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Army, Marines request two year delay on transgender equality

It seems like just yesterday that I published a diary about three retired generals (all women) counseled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to push forward against conservative attempts to end all transgender military service.

Oh, wait...it was!

To quote Chad and Jeremy, that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone.

From the "How dare you consider neoliberalism a bad thing" files

Today, as is my wont, I was wandering around the Way of the Bern subreddit, and I came across a thread about recent trolling of that site by Clinton/DNC supporters. One comment struck me as heartbreaking. A woman spoke about how she had been cut off by many of her wealthy "limousine liberal" friends, because she refused to sing the praises of Hillary Clinton.

Another Historic Heat Wave, Record Floods as Trump Purges Climate Change Projects from EPA

It's been relatively mild where I live, but unfortunately for people in places like Turkbat, Pakistan, the last two weeks have been a time to break their thermometers, or at least fry eggs on their sidewalks.

Conservative and neoliberal idea of society conflicts with USA's founding idea

One of the more notorious quotes expressing the neoliberal philosophy is British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in an interview with Women's Own magazine, October 31, 1987, declaring "there is no such thing as society."

Since the War on Terror has been Lost, Why are they Still Pretending to Fight it?

“And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it.”
Teresa May, British Prime Minister June 2017

Thereby unequivocally admitting the terrorists have won.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”
Benjamin Franklin, 1755

Follow-up to NSA Leak: Leaker Reality Winner Arrested; NSA Report Provides No Evidence of Russian Involvement

After posting posting about the leaked NSA document published by The Intercept last night, I woke up this morning to discover that the person who likely leaked this five page document has been arrested by the FBI.

GOP Whacking Internet Freedom

Image: Without Net Neutrality - Blocked! (The Paragraph)

Simply stated at whatisnetneutrality.org: "Net Neutrality is the principle that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet."

That principle protects one's freedom to communicate and to choose information sources, without being throttled or blocked by one's internet service provider (ISP). In this information age, that freedom becomes more-and-more widely recognized as a right. And it becomes more-and-more crucial for citizens of a constitutional democracy in keeping informed and active.

Top Secret NSA Report Allegedly Showing Russian Military Hacked US Election Software Systems obtained by The Intercept

The Intercept has obtained a "Top Secret" document from an anonymous NSA source that claims the Russian Military Intelligence (a/k/a GRU) hacked into a US company, VR Systems, that sells "electronic voting services and equipment whose products are used in eight states."

Cormier v Planet Fitness

The Michigan Appeals Court has ruled 3-0 that Yvette Cormier has no claim against Planet Fitness over its transgender-inclusive policies.

Back in 2015 Cormier encountered a transgender woman in a locker room. She decided that she needed to repeatedly warn all other women in the establishment. Planet Fitness responded by revoking her membership.

Prologue: DWS, DNC and the intersection of two colliding investigations.

This is only a prologue because I wish to set the stage without encumbering you with a torrent of links, which I have already. The situation is complex and becoming more complex daily--in fact almost hourly. It is becoming extremely difficult to keep up and I am afraid that I am not. But here goes.