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Video: Kicked Out: Israeli authorities evict Palestinian couple from home they lived in for 53yrs

An elderly Palestinian couple who have lived in the same house in East Jerusalem for more than 50 years are about to be evicted by Israeli authorities. Via Youtube

Source: Video: Kicked Out: Israeli authorities evict Palestinian couple from home they lived in for 53yrs
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Net Neutrality Advocates Ban Far-Right Website The Daily Stormer

Net Neutrality advocates Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare have banned the far-right website The Daily Stormer from using their services.

Google and GoDaddy dropped the site from their DNS services earlier this week and Cloudflare has dropped them fr...

Source: Net Neutrality Advocates Ban Far-Right Website The Daily Stormer
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37 inmates killed in government raid on Venezuelan prison

A city-council member said gunshots were heard all night.

Source: 37 inmates killed in government raid on Venezuelan prison
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Michigan Environmental Agency Won’t Let Family Protect Their Home From 80ft Sand Dune

Everyone wants to live in a clean environment that is free of pollution and excessive degradation. It’s normal to want to live beside pristine forests and seas, and not have to worry about being poisoned by contaminants in the air, soil, and water. As humans we don’t always succeed in making our world clean, but it’s worth striving for.
Where problems arise in this effort, is when environmentalism forgets its priorities. Hardcore environmentalists have a habit valuing the natural world more than the humans who inhabit it. In some cases they promote ideas that are downright anti-human, like population control. They honestly don’t seem to think that it’s possible to support humanity and the environment at the same time. One must always thrive at the expense of the other.
And that attitude produces outrageous results when its adopted by the government. When the government decides that your life and property aren’t as important as the environment that surrounds it, look out. There’s a good chance that you’re going to lose everything.
That’s what a family in near Lake Michigan learned recently, when they tried to remove sand from an 80ft dune that threatens to destroy their house.

The Department of Environmental Quality has ordered the Dressler family to stop the use of trucks to move sand away from the dune as it creeps closer to their cottage in Silver Lake, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The state says that the sand in question is designated as a critical dune, thus requiring special permits to remove.
‘They’re killing us,’ said David Dressler, 58, the property owner who has been denied permission to remove the sand.
‘I’m so pissed off right now, I’m beyond words.’

And this isn’t the first time that a home has been threatened by the sand dunes in that area. The Dressler family owned a second home that was enveloped by a sand dune earlier this year. So it’s no surprise that the Dresslers believe that the state of Michigan is violating their property rights by refusing to let them protect their home.


‘It’s absolutely pathetic that they can take my rights away from me,’ Dressler said.
‘That has got to be against the law.’
Dressler and her husband said they were able to push back smaller and less active sand dunes near their cottages for about 20 years. But the last two years have been different.
Experts believe that the prevailing wind direction has changed in the past two years, driving the sand dunes towards the direction of the homes.
Wind direction, the amount of sand available and the absence of vegetation all contribute to the movement of the sand dunes, said Alan Arbogast, a professor and chairman of Michigan State University’s Geography Department.

The future of the Dressler’s property looks bleak. The state claims that they can ask for a special permit to remove the sand, but it’s likely that they won’t be allowed to remove much of it. The sands are protected and have been given a “critical status” by the government.
And that’s why the Michigan state government is willing to let this valuable home be destroyed. Because apparently, a giant pile of sand is critical to the environment, and is more important than the humans who live near it.

Source: Michigan Environmental Agency Won’t Let Family Protect Their Home From 80ft Sand Dune
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Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuke fears

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares -- of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack -- seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history.

Source: Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuke fears
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Today's News / Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism
« Last post by YoNews on Today at 10:00:15 PM »
Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are responding to racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying 'America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.'

Source: Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism
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YoNews Portal / Our Fight Against Fascism
« Last post by YoNews on Today at 10:00:13 PM »
Our Fight Against Fascism

When editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg asserts that “the struggle in Charlottesville is a struggle within our own civilization, within Trump’s own civilization,” and that in the wake of such events “an American president should speak up directly on behalf of the American creed, on behalf of Americans who reject tribalism and seek pluralism, on behalf of the idea that blood-and-soil nationalism is antithetical to the American idea itself,” who, exactly, can place his logic?
It reads nicely, and it seems a conscionable thought to have after a woman dies fighting Nazis on American soil. But, really, what history books has Mr. Goldberg been reading?
“Our civilization’s” ongoing genocide against indigenous groups and the violently enforced systematic oppression of Black Americans notwithstanding, the US government – of which Trump is now Commander-in-Chief – has a storied and bloody history of assassinating foreign heads of state precisely because, democratically, a body of citizens or voters “seeking pluralism” elsewhere in the world had commenced down an antifascist political path that did not suit Washington’s interests.
Ariel Dorfman, for instance, reminisces of the 1970s presidential inauguration of Salvador Allende in Chile:
[A]lmost three years later, a few days after the Hawker Hunter planes under the control of General Pinochet attacked the palace on September 11, 1973. Their bombs left a black yawning gap where the balcony stood. Where the president once waved his handkerchief, there is nothing. Allende is dead. And we can sense that outside the frame, below where the balcony jutted out, there is only emptiness…
Oh, were it so easy to condemn Trump for failing to say the “right thing” at the “right time,” and to have that be the end of it. Is this what the Liberal pluribus desires from America’s much-detested Caesar? It may be enough to keep Rachel Maddow employed, but, unfortunately, the reason for the president’s neutrality on fascism is much more serious than this—and let there be no doubt that he, especially, is unaware of the profound impetus for his now proven Nazi-sympathizing.
As we are thoroughly living under oligarchy, we should turn to Deleuze to elucidate a root cause of the Oval Office’s reigning fascist bent:
The administrations in charge never cease announcing supposedly necessary reforms: to reform schools, to reform industries, hospitals, the armed forces, prisons. But everyone knows that these institutions are finished, whatever the length of their expiration periods. It’s only a matter of administering their last rites and of keeping people employed until the installation of the new forces knocking at the door. These are the societies of control…
Clearly, the rightward-leaning have shown a distinct susceptibility to every brand of hate-driven politics—and we should recall that the colonial residence of bigoted pilgrims did not predate the arrival of slave ships on American shores, but that it followed one year later (1620 and 1619, respectively). Nevertheless, Liberals have their work cut out for them if they expect to right the ship of American democracy simply by writing lukewarm editorials about “the American idea” and babyishly debating whether it is “OK” to punch Nazis in the face. In fact, our democracy is a ship that has always been listing! It has hardly been a democracy! And those who cry wolf because they think our political vessel founders only now really must have little-or-no experience with political organizing beyond the soothing environs of their yoga studio. Luckily for them, there is a very toothsome radical history they can get on board with.
Nearly a century ago, Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti offered very valuable advice during an interview he gave with the Toronto Star:
No government in the world fights Fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself. The Liberal Government of Spain could have rendered the Fascist elements powerless long ago. Instead it compromised and dallied. Even now at this moment, there are men in this Government who want to go easy on the rebels… We want revolution here in Spain, right now, not maybe after the next European war. We are giving Hitler and Mussolini far more worry with our revolution than the whole Red Army of Russia. We are setting an example to the German and Italian working class on how to deal with Fascism.
Our fight against fascism requires that we also set an example for the world, which the US military currently terrorizes. Huffing and puffing about what Trump says or fails to say is superficial. Of course, it is much easier than mounting a revolution to fight fascism to the death. And just how many bourgeois liberals, exactly, are willing to pony-up?

Source: Our Fight Against Fascism
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Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

President Trump is facing widespread criticism for his latest comments on the deadly white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Speaking at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump said the violence was in part caused by what he called the “alt-left.” President Trump’s comment were widely decried. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter, “No, […]

Source: Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets
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'There are no good Nazis': Republican Jewish Coalition demands 'moral clarity' from Trump

The political group said, "there are no good Nazis," referring to Trump's comment that there were "fine people on both sides" at the Charlottesville rally.

Source: 'There are no good Nazis': Republican Jewish Coalition demands 'moral clarity' from Trump
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GOP voters are siding with Trump in his latest feud with McConnell, and that could spell trouble for Republicans

Republican voters are taking sides with President Donald Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the pair's latest dustup.

Source: GOP voters are siding with Trump in his latest feud with McConnell, and that could spell trouble for Republicans
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