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It Finally Happened: KKK Grand Imperial Wizard Endorses Donald Trump

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[He's finally found his real demographic. On the other hand, see also: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism. *RON*]
Addicting Information, 29 April 2016

All the months of speculation that the modern day KKK does indeed endorse Donald Trump can be confirmed as the terrorist organization’s Rebel Brigade Knights Grand Imperial Wizard endorses the GOP frontrunner on live national television.

When asked by reporter Chris Thomas who would be the best one for the job of President of the United States, the Wizard answered:

“I think Donald Trump would be best for the job. The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe.”

Under the guise of now being a “political” group, the word ‘safe’ has now become synonymous with xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism and bigotry – all tenets, still, of the KKK, …

The Permanent Security State

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[Presidents come and go, but the national security bureaucracy never leaves. *RON*]
Michael J. Glennon, Reason, from the May 2016 issue

"The national security bureaucracy is a powerful force," Charlie Savage writes in Power Wars. The influence of this permanent security state, the New York Times reporter shows, is subtle but nonetheless pervasive, and it does not disappear when a new president takes control: A remarkable number of officials held the same or similar jobs under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Key decisions are repeatedly made or influenced by hold-overs and careerists who fight to maintain the status quo. The laws governing their conduct is blurry and elastic, giving them broad power that's exercised with little accountability. They thrive on secrecy. "The permanent bureaucracy gets nothing from transparency and sees it only in terms of risk," an administration official tells Savage. Power Wars provide…

Big Money in Politics Doesn’t Just Drive Inequality. It Drives War.

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[Military contractors have shelled out over $1 million to the 2016 presidential candidates — including over $200,000 to Hillary Clinton alone. *RON*]

By Rebecca GreenOtherWords / Foreign Policy in Focus, 27 April 2016

The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the lively debate among feminists over whether to support Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump’s unorthodox candidacy.

The elections are also groundbreaking because they’re revealing more dramatically than ever the corrosive effect of big money on our decaying democracy.

Following the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and related rulings, corporations and the wealthiest Americans gained the legal right to raise and spend as much money as they want on political candidates.

The 2012 elections were consequently the most expensive in U.S. history. And this year’s racesare predicted to cos…

So far this year, American toddlers have shot at least 23 people — and 11 have died

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[Darwin in action. See also: Big Ammo: Clinton is raising money from gunpowder lobbyists and investors. *RON*]

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post / The Province, 1 May 2016

This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not.

But this type of thing happens more often than you might think. Since April 20, there have been at least seven instances in which a one- , two- or three-year-old shot themselves or somebody else in the United States:

On April 20, a two-year-old boy in Indiana found the gun his mother left in her purse on the kitchen counter and fatally shot himself.

The next day in Kansas City, Mo., a one-year-old girl evidently shot and killed herself with her father’s gun while he was sleeping.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's Compensation Soars 69 Percent to $42.1 Million

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[Let's not hear any more about that "maximizing shareholder return" nonsense, okay? *RON*]

Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 April 2016
None of Yahoo's primary executives earned a bonus in 2015.

Yahoo compensated CEO Marissa Mayer with $42.1 million in 2015, mostly due to stock and option awards, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

Mayer's compensation soared 69 percent year over year, even though Yahoo shares sunk 34 percent in 2015.

None of Yahoo's primary executives earned a bonus in 2015, but that's largely been the case over the past three years. Mayer earned a $1 million salary, $11.8 million in stock awards, $28.2 million in options and $1.1 million through a nonequity incentive plan.

After several years of a turnaround plan, Yahoo announced this year it was seeking strategic alternatives and has fielded bids from Verizon and other suitors interested in purchasing all or parts of the company.

Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

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["Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash." - Global Catastrophic Risks 2016. *RON*]

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 29 April 2016  Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions.

These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think.

In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a startling statistic: Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash.

Partly that’s because the average person wi…