Unprecedented victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after four-year legal battle
Owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) must halt operations while the government conducts a full-fledged analysis examining the risk DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a federal judge ruled today. The court decision delivered a hard-fought victory to the Tribe, which has been engaged in a high-profile struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline since 2016.
(CNSNews.com) – Carol Swain, a former Vanderbilt Professor and an advisory board member with Black Voices for Trump, told Fox News Wednesday night that the ultimate goal of the recent protests, vandalism, and occupation is the destruction of the United States.
“It’s not about police brutality or racism,” Swain said:
I would say that it’s part of a global movement to destroy the United States as we know it. And its roots are in Marxism, and anyone that studies Marxism knows where it goes. It goes to communism. And that’s where we are headed.
So the activists that you see out there today, they have an agenda. They are well-organized. The uprisings are not spontaneous. The grievances of black people and others that are oppressed are being used to advance an agenda, and if they succeed in destroying America, I guarantee you…
When we think of the Fourth of July, we often think of backyard barbecues with friends, baseball, and maybe a beer or two.
This year, with COVID-19, maybe we can at least have the beer. But Independence Day was originally more than just a party, and the Fourth ought to be something more to us. It commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our first national statement of beliefs. We need to consider this year, perhaps more than most, if we still believe in its principles:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Founding Fathers meant something specific by these words, and they really…
Ill-educated Black Lives Matter protesters are on a rampage tearing down monuments of American heroes that they believe owned slaves or were complicit with slavery. Their rage is the consequence of allowing anti-American socialists and communists to dominate public education for decades. Students have been filled with lies and distortions about American history.
It is good that properly educated adults have taken to the airwaves in an attempt to reeducate the dumbed-down mobs regarding the truth about America and her heroes.
I am a proud and grateful American who happens to be black. And frankly, I do not care who did or did not own slaves. What difference does it make that our founding fathers and other heroes were not perfect their entire lives? Descent people learn, become more enlightened and evolve throughout their…
Today it can be found in the brains of (unfortunately too many) people who have a pronounced ignorance of climate – what it is and what it meant in the past.
But unfortunately there are also incomprehensible statements by “climate experts” who should actually know better. The GEOMAR staff member Prof. Dr. Katja Matthes and his designated chief, in a mirror interview (in issue 21/2020) on the climate issue under the obviously inevitable title “Corona crisis as an opportunity” states that the climate is “dramatic”. And that only a reduction in CO2 emissions and even its “artificial” removal from the atmosphere is necessary to limit a further temperature increase of 1.5 or 2 ° C. This means that, in accordance with the IPCC dogma, it sees only CO2…
Both black and white citizens are being shot at, attacked and intimidated on their way home, in the area where Rayshard Brooks was shot in Atlanta. Police say they are attacked, as well.
Even if Atlanta PD decide to go back to work, it doesn’t mean that they will work. They can report to duty but fail to show up, when you need them. They can do slow-downs. They can sit and watch ball-games and tell people to call them back if everything’s still not ok. If it’s still not ok, it’s too late. Everyone wants to talk about over-policing, but no one talks about the dangers of under-policing. These are two extremes – over-policing looks like a dictatorship and under-policing the wild, wild west.
Rayshard Brooks was a violent criminal and appears to have been a gang member. These look like gang members that Rayshard Brooks called “family” on his facebook page: http://archive.vn/E3woOThey are dressed primarily in red, which suggests that they are some iteration of “Bloods” gangs. Most of the gangs in Atlanta are under the “Bloods”, according to law enforcement: https://youtu.be/AtZmaALS_RI
The hand sign in these photos may be the Almighty Vice Lords http://archive.vn/VsHxl, which are allied with Bloods gangs and with them under the People Nation umbrella. The red color suggest Bloods (blue is Crips). Here Rayshard…
This glorifying of Rayshard Brooks, a violent criminal, and apparent gang member, is going to do a lot of harm. Having a service for him in Martin Luther King’s home church and allowing him to desecrate Dr. King’s memory and legacy is beyond appalling.
As a result of this glorification of a life of crime, we are going to have more gang members of all races and ethnicities, and more crime. And, no honest person will enter law enforcement.
We have missed a precious opportunity to discuss the conditions, which create someone like Rayshard Brooks.
We should be glorifying the mothers and fathers working two or three honest jobs to provide for their children. Instead, we are glorifying a violent criminal, who was cruel to children and violent within his family.
We should be glorifying those – of all races – who, like Officer Rolfe, worked at Burger King and…
This is a news release from May, but still of interest. The court let a twice deported illegal immigrant who is violent, and who has Covid-19, run free with an unsecured bond, after he was arrested by police while “actively assaulting a female”, who was screaming for help.
“Culpeper Police Department
#NewsRelease Two Police Officers Test Positive for COVID-19
On Saturday, May 2nd, two Culpeper Police Department police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, or Coronavirus. The two police officers became symptomatic on Saturday and were tested later that day. They are currently being quarantined at home.
During the early morning hours on Tuesday, April 28th, these two officers along with another officer responded to a domestic violence assault in progress call of service. A male was actively assaulting a female in a residence in the Town of Culpeper. Once the officers arrived, they heard a female…
An enormous pyramid-topped platform, unnoticed until detected with the help of lasers, is the oldest and largest structure in the Maya region.
By Tim Vernimmen PUBLISHED June 3, 2020
A 3D image of the monumental platform at Aguada Fénix (in dark brown). The structure, built some 3,000 years ago, was detected by an airborne laser tool known as LiDAR.Photograph by Takeshi Inomata
An enormous 3,000-year-old earthen platform topped with a series of structures, including a 13-foot-high pyramid, has been identified as the oldest and largest monumental construction discovered in the Maya region, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature. It’s the latest discovery to support the emerging view that some of the earliest structures built in the Maya region were significantly larger than those built more than a millennium later during the Classic Maya period (250-900 A.D.), when the empire was at its peak.
The discovery took place in Mexico’s Tabasco State at the site of Aguada Fénix, about 850 miles east of Mexico City. It is in a region known as the Maya lowlands, from which the Maya civilization began to emerge.
In 2017, researchers conducted a LiDAR survey that detected the platform and at least nine causeways leading up to it. The groundbreaking laser technology typically is used from aircraft to “see” structures beneath dense tree canopy below, but in this case it revealed a stunning discovery sitting unnoticed in plain sight in Tabasco’s semi-forested ranch lands for centuries, if not millennia.
An aerial view of Aguada Fénix without LiDAR shows how the monument “hides” in semi-forested ranch land.Photograph by Takeshi Inomata
So why was such a big monument at Aguada Fénix not identified earlier?
“It’s fairly hard to explain, but when you walk on the site, you don’t quite realize the enormity of the structure,” says archaeologist Takeshi Inomata of the University of Arizona, the lead author of the paper. “It’s over 30 feet high, but the horizontal dimensions are so large that you don’t realize the height.”
“Rituals we can only imagine”
The initial construction of the platform is believed to have began around 1,000 B.C. based on radiocarbon dating of charcoal inside the complex.
But the absence of any known earlier buildings at Aguada Fénix suggests that at least up until that period, the people living in the region—likely the precursors of the Classic Maya—moved between temporary camps to hunt and gather food. That has researchers speculating over how and why they suddenly decided to build such a massive, permanent structure.
Inomata estimates that the total volume of the platform and the buildings on top is at least 130 million cubic feet, meaning it is bigger even than the largest Egyptian pyramid. He also calculated that it would have taken 5,000 people more than six years of full-time work to build.
“We think this was a ceremonial center,” Inomata says. “[It’s] a place of gathering, possibly involving processions and other rituals we can only imagine.”
No residential buildings have been found on or around the structure, so it is unclear how many people may have lived nearby. But the large size of the platform leads Inomata to think that the builders of Aguada Fénix gradually were leaving their hunter-gatherer lifestyle behind, likely aided by the cultivation of corn—evidence of which also has been found at the site.
“The sheer size is astonishing,” says Jon Lohse, an archaeologist with Terracon Consultants Inc.who studies the early history of the area and was not involved in the report. He does not think, however, that the structure itself is evidence of a settled lifestyle. “Monumental constructions by pre-sedentary people are not uncommon globally.”
What it does unmistakably show, Lohse adds, is an advanced ability for people to collaborate, probably in the strongly egalitarian fashion that he believes was typical of early societies in the Maya region. Inomata agrees, and thinks the platform was built by a community without a strong social hierarchy.
As potential evidence, Inomata points to the even older ceremonial site of San Lorenzo, 240 miles to the west in a region that was settled at the time by the Olmec people. Built at least 400 years earlier than Aguada Fénix, San Lorenzo features an artificial terraced hill that may have had a similar function. But it also has colossal human statues that may indicate that some people held higher status in society than others.
It may seem likely that the people who built Aguada Fénix were inspired by San Lorenzo, but archaeologist Ann Cyphers of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who has worked at San Lorenzo, considers the sites “quite distinct,” adding that the pottery found there is also very different from that found at Aguada Fénix.
A checkerboard of colored soil
So what might have been the purpose for undertaking such a massive communal building project? Study coauthor Verónica Vázquez López of the University of Calgary believes that it might have been a statement of intent: a formal collaboration designed to bring different groups of people together over the course of several generations.
Some features at Aguada Fénix could suggest this collaboration, such as a cache of precious jade axes that may have symbolized the end of the collaborative construction project. Archaeologists also have noted that some of the layers of soil used to build the platform were laid down in a checkerboard pattern of different soil colors, which may have symbolized the contribution of different groups.
“Even today, people who live in different quarters of some Mexican towns each clean their part of the central church plaza,” Vázquez López observes.
By 750 B.C., the monumental structure at Aguada Fénix was abandoned, and by the Classic Maya period more than 1,000 years later, people in the region were building higher pyramids that became accessible only to the elite atop much smaller platforms with less space for broader communities to gather.
“In the early period, people got very excited,” Inomata says. “Later on, they became a bit less enthusiastic.”
The first wave of locusts hit East Africa in the end of January of this year. Although the damage was huge, the news didn’t become widespread as the coronavirus began to spread outside of China. Now….these locusts are back once again for a second wave where they have hit East Africa once again and have traveled up to Pakistan and on their way to India. Read more to learn about these locusts attacks and the effects that they have had before and might in the future.
What Has The Locusts Attacked Until Yesterday?
Reports have stated that the current locusts attacks are one of the most dangerous attacks that the world has seen in the last 30 years. As I stated, they initially started in East Africa and have destroyed Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, southern Iran where they are now invading Pakistan and India. They have left…
Trump Jr. retweeted the fake Antifa account, which was run by a white supremacist group, IdentityEvropa. How did he find the tweets? The fake Antifa used the logo, in German, from the original Stalinist Antifa, which refused to work with Social Democrats. Rather, they called them social fascists. This failure to unite against Hitler enabled his rise to power. They are a dangerous example of what happens when politics becomes purely theoretical, as opposed to practical.
“White supremacist group poses as Antifa on Twitter”
The CNN report points out that (often) nothing is as it seems. It is important to remember that we don’t know who Antifa really is. Is it really just volunteers? Or are some paid? If so, by whom? Maybe fake Antifa is actually the real Antifa?
The murder of George Floyd was clearly first or second degree murder, and probably first degree murder. According to an independent autopsy, “Floyd died of ‘asphyxiation from sustained pressure’ when his neck and back were compressed by Minneapolis police officers during his arrest last week. The pressure cut off blood flow to his brain, that autopsy determined.” https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/01/us/george-floyd-independent-autopsy/index.html Based on the independent autopsy, it’s not just Derek Chauvin who is guilty of murder – the other policemen on his back literally squeezed the air out of his lungs, and kept him from getting more in, while Chauvin had his knee in Floyd’s neck.
Some common chemicals in our everyday personal care products, home care products, furniture, flooring and food are not only toxic to humans, but they are also toxic to dogs. Pesticides, flame retardants, and phthalates, for instance, are not only linked to human diseases, but also present biological and clinical threats to dogs. Now scientists have discovered that monitoring environmental exposures to toxic chemicals in dogs could be an early warning system for human health. In a recent study researchers used silicone dog tags as passive environmental samplers to collect information about everyday chemical exposures, and found that dogs could be an important sentinel species for the long term effects of environmental chemicals. This is particularly true because while both dogs and humans experience daily exposure to toxic chemicals, adverse effects that may take decades to show up in humans can occur in just one to two years in a…
Mid Michigan is suffering through some historic flooding after the Edenville and Sanford dams failed after heavy rains. Lake Sanford has been drained into downtown Midland causing the evacuation of thousands. someone caught some video of one of the dams breaking.
Here?s another video which nicely summarizes the situation.
I live in Bay City which is on the Saginaw river through which all this water will eventually flow into Lake Huron. A part of the city called Essexville near the mouth of the river may see a rise of six feet above flood level when it is expected to crest on Friday.
Bay City has a River Walk trail with a side walk along the downtown river front. Today I took a bicycle ride to take a look at it. The water level was high (I?ve seen it higher). I saw some kids riding their bikes through…
Two-thirds of New York COVID-19 patients were sheltering in place!
Guest ?set our people free!? by David Middleton
Shelter in place has been an EPIC FAIL?
?Shocking?: 66% of new coronavirus patients in N.Y. stayed home: Cuomo
By DENIS SLATTERY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | MAY 06, 2020
ALBANY ? The majority of recently hospitalized coronavirus patients in New York are people who have followed the precaution of staying home, Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday.
The governor said it was ?shocking? that 66% of new coronavirus hospitalizations are people who are either retired or unemployed and not commuting to work on a regular basis.
?This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,? Cuomo said during a briefing on Long Island. ?We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we?ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.?
“Are doctors and nurses ‘Jobs Americans Won’t Do’? A bipartisan group of Senators would have you believe so
Mon, MAY 4th 2020 @ 7:45 am EDT by Chris Chmielenski
Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have introduced legislation that would give 40,000 green cards to foreign doctors and nurses.
A release posted on Sen. Perdue’s website claims that the legislation would not increase the number of green cards issued each year. Instead, it claims the proposal would recapture “unused” green cards from previous years.
Since all green cards set aside by Congress each year are used, it’s unclear where the 40,000 green cards would be “recaptured” from.
Here’s the justification for increasing the visas:
“The growing shortage of doctors and nurses over the past decade has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Senator Perdue.
"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard