The Occupation of the American Mind

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White House pushes ahead with plan to slash pensions for up to one million retirees

WSWS – by Andre Damon

The Obama administration is pushing ahead with its plans to slash pension benefits for up to one million participants in “underfunded” multiemployer pension funds as part of its drive to make defined-benefit pensions a thing of the past for all US workers.

The White House campaign, carried out in a conspiracy with the major trade unions and multinational corporations, takes place in the wake of the 2013–2014 bankruptcy of Detroit, which set a precedent for slashing the legally protected pension benefits of retirees.   Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter activist commits suicide outside Ohio Statehouse


A prominent Black Lives Matter activist has taken his own life in front of Ohio’s Statehouse. MarShawn McCarrel was the founder of Pursuing Our Dreams, a mentorship program, as well as the creator of a homeless outreach program called Feed the Streets.

McCarrel’s family believes his mental health may have been compromised by the emotionally draining work he had undertaken, the New York Daily News reports.   Continue reading

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Jury to decide fate of NY officer in stairwell shooting case

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors will return to court as they consider whether a rookie police officer who shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell accidentally discharged his weapon, as he says, or whether he acted out of recklessness and did little to help the dying victim, as the prosecution contends.

New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang faces up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was taking the stairs down with his girlfriend rather than wait for an elevator at the Brooklyn complex.   Continue reading

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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.

Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents, who call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.”   Continue reading

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Parole hearing set for Robert Kennedy killer Sirhan Sirhan

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his version of events at his 15th parole hearing on Wednesday in San Diego. He is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972.   Continue reading

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Nuns who help homeless face eviction in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sister Mary Benedicte wants to focus on feeding the hungry lined up outside a soup kitchen in a gritty part of San Francisco.

But the city’s booming economy means even seedy neighborhoods are demanding higher rents, threatening to force out an order of nuns who serve the homeless.   Continue reading

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Protect Your Right to Keep Kids Home during Portfolio Review


What should you do if a local portfolio reviewer asks you to bring your child with you to an annual homeschool portfolio review? The best answer for almost everyone is, “no thank you.” Here’s why.

The homeschool regulation COMAR 13A.10.01.01.E which says a parent “shall agree to permit” a portfolio reviewer to “observe instruction” is unconstitutional. The Fourth Amendment prohibits government agents from coming into your home without a warrant. A portfolio reviewer who might seek to come into your home (where instruction normally occurs) would have no warrant. Nor would she have grounds for a warrant. Forcing you to allow a government agent into your home to observe instruction violates your Fourth Amendment rights.   Continue reading

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Native Food 1945 US Navy-USMC Training Film; World War II, Private McGillicuddy Cartoon

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Longtime Harney County Man says U.N. Paramilitary are in Burns Oregon Refuge

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Cops Spray Family’s Home with Bullets, Nearly Kill them All, Handcuff Child – Offer No Explanation

Free Thought Project – by Claire Bernish

Ocoee, FL — A Florida man and his family are lucky to be alive after his house came under gunfire by police in the early morning hours on Saturday — but it was all a terrifying mistake.

According to the man, who asked to remain anonymous, he awoke around 1 am to pounding on his front door; but when he asked who was on the other side, no one responded.   Continue reading

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Ten Year-old Girl with Cystic Fibrosis Medically Kidnapped in Oregon

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Mariah Mumpower is a ten year old little girl with cystic fibrosis (CF) who was taken away from her mother by the Oregon Department of Children and Families (DCF) in September 2015 during a routine visit to the CF clinic in Portland, Oregon.

The shelter order allegedly claimed that her mother, Rhonda Mumpower, was neglecting her child because she was underweight.   Continue reading

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Bill introduced to repeal law protecting gun industry from lawsuits – by Daniel Terrill

The bill introduced last week to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act has been fleshed out with text.

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, or H.R. 4399, was introduced in the House on Feb. 1 by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cali.) to repeal the decade old law that shields gun makers and dealers from litigation if an individual uses their products to intentionally harm another person.   Continue reading

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Yet Another Person Guilty Of Terrorism After Being Set Up By The FBI

Activist Post – by Derrick Broze

In April 2015, 20-year-old John T. Booker Jr. was arrested after he attempted to build a bomb made with inert materials provided by the FBI. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, believed he was building a 1,000-pound car bomb to attack Fort Riley, Kansas.

Booker was unaware that the bomb was fake and the two men he believed were working with Daesh (ISIS) were actually FBI informants. Booker recently plead guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion and now faces 30 years in prison.   Continue reading

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NASA Bans Jesus

Freedom Outpost – by Tim Brown

Apparently, the Johnson Space Center doesn’t like Jesus being mentioned, according to a complaint filed on behalf of Christians who work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Johnson Space Center Praise and Worship Club was told by NASA attorneys to not use the name of Jesus in announcement that they put into the Space Center newsletter.   Continue reading

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Michigan governor says to request another $195 million for Flint water


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday will ask the state legislature for another $195 million to restore safe drinking water in Flint and help residents affected by lead-contaminated water, a spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

The new funding request is in addition to $37 million that has already been appropriated this year by the Republican-led legislature, said Snyder spokesman Dave Murray.   Continue reading

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Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget


U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities.

Obama, a Democrat who leaves office next January, sought to outline his fiscal and political vision for the country with proposed investments in infrastructure, cyber security, education, and job growth.   Continue reading

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NSA Chief Says Gov’t Will Use Smart Home Devices To Track People

NTEB – by Geoffrey Grider

As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.   Continue reading

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‘White guilt’ video shown to high school students irks community

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An animated film designed as a lesson in “racial discourse” for students at a Virginia high school has led to backlash from community members who’ve taken issue with not-so subtle references to so-called white privilege throughout the video.

“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” Don Blake, whose granddaughter attended the assembly where the video was shown, told told WWBT. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”   Continue reading

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