In finding U.S. disaster loan fraudsters, YouTube, Instagram are just the start – watchdog – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For small business owners or others searching for advice on applying for a U.S. government disaster loan, there’s plenty to be found on social media. But that’s just the beginning of potentially fraudulent activity the Small Business Administration’s top watchdog is keen to root out.


Source: In finding U.S. disaster loan fraudsters, YouTube, Instagram are just the start – watchdog – Reuters

Quakers and Airbnb Boycott Israeli Occupation of Palestine

There are many areas and events that are not acceptable, the Israeli attitude to Palestinians, but also the Palestinians attitude to Israelis.

Both are wrong in some respects and right in others.

Whether it was right to create Israel is up for discussion, but to reverse this act is not right, but neither is it right for Israel to continue to fight Palestinians and for Palestinians to fight Israelis. Both have to come to accept what has been created and learn to live together for the common good for all.

The fanatics on both sides have to stop their aggressive actions, for it is the innocents on both sides that are suffering in the current climate and innocents should never be made to suffer on the whims of others.

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I found this video from RT which was posted yesterday, Wednesday 21st November 2018 on YouTube. It reports that the Quakers have banned investing in companies which profit through Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Quakers stated that

Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government.

With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

This is, apparently, the first time a British church had made such a move, and the Quakers have been criticized by Jewish groups, which claim that it is a reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. the Board of…

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Jimmy Dore Show: US Begins Bombing in Somalia Again, Because Oil Found

Oil is the reason for many conflicts, so is the case for the American involvement in the Middle East but not mentioned only are the atrocities.

But atrocities happen in other countries, but there is no American involvement as there is no oil.

Oil the root of all evil.

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This is yet another video about the expansion of the American war machine and war propaganda by the Jimmy Dore Show. In this video, he discusses the report that AFRICOM, the part of American High Command responsible for Africa, has decided to put troops back into Somalia after 24 years. The troops are apparently there at the request of the Somalian government, and will be there for training purposes. The article does reveal that American troops have also been deployed several times within that space of 24 years in minor missions, such as scouting for bombing sites.

The US troops are being deployed to help the Somali government against the Islamist group, al-Shabaab. The article states that al-Shabaab, although sharing a similar Islamist ideology with ISIS and al-Qaeda, aren’t actually part of those organisations. Most of the time, they’ve been confined to Somalia. They arose after a long period of…

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Jimmy Dore on the MIT Professor Showing Trump Wrong about Sarin Gas Attack in Syria

Just who is telling the truth, is it propaganda on both sides.

In any conflict it is not just the innocent that suffer, but also the truth.

The innocents should be the prime consideration on all sides of any conflict, not the last, as is shown and proven many times.

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As well as appearing on Counterpunch’s website, Theodore A. Postol also appeared on RT, and his analysis of the Sarin gas attack in Syria was also covered by Jimmy Dore. Postol is the emeritus professor of Science, Technology and National Security at MIT. He concluded that, contrary to what the American government and Syrian rebels were saying, the poison gas that killed the people of Khan Shaykhun was not dropped as a bomb from a plane, but was released from an improved ground-based weapon, about 12 cm long. Trump and the American media have claimed that the attack was the responsibility of Assad, and launched an attack by Tomohawk missiles on the air force base, from which the attack was supposedly launched, in reprisal.

In this video, Dore savagely critiques the statements of Trump, Sean Spicer and other members of the White House. He makes the point that the American…

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Counterpunch on NATO’s Preparations for War with Russia

Well, if Trump gets in war is inevitable, but possibly also if it is Clinton, so we are all doomed.

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Okay, I’ve already blogged about one Counterpunch article today, by Garikai Chengu tracing the history of British imperial domination in Iraq. This is another article from the same magazine that needs to be read. It’s about the NATO conference yesterday and today, and the continuing build up of NATO forces along the borders with Russia. NATO troops, including British squaddies, are being sent to reinforce Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, against possible Russian aggression.

The 1980s Cold War

This was on the BBC news yesterday, which reported that there were fears about a possible Russian threat following Russian attempts to fly military aircraft over Estonian airspace. This is all extremely frightening, as it is all too much like the Cold War those of us, who are now middle aged, grew up under in the 1980s. It was a time when Thatcher and Reagan were ranting about the Soviet Union being…

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Fighting Trump: Short Film about Trump vs. Local People in Scotland

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This is a short film I found on Youtube, which shows even more what a grotesque, egotistical clown Trump is. It’s about his attempts to throw about eight local people out of their houses in Menie, in Scotland, so he could build his wretched ‘world class’ golf course. Of course, being Trump, it ain’t a case of accepting that these people aren’t willing to sell. He has to lie, set his legal teams on them, insult them and then try everything he can within the law to make life as uncomfortable for them as possible.

One of the residents talks about how he received a phone call from someone claiming that they were interested in moving up to Menie, and would like to buy his house as a holiday home. The man wasn’t interested, and turned him down. Later he found out it was Trump, or rather, someone on his…

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Nicky Morgan mocked in song as she’s laughed at by teachers at NASUWT conference | Vox Political

This is brilliant. Not only are people picking up on the fact that, if Thicky Nicky’s eyes are mirrors of her soul, then it must be vacant – but the people who’ve realised it are …

Source: Nicky Morgan mocked in song as she’s laughed at by teachers at NASUWT conference | Vox Political


Original post from The Art of Autism



There will be triumphs and challenges along the way. You will gain and lose friends. You will question yourself constantly about who you are. It will take awhile to get acclimated with your autism, and it will not be easy. Change is good, and that’s what life is.

By Leanne Libas

Author’s Message: Hello fellow readers! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving by spending time with family and friends. I’m very thankful to be alive and be surrounded by people who care and support me. Also, I’m very thankful that you’re reading this. I really appreciate it!

Introduction: YouTube created the #Dear Me campaign in March of 2015. The purpose of this campaign was to have YouTubers give advice to their younger counterpart. Inspired by this initiative.I decided to write a letter to my 11-year old self on how to deal with the discovery of my diagnosis.

Dear Leanne,

It is your future self writing a letter to you. I miss writing letters because social media has taken over our lives. In order to remind myself not to be too engrossed by social media, I make sure that I continue reading books, and take a moment to look around my surroundings. I bet you’re wondering what the future is like. Well, it’s not like Back to the Future, yet there has been some modifications. As much as I would love to tell you about every situation that you will encounter, I don’t want to ruin the space time continuum, which made a black hole appear. To be honest, I’m not too sure if that’s true. But at the moment, I believe it. Instead, I’m going to give you advice.

By now, you have probably discovered something shocking. Surprise! You have autism! Everything is starting to make sense on why you are “different” than most people. I know that discovering your autism through your IEP (Individual Education Plan) wasn’t the best way to find out. You have every right to be angry at Mom and Dad! Yes, they didn’t tell you, but you can’t stay mad at them forever. They have many reasons why they didn’t disclose this important, excruciating detail about who you are. If you’re upset, then talk to them. At first, it will be difficult, but it’s best to let it all out. Second, autism is amazing! F*ck the bullsh*t you have heard and read about curing and preventing autism. I know, I know. Cursing is bad, but I’m making a point. If you want to know what autism is, here it is. Although autism does affect how you think and socialize, it doesn’t mean that you can spread it to other people. You will have it forever, yet it’s not all that bad. In fact, it is a great asset and it’s a personal learning experience.

Now that I got that out of the way, there are so many things that I want to advise you on. Since there are so many things I want to discuss about,  I will narrow it down to the most important topics I have learned throughout the years:

  • Is perfection realistic?
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Be you
  • Admit your faults
  • Surround yourself with positivity
  • Push your boundaries, but know your limits
  1. Is perfection realistic? Right now, you feel that you don’t want to be considered autistic. You want to rid yourself of that label by creating the fake version of yourself in order to appease people. You want to get all the A’s, the friends, the notoriety, the body. Society makes us perceive these unrealistic images of perfection. Over the years, your views on perfection will change. I will tell you this, perfection is what you make it. Do the best you can, not what others are achieving. You have your own activities; they have theirs. Don’t pursue into society’s idea of perfection.
  2. Honesty is the best policy. With our type of personality, it’s difficult to give any type of criticism because we don’t want to hurt a person’s feelings, and we can be uncomfortable with social interactions. Actually, being honest can help others. For example, if someone is not giving you space, just tell them. Don’t suck it up! Sucking up is quintessential to holding a sneeze. Did you know that if you keep holding your sneezes, there’s a possibility that you will injure your blood vessels?! Look it up if you don’t believe me! Overall, just tell people how you feel rather than bottling it up.
  3. Be you. Leanne, you are wonderful human being. You put others first before yourself and that shows your character. You step out of your comfort zone because you want to push your boundaries. You are a beautiful person; don’t let anyone tell you less! Don’t try to change yourself for someone especially if you want to impress a boy. In fact, don’t deal with boys. Just be glad that Mom’s not letting you date! You are not stupid, you are smart. You work hard because you want to improve. You are friendly and empathetic to others. Don’t let autism define you because it doesn’t take all of those traits away. Instead, it brightens them.
  4. Admit your faults. This is hard, yet it will take time to get used to. Sometimes, when you get into arguments, you’re technically correct and the opposer is wrong. But there are times when you’re wrong, and you don’t admit that. Realize what fault you committed and own up to it. Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay to goof up from time to time.
  5. Surround yourself with positivity. We all get stressed out every now and then. It’s normal to be stressed, but don’t wear yourself out. Holding in all the stress you have can harm you. Take a break and relax. Relax by talking to others, breathing, reading a book, or sleeping. If you’re hungry, eat!  It will save you, trust me!
  6. Push your boundaries, but know your limit. When you start to mature, you will discover new activities that you weren’t expecting to try. You will become more adventurous, but tread this path carefully. We’re only human, and we can only take so much.

Overall, it’s your choice whether to follow my advice or not. You are your own person, and I know that you will gain a better judgement as you get older. This revelation will change your life. There will be triumphs and challenges along the way. You will gain and lose friends. You will question yourself constantly about who you are. It will take awhile to get acclimated with your autism, and it will not be easy. Change is good, and that’s what life is. This moment in your life is scary, but you’re not alone. There are others that are going through a similar situation, but they have different circumstances. Throughout this journey, you will learn more and experience what life has to offer. Autism is not the end of the world, instead it’s the beginning of one crazy yet exciting ride.

I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck!


Future Leanne


Leanne Libas is a Freshman in College. She writes regularly for The Art of Autism. The Art of Autism encourages others on the spectrum to share their #DearMe letters and videos to themselves.

More of Leanne’s perspective can be read in the following articles:

Breaking Out: My Story – the Art of Autism’s most popular blog
Am I Autistic without a Formal Diagnosis?
How Ableism hurts Autistic People