Bannon Refuses Hook

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@POTUS guru and former White House big fish Steve Bannon went to Capitol Hill to testify in a closed hearing, but refused to answer questions from House Intelligence Committee members, and got subpoenaed on the spot by frustrated members of Congress. Lawmakers vow to force answers from Bannon in Russia probe after he defies subpoena http://politi.co/2rcqQMn

He said he was told by the White House not to cooperate, to invoke executive privilege. The White House directs Bannon to avoid answering the Capitol Hill queries in the Russia probe @CNNPolitics http://cnn.it/2B8MCjM

Stop Press Attacks

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US Senator Jeff Flake Condemns President Trump's "Fake News" Attacks on the Media. The Arizona Republican is one of many lawmakers who is retiring at the end of his current term.

He took to the Senate floor to condemn President Trump's attacks on the media, and he called on his colleagues to stand up for truth, saying that a “president who cannot take criticism, who must constantly deflect, distort and distract, who must find someone else to blame, is charting a very dangerous path.

Countdown To Breakdown

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When I was a little boy, my grandpa worried about our homeland and he was correct. My family left it all behind to begin a new life because homegrown individuals sold our nation out to the Russians.

Meet my 2-year-old granddaughter Olivia watching the news. I worry about her and how to explain the way government leaders are acting here stinks, so they either change their evil ways or we're all doomed.

The President and Congress are just days away from their major poop show with a US government shutdown.

One of these three things is bound to happen:

Natural Warnings

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What's Mother Nature trying to tell all of us as she keeps bringing weird weather and providing US flu fears?

After dumping snow and ice across the South, wreaking havoc with air and road travel from Texas to the Carolinas, a serious storm takes aim on the Northeast. It is expected to dump over a half foot on portions of New England. Substantial travel delays, school cancellations and disruptions to daily activities in New England from the snowstorm.

Crimes and Vulnerabilities

Problem

Too many women are still finding themselves victimized at the intersection of vulnerability, trust, and poverty.

Sexual harassment or sexual assault on the part of a supervisor, landlord, or others has unfortunately been under-studied and under-reported.

Women live in fear, facing an impossible choice between keeping their places of residence, or their jobs and submitting to predatory misconduct by predatory men who are in positions of power.

Moving Images Archive

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The following archive provides an international list of free film studies available online for your enjoyment.

The American Indian Film Gallery (AIFG) is an online collection of more than 450 historic films by and about Native peoples of the Americas, compiled and digitized by historian J. Fred MacDonald over many years. These films range in date from 1925-2010. https://aifg.arizona.edu (thanks to Patrick Friel)

Archive of Hungarian Public Television https://nava.hu/ (thanks to Zsolt Gyenge)

Creative Skills Explained

Solution

To get my creative juices flowing, I try to test my limits by exposing myself to different situations and pushing through the uncomfortable ones. Once I reach a level of confidence, I'm amazed what I can accomplish.

Scientists have found why some people are more creative than others. The creative thought involves dynamic interactions of large-scale brain systems, with the most compelling finding being that the default and executive control networks, which can show an antagonistic relation, tend to cooperate during creative cognition and artistic performance.

MLK Nightmare

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To break all the chains of hate that fill way too many hearts is by the real truths within Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

2018 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Americans have worked to bring Dr. King’s dream to fruition and today, that work is more urgent than ever. He used to say, If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

It seems inconceivable that after Americans elected Barack Obama @POTUS44 for two consecutive terms, that @realDonaldTrump and now @POTUS is still defending himself against continued charges that he is racist. When Trump, the 'least racist' person, has been accused of racism http://nydn.us/2EIdSYm If we tolerate this in a president, what does it say about us? @CNN http://cnn.it/2EF5WHv Barack Obama @BarackObama
"Dr. King was 26 when the Montgomery bus boycott began. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts mattered, pressing on through challenges and doubts to change our world for the better. A permanent inspiration for the rest of us to keep pushing towards justice."

As people all over the world celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. as a day with hours of community service in the name of the civil rights leader, they may recall the historic speech he delivered during the March on Washington. He said I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Inside Martin Luther King Jr.'s final, radical year https://www.salon.com/2018/01/15/inside-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-ra...

What folks may not know about King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech is that it was improvised. As people observe MLK Day, past presidents volunteered on MLK Day. Donald Trump spent it playing golf, while others perform positive tasks that make a difference as a tribute to Dr. King's iconic speech. https://www.archives.gov/files/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf
I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr. Full Speech Best Audio https://youtu.be/ARvrvJV4th4
Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" VIDEO https://youtu.be/I47Y6VHc3Ms

Let us never allow anyone, regardless of who they are, or how rich, famous, successful or even a self-described very stable genius to change the narrative about equality, peaceful resistance, or to increase efforts at upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, who come to America seeking freedom and justice for all.

Cult of Personality

Problem

Who's next among infamous cults of personality? Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Kim, Saddam, Putin, Castro...

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and prevention.
None of these dangerous men would have done their harm to humanity if they had undergone psychiatric tests. The longer they're in office, the more they shocked and alarmed with strange and extremely unpresidential behavior.

https://www.biography.com/video/adolf-hitler-playlist-5336039365001

https://www.biography.com/search?query=Mussolini

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