chicagotribune.com
City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water
Par Chicago Tribune

More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.

In a peer-reviewed study, researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found alarming levels of the brain-damaging metal can flow out of household faucets for years after construction work disrupts service lines that connect buildings to the city’s water system. 

Nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead.

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First trans woman appointed as Master of the UK High Court
A trans woman has quietly become the first to be appointed as a leading judge in the High Court.

Dr Victoria McCloud has been appointed as the most senior out trans public figure as a Master in the High Court, reports theMail on Sunday. Dr McCloud is also the youngest ever Master in the High Court, at age 46, and is the second only female Master, having been appointed in 2010. She has presided over several high profile cases, which have involved Russell Brand and Katie Price.

Master McCloud lives in London with her civil partner, who is also out as transgender, Dr Annie McCloud. Her partner is an NHS psychiatrist. The Queen’s Bench Master was congratulated by trans support group TG Pals, based in Kent.

Heather Ashton, the group’s spokesperson said she had “courage”, going on: 

“Transgender people were objects of ridicule in the past – they were afraid to come out publicly at all about who they were. This is another person being courageous enough to say we’re here, we’re in all walks of life.”

Master McCloud studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, having graduated with a psychology degree and doctorate. She later completed a law conversion, and in 1995 was called to the bar. Master McCloud specialised in civil and family law when she practiced at barristers’ chambers, and later wrote a series of legal handbooks.

A spokesman for the judiciary said courts in Britain have an “increasingly” diverse make up, and said:“judges come from all walks of life reflecting society in general”.

Master McLoud has not spoken publicly about her trans status, but has written a letter to the Royal College of Psychiatry journal on transitioning.

The 20th Anniversary of Declaration of Cyberspace Independence

WHEN DIGITAL DYSTOPIANS and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, a former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. On this day in 1996, Barlow sat down in front of a clunky Apple laptop and typed out one very controversial email, now known as the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace,” a manifesto with a simple message: Governments don’t—and can’t—govern the Internet.

“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind,” read the document’s first words. “On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

In the modern era of global NSA surveillance, China’s Great Firewall, and FBI agents trawling the dark Web, it’s easy to write off Barlow’s declaration as early dotcom-era hubris. But on his document’s 20th anniversary, Barlow himself wants to be clear: He stands by his words just as much today as he did when he clicked “send” in 1996. “The main thing I was declaring was that cyberspace is naturally immune to sovereignty and always would be,” Barlow, now 68, said in an interview over the weekend with WIRED. “I believed that was true then, and I believe it’s true now.”

Barlow laid out that thesis with a kind of unblinking confidence in his original message: “I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us,” he told the world’s governments. “You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.”

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

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Sadly the government already turned the Internet into the market – just like the rest of the world. Internet users are free to choose the sources of information, but governments work so good to prevent people of critical reasoning. The freedom of speech was turned into freedom of brainwashing and lies. Transparency of the Internet became a tool of surveillance. NSA still spies on us, but they can’t prevent terror acts. It’s not their real goal. It’s a war on our rights. I don’t exaggerate.  

I laugh at people demonizing businesses for advertising during super bowl (ya know, the same private sector that needs to grow in order to kick in for all of our splendid social programs?) when we have a political class that literally does nothing during their terms except raise money for the next election.

Gotta love Government work: you don’t create anything, but get to regulate those that do.

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Why The U.S. Government Should Pay Reparations To Black People
White people have continually stolen wealth from black people. Let's fix that.

The moral case for reparations boils down to this: white people in America have systematically stolen wealth from black people for hundreds of years through slavery, Jim Crow laws, housing discrimination, and various other crimes. 

The evidence? 

Just take a look at the average wealth of white people and black people today. According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a non-profit dedicated to economic development, white households are on average about sixteen times wealthier than black households. This is a huge difference.

But what would reparations actually look like?

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“Libertarianism rests on humility and refuses to tolerate the hubris of those who would consider themselves higher and mightier than others.”

For more: http://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/humble-case-liberty

So listen a bill recently got passed through the Michigan Senate that will outlaw oral and anal sex… And even though the law is not directly specifically at one sexuality, and all people caught will be incarcerated (IN PRISON, by the way. Like that’s a good idea), I think we all know that this bill is targeting the LGBTQA+ 

Not only that, but law of this kind were declared unconstitutional (duh) in 2003. 

AND YET, the Michigan Government is focusing on this crap instead of dealing with our current Flint water crisis. 

Way to be Michigan, way to be.

An article about the crappy situation

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Gay-Straight Alliance Arouses Controversy in Rural Tennessee
One opponent asked if 'Future ISIS Members of America' will be the next club approved after the GSA, which will be a topic of debate at the Franklin County School Board meeting tonight.

The formation of a gay-straight alliance at a high school in rural Tennessee has sparked backlash from the community, and its continued existence will be the subject of debate at a school board meeting tonight. Officials at Franklin County High School in Winchester OK’d the group in December, reports the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. It has been meeting weekly, with about 50 students attending last week’s session. But as word of the club has spread, several district residents have spoken out against it, with some using extremely harsh rhetoric.

One of them, John Wimley, wrote on his Facebook page in January that if the GSA is not quashed, “the next thing you know they will have F.I.M.A. (Future ISIS Members of America).”

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Anonyme a demandé:

I should have sent it in two asks for clarity but I was actually agreeing with you. I mean the whole point is that those things should be available no matter who you are. And IF the government DID give us appropriate accommodations then we actually would have a better chance of being able to work and pay taxes which is what so many ableist people complain about, but even if we can't work, "giving back" to society can be anything from volunteer work to supporting your friends and family.

Oh, sorry for my misunderstanding! I read it completely wrong because I assumed you were the anon from before, my apologies.

Yes, you’re exactly right. Accommodations would help so much. There are so many skills that disabled people have and contribute to the world that aren’t seen as valuable. Just because there’s not a price tag on those skills, we’re told we’re not good enough and that’s just wrong.

Equating corporate wealth with free political speech, as the Supreme Court did in its 2010 Citizens United decision, means that global economic power will help choose our government. Organizations that are not required to disclose the identities of their donors use their ‘free speech’ rights to produce election ads; only the most naïve can believe the money behind those organizations is all American.
—  Richard W. Painter quoted in an article by Eliza Newlin Carney at The American Prospect. The Democracy Prospect: The Forbes 400 Pony Up
The Forbes 400 pony up; Iowa paradoxes; secret foreign money.
The ancients talked widely about another form of genetic manipulation by the predator force to covertly infiltrate and direct human society. These were human-reptilian (human-Archon) bloodline hybrids infused with a far greater percentage of reptilian (Archon) genetics or, more accurately, information software. These hybrid bloodlines have different biological software programs running through their DNA to those which enslave the human population. The hybrid programs cause them to worship the Archons (as they do in satanic ritual), and especially their ‘god’, the Demiurge (‘Satan’, ‘Lucifer’, the ‘Devil’), and they serve these masters by acting as middlemen and women to structure and manipulate human society in ways that advance the Demiurge agenda for complete control of human perception and so human energy. They are programmed to constantly trigger the human emotional programs running through non-coding DNA which produce the emotional energy on which the Archons feed – hence all the wars, fear, deprivation and suffering. They are also encoded with the foundation Archon trait of deception – which is why the hybrid bloodlines are, literally, genetic liars. I have one word to say here: politicians. Those of the Archon hybrid bloodline can’t stop themselves lying even when they don’t need to for their own benefit. They are liars on demand – deceivers. Ain’t that right, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, David Cameron ad infinitum?
—  David Icke - The Perception Deception

Monday night’s episode for the Tuesday morning commute:

In this episode, we spend a little time breaking down the Super Bowl. Not so much the gameplay, but more so the advertising dollars spent, the performances, the controversies, and the anti-movements of the country. A much larger talk is had.

Around the halfway point is when we shift gears and talk about past generations of Americans and then calls from Max and Jonny Vroom to talk a little Super Bowl; a little video games; and a little on whether not we should be making women register for the Selective Service.

Another great show with the squad.

Watch the entire episode here:
www.ustream.tv/recorded/82819438