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Video: Vermont Lawmaker: Residents of Sanctuary Cities Reject Trump’s “Dragnet Approach” on Immigration

Video: Vermont Lawmaker: Residents of Sanctuary Cities Reject Trump’s “Dragnet Approach” on Immigration

http://democracynow.org – As we broadcast from Burlington, Vermont, which is a sanctuary city, Vermont Rep. Peter Welch says there has been enormous citizen … Via Youtube

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10 DEADLY chemicals cigarette manufacturers don’t want you to know about

10 DEADLY chemicals cigarette manufacturers don’t want you to know about

We all know smoking is bad for us, yet millions of people still smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 15 percent of Americans, or more than 40 million people, still light up a cigarette everyday. Compared to the 42 percent of the population that smoked in 1965, it seems like we are making some progress.
Despite all the efforts being made, smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, killing some 443,000 Americans every year. As stated by the CDC, smoking kills more people than obesity, drug abuse, infectious disease, firearms, and traffic accidents.
But what exactly is it that makes cigarettes so bad for our health? While we all know about the addictive effects of nicotine, not many people realize that cigarettes contain more than 4000 other chemicals. Of these chemicals, at least 40 are known carcinogens, and 400 are proven to be toxic to some degree.
Are you a smoker? Let’s look at ten of the most toxic substances found in cigarettes. Hopefully, this article will make you think twice before lighting up your next cigarette.
1.      Benzene
In humans, benzene has been linked to leukemia or blood cancer, anemia, genetic damage, and excessive bleeding. It is one of the most basic chemicals used in the (more…)

The “Taxation Is Theft” Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream

The “Taxation Is Theft” Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream

Op-Ed by Alice Salles The month of April is a nightmare for anyone with a conscience, as we only have until “tax day” — which…

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‘Who was the most dangerous person you ever arrested?’: A policeman’s chilling encounter with a young psychopath

‘Who was the most dangerous person you ever arrested?’: A policeman’s chilling encounter with a young psychopath

Comment: The following recounting of a police officer’s pursuit of someone who seems quite definitely to have been a psychopath – is instructive in numerous ways – not least of which were the emotional and psychological effects the subject of this story had on those he interacted with.

The most dangerous person I ever put cuffs on was a guy named Brady something-or-other. He was in no way famous, and he was only 19 years old when I arrested him.

Someone had been setting pets on fire with gasoline and matches, and letting them go running down the street burning. We had 5 of these, 4 dogs and 1 cat, over about a 3 week period. Everybody on the department was a ranch kid or grew up working on ranches, hunting and fishing…everyone was an animal lover, particularly dogs. There was a LOT of anger, we all wanted this guy badly – we all secretly hoped that he would give us a reason to kill him, or better yet, to pour gasoline on him and let him burn, although imagining that scenario was tough.

We had several eye witnesses that had seen a kid, teenager-ish, a boy, acting suspiciously in the area, but nobody knew who he was or got a really good look.

One Saturday another dog was seen on fire, although a really quick 11 year old boy walking home from the pool had seen it and managed (more…)

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read: Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. […]

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Man beaten by police in viral jaywalking video taken to county jail & beaten again

Man beaten by police in viral jaywalking video taken to county jail & beaten again

Dashcam video of an incident the Free Thought Project reported earlier this month shows just how far police are willing to go to extort people for jaywalking — or alleged jaywalking. It also shows how some cops react when their manhood is brought into question by those they are trying to extort. However, according to a recent lawsuit, the one abusive cop was only the tip of the iceberg for victim, Nandi Cain Jr.

As we reported previously, Nandi Cain Jr. was crossing the street when a Sacramento police officer approached him. As seen in the video, the pair exchanged some words just before the officer charged Cain and began choking and beating him. He was then arrested.

However, after he was arrested, according to a new federal lawsuit, the 24-year-old was also placed on psychiatric hold and taken to an isolation cell of a county jail, where the officer and other employees beat him repeatedly, stripped his clothes off and made obscene comments. Cain was then left in the cell, where he spent hours without food, medical attention or a chance to make a phone call, the lawsuit says.

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Video: German court clears 4 men after they beat, tied Iraqi man to tree

Video: German court clears 4 men after they beat, tied Iraqi man to tree

A German court has cleared 4 men after they beat up an Iraqi refugee and tied him to a tree. The attack started in a local supermarket and filmed by a bystander. Via Youtube

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Rex Tillerson sidelines Nikki Haley at Security Council, opens door for negotiations with North Korea

Rex Tillerson sidelines Nikki Haley at Security Council, opens door for negotiations with North Korea

In carefully chosen words at UN Security Council session US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves open possibility for direct negotiations between the US and North Korea, culminating in an agreement to normalise relations in return for limits on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, acted today to confirm his authority as the head of US diplomacy by using a UN Security Council session to make what amounted to a peace offer to North Korea.

After sidelining Nikki Haley at the UN Security Council session today, Tillerson signalled what could be a significant shift in the US approach to the Korean crisis, appearing to offer direct talks with North Korea’s leadership with a promise of an eventual normalisation of relations between the US and North Korea, and holding out the prospect of the eventual enuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and of sanctions relief.

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350.org’s Bill McKibben on People’s Climate March: “Weekends Are for Fighting Tyranny”

350.org’s Bill McKibben on People’s Climate March: “Weekends Are for Fighting Tyranny”

To mark the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, thousands of climate activists from around the country are converging in Washington, DC on Saturday for the People’s Climate March. Already, Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, begun dismantling President Obama’s climate legacy and revived the Keystone XL and […]

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Video: UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russia’s FM spokeswoman

Video: UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russia’s FM spokeswoman

The UN should create a set of international rules to help stop the pandemic of fake news and Cold war-style disinformation, Russia’s Foreign Ministry … Via Youtube

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USS Carl Vinson sails in Japanese waters towards Korean Peninsula

USS Carl Vinson sails in Japanese waters towards Korean Peninsula

A US Navy strike group is making its way through Japanese waters as it headed to waters off the Korean Peninsula amid tensions between the US and North Korea. Footage posted by Japanese broadcaster NHK on Saturday shows the USS Carl Vinson passing through the waters off the coast of Nagasaki, southern Japan. Washington had […]

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