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We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

Authored by Edward Curtin via OffGuardian.com, As Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country – in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 – people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such service does not include King’s commitment to protest a decadent system of racial and economic injustice or non-violently resist the U.S. warfare state that he called “the greatest purveyor of violence on earth.” Government sponsored service is cultural neo-liberalism at its finest, the promotion of individualism at the expense of a mass movement for radical institutional change. “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous,” warned Dr. King, “than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” How true those words. For the government that honors Dr. King with a national holiday killed him. This is the suppressed truth behind the highly promoted day of service. It is what you are not supposed to know. It is what Thomas Merton, as quoted by James W. Douglass, called The Unspeakable: It is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said; the void that gets into the language of public and officials declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of...

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Inspector Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Doesn’t Know

Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) still has a lot to uncover in regards to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “That is news to me. And that is big news,” exclaimed Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the revelation that then-candidate Donald Trump might have in negotiations with Russian officials on a possible Trump Tower in Moscow until October or November 2016. “It was news to us on the Senate Intelligence Committee as well,” Warner revealed when he was asked about Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sharing polling data with a Ukrainian official with ties to Russia. Warner and his colleagues on the intelligence committee have investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. They interviewed numerous witnesses, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. In July 2018, the committee released a report indicating agreement with the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered to help Trump win. Since then, the committee’s investigation has been mostly dormant. This has not stopped Warner from appearing on cable news to share what he just learned from watching the news or to answer “I don’t know” to reporters’ questions. The post Inspector Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Doesn’t Know appeared first on Washington Free...

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11 Dead After 2 Ships Catch Fire In Kerch Strait, One “Struck By A Blast”

At least 11 sailors have died after two ships caught fire while moving through the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from mainland Russia  – the location of the latest escalation in tensions between Russia and Ukraine in November – after one of them was apparently rocked by an explosion the Russian Maritime Agency said. One vessel was “allegedly struck by a blast” RT reported, which caused the fire that then spilled over to another ship, an official with the Russian Maritime and River Transport Agency said. Clouds of black smoke could be seen billowing over a vessel engulfed by a blaze on YouTube footage, which shows the scene of the incident. Another ship can be seen floating nearby. The fire reportedly broke out as the two ships were transferring fuel from one to the other. According to RT, approximately three dozen sailors managed to escape the burning ships by jumping into the sea but at least 11 people died in the incident and 12 have so far been rescued from the sea. The crews of the affected ships included Turkish and Indian nationals, the emergency services said, adding that there were no Russian sailors. Turkey confirmed that 16 of its citizens were aboard the affected vessels. Emergency services said that between eight and ten ships have been sent to the rescue and are picking up the sailors. The explosion might...

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The Top Global Risks In 2019

Authored by Nick Routley via VisualCapitalist.com, The suits are pressed and the jets are gassed up, as global political and business leaders prepare to converge in Davos for the World Economic Forum. To prep the wide variety of world leaders attending the summit, the organization has just published its most recent edition of the Global Risks Report. The highly anticipated annual presentation puts the world’s most pressing issues into focus, giving a sense of what is top-of-mind for global decision-makers. Below are the top five risks highlighted in this year’s report. THE WORLD’S EVOLVING RISK LANDSCAPE The report looks at two specific ways of evaluating global risks: The likelihood of an event occurring The impact or severity of an event, should it occur And over recent years, it’s clear that the composition of these top threats has evolved. In 2009, the world was still reeling from the global financial crisis, so economic concerns were naturally at the forefront of discussions. Today, the most likely scenarios to play out in the near future involve extreme weather events and natural disasters. Also trending upward are cyber-security threats and concerns over the security of personal data. RISK PERCEPTION Each year, the Global Risks Perception Survey looks at which risks are viewed by global decision-makers as increasing in the coming year. Some clear themes emerge from the responses: A Breakdown in Geopolitical Cooperation From trade...

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Sanders and Booker Celebrate MLK Day in Early Primary State of South Carolina

Senators Cory Booker (D, N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) are spending the Martin Luther King Day holiday in South Carolina, the state that would hold the fourth caucus or primary in the 2020 presidential campaign. Both are assumed to be in the process of deciding to run for president, or have already decided but simply haven’t announced. In 2016, Sanders surprised rival Hillary Clinton and political watchers with his showing in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, but then got trounced in South Carolina by a 73-26 spread. “[South Carolina is] important because it’s the first state that these candidates will get an opportunity to vet their message with a population that reflects the heart of the Democratic Party, which is African-Americans and specifically African-American women,” former state Democratic chair Jamie Harrison was quoted as saying in Politico. If Sanders does launch a presidential run, most political observers and pundits agree it would be absolutely essential for him to perform better in the state next year. “Several South Carolina Democrats said they’ve taken calls from Booker and Harris in recent weeks, and some have met with the potential candidates during recent stops to the state,” the Politico report noted. “Booker will hold private meetings with local activists and leaders again on Monday.” Earlier on Monday, California Senator Kamala Harris announced her presidential candidacy on ABC’s “Good...

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Skripal Story Just Got Weirder; First Responder Revealed As Chief Army Nurse; Steele “Link” Blamed On Russia

The case of poisoned double-agent Sergei Skripal just got weirder after it was revealed that the first responder to the scene was the Chief Nursing Officer for the Britsh Army after he daughter spotted Skripal and his daughter collapsed on a bench at the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury on March 5 of last year.  According to Spire FM, 16-year-old Abigail McCourt spotted the poisoned Russians while “out celebrating her bother’s birthday,” and then quickly alerted her mother – Alison McCourt. The two McCourts gave first aid to the Skripals until paramedics arrived.  Colonel McCourt – who was decorated for her efforts to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, proposed her daughter as a candidate for the Lifesaver Award at Spire FM’s Local Hero Awards.  “As a qualified nurse it was a fairly routine situation for me but my daughter was amazing. Her prompt actions, spotting them in difficulty, and the way she assisted me to put Yulia Skripal in the recovery position had a significant impact on the outcome of the two victims,” said Alison of her daughter.  The coincidence – kept under wraps for nearly a year, is sure to give skeptics plenty of new ammunition to refute the official narrative that Russia attempted to kill Skripal 10 years after the voluntarily gave him up in a spy exchange with the UK. For the Skripals to collapse on a bench from novichok...

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Wyoming Legislature to Weigh Ending Death Penalty

In 2019, the Wyoming state House will weigh whether or not their state should become the 21st to end capital punishment. A bill introduced by State Rep. Jared Olsen (R.) would abolish the death penalty in the state and replace it with a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP), the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. Olsen told the Tribune Eagle that his decision was partially motivated by a concern for cost—death penalty trials costs can run into the millions, a bill footed by the taxpayer. “I think when members looked at how much we spent, I think that sells a lot of people really quickly,” Olsen said. State legislators have tried to repeal capital punishment in Wyoming every year since 2013, the Casper Star Tribune reported. But past bills were generally minority efforts from Democrats in the legislature’s lower chamber. Olsen’s bill, by contrast, has the backing of Republican leadership, including House Speaker Steve Harshman, House Majority Leader Eric Barlow, and House Majority Whip Rep. Tyler Lindholm. It also has the support of a bevy of abolitionist groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Cheyenne, and the Wyoming League of Women Voters. Although capital punishment is a live issue in the state legislature, Wyoming barely uses the death penalty to begin with. Just one person—Mark Hopkinson, convicted of the bombing death...

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Should Retirees Worry About Bear Markets?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Mark Hulbert recently wrote a piece suggesting “Retirees Should Not Fear A Bear Market.” To Wit: “Don’t give up hope. I’m referring to what many retirees are most afraid of: Running out of money before they die. An Allianz Life survey found that far more retirees are afraid of outliving their money than they are of dying—61% to 39%. This ever-present background fear is especially rearing its ugly head right now, given the bear market that too many came out of nowhere. Retirement planning projections made at the end of the third quarter, right as the stock market was registering its all-time highs, now need to be revised. The reason not to give up hope is that the stock market typically recovers from bear markets in a far shorter period of time than most doom and gloomers think. Consider what I found when measuring how long it took, after each of the 36 bear markets since 1900 on the bear market calendar maintained by Ned Davis Research…Believe it or not, the average recovery time was ‘just’ 3.2 years.” Mark correctly used total return numbers in his calculations, however, while his data is correct the conclusion is not. Here is why. While Mark is discussing the recovery of bear markets (getting back to even) it is based on a “buy and hold”investing approach. However, Mark’s error is that he is specifically...

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MSNBC Guest Repeats Unproven Claims Teens Surrounded Native American, Chanted ‘Build the Wall’

An MSNBC guest claiming to be a witness at the viral dust-up involving a group of Kentucky high school teenagers and a Native American elder admitted Monday she missed a crucial portion of it and repeated unproven claims that the teens chanted “build that wall” and “surrounded” Phillips. A group of Covington Catholic high schoolers, many of them wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, were filmed seeming to taunt Nathan Phillips, a Native American and veteran, near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Friday. However, additional video and reporting over the weekend created a far more complex picture. Tribal rights lawyer Tara Houska was an organizer of the Indigenous People’s March and said she was there Friday with members of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt.) office to film a video about the plights facing indigenous women. “I saw the elder that was there, Nathan Phillips, and the people around him, but I didn’t realize what would end up happening, which was them surrounding him, chanting ‘build the wall,’ and a youth standing directly in his face, in a very leering, aggressive manner,” she said. She then acknowledged she saw none of this firsthand. “You had walked away prior to that point happening,” MSNBC host Hallie Jackson said. “I personally kind of felt unsafe,” Houska said, saying she felt the “energy in the air change” and had asked a...

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Israel Strikes in Syria in More Open Assault on Iran

By Angus McDowall and Dan Williams BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel struck in Syria early on Monday, the latest salvo in its increasingly open assault on Iran’s presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. Damascus did not say what damage or casualties resulted from the strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 11 people were killed. Syria’s ally Russia said four Syrian soldiers had died and six were wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air raid had mostly targeted Iranian forces, but also hit Syrians helping them. “We will strike at anyone who tries to harm us,” he said. The threat of direct confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in Syria, where the Iranian military built a presence early in the nearly eight year civil war to help President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Israel, regarding Iran as its biggest threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria and those of allied militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah. With an election approaching, Israel’s government has begun discussing its strikes more openly, and has also taken a tougher stance towards Hezbollah on the border with Lebanon. It said a rocket attack on Sunday was Iran’s work. The Israeli shift comes a month after U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a sudden plan...

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