutional speech codes in each federal
circuit. After each victory by ruling or settlement, FIRE will
target another school in the same circuit—sending a message that
unless public colleges obey the law, they will be sued.

The letters are part of FIRE’s recent campaign, announced
in July
, which seeks to persuade colleges to rescind
policies that violate the First Amendment. The campaign is more
aggressive than FIRE’s usual tactics: The organization intends to
actively file suit against institutions that shirk their
Constitutional duty to protect the free speech rights of students
and faculty. FIRE already sued Ohio University, Citrus College,
Chicago State University, and Iowa State University.

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff is the author of an excellent new
short book, Freedom from Speech,
which argues that the American people are increasingly installing
buffers against inadvertent exposure to ideas that offend them
(trigger warnings, for instance). College campuses are at fault for
nurturing this unhealthiest of modern mindsets, and FIRE’s efforts
to combat them—in both the legal and philosophical senses—should be
celebrated by all truly progressive people.

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Sep 17

Navy removes destroyer’s top three commanding officers mid-deployment

In an extremely rare move, the US Navy removed a ship’s top three commanding officers from their posts while it is at sea. The Navy is conducting an investigation into the command climate aboard the USS James E. Williams (DDG-95).

Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway was relieved as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer, along with Executive Officer (XO) Cmdr. Ed Handley and Command Master Chief Travis Biswell. The three posts make up the leadership aboard the Williams, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that has been underway since May 30.

Calloway was removed on Tuesday by Capt. Anthony L. Simmons, the deputy commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, who “will remain in command pending the completion of a DESRON 2 command-directed investigation into the command climate aboard James E. Williams,” the Navy said in a statement.

The military did not provide any details or explanation into the problems with the “command climate” that the three men created on board.

“Removing the three positions – commander, XO and CMC – almost all at once is exceedingly rare,” the US Naval Institute (USNI) reported.

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Sep 17

Americans seeing a glimmer of reality? Trust in MSM returns to low of 40%

After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

Prior to 2004, Americans placed more trust in mass media than they do now, with slim majorities saying they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust. But over the course of former President George W. Bush’s re-election season, the level of trust fell significantly, from 54% in 2003 to 44% in 2004. Although trust levels rebounded to 50% in 2005, they have failed to reach a full majority since.

Americans’ trust in the media in recent years has dropped slightly in election years, including 2008, 2010, 2012, and again this year — only to edge its way back up again in the following odd-numbered years. Although the differences between the drops and the recoveries are not large, they suggest that something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media’s reporting.

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Sep 17

Americans seeing a glimmer of reality? Trust in MSM returns to low of 40%

After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

Prior to 2004, Americans placed more trust in mass media than they do now, with slim majorities saying they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust. But over the course of former President George W. Bush’s re-election season, the level of trust fell significantly, from 54% in 2003 to 44% in 2004. Although trust levels rebounded to 50% in 2005, they have failed to reach a full majority since.

Americans’ trust in the media in recent years has dropped slightly in election years, including 2008, 2010, 2012, and again this year — only to edge its way back up again in the following odd-numbered years. Although the differences between the drops and the recoveries are not large, they suggest that something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media’s reporting.

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Permanent link to this article: http://rickmick.com/americans-seeing-a-glimmer-of-reality-trust-in-msm-returns-to-low-of-40/

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