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Right Wing Round-Up: Recounting Jim Bakker’s Crimes

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Alt-Right Figure ‘Baked Alaska’ Begs For His Old Friends To Take Him Back

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Tim “Treadstone” Gionet, known online as the neo-Nazi Alt-Right personality and wannabe rapper “Baked Alaska,” posted a video this week in which he claims that he is no longer Alt-Right and begs for his former allies among the Alt-Lite and Alt-Right movements to reaccept him and sympathize with his humiliating run-ins with counter-protesters.

Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulous posted a video mocking Gionet’s reaction to receiving a face full of pepper spray from counter-protesters at the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month. After the video sparked discussion and further humiliated Gionet among Alt-Right social media users, Gionet took to Periscope last night to issue his plea to reunite with Yiannopoulous—who once employed Gionet as his manager—and other former allies who disowned Gionet earlier this year over explicitly anti-Semitic social media posts.

“Imagine if me, Milo, Mike Cernovich and Bill Mitchell teamed together,” Gionet said. “Imagine what we could do. Imagine the damage we could do to the left. That’s what we did during the election, right? We were all teamed up together and we did a fantastic job.”

When Gionet refers to the election, he pays homage to a time when he …read more

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Roy Moore Boasts Of Endorsements From Neo-Confederate Secessionist, Activist Who Says It’s OK To Murder Abortion Providers

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Earlier this week, we looked into the campaign funding behind Roy Moore, the suspended Alabama chief justice who is now the frontrunner for his state’s open U.S. Senate seat, and discovered a host of far-right Christian nationalist activists who see Moore as their best hope for enacting their theocratic vision on a national stage.

Today we noticed that Moore had posted a lengthy list of endorsers on his campaign website—and it appears that no activist is too extreme for Moore to boast of his connections with.

Where to begin? How about with Matt Trewhella, who Moore’s campaign lists on its endorsements page as “Author of ‘The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate.’”

Trewhella has long been an activist on the far fringes of the anti-choice movement. In the early 1990s, he was one of 34 anti-abortion extremists to sign a statement declaring that the murder of abortion providers is “justifiable.” Another signer of the statement, Paul Hill, went on to murder an abortion provider and the provider’s bodyguard. Around that time, Trewhella was videotaped calling for churches to arm children in order to form militias.

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Can Neuroscientists Measure Free Will?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series on the Human Mind Conference, an “interdisciplinary event” held in Cambridge, England, in June 2017, “bringing together a wide range of experts from across the humanities and the cognitive sciences to discuss key aspects of mental life and experience.”

If you’ve ever read an article proclaiming that neuroscience disproves free will, you’ve probably heard of the Libet experiment.

In 1983, Benjamin Libet, a vision and neurology researcher at UC San Francisco, described an experiment in which subjects were asked to move one of their hands whenever they felt like it, and to report the instant at which they first felt the urge to move. The subjects’ brains were also being measured using an electroencephalogram, or EEG. Libet found that, just before the subjects reported feeling the conscious urge to move, there was a distinct pattern in the EEG readout: a slight increase in negative electrical potential on the alpha-wave, a specific brain wave. Libet, building on the work of earlier researchers, called this pattern the “readiness potential.”

The remarkable finding of Libet’s experiment was not the readiness potential itself, but that it apparently preceded the conscious urge to move, …read more

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Court rejects racist’s objection to Jewish and Indian lawyers

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Dylann Storm Roof, sentenced to death for killing nine church worshippers in 2015, has been told by a court that he has to accept two lawyers appointed to handle his appeal.

Roof, 23, according to this report, filed a handwritten request in his federal appeals case on Monday seeking new attorneys, saying:

Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.

The ones appointed for him are Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani – Jewish and Indian, respectively. They were appointed after Roof was sentenced to death in January this year.

In June 2015, the white supremacist targeted a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. He killed nine people, all African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C Pinckney, and injured one other person.

A self-described “white nationalist”, Roof added that he already had found it impossible to work with his lead trial attorney, David Bruck, because he too was Jewish. Roof wrote:

His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it. Trust is a vital component in an attorney client relationship, …read more

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Wayne Allyn Root Claims He Predicted The Mexico City Earthquake

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On his radio program on Tuesday, right-wing commentator, conspiracy theorist and Donald Trumpobsessed sycophant Wayne Allyn Root claimed that he predicted the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City earlier that day.

“No, I’m not crazy, but I swear I have abilities in my gut to feel things that are going to happen, to envision what’s going to happen,” Root declared. “I’ve got a crystal ball. I knew Brexit would win in England when no one thought it would, I knew Trump would win. Every political prediction I’ve made in the last five years has been on the money, I think I’m 100 for 100.”

“I got a feeling that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were not all that was in store for us and a massive earthquake was on the way on the West coast of the United States,” he added. “Crazy as it sounds, I said, ‘I hope you don’t think I’m insane.’ I know I said it on my radio show, national radio for all the world to hear, and put it on my website and Facebook and Twitter and all that. I think I said here on the TV show …read more

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Ann Coulter Thinks ‘Death Squads’ Could Be The Only Hope If Trump Supports Immigration Reform

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Right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter suggested last week that if President Donald Trump “continues down this path” of appearing to be open to immigration reform, one of the only solutions could be “death squads for the people who ruined America.”

Last week, Coulter appeared on the “Todd Starnes Show” to discuss Trump’s apparent willingness to betray his campaign promise to oppose programs like DACA, which is designed to protect people who immigrated illegally to the United States as children.

“We have made as clear as you can possibly make it, we want less immigration,” Coulter said. “Stop dumping the third-world on the country.”

She then claimed that Trump was elected into the White House because of his stance on immigration and bemoaned Trump’s recent mixed signals on the DACA program.

“If he continues down this path, well I guess there are three options. There’s the organizing the death squads for the people who ruined America, because there will be no more hope,” Coulter said.

After some hesitation Coulter continued, “I guess the other possibility is to – well I don’t think anyone would mind him being impeached. What’s the faction opposing that? And then at least we’ll get Mike Pence. But in terms of …read more

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If you feel better, should you stop taking your antibiotics?

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A recent paper suggests that patients would be better off stopping antibiotics when they feel better, instead of completing the entire amount prescribed. Could this approach reduce antibiotic overuse and the risk of widespread resistance? …read more

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RE needs “strategic, urgent intervention”, says independent report

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Religious education in England faces “a perilous future” unless it is subject to “strategic, urgent intervention”, according to a report published today.

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Vote for gay marriage and kiss Easter and Christmas goodbye

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Of all the outlandish things I have read about the threat posed to society by gay marriage, this one must surely take the biscuit.

According to this report, Margaret Court, above, tennis-legend-turned Pentecostal pastor, warned Australians that voting to change the definition of marriage will affect Christian schools and freedom of speech.

There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.

Her warning coincided with news that her local tennis club had terminated her membership. After being dumped by the Cottesloe Tennis Club, she said:

I think it’s sad. You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself. It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that.

Club President Ian Hutton reportedly admitted that Court’s views on gay marriage were considered during the debate on her re-election to the club, though an issue for other members was her availability to attend club events.

Tennis West CEO Michael Roberts agreed with the club’s decision.

If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarising, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community. Obviously, her opinions …read more

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