Thursday, December 8, 2016

Massive Xmas rock concert (FREE simulcast)

(KROQ) Here's the lineup for both nights of the 2016 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
We wanted to come and make Grouplove with everyone, but my voice is shot.

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KROQ (Los Angeles/Orange County, 106.7 FM) Almost Acoustic Christmas is SOLD OUT. This year it features:

On Night 1, it's Blink 182, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Eat World, AFI (A Fire Inside), M83, X Ambassadors, The Strumbellas, and Grouplove.

On Night 2, it's Green Day, Beck, Weezer, Bastille, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, PHANTOGRAM, Bishop Briggs, and The Head and the Heart. 

KROQWin floor tickets to both nights this week. Or buy them from scalpers at the show, ticket resellers on the Web, Craigslist, or watch the show FREE right here from the comfort of your own home Internet connection straight from the world famous Forum. The show simulcast starts on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm and again on Dec. 11th. This show is so big and popular that now all of the LA stations put on copycat rap, pop, and country versions.


We suck without our conspiracy buff Tom DeLonge, but Travis got a tattoo and Mark...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (sutra)

Ven. Piyadassi (trans.) Gilana Sutra: "Ill" (SN 46.16); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
From "The Buddha - A Documentary Story of the Buddha's Life (thirdmonk.net)
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Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One [the Buddha] was living near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove in the Squirrels' Feeding Ground. At that time, he was afflicted with a disease, was suffering therefrom, and was gravely ill.
 
Then Venerable Maha Cunda [arising from his solitude at eventide] approached the Blessed One, respectfully saluted him, and sat down beside him.
 
To Ven. Maha Cunda thus seated, the Blessed One said:
 
"O, Cunda, let the Seven Factors of Enlightenment occur to your mind."
 
"These Seven Factors of Enlightenment, venerable sir (bhante), are well expounded and are cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. They conduce to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana. What are the seven?
 
1. "Mindfulness (sati), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One, and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
2. "Investigation of the Dharma (dhamma*-vicaya), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
  • *NOTE: Dharma (Pali dhamma) is a broad term best translated as "things," and here is often confused with the Dharma, the Buddha's Doctrine. Here it means "mind-body phenomena" (nama-rupa) in line with the Buddha's Teaching about the nature of these things. The context, explained in the Satipathana Sutra, clearly shows that it is the phenomena of existence -- such as the Five Aggregates of Clinging (khanda) -- that one specifically investigates as a factor of enlightenment rather than the Doctrine, which one is being generally observant of throughout one's practice toward enlightenment.
3. "Persevering effort (viriya, padhāna), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
4. "Rapture (pīti), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
5. "Calm (passaddhi), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
6. "Concentration (samādhi), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
7. "Equanimity (upekkhā), the factor of enlightenment, venerable sir, is well expounded by the Blessed One, and is cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. It conduces to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana.
 
(salnath.deviantart.com)
These Seven Factors of Enlightenment, venerable sir, are well expounded and cultivated and fully developed by the Blessed One. They conduce to perfect understanding, to full realization, and to nirvana."
 
"Most assuredly Cunda, they are factors of enlightenment. Most assuredly, Cunda, they are factors of enlightenment."
 
Thus said Ven. Maha Cunda, and the Teacher approved of it. Then the Blessed One [immediately] recovered from his affliction, and thus disappeared his illness.

How do I develop the seven factors? (sutra)

Ven. Nyanatiloka (trans.) edited by Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

How do I develop the Seven Factors?
In A.X.102, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment or Awakening are said to be the means of attaining Threefold Wisdom.

They may be attained by means of practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as it is said in S.XLVI.1 and explained in M.118: 

(1) "O meditators, whenever one dwells contemplating the body (kāya), feeling (vedanā), mind (citta), and mind-objects (dhammā), strenuous, clearly-conscious, mindful [without judging or evaluating but just observing, watching with bare attention], after subduing greed and grief with regard to the world, at that time one's mindfulness is present and undisturbed.

And whenever  mindfulness is present and undisturbed, at that time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'mindfulness' (sati-sambojjhanga), and this factor of enlightenment [is moving toward reaching] fullest perfection.

(2) "Whenever, while dwelling with mindfulness, one wisely investigates, examines, and considers mind-body phenomena [in line with the Dharma taught by the Buddha]...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'investigation of phenomena' (dhamma-vicaya)...

(3) "Whenever, while wisely investigating, energy [effort] is firm and unshaken...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'energy' (viriya)....

(4) "Whenever, while firm in energy, there arises in one super-sensuous rapture [joy, bliss, zest]...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'rapture' (pīti)...

(5) "Whenever, while enraptured in mind, one's body and one's mind become composed [calm]...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'serenity' (passaddhi).

(6) "Whenever, while being composed in body and happy, one's mind becomes concentrated [composed, coherent, collected, settled and all together]...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'concentration' (samādhi).

(7) "Whenever one looks on one's mind free of bias [serene and settled] thus collected...at such time one has gained and is developing the factor of enlightenment 'equanimity' (upekkhā).

What do these terms mean in English?
The Pali word bojjhanga is a compound of bodhi ("enlightenment") and anga ("factor"). In Buddhism, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment or seven bojjhangas (Pali satta bojjha or satta sambojjha, Sanskrit sapta bodhyanga) are:
  1. Mindfulness (sati): to recognize the dhammas (phenomena or reality, which are two ways of translating the multivalent term "dhamma" or "dharma").
  2. Investigation of things (dhamma vicaya): observing mind-body phenomena (namarupa), namely, the Five Aggregates of Existence and Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.
  3. Energy (viriya): effort, determination, exertion
  4. Rapture (pīti): joy, bliss, zest that accompanies the first and second absorptions, the original meaning of "meditation" (zen, dhyana, jhana, chan), meditative accomplishment, attainment.
  5. Serenity (passaddhi): calm, relaxation, tranquility of both body and mind.
  6. Coherence (samādhi): concentration, collectedness, composure, clear awareness, a lucid, calm, one-pointed state of mind (see Rhys Davids & Stede, dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.3:1:3397.pali).
  7. Equanimity (upekkha): serene awareness of all phenomena free of bias, free of lust or aversion toward them.
This evaluation of the Seven Enlightenment Factors is one of the "seven sets" of "enlightenment-related things" [for a total of 37 items] called bodhipakkhiyadhamma in Buddhism. More
  • It is interesting that just bringing these factors to mind, at least for those who have already developed them, has the power to instantly cure illness, suggesting that illness might be due to incoherence and that these factors restore coherence. They are therefore the popular subject of protective or safeguard chants (parittas). See the Galina Sutra when Ven. Maha Cunda recites these factors to cure the Buddha and related "bojjhanga discourses" such as the Maha Kassapa Bojjhanga.
Enlightenment: awakening (bodh), seeing things as they truly are. Bodh is an abstract noun formed from the verbal root budh- (to awake, become aware, notice, know, understand) corresponding to the verbs bujjhati in Pāli and bodhati or budhyate in Sanskrit.

Pearl Harbor: false pretext for war (video)

Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; Worlds Best Videos; James Perloff (The Richie Allen Show); SGT Report; AIH; BCTV; Strange Mysteries; TNT
What is a "false flag" operation, and what does it have to do with WW II's Pearl Harbor?


U.S. General Smedley D. Butler
War is a scam. War, what is it good for? Absolutely something: making money for arms dealers, war profiteers, professional military men, stock markets, and industry/corporations.

Just ask U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler. He figured it out before 1935 then wrote the book on it. By international and constitutional law, as well as other contractual agreements, the U.S. cannot enter war without Congressional authorization. That's never stopped us.



For all we really need is a pretext, a "false flag operation," an excuse to justify doing what we plan in advance as "retaliation" for something else. For instance, if we're attacked, we have given ourselves the right to start military hostilities without hesitating to ask anyone's permission.

So the military-industrial complex, with plenty of help from the Congress, rules our government and the military it funds. U.S. Pres. Eisenhower warned us.



War is a Racket (Gen. Smedley D. Butler)
Since we need an attack to strike back, and since no one will attack us, let's just say they did -- Bay of Tonkin, Bay of Pigs, Bay of Pearl Harbor.

We were so innocently minding our own peace-loving business when those subhuman monsters came and dared to attack us on our own soil!

What could we do but "fight back"? We knew it was coming to Hawaii (a 1,000 islands we had invaded and forcibly made part of the USA largely to create a forward military base for strategic advantage), we had moved all of our real ships out to sea for safety, and we brought in our own junkers filled with youthful recruits to be sitting ducks. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted war.

The Japanese -- and since we had secretly broken their code months before, we knew all about their intentions and plans weeks in advance -- flew in, saw that it was a setup, but could not retreat. So they bombed as planned and went on kamikaze missions. And we played it up to the hilt.



Even 75 years later on anniversary days like today, we officially grieve and remember how brave we were to seek revenge.

In the guise of foreign wars - James Madison
Our hands were forced to enter the "good war" and kill hundreds of thousands, injure millions (many still feeling the effects of nuclear fallout because we are the only nation in the known history of the world to ever drop nuclear bombs on a human population, a civilian one at that, in contravention of all conventions and acceptable military practices).

Hooray for our side! Let's kill all who oppose our interests, particularly as it relates to our free trade freedom. If we need something more spectacular than Pearl Harbor, how about we take down a bunch of towers in our biggest city with the cameras rolling? Sure, why not?

If we're willing to accept Operation Northwooods, why not sacrifice 5,000 citizens for endless wars -- taking down seven countries from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and Iran. All invasion plans have been prepared in advance.


(BCTV) The Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge theory is the idea that American officials had advance knowledge of Japan's Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Ever since the Japanese attack there has been debate as to how and why the United States had been caught off guard and how much and when American officials knew of Japanese plans for an attack.

Several writers, including journalist Robert Stinnett[3] and former United States Navy Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, have argued that various parties high in the U.S. and British governments knew of the attack in advance and may even have let it happen or encouraged it in order to force America into war via the "back door." Evidence supporting this view is taken from quotations and source documents from the time and the release of newer materials.

Ten official U.S. inquiries
The U.S. government made nine official inquiries into the attack between 1941 and 1946 and a tenth in 1995. They included an inquiry by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (1941); the Roberts Commission (1941-42);...
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dharma talk: A Fistful of Sand

Ajahn Suwat Suvaco translated from the original Thai by Ven. Thanissaro (aka Geoffrey DeGraff) edited by Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
It's like trying to hold and cling on to a fistful of sand: time (shireializa.com)
It can slip right through our hands like a fistful of sand (memegenerator.net).
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United States of America's real first family
We have all come here out of a sense of conviction (confidence in the Buddha), intent on studying and practicing the Dharma that will bring happiness and fulfill our hearts.

We should understand that the Dharma taught by the Buddha does not lie anywhere far away. As the Pali canon says, skillful and unskillful dhammas ("things," mental phenomena) arise right here in the heart. If we want to study the Dharma, we have to study our own heart.

Mourning for rebel leader Fidel Castro, Cuba
When we're well acquainted with the heart, we'll be well acquainted with the Dharma, and when we're well acquainted with the Dharma, we'll be well acquainted with the heart.
 
There are times when the heart is in bad shape. Bad mental qualities get mixed up with it, making it even worse, making us suffer both in body and mind. These bad mental qualities are said to be "unskillful" (akusala, unwholesome). 


Tragedy strikes in Oakland, California
The Buddha teaches us to study these qualities so that we are able to abandon them.

There are other times when the heart is in good shape: at ease and enjoying a sense of well being. We feel at ease whether we're sitting or lying down, alone or associating with friends and relatives. When the heart gains a sense of ease in this way, it is said to be staying with the Dharma.

In other words, skillful (kusala, wholesome) mental qualities have appeared in the heart. The skillful heart is what gives us happiness. This is why the Buddha taught us to develop these skillful qualities, to give rise to them within ourselves.
 
Poor Megyn Kelly post-Trump (Fox News)
If one were to list these skillful qualities, there would be lots of them. But even though there are lots of them, they all arise in our one heart. So if we want to know and see the Dharma, we have to develop mindfulness and alertness, keeping watch over our heart. [Mindfulness (sati) is sometimes translated as "vigilance" or "watchfulness."]
 
If the heart isn't at peace, if it's distracted and turbulent, we should realize that, at that moment, the heart is out of shape.

Sadly, the last face some people see
Unskillful qualities have arisen within it. So we should be mindful and alert to put it back in shape. We have to keep watch over the heart to see whether, at this moment in time, it's in good or bad shape.
 
If we see that the heart isn't yet in satisfactory shape, we let go of our unskillful preoccupations and make ourselves mindful of what's good.
  • EDITORIAL NOTE (Wisdom Quarterly): What is "good" and what "bad" from the point of view of karma? All intentions or motivations that are rooted in greed, hatred/fear, or delusion are bad. Good refers to those intentions rooted in the opposite categories: nongreed, nonhatred/nonfear, nondelusion otherwise known as generosity (unselfishness), loving-kindness (compassion)/bravery, and/or wisdom.
"Forever Fidel," mourning loss of great leader
We want to be happy, so we don't want the things that will make us suffer. We should try to put the mind into good shape, convinced in the practice of the Dharma that will develop our mindfulness. We have to look after the heart so that it's confident and content in our practice.

We remind ourselves that in following this practice we're following in line with the Buddha: one who knows, who sees, an enlightened being free from defilement, released from suffering in the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara.

The fact that we're practicing in line with the Dharma taught by the Buddha means that we're studying at an institution of highest learning, with the Buddha as our foremost teacher.

So be mindful to keep the heart in good shape. Be mindful of the meditation word (internal mantra), buddho. Or if you want, focus on the in-and-out breath [at the tip of the nose].

When the breath comes in, keep your mind at ease. When it goes out, keep your mind at ease. Don't be tense, don't force things, don't get caught up in any desire to know or see beyond reasonable bounds.
 
How much mourning can we do? Oakland
If we give rise to this kind of [subtle] desire, this kind of defilement, it'll distract the heart. So we should be careful to be mindful, to look after the mind, to meditate well.

Simply be mindful of the breath. When the breath comes in, let it come in with ease. When it goes out, let it go out with ease. Let the mind be at ease, too.

If anything comes along to disturb you, don't get involved with it. Just keep that sense of ease going. If your mindfulness can keep maintaining your sense of contentment, your sense of confidence in the practice, the mind [heart] will separate from its outside preoccupations and gather into a sense of stillness. There will be a sense of lightness, comfort, a feeling of contentment within that comfort. More

CONTENTS

NAZIs and Secrets of Antarctica (video)

RhA Liason via 818encino; Jeranism; Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly


RhA Liason卐 Secrets of Antarctica: What force did U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd confront in Antarctica in 1947? Are there openings at the poles, and are other civilizations living inside the earth?

 
(Jeranism) This is a response to Tiger Dan925, who called researchers "stupid" and "liars" because none had done basic research on Antarctica.

The truth is that many of us have researched this subject extensively, whereas Tiger has not. If he had he would not claim that 90% of flat earth researchers told about a problem with their alternative models ignore the problem and lie to their viewers.

I have therefore put some of my Antarctic research into this video to show Tiger Dan that Antarctica is not a continent. It is in fact the outer edge of our flat [or contoured] earth. To say that this is "utter foolishness" because "the news goes there and people build shacks there" is a sign of no research. The truth is much stranger than fiction.

    Our eyes aren't telling us the truth (video)

    Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Mitchell Moffit, Rachel Salt, Gregory Brown
    Our eyes aren't always telling us the truth. More illusions. Subscribe. The ASAP SCIENCE BOOK: asapscience.com/book. Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit. Clickable: bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube. Created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). Send us stuff*!



    SUTRA: Distortions of the Mind 
    Andrew Olendzki (trans.) Vipallasa Sutra (AN 4.49) edited by Seven Dhr., Wisdom Quarterly

    ...These four, O monastics, are distortions of perception, distortions of thought, distortions of view:...

    Sensing no change in the changing,
    Sensing pleasure in suffering [dissatisfaction],

    Assuming "self" where there's no self,
    Sensing the ugly as lovely --

    Gone astray with wrong views, such beings
    Misperceive with distorted minds.

    Bound in the bondage of Mara,
    Such people are far from safety [nirvana].

    They are beings who go on flowing:
    Going again from death to rebirth.

    But when in the world of darkness
    Buddhas arise to make things bright,

    They present this profound teaching
    Which brings suffering to an end.

    When those with wisdom have heard this,
    They recuperate their right mind:

    They see change in what is changing,
    Suffering where there's suffering

    "Non-self" in what is without self,
    They see the unlovely as such.

    By this acceptance of right view,
    They overcome all suffering.
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    Translator's note
    These verses from The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya) give the traditional list of the "distortions of mind" (vipallasas).
     
    This Pali term is composed of a prefix (vi-), which carries the sense of division, separation, or removal, and another prefix (pari-) meaning around, or complete (as in our related word perimeter), and a verb (-as), which can be taken as meaning "to throw."

    Together, we have the image of the mind taking something up, turning it around, and throwing it back down -- a perversion or distortion of reality by the perceptual and cognitive apparatus of the brain.

    The distortions are fundamental to what Buddhism refers to as ignorance, delusion, and wrong views. It is not that we are inherently flawed by nature, but rather just that we make some serious errors on many levels as we attempt to make sense of the world around us.

    As we come to recognize -- through practicing meditation -- some of the ways we misconstrue things about our experience, we become more able to correct for these errors and gain greater clarity on what is real.
     
    The distortions of the mind work on three levels of scale: First, distortions of perception (sañña-vipallasa) cause us to misperceive the information coming to us through the sense doors. For example, we might mistake a rope on the ground as a snake. Normally such errors of vision are corrected by more careful scrutiny, but sometimes these sensory mistakes are overlooked and remain.

    Distortions of thought (citta-vipallasa) have to do with the next higher level of mental processing, when we find ourselves thinking about or pondering over things. The mind tends to elaborate on perception with these thought patterns, and if our thoughts are based on distortions of perception then they too will be distorted.
     
    Eventually such thought patterns can become habitual and evolve into distortions of view (ditthi-vipallasa). We might become so convinced that there is a snake on the ground that no amount of evidence to the contrary, from our own eyes or from reasoning or the advice of others, will shake our beliefs and assumptions. We are stuck in a mistaken view (or thicket of views).
     
    Furthermore, these three levels of distortion are cyclical in that our perceptions are formed in the context of our views, which are strengthened by our thoughts, and all three work together to build the cognitive systems which make up our unique personality.
     
    The particular distortions mentioned in this sutra correspond to the Three Characteristics of Existence: Taking what is impermanent as permanent, what is inherently unsatisfactory (dukkha) as a source of satisfaction, and regarding what is impersonal (without a self, anatta) as constituting a self.

    These are the primary ways we distort reality to the profound disadvantage of ourselves and others. Seeing the un-lovely (asubha) as lovely rounds out the traditional list of four vipallasas.

    These verses say that when we are under the influence of these distortions, we have "lost our senses" (vi-saññino) and our mind is "broken" or "thrown" (khitta-citta).

    When the distortions are corrected by right view, clear thinking and careful perception, then the text says that we have "gotten back" (pacca-latthu) our "true mind" (sa-citta).

    This is the Buddhist view of mental disease and mental health. Delusion is a "mental illness" that causes all sorts of suffering. Mental health can be restored by correcting the flaws in how the mind operates.

    Fortunately, "Buddhas [fully enlightened teachers] arise to make things bright" and explain in detail how this recovery of our natural health is accomplished. More
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    Secrets of the Occult: The Magicians (video)

    Private Universe.; Wisdom Quarterly


    Private Universe.History of the Occult: The Magicians. Who is Odin/Woden the one eyed king and reptilian shapeshifter...?

    The spirit of Quetzalcoatl (the Nordic man-serpent from space)/Abaddon Apollo/Apollyon/Lucifer/Satan... "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist."

    Thou shalt obey Christian authorities and not question them (and don't talk back), and whatever you do, don't look into the "occult."

    For research and study: The official King James Bible (KJV) online, Old and New Testaments (kingjamesbibleonline.org). Free download. If one makes the mistake of taking the "Mark of the Beast" [RFID chip] it is over for you (e-sword.net).

    Free Christian Bible download that includes the dictionary of every word in the Bible and the meaning in the original tongue (Aramaic, Hebrew, Bedouin), it also has an excellent word search.

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Dakota Access STOPS at Standing Rock (video)

    Wisdom Quarterly; AP.org; Amy Goodman, Dave Archambault II (DemocracyNow.org)
    With DA trying to throw case in favor of killer cop, mistrial may be good sign (See below)
    He saved us from Hillary to throw us to the billionaires, which she wanted to do (AP).

     
    S6 wells fargo protestors split
    "Disaster": Could DAPL lose its contracts?
    In a historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners  Corporation, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River -- officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

    S4 standing rock protectorsThe project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies -- all concerned the pipeline’s construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II. More

    The outgoing, lame duck Obama Administration just announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the final permit needed by Dakota Access to complete construction of the pipeline.

    The corporation, Energy Transfer Partners, says they don't need no stinking permit and are moving forward like this never happened.

    Obama also ordered a "review" of the route and a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) be conducted if the company still intends to move forward with the project -- and with Trump's help, they do.

    In the meantime, this is a major victory for the Indigenous-led Water Protectors at Standing Rock and all allies who will continue to stand with them to fight this oil pipeline that is trampling sovereign rights, abusing eminent domain for private gain, and threatening our land, water, and climate. [A pipeline like this easily gets thousands of leaks a year, and a major catastrophic spill is always a danger.]
    Thanks for continuing to stand with us.

    - Jane Kleeb and the Bold Alliance team and Wisdom Quarterly
    Reporter charged for reporting news: Amy Goodman tells CNN the media has responsibility to cover Standoff at Standing Rock...
    Dn in the newsOn Sunday, before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to drill underneath the Missouri River, Amy Goodman spoke with media correspondent Brian Stelter on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" about covering months of resistance by Native Americans and their allies against the $3.8 billion pipeline. 
    S3 remy vets splitDec. 05, 2016: As Thousands of Vets Descend on Standing Rock, U.S. Army Backs Down and Halts Pipeline Construction
    S6 wells fargo protestors split
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    A panel of one black and 11 white jurors -- who had seemed close to a verdict to convict Friday, with apparently only one holdout -- said Monday they were unable to reach a unanimous decision after deliberating more than 22 hours over four days.
     
    "We as a jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all parties we are unable to come to a unanimous decision," said Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, reading a note from the jury before declaring a mistrial.
     
    Former patrolman Michael Slager was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The judge had said the jury could also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
     
    Cellphone video taken by a bystander that showed Scott being shot in the back five times was shown widely in the media and on the internet and shocked the country, inflaming the national debate about how blacks are treated by law enforcement officers. More

    Jill Stein's protest at Trump Towers (video)

    Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; SNL
    And that Alec Baldwin guy is so not funny, SNL totally unwatchable... (WashPost)


    Busy saving the world: Dr. Jill Stein in front of Trump Towers asking for recount (AP)
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    Our choice for president, Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is keeping the fire under Trump and his billionaire administration, even as corrupt hypocrite Hillary Rodham Clinton -- who did all she could to destroy Bernie Sanders and his movement that could have stopped Trump -- sits this one out.



    Racist Trump likes some blacks (AP)
    After raising a great deal of money to demand a recount in key states, the powers that be through the judiciary put a stop to her efforts in one state. But progress continues in others. What to do now? Dr. Stein held a conference in front of Trump Towers in New York City to discuss her plans openly with full transparency. We would not have seen that with Clinton, and we're not likely to see it with Trump...unless perhaps he keeps tweeting like a mad man.

    Green Party's Jill Stein demands recount

    MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) - Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge. [What's the use -- or, as turncoat Bernie says, "What difference does it make now?" -- is a question best answered by investigator Greg Palast in the movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.] More


    Hillary Clinton's child molestation ring at pizza shop: "self-investigation" thwarted