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Farmer Behind the U.S.'s Largest Organic Food Fraud Scheme Dies by SuicideA Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:27 pm

The Latest: Merkel says Irish border is key Brexit issueMerkel told an aviation conference in Leipzig that her talks with Johnson later Wednesday will include how to achieve this goal. Britain and the remaining 27 EU countries have been at loggerheads recently over a clause in the exit agreement concerning the Irish border.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 12:50 pm

We can't trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to itWhite nationalists pervade law enforcement. Fighting far right violence means continuing our fight for police accountabilityProtesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing alt-right blogger Jason Kessler from a news conference on 13 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAs mass violence continues, many of us have become rightly afraid for the people we love. We want justice, but we also want protection.So what are the solutions we’re hearing about following this month’s violence? One idea we must reject is the idea of trusting law enforcement to protect us from white nationalist violence, given how much they contribute to it. If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn’t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?White nationalists pervade law enforcement. There is a long history of the military, police and other authorities supporting, protecting or even being members of white supremacy groups. But it’s not just history. It was revealed last week that a black man in Michigan came upon KKK materials and Confederate flags in plain view while being shown a home for sale – the home of a police officer on the force for more than 20 years who shot and killed a black man in 2009 without consequence.It’s a widespread pattern. As early as 2006, the FBI flagged it. Another FBI report in 2015, not covered nearly enough, indicated that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers”. (And that’s the FBI, which has its own history of white supremacy affinity groups.)White nationalists connect through online networks and offline groups, and openly share tactics for infiltrating and influencing police departments, border patrol, the FBI and the military. That was the case for a Virginia police officer – assigned to a high school – who was revealed to be a longtime white nationalist and served as a recruiter for Identity Evropa, one of the groups behind the Charlottesville hate rallies and violence. He was not shy about his cover. In chat messages, he “discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism, while still promoting white nationalism”.Another thing many of those like him are not shy about: stoking and celebrating violence, and promoting hateful misinformation and rhetoric. The Plain View Project tracked publicly posted social media material from more than 3,500 confirmed current and retired law enforcement officers, and found that “about 1 in 5 of the current officers, and 2 in 5 of the retired officers, made public posts or comments ... displaying bias, applauding violence, scoffing at due process or using dehumanizing language”. The Center for Investigative Reporting was able to identify almost 400 current and retired law enforcement officials who were members of private Facebook “Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia” groups.We have seen racist text messages and emails among active officers revealed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and more, including among those in management with direct authority over law enforcement practices. As the Portland case proved, we must come to terms with the depth of association between senior law enforcement and white nationalist leaders and groups – people they should be investigating and thwarting, not encouraging and helping to evade justice.Neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia after marching through the campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesIt would be naive to look at cases in which agencies have dismissed white nationalists from their ranks as an encouraging sign, whether in police departments, border patrol (an agent with a pattern of racist text messages ran over a Guatemalan migrant with a truck), the coast guard (a white nationalist aimed to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country”), military units (more Identity Evropa members in the Marines), or anywhere else.In truth, would the level of violence committed by law enforcement in communities of color, and at the border, even be possible if racial hatred weren’t part and parcel of police culture? White nationalists in law enforcement and in many roles in government, such as prosecutors, are dangerous because they routinely abuse their power to attack and debilitate communities of color, including harassment and coercion, financial exploitation, acts of sexual and racially-targeted violence and mass incarceration – all officially sanctioned, and all celebrated as part of the larger white nationalist agenda.Within the FBI, there has been an active movement among white nationalist sympathizers to protect their own by unfoundedly targeting nonviolent black activists: inventing the idea of a black extremist threat to justify surveillance of nonviolent black activists and divert attention from truly violent white nationalist perpetrators. This policy was codified in an internal “Race Paper” that a federal court allowed to remain secret, despite a move for transparency led by my organization, Color Of Change. (And people who have spoken out about internal racism at the FBI have not been treated well.)Investigations have not yet uncovered the extent to which people in law enforcement at all levels are actually involved in white nationalist violence more directly: training and mentorship, advice and tips, offering the social validation that people of color and others are, in fact, the enemy, or offering the social validation that violence is, in fact, the answer.More stories from those who know what’s happening inside law enforcement officers’ lives would help.But we already know enough. We must change the incentives for law enforcement and their unions – financial, social, cultural and otherwise – that allow the denial of this threat to persist. Instead of allowing news media to praise law enforcement as problem-solvers, we must hold them to account for the harm they enable. Lawmakers across the country must also play their role: investigating the extent of the problem, and forcing a purge of white nationalists and their sympathizers from positions of power and influence – everywhere. Fighting white nationalist violence means doubling down on our fight for police accountability.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 12:29 pm

Greece says it won't assist Iranian tanker sought by USGreece said on Wednesday it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the U.S. but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a Greek port. Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said Athens is under pressure from U.S. authorities, which claim the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1 is tied to a sanctioned organization. The vessel can still enter Greek waters or anchor offshore, in which case Athens will "see" what it will do, Varvitsiotis added.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 12:24 pm

China urges Philippines to ban online gamblingChina has said it hopes the Philippines will ban online gaming to support its crackdown on cross-border gambling, which it said foreign criminals had used to embezzle funds and illegally recruit workers. The Philippine gaming regulator has banned licences for new online gaming firms, as lawmakers and some ministers have called for tighter controls on Chinese visitors, saying many are illegal workers whose presence fans security concerns. "We hope it will further strengthen law enforcement with China and jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud," Geng told a news conference on Tuesday, the transcript showed.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 10:57 am
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Bella Thorne posts topless photos with emotional poem: 'I blame me for not loving myself'Bella Thorne is opening up to her millions of Instagram followers with a series of intimate photos and vulnerable poems. Fans and friends are responding with praise.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 2:12 pm

Tucker Carlson’s Ads Down After White Supremacy ‘Hoax’ CommentsFox News’ Tucker Carlson may be back from the vacation he suddenly took after calling white supremacy “a hoax,” but some advertisers are still AWOL. The loss of advertisers after the comments follows a months-long trend for the host, whose previous comments on immigration and women also made headlines.Carlson resumed hosting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, but commercial breaks were missing ads from a handful of previous advertisers like HelloFresh, Nestle, SteinMart, Calm and SoFi. As pointed out by Media Matters for America, those five companies are among the more than 70 that have declined to continue advertising on the show since December 2018.Also Read: Trevor Noah Needles Fox News Hosts' 'Suspicious' Sudden Vacations After They Say 'Something Offensive' (Video)The New York Times reported on the dip on the latest dip in advertisers, saying that a Monday night episode from August 2018 had 16 minutes of ads and 36 commercials compared to 13.5 minutes of ads and 23 nationally-aired spots this Monday. Of those 23, the Times said, eight were promotions for other Fox properties. The Times cited ad measurement company iSpot.tv.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Announces Vacation a Day After Backlash Over Calling White Supremacy a 'Hoax'Jeff Collins, Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for Fox News, told TheWrap in an emailed statement, “Fox News is on track to deliver another record year in advertising revenue. Advertising budgets that were impacted have been re-expressed into other programs across the network.”He added, “We have devoted promotional time for the launch of our newest platform Fox Nation throughout our key programs.”Also Read: Tucker Carlson Says White Supremacy Is 'Not a Real Problem' and a 'Hoax'In March, analysis showed that paid advertisements for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” had dropped a whopping 61 percent since liberal group Media Matters for America unearthed old recordings in which Carlson made disparaging comments about women and minorities.At the time, TheWrap reported that Carlson remained the most-watched show at 8 p.m. in all of cable, but more than 30 advertisers had pulled their ads since December, when Carlson said that “an endless chain of migrant caravans” was making “our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”Similarly, the Times reported Wednesday that Carlson drew 3.1 million viewers Monday, the second-largest audience in cable that night, behind only his Fox colleague Sean Hannity.Read original story Tucker Carlson’s Ads Down After White Supremacy ‘Hoax’ Comments At TheWrap


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:30 pm

DWTS Season 28: James Van Der Beek, Sean Spicer, Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and Christie Brinkley Among CastJames Van Der Beek will compete against a disgraced White House press secretary and a world-famous supermodel when Dancing With the Stars returns this fall. Good Morning America on Wednesday revealed the full cast line-up for Season 28, which in addition to The Beek includes Sean Spicer and Christie Brinkley. Additional participants include The Bachelorette's […]


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:07 pm

KLPS TV World News

Trump touts quote calling him 'second coming of God' to Jews in IsraelA day after saying American Jews who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty,” President Trump touted comments from a conservative radio host who said that Jews in Israel "love him" like a king or the Messiah.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:54 pm

'Not seen anything like this': Stumbling panthers may have been poisoned. It's stumping Florida officialsBoth cat species have been observed walking with a strange gait and may be suffering from some type of poisoning, Florida wildlife officials said.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:54 pm

'Storm Area 51' event pushes rural Nevada county to declare emergencyLincoln County commissioner pre-signed an emergency declaration ahead of the "Storm Area 51" raid event that's drawn more than 2 million RSVPs.


Posted: August 21, 2019, 1:52 pm

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