When We Can No Longer Tell the Truth…, by Charles Hugh Smith


You can tell pretty much all you need to know about a society and its government by what happens to people who tell the truth. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com:

Lies, half-truths and cover-ups are all manifestations of fatal weakness.
When we can no longer tell the truth because the truth will bring the whole rotten, fragile status quo down in a heap of broken promises and lies, we’ve reached the perfection of dysfunction.
You know the one essential guideline to “leadership” in a doomed dysfunctional system: when it gets serious, you have to lie. In other words, the status quo’s secular goddess is TINA–there is no alternative to lying, because the truth will bring the whole corrupt structure tumbling down.
This core dynamic of dysfunction is scale-invariant, meaning that hiding the truth is the core dynamic in dysfunctional relationships, households, communities, enterprises, cities, corporations, states, alliances…

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SCOTUS Grants Trump Partial Victory in Ongoing Travel ban Controversy

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July 20, 2017 by  Bob Adelmann

Supreme Court Grants Trump Partial Victory in Ongoing Travel ban Controversy

The terse two-paragraph Supreme Court order issued Wednesday was self-explanatory: President Donald Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from six countries was upheld, with modifications. As the first paragraph stated:

The Government’s motion seeking clarification of our order of June 26, 2017, is denied. The District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance is stayed pending resolution of the Government’s appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

President Trump’s first ban, issued in January, resulted in chaos at the nation’s airports until it was blocked by the courts. The administration reissued the ban in March but that one was also blocked by the courts. In June the Supreme Court overruled lower courts’ decisions and allowed Trump’s ban to proceed, adding the proviso that his ban wouldn’t apply to people who have “a credible claim…

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United States’ Top Amateur Triathletes to Race for National Titles in Omaha Next Month

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By USA Triathlon | July 14, 2017, 2:12 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thousands of the United States’ top amateur triathletes will return to Omaha, Nebraska, from Aug. 12-13 for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running national championship event.

First held in 1983, this event regularly draws athletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The size of the field has more than tripled since 2010, making Age Group Nationals consistently one of the top-five largest triathlons in the United States.

The event was held in Omaha for the first time last year, with more than 3,300 competitors crossing the finish line over two days of racing.

“The City of Omaha and its residents welcomed USA Triathlon with open arms in 2016, and we look forward to returning once again to Levi Carter Park next month,” said Brian D’Amico, National Events Director at…

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Progressive Levels of Islamic Jihad: Hatred, Lies, Conquest, and Genocide

First of all, I must disclaim that Islam has exclusive ownership of hatred, propaganda, conquest, and genocide. Communist Soviet Russia and Maoist Communist China eradicated over 140 million of their own citizens by systematic murder, starvation, and brutal and disease-ridden concentration camps during the Twentieth Century. North Vietnamese and Cambodian Communists exterminated 3.5 million South Vietnamese and Cambodian dissenters after the U.S. had withdrawn its support for South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975.

The Nazi’s murdered 6.0 million Jews and another 5.0 million dissenting Germans and Slavs during World War II. The Union’s “total war” policies during the Civil War resulted in the deaths of at least 50,000 Southern civilians, more than half of them blacks. The phrase, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” did not originate with a Turkish Sultan. Those who believe that the whole human race does not have some serious tendencies to moral distortion and blindness are sadly mistaken, hopelessly naïve, or dangerously misled.

Yet we dare not ignore the realities of Islam, especially the tremendous importance of its doctrines of Islamic Supremacy and Jihad: