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@DGisSERIOUS @jimmy_dore @SusanSarandon @ejbeals Ma'am, kindly answer. You state: #US media is not comparable to journalists on the field in #Syria.
But #Hezbollah @sahouraxo quoted by @jimmyDore is neither a journalist nor in Syria, she's a terrorist spreading lies & disinformation. Are u defending her?
@DGisSERIOUS @jimmy_dore @SusanSarandon @ejbeals @sahouraxo @JimmyDore Mrs. Sarandon, I am aware that you're not aware of reality as you praise Jimmy Dore who is the Alex Jones of the Alt Left. Reality is that Assad waged a war in Lebanon to fight Israel NATO. He still is meddling in Lebanon. Did you condemn pro-war Assad?
@DGisSERIOUS @jimmy_dore @SusanSarandon @ejbeals @sahouraxo @JimmyDore If you're against wars, then kindly do not sponsor #Assad who back warmongerer #Hezbollah and #Iran who arrived till #Yemen and are killing its children just to take over it, its ports and be its hegemonial force to disrupt world trade & impose their Jizya
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The important point to keep in mind regarding section 33 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms is why it was included. Think about what was going on at the time and why the Charter was even created.

Sect. 33 is a white supremacy tool that was included to make white men feel safe.
Now that this fact has been said, let’s get to the heart of addressing the attempt to abuse power in order to maintain white supremacy.

It’s 2018, time to rule section 33 unconstitutional when used to subvert Canadians’ inalienable rights to a free & democratic society.

#TOpoli
History has taught us many lessons.

Some people learn from them and some people don’t.

During the time when then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other white male elected Representatives were working on ensuring that underrepresented and marginalized Communities were protected
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2. "Generosity is a virtue, but unlimited generosity is a fast route to bankruptcy.

Humanitarianism is commendable, but not when you’re demanding that others share the burdens and expense.

A very liberal immigration policy is wise, but helter-skelter migration isn’t."
#Merkel
3. "Knowing how to set broad but clear limits is one of the essentials of conservative governance. Merkel’s failure is that she ceased to be conservative."
#NYT on #Merkel
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Tonight I see the rule of law dying, the principles our country was founded on are being ignored, due process is being trampled upon.

I care very much about women's rights, LGBTQ rights, healthcare as we know it, and the possibility getting justice against an #IllegitimatePOTUS
The respect that I once had for elected officials has faded, the respect that I had for fellow Americans who were on the other side of the aisle disappears

No I don't hate them, I am disgusted by the fact that we have forgotten that while we may have differences we are Americans
As Americans, sure we make mistakes, but we also learn from our mistakes and fix it so that we don't repeat them.

In the current environment, I do not feel I can trust fellow Republicans, who once cared about 🇺🇸, blindly turn a blind eye towards atrocities and hate
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The @ONgov’s swift passing of #Bill5, cutting the size of Toronto’s city council, surprised many across Canada. Discover how this controversial bill broke the mould on #DemocraticProcess. ow.ly/pExs30lGdAM #Thread below. [1/10] #OnPoli #CdnPoli @IRPP
When #Toronto City Council reviewed its own ward boundaries starting in 2014, there were 24 public meetings, 100+ in-person meetings, surveys and online engagement. 2/11 ow.ly/cjw330lGdFr
The previous #Ontario government created an expert panel which held 20+ public meetings before it added two new ridings. 3/10 ow.ly/k96730lGdHV
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The #2ndAmendment Says a Lot More Than the 'Right to Bear Arms'—And the True History of It Will Blow Right-Wing Minds 🌐

-- THREAD ✔

By: Robert Parry, Consortium News
#2A #ThoughtsAndPrayers #MarchForOurLives #NotOneMore
#TheLandingMassShooting #GunControlNow #Madden
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Many politicians, especially those on the Right, pretend they are strictly adhering to the U.S. #Constitution when they often are just making the founding document mean whatever they want – but perhaps nowhere is that as dangerous as with their make-believe #SecondAmendment.
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In the wake of a Sunday mass shooting in #LasVegas—where one individual firing from a high-rise hotel murdered 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a country music festival ---
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Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
— Benito Mussolini

I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945.
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I choose fascist Italy rather than Nazi Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison. Nazi Germany was the extreme militarist, racist and totalitarian variant of Italian fascism, which was more adaptable, pragmatic, rooted in reality and also more incompetent
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...ineffectual and half-hearted, all of which seem true to our condition today. Italy was the original form, while Germany was an offshoot.
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At dinner, I learned more about corruption + racism built into society by our masters. A book we discussed (Zinn) was used as part of this "Left" resource's bibliography. I had to share. [A thread]

@BlackSocialists - thoughts on this resource?

historyisaweapon.com/indextrue.html
It very simply lays out the case that we are all being controlled. It covers hidden history of the United States including their (and, due to the systems created by our masters, our) racism. 

#racism #systemicracism #history
If you haven't been in school for a while (or are in a terrible school), some of the words might trip you up. Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.org are two good resources to help you.
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All the times the govt's own EU referendum pamphlet, delivered to every house, said that voting Leave meant "less access", "losing full access" & "uncertainty and risk" about the Single Market. But a majority voted Leave anyway.
#democracy @LeaveMnsLeave @DeborahMeaden
Here's the Remain campaign's widely distributed 'Europe & You' leaflet, stating that our votes "will decide your family's future" & "at risk" was being "free to trade with all EU countries with no barriers". A majority voted Leave anyway.
#democracy @Change_Britain @DeborahMeaden
Here's Will Straw, director of the Remain campaign, highlighting that Leave campaigners had "conceded" that outside the EU the UK would lose access to the Single Market. "We must be absolutely clear about what this means", he said. A majority voted Leave anyway
#democracy @montie
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Total Democracy is rigged to fail society..eventually.

Its a thread.

From @OxfordUnion by @mehdirhasan with @dambisamoyo.

This also includes three other people.

Number 1 was previously a politician who now works with policy.

The joint no 2s are well respected "whatyacallits"
First, I have to send my regards to the interviewer who always found to bring out the best, here or the worst , eg @obyezeks....in the end, the truth from all and every person interviewed.

The whole discourse was based on the seemingly crazy ideas of @dambisamoyo in #edgeofchaos
She argued that in order for Developing countries to have any chance of attaining development, #Democracy needs to be tinkered with.

She drove home the point by directing to China and the miracle they pulled off within one generation.

Initially a skeptic, I got to think.....
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@ShawnTheAtheist Disagree because of the dominance of #socialmedia: The platforms that banned #InfoWars reach over 2 billion people & as such are not just "private companies". What we need fast is a Digital Bill of Rights to ensure a #FreeInternet & a free exchange of ideas on all platforms.
@ShawnTheAtheist 2. I do not value #InfoWars & #AlexJones as provider of "news". I see them more as infotainment, with the focus being less on "info", but all #censorship is a slippery slope!
Fact the top opinion-shapers realised the power of #socialmedia & they don't like it!
@ShawnTheAtheist 3. #Censorship & different forms of #Shadowbanning have existed for years.
I just came out of a shadowban on #Twitter, when my #impressions dropped from 270.000 in a day to just 10.000 - Reason: I disagreed with Jack Dorsey on Twitter not using censorship (indeed ironic!).
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@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Thanks Peter!

It’s interesting, this time 4 years ago several debates had already taken place. I also learned that many of the debates were specifically held for specific Candidates- a way to use the airwaves to promote if you will.

My platform includes electoral reform.

@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC It’s possible to ensure an inclusive, accessible, democratic Election.

I believe the demonstration of #inclusion #accessibility #democracy in our Election is part of ensuring #CommunityWellness

Vote D!ONNE Renée on Election Day for Mayor of TORONTO!
#TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO
@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Outcomes of #CommunityWellness include:
👉🏿a healthy society
👉🏿a wealth of opportunities
👉🏿the ability to just be
👉🏿equanimity
👉🏿an engaged citizenry
👉🏿initiative
👉🏿inclusive mindsets
👉🏿a thriving society
👉🏿a thriving economy full of innovation, creativity, LOVE
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Thank you for the recognition, support and kind words @SamTecle!

You too are a force, a gift to our City brother!

We will not be silenced. We will win! Together we succeed!
#TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO
Brother @SamTecle, I watched the video of the 2014 Mayoral Debate again and am reminded how Jane-Finch boldly stood up for & with me!

Together we succeed!

#CommunityUnity #TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHallToo #OurCityHall
What the Jane & Finch Community audience publicly & actively did was the example of what we should be doing.

Jane & Finch’s example was the example of outrage for the nonsense going on during that election.
I expected to see this response at other ‘debates’.

#TOpoli #ElectionTO
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@MalcolmNance @SenJohnMcCain @HillaryClinton @McFaul @SenWhitehouse @StevenLHall1 @Isikoff @johnpodesta “The Russians have a particular type of “mark.” They go after somebody who has business resources, shady morals, and political connections or aspirations. I’ve just described Donald Trump.” -Senator Sheldon #Whitehouse

#ActiveMeasures
#ActiveMeasuresMovie
@MalcolmNance @SenJohnMcCain @HillaryClinton @McFaul @SenWhitehouse @StevenLHall1 @Isikoff @johnpodesta “Putin realizes that, if we’re divided as a nation, we cannot protect ourselves from threats within and without.”
- @Evan_McMullin

“And what you have is probably the biggest intelligence breach in the history of the world.”

#ActiveMeasures
#ActiveMeasuresMovie
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TWEET THREAD (1/8) 📢 OUR NEW RESEARCH on voter purges — when election officials remove names from voter registration lists — has alarming findings, with major implications for the integrity of our #democracy: bit.ly/2O3bCAw
(2/8) Almost 4 million more names were purged between 2014 and 2016 than between 2006 and 2008 — 33% growth, much higher than the growth in eligible voters and in the larger population.
(3/8) Purge rates have increased more in states that, due to their history of #racialdiscrimination, were previously subject to federal "preclearance," a practice that ended with the 2013 #SCOTUS decision Shelby County v. Holder.
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@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @BrightonSurvivorsNET “In the light of a highly disturbing increase of #transphobia locally & nationally…” IF everything anybody says or does is #transphobia, of course you can say it is rising. Any reputable statistics?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK “…so the date @Womans_Place_UK event feels like a concerted effort to make #trans ppl, & particularly #transwomen, feel #intimidated and #invalidated” Is it the position of SN that the sensitivities of #transwomen mean that #democracy should be suspended any time they say so?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @Womans_Place_UK #Transwomen do face special challenges but they remain #bio #logical #males but it is fine for them #Gender express as ‘women’ but with the best will in the world, they remain #bio #logically #male @WomenEqualities @Commonswomequ @PennyMordaunt @MariaMillerUK @LesleySemmens
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There are growing indications that Russia is preparing for war

Implications for #InternationalSecurity just got a whole lot more serious w/#TrumpGOP revealing their allegiance to #RussianMob

Trump and GOP MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ASAP

#TreasonSummit
#Kalingrand bordering on #Lithuania & #Poland has seen notable 🔼 of militarization since 2015

This includes add'n of military bunkers near Polish border, upgraded #NuclearWeapons bunker 8 miles away, & rail line possibly into Lithuania

#TrumpRussia
defenseone.com/technology/201…
Trumps penchant for #projection may explain his outspoken hostility twd #Montenegro & absurd accusations about them wanting to start #WWIII

What's obvious is #Putin's lust for this #Adriatic port city as it's not his first attempt to acquire it's control

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1) It’s just another day in the Swamp.

Who is free to speak here?

It’s coffee time.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
2) Freedom of speech is fundamental to #democracy.

I read this the other day:

The remedy for offensive speech...is more speech.
3) Freedom of speech is so precious to our Nation. It is the antidote to tyranny.

Without it we are all reduced to slaves.
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While we wait for #HELSINKI2018 to finish, here's a couple of remarks inspired by the #TrumpPutin meeting.
1. Finland is not a neutral country. We chose our side when we joined European Union in 1995. Finland chose to be on the side of #humanrights, #democracy, #ruleoflaw and multilateral world order. Finnish foreign policy is based on promoting and defending these values.
2. Women's rights are human rights. We believe the world would be a better place for everyone if #WomensRights and girls' rights would be recognised and respected all around the world.
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I see people tweeting about feeling scared, how things are so bad and getting worse. They sound #panicked & dwell on worst case scenarios.

We have reason to worry, but dwelling on the worst case scenario isn't productive & can damage our cause. THREAD 1/6 #FridayFeeling #panic
Thinking about what you can do in the worst case scenario isn't a bad idea.

Dwelling on it and panicking is not good for anyone and is counter productive to our cause.

Fear & hopelessness are our enemies - they paralyze people & stop them from taking action. 2/6
When people stop taking action, not winning in the midterms becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

We all get scared, and that's OK, it's normal now.

But we all need to bear in mind that #fear is infectious, and infecting others with our fear or panic isn't helpful. 3/6
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RT! READ!

Winning Is Not Enough | by Paul Glastris

Democrats are focused on taking back power—but our democracy depends on them keeping it. To do that, they have to start thinking differently.

#democracy #Democrats #progressives #liberals #DemsWork4USA
washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/july-…
To save our democracy, Democrats need to win big. They not only have to beat Donald Trump in 2020, but also have to achieve majorities in the House and Senate that are big and stable enough to survive the 2022 midterms.
Doing that will require winning back states and districts that they lost in 2014 and 2016, taking others that have long been in GOP hands, and governing in a way that keeps those states and districts from turning red again.

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Thread (1/7): @TheEconomist published a Special Report Titled "Fixing the #Internet", which relied on #Centralisation as its core lens

Huge victory for a technical community that has spent decade explaining how the architecture & ethos of the internet are under attack.

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2. "But like Sir Tim, many people have recently become more critical of it (...) At the heart of their disenchantment, this special report will argue, is that the internet has become much more “centralised” than it was even ten years ago."
economist.com/special-report…
3. #Decentralisation is ultimately a question of #democracy. As digital technology penetrates society ever more deeply & the two become ever more intertwined, the rules of the former will increasingly govern the latter" economist.com/special-report…
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There is no perfect concept in this WORLD. How many human beings have been killed in the name of #DEMOCRACY which is considered to be the most valuable in the modern age? DEMOCRATS used the napalm bombs to mass murder innocent civilians.
#民主主義#RealHolocaust #WW2
And this is also the most beautiful act of those who love beautiful humanity. What a wonderful HUMANITARIANISM you believe!!
#WW2 #RealHolocaust #DEMOCRATS #WW2
Precise figures are not available, but the firebombing campaign against Japan, directed by C. LeMay between March 1945 and the Japanese surrender in August 1945, may have killed more than 500000 Japanese civilians and left five million homeless. #WW2 #CurpetBombing of #japan
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