Government Escalates Surveillance of What You Say, Read on the ’Net

Government Escalates Surveillance of What You Say, Read on the ’Net

 

When using the Internet, most people probably have an implicit understanding that there is, somewhere, some anonymous federal agent sitting inside some anonymous federal building, tracking and recording the websites we visit, the emails we send, and generally everything we do online. And while the Internet has been revolutionary in its ability to break the information stranglehold that the political class held before the advent of the World Wide Web, governments around the world have eagerly developed extensive networks to spy on anyone they wish.

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When exposed, this spying tends to rankle the tech companies drafted into the federal government’s army of snoops, and in response, several companies have released transparency reports to inform the public how often governments request information and the specific nature of the request. What those reports reveal, while not all that surprising, should alarm us nonetheless.

A new report by Internet giant Google on the requests it receives from governments and courts to hand over user data reveals much about the activities of the surveillance state and its relationship with the tech giant.

The report shows that for 2015, 40,677 requests for user data were made. For 2014, the number of requests reached 35,365. The number of requests has tracked upward each year since Google began releasing the reports in 2009. Of all the governments that have requested data, the United States makes up 79% of those requests that have yielded data, far and away the state that makes the most user data requests.

The requests made by the U.S. government take the form of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, National Security Letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and requests from other law enforcement organizations.

Google isn’t allowed to share the specific number of FISA requests it receives; it can only share a range of requests. For example, from January to June 2015, between 500 and 999 content requests were made under FISA. The same goes for NSLs; Google can only share a range of NSLs received, not an exact number. Information on law enforcement data requests, however, is much more specific, with data on subpoenas, wiretap orders, and other information disclosed.

The good news—if there can be any—in Google’s transparency report is that, while user data requests are increasing, the gap is widening between the requests and Google’s compliance with them. But that probably doesn’t mean too much, considering that Google, along with Amazon, complies with government requests for user data far more often than does Apple. According to Apple’s latest transparency report, the company only gave requested user information to the government in 27% of cases between June 2014 and June 2015. That number is much higher for Google at 67%.

Amazon has a rate of compliance similar to that of Google. According to Amazon’s own transparency report, the company complied with around 67% of the 813 subpoenas they were served.

Do we have a right to know when we are being spied on by our own government? Microsoft seems to think so, and filed a lawsuit over the matter in April of this year. The U.S. government, of course, thinks otherwise, and asked that the lawsuit be thrown out. According to a July 22 Bloomberg article, the Justice Department responded to Microsoft’s lawsuit by stating that the lawsuit has no basis because, it claims, U.S. law allows for interception of electronic communications without a warrant. But after dealing with thousands of government-issued secrecy orders that prevent Microsoft from informing their customers that they are being spied on, the company has had enough.

Secretive surveillance of all our activities, online or off, should always be viewed as an outrage, as a violation of our liberty and not to be tolerated. But while several tech giants have been fighting the battle against warrantless mass surveillance of our online activities, should we really rely on these distant mega-corporations to fight this battle for us? After all, aside from Apple, they are complying with the surveillance state more often than not.

The issue at hand is how much intrusion into our private lives we will tolerate. How much longer will we allow the hobgoblins of so-called terrorism and crime to be used to justify secret spying for unknown purposes?

We are being conditioned to accept this as the new normal. Death, taxes, endless war, total surveillance . . . the new inevitability, perhaps, but more comparable to a prison than to a free society.

An Army of U.S. Occupation

An Army of U.S. Occupation

 

It is no secret that law enforcement in recent decades has changed in the United States. The increasing surveillance and violence employed against peaceful citizens, including children, is well documented. Gone is the friendly cop on the beat, replaced by militarized officers dressed in black, lacking identifying badges, who are trained to shoot first rather than seek peaceful de-escalation of conflict and minimal use of force. A key reason, carefully obscured by mainstreampresstitutes, is the growing number of American police either trained in Israel or in America with the same Israeli methods of “pacification” employed against Palestinians.

The U.S.- and Israeli-sponsored false-flag terror attacks of September 11, 2001 opened the floodgates to exploitation and profiteering by the greedy military-industrial-security complex, both in America and Israel. Arms manufacturers and training consultants have sought every opportunity to expand their clientele, and this includes local and state law enforcement and various federal agencies.

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It is true that the Israelis are not the only influence contributing to growing police brutality and killings of “suspects.” The Pentagon’s Excess Property Program, or 1033 program, which encourages state, county, and local law enforcement to purchase surplus U.S. military and paramilitary equipment at minimal cost, also results in an “If you have it, use it” mentality—just what the “defense” industry ordered.

But it is likewise no accident that police in America increasingly are equipped and behave identically to Israeli occupation forces in the state of Palestine. The manufacturers and suppliers are often the same.

The training is also increasingly the same. And while the numbers of law enforcement officials actually sent to Israel seem small—typically underreported as “at least 300”—that is only the tip of the iceberg. The key numbers are significantly higher. High enough, indeed, that William A. Jacobson at the “Legal Insurrection” website wrote a July 18, 2016, hasbara piece, claiming the matter is just a “conspiracy theory” with “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitic” roots. Is he worried the truth is getting out?

Apparently the state of Israel is worried. Its embassy declined to respond to AMERICAN FREE PRESS’s questions about the matter.

Jacobson zeroes in on a key whistleblower, Max Blumenthal, using typical Zionist disinformation and misdirection techniques to try to undermine the latter’s devastating December 2011 exposé of the “Israelification of American domestic security.”

In 2007, Israeli dual-citizen and then-Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff ordered U.S.-Israeli cooperation and cross-training in security and “counter-terrorism” efforts. But it was already well underway.

Blumenthal quotes Karen Greenberg, the director of Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security: “After 9-11 . . . [t]he training in Iraq and Afghanistan on torture was Israeli training. There’s been a huge downside to taking our cue from the Israelis and now we’re going to spread that into the fabric of everyday American life?”

Immediately after 9-11, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) fostered training in Israel of leading U.S. police and security officials. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange have since also joined the list of “private” organizations Contributing, both financially and logistically, to the Israelification of all levels of law enforcement.

Blumenthal continues, “Through its Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), JINSA claims to have arranged Israeli-led training sessions for over 9,000 American law enforcement officials at the federal, state, and municipal level.” That’s significantly more than 300, and sufficient to have a major national impact when the trainees pass on the dubious skills to their departments.

Many examples of police brutality, in fact, show this influence, as officers have adopted the violent, painful methods of Israeli “martial arts” employed by the Zionist occupation government to subdue Palestinians. JINSA-Israeli training was at the heart of police cruelty to protestors in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Not to be outdone, “Through the ADL’s Advanced Training School course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, over 700 law enforcement personnel from 220 federal and local agencies including the FBI and CIA have been trained by Israeli police and intelligence commanders,” writes Blumenthal.

That’s not all. The ADL’s David C. Friedman crowed to The Jerusalem Post in September 2015 that they “come back and they are Zionists.” Clearly, there is propaganda akin to brainwashing at work, too. The ADL claims, “In 2010 alone, wetrained more than 10,500 law enforcement officers from all over the country.” They also have indoctrinated over 70,000 law enforcement personnel in “lessons of the Holocaust.”

Given those numbers, it should be no surprise that innocent citizens are too often treated as enemies by police and Homeland Security officials, subjected to the same militaristic brutalization by law enforcement officers as Israel metes out to nearly defenseless Palestinians.

From New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Dallas, and Detroit to Atlanta to Miami, as well as in countless smaller cities and counties, American and Israeli Zionists have turned police into an occupation army ready to oppress U.S. citizens.

One brave soul posted an important petition at WhiteHouse.gov, requesting a federal ban on police training by the war-criminal state of Israel. It is well worthy of support, but it can only be symbolic: too little and too late.

How the Banksters Broke the Market; Billions More for the IMF (Owned by Jews, White Freemasons)

How the Banksters Broke the Market; Billions More for the IMF

 

Long-time readers of AMERICAN FREE PRESS know that we have been relentless in exposing the massive corruption and greed in the banking industry. But it may be that this centuries-old international Ponzi scheme is about to collapse. Giving a sign that the plutocrats are preparing to eat their own, Bank of America (BoA) recently released a stunning and straightforward report, which explains how the Federal Reserve Bank and other central banks around the world have rigged the equities markets.

In the United States, a corrupt Congress is also to blame, since it unconstitutionally gave the Fed the task of not only controlling the nation’s money supply but also ensuring sufficient employment and maintaining balance in the stock, bond, and commoditiesmarkets. The Fed has—deliberately, we would say—failed its mandate, seeking only the enrichment of its private member banks, like Goldman Sachs and the Rothschild financial empire.

According to Benjamin Fowler, chief of BoA’s global equity derivatives research, in a December 9, 2015 report entitled “Fragility is the new volatility,” the years since the 2008 international financial collapse have seen unprecedented central bank interventions in the market—a monstrous manipulation of such proportions that the banksters have, in fact, “broken the market.”

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Fowler writes, “Essentially central banks, by unfairly inflating asset prices, have compressed risk like a spring to unfairly tight levels. Unfortunately, the market is aware the price of risk is not correct, but they can’t fight it, and everyone is forced to crowd into the same trade. By manipulating markets, they have also reduced investors’ inherent conviction by rendering fundamentals less relevant.”

In plain English, the central bankers have created money out of thin air to provide too-easy credit and even secretly bought up stocks, bonds and commodities in order to prop up an otherwise collapsing market. The market is a fraud, because real profits do not exist in too many companies, especially the largest.

The illusion of prosperity is created in this case by the central banks’ continuing injection of credit and purchases of equities. This money artificially inflates prices and balance sheets.

This manipulation has radically destabilized the markets and created a nightmare scenario. Too much liquidity—cash or credit—from the central banks has caused an artificial reduction or “compression” of risk and “forced crowding” of investors into the same trade. This compression and crowding in turn ignore the importance of companies’ fundamental worth and profitability, while producing low conviction among investors in the value and stability of the market.

Consequently, the least significant market event can trigger a panic sell-off—a “flash crash.” When investors realize the central banks are still there to manipulate the market and provide illusory “stability,” those with money left all pile back in, sometimes with even greater violence. This market “fragility” provides a new and dangerous volatility to the markets, to the point where they no longer operate according to previous fundamental norms.

Think all of this is an accident, or that Big Banking is an innocent bystander? Think again. J.P. Morgan Private Bank declared, “Mission accomplished—QE [quantitative easing] drives up equity valuations.” That is, the central banks have inflated the equities markets, in order to fool investors into throwing good money after bad. Algorithmic trading by mega-banks and traders then forces out the little guy and robs him of his money. This is a commonplace occurrence. The bankers have “broken the market.”

One honest equities fund, Nevsky Capital, confirmed this publicly and drew correct conclusions, recently closing down. Chief Investment Officer Martin Taylor stated, “Truly—to mix metaphors—butterflies flapping their wings now regularly create hurricanes that stop out fundamentally driven investors who cannot remain solvent longer than the market can remain irrational.” Unable to make money, the fund returned investors’ cash.

Add to all this the exorbitant fees charged to investors, especially to pension funds, by hedge funds and private equity firms, and a “trifecta” of avarice appears, designed to impoverish the masses and starve them in their old age.

The usury industry—banking’s true name—is like some inescapable, bottomless primeval tar pit. The financial pharaohs suck down more and more of the world’s wealth for the enrichment of the privileged few. Their greed now has reached such proportions that entire industries, economies, and nations are threatened. It is not only immoral; it is criminal.

With derivatives investments more out of control than ever, a new year of a swiftly imploding stock market and Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, along with JPMorgan Chase and others, signaling a world economic slowdown, a global disaster looms.

No worries for the plutocratic poohbahs, though. When their Ponzi scheme collapses, they will simply seize depositors’ money for themselves in legislatively enabled “bail-ins.” The “little guy,” though, should prepare for the impending financial Armageddon and societal collapse.

It is time to end the horrible scourge of usury and fractional reserve banking. Time to end the Fed and all central banks. Time to restore constitutional money. Time for a return to a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

And it’s also time to tell Congress and the president to do these things now.

First Days of Preseason Practice Pose Big Heat Risks for College Football Players

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As college football players trade in their beach towels for helmets and padding, new research shows their risk of developing sports-related heat illness shoots up.

In particular, during the first 14 days of preseason play these athletes face a greater than usual risk for a specific type of heat illness called exertional heat illness (EHI).

EHI is a serious and potentially life-threatening series of health complications that sometimes unfold when strenuous activity meets hot weather, the study authors said.

Catastrophic consequences from heat illness are avoidable with proper prevention, recognition and treatment, explained study co-author Michael Ferrara. He’s dean of the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Ferrara says it’s important that athletes be educated about the “signs and symptoms of heat illness, nutrition, rest and the proper method of re-hydration during post-practice sessions.”

Intermittent rest periods are also critical, to allow athletes time to cool down and rehydrate, he added.

It’s also important to have medical professionals (such as athletic trainers) on hand to quickly identify and treat any heat-related trouble, he added.

Ferrara highlighted a number of different EHI concerns.

One is exertional heat cramps, affecting the calf, quadriceps and hamstrings, and/or lower back or abdomen. Treatment involves stretching, fluids and cooling down.

Heat exhaustion may prompt a slightly above-normal temperature, alongside headaches, nausea and fatigue. Typically this calls for fluids, cooling down and a cessation of activity. This is different than heat stroke, when body temperature soars to 106 Fahrenheit or higher, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Heat-related fainting is another issue, he said.

Ferrara also pointed out that athletes can overdo it with fluids when trying to prevent heat illness. This excessive consumption of fluids is called exertional hyponatremia. It’s a dangerous situation in which electrolyte levels drop too low.

EHI can also be deadly. Nearly 125 college football athletes between 1960 and 2009 have died due to EHI, the study authors noted.

The current investigation looked for heat illness among 366,000 cases of on-field play involving football players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The players were from 60 colleges and universities across five regions in the United States.

In all, more than 550 EHI cases were identified. The study authors said the risk for EHI was roughly 1.5 for every 1,000 NCAA football players. Three-quarters of the cases involved cramping, while a quarter involved a combination of heat exhaustion and/or heat-related fainting.

Researchers also looked at the impact of “wet bulb globe temperature” (WBGT). WBGT assesses temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover to tally not just heat exposure but the overall “heat stress” produced while playing in direct sunlight.

In the end, the study concluded that when WBGT climbs above 82 degrees, EHI risk goes up significantly. The researchers said that coaches and athletic trainers need to be particularly wary of elevated WBGT levels.

Another expert further pointed out that some players will have specific medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to EHI.

Sickle cell anemia, asthma and pre-existing heart conditions can increase EHI risk, noted David Csillan. He’s co-chair of a task force that recently issued guidelines on preseason heat acclimatization for secondary school athletics.

Antidepressants and ADHD medications can also boost the risk for dehydration, he added.

“[And] many athletes report to preseason camp de-conditioned and acclimatized to cooler, facility-controlled environments,” observed Csillan. He’s also head athletic trainer at Ewing High School in Ewing, New Jersey. “As a result, the immediate introduction of heat and exercise places apparent stress to their body,” he said.

Coaches and athletic trainers, he said, need to continuously monitor such issues. They also need to pay attention to the particular needs of even younger high school athletes whose developing bodies “don’t adjust to environmental changes as well as adults.”

Democrats’ hopes in the Senate get a boost from Donald Trump

The math says it all: Democrats need to net four to five seats to win back control of the Senate in November. They’ve got a shot in at least nine races.

Democrats are getting a helping hand from Donald Trump, who is struggling against Hillary Clinton (relative to Republicans’ 2012 performance) in almost all of the states with competitive Senate races below.

In fact, Clinton is closer to winning red states than she is to losing swing states right now. That’s one of the reasons we’ve rated Senate races such as in Republican-held Pennsylvania and North Carolina as more likely to flip to Democrats.

Enough talk; here’s the latest on our top 10 Senate races most likely to flip parties. No. 1 is most likely to flip parties, and so on. To the line!

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10. Missouri (R)We still maintain that a win here by 35-year-old Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander would be an upset over Sen. Roy Blunt (R). Long term, Missouri still trends red, and Blunt has an average 4.8-point lead in the race, according to RealClearPolitics. But the fact Kander is even within striking distance keeps this race in our top 10. It’s also probably a reflection of how close the presidential race is here, even though Missouri hasn’t voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. Something to watch: How things change now that both candidates are on the air trying to define Kander. (Previous ranking: 9)

9. Ohio (R): Sen. Rob Portman (R) is doing everything he can to position himself to survive a Trump loss. Portman has led in all of the past six polls in the race, even though Clinton is averaging a five-point lead over Trump in Ohio. Republican groups have been on TV attacking his Democratic opponent, former governor Ted Strickland, and Portman has picked up several union endorsements over the past few weeks. Democrats say Strickland has the name recognition to withstand the attacks and that the race will even out now that he’s on the air defending his tenure as governor during the economic downturn. But right now, Portman has the momentum. (Previous ranking: 7)

8. Florida (R): Sen. Marco Rubio’s decision to try to keep his old seat is proving to be a good gamble so far for Republicans. Florida is still a very competitive seat for the GOP to hold onto in a presidential year, but Rubio has been leading both his potential Democratic challengers, Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson, in almost every poll taken since he changed his mind and got into the race in June. Shortly after, we moved Florida from third most likely to flip to eighth, where it stays. This race will start to come into sharper focus after all three candidates get past Tuesday’s primary. (Previous ranking: 8)

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7. North Carolina (R): North Carolina’s bump from 10th to seventh is probably the most substantial change on our list. A series of polls have two-term Sen. Richard Burr (R) in a close race with his Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross — and Burr’s had to weather stories like this one from the National Review about fellow Republicans questioning how seriously he’s taking the race. His campaign says there’s nothing to see here: His reelection was always going to be competitive. And Burr does have $5 million more in the bank than Ross right now. But the fact that Ross is within the margin of error in several polls even though almost three-quarters of the electorate doesn’t have an opinion of her suggests this race is largely a function right now of politics at the presidential level — and there, Democrats have a slight edge. (Previous ranking: 10)

6. Nevada (D): Polls show both the presidential race and the Senate race to replace retiring Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) are razor thin. But close polls in Nevada can be deceiving; in the past, Hispanic voters have broken late and overwhelmingly for Democrats. (In Reid’s incredibly difficult 2010 win, late October polls showed him down by three to four points. He ended up winning by almost six.) For that reason, we move Nevada back a notch as less likely to flip. (Previous ranking: 5)

5. Pennsylvania (R): If there’s one state where Trump’s battleground woes are most acutely felt, it’s probably Pennsylvania. Clinton is up by more than nine points here, according to an average of recent polls, putting the swing state firmly in the Lean Clinton column. More than anything else, that could shape the very close Senate race between Sen. Pat Toomey (R) and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. Toomey could run a perfect campaign — he notched a victory earlier this week with an endorsement by a gun control group — and still get swallowed by a Democratic wave here. (Previous ranking: 6)

4. Indiana (R): Former Democratic senator Evan Bayh’s last-minute decision to run for his old, now-open seat thrust a race few were watching onto our rankings last month. And here it stays. Bayh didn’t have the smoothest start; CNN reported he was registered as an inactive voter in his state after working at a D.C. lobbying firm, and he messed up giving his address to a reporter. But Democrats think Bayh’s strong reputation with voters (he was also governor) can withstand any accusations of carpetbagging. Indeed, he’s up seven points over his challenger, GOP Rep. Todd C. Young, in a recent Monmouth University poll. But Indiana generally leans red, so there’s reason to believe this race will tighten up. (Previous ranking: 4)

3. New Hampshire (R): New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has led Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) in four of the past five polls, but most are well within the margin of error. She’s up by an average of one point; a month ago, Ayotte was up by an average of 1.5 points. In other words, this race between two well-liked political giants is as close as it gets. But the edge goes to Democrats: Clinton is up by an average of nine points (!) in the state over Trump, one of the reasons we moved this race from seventh to third last time. (Previous ranking: 3)

2. Wisconsin (R): Absent any major shake-up, Wisconsin remains one of Democrats’ best pickup hopes. Much like Toomey in Pennsylvania, Sen. Ron Johnson (R) could run a perfect campaign and still get knocked out in this state that leans blue in presidential years. And right now, Clinton is up by nine points in the RealClearPolitics average. It helps Democrats that they’re fielding a well-known candidate like former senator Russ Feingold (D). (Previous ranking: 2)

1. Illinois (R): The same goes for Illinois, which we’ve rated the most likely to flip for this entire election cycle so far. Sen. Mark Kirk (R) is trying to hang on in an even-bluer state against a formidable challenger in Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D). Kirk is the only GOP senator to un-endorse Trump, but Illinois is so blue in a presidential year and split-ticket voting has been — or at least, usually is — so rare these days that it’s hard to see even that drastic measure saving him. Kirk didn’t do himself any favors when he recently said, in a reference to the Iran prisoner release, that another former senator from Illinois — President Obama — is the nation’s “drug dealer in chief.” (Previous ranking: 1)

Trump’s White Nationalist (White Race Traitors) Buddies Aren’t Worried About His Immigration Pivot

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WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump is waffling on a hardline immigration policy that has been central to his presidential campaign. But his white nationalist supporters aren’t giving up on him yet. Some of Trump’s friends on the so-called alt-right say the supposed pivot only indicates he’s a savvy politician, while others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Trump’s “rhetorical shift on immigration is NOT troubling,” said William Johnson, a Los Angeles-based attorney and white nationalist who was briefly a Trump delegate. “It demonstrates that he now grasps the magnitude of the enormous task ahead of him.”

Trump has promised to aggressively deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, policies that white nationalists embrace. But he has faced pressure to moderate as he struggles in polls, and this week, he indicated a willingness to soften on large-scale deportation, a policy considered by many to be infeasible and inhumane. (He has since walked backed his comments.)

Some Republicans fear such a pivot will damage his base, which includes the “alt-right,” a group that mostly lurks on the web and seeks to distinguish itself from mainstream conservatism by openly embracing racist and anti-Semitic policies. White nationalists tend to be skeptical of mainstream political candidates, and some have worried Trump won’t live up to his promises. But the real estate mogul has so successfully courted them, they’re willing to look past his recent remarks.

“He must tone down his rhetoric sometimes in order to somewhat neutralize constant media demonization,” said Tom Sunic, who has spoken at meetings sponsored by Klansmen, Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis. “If some right-wing critics of him, having surreal hopes about D. Trump, don’t get it — it only proves they have no sense of what political realism is all about.”

“We of the alt-right will never abandon Donald Trump,” Johnson added.

Trump has a history of publicly denouncing white supremacy, while winking to its supporters. He initially failed to disavow former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, later blaming his remarks on a “very bad earpiece.” He also shared tweets from a white supremacist at least six times, a user listed as “WhiteGenocideTM” living in “Jewmerica” and an anti-Semitic meme about Hillary Clinton.

Even if Trump is softening his positions, not merely his words, some white nationalists will still give him the benefit of the doubt. “It is impossible to imagine Mr. Trump backtracking so far on immigration that the people who support him because of his immigration policy would vote for Mrs. Clinton instead,” said Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance.

Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, told BuzzFeed that “Trump has been so good for my cause that I’m able to be very tolerant and patient with him.” But he noted that if Trump truly allows “millions of Hispanics to stay — with or without citizenship,” then he’s “off the train.”

One white nationalist who has complained from the beginning that Trump isn’t the hero the movement is looking for is Bob Whitaker. He ran for president on the American Freedom Party ticket, before he resigned on the basis that the party was too focused on Trump and was moderating the “white genocide” message in order to attract his supporters.

“I would not be at all surprised if Trump went into desperate reverse on immigration and desperate groveling that would embarrass even the Republican National Committee,” he wrote on his blog on Thursday.

Even if Trump loses some of his most ardent white nationalist followers in a last-minute bid to moderate his candidacy, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s given the fringe movement an unprecedented boost. In a speech on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sought to link Trump to the racism of the alt-right, and discussed them at length on national TV.

“Well guys. We’ve made it,” wrote Andrew Anglin, founder of Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. “Hillary Clinton is giving a speech about us today.”

Poverty Could Hobble Colombia’s Anti-drug Push After Peace Deal

Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds.

In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

“This doesn’t make me a drug dealer. I’m a farmer,” says Toconas, 45, who earns about 2 million pesos ($640) a month growing weed at his small mountain farm in Tacueyo, a hamlet in Colombia’s southwestern Cauca province. “They come to my door, pay me and leave. If coffee or beans paid me more, I’d grow coffee or beans, but they don’t.”

Those simple economics will be one of President Juan Manuel Santos’ biggest problems as he seeks to eliminate illegal drug production with the help of FARC rebels now that the two sides have agreed a peace deal to end half a century of conflict.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos carries to Congress the peace deal with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, in Bogota, Aug. 25, 2016.

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos carries to Congress the peace deal with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, in Bogota, Aug. 25, 2016.

Under the peace accord, unveiled by both sides on Wednesday, FARC leaders pledged to work with the government to eradicate coca and marijuana production in areas they have controlled, help farmers switch to legal crops and foster development in long-neglected, poor rural areas.

But that leaves the door open for other trafficking groups to replace the FARC, which have for decades taxed growers and drug dealers, taken a hefty cut of profits from local and overseas sales and at times traded directly with powerful Mexican drug cartels.

Crime gangs and another Marxist rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), are already moving into Cauca and other drug trafficking hot spots where poor growers of marijuana and coca, the raw material for cocaine, sell to the highest bidder.

“I’d rather keep growing,” said Toconas of his marijuana crop. He says he switched out of coca cultivation 10 years ago when the government’s fumigation program made it too risky.

The government says it will move quickly to try to stop other gangs expanding their drug operations.

“In territories left vacant by the FARC we have to fill the space immediately because organized crime will get there quickly,” Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas told Reuters.

Trafficking of cocaine and marijuana has been a scourge in Colombia since the 1980s, when the country’s most famous trafficker Pablo Escobar earned billions and used bombings and assassinations to protect his cocaine empire.

While no one has been able to match the power and wealth that Escobar enjoyed before he was shot dead by police in 1993, the industry remains lucrative.

New Gangs

The government has stepped up its offensive against gangs in recent months as the Clan del Golfo, formed by former right-wing paramilitaries who were demobilized in a previous peace deal, ook advantage of a FARC ceasefire to gain new territory and smuggling routes.

A graffiti, of rebel group Army Liberation National (ELN) is seen at the entrance of the cemetery of El Palo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

A graffiti, of rebel group Army Liberation National (ELN) is seen at the entrance of the cemetery of El Palo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

The mountain road from El Palo to Toribio in FARC-dominated Cauca is already daubed with fresh graffiti proclaiming the ELN’s arrival, and residents complain they are hassled by the trafficking gangs.

Like the FARC, the ELN wants to negotiate a peace deal with the government, but many Colombians believe some fighters from both groups will join drug gangs once they give up as rebel fighters.’

Today’s most successful crime gangs formed after a 2006 peace accord with paramilitaries failed to absorb thousands into society.

Some FARC fighters already shift their allegiances between the two rebel groups and crime gangs, said Alcibiades Escue, Toribio’s 53-year-old mayor.

“By day they wear the FARC insignia and by nightfall they’ve switched to the ELN,” he said, only half joking.

Many residents here are skeptical.

“Even if peace is signed there won’t be peace,” said Jeymi Orozco, 19, who helps pack marijuana for dealers at her adobe shack on the road to Toribio.

“They will all come, all the gangs. And if the government tries to eradicate coca and marijuana there will be more struggle,” she says of the problems that could arise if their livelihood is removed.

Workers who collect coca leaves, known locally as "raspachines," carry bags with harvested leaves to be processed into coca paste, on a coca farm in Guayabero, Guaviare province, Colombia, May 23, 2016.

Workers who collect coca leaves, known locally as “raspachines,” carry bags with harvested leaves to be processed into coca paste, on a coca farm in Guayabero, Guaviare province, Colombia, May 23, 2016.

While most marijuana and coca farmers are poor, it is a profitable business higher up the chain and the FARC has earned billions of dollars from it over the years.

The government has promised to provide subsidies to get legal production – of citrus fruits, coffee and beans – started, as well as investment in roads and education.

But the mountains of Cauca – and most areas with illegal crops – are far from the reach of the state.

Dirt roads are often washed away by rain, making it difficult for farmers to make a living selling legal crops. With coca and marijuana, FARC agents come to the farms to collect the goods.

Mari Teteche, 42, prepares marijuana harvested in the mountains of Tacueyo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

Mari Teteche, 42, prepares marijuana harvested in the mountains of Tacueyo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

Luz Mari Teteche, 42, earns about 36,000 pesos ($12) daily as a so-called hairdresser, trimming the leaves from marijuana flowers using kitchen scissors and bagging the buds in sacks.

Hidden behind plastic tarpaulins, she works her fingers raw about 12 days a month to feed her family.

“This pays better than coffee and it has more harvests a year than coffee,” she says, reaching for another marijuana ranch from the stack at her feet. “The government will have to give big subsidies for people to stop this work.”

Many question how Colombia will fund crop replacement programs and infrastructure projects given the slowing economy is already facing a massive shortfall in revenue as oil prices slump.

U.S. financial support under the so-called Plan Colombia to combat rebels and drug gangs has also been reduced.

View of a marijuana field in the mountains of Tacueyo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

View of a marijuana field in the mountains of Tacueyo, Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 10, 2016.

At night here, the lush valleys are ablaze with electric lamps that ensure the marijuana grows quicker, and flashy four-wheel drive pick-ups roll non-stop along dirt tracks, their back ends filled with sacks of marijuana and coca leaves.

“Crime gangs are probably drooling – but they should be worried too,” said Eduardo Diaz, head of the president’s crop substitution program, highlighting the government’s tougher stance on the gangs.

While Colombia has had patchy success in its fight against illegal drugs – a $10 billion effort by the United States did little to dent coca cultivation – Santos is betting a beefed-up campaign against criminal networks will keep them in disarray long enough to prevent a move on the FARC’s drug business before farmers accept a switch into legal crops.

He recently authorized air raids against crime gangs, a move that was key to combating the FARC.

“Peace won’t bring an end to the criminal activities of today,” said General Jose Mendoza, head of the anti-narcotics police. “We have to keep fighting.”

Dwayne Wade (Nigger) addresses fatal shooting of nigger cousin: Enough is enough

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A woman who was fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago’s South Side has been identified as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

Wade addressed his cousin’s death via Twitter.

 

Wade’s mother, Jolinda Wade, spoke on behalf of the family Friday night while holding her sobbing sister close outside the emergency room where Aldridge was pronounced dead.

“Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that’s going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it,” she said.

“We’re still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won’t keep happening. We’re still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head.”

The family did not take questions from reporters.

Dwyane Wade, who returned to his hometown by signing last month with the Bulls, and his mother both were part of a series of panel discussions on gun violence hosted Thursday by The Undefeated on ESPN.

The conversations were held at the South Side YMCA in Chicago and focused on athletes, their experiences with violence and police, and the responsibility to act. Wade, who was not in Chicago, appeared via satellite.

Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office say Aldridge suffered gunshot wounds to her head and an arm. Police say the baby wasn’t hurt and that a relative has taken custody of the child.

Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones said Aldridge was a mother of four and was walking to register her children for school. He said the family recently moved to the neighborhood.

Police said one of the males who fired shots was being questioned Friday evening, but later said they were questioning witnesses in the shooting and had no suspects in custody.

Chicago has been hit hard by violence this year. More than 2,600 people have been shot in the city, mainly on the South and West sides. With 463 murders as of Wednesday, Chicago is on pace to record its largest number of homicides since 1997, when 761 people were killed in the city. Its murder rate is higher than that of New York and Los Angeles.

Wade did not speak directly about gun violence during his appearance for The Undefeated but addressed “deep-rooted” divides in the community.

“We kinda adopted that mentality that, you know, it’s about me surviving,” Wade said, discussing Chicago’s history. “It’s important for all of us to help each other.”

Wade grew up in a South Side Chicago house headed by his mother, who was then a drug dealer. Jolinda Wade gave up drugs and turned her life around after being released from prison in 2003. Now a pastor, she sees the problems that contribute to the violence in the communities.

“Some parents have to work one, two and three jobs and can’t be there for their kids,” she said Thursday night. “Reality TV is raising our children today. And they’re going out on the street and being disconnected. … They grow up and look around, and nothing’s there.”

Dwyane Wade also previously urged an end to gun violence when he appeared with LeBron JamesCarmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to open the ESPYS with a call for social change.

“The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando, it has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough,” he said.

This is not the first time Wade’s family has been touched by gun violence. His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012 but recovered.

Gina Rodriguez (Latino Spic, Feminist Slut): Latinos should learn from Jews in breaking Hollywood barriers

Gina Rodriguez, a trailblazer for Latinos in the entertainment industry, said she looks to Jewish actors for inspiration.

“One thing that I love about Jewish culture is that anthill effect. Every ant brings food to the anthill and everybody eats,” Rodriguez told Latina Magazine when asked about how Hispanics help each other in Hollywood.

“Sadly our culture has been living the crab-in-the-barrel effect. We’re so afraid there isn’t enough room for all of us that we fight to get to the top. We don’t need to do that. There’s room for all of us. We’re stronger in numbers,” said Rodriguez, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Rodriguez’s source of inspiration may not be completely random. The actress has Jewish ancestry, and her sister converted to Judaism, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The actress, who is known for her role as the titular character on the CW’s hit TV show “Jane the Virgin,” has made it her mission to break down barriers for Latinos in Hollywood.

Before being offered the role in “Jane the Virgin,” she turned down an offer to star in Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.”

“I found it limiting that that was the one that was available to me,” she said of the opportunity to play a housekeeper. “I found it limiting for the stories that Latinos have.”

“Jane the Virgin” offered Rodriguez the opportunity to embrace her Latina identity on screen without pandering to stereotypes. The comedy-drama show touches on issues of importance to the Hispanic community, such as the status of undocumented immigrants.

While Latinos make up 17.6% of the U.S. population, according to 2015 census findings, only 5.8% of speaking characters in films and TV shows produced by 10 major media companies are Latino, a recent study found.

Representations of Jews in the entertainment industry are commonplace today, but this wasn’t always the case. There were many Jews working in Hollywood in the 20th century, but few Jewish characters made it onto the big screen before the 1960s and those who did often relied heavily on stereotypes.

Poll: Clinton crushing Trump among Florida Jews; Orthodox for Trump 2-1

NEW YORK (JTA) — The vast majority of Florida Jews will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election, according to a new poll.

Orthodox Jews were the only Florida Jewish demographicb to support Trump.

The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found that Clinton is beating Trump by 43 points among Florida Jews, 66 percent to 23 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein earned six and two percent of the Florida Jewish vote, respectively.

Jews make up four to five percent of the overall Florida electorate. Clinton is leading Trump by a few points in Florida polls.

Clinton beat Trump in almost every Florida Jewish demographic. Reform, unaffiliated and Conservative Jews all favored Clinton, as did Jews of every age group. The only group to support Trump were Orthodox Jews, who favored him 66 to 22 percent against Clinton. Forty-two percent of Florida Jews identify as Reform, while 24 percent identify as Conservative, 19 percent as unaffiliated and six percent as Orthodox.

“The only problem Hillary Clinton has with Jewish voters is the same problem Barack Obama had with Jewish voters, and that is there are not more of them,” said Jim Gerstein, a founding partner of GBA Strategies, in a Friday conference call about the poll.

The poll was commissioned by the Schlep Labs PAC, which grew out of efforts to boost Jewish votes for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. The findings were released in Washington at a briefing conducted by Alex Soros, who chairs the liberal Jewish social action group Bend the Arc, its chief executive officer Stosh Cotler and Jeremy Ben Ami, head of J Street, the dovish Israel lobby.

Obama won the Florida Jewish vote 68 to 31 percent in 2012, according to a poll by

The poll, which was conducted from Aug. 4 to 8 among 500 likely Jewish voters with a 4.4 percent margin of error, also found that Israel is a low priority for Jewish voters. Only 8 percent of Jewish Florida voters said Israel was one of their top two election issues, compared to 35 percent who chose the economy, and 29 percent who indicated terrorism.

“Israel is not the defining issue for the American Jewish voter,” said J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami on the conference call. “The Jewish electorate is not going to be moved or swayed by hawkish, uncritical rhetoric related to Israel.”

The poll found that most Florida Jews supported last year’s agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions. Fifty-one percent of Florida Jews support the deal, while 39 percent oppose it. In addition, only 2 percent said they were casting their vote in the November election based on policy toward Iran.

Jewish voters in Florida have drawn attention ever since the 2000 election, where a confusing ballot led a large number of voters in the heavily Jewish Palm Beach County to vote for Pat Buchanan, the Reform Party candidate often accused of anti-Semitism. George W. Bush carried the state by 537 votes, which won him the election. He won the state again in 2004.

In 2008, comedian Sarah Silverman led “The Great Schlep” initiative, which urged young Jews to travel to Florida to convince their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama. Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012.