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His full cabinet has finally been revealed and true to his campaign promise to try and achieve gender parity it includes 15 women (out of 31 members).
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At least in some states and areas. John Edwards is keeping his district - at least THAT John Edwards not to be confused with the other John Edwards...es...

Virginia elections

Kentucky elections

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The myriad vulgarities of Donald Trump—examples of which are retailed daily on Web sites and front pages these days—are not news to those of us who have been living downwind of him for any period of time. I first encountered Trump more than 30 years ago. Back then he was a flashy go-getter from an outer borough eager to make his name in Manhattan real estate. Which he succeeded in doing in the only way he knew how: by putting his name in oversize type on anything he was associated with—buildings, yes, but also vodka, golf courses, starchy ties, and even a sham of a real-estate school. Most people who own private planes include their initials as part of the tail number. Not Trump. On his campaign jet, a Boeing 757, his name runs from the cockpit to the wings—in gold letters, 10 feet high.

Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer. He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he coils like a caged ferret. Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of Spy magazine. That was more than a quarter of a century ago. To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: “See, not so short!” I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, “Actually, quite short.” Which I can only assume gave him fits.

If Trump is like a feral forest animal on the campaign trail, his Democratic counterpart is a razor clam with a sharp mind and a long memory. They are like matter and anti-matter and really could not be more un-alike. Trump says whatever he wants, takes advice from no one, and so far seems politically unaffected by any of his loathsome boasts and put-downs. Whatever one thinks of Hillary Clinton—and, goodness knows, everyone has an opinion—she knows a lot about government. But she seems to rarely say what she thinks and has surrounded herself with a secretive phalanx of control-freak viziers. At this point, as Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison points out, you’d need to apply the famous Turing Test to see if any authentic human “Hillary” can be distinguished from the machine version that has been in development for more than three decades.

In “Fortress Hillary,” Ellison describes the tight-knit group of advisers and surrogates that has grown up around Clinton like a coral reef. It once consisted mainly of women, but now is about evenly split between the genders. Some of them, like Mandy Grunwald and Huma Abedin, have formed part of Clinton’s defensive shield for almost a quarter-century. Hillary Clinton has been embattled ever since she entered public life, sometimes for reasons of her own making (and sometimes not). The wall around her is now high and thick. As Ellison notes, this wall creates its own set of problems—it’s like the Maginot Line. The State Department e-mail scandal is Exhibit A—the Clintonian zest for prophylactic secrecy is the root cause of the issue that has mired her campaign in the muck of the recent past. The wall also keeps information from getting in. During the dark days of the Whitewater investigation, one adviser told Hillary to stop reading the newspapers—her aides would tell her what she needed to know. How isolated is Clinton? Most of us would find a single day of full-time Secret Service protection to be intolerable. Hillary, Ellison writes, has had it for 23 years. No other recent presidential candidate—not Obama, not Bush, not even Nixon—has been as inaccessible as Hillary has been from day one of her campaign.

What mystifies V.F. columnist Michael Kinsley about Clinton’s opposite in the presidential sweepstakes is how his fellow Republican candidates—and, frankly, the political media—ever allowed him to sprint onto the playing field as if he were a serious candidate, or a serious anything. In business circles, few take him seriously. Even other real-estate developers give him a wide berth. As Kinsley writes in “Fool’s Paradise,” Trump’s opponents’ strategy from the start has been to engage with him, and debate him, on the “issues”: immigration, ISIS, China, health care, taxes—what have you. At a stroke, it elevated Trump to legitimacy. Too late now, but a better strategy would have been to speak the simple truth: Trump is unqualified for the job by temperament, experience, and character. “That’s why his campaign is a joke,” Kinsley writes, “not the merits or otherwise of his alleged policies.” Fortunes will be lost on bets as to when the wheels on the Donald Trump bandwagon will fall off. He’s certainly lasted longer than his detractors would have initially guessed. He may be giving the American political system the roughing up it so sorely needs, but even the remote possibility that one of those tiny fingers could be within reach of the nuclear hot button should give any sane Republican the chills.

Vanity Fair

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They're not racist, they just want a white ethno-state

Speakers at the "Become Who We Are" conference talk with members of the media on Oct. 31, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON -- The 150-plus white men who gathered on Halloween to discuss their shared European heritage and identity insisted they don’t think they’re better than other races.

They’re simply different, they said. They’re “white advocates” and “identitarians.” “Racial idealists” or “racial communitarians.” The label “white supremacists,” to them, is a political “scare term” created by liberals and groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to undercut “legitimate” white interests.

The conference, called “Become Who We Are,” invited other white people to gain this race consciousness so their revolution can move off Twitter, blogs and online journals and into the mainstream. Discussion topics included "The Origins of the White Man," "The Tragedy of Southern Identity" and "Why We Will Win."

“There’s something radical about actually being public and talking about these views seriously,” said Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, which organized the conference. “There’s a tendency in our movement to embrace the fringe -- we want to be alienated from society, we want not to be taken seriously."

"We’re trying to make this a sensible position that all white people need to think about," he said.

Nonetheless, conference attendees wore name tags that revealed only their first names.

Spencer referenced the red pill in the movie "The Matrix" to suggest that white people were becoming “red pilled” -- awakened -- by their reality or lived experiences.

There were only about 12 or so women at the conference, which is perhaps understandable given that white nationalists on Twitter want to #BringBackThePatriarchy and force women back in the kitchen, 1950s style.Collapse )

Samantha Lachman, Staff Reporter, The Huffington Post. Posted: 10/31/2015 07:18 PM EDT.

Germany is experiencing an unprecedented influx of immigrants who will fundamentally change the country. They represent a burden, but also a chance to create a New Germany, one that is more cosmopolitan and generous. By SPIEGEL Staff


Anger is in the air. Angela Merkel has come to Heidenau and the locals are lined up to see her. But it is anything but a friendly welcome: It is a crowd full of hate. Some call out: "Traitor to Your People!" Others yell "We Are the Pack," a reference to Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's strong condemnation of right-wing, anti-refugee demonstrators.

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A few weeks ago I was tempted to post a very positive article on how welcoming Germany has become in the midst of the refugee crisis (a fact that warmed my stony heart), but it's of course only one side of the story - at the same time assholes were burning down buildings that were supposed to become refugee hostels in various locations all over Germany.

This article very eloquently describes the positive and the negative sides, the reactions of the people and the possible future results of this humanitarian crisis.

Personally I'm glad that Germany is not shutting its borders and instead welcomes refugees, however, my fear is that in order to not anger the population our chancellor will postpone the difficult decisions until later (a popular strategy of hers, sadly). As the article states, absorbing this many people costs money, and at the moment the government doesn't seem to be willing to spend enough to help out the areas in need. And the temperatures have begun dropping.

I don't agree that we need more "chaos". We need for the government to figure out the problems and offer strategies, additional personnel and money to solve this crisis. It's one thing to be welcoming, but once the people are here you need to make sure they don't freeze or starve, and give them resources to be able to build a future in the long term. And as hard as this sounds, you also need to deport the people who are coming from countries that can be considered safe and who have no chance of getting the official refugee status that would allow them to stay.
The major media networks have been eerily silent about the latest wave of racist violence.

In the last 10 days, five black churches have been set on fire in the St. Louis area. And unlike the last wave of black church fires this summer in which weather played a role in some of the fires, these all appear to be the work of arsonists. The lack of media coverage about these fires is highly-noticeable, given the media’s hyper-intensive coverage of rioters in Baltimore setting fire to a CVS earlier this year.

“It is arson,” St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby told Fox 2 Saint Louis. “These are being intentionally set.”

This most recent wave of church fires are taking place in North St. Louis, near Ferguson, where racial tensions have been particularly high since the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. The department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is investigating the arsons.

On October 8th, the first fire was set at the Bethel Non-Denominational Church. Between October 10th and October 14th, three more churches were burned — New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the New Testament Church of Christ. In the early hours of Saturday morning, another fire was set at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church. All 5 churches are within three miles of each other.

Prior to these latest church burnings, black churches were burned across the South following the June 17 killings of 9 people in the racially-inspired act of domestic terrorism at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Those fires raged in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In that wave of fires, only three were ruled as arson. But as Capt. Mosby told local media, all 5 of these are being investigated as arson.

The destruction of black churches and community activism is a popular tactic among hate groups.

“Strike at the Black church, and you strike at the heart of Black American life,” said journalist and commentator David A. Love.

According to The Atlantic, white supremacist and affiliated groups planted more than 50 devices targeting black churches, black leaders, Jews, and Catholics between 1947 and 1965. And for a 72-month stretch starting in January of 1995, there were 945 acts of suspected arson against places of worship, many of which were black churches. That rash of arsons led to the creation of the National Church Arson Task Force. The task force has since been disbanded.

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement gains momentum and power, the backlash from white supremacists appears to be intensifying. This powerful reaction from racists in the US has taken many forms — from pundits blaming acts of violence against police on the movement to local law enforcement rallying against it.
Give the rise of a new wave of racist violence against black churches, perhaps Congress should consider the creation of a new task force to both investigate those behind attacks on black churches and find ways to better protect places of worship from arson and vandalism. The First Amendment’s guarantee of the people’s right to worship freely should be the only justification needed for swift action to protect America’s churches from future acts of racist violence.

(Source has more links.)
Alternative sources: HUFFPO (CANADA) and GLOBAL NEWS


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