Archive | March 2017

Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic relations with Dutch

Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return to Turkey and has suspended high-level diplomatic relations between the two countries, deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced in Ankara on Monday as a disagreement between the two countries escalated.

Turkey’s action came after the Netherlands’ refusal to allow Turkey’s foreign minister to visit for a political rally over the weekend.

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U.S. Soccer is siding against Black Lives Matter


The “Kaepernick Effect” spread swiftly through U.S. professional and amateur sports in the weeks after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem at a football game in August. But only a single pro soccer player – U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe – chose to join the wave of protests, kneeling before games that the Seattle Reign played and before several U.S. matches. This week, the U.S. Soccer Federation introduced a new policy designed to keep Rapinoe on her feet. From now on, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”


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Police Arrest Three Black Lives Matter Supporters for Allegedly Beating Up Homeless Man


By Lukas Mikelionis | 12:47 pm, March 10, 2017

Police in Stockton, California, claim to have arrested 12 people at a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this week, including three individuals who allegedly assaulted a homeless man.

Black Lives Matter affiliated protesters demonstrated at a Stockton City Council meeting on Tuesday, demanding the police answer questions about the death of Colby Friday, who was allegedly shot by a police officer back in August.

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Beverly Church Dedicates Black Lives Matter Banner

The First Parish Church of Beverly is displaying a Black Lives Matter banner in a show of support for the movement.img_7426-1489417993-5623

BEVERLY, MA – The First Parish Church of Beverly joined other Unitarian Universalist Churches on Sunday when it officially dedicated a Black Lives Matter banner on the front of the church.

Earlier this year, the Beverly congregation voted on whether to join other UU churches nationwide in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and decided they would only display the banner if the vote was more than 3/4 in favor. They voted overwhelmingly – over 90 percent – “yes.” Only members who had been with the church for more than three months could vote.

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WikiLeaks Leaked Bombshell Information On Hillary Clinton!

WikiLeaks has revealed that Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs bankers that legalization of marijuana will not happen on her watch.


WikiLeaks has been the most important thing that has happened to an election in a long time. We’ve been able to catch glimpses of the real nature of politicians and bureaucrats like never before, and see the state of democracy for what it is: a once mighty oak ravaged by white ants.

In Hillary Clinton, we see a figure beholden to Wall St., working diligently to advance the influence of financial corporations over government policy and taxpayer money. Her mega-donor list is a who’s who of megabanks that also happened to benefit from the TARP government bailout.

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How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?

Perhaps you, like me, were raised essentially to think of the slave experience primarily in terms of our black ancestors here in the United States. In other words, slavery was primarily about us, right, from Crispus Attucks and Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker and Richard Allen, all the way to Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. Think of this as an instance of what we might think of as African-American exceptionalism. (In other words, if it’s in “the black Experience,” it’s got to be about black Americans.) Well, think again.

The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, edited by professors David Eltis and David Richardson. (While the editors are careful to say that all of their figures are estimates, I believe that they are the best estimates that we have, the proverbial “gold standard” in the field of the study of the slave trade.) Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.

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Rockefeller Breaks World Record For Most Heart Transplants At 101

The world’s oldest billionaire David Rockefeller has beaten the world record for having the most heart transplants at the age of 101.rockefeller-heart-transplant-696x330

The 2016 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation states that patients should be 70-years-old or younger to be considered for cardiac transplantation, and even then, these patients are carefully selected based on their current health, including BMI (body mass index). This recent heart transplant comes after David’s last one failed a couple weeks ago.

According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, “there are more than 122,000 people waiting for much-needed organs,” (including of course, hearts). There are not enough organs to go around, and those who are in need of a transplant must follow the rules that dictate the waiting list, which is managed by the United Network for Organ sharing (UNOS). Special allowances are sometimes made for children, however according to the Donor Program, “Factors such as a patient’s income, celebrity status, and race or ethnic background play no role in determining allocation of organs.”

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