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U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs. Israel, alarming critics

20th June 2018

The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged Washington to remain, but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo.”

Washington’s withdrawal is the latest U.S. rejection of multilateral engagement after it pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

It also comes as the United States faces intense criticism for detaining children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its “unconscionable” policy.

“Look at the council membership, and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic rights,” said Haley, citing Venezuela, China, Cuba and Democratic Republic of Congo. She did not mention Saudi Arabia, which rights groups pushed to be suspended in 2016 over killings of civilians in the Yemen war.

Among reforms the United States had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records. Currently a two-thirds majority vote by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly is needed to suspend a member state.

Haley also said the “disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel is clear proof that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the U.S. decision.

The United States has long shielded its ally Israel at the United Nations. In citing what it says is bias against Israel, the administration of President Donald Trump could further fuel Palestinian arguments that Washington cannot be a neutral mediator as it prepares to roll out a Middle East peace plan. Washington also relocated its embassy to Jerusalem after recognizing it as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of U.S. policy.

The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the 47-member Geneva-based body and the Trump administration had long threatened to quit if it was not overhauled.

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/amid-withdrawal-threat-pompeo-haley-speak-u-n-151017726.html?.tsrc=bell-brknews

Bill Clinton ‘son’ calls for ‘dad’ to take paternity test

18th June 2018

Danney Williams still wants to have a relationship with the man he calls his “dad.”

This Father’s Day, Williams, who says Bill Clinton is his father, is backing calls for Clinton to undergo a paternity test to prove — or disprove — his assertion.

“Retweet!” Williams tweeted, sharing a post from Carl Barvensky Paul, who urged President Trump to use his “presidential power” to get Clinton to do a DNA test.

“I’m willing to pay for the test including a $20k donation on your next campaign,” he said.

He retweeted a tweet from Right Chick, who urged Clinton take a paternity test.

“In doing so,” she wrote, “one of two things will happen:

1. Finally legitimize & acknowledge your son @danney_williams.

OR

2. Put the rumors to rest forever

She included the hashtags “#BillClintonSon” and “#ClintonKid”.

Appearing at the National Press Club shortly before the 2016 election, Williams made an emotional plea to Clinton intern and lover Monica Lewinsky, but also to the people he says are his family.

“I also want to take this opportunity to appeal to my step-mom, Hillary Clinton,” Williams said.

“She has the power to have Bill Clinton provide a DNA sample,” which Williams is attempting to secure through threatened legal action.

“I heard Hillary say she spent her life helping children. If black lives truly matter to her, why not mine?” he said.

“Why don’t you care about me, Hillary? Are you embarrassed about me? Hillary, are you ashamed of me? I am black, I am real,” he said, appearing to fight back tears.

“Hillary, please don’t deny my existence. You are my step-mother, Chelsea is my sister, Bill Clinton is my father,” Williams said.

“Please just step up at this time and treat me like the equal member of your family.

“I heard her say before it takes a village to raise a kid, I just want her to accept me in her village today,” Williams said.

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.theamericanmirror.com/fathers-day-bill-clinton-son-calls-for-dad-to-take-paternity-test/

Vatican Cardinal to Deliver Message From Pope To Bilderberg Globalists

7th June 2018

The Vatican has sent a top cardinal to the secretive Bilderberg Group meeting in Turin to deliver a message to the global elite from the Pope.

The Bilderberg group is an annual meeting of over 100 of the most powerful people on the planet, including presidents, prime ministers and heads of banking, the corporate world, media and academia. Its clandestine 2018 confab is set to begin today.

This year’s summit will be attended by Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Given Bilderberg’s kingmaker legacy (the group has welcomed politicians before who have gone on to become heads of state), some are wondering if Parolin’s attendance could indicate he is in line to be the next Pope.

“The cardinal is one of the most powerful Curial officials and has been regarded by Vatican watchers as positioned to succeed Francis,” reports LifeSiteNews.

Pope Francis has made numerous statements and backed several causes that are in line with the worldview shared by globalists at Bilderberg.

He has criticised the Brexit vote, compared Donald Trump to Hitler and warned against the rise of populism in Europe. Pope Francis has also repeatedly urged European countries to take in migrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

Catholics have also expressed alarm about his liberal views on abortion, gay marriage and the existence of hell, while also expressing amazement at his comparison of ISIS to Jesus Christ.

The Pope’s activities have stoked concerns amongst many catholics, who worry that his allegiance lies not with the church but with the global political elite.

Parolin himself has also caused concern amongst many catholics as a result of his behavior.

“Parolin has asserted that Pope Francis’ teaching in Amoris Laetitia represents “a paradigm shift” for the Church. He has been criticized by Chinese Cardinal Zen for the Vatican’s “suicide” deal with China. And he was involved along with the Vatican in the hire of a pro-gay law firm that sought to shut down a Catholic website critical of Pope Francis,” writes Dorothy McLean.

“While the Roman Catholic Church is truly a global organization, it is thankfully not a globalist organization,” said Daniel McAdams. “While the inclusion of Cardinal Parolin in this year’s meeting should not necessarily draw our scorn, we should understand that the Bilderbergers and similar groupings of the largely unelected elite more often than not stridently oppose rather than endorse Catholic teaching.”

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.infowars.com/vatican-cardinal-to-deliver-message-from-pope-to-bilderberg-globalists/

California becomes first state to pass water law limiting toilet flushes

6th June 2018

California has become the first state in the nation to pass a controversial new law that places tough limits on home water usage, KOVR-TV reported.

That means the state will have “more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers,” according to the report.

How many gallons per day can people use?

Starting in 2022, California will limit water to 55 gallons per-person, per-day. By 2030, the amount falls to 50 gallons.

To put this into perspective, just taking one eight-minute shower (17 gallons of water) and doing one load of laundry (up to 40 gallons) is enough to exceed the 55-gallon limit. Taking a bath can use 80 to 100 gallons of water.

Why is the state doing this?

“So that everyone in California is at least integrating efficiency into our preparations for climate change,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

Some residents said the limits are unrealistic.

“With a child and every day having to wash clothes, that’s — just my opinion — not feasible. But I get it and I understand that we’re trying to preserve, but 55 gallons a day?” Sacramento mom Tanya Allen, who has a 4-year-old daughter, said to KOVR.

Rocka Mitchell and his wife, Ginger, agreed that the water limits would be difficult to meet.

“She likes to bathe three times a day and she does laundry all day,” Rocka Mitchell said of his wife.

How would people achieve this?

Water-efficient fixtures could be used to help homeowners cut back on how much water they use, advocates say.

 

 

 

 

source/read more:https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/06/01/california-becomes-first-state-to-pass-water-law-limiting-toilet-flushes-showers

Navy SEAL Rips Apart David Hogg’s 5-Point Plan to Stop School Shootings

5th June 2018

Eli Crane is a Navy SEAL combat veteran and owner of Bottle Breacher. The following is a response to pro-gun control activist David Hogg’s five-point plan to stop school shootings, which he sent to Independent Journal Review.

Recently, gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg tweeted a plan to curb violence with an emphasis on gun control.

Though I feel for David and every other victim of this senseless violence, I am once again very disappointed to see another young American with zero respect and understanding for our Constitution and common sense.

As a U.S. veteran and member of the Navy SEAL teams, I swore [an] oath to uphold and defend the very rights that David and other Americans are working so hard to abolish.

My oath to defend Hogg’s right to disagree with me and the rest of our constitutional rights did not end when I took off my uniform.

The irony of David’s proposed plan is shortsighted, incomplete and pretty much worthless. I just did a threat assessment of a school three weeks ago in my home state of [Arizona] with an emphasis on active shooter.

My main focus was on first figuring out the multiple ways I could commit the crime myself and then working backward from there — exposing weaknesses and suggesting improvements to keep out those who wish to do harm.

I can tell you that not one thing David proposed would stop me or anyone else from a whole lot of carnage on that campus or any other for that matter.

David is proposing that we allocate more taxpayer dollars for gun violence research along with mandatory universal background checks and digitized ATF records. He is also calling for a complete ban on high-capacity magazines and “assault weapons.”

 

 

source/read more and watch video: https://ijr.com/2018/06/1100405-eli-crane-parkland-david-hogg/

Man who lost job after complaint over ‘Walking Dead’ toy speaks with CBS 17

A former State Employees’ Credit Union employee accused of having racist toys in his office is sharing his side of the story with CBS 17 after he lost his job at the bank.

“I would just really appreciate it if people did not think that I was a racist or anything like that,” Matt Anderson said.

Anderson wants people to hear that message after an African-American customer at the Louisburg Road branch of SECU accused him of racism.

The customer uploaded pictures of figurines in Anderson’s office that she deemed offensive. The toys were characters from the AMC show “The Walking Dead.”

One of the toys is a black man who has become a zombie and has a chain around his neck. In the popular television show, a female African-American character named Michonne keeps two armless zombies as pets.

Anderson said the customer asked him what the figurines were.

“‘Have you ever seen the show?’ She didn’t respond to my question. She just said that she was offended and I asked her, ‘Well, why were you offended?’ because I wanted to know so that I could apologize to her,” he said.

He said the woman didn’t respond and instead complained to his boss. Anderson said he has since lost his job after less than a year working there.

“The credit union has not given me an official reason for letting me go. The initial reaction was that I shared customer information, however that’s not true. I wouldn’t ever do that,” he said.

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/exclusive-man-who-lost-job-after-complaint-over-walking-dead-toy-speaks-with-cbs-17/1199027233

 

New Orleans Surveillance Program Gives Powerful Tools to a Police Department With a History of Racism and Abuse

23rd May 2018

As you walk down Felicity Street in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, red and blue flashing lights radiate from around the corner. But when you turn on to South Liberty Street, you won’t find a patrol car. Your gaze will rise to the peak of a street lamp where the lights are fastened to an NOPD surveillance camera that, just like the lights, runs 24 hours a day.

The beams engulf the small, seven-house block, reflecting off the windows of cars and homes, ricocheting off the bicycles of kids riding by, and lighting up the cheeks of Keisha Smith, who sits on her stoop eating crawfish. “I hate those lights,” she says. “There’s no privacy for us now. Everyone’s uncomfortable. I feel like somebody’s always watching me.” She looks up at the camera and shivers. “Why’d they have to put those here? It’s like trauma when I see that red and blue.”

This camera is just one of an unknown number that the city installed over the past few months, part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s $40 million public safety plan which the American Civil Liberties Union has condemned as “surveillance on steroids.” The plan also includes new license plate readers and a controversial city ordinance that requires the installation of cameras on the outside of all bars and liquor stores.

The plan has endured criticism about its high cost and the lack of evidence that surveillance programs are an effective crime prevention strategy. Still others have worried that the Big Easy’s free-wheeling spirit and eccentricity will wane under the perpetual gaze of the police.

But more concerning is the public safety plan’s ambiguous purpose and the potential for abuse. It seems that the only oversight will come from the city’s Office of Homeland Security and from within the police department itself, which is currently under a federal consent decree for a myriad of violations including “a pattern of stops, searches, and arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment.”

A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department insisted that the department had controls on access to its systems, and that all activity on the system is logged and monitored, leaving an audit trail in cases of abuse. But beyond that, the department has failed to answer basic questions about how the cameras will be used, what technology it will incorporate, how long the footage will be stored, and who will have access to the footage.

The lack of details has sparked anxiety among the city’s undocumented immigrants, who fear that the new data will fall into the hands of the city’s exceptionally aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.

But in the most incarcerated city in the most incarcerated state in the country, where black communities endure the brunt of police power, the most salient concern is how this powerful tool could exacerbate the city’s already racially disparate law enforcement.

 

 

source/read more: https://theintercept.com/2018/03/06/new-orleans-surveillance-cameras-nopd-police/