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ARE WE IN THE FINAL 7 YEARS OF TRIBULATION? WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST? HOW IS ISLAM INVOLVED?

666 Mark of Beast

09/09/2019

by SL’s Rant

End time prophecy in our Christian Bible tells us that the number of the anti-christ or, the number of the beast is 666. Before you watch the very last video, watch the video directly below (and the others) all the way to the end to see what that prophecy reveals. Remember, the Bible was written many hundreds of years BEFORE the Quran and the Christian Bible has original manuscripts that date back to 180 years before Jesus. 

 

https://youtu.be/s8b1QmqhP2A

 

Revelation warns us about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. 

https://youtu.be/efWJrSGLfwE

 

Revelation is also the book that told us to watch for the sign in the heavens of the woman clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet, a crown of 12 stars on her head and pregnant, about to give birth with a red dragon at her feet. (Revelation 12)

 

This sign has never been seen in the heavens in at least 6000 years and does not occur in the heavens again for at least another 1000 years‼️

 

We know this because the movement of the stars are mathematical and we now have computer programs that allow us to look at the stars from any place on earth at any point in time. 

 

This video shows you exactly what was seen in the heavens concluding September 23, 2017 (and the 9mths prior)

https://youtu.be/ZSqPiR2EK2s

 

In addition to what is shown on the video above; on September 23, 2017, there was also a strange unexplained ‘group of celestial objects’ visible on infrared telescope at the foot of Virgo that strongly resembled a “red dragon”.  This “thing” has never been seen before, but matches the prophecy in Revelation 12. 

You can see it in this video:

https://youtu.be/qNhKDSwfwKU

 

In the video below the meaning of the Revelation 12 sign is analyzed. There is also a discussion on how hard it is for us to change beliefs that we have held for a long time. It’s important for us to remain flexible and seek the truth, not what someone else is telling us is the truth. 

 

https://youtu.be/zkhfNIsAsK0

 

This last video will show you the history of events and how our Hebrew/Christian Bible has foretold all these events. 

 

https://youtu.be/cW-Y-D63DC0

 

Now is the time! Draw close to God. Study His Word. Are we in the final seven years of tribulation? No, we are not in the final seven years of tribulation, but it could begin at any time. Before the final 7 years of tribulation can begin, the antichrist has to make the seven year peace agreement with Israel.

WHY ISLAM AS A WHOLE SHOULD BE BANNED IN THE UNITED STATES, NOT JUST SHARIA LAW

Muslim Conference

8/25/2019

By SL’s Rant….. (Stephanie Land)

(Note to Big Tech Censorship Police: This is not “hate speech”, so before you block my post, read the explanation. I have Muslim friends whom I love dearly, but it does not change the fact that Islam is a government which can not co-exist inside the US govt.)

Many people think the solution to the “Islam Problem” is to ban Sharia Law. But others say our First Amendment restricts the government from making any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

The ACTUAL PROBLEM is that Sharia Law is not a religion. As the name states Sharia “LAW” is part of the Islamic state’s (govt’s) legal system. It is criminal laws. Sharia law has NOTHING to do with the “free exercise of religion” and absolutely SHOULD be banned in the US since we already have established criminal laws.

Islam is not a religion either, it is a totalitarian form of government which dictates every aspect of a Muslim’s life, of which the religious beliefs and laws are a part. No part of Islam can be separated from the other, they are a package deal never to be severed. If you don’t believe this, do some research – ask some Muslims. This is absolutely factual and true.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Islamic flag and the Islamic state. Think about it, both of these things are governmental, not religious!

Islamic laws conflict with our laws and more importantly are in direct CONFLICT with our CONSTITUTION!!

Islam has its own POLITICAL LEADERS, above the authority of any US leader since they believe their leaders to be Allah’s. It has its own government structure and government rules has its own courts, its own judges, its own laws & traditions. It has its own civil laws as well. It also has its own tax laws and banking. It even has its own policing department.

That sharia law enforcing ’policing department’ is now operating in Brooklyn New York!

The first thing Muslims will do when they settle in a city is open a mosque. The mosque has several very loud speakers at the top that blare their call to prayer for TWO MINUTES before the sun comes up, so forget sleeping until AFTER sunrise. The blaring Arabic song can be heard for more than a TWENTY BLOCK radius! That obnoxious ear shattering noise plays again FOUR MORE TIMES during the day. (Watch video here 👉🏻{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6HAQfG3wbY&feature=youtu.be&t=11})

The last plays at dusk, so forget about any more romantic sunsets! They do not care that they are infringing on your rights to sleep or enjoy a peaceful day, because the call to prayer was dictated by Muhammad, the messenger of Allah.

The beliefs of Islam are in direct conflict with our constitution and regardless of peoples sensibilities or how much they want to scream tolerance or that Islam is a religion, they are wrong and Islam should not be allowed to be established in United States.

I do not hate Muslim people. I have several Muslim friends & lovely neighbors. But that does not change the fact that Islam is a government and it cannot coexist within OUR government.

Most people are uninformed and ignorant about exactly what Islam is and how it works. This is no surprise since Islam is like nothing else in the world. Islam is like a platypus, it doesn’t fit neatly in any given category.

The truth is – Islam WAS banned from the USA in 1952 and the law is still in effect today. But the Left & Snopes are too ignorant about Islam and the teachings of the Quran, Hadith, Sunna, Sira, Sharia Law, etc, to realize this is true. So they tell you it is false and claim the truth is “hate speech.

Excerpt from http://www.jihadwatcheurope.org/islam-was-banned-from-the-usa-in-1952/

“ISLAM WAS BANNED FROM THE USA IN 1952 – But Obama doesn’t want you to know that, nor does he respect or uphold US law. The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States.

That Act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the US and remains in effect today.

Among the many issues it covers, one in particular found in Chapter 2, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry in to the US if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by force, violence or by other unconstitutional means.”

This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States but this law is being ignored by the White House.

Islamic immigration to the United States would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam which is antithetical to the United States government, the Constitution and to the Republic.

All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government.”
**

Please take the time to understand THE GOVERNMENT of Islam BEFORE you embrace it inside the USA! Learn its Caliphs, its Sharia Law, its civil laws (including marital law), its taxes, its courts, its rules for daily life (Sunna), learn its rules for worship and the separation of men and women in daily life.

Neighbors Say East New York Mosque Is “Too, Too Noisy”

WHY IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL (again) TO BURN THE AMERICAN FLAG

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by SL’s Rant (Stephanie Land)

Burning the American flag is not “speech”, it is an “act”! It is not “symbolic speech. Symbolic speech may be expressing emotion- crying, screaming, cheering, waving, scowling, etc.. But starting a fire is in no way, shape or form – “speech or expression”!

Our great flag figuratively represents our “UNITED STATES”. As citizens and legalized immigrants we “PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE to the FLAG of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God…”

Each of the stripes represents the 13 original colonies, each star, a state. When a person burns the American flag, they are figuratively burning down & destroying, our country!!

It is a destructive act against this country’s primary symbol of freedom and patriotism that the men & women in our military have historically looked too with pride, giving them the additional courage and motivation to stand and defend our homeland (and others), and all it stands for as outlined in our constitution and associated documents, when things are the most dire (e.g. The Iwo Jima Memorial).

Patriotism is a country’s greatest weapon! Those who wish to destroy our country know this very well.

Remove patriotism and you no longer have a military willing to defend the country. With no military to defend it, you soon have no country.

That’s been the effect since the law was passed, in 1989, making it legal to burn the flag.
For 213 years it was ILLEGAL to burn the American flag (for the reasons I stated)! It’s been legal for the past 30 years and look what’s happened to our country since then! People have not only lost respect for our country, they have lost respect for each other. When the flag is respected, citizens are proud to be Americans and they respect fellow Americans.
If a person’s reason for burning the flag is that it’s their freedom of expression then they are idiots, because they are burning the symbol that represents their freedom of expression!

By burning the flag, the “symbolic expression” being voiced is a protest AGAINST our freedoms, against our rights! That’s idiotic!

If there is an issue to protest or something can be done to make our country better, address THAT issue directly -not symbolically with acts of hatred! Hatred never results in anything positive.
Laws prohibiting the desecration of the flag were only RECENTLY struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1989! Since that time patriotism in our country has also been “struck down”.

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

In the controversial Texas v. Johnson case, the Court voted 5-4 in favor of Gregory Lee Johnson, the protester who had burned the flag. Johnson’s actions, the majority argued, were symbolic speech, political in nature, and could be expressed even at the expense of our national symbol and to the affront of those who disagreed with him.

Since then, there have been 7 attempts to amend the United States Constitution to prevent the desecration of the flag, but those attempts and others, like legislation then-Senator Hillary Clinton co-sponsored in 2006, have failed.
As Mackenzie Celum said:

“I consider flag-burning to not only be an ineffective way to express disagreement, but toxic as well. More than that, I believe it to be a hate crime. Yes, it makes an obvious statement, but at the heart of it, all it truly exhibits is hatred for our country. I would even go so far as to question if flag-burning ought to be judged as treason. Furthermore, this act could be considered a form of violence, as it encourages a “mob mentality.” Could this easily lead to even more violent actions? I would argue that yes, it easily could. This quickly sparks a chain reaction of chaos that cannot easily be contained.”

Our troops sacrifice their lives to defend our rights. There is no greater action of disrespect and disregard towards them and the institution of our military than to burn the epitome of those rights.

“Reverence for the flag is ingrained in every schoolchild who has quailed at the thought of letting it touch the ground, in every citizen moved by pictures of it being raised at Iwo Jima or planted on the moon, in every veteran who has ever heard taps played at the end of a Memorial Day parade, in every gold-star mother who treasures a neatly folded emblem of her family’s supreme sacrifice.”
— TIME’s Walter Isaacson

It’s wrong that the above is no longer true for some well-meaning, but mis-guided people.

I’ll end here with a link to an article that describes the meaning of the American flag.

 The Meaning of the American flag

Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein’s coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished

via Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein’s coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished

Why Are You On Est1608’s Block List? – and answers to many other burning questions.

03.22.2018

by SL @MAGAinSoCal 

The Raven story – answers to questions and setting the record straight in response to her intentional smear campaign.

Raven’s attacks against me are so widespread that I am now blocked by many good Patriots, I receive hate mail (DMs) every day and a never ending stream of DMs asking why I put them on a block list and demanding that I remove them.

The answer is, I don’t know why you are on Est1608’s block list and I’m not sure why you are asking me, it’s not my list. I had nothing to do with it’s creation. Ask him. He will confirm that I had nothing to do with building the list and I can not delete people from it.

This is the same person that Raven told us all (people in group DM rooms with her), to block & report to get him suspended in December, but back then, she told us he was Fake MAGA. She also told us to report another account telling us it was Fake MAGA.

It was Nov that Raven really started telling us (members of her various DM rooms) to block and report a lot of various accounts. People were blindly following her instructions. I looked at a couple of them and they looked like Trump supporters so I didn’t block or report, but I also didn’t say anything because she was claiming they were fake MAGAs. I didn’t know how she was determining they were fake, so I didn’t argue. But then she told us all to block and report two accounts again calling them fake. But it didn’t make sense. One acct went back to 2013 and looked solid for Trump. The other was a locked account with 1 follower & 1 tweet.

There’s no way either of these accounts were fake MAGA accounts, so I confronted her on it. Then she told me that the older account had blocked her & some of her friends & that was her reason for telling everyone to report to get his account suspended!

I argued that being blocked was no reason to tell others to report an account to get it suspended!!!  OMG! Who would do such a thing!?

That’s when she blocked me and immediately tweeted an attack against me, now calling ME a fake MAGA‼️

So, I guess I figured out how she determined all those other accounts were fake MAGAs. Lol.  The 2013 account I referred to above was est1608. He told me she had been attacking him and is friends for a year & that she was working with Resistance anon hackers to doxx several of his friends.

2 ½ weeks later, on Jan 5th, my well respected (twice retweeted by Trump & followed by many well respected people) 50K follower account was permanently suspended due to Raven telling everyone I was Fake MAGA and to report my account for suspension. I started my new one around mid Jan. Now she’s attacking my new account.

Est1608 didn’t have conservatives on his Twitter approved Block Together list originally. His list was similar to TruthInGovernment’s Twitter approved Block Together list of over 176,000 blocks. TruthInGovernment is well respected. You can subscribe to his block list from his profile @TruthinGov2016 .  That’s the Block Together list I currently subscribe to.

However, since Raven has been attacking him for so long and tweeting to her 40K followers and beyond telling everyone they should report him (based on her lies), the guy has had to add some of her followers. Accounts that retweet Raven’s attacks against him get added to the list, because they are reporting and retweeting to tell their followers to report him.

Let me ask you a question. If Raven turned on you like she turned on me, (for simply arguing that I didn’t think it was right for her to tell all her followers to report someone just because they blocked her), and she was constantly smearing you with lies (she knows they are lies, and you should too, I’ve posted screenshots that PROVE she lying), in order to fear monger, turn everyone against you and manipulate people into reporting your account to get it suspended, what would you do????

That’s the boat that I found myself in and est1608 has apparently been targeted by her for close to a year.

I had no contact with that account prior to Raven telling all of us in her DM groups to report him. But when Raven told me he had her and some of her friends blocked, I offered to contact him to see if he would unblock her & her friends. As a good will gesture, he unblocked her friends that were also reporting him, but he refused to unblock Raven.

That’s when I began to learn who Raven really is. I refused to believe what I was being told. But then I started experience what others warned me about, first hand. Later, I was contacted by other anons and people that have known her for many many years. All of them telling me the same unbelievable thing!

Raven is a self admitted socialist Bernie supporter and is still a registered Democrat. She is an anon hacktivist & her close friends are members of ANTIFA & the Resistance. Many anons dislike her because of her lies and backstabbing. One group that worked with her was convinced she was paid to spy & report on them.

The fact is, I have learned and the evidence supports that Raven is a Resistance infiltrator. Think about it. What is she obsessed with? People that SHE labels as Racists, Nazis, anti-semites. What is ANTIFA obsessed with?

What group denies right leaning Trump supporters a platform to speak? ANTIFA & Resistance because they claim ALL Trump supporters are racists. Raven’s main function on Twitter is to report accounts for suspension!!!  Trump supporters don’t do that!!!

And, she takes her targets to her Resistance & ANTIFA friends so they can tell their friends to report Raven’s targets as well. She works WITH ANTIFA & RESISTANCE accounts on Twitter to get Trump supporters suspended.

If you have trouble believing any of this, please let me know, and I can walk you through the screenshots that prove what I’m saying is true. Clear back to Raven having me contact est1608 to get her and her friends off his block list.

As you can see, the block list goes way back. Raven knows this. She knows I had nothing to do with creating it. She’s just using those lies to turn people against me so she can get me suspended because she knows I know who she really is and she is fight like hell to keep me from blowing her cover.

Raven also has her own block together list which she had to fess up to because I had a screenshot of her tweet promoting it to MAGA. HER block list had tons of MAGA accounts on it! Of course Raven calls them all Fake or trolls, just as she calls me fake & troll.

Raven knows how they work. She knows that a subscriber has no power to delete anyone off the OWNERS list. I only have control over my own account, just like you only have control over your own.

When you subscribe to a block list, it’s just as if that person shared with you all the accounts they viewed as potentially threatening, or spam, bots, porn, etc.

Once it’s shared, you can add your own new blocks or unblock accounts for your own profile’s unique ‘block list’, but whatever you do on you own account does not effect the original list. Also, a block list will never block anyone you are currently following, so you will never lose people you follow by subscribing.

Raven knows all of this but she continues to tell people that est1608 & I created the list together to make people hate me so they will block and report me. Once they block me, the can’t see any of my tweets where I prove Raven is lying.

Raven also knows that this list has never been promoted to MAGAs at all!  To the contrary, est1608 warns that it is NOT for his MAGA friends. I NEVER encouraged anyone to use it and would NOT. The ONLY reason I’m using it is because Raven has the same people attacking me as she does him. He already knew who was following her and retweeting the attacks, so I asked if he would let me subscribe so I could protect my account. Raven got my original account suspended in 2 ½ weeks, I didn’t want to lose my new account too.

I posted a notification letting my follows know WHY I had to subscribe & telling them that if they came across anyone who wanted to connect with me (intending that to mean my FRIENDS & previous followers, not enemies that hated me. Lol), that found themselves blocked, to let me know, so I could unblock them from my list (meaning my personal account list, not from the list owners list. Lol. I included est1608’s warning that it was NOT for MAGAs.o

I’d like to see you contact TruthInGovernment (whose list I currently subscribe to) and demand that he remove someone from his massive block list of over 176,000.   So crazy, I can’t believe people fall for Raven’s ridiculous lies.

So at no time has this list EVER been promoted to MAGAs. Raven knows this! Nor does it “target” conservatives!  Conservatives were never intended to be on the list. Any conservative who IS on the list can thank Raven for getting them added.

That said, it really should not concern anyone that their name is on the list. I was the only MAGA account using it, so I am the only MAGA that would have had them them blocked as a result of being on this list. Lol. Didn’t realize I was so important to all these people that seem to hate me!

Not many others even use this list. Of course est1608 does, but do MAGAs really want to connect with him?  Not from the way Raven talks. She’s trying to get both of our accounts suspended, so having the two of us block some folks shouldn’t be a big deal.

There are a few other alt right people using it, because as I said above, Resistance/ANTIFA are obsessed with racism and anyone who speaks up on topics like illegal immigration, the violence of BLM, etc are labeled as racist. So anyone leaning to the right, especially the farther right would benefit from the protection of that list, because, I guarantee that Raven is or will be attacking them if she finds them.

But MAGAs don’t typically interact with the far right, so it shouldn’t matter if a few alt righters have some MAGAs blocked, right?

The only reason a block matters is if you WANT to interact with that account. I’m sure you have some Liberal trolls blocked and some of them have you blocked. But you don’t care that you’re blocked, because you don’t want to see that account. See what I mean?

I challenge you to name one person other than myself and est1608 that used the list. I know you can’t and neither can Raven!

She’s fear mongering in order to turn people against me, to divide MAGA. She knows how we’ll respected my account was.

I didn’t get my original 50K followers in my first year from trains, I got them because I consistently tweeted valuable and unique content. Unlike Raven who is just a fake cheerleader, train promoter & account targeted.

So, bottom line is, if you can’t give me any other names of people using this list, then all the hysteria over it is due to est1608 & possibly myself blocking them. I was already following the best patriots, so they were NEVER blocked by me.

Doesn’t it seem a bit silly for people to be all stirred up because they were blocked by 2 people?

So, now you see how Raven lies & fear mongers to disrupt our focus and divide us.  Review my pinned tweet for some screenshots, but I have many more screenshots to prove everything I’ve said and then some.

Oh… Raven is also working hard to convince people I’m a racist and anti-Semite, even going so far as to tweet that Alt-Left news article that was written after President Trump retweeted a Trump Train meme I posted (later President Trump retweeted me again, this time a video about respecting our anthem & flag.)

The liberal news media went into hysterics because the meme depicted the Democrat donkey with CNN logo for a head, in front of the train with arms outstretched and heels dug in, in front of him, as he leaned back attempting to impede the forward progress of the Trump train.

The fake news reported it as the Trump train running over & killing a CNN reporter!   Then, because it was a few days after the Charlottesville incident, they took it a step further and claimed that I was a white nationalist promoting additional violent vehicle attacks!

Plus, since I had retweeted the Trump Team’s Law & Order meme that had the controversial Sheriff’s star, that the Lefties claimed was anti-Semite and said it came from David dukes site, they also said I made anti-Semetic tweets and had ties to David Duke!

Total garbage.  I would encourage everyone to do a detailed search of my tweets. You will not find racist or anti-Semetic tweets coming from me!  My close followers from my original account would verify that. I also would not have been followed by the likes of Sean Hannity, Harlan Hill, Bill Mitchell, Dr Seb Gorka or General Flynn if I were tweeting racist or anti-Semetic material or supported those groups. A twitter connection does not make me a group leader or supporter, nor does it mean that I condone or agree with everything in their account.

Raven has also falsely accused me of doxxing, threatening & revenge porning her. Not sure why she’s advertising her porn or linking me to this. I’ve never doxxed a person in my life. I didn’t even know what it meant. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have a clue how.  I’m not a programmer type. It’s Raven and her associates who are the anon hactivists. Raven brags about doxxing people in other places.

Raven & her Resistance Anon friends are also known for their mass reporting bots that they use to get accounts suspended.

Once again, I have screenshots to document and prove what I’m saying is accurate. Unlike the screenshots Raven attaches to her tweets, my screenshots actual prove that what I’m saying is factual and true. Feel feel to request screenshots that document what I’m saying and I will walk you through them.

@MAGAinSoCal

Formerly @SLandinSoCal

An Open Letter to Attorney General Sessions

September 14, 2017 by Carrie K. Hutchens

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

It’s been a very long 9 years! Sometimes I wasn’t sure we’d make it until January 20, 2017 intact. Other times I wasn’t sure we had. There were actual violent riots – not protests. There were people seeking to undermine the election via long-shot technicalities they’d discovered in the system. And when that didn’t work… other attempts were made to DE-legitimize the election. It was a continual roller coaster ride to Inauguration Day, but even then – it didn’t stop.

Women with little pink hats decided to march. Some of the vulgarity and hate seen that day was beyond belief. Women disrespecting women claiming to be marching on behalf of women, was the irony of the day. Well, maybe not.

We learned that Linda Sarsour was one of the organizers of the pink hat march. You know… the woman that seems to believe in Sharia Law. A law that disrespects women.

Rasmea Odeh, another organizer of the women’s march was a convicted terrorist.

Donna Hylton, convicted in a murder-torture case, was a featured speaker at one of the marches.

And where were the pink hat women?

Gleefully following their new found leaders to the women’s rights slaughter house. A slaughter house that would strip them from any rights they think they have or would wish to have. Such irony.

Mr. Sessions, I bet you are wondering what this has to do with you.

Read more (click here)

Google is coming after critics. It’s time to stop them

The search engine giant is forming into a government of itself, and it seems incapable of even seeing its own overreach

By Zephyr Teachout

Published: 16:49 August 31, 2017

About 10 years ago, Tim Wu, the Columbia Law professor who coined the term ‘network neutrality’, made this prescient comment: “To love Google, you have to be a little bit of a monarchist, you have to have faith in the way people traditionally felt about the king.”

Wu was right. And now, Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.

This summer, a small team of well-respected researchers and journalists, the Open Markets team at the New America think tank (where I have been a fellow since 2014), dared to speak up about Google, in the mildest way. When the European Union fined Google for preferring its own subsidiary companies to its rival companies in search results, it was natural that Open Markets, a group dedicated to studying and exposing distortions in markets, including monopoly power, would comment. The researchers put out a 150-word statement praising the EU’s actions. They wrote, “By requiring that Google give equal treatment to rival services instead of privileging its own, [the EU] is protecting the free flow of information and commerce upon which all democracies depend.”

They called upon the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice and state attorneys general to apply the traditional American monopoly law, which would require separate ownership of products and services and the networks that sell products and services.

Google has been funding New America for years at high levels. Within 24 hours of the statement going live, Google representatives called New America’s leadership expressing their displeasure. Two planned hires for the Open Markets team suddenly were cancelled. Three days later, the head of the Open Markets team, the accomplished journalist Barry Lynn, received a letter from the head of the think tank, demanding that the entire team leave New America. The reason? The statement praising the EU’s decision against Google was, according to New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter, “imperiling the institution.” (As of this writing, Slaughter has denounced the story as false, claiming that Lynn was dismissed for failures of “openness” and “collegiality.”)

When Google was founded in 1998, it famously committed itself to the motto: “Don’t be evil.” It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do: Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent. As Lord Acton famously said: “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.” Those with too much power cannot help but be evil. Google, the company dedicated to free expression, has chosen to silence opposition, apparently without any sense of irony.

Google did not always operate this way in relation to think tanks, even those it funded. The head of Google’s parent company, Eric Schmidt, served on the board of New America starting 2000 and was chairman from 2008 through May 2016. The Open Markets institute has long studied excessive corporate power and argued for the importance of anti-monopoly laws. They were not previously punished for their work.

But in recent years, Google has become greedy about owning not just search capacities, video and maps, but also the shape of public discourse. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, Google has recruited and cultivated law professors who support its views. And as the New York Times recently reported, it has become invested in building curriculum for our public schools, and has created political strategy to get schools to adopt its products.

This year, Google is on track to spend more money than any company in America on lobbying. In 2015, it was the third biggest corporate spender, paying more than ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin or the Koch brothers on lobbying. Much of what it is spending its money on has nothing to do with technical details regarding its search engine and everything to do with using its power in its search engine to shut out some competitors and build power over others.

It is time to call out Google for what it is: A monopolist in search, video, maps and browser, and a thin-skinned tyrant when it comes to ideas. The imperial overreach of Google in trying to shut down a group of five researchers proves the point that the initial release from Open Markets was trying to make: When companies get too much power, they become a threat to democratic free speech and to the liberty of citizens at large.

In 1948, in the Supreme Court case US vs Columbia Steel Co., Justice William Douglas explained that the traditional philosophy of American antitrust law is that “all power tends to develop into a government in itself. Power that controls the economy … should be scattered into many hands so that the fortunes of the people will not be dependent on the whim or caprice, the political prejudices, the emotional stability of a few self-appointed men”.

Google is forming into a government of itself, and it seems incapable of even seeing its own overreach. We, as citizens, must respond in two ways. First, support the brave researchers and journalists who stand up to overreaching power; and second, support traditional anti-monopoly laws that will allow us to have great, innovative companies — but not allow them to govern us.

Google’s actions forced the Open Markets team to leave New America. But, thankfully, it did not succeed in silencing them entirely. Open Markets will continue on as a separate organization, which I will chair. Their work exposing corporate monopolies and advocating for regulation is more important than ever. Google shows us why.

— Washington Post

Zephyr Teachout is an associate professor of law at Fordham University.

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America’s Crisis of Character :: Is something more required to ‘Make America Great Again’?

Submitted by: SL @SLandinSoCal

The MSM continues to disgust me. The MAJORITY of people affected by the disaster in Texas have NOT complained. They have been thankful and even smiling. Yet as I watch MSM, I see them repeatedly playing clips of 3 ungrateful women complaining about the conditions at the George R Brown shelter. ‘It stinks in here’, ‘I didn’t have a cot for me or my kids last night’, ‘the mayor said we didn’t have to evacuate, but he LIED’.

These people disgust me, but MSM disgusts me even more. As they have covered this catastrophic event, most likely the biggest disaster our country has experienced, they have made every attempt to politicize it and criticize the response. A challenging thing, since the response has been amazing.

The impact of this disaster is FAR greater than that of Katrina but there are very DRAMATIC contrasts both in handling the response/rescue and in the reaction of the victims.

I would love to see someone put together a video that highlights some of these differences because I think it reveals both a core strength and a core weakness that exists in our country.

The issue is that of PERSONAL CHARACTER! I believe that the majority of Americans have good character, if not great character, but there is a subset of Americans who lack good character and some who have a very poor character. My concern is that America is facing a CRISIS OF CHARACTER!

When you see neighbor helping neighbor, gratefulness in times of crisis, respect for others & others property which includes cleanliness so you don’t leave a mess for someone else, these are the results of GOOD CHARACTER.

When you see people taking advantage of others by looting, or lack of respect for others in they way they talk or by vandalizing property or leaving a mess for others to clean up, when you see ungratefulness, people expecting others to do something for them but not being willing to help others, you are seeing the results of POOR CHARACTER.

The character of the people of our country is being undermined. Good character development is no longer being taught, exampled or encourage for many. We see dramatic displays of deplorable character in the Alt Left groups of BLM and ANTIFA. They have no respect for for their fellow man. They have many negative character traits. To make matters worse, many including MSM and prominent politicians are condoning and encouraging that character. There is no positive future for a society built on poor character.

If we are truly going to “Make America Great Again”, it will take more than jobs, tax cuts and a thriving economy. It will require programs and commitment to teach and build GOOD CHARACTER in the people of our country. Each of us should strive to build the elements of good character within ourselves everyday and also to encourage others to strive for those characters within themselves.

Here’s a link to a list of good character traits to strive for: http://www.character-training.com/blog/list-of-character-traits/ …

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