Trump On Brink Of Privatizing Wár, Letting Blackwater Control It…


Date: August 23, 2018

01) Trump On Brink Of Privatizing Wár, Letting Blackwater Control It


“WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said.

Prince’s idea, which first surfaced last year during the president’s Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president…

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/officials-worry-trump-may-back-erik-prince-plan-privatize-war-n901401

I’m Gregory, and I’m Afraid of Hell…


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Date: August 23, 2018

01) I’m Gregory, and I’m Afraid of Hell


“This is a candid conversation with Gregory, a man who logically rejects Christianity, but who can’t shake his fears about Hell. Seth Andrews walks with Gregory through his religious conversion, his doubts, his fears of torment, and what the future might hold.”

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Waking Up with Sam Harris #135 – Navigating Sex and Gender (with Martie Haselton)…


Date: August 22, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #135 – Navigating Sex and Gender (with Martie Haselton)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, and other topics.

Martie Haselton is an interdisciplinary evolutionary scientist and Professor of Psychology at UCLA. She is the author of Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones – How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser.”

Oligarch-Approved Election Rules Are The Real Problem…


Date: August 22, 2018

01) Oligarch-Approved Election Rules Are The Real Problem


“Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “brazenly” interfering in US electoral politics in a way that vastly outweighs any efforts that may have been carried out by Russia.

In comments in which he accused much of the media of concentrating on stories he considered marginal and ignoring issues such as the “existential threat” of climate change, the 89-year-old linguist said in much of the world, the US media’s focus with Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 was “a joke”.

“First of all, if you’re interested in foreign interference in our elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly, brazenly and with enormous support,” he said.

Citation:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/israel-us-elections-intervention-russia-noam-chomsky-donald-trump-a8470481.html

Sexual Douchebaggery: Weinstein accuser Asia Argento ‘pays $380k to settle assault case’…


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Date: August 21, 2018

01) Weinstein accuser Asia Argento ‘pays $380k to settle assault case’

“Asia Argento, one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement, has settled a complaint by a young actor who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17, it has been reported.

The Italian actress, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 (£298,000), the New York Times reports.

The notice was filed by Bennett after Argento accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her last October.

Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18.

The notice says the encounter traumatised Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed.”

No…

…Just…No!

You know what so messed up about human sexuality these days?…all the people who want to cash in, on their past sex…cash in on “the vile pervert” being presently crucified in public…The people who refuse to take ownership, of their own sexual decisions…

…I liked Jimmy Bennett as a child actor…thought he was cute…

…But I’m not sure which one of these two is the bigger douche bag, in this news story.

I’m guessing…Jimmy isn’t getting much prime work anymore, and badly wants a paycheck?

In my opinion…nobody should be able to do this…Nobody should be able to conquest an older sex partner [or even just be their “boy toy” for a night], happily enough to pose for a selfie in the aftermath…just to turn around and demand a ton of money, over a legal technicality…

What did Asia do?…strap on a dildo, and force him to be the “submissive partner”?…

Just as curious…it seems what was going around, is coming back around for Asia…

Sexual douchebaggery, is a large part of what’s driving human sex rights into the ground…

…So many people refuse to treat sexuality, like it needs to be treated…So few take personal responsibility…

It’s like I’ve said many times before…

…All these people in the world, who treat their own sex life like a sewer…They then watch the rest of us like hawks, with dehumanizing, accusatory suspicion and paranoia…thinking we have to be restrained and arrested, sexually…because they presume we must be exactly just like them.

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Mormons Claim Weed Infringes On Their Freedom…


Date: August 21, 2018

01) Mormons Claim Weed Infringes On Their Freedom


“After its first year of implementation, how has Operation Rio Grande impacted crime and homelessness in Salt Lake City? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bristles against the term “LDS” and asks that its members not be referred to as Mormons. Opponents to Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative argue against it on the basis of religious freedom. And the absence of a tiny star on driver licenses may affect Utahns’ ability to travel.
At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Paighten Harkins, managing editor Dave Noyce and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/08/16/behind-headlines/

Bill Would Prohibit California from Sending Youth Under 16 to Adult Courts…


Date: August 21, 2018

01) Bill Would Prohibit California from Sending Youth Under 16 to Adult Courts

“A violent riot broke out in the yard on Michael Mendoza’s very first day in a state prison — a stark wake-up call to his new reality.

At age 15, Mendoza had been tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

“I thought, ‘This is my life, this is what it’s going to be like,’” Mendoza said of that day some 20 years ago. “It’s going to be very violent. And I was going to have to become something I wasn’t to survive — a violent individual.”

For certain crimes in California, teens as young as 14 can be sentenced as adults, and sent to prison for life, like Mendoza was. Senate Bill 1391, a bill moving through the state legislature, aims to stop that in light of new understandings of brain development.”