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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Paintastic

I took this picture @ Nottinghill Carnival this year. It is part of a series of paintastic splendour. I just love this picture


A VERY big cave

Caves of Drach. I took these pictures on a trip to the Caves in September.






















Conservatives will not stop pushing the Pence rule as a solution to sexual harassment



As stories of powerful men masturbating in front of women, forcibly kissing and groping women, and forcing teenage girls’ heads into their crotch have gained national attention, it’s sparked widespread conversation about how to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

The solution seems obvious: The best way to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault of women and girls is for men not to sexually harass and assault women and girls. But conservatives appear to be less interested in finding ways to teach men how to co-exist with women, who comprise 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, than discussing how best to avoid women altogether.
In particular, conservative writers are increasingly focused on the “Mike Pence rule,” pointing out that Vice President Mike Pence does not eat dinner alone with women who are not his wife and does not go to events where alcohol is being served when his wife is not present. Pence first revealed this detail in a Washington Post article published in March.


[link:https://thinkprogress.org/conservatives-pence-rule-sexual-harassment-9da198df4e3a/|

Don't Pet the Cops



Heh

What happens if aliens are real?



Imagine if E.T., Yoda, and the Na’vi were more than just fictional beings—and what if we could talk to them from Earth? It might be possible one day, thanks to astronomers who sent a message to a star system that may have the ability to support life. The message, which included music and math, was sent in October, but it was announced to the public on Thursday, according to Scientific American.

Although we could hear back in 25 years, it’s unlikely we will, Douglas Vakoch, president of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International, told New Scientist.

But, what if we did?

If we hear back, there’s limited guidance in place on how to communicate with the extraterrestrial beings, according to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer for the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.

“There are some protocols, but I think that’s an unfortunate name, and it makes them sound more important than they are,” Shostak told Live Science.


[link:https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/what-happens-if-aliens-are-real/|

White House Aides Reportedly Showing Trump Selective Polls To Make Him Feel Good

So, one wonders, why exactly does Trump think his poll numbers could be in the 50s and that it is fake news that they’re in the 30s? According to Politico, it’s because White House aides are selectively showing the president polls in an effort to improve his mood.

Aides in the White House often show Trump polls designed to make him feel good, according to aides and advisers. Usually they’re the ones that focus just on voters who cast ballots for him in 2016 or are potential Trump supporters —Trump’s base—but occasionally include public polls like Rasmussen, depending on what the numbers say.

Per one adviser, the polls are all about Trump’s loyal voters, as he “cares about the base.” IT was pointed out that last month the White House sent internal poll numbers to over a dozen lawmakers in an effort to get them behind tax reform.


[link:https://www.mediaite.com/online/white-house-aides-reportedly-showing-trump-selective-polls-to-make-him-feel-good/|

President Snowflake

Republicans in Congress Think Youre an Idiot



Republicans in Congress must believe voters are dolts. Nothing else can explain the tax bill that just passed the House with 227 Republican votes and no Democrats. No rational person would make the choices that are in this bill. Even granting that big GOP donors want this legislation, and that cutting taxes and spending are the core Republican mission, this bill is ridiculous. Anyone who voted for it should be drummed out of Congress simply for the insult.

Consider the following facts:

At a time when inequality has reached Gilded Age extremes, the Republicans will give fully one-half of the tax cuts to the top 1 percent. That’s not an economic strategy. That’s a plutocrats’ raid on the Treasury.
Corporate profits are near record highs, and corporate taxes are declining as share of federal income, but Republicans hope to lard Big Business with the largest one-time cut in corporate taxes ever. Three-quarters of the benefits of the $1.4 trillion bill go to businesses—and those are permanent. The remainder that goes to individuals will end in eight years when Senate Republicans get done with it.


[link:https://www.thenation.com/article/republicans-in-congress-think-youre-an-idiot/|

The one man in America who continues to be safe from sexual harassment allegations is the

president



Nobody can deny the ground has shifted in America. Formerly invincible men are tumbling one by one as victims come out with their stories of sexual assault. Some, like Harvey Weinstein, were already fading from power, but others, like Louis CK, were still at the height of it.
Yet one man continues to defy America’s new moral norm: its president. Seventeen women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment. Their claims are more numerous and no less credible than those against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for senator in Alabama. Senate leader Mitch McConnell said this week, “I believe the women” who accused Moore, and that he “should step aside.” But asked if he believes the women who accused Trump, McConnell refused to answer. (Trump’s position: Every one of those 17 women is lying.)
So yes, the ground has shifted, but some still stand high enough on it to escape the cold, swirling waters of justice. In other words, it’s still, in the end, about power. Trump’s power is that the party still needs him (or believes it does). That means it will blatantly ignore accusations that would put any other man on the street, if not in jail.


[link:https://qz.com/1133041/the-one-man-in-america-who-continues-to-be-safe-from-sexual-harassment-allegations-is-the-president/|

Christian Fundamentalist Pastor Has a Major Meltdown Defending Roy Moore



“Did you stop beating your wife, yes or no? Did you stop beating your wife, yes or no? Did you stop beating your wife? Answer, yes or no!”

The brain of Rev. Flip Benham, leader of the extremist Christian fundamentalist group “Operation Save America,” based in North Carolina, seemed to be stuck on repeat, and he couldn’t stop berating a reporter in Alabama with the same nonsensical question. Or, as right-wing commenters like to say, he was triggered.

Benham’s meltdown happened in a hallway Wednesday afternoon outside of a meeting of “faith leaders” who had come to Birmingham to staunchly defend accused pedophile and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The group Benham leads claims the Bible as its “foundation,” and states on its website that, “Operation Save America unashamedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ. We employ only biblical principles.”


[link:https://splinternews.com/christian-fundamentalist-pastor-has-a-major-meltdown-de-1820572226|

Palestine to cut off all communication with the US in latest embarrassment for Kushner



The Palestinians threatened on Saturday (18 November) to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump's bid for Mideast peace — a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the US decision was "very unfortunate and unacceptable," and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government "at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal."
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