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It’s incredible how we always end up with these two.

Just like Booth and Brennan, they are the center. And they had to hold. For everything to work, they’d have to hold.

And they worked everyday. So hard. To give us the best. To have the best work environment. To have this show.

So different people, these two, with such completely different backgrounds and professional situations when they landed on this little show. Yet. They made it work everyday. Through their inside jokes, through their laughs, through hard times, against everything and everybody that didn’t believe this show actually could. They built this amazing friendship.

And the feeling, this friendship that flourished leaves me? Peace. Happiness. Because it’s so pure in so many ways. It’s David and Emily, those two so different that built their bridges together for Booth and Brennan, for Bones. You see it in every smile and photo and moment. There’s a real, deep connection. I’ll hold them so dear to me in my heart forever. I love them.

Thank you David and Emily, for giving me my life as I know it today.

Can US Customs and Border officials search your phone?

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. Below, ProPublica details what powers US Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices.

A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents. Last month, CBP agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order. And in October, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a Canadian photojournalist. They blocked him from entering the US after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources. These and other recent incidents have revived confusion and alarm over what powers border officials actually have and, perhaps more importantly, how to know when they are overstepping their authority.

The unsettling fact is that border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them. Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the US. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from US borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.

Sowing even more uneasiness, ambiguity around the agency’s search powers — especially over electronic devices — has persisted for years as courts nationwide address legal challenges raised by travelers, privacy advocates and civil-rights groups. We dug out answers about the current state-of-play when it comes to border searches, along with links to more detailed resources (below).

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Trump Administration the FBI and police unions label black people "Dangerous"

Before you read - Please Watch Jane Elliott Speak FACTS About Trump


TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Trump administration, FBI and police unions have labeled Black men and Black women who are concerned, angry and distressed about the steady stream of news stories about White cops shooting to death unarmed Black men and not being held accountable for their actions, as possible terrorists who need watching because they may resort to violence in retaliation. The FBI labeled the Black men and Black women who are outraged over the deadly shootings “Black Identity Extremists,” (BIE), reported Foreign Policy magazine, which broke the story titled “The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: Black Identity Extremists.

Law enforcement calls it a violent movement. Critics call it racist.” Jana Winter and Sharon Weinberger wrote the article published in Foreign Policy’s October 6 issue. Foreign Policy reported Black Identity Extremists is a new term first appearing government documents nine days before the White supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, where a counter demonstrator was murdered by a Alt-right supporter.

The FBI “assesses it is very likely that Black Identity Extremists perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will likely serve as justifications to such violence.”

Except there is no “BIE movement but in the fertile mind of those within the Trump Administration,” reports The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, which covered the Foreign Policy article. The Brennan Center’s article was written by Andrew Cohen. “No journalist or academics have discovered and chronicled such a movement. No such leaders have come forward to say they are part of a movement. No one has killed a cop in the name of such a movement. The only citations to the movement, the Foreign Policy piece tells us, come from internal law enforcement writings made over the past two months,” wrote the Brennan Center. Knowledge about the alleged movement comes after Trump supported white racists who marched in Charlottesville.

Conversely, Trump called black National Football League players who took a knee during the national anthem “sons of bitches” who should be fired because he claims they are disrespecting the American flag and members of the U.S. military, which was far from the truth. The football players are protesting the murders of unarmed black men by white police officers who claim they feared for their lives. So far this year, police and shot and killed 748 people including 168 African Americans.

“In this sense, the report is the FBI’s version of the cynical “war on cops” argument that President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and police union officials have been pitching as a policy to justify ending the modest judicial reforms implemented by the Obama administration,” reported the Brennan Center. Foreign Policy cited the July 2016 shooting of 11 Dallas cops by Micah Johnson, a former U.S. Army reservist who was angry about police violence against blacks. The shootings occurred during a Black Lives Matter movement, but the FBI doesn’t mention the organization by name. “The tactic here is almost diabolical. To deflect legitimate criticism of police tactic to undermine a legitimate police protest movement that has emerged in the past three years to protest police brutality, the FBI has tarred the dissenters as domestic terrorists, an organized group with a criminal ideology that are a threat to police officers,” the Brennan Center said.

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2016 Bones Challenge

Day 4: OTP: Booth & Brennan

What can I possibly say about these two people? How can I sufficiently and appropriately express my love and appreciation for this astounding couple? The couple which has surpassed all other couples for me- both in fantasy and reality. They are absolutely a shipper’s dream come true. Their journey has been filled with friendship, pain, passion and love. And while some lost patience in such a slow-burn couple along the way, I truly believe it was that long road that ensured their success. They were able to commence their romantic relationship with the most solid of foundations. And I wouldn’t change one thing- not one. Booth and Brennan are the epitome of real true love for me. They are equals in both love and in life. When one falls, the other is always waiting to catch them. There is no consistent lopsidedness with this couple. They save each other. They always have. Both physically and metaphorically. Booth has never seen Brennan as the weak link. She has never been a damsel in distress. He is not afraid to reveal his carefully concealed emotions to her because he knows she will always build him back up. On the flip side, Brennan trusts Booth implicitly with her feelings, fears and metaphorical heart. They have both experienced moments of weakness. They have also both inadvertently caused pain to the other. But they have only grown stronger through it all. They are incredibly strong as individuals, but even better together. They are yin and yang. Parts of the whole. Partners in every sense of the word. I’ve never seen such expressive display of love on television. Their words are not always flowery, but they tug at the heartstrings. “I love every day.” “You are the standard.” “I love you- I’m willing to do irrational things to prove it.” “I don’t have reasons.” “I’m standing right beside you, Booth. Like always. Like I always will.” Perhaps outside of the realm of the show, these words wouldn’t mean much. But in the context of the Bones universe, these are some of the most romantic moments I’ve ever seen on television. And the nonverbal cues are even better. No one does heart-eyes like Booth and Brennan. No one. Their chemistry is entrancing and unparalleled. I feel so fortunate to have Booth and Brennan as my ultimate OTP- because really, does it get any better? Has there been a more fulfilling couple ever to ever grace the TV screen? As most stories wrap up with a marriage and a baby, theirs has continued on. Because this couple is the kind of couple you want to see just living their lives together. The casual everyday moments are some of the most satisfying. They can turn even the most mundane of tasks into the most romantic of scenes. There will never be another couple like this one. Never. This is love.  Everything happened…eventually. Booth and Brennan are the center. And the center held. And the center endured. And the center flourished. And the center continued to live happily ever after. 

kol4ever  asked:

When talking with people who believe widespread voter fraud has occurred in recent elections, justifying the newest wave of voter ID laws, what is the best response? To my knowledge, there have never been substantive complaints or sufficient evidence that actual significant voter fraud is occurring, but many conservatives believe reports and commentary on this. I would like to be as persuasive as I can be with people who use fictional fraud as their excuse to support restrictive voter ID laws.

Eugene Robinson: The best answer is that voter-ID is a solution in search of a problem. The requirement that voters present a specific kind of government-issued ID can only be intended to prevent the kind of voter fraud in which someone impersonates a registered voter. But this kind of voter fraud almost never happens. I mean almost never: In North Carolina, Republican legislators scoured the records going back a decade and found all of three possible cases. That’s three incidents during a period in which North Carolinians cast millions and millions of votes. In some other states, Republicans weren’t able to come up with any. So the simple answer is: Show me the crime wave that these laws are supposed to end. Explain why preventing three possible cases over a decade is worth disenfranchising thousands of minority voters on November 8.

Khyla D. Craine: The NAACP is a non-partisan organization.  So, we don’t concern ourselves with which political party passed the laws, but what we do know is that they tend to have a negative impact upon voters of color. Voter fraud is a term that is being used to justify the need for Photo Voter Identification laws across the country.  As our friends at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University documents very clearly, voter fraud is not an issue of significance in the United States.  The Brennan Center cites a study from the Washington Post which determined that out of one billion ballots cast from 2010-2014, there were only 31 credible instances of fraud.

The fear, and thereby the implementation of laws to combat alleged voter fraud, can (and has) made it more difficult for people to exercise their right to vote. So you are absolutely correct in that voter fraud is not an issue. I would also encourage you to read the recent decisions from North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas, where Courts continually hold that voter fraud has not been identified as an issue in those states. If you need to know what the laws are in your state, please go to our website, where you can find all the pertinent information about how to register and cast your ballot this fall.

Eric Claville: The best way to combat a fallacy is for the perpetrator or believer of the fallacy to present examples to prove its’ validity or truth.  Most of the time, one cannot but chooses to believe the fallacy, in part, because they truly want the response of the fallacy to materialize.  What do I mean by this?  As it relates to new voter ID laws, many that agree with the laws see the individuals that these laws will negatively impact, mostly people of color, young, poor and traditionally disenfranchised, as threats to their voting power.  Therefore, with or without credible evidence they will agree with the fallacy because they desire the result of the laws being enacted.

Just a quick reminder that numerous studies have shown that voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare. In a report titled “The Truth About Voter Fraud,” The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law cited voter fraud incident rates between 0.00004 percent and 0.0009 percent. If you see someone saying that votor fraud is a huge issue, please ask for sources. Anecdotes are not evidence. If you’re unsure, talk to your closest librarian. We’re good at determining the validity of information.

A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — a decision that election experts called an important step toward defining the reach of the landmark law.

The case is one of a few across the country that are being closely watched in legal circles after a 2013 Supreme Court decision that blocked the voting act’s most potent enforcement tool, federal oversight of election laws in numerous states, including Texas, with histories of racial discrimination.

While the federal act still bans laws that suppress minority voting, exactly what kinds of measures cross the legal line has been uncertain since that Supreme Court ruling.

The Texas ID law is one of the strictest of its kind in the country. The law requires voters to bring a government-issued photo ID to the polls. Accepted forms of identification include a driver’s license, a United States passport, a concealed-handgun license and a so-called election identification certificate, a card issued by the State Department of Public Safety.

Wendy R. Weiser, the director of the democracy program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, called the ruling “great news for voters in Texas and for the country.”

“It does show the continuing relevance of the Voting Rights Act even in its weakened form,” said Ms. Weiser, whose organization helped represent some plaintiffs in the suit. “But it’s bittersweet because we’ve now gone through a federal election with this discriminatory voting law in place.