• https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/joe-biden-worked-with-whistleblower-when-he-was-vice-president-officials-reveal
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    Joe Biden worked with whistleblower when he was vice president, officials reveal
    The 2020 Democratic candidate with whom the CIA whistleblower had a "professional" tie is Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials.
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/whistleblower-had-professional-tie-to-2020-democratic-candidate
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    Whistleblower had 'professional' tie to 2020 Democratic candidate
    In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed "some indicia of an arguable political bias ... in favor of a rival political candidate."
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  • In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/european-first-proposed-constitutional-amendment-sweden-would-enshrine-rights-nature
    Jon Queally, staff writer

    Heralded as the first of its kind in Europe, a proposed constitutional amendment in Sweden seeks to enshrine the rights of Nature to ensure that the creatures, fona, and features of the natural world are protected from exploitation and abuse by endowing them with legal status previously reserved only for humans and select animals.

    "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries."

    The proposed amendment to Sweden's Instrument of Government, the nation's constitutional document, would secure the Rights of Nature to "existera, blomstra, regenerera och utvecklas"—which translates as "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve"—in order to provide the people and government of Sweden the ability to defend and enforce these rights on behalf of Nature.

    Introduced by Swedish MP Rebecka Le Moine with the backing of a coalition of national and international groups—including Rights of Nature Sweden, Lodyn, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's International Center for the Rights of Nature—the change to Swedish law mirrors that of others in the world but, if passed, would set a new precedent in Europe.

    "For twenty years, we have been working with the national environmental goals in Sweden. After all this time, we are barely reaching two of them," Le Moine said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "The underlying value in our society is that we are the dominators of this world, and Nature is just a resource for us to use," she continued. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries. Now, when we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse, I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature. And for me, it starts with admitting that Nature has rights."

    On its website, the group Rights of Nature Sweden explained the process for having the amendment adopted this way:

    A proposed rights of nature amendment to the Constitution could be introduced directly into the Riksdag by Members of Parliament.

    Members of Parliament may introduce private motions for consideration by the Riksdag. This occurs in the autumn, when the Riksdag opens, during which time Members may propose private motions.

    Each motion is referred to a parliamentary committee for its review and consideration (a rights of nature amendment possibly would be referred to the Committee on the Constitution, or the Committee on the Environment and Agriculture). The committee then examines the motion and presents a proposal for how the Riksdag should decide before it adopts a position in the Chamber.

    As the group also noted, this approach to defending the natural world is hardly new, with legal rights of nature having already been "recognized in laws and court decisions in the United States, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and Colombia."

    Mari Margil, associate director of CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature, championed the proposal and thanked Le Moine for her leadership.

    "We need to quickly make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the natural world," Margil said. "Advancing the Rights of Nature in Sweden's constitution is an important step forward. We congratulate Parliamentarian Le Moine on taking this politically brave, and necessary, step."
    In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/european-first-proposed-constitutional-amendment-sweden-would-enshrine-rights-nature Jon Queally, staff writer Heralded as the first of its kind in Europe, a proposed constitutional amendment in Sweden seeks to enshrine the rights of Nature to ensure that the creatures, fona, and features of the natural world are protected from exploitation and abuse by endowing them with legal status previously reserved only for humans and select animals. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries." The proposed amendment to Sweden's Instrument of Government, the nation's constitutional document, would secure the Rights of Nature to "existera, blomstra, regenerera och utvecklas"—which translates as "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve"—in order to provide the people and government of Sweden the ability to defend and enforce these rights on behalf of Nature. Introduced by Swedish MP Rebecka Le Moine with the backing of a coalition of national and international groups—including Rights of Nature Sweden, Lodyn, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's International Center for the Rights of Nature—the change to Swedish law mirrors that of others in the world but, if passed, would set a new precedent in Europe. "For twenty years, we have been working with the national environmental goals in Sweden. After all this time, we are barely reaching two of them," Le Moine said in a statement on Tuesday. "The underlying value in our society is that we are the dominators of this world, and Nature is just a resource for us to use," she continued. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries. Now, when we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse, I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature. And for me, it starts with admitting that Nature has rights." On its website, the group Rights of Nature Sweden explained the process for having the amendment adopted this way: A proposed rights of nature amendment to the Constitution could be introduced directly into the Riksdag by Members of Parliament. Members of Parliament may introduce private motions for consideration by the Riksdag. This occurs in the autumn, when the Riksdag opens, during which time Members may propose private motions. Each motion is referred to a parliamentary committee for its review and consideration (a rights of nature amendment possibly would be referred to the Committee on the Constitution, or the Committee on the Environment and Agriculture). The committee then examines the motion and presents a proposal for how the Riksdag should decide before it adopts a position in the Chamber. As the group also noted, this approach to defending the natural world is hardly new, with legal rights of nature having already been "recognized in laws and court decisions in the United States, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and Colombia." Mari Margil, associate director of CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature, championed the proposal and thanked Le Moine for her leadership. "We need to quickly make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the natural world," Margil said. "Advancing the Rights of Nature in Sweden's constitution is an important step forward. We congratulate Parliamentarian Le Moine on taking this politically brave, and necessary, step."
    In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature
    "When we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse," said the lawmaker who introduced the measure, "I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature."
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  • Road Signs October 7 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:21-22 Listen to today's Devotional

    Imagine a high mountain road with dangerous curves and rocks. The highway department can do one of two things. They can put a hospital at the bottom of the mountain where they can treat people who have wrecks on the road. Or they can put up signs along the dangerous passage, such as “slow down,” or “watch for falling rocks,” or “sharp curve ahead.” And hopefully people will heed these warnings and avoid an accident.

    God has put up warning signs throughout the Bible. Because He loves us, God will minister to us with His grace when we crash because we ignored the signs. But how much better to heed the signs that say “no” or “stop” or “dead end street.” We can find these signs all through the Bible – from the 10 Commandments all the way to the admonitions in Revelation. https://mailchi.mp/30d4c3dae622/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453145?e=9cbe669f39
    Road Signs October 7 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:21-22 Listen to today's Devotional Imagine a high mountain road with dangerous curves and rocks. The highway department can do one of two things. They can put a hospital at the bottom of the mountain where they can treat people who have wrecks on the road. Or they can put up signs along the dangerous passage, such as “slow down,” or “watch for falling rocks,” or “sharp curve ahead.” And hopefully people will heed these warnings and avoid an accident. God has put up warning signs throughout the Bible. Because He loves us, God will minister to us with His grace when we crash because we ignored the signs. But how much better to heed the signs that say “no” or “stop” or “dead end street.” We can find these signs all through the Bible – from the 10 Commandments all the way to the admonitions in Revelation. https://mailchi.mp/30d4c3dae622/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453145?e=9cbe669f39
    Road Signs
    God’s Word provides a reliable early warning system.
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-media-failed-the-public-on-collusion-and-theyre-failing-again-on-ukraine
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    The media failed the public on collusion, and they're failing again on Ukraine
    The same biased reporters who pushed two-and-a-half years of Russian conspiracy theories aren’t done with their vendetta against President Trump. They will stop at nothing until he is removed from office.
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/adam-schiff-needs-to-go
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    Adam Schiff needs to go
    Plenty of would-be whistleblowers go to members of the House Intelligence Committee for help navigating the ropes of the inspector general process. What the one in the case of President Trump's Ukraine call did was par for the course. Absent any new information, it is seemingly beyond reproach.
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/at-the-un-trump-rightly-stands-up-for-national-sovereignty
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    At the UN, Trump rightly stands up for national sovereignty
    "If you want freedom, take pride in your country,” President Trump told the United Nations on Tuesday. “If you want democracy, hold onto sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation.”
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/adam-schiff-and-democrats-are-twisting-words-to-smear-trump
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    Adam Schiff and Democrats are twisting words to smear Trump
    We were promised a Hollywood-style, smoking gun quid pro quo. But after the transcript was released, the whistleblower complaint came out, and the House Intelligence Committee grilled acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, leaving most people with glazed-over expressions,…
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  • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/adam-schiff-and-democrats-are-twisting-words-to-smear-trump
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    Adam Schiff and Democrats are twisting words to smear Trump
    We were promised a Hollywood-style, smoking gun quid pro quo. But after the transcript was released, the whistleblower complaint came out, and the House Intelligence Committee grilled acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, leaving most people with glazed-over expressions,…
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  • https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/ringo-starr-and-paul-mccartney-record-version-of-lost-lennon-song-950687.html
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    Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney record version of lost Lennon song
    Grow Old With Me features on Sir Ringo’s 20th solo album, What’s My Name.
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