On the outskirts of Phoenix, Marla Wentz has been documenting Trump’s presidency through a surreal new photo series.
Arizona native Marla Wentz has been devastated by Donald Trump’s presidency since Day 1."During the campaign, I said, halfway joking, if Trump won, I would go into mourning and wear black for as long as he is president," she told AlterNet. "I [also] decided to cover my face and count the days." After the election, she was moved to go through with her protest promise. She has recorded each day of her resistance in stunning photographic self-portraits. Dress dark project day 1 – protesting every day of a Trump presidency #bethelight #bethechange #notmypresident #lovetrumpshate #unity #equality #protest #womensrights #blacklivesmatter #lgbtq #dissent #womensmarchA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onJan 21, 2017 at 3:56pm PSTEvery day since January 20, the jewelry designer and small-business owner has taken a shot of herself holding a placard indicating how many days Trump has been in office. Dress dark project day 15 – don’t forget the featured organization this month is the NAACP (link in bio). Just one of many deserving organizations helping to spread unity and justice in the world. #bethelight #bethechange #notmypresident #stillnotmypresident #lovetrumpshate #nobannowall #fuckingwall #unity #diversity #blacklivesmatter #stopviolenceagainstwomen #lgbtqA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onFeb 4, 2017 at 3:39pm PSTWentz’s self-portraits are often set in vast outdoor spaces, portraying visually what still feels like an eternity. Dress dark project day 22- no assembly required #nodapl #bethelight #bethechange #lovetrumpshate #unity #diversity #nobannowall #fuckingwall #refugeeswelcome #blacklivesmatter #lgbtq #stopviolenceagainstwomen #notmypresident #stillnotmypresidentA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onFeb 11, 2017 at 4:03pm PSTThere’s a charitable element of the project, too: Every month she urges fans to donate to different causes through the link in her Instagram bio. This month, the benefactor is the Urgent Action Fund."One of my hobbies is urban exploring, photographing abandoned buildings," she explained. "I live in the suburbs near rural farming areas. So I like using the contrast of hope and despair you get from those types of locations." Dress dark project day 38- I’m joined today by Robbie Pfeffer of punk band @playboymanbaby. Rock out and resist when you listen to their new song "You Can be a Fascist Too". Check it out on playboymanbaby.com. #bethelight #bethechange #unity #diversity #lovetrumpshate #refugeeswelcome #nobannowall #fuckingwall #blacklivesmatter #stophate #stopviolenceagainstwomen #lgbtq #notmypresident #stillnotmypresident #callyoursenator #resistA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onFeb 27, 2017 at 9:21am PSTWentz’s county, Maricopa, was the sole county of the nation’s top 10 largest to elect Trump. "I knew it was trumpy, but I did not realize it was trumpiest," she noted. "However, I do live near the retirement community of Sun City and know what big Trump and Sheriff Joe [Arpaio] supporters they are." Dress dark project day 53- Dedication to a new age Is this the end of destruction and rampage? Another chance to erase then repeat it again – Muse "Unnatural Selection" #bethelight #bethechange #lovetrumpshate #refugeeswelcome #nobannowall #fuckingwall #blacklivesmatter #lgbtq #unity #diversity #stophate #stopviolenceagainstwomen #notmypresident #stillnotmypresident #callyoursenator #resistA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onMar 14, 2017 at 1:17pm PDTWill Arizona’s 20-year record for voting red soon be broken? "I’ve lived in the west outskirts of Phoenix my whole life," Wentz said. "When I was young, my parents bought two acres and built their own house. My father was a cement contractor. My parents were not extremely politically active, but always informed, and always voted. They were Democrats." Dress dark project day 66- no rest for the weary #bethelight #bethechange #lovetrumpshate #refugeeswelcome #nobannowall #fuckingwall #unity #diversity #blacklivesmatter #lgbtq #stophate #stopviolenceagainstwomen #notmypresident #stillnotmypresident #callyoursenator #resistA post shared by Marla Wentz (@dressdarkshinebright) onMar 27, 2017 at 2:49pm PDT
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Nothing to see here folks!The 9/11 attacks ‘changed the world’ because they were used to justify the ‘projection of American military power’ around the world, a desperate last push by the self-styled ‘reality creators’ in Washington to maintain their global dominance. But people are always the architects of their own fortune, and by launching an imperial war of aggression thinly disguised as a ‘war on global terror’, the USA provoked Russia and China to take the steps necessary to usher in the downfall of the inglorious Empire.
The 9/11 attacks themselves bear all the hallmarks of a self-inflicted wound, which makes complete sense from a pathological military strategy point of view. The real authors of the 9/11 attacks broadcast their intentions one year in advance when in September 2000, PNAC published a 90-page report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century, a blueprint for US foreign policy in the near-future. In referring to the Middle East, and citing particularly Iraq and Iran, the report stated:
“While the unresolved conflict in Iraq provides the immediate justification [for US military presence], the need for a substantial American force presence in the [Persian] Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein,” and “Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests in the [Persian] Gulf as Iraq has. Even if US-Iranian relations should improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in US security strategy given the long-standing American interests in the region”
To achieve this goal of retaining US military bases in the Middle East, the document highlights the core requirement of “transforming the US military,” but notes:
“A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward-basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals.”
Therefore the conclusion was reached that, in order to transform the US military, it must:
“fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major-theater wars” and
“perform the ‘constabulary’ duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;”
So these policy-makers had a pretty clear plan: invade the “critical regions”, i.e. the Middle East, to “protect US interests”, which means doing everything possible to thwart Russian and Chinese expansion. But they recognized that they needed a plausible justification to sell their plan to the public and American political and military big wigs:
“The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”
And luckily enough, 9/11 provided that justification.
Much has been said and written about the problems with the official narrative around the attacks, but after 15 years, does anyone care anymore? The FBI does. For some reason the feds recently re-released 27 images from the attack on the Pentagon, 6 years after the same images were made public on the Bureau’s web site. According to an FBI spokesperson, the images disappeared after they were first released in 2011 and the FBI only recently figured that out, hence the republication with new time stamps. All of that sounds a bit fishy to me, but it was good enough for the mainstream media to carry the story and images, a reminder perhaps to the Western public of the founding event of the new dystopian reality in which we all live.
The images themselves aren’t much to write home about, unless you’re new to 9/11 research, in which case you might be wondering where the plane is, or how a plane punched an almost perfectly circular hole through 3 rings of reinforced concrete walls. Consider a few examples from this new/old batch of photos:
A nice neat ‘shaped charge’ kind of hole in the reinforced concrete exterior of the PentagonThere is nothing on a 757 that can punch a round hole through 3 rings (5 walls) of the PentagonAnd a few other images already long in the public domain:
The Pentagon facade immediately after impactFires put out, and facade collapsedAnd after the facade collapse had been removed. First floor still standing!The question of what made that round hole in the 3rd ‘C’ Ring of the Pentagon is central to the question of what hit the facade of the Pentagon, given that they must both be one and the same thing. In the years since, several ‘expert’ opinions have been offered.
A) The nose of the plane caused the hole in C Ring. Lee Evey, the Pentagon Renovation Program spokesman stated, “the nose of the plane just barely broke through the inside of the C Ring, so it was extending into A-E Drive a little bit.”
Donald Rumsfeld stated, “I’m told nose is – is still there.”
B) The hole was made by one of the plane’s engines. A “nearly circular hole, about 12-feet wide, allows light to pour into the building from an internal service alley. An aircraft engine punched the hole out on its last flight after being broken loose from its moorings on the plane.” MDW News service.
C) The hole was created by a shockwave from the plane’s impact. National Geographic special, “Seconds to Disaster.”
D) A “circle or ball of energy.” Purdue University.
E) Popular Mechanics claimed that the hole was created by the plane’s landing gear. “The tidy hole in Ring C was 12 ft. wide, not 16 ft. ASCE concludes it was made by the jet’s landing gear, not by the fuselage.”
F) In the History Channel Documentary, “9/11 Conspiracies Episode: Fact or Fiction”, Allyn Kilsheimer’s explanation was, “The plane became almost like an artillery shell or tank round.”
All of which merely prove that there is no credible authoritative account of what hit the Pentagon (or what really happened at the WTC and Shanksville – Flight 93). Instead, what we have are theories, and rather suspect ones at that.
Joe Quinn is the co-author of 9/11: The Ultimate Truth (with Laura Knight-Jadczyk, 2006) and Manufactured Terror: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Sandy Hook, Aurora Shooting and Other False Flag Terror Attacks (with Niall Bradley, 2014), and the host of Sott.net’s The Sott Report Videos and co-host of the ‘Behind the Headlines’ radio show on the Sott Radio Network.
An established web-based essayist and print author, Quinn has been writing incisive editorials for Sott.net for over 10 years. His articles have appeared on many alternative news sites and he has been interviewed on several internet radio shows and has also appeared on Iranian Press TV. His articles can also be found on his personal blog JoeQuinn.net.
Adorable grandpa, Bernie Sanders, defends voters who supported Donald Trump for President, telling a rally in Boston: “Some people think the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don’t agree, because I’ve been there.”
The U.S. Senator from Vermont spoke at an event on Friday evening staged by Our Revolution, a group set up after his insurgent, strongly impactful challenge to the establishment’s pick, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary. Our Revolution aims, in Bernie’s words in Boston, to create “a Democratic Party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country”.
Bernie Sanders’ remarks about Trump voters contained a direct shot at Clinton, who shared her true feelings about America’s white working class at a New York City fundraiser last September by stating “to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters in a basket of deplorables.
“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that.”
Clinton’s words became a central feature of the election, the “deplorables” label seized on by the Trump campaign and adopted as a badge of pride among the businessman’s supporters.
In 2020, Democrats will attempt to win working-class voters in states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump wins helped secure the presidency in the electoral college despite Clinton winning nearly 3m more ballots nationwide.
Bernie Sanders, 75, appeared in Boston with Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. Warren is seen by progressives as a possible Democratic Presidential candidate.
“Let me tell you something else some of you might not agree with,” Bernie said. “It wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic party lost the election.”
With another jab at Clinton, he added: “We need a Democratic party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country, we need a party that is a grassroots party, where candidates are talking to working people not spending their time raising money for the wealthy and the powerful.
“And when we do that, when we transform the Democratic party, we transform America.”
The Guardian reports:
Tensions between establishment and grassroots elements in the Democratic party – fueled by a primary fight that turned increasingly bitter – have persisted since the election.
On Friday, Warren told the Our Revoultion event about her first meeting with Sanders.
“So some of you know, I was a teacher, researcher, and was doing work about what was happening to America’s middle class,” she said. “This was several years back.
“I got an invitation to come to dinner in Washington DC and I was told it would be with a lot of policy people so I did exactly what you expected me to do – I showed up with a bunch of charts and started talking about what was happening to hard-working families all across this country.”
“One guy with bright white hair … got into it,” she said. “It was like nobody else was in the room. And that was sort of the start of it with Bernie Sanders.”
In his speech, Sanders said: “You can tell the quality of a person by the enemies she makes, and to her credit Elizabeth Warren has made some wonderful enemies.”
Sanders said such enemies included Wall Street and the pharmaceutical and fossil fuel industries. Trump is also no fan of Warren, whom he has repeatedly attacked on Twitter.
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