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165951514_5fbeb0f11b The Drug Enforcement Agency has delayed the implementation of its ban on kratom, a plant-based treatment for depression, anxiety, chronic pain and addiction that originated in Southeast Asia but has gained widespread popularity in the United States.

Yet another study shows that “brain training” is just another scam. “Brain Training” doesn’t work, and never has.

We shouldn’t kid ourselves, the Russian are ready and preparing for war, and Americans don’t even realize Hillary Clinton wants to start one.

Flint. MI is facing more consequences from the right-wing fraud and poisoning of it’s water supply: Shigellosis, a bacterial illness that is easily transmitted when people do not wash their hands.

While others are still getting away with payday-loan fraud, at least one payday lender has been prosecuted for their fraud.

Apparently, our commenters at Internal Exile commenters weren’t the only ones who though last night’s VP debate was a snooze-fest.

People who defend what Clinton said in that leaked audio are, by definition, not progressive.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation declares war on Yahoo’s email surveillance.

Guccifer 2.0 has posted a ton of new DCCC Documents, that he says are right off of the Clinton Foundation’s servers!

Via Unicorn Riot, the latest updates on #NoDAPL actions.

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Your Weekend of Weekends.

UnkaWillbur - May 26, 2017

Here' some links to nosh on, to start of your weekend. I hope everyone's weekend is great; me, myself, I'm planning on jumping out of a perfectly…

  • Good morning Exiles! Happy Hump Day!

    Here’s your morning theme song….
    https://youtu.be/8SFT8k5chO8

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    • Dobreye utrom, tovarisch!

      • 17

        Um, we speeka da Ingresh here, Paco.

        • Sollee meestuh. You be havee goody morneen, yes?

          😉 😛

  • Dosido3

    Morning gang. Daily Beast called the snooze fest the Thrilla in Vanilla. 🙂

  • Well, there’s no surprise: Jill Stein is currently the runaway winner in our presidential poll.

    • Edwin

      (and I didn’t vote)

  • 17

    Am I from the future, or is Unka stuck in Tuesday?

    • Edwin

      I am from the future. It’s Thursday, gall darn it!

      • 17

        Our bestest buddy tried to start an argument with herself this morning, but apparently ran out of material quickly.

        • Edwin

          Hmmm… I don’t usually go over there any more.

          The police have not yet arrived at my door, nor have there been SWAT teams in my street. I guess she was drunken bluffing again.

          • 17

            The wheels of justice move slower when tracking down an international crime kingpin such as yourself.

          • Edwin

            Hello, hello. Is this the Korean police? Some Canadian guy in Seoul sent me an email in Florida and he called me a drunk and a douchebag (and probably the c-word, but I forget now) and I want him arrested and put in jail immediately, m’kay.

    • I’m stuck at the office, that’s for sure. LOLSAD

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    5 Stories the Media Ignored While Reporting on the Kim Kardashian Robbery

    One of the saving graces of the ailing corporate media — for the folks setting the agenda, anyhow — is its relentless ability to hyper-focus the public’s attention on altogether meaningless events.

    Take, for instance, an armed robbery that sees property stolen but no one harmed. Such an event is unfortunate, yes, but such is life. People get robbed. It certainly isn’t something that should consume the news cycle — particularly when developments of actual importance are unfolding around the world.

    http://theantimedia.org/5-stories-ignored-kim-kardashian/

    • Dosido3

      Frankly, KK is such a publicity whore I really have trouble believing this shit. Her show just got cancelled. So I take it as a test of the media machine.

      Even if it’s true, yes, scary! But she doesn’t need me to be part of her support network.

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    Britain to Allow Troops to Opt Out of Human Rights Law

    Britain announced plans to allow its soldiers to opt out of European human rights law, in a move Prime Minister Theresa May said would end “the industry of vexatious claims” against troops.

    **Police unions all across America are slapping their foreheads wondering why they didn’t think of this first**

    http://theantimedia.org/britain-allow-troops-opt-human-rights-law/

    • Dosido3

      What. In. The. Hell.

    • panem et circenses

      Fuck politicians, wars and the militaries who fight them.There’s no justification in having the right to kill someone because they wear a different uniform or speak a different language or simply because they’re in an area you’ve declared your battlefield. Civilians don’t have a justifiable right to kill others simply because of where they are if they aren’t posing an unavoidable threat to your safety. Governments who hold a monopoly on violence are held to a much lower moral and ethical standard, though, and for some reason idiots around the world are okay with that.

      • kreskin

        International law means nothing , a pair of rogue nations … the U.S. and the British . World ruler wanna be.

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          And trying to drag anyone we can down with us.

    • kreskin

      Look at that country’s effin history . The two biggest obstacles to world peace … America the beautiful and exceptional and it’s British lap dog .

      • Edwin

        You forget Israel, three.

        • kreskin

          Israel would be nothing without Uncle Sam .

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    Encyclopedia of Domestic Assassinations (The First 1%)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2c70e922af1efc76cf8a905ac14196f01a9f32c40256e4d3f8e06904e0d2845.png
    Who killed Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Jim
    Traficant, Leo Ryan, Mark Pittman, Gary Webb, Aaron Swartz, Aaron Russo, Judi Bari, Pat Tillman . . . and scores of others? Why?

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/10/04/encyclopedia-of-domestic-assassinations-the-first-1/

    • Edwin

      …and…. The DC Madam?

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        Co inky dink.

    • Shohanna

      According to that picture you posted, that’s not Obama. That’s a body double. Interesting.

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    The NYT’s Neocon ‘Downward Spiral’

    The New York Times’ downward spiral into a neoconservative propaganda sheet continues with another biased lead article, this one on how the Syrian war has heightened U.S.-Russia tensions. The article, bristling with blame for the Russians, leaves out one of the key reasons why the partial ceasefire failed – the U.S. inability to separate its “moderate” rebels from Al Qaeda’s jihadists.

    The article, written by Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer (two of the paper’s top national security propagandists), lays the fault for the U.S. withdrawal from Syrian peace talks on Russian leaders because of their “mistrust and hostility toward the United States,” citing a comment by former White House official Andrew S. Weiss.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/10/04/the-nyts-neocon-downward-spiral/

    • panem et circenses

      Is it really a downward spiral rather than a lateral move? Has the NYT ever been non-reactionary propaganda?

    • kreskin

      Without exception , those in U.S. / western mainstream media are serving as government propagandists .

      How long before they cut us off from RT , Consortium and the like ?

      • towerofbabel

        Soon. They are already demonizing RT.

    • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

      They did carry water for Cheney.

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    Ex British Ambassador Makes Astonishing Speech About Tony Blair, George Bush, War and Profit

    Set aside 2 minutes to read this and watch a 20 minute video. It will truly astonish you, no matter how
    cynical you may be when it comes to the so-called ‘war on terror’, Iraq, Syria and many other conflicts around the world.

    http://truepublica.org.uk/global/ex-british-ambassador-makes-astonishing-speech-about-tony-blair-george-bush-war-and-profit/

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    Israeli airstrikes, tank fire hit besieged Gaza Strip

    Israeli airstrikes and tank shells have pounded the besieged Gaza Strip after an alleged rocket attack from
    the Palestinian coastal sliver targeted the occupied territories.

    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/05/487757/Palestine-Israel-Gaza-Strip

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    Snowden 2.0: NSA contractor arrested for stealing malware

    The contractor’s name is Hal Martin, and he is a Navy veteran, said the Baltimore Sun reporter Ian Duncan citing the man’s attorney. Martin worked for Booz Allan Hamilton, the same company that used to employ
    Snowden, before he blew the lid on NSA operations in 2013.

    Among the materials were “six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014,” the DOJ said. The documents, classified Top Secret, were “produced through sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a variety of national security issues.”

    Martin is being charged with “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials,” which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, and theft of government property in excess of $1,000, for which the maximum penalty is 10 years.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/361704-nsa-contractor-arrested-snowden/

  • MsPythia

    Al Gore is out campaining for Shillary today. What a great environmentalist he is to help a pathological liar who refuses to take a definitive stand on #NoDAPL, tar sands pipelines, fracking, drilling, oil trains, etc.

  • MsPythia
    • MsPythia

      I can’t BELIEVE no one upvoted the Undertones!!! What, am I the only old-skool punk rocker here?!

      • SpiffyTheValiant

        I have no idea who they are, but therei s your upvote.

      • I just got back from work and dinner. 😀

  • MsPythia
    • kreskin

      It’s the in thing .

  • Shohanna

    Just watched Cinderella live action. It was awesome, I had never seen it before. It was so much better then the cartoon!! I loved the actor too!! Robb Stark from GoT! Which is why I decided to watch it. 😀

    • SpiffyTheValiant

      You mean the one from a year or two ago?

      Hey Sho 🙂

      • Shohanna

        I think so, I dunno when it came out. lol Hey there Spiffy witch! Like the avatar. I need a Halloween one too!

        • SpiffyTheValiant

          ^_^ i think yours can work for halloween.

  • Edwin

    Hillary takes a totally unscripted, spontaneous, (and surprise) question from this actor planted in the audience, Brennan.

    Brennan Leach: http://cni.castingnetworks.com/talent/profile/394149

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWB70yATKiI

    • kreskin
    • cathyx

      As an actress, she faces body image issues daily, and she just wanted to know where hillary stood this issue. That’s what the hilbots will tell you.

      • Edwin

        The plot thickens.

        At a Hillary Clinton town hall yesterday in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a 15 year old girl was supposedly “chosen at random” to ask a question of the former Secretary of State. But, the well-scripted performance raised some suspicion with a YouTuber named Spanglevision who decided to dig a little deeper. And, wouldn’t you know it, the “random” participant was none other than child actor, Brennan Leach, whose father just happens to be Pennsylvania democratic State Senator Daylin Leach. Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, Daylin supports Hillary for president…shocking.

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-05/clinton-caught-using-child-actor-ask-planted-question-pennsylvania-townhall

        Spanglevision’s vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEqU71k0zAc

        • cathyx

          They’re total morons. It could not have been difficult to hire some random actress instead of a State Senator’s daughter.

          • SmotPoker

            Nepotism

        • towerofbabel

          Madam Secretary, I’ld like to ask you a spontaneous scripted question…

    • EdgarHF

      Hip waders required for this Q&A

    • MsPythia

      Everything she does is fake and scripted. She has to plant bullshit questions about ‘body image’ because she wants to avoid questions about real issues that the American people are facing. She has no intention of doing anything for the American people and will do the bidding of the 1%, so she needs bullshit time-filling whiny feminist questions like this to demonize Trump. It’s pathetic.

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  • Edwin

    Yesterday was sunny and lovely in Seoul. Meanwhile down on the south
    coast Typhoon Chaba struck. (It’s only a couple of hundred kms away.)

    Once-Super Typhoon Chaba kills at least 5 after lashing South Korea, Japanhttp://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/super-typhoon-chaba-south-korea-busan-japan/60514353

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkb9btPdqg8

    • notisaidthepig

      This is scary stuff. Don’t mess with Mother Nature. Oh, wait. We already have. 🙁

    • Isn’t there also some storm hitting Florida and the Carolinas, right now?

      • Edwin

        Yes.

        I think it is the time of year, but these storms seem to be getting very serious anymore.

        • notisaidthepig

          Hurricane season ends in November. These storms seem to be a wee bit late in the season. This is all about warm waters. As the temperature drops, these storms will disappear. But with climate change upon us, temperatures remain high….

  • Democracy Now article on Donald Trump not paying taxes.

    https://youtu.be/q5whhsA3JGI

  • panem et circenses
  • I miss you toad 🙁 Have a good night.

    • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

      Sorry, just been busy.

      • No need to apologize. I understand completely. Just missed you and I’m very happy that I have the opportunity to say Hi :^)

        • SpiffyTheValiant

          😀 everyone loves the stephanie 🙂

          • <3 *Hugs the Spiffy * so good to see you 🙂

          • SpiffyTheValiant

            <3

          • Aww 🙂

        • MsPythia

          Hi Stephanie!

        • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

          What Spiffy said.

          • I love you guys too.

          • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

            Need to disappear for 30 minutes or so. Physical therapy stuff for my vertigo.

          • Ok hon, I have to get up early, so I’m going to have to go to bed but you have a really good night and I’m so happy that I got to see you. <3

    • SpiffyTheValiant

      <3 Stephanie.

  • Ok guys, I’m off to bed. Everybody have a goodnight:^)

    • notisaidthepig

      Good night, Stephanie. Sleep well.

      • Oh shoot, I hate to run. I hope all is well with you Noti. Have good night :^)

        • notisaidthepig

          No worries. Another day….

    • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

      Good night <3

    • MsPythia

      Good Night Steph! <3

    • MsPythia

      Hahaha!

  • notisaidthepig

    Seems like someone is learning from Stein:

    https://twitter.com/ajamubaraka/status/783655482795892736

    • MsPythia

      Damn. That is good.

      Hi Piggie! <3

      • notisaidthepig

        Greetings, MsP. Yellow blue tibia!

        • MsPythia

          The same to you! 😀

        • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

          yay

  • notisaidthepig
    • Shohanna

      There is just 1 problem with that Noti, there is NOT enough doctors to give everyone a high quality care! I am already dealing with 3 to 5 months to wait for a specialist i NEED NOW. They have artificially limited supply to keep the riffraff out of becoming a doctor. We are so short on both doctors and nurses and specialists that it would NOT be high quality care! People will die waiting for a damned specialist.

  • notisaidthepig
  • MsPythia

    Hey, please vote on this twitter poll (if your on twitter):
    https://twitter.com/alecia_noelle/status/783770492301824000

    • panem et circenses

      None of the above.

  • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

    Put another way: we need awesome rockets to get to Mars, but we need environmental science if we’re going to stay there. Colonization requires us to settle—actually settle, like my ancestors did in the 19th century wilds of Texas—in an alien ecosystem. For all we know, that ecosystem might be teeming with life. Unfortunately, colonization also requires us to destroy that alien ecosystem and replace it with one we prefer.

    This is where we run headlong into the moral quandaries of our future space adventures. We can use existing environmental science to understand the nature of these quandaries. But to prepare for the ethical issues involved, it helps to have some science fiction.
    http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/im-ready-to-go-to-mars-but-theres-something-weve-forgotten/

  • panem et circenses

    I SUPPORT THE HEROES THAT ROBBED KIM KARDASHIAN

    http://greedmedia.com/i-support-heroes-that-robbed-kim-kardashian2/

    I doubt her robbers were class conscious heroes, but I have no sympathy for the loss of some ornaments worth more than most will make in our lifetimes. Hopefully they get away with it, but I doubt it. The entire system is set up to protect capitalist class members like Kim K, and there’s no doubt a huge amount of resources going into investigating her lost trinkets, while the rest of us are lucky if a cop shows up and jots down a few lines in a notebook before forgetting all about us.

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  • panem et circenses

    Moral machine from MIT. How many old ladies are you willing to let your self-driving car run over? Find out here:

    http://moralmachine.mit.edu/

    • panem et circenses

      I love how they give characteristics to the little victims like some of them are fatter than others, to help you make your decision.

    • 17

      AOT, K

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