Anti-speech Legislation Prepped for More Pipeline Protests

Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential “Terrorists”


Jerri-Lynn here: This post reminds us of the role states play in policing and repressing protest over pipeline and fracking activities. With the Trump administration formally committed to promoting these activities, and judicial appointments expected to push courts further rightward, protestors looking to challenge such activities face formidable obstacles.

By Steve Horn, is an Indianapolis, IN-based Research Fellow for DeSmogBlog and a freelance investigative journalist and past reporter and researcher at the Center for Media and Democracy. His writing has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, Vice News, The Intercept, Vocativ, Wisconsin Watch, Truth-Out, AlterNet, NUVO, Isthmus and elsewhere. Originally published at DeSmogBlog

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a report titled, “Potential Domestic Terrorist Threats to Multi-State Diamond Pipeline Construction Project,” dated April 7 and first published by The Washington Examiner.

The DHS field analysis report points to lessons from policing the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they can be applied to the ongoing controversy over the Diamond pipeline, which, when complete, will stretch from Cushing, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee. While lacking “credible information” of such a potential threat, DHS concluded that “the most likely potential domestic terrorist threat to the Diamond Pipeline … is from environmental rights extremists motivated by resentment over perceived environmental destruction.”

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Preventive Homeopathy is Successful Health Policy in India

Homeoprophylaxis: A safe and effective way to treat and prevent infectious disease



Medical doctors are frustrated! Their hands are tied, and they can no longer practice medicine in the way they originally intended. With the advent of electronic records and innumerable insurance company requirements, doctors’ eyes are glued to the computer screen instead of free to look their patients in the eyes. Pharmaceutical companies have overtaken public media by advertising drugs for every symptom imaginable, drugs that are often accompanied by dire side effects. What happened to “First, do no harm,” and what’s happened to modern medicine?

Actually, one nontoxic and inexpensive form of medicine is alive and well. Homeoprophylaxis, also known as HP, is a safe and effective form of immune education to protect from infectious disease. In countries such as India, where HP is sanctioned by the government, doctors are able to administer HP openly and achieve outstanding results. Homeoprophylaxis costs less than pennies per person due to the fact that very little source material can produce enough HP for thousands, if not millions, of people.

How Homeoprophylaxis Works

Homeopathic practitioners use HP in the context of both short-term prevention during epidemic disease outbreaks as well as long-term prevention of contagious infectious diseases. Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the founder of homeopathy and the very first to use homeoprophylaxis, viewed epidemics as cases of disease that “attack many people and present with very similar suffering from the same causes.”1 In epidemic situations, homeopaths often apply a principle called genus epidemicus (GE) when the epidemic has a similar and characteristic nature in multiple patients. The GE—a homeopathic medicine individually selected for a particular outbreak of an epidemic2—addresses the common symptoms of the disease.

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DNC Establishment Dems Committed to Regime Change and War with Russia to Aid Denial of Class War and Failed Policies

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

By Norman Solomon4/21/2017

After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base — personified by Bernie Sanders — was in position to start flipping over the corporate game board.

Aligned with Clinton, the elites of the Democratic Party needed to change the subject. Clear assessments of the national ticket’s failures were hazardous to the status quo within the party. So were the groundswells of opposition to unfair economic privilege. So were the grassroots pressures for the party to become a genuine force for challenging big banks, Wall Street and overall corporate power.

In short, the Democratic Party’s anti-Bernie establishment needed to reframe the discourse in a hurry. And — in tandem with mass media — it did.

The reframing could be summed up in two words: Blame Russia.

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Smartphone Rehab

Children as young as 13 attending ‘smartphone rehab’ as concerns grow over screen time

Katie Forster4/14/2017

Children refusing to put down their phones is a common flashpoint in many homes, with a third of British children aged 12 to 15 admitting they do not have a good balance between screen time and other activities.

But in the US, the problem has become so severe for some families that children as young as 13 are being treated for digital technology addiction.

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N. Korea — As Usual, Targeted Regime Makes Reasonable Offer Rejected by U.S.

Why North Korea Needs Nukes – And How To End That

April 14, 2017

(Updated below)

Media say,
the U.S. may
or may not
kill a number of North Koreans
for this or that
or no reason
but call North Korea
‘the volatile and unpredictable regime’


Now consider what the U.S. media don’t tell you about Korea:

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) — China proposed “double suspension” to defuse the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

“As a first step, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises,” Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress.

Wang said the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is mainly between the DPRK and the United States, but China, as a next-door neighbor with a lips-and-teeth relationship with the Peninsula, is indispensable to the resolution of the issue.

FM Wang, ‘the lips’, undoubtedly transmitted an authorized message from North Korea: “The offer is (still) on the table and China supports it.”

North Korea has made the very same offer in January 2015. The Obama administration rejected it. North Korea repeated the offer in April 2016 and the Obama administration rejected it again. This March the Chinese government conveyed and supported the long-standing North Korean offer. The U.S. government, now under the Trump administration, immediately rejected it again. The offer, made and rejected three years in a row, is sensible. Its rejection only led to a bigger nuclear arsenal and to more missiles with longer reach that will eventually be able to reach the United States.

North Korea is understandably nervous each and every time the U.S. and South Korea launch their very large yearly maneuvers and openly train for invading North Korea and for killing its government and people. The maneuvers have large negative impacts on North Korea’s economy.

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Ivanka’s Deadly, Improper Influence and Other Insanities Pervading Political Esta

Six Things I Think: Masters of War Edition



I spent thirty-three years & four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street & for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” – retired Major-General Smedley Butler


Six Things I think About American War Propaganda

1 ) I think after yesterday’s shameful performance, it’s time for White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign immediately. To say that Sean Spicer had a “very bad day” at the office on Tuesday would be an understatement of the highest order; between unfavorably comparing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to Hitler, denying that Hitler used chemical weapons (and in the process maybe not-so-accidentally whitewashing the Holocaust on the first day of Passover) and then doubling down with a clarification that somehow actually made things even fucking worse, the soon-to-be former White House press secretary probably can’t skate away from this one no matter how hard he tries to walk back his blunder on CNN today. Did I mention that he also accidentally blurted out Trump’s intentions to “destabilize” the Middle East not once, but twice yesterday? While his outrageous comments about which method of gassing your own people to death qualifies as worse are naturally the focus here, don’t sleep on the fact that Spicer was justifying continued US military operations in Syria by comparing Assad to Hitler; warmongering rhetoric that seems completely in line with Trump’s declaration this morning that Assad is “an animal.”

2 ) I think mainstream western media is largely sleeping on one of the most horrifying stories of the US missile strike against Syria; namely Eric Trump’s revelation that the President may have been influenced into launching 59 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase by his daughter Ivanka’s emotional response to coverage of the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Simply put, Ivanka Trump is and this is not the first time her bizarrely outsized influence on her father (who happens to be President of the United States) has come to the forefront. No matter how much Donald Trump wants to pretend he’s emperor of the United States and that the country can be run like an insular family business, there is simply no fucking way a thirty-five year old woman of privilege who previously ran a fashion company should be influencing whether or not we launch missiles at a nation allied to the other major nuclear power on the planet, Russia. Nobody, anywhere in the country elected Ivanka Trump and her unpaid advisor’s role in the Trump administration remains highly-unethical if not outright illegal; the next time Trump’s daughter “has a sad” she should just take another fucking ski trip instead of weighing in on choices that could legitimately start World War Three.

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Peaceful Protesters from Inaug. Action Face 10 Yrs., Felony Charges

How the Government Is Turning Protesters Into Felons


Lost between the tumult of Inauguration Day and the spectacle of the Women’s March was the arrest of 214 protesters—now facing felony charges and 10 years in prison.

“It’s crazy, a few windows got smashed,” 23-year-old Olivia Alsip said, two months after her arrest on felony riot charges. “Why are 214 people looking at ten years in prison?”

Alsip only knew one other person at the protest march that day. The political science graduate student from the University of Chicago had met her partner in November, when the two had joined the camps at Standing Rock opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. When they heard about calls to protest Donald J. Trump’s inauguration in D.C. on January 20th under the banner “Disrupt J20,” they felt they had to be there. “I identify as an anarchist, and I’ve been an activist for women’s and queer rights since the 8th grade,” Alsip told me over the phone from Chicago.

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