Health officials ADMIT: The flu jab does NOT work; vaccine in circulation targets wrong strain (as is usually the case)

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Albert Einstein is broadly credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. By that definition, the entire healthcare profession of most of the developed world is insane. Why else would they continue to insist, year after year, that people be vaccinated against the flu, when year after year, the vaccine proves to be ineffective?

The U.K.’s Daily Mail recently reported that this year’s flu vaccine (unsurprisingly) is targeted at the wrong strains, and that the thousands of people who have already received the shot have wasted their own time and the government’s money.

U.S. publications, including The New York Times, are reporting that we are experiencing the same problem on this side of the pond.

The Times reported:

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a bad one. Much of the country endured a bitterly cold stretch, causing more people to be crowded together inside. The strain that has been most pervasive, H3N2, is nastier than most. And, we’re being told, the vaccine this year is particularly ineffective. [Emphasis added]

Of course, The Times immediately went on to stress that people should still get the flu shot, but then they would do that, because they seem to echo whatever Big Pharma – and its advertising dollars – want them to say.

The Mail reported that Public Health England (PHE) has officially announced that the trivalent vaccine, which is supposed to prevent one “B” strain and two “A” strains of the flu, is ineffective against this year’s two most prevalent and virulent strains: The B/Yamagata type, and H3N2, a particularly aggressive strain known as “Aussie flu.”

Between them, these two strains have placed immense strain on the resources of the U.K.’s already overburdened National Health Service (NHS).

Ambulances have recorded long delays, while A&E staff have been so busy dealing with flu patients in their casualty units, that they have been unable to transfer other patients from ambulances in order to receive care.

Health officials have noted that over 55,000 surgeries have had to be canceled because of the “extreme” additional pressure placed on hospitals by the flu outbreak. Meanwhile, dozens of hospitals have warned that there are no free beds available for new patients.

There are growing concerns that this year’s flu season will prove to be the worst in over 50 years. (Related: Proof that flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in the history of the world.)

Experts had already been warning that the flu shot is totally worthless in the oldest and most vulnerable of flu patients – those over the age of 75 – who are most often pushed to receive the vaccine as a protective measure.

According to the PHE, even though 11 million Brits received their flu shot in 2016, the number of deaths attributable to the disease increased by 40 percent. This year’s shot is set to be even more useless, with only a projected 20 percent efficacy rate.

The situation may be even worse in the United States. QUARTZ recently reported that, according to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), this year’s flu shot is likely to only be effective in 10 percent of U.S. H3N2 cases.

QUARTZ also noted:

H3N2 is also a particularly nasty strain … To put it into perspective, back when H1N1 was making headlines as swine flu in 2009, it infected just over 51,000 folks in Australia. This year, H3N2 sickened over 215,000 Australians.

Readers need not despair, however. Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure, and the best way to prevent getting sick from any virus is to build up your immune system.

If you want to prevent the flu – and many other viruses – read the article: Bulletproof your immune system – How to not get a cold, ever.

Sources for this article include:

DailyMail.co.uk

NaturalNews.com

NYTimes.com

QZ.com

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“Everything Has Gone Wrong… We’ve Centralized All Our Data To A Guy Named Zuckerberg”

Authored by The Next Web’s Mar Masson Maack via Hackernoon.com,

At its inception, the internet was a beautifully idealistic and equal place. But the world sucks and we’ve continuously made it more and more centralized, taking power away from users and handing it over to big companies. And the worst thing is that we can’t fix it?—?we can only make it slightly less awful.

That was pretty much the core of Pirate Bay’s co-founder, Peter Sunde‘s talk at tech festival Brain Bar Budapest. TNW sat down with the pessimistic activist and controversial figure to discuss how screwed we actually are when it comes to decentralizing the internet.

Forget about the future, the problem is now

In Sunde’s opinion, people focus too much on what might happen, instead of what is happening. He often gets questions about how a digitally bleak future could look like, but the truth is that we’re living it.

Everything has gone wrong. That’s the thing, it’s not about what will happen in the future it’s about what’s going on right now. We’ve centralized all of our data to a guy called Mark Zuckerberg, who’s basically the biggest dictator in the world as he wasn’t elected by anyone.

Trump is basically in control over this data that Zuckerberg has, so I think we’re already there. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and I don’t think there’s a way for us to stop it.

One of the most important things to realize is that the problem isn’t a technological one. “The internet was made to be decentralized,” says Sunde, “but we keep centralizing everything on top of the internet.”

To support this, Sunde points out that in the last 10 years, almost every up-and-coming tech company or website has been bought by the big five: Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. The ones that manage to escape the reach of the giants, often end up adding to the centralization.

We don’t create things anymore, instead we just have virtual things. Uber, Alibaba and Airbnb, for example, do they have products? No. We went from this product-based model, to virtual product, to virtually no product what so ever. This is the centralization process going on.

Although we should be aware that the current effects of centralization, we shouldn’t overlook that it’s only going to get worse. There are a lot of upcoming tech-based services that are at risk of becoming centralized, which could have a huge impact on our daily lives.

We’re super happy about self driving cars, but who owns the self driving cars? Who owns the information about where they can and can’t go? I don’t want to ride in a self driving car that can’t drive me to a certain place because someone has bought or sold an illegal copy of something there.

Sunde firmly believes that this is a realistic scenario as companies will always have to put their financial gains first, before the needs of people and societies. That’s why there needs to be a greater ethical discussion about technology and ownership, if we don’t want to end up living in a corporate-driven dystopia (worse than our current one, that is).

Making a shitty situation slightly more tolerable

Feeling a bit optimistic, I asked Sunde whether we could still fight for decentralization and bring the power back to the people. His answer was simple.

No. We lost this fight a long time ago. The only way we can do any difference is by limiting the powers of these companies?—?by governments stepping in?—?but unfortunately the EU or the US don’t seem to have any interest in doing this.

So there’s still some chance for a less awful future, but it would require a huge political effort. However, in order to achieve that, the public needs to be informed about the need for decentralization?—?but historically that’s not likely to happen.

I would say we, as the people, kind of lost the internet back to the capitalist society, which we were hoping to take it back from. We had this small opening of a decentralized internet but we lost it by being naive. These companies try to sound good in order to take over, that they’re actually ‘giving’ you something. Like Spotify gives you music and has great passion for music, and all of the successful PR around it.

But what it does to us in the long term is more like smoking. Big data and Big Tobacco are really similar in that sense. Before, we didn’t realize how dangerous tobacco actually was, but now we know it gives you cancer. We didn’t know that big data could be thing, but now we know it is. We’ve been smoking all our lives on big data’s products and now we can’t quit.

And just like with tobacco, it’s governments that need to create the restrictions. However, it’s difficult to see how any government?—?except for big players like US and EU?—?are supposed to be able to restrict the powerful tech giants.

Sunde feels that as the EU behemoth becomes bigger, it will be more difficult to pass laws that are actually for humans and that give people extended right. Which is unfortunate as the EU technically has the legislative power to make an actual difference when it comes to decentralization.

The EU could say that if Facebook wants to operate within the EU, they have to agree that all of the data has to be owned by the user, and not by Facebook. Which would be quite simple for the EU to do, but of course that would make Facebook really upset.

Then every country would be scared to be the first one to implement the law because Facebook would leave and all of its citizens would be without their tobacco. That’s the problem we’ll always have.

Sunde, however, is slightly optimistic (but not really) as he doesn’t feel that this fight has to necessarily go through monolithic governments to reach some kind of successful result. In fact, it might actually be more likely to succeed on a smaller national level.

In regards to this, Sunde names my beloved Iceland as an example, where the Pirate Party, running on a platform of groundbreaking digital policies, almost got into government. Dramatic changes on a national level, no matter how small the population is, could have great effects in the global community. Basically meaning that countries can lead by example.

Sunde, who’s half Norwegian and half Finnish, says that another good example of leading digital policies on a national level is when Finland made access to the internet a human right in 2010. By giving people these rights, the government had to define what the internet actually is and prevented future discussions about censorship?—?bolstering people’s rights against further centralization.

If nation states can actually facilitate further decentralization, like Sunde suggests, then we might actually be able to hamper the immense power of big corporations. Countries like Estonia have shown that politicians can come up with digital policies that actually preserve citizens’ right in a digital age.

However, we humans are illogical creatures that don’t necessarily do the things that are good for us: “It’s better for the people, but we don’t want to suffer that one single down-time second of our beloved tobacco.”

Check out Peter Sunde’s TNW Answer Session here.

Source Article from https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-27/everything-has-gone-wrong-weve-centralized-all-our-data-guy-named-zuckerberg

SWAT Raids Wrong Home, Holds Family At Gunpoint—Owner Makes Cops Apologize on FB Live

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Chicago – When a family was awoken in the middle of the night to a series of loud bangs against their front door, they automatically thought they were being robbed. However, they soon found out that the people who were breaking into their house were the same people they would have called for “help” during a robbery.

Homeowner Shanae Cross, 34, told ABC7 that it was around midnight on Thursday when she heard her mother “just started screaming and hollering and ran to the bathroom and said, ‘Somebody is kicking down the door.’”

“Next thing you know, when I’m looking there’s guns in my face. Just guns drawn out, ‘Get outta here, who’s in here with you?’ Just a bunch of questions,” Cross said, describing the scene when SWAT team members first broke into her house. “I’m like, ‘What the hell is you doing in my house? Who are you, why are you in my house?‘ Then I realize when I see the vests and all, this is the police.”

Officers began to arrest Cross’s 17-year-old brother, and she told ABC7 that she immediately demanded to see a search warrant for the residence where the officers were initiating the “no-knock” raid. When an officer told her the street address was “8203,” she informed them that they were at the wrong house.

“I’m like ‘This is 8209, you f—king idiot. You’re in the wrong house!’”

Cross claimed that the SWAT Team left after they realized they had just broken into the wrong residence—but they have made no attempt to undo their mistake. As a result of the raid, the front door is now damaged and has left the Cross family vulnerable to other intruders in their crime-ridden neighborhood in South Chicago.

“I didn’t ask for y’all to run up in my house, disrespect us, treat us like suspects,” Cross told local media, regarding the incident.

After Cross took to social media to bring awareness to the failed police raid that left her home damaged, and after media reports increased pressure on the Chicago Police department’s slow response, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune that the department acknowledges that its officers “inadvertently breached the door of the incorrect residence,” and it “deeply regrets the error.”

Guglielmi also said the claims process and repairs to the family’s damaged front door “would be expedited.”

Michael Cross, Shanae’s brother, told the Tribune that he was also physically hurt during the encounter when SWAT team members immediately tried to arrest him. “They drew the guns on us like we were criminals,” he said.

The siblings’ mother, Jennell Cross, 53, also said that she was terrified by the incident. “I was scared out my mind. This is crazy as hell,” she said.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, it is not uncommon for SWAT teams to conduct “no-knock” raids on the wrong house, and even when they do damage the property or injure innocent citizens, it does not guarantee that the offending officers will ever face consequences for their actions.

In one case, a pregnant mother in Sacramento, California, was assaulted by police in front of her 18-month-old child when they attempted to serve a search warrant at her home in July. Not only did the officers have the wrong house, but their raid damaged the home—which they never offered to repair—and their assault on the pregnant mother endangered the life of her unborn child.

After the raid, Cross posted a Facebook video in which she filmed officers apologizing. According to reports, the officers were also filming on their body cameras. If this video is released, we will update this story.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/swat-team-raids-wrong-home-holds-innocent-family-gunpoint/

Re: Why America’s declaration on Jerusalem is wrong

Authors by Badar Khan Suri and Maphaz Ahmad Yousef

US President Donald Trump recently declared that the USA recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In doing so he not only surprised the international community, he took a quintessentially Israeli position and jettisoned seven decades of America’s stand on the Palestine-Israel conflict. While doing so he ignored international laws, consensus and every step taken in the direction of peace in the world’s most protracted, complicated and sensitive conflict. More importantly, he has undermined America’s role as a mediator in the Middle East conflict.

Trump’s claim that he is just recognising reality makes a mockery of international law, institutions and world peace. It seems that the rogue president doesn’t give a damn about world peace; he is willing to set everything on fire. In doing so he has humiliated the Palestinians and enforced yet another anti-Palestine diktat. This is dangerous as it is making the Israeli position look normal, overlooking the history, facts, and curbing space for the Palestinians. It brought more harm to the American position as the American President looks obsequious in his approach. President Trump’s announcement is detrimental for the peace process as it predetermines the final status of Jerusalem, the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Every leader around the world rejected President Trump’s declaration. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, warned that the declaration made by Mr. Trump would damage peace efforts and that the declaration had a potentially worrying impact. She is right as the entire region may well explode.

The UN is another lost battle for the Palestinians

King Abdullah II of Jordan, custodian of the Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, voiced his discontent and was alarmed that the decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”, according to a statement released by the Royal Palace. The Jordanian King travelled to Turkey to discuss the matter with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has said that the US crossed a red line. King Abdullah also called Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, hinting at a new, united front.

Erdogan convened an emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – the pan-Islamic body of more than 1.6 billion Muslims with 57 member states – in a reaction to Trump’s declaration. At the OIC summit the final statement declared “East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine”.

Erdogan denounced Israel as an “occupying and terror state” and earlier, on 10 December 2017, called Jerusalem “the apple of our eye. We will not abandon it to the child-murderer state. We will not abandon it to an occupier state”.

Dismal failure of mediation

US mediation has been unreliable and suspicious right from the beginning as it never poised itself as an impartial mediator. The Oslo Peace Process only entrenched the occupation and ghettoisation of the Palestinians into the West Bank Areas A, B and C. Israel was the architect of the Bantustans created for Palestinians within their own territories and behind the smoke screen prepared the stage for Israeli settler colonisation in the Palestinian territories. With every passing day Israel encroached on every inch of remaining Palestinian land and its illegal settlements kept on mushrooming. Mediations were ongoing but Palestinians kept on losing.

The US became the mediator for the Palestine-Israel conflict in the 1990s, hence it cannot run away from the responsibility of subsequent events taking place in Palestine and Israel and the peace process as a whole. It bears the responsibility of the failure of any settlement of the issue and the expansion of the Israeli occupation. The US, however, has always remained biased towards Israel and helped it to survive with immunity in the international system on countless occasions, which otherwise would not have been possible for a rogue state like Israel to do. President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who puts his support behind Trump and Washington, was deeply humiliated. Furious Mr. Abbas now says that the US will now have no role left as a mediator as it has disqualified itself. Mr. Abbas calls for a non-violent protest; he also fears that protests could turn into an intifada, which he is clearly against as he sees his rival Hamas making the most out of it. Hamas was born after the first intifada and ever since is the most popular force replacing the PLO’s popularity amongst Palestinians.

Biased mediators: The end of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and how it happened

Backstabbing Palestinians

The Balfour declaration of 1917 changed the destiny of the Palestinians on their own land. Exactly after 100 years, in 2017, this time the US stabbed the Palestinians in the back by declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A critical phase in history has arrived again, wherein the fate of the people will be determined and Arab leaders will be guilty again for betraying their own people, pleasing the enemy so that they continue their privileges and safeguarding their thrones for the time being.

Where is Arab unity, Palestinian strategy, and the international community on this insane, anarchic US stand which lays naked in front of Israeli crimes? Israel only accepts zero Arabs and plans to give zero inches of land to Arabs. It seems all have sold out, or are fighting without strategy. It is now again in the hands of Palestinians to take their fate in their own hands and guide the future course of their destiny which for sure their leaders cannot.

The two-state solution is being murdered again by accepting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There are talks surfacing that suburbs of East Jerusalem are being proposed as a future capital of a crippled Palestinian state, for example Abu Deis village.

Israeli police officers detains a Palestinian man during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 16 December 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The international community can only support Palestinians morally; people with conscience will always stand with the oppressed Palestinians. It is primarily for Arabs to lead, fight and win this battle.

The Palestinian issue has become a true shame for the Arab world, who own and control strategic lands, gateways and resources of this earth yet are not able to secure their own rights. People across the globe who cherish freedom and want to see a free Palestine and a peaceful Middle East cannot fathom the logic of why Arabs still suffer from such a corrupt leadership and lead such an undignified life when they are provided with all fortunes one could imagine on the earth.

This European colonial project – a racist adventure in the true sense – has always been supported by US imperialistic ambitions who have given power to Zionists, the proven war criminals. Yet the conscience of people across the world do not agree on their legitimacy claims, as we can see large crowds protesting against this latest decision too. Legitimate are the sons and daughters of Palestine, who have to help their destiny on their own.

By all definitions of international law Jerusalem is for the people of Palestine. Historically what is happening there is called colonialism and colonialism is destined to be opposed, fought against and destroyed. Anarchy must be brought under control by bringing order and peace. May the Palestinian state be free with Jerusalem as its natural, eternal and plural capital. Jerusalem is for those who can value and respect pluralism. Not for those who value anarchy.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171221-why-americas-declaration-on-jerusalem-is-wrong/#comment-3675600480

Re: Why America’s declaration on Jerusalem is wrong

Authors by Badar Khan Suri and Maphaz Ahmad Yousef

US President Donald Trump recently declared that the USA recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In doing so he not only surprised the international community, he took a quintessentially Israeli position and jettisoned seven decades of America’s stand on the Palestine-Israel conflict. While doing so he ignored international laws, consensus and every step taken in the direction of peace in the world’s most protracted, complicated and sensitive conflict. More importantly, he has undermined America’s role as a mediator in the Middle East conflict.

Trump’s claim that he is just recognising reality makes a mockery of international law, institutions and world peace. It seems that the rogue president doesn’t give a damn about world peace; he is willing to set everything on fire. In doing so he has humiliated the Palestinians and enforced yet another anti-Palestine diktat. This is dangerous as it is making the Israeli position look normal, overlooking the history, facts, and curbing space for the Palestinians. It brought more harm to the American position as the American President looks obsequious in his approach. President Trump’s announcement is detrimental for the peace process as it predetermines the final status of Jerusalem, the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Every leader around the world rejected President Trump’s declaration. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, warned that the declaration made by Mr. Trump would damage peace efforts and that the declaration had a potentially worrying impact. She is right as the entire region may well explode.

The UN is another lost battle for the Palestinians

King Abdullah II of Jordan, custodian of the Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, voiced his discontent and was alarmed that the decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”, according to a statement released by the Royal Palace. The Jordanian King travelled to Turkey to discuss the matter with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has said that the US crossed a red line. King Abdullah also called Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, hinting at a new, united front.

Erdogan convened an emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – the pan-Islamic body of more than 1.6 billion Muslims with 57 member states – in a reaction to Trump’s declaration. At the OIC summit the final statement declared “East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine”.

Erdogan denounced Israel as an “occupying and terror state” and earlier, on 10 December 2017, called Jerusalem “the apple of our eye. We will not abandon it to the child-murderer state. We will not abandon it to an occupier state”.

Dismal failure of mediation

US mediation has been unreliable and suspicious right from the beginning as it never poised itself as an impartial mediator. The Oslo Peace Process only entrenched the occupation and ghettoisation of the Palestinians into the West Bank Areas A, B and C. Israel was the architect of the Bantustans created for Palestinians within their own territories and behind the smoke screen prepared the stage for Israeli settler colonisation in the Palestinian territories. With every passing day Israel encroached on every inch of remaining Palestinian land and its illegal settlements kept on mushrooming. Mediations were ongoing but Palestinians kept on losing.

The US became the mediator for the Palestine-Israel conflict in the 1990s, hence it cannot run away from the responsibility of subsequent events taking place in Palestine and Israel and the peace process as a whole. It bears the responsibility of the failure of any settlement of the issue and the expansion of the Israeli occupation. The US, however, has always remained biased towards Israel and helped it to survive with immunity in the international system on countless occasions, which otherwise would not have been possible for a rogue state like Israel to do. President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who puts his support behind Trump and Washington, was deeply humiliated. Furious Mr. Abbas now says that the US will now have no role left as a mediator as it has disqualified itself. Mr. Abbas calls for a non-violent protest; he also fears that protests could turn into an intifada, which he is clearly against as he sees his rival Hamas making the most out of it. Hamas was born after the first intifada and ever since is the most popular force replacing the PLO’s popularity amongst Palestinians.

Biased mediators: The end of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and how it happened

Backstabbing Palestinians

The Balfour declaration of 1917 changed the destiny of the Palestinians on their own land. Exactly after 100 years, in 2017, this time the US stabbed the Palestinians in the back by declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A critical phase in history has arrived again, wherein the fate of the people will be determined and Arab leaders will be guilty again for betraying their own people, pleasing the enemy so that they continue their privileges and safeguarding their thrones for the time being.

Where is Arab unity, Palestinian strategy, and the international community on this insane, anarchic US stand which lays naked in front of Israeli crimes? Israel only accepts zero Arabs and plans to give zero inches of land to Arabs. It seems all have sold out, or are fighting without strategy. It is now again in the hands of Palestinians to take their fate in their own hands and guide the future course of their destiny which for sure their leaders cannot.

The two-state solution is being murdered again by accepting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There are talks surfacing that suburbs of East Jerusalem are being proposed as a future capital of a crippled Palestinian state, for example Abu Deis village.

Israeli police officers detains a Palestinian man during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 16 December 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The international community can only support Palestinians morally; people with conscience will always stand with the oppressed Palestinians. It is primarily for Arabs to lead, fight and win this battle.

The Palestinian issue has become a true shame for the Arab world, who own and control strategic lands, gateways and resources of this earth yet are not able to secure their own rights. People across the globe who cherish freedom and want to see a free Palestine and a peaceful Middle East cannot fathom the logic of why Arabs still suffer from such a corrupt leadership and lead such an undignified life when they are provided with all fortunes one could imagine on the earth.

This European colonial project – a racist adventure in the true sense – has always been supported by US imperialistic ambitions who have given power to Zionists, the proven war criminals. Yet the conscience of people across the world do not agree on their legitimacy claims, as we can see large crowds protesting against this latest decision too. Legitimate are the sons and daughters of Palestine, who have to help their destiny on their own.

By all definitions of international law Jerusalem is for the people of Palestine. Historically what is happening there is called colonialism and colonialism is destined to be opposed, fought against and destroyed. Anarchy must be brought under control by bringing order and peace. May the Palestinian state be free with Jerusalem as its natural, eternal and plural capital. Jerusalem is for those who can value and respect pluralism. Not for those who value anarchy.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171221-why-americas-declaration-on-jerusalem-is-wrong/#comment-3675468631

Tomi Lahren Says It's Wrong To Believe Every Sex Assault Claim

Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren knows how to push the right buttons.

In a heated discussion on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday, Lahren jumped at the chance to comment on sexual assault claims that have brought down high-profile men in politics and entertainment since the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

The remarks were sparked by Sen. Al Franken’s resignation earlier in the day, after he was accused of misconduct by several women.

Fellow guest contributor Jessica Tarlov could barely get in a word with the interrupting host Sean Hannity ― who dwelled on former President Bill Clinton ― to explain the importance of believing women. “We have decided as a society that we take women’s word and then we investigate and go from there,” Tarlov said. 

Hannity then gave Lahren the floor to address Tarlov. “Do you really think that that’s fair, in every case, to take a woman’s story as gospel and not ask any questions?” Lahren asked in a clip posted by Media Matters. “The Democrats not believe in due process? Because I can sit here as a woman and say I don’t think it’s right that every woman is just believed ― her truth is just taken as the ultimate truth without an investigation. Think of how powerful that it is, trial by social media. Let’s get over this.”

Tarlov attempted to respond, but Hannity interrupted again to go to a commercial break and the next guest, Newt Gingrich.

Watch the fireworks below.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomi-lahren-says-apos-wrong-142315048.html

Court Finds Forcing Kid to Masturbate For Cops in Sexting Case Was Wrong


A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of a Virginia man who, as a teen, was once ordered by a lower court to be photographed while masturbating in the presence of armed police officers.

That warrant was ostensibly part of an ongoing sexting investigation into the then-teen, Trey Sims, who had exchanged explicit messages with his then-15-year-old girlfriend. Her mother reported the incident to the Manassas City Police Department in January 2014.

Eventually, the detective assigned to the case, David Abbott, obtained a signed warrant to take photographs of Sims’ naked body—including “the suspect’s erect penis”—so that he could compare them to Sims’ explicit messages.

When this bizarre effort was unsuccessfully attempted, Abbott then obtained a second warrant authorizing police to escort Sims to a hospital for an “erection-inducing injection.” This injection ultimately never took place after massive public outcry.

Abbott committed suicide in December 2015 when officers came to arrest him on separate charges relating to pedophilia.

Ultimately, Sims served one year of probation. By early 2016, Sims sued Abbott’s estate, alleging violations of the Fourth Amendment, among other accusations.

Lawyers representing the Abbott estate argued that their client was shielded by “qualified immunity,” the notion in American law that generally protects law enforcement officers in gray-area situations from legal liability.
In a 2-1 majority opinion, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals found Tuesday that the initial warrant against Sims was an “obvious, unconstitutional violation.”

The 4th Circuit ruled that Sims’ lawsuit against the estate of the now-deceased officer who had led the sexting investigation, David Abbott, could move forward. “We cannot perceive any circumstance that would justify a police search requiring an individual to masturbate in the presence of others,” two of the 4th Circuit judges wrote. “Sexually invasive searches require that the search bear some discernible relationship with safety concerns, suspected hidden contraband, or evidentiary need.”

The case will now be sent back down to a federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/forcing-kid-to-masturbate-for-cops-in-sexting-case-was-wrong-court-finds/

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WashPost: President Trump Got it Right on Rosa Parks, Wrong on NFL Players’ Protests

President Trump rightfully understands Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon he honored Saturday, but he’s getting it wrong on the National Football protests, says Eugene Scott, identity politics writer for The Fix in the Washington Post.

The president tweeted a video Saturday of him honoring Parks, an African-American who refused to yield her seat to a white person on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Her courageous actions led to a boycott and lent impetus to the advancement of civil rights. Trump met Parks at an awards ceremony on Ellis Island in 1986. This weekend, the president said:

“Rosa Parks’ legacy continues to inspire our citizens to pursue a better tomorrow and to build a country where every American child — no matter their skin color — can live without fear, dream without limits and take their rightful place in the great story of our nation.”

Scott begrudgingly acknowledged President Trump for honoring the late Parks, but then turned on him with the charge that he “doesn’t seem to understand” today’s NFL player activists who “are following in the footsteps of Parks. Trump’s apparent inconsistency alarmed many activists Saturday.”

“Many activists” amounted to just three persons cited in Scott’s commentary: actor Jeffrey Wright, activist April Reign and feminist writer Hanna Brooks Olsen.

Olsen’s social media post claimed, “If Rosa Parks were alive today, Donald Trump would be blasting her on Twitter and calling her actions disgraceful.” Reign angrily posted this sputtering bile: “How. Dare. You. If Rosa Parks had applied to be a tenant in one of your buildings, you would have turned her away. Keep her name out of your filthy, treasonous mouth.”

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Like so many other media protester apologists, Scott insists the NFL radicals are not doing anything disrespectful:

Despite NFL players explaining in multiple op-eds and interviews the motivations behind their kneeling while the national anthem plays during football games, Trump continues to characterize their actions in a way that is inconsistent with their expressed intent. For a leader who promised to unite America after a divisive campaign filled with racially inflammatory rhetoric, this response has been disappointing to many of the Americans who believe that he has played a major role in the country’s ongoing divisions on racial matters.

Scott also asserts that while Trump has revealed he’s “capable of understanding the concerns of marginalized communities when he chooses to do so … the president’s refusal to grant NFL players the recognition that he has given to Parks suggests that his actions aren’t because he fails to comprehend the magnitude of their protests, but rather that he simply desires not to.”

President Trump isn’t alone in opposing the protests, which are visually aimed right at the U.S. flag. If that isn’t a self-defeating optic for a group of players whose claims about not disrespecting veterans are failing to convince the public, I don’t know what is.

Among today’s protesters were: Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch, who sat; the New York Giants’ Olivier Vernon, who knelt; San Francisco’s Eric Reid, Marquise Goodwin and Earl Mitchell, who knelt; Los Angeles Charger Russell Okung, who raised his right fist during the national anthem; Miami’s Julius Thomas, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas, who knelt; and Baltimore’s Tyus Bowser, who knelt for the first few verses of anthem before standing.

Tennessee’s Rishard Matthews earned notoriety this week for his custom-made cleats honoring Colin Kaepernick, but he wasn’t even active for today’s game and those cleats never made the field! He stayed in the clubhouse during the national anthem. Three of his teammates raised their fists: Brian Orakpo, Jurrell Casey and Wesley Woodyard.

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The Real Story of Rosa Parks 62 Years Later: What You Learned in School Is Wrong

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Unjust laws will remain unjust until they are disobeyed by good people. Had brave individuals throughout history not risked imprisonment or worse to challenge tyrannical, racist, and immoral laws, society today, would be much less free — this rule is especially true for black people in America.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks made history by disobeying an unjust law that required people of color to yield their seats on the bus to white people. When the bus driver told the entire row of black people to move to the back of the bus because a white man boarded, everyone complied, except for Parks.

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Parks was arrested and convicted for failing to obey the driver’s seat assignments. The events following her arrest, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the federal ruling of Browder v. Gayle which ruled that segregated buses were unconstitutional, would be a turning point in segregated America.

While Rosa Parks is certainly a large part of American history, her idea to disobey the unjust bus law was not entirely original.

Can you name the first woman who wouldn’t give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama? The answer is not Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks’ decision to disobey that fateful day was inspired and, in fact, modeled after a 15-year-old hero named Claudette Colvin.

Nine months before Parks was arrested for her choice not to give up her seat, on March 2, 1955, this brave child, without the support of the NAACP, or Civil Rights groups, took a stand on principle alone and refused to give up her seat.

“It’s my constitutional right to sit here as much as that lady. I paid my fare, it’s my constitutional right.” Colvin said as she bravely asserted her rights on her way home from school that day.

“I felt like Sojourner Truth was pushing down on one shoulder and Harriet Tubman was pushing down on the other—saying, ‘Sit down girl!’ I was glued to my seat,” she later explained.

For violating the city’s segregation laws, Colvin, at only 15, was thrown in a cage. “I was really afraid, because you just didn’t know what white people might do at that time,” Colvin later said.

Luckily for Colvin, however, her arrest got the attention of the NAACP, who had been searching for a case to use to argue against these unjust laws. Colvin was brought to the NAACP as they discussed using her case to fight for the rights of all blacks. However, they opted not to use Colvin for several reasons.

According to Bio, after some consideration, the NAACP opted to wait for a different case. There were several reasons for this decision: Colvin’s conviction for violating segregation laws had been overturned on appeal (though a conviction for assault on a police officer stood). Colvin’s age was another issue—as Colvin told NPR in 2009, the NAACP and other groups “didn’t think teenagers would be reliable.”

The 15-year-old also became pregnant a few months after her arrest as a result of a statutory rape.

“If the white press got ahold of that information, they would have [had] a field day,” said Rosa Parks, in regards to Colvin’s pregnancy. “They’d call her a bad girl, and her case wouldn’t have a chance.”

“I told Mrs. Parks, as I had told other leaders in Montgomery, that I thought the Claudette Colvin arrest was a good test case to end segregation on the buses,” says Fred Gray, Parks’s lawyer. “However, the black leadership in Montgomery at the time thought that we should wait.”

It was during her time at the NAACP that Colvin met Rosa Parks. The pair became friends and it was decided that Parks would be the spokesperson for the next act of disobedience.

When asked by the Guardian in 2000, Colvin explained that the reason Parks would go on to make the case by refusing to move on the bus was multi-faceted.

“It would have been different if I hadn’t been pregnant, but if I had lived in a different place or been light-skinned, it would have made a difference, too.”

As the Guardian reported, Montgomery’s black establishment leaders decided they would have to wait for the right person. And that person, it transpired, would be Rosa Parks. “Mrs. Parks was a married woman,” said ED Nixon. “She was morally clean, and she had a fairly good academic training … If there was ever a person we would’ve been able to [use to] break the situation that existed on the Montgomery city line, Rosa L Parks was the woman to use … I probably would’ve examined a dozen more before I got there if Rosa Parks hadn’t come along before I found the right one.”

By Monday, the day the boycott began, Colvin had already been airbrushed from the official version of events. Meanwhile, Parks had been transformed from a politically-conscious activist to an upstanding, unfortunate Everywoman. “And since it had to happen, I’m happy it happened to a person like Mrs Parks,” said Martin Luther King from the pulpit of the Holt Street Baptist Church.

Had the NAACP not had the foresight to market this act of civil disobedience to masses, the events that transpired after Parks’ arrest may have never happened and history could be entirely different.

After understanding the real story behind Rosa Parks, it now makes perfect sense why these images of her arrest and seat on the bus are so professional — they were meant to be.

The power of marketing information took on an entirely new meaning that day.

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While American history books continue to ignore the bravery of Claudette Colvin, her heroism has resisted the whitewashing and her story has beaten the odds.

Please share this story with your friends and family so that this unsung protagonist who had the courage to disobey unjust laws as a child gets the credit she deserves.

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