Author Brad Thor enters republican race to blast Trump

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Just when I think this author can’t get any cooler, he does something like this. I got hooked on Brad Thor’s spy-novels when he did an interview on a local radio station for his thriller “Hidden Order.” People working with the Department of Homeland Security have taken notice of his works and asked him to create training scenarios for operatives. Now he feels that Donald Trump has to go down. He’s entered the republican race for an opportunity to take him on in a debate on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Brad Thor hasn’t quite bought into Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s claim that he’s a conservative, and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Thor challenged the real estate billionaire to a debate, and you’ll never guess who he proposes to moderate it.

No, not Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

He proposes none other than “El Rushbo,” the legendary conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and suggests holding the debate on air at Limbaugh’s Palm Beach, Florida studio.

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Tin Foil Hats

Tin Foil

High noon:
I’m coming up on a red at 7th, heading west on Market. The Tenderloin.

There’s an empty Yellow just ahead of me at the light and an historic F line street car just letting off on the platform to our left. As the passengers pour out onto the island dividing the two westbound lanes here, I note one dude  – a bit frantic – check out Yellow, and then come running back to me. Dunno why dude would be getting off a train and then immediately try to hail a cab, or why he didn’t go for the empty Yellow in front, but I wave him in…

Although a bit edgy, a skinny 30-ish Pryor is wearing a clean white T nicely tucked-in that complements his chocolate skin, stylish jeans, and a large diamond earring in his left ear – presumably fake, he seems like he may be rational.… Read the rest

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Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, and the New World Order

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The crowd roars. Young activists jump on stage and steal the mic from the speaker’s hands to partake in civil disobedience and public disruption. This is the event in Seattle a few weeks ago, where Black Lives Matter activists stormed the stage of a Bernie Sanders speaking event and stole the microphone to proclaim—black lives matter.

To truly understand that incident, it has to be asked, what is Black Lives Matter? For that matter, who is Bernie Sanders? Most importantly, what is the difference between the two of them? They both have the same politics. They both support Community Policing. They want the creation of a global carbon tax. They press for an overturning of Citizen’s United, total government funding of higher education, single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage and an international agenda. It appears that the main difference between the two is…their tactics.… Read the rest

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Scientists celebrate the weird world of animal genitalia with #junkoff

#Junkoff, animal porn by any other name? Courtesy of the Washington Post (has that rag ever changed since Bezos bought it!), animal junk:

Scientists: They’re just like you! They have good days, they have bad days, they glue themselves to angry crocodiles, and they recognize how utterly ridiculous and funny animal genitalia can be.

#junkoff is the latest hashtag to take off in the scientific corners of Twitter, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

(Note: The following may be considered not safe for workplace viewing, though the genitals featured are all decidedly non-human. If in doubt, save this post for when you clock out! Or quit now, because any office that isn’t down with laughing at duck genitalia is NO GOOD as far as we’re concerned.)…

[Enjoy the rest at the Washington Post]

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When the Bank Robs You: Wells Fargo Contractors Allegedly Stole Family Heirlooms Rescued From Nazis

The Adier family home after Wells Fargo contractors broke in, Morris Township, New Jersey. Photo: Courtesy of David Adier

The Adier family home after Wells Fargo contractors broke in, Morris Township, New Jersey. Photo: Courtesy of David Adier

David Dayen via The Intercept:

The few remaining defenders of the Obama administration’s failure to prosecute the executives who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis argue that the bankers’ actions were unethical but not criminal. President Obama himself has made this claim: “Some of the most damaging behavior on Wall Street … wasn’t illegal,” he told Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes in December 2011.

The president might want to take this up with David Adier, who says he was victimized by Wells Fargo breaking and entering into his family’s home in Morris Township, New Jersey, and then committing property damage and theft. Burglary is a felony subject to prison time — if anybody but a bank does it.

Adier’s case is doubly disturbing because of what was taken: items his father retrieved from his family’s apartment in France before fleeing the Nazis in 1940, including a Kiddush cup, a Seder plate and a sewing machine used by his grandmother.

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Bringing Down America’s Happiest Christian Cult

Originally the Chelsea Hotel, 920 W Wilson is now the headquarters for the intentional Christian community, Jesus People USA. Photo: Cameopro77 (CC)

Originally the Chelsea Hotel, 920 W Wilson, Chicago, is now the headquarters for the intentional Christian community, Jesus People USA. Photo: Cameopro77 (CC)

“For decades, the freewheeling hippies of Jesus People USA —’God’s forever family’ — forged one of the most influential movements in Christianity. They were also Jaime Prater’s family, until he made a documentary exposing the commune’s darkest secrets,” writes Jesse Hyde at Buzzfeed:

Usually, Jaime Prater felt excited on the first day of school. He’d get up early, put on the outfit he’d laid out the night before — he liked bow ties and sweater-vests — and hurry down the hall with the other kids in his building. But this morning in September 1989 felt different. This morning he was starting the eighth grade, and he felt something closer to dread.

For as long as he could remember, Prater had lived here among the Jesus People, about two blocks from the “L” train in Uptown Chicago.

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The Lost Spiritual Path in Wes Anderson’s Films

11783040314_4e4dae9a6c_zOn elephant journal, I explore what happened to the aspect of Wes Anderson’s older films in which a white male undergoes a transformation to a new paradigm of living:

About a decade ago, acclaimed director Wes Anderson started taking some flak for what critics perceived as repetition of childish content, or content he had imagined in his youth. I didn’t agree with the Hollywood echo chamber at the time, but I also never really got Anderson’s films until “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004). Despite being a twentysomething, I related far too much to Bill Murray’s rendition of a man in mid-life crisis.

As I reacquainted myself with Anderson’s back catalogue (and discovered his feature debut, “Bottle Rocket”, from 1996), I started to notice symbols, character types and traits that reappear in a seemingly intentional way: the overachieving kid, the has-been adult, the disgruntled wife, ex-wife, or widow and even the pregnant woman.

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Long exposure to tiny amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup may damage liver, kidneys

It’s hard to imagine an informed disinfonaut knowingly using the toxic weedkiller Roundup (glyphosphate), but just in case, check out this new study showing that exposure to tiny amounts over time may harm your liver and kidneys, reported by RT:

Long-term intake of the Monsanto’s most popular Roundup herbicide, even in very small amounts lower than permissible in US water, may lead to kidney and liver damage, a new study claims.

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The research, conducted by an international group of scientists from the UK, Italy and France, studied the effects of prolonged exposure to small amounts of the Roundup herbicide and one of its main components – glyphosate.

In their study, published in Environmental Health on August 25, the scientists particularly focused on the influence of Monsanto’s Roundup on gene expression in the kidneys and liver.

In the new two-year study, which extended the findings from one conducted in 2012, the team added tiny amounts of Roundup to water that was given to rats in doses much smaller than allowed in US drinking water.

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