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Monica has a right to her opinion and here she eloquently expresses it, she is a true believer.

She is quite correct that the swamp needs to be removed, but is Donald Trump the person to do this, for I believe he his also part of the Swamp.

He may be removing parts of the swamp, but only to replace it with other parts of the swamp.

Within the this YOUTube video she expresses that Donald Trump is imperfect and that he is making mistakes, as we all do.

The problem with Trump is that when he makes mistakes he does not accept that he is making mistakes and therefore is not aware that he should be learning from them.

Making mistakes is something we all do, but the message to learn is that by making mistakes you learn from them and this then mitigates  making these or similar mistakes again and you become a stronger, better person in doing so.

To always assume you are always correct is a fatal flaw as no one is 100% correct, 100% of the time, but Donald Trump truly believes that he is.

You either like or do not like Trump and I am one of the latter. Some of his principles are not in agreement with mine, especially his racist views and his inability to understand the concept of mistakes, in reference to himself, are a major contributory factor.

Whether he is or will be good for America is still to be seen, however, the bigger picture needs to be considered and this is in respect of The World.

I feel in World affairs that individualism is now not a major factor, although this is still a consideration, but now in most aspects there is globalism as whatever is done in one area as consequences for other areas. the two need to be working in conjunction with each other.

In fact with his America First he is acting within the aspects of individualism, the continual interference of America in international areas is not individualism but globalism. Even Trump promised in his campaign to not have American action in areas outwith America and that he would pull American forces out of non-American areas of conflict. This is one of his promises that he has not kept to. Trump could argue that some American forces need to be provided to ensure the safety of America, but the appliance of these forces is, in many areas, counter productive as it only provokes more aggression from the people native to these areas, which, in turn, creates more problems for the seen to be invaders.

Great care and attention needs to be applied before any country inflicts their forces on any other independent country.

Unfortunately it is a human trait that we feel we need to intervene, without considering all the consequences, in many areas of the world and in doing so cause many conflicts that may not have occurred, should they have not intervened.

Why can we not all agree to live in peace, which would be then beneficial to us all.

 

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Scientists today make the extraordinary revelation that the first modern Briton, who lived 300 generations ago, was black. The surprise finding of DNA tests on the UK’s oldest complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, show that it belonged to a man with dark curly hair, blue eyes and ‘dark to black’ skin pigmentation. The analysis of a tiny sample of ground-up skull bone revealed that the 10,000 year old man it belonged to had completely different features to the pale skin and light hair that the researchers had expected. And it demonstrates that whiter skin is a much more recent development in Europe than previously thought – evolving to help people produce more vitamin D from sunlight.

Identity implications

Source: Scientists discover that the first modern Briton had dark skin : i


Attorney general and racist Keebler elf Jefferson Sessions gave people with disabilities something worse than a lump of coal for Christmas—he rescinded 10 documents offering guidance on disability rights. One, from 2016, protected people with disabilities from exploitation on the job and ensured that they had the chance to move into integrated job settings if able to do so. There’s real money in taking away these rights, David Perry reports at Pacific Standard:

Segregated workshops are legally allowed to pay disabled workers pennies per hour. They are incredibly lucrative, and often their owners use their wealth to buy political access. But in 2015, a class action suit in Oregon (Lane v. Brown) and a consent decree in Rhode Island resulted in the new DOJ guidelines: Basically, everyone deserve

 

Source: Jeff Sessions rolls back disability rights at work … and guess what? Rich people benefit. : Daily Kos


  • Business Insider spoke with London School of Economics fellow Brian Klaas, author of “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy.”
  • He compares President Donald Trump’s tactics to President Erdogan of Turkey as well as others. 
  • Klaas refers to Donald Trump as a “despot’s apprentice” because he mimics leaders of authoritarian states. 

Read the full transcript below.

Brian Klaas: Trump is not a despot but I call him a despot’s apprentice because he’s borrowing and mimicking tactics that you normally find in authoritarian states.

In each of the chapters I highlight one of the despots that he is behaving like, some are historical, some are contemporary.

So with attacking the press you have someone like Erdogan in Turkey who has abused the press, has tried to shut down outlets and when they don’t bow to him he tries to go after their wallets, which Trump has done repeatedly in threatening to revoke licenses or attacking them or calling them out publicly to be boycotted.

Then you also have with divide-and-rule, I use the example of Idi Amin in Uganda who deflected all the blame for his failures onto immigrant communities and then now you have the same thing happening in the US where it’s already somebody else’s fault but not Tr

 

Source: Brian Klaas: Trump’s behaviour is scarily similar to these 3 modern dictators : Business Insider UK


This is pretty amazing.  As explained by Shaun King at the Intercept, a terror attack on a U.S. airport was narrowly foiled just this past Friday:

On past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. “Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,” according to the criminal complaint.

Following the Transportation Security Administration’s protocols, airport security allowed a bomb dog to sniff the bag for explosives and the dog signaled to the team the presence of dangerous materials in the bag. The concourse was then shut down. The street leading to the airport was shut down. And Asheville Regional Airport officials found themselves in a dangerous emergency situation.

What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives that, according to the criminal complaint, have been used “in a number of terrorist-related incidents around the world. When AN/FO comes into contact with a flame or other ignition source it explodes violently. Nails or ball bearings are often items added to the device so as to increase the devastation inflicted by the explosion.”

 

Source: There was an attempted terror attack last Friday on a U.S. airport, and no one is talking about it. : Daily Kos


Recy Taylor, an African-American woman from Abbeville, Alabama, whose abduction and rape by six white men in 1944 made national headlines, died Thursday morning, her brother Robert Corbitt told NBC News.

She would have turned 98 on Sunday.

Corbitt said she passed peacefully in a nursing home in Abbeville.

“[She was] a brave woman and a fighter who tried her best to get it known all over the world,” he said during a phone interview from Alabama.

Taylor recently made headlines again as the film “The Rape of Recy Taylor” made its North America debut at the New York Film Festivalthis fall.

The film chronicles Taylor, who was 24 at the time, walking home from a church service on a September summer evening in 1944, when she was kidnapped, gang raped, and left blindfolded on the side of a road by six white men. According to reports, the men were armed and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the attack. The young, married mother did tell authorities, however, in the height of the Jim Crow Era.

 Recy Taylor circa 1940s Augusta Films

Nancy Buirski, director of the film, said Taylor passed away peacefully knowing that her story has been told.

 

Source: Recy Taylor, Alabama woman raped by six white men, dies : NBC News


A new report in The New York Times about a June meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump and top officials and advisers describes shockingly racist outbursts by the president that reveal deep–seated bigotry toward immigrants, particularly those who aren’t white.

Reporting that Trump is a racist isn’t really news to anyone at this point, and the Times’ story focused mostly on charting the evolution of the administration’s policies on immigration since taking office last January. Those efforts began with the bungled and chaotic rollout of Trump’s illegal Muslim ban, which prompted nationwide protests and a sweeping judicial response.

But the words attributed to the president are just awful.

Here’s what the Times said happened:

According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.

More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, acco

 

Source: Trump Said Haitian Immigrants ‘All Have AIDS,’ Report Says  : Splinter


Respect and cooperation is what makes a nation great and a world better.
This is a great post.

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

“WE NEED TO REJECT ANY POLITICS THAT TARGETS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF RACE OR RELIGION. THIS ISN’T A MATTER OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. IT’S A MATTER OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT MAKES US STRONG. THE WORLD RESPECTS US NOT JUST FOR OUR ARSENAL; IT RESPECTS US FOR OUR DIVERSITY AND OUR OPENNESS AND THE WAY WE RESPECT EVERY FAITH.”

~ BARACK OBAMA

In my last post in this series, “Let Us Change the World!”I reflected upon the role of education in bringing about positive change in the world through a quote by Nelson Mandela. His words were spoken in the context of a speech he made to students in Boston in 1990 to encourage them to remain in school and help transform the world into a better place.

Source: What the World Needs Now… Respect


There are a few forces in the World today who appear to wish to bring on World War 3, Kim Jong-un, Trump, Israel and the Fundamental Right and all should be countered for WW3 will, if it comes, will be apocalyptic for the majority of the Worlds population and to what end.

The World, today, may not be good place, but it is all our lives at stake and none should be lost due to the actions of the Warmongers, never today, tomorrow or anytime within the future.

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And this is exactly what Christian Zionist millennialists like Tim Lahaie want.

Yesterday, Trump announced that he was going to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is what the Israelis have been demanding for years, but previous administrations have not given into them, because they were very much aware that this would set off a powder keg of rage and hostility across the Middle East. Jerusalem was taken from the Palestinians, and still contains a sizable Arab population. The Israeli nationalist right would love it to be the capital of their nation, but it is also claimed by the Palestinians.

There have been mass protests and riots against Trump’s decision all over the Middle East. RT yesterday put up this footage of Israeli squaddies or the police trying to put down protesters or rioters in Bethlehem yesterday.

And politicians from across the political spectrum have condemned…

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LONDON — Disparaging reactions to Prince Harry’s relationship with actress Meghan Markle have highlighted the racism and class snobbery that persist in British society.

The American will become the first person who identifies as biracial to join the upper echelons of the U.K.’s royal family when she marries Harry in May.

But some black women said coverage of the Los Angeles native’s roots by some media outlets is indicative of the underlying racism that they experience daily.

Meghan Markle has described herself as a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.” George Pimentel / Getty Images Portrait file

“I feel like racism in the U.K. is pretty insidious,” said Paula Akpan, a co-founder of Black Girl Festival which celebrates black British women. She added racism tended to be “not as openly acknowledged” as in the U.S.

Following the royal engagement, the Daily Mail publicized one of its stories with a tweet reading “from slaves to royalty, Meghan Markle’s upwardly mobile family.” Last year, the newspaper suggested that Markle was “(almost) straight outta Compton.”

Journalist Rachel Johnson, the sister of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, last year wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that Markle could help bring “rich and exotic DNA” to the royal family. She also described Markle’s mother as “a dreadlocked African-American lady from the wrong side of the tracks.”

The Spectator magazine this week questioned the “Suits” star’s suitability for Prince Harry because she is divorced and attended a Catholic school.

“Obviously, 70 years ago, Meghan Markle would have been the kind of woman the prince would have had for a mistress, not a wife,” a comment piece read.

Harry last year took the highly unusual step of asking the media to stop the “wave of abuse and harassment” against Markle.

The prince cited a “smear” on the front page of a national newspaper, “racial undertones” of newspaper opinion pieces, and “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls.”

Akpan said she felt much of the objection to Markle was to do with her mixed background.

“We all know what you’re trying to say, spit it out, say it,” she said, citing “the quiet and unique brand of racism that takes place” in the U.K.

British comedian Gina Yahere, who is based in the U.S., said there is always an undercurrent of racism in society on both sides of the Atlantic.

Gina Yashere Michael Schwartz / WireImage file

“It’s more outward in America, not so much in England. In England they like to use sort of dog-whistling terms like exotic,” she told Britain’s Channel 4 News.

“She’s not exotic,” Yahere added, referring to Markle. “She’s not from a tribe in the Amazon. She’s American.”

Markle, whose mom is African American and dad is white, has described herself as a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.”

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of color, said she felt some U.K. press coverage betrayed how the British elite feel about people who look different to them.

“Britain is not in the grand scheme of things a multicultural country, especially compared to the States,” she said. “We’re very much a minority here and there is a lot of prejudice against black people.”

The number of black Britons living in the U.K. is relatively small. Three percent of the population in England and Wales identified as Black British, Black African or Caribbean, according to official data from the 2011 census. Only 2 percent of respondents identified as being of mixed ethnicity.

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Meghan Markle providing inspiration for British kids 2:06

“I think a lot of people think we’re in a post-racial society but it certainly doesn’t feel that way for the black and brown people living here,” Brinkhurst-Cuff said. “Racism is still alive and cooking here.”

Akpan agreed. “Britain is still racist, it’s still very racist,” she said.

However, British commentator Afua Hirsch suggested that when Harry marries Markle it would “change Britain’s relationship with race” forever.

“Don’t underestimate the symbolism of a royal marriage,” she wrote in The Guardian this week. “From now on, it will be impossible to argue that being black is somehow incompatible with being British.”

But while Akpan said she recognized the enormity of having a woman of color as a member of the royal family, she didn’t think it would have much bearing on black people living in the U.K.

“When we start unravelling everyday racism then we can talk about race relations moving forward,” she said. “People are ignoring that there is still so much work to be done.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the author of “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race,” said the royal wedding shouldn’t be seen as a huge step forward.

“Markle is not Britain’s Obama moment,” she posted on Twitter. “Being chosen by a prince is not democracy.”

Akpan said she felt Markle’s “proximity to whiteness” made her more “palatable” to the royal family.
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‘Meghan-mania’: Crowd cheers for Markle, Prince Harry at first joint event 0:58

“As a dark-skinned woman … I’m still very much aware that if it was a woman who looked like me, would she have even been considered?” she asked.

Akpan and Brinkhurst-Cuff both don’t hold out much hope that Markle could significantly impact Britain’s race issues.

“You’re always setting up yourself for a bit of fall when you put expectations on one person of color, or woman of color, and expect them to be the redemption you’ve be waiting for,” Akpan said.

Source : Meghan Markle engagement to Prince Harry exposes ‘quiet’ racism : NBC News

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